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Re: “Get Your Money, Murray

I too applaud Kyler Murray for playing the leverage game to his maximum advantage. Far too often it is the MLB and NFL owners who have the players over a barrel in contract negotiations. I have no personal preference for which sport he should pursue. The kid should do what will make him happy. There is no doubt that baseball offers a longer and healthier career. However, there is no guarantee he will make it to the majors to make the big money. See Michael Jordan and Tim Tebow. A quarterback signed in the first round normally receives a big pay check right away and some guaranteed money. With all that being said, A's fans should not fooled by all the media attention around Kyler Murray. From a baseball tool perspective, he is not Bo Jackson or even Deon Sanders. Murray at maybe 5-10, will at best be a .300 hitting 2nd baseman who can steal bases and score runs. He will not be hitting the ball 500 feet and driving in 125 runs a year. For that reason, I don't think the A's should spend any more money on Murray. Players like him are not one of a kind. What they should be doing is addressing the starting pitching problem. After signing Kris Davis to a one year contract reflective of his talent and production, starting pitching is their biggest weakness. I agree that losing Lucroy at the catching position will be a down grade this year. He provided a solid every day presence behind the plate. Given the transient nature of the starting pitching staff, a solid veteran catcher is a must for a team like the A's. At the end of the day, in my opinion, Billy Beane should be replaced. He is not the guy with the vision and influence with other teams to get the A's to the next level. If the goal is to be competitive every year and go home early in September, he has clearly shown that he can do that. If the A's want to beat teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Astro's in the playoffs, they need to spend more money to build up the talent on the roster. In addition, hire a bright young gun in that general manager position who can wheel and deal with teams with undiscovered talent. The Billy Ball days brought no championships and are way over.

Posted by GPatton on 01/16/2019 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief's Troubles Resemble Those of Her Past

Politicians always get it wrong. Look at Chicago, New York, Baltimore and yes, Oakland. When the Mayor get's political heat from actions of the police department, the first and easiest solution is to hire a new Police Chief. In Oakland's case Libby Schaaf was so laser focused on breaking up the OPD boys club, that being a woman was obviously more important than any other qualification. Kirkpatrick was in no way sufficiently qualified or competent to lead a department with as much history of turmoil and dysfunction as Oakland's. Moreover, the cultural diversity of the force and the Oakland community demands a Police Chief with experience in an urban setting. Spokane is not that. In order to fix the issues of OPD, you have to realize that the problems are not at the Chief level of the department. Law enforcement is a culture and the "Blue Line" is real. It is a mentality and culture that has evolved over 100 years in America that benefits those with money and power (usually white) and targets those without. The people who maintain and control the police culture are the command staff. They are the ones who train new officers in the ways of the department. They control the behavior of those below them and information given to those above them in the command structure. They are also strategically out of reach of politicians and protected by union contracts and longevity. Their goal is self preservation of power and as little transparency as possible. They are not interested or invested in change. It is that level where the massive changes have to be made if the culture is to ever be affected. This is the group who waits out the new Chief, no matter what he or she promises to get the job and returns to business as usual when the next crisis ultimately dooms the Chief. The politicians need to get smarter if they really want change at OPD as knee jerk reactions for political expediency will never work. Kirkpatrick is just the latest example.

Posted by GPatton on 01/02/2019 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Where's the Affordable Housing?

We are seeing perhaps the biggest housing bubble the City of Oakland has ever seen. Land values have exploded in the Town because of the regional tech boom that started about 2010. New construction of housing can be seen in Jack London Square, downtown and all along the Broadway corridor. This article failed to mention that one reason why more affordable units have not been built is because many of these projects were originally approved in the early 2000's, before the economic recession and when there was no affordable housing ordinance in place. The entitlements granted at that time have been extended over time and projects sold and resold to new developers. With that being said, the policy makers in Oakland have known since about 2008 that the economics of affordable housing would limit the number of units that were economically feasible except in parts of the city (Temescal, Rockridge) where there was no political will, otherwise known as courage, to require construction of affordable units. I applaud and support Scott Weiner and the legislature for trying to provide political cover for local politicians statewide. Unfortunately, we live in a time where politicians at all levels of government fail to do what they know is the right thing in favor of their own political preservation. Affordable housing is clearly a regional problem and as long as housing is not built where the jobs are, everyone in the bay area will suffer. Cities need to stop giving tax breaks and financial incentives to the job creators like Google, Amazon and Facebook and make these people finance or build affordable housing as a part of these mega employment campuses.

Posted by GPatton on 12/19/2018 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The Town Strikes Back

Hey 7552, nobody ever mentioned bigotry, hate, race or the fact that they are both white. I merely pointed out an obvious visual similarity that is in fact reflective of both of them living in a time warp.You are the one who brought up race and politics. It is your comment that has no place in this discussion. Perhaps it is your inability to focus on the issue and to understand nuance that is the basis for your sensitivity and choice to hide behind a number. If you are going to make bizarre accusations, at least have the courage to own it.

Posted by GPatton on 12/12/2018 at 7:05 AM

Re: “The Town Strikes Back

I hope the City of Oakland can recoup financially the losses incurred from the Raiders ill conceived exit from Oakland. Only Donald Trumps shear stupidity exceeds the outright arrogance and ignorance of Mark Davis. Or, maybe not. In fact, they are 2 of a kind, same color with nearly the same haircut (lol). Does Davis really think that his threat to not play in Oakland in 1919 as a response to a lawsuit has any value at all? Hey moron, you are a 3-9 team and the number of vacant seats increases every week. We watch our stars that we drafted on TV (Mack,Cooper) playing for other teams and dominating play. Thousands of life long Raider fans like me, do not care anymore. We have found better things to do on Sundays. The people who go to Raider games this year go for the tail gate party and family fun, not the football. This fool can't leave town fast enough. Raider fans should not be duped, the only reason the NFL owners agreed to this move to Vegas was outright greed. Both Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones are already invested in on line gambling and other owners want a piece of the action. The see a team in Vegas as an entree into the gaming industry. There is no doubt that their greed forced them to break their own relocation rules by the entire disjointed process that put the Rams back in LA and the Chargers in a soccer stadium in Carson. The owners should be financially liable for the damage and financial destruction that they caused. By the way Raider nation, the trade of Amari Cooper to Dallas was Mark Davis repaying Jerry Jones for pushing the Vegas deal through the owners committee and getting final approval. We all know that Davis does not have sufficient intelligence, business sense, respect or relationships with the other owners to have made this happen. They correctly see him as the clown that he is. Hey Mark, there is only one phrase that fully explains the Raider fan response to you at this point and that is"bye Felicia"!

Posted by GPatton on 12/11/2018 at 5:39 PM

Re: “A’s Swing for the Fences at Howard Terminal

Modern American culture is under relentless sensory assault promulgated by the takeover of social media in our lives. We are in a continual pursuit of the next huge viral thing. That thing can be a so called "video personality" with a big ass, a sports star like Zion Williams at Duke or even a new baseball stadium. Williams was being touted as the next Lebron james after less than 10 games as a college freshman. Only last week when he and Duke were humbled by a loss to Gonzaga and the emergence of a player named Hachimura, with obviously better basketball skills than Williams, did people begin to pump the brakes. The same can be said for the new A's jewel ballpark. Dave Kaval and the A's have hit it big out of the box. This project proposes to develop not one, but both the Howard Terminal and the Coliseum sites. The architectural renderings are both impressive and forward thinking in accounting for the rise in water levels in the bay and providing tech offices, open space and affordable housing. The local politicians all gathered together for the news conference and could barely contain themselves. However, instead of jumping on the bandwagon just yet, I urge the public to pump your collective brakes until the A's come forward with some details. First of all, how do you get there? The new A's baseball stadium has NO parking. There is no parking within a mile and a half of the Howard Terminal site. Kaval projects that they will build gondolas over I-880 and the railroad tracks to bring 6,000 fans per game to the stadium. In addition, a new pedestrian bridge will be needed for the hearty souls who have to walk. These are not inexpensive infrastructure projects to accomplish. The permitting process alone from Cal Trans and the Railroad companies to traverse their right of ways could take years. Patrons were recently stuck in the air at Knowland Park Zoo when the gondola up to the restaurant malfunctioned. What great memories fans could get from being stuck over I-880 on the way to an A's game. This is supposed to be a privately financed stadium, but the infrastructure alone to get people there will be very expensive. In concept, development proposed at the Coliseum would subsidize the ballpark costs. However, last time I checked, public open space and parks do not generate a lot of revenue. Kaval and the A's present a pretty picture, but there are no numbers, not even rough estimates of what the bottom line costs will be for this project. My initial skepticism was not made better by the last minute announcement of the community meeting to discuss the project today, November 29th. That is one day after the first big media public announcement. If your neighbor needs a permit to build a fence that is too tall, the City gives you a 10 day notice. Hey Kaval, how much public input do you really expect with a 1 day notice? Let me be clear, I am an A's fan who is still pissed with Jerry Brown for killing the A's Fox theater ballpark project in Uptown. I want a new park that works for everyone. However, I don't want MLB's desire for the waterfront ballpark TV money shot to drive the project. It is selection of the right site, not the design that should be the priority in making the decision. The best site needs to be superior from a fiscal, regional transportation and economic development perspective. A good architect can design an attractive stadium anywhere. Based on past performance, I am not convinced that the local politicians are astute enough to understand the distinction.

Posted by GPatton on 11/29/2018 at 5:06 PM

Re: “OPD Cop Caught Making Apparent False Statements After Injury Crash

"Incorrect report", really? Why is it so difficult for some people to call a thing a thing. The cop LIED period, end of sentence! Why is America so brainwashed when it comes to law enforcement and truth. Here is the truth, video cameras have shown over and over and over that cops behave inappropriately and illegally every single day. They profile and verbally abuse innocent people, plant evidence and create scenarios in retrospect that did not happen. They shoot unarmed people, especially if they are Black or Brown. Instead of diffusing a potential situation upon arrival, they, as the law enforcement professionals, escalate the encounter. What the the public get's after a citizen is dead is the same old tired explanation and lies on the news. The officer was in fear of his life and discharged his weapon in fear. It was always the dead persons fault and he is not here to give the other side of the event. The same rehearsed line is given when the victim is unarmed on the ground or walking or driving away. The truth is that many cops are in fear for their lives as soon as they leave the yard and everything a citizen of a certain color does evokes the maximum force response. We have all seen the tapes. A cop in Texas physically assaults a young black girl in a swim suit, throws her to the ground and pulls his gun. Even his fellow officers looked at him like what is your problem man? Black unarmed drivers are given instructions by a cop and when in the process of compliance are shot. Young unarmed Black men are shot walking or running away from a cop who then claims that he was in fear of his life. Sorry Bruce, it is not an incorrect report, it is a lie. Many cops have military backgrounds and think they are still in Iraq or Afghanistan. I know that all cops are not bad and that they all have an extremely difficult job to do.But at least 10% of the cops on the street are not mentally or emotionally balanced enough to do the job. We have seen bad cops move from job to job running away from their poor records and it seems that history is not a determinant of future behaviors for some. It is urgent that leaders in law enforcement do a better job training and psychologically assessing job candidates to exclude those dangerous to the community. It has to be a PRIORITY!

Posted by GPatton on 11/07/2018 at 9:37 AM

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