I had been vocal, against Selig and Wolff, and how they have treated Oakland. Here they were trying to throw the City a Bone. IE get some stability if only for 3~4 Years. I have been warming up to them recently. My Beloved City is doing what I think to be unfair… forcing a renegotiation after a deal was made. Instead of moving forward, we are getting an insight of Oakland City Politics, and why Al left Oakland in the first Place. When Al signed the Deal, or should I say… After renegotiation, again the City forced a renegotiation, so as the Raiders actually played their First Game back, without a signed Deal. There is a precedence in Oakland Sports Negotiation… This is common, it is not the way to do Business.
On the Coliseum, the difference from 1995 to now… Before George Vukasin and the Board were void of elected politicians, and in the complex consistently in the black. A business run for profit.
Since… The JPA. The facility is run Constantly in the Red, in need of public Subsidy on a growing yearly basis… A non-Profit. So… This time around, it’s not Wolff & Selig being unreasonable.
Added 7-23-2014 The A’s did agree to the changes. The “Crow” is not bad on the menu Today…
Never Forget 7-17-2010
Waste Management…, Tomorrow’s Primary
I realize that a Franchise Fee is Standard for doing business with Cities…
I know… the additional “Processing Fee”… Well I do feel Processed, A 27% Franchise Fee(approx. $30mil annual) is Excessive. 5 % should be a reasonable Standard franchise fee. Kudos to Councilman Gallo for bringing this up, Along with the fact that Measure Y is expiring…(**). The City has a $30Mil surplus… surprisingly. Let’s maybe save that for next year when we know that we will will not have for Budget. We cannot keep kicking the can down the line. The City needs to become business friendly. High fees based on wasted City Administrative costs… It’s hard enough for the people out here.
(**) Can’t wait for the new Flyers on measure Y(2014). Tomorrow proposes to be a boring time
at the polls. I voted Green with 2 write in’s, disappointing choices, A very interesting Primary… I want my ridiculous separated Party Based primaries back!
Yesterday there was a Gentleman on a BART train soliciting Signatures for Ballot Initiatives… I asked the Gentleman How much every Signature would bring him. I did this as 4 people signed both, without stopping to read inititative… The first petition, Designed to get that Hand moving, opined for an Increase in the California Minimum Wage. OK that’s reasonable… But the second… To divide California into 6 States… Has anyone conceptualized that… Really! Really!… That means 5 More Governors, 10 more US Senators… ect, 8% of what would be the new Senate. California 10 more Democratic?. Really! If your constipated, and keep eating… This is not an efficient means of getting to the Toilet. So, those people please tell me the advantage of adding to the bureaucracy. 110 Senators are going fix what 100 can’t?
Please People be careful what you sign… BTW the gentleman “bagged” 8 signatures in 5 minutes. He told me he gets $2 per signature, up to $5 per on some other measures. His pro-rated wage in 5 minutes $192 per hour? My conversation stopped his solicitations on that car, at least until I departed the Train at Next Station. I guess this is what Supreme Court Wanted, allowing any SuperPac the ability to spend, spend, spend.
Interesting… They are forcing us to hate Vlad, but we as Citizens should have been able to Sanction these same people for “Failure to Launch”. The internal squabbling between the Executive & Legislative Branches, the Personal Battles leaves theUS weak, that makes our Boarders weak. Now our Internal Political disfunction is now being forced in the International Political Scene. Maybe we need to fix our own Country, before we attempt to dictate what is wrong internally in other Countries. Mr Obama, Mr Bohener, Mr McCain, Mr Reid, Ms. Pelousi, ect… There has got to be a better way. We have to stop the infighting…
The referendum on this was the 2012 Presidential Election… And the Republicans Lost. With all the Rhetoric, chest beating ect. This is the Will of the People. US, as in the US. Mr Boehner should just be considered as “Dick”. As they can’t let it Go. You didn’t win the Senate either. As hard as the Republicans fight against the Affordable health care act makes me believe it is so right as it must be costing the Corporate backers of these idiots so much, that as one on the Fence, I absolutely support it now, so these politicians can suck my Boehner. It must also bother the republicans more that the credit goes with their Mantra… Obamacare, it is not Republicancare. I agree it is not affordable either. So just call it the Health Care Act. From this day forward, work to make it better, and do the people of the country right.
I think of the US in the 80’s as a Country reeling from the Oil Embargos’ of the 70’s, willing to do anything to not destabilize OPEC in any way to keep the flow of Oil from being stopped. Outside of needing gas additives keeping our muscle cars purring, believing a second wave of fast cars was impossible. Waxed the heinies of those countries Leaders. The US and “Star Wars” created a panacea shield that others could not Defeat. By the end of the decade would see the crumbling of the Berlin Wall.
So Today… The Saudi’s offer Putin & Russia a sweet deal on oil if they Relinquish their support of Bashir Assad and Syria. Seems to me the Saudi’s with their $15 Bil support package to the Egyptian Army’s Support… Who is buying the region, and who’s heinie will Putin be waxing? And BinLaden was born into a wealthy Saudi Family. Now I am not a supporter of Snowden… But Today’s 2013 Russia, A place Dysfunctional America can defect to.