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AC Transit releases a cool video animation following the proposed Bus Rapid Transit route. They are also holding a contest for videos shot on the bus (they will make a bus available for interior filming).


The City Council declined to confirm Ada Chan’s controversial appointment to the Planning Commission. One episode from San Francisco, her opposition to a restaurant in a commercial district before the SF Planning Commission and Board of Appeals, probably struck many of our City Councilmembers as beyond the pale. Restaurants are popular, you know.


The Nomad Café brings Park(ing) Day to the DTO – finally!


In a video interview over at Oakland Focus, SKS principal Paul Stein says, “we studied crime maps and statistics, and downtown Oakland is safer than downtown San Francisco.”


Famed New Urbanist planner Peter Calthorpe formally proposes a Personal Rapid Transit system for Alameda Point connecting to downtown Oakland. The cost estimates are to be submitted today. He compares the system to the one debuting soon at Heathrow Airport, though that is twice as expensive as his PRT projections and didn’t need to overcome messy right-of-way issues. When it opens, it may be the first successful example of this decades-old technology.


A teenage TV star pays Rockridge a visit.


Mayor Dellums, under criticism for his poor safety plan and his lack of time at his office, is refusing to release his estimate of the budget deficit, which he claims was completed September First. Here’s what Ignacio had to say about it:

Every council member is not happy with the fact that we have not received the information yet,” he said. “It’s definitely going to make it more difficult. “… It’s going to be tougher. Every month that passes obviously is more future deficit.”

That’s much nicer than I would have been.


It’s unlikely that the budget deficit numbers can be complete as negotiations with the city employees’ unions are not finished. The city employees don’t think that negotiations are going well (for them), and have complained to their allied elected officials, presumably with the hope that they’ll interfere with the professional negotiating team.


Councilmember Desley Brooks, on the receiving end of a MediaNews editorial today, persuaded her fellow councilmembers to adopt an emergency moratorium on tattoo parlors until health inspections can be required. My heavily tattooed peers think that’s reasonable, as long as the ordinance can be prepared before the moratorium expires in 45 days.


Rebecca Kaplan and Kerry Hamill had one of their first face-offs in Jack London Square. Observers I spoke to agreed that Ms. Hamill came across as kind and capable, but Ms. Kaplan had an impressively thorough grasp of problems and solutions for Oakland. Both open their Uptown campaign headquarters on Broadway this week, but Ms. Kaplan’s is in the DTO proper while Ms. Hamill’s is above Grand Ave, technically in Auto Row, opening her up to unflattering comparisons to a car salesman.

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  1. Max Allstadt says

    1. The BRT video is awesome. AC Transit should donate all of their awesome 3d rendering files to CEDA and CEDA should make them available for free to any Architect, Developer or NIMBY for use in presentations.

    2. Had to get one mean little jab in at the end there, didn’t you? Well I guess it’s fair, Kerry took the gloves of on V a little today too. But let’s revert to substantive mode by Monday, OK?

  2. dto510 says

    Re #2 – I can’t resist a clever analogy, Max, she made it too easy.

  3. badapple says

    Excuse me, the City of Oakland negotiations team has not showed up to negotiate with its workers since August. The city workers are not trying to “interfere” with the so-called professional negotiations team, as you state. Rather, we are asking the city to stop interfering with negotiations themselves. They are the ones interfering by putting out their arguements to the media and meanwhile, not sitting down at the table with us in good faith. This is against the ground rules we all set up in January.

    If the city will return to the table, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and find a solution that works for Oakland. But because that hasn’t happen, this coming Tuesday we start the process for a possible strike. I am the chapter chair of the Oakland Public Library, and my members care deeply for Oakland. Everyday, we help thousands of Oaklanders find the resources they need at the library. We know Oakland very well, and we love Oakland. We are their favorite institution. We are going to fight for what is right, and negotiations in the media are not right.

    Alison Bowman
    Chapter Chair, Oakland Public Library
    Library Assistant, West Oakland Branch
    Blogger of, among others.

  4. dto510 says

    Thanks for writing in, Ms. Bowman. If it’s true that the city hasn’t shown up for negotiations in a month, well, that’s really bad. I should also have mentioned that the lack of consistent leadership at City Hall, specifically in the City Manager’s office which oversees the negotiating team, is a huge barrier to resolving labor issues.

    Personally I don’t think the city should cut library hours at all. The city has to find a way to deliver services within its budget, which is no small shakes.