Jeff Diver 
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Re: “Oakland Approves Tenant Relocation Assistance for Owner Move-Ins and Condo Conversions

Kalb should recognize rent control does not work- it does not add 1 unit of housing to the housing stock. Economists have debunked the theory that rent control has any broader positive impact on housing. Yes it does benefit certain lucky renters (poor or not), but harms mom and pop landlords disproportionately and harms cities housing stock overall, and raises rental prices. Means testing would have disallowed Mayor Ed Koch's rent control apt. I know people (one recently featured in Sunset magazine) who have second homes because they have a rent controlled unit- is that really who you mean to protect? Why do we means test anything?

Posted by Jeff Diver on 01/10/2018 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Oakland has a crime epidemic. A LPR at a hospital is great, now let's put them on the getaway routes around town and put a dent in crime in Oakland.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 11/28/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

It is such a broken system- where are the policy makers? Where are the voters demanding a working system? This is one of so many broken systems in Alameda County- take your pick- but I do wonder what the policy makers @$100K + a year actually do.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/13/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

I agree with all the commenters who have a healthy dose of skepticism. Oakland government seems financially illiterate (and also governance illiterate- like filling potholes, or inspecting buildings for fire safety, the pension crisis coming, the myriad of ways in which Oakland city government has shown its ineptitude. Then there are the ethical challenges Oakland officials have as well. I wouldn't rush in- some things just have to be sorted out prior. Why not make a requirement of Oakland city officials, at least some, to "... have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. "

Posted by Jeff Diver on 03/23/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

Apparently Oakland has a huge issue with not being able to negotiate & administer contracts. The lack of competency in basic city government functions does not surprise me but it ought to.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/12/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: On the Oakland City Council's agenda for the week of January 18

Why does Oakland want to buy the parking garage back?

Posted by Jeff Diver on 01/19/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

I am glad we can find common ground at times Mr. Gammon. This stinks. Thanks for reporting.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 01/13/2016 at 2:59 PM

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