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Re: “Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks Alleges City Attorney Failed to Competently Represent Her in the Elaine Brown Lawsuit

Lets see... the city is on the hook for $1,200,000 plus $1,000,000, for a total of $2,200,000.
Desley is asked to pay only $75,000 for beating a senior citizen.
So now, to "kick off" her re-election campaign, Desley Brooks decides to file a lawsuit against the city (the citizens), after already costing the city (citizens) over TWO MILLION DOLLARS...
By all means Oakland citizens, bend over and take it.... in the pocket book, while you vote to re-elect this excellent council member.
Allow her to stay in office another 4 years to build up her lucrative pension.
Can you imagine any other city getting kicked in the gut and then being asked to vote the culprit back into office.
Just keep watching.... Oh, by the way, did you just get your property tax bill.
Real nice boost in taxes... We'll need it to pay off Desley's assault judgement, plus her new law suit against us (citizens)

Posted by Dan de'Data on 10/09/2018 at 4:55 PM

Re: “BayTech Charter School Under Investigation

Essentially missing from the various posts....is....how well have the children been educated compared to those in the regular OUSD schools?
How effective dollar-per-dollar has Bay Tech been compared to a comparable amount of money spent on regular schools run by the district?
Like the American Indian Charter School... should the board just try to shut Bay Tech down even though it may be doing a better job for the students.
I don't have all the test and graduation results...real or "gamed".
As far as money "leakage" at the school, try to get back the $450,000 if it was illegally obtained.
I've known about the Gulen ties for years as a neighbor's son attended the school.
Little too much "promo" for the poster's film "Killing Ed" found in these posts.
Director: Mark S. Hall
Screenplay: Mark S. Hall
Producer: Mark S. Hall
I only wish someone would spend as much time, money, and effort, on a film about the administration and spending of dollars downtown in the OUSD.
$450,000 is little more than a rounding error down in most years... especially as it regards verifiable "effectiveness" in spending.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 08/09/2018 at 12:40 PM

Re: “East Bay Activists Push for a Bigger Fight

"CIYJA's mission is to end deportations and decriminalize all immigrants."

Please elucidate on this "mission" and explain exactly what you mean by "end deportations"... Include the categories, if any, that can be deported.
Otherwise most will assume you want zero deportations and that anyone who can cross the border has a 'right' to stay here as long as they want.
No limitations on numbers...from Central America, South America, Asia, South Asia (India, Pakistan, etc.), Russia... Is that what they mean?
Hard to pin the position down unless they make the mission clear.
Perhaps someone can help clear this up.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 07/05/2018 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Uber Tax and Mansion Tax Take One Step Closer Toward Oakland's November Ballot

Just as Oakland's economy starts to really take off, in come the "progressive genius contingent" to put their foot on the neck of the city's chances to prosper. Way to go team!
Huge raises in real estate prices leading to giant leaps from the current transfer tax (highest in the Bay Area) aren't enough. NO, we've got to jack up the tax rate (percentage) to go on top of the already boosted prices.
No matter how much money they have, the city council will always demand more.
BTW, most of the requested tax raises will just go to keep up with the tremendous rise in city mandated pensions. ALL to pay for the enormous 35% increase in city pensions, voted in by the city council.
To heck with pot holes and trash pickup, we've got to find a way to cover the huge pension burden the city council placed on us.
With enough effort, the city council may find a way to crush the Oakland resurgence, as it finally enters into the prosperity enjoyed by cities all over the region. Watch them chase the good times away.
Watch business get fed up and choose other cities to expand into.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 06/26/2018 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Police Union Money Flooded the East Bay's District Attorneys' Races

I've watched these elections since 1958... Night before, I saw a person going door to door for O'Malley... I told her there was nothing to worry about, that Prices "high-water" mark was 41%.... Election result was 40.35%.
Write all you want about the flood of money on both sides, but even if Price had had 3 times the money she had, she wouldn't have passed the 45% mark.
We were already tired of the flyers and had made our decisions.
We did NOT want any excessive social engineering of prosecutions.
Side note--- from a purely political marketing perspective. The first flyer I got from Price contained the main front photo of the candidate that was easily the worst photo of all the photos sent in subsequent flyers.
How anyone could have thought THAT particular photo was the best introduction to the relatively unknown candidate is beyond me.
Who was in charge of the campaign and flyer design? It was like a clueless amateur with a pile of money that needed to be spent.
Also, the two phone calls I got from the Price campaign were right out of "Berkeley" central casting. They were so into a "progressive" Berkeley attitude that they had no chance of connecting with the average voter in Alameda County. Plus one of the calls was from out of state via a paid phone bank.
Horribly run campaign, but even if it had been perfect, with triple the funding, Price would still have lost by a considerable margin.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 06/07/2018 at 1:41 PM

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

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