Hobart Johnson 
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Re: “A Harbinger of an Immigration Crackdown?

No problem.

Just get Mayor Schaaf working on it.

She's already kicked ICE out of California.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/28/2018 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Record Against Five Challengers

"Wouldn't RCV work at cross purposes with partisan organizations backing their candidates for local office?"

No doubt. I've long thought that RCV, despite its likely virtues in many jurisdictions, is not a good thing for promoting progressive change in Oakland. Given our establishment-dominated politics, RCV may well be what keeps us from shaking up the status quo.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/27/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Record Against Five Challengers

Len--I wasn't thinking of having Republican vs Democratic parties in Oakland but two (or more) parties which identify themselves and distinguish themselves in ways that are meaningful to the various political divisions in Oakland. Examples: a neoliberal party which might be called the Oakland Business and Urban Renewal Party; a left-of-center party called the Oakland People's Socialist Party; a right-wing party called the Evangelical Entrepreneur Party; etc.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/26/2018 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Record Against Five Challengers

There may be a distant chance that if someone not from the Oakland establishment is elected mayor, he or she could bring enough vision and telling-it-like-it-is to the office so as to pave the way for eventual deep, progressive change in Oakland's dysfunctional political world.

But there is only a distant chance that a challenge to Status Quo Schaaf can
beat her at the polls. She is 'way ahead in terms of fundraising, name recognition and support from the neoliberal/big money Bay Area establishment.

One longtime Democratic Party (another state) worker told me that Oakland would do better if political offices here were partisan. At least this could pave the way for alternative visions of how Oakland might progress (urban renewal/trickle-down vs Oakland for Oaklanders/anti-neoliberal economics).

As it is, we have only personalities to deal with rather than carefully-developed political visions and platforms which might push pols towards real responsibility, integrity and transparency.

Bottom line is that Oakland has a dysfunctional political system. Libby Schaaf knows no political world other than this one. Even if somehow she were a visionary, a leader and a competent manager, she could not do much because dysfunction is all she knows. It's what keeps her and others like her in power.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/25/2018 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Record Against Five Challengers

"No one person - mayor, city council, or school board - is going to solve these problems,"

Former mayor Harris makes the most important point: to solve Oakland's problems all those involved need to be brought together to work effectively.

Bringing Oakland functionally together is a problem of leadership.

Leadership is what Oakland needs and what it hasn't had for a long time.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/24/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Study Finds Significant Reduction in Gun Homicides in Oakland Via Ceasefire Strategy

As one who spent many years with various community groups pushing for implementation of Ceasefire strategies in Oakland, I know just how resistant
city hall was for far too many years.

Many lives could have been saved had pols like Jean Quan and several Council members been capable of understanding what was at stake.

Elsie Joyner and Reygan Cunningham and other city employees have, however, persisted admirably in their commitment to Ceasefire.

Chris Vernon has put it very well: "even more resources are required...caring citizens of Oakland should have the moral courage..." Oakland remains, despite improvement, a dangerous place for far too many young people whose futures continue to be at risk due to the social destruction of
way-too-much violence.

Better is good but it's not nearly good enough.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/22/2018 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Charges Dropped Against Richmond Bicycle Activist Najari "Naj" Smith

As far as I know there's one bicyclist who got busted for his boomer bike with sound trailer.

At the same time every day in Oakland I am forced to listen to dozens of booming motor vehicles going by me wherever I may be in town. I'm not aware of a single one of them being busted, ever.

Racism and anti-bicyclism?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/21/2018 at 12:53 PM

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