Kind of begs the question "competence and action on behalf of who?"
You think he knows what side his bread is buttered on? John Russo
City Council member who in gave his famous "we ought to do all of
- the City would pursue both the swap and amortization. The swap
nowhere and amortization moved forward.
Then Russo won the City Attorney gig-- so he'd get to execute
legislation! So what started out as 185 billboards going down over
became 161 over 10 years. So Russo may think he's biting the hand
feeds him, but he's really just giving that hand a manicure. Its
a start. A verrry
To get out of local politics and move to the state level,
you gotta play
ball with the big boys. Just ask Don Perata, Oakland's state senator.
got state law changed so mega-billboards could go up at the Coliseum.
Oakland's "No New Billboards" law was circumvented in Sacramento
Oakland's State Senator. Confused yet? Good -- they like it that
so what to do? Let them all know you want amortization to move quicker
cast as wide a net as it can. And let's get this. To prevent any
local landlords losing income, the City gives them 2 trees-- that's
compensation" that will add value to a property more that any billboard
could. The billboard companies get a decade to make profits, the
get trees, and everyone's happy.
You can email council members by clicking the district numbers to
the left of
1)Jane Brunner (N.Oakland)
2)Danny Wan (Chinatown, Lakeshore)
3)Nancy Nadel (W. Oakland, Downtown)
4)Dick Spees (Montclair, Laurel, Dimond)
5)Ignacio de la Fuente (Fruitvale)
6)Moses Mayne (Skyline, Central E. Oakland)
7)Larry Reid (E. Oakland)
8)Henry Chang (at large)
To the right of the billboard, you can email the mayor. When Jerry
Governor, he cut a deal with the billboard companies so that only
billboard could come down. He's the reason that only 10% of Oakland's
billboards are amortizable. The City Manager, Robert Bobb,
is in charge
of the City's anti-blight program, so he's good to contact. The
Open Government coordinator, Michelle Abney, is very responsive
as the Attorney's web contact.