Max Allstadt 
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Re: “Will Bus Rapid Transit Ruin Temescal?

Merchants are universally paranoid about parking. And I mean very very paranoid. The thing is, paranoia is by definition an UNjustified fear.

Why is Randy Reed's fear unjustified? Stop by his security store sometime soon. You know what he has in front of it? A surface parking lot. You know how often it's full? Almost never. He has on-site off street parking that is never overflowing. And therefore, we have to wonder why exactly he's freaking out.

Seriously, what gives? says, on it's front page: "We also have ample parking in our parking lot."

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Posted by Max Allstadt on 04/27/2010 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Changes Afoot for Oakland’s Cabaret Laws?

I'm pleased to report that cabaret reform
passed the Public Safety committee last night by a unanimous vote. Minor tweaks to the legalese were made, but the effect of the ordinance
is unchanged.

Come out to the full council meeting next
Tuesday to support the ordinance!

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Posted by Max Allstadt on 04/14/2010 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Crime Is Down, But Dellums Isn't Up

The number one issue in multiple polls of Oakland voters? Jobs.

Posted by Max Allstadt on 03/31/2010 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Dellums Deserves Credit for Steep Crime Drop

I think it's over reaching to blame or commend any Mayor for trend as broad this drop in crime.

How does our drop in crime compare to the rest of the East Bay, or to the nation? And how well can we trust any stat that says rape is down a whopping 45%?

These new statistics are so profound that they warrant a deep investigation, not just to confirm their accuracy, but if they are accurate, we need to dig into how the hell this happened.

The policy of a Mayoral administration simply cannot by itself make a crime drop like this one happen. Not that Dellums doesn't deserve some credit, particularly for hiring Batts. It's just that crime is more a force of nature than it is a direct result of policy.

Economics, national policy, state policy, the morale of the public, and even the weather, along with city policy... all of this affects crime. Dellums probably had some hand in the improvements we've seen, but as to how much of it was his doing, hard to say.

Posted by Max Allstadt on 03/26/2010 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Don’t Blame Gay Politician for Anti-Gay Bias

The conservative community's bigotry is a powerful force that works to keep conservative gay and bi men in the closet.

Conservatives have a hard enough time understanding homosexuality, and Larry Craig and Roy Ashburn aren't exactly gay. They're bi, and on the down low. Expecting men who've lived that life for decades to just suddenly come out? Expecting them to do so in the face of simultaneous criticism from both the gay and conservative communities? Totally unfair.

I'm extremely angry about anti-gay bigotry in this country. But if we want to defeat it, the first thing that the LGBT rights community needs to offer an outed conservative politician... is a welcome. Where conservatives rebuke, we must show sympathy. If we do not, the poor souls in this country who still feel the need to hide their orientation will remain in a cruel double bind.

Posted by Max Allstadt on 03/10/2010 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Rebecca Kaplan Has a Shot at Being Mayor of Oakland

Well, Dellums isn't gonna run again, and Jerry's running for governor again. And frankly, both of those guys are examples of how when a big fish lands in a small pond, they don't do as well.

Kaplan isn't running against Dellums or Brown. She's running against Quan and Perata. Neither of them have done as much as she has for Oakland recently. And both of them have a lot of baggage. The two of them are already beating each other up over campaign ethics and past failings, and neither of them has issued any kind of comprehensive plan for this city yet. It's just fight fight fight. Look at the news.

Kaplan's not even in the race yet, but I expect, based on past campaigns, that her agenda will be far more concrete than Quan or Peratas, her dilivery will be more energetic (though not as polished and calm as Perata, who is a true master speechmaker and room-worker).

I also expect, based on the last campaign, that you'll see no negativity out of a hypothetical Kaplan run for Mayor. She tends to campaign as if her opponents aren't even there. The only time I heard her talk publicly about Kerry Hammil in the last election was when she was directly asked about Hammil by audience members at debates, and even then, Kaplan was quick to back out of talking about anything other than an analytical take on differences in their platforms. This gal plays nice and wins. Watch out.

Posted by Max Allstadt on 03/09/2010 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Rebecca Kaplan Has a Shot at Being Mayor of Oakland

Off the top of my head, here are three:

1. During the budget crisis in early '09, Kaplan was the lead advocate behind four ballot measures which balanced the budget. (Voters may remember that the flyers for those ballot measures had the same colors and fonts as Kaplan's council campaign literature.) The measures raised millions to bridge Oakland's budget gap.

2. Wrote an ordinance which requires vacant buildings in Oakland to be registered with the city. Owners of vacant properties are now more accountable for the state of their buildings

3. She created a downtown shuttle which will begin running in late spring along Broadway. The project is federally funded and operated by AC Transit.

Posted by Max Allstadt on 03/09/2010 at 12:20 PM

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