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Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

The PHI study did not confirm a total pass through of the tax to consumers. What it did show is that some retailers were passing through the tax to consumers, to greater or lesser degrees, and some were not. The small grocers were generally not. They are a competitive disadvantage if they have to sell higher priced soda than neighboring stores in Albany etc. that do not have the tax, and have fewer resources to absorb it.…

Posted by MarleenLee on 08/15/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

It is the proponents of this tax that are being deceptive, not the beverage industry. Read the measure. Really. Read it. The actual tax must be paid by the beverage distributors - i.e. the grocers. The grocers do NOT need to increase the cost of sodas by a single penny, and if you look at how Berkeley's tax worked, apparently the cost of soda did not go up by one penny.…
What actually happens is that most grocers decide to absorb the cost themselves, or distribute to consumers by upping the cost of all groceries. So it IS a grocery tax. And the money gets dumped into the general fund with no requirement that the money be spent on any health programs.

Posted by MarleenLee on 08/12/2016 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Vote Yes on Oakland’s Measure Z and No on Berkeley’s Measure R

For why you should vote NO on Measure Z, check out http://noonmeasurez.blogspot,.com. As for Ceasefire - there is no logic to any of the arguments being made. The homicide rate in 2013 was exactly the same as it was in 2005 - with and without Ceasefire. Oakland's overall serious crime rate in 2013 was WAY higher than in 2005, when we had no Ceasefire. There is no actual proof that Ceasefire is making a bit of difference in Oakland's overall crime rate.

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Posted by MarleenLee on 10/26/2014 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Measure Z and Oakland's Operation Ceasefire

For more information on why Measure Z is a bad idea, visit

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Posted by MarleenLee on 10/15/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “In Oakland Hills Race, A Battle of Ideologies

There are certainly some very good reasons to oppose the misguided Measure Z. Congratulations to Jill for standing up for accountability and demanding real improvements to public safety, rather than a blank check that doesn't guarantee a single additional police officer.

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Posted by MarleenLee on 10/01/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Why Private Security Patrols Are Not the Answer

The preliminary results on the private patrols is that they are effective in reducing crime in the patrolled area. I agree that private patrols are not a long term solution, and private citizens should not have to resort to paying $600 a year for what should be a basic public service provided by the police. But unfortunately, City government is so inept that they can't manage to provide that basic service. We were promised a police force of 803 officers with our extra Measure Y taxes. Once the measure passed, however, the force declined. While it did briefly meet the goal, the Council, in its infinite wisdom, laid off 80 officers, and now we're down to 625. So if we can't trust City government, people will turn to their own devices, and for now, that's private patrols. If there's a choice between private security (it works, it's accountable) and more taxes (it doesn't work, the City lied to us) what would you pick?

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Posted by MarleenLee on 02/19/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “No Joke: Jane Brunner Says She’s Going to Sue Because She Was Attacked

This whole saga is so unseemly from pretty much every angle. Any lawyer knows that a failure to complete continuing education units by the deadline doesn't result in an actual "suspension." Using that word definitely implies misconduct, and I knew that wasn't true, because I looked it up months ago when the allegation first surfaced. On the other hand, Brunner's threat to sue seems absurd. On some level, I supposed I'd love it if citizens could sue and win every time a politician lied, because then we'd have a lot less lying politicians. But we all know that this isn't the way the system works. If it were, we'd have the 803 officers we were promised with Measure Y. The real lesson is to assume every politician is lying - even when they say they're going to sue.

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Posted by MarleenLee on 11/05/2012 at 7:57 PM

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