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Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

@jamesweaver and everyone else: from personal experience yes you can go outside Kaiser with the ok from your psychiatrist or intake nurse. There is a catch, if you are going outside Kaiser and you require a referral to a Kaiser specialty group (trauma group, don't, intestine outpatient groups) as well you are no longer eligible for a referral from your doctor because the outside therapist does not share their records with Kaiser. Also their year long DBT GROUP is not run as it should be with the group members seeing interns for 1x a month visits. In 3 years I had 3 therapists brcause they were interns and left every august and new 1s cone in every September. Furthermore I waited 6-8 weeks in crisis to see a non intern phd, who asked me about my suicide plan I explained told her my preparation thus far my anxiety about having to start over ever year with an intern for her to say hours up, I don't have any more appointments for 3 month. Seriously u have a suicidal patient who is in crisis and that's how you end the appointment? I never went back

Posted by libragirl0925 on 01/18/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Critics Say Oakland's Entertainment Permit Process Too Arduous, Contributes to Unsafe Spaces Like Ghost Ship

There are so many challenges here, where to begin? I'll give it a crack:

-Oakland's budget is such a mess, it can't provide basic services. Even though the recession is long behind us & there's lots more prop tax income. Why? Where's all the money going?

As a result:
-The City uses inspections as a revenue generator. So permit costs are sky high and they don't want to help people bring up to code...they want/need to hand out fines.

-The City doesn't have enough fire inspectors, or OPD officers to make sure venues are safe. So they probably discourage them out-of-existance (in addition to any potential discrimination).

-Oakland Zoning is a mess. Even if underground artists communities are up to code, how is it they would get the permits to live in an obvious industrial space? Does it matter? For those who have enough money Oakland routinely gives variances to the point where the only purpose of Zoning is to collect all the fees that entails.

For the rest (who can't afford the process), since there's little $ spent on enforcement, why bother? Until all hell literally breaks loose.

This is all the result of underfunding basic services in Oakland. So once again...Where is the Money?

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/18/2017 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Critics Say Oakland's Entertainment Permit Process Too Arduous, Contributes to Unsafe Spaces Like Ghost Ship

Are there any cities that have a successful event permitting system that works well? Oakland could adopt it instead of trying to modify and keep the inefficient one we have now.

Posted by bill h on 01/18/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Critics Say Oakland's Entertainment Permit Process Too Arduous, Contributes to Unsafe Spaces Like Ghost Ship

It absolutely is too arduous. Cabaret reform is long overdue, and the entire process of special event permitting is daunting to most people.

Posted by Conan Neutron on 01/18/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

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Posted by Pat Redman on 01/18/2017 at 4:51 AM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

It's worse than you can imagine. I personally have identified a number of people (not at all exclusive to SSO) that do not come to work, some for months at a time...but keep drawing a paycheck. So-called "soldiers" who openly refuse to go overseas but keep full-time jobs. Soldiers who are injured overseas and then sent home, only for the CAARNG to discharge them without medical separation! So-called "Soldiers" taking government vehicles (with their families driving and on-board, no less) to sporting events out of state. "Soldiers" and "airmen" retiring from active duty National Guard and then being hired in as effect civilian consultants for the same jobs they left. Guardsmen being told they will lose their full-time NG jobs if they dare to actual go into hostile combat...and when they come home, no job - while their colleagues who sat home still draw a paycheck and job. Shameful: fear of losing a job while others are losing life and limb, yet they use the words "selfless service" and "heroes." Absolutely appalling; convenient self-indoctrination.

Other superbly-qualified leaders and Soldiers are not retained on active duty in the CNG while those without the training, less experience, no active duty overseas time, and even those with letters of reprimand are not only retained but moved to new locations at government expense. When an imminently-qualified Guardsman applies for a tour or job with the California National Guard, if not one of the sycophants of the status-quo, his packet will be "lost" and never accepted for consideration; the same for promotions. Sometimes Soldiers are "not renewed" within months of retirement so others can keep jobs AFTER military retirements. So-called senior leaders who have NEVER been in the regular Army! Look at the General officers of the CAARNG and most senior leaders - they command Infantry units and pride themselves as Infantrymen yet NO combat time as Infantrymen; some have never even been awarded the job skill qualification. It may be legal, but absolutely not moral. Certainly the most qualified are not the ones selected for senior leadership, merely those politically-connected who avoid actual direct service.

These issues are usually clouded and explained as budget considerations; dedicated Soldiers and Airmen, both officer and enlisted, are often told their organization is being downsized due to budget constraints and their position goes away, yet within weeks multiple new bootlickers are hired, including relatives of the very ones who said there was no budget allotment.

Appalling, and this is YOUR National Guard. This is YOUR tax dollar being abused. I have many more examples and evidence of all...but no one will do a darn thing. Our properly-elected civilian leadership, not being of the military profession, do not which questions to ask or issues to explore. Inquiries solicit information from the very same praetorian guard protecting said corruption. The base fact is that many of the National Guard leadership (surely the culture) did not join for service; they joined to be pretend Soldiers, enjoying the reputation and benefits of professionals all while enabling their perception of self-importance.

Posted by Joshua McCorkendale on 01/15/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Bro ALkebulan get an attorney and renters insurance fast!!!

Posted by HuNia Vinnetta Bradley on 01/13/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

The Oakland schools should be put in receivership again. Very few vocational skills are taught. These schools have become a place for criminal youth networking..
As victims of crime, seniors and homeowners, we strongly object to parcel taxes
going to this school to prison pipeline.

Posted by nwax@sbcglobal on 01/10/2017 at 11:24 PM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

The Oakland system should be put into receivership. It is a place where youths network to plan crimes. Few vocational skills are taught. As victims of crimes and homeowners, we do not want our parcel tax to fund this criminal organization.

Posted by nwax@sbcglobal on 01/10/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

The Oakland school system, administrators, board should put in receivership again. Oakland schools are a place where young people network to commit crime. Few vocational skills are taught so kids could a living upon graduating.There is a 40% drop out rate in high school, as I recall. As victims of crime and homeowners, we don't want our parcel tax to pay for this school to prison pipeline!

Posted by nwax@sbcglobal on 01/10/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

I have been told by individuals who used to work in JFHQ that the State Surgeon's Office case workers work for a private company, not the Cal Guard.
The way the SSO is run, you'd think they are ALL government employees. Has anyone ever tried calling the SSO? They seem to never be in, they don't return calls, they were a malignant tumor on me until 'they' decided how they could kick me out.
There are internal reports from the Guard that they are/were not in compliance with records management laws. Go figure. If you ever had some involvement with the SSO, your records went missing, were falsified, or they claimed that the MEB/PEB selection sheet went missing in transit while being mailed.
My original case manager was Lomboy, he told me he was let go in Fall 2012, how is it that he was still signing things off in the files for the MND cases that the SSO had open on me?
The SSO had also closed out a case, done, fin, zum ende. Why did they string me on as if it was still open?
And this is already TL;dr my unit....oh boy.

My email is jeffrey.sidden@yahoo.com

Posted by Jeff Sidden on 01/08/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Unified School District Reaffirms Sanctuary City Status

Get to these people later. First up, the criminal illegal alien multiple felons running around lose on our streets, being shielded by cities and local law enforcement. Such perversion seems to be one of Obama's favorite things. They must all go immediately, rounded up dead or alive. Then each successive priority of illegality must be dealt with seriously and in accordance with the law. Sorry, but the big immigration con job, on which so many earn their daily bread, is about to end. Lights out.

Posted by Ken White on 01/07/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Posted by Aloisio Mariana on 01/03/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

I agree I'm women of color and racism is a global issue I agree with Ms. Dovr , Mr. Thompson ,it seems and it has been forgotten that is a personal responsibility ,,,,because immediately is turn into a racial issue,,it has happened to me also ,, the outcome would have been different if I would have been more responsible or own to it ,, I have bad experience with the amnesty I still can't get help 2 tickets and they suspension of my drivers license ,I witness racial discriminationi in all racial groups ,but Affrican Americans by far are more racist then other group they feel that's their right ,, yet no one can't say their own opinion ,because theyll be accused of been a racist and that's not political correct ,,so no one says anything about Affrican Americans is not political correct remember that ,,,but in turn Affrican American could say anything they want about any other group and it makes it ok to make jokes ,,,that's okay because everyone's is afraid or don't want to be accuse of been a racist ,,the trend is to be politically correct ,,,I experienced & witnessed how Affrican American victimized other none black & racism against other groups none black ,,,always everyone else are at fault of the slave trade ,,,,I yet you never hear of native Americans struggles or Latinos and by far they the most but its always Affrican American

Posted by jovita deleon on 12/29/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

Does anyone know if it's illegal to publish a guessed, not legitimate psych diagnosis on the patient's documents that are viewed by other, non psych docs? I'm trying to find out if when I go to Kaiser for a flu shot, will I be scrutinized because a therapist, after spending 30 minutes with me, has labeled me in a way that makes people scared and distrustful of me?

Posted by GraceWorks on 12/25/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “CalPERS, CalSTRS, UC Invested in Dakota Access Pipeline Despite Pledges of Sustainability

Really appreciate this article.

Posted by Millie C on 12/22/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

I am an artist, musician and concert producer in Richmond. I believe that art and music are essential to the life of a community and that it's in the City's best interests to be artist friendly. But if there is any lesson to be learned from the Ghost Ship tragedy, it's that we have an obligation to provide safe spaces for the creation and presentation of art and music. There is no music or art event that is worth unknowingly sacrificing ones life for.

I know Mayor Butt and he has personally worked to support music and art Richmond. The City has found significant and possibly immediately dangerous conditions at Burnt Ramen. The city seems open to working with Mykee to get the place open again. He should stop whining and get to work.

Note to Charles Eroster: you are an Internet troll who spews foamy crap. Your idea of a cultural outing is probably a trip to Safeway, or maybe a Trump rally. As for artists "sucking at the tit of government," if you look at the City budget, police and fire safety cost about $92 million. Funding for arts and cultural programs, including the library is $5 million. So STFU.

Posted by Bruce Kaplan on 12/22/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

It's AWESOME when trolls don't use their real names but expose their IP address. Thanks Mr. "Eroster"

Posted by BradDollar on 12/22/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster who are you, and what are you doing making such a large number of comments on EBE? And how are you able to spit out so much misinformation about Burnt Ramen, but have likely never even been there? I have been there numerous times, and I was there a couple weeks ago. No tangled extension cords (in fact I didn't see a single one), no overloaded electrical system (simple solar-powered system), not a single space heater. Making up false information does not make you seem intelligent--in fact it makes you seem like someone who goes around EBE just to troll people. Nothing you say has any merit. Have fun spitting out more comments.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/22/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Wow! They used space heaters?! How could they!!!

Posted by atork on 12/22/2016 at 7:20 AM

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