dto510 aka Jonathan Bair 
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Re: “Oakland’s New Budget — What’s in it for the Arts?

It is true that the Kaplan/Brooks budget did cut police officers and did not fully fund the fire inspectors requested by the mayor, and claimed to expand arts grants, but it wasn't a balanced budget and could not legally pass. This article glosses over a very complex subject to provide only one, narrow point of view laden with misinformation - which seems to be the EBX MO these days.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 07/13/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

Hobart Johnson's name-calling is a poor substitute for analysis. We have a critical shortage of homes, and not just for the poor. The fact the housing market exists and the vast majority of people take part in it does not make building homes a Reaganite idea.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 05/27/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

This article is totally misleading. The reports entirely agree - the LAO just says that there isn't enough money to build significant amounts of subsidized housing, which UC Berkeley does not address.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 05/27/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Say Mayor Bates’ Housing Plan is a “Blueprint for Gentrification”

Since when are NIMBYs progressive? These people have been fighting housing tooth and nail for decades.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 04/06/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Save Oakland Art

Please provide a citation for the statement about the City providing tax breaks to lure new businesses - what businesses have recently received tax breaks to locate in Oakland?

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 02/24/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “For-Profit 911 Cellphone Service Coming to Oakland in February

Mr. Johnson seems to have a reading comprehension problem, one that is exacerbated by the reporter's constant obfuscation of the facts in order to further his paranoid worldview. This is a private company providing a private product. The City is working on providing similar functionality to all residents using public resources, and unsurprisingly the City cannot move as quickly as the private sector. The haters need to find another way to falsely accuse local government of "bias."

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 01/22/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Affordable Housing on Public Land

Please provide the evidence behind this statement: the reality is — and numerous housing and development experts have testified to this — any tower in Eastlake will exacerbate rising rents and increase displacement.

Since displacement is occurring in absence of market-rate development (in fact, there has been significant subsidized housing development in this very area), it certainly seems that the opposite is true. But I'm sure this self-appointed Eastlake neighborhood group wouldn't lie about something as important as displacement, so I look forward to learning about the studies of the "numerous housing and development experts" they cited.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 12/02/2015 at 12:12 PM

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