Ralph Kanz 
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Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Soar; California Becomes First State to Mandate Solar on New Homes

The Sacramento Bee reported on a Kamala Harris aide resigning because it was revealed the state paid out $400k for a harassment and retaliation claim. https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-gover…
Kamala has some explaining to do.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 12/06/2018 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Opinion: Why We, As Black Oaklanders, Are Voting for Libby Schaaf

And on the same day this was published the Oakland Public Ethics Commission (PEC) was reviewing complaints regarding illegal campaign contributions. According to the staff report
( http://www2.oaklandnet.com/w/OAK071725 ) Tomiquia Moss contributed $500 in excess of the contribution limit to Libby Schaaf's campaign. Why didn't the EBX disclose this fact since their reporter was at the November 5 meeting of the PEC? The EBX needs to explain its bias that favors Libby.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 11/07/2018 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Company Dissolves, Reconstitutes

Meanwhile the City has failed to monitor the development at the Army Base as the Municipal Code and State law requires. In response to "requesting a copy of the Mitigation Monitoring Program form for the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment Plan (ER01035) that was returned to the Environmental Review Officer after the mitigation measures were implemented as required by OMC 17.158.340.F" the City responded "Attached you will find the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the Oakland Army Base Project (ER01035) updated in 2012 then revised and adopted by the Oakland City Council on July 16, 2013. This is the mitigation program applicable for the reuse of the former Oakland Army Base (OAB). The mitigation measures are being implemented, and monitored by the City, as the horizontal infrastructure (including the new roads, utilities and site preparation) is underway, and as the private development projects at the OAB (such as the new warehouses) are constructed. A mitigation monitoring compliance form is being developed, though it is still a draft. Please follow up with another request in about 60 days. Thank you." The Municipal Code section cited states in part, "For a project for which a mitigated negative declaration or an EIR has been certified, at the time the project is approved, the mitigation measures will be compiled into a checklist form." In other words the City has not prepared the checklist and monitored the development as State and City law require. https://oaklandca.nextrequest.com/requests…, And this is one of many projects where the City has failed to follow this section of the law.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 10/30/2018 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Broken Pipes, Broken System

Not the first time Mayorga has been mentioned in the EBX: https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/pro…

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 01/09/2018 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Libby Schaaf is running for re-election on a platform of transparent responsive trustworthy government: https://libbyformayor.wordpress.com/
And the transparency over the Ghost Ship fire: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/04/edit…
The 2015 State of the City address mentions transparency: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/c…
It is one thing to not admit the public, but not admitting the press to document what is going on is not transparent.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 07/14/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

First Amendment.......

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 01/19/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

The City and County have not done their due diligence on Fortress Investment Group. They have a bad history with sports events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the recent taking Milwaukee and Wisconsin hostage for public subsidies for the Milwaukee Bucks new basketball arena. See the story: http://mortgageflimflam.com/

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 12/12/2016 at 3:19 PM

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