Monthly Archives: October 2009

Greg McConnell: Oakland wants city leaders to attract new business to Oakland

In a poll conducted this October a whopping 96% of Oakland voters say Oakland leaders should attract new companies and businesses. This comes from residents in every district in Oakland. It includes every demographic – every age group, ethnicity, party affiliation, sex and sexual preference; in short, everybody. This is the highest approval for a single concept that we have seen in our polls since 2005.

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Big dam vote today at East Bay MUD

The East Bay Municipal Utility District supplies water to 1.3 million people in 20 cities and two counties over 325 square miles, yet most people barely give the agency a thought. This is unfortunate.

This afternoon, the East Bay MUD Board of Directors will vote to adopt a new Water Supply Management Plan, which will be referred to hereafter as WSMP 2040. This document has had a two-plus year planning process and has generated a staggering amount of opposition from environmental groups. The East Bay Express has run a couple of stories on the subject, but I’ve been trying to talk to people about this over the last week, and I’ve been shocked to discover how many people I encounter who don’t know the first thing about it.

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A few thoughts on the Council’s disappointing decision about the Oakland Airport Connector

By now, you guys have probably all heard that the Oakland City Council voted last night to reaffirm their support for the Oakland Airport Connector (all present but Rebecca Kaplan and Nancy Nadel voted yes, Desley Brooks was absent). They attached a few conditions to their support, which would be good ones if there was even a remote reason to think BART would comply with them, but of course there isn’t. It was, to say the least, disappointing.

What’s that thing they say? You can’t fight City Hall? That’s wrong. You can totally fight City Hall. You just have to get used to losing a lot.

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Oakland deserves better than the Airport Connector with our transportation dollars

I know you guys are tired of hearing about the Oakland Airport Connector. Believe me, I’m completely sick of it too. I have been going to meetings about the damn Airport Connector since January. Over and over and over again, I have watched dozens of people stand up and beg decision makers to be reasonable, to think of the future, to think of all the better ways this money could be spent.

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One more time. Parking meter changes were not adopted without notice or discussion.

I’m sure everyone has been itching for me to talk about parking, and I’ve been meaning to since last week’s Council meeting, but I’ve been having kind of a hard time of it, partly because I’ve been busy, but mostly because…well, do you ever find yourself with so much to say about something that you just get completely overwhelmed every time you try to figure out how to say it? It’s a function of being out of practice, I guess.

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