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  • commented 2017-12-14 17:18:40 -0800
    Hello: Ive been trying to track down the status/results of the STRR pursuant to C.M.S.86298. You Web site indicates that you are involved. I want to study the matter for a presentation to the Lakeshore Highlands HOA. Please direct me to documentation of study and call me to explain your position and thinking on matter.
  • commented 2017-12-08 20:06:46 -0800
    Dear Council Member Guillen,

    I am ecstatic to hear that the Peralta Board of Trustees has put a halt to the misguided attempt to build another/new stadium alongside the estuary! I continue to urge you to protect the neighborhoods, environment and many diverse citizens of District 2 and Oakland.

    As I’m sure you are aware, many reputable studies including Stanford, the Brookings Institute and others have been done on the actual (lack) of financial and social benefit of sports stadiums to municipalities.

    Our city is in need of infrastructure upgrades, repairs, and job creation, yes, but we absolutely need to focus on leading our communities forward with projects that return real benefits for monies spent, not on subsidizing vanity projects for the uber wealthy.

    Thank you for your consideration and continued hard work.


  • commented 2017-11-11 12:01:01 -0800
    Saturday, November 11, 2017

    While walking through the neighborhood this morning we passed a location for a movie production on Harrison, near 15th. We were horrified to see that workers had painted over large portions of the wall murals that enliven an otherwise bleak parking lot. Other workers were adding random flourishes to existing murals with cans of spray paint. When we expressed our concerns to the onsite crew, they told us to move along and mind our own business. They remarked in a hostile and condescending manner that we should be thankful that their production company was contributing to the local economy. I can assure you that I am not thankful that a movie production company is permanently defacing our neighborhood for a temporary shoot. I am not happy the the production crew displays disrespect for the community and it’s heritage of amazing street art. The producers of the film could have easily removed the murals in post production. Instead, they chose to destroy and deface them. Which city official if responsible for reviewing and issuing permits for this production? I’d like to ask that our city officials exercise better judgement and oversight when negotiating permits for production locations in our neighborhoods.
  • commented 2017-08-14 13:38:50 -0700
    Hello Mr. Guillen,

    I am currently working for the East Bay Asian Youth Center as an Operations Manager. I wanted to see how you can help us with these Illegal Dumping and Graffiti that has taken place at our youth agency. I called the police non emergency line to report it and they directed me to public works. Public works said they cannot help us since it’s not a city problem even though I have the License Plate number , make and model of the car and footage of the dumping. We are a non profit agency, I don’t know how we can afford to keep paying for these Illegal Dumping and Graffiti,
  • commented 2017-06-09 11:35:03 -0700
    very disappointed in clean up of homeless encampments ubderneath 580 overpass at Oakland Avenue, our neighborhood should not be plagued with this blight
  • commented 2017-01-31 10:39:08 -0800
    I want you to lead the council and mayor to drop their antagonistic, destructive policies and postures toward homeless people and their living areas, and become an advocate, a proactive leader to develop living areas where people have the services, safety and dignity they deserve while you are taking the creative steps to provide the actual solution to their plight in the form of actual housing!
  • commented 2016-12-09 08:14:44 -0800
  • commented 2016-11-12 18:04:04 -0800
    I’m writing regarding the homeless encampment under 580 in my neighborhood (at the Harrison entrance to 580) and, more broadly, the homeless issues all around the bay area . I am in favor of working toward real solutions to homelessness. In the long term we need more affordable housing, better rent control, more shelter beds, and more treatment for mental health and addiction issues. In the short term is there any talk of portable toilets, showers, sharps containers, food delivery, garbage pick up, outreach/social workers? Are there any community meetings scheduled about this issue that I can invite interested neighbors to on NextDoor? Please let me know.
  • commented 2016-08-29 23:55:05 -0700
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  • commented 2016-08-03 12:09:15 -0700
    I just learned that two weeks ago, police arrived at the cul de sac at E. 20th and Park Blvd, where a homeless couple had pitched a tent. They arrived with guns drawn. The director of FM Smith had to hastily to clear the playground of about 20 children. This person has re-pitched his tent, promising neighbors he would be gone by August 3rd. If he does not relocate, what can be done? I certainly do not want to call the police. Many of us have posted complaints to Department of Public Works, but they have not responded.
  • commented 2016-07-26 14:59:01 -0700
    three things: 1-soda tax-why (are snickers next?2.Kwick way property use and traffic on lake park and nearby street control and who should bare the cost—the city. think about it. chet
  • commented 2016-05-26 17:38:17 -0700
    You have listed your zip code incorrectly on
  • commented 2016-05-18 12:53:26 -0700
    Hi Abel:

    There is an open blue recycle container from Alameda County Recycling Program located on the street in front of 381 8th Street. The container is over filled. Can you help us to find the proper agency to take the container away. We called the Waste Management and they said it is not their responsibility.

    thanks for your assistance.

    Howard Lee
  • commented 2016-05-13 16:08:08 -0700

    I want to offer some comments on the new “diet” lanes on Grand Avenue. Although I was concerned about this change before it happened, I decided to wait until after its initiation in order to give it a fair chance. After 3-4 days, I now think it is a disastrous solution to the perceived problems on Grand. Let me be clear that I am a staunch supporter of safety arrangements for bikers and pedestrians, but, in my estimation, the consequences of this diet have only increased the risk for bikers, pedestrians, and drivers.

    I am not aware if Councilmember Guillen routinely uses Grand Avenue, but he was a strong advocate for the diet changes. I wonder if he is aware that for the last 3 nights it has taken over 10 minutes to drive on Grand from Linda to Boulevard—after I was even able to enter the backed up traffic on Grand itself, which extends almost to Oakland Ave.—and I was almost run into by a car in the facing lane when I tried to turn left onto Boulevard so that I could get to my home. In addition, trying to enter Grand in either direction from Boulevard, always difficult, is now almost impossible during rush hour. Bike traffic was swerving in and out just to get through the bottleneck. I can’t imagine the effects on the considerable traffic flow in and out of the Ace Hardware parking lots.

    Parallels were made to the lane arrangements on Lakeshore before the diet was instituted, but the analogy is in no way valid. Grand is a throughway in a mixed retail and residential area, whereas Lakeshore after Mandana is entirely a low use road in a completely residential neighborhood .

    Perhaps the only solution that might make a difference without reverting to the pre-diet lane configuration is to reconfigure the traffic light situation at Grand and Wildwood. For example, we waited for several minutes while the green light for Jean St. was on with no traffic at all coming from Jean St.. In contrast, the flow of traffic from Wildwood does not seem to be a problem. I imagine that side of the stoplight is adapted to traffic flow.

    I strongly believe that this intersection is now much more dangerous than prior to the diet changes and I will be hesitant even to try to enter Grand from Boulevard in the future. I hope this critical problem can be addressed promptly.

    Thank you,

    Terry Stein
  • commented 2016-05-10 04:13:02 -0700
  • commented 2016-04-02 16:45:35 -0700
    Help. The Reliable Laundry Mat at 10 TH St. and Madison St. is being used by a large number of homeless people to use drugs, alcohol, profanity and loud music. The police have been notified but require a new complaint each time it occurs. The “homeless,” people then verbally abuse and threaten the “snitch.” (me). This is a generalization and perhaps “taken over,” is too harsh of a word. I don’t think so. I have witnessed one theft, duly called in to OPD. I only go One day a week and it is always bad. Obviously it relates to the increasing number of homeless in Chinatown THANKS
  • commented 2016-02-29 13:55:32 -0800
    My name is Jennifer Miller and I am a resident of your district. I am asking you to support A People’s Proposal for 100% affordable housing on E 12th St. I agree with hundreds of long-time Oakland residents and my neighbors that we need to maximize affordable housing for working families on public land, not a luxury tower. Please support A People’s Proposal when it comes before you. Thank you for your efforts to support real affordable housing.
  • commented 2016-02-01 03:14:48 -0800
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  • commented 2016-01-23 15:15:48 -0800
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  • commented 2015-10-19 21:20:58 -0700
    Dear Mr Guillen, I appreciate your messages with information about what’s going on in Oakland. Thank you!

    I recently read in the Tribune that the League of Women Voters held a forum in San Leandro at which State Sen. Loni Hancock discussed making changes to Prop 13, that would require annual assessment of commercial properties, resulting in tax rates closer to current market value. (Homeowners and agricultural land would be exempt.) I hope Oakland will put together such a forum — sounds interesting, right?
  • commented 2015-10-18 16:31:10 -0700
    Council Member Guillen:

    I am a resident of the Trestle Glen area, and am opposed to the car lane reduction on Grand Avenue. I support the creation of bike lanes and support any workable safety measures, but the reduction of lanes will

    force traffic to get backed up through the freeway access, creating

    even more dangerous situations. There is no reason to have a wide

    median, which can be eliminated to allow for bike lanes and still

    maintain two lanes in each direction.

    The reduction of automobile access to Grand Ave. will also affect

    small businesses all along the street. This project deserves careful

    study. People’s livelihoods are at stake.

    Moshe Dinar, AIA

  • commented 2015-10-18 16:31:04 -0700
    Council Member Guillen:

    I am a resident of the Trestle Glen area, and am opposed to the car lane reduction on Grand Avenue. I support the creation of bike lanes and support any workable safety measures, but the reduction of lanes will

    force traffic to get backed up through the freeway access, creating

    even more dangerous situations. There is no reason to have a wide

    median, which can be eliminated to allow for bike lanes and still

    maintain two lanes in each direction.

    The reduction of automobile access to Grand Ave. will also affect

    small businesses all along the street. This project deserves careful

    study. People’s livelihoods are at stake.

    Moshe Dinar, AIA

  • commented 2015-10-16 11:36:51 -0700
    I am writing to protest the egregious increase in Waste Management fees for our condominium complex. Our monthly fee was $634 monthly and was raised to $1387 monthly because of a “push fee”. I thought Waste Management was to be a better deal for Oakland residents – this increase is outrageous
  • commented 2015-10-01 11:11:21 -0700
    My husband sent this message to Mr. Cole today:

    Mr. Cole-

    I am a 30+ year resident of Oakland having married a local woman whose family has lived here since the early 1920’s. My 4 children attended Oakland Public Schools and returned here to live following college

    While I do not live in West Oakland which will be most impacted by this project, I oppose linking Oakland’s future with the future of coal- even if it means temporary construction jobs and who knows who fills the ongoing positions at the facility once it’s completed. Regardless of this particular economic payoff, the costs to our local citizens and environment is not worth the risk. Other uses for this invaluable and once in a city’s lifetime piece of real estate should not be squandered for this particular project. The citizens of West Oakland already labor under the diesel emissions, noise and traffic generated by the port of Oakland. Some progress has been made concerning the Port’s impact yet introducing another layer of environmental degradation is bad policy.

    Finally, I am concerned that Phil Tagami, who has ties to the Port and a bit of an inside track in Oakland’s inner politics reassured the council that coal would not move through this project. While for most of us our word is our bond apparently he doesn’t share that sentiment- I hope you and the City Council do!

    Kevin Lancaster

    1118 Clarendon Crescent

    Oakland, CA 94610
  • commented 2015-09-04 15:09:08 -0700
    Can you confirm that my donation made on 9/4/15 actually went through
  • commented 2015-09-01 14:35:53 -0700
    I realize that you were not elected when the new Waste Management contract was signed, but I am sure you are aware of the horrified reaction to the new pricing. We own ( and live in) a 5 unit apartment building, our bill has increased approx 90% under this new contract.

    First, is there any movement towards rectifying this contract, that I understand the Councilmembers did not even read throughly?

    And, because I suspect nothing will change, after all they signed the contract, can we expect similar increases every year? Please read the contact yourself before you answer that last question – do not assume.


    Barbara Roessler

    P.S. On the Oakland website, you do not have a phone number or email listed. I had to look up yet this website to find out how to contact you.
  • commented 2015-08-21 08:25:33 -0700
    How do I remove this profile? I was happy to sign up for news, but I am not at all comfortable that your software pulled up everything possible from accounts connected with my email, including a photograph, and proceeded to publish it publicly. I no longer wish to be on this list and I would like to know how to remove my personal information from your site.
  • commented 2015-07-29 10:36:05 -0700
    Are there any restrictions on daytime noise in my neighborhood (Trestle Glen)?
  • commented 2015-07-12 10:46:26 -0700
    High Rise Public Process:

    On the violation of public trust, let me quote your own home page: “We did it, we won! Thank you for believing in experience, community and transparency. It means the world to me. Please accept my heartfelt thanks and gratitude. See you around town!” – Abel

    You have ditched the public in your rush to approve the high rise development against the advice of city attorney while hiding the situation from your constituents. Now that’s openness and transparency like we’ve never seen. This is a shocking lapse of judgment.

    We ask you to vote “NO” on the development and return the discussion to a public forum where citizens can participate.