Jan Van Dusen 
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Re: “Alameda County Superior Court Reverses License Suspensions for Nearly 54,000 Drivers Who Couldn't Afford to Pay Traffic Fines

This was so overdue and I'm glad to see this basic unfairness ended. Like the bail bond system, the practice of suspending drivers' licenses for the inability to pay fines was so incredibly stupid. Now let's let people contest parking tickets without first paying them, and let people pay parking tickets in installments! Oakland parking enforcement is such a racket, it's like the Mafia.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 11/29/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

Can we please use part of the Oakland Coliseum property for sideshows, stock car races, racing exhibitions, etc., when the Raiders leave? If the city provided a dirt track surrounded by earthen berms, surrounded by bleachers where people could see the action, and participants could show off their skills, maybe that would work. Since sideshow participants would be getting most of what they want, this might be a lot easier on law enforcement, too. LE would only have to make sure no guns or other contraband are brought into the venue. This could be a net moneymaker for Oakland, if people are willing to come from so far away to attend sideshows. If we build it they will come? It wouldn't cost that much to give it a try. I know, insurance. But we insure lots of other things, and this seems like it's here to stay. So make a place for it.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 11/27/2017 at 6:51 PM

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

Jack London Square is only a few blocks from the 12th Street BART station, and is within walking distance of the Lake Merritt BART station. Numerous buses are also available for the few blocks involved. The railroad tracks are a VERY minor obstacle, and some fans might even choose to arrive by train. If people want a downtown ballpark experience, the Howard Terminal site is the one to pick. The Peralta site really isn't downtown, and putting a ballpark there would ruin a vibrant community with affordable, unique restaurants and other businesses. The result would be bland, boring and expensive.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/06/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Ethics Commission: Oakland Councilmember McElhaney Violated Conflict-of-Interest Rules, Accepted Illegal Gifts

It doesn't sound like oany of this was done secretly. Don't you love how the ethics commission did not investigate until EBX reported on this corruption? Kinda like how most of Oakland's corruption goes uninvestigated?

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 07/25/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “City of Oakland to Settle Wrongful Attempted-Murder Conviction for $300,000

Oh, please. The Alameda County DA's office is dirty as all hell. Brady violations are nothing to them; they do that to everyone if they possibly can, and routinely get away with it. They violated Brady with me too, and a hell of a lot more than that. Magistrate judge must be incredibly naive, to believe DA version of this. Anyone familiar with Alameda County DA tactics would NEVER believe them about ANYTHING.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 05/04/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Yes, thank you, Darwin. Once again, documents reveal totally corrupt City of Oakland officials 1) enriching private citizens at public expense, and 2) aiding and abetting the operation of a large apartment building without legally required fire safety equipment, leading to 4 deaths.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/30/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

I totally agree with Clarence C. Johnson. Did NOT understand the brouhaha about where in the building the affordable units were located. I'd like to point out some advantages of living on lower floors: Residents of the lower floors will spend less time waiting for elevators, will possibly be able to walk the stairs to and from their apartments whenever they want to, and will be able to get in and out a lot faster than residents of the upper floors. Upper floor residents will have better views. Life is a trade-off.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/22/2017 at 9:20 AM

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