Hobart Johnson 
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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/17/2018 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Judge Rules in Favor of Oakland Coal Project

I agree with Gary Patton's perspective on this problem. Oakland ultimately
should prevail and the coal terminal not built.

What bothers me is that Tagami is city hall's favorite developer. He owns half the buildings next to city hall. Council, Mayor and Administrator should have known all along that Tagami could or would get involved in an environmentally-unsound project like a coal terminal. Such a project should have been prevented by clear policy statements early on in the development process.

Where were our Council members/Mayor/Administrator a few years ago when all this costly litigation could have been avoided? Yep, out-to-lunch.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/15/2018 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Oakland's Exclusive Deal to Sell City-Owned Land to Charter School Draws Opposition

The whole purpose of Oakland's commitment to "transparency" (such as it is) is designed to prevent all sorts of inconvenient opposition to the always-thoughtful ideas that spring forth in city hall.


Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/09/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Elections: Cat Brooks Jumps in Mayor's Race


Cat Brooks actually has a brain. Unlike Schaaf and Schaaf's mentor Quan.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/02/2018 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Black and Female Recruits Missing from Latest Oakland Police Academy

"People with financial trouble and placed in a position of authority over the population is a recipe for disaster."

Rich, privileged people are everywhere in positions of authority and the disasters they create are pervasive.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/25/2018 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Huge Housing Project Proposed for Oakland’s Waterfront; Elmwood Café Abruptly Closes After Renewed Attention to Racial Profiling Incident

Even high-rise-dominated, expensive and overly-gentrified San Francisco has rejected tall buildings along the waterfront.

The twin residential towers (I think they are called Fontana) at the north end of Van Ness which block view of the bay in that area were built in the 1950s.

After that experience, San Franciscans wised up.

It's probably appropriate for Oakland, which in so many ways is stuck in the 1950s, to look at approving such a project.

If it's stupid and destructive, it is Oakland style, sadly.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/21/2018 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Flatlands Residents Grill Mayor and City Council Over Illegal Dumping

"The problem isn't the other guy... It's a "community" that doesn't even try... Just so they get their beaks wet."

Yep, Mr. Bigot, them black and brown folks.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/17/2018 at 3:46 PM

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