V Smoothe 
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Re: “Dellums Agrees to Pay Cut; Wants to Kill Slush Funds

Well, they only need one more vote for it to pass, but regardless, nobody voiced any objection to the proposal at last night's meeting, so it doesn't appear controversial.

I just find it annoying that the Mayor submits a budget proposal that is like $30 million short of being balanced and includes pay-go, then half the Council proposed revisions that include suspending pay-go, and then the Mayor responds that we should eliminate pay-go entirely because it's "bad public policy," and acts all self-righteous about doing so. If he's so against it, why did he include it in the budget in the first place?

Posted by V Smoothe on 06/17/2009 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Dellums Agrees to Pay Cut; Wants to Kill Slush Funds

Actually, the alternative budget proposal put forward by four members of the Council already included eliminating pay-go. So it's nice for the Mayor to not fight it, I guess, but I'm not really clear why he should get kudos for agreeing to something the Council was going to do anyway.

Posted by V Smoothe on 06/17/2009 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Tables Bad Tax, Again

Two million. Two million dollars is the amount of money the "compromise" will save next year. Also, a poll conducted on the OO issue showed that a full repeal would have passed. So the Council just basically gave OFCY an extra two million while the General Fund is facing a $70 million deficit. How is that smart?

Posted by V Smoothe on 04/02/2009 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Chip Johnson: Oakland Should Sue the A's

Technically, the team currently playing in Cleveland is the same team that has always playing in Cleveland. It's not the new Cleveland Browns, it's the exact same Cleveland Browns, They were just inactive for a few years. The Ravens are the new franchise.

Posted by V Smoothe on 03/18/2009 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Tribune v. Chronicle

The Census Bureau's official 2007 population estimate for Oakland is 401,489, an increase from the count in the 2000 Census. Not a decrease of 30,000.

Posted by V Smoothe on 12/15/2008 at 1:55 PM

Re: “In Which We Quibble With Chip Johnson Some More

Jerry Brown moved to the hills like a year ago.

Posted by V Smoothe on 09/09/2008 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Another Bad Deal

State law governing redevelopment areas require that land be purchased at an appraised fair market value based on area comps.

Posted by V Smoothe on 08/20/2008 at 12:02 PM

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