Mari jones 
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Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

To address Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD:

Desley Brooks routinely talks up racial disparity in Oakland when she, herself, is under attack. Very little has improved during her 16 year tenure. In fact, the overwhelming increase of the newly homeless are African-American amongst continued discriminatory city policies, SRO shortages and school closures.

Above all, she has no interest in Oakland other than what can be bartered to her benefit and her office reflects that. No policy or legislative analyst-Just Desley.

We will be better served with anyone else in office. BYE DESLEY!

Posted by Mari jones on 01/17/2018 at 10:25 AM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

The JPA seems to be desperately attempting to avoid public disclosure.

Any discussions by the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority regarding Coliseum business would be subject to the Brown Act including any so-called retreat.

Posted by Mari jones on 11/09/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Another Unnecessary Sports Expense

Scott McKibben was sued along with the Anschutz Entertainment Group for rigging the sale of a newspaper in 2005.

It looks like Mr. McKibben's contract is intended to prevent another potential executive from having any opportunity to uncover what has been done including why O.Co sponsorship of the Coliseum ended in the months before the Raiders announced a move.

Posted by Mari jones on 10/17/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

This 'open letter' is nothing more than a political stunt to make it appear as though Desley Brooks and Keith Carson are active in addressing the issues in Oakland.

Police misconduct in Oakland is not a new issue and we all know it well. Desley Brooks has been a councilmember for 15 years so why waste her precious time on it?

Perhaps, it's because Councilmember Brooks will be running for re-election in 2018. And, she will run because she is self-serving and Oakland is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing and not be held accountable.

Keith Carson is a mystery. But, several projects he is associated with in addition to his fellow Board of Supervisors are questionable according to the 2016-2017 Alameda County Grand Jury Final Report.

Don't be distracted with this 'open letter' nonsense.

Posted by Mari jones on 08/04/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: LocoL Expands to West Oakland; Burma Bear and Agave Open Uptown

The owners must not have read or don't care about the reviews of the location on Broadway.I cannot think of a good reason why they would want to open another location when so many people have commented about the food lacking. The taste of the food is basic at best.

Posted by Mari jones on 07/06/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

To address Mr. Jack Norton and his comment:

Nate Miley's son, Chris Miley, does work for Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and is a Deputy Chief of Staff. That is not slinging mud but, rather, a FACT.

Nate Miley's daughter, Sarah Miley, does work for Paramedics Plus. Paramedics Plus has a contract that is voted upon by Alameda County Supervisors. Also a FACT.

Nate Miley does pay for his health club membership with campaign funds. FACT.

So, Mr. Norton, in your small brain world, all of the above may be ok. However, most educated people would see terrible choices and conflicts of interest.

Posted by Mari jones on 06/02/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

As a long-time Oakland resident, I cannot recall anything that Miley has executed that really has (or had) an impact in the Oakland-Alameda County communities. So, I took the opportunity to hear him speak at a forum in Castro Valley. Miley does not present himself well. He sounds very ignorant and stated that he believes the County is well run. I disagree.

Miley said that it should be acceptable for him to pay for his Claremont Hotel sports club membership with campaign funds. But, he makes $232,000.00. He cannot afford to pay for the membership? Meanwhile, his constituents are becoming homeless due to unreasonably high rents.

Scott Haggerty, another Supervisor, was recently investigated by the Grand Jury and the result indicated that his official office cost the County money in the 2014-2015 final report:…

In addition, Miley sits on the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority which has issued some very questionable contracts including one to a law firm affiliated with the politically corrupt Don Perata:…

Voters be smart. VOTE for BRYAN PARKER!

Posted by Mari jones on 06/01/2016 at 2:47 PM

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