Mike Elwin 
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Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Court-appointed monitor is critical of OPD; Hayward approves emergency just-cause ordinance

"NFL owners will one day attempt to force Davis to sell the team" No, they won't. If they haven't disciplined themselves after all the years of owners crapping on fans and hometowns in order to get richer, they won't start now. In fact, they'll kiss Davis's behind for breaking the gambling taboo.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 03/07/2019 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Nominates “BBQ Becky” Victim for Oakland Parks and Rec Position

Let's not go overboard with the BBQs. Advocates have harkened back to the good old days of the Festival on the Lake, but the festival was a failure. After only a few years, it was shut down by the city because vendors and shoppers stopped coming. There was too much drinking and drugs, too much theft, too many fights and general rowdiness. So before we go celebrating the people's Victory by the Lake, let's take a breath and just enjoy a peaceful day by the water.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 05/23/2018 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Oakland Hit With Another $1 Million Judgment in Brooks Case; Senators Call for Investigation Into ICE Lying About Schaaf

No, not a commission. A department! Then the city could hire a manager and take staff from another department, probably Parks & Rec since this an environmental issue. Then Parks & Rec would have to hire new people to replace the ones who left. Everybody would win!

Posted by Mike Elwin on 03/25/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Smart Growth Housing Bill Is a Game-Changer

I'm with Nick W and Stacey Elam. Painting SB827 as an anti-racist measure is baloney. It will result in destructive gentrification in low-income neighborhoods, as in West Oakland, because that's where our transit hubs are.

I live in Glenview, a mainly single-family neighborhood in Oakland. YIMBYs love our neighborhood. They want to live here precisely, exactly, and only because ours is a wonderful place, a place we made and kept with our time, money and energy. The outrageous appreciation in the price of housing here isn't because of us--it's because jobs and transit aren't spread around the bay. Jobs are in SF and Silicon Valley, transit is a bad joke except for buses in some places.

SB827 isn't a one-time change in zoning law. It's part of a long-term strategy using small successive changes in local laws, creating a net that captures them. It's a common means of undermining local democracy--change a law here and a law there and pretty soon you have a sledgehammer destroying a broad swath of long-time customs and laws, and all of the destruction made perfectly legal piecemeal. Notice, as Mr Gammon says, that the law doesn't simply upgrade local zoning laws to allow higher buildings or reward localities for applying them. It "takes zoning near transit hubs out of the hands of local governments." And notice the sneers at local politicians who serve their communities' interests.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 02/24/2018 at 3:23 PM

Re: “The Warriors' Empty Gesture

Hey Robert, those T-shirts aren't a hollow gesture. They're a slap in the face from the gloating, SOB owners.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 02/24/2018 at 2:24 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

Since the failure of De La Fuente to win the mayor's office, Oakland's Latinos have had a disproportionately small impact on the city's politics and its black voters have had a disproportionately large one. Maybe now things will balance out. Certainly, our black voters have sent some sketchy pols to the city council, not that they have a monopoly on poor choices.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 02/15/2018 at 9:48 AM

Re: “No-Bid $300,000 Contract for Oakland's Department of Violence Prevention Consultant Put on Hold

How many consultants and activists on violence prevention has the city already heard from over the years? More than enough, I think.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 02/14/2018 at 9:23 PM

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