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Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

Re the garbage contracts, "cool" is the new "rigged."

Re the police (also firefighters and to an unknown extent public works personnel), it's astonishing that the widely-covered abandonment of New Orleans by police especially in the Katrina aftermath hasn't been taken as a model for what will happen in Oakland in the event of a severe Hayward fault rupture (due any time now, note). Unamazingly, under such circumstances people will prioritize the safety of their own families.

State law, passed by the Legislature in the '70s under union pressure, prohibits cities from enforcing residency requirements for employees, but one would think a simple sense of self-preservation would be enough to motivate the majority of Californians living in major earthquake hazard zones to get that changed.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 10/19/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Hmm, all that text and only one mention of climate (in the endorsement of Eric Swalwell, who sadly is no position to do much that isn't just rhetorical). I didn't watch all the video, but did the subject even come up?

Surely the critical issue of our time deserved more attention than that?

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Posted by Steve Bloom on 10/18/2016 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

Max, that logic writ large is what the Republicans use to oppose action on global warming.

I'm well aware of Oakland's resource limitations. I think it's a mistake to approach things as a zero-sum game, however. The point is to find synergies, for example when the waste collection/processing contracts come up for renewal. In that case it will involve rocking the boat with both a major campaign contributor and the Teamsters, and looking at that transition team I'm not seeing a crowd prone to engaging in such thinking. Another big one is to re-examine the city's relationship with the Port to get the latter to compensate the residents of the city for the major environmental harm that's done by its operations. I doubt that's going to happen either.

On a different level, ceasing to rubber stamp cooked Environmental Impact Reports would bne a positive step, which could be easily enabled by switching control of the consultant contracts and work from the developers to the city. How, for example, do you suppose the developers of these large projects right next to 880 (Oak-to-9th in particular) get away with not building fine particulate air filtration into their projects? It's only Chinatown, Jake.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/08/2010 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

So any degree of insult is OK so long as it doesn't cross one of those other lines. Interesting.

Max, I'm well aware that there are far nastier places on the internet. SFGate isn't even especially high on that list.

The difficulty is that some readers will get offended by that sort of gratuitous remark and stop reading the comments. But it's obviously the Express's choice as to what standard they will have.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/08/2010 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

So, Bob, comments that are personally nasty in the extreme are OK here?

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/07/2010 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Read: Appeals Court Poised to Reinstate Gay Marriage; Legislature Blows Off Schwarzenegger

Bob, I believe an appellate ruling only has binding effect in its own region, i.e. not the nation. That said, this region is huge.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/07/2010 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Jean Quan’s Transition Team

How unpleasant, Lawngun. Reported.

Also I see that the site won't accept embedded links. More on the new study here:…

Posted by Steve Bloom on 12/06/2010 at 3:05 PM

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