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Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

Smells like rotten fish roasting on a dung fire atop a sulfur pit.

Posted by JP Massar on 09/13/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

"Raiders and the NFL would cover $500 million of the stadium's $1.9 billion price tag, with private investors coming up with $650 million and the public forking over the rest. "


Raiders give $500M, Nevada contribution specifically *limited* to $750m, *Sands/Majestic* covers all the rest, including overruns.

Tax Increment Financing demands from Sands/Majestic (to recoup investments) were eliminated last week, with the quid-pro-quo being Sheldon Adelson agreeing to buy ±5% of the Raiders for $100M (if plan is approved by Nevada & NFL).

Posted by jq7925 on 09/13/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “When Landlords Target Tenants in Rent-Controlled Buildings

What a disgrace. We allow this kind of greed and corruption in this great nation. I don't even live there but from what I've read, it's appalling. May be a nice apartment, but I'd rather live in dangerous freedom, than a controlled dictatorship. I always thought this country was capitalism based. Now I see the real truth. We live in a oligarchy controlled by greedy, corrupt, apathy limited people, who could care less if you live or die. Live on the street or in their apartments. It doesn't matter to them. We are all just replaceable numbers who line their pockets. Absolutely zero apathy for mankind in any way. God forgive you all. Because ultimately, it's harder for a rich person to enter heaven, than it is to pass a camel through the eye of a needle. This property manager and owner are below scum.

Posted by Windle 67 on 09/13/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

I want the Oakland Raiders to win and keep selling tickets as this minimizes the risk to Oakland and Alameda county taxpayers footing the bill from the last “deal” made by the Raiders.
The Raiders are an Athletic Entertainment industry, I personally have no interest in their entertainment and even less so in supporting them financially to stay in Oakland.

So let’s just suppose that some (idiot) decides to build a $1.5 billion stadium in Oakland for the Raiders. As I see it for football it will be used for 8 days each year (nine if they make playoffs). How much revenue can 8 football days bring into this prosperous city and county? We have a dearth of hotels and you can be sure all the TV and NFL executives will fill out the delux SF hotels. Yes there are local vendors who can “clean up” during a game but with overpriced crappy food and parking rates that would cause a banker to blush, there are better ways to use the existing complexes.

I say No to any public funding of Raider maintenance but accommodation and encouragement to stay are fine. I suggest the mangers of the complex look to music and other events to fill the existing stadium and coliseum with customers on a regular basis. Make Oakland a real venue destination, not a sports destination.

The Raider support base is not particularly in Oakland, but in all the surrounding communities. The Raider Entertainment Industry has shown previously that is has no local loyalty and clearly they are planning to move again. Fact is you can see the games far better on your HD home screens now than you can at a game!

The NFL is a very well run business organization. They know that they have a huge audience and they will do what it takes to maintain and grow that audience. Loyalty to fans, non-existent here, this only occurs in Green Bay WI where their team is a publically owned non-profit franchise.

Posted by John Maguire on 09/12/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Seems to me like someone wanted to make sure she would not be available to testify before a Grand Jury that might be convened by any prosecutor seeking indictments expanding the breadth of those police officers potentially facing criminal charges.I can't think of any other reason to place her beyond usual subpoena range.

Posted by Raymond Guiducci on 09/12/2016 at 3:20 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

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Posted by Cassy Jeong on 09/10/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Disagree with Eric. Legalizing prostitution, among other benefits, would make it far easier to enforce anti-trafficking laws. Overnight, a large segment of the industry would police itself and cooperate with authorities. They have the contacts and exposure to know about trafficking, and an legitimate incentive to suppress it.

This is true for a large number of the illegal activities that now flourish in the shadows.

Posted by Robert T on 09/10/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Good riddance. We're supposed to go tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in debt so an entitled douchbag can make millions by overcharging us to get into his new stadium? Eight dates a year? Puh-lease. It'd be cheaper to buy every Raider fan in Oakland an NFL Sunday Ticket football package on cable, and let us watch the games from Las Vegas.

Posted by Ken Olofia on 09/09/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

I honestly want to love the development idea proposed here but it's really nothing more than an absurd fantasy. And just as absurd is the idea of Mark Davis allowing anyone to buy a share of the team and have any influence on the ownership or direction of HIS franchise. But thanks for dreaming anyway.

Posted by Richard Bucher on 09/08/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

What all the cities need to do is to municipalize their teams to city or fan ownership and tie the team to the city physically. Let any city that can field a team and compete. The NFL is a subsidized corporate monopoly that is an anathema to democracy and manipulates the game and the fans as if we were nothing but serfs to be profiteered. Reform the game to minimize violence and physical maiming. Green Bay is a perfect example and the fact that municipalization has been banned by the NFL, except done deal Green Bay, speaks volumes.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 09/08/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Oh, right. Does anyone think that Kamala Harris, or Nancy O'Malley or any of the other DAs whose jurisdictions are involved is going to "investigate" this fairly and prosecute the officers involved? Really? These people are politicians, period. They will do nothing but protect those in power and utilize any opportunity to promote themselves.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

I wouldn't trust O'Malley OR Kamala Harris to properly investigate and prosecute this. Both are political animals mainly interested in self-promotion. BTW, O'Malley meeting with other departments monthly re Brady v. Maryland is a joke when her own DDAs violate Brady every chance they get. Funny! They routinely withhold evidence and scramble whatever discovery they do produce to make it as difficult as possible for underpaid defense attorneys to use any of it. You can't assume that anyone convicted in Alameda County was actually guilty.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 2:05 AM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

Sure, because the corruption in Oakland was never restricted to OPD in the first place. It runs throughout Oakland city government AND OPD, and includes the City Attorney's office.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

It's not Oaklands/Alameda County's fault that Davis isn't rich enough to own a football team...sell it to a tech billionaire ownership group and they can easily build a new stadium. Look at what Stanford did with just a bunch of rich alumni.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/07/2016 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

No problemo. In just a few years, by 2019 or 2020 or so, if and when the new Oakland Police Commission is up and running, we can deal with this mess. Of course there will be lots more additional messes by then.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/07/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Hey Chris, obviously you obviously are not a sports fan or native Oaklander. Beyond that, have you been paying attention at all, or just sipping your mocha lattes dreaming of some futuristic urban utopia. ? In the real world, in this market, building a mixed use transit village at the Coliseum site is NOT doable. The City just spent several million dollars and 3 years of study and analysis to conclude that it cannot be financed by private dollars. That is why they are back to building a sports venue on the site. Moreover, the reason the Redevelopment Agency assembled the parcels around the site for the last 20 years was to build the stadium (s). You need to take a drive around East Oakland and tell me where you see any major investment of capital that is not subsidized by the government. The highest and best use of the site is exactly what it has been used for since 1965. I am not in favor of public money for a new stadium, but transit is exactly why it should be built here.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/07/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Whether they go or stay, Oakland should not pay one cent of taxpayer money to build them a facility. Every stadium built with public money in the U.S. in the last 70 years has ended up costing taxpayers more than they received, and only enriched developers and sports financiers. If it's a viable proposition, they can do it with private money. Otherwise, forget it!

Posted by Rashid Patch on 09/07/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Nick, I hear your nostalgia. You love the Raiders the way you might love corn syrup. You enjoyed Coca Cola and Red Vines so much when you were a kid, and now you want those things to not be bad for you. But the Raiders are still bad for Oakland:

A new Raiders home, on a transit corridor.
- If you're saying it's an opportunity to get people on transit, then a stadium provides the least benefit, since the stadium is unused for most of the year. Building 100% housing and retail on the site would get people on transit every day.

An NFL franchise with African-American ownership.
- This has soft value only. You can point and say, look at social progress. But this gesture does not put money into the pockets of Oakland's African-American residents. The plan is to continue taking money out of the pockets of Oakland's residents through taxation. If Lott's goal is to encourage this, then shame on him.

An affordable, mixed-use, live-work hub in the heart of East Oakland.
- You can build more of what you're describing if you leave out the stadium. Private investors would back the whole thing. Any money that the city might put into affordable housing would directly benefit residents. Any money that the city might put into a stadium goes to Mark Davis.

A project backed by private dollars, not city or county coffers.
- The Raiders will only deal if there is a city/county subsidy.

Oh, and maybe even a Raiders Super Bowl.
- Is there an un-subsidized team in the NFL that has won a Super Bowl?

So let's build the urban village of the future on the Coliseum site, with transit, retail and affordable housing for a diverse population. This is not only doable, it's far easier than building a new stadium. If you disagree, take a drive around the Coliseum most any day of the year and ask yourself whether this doldrum makes a community more liveable or less liveable. And ask yourself whether it would be worth city/county money to build it again next year.

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 09/07/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

let the bums move to vegas, tired of the
public subsidizing millionares, let them
go, good riddance, see how well they do
down there, different economics

Posted by bandit on 09/07/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

At some point in this decade we need to ask ourselves whether an increased role for the federal government in policing the local police is necessary . I have my doubts that even the states can clean up regional problems such as this and such as institutionalized racism. It would seem we have plenty of evidence that it is too close to home for corrective action to be taken and justice to be served.

Posted by Daphne Maddox on 09/06/2016 at 7:29 PM

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