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Re: “Oakland to Host Forum on Public Bank Plan

More money being wasted by Oakland council. No doubt they will use the very same consultants who prepared this recent study - https://www.santafenm.gov/document_center/… - and just regurgitate the very same facts.

This issue Oakland has is not the bank who is managing the money, but rather the inefficient money management by Oakland council.

Posted by oak2sfo on 09/21/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Yet another fine example of Oakland city department wasted money, and another reason to say no to measure KK when they say they need more money to maintain infrastructure. When they can stop wasting the money they already have taken from us taxpayers, we will perhaps consider if they should be allowed more.

Posted by oak2sfo on 09/28/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

No, we've paid enough money - use what we've already given you to maintain the infrastructure. Use the higher property taxes, the money you get from denser housing and secondary units, the developer penalty for affordable housing, the taxes from the influx of business to do the work. Stop unethical use of funds such as Abel Guillen and Lynette McElhaney for sports events, and put this to public use. This current council is a disgrace, and I will not give you more money to waste and line your pockets. Do the job you were elected to do, or get out and let people that have a clue run our city.

Posted by oak2sfo on 09/01/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

Donna, it is not correct to say that we don't have a system in place for notification of other rescue groups - we actually do have a list-serv for notification to other rescues, and are in the process of enhancing this further to support our out-reach needs.

As you will see from our OAS web-site, and Petfinder, we already have very good notification of available animals, including nice images, and videos, which as you can imagine takes considerable time to get organized and updated.

Gradually we are enhancing other systems also, so that we can automate a lot of the out-reach. Clearly the 'old-fashioned' approach of picking up the telephone and calling people cannot work when you have such a large intake of animals - remember that most rescue groups have a handful of animals to deal with - nothing like the volume that we have at OAS.

Updating and automating these other systems takes time, but is in progress and will happen.

We have to get things done with limited city finances, so many of these efforts require volunteer time, but as you will see from our web-site, and Petfinder - our notification of available animals is very advanced, including videos and extensive descriptions. In fact, many people come to OAS as a result of these, and often make comments that they came to OAS instead of other bay area shelters, because we provide them with so much current and detailed information. We also have a lot of updates at our site about success stories, animals that have special needs (like little Lance for example http://oaklandanimalservices.org/?s=little… where we raised funcds for surgery), and notification of training events. Unlike many shelters that have mostly static pages, our web-site is constantly being updated, and is yet another form of out-reach that we use.

It's just a matter of time before out other systems will also be this advanced - but these are not new ideas - thanks to Megan and Martha, there are many more ideas that are in progress, with the goal to get our animals adopted, or into alternative care as soon as possible.

You will see many comments here from current volunteers, who are outraged at the report and other comments, since those current volunteers actually do not know what has been done, what is planned to be done, and what we should and could do in the future, whereas clearly so many others, including the reporter do not.

It's sad that we have lost volunteers, and that some of them feel that criticizing the work we have done or are doing is the way to move forward. Unfortunately some of these volunteers did not appreciate the team effort, and wanted to try and change things on their own. While their intentions may have been good, their approach was not. Working as a team is the way for progress, which involves ideas, compromise and working to be part of the solution instead of the problem.

No matter what we do, there will always be critics - and we appreciate their input, as sometimes those ideas may be worth considering. It would be nice if those critics could base their comments on facts instead of fiction, as then we might be able to take them seriously, and listen to what they had to say.

And once again, as so many other volunteers have said - if you really care about animals, and do want to be part of the solution, we are always looking for good volunteers who can help us, you can see details about becoming a volunteer here - http://oaklandanimalservices.org/volunteer… - this year, we even started an official internship program for summer volunteers - I seem to remember one comment stating that this was a good idea for us to do - well yes, we agree which is why we already did it !

Posted by oasvolunteer on 07/12/2010 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

marye, where are you getting your information from regarding the rescue groups that OAS works with ?

Those listed under partners are not all of the sites that we deal with - there are many, many more than this. The partners sites listed are those that we work closely with on a regular basis, but there are hundreds more that we deal with that are not listed, many of these specialize in specific breeds, or particular difficulties that the animals may have.

Just look at some of the cases pointed out recently - where animals were moved to out-of-state - none of those are listed as partner sites, but they are all places where OAS has done out-reach and got agreement to take animals. This out-reach is something that is done on a continuous basis, and we have had great success in finding placement for dogs, to get them into foster care, a different environment, specialist rescues etc.

Your suggested 100 mile radius is nothing compared to what we do - try a 3000 mile radius, and you might be getting closer to the actual out-reach that we do.

Posted by oasvolunteer on 07/12/2010 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

Thank you for the offer to take a dog from us Donna – however, it looks like Alice might have some near term options for placement. If your offer still stands, Lena or Cora - two of our longest term dogs – could benefit from the change of scenery that you could provide.

Posted by oasvolunteer on 07/11/2010 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

A challenge for you all - let's act right now - let's work on reducing the euthanasia rate - lets find a good home for these:

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/1636498… - Alice, a really nice pit-mix - but she is deaf, it will be a challenge to adopt her - so, any takers ?

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/1621797… - Maraca, a cat who might not look her best right now, but who needs a home - fell like adopting ?

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/1371835… - Kitten season - we'll have plenty, any space available ?

So, what's stopping you - Ian, Donna you want to help, how about using your resources to send some adopters our way - let's work together and reduce the euthanisa rate.

Maybe East Bay Express would also consider donating some free space for advertising, since they are clearly interested in helping - feeling generous perhaps ?

If you are really serious about reducing the rate, you have a simple option available to you right now - so go to work.

Posted by oasvolunteer on 07/09/2010 at 2:38 PM

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