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If people support this type of investigative work, they should donate heavily to the publications that produce them. The East Bay Express produces great work, but has only ONE full-time reporter! The powers that be have a great interest in keeping their practices hidden and reporters have traditionally been the ones to put a spotlight on it. Unfortunately, investigations such as these are becoming very rare in a media climate driven by clicks, not substance. Support journalism!!
Is OPD sound asleep or simply so risk adverse and lazy that they investigate nothing until driven to it?
The end of this incident would be almost mind boggling except it's right in line with the total lawlessness here. The facts, as presented, are terrifying... No records of previous calls to the same address for gunfire incidents?
This isn't a police department... It's not even the keystone cops!
Viaduct? Vy not a chicken?
michael good: it looks like (as i thought) that there was nothing to fear regarding property destruction from any demonstrator or protester.
absolutely nothing negative happened as a result of days of protest.
hope that crow tasted *good.*
Excellent Beers, great hospitality.
Thank you for sharing this update.
Thank you for your persistence and resistance to targeted bureaucratic obfuscation. I hope the free and independent media survive and flourish - without them, democracy, the sovereignty of the people, is doomed.
"Do you crypto-anarchists really think..."
Epithet and poli sci update: the original crypto epithet was "crypto-fascist" spoken by Gore Vidal to W.F. Buckley Jr. Perfectly apt.
An anarchist is someone who doesn't believe in government, so whether or not gov't was aware of anything at all isn't really of much interest to an anarchist.
A fascist is likely to be someone who things gov't is god and, accordingly,
all-powerful and unquestionable. Something like W.F. Buckley Jr and the writer of the crypto- epithet above. Fascists or crypto-fascists.
I lived next door to a violent man for years, in the Dimond District, and called the police on him numerous times, but they never arrested him. When he turned the hose on me while I was gardening in my front yard, I called the police. He yelled obscenities at them when they arrived. They turned to me and said, "Yes, Ma'am, we see what you're saying." But then they turned and left and didn't arrest him. Later, he would sit on his front porch and yell at people and play music so loud that it could be heard a block away. The police would come and tell him to turn down the music. He would yell at them; they didn't do anything. They never arrested him. Several of the neighbors had restraining orders against him but when he violated those restraining orders, the police did nothing. Finally, his home was foreclosed on, but the sheriff had to get him out; he didn't leave voluntarily. I was inside the house after he was evicted, and from the smoky walls, covered windows, etc., it seemed pretty clear to me that there had been a meth lab inside. The whole neighborhood was just lucky he didn't start a fire.
Unless someone is killed by gunfire, Oakland cops can have very casual attitudes about all the firearm shooting that goes on every day in this town.
Where I live in Oakland cops have been called after gunshots have been reported, and if the cops actually show up, they can show little interest and have, for example, ignored cartridge cases all over the street.
There are many freeway ramps near us. Road signs are full of bullet holes. When we call in that we hear multiple gunshots (drive by shooters like to practice shooting on freeway on ramps because they are miles away in a few minutes), cops don't respond. In reality there's probably nothing they can do because the city of Oakland's electeds have closed minds about dealing with the realities of gunfire.
When we have contacted other city departments about the shooting on the on ramps, they say that they can do nothing. There's no money for CCTV. Don't you think that if we can ID drive by shooters when they are practicing that we might be able to prevent more actual drive by killings? This doesn't occur to city hall.
Mayors of nearby cities have petitioned CalTrans and Gov. Brown for help with freeway shootings. Some nearby cities have paid for the installation of CCTV cameras to help deal with the problem. In Oakland this amounts to thinking too far outside the box.
I wonder what they would do to someone who is a permanent resident, or someone on a visa. These people are very good at intimidation and they have all power, scary.
...And now, debris from the from the fire is found dumped illegally.
Thanks for your professionalism and dedication. There are many of us who value the work of committed journalists, which is more important now than ever. I hope a silver lining is a renewal of the free, independent, fact-based press.
As a lawyer for immigrants, and a teacher of future immigration lawyers, I thank you and hope that you will persevere in this absolutely critical effort. But watch yourself: there have been very strange campaigns against whistle-blowers such as Professor Jacqueline Stevens, barred from her own Northwestern campus based on what many think is a bogus complaint in retaliation for her uncovering misconduct by Immigration Judges and ICE officers. See http://buffett.northwestern.edu/programs/deportationresearch/ .
As for the comment above, "where are all the other journalists" I think the answer is, serious journalists are an endangered species, because you don't make money for the increasingly corporatized owners of media and now, more and more, even if you did make money you would be suppressed for not producing lies tailored to support the ultra-right-wing (actually, fascist, but we are intimidated from using that term) extremists who have taken over not only media but most of our federal government. If you think things are bad now, wait until Sessions is done appointing a full roster of Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Trump (actually Bannon and Miller) are done filling every vacancy they can find -- or create -- in the federal judiciary. When the judiciary is all theirs, we will genuinely know what fascism is.
Great reporting. Keep pushing.
I was born in Oakland more than 70 years ago. I lived there until the late 60's. Though I am a proud Canadian now, a big part of my heart will always be in Oakland. I would have loved to join you. Your March was marvellous.
"The city council should also be named including Desley Brooks whose district the fire was in."
Desley Brooks's Council District is #6. The Ghost Ship fire was in the Fruitvale area of Oakland which is Council District #5. Noel Gallo is Council member for that district. Gallo gives every indication of concern for the often-beset Oaklanders who live in his district.
Sounds like someone has it in for Desley Brooks. Before passing judgement based on "alternative facts," a little taste of reality might be useful. Unlike other Council members, if you call Desley's offical phone number, she is likely to answer the phone.
This is not just lack of transparency. It is discrimination, pure and simple. Great work under arduous circumstances. You are a credit to the profession. Keep up the great work.
36 lives lost, gone. The City will be used for obvious liability. The city council should also be named including Desley Brooks whose district the fire was in. She had first hand knowledge for over five years of this potential but chose not to do ANYTHING about it, just like the rest of her district, the tent city of homeless, trash and defecation. She should be charged criminally for each and every life lost.
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