Gary Patton 
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Re: “Davis Dysfunction Dooms Raiders Again

There is a law of the universe that says if you live foul and treat people badly, good things will not happen for you. The Raiders descent into oblivion has just begun. The obvious take away from the Patriots game in Mexico City is that the Raiders are not ready in any way to be competitive on Sundays. They do not have the players, the coaching, the attitude or an owner that has a clue. When Al Davis was ruling the roost, we never saw Mark Davis. He was not on the sidelines or in the war room on draft day. He was not in the front or back office learning how to be an owner. The best I can tell is that he was somewhere being a spoiled rich kid indulging in everything else available to him except football. The clearest illustration of how unprepared he is was illustrated at the press conference two years ago when the NFL announced which franchises would go to LA. The Rams executives were wall street polished and prepared. The Rams, not so much, but Mark Davis was just plain embarrassing. He had on a silver and black pinstripe suit that looked like it came from Eastmont Mall in 1977. He then took the mike and insulted every loyal to the death Raider fan in Oakland. He is a clown who is broke, has not respect by other owners and is doomed to fail. The fans of Oakland should be glad that we only have to view the beginning of this tragedy in the next 2 years. If you can't make it in LA with a Super Bowl team (1985), why would you think anybody in Las Vegas would be interested in a doomed losing franchise. The Raiders will never be great until Mark Davis sells the team to somebody who knows what they are doing. Clearly, from top to bottom, he does not. The Patriot franchise is at the top of the league in personnel, coaching, preparation and attitude. The Raiders are arguably near the bottom.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/22/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Hey EM, if you are going to co opt my comments about the General Plan and Zoning being the problem in an article you wrote to the Tribune, next time at least give me some credit in a footnote. It is what writers with integrity and not a political agenda do. Also, if you want to play the race card as your main offensive weapon, at least be historically correct. In the case of West Oakland, in the early 20th century, most of the residential populations around industry were Italian, Portuguese and Irish. Blacks did not make the great migration to Oakland from the south until the 1940's and 50's. Similarly, in East Oakland, many industrial land uses predated the construction of residential neighborhoods that came later and ultimately served that same migratory population. Just because Black people are there now does not always mean that these uses were placed there because Blacks lived nearby. Not that there are never cases where that is a factor. But just as historically correct is that these uses chose locations because of economic factors like proximity to the Port as well as convenient rail and truck transportation.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/20/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Judge Says Oakland Had a ‘Duty’ to Deal With Ghost Ship; Two Former UC Officials Interfered With State Audit

It did not take long for a Superior Court judge to determine that once they had knowledge, the City of Oakland had a legal duty to put the Ghost Ship property owner on notice of the life safety violations on the property. They should have at a minimum advised the parties that the residential occupancy was illegal. Mitigation measures should have included fines, immediate evictions and a compliance plan with target dates for completion. Instead, the City did nothing and people died. The question I have is why the District Attorney did not include the City of Oakland and the owner in the initial charging of the building manager. That is clearly negligence on the District Attorneys (Nancy O'malley) part and deserves EBX investigation.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/15/2017 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

There is no doubt that poor and low income neighborhoods in America have always been impacted by injustice and unequal treatment when it comes to nuisance land uses that create dangerous environmental impacts. Lack of political power and lack of concern and sensitivity for the welfare of these neighborhoods (racism) by politicians are most assuredly to blame. Both West Oakland and East Oakland have long histories of industrial land uses interspersed in and around residential neighborhoods. As the factories and warehouses which once provided jobs for residents of these neighborhoods began to disappear in the later part of last century, awareness of environmental issues began to increase. Remaining on many of these sites are the dormant remnants of previous industry. There are storage tanks, lubricants, oils, solvents, paints, and contaminants of all kind.While I understand the concern about the Neptune Society, the fact is that they prevailed in court because they followed the zoning and environmental laws in existence at the time they chose to locate a site in East Oakland. Because of political pressure, the City then tried to retroactively deny their permit, which is illegal.There is also the "poltergeist" factor of a crematorium, which nobody wants to live next to, but many choose as an alternative for deceased love ones. Neighbors should be concerned about the impacts of remaining industrial uses whose operations are grandfathered from modern air and soil monitoring requirements. In addition, there are regional ambient environmental impacts from freeways filled with diesel trucks servicing the Port of Oakland and stuck on I-880 in traffic. There are diesel powered container ships sitting at the Port for days until they can offload their cargo. There is a prevailing southeast wind blowing contaminants over East Oakland 24 hours a day. These impacts are real whether or not the Neptune Society locates in East Oakland. They are also a much more dangerous threat to short and long term public health. It is good that people are mobilizing to protect their neighborhood, but the Neptune lesson is that neighborhoods need to focus on areas where they can actually make a difference. If neighbors want to affect change, make the City amend the General Plan and Zoning laws, which were the real problem in this case, not environmental racism by individual decision makers.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Don't expect much push back from the City of Oakland in terms of protecting sensitive environmental habitats. If Cappio is involved, the impact will be down played and developers will always be able to find a way to move forward. Several decades ago, under her watch in the City of Emeryville, a paved parking lot was constructed over Native American burial grounds. If that is her concept of appropriate mitigation of a significant unavoidable impact, the birds at Lake Merritt are doomed. They should start packing their bags immediately.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Naomi Schiff is spot on. There is a certified EIR at the Coliseum site. Beyond spending several hundred thousand dollars on the EIR and Area Plan, the now defunct Redevelopment Agency (City Council) spent millions of dollars over the last 20 years acquiring private properties adjacent to the Coliseum. The purpose for that major expenditure of public money was always to build at least one and maybe two new regional sports facilities. Now, the citizens are supposed to forget about those millions of dollars and support a new site (Laney) that requires starting all over. Not to mention the obvious traffic, environmental and economic impacts on sensitive wetlands and one of Oaklands economically challenged ethnic neighborhoods. To walk away from the Coliseum at this point is the ultimate example of fiscal irresponsibility by public officials.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/10/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

So I am supposed to believe that a poll commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce concluded that 62% of Oakland residents support the ballpark at the Laney site. That statistic and it's conclusion are both ridiculous. However, there is no explanation of the statistical data underlying the poll or any idea what questions were asked and who was asked. The number was obviously extrapolated from a much smaller sample size and it would be instructive to know who those people are. My gut tells me that of course the folks in Temescal, Rockridge, North Hills and Montclair neighborhoods would love to run down to the Laney site to go to a ballgame. After all, they would then never need to drive through East Oakland, unless they are on their way to the Airport, to see how the rest of the City lives. Many of the folks in Central East Oakland do not care about the A's or where the ballpark is located.Many do not speak English and others are too focused on raising their kids and keeping the lights on. They don't have extra money to go to sporting events, no matter where the stadium is built. I find this article irresponsible and just an early sign of the public relations campaign that the A's have embarked on in order to politically crush the legitimate objections of folks in the East Lake neighborhood.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 4:48 PM

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