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Re: “Facing the Housing Crisis, Berkeley and Emeryville Lawmakers Are Advancing Numerous Solutions; But Not Oakland

No one thinks about the landlord, just the poor tenant who has a low-income job. I bought a condo in Emeryville 15 years ago (and yes, I make less than 100k) and have been bleeding money for about 10 years, only recently am i slightly cash flow positive. Also, my property taxes increase as does my HOA which is almost $400/mo and all the insurance burden is on me. What about the landlord, it's just me, I'm no big developer but I saved to buy a condo to rent and hope to use as my retirement.

Posted by Laurie Coo on 11/18/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday

Thanks to the lady who is encouraging donations in her community.

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 11/17/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday

Yeh he won but the popular vote did not vote for him so we do not plan to put up with this Hitler... you get over it ... dig one ditch dig two... old saying or you reap what you sow ... sow hate and you will reap.... sow love and you will reap... some call it karma...

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 11/17/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

Agree used to be a peace officer and the unions have undermined the authority of these top brass in these departments... In 1980 when I worked as a peace officer ... we had no union and you could be on the street tomorrow unemployed... Unions have jeopardize the safety of citizens and have caused more deep pocket suits against local cities who desperately need these funds to improve education and other services badly needed in communities. Not anti - union but in this instance as it pertains to public safety.... Yes.

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 11/17/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

The Oakland Police department is no different from many others. Most Police Departments are dysfunctional and detached from the communities they serve not because of the Chief. Departments nationally are held captive by the history and culture of policing. It is the middle managers and command staff who teach departmental norms and defend the "Blue Line" at all cost. When a new Chief is hired, it is usually because of political pressure from the top. The invisible command staff and managers just smile and sit back as the new Chief explains how it will be different. Because they never buy in to the changes and because of unions, they can't be fired or disciplined. They stay under the radar as change fails and another Chief is fired.The Chiefs are the easy targets, but these other folks are where the structural problems reside. Until the new Chief can come in, clean house with authority and install new people, changes will be small and incremental. Every time there is a cop shooting, the first thing we see are Police union representatives defending the cop and vilifying the victim. These unions are out of control as they fight change attempts in city after city. Politicians need to reign in these unions, fold in more community involvement and give the Chief authority to make the structural moves necessary for real change.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/17/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Ms Kahn notes that my comments about Ms Cappio are misplaced. However, my comments were based on the facts related to her actions, not her qualifications on paper, intelligence or network of friends. Ms Kahn offers no response at all on the substance of my comments because she has none. The fact is that in both the E12 st parcel and the coal transfer issue at the Port, her qualifications and experience did not keep her from giving the Mayor and Council improper or illegal recommendations that were ultimately brought to light by the public. A true planning professional at her level should not always say yes to power, but should use his or her experience, professionalism and integrity along with a duty to evaluate the community needs to provide the best recommendations for the public good. Sometimes the answer to politicians is no. In a previous role at the City, Cappio's specific job description was to make sure that Mayor Brown's Measure K program was implemented, no matter what. That meant that everything Jerry wanted, Jerry got. How much experience and professionalism is required Vivian, to say yes to everything that comes through the door?

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/17/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Sergeant Says Police Chief, Mayor Retaliated Against Him For Investigating Cop Who May Have Killed Wife

'Riders'??? Gantt was never part of that group of lawless bandits. Never was he implicated or accused of anything CLOSE to what those criminals engaged in. OPD'sex next Chief needs to come from out of state. But he/she should spend several days reading and catching up on everything from decades past, all the way up to whatever scandal is going on when he/she is sworn in

Posted by marv on 11/17/2016 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

This writer apparently has gone hook, line and sinker for the Mayor's PR campaign that choosing the right chief is the solution to Oakland's policing and public safety problems.

It's pure PR. It seems to be working because it is diverting attention from Oakland's real policing problems including improving public safety, ethics, police morale and community involvement. Community involvement with policing is not the same thing as an opinion survey.

Oakland's Police Department is entirely an appendage of city hall. City hall sets the goals, makes the policies and funds the activities of our police department. Our city hall is dominated by the same old pols who have devoted decades to maintaining the status quo, their time in office and almost nothing more.

If OPD is to change we need electeds in city hall who understand policing, comtemporary thinking about policing, the history of policing since the days of Robert Peel and, most of all, understand management and organizational change. PR alone won't do it.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/17/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

I hope the city looks outside the police industry for a new leader. Continuing to draw from the police community means the new chief will have same cultural prejudice s that we are trying to weed out. We need new blood, new ideas and a new culture.

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 11/17/2016 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Prop. 64 Rolls Out New Ads, No on 64 Touts Unfavorable New Poll

The words "Process" and "Processing" go undefined in Prop 64. Please FIX! Prop 64 says that it's legal to PROCESS up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates. What does PROCESS mean?

Posted by Ryan McShane on 11/16/2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

This is just wonderful that so many can come together in common cause. Let us see if we can continue this when trump starts doing some truly horrid deed that affects our minorities and undocumented who depend on work in America to feed and house families at home. If HRC had been elected we would have been looking at a better future certain that we would have all been looked after none forgotten. Sadly the Republcans used their dishonest ways to steal the election but the big question is now, what are they going to do? If they do what they normally do trumps supporters will march on Washington, my thoughts are that perhaps Steve Bannon will give GOP pause before they trample over our rights, not allowing them to lead Trump but letting him lead them?

Posted by Mary J NiebergBerry on 11/16/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

So Great to see such Love!
Wish I could have been there!
This gives us all Hope!
Could someone let me know when another peaceful event is going to be.
I live about 2 hours away now, but I would be there!
Thank You!

Posted by Bambi Waterman Art on 11/16/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Mr. Patton's criticism of Claudia Cappio is completely misplaced. She is extremely well-qualified and one of the sharpest and most experienced officials the City of Oakland has employed, especially in a planning and/or development position. The important issue is to ensure that the Urban Core team provides a subsidy for the EBALDC project that meets or exceeds what would be required by Oakland's inclusionary ordinance.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 11/16/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

Where else in Oakland would the community allow a whole block project without asking for community benefits that were outlined in the area specific plan voted on by the City Council 2 years ago? What is dismaying is that the community had to organize and threaten legal actions before serious discussion took place. Chinatown is a community and it has the right to receive the same respect as any other neighborhood.

Posted by Dr. Floyd Huen on 11/15/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

I made a video about this movement, over the weekend. Feel free to use it if it helps.…

Posted by Garrett Birkel on 11/15/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Will there be follow up actions? How can I hear about them and how can I participate?

Posted by ramoriii on 11/15/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

The comment posted by Matt may in fact be true, but it is interesting that when communities of color get the public benefits they want from developers, it is called a shakedown or a dirty victory. When white and affluent communities do it, it is just called "the deal" or the "cost of doing business". It is a historical fact that developers, hand in hand with the government, have destroyed urban neighborhoods for a century without balancing those changes with any public benefit to those neighborhoods. The results have been the destruction of entire ethnic communities destroyed by new construction, along with freeways, culverts and train tracks. In addition, the government piled on with trendy terms like model cities and urban renewal and redevelopment. All implemented under the guise of community benefit. The problem was that the community, usually black or brown, most impacted never got the benefit. Look at what happened to the Filmore District in SF or the history of environmental genocide in W. Oakland. If you observe the history of big and medium size cities all over the country, it is the same story. The only community who always seems to benefit is the white community. The politics of the deal points aside, the people of Chinatown should be congratulated for being aggressive about protecting their interests. When the politicians downtown don't honor your interests, you need to do whatever it takes to get what you want. The City of Oakland is obviously tone deaf when it comes to some communities. The neighbors came together to affect the outcome on the E. 12th st remainder parcel and the proposal to process coal on the Army Base. It is interesting that when development is proposed in white and affluent neighborhoods and cities, the developer starts with asking what the neighbors want or need. In neighborhoods of color, the developers only care about convincing the City and then they jointly tell the neighborhoods what is best for them. Discussion of what the communities of color want usually come at the back end and as a result of a long and costly process for both sides.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/15/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Thank you to all who participated. What a beautiful city and community.

I would have attended but didn't want to drive from Sonoma County and contribute to climate change, or to Big Oil's coffers, or to DAPL.

Just know that many more were there with you in spirit. I hope this will inspire similar events in cities large, small, and tiny, across the country, and around the world. What a brilliant idea that therapist had! Now let's roll up our sleeves, volunteer to create good, resilient, supportive communities, and work to prevent Trump from dismantling what is good in this country. We can do this.

Posted by yrba on 11/15/2016 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

This was a dirty victory. One group performed a shakedown on a developer to benefit its closest friends and allies. If you don't get that, then well, that could explain the state of affairs in Oakland.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 11/14/2016 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Mike M: What rights has government taken from you? Who is telling you how to think? That sounds conspiratorial. If Trump does what he says he will do, there will be many rights taken away. For starters, we can surmise he will try to take away freedom of speech. Consider how thin-skinned he is; he won't tolerate being criticized very well. Couple that with his admiration of Putin's strength (dictatorship) and we can guess that he will try to eliminate freedom of speech. Of course, no one can predict for sure, but the signs are there. If you were someone with brown skin, say Hispanic, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Islander, or others, you would probably not be as comfortable with the Trump presidency. He has threatened to send police to go to schools and mosques to remove children or check-on "those people." Don't you know what this is? Or what it could lead to? Fascism -- Nazi era stuff -- The Gestapo. I believe we all, even you, have a reason to worry about our future. By the way, Trump is better at bankrupting businesses then building them. Do the research. We're doomed. And Hillary is near 2 million over Trump for the popular vote. And Trump did not win fair and square. Voter suppression policies, such as removal of voting places in minority areas and illegal purging of voter rolls, essentially stole the vote. Slimy republicans did it again!

Posted by Terra Wilson-Kaysser on 11/14/2016 at 9:27 PM

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