Doug Martins 
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Re: “There's zero chance the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas (if they do, I'll sport a Mark Davis bowl cut for a week)

So will you keep your promise and get the hair cut? it's also funny reading these comments of people being so certain the Raiders wouldn't move. You were all wrong.

Posted by Doug Martins on 04/02/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

TL;DR: Internal investigation concluded that law enforcement officers broke the law. They will not go through the criminal "justice" system. They will get unpaid vacation instead.

Posted by Doug Martins on 09/08/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Unions United Against Police Reform Proposal

This is not about being pro or anti-police. It's about whether you think a private, unelected arbitration board can overturn disciplinary actions against police officers.

The other unions have decided to back the OPOA because they care about their own financial interests over the welfare of the public and they're making a bet that this issue is too esoteric for the public to care about. The sad thing is, this is no financial threat to the OPOA or any other union. The Kalb/Gallo measure only applies to personnel matters. The other unions are just upset at any hint that any exception they've gotten for themselves might have a precedent for being removed later.

I am not anti-union. My father was in a union and I saw the benefits. But this goes too far.

By striking out at any perceived slight loss of power, the OPOA and other unions are putting us all at risk of bad cops staying in their positions and whistleblowers refusing to report abuse because NOTHING will happen to the bad cops. The unions are corrupting Oakland with their selfishness.

Posted by Doug Martins on 06/21/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Study: Oakland's Housing Affordability Crisis Is the Worst Among Major US Cities

Darwin, two points that I think are misleading in your article:

First, comparing current market rate rents to the median Oakland income in order to come up with the 70% number is not necessarily appropriate. If most Oakland residents work elsewhere (say, Berkeley or SF), you'd need to compare their income from those cities to Oakland rental prices. Otherwise, this ratio would be skewed by people who live here but are unemployed or live in cheaper areas like Antioch but commute to Oakland to work here.

To be accurate, you'd need to compare just the incomes to rents for people who both live and work in Oakland and exclude others. I'm sure that Oakland is becoming less affordable overall, but I also think the two extremes of deep poverty & underemployment among some (who may be paying rents much below market rate) and wealthy commuters who work in SF (but are paying much more in rent) are skewing the results.

Second, rent control is working if tenants can keep affording their place in the face of the recent increase in market rate rents. It's irrelevant that they can't afford to move into a market rate unit for the time being. That's how rent control is supposed to work.

There is definitely an affordability problem, but I sincerely doubt many are paying 70% of their income in rent. Please review your methodology.


Posted by Doug Martins on 12/10/2015 at 1:17 AM

Re: “A Mother of Modern Medical Marijuana Calls in a Favor

Wow, I can't believe Mike Corral is trying to shut down WAMM after working so hard to build it over the years.

Posted by Doug Martins on 05/22/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Replacing Courtney Ruby

It's really simple, actually. Roberts has not been working to change Oakland because this is her first introduction to politics. Raphael has been working for years to improve Oakland and has put in the time to understand what works and what doesn't here.

Roberts came out of nowhere and is getting major funding from every special interest group that is trying to protect the status quo: police, fire, public employee unions, etc. It's clear that these groups do not want a more accountable Oakland because they'd have to change how they do things.

Whoever you want for mayor, the clear best choice for City Auditor is the person who has been working and will continue to work to see that your money is spent most effectively: Len Raphael.

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Posted by Doug Martins on 10/22/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

I agree with many of the commenters above. It isn't a political ideology that gets things done, it's careful administration and relentless commitment/pragmatism. The strategies Gammon praises are about effectiveness, and both liberals and conservatives can hamper effectiveness.

In Oakland where I live, the liberal adversarial approach to the police department has taken a bad situation (corrupt police, head-bashing at demonstrations) and made it worse. Budgets are mismanaged and politicians like Mayor Quan keep changing priorities all the time ("100 Blocks" plan, then "90% of crimes" plan). That's just poor management.

A naive conservative view of "just shoot anything that moves and put the rest in jail" is also terrible. But again, when the focus is on ideology over administration, you end up with an ineffective public safety plan.

Richmond's success isn't about the triumph of any ideology, it's about patient and skillful management. Unfortunately, Oakland political candidates are focused on fighting an ideological battle with no concern for effective management. We truly have a "brain drain" that needs to be overcome before we can make progress on issues like this.

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Posted by Doug Martins on 09/18/2014 at 3:01 PM

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