Michael Good 
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Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

City Council members should each provide their front yards for homeless encampments. And, they should promote the use.

This will, of course, provide more space for the homeless to settle in. The encampments will be as geographically diverse as our council. Perhaps we can even accelerate the immigration from areas less friendly to homeless.

The council members will also be able to personally experience the impact these encampments have on safety, sanitation, and the ability of community merchants to conduct business. It sets an example of leadership to the rest of the community and demonstrates true commitment to "Love Life."

Posted by Michael Good on 10/21/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Two sides to a coin here. On one side, helping these folks with sanitary facilities, better shelter, etc. makes good humanitarian sense. Great!

On the other side of the coin, the blight of these encampants is destructive to the safety of the community, the willingness of people to conduct business nearby as well as property values for those that are not homeless. These actions make Oakland an attractive haven for the homeless which will only grow the population and put us in a death spiral.

One solution to consider is for the City Council members to locate these homeless encampments in their front yards. They will be providing the space for a compassionate solution and ensure the encampments are dispersed throughout the city and not become little ghettos in areas that will be invetiably destined to be "out of sight, out of mind."

And, of course, the members of the Council will experience first hand, the social, safety and economic impact of fostering the growth and development of these encampments. They will "live in the shoes" of the merchants and citizens that live nearby and they can even move in to the encampments.

A total 360!

Posted by Michael Good on 10/07/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Timothy Counts: Do you have any sources and math to back that up?

And, regardless, the State of California is far more skilled at budget and spending management than Oakland. So, there is no comparison of management risk.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/24/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

" .....the state threatening to take money away, and the feds threatening to take money away, and various expenses the city has that it cant afford, and to know that a public bank could solve those problems."

This says it all.

Being the custodian of the assets of others is not the same as gaining a new source of revenue. The inability to distinguish and respect the differences between the two elementary concepts (assets, revenue) has led to many financial disasters/

No doubt, the temptation to plunder a new pot of someone else's money would be irresistible. The pathetic track record of fiscal management of Oakland speaks for itself.

Oakland needs to learn how to manage its own money before it earns the right to manage other people's money. But, abusing the power over other people's money is so much easier. Anyone remember the last banking crisis and how it happened?

Posted by Michael Good on 03/24/2017 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

Our community in action:

Posted by Michael Good on 03/22/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Clearly, EBX has reached the peak of investigative journalism. After all, "The failure to obtain permits could cost the city up to several thousand dollars, depending on how many days the street is obstructed. "

Several thousand, OMG!

And, further, the developer knows other people and even has friends.

This is right up there with the works of Bernstein and Woodward. Maybe they will make a movie - All the Developer's Men. Oops, no, that is taken already by the orange guy who is in DC right now. They will come up with something else for this political thriller.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/12/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

More mindless drivel designed to fan flames of class warfare. BFD that the subsidized housing does not include a penthouse suite.

What a terrible thought that the "elites" that live there will need to pony up an even greater premium price to get the views. Should we give them more lower floors so that the elites pay less money for a pretty view and drive the total revenue and viability down?

I think Darwin cut his math and economics classes and spent his time learning magical thinking.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/08/2017 at 1:47 PM

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