Esteban Camilo 
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Re: “Town Business: Regulating Tenant Move Out Agreements, and a New Library Parcel Tax Proposed

Alphie, I don't like parcel taxes either (for a different reason than you -- because they aren't proportional to property value), but if this were a sales tax proposal, someone else out there would be saying "I'd vote for this if only it were a property tax..."

My view is that if you support what the money will be used for, you should probably support the tax even if it isn't raised in exactly the way you prefer. (Not just you specifically, everyone.) Otherwise services starve while we wait for an impossible level of agreement. And I, for one, hella support our libraries.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 01/09/2018 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

Wow. Comments like the ones below make me proud to stand with the mayor.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 12/07/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Nutella PR, do you have any idea what businesses currently exist in that area? Most of the existing businesses are low-margin and serve minority (Southeast Asian) communities. They are not in a position to capitalize on the changes a ballpark would bring to the neighborhood, but landlords can and will capitalize on those changes. The result will be displacement of the people who live here now and the businesses that serve them. Yes, there will be winners to offset the losers. Here's how it will go down, by and large: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. You see no problem with this?

And Paula Martin, NO to eminent domain anywhere in Oakland. Period. "Most of what's there can easily be relocated" is a horribly entitled attitude. If the people whose property and businesses are in that area really feel they can "easily be relocated," then whoever can make better use of their land should easily be able to buy it from them. If they don't feel that way, no one has a legitimate right to displace them.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 09/06/2017 at 6:25 PM

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