Dan de'Data 
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Re: “Oaklanders May Vote on Uber Tax

"But there's some evidence that Uber and Lyft riders, on average, have higher incomes, so a tax on the services likely would fall on a population capable of paying it"
Yes, that is the theme in Oakland....if they are "capable of paying it" tax them until they just can't pay any more... Right up to the limits.
Like the wonderful Oakland City Tree cutting permit fee (tax)...
You want to cut a 9" diameter tree in your yard in San Leandro... go ahead, no permit fee... no permit needed.
But if you are one street over in Oakland, you need a permit (tax) and the Oakland fee/tax for that permit is $355... yes, for a city worker to come by your house, look at your 9" diameter tree and give you 'permission' to cut that tree....THREE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS...
Fits with Oakland's/Kaplan's theme,..if the residents are "capable of paying it"...
Revenue...Revenue...Revenue... After all we have gigantic pension costs since pensions were raised 35% overnight in 2004...

Posted by Dan de'Data on 03/08/2018 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

"huh... $10 to $19.... per gram"

$80 a ounce... $2.85 per gram... just over the border in Medford Oregon.


Wait until full production farms get going... The stuff will be as cheap as kale.
The party is over... Look for state taxes to keep the retail price up, while the wholesale market crashes.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 12/28/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Simply a amazing article where the "reporter"... essentially suggests that the public is better off NOT KNOWING the facts about how much they are paying public employees or how high the pensions are for such employees.
Incredible that she would imply that newspapers, and other media outlets not have access to such information that can be passed onto the public.
I suppose this same reporter would banish the Brown Act that guarantees the public's right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies.
Yes lets hide the actions, budgets, and salaries of all government workers from the taxpayers who pay the way.
Secrecy in government is best... Public can't be trusted in understanding the facts. Just leave it all up to the politicians and public employees like in Bell California...
Sheesh... this article deserves some kind of prize for for the "Most anti-free press" article of the year.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 08/11/2017 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

"Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible....by the end of the century".... Hmm... that is some 83 years from now.
I'm sure that the disadvantaged residents of those neighborhoods would place this important concern at about #147 on their list of potential problems they will have over the next 60 years.

Heck by that time nearly ALL of those neighborhoods will have been gentrified and re-gentrified... Thus the number of poor in those neighborhoods will be reduced to near zero.,
It will be entirely a upper middle class or wealthy person's problem, not affecting more than a handful of poor people.

As far as poor people go this rising sea level in Oakland neighborhoods is a non issue for decades to come.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 04/20/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Architect Eugene Tssui Might Be the Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

--"When Tssui first drew up his plans for the Ultima Tower in 1991, he estimated that the project would cost $150 billion and would take 25 years to complete. What public official would want to make that pitch to the people? "

That's no problem, he should talk to Gov. Jerry Brown.
He already sold a similar project to the people... its called California High Speed Rail. Jerry's "high-speed" rail could run from termite-mound to termite-mound. Just 40 of them could house the entire population of California...(a 21st Century version of the California Missions)

Posted by Dan de'Data on 02/01/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Jay Youngdahl, what a knucklehead...
Oh great, chase Uber out of Oakland. A company that is finally bringing downtown back to life after decades of being a wasted desert in the middle of a booming Bay Area.
With more insane suggestions we can assure everyone Oakland will sleep through the next 20 years, devoid of improvement, jobs, and tax revenue.
Uber moving to Oakland is a far greater event than even saving the Raiders, A's, and Warriors would be.
Oakland is finally peeking its head out from doom and dispair and here we have Jay Youngdahl trying to drag the city down again.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 02/01/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I guess the threshold for deportation cooperation should be raised really really high. What should we raise it to? Armed bank robbery, rape, arson of a residence? Apparently some people think multiple "minor" crimes are not enough to allow cooperation with ICE.
If I was undocumented I'd be unusually careful about obeying the law.
How hard is that to do.... I don't know, but I've gone 60+ years without an arrest. I guess its not that difficult.
BTW, according to the data in the most recent ICE annual report, if you are one of the 11 million undocumented, and you have not been convicted of a serious crime, your chances of being deported from the "interior" (25 or more miles from the border) of the USA, are in any given year, one in 700.
Yes, the data shows only one person in 700 gets deported as long as they have not been convicted of a serious crime.
Meaning for most who don't commit crimes, their chances of being deported during a entire 35 year working career, are about 1 in 20.
Essentially next to zero deportations unless you are involved in criminal activity.
Say what you want, that is what the data shows.
No need for most undocumented to be "living in the shadows" like we hear about in the news. Those living a crime free life, are all but free from deportation.
I seriously doubt even Trump is going to be deporting them.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 01/25/2017 at 7:43 PM

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