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Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

So claiming Lee and Thurmond endorsed Moore is just 'a hypothetical' according to the political consultants. Some might call it an obvious con job to link Moore to two local Black elected officials; most people would call it a lie. It certainly calls into question Ms Moore's ethics and intent. No candidate supported by the incompetent Mayor Schaff should be allowed anywhere near City Hall.

Posted by Paul Burton on 08/30/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Proposes Affordable Housing Impact Fee

This seems like a step in the right direction, and long overdue, but exactly how much 'affordable housing' will $60 million fund? A 136 unit apartment complex built by Mercy Housing in San Francisco a few years ago cost $54 million to build. Even if the cost of development is lower in Oakland, realistically $60 million would fund maybe 150 units over the next decade - that is 15 units a year. That's hardly enough to stop displacement or slow 'gentrification.' With other sources of funding for low-income / affordable / below market rate housing at ridiculously low levels, a tiny developer fee that only results in $6 million a year will not do much to supplement the dismal funding from the state and federal government.

Posted by Paul Burton on 12/30/2015 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Alameda County Slated to Receive $54 Million for Santa Rita Jail Expansion

The preview pic makes the Sheriff look like a boy scout, instead of the rabid supporter of arming police departments with military gear that he is. Too bad he was re-elected with no opposition, and Alameda County has no one like Ross Mirkarimi to challenge his regressive policies.

Posted by Paul Burton on 11/03/2015 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Coal Attorneys Investigate Oakland City Council

I would hope that the other council members who have not expressed opposition to this scheme will now take a stand against it. The least they can do is speak up against this attempt by Big Coal to harass opponents. It is shocking that only three have spoken in opposition to shipping coal through Oakland to China and would put the promise of a few hundred temporary jobs over the health of Oaklanders and the planet.

What the hell is wrong with the other council members? Are they ignorant or in the pocket of Tagami and Big Coal? Perhaps they see a future in the private sector and can slip through the revolving door like Jerry Bridges and use their insider status to set up their own logistics firms, or opposition research agency.

Posted by Paul Burton on 10/09/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Friday Must Reads: Oakland Loses Bid to Keep Pot Club Open; Judge Indicates that He Will Uphold Berkeley’s Cellphone Law

?? ... according to Reuters, Oakland DOES have standing but the Feds can proceed anyway: "The three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a written opinion that the city has standing to intervene in the civil forfeiture suit against Harborside Health Center, because its closure would cost the city tax revenue."…

Posted by Paul Burton on 08/22/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Oakland's Warriors

and let's not forget that Klay Thompson and Steph Curry each gave a shout out to Oakland and Lake Merritt—Klay pointed to the apartment building across the lake where he lived as a rookie and Steph said he also lived by the lake and used to walk around unnoticed. Harrison Barnes said he still lives in Oakland; most of the Warriors reside in the East Bay.

Maybe the most important comment came from Finals MVP Andre Igoudala, who said it was the fan support for the team at games at Oracle Arena during the 2013 playoffs when he played for Denver that made him want to join the Warriors (that and playing alongside Curry, who he noted at the time was 'more popular than god').

The crowd at the victory celebration was diverse and reflective of the fans at Oracle—Asian, Latino, Black, white, young and old—rabid fans who make superstars like Iguodala want to be here (in Oakland), That will be lost in 'Frisco. The Warriors' ownership really should reconsider the move to The City and stay in The Town.

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Posted by Paul Burton on 06/25/2015 at 4:24 PM

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