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Three things to know about Gavin Newsom's spending spree

Original post made on May 16, 2021

Gov. Newsom is proposing to spend California's $100 billion windfall on schools, small businesses, homelessness and more, while campaigning against the recall at the same time.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, May 16, 2021, 8:45 AM

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Posted by Thomas Paine
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 16, 2021 at 9:25 am

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You forgot to mention the billions Newsom has allocated for High Speed Rail. He has released $4.8 billion in bond measure funds even though HSR has not met the requirements clearly written in the law. Remember that when you vote in the recall election.


Posted by Larry Montrose
a resident of Downtown North
on May 16, 2021 at 9:52 am

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This is good news. If the state has that kind of surplus, why not put it to good use by helping Californians as a whole?

While the high speed rail allocation is questionable, the other fiscal targets make sense.

A cynic might infer that the governor is promoting these measures to lighten the pressure of a recall election and perhaps this is true but who cares?

Now if he can only retrieve those misallocated EDD payments and re-channel them into something productive, he will come out smelling like a rose.

The French Laundry incident will soon be forgotten as the Covid-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted for all California citizens.

A $600.00 stimulus check to all California residents earning below $75K is a good move as is some form of remuneration to undocumented immigrants for their hard work and sacrifices performing undesirable labor during the pandemic.

With $278.8B there is plenty of money to go around and targeting $12B for homeless assistance is another step in the right direction.

The only ones who should not reap the benefits of this windfall are the wealthy who have more convenient tax write-offs and deductions than an average person or family in California making under $125K per year.

Taxing the rich heavily and providing for the less fortunate is a sign of a civilized state.

Republicans may disagree but the party has become anachronism and within 20 years it will have gone the way of the dinosaur with a newer and far more intelligent/moderate party in its eventual place.


Posted by Petra Karenter
a resident of Professorville
on May 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

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Governor Newsom is following the lead of Anna Eshoo and Congress: he’s spending money like a drunken sailor.

If you like inflation, you’ll love what they’re doing!


Posted by Laci Peters
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 16, 2021 at 11:45 am

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a resident of Atherton
on May 16, 2021 at 12:37 pm

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Posted by Reason
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm

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If Newsom wants to help both low and middle income Californians, he should help the middle class with college, too, and increase the California Middle Class Scholarship. Currently, attendance rates at top colleges by the middle class are actually lower than by low-income AND rich students Web Link

The middle class is especially challenged in California, especially our area, where the cost-of-living (not just taxes) are so high and there aren't cost-of-living adjustments to income limits on various programs or tax breaks. The Trump 2017 tax change was a huge increase in taxes on millions of middle-class families in blue states. Not only did they see a backbreaking sudden and unprecedentedly huge increase in their taxes, but the tax law also disadvantaged them in other ways relative to their homes and simultaneously gave huge breaks to real estate investors. One real-estate investor friend said that real estate agents are getting together and forming investment groups -- and investment groups are now a major buy of property, seriously exacerbating the shortage and driving up costs. The investors can afford to weather that better than individuals who have been seriously disadvantaged by the tax laws.

When is President Biden going to fix that? He promised he would reverse the Trump tax laws. I think Newsom could score some points by pointing out just how many middle-income Californians had major tax increases under the last administration, and promising a tax credit equal to 30% of the increase for anyone whose taxes rose a lot under the Republican middle-class homeowner tax increase. The state was talking about doing something about the SALT deduction cap which was grossly unequal treatment under the law--and probably had a lot to do with so many people finally deciding to sell and move out (and the loss of a seat in Congress).


Posted by Mary
a resident of College Terrace
on May 16, 2021 at 5:28 pm

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No mention of spending our money to help prevent or alleviate: water shortages, electrical grid problems, or wildfires? Things that the state is primarily responsible for?


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2021 at 5:33 pm

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I don't think Newsom has any intention of "helping" the middle class. He's trying to save himself from recall, and most Americans (including Californians) are middle class. Stimulus checks, no more masks -- votes.

Regardless of where you fall politically (center, right, left) Newsom needs to be recalled. He's a failed leader, and he lacks the competence (and intellect) to run the state. [Portion removed.]


Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on May 16, 2021 at 8:36 pm

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He's trying to spend his way out of being recalled [portion removed.]


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 17, 2021 at 4:31 am

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We noted that the transportation commission got money but they are not spending it. They are not putting their people to work and upgrading the transportation systems. while Newsome is good at making headlines actually making the money available is another thing. And having competent people put the money in the right places is also very questionable. You all have yet to see the money for the social programs. We really need the money for the infrastructure programs.


Posted by Reason
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2021 at 8:18 am

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Posted by Be realistic
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 17, 2021 at 11:44 am

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Larry, I think you are correct.
I am not a huge fan of Newsom but he would need to do quite a lot more than eat at the French Laundry for me to want to replace him with a republican. Speaking of the latter, they have a nerve to put that forward as one of the major accusations after all that they have done and are doing nationwide supporting the previous individual and Capitol rioters, suppressing the vote, guns, tax breaks. Please ...
Speaking of aptitude, their last replacement of a Democrat in office was Schwarzenegger. The new aspirant is a trump supporter. We know how that worked out.


Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 17, 2021 at 12:37 pm

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No more hand outs. Guiliani, who use to be an organized Mayor of New York, got the homeless off the streets. That was when Willie. Brown was Mayor of San Francisco, and California could not force the homeless off the streets so Brown's office told me. What a bunch of horse manure.


Posted by Reason
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

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I did not use multiple names, I made only two posts as "Reason". Please restore my post.


Posted by Crescent Park Mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm

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His entire recent spending spree proposal feels like his Aunt Pelosi’s brilliant scheme to get him re-elected. He’s buying votes with our money and that’s not honorable. Why weren’t these things proposed before he was recalled? It’s too late for me. Every city and state he touches ends up in ruin. I will actually take ANY candidate over him for the next two years.


Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 17, 2021 at 1:37 pm

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Disgusting......just a transfer the wealth scheme, and he’s doing it with our money from outrageous higher taxes. Go ahead, empty suit, and the workers and firms who paid will be gone elsewhere.


Posted by Melissa Gorman
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 17, 2021 at 3:51 pm

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Allocating $12B to assist in dealing with the homeless issue is a good move.

Will there be enough monetary resources for all of the cities currently faced with growing homeless populations?

Perhaps trimming or eliminating the high speed rail budget will allow for more state money to go where it is needed the most.

Other areas that should also be targeted for spending reductions include law enforcement, public education, infrastructure improvenents, climate change, earthquake preparedness, and prison maintanence expenditures.

Surplus state funds are best served for supporting public health, social services, Medi-Cal, and undocumented immigrants wishing to become permanent California residents.


Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2021 at 7:12 pm

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Hmmm, let's see. He's promising to hand out loads of cash and pay off past-due rent and utility bills while hoping middle-class voters will forget his cavalier statewide lockdowns over the past year. This *reeks* of bribery.

Newsom is trying to take credit for a surplus windfall made up of substantial capital-gains taxes and an embarrassing $371 billion in total federal stimulus payments.

This is no different than wheeling out free washing machines and bags of beans, as Hugo Chavez and other corrupt Latin autocrats used to do to "win" elections.


Posted by Kyesha Williams
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 17, 2021 at 9:42 pm

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It is Gavin Newsome's 'season of giving' and many are grateful for these programs.

The only ones who might take issue are wealthy individuals who don't like to pay their fair share of the tax revenue base.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 18, 2021 at 12:00 am

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Nothing to pay down the state debt and nothing for water management. We need both of those things much more than we need a high-speed choo-choo between Merced and Bakersfield. California has not seen its last water shortage, guaranteed.

California is hundreds of billions in debt and taxes are high. What is Newsom doing about it besides smiling and smirking at the TV cameras? He wants to spend, spend, spend and spend some more.

Dick Blum (husband of Dianne Feinstein) has donated $25,000 to Newsom's effort to fight the recall. Blum is head of the HSR construction firm. Does anyone smell a rat?

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HSR is a boondoggle which needs to be revoted, but Newsom has done nothing about it — Dick Blum has seen to that.

No way will I vote for Caitlin Jenner. After Schwarzenegger we don't need another amateur in the state Capitol. Nor will I vote for Newsom or a Trump supporter. Jenner used to be a Trump supporter until Trump disparaged trans people, so I'm kind of stuck.

I don't know much about Kevin Faulconer other than he was mayor of San Diego. I'll have to do some research.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 18, 2021 at 12:18 am

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I'm not voting for Faulconer if he's cozying up to Trump.

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Faulconer is a Republican. The whole Republican party is "wackadoodle" IMO and worships at Trump's feet.


Posted by Fritz Lane
a resident of Downtown North
on May 18, 2021 at 8:38 am

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When Senator Kamala Harris was chosen by Joe Biden to become his Vice Presidential running mate, there was an opening in the U.S. Senate and Governor Newsome should have appointed himself as interim Senator to complete her term of office.

The added exposure on a national level would have provided him a viable opportunity to run for President at a later date and he could have left California's internal problems in the rear view mirror.

With his infectious charm, good looks, and attractive billionaire wife Jennifer Siebel, it would have made for the perfect presidential image.

Instead he is being confronted by a recall effort by disgruntled California citizens who do not perceive him as presidential material.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 18, 2021 at 8:51 am

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"The added exposure on a national level would have provided him a viable opportunity to run for President"

That didn't work out too well for Jerry Brown, did it?

He'd have to do a better job of running California before I'd even consider him for President, I don't care how charismatic he and his wife are.


Posted by Fritz Lane
a resident of Downtown North
on May 18, 2021 at 9:03 am

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"That didn't work out too well for Jerry Brown, did it?"

Governor Jerry Brown was never a U.S. Senator and except for the possibility of having Linda Ronstadt as a potential first lady back in the day, he did not have the same allure of Governor Gavin Newsome and his wealthy, attractive wife.

Nicknamed 'Governor Moonbeam' for some of his questionable decisions early on, Jerry Brown became far more moderate during his later years as both a mayor and governor.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 18, 2021 at 10:00 am

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Well - we can tell that Fritz has goosebumps on his legs for Gavin and his wife. Reading the LA times opinion writers today they are not impressed - in fact are off-put from Newsome's continual "look at me" attitude. Lots of promises that go no where - all attention getting activity that he does not deliver on. So the people in SF may be a fan - do not figure that LA which is a bigger city is now impressed - they get that from Hollywood all of the time.


Posted by Davis Pemberton
a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2021 at 11:30 am

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Complaining about politicians is akin to complaining about an upset stomach.

If one has an issue with a publically-elected official, simply vote them out.

We saw that in 2020. Done deal.


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 18, 2021 at 11:45 pm

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Newsom may be inept, incompetent, and ineffectual. He also may be resorting to a (not so?) subtle form of bribery here so that he survives the recall. But even with all of his ineptitude and arguable bribery, he is still more qualified than ANY Republican candidate. California must stay BLUE!
We don’t need a DeSantis, Kemp, Noem or an Abbot type running California. They are awful. I would eat at the French Laundry any day with Newsom over those four dreadful Republicans as long as Gavin was paying for the meal including wine of course.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 19, 2021 at 2:06 am

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"Newsom may be inept, incompetent, and ineffectual. He also may be resorting to a (not so?) subtle form of bribery here so that he survives the recall. But even with all of his ineptitude and arguable bribery, he is still more qualified than ANY Republican candidate. California must stay BLUE!

We don’t need a DeSantis, Kemp, Noem or an Abbot type running California."

Well put. We don't need someone who would go along with this Republican plot to restrict voting rights like in some of the slavery states, with poll watchers and making it illegal to bring food and water to people standing in line to vote. Or hiring 'Cyber Ninjas' to audit the ballots like in Arizona. Newsom is at least fair-minded about voting rights and is a champion of mail-in voting.

Someone who might make a good Governor is Eric Swalwell, but I don't know if he's interested in the job. He has certainly proven his worth in Congress.

We need someone with the guts to pull the plug on (or re-vote) HSR before they bore a 13-mile rail tunnel through the Pacheco Pass. We need someone to take charge of water management. With California's agriculture we need to deal with these persistent droughts. We need someone to pay down the state debt.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 19, 2021 at 8:36 am

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The state of Delaware - home of the Pres - has more restrictive voting rights than that proposed for Georgia. Having gone to Georgia many times it is not a 1950 ghetto with illiterate people. Every one there has papers with their identity from which they get government services. It is a fairly hip state with big military air bases, movie locations - you see the Georgia Peach at the end of many shows - CBS, sports teams, and black and white colleges. What people refer to as restrictive is voting with no ID. That is filled with assumptions which are categorically incorrect. Every one there has ID. That is a basic requirement for voting.

The lady who heads up this quagmire - Stacy Abrams ran for governor with no prior legislative competitions, lost, the still fails to concede because she said that year's voting was illegal. Every one pulls a political stump speech to fill the void with no actual experience in running a state.

As to Newsome he talks big - but show us the money. As reported in the SFC the Commission on transportation has the money but has not actually re-hired the personnel who drive and fix equipment. Our VTA is still wanting for funds, as is Caltrain and BART. The people at the top are hoarding funds then playing politics with what the funds are suppose to be for.


Posted by Lorraine Gentry
a resident of Downtown North
on May 19, 2021 at 8:58 am

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> Someone who might make a good Governor is Eric Swalwell, but I don't know if he's interested in the job.

Congressman Swalwell was alledgly involved with a female spy from the PRC who has since fled the country rather than face interrogation by U.S. authorities...a questionable choice for CA governor as well.

The potential governorship elections in both NY and possibly CA leave much to be desired.

In NY...Gulliani vs Cuomo and in CA...Newsome vs Jenner, Faulconer etc.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on May 19, 2021 at 10:23 am

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The left will usually back the (D) and the right will usually back the (R) and a lot of us are centrists. We weigh out every candidate and every issue, and make a decision accordingly. I think Cox could easily fix this state. He's a successful businessman, an attorney and he's politically moderate. A Democrat until 2000, and currently a Republican. If it wasn't for Newsom and his charisma (and other backings) Cox would've won. If you don't know a horse, look at its track record. Newsom's track record should've been a red flag, but you get who you vote for.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 19, 2021 at 10:33 am

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"After U.S. intelligence officials briefed him in 2015 on their concerns about Fang, he cut off ties with her. Swalwell said in a statement to Axios this week that he provided information to the FBI about her and that he hasn’t interacted with her in six years. Fang has left the country."

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 19, 2021 at 3:29 pm

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It is what Swalwell did before she left - bad judgement. Then continual bad judgement. He wallows in self-serving, unethical behavior. Similar to Newsome - same character deficiencies. Pretty boys who got by with their looks. Now getting old.


Posted by William Larsen
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 20, 2021 at 7:25 am

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Posted by Lucy Waters
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on May 20, 2021 at 8:32 am

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Since California has a proud history of choosing its leaders from the entertainment ranks (e.g. Ronald Reagan, George Murphy, Sonny Bono etc.), additional considerations might include Denzel Washington, George Lopez, Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman), Oprah Winfrey, Mel Gibson plus countless others.

After all, California is the entertainment capital of the world and politics are always entertaining as well as troubling.

Like a good movie.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 20, 2021 at 10:14 am

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So what is missing here? There is an unending story line concerning the Port of Oakland vs the A's. And the political career of the mayor of Oakland. The Port of Oakland is a main revenue generator for the state - as was the port of SF. It is the main job center for the diverse population of Oakland and all of the trucking and rail services. Mr. Newsome has made no appearance in this discussion, he is busy with the "societal" issues of the city which will either increase or decrease based on the general health of the economy. Ms. Barbara Lee has also not weighed in - but has weighed in on the discussion of wokeness in the SFC 05.20 - "Prominent Democrats debate wokeness". Societal issues are all well and good but having JOBS for people is also good.
If you think this does not affect you think again - we are continually assaulted concerning our wokeness. Irrespective that the job market in this area is tech oriented.
Mr. Newsome is consumed with societal issue and growing grapes to the exclusion of the major economy of the state. The ports are his job - not Oaklands and not the A's.


Posted by L. Brown
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 20, 2021 at 11:31 am

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Just re-route the cargo ships to Long Beach and transport the goods via train or semi-teactor.

No big deal. The A's deserve a better ballpark and they are far more entertaining to watch than the Giants.

That said...Go Dodgers!


Posted by The Lawman
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2021 at 8:59 am

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 21, 2021 at 11:19 am

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Excellent opinion piece in SJM/BAN 05/21 - Daniel Boronstein - "If the A's leave the Bay Area, they will keep control of the Coliseum". This is the business of running a city and the use of taxpayer dollars poorly managed by a bunch of people who got voted in for political reasons but have no common sense or business sense. Oakland is getting taken to the cleaners. Do the A's deserve to take a city to the cleaners using taxpayer dollars?

Do self serving elected officials get to be ripped off? So the eventual housing issues that would have been built in the current coliseum site get to be excused by ABAG? Let's all take bets. Where is the governor? where is Ms. Lee - champion of the people who are going to lose their jobs? Where is the Port Authority who should have some say in this?

Mr. Brown's opinions are right up there with the Oakland City Council - just blow this all off.
If any of the "opinion makers" come over here from Oakland to tell us how awful we are then they can go back home and tell their city how awful it is. Newsome should be involved in this.


Posted by Solar Renegade
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2021 at 11:29 am

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Cities should not be forced or required to build sports stadiums and arenas unless they are willing to and have the resources.

Case in point...Las Vegas built a stadium for the now departed Oakland Raiders.

The A's could also relocate to Las Vegas as well.

Santa Clara learned the hard way by accommodating the 49ers.

There is no civic prestige in having a professional sports team...just headaches.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 21, 2021 at 3:45 pm

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This Oakland - A's story goes back to Alameda county which originally owned part of the stadium. Since this is involving land use and city taxes then the county needs to be directly involved and the new AG - Bonda - was with Alameda when this all started. He needs to exert some authority so the taxpayers are not ripped of. The A's should not have control of land at the coliseum if they are no longer playing here. The original dealings with the A's had all type of assumptions which have not happened. A lot of marketing and promises but no follow through. That should break any contract.

Lesson learned as Google is taking over San Jose with a lot of promises which are a wish list. Wishes are not results.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 1, 2021 at 11:36 am

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The Ship Traffic is noted in the SFC, page 2 of the Local News. Incoming and outgoing - to Japan, Taipei, Honolulu, etc. Oakland/SFO are major shipping ports in the US shipping business.

Just finished the Clive Cussler / Jack Du Brul book "The Saboteurs" which is about the building of the Panama Canal. A number of countries tried to sabotage this effort as it is what was the building of the US economy and the west coast development and business - and made the US a major player in world economies. The Oakland port is a major player in world economies both coming in and going out.

Any effort to diminish the port activity would have a downward effect on the west coast US economy. OAKLAND should be building the port activity to maximize the west coast economy. A baseball park as proposed by the A's would diminish the west coast overall importance in the economic health of the country.

Mr. Newsome needs to weigh in here as does Rep Lee. There is a port commission we have not heard from. Where are all of these people?


Posted by Cole Mansfield
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm

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The United States incited a revolution in Colombia to gain access to the proposed canal zone.

Panama the became a country in its own right.

The cargo ships can simply re-route to Long Beach...no biggy.

San Francisco once had an active port as well.

A new A's baseball stadium at the docks is more entertaining than a bunch of frieghters hauling cargo containers.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 1, 2021 at 6:24 pm

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Cole - the imports from the orient are your phone parts and your computer parts. If every thing goes to Long Beach then that is a whole bunch of trucks and trains that now have to move it northward. Does that make sense to you?
Opinions in the papers say a big NO to the A's taking over the port. It does not make sense economically. And the A's are not doing very well right now.
Opinions say build what you want at the current coliseum location. That has the freeway and Bart transit connections.


Posted by Lonnie Woods
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 1, 2021 at 8:53 pm

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>>the imports from the orient are your phone parts and your computer parts. If every thing goes to Long Beach then that is a whole bunch of trucks and trains that now have to move it

Well all things considered, the stuff that arrives from the orient also has to be transported to other parts of the state and country as well.

The current Coliseum site is ideal but where would the A's play if it were demolished and a new stadium being built?

The Giants will not allow them to play at AT&T Park and San Jose does not have anything to offer on an interim basis.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 2, 2021 at 11:18 am

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After their season is finished then the coliseum can be torn down and rebuilt in the off-season. They are only playing a small number of games in this location. It is empty half the time. They can use AT&T when that team is off at other locations. And lots of away games.
Any new coliseum will take years to build at a new location so it is a mixed pot however you look at it. They do have another team in Nevada so they can use that stadium.


Posted by Luther Payne
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 2, 2021 at 8:52 pm

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I knew the Giants moved to San Francisco from New York back in the late 1950s but was unaware that the Athletics were also in the bay area.

When did they leave Philadelphia?


Posted by Penelope Gerhardt
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2021 at 9:25 pm

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I think they first went to Kansas but nobody watched them play and so the Coliseum was built to attract more people.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 3, 2021 at 7:11 am

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In the SFC every day is the Ship Traffic provided by the SF Maritime Exchange - Bay Area & Business, page 2. Take any ship listed and google it. You will find a whole history for that ship - where it has been, where it is going, and what type of product it is carrying. Cars are coming in on ships that transport cars from the orient Nissan, Hyundai, Honda, etc. Going to Hawaii and shopping there at Costco and Safeway? It got there by ship from the distribution centers in the tri-valley. You want some wine with dinner while in Hawaii? It is being moved via ship. This area is the premier wine growing region in the world and all of that produce has to be moved and sold. Moving by ship is easier than by trucks. Trucks do not go to Hawaii. Trucks do not go to China. Your Nissan car got here via ship transport.
How about all of that produce in the market - bananas are transported by ship.
Bottom line is that North California depends on ship traffic for multitudes of product - including clothes products. Transporting from Long Beach via truck or rail is not the most efficient manner of transport for perishables.

And don't forget the jobs - this is suppose to be a diversified work area - not everyone can sit behind a computer making APPS as a way of living.
And don't forget the tourist trade - people will be back to cruise vacations very soon. SF depends on the tourist trade to stay alive. Oakland can rev up it's tourist trade from cruise ships if it expands the whole bay front. That is where the jobs are, that is where the economy revolves around local products.


Posted by Jim Nemo
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 3, 2021 at 7:55 am

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Not everything arrives across the ocean via container vessel.

Fresh perishable, regional specialty food arrives by AIR as do many consumer products. Only fruit that are picked green and ripen (i.e. bananas, pineapples) are regularly shipped on a cargo ship.

And so does most overseas mail.

Have you ever heard of the term, "a slow boat to China"?

The delivery of cars does arrive by ship but once they have been unloaded, the vehicles are then transported all over the country via land transport.

The Port of Long Beach is a major automobile distribution hub.

And as for Oakland redeveloping its waterfront to attract tourists, that is exactly the concept behind a new A's stadium and subsequent mixed use application.

And most visitors to SF/Oakland arrive by AIR.

As a retired air transport pilot I can attest to the ever-expanding growth in shipping via AIR.

Try FedEx overnight shipping via a cargo ship for a timely delivery.

And time is money.

BTW...exclusive wines are also shipped via AIR.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 3, 2021 at 4:15 pm

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In the Wall Street Journal today - 06.03.21 - "Behind your long wait for packages". The Long Beach ports are backed up with ships sitting waiting to be unloaded. You cannot funnel everything through one port in CA. That is like threading a needle with a long ball of thread. Problems with truckers - not enough and union rates apply. Rails - not enough capacity. US Ports are beyond their capacity. West Coast ports are very vulnerable to all type of obstructions - like putting a ball park in the middle of the loading area.

It is the job of the state, county, and city to make the best use of the facilities available for international trade. Why does this state keep interfering with it's own ability via location - a major port - to undermine the economy of the state.

San Francisco used to have a major port area that has now been converted into housing and tourist traps. Don't try and tell us all that this is a success - the city is in major trouble as all of it's "tech" companies are departing the scene. SF has allowed the political rants to upstage it's ability to function. Now the same is happening to Oakland?

Newsome kept saying that CA is the 6th biggest economy in the world. He is not saying that anymore. Barbara Lee worries about being the most woke - as though being woke is a criteria of economic success and job creation.
This is about JOBS - Diversified JOBS.

And about all of those tennis shoes that are sitting out there waiting to be unloaded.

The ball park is already in the best location possible - freeway, BART, parking, airport, hotels. The proposed ball park is not about baseball - it is about building housing and hotels. That can happen at the current location. Don't argue baseball when that is not the real topic here.


Posted by Cecelia Watson
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 4, 2021 at 9:51 am

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>> So what is missing here? There is an unending story line concerning the Port of Oakland vs the A's.

>> Don't argue baseball when that is not the real topic here.

@Resident 1-Adobe Meadows

You initially brought up the baseball issue as part of your Save the Port of Oakland commentary.

The A's should simply move to Las Vegas and join the Raiders there.

And the Colliseum site be made into a theme park to attract the tourists and potential jobs you speak of.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 5, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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A theme park? That is Jack London Square. Have you even gone over there to look at the whole section of the city? Amtrak goes down the main section - that is the Amtrak location for Oakland. BART is also here. Why bring this up? Because we have all type of contributors from the east bay who like to smack PA and expect us to provide jobs and homes for them. They keep pointing to us as doing something wrong. Meanwhile they are doing something very wrong concerning the jobs for the diversified residents of that city. My son lives in the Oakland Hills and UC Berkley are places I go to. I go to Jack London Square - we will be there tomorrow. I go to UC Berkley for alumni events. If you spend any time in the east bay then you can see how the business base is being managed. By a bunch of political hacks who know nothing about running cities. And the CA taxpayer is getting stuck with all that they do wrong.

Don't even get started on what SU is doing wrong. The taxpayer is stuck here on that topic. The total bay area is working off each other and we have to understand how the whole bay area is working. We are a BAY AREA which is invested in the shipping lines that are working the total state and international customers. Something the SU people are short sighted on?


Posted by Cassandra Edwards
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 6, 2021 at 8:58 am

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A theme park at the Colliseum site would attract many visitors and it would be easily accessible by public transit or automobile.

The A's new ballpark could still be built at the proposed port site with the port operations slightly downsized and operating concurrently.

As for Palo Alto, the city should simply purchase some available and vacant commercial property in South Palo Alto and build a homeless living complex and later, a KOA style parking facility for transient RVs.

There is a run-down trailer park in South Palo Alto that provides cost-effective housing for low-income individuals...the same could be done for the street homeless and RV dwellers.

This isn't exactly Beverly Hills.


Posted by Lucinda Jeffries
a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

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Gavin Newsome will receive few votes from Contra Costa County residents but they are not ready for Caitlin Jenner either.

The folks here seem to prefer living in square boxes...less thinking involved.


Posted by Bobby Becerra
a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm

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Gavin Newsome should spend all of this available money in the state coffers and put the fiscal resources to good use.

Eliminate chronic street homelessness, provide comprehensive social services and medical care for undocumented, immigrants, and include $1K stimulus payments for everyone earning less than $75K per year.

Newsome could also make a serious effort towards recovering the $31B in EDD overpayments fraudulently filed during 2020 and if successful, send out another round of stimulus payment to CA residents.

It's time for the state and federal governments to start giving back to the taxpayers rather than for us to spin endless wheels over that tiresome JFK adage about asking oneself, "what can you do for your country?"


Posted by My Words
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 6, 2021 at 5:34 pm

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@Kyesha Williams: I take issue with your statement, "The only ones who might take issue are wealthy individuals who don't like to pay their fair share of the tax revenue base."

Fair share of taxes? Your statement implies our income was won from the lottery. It was not, dear, it was from hard work, long hours, and lack of sleep. Our taxes are already over over $200K/year. We pay 36% taxes now and Biden wants to raise it even higher. We are third generation non-white immigrants and our grandparents came here without any government funding when they arrived. My husband worked his butt off from college undergraduate through graduate school, through more training, through job after job, about 17 hour days and weekends too. He has not gone to sleep earlier than midnight since we married 30 years ago. I had to raise our three children alone while he was focusing on his career. I held 3 jobs after college: full-time administration, waitressing, and retail = 70 hours/week. How many Americans work that hard? Most have only one job. The government is killing capitalism, they want Americans to be dependent on the government because it gives them more power. If you were working as hard as we have, you would not want 40% of your taxes to go to those who willingly don't have a job because they made poor life choices. You are confusing us with the high tech people who made it big on stocks, which is ignorant thinking.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 7, 2021 at 7:22 am

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@My Words: I agree with much of what you say but one reason we're all paying such high taxes is that Trump decided to punish "the rich high-tax Blue" states by imposing a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions (state and local taxes).

Since few PA homeowners pay less than $10,000 in property taxes, that means there's double taxation on the rest of the property tax, earned income tax, investment income, capital gains, Social Security, property transfer tax, etc. and there's nothing left to deduct business expenses, medical expenses, sales tax,legal expenses, etc.

It would be nice if Congress and the governors of the "rich Blue" high-tax states like California, NY, NJ, CT, MA etc. pushed harder to overturn that politically petty move before the middle class is destroyed.


Posted by Bill Chambers
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 7, 2021 at 10:24 am

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The middle class serves as a social and economic buffer between the very wealthy and the very poor.

The founding fathers were well aware of what transpired during the French Revolution and we're determined to prevent such an uprising.

The middle class pays for everything in America and are the true plantation slaves and worker bees in the hive.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 7, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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Cassandra is making up stuff. She needs to research what the A's are proposing. They are not proposing a "theme park". That property is going to be rebuilt with hotels and apartments.

As to PA - suggest you go over and get an AAA map of Palo Alto. It clearly defines where the boundaries are for the city. Matadero Creek is the dividing line between SU property and Barron Park. Then travel south and Barron Creek is the dividing line between PA and Los Altos. That is on the west side of ECR. go to the east side of ECR and you are now juggling space with Mountain View. The section between ECR and Alma is very peculiar south of Charleston. People keep re-scripting the area south of Oregon with no recognition of where the city lines are.


Posted by Rob Johnson/Captain
a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2021 at 6:31 pm

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If the A's do not get a new ballpark they will simply move to a city willing to accommodate them.

So what is the big deal? Professional sports teams relocate all the time and if the A's decide to move on so be it.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 8, 2021 at 10:48 am

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In the SFC Sunday papers there was a huge spread on the rising waters effect of the bay at the SF ball park and Embarcadero shoreline. All of the money that needs to be spent to protect that section of the city bay area from rising waters. Translate that same problem to the proposed Oakland port ball park with hotels and apartments in Oakland. They want to put it all directly next to the bay. No mention anywhere of the effect of rising bay waters.

We have seen a lot of projections of the effect on PA since we do not have a very big coast section east of 101. A lot of that bay area is under water at high tide. The proposed protection is to build up a break wall. Works for SF? Not going to work for the Oakland port because you have huge ships which require a deep draft to enter, turn, and leave. No one is talking the obvious problems.


Posted by Luwanda Jeffries
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 9, 2021 at 4:34 pm

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In EPA we reside a lot closer to rising bay waters than most of Palo Alto and most of us are not losing any sleep over it.

Why does Palo Alto always seem to create its own problems...Foothills Park discrimination, developer conflicts, concerns over where to eat outdoors, small airplane and Shoreline noise, bike lanes etc.

It must be nice to be able to pick and choose one's discomforts in life.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 9, 2021 at 9:04 pm

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There is a lot of rebuilding going on in EPA right now. EPA is looking good. A lot of money is now coming in to the state and we all are trying to figure out the best way to spend it. Solving problems is the point of this system. We are trying to solve problems. EPA is also trying to solve problems. As to flooding the whole shoreline has been rebuilt to prevent flooding. That is what all of the construction has been about on 101 at the creek. A lot of work and money to solve that problem.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2021 at 8:45 pm

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California has had another year of sparse rainfall and yet another drought is looming.

A succession of Governors going back to Cash-and-Carry Jerry Brown in the '70s, has done virtually nothing about water management. When the rain comes and we get some relief from a drought, our politicians seem to think another water shortage can ever happen again. History has proven them wrong.

I'm no expert on water management, but I know there is desalination and water reclamation. With California's agriculture and its technological talent, the state should be a world leader in these things. Instead of dealing with water management we are squandering billions on a high-speed choo-choo train between Bakersfield and Merced.

People complain that other countries have bullet trains and the U.S. doesn't. They should be complaining that other countries have it together with respect to water reclamation and management and we don't.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 12, 2021 at 9:52 am

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In the paper today it says that there is now new funding for the HSR. This state is being pushed and pulled by many factions - which ever way the wind blows.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 12, 2021 at 9:35 pm

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Biden and Newsom both seem to think fancy, whiz-bang choo-choo trains are more important than water. Especially ones that go between Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Delaware. Between Bakersfield and Merced, not so much.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 13, 2021 at 4:05 pm

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The CA HSR is being built by foreign companies. What possesses this state to keep trying to give massive business to companies in other countries. We are suppose to be giving business to our companies so our people have work. This qualifies as a very diversified type endeavor. How do we stop handing business to foreign countries - our taxpayer dollars are flying out the door to other country workforces. Our workers and our companies need to come first.


Posted by Buford Lange
a resident of University South
on Jun 13, 2021 at 5:07 pm

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The development of a bullet-speed plane should take presidence over a bullet train.

Or a hovercraft that can skim the surfaces of the ocean at bullet speed.


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