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Re: “Amanda's Is Closing

I read it was supposedly healthy, but when I went there most of the items seemed meat- or dairy-based. Amanda needs a location where there are no vegan/vegetarian restaurants within walking distance, instead of being surrounded. That neighborhood is so competitive that even some Vegan restaurants are feeling the pinch.

Instead of all these non-Vegan cooks losing a fortune on doomed restaurants, maybe Berkeley should require a more convincing business plan for new non-vegan restaurants that almost always fail because the neighborhood is so saturated already.

Posted by Lee Walker on 12/25/2010 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Voters Did Understand Ranked Voting

This election news sure wraps together. '

Harris and McNerney won BECAUSE of RANKED CHOICE VOTING. Because of IRV/RCV, the higher turnout in Oakland and San Leandro, mostly Democrat, to tip the balance for Rep. McNerney. McNerney should acknowledge this and be a advocate for IRV modernization statewide.

Kamala Harris also owes her victory to higher turnouts in SF, Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro because we are still the first cities in the state to modernize to IRV elections.

What this demonstrates is that the cities that modernize to IRV elections by 2012 will have a disproportionate effect in statewide/regional elections because of higher voter turnout.

Posted by Lee Walker on 11/26/2010 at 9:25 PM

Re: “AC Transit's Duplication of Service

What the author does not explain is that AC transit is pressured to prioritize high fairbox recovery by MTC's guidelines. AC transit is caught in the middle because voters mostly want it to carry more riders by providing better service, but the MTC standard dow not reflect that. The highest farebox-recovery parallels BART because BART was built where ridership will be highest, or favors higher income neighborhoods where people intentionally chose to live far from BART.
To reduce more traffic, the farebox recovery goals must be abandoned and replaced with total ridership #s, because farebox recovery is already so low that it is obvious that voters are not trying to operate transit to make a profit, but to improve transportation for more people and help property values.
With a better MTC priority, we will see more buses and better service on the most crowded lines, and more buses more often to BART, and BART and AC transit will have more incentive to improve transfers, as each service will get an equal credit for serving riders that transfer and those that don't. (like cutting fares for short trips)
There is also a discussion of this story on Craigslist http://sfbay.craigslist.org/forums/?ID=159…

Posted by Lee Walker on 05/21/2010 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Manipulating the Vote

This shows that Perata is totally lost when it comes to understanding Oakland. The other candidates, media and voters will crucify him for his years of manipulations to delay both Oakland and inevitable statewide IRV/Ranked voting elections. For partisan general elections, IRV modernization has much greater benefits than avoiding a special election: Ranked Voting elections count the will of more voters-logically resulting in more popular/BETTER politicians winning, , IRV dis-empowers extremists, and ends the power of big money.
Most importantly, IRV elections foster peaceful politics and Oakland is needed to set an example for troubled "democracies" like Iraq, so they may learn that they must modernize their election system to U.S. style district representatives (not "parliament"-faux democracy)
With IRV-elected district representation, Iraq politicians will need support of EVERYONE equally, not just one ethnic group. IRV elections make it effectively impossible for a racist politician to win in a multi-racial district.

If only Perata had not delayed IRV machines while in Sacto, San Leandro/Berkeley/Oakland would have already demonstrated the advantages of IRV years ago, the state probably would have already followed, and the U.S. would be helping provide MODERN IRV elections to failing/warring parliament govts. around the world. (Parliament is the OPPOSITE of IRV. IRV only elects the MOST POPULAR candidate while the "parliament" system elects mostly candidates WITHOUT MAJORITY SUPPORT-extremists.)

San Francisco lacked leadership for world IRV modernization because the SFC rag and Newsom were anti-IRV. (Newsom used his influence to stall SF IRV until after he used big money to win the 1st time, but then he governed as a moderate) If Newsom had simply become a champion for statewide IRV, he would be the leading gov. candidate now instead of dropping out.

I doubt Perata will get the same kid glove treatment from East-Bay papers-all of which are pro-IRV and will probably reveal to the voters that Perata has been the roadblock stalling IRV statewide. Bowen has actually been a major/THE major force for moving IRV forward in CA, but Perata was more powerful.

Posted by Sennet williams on 11/01/2009 at 5:53 AM

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