Jim Mordecai 
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Re: “Opinion: We Must Stand for Choice

Jovanka Beckles is running for Assembly District 15 too and both are Democrats and both are women.

Jovanka Beckles has the endorsement of local progressives, not the big names of the Democratic Party.

Buffy, never having been elected to public office, her campaign strategy relies on her Obama Administration big name Democrat contacts to substitute for a progressive record. Someday Buffy may be elected to public office and walk the walk of an East Bay progressive.

Jovanka as an elective, has therefore a superior claim to being a "progressive leader". Jovanka's "people powered" campaign won her election to Richmond City Council over corporate money. And, once elected Jovanka has walked the walked of a progressive to pass progressive legislation that is being copied by other progressive East Bay cities.

Vote Jovanka Beckles the progressive leader for Assembly District 15.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 09/19/2018 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Unified Spent $134,000 on No-Bid Bus Contracts for Its Budget-Strapped Sports Program

In November, two Oakland School Board incumbents are running unopposed; and District 4 is the only Oakland School Board race where you can vote for what Len call's in his post above: "'inexperienced candidate' that is the right candidate because "..they won't accept business as usual at OUSD."

I am talking about the only contested Oakland School Board race with newcomer Clarissa Doutherd, parent, non-profit community director, running against old timer/insider Gary Yee. Clarissa is worthy of endorsing because she won't accept "business as usual" ethic of insider Gary Yee if elected.

Gary Yee was such an insider the Oakland School Board make him the Board's interim Superintendent.

Definition of insanity is keeping doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Time to move on from Gary Yee that in the past was smart about many things except the continuing chaos and cover-ups in the District finances.

And, Gary Yee was just too friendly to charter when he was on the Board. He even had voted to renew BayTech's charter. That vote and other votes for growing privately managed charters means he is partially responsible for the $57 million the District lost to charters last year. District can't afford anymore years of Gary Yee letting privately manage charter schools destroy the District.

And, now I read that Bill Gates gave $10 million to the City Fund for over four year to grow Oakland charter schools until they are over 50% of Oakland publicly financed schools.

That is news that must delight Oakland School Board Member Jumoke Hinton Hodge who cheer leads the destruction of public schooling every chance she gets.

Who wins, who loses, who cares?

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/29/2018 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Oakland's BayTech Charter School Violated Multiple State Laws

Len:

You identified the problem as lack of proper oversight but the solution is not another State takeover that left the District with $100 million dollar debt.

And, clearly the forces pushing for that takeover are about selling off the District's land not righting the District's fiscal ship.

Charter school last year cost the District literally millions; 57 million a test indicated (study didn't include cost of law suits from California Charter School Association).

Current California charter law does not provide funding for law suits and 1% of charter school total funding is inadequate funding to oversight of privately managed charter school authorized by the District.

Another problem is 7 county charters in Oakland, the District has no oversight. Alameda City has no charter schools, but it has a charter school located in Oakland that the District also has no oversight.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/27/2018 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Former Principal Alleges Oakland's BayTech School Was Source of Funding for Gülen Movement

No James Naughton we are not in the U.K. BayTech was Kings Estate middle school prior to the homes becoming too expensive for families and enrollment dropping.

Kings Estate is just developers playing with word image of royalty to sell homes.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/27/2018 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Former Principal Alleges Oakland's BayTech School Was Source of Funding for Gülen Movement

Principal Hatipoglu is essentially identifying the Gulen network as organized crime syndicate. California has special laws for organized crime syndicate. The Federal government has laws called RICO laws as tools for fighting organized crime syndicate.

I hope that during the investigation of crimes at BayTech that law enforcement authorities are not shy about employing organized crime syndicate laws.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/21/2018 at 10:53 PM

Re: “More Allegations of Embezzlement at Oakland's BayTech Charter School

"BayTech's board has also hired an independent firm, Oracle Investigations, to review allegations of embezzlement and fraud."

There are three Turkish speaking males on the governing board of BayTech who may or may not be members of the Gulen movement. If Gulen members or supporters the mismanagement at BayTech happened while these three Turkish speaking males were the majority of the BayTech governing board.

Could this hiring of Oracle Investigation be an attempt to hide Gulen control of the governance of BayTech?

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/18/2018 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Unified Moves to Save Gülen Movement Charter School

Who hired former Sacramento Superintendent's consulting firm?

According to this article the consultant was hired by BayTech to "...assist with the school's recovery."

Question is how can BayTech recover If Gulen followers still control BayTech?

If the three remaining BayTech charter school governing board members are, not merely male Turkish speakers, but also members of the Gulen movement, then how will the consultant hiring be merely a distraction from systematic problem of BayTech being in the clutches of the Gulen movement?

Additionally, how does the hiring of a consultant obviate responsibility of the three remaining members of the governing board for the corruption that is being documented by investigation of BayTech.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/18/2018 at 6:57 AM

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