Sarah Beatty 
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Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

I've been leery of Mayor Scaaf since her strongest selling point in the election was that she's a native Oaklander...growing up in Oakland. On Skyline Blvd. Thats not so much IN Oakland as Hovering OVER Oakland. Oakland's biggest burdens are city planning and the Rene Davidson Courthouse. City planning that's turned West and East Oakland into baron abandoned deserts leaving residents with a glass of water to share. And Rene Davidson Courthouse ALL TOO HAPPY to streamline too many victims of Oakland's bad city planning straight into Santa Rita Jail. Example of Oakland City Planning mindset is when OAKLAND ECONOMIC RE-DEVELOPMENT Office helped FUND the REMODELING of a SAFEWAY ON THE NORTH OAKLAND BERKELEY BORDER WHERE CLAREMONT MEETS COLLEGE. ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST AREAS OF BERKELEY AND OAKLAND. WHAT DIRE NEED IS SATISFIED BY REMODELING A PERFECTLY FUNCTIONAL SAFEWAY? MODELED BTW AFTER BERKELEYS RICH NEIGHBOR ORINDA'S SAFEWAY. GOD FORBID WE LET BERKELEY BE OUTDONE BY ORINDA!!! Now, Economic redevelopment monies would be well spent remodeling a safeway in east or west Oakland. perhaps......OH WAIT THERE AREN'T ANY SAFEWAYS IN EAST OR WEST OAKLAND TO RE-DEVELOPE!!! VIABLE FOOD IS ALWAYS HARD TO FIND IN THE DESERT ISN'T IT? With no viable food stores or retail of any kind, Jobs are scarce and then housing is going up as it becomes more gentrified. AND while all that is going on, the low income residents are constantly being targeted by CHP and OPD for routine traffic stops in order to raise revenue to fund offices like economic redevelopment so they can continue to better serve the ALREADY HAVES? The LAST complaints that should be heard are from the new residents of Oakland who don't like the way Oaklander's live. As a person said in this thread, Go join in with the drumming and the music. Bring your own drum if you want to. Attend the church in your neighborhood, ALL are welcome and you might learn something about where you live. Help with the EFFORTS to make it a better place FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST FOR THE FORTUNATE FEW!!!!

Posted by Sarah Beatty on 10/18/2015 at 9:10 AM

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