Mike Bradley 
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Re: “Watching the Watchdog

This is nothing. I once worked for the president of a college back east who was a control freak like Roberts. All the deans and asst deans had to get the president's permission to do anything, short of blowing their noses. They had to submit a memo for each action and wait for him to respond, which could take weeks because of all the memos that piled up on his desk. He had them in neat piles, about 3 reams' worth per pile, 14 piles in all. And if there was a single typo in a memo, the pres would return it to be corrected, after which it went to the bottom of the piles and would have to work its way up again.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 10/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Another, critical part of the problem of better pay for musicians is that most are freelancing, i.e., independent contractors (ICs), instead of employees. Being ICs has generally put freelancers of all kinds out of reach of unions, since it is generally harder to organize ICs, and labor law even forbids it for most purposes. However, there are ways to do it, nonetheless. A case in point is Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians (AFM), which was organized in 1993 to make AFM musicians working as ICs eligible for union benefits, which they were not previously. AFM is one of several unions inching towards full recognition of ICs.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/25/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Fear and Loathing in (the New) Oakland

The American dream of freedom. Is it really dead? Let's see ...

LBGT people are enjoying the hell out of their new freedoms. Immigrants driven here from their original countries are enjoying the hell out of their new freedoms. Black people are free to push back against racist police for the first time since the police killed off the Panthers. Unions are free to challenge the paternalism of Musk, one of the world's richest men in one of the world's richest communities. Women politicians are free to stand up against the craziest, meanest misogynist president we've had in memory. Even whacko ranchers denying federal jurisdiction over federal lands are enjoying their freedom to intimidate federal marshalls.

I'd say our freedoms are pretty much intact. Defending them is a never-ending struggle against the forces of evil, but so far we're hanging tough.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/30/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. OPD is clearly beyond the control of anyone in the city, up to and including the chief and the mayor, maybe even the judge. This isn't a case of bad apples, budget and personnel shortfalls, unions, or failures of oversight. OPD has turned itself into a sociopathic culture that's beyond redemption. They're so friggin' evil they poison everything they touch.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

Gee, I guess we can't complain any more when the police and fire don't show up quickly. Well, who needs them. We're a peaceful, safe city with few serious crimes ...

I suppose defunding improvements to police and fire is really about anger over the departments' arrogance and failures. And taking advantage of the anger to boost other projects. Looks like Trumpification to me--cutting off our nose to spite our face.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/01/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Plans for a 'New' Oakland Are Taking Shape, but Existing Residents Are Demanding More Equitable Development

The state legislature has a major role to play in development. Most recently, it mandated that cities ease the creation of mini-lots and backyard housing, which have a mixed bag of good and bad effects. Where do our state legislators stand on affordable housing and neighborhood preservation?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/23/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

What is the point of enjoying Oakland and working to improve it, when the likes of Reid and McElhaney run it?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 03/08/2017 at 8:45 AM

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