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Oakland Tribune's parking editorial is irresponsible

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I just read the Oakland Tribune's editorial (Monday, October 12th) on the City of Oakland's parking enforcement policies and the word that immediately came to mind when I was done was this one: irresponsible.

Somewhere along the way the Oakland Tribune forgot that it was supposed to represent the needs, hopes, and wants of the people of the City of Oakland, not the City of Oakland.

The Tribune editors wrote:

Some of the most irrational parking opponents still aren't satisfied. They're demanding — which is utterly absurd — that the council set parking rates at 50 cents per hour, end aggressive ticketing, forgive all tickets issued since July 1 and issue an apology for instituting the parking changes in the first place.

Irrational? Under the Tribune's twisted logic, the "Shop Oakland" program of free parking on Christmas holidays is just plain insane!

What kind of "Tribune" is this? It's certainly not the one that was created by the late editor and publisher Bob Maynard, a local Oaklander who cared about the city's people and wasn't afraid to take on the city's elected officials.

Bob Maynard (left) cared about Oakland and its people

This media organization that happens to have an Oakland presence, called "MediaNews", has little to do with Oakland and seems to have more of a - dare I say - "Tri Valley" outsider point of view. But you'd think even with that fact, the firm would be smart enough to have figured out that if Oaklanders were able to save money on parking, that's at least 75 cents they could spend on one of the Oakland Tribune papers!  

But I guess helping people save money in this recession is something beyond the Oakland Tribune's consideration. Should the Tribune stop the presses it would have no one to blame but itself - it's already advocated for the bankruptcy of Oaklanders.

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