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Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

The sponsor of the poll does not in itself invalidate the poll. But, I agree that the language cited in the Chron does look a little push-poll-y. It would be helpful to see the actual script along with crosstabs and toplines.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 11/09/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Callousness to Inequality Is Dooming Climate Change Progress

In the 80s and 90s, OCAW union leader Tony Mazzochi called for the creation of a "Worker Superfund," which would provide training and other workforce support for workers displaced by environmental reasons. Congress did create something similar for workers displaced by NAFTA, but it was less ambitious than what Mazzochi was calling for. It would probably be useful to locate new clean energy jobs near where workers are displaced in order to facilitate a workable program of getting displaced workers new jobs. However, these displaced workers (and those who claim to support them in the voting booth) and the unions who support or represent them have to step up, too. West Virginia should be making major efforts to transition its economy to clean energy, yet folks there are continuing to demand new coal jobs.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 09/15/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

One thing the A's (and the City, County, and Peralta CCD) could do is include significant tracts of property that would be placed into a community land trust for residential and local commercial uses. It doesn't have to be vacant land; current properties can be purchased (or condemned via eminent domain) and donated to the Oakland Community Land Trust. The only certain way to prevent dislocation through capitalist land market pressure is to take that land off the market. The community land trust is the vehicle for doing that. Stopping the ballpark in this location is not going to prevent market pressure on the surrounding neighborhoods from gentrification; it will just take away one potential source of that pressure. What the ballpark does bring to the table is a lot of private (and public) investment and an opportunity for the community to leverage it to address current and expected market pressure on the neighborhoods.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 09/13/2017 at 9:52 AM

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