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Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Nominates “BBQ Becky” Victim for Oakland Parks and Rec Position

Kenzie Smith showed nothing that qualifies him for a commission seat.

In the first place, the woman phoning in a complaint was correct--Smith was charcoaling in a gas- and solar-only BBQ area. There are park areas with facilities for charcoaling but he wasn't in one.

Second and worse, he stood by and did nothing while the woman on the phone was harassed, insulted, provoked, threatened, and intimidated by a crazy, out-of-control woman, and others, for nearly half an hour (https://youtu.be/Fh9D_PUe7QI). He stood by and let it happen, as everyone else did. He did nothing to calm the situation, showed no leadership or courage at all, did nothing to keep the situation from escalating into something even worse.

He doesn't deserve to be rewarded with a commission seat and he certainly shouldn't be held up as a model of Oakland civic leadership.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 05/23/2018 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Brown Proposes Spending $96 Million to Fight Wildfires; Audit Shows California Colleges Fail to Disclose Crimes on Campus

It's nice that Kaiser Permanente has a billion dollars for homeless shelters and affordable housing, really it is, (separate stories in Seven Days and SF Chronicle on May 18), but where does it get the money? As a Kaiser patient, I think I can tell you where--from higher copays, splitting up procedures in order to collect multiple copays, reduced services, temps instead of permanent staff, reduced inventories of medical supplies, more automation, non-medical staff screening requests for doctors, strict time limits on doctor visits.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 05/19/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Opinion: Why Building Housing Near Mass Transit Promotes Collectivism

Another attack on neighborhoods of single-family homes. Rockridge, Bushrod, Glenview, Redwood Heights, Crocker Highlands, etc. They're the villains. They're "luxurious" even though they were built 100 years ago, they're small and old-fashioned, and they need sump pumps to keep from sagging into the mud they're built on, and even the pumps don't keep the plaster walls from twisting and cracking.

The writer, who seems to be stuck in the 1950s, says we should remake cities to allow more people to love near transit. She's got it backwards. We should put transit near where people live. BART is a failure at that fundamental purpose but buses aren't. Flood a neighborhood with buses and apartment buildings will spring up like weeds.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 04/10/2018 at 10:58 AM

Re: “DA O’Malley Took $10K From Fremont Police Union Before Clearing Fremont Cops in Killing of Pregnant Teen

Another nail in the coffin of our political system.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 03/29/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “When Police Take Kids' Bikes

Let's fact it. First responders, whether police, fire, or what-not, have become so right-wing with such impervious political cover that they can't be trusted unless you're white.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 03/29/2018 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

This is nothing. I once worked for the president of a college back east who was a control freak like Roberts. All the deans and asst deans had to get the president's permission to do anything, short of blowing their noses. They had to submit a memo for each action and wait for him to respond, which could take weeks because of all the memos that piled up on his desk. He had them in neat piles, about 3 reams' worth per pile, 14 piles in all. And if there was a single typo in a memo, the pres would return it to be corrected, after which it went to the bottom of the piles and would have to work its way up again.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 10/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Another, critical part of the problem of better pay for musicians is that most are freelancing, i.e., independent contractors (ICs), instead of employees. Being ICs has generally put freelancers of all kinds out of reach of unions, since it is generally harder to organize ICs, and labor law even forbids it for most purposes. However, there are ways to do it, nonetheless. A case in point is Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians (AFM), which was organized in 1993 to make AFM musicians working as ICs eligible for union benefits, which they were not previously. AFM is one of several unions inching towards full recognition of ICs.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/25/2017 at 12:56 PM

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