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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

Re: “Town Business: Affordable Housing in the Hills; $300,000 Police Chief; Cell Phone Surveillance Policy

IMO, the news from Darwin BondGraham about the new police chief's salary lack important context.

So what that she is being paid more than her predecessor? Why would that be important? Is she actually more qualified and experienced? Is the new wage actually more appropriate and competitive?

People with different levels of experience, competence and potential get paid different amounts.

How much do other police chief's get paid in City's of similar size? I would say similar size and crime and reform issues (should be paid more because the challenge is greater) but it is so bad here that there may not be any comparable data points.

Is the pay at the median, at the top, at the bottom? There is this thing out there called a competitive market. If we are paying the new chief compensation that reflects the market norms, then so be it.

If she is being paid well above those norms, then there is a problem. Given our problems and challenges are likely way above the norm, somewhat above may actually be OK.

Without this kind of information, all Darwin is doing is throwing out a hand grenade for someone to jump on.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/10/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

Mike Bradley:

Seriously? What other conspiracy theories do you subscribe to? Were the undercover police shape changing reptiles by any chance?

That is not even worthy of a fake news sighting.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/09/2017 at 9:54 AM

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