Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lew Wolff and John Fisher Should Sell the A’s

by Robert Gammon
Tue, May 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

The years-long attempt by Oakland A’s owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher to move the team to San Jose appears to be fizzling out. All the rumors that the move was to be brought up at Major League Baseball owners’ meetings in the past few months have proven untrue. The San Francisco Giants reportedly have made it clear that they have no intention of giving up — or selling — their territorial rights to the South Bay. It’s also seems obvious that the league’s ownership is not going to overrule the Giants and allow the A’s to build a ballpark in San Jose. In short, the A’s have nowhere to go — other than leave the Bay Area. And since Wolff and Fisher don’t want to keep the team in Oakland, they should sell the A’s to an ownership group that will.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan Deserves a Mixed Review

by Robert Gammon
Mon, May 7, 2012 at 8:30 AM

When Mayor Jean Quan and City Administrator Deanna Santana appointed Howard Jordan last October to be Oakland’s new police chief, we were skeptical. We understood that Chief Anthony Batts’ sudden resignation — in the wake of another scathing report from federal court monitors — had left OPD in a difficult situation and that the department needed a leader right away. We also knew that Jordan is a smart guy, and well-liked in the department. But we were concerned whether someone who spent his entire career within OPD’s highly dysfunctional system would be able to reform it. After Jordan’s first seven months on the job, we’re still skeptical.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Oakland's Treasurer Recommends Terminating Goldman Sachs Deal

by Darwin BondGraham
Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:35 AM

In a recent memo, Oakland's Treasury Manager Katano Kasaine advises that the city council approve a negotiating effort to terminate Oakland's costly interest rate swap deal with Goldman Sachs no later than the end of the next fiscal year. The swap currently costs Oakland taxpayers about $4 million per year and has put serious pressure on the city's budget. As such, Kasaine is recommending that the city attempt to terminate the swap "at a below market value cost."

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Oakland Planning Commission Rejects Lake Merritt Dog Park Proposal

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

After fourteen years of planning, the Lake Merritt Dog Park may be dead for good. Nearly 100 people attended last night’s Planning Commission meeting to weigh in on the proposal, and by 11:10 p.m. the four commissioners finally issued their pained decision: denial. Speakers, who each had a minute at the mic, were split nearly down the middle. For every pro there was a con, and for every argument a rebuttal. But in the end the commissioners decided by a vote of three nays and one abstention that the open lawn near the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Lakeshore Avenue, at the northeastern corner of Lakeside Park, was wrong for a fenced-in dog run.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Term-Limits Measure Could Give Councilwoman Jane Brunner an Unfair Advantage

by Robert Gammon
Tue, May 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Oakland Councilwoman Jane Brunner used to oppose term limits. But in recent weeks, she has done an about-face on the issue, and now supports them. In fact, she's asking the rest of the city council to put a term-limits measure on the November ballot. But what Brunner hasn’t mentioned publicly is that Oakland campaign manager Larry Tramutola is expected to run both her campaign for city attorney this fall and the term-limits measure at the same time, thereby giving the councilwoman a potential unfair political advantage on Election Day.

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May Day Protest Coverage Around the Bay

by Kathleen Richards
Tue, May 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

As you (hopefully) know, a number of actions have been planned around the Bay Area, in honor of May Day and in solidarity with Occupy. We'll have reporters on the scene(s) throughout the day tweeting at @EastBayExpress, and we'll also be updating this post with info from them as well as other news sources.

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