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Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

I think those Dubliners should ask themselves who their housekeepers,cooks and gardeners are and where do they live.

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 04/05/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

My heart is heavy at the loss of so many young talented artists with their whole lives ahead of them.
the incredible rising rents in the east bay have pushed many artists into unsafe buildings, where some landlords also lack the funds to upgrade their buildings for these venues or uses. After the fundraising for the victims and their families ends, a fundraising effort to upgrade these buildings could start, at least to make them safe. Fundraising could be led by sharing companies such as Uber and AIRBNB and tech companies such as Pandora, or Google, who have so many of their employees living in Oakland. And after all the housing needs of these companies are creating the pressure for rents. to rise. Support the arts and the artists!!

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Posted by Judy.Belcher on 12/07/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “If Oakland Cracks Down On Underground Warehouses, It Will Snuff Out The City’s DIY Soul

my heart breaks at the loss of so many young artists and muscians, who are the soul of Oakland. After the end of fundraising for the victims and families,
a new fundraising drive should start to help fund safety up grades for the many warehouses used by Oakland's artists. Oakland Technology companies
such as Pandora and Uber could spear head this effort . It sems technology, although a huge benefit for Oakland, is also the driver of high rents which are forcing some into unsafe warehouses.

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 12/07/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan is a really excellent council peron, one with a vision for Oakland while attending to the needs of his district. His opponent is backed by the Landlords Association

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 10/12/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

There really is a huge difference between being liberal and being progressive

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Posted by Judy Belcher on 11/13/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Joe Tuman Announces Run for Oakland Mayor, With a Heavy Focus on Public Safety

I am confused by Tuman labeling Quan's second and third choice votes as a disadvantage since she had a more than 60% approval rating in March 2011

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Posted by belcherjudy@aol.com on 07/26/2013 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Manipulating the Vote

"It is outrageous that a powerful politician like Don Perata, who nearly ended up going to jail over corruption charges, now is trying to thwart the will of the 69% of Oakland voters who voted to use instant runoff voting. Perata has shown again and again in his career that he has disdain for voters and democracy. Now he is running for mayor of Oakland, and the fact that he wants to bring his corrupt ways that polluted Sacramento to Oakland is very disturbing. Instant runoff voting not only will be good for democracy in Oakland because it will boost voter turnout, but it will also save the city millions of tax dollars by consolidating from two elections to one. And it will help minority candidates and voters, since turnout among those communities in a June primary was extremely low, yet that is when most elections were decided in Oakland. By deciding races in a single November election using IRV, Oakland will result in numerous benefits. But Perata, of course, cares nothing about that, he only cares about his own political career."

Posted by Judy Belcher on 10/28/2009 at 4:37 PM

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