Hobart Johnson 
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Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Sitting on $315,000 in Campaign Cash Heading Into November Elections

Observers will recall Mayor Schaaf's first big reelection fundraiser which took place a few months after her election as Mayor.

Those big developers don't like to take any chances.

Maybe by 2022, Oaklanders will have grown up enough to realize that this badly-neglected town really needs a competent leader whose first priority is to those who are living here now.

One has to have hope.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/01/2018 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Courtney Ruby Returns to Run for Oakland Auditor

If only there were a complete slate of potential council members and mayor with the competence and ethical character of Courtney Ruby, Oakland might well look forward to a better future.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/30/2018 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Berkeley Police Officers Threaten to Resign and Disband SWAT Unit If Council Doesn't Allow Participation in Urban Shield

M. Good: "So, what is really different?"

Berkeley cop demand is not a strike. It's a threat by limited number of cops to quit regarding a specific policy/training issue.

Look up "strike" and find out how they are organized and for what purpose.

By the way, support for unions by any political group does not mean endorsment of every strike or every policy disagreement.

When reactionaries like Good attempt to understand other points of view, they usually fail. As here.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/24/2018 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Berkeley Police Officers Threaten to Resign and Disband SWAT Unit If Council Doesn't Allow Participation in Urban Shield

"BERKELEY, the most liberal city in the nation, will simply put its foot down, and not allow it."

Dream on. Liberalism, or neoliberalism, is perfectly happy with all our excessive militarism. Here or abroad. Did Obama cut back military activity elsewhere or here? Would Hillary have?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/24/2018 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney Proposes Removing Eviction Protections from Thousands of Apartments

And the cause of all the evictions and increase in homelessness is?

Very difficult, if not impossible, to design legislation to protect renters (as well as small landlords) unless causes are identified and addressed.

Of course it's far too late. But it is important to think things through. Which isn't a usual habit for lawmakers or anyone else involved.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/23/2018 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Stephen Buel Resigns as Publisher

"Hobart, I never said the EBX was perfect..."

No you didn't and I agree with the general sense of your comment that the EBX does have something of a journalistic function. Evidently folks in city hall read it. Maybe they are testing the political winds or maybe they just need advice on where to have brunch or which organically-herbed cocktail to drink.

Two points, plain and simple: the hyperconsumerist style of rags like the EBX is hardly an appropriate appeal to progressive or creative thinkers and doers.

We in Oakland badly need engaged, in-depth reporting on the ever-obscure things going on in city hall. The EBX doesn't come near to this. Robert Gammon's political interests have been clearly established over the years: Mr. Status Quo.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/17/2018 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Stephen Buel Resigns as Publisher

"What's plan B if Buel decides to sell and all of the East Bay faces prospect of a throwaway consisting entirely of entertainment, restaurant reviews, and ads?"

One wonders about how entirely "entirely" means as in the prospect of a "throwaway."

What's the proportion now of investigative reporting vs telling readers how to entertain themselves, where to eat and where to shop? 20% reporting
and 80% that other stuff?

Not to mention the preponderance of supportive, PR-like, uncritical stories about our establishment pols, from Schaaf on down.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/16/2018 at 5:46 PM

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