Steven Donaldson 
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Re: “An Urban Farm Collaborative Grows in Albany

I've lived near the Gil Track on Cornell Ave for over 20 years, I'm part of the local community and been involved in the evolution of this property from the dilapidated WW2 era student housing that was torn down to Planning Commission's final approval of Sprouts Market.

This is NOT about urban agriculture being taken away from community farmers. The vast majority of folks at the last meeting representing Occupy the Farm only want the land from UC for their needs. They came with no knowledge or participation in the previous years of community planning -- only with demands, protests and insults.

Even this article seems to portray this as a "15 year struggle". That's total B.S. It's an invented debate by the Occupy folks to push their message with support by the media in the last year or so. The vast majority of Albanians want this site to be developed for our community, to support the tax base and provide much needed senior housing and, this does not mean we're not against urban farming.

Yes, a collaboration between UC and local folks for a shared urban agricultural space is great, and the Albany community is for that, but this means shared management and participation between UC, the City of Albany, Albany residents, The Albany Village grad students and the Occupy the Farm folks. NOT dominance and control by Occupy the Farm.

All this rhetoric about about small farmers being pushed off their land, evil UC Berkeley, the USDA creating toxic GMO's is all fabrication NOT related to this project. Learn the facts, participate in local government and not disrupt it. Meet and talk with UC and College of Natural Resources folks and collaborate with them for the future use of the land.

Maybe the Occupy folks can learn something about what REAL community democracy really means and how everyone can be part of it.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Steven Donaldson on 12/22/2013 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The One Percent Solution

Come on, look, if folks aren't coming downtown to shop, to go to restaurants or patronize business because of a "perception" of danger that's a REAL impact, not fabricated. After 30 years Oakland's Downtown was finally coming back with more restaurants, galleries, great drinking spots and more. Now it's being held hostage by the hodgepodge of unfocused Occupy Oakland groups that really don't reflect who lives and works here.

No doubt the Occupy Oakland and Occupy Wall Street movement has brought up important issues regarding income equity but the reality is it's become lost in the rhetoric of all the different factions from socialists, anti-capitalists to anti-cop and anti-war groups. And, what’s the goal? –make all the Republicans suddenly see the light and tax the rich?

I've got a small business and its clear that we need both the BIG business as well as small to make things work. The BIG business you characterize as part of the 1% in Oakland actually contribute a lot to the city and are committed to making it a better place. Clorox gives tons of money to education and non-profits and has one of the best affirmative action hiring policies. BIG business helps fund the free Broadway shuttle, through a property tax based business improvement district, they pay for events and keep the streets clean, they often make it possible for small businesses to open and thrive because their BIG business employees have to eat lunch and get coffee. It's not all about BIG vs. SMALL business. That's absurd. We all need each other.

Lastly, everyone I know who actually lives in Oakland, has said this is disrespecting the City at this point. It's become a joke and a sad one when there's a murder right in front of City Hall. AND is there ever going to be some serious leadership in Oakland to deal with this? At this point I keep seeing the Recall Quan posters going up everywhere and at this rate I think it's going to happen.

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Posted by Steven Donaldson on 11/17/2011 at 11:06 AM

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