Francesca M. Austin 
Member since Nov 11, 2010

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Moved here with my small family for work in late 2008 - after a whole life on the east coast. Love it and want to… More »

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Re: “When It’s Time For a Tax: Measure Q and a Vision for Oakland Parks

I am in favor of measure Q as well but not as a parcel tax. These taxes are unfairly levied on property owners many of whom are struggling already on fixed incomes. Do renters know that their landlords may raise rents to fund the cost per unit of this tax which will increase with inflation? My utility bills have increased at least 25% per billing period over the past three years with no change in usage or increase in my amount of trash and recycling. Find a better way to pay for parks improvements such as refinancing of high interest debt incurred by the city years ago. We heard last election time that this would be looked into but apparently there has been no debt relief.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 02/28/2020 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

I have watched the scooter onslaught of Oakland since the morning after the first 500 were unceremoniously dumped on the street. I spent much of the past year and a half recuperating from double knee replacement requiring me to walk slowly and carefully with a hiking stick. Never did I think sidewalks could become more dangerous than they already were from thoughtless speeding bicyclists. Was I wrong!! Im better now and I walk a LOT. I have observed danger to pedestrians (disabled or not) from inexperienced, thoughtless, speeding and/or well under the age of 18 riders on the sidewalks is way worse than from bicycles or skateboards. If scooters are in bike lanes, rare except for commuters, they often speed through red lights endangering pedestrians in crosswalks not to mention their non-helmeted selves at 20 mph. Never have I seen any enforcement by anyone from the scooter companies. The only enforcement is from an occasional pedestrian yelling or muttering This is a sidewalk not a bike lane. Ive been in one other city - Austin Tx - where the scooter riders seemed better behaved. Oakland has not gotten it together in any way shape or form with enforcement or regulation of scooter use. And frankly my expectations in this regard are LOW.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 07/22/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Professional Polluters

This illegal dumping must be stopped. It should not be as difficult to prosecute or for citizens to report as it has been. Obviously large scale dumping is more serious but multiple instances of smaller scale dumping both mounts up and amounts to the same polluting crime sooner or later. Glad this slime ball was caught.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 01/17/2019 at 9:44 AM

Re: “As Kneaded Bakery Prepares for Grand Opening

Fascinating and I'm amazed there are not more comments. Plan to go there this week or next.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 11/17/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Updated: Tony Thurmond Wins State Schools Chief Contest

Great job Mr. Thurmond. The best person does sometimes win!! A little good news with all the bad news in California this week. Yay!!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 11/16/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Updated: Tony Thurmond Wins State Schools Chief Contest

Great news hearing this with all the mostly bad news this week. Way to go Tony Thurmond. Nice to see the best person for the job WIN!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 11/16/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “A Harbinger of an Immigration Crackdown?

This is discouraging and a terrible outcome for many contributors to the community we value.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/28/2018 at 10:37 PM

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