Charles Schwartz 
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Re: “Friday Must Reads: Oakland Homicides Plummet; BART Line Shut Down Indefinitely; SeaWorld Ending Orca Shows

Seven homicides to date averages out to about 33 for the year. If one can't see this as a positive development there is no good news out there, statistical variability or no statistical variability.

Posted by Charles Schwartz on 03/21/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Plans Another Large Parking Garage on Public Land in Uptown

Perhaps I misread the article. But it appears that the public lot in question will simply replace the parking spaces being removed for the proposed development. I raise this question: Will the downtown business district benefit by reducing the ability of residents from Rockridge, Montclair, Trestle Glen, and, other outlying neighborhoods, to travel to these downtown commercial projects? Oakland is not New York City or San Francisco. Neither is it Salt Lake City. Furthermore, reference to the removal of on street parking in Salt Lake City seems irrelevant to the issue at hand. One final question: Has anyone considered the increase in property tax revenue upon completion of TB2 Retail Complex? Or, does that not fit the slant of the author and supportive posters?

Posted by Charles Schwartz on 11/14/2015 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Plans Another Large Parking Garage on Public Land in Uptown

Do I understand that the author of this article and supporting posters believe that downtown Oakland will prosper by removing parking facilities? This is sheer fantasy. I am glad that responsible City officials and business people, with skin in the game, as opposed to pie in the sky, know better.

Posted by Charles Schwartz on 11/08/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Building Downtown Oakland for Cars

What is interesting to me is the self proclaimed experts who post their ideas of how Downtown Oakland should be developed. I started working downtown in 1973. I retired in 2007. During that entire time downtown was a virtual ghost town. Over the last few years there has been a remarkable turnaround. People and businesses are flocking to Oakland. Do we want to welcome these folks or use them as some sort of social experiment? I hate to break to it the self proclaimed experts but the automobile is a great convenience. If you have an automobile, you can just hop in and go where you want to go, be that Berkeley, Muir Woods, Napa, etc. That really should not be hard to understand, but, it seems to be ignored by some of the posters here.

Posted by Charles Schwartz on 09/03/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “At Bombay B's, Indian Food Gets Faster

Why does the "Athenian Deli" get no love? Located in the neighborhood at 2125 Franklin, it has been around since 1977. Recently the menu has added traditional Ethiopian fare. The food is healthy, the prices are very reasonable and the owners have substantially upgraded the decor. It surely deserves a comment when discussing "moderately priced international cuisines" in the uptown neighborhood.

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Posted by Charles Schwartz on 06/02/2015 at 12:53 AM

Re: “The Anti-Endorsement: Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Ignacio De La Fuente

After seeing Kaplan linked arm in arm with Quan as they tried to prevent the Oakland police from confronting anarchists and looters in downtown Oakland, I vowed to never vote for her again. Your hit piece won't change my mind.

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Posted by Charles Schwartz on 11/01/2012 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Where's Kamala Harris?

No 19, perhaps you should be ashamed of yourself for writing such inflammatory polemics without educating yourself as to the underlying issues. But, to your point, under our federal system, states have historically had jurisdiction over issues regarding the health and welfare of its citizens. That the federal government has usurped this power while relying on wholly discredited science is well know. Any government that attempts to suppress its citizens rightful aspirations needs to be challenged, not supported blindly.

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Posted by Charles Schwartz on 07/23/2012 at 2:18 PM

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