Mayor Quan's reign of error has to stop

According to a recent article, current mayor Jean Quan may be the front-runner in the next mayoral race. The thought of Quan at the helm another day is enough to make Oakland residents' blood boil.

Oakland residents have endured some of the worst mayors ever, Quan included. And how many police chiefs have we had? One lasting only a few days. In less than four years, we have had at least five, but her term isn't over.

With the Occupy movement, her family joined in, and Quan looked the other way as our newly restored downtown was ruined. England chose Oakland as an example of a complete disaster when dealing with protests. I dare you to go to City Hall, the grounds now littered with dope dealing and homeless people enveloped by graffiti-covered walkways.

And how about that 100 Block Plan? Yet another Quan flop, an example of her continued clueless leadership. Under Quan, we are on the verge of losing professional sports teams and her former chum, (San Francisco) Mayor Ed Lee continues to distance himself from her insanity.

When the BART strike crippled the Bay Area, Quan was nowhere to be found. Quan-inscribed solar trash cans now dot the Montclair District, a million potholes fill our streets, a demised downtown remains, city workers are now experts on "The Jerry Springer Show," as seen in the building department, and a police department deeply understaffed remains in turmoil.


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Oakland cannot afford to have Jean Quan in office one more day with her smoke and mirrors. Her cronies are no better. We need a leader with skills and a backbone to save Oakland. This is a shortlist of her ineptitude. However, suffering with Quan as mayor any longer ensures Oakland's continued demise.

Susan Beck

Oakland

Protect city's future -- Rood for council

I strongly support Tim Rood for Piedmont City Council. To strengthen Piedmont's financial position and protect essential public services, the next Council needs to act on the recommendations of the Budget Advisory & Financial Planning Committee to cap employee benefit expenditures, set aside adequate funding for current liabilities and stabilize Piedmont's long-term financial condition.

As a member of the BAFPC since its establishment in 2012, Tim knows well the state of city finances and the need for these reforms, and his unanimous endorsement by his BAFPC colleagues speaks well of his ability to collaborate to find practical solutions. Tim's analysis of the Sewer Fund in the BAFPC report showed how the city can finish rebuilding our sanitary sewers and balance our sewer fund with short-term loans from the general fund, thereby minimizing any new sewer tax.

I was very pleased to see that Tim is endorsed by Piedmont's EBMUD representative, former Mayor Katy Foulkes, as well as school board members Sarah Pearson and Rick Raushenbush and many other elected and appointed officials. Tim's deep knowledge of city finances and commitment to an open, transparent public process make him the best candidate in this election to protect Piedmont's future.

Garrett Keating

Piedmont City Councilmember Campaign Committee member, Tim Rood for City Council 2014

Vote Ireland Feb. 4 for city school board

I have known Doug Ireland for 14 years now. He is a staunch supporter of public education, and recognizes the pivotal role education plays in our children's lives, our community and our future.

I am confident he will act in the best interests of all children if elected to the school board. Please join me in voting for Doug Ireland for school board on Feb. 4.

June Monach

former president and trustee, Piedmont School Board

Family should accept that daughter is gone

With all due respect to the unfathomable anguish the McMath Winkfield family must be enduring because of the most unfortunate outcome of their daughter Jahi's surgery, it would be best for all involved to accept reality instead of forcing decisions and actions based on medically uneducated beliefs.

Because she is still warm and breathing (albeit due only to technology), it is understandable the family does not accept that Jahi is dead. However, since we are alive because of our brain function, of which, according to all medical experts who have examined her, Jahi no longer has, beliefs are not working in the family's favor.

Also, considering that no doctor has come forward to insert breathing and feeding tubes and that a death certificate was issued nearly a month ago, one would have to question the conclusions of Jahi's family for furtherance of medical care for her. Beliefs can be wonderful things, but when they interfere with scientific reality, they do nobody any good. In this case, there is the agony for the family from prolonging a nonchangeable outcome, which precludes them from moving to the next steps of grieving, the outrageous monetary costs incurred, an attorney who presumably will make a killing by furthering ridiculous legal proceedings and so on.

Everyone is the loser in this situation, and cold as it may sound, the best thing for everyone would be for the family to accept reality, give their deceased daughter the proper and dignified burial she deserves, and learn to live with reality, possibly allowing them to take something from this situation, which they can then take into the world for the betterment of humankind.

Amy Altschul

Oakland