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  •  Central CA has not recovered (4+ / 0-)

    and in many cases is getting worse. The un-and-under employment rate here is over 25% with no relief in sight.

    I got laid off permanently on Tues. because of the economy. Job was dependent on people having medical insurance (not medicare or medical) or being able to pay for services out of pocket, and just not enough people have either here for the program to have stayed open, after almost 30 years of business.

    after being laid off after over 21 years of service to his company, my roommate got retrained 2 years ago in solar installation, but there are no installation jobs here because no one has the money to buy or make the investment in solar. You'd have to relocate to the Bay Area or So. Cal, and he's not able to do that.

    So while everyone is celebrating CA's return, please don't forget about us stuck here in the Central Valley. We are still suffering terribly.

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

    by Oaktown Girl on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 05:55:09 PM PST

    •  I'm hoping that high speed rail (2+ / 0-)
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      in making Central CA closer to the coastal job centers will bring more capital in. Too bad that project is still a decade off...

    •  Cali recovery will be real when... (1+ / 0-)
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      Black unemployment returns to 'normal'.

      'Normal' being unacceptable at 10% but that's a far cry from 25% !!!

      We're so close to an Oakland renaissance...

      A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. Frederick Douglass

      by Stance Like Ptah on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:36:40 PM PST

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      •  How about getting a new Mayor of Oakland (1+ / 0-)
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        Jean Quan stinks.  She's been one hell of a lousy mayor in my opinion.  Her handling of the Occupy Oakland incidents have been a disaster.

        If you want real change in Oakland and the Mayor's office, get Joe Tuman to be Mayor.  Great guy, Oakland resident.  He's very knowledgeable, smart and observant.  I had him for an Issues in Free Speech class.  He understands Oakland issues better than any Mayoral candidate who ran in the 2010 Mayoral Election.

        •  It was a black eye to be sure (0+ / 0-)

          ...but Quan's coalition remains strong, strong enough to easily rebuff attempts to get her removed, twice.

          One should not underestimate the power of the Chinese-Developer coalition in Oaktown.

          A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. Frederick Douglass

          by Stance Like Ptah on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:09:17 PM PST

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          •  We need a strong rebuttal to those hypocrites (2+ / 0-)
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            Just because Jean Quan is Chinese doesn't mean she's a good Governor.  I'm sick and tired of hearing this crap that the Chinese coalition wants Quan as government.   I think they represent a special industry lobby that frankly thinks too much about power.  Oakland may be getting some new business thanks to Sungevity but it's overrall business climate SUCKS.  It needs a whole shake up like the SoMa of San Francisco has gotten a shake up.  If residents don't like it, well, too bad.  Oakland also needs more night life and restaurants and police that actually approach scenes more with humility.

            I mean, if Quan was Filipino, I still wouldn't vote for her.  I'm not a Oakland resident but I read stories about her all the time.  She's worse than Ron Dellums.  I mean, she's done absolutely NOTHING for the worst areas of Oakland like West Oakland.  Absolutely no regular business to resident outreach in disadvantaged areas.  And the Chinese are cheering Quan for being a Chinese Mayor.  Wooptie-freakin doo!

            And then this whole thing about Jean Quan cheering when she won election in 2010 and recognized that both she and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee are Chinese and it's very empowering to the Chinese community.  I love that this is happening myself but come on, let's get real.  Oakland needs a Mayor who actually does work.

            Maybe Ed Lee should move to Oakland and then start running for Mayor of the city after he's done with San Francisco.  He's done a very good job with SF.  Why doesn't Jean Quan?  Well, simply stated:  She has no outside the box thinking.

            Joe Tuman, if he ran again, would be a breath of fresh air.  He actually gives a damn whereas Quan is just another lame politician who, in the Democratic Party, will never see the light of day for a political future.

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