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Re: “OPD Improves Handling of Protests

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Posted by Editor on 12/19/2014 at 7:13 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

This is long but covers all the important details. Seems to me that there The only that Gibson McElhaney's non profit is doing is paying her "for profit/private sector" salary. Shame on her. Just amazes me that these highly questionable business dealings she's involved with are being supported. She's not any better than the shady "affordable housing" developers (and there are many) she's supporting and getting kickbacks from. Also amazes me that with an article like this that covers a lot of territory people are not seeing what's wrong with this picture.

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Posted by Laura Gargano on 12/18/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Why You Should Support the Protests

I like your sentiments, Jay. But, I disagree. Protests do not matter very much. They never have. The civil rights movement was won in courtrooms, with the ballot box, and with economic force (in the form of boycotts) more than by protesting.

Real change on the issue of police brutality requires political action. You dismiss the importance of the vote. You are way off base. You mistake flash for substance.

Example- Ferguson. African-Americans are 67% of the population of Ferguson. Yet, they have about 12% voter turnout (which is likely made up of mostly of older white voters). That is why they have the police force that they have.

The people of Ferguson have been done a disservice. No one helped them organize an effective strategy to achieve meaningful change. First, a massive voter registration drive should have occurred. Then, they should have started recall petitions on the County Prosecutor, mayor, governor, and all the other politicians who have failed them. That nonsense with grand juries and all that would not have happened. Politicians would be doing back flips to prosecute brutal cops if they knew the alternative was their own political suicide.

Likewise in Oakland. If black and brown VOTERS were scaring these politicians with threats of recall. If politicians knew it was the end of their political life if they failed to institute meaningful reforms. If elected officials knew that there would be 90% voter turnout at the next local midterm election to vote their ass out of office. Guess what? Reforms would be happening in a big way. Guess why they aren't? Black and brown people don't vote and don't give money to help finance campaigns. So politicians don't really much care what black and brown people think. Instead they are thinking - I wonder how much longer these stupid protests will last? I hope this winter weather shuts down them down.

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Posted by Gerald Bowman on 12/18/2014 at 8:58 PM

Re: “News Media Ignores Black Protests

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Posted by Editor on 12/18/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Here is the site for iDined, I was referring to. If you want to build something that fixes this problem, join our march.

Posted by Peter M. Gits on 12/18/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “News Media Ignores Black Protests

Actually, we're not ignoring the activists... and these stories are getting told. We plan to tell many more, in even greater depth, and always with an eye toward solutions.

--Joshua Johnson
Morning Newscaster, KQED News/KQED Public Radio

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Posted by Joshua Johnson on 12/18/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The McClymonds Football Nightmare

NFL does it all the time they hire you then trade you or fire you all about the money

Posted by Shirley Brown on 12/18/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “OPD Improves Handling of Protests

I really would prefer that everyone refer to the looters and vandals as such. They are NOT protestors - they are opportunistic criminals. Finally, I take umbrage to the BPD spokesperson stating that they weren't prepared for the protest earlier this month. They've had since the Occupy demonstrations began to prepare for crowd behavior during street protests. Shame on them! The training unit and senior management should be disciplined for this lack of professionalism and inability to lead. Anyone could have seen this potential coming.

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Posted by Emily Montan on 12/18/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Why You Should Support the Protests

Actually, I don't think there has been much denigrating of peaceful protests in Oakland. What I and many others have criticized is the hijacking of those protests by the so-called Black Bloc, the trashing of businesses which are frequently owned by first and second generation immigrants, the danger to life by shutting down freeways and, perhaps most telling, the very muted response by progressives like you to these attacks on our community.

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Posted by Thomas Higgins on 12/18/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

I don't see what the big deal is. This is a REALLY long article about a non-profit getting a little money for DOING BUSINESS!!! As much as I don't agree with how Sister McElhaney assists my neighborhood with regard to cleaning up the "dope fiend" park and other blight, I would never condemn her for running a business that makes a profit through deals and relationships with others in the community just like any other business in America -and maybe the profit made WAS used in some way to better the community. This is all a political lynch mob to smear LGM's name and get her out of office. If she continues to not do the things she's promised in D3 (clean up the streets from Grand to 40th; close down at least half of these damn churches, halfway houses, homeless shelters and single person rooms and disperse them throughout Oakland; implement a shopping cart "return-to-owner" system to get them off our damn streets (none of these so-called homeless people have ever purchased an effing shopping cart to push through the streets of Oakland); and get some real businesses here in our neighborhood, then YES she should be ousted. But not for any single reason in this trumped up, blow-hard article.
Nayaa Lacy

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Posted by Nayaa Lacy on 12/18/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Why You Should Support the Protests

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Posted by Editor on 12/18/2014 at 3:34 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

I enjoy reading the comments here but specifically have one for Mr. Shepherd on St. Andrews Plaza. For the past 6 years that I've lived in West Oakland on Linden Street, I've watched St. Andrews Plaza play a pariah to the community. Filth, nastiness, needles, junkies, hookers, and just plain old disrespect to a community where our children don't even have a decent park to play in. I personally have helped my neighbors clean up this hovel of a parklet and I do it because I am tired of watching grown folks who can be anything from homeless to a junkie just take this piece of land and disrespect it...everything from defecating in the park to just harassing people who pass by. This is what SPc2 is trying to change. Why should I not be able to pass this parklet and feel safe because somebody thinks its alright to scare me because of their inhumane habits. I'm from an impoverished community in Brooklyn that frankly makes Oakland look like San Francisco. But the thing that kills me is that everyone can defend poverty here...why is it that you defend filth and living like sub-humans. Houseless folks shouldn't be hanging in that park sir; there are tons of community resources receiving funding that should be utilized to improve this mess. Even the seniors who receive their services from St. Mary's shouldn't have to endure filth and disrespect. That's what you're not getting about St. Andrews's been taken over by an element that really is the pariah in the black community....a zombie effect that for decades has appeared to be the status quo. Not just in this community but in communities nationally. We are SICK AND TIRED OF LOOKING AT THIS... just ask the children of this community. I have and I too agree with them. When is this cycle of disrespect and apathy disguised as poverty, going to make way for even a clean entity that more than a few can frequent. And yes, I'm a poor black woman whose proud to be from the hood...but being from the hood doesn't mean I want to live among urine and feces. I have gotten tired of feeling sorry for adults who have decided to that they'd be better off being high than looking for an alternative. So, no, you're not going to get pity for anyone who isn't a senior in St. Andrews Plaza. Frankly, we need it changed so we won't be forced to clean it 2x's a month, even though DPW goes in and tries to keep up with the nastiness and filth that filters over to Filbert Street and continues to threaten the youth in this community. Come On many generations of poor black folks are we going to endure with this. It's time that that parklet was cleaned up so that we can enforce true assistance for those that need it or want it. Otherwise, we'll continue to watch neighbors like the woman who owns the home directly across the street from St. Andrews Plaza, who can't even rent it out because the dealers hang out on her stoop. I keep hoping she'll let me buy that house from her so I can manage it like it should be managed...because trust me, you wouldn't see anyone hanging on my porch selling a GD thing. Stop supporting this nonsense and give our kids a sense of pride that they don't have to have a cycle of poverty and filth to endure and look up to.

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Posted by Carol Wyatt on 12/17/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

Alex Miller-Cole is a very shady developer backed by shady capital from a shady source. Is anyone surprised he's defending a shady development deal backed by shady capital from a shady source?

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Posted by Mary McFarlane on 12/17/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

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Posted by Editor on 12/17/2014 at 8:26 PM

Re: “OPD Improves Handling of Protests

hmm, from the two eyewitness accounts i read, it appears that Browne wasn't present at the time, so how would he know what happened? and in one of the accounts, a man claims he pulled off one of the undercover officer's bandanas and then the officer tackled a man standing next to him. the claim that the officer was punched appears to have been fabricated, as there is no mention of it in the verbatim account from one of the photojournalists. regardless, threatening the safety of the protestors by waving around a gun seems to be an egregious overreaction.

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 12/17/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I am trying to build an alternative that allows you to simply point your iPhone at the restaurant to view/leave a review.

The rules are as follows:
* Patrons are only allowed to leave a review if you are within 15-20 meters of the restaurant.
* Your review will last for 2 months, as long as you don't receive 5 disagrees from other patrons. If you do, your review will be removed.
* To get your review to last beyond 2 months, you must receive 5 agrees from different patrons each month.
* You are only allowed to leave one review per restaurant every 2 months, this includes likes and dislikes at that same restaurant (avoiding the problems mentioned above).
* You cannot agree with your own review. You will receive notifications when someone agrees or disagrees with your review and you will be notified when your review is removed or expires.

We are doing a kickstarter project and have 16 days left to reach our target. I don't know the terms of this site so if you do a Google search for our project named iDined you should find us. I will be sharing your comments and retweeting this to my social networks.

Our prior app has already proven the technology that will be used to build this next app, again no name - this is not a call for advertising this is a call to build something better. We really desire to fix these problems: help us to build something that can't be tricked, rigged or leaves the customer last. I would like to hear from restaurant owners as well as patrons.

Yes we are still working out the issues of how we will be charging, but we are thinking that a coupon would appear to anyone who has read a review for that particular restaurant, this would be a low flat fee per month and charge for changes to said coupon or allow a per transaction coupon that would be slightly higher when the user downloads the coupon, but making it reasonable for both options. We would have a check box from the users reading reviews and leaving reviews to "request a coupon" from that restaurant. Again, no hacking of this as they must still be within 15 - 20 meters of the restaurant. This is the information our sales team would use to go back to the restaurant, not removing bad reviews.

(I spent 15 years at Cisco System working on innovation and submitted over 90 patents on their behalf, we can figure out how to do this without gaming the system.)

Please send your suggestions/comments to us to make this a better app that doesn't paint itself in the corner.


Peter M. Gits

Posted by Peter M. Gits on 12/17/2014 at 6:05 PM

Re: “OPD Improves Handling of Protests

I was out there and noticed if the cops leave the marchers alone, the marchers leave the cops alone. There is a small contingent of mostly white, masked protesters who go after the cops, and should probably be isolated and denied. I saw a lot of people standing in front of windows stopping the smashers, people returning dumpsters to the sidewalk and putting out fires, and then I saw these white-punky fashionistas breaking windows. This shit needs to be called out, but when I blocked them with my bike, some kid in black clothes sucker-punched me. Luckily I did not lose my front teeth or get smacked with a tire iron. They have a right to be angry, but I'd like it if they took off the masks, picked up arms and declared war against the system instead of hiding behind the peaceful people.

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Posted by Dolly Fine on 12/17/2014 at 5:42 PM

Re: “The McClymonds Football Nightmare

I graduated with coach Peters,he believes in these kids,growing up in west oakland is already hard,school and sports is all those KIDS have to turn to,to the c.I.f GET it together.Good job mcclymonds you will go to you all.

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Posted by Kwelia James Blueford on 12/17/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “News Media Ignores Black Protests

Who is that with the rules for white protestors?
Are white protestors getting too much press the problem?

How about doing something to get police accountability?
I have made a proposal, but am really open to any other.…

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Posted by Don Macleay on 12/17/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “The McClymonds Football Nightmare

If it's a known fact that kids transfer schools and districts for many reasons other than sports and the lawyers can find cases in which this has been done, this should serve as proof as to this case being biased. Being involved with youth sports myself for over 25 years I can honestly say that this is the first time I've seen a kid being denied the ability to play based on the fact that his prior school had "better test scores." Who's to say that the family didn't want to add some diversity into this young mans life and decided to take him out of predominantly white school and put him into a school that would allow him a chance to to be more well-rounded and meet people of different ethnic backgrounds and social status.

If you ask me this is classist, racist and hypocritical.

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Posted by Sam Rothstein on 12/17/2014 at 2:50 PM

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