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Re: “La Marcha Team to Open Alcalá in Montclair Village

A non-review of a restaurat that doesn't exist. What a tremendous service to your readers!

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/15/2018 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Failed to Spend $2.2 Million on Anti-Displacement and Homeless Assistance

A little reality is in order here. First, the money wasn't spent, so at least the worst didn't happen--spending it on something else. Second, losing two managers and four upper-level administrative staff in a single department is a big deal. It's bound to hurt the department's ability to fulfill its mission. It doesn't let the director or the council off the hook, but it doesn't earn them such contempt.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 08/18/2018 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney Proposes Removing Eviction Protections from Thousands of Apartments

I just read the just cause eviction part of the municipal code (8.22.300-8.22.390). The procedures for evicting bad tenants seem okay to me, but the ones for the owner evicting in order to move into a unit really beat up the owner. They even presume s/he's guilty of bad faith sometimes, instead of innocent until proven guilty. There are many instances of owners abusing tenants in order to evict them, but wow!

Posted by Mike Bradley on 08/17/2018 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Uber Tax and Mansion Tax Take One Step Closer Toward Oakland's November Ballot

I think Uber, Lyft, scooters, etc., should pay the same taxes that other transportation companies pay, whatever those taxes might be, because they all depend on the same streets for their success.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/28/2018 at 11:07 AM

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

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