District 3 Candidate Forum tonight

I’m pretty sure this is your last chance to see all three candidates in action before the election. If you can’t make it, a recap with video will be provided here by the end of the week (and the Downtown Lake Merritt debate recap will be posted tomorrow, I promise!, along with District 1 School Board stuff). But everything’s better live, so if you can swing it, head down to Jack London Square tonight.

6 PM
Regatta Room at the Portobello Condominiums
11 Embarcadero West (entrance at corner of Oak and Embarcadero)

40 thoughts on “District 3 Candidate Forum tonight

  1. MJH

    It is worth adding that 11 Embarcadero West is not very close to Jack London Sqaure for all you walkers out there. There is a bus line that cruises through there, but its about .5 – 1 mile from Barnes and Noble in JLS. Bike riders would enjoy the flate and leisurely ride along the water though.

  2. Joanna/OnTheGoJo

    The Portobello Condos are at Oak Street & Embarcadero – look for the Zazoo’s sign (I think it’s still there) – for where to turn in if you’re driving. KTVU Channel 2 is next door. It’s a nice walk from Lake Merritt BART (8 blocks). The Regatta Room is towards the back towards Zazoo’s – or towards the estuary.

  3. James H. Robinson

    I have a question that has NOTHING to do with this topic. What is that building pictured in the upper right corner of this web page?

  4. V Smoothe Post author

    It’s the Kaiser Center downtown. Taken from the rooftop garden on top of the Kaiser Center’s garage, one of my favorite spots in all of Oakland.

  5. V Smoothe Post author

    Sure is, Max. Just walk into the garage and take the elevator up to the roof. I like to take my lunch there. Not sure if it’s open on weekends.

  6. Chris Kidd

    Ryan,
    #1: yawn
    #2: refer to my discussion with oaklandtruth about staying on topic within relevent threads. There’s a Ignacio/Juarez thread literally like 2 posts down. How hard is that? Or at lest have the courtesy to introduce something that’s off topic as such like Mr. Robinson did above.
    #3: I love all the crazy rants Sanjiv has at any of the committee meetings when he gets his 2 minutes at the end of the public speaker section. Sometimes they’re really insightful/interesting, and sometimes he ends up talking about trade embargoes and national policy and pop culture. You just never know what’ll pop out…
    #4: It looked to me like everything on site that was circumstantial in nature. I’d assume if it weren’t, Ignacio would have been hung out to dry a long time ago.

    And in reference to the other off-topic broached quite appropriately, I love the Kaiser gardens. I used to hang out there afterschool when my dad worked in the Ordway Building.

  7. ac

    where did Nancy need to go tonight? Was it just me, or did it feel like she was gathering up her crayons and going home?

  8. snappingturtle

    Now I am all curious. How long did the forum last? Were the questions “too tough”? What happened?

  9. Ralph

    inquiring minds want to know which of these candidates has the fewest annoying policy positions

  10. Moschops

    Someone associated with the Sullivan campaign told me afterward that Nancy has pulled the “I’ve got to be out of here” stunt many times before, however I should add she announced this a couple of weeks before the forum date – although after the initial publicity had already set the meeting to end a half hour (at least) later. Given Hodge’s pointed closing comments on people trying to stop him running it was probably just as well she wasn’t around. Kudos for the other candidates for staying as long as people wanted to talk to them.

    I have to say Greg came across very well to my mind. Sean’s frequent trips away from his seat and to the audience were becoming a bit too cliched by the end – even if they were sincere he really was coming across as a bit too polished as a “politician”. I didn’t get a chance to ask a question but if I had it would have been “How do you distinguish yourself from the other candidate who thinks crime and opportunities for youth are our #1 problem” ???

  11. Max Allstadt

    Moschops-

    I actually think that the mark of a polished politician is that you DON’T notice the polish. I will admit I had my doubts about that particular move where he kept walking out from behind the table. At the same time, I actually think that Sean gave a really good performance and he is really sincere. He was in very friendly territory too. Nancy was not. Perhaps she had another appointment. Perhaps she was afraid of being in a small room with a whole lot of people with axes to grind. Beats me.

    Here is my suggestion to you about your question “How do you distinguish yourself from the other candidate who thinks crime and opportunities for youth are our #1 problem”…

    Real simple: email all three candidates. It’s a small race. A small town in its own way. I bet you get at least two responses pretty quick. I know you’ll get one response very quick.

  12. Joanna/OnTheGoJo

    I knew Nancy had to leave, so it wasn’t a shock that she left so abruptly – she had already warned she was going to do that. However, I think she should find a better (more tactful) way to leave because it was the perception of many that she was irritated. And maybe she was, but as a seasoned politician she should be above that.

    I did ask a LOT of questions and made a lot of comments on my turn – undoubtedly too many in hindsight. But they’re the questions I get EVERY bloody day. Since others won’t ask, I felt the need.

    I was surprised by Greg Hodge. He impressed me. I’m going to see about meeting up with him again one on one and learning more about him and his goals.

    Sean really impressed me towards the end when he got forceful. He says all the right things, but the neighborhood old timers there were not nearly as impressed as the younger crowd. He does come across as a pro, despite being a newbie. That can be a good thing because it makes people less afraid of taking a chance.

    Nancy. Argh. I saw others rolling their eyes at some of what she said, and at one point I stopped myself from laughing out loud. (the issue of race diversity)

    My biggest complaint against NN had to do with a question I had asked regarding involvement in the WHOLE district. Nancy has never been to a JLDA meeting, nor has she been to any of the neighborhood events in the last five years at least. When we do get her attention, she’s always got something else to go to – just like last night – and we come off feeling like the ugly stepchild looking for attention that it feels like we never get. She went on about the issue of race – and when looking around the room, I saw people of ALL colors – but what she really meant is that it’s an issue of socio economic class. Uh, we’re rich and West Oakland is poor, and therefor she only needs to represent the poor.

    One of her three E’s is social equity – from her website: “…embraces the needs of its most at-risk members…” – but I don’t see that as equality. I see that as disregarding those that she thinks are “priviledged”. Uh, I make $8 per hour. Am I rich? West Oakland has housing that is worth over $500K. We all make our choices as to where we live and luckily we’re going to have a choice on who represents us.

    She basically said the same thing about the grocery store because, “Safeway wants to open in JLS in 2 years and West Oakland isn’t as desirable to grocery stores.” Uh, how about getting a grocery store before or when you have 2,000 people move in? Where’s their $300K incentive to open now? And if West Oakland isn’t desirable to a grocery store, how about taking steps to make it more desirable – ie get rid of the crime.

    And why did Lakeshore get a Trader Joe’s when they already had a Safeway? Because Pat Kernighan rocks – and honestly, the density and average higher income of that area makes it a much easier sell.

    Okay, the other thing Nancy said that really set me off had to do with the cabaret licenses. During one of the many Mingles hearings (long after they had their license) I was acosted/threatened by someone as I left. I told NN and Barbara Killey that the hearing process needed serious revision because no one I know would be willing to speak publicly against a club in fear of retaliation. Worse, I felt that the City was protecting the club. What happened to protecting the citizens of Oakland? And NOW she wants to look at the process? Why not two years ago? Why not three? I want to know that if a new location gets a cabaret license and there are problems later on down the road that we can resolve them – not just protect the club that refuses to hire sufficient security with the excuse that it costs too much and that they’ll go out of business if they enforce all the rules. I want to know that we’re going to take that license away if they can’t do business within the guidelines they agreed to before getting the license. Shirley Deanna Smith didn’t need to die for that club to close. They should have had significantly more security before, just as was mentioned in every single hearing in the year prior to her murder.

    I do agree with Nancy on the Safer Street Initiative. In my mind it’s pointless to have an initiative state that we need to have 1075 cops on the street unless it comes with a plan to get to that number. I don’t think you’ll find a sitting council member or candidate that isn’t for more police. It’s a matter of figuring out how to get more. We just need to worry about more, and not so much the number at this point. Once we get closer to the current targeted number we can pressure council for more, but in the meantime let’s just try for the 803 – because despite the new academy(s), I just don’t see it happening for 2 years at least. But I hope I’m wrong.

    Greg Hodge said it well. If we want the status quo, stick with Nadel. But if you’re for change, you just need to figure out what candidate you are for – Hodge or Sullivan. They’re both impressive speakers and now it’s a matter for me of which candidate has the best plan of action. They both heard loud and clear that my neighborhood wants to be listened to – sincerely listened to and not just in one ear and out the other because we’re “rich”. We’re not all rich. I’d bet that most folks in the Jack London District are house rich and cash poor.

    Despite the lack of pre-planning I thought the event came off well and I heard they plan to do it again in September if there’s a run-off.

  13. Max Allstadt

    About the 1075 cops, two points:

    Dellums just announced that he wants to have a vote on raising property taxes to fund the police.

    Sean may not have articulated it as concisely as he could have, but more cops means less overtime pay. That means that a 25% increase in the force does not actually cost 25% more.

    As for the rest, particularly the grocery stores, I had a question that I really wanted to ask when Nadel talked about how how a poor district can’t get grocery stores. The question is pretty simple: What about Fruitvale? They have plenty. They have a transit village that works too. Why the difference?

  14. V Smoothe Post author

    I wish Sean had told me he was planning on doing that so I could have sat somewhere else! It was not good for my video.

    I agree that Hodge is an impressive speaker, and seems like a genuinely nice and caring guy, but then the more you listen to him, the more he really doesn’t seem to have anything to say. Add to that the he’s missed so many of these forums because he apparently travels all the time, I wonder how he would be able to manage his professional obligations and give us the Council office we deserve.

    And Nancy cut the HarriOak forum as well as the Downtown Lake Merritt forum short as well, so by now it seems like typical behavior on her part.

  15. AC

    I wish there had been more of a chance to follow-up with statements the candidates made. For instance, Nadel made claims about the difficulty with hiring OPD officers because of budgetary problems. But what happened with Measure Y money? How much is actually being used to pay new officers? “JUSTICE PAYS” signs drive me mad, and, while there’s a shortage of authorized police officers, there’s no shortage of “Justice Pays” signs.

    I want a councilmember who is willing to hold OPD command staff responsible for failures and for decisions that are deleterious to the ongoing safety problems (goodbye, Crime Reduction Team). While there is obvious political pressure to get 803 officers out, there should also be political pressure to make sure that these officers are well trained and have proper and motivated FTO supervision (if we remember, some of the circumstances that led to Keith Batt & the Riders complaints were an inadequately supervised and trained FTO program).

    The city council should support OPD, because, in the long view, a well-trained and well-supported OPD is not only more effective, more efficient, but also ultimately benefits ALL members of the city. The city council should hold OPD command staff responsible for failures.

    Alas, this is (obviously) one thing I care about. Bottom line, though: I want someone to represent me who considers the OPD as more than an enemy. I want someone who is willing to hold accountable organizations and leaders who have more of an impact on the well being of this city than do those who dispense plastic bags and who produce second-hand smoke.

    And I want someone who is willing to show respect to all the people she represents. And this means, yes, figuring out how to stay for a meeting of constituents.

  16. Chris Kidd

    Max,
    Re: The Fruitvale transit village.
    I think you’re talking about two separate projects. There’s the Fruitvale Station shopping center below the railroad tracks that runs along the side of 880, and then there’s the Fruitvale Transit Village which is centered around the Fruitvale BART station. They’re very close to each other, but the Fruitvale Station shopping center is run by Gray & Reynolds http://www.gray-reynolds.com/fruitvale.html, while the Fruitvale Transit Village is run by the Unity Council. http://www.unitycouncil.org/download/article_reviving_fruitvale.pdf
    Fruitvale Station’s got the plain vanilla stores (lucky’s, radio shack, auto zone), and the Transit Village has got a lot of smaller locally owned stores as well as the Clinica, office space, and a high school in the upper floors. They also openned the Pulic Market across E 12.th street recently. I highly recommend the ice cream shop there. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever had (flavors like cheese, rose, rice, a mint that actually tastes like mint).
    How did they get built? Fruitvale station was a private venture with a whole lot of backing from the original owner of the land (Del-Monte), and the city and its various agencies (it got redevelopment and CEDA funds). The Transit Village has been all Unity Council, with a ton of city, state and federal funding to get it off the ground.
    How would West Oakland have similar success? Well, you’d need a few ingredients all mixed together. You’d either need a landowner of a huge parcel looking to unload (like Del Monte) and a savvy development company with strong connections to their local council member in order to secure redevelopment status, or you’d need a very strong, influential community group with a powerful vision and the ear of their local council member like the Unity Council. The common denominator here, clearly, is a council member who would be pro-smart development who could tap the right funds and get the right people to the table. Both Fruitvale Station and the Transit Village have their faults, but the neighborhood is about 300x better off for having them around. They’re certainly better than Madela Gateway and the hundreds of thousands of dollars sunk into a smallish grocery store that has yet to materialize.

  17. AC

    one question: I am curious about the challenge to Nadel’s characterization of LA planning / transit during her closing minutes. Is the speaker here, or can someone recapitulate what was being challenged?

  18. Max Allstadt

    Chris -

    I was talking about the actual transit village. As far as the grocery stores go, I’m talking about the fact that even in working-poor fruitvale, I can buy fresh vegetables at multiple stores on International Blvd. International isn’t pretty in the way that certain people want a city to be pretty, but it’s operational, particularly during the day.

    In West Oakland, we could have businesses on Market, on West, on San Pablo, on Adeline, on MLK, on Mandela, on Peralta, but we have very very little. Auto repair, Granite and Marble, sure. A few hair salons. Liquor stores. Nothing else. Why? It’s not like Fruitvale is an order of magnitude richer than West Oakland. There has to be another reason.

  19. Steve Lowe

    Despite my attempts to seem neutral, you may detect a certain bias resulting from many years of interaction with the incumbent and an appreciation for what she’s accomplished – as opposed to the rhetorical aspirations of her (mostly) well-intentioned opponents.

    I’d say her most problematic trait is the circumspection with which she approaches almost any project, community demand, or other problem. On the one hand, it’s good to know that her final assessment and/or support will be well thought through (and, unlike most of her Council colleagues, all documents read through!), on the other hand, the lack of enthusiasm and wish to cut corners in order to feed whatever energy may be out there can be disappointing. But you’ve got to choose which of those two qualities is more important in the person you want representing your District for the next four years, lest you find yourself with someone who will fall hook, line and sinker for a bad project – or one (like Oak-to-Ninth?) that has been advanced by interests opposed to community referendum.

    Sean seems like a nice enoigh guy, bright, motivated and chuck full of good ideas, And willing to learn, as in his latest invitation to a fundraiser at Fulton Street Brewery when he states that, before he began, he knew practically nothing about Zoning, FAR and “the path of emissions from the Port.” While this level of honesty is rare in candidates, it speaks to the long-term commitment of both Nancy and Greg whose determination to bring Port emissions under control have actually produced the Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan (MAQIP), a coalition of more than just ten or twelve community groups, but also County, regional and Sate agencies. It’s not enough to say that all the work done on Land Use issues and air quality happened too slowly when one considers the adversaries involved and the deep level of non-coverage from media. I know of no MAQIP participant or anyone involved in any way with clean air policymaking who favors Sean in this election, not becauswe they don’t like him, but because they value the hard work Nancy and Greg have done as trailblazers along a path that even as much as just a few years ago wasn’t at all as clear as it is today. So your choice with Sean is to figure out whether the inexperience gap will allow for setbacks in the progress made during the Nancy years, or whether his desire to build better partnerships on the Council can actually happen among such a truculent, ego-infested, backward-thinking, clique-driven, expertise-deficient menagerie of self-anointed kings and queens as ever seen anywhere in the Bay Area.

    Greg can talk birds out of the trees, as the last few weeks have proved, and he deserves some role in policymaking – and may even get it. He dropped out of the Mayoral race – something that Nancy refused to do – almost as soon as he heard that Ron had made up his mind to run, confident that Ron was bring substantial gifts to Oakland that no other candidate could. (Again my bias may be showing, but working on the Mayor’s Economic Development strategy over the last couple of years has made me increasingly more aware of the extreme delicacy of Oakland’s siuation vis a vis transportation issues and that – here in the heart of the Bay Area’s transportation core, only a Dellums-based initiative will bring Oakland the kind of parity with the rest of the region.) Does this mean that Greg deserves to be the representative for District 3? I’m not sure, but his keener insights into the issues commend him, in many instances, to a place as high or even higher than his competitors.

    The main thing is, notwithstanding the below-the-belt hit pieces on Nancy funded by OakPAC , District 3 has three great candidates this time around, a rare enough occurance in Oakland to warrant the highest turnout possible!

    Cordially,

    – S

  20. Max Allstadt

    Steve,

    I understand your amity for Nadel, particularly considering the fact that she helped get the Industrial Land Use issue settled, and I know a bit about your role in that. But remember, that’s done now.

    If I was to choose any way to appeal to you to vote for someone other than Nancy, I think I’d make civility and practicality my main arguments. If you look around the Oakland blogs, you can see examples of Nancy interacting with her constituents in a tone that is beneath her office. That problem is part of the reason we were sitting in a room so hostile to her the other night. I keep hearing horror stories about uncivil behavior, and I think that in a district as diverse as ours, a single incident has the potential to alienate an entire bloc. I don’t think Sean or Greg would act like that.

    As for practicality, I’m sure you remember that during the passage of the smoking ordinance, Nadel wanted to ban smoking in all new constructed multi-unit dwellings. That meant banning smoking in private homes. It was a recipe for wasting the city attorney’s money on defending indefendable lawsuits. It took a while for her to back off of that. Also impractical is spending a million bucks on an environmental evaluation of a plastic bag ban. We have much much bigger priorities.

    All of that said, the readers of this blog are clearly in the anybody but nadel camp, so it’s very very good of you to come out here and disagree with us in a detailed and civil way. Makes us think. Thanks.

    Max

  21. Zach Seal

    Max-
    Just read this comment posted by you: “If you look around the Oakland blogs, you can see examples of Nancy interacting with her constituents in a tone that is beneath her office. That problem is part of the reason we were sitting in a room so hostile to her the other night. I keep hearing horror stories about uncivil behavior.”

    Can you give examples and/or bog links? Thanks,

    Zach

  22. Max Allstadt

    not uncivil, but icky, or sarcastic:

    http://redneckmodern.typepad.com/beautifulwestoakland/2008/02/you-can-grow-a.html

    again, not too uncivil, but totally out of line, I would call this Nancy getting pwned:

    http://redneckmodern.typepad.com/beautifulwestoakland/2008/02/footpath-in-mou.html

    I’m sure V can find more. I’ll have to go back and look for some old ones. There are other people who read this blog who can probably relate some stories. A friend of mine was screamed at by Nadel’s aide in Mama Buzz last week.

    Zach, also understand that you live in what I understand to be one of the two neighborhoods with the most voter loyalty to Nancy, the other being Adams Point. It’s annecdotal observation for sure… anyway…

    A lot of Jack London Square folks are perturbed by the lack of partnership on street lighting, and on their parking permits, which cost three times what anyone else pays and took four years to get. I’m told she or one of her aides (I forget which) did some screaming at a board member at one of those meetings.

    The Art Murmur kids are mad because she brought the cops to bust them for drinking a little wine on the street on first fridays, without calling anybody with any sort of warning.

    The East Bay Rats hate her because she tried to shut down their clubhouse until somebody told her that amateur boxing was perfectly legal. That was contentious as hell until the law became obvious.

    I’ll ask V to add to this. It’s not like Nancy runs around slapping small children or calling nuns bitches or anything. It’s just icky as hell sometimes. At the JLS forum, she was interupted by an audience member in her closing statement. I told the guy to chill out, and followed Nancy out the door to tell her that even though I wasn’t supporting her, I thought the interuption was obnoxious. She basically told me I was obnoxious. Like I said, I’m sure V has more, but that’s my experience. Dismissive all too often, and icky at times.

    BTW thanks for putting that forum together. I did criticize the format a bit, but the turnout was good and it was the longest and most well attended forum I’ve been to yet.

  23. Barry

    At one point Nadel had a loyal base of supporters in Adams Point.

    Her supporters here are few and far between now. She looses in Adams Point, she looses the election. She never won in West Oakland when she had opposition. People near the Lake are very, very angy for her turning a blind eye to the tree cutting and the bungled DD bond Measure, the load of crap that’s being paid for our of Measure Y funds….the take-over hold ups of restaurants up and down Grand Ave.

    She lost interest in our neighborhood years ago. Not a smart thing to do as Adams Point basically put it office.

    Well, I suppose if Adams Point can put her in I suppose Adams Point can very well take her out.

  24. Joanna/OnTheGoJo

    I was talking to Joel ? from the City about Measure DD last night. He said that a lot of what is being said – specifically about the channel – is wrong. I suggested the PR need to be drastically improved so that the public can hear what’s going on. That’s one of the problems this City has by not having a real paper dedicated to the City itself.

    The parking permit plan took five years, by the way… and for anyone thinking that it’s a bad deal (which there are some), the alternative was meters throughout the District. Ugh! No one wanted that. So the City – despite saying they wanted a plan that was revenue neutral – decided they wanted to make the same amount of money that they would have made on meters.

    Meanwhile, Rockridge gets to keep their residential permit plan (vs our “mixed-use” plan), which must run at a revenue loss in the City based on the info we had for the costs of the mixed-use permit. We had to account for adding a full time employee – so were we not getting any parking monitoring before? – and we had to pay for the vehicle, etc.

    Meanwhile, had developers built buildings with more parking, more cars would actually be off the street. I know, it sounds funny, but it’s true. An average unit has two cars and one or both people take public transport to work. Just because you take public transport doesn’t meant that you don’t have a car. Now, more people are driving to work because they don’t have garage space to leave the car behind and you have to pay $150/yr for a permit to stay parked on the streets for more than 4 hours.

    Nancy is so anti-car that she can’t see the forest through the trees.

    I have been a huge supporter of FlexCar, now known as ZipCar to try to get people to get rid of cars… maybe someday people will figure it out.

  25. Chris Kidd

    Joana,

    Were you at the Waterfront Action event at Scott’s last night? I ran into Joel (Joel Peter, city admin running DD) there last night and chatted with him about DD as well.

    For all the DD haters out there, this should either do some heavy placating or just get you riled up even more.
    http://www.waterfrontaction.org/map/index.htm
    It’s your one-stop shop for DD updates as well as some pretty sweet info about all the waterfront parks and bay trail sections.

  26. ETHAN

    Joel Peters? In the face of mountains of evidence, he has alway shrugged off critics. That his job — to run interference and make sure the DD bond measure money comes in no matter what disasters have occurred. He and Lyle Oehler should be dusting of their resumes.

    The City remains completely unaccountable for the disastrous project/boondoggle he it is managing. Grand Jury — are you listening?

    Look at the EIR –filled letters from regional agencies stated they were only contacted in 2006-2007 because the lawsuit forced them to….no agency has signed on to the project to date. Yet the bond measure was passed in 2002 — the public was assured that all planning was in place and this was a viable project prior to the passage.

    5 years later, we now know that it was a lie.

    The City wants to now cut down the trees in the channel so they can appear to have “started” on the 12th street and channel project and thus be eligible to receive DD bond series “B” funds. Of course there are no engineering designs for 12th Street, which Joel Peters regularly reports. No lease signed has been signed for the boathouse, a fact that Joel regularly reports on to the public. That project is many millions over budget, according to financial figures released by Joel. Joel Peters and the Planning Department released an EIR chock o’ block with letters from regional agencies who specifically said in their letters that they were first contacted by the City about the EIR widening 5 years after the bond measure passed.

    Exactly what does Joel think is “wrong”? Look in the mirror, dude.

    All this is information is regularly RELEASED BY JOEL to the DD Community Coalition, a toothless community “advocacy” group filled with significant community players to make sure their pet projects get paid for. Three quick examples:

    Two bicycle coalitions are part of this group — their answer to cars speeding down Lakeshore is to narrow the road by half, send backed- up traffic to the surrounding, once pedestrian friendly neighborhood arterial streets , and inserting bike lanes.

    This is Instead of putting in pedestrian operated traffic lights. Why?

    Guys on bikes don’t like to stop for traffic lights just as much as drivers in cars. The only difference between bikers and car drivers is that the bikers blow through traffic lights more often, don’t get tickets for doing so and they get wear spandex and Green Hornet helmets.

    My wife keeps telling me I am jealous cause they look better in shorts than me. That may be so….but I must respectfully submit that she is missing the point.

    (Can you tell that she is looking over my shoulder as I type?)

    Then of course, there is the Jim Ratcliff’s Cleveland Cascades project who managed to edge his way to the DD food trough even though the Cascades is not a voter approved DD project. It’s a nobel project, but it was put on the DD project list late in the game – post bond measure passage — by Nancy Nadel. And heads up — they have an architect that refers to the Cleveland Cascade trees as blocking the “view corridor.” (Sound familiar?)

    Ratcliff is at the DD Coalition meeting every month to make sure his project gets funded along with the other insiders. There is the local historical preservation society that wants the Boathouse restored at any cost — fine — but it only appears to care about the historic nature of buildings, not the historic nature of …..nature.

    And did I mention that the Friends of Parks and Recreation receives DD bond measure money to “manage” the DD Coalition?

    So folks, its business as usual in Oakland.

    Throw the bums out. Vote early and often on June 3rd.

  27. ETHAN

    Additional note: the lack of regional sign on is for the channel widening and deepening and the 12th Street Reconstruction.

    The whole “sailing from Lake Merritt straight to China” bunk.

    I have no objections to the waterfront improvements or (my wife is slapping a rolling pin in the palm of her hand now) …the Studio One rehab. Bravo on those counts.

    But the Lake Merritt piece has been a disaster and will probably cost her the election.

  28. ETHAN

    I was keeping my eye on that rolling pin — that should have been:

    “Nadel, not my wife.”

  29. Chris Kidd

    Enh,

    Maybe it’s cuz I’m a cynic with low expectations, but I just can’t get that worked up about DD. As long as I eventually get results I’ll be happy. I’ve seen too much of nothing at all happen to get that mad about something getting done, even if behind schedule and in fits and starts.

  30. Joanna/OnTheGoJo

    Ethan,

    Yes, I was at the reception last night. Sandy Threlfall is one of my heros in this town. I also got to see other friends I’ve not seen in some time since I tried to stop going to all the meetings. ;) TOO MANY MEETINGS! How V does it, I just don’t know. I got burned out.

    I’m so tempted to bring the Jack London News back to life with stories like Lake Merritt. I’d like for people to hear both sides of the story…. I never feel like I get the whole story. On the one hand people tell me to listen to this person, and then I hear that I shouldn’t listen to that person. Is the truth somewhere in between?

    I was for the tree removal, by the way, because I felt that the plan was going to ultimately be so much better than what is there now.

    Oh, and I heard the pier is to be opened very soon!

  31. Chris Kidd

    Joana,

    That was me at Waterfront Action, not Ethan. From his rantilicious DD-roast, I don’t quite think he’d run with that crowd. And yes, Sandy is the bomb: one of the coolest ladies I know.

    Being a JLSer, I assume you know Simon, the guy who runs jlda.org? I met him last night too, good guy.

    Yeah, I’m pysched about 18th street pier going back up. And Studio One. That sounds like a phenomenal project. They’re also going into the bid phase to extend the bay trail around the back of the White Elephant building this summer/fall. It’ll include direct access to the waterfront in Jingletown for the first time, since those meanies at the Cal Boathouse lock up their docks.

  32. Joanna/OnTheGoJo

    Chris,

    Yes, he’s a very good guy. And, best of all, he’s MINE!

    And S doesn’t run jlda.org – just the website. He’s the Secretary for the organization. We, along with five others started JLDA four or five years ago.

    Are you the same Chris Kidd that has a website about the 14th & Jackson project?

  33. Chris Kidd

    I can assure you that I don’t run any websites. I don’t think I even have the skills necesary to set one up and run it.

    I’m just a floozy for waterfront access and zoning codes from Jingletown.

  34. Joanna/OnTheGoJo

    Thanks for clarifying — so many Chris K’s in the world.

    At our construction meeting the other night, the issue of 14th & Jefferson came up and I was confused because of the situation at 14th & Jackson. Similar situations.