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  • Greer Ashman
    commented 2016-01-23 15:15:48 -0800
  • Douglas Owyang
    commented 2016-01-12 13:05:30 -0800
  • Karen Engel
    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?
  • Moshe Dinar
    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

    Architect
  • Moshe Dinar
    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

    Architect
  • Mark Lightfoot
    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
  • Kevin Lancaster
    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
  • Jeff Fearn
    commented 2015-09-04 15:09:08 -0700
    Can you confirm that my donation made on 9/4/15 actually went through
  • Barbara Roessler
    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.


    Regards,

    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.
  • Me
    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.
  • ed manegold
    commented 2015-07-29 10:36:05 -0700
    Are there any restrictions on daytime noise in my neighborhood (Trestle Glen)?
  • Barry R Zuckerman
    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.
  • hal gelb
    commented 2015-06-20 13:33:24 -0700
    Mr. Guillen,


    We didn’t vote for you to negotiate high rises in our neighborhood and to disrupt the neighborhood.


    This has been a quiet neighborhood of largely single family homes and small apartment houses. With the traffic work that was done around the lake we now have many more cars moving down our quiet street trying to avoid the obstacles that have been introduced on Lakeshore and at the bottom of the lake. Some drivers think this is the Indianapolis Speedway. One of them nearly killed our dog.


    If Oakland must have high rises, put them where they are now, in the downtown area.


    Please rethink what you have done and schedule a vote rescinding it.


    We are extremely tired of the officials we elected looking out more for developers and other special interests than for the people of Oakland and the life we are comfortable living here. I must say we will remember what you have done when you next run for election.


    Yours,


    The Gelbs
  • Mark Lightfoot
    commented 2015-06-04 14:39:01 -0700
    Dear Mr. guillen,

    I wanted to express to you my appreciation at your leadership as my Councilperson. Your efforts to negotiate new terms for the apartment high rise project was impressive. If your colleagues on council were as proactive as you, Oakland would be smokin!
  • Leo Lozano
    commented 2015-05-01 14:52:48 -0700
    I support the new market rate housing on lake merritt. Oakland is not yet in the position SF has been in for years to turn down new housing development, or require affordable hsg units of developers in mkt rate projects – this is forthcoming but not yet. We need to support developers who will bring more value to these transitional areas – even sometimes at cost, for the greater long-term good of Oakland. This is one of those instances. This area of the Lake desperately needs investment now.


    Pls continue to support this project.

    Thank you
  • Darin Lounds
    commented 2015-04-22 10:44:38 -0700
    I am writing on behalf of East Bay Housing Organizations. EBHO has a few members who are residents of D2 and we would like to get a meeting with Abel in the near future. I have contacted Abel directly, and he suggested I get in touch with Jenny to schedule. Thanks!
  • Sandra Morey
    commented 2015-03-25 10:36:16 -0700
    I appreciate that you will be meeting with Rep.Bonta & CalTrans regarding the Hwy580 16 month project starting in April. We are unable to make the meeting, but we are strongly opposed to it as it now stands. We live one block east of Boston on Laguna between MacArthur and Montana and we already have difficulty sleeping because of freeway noise. We also get ongoing black soot on our window sills and indoor furniture from freeway fallout. My husband has experienced asthmatic and bronchial problems as well. Please not our opposition to this project.
  • Jesse Lucas Jr
    commented 2014-11-21 16:08:18 -0800
    Congratulations on your victory. I would like to invite you to speak at the Oakland Kiwanis Cub.. We meet on Mondays at the Buttercup restaurant at noon.
  • Sally Torrez
    commented 2014-11-20 16:02:54 -0800
    Congratulations on all of your successes, Abel. If I lived in Oakland, I’d have voted for you. But I’m sure I’ll get a chance to vote for you in a state election soon.


    Sally Torrez
  • Fredrick Parker
    commented 2014-11-13 20:22:41 -0800
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  • Michelle Howard
    commented 2014-11-07 16:30:28 -0800
    Congratulations Abel I’m so happy for you. I volunteered in your campaign my name is Michelle Howard. You came to my political science class Matthew Freeman. I really enjoyed working with you and I know in my heart this city is in good hands!!
  • Darren Hercules
    commented 2014-11-03 15:17:24 -0800
    Please represent all citizens. Not just Hispanics.
  • Naomi Karlin
    commented 2014-10-16 19:27:58 -0700
    I’ve called your office twice, left my number, no call back. why do you endorse Jean Quan?
  • Larry C
    commented 2014-10-09 12:25:06 -0700
    Hi, what is Abel’s position on Community Choice Energy (or CCA, see AB 117) and if he would be willing to champion this among the City Council?


    Oakland started to study CCE feasibility in the mid-2000s as a way to provide community input and control of its energy (esp. clean energy) procurement, esp. to meet the City’s Energy and Climate Action Plan; then all movement basically stopped on this. Now Alameda County is looking into a CCE feasibility study—can we count on Abel to push Oakland to get the citywide load data from PG&E?


    As members of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, we are glad to meet and brief him further if he needs the info. The LCEA has met with Pat Kernighan before has well.


    This is probably one of the most important things we can do to support our district and community’s health and economic future. Marin and Sonoma counties have already started their Community Choice programs. Let’s make Alameda County next!!
  • Thomas Manley
    commented 2014-10-01 11:57:17 -0700
    I want a lawn sign.
  • Roy Wilson
    commented 2014-09-23 15:55:12 -0700
    Abel and team: Unfortunately I am out of town at a conference this Saturday and won’t be able to participate. Keep us informed. Thanks for the good work. Roy Wilson
  • Jason Hartung
    commented 2014-09-18 04:52:46 -0700
    also, I can get your poster posted at Alcatel Bottle Shop. I insure several Ethiopian-Owned Businesses and they are a tight-nit community, every time I mention one business owner and meet another, the next one will know all my current Ethiopian clients. Once your gain the trust of one, its like a domino affect and that is why I think if you post your poster on U and I Liquor and Alcatel, you will pick up a fair amount of votes. Alcatel also has a website that you may be able to post on. I have no idea if they will allow that but its worth a shot. Another good idea is coffee shops because of the high frequency of customers, they are standing in line with nothing to look at, they are employed and likely voters. I would recommend Highwire Coffee and especially Modern Coffee which is next to the Oakland Tribune Building.
  • Jason Hartung
    commented 2014-09-18 04:46:27 -0700
    I am a member of the East Bay Bicycling Coalition that advocates for safe bicycle lanes and successfully helped get bike lanes on Shattuck and Telegraph in some sections. I think that will be a good group to approach with your transit safety ideas and if you get their endorsement, lets get your poster on the different bicycle shops, I was thinking I could volunteer to do that.
  • Thomas Manley
    commented 2014-09-04 14:54:04 -0700
    what are campaign office hours this Tuesday, Sept 9?