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Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

Geeee Whiz! We need housing. Lets make a piece of real estate into a useless shaking of fingers in the face of "the man". Ghost ship was operation before Mayor Schaaf came into office and by all reports for at least 3 administrations; complete with reported incidents that were not acted upon.

Call that corruption if you like, but also recall the "communities" efforts to stop investigations (slow to a halt) of other existing similar situations, fully supported by certain members of the city council supported by by the "community".

This isn't about about corrupt politics (of which there is much) but of a bunch of spoiled, over grown children wanting to deflect responsibility from themselves.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Attorney Taking Over Oakland Mayor’s Investigation of Mishandled OPD Sex-Scandal Case

The more that I learn about the disorder and just plain incompetence of the Trump administration, the more I see parallels with Oakland's city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/15/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

The plain and simple fact is the Oakland has been a lawless abandoned zone since the residential flight to the suburbs... That jobs mostly didn't follow.

Now it costs too much to live that far out and there is an awareness of the impact on the environment of doing that, so people want to live closer in. That means people won't tolerate the chaos that it has been.

The privileged crypto-anarachists who moved here and want no change are pitching well voiced arguments cast as social justice to obstruct needed change and improvements.

BAH!

By the way, lives DO matter. What doesn't matter is who is doing the shooting. It needs to STOP!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

Interesting... Oakland Warehouse Coalition wants the city to "slow down" and at the same time is embarrassed by the total inaction Ghost Ship represents.

I don't think you can really have it both ways. I suspect, and can't prove, that a less targeted audit of this type of situation will show the the "community" is incapable of the self policing and presents a significant liability to the larger community of the tax payers and more general residents of the city of Oakland.

In the article, we have a quote from Matt Hummel telling of responses to Mothers Cookies by OPD... Regular enough that he was assigned to show them around. This would seem, in and of itself, to indicate a problem... Regular OPD visits in response to complaints?! Were this a "regular" multi-tenet dwelling the city has taken very direct steps to clear the problem in the past.

Oh wait... these are "artists"... "Eccentrics"... Part of the "culture" of Oakland and we need to protect them and their way of life. Part and parcel of the lawless wild west/abandoned zone that Oakland has been and are hell bent keeping it that way.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

I appreciate the local perspective on a situation that has been highly politicized. The sad thing is that people died in this tragedy. The why and the how and the what to do next may never be answered because the solution is not simple. Many voices must continue to be heard. Thank you for this balanced article.

Posted by SweetG on 02/15/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

The Ghost Ship should for ever stand as a testament to the incompetence and corruption throughout the city of Oakland from citizens who lacked the common sense to report and demand compliance to the most basic of building standards to govt officials from the mayors office to police, fire and building inspection departments and their employees.
Ps - have you nothing better to do - really ?

Posted by Declan on 02/14/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

You should also talk to Lateefah Simon. Racial equity is her day job!

Posted by Ian Monroe on 02/14/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Nonprofit Sues Coca-Cola, 'Big Soda' Lobbyist Group Over 'Following The Tobacco Playbook'

Great campaign by the Praxis Project, although given the power of advertising in the United States, it's difficult to curb the deceptiveness of ads. Free speech in this country has for the most part become the freedom to engage in commercial speech. Last year, for example, ad revenues totaled about $320 billion -- nearly 60% of what we spend on public schools K-12.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 02/14/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents Call on CalPERS to Divest

Absolutely agree with all positions opposing continued funding of DAPL(and any other fossil fuel infrastructure investments)for all the reasons mentioned.
To those who say staying invested is more powerful in terms of changing their activities, I say on the contrary: Divesting until such time as the company complies with the wishes of its investors(the people ofCALpers)will be a much more powerful way to effect changes that leaves the way open to reinvest.
Secondly, it is the money of the people of CALpers. They get to decide whether the place they invest it meets their ethical and moral standards. Anything else is placing profits over people and life. Get busy finding and funding Green Infrastructure to look at long term benefits, which are not necessarily measured in dollars, to the people who recive CALpers.

Diana Richardson

Posted by Diana Richardson on 02/14/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

Do you crypto-anarchists really think the mayor is aware of every action going on at every level? Why is this article significant?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/14/2017 at 8:07 AM

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Posted by Cifer Smith Morgan on 02/13/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

I am so glad to have you all out there reporting this stuff. Thanks.

Posted by Mike Woolson on 02/12/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Oakland's Fantastic Negrito Won A Grammy!

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Posted by Lorrain Taylor on 02/12/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “'Sanctuary State' Bill Moves Forward in California Senate

I support you Kevin de Leon ! Great job !!!

Posted by Martha Elizabeth Hernandez-meh on 02/12/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

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Posted by commonterry on 02/11/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Hazy IPAs: The Good, The Bad, And The Juicy

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Posted by mcarb on 02/11/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

Thanks to Belinda for providing the documentation which provided the foundation for this article. These revelations are very troubling and underscores the lack of accountability on the part of the City's administration. We deserve better and so do all victims of the misconduct and incompetence that have brought harm to many Oakland residents.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 02/10/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

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Posted by Rishi Kapoor on 02/10/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Finally Build Some Affordable Housing in the Hills — or Will Leaders Squander the Opportunity?

Oakland doesn't need to finalize its policy in order to do the right thing with this land: build low-income housing - that remains low income housing forever - on the entire city-owned parcel. Neighbors don't like it? Too bad. Time for the hills to accept their share of low income housing.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 02/10/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Did An Oakland Cop Kill His Wife?

Wait, it's "mishandling evidence" to have a typist transcribe recorded interviews with a suspect? Unless Gannt is a terrific typist, someone else definitely should have transcribed the tapes. And no matter who transcribed them, the transcript could contain errors. So presumably the tapes are still available, because THEY, not the transcript, are the "evidence."

As for the rest of these allegations, everyone knows OPD is totally corrupt and that the City and the DA allowed or enabled this corruption for many years.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 02/10/2017 at 10:33 PM

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