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I haven't read the measure in detail, but if Brooks and Kaplan are against it, it's probably good for Oakland.
This is obviously a personal issue between the City Clerk and City Administrator. The City Clerk's attendance at closed session has never, ever been an issue in the past.Trust me, this is the last organization in the world you would want to hold to a standard of education qualifying somebody for the position they hold. That as a standard would be questionable starting with the Mayor, Assistant City Administrator and Public Works Director. Political connections and relationships seem to be more important than educational background in this place. Perhaps that's why they don't seem to be able to operate without getting in their own way.
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Grinage: "The ballot measure strips the City Administrator of that authority [to discipline officers] and hands it to a sub-committee of the police commission -- a group of Oakland residents who are volunteers." That is welcome candor, folks. Ms. Grinage, who has spewed demagogic venom at OPD since her son started a gunfight with officers sent to pick up his vicious dog in 1993, has her "group of Oakland volunteers" all ready to jump on this. Meanwhile, Oakland residents suffer in a city that has half the police and two to three times the burglaries, robberies, and assaults of most major cities.
SNS 217C Stop Order Lifted
Update: The Washington State Department of Ag informed SNS that they have lifted the Stop Sale of SNS 217C.
With all due respect, Darwin, I cannot agree with your analysis. Currently, the Mayor appoints all of the members of the Citizens' Police Review Board. Under the proposed measure, the Mayor can appoint only 3 of the 7 commissioners and they are subject to public input and Council confirmation. Currently, the City Administrator who is hired by the Mayor and reports to the Mayor decides on discipline for officers who are found to have violated OPD policy or General Orders. The ballot measure strips the City Administrator of that authority and hands it to a sub-committee of the police commission -- a group of Oakland residents who are volunteers - not employees. The Commission can also unilaterally fire the police chief with a super majority vote.
So, the notion that this measure enhances or enlarges the power of the Mayor is difficult to accept, given the historical and current circumstances. The fact that it is not as independent as the Coalition for Police Accountability had intended cannot be translated into an argument that it increases the power of the Mayor.
There are other provisions as well that serve to increase the community's involvement in police practices and policies, budget allocations and the Commission can investigate any public safety issues that arise even if no official complaint has been filed.
All in all, if this measure is passed by the voters, it will significantly shift the authority over the police department away from the City Administration and provide a much greater role for Oakland residents to impact how our neighborhoods are served by Oakland police officers.
In summary: although it is not as much as the Coalition had hoped for, this Charter change is a dramatic improvement over the status quo and sets the stage for further reforms in the years to come.
Man I'm glad my efforts led the University of California Berkeley to evacuate the grounds department from the Edwards Stadium on campus because the building will probably fall down in the big one.
Dolly Fine is character in my historical novel, my real name is Hank Chapot.
"Worthington announced that he forged an alliance with fellow progressive council colleague and already-announced mayoral hopefully Jesse Arreguín." Think you mean "hopeful" here.
Trump deserves to be treated as a buffoon and as a serious danger. Congrats to Joey Yang for covering the buffoon angle so well!
Writing in Bernie is a great strategy for electing Donald-is that your goal?
The map does not show the fault running through the UC Berkeley stadium. It appears further west than I've seen on other maps. Is this an accurate depiction of the fault location.
The map of the Hayward Fault doesn't seem to be loading properly or is inaccurate. The fault generally follows Highway 13 and then along the backside of the Berkeley Campus, including, as mentioned, through Memorial Stadium. But the fault is pictured several miles away from all that.
There's a much more pressing problem in our own back yard: the Bay Area's many live animal food markets. California annually imports some TWO MILLION non-native American bullfrogs for human consumption (commercially-raised). Plus an additional 300,000 to 400,000 non-native freshwater turtles, all taken from the wild in states East of the Rockies, depleting local populations. These markets are common in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Los Angeles, mostly in various "Chinatowns." Often illegally released into they wild, they prey upon and displace our native species.
Worse, the majority of the bullfrogs (60+ %) test positive for the dreaded chytrid fungus (Batrachrochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd), which has caused the extinctions of 200+ species of frogs and other amphibians worldwide in recent years.
ALL of the market frogs & turtles are diseased and/or parasitized, though it is ILLEGAL to sell such products: E. coli, pasturella, salmonella, blood parasite, giardia, et al. Many of the animals are stacked four and five deep, often without food or water, and butchered while fully conscious.
Now THERE's an issue where the Berkeley and Oakland City Councils could REALLY make a difference. Follow the money.
Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
IT'S TOO BAD YOU CAN'T TELL WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE IS GOING TO HAPPEN
Let's march out the Elephant in the room here! The City of Oakland gets a huge "franchise fee" (estimated by some to be up to $25 million) from its granting of exclusive rights to companies for their collecting solid waste and recyclables. Such a fee cannot pertain to recycling companies (like Alliance) whose recyclables are not collected by them, but brought to them by individuals (whether in shopping carts or trucks). Oakland's "franchised" collectors charge their clients by volume, and every piece of recyclable material not being collected by them (but by others) cuts the revenue those franchised collectors can charge their clients. This also probably affects the revenue percentage based franchise fees collected by Oakland from their franchised collectors - reducing the city's revenues. The Alliance Recycling outdated website states it collected 15,600 Tons of recyclables in 2008. Imagine how much volume that 15.6 tons removed from the franchised collector's revenue streams, and how they must be complaining about that lost revenue to a city government that is also losing revenue from its reduced franchise fees as a result. The city of Oakland is squarely in bed with those big businesses it granted exclusive collection rights to. One look at the Alliance Recycling location on Peralta Street will confirm that street is packed with industries - it is nobody's idea of a residential or gentile neighborhood setting. Oakland has laws against the illegal collection of recyclables (such as raiding waste bins of such), so rather than expensively policing such violations, it chooses to shut down the recycling company. This is less about sidewalk blocking or nuisances and more about a conspiracy between Oakland and its franchised collectors to do what in anybody else's viewpoint would be the illegal restraint of trade. The elephant in the room here is holding a bundle of money in its trunk, and that money is headed straight for Oakland and its exclusive franchised collectors.
We can only write-in Bernie's name if there are 55 electors filed. Keep in mind that those disqualified in the primary and independents will be voting in the General Election.
Anyone interested in becoming an elector for Bernie?
Only those names written on the ballot at the General Election for President of the United States, for which a group of 55 Presidential Electors pledge their votes to that write-in candidate, shall be counted as votes.
November 8, 2016, General Election
Summary of Qualifications and Requirements:
Presidential Elector - Independent Candidates (PDF)
Presidential Elector - Write-In Candidates (PDF):
In nearly every state, the candidate who gets the most votes wins the "electoral votes" for that state, and gets that number of voters (or "electors") in the "Electoral College." http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/electoral-college/
Just to be clear: what I meant by "Goldilocks" was that the rent ordinance adopted by Council in March and that we recently placed on the November ballot rests neatly in between the rent control activists' initiative ("too strong") and the California Apartment Association's initiative ("too weak") -- our ordinance, as Goldilocks would say, is "not too strong, not too weak, but something in between that's just right." Thanks! : )
What are the penalties for police violating the policy, or using the surveillance equipment to spy on people without justification? If they can still use the gear to wrongfully invade our privacy and no one is held accountable, that's not acceptable.
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