Valerie Winemiller 
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Re: “City of Oakland ‘Bulldozer’ Hit A Homeless Man While He Was Sleeping In A Tent

Where are the inhabitants supposed to put the trash from the encampment if there is no regular trash collection? And it's not clear that some of it isn't illegal dumping by people taking advantage of the unsupervised nature of the areas where the encampments are. If you look at the stuff, lots of the bulky items are things the people in the encampments could not have carried there.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 06/01/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

For those interesting in commenting on this application, write to Zoning Case Planner Rebecca Lind at before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.

Please note that the intrusion of national corporate interests into competition with truly locally owned microbreweries, while a legitimate concern, is an issue that the zoning codes do *not* address and staff cannot take into consideration in their decision making. Other cities (i.e., San Francisco) have some controls on chain businesses, but while several neighborhoods have been raising this issue since the 1980s, there has to date not been action from Oakland's city council on this issue.

Concerned neighbors need to talk about the design (Ick! Cheezy use of shipping containers, and the most garish colors of the '80s in the proposed paint job!), and neighborhood impacts: noise from customers; noise from operations, including end of the day cleanup of outside areas (blowers or other mechanical means?); hours of operations; traffic; parking (peak staff is projected to be 32! They are not saying how many customers can fit in!); time and frequency of garbage pickup (what kind of garbage is generated by 1) the restaurant function and 2) the brewing? I have no familiarity with the brewing process. Are there spent hops like grape skins from winemaking? What volume? Do they smell?); frequency and hours for recycling pick up; alcohol control where there is such a short fence, outdoor alcohol, and a major bus transfer point in front for Oakland Tech High School students; litter control for the block; where deliveries will be made and what hours; how they will keep people from dropping off/picking up customers in the bus stop; and any other impacts you can think of.

These concerns can all be addressed in Conditions of Approval for the project. As to the chain business issue? Tell your councilmember you want controls in the zoning codes.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 03/29/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Anne Kirkpatrick Picked to Lead Oakland Police. Here's What We Know About Her.

That's it, Gerry Pong? Her qualifications boil down to your assessment of her attractiveness?

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 01/04/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Oakland has rational rules about building private structures or fences within a certain distance of creeks as part of its Creek Protection Ordinance. Since that ordinance was never referenced in this story, I don't know how to assess what happened on this process. But I suspect it was not as irrational from the city's side as it is made out to be.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/28/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Low-Level Cops Facing Punishment in East Bay Sex Crimes Scandal

Years ago, a cop I respected told me with bitterness, "They never hold the upper level to account. Nothing will change until they do."

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/24/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

Let's not rewrite history. The police staffing levels were reduced by vote of the majority of the council after the 2008 economic downturn because the police officers union refused to consider a reduction in pay as other city unions were taking to keep as many of their colleagues employed as possible—even at reduced wages. It was keep staff at reduced wages or cut staff. The goal for everyone—including the mayor—was to bring back as many officers as possible as the economy improved. I'm not seeing a list of how long each accused officer had been working for OPD, and certainly you're not going to blame Jean Quan for all the other officers from other agencies, are you? And are you saying diversity = criminal behavior? That's an ugly accusation.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/09/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

@Garden Gal, from the pro-soda tax campaign's web site: >>>The tax is estimated to generate $6-8 million per year and all tax revenue will go into the city’s general fund. Accountability is written into the measure: the measure creates a Community Advisory Board with representatives from health, dental care, and nutrition, as well as parents from the Oakland Unified School District and residents of communities most impacted by the negative health effects of sugary drink consumption. The Board will make recommendations to the City Council about funding programs that improve children’s health and will issue annual public reports detailing the impact of funded programs.<<<

This is similar to the community advisory board that has been overseeing the Measure DD funding that renovated Lake Merritt, where the citizens oversight process has worked well. I know many people are cynical about allowing money to pass through the General Fund, but to structure it to have its own separate account puts it into a category of ballot measures for which election laws require a super-majority of 66% to pass, a very difficult standard to achieve. With the example of the Measure DD money, I am willing to trust this process and I support this tax.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 08/11/2016 at 4:29 PM

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