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Re: “Friday's Briefing: Schaaf appoints new Oakland city administrator; NRA sues Alameda County for shutting down gun shops

I guess the only requirement to be the City Administrator in Oakland is to be friends with and have worked with the Mayor in the past. Once again the appointment of ousted Muni chief Ed Reiskin signals more of the same from Schaaf. The retiring Sabrina Landreth worked with Schaaf in the early 2000's when Schaaf was an assistant to Councilman De La Fuente and Landreth was in the budget office. Similarly, Reiskin was an assistant to former Oakland City Manager Robert Bobb at the same time. Landreth's vast experience in Emeryville (lol) prepared her well in her time in Oakland. She was noticeably absent from public view and had no comment on most major issues. When she did make public statements, she was obviously unprepared and provided no leadership whatsoever. Reiskin showed little or no management skill at Muni. He had no previous experience in transportation when he was appointed and it showed. He ordered a new bus fleet that could not traverse hills. Muni was in constant turmoil related to performance of the system, drivers behavior related to use of sick leave and overtime. More importantly most MUNI capital projects were over budget and delivered late. Reiskin rarely made public appearances to answer questions. In fact, his spokesman (Paul Rose) became a regular on local evening news trying to spin away the Muni issue of the day. Mayor Schaaf continues to place her old unqualified friends in high level management positions in the organization. Oakland really deserves better. As long as the folks who are supposed to be leading an organizations are just friend of the Mayor, Oakland will never be the City it could be. An unqualified Mayor who hires her old friends is not a formula for success. More importantly, they will never make the organizational changes required to move local government forward. All Oakland continues to get under Schaaf is more inbreeding and more incompetence. Unless Measure X is repealed, Oakland will continue to flounder due a system that ignores a Mayor's lack of qualifications to manage a large public organization. Collecting enough signatures at Safeway to get on the ballot and winning the Mayoral race with 28% of the citizens voting is not a mandate.

Posted by GPatton on 04/03/2020 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Monday's Briefing: Schaaf recommends interim city administrator; Delivers state of the city address

Oakland residents want the new A's ballpark at the Coliseum site because it is clearly the most economically and logistically superior location. Despite the A's Dave Kaval's pretty pictures and continual dialogue selling MLB's desire for the Howard Terminal site. MLB's goal is to appease national advertisers desire for a money shot of the Bay Bridge, Oakland residents are not buying the fake move. This is a local land use decision, not a call for companies like Budweiser. The Coliseum site has direct public transit, freeway and train access to the ball park. The City and ultimately Oakland residents have over the last 25 years financed, assembled and acquired land for the purposes of building a new stadium. Oakland politicians have invested public money for Hegenberger Road street and BART improvements. To walk away from those decisions and investments would be the ultimate example of fiscal irresponsibility by Oakland politicians.The Howard Terminal site has no public transit access , poor vehicular access and the conversation about thousands of fans riding gondolas over railroad tracks and I-880 during the evening commute is laughable. In addition, a ballpark at Howard Terminal will disrupt Port operations (trucks), the biggest economic engine that Oakland has. The reason non Oakland residents prefer Howard Terminal is their desire to not have to go to East Oakland. MLB and those non residents should not be the ones driving this decision. Mayor Schaaf and the City Council should see through the fog and listen to the people. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no confidence that they will.

Posted by GPatton on 02/14/2020 at 4:21 AM

Re: “Monday's Briefing: Schaaf recommends interim city administrator; Delivers state of the city address

Why is Mayor Schaaf so intent on rescuing executive managers who have failed or who have limited experience from working only in small cities? She recently hired Ed Reiskin as Assistant City Administrator. Reiskin is the ousted ex Muni Director whose career highlights include spending millions of dollars on a new bus fleet that could not climb hills. Not only did retiring Administrator Landreth work with Schaaf 20 years ago in City Hall, so did Reiskin as an assistant to Robert Bobb. I guess being her old friend is a job qualification. This interim City Administrator worked his career in the City of Lafayette. Clearly that is a cutting edge metropolis with a large multi ethnic diverse population facing the complex urban issues of the day. I won't even get into what a stellar job of leadership her choice for Police Chief has made. NOT! Is this really the best Oakland can do? There is an old saying that good managers hire good people and weak managers hire weak people who don't threaten their own insecurity. Her choices for these high paying high profile positions say a lot more about Schaaf herself than it does about those selected. Oakland deserves better!

Posted by GPatton on 02/13/2020 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Berkeley Greenlights BART Housing in Principle, But the Devil Is In the Details.

At the end of the day, the best project would be somewhere in the middle of the two neighborhood priorities. That is a high density development that includes both affordable and work force housing. There is a strong need in the east bay for both. When I say workforce housing, I am talking about units at the mid to low end of the 80-120% of the median income range. This is a rare opportunity for both.

Posted by GPatton on 01/24/2020 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Alameda County Approves $85 Million Sale of Coliseum Site to A's

Hey Steve,
Your headline comment that since the Oakland Raiders no longer exist, we are all 49er fans illustrates your profound misunderstanding and ignorance of the mentality of Raider fans. Real" Raider fans will NEVER be 49er fans. Raider fans may watch the 49ers, but many, including myself, more often than not are rooting for their opponent whoever that is. For the last 50 years my fall Sundays were focused on the Raiders winning and hoping for a 49ers loss. That does not change when the Raiders go to Vegas. After 20 years of losing coupled with perhaps the most pathetic and disrespectful owner of all time (Marc Davis), the move to Vegas does not affect me at all. I terminated my emotional attachment when the Raiders went to LA in the mid 80's. I am not one of these sad jump on the bandwagon Raider fans who think it all started in 1995. I went to my first Raider game at Frank Youell filed in the early 60's. So I make these statements as an OG Raider fan who has seen it all from the beginning. At this point they cannot leave town fast enough for me. I understand the business of football, but the total lack of respect and disdain by the organization, especially Davis, for perhaps the best fans in sports is not acceptable. Good luck and get out of town now!

Posted by GPatton on 01/06/2020 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence

At the end of the day, it appears from this article that the only Oakland persons with integrity on this coal issue are Margaret Gordon and Marshawn Lynch. McConnell, Bridges, Benjamin, Abrahms and Tagami all seem more than willing to trade their integrity for money. This is the ugly truth of politics whether it is local or national. It is an unfortunate reflection of the current state of the national culture. People like the ones named above have influenced decision makers inside Oakland City Hall for at least the last 20 years. Their time is up and I am glad to see the new City Council members continue to draw a line in the sand when it comes to this coal issue. The short and long term health and safety of citizens in West Oakland is way more important than the dirty money opportunity for this caste of characters.

Posted by GPatton on 12/04/2019 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Let's Speak Truth About America's Housing Crisis

First of all Jerry, why do you assume that I am Black? You do not know me. That assumption says a lot about you. Secondly, It is commonly accepted in the real world and easily found economic statistics illustrating the rise of the economy under Obama after Bush nearly drove the country off a cliff. However, what good would it do for me to spend my time trying to educate people like you? Your comments clearly indicate the problem with our country today. Half the population lives in a bubble where Trump, a dumb, lazy carnival barker somehow is the "great leader". It does not matter to your ilk that he not only kisses Putins ass, but he and the clown car he brought to Washington is screwing this country every single day. He is responsible for needless deaths, destruction of the environment and chaos over the world with his thoughtless tweets which is no more than foreign policy from a fool. He lies every time he opens his mouth. I think the latest numbers are approaching 20,000 and since you like numbers, look that up. At the end of the day, anybody can find numbers from somewhere that support any opinion. What matters most is truth, which you obviously know little about. By the way Jerry, any statistic from a federal agency led by a Trump appointee is highly suspect. Remember that EPA reports are no longer allowed to contain the words "climate change". That is your heroes brilliant solution to the problem. Lastly, see the comments from LT2012.

Posted by GPatton on 11/17/2019 at 11:22 AM

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