Scott Law 
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Re: “Feeding on Local Newspapers

Good article on a very important topic. There are dozens of local government entities in our area including local agencies, cities and county entities. The public's knowledge of their activities are dependent on robust reporting - losing this capability seriously erodes our democracies. Support your local papers/web sites by subscription, patronize their advertisers.

Posted by Scott Law on 03/15/2018 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The Warriors' Empty Gesture

Excellent commentary.

IMO Oakland and Alameda County officials totally abandoned their best leverage point by giving Warriors a sweetheart lease deal for the the 2018-2019 season and options for two more years if construction is delayed.…

Posted by Scott Law on 02/21/2018 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Youngdahl makes even less sense than usual with this editorial. As any one can see from thinking about it, and reading the story below, UBER providing rides WITHOUT surge pricing SUPPORTS the protesters by giving them a means to get to JFK. If you wanted to get to JFK from NYC and back with regular taxis on strike how would you do it???…

And as noted by other letter writes, the diatribe to block UBER from moving to downtown is even more ridiculous. There hasn't been a major company
moving to Oakland since Pandora, and now they are laying off. Think very high salaries, benefits and community donations - they don't come from pizza shacks, coffee houses and tattoo parlors.

Posted by Scott Law on 02/02/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Housing Emergency

Before voting to further distort the distressed housing market, it would be better to provide a few facts. How many evictions ? 50, 500, 5,000 ?How many for rent payment vs other causes ? How many additional units are needed to obtain stability/"fair pricing" and how long will it take ? What actions are required from the city by developers/construction companies in order to create the new units ? How will the "impact fees " on new housing be used, and what is the impact on more units needed ? Why will impact fees in Oakland work any better than SF, Berkeley, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, NYC where housing availability and housing costs have been too high for years? We do have a crisis in housing costs/availability - but relying on "activist" groups which have a vested interest in creating bureaucracy and publicizing a crisis is very bad public policy.

Posted by Scott Law on 04/12/2016 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Battle Heating Up

I don't understand why journalists continue to quote Rashidah Grinage on any matter regarding Oakland police without citing facts surrounding her "activism".. to quote from wikipedia ? "On December 15, 1993, at Raphael's home in Oakland California, Grinage's son Luke got into an argument with two Oakland Police Officers. Luke Grinage got a shotgun from the house and murdered Officer William Grijalva. When the dying Grijalva and his partner returned fire, both Luke and Raphael were killed." Readers may want to know that her son Luke was being approached by officers for having a dog that had bitten someone, before he went to get a shotgun

Further information is at SF Chronicle story..…

Relying on this person for anything regarding OPD governance calls in to question the origins of any proposal she supports (or her fellow "activists")

Posted by Scott Law on 03/24/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

If rent control with reasonable annual increases, eviction controls , restrictions on speculation, set-asides for low-income units and development fees are a solution for affordable housing, how has that worked in San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and NYC? I guess I have missed the hundreds of affordable units in those cities - has Professor Walker found them ? Perhaps he can point out the low rental/low cost units to folks who are looking for them in those cities with all the solutions he proposes.

Posted by Scott Law on 03/24/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Average Monthly Rent in Berkeley Now $3,600; Alameda Council Refuses to Cap Rent Hikes

Berkeley rents are high ? How can this be with rent control and >20k fees per unit for "affordable housing"? Maybe we should look at the example of San Francisco as a an affordable housing mecca with its rent control and >20k fees... oh.. wait. Well I am sure Oakland will enjoy the same affordable housing solution set that is arriving soon with the plan for affordable housing fees...

Posted by Scott Law on 02/18/2016 at 3:05 PM

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