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Re: “Blood Orange Press Hopes to Publish Books for Every Kind of Kid

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Posted by Bruce Mirken on 09/29/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Town Business: Finding a New Police Chief; Bobby Hutton Grove; Saving Oakland's SROs

Oakland's "community" has long had a very good idea of what's needed in terms of police reform including what a new chief needs to do.

The current "outreach" effort is pure PR. City hall should know perfectly well what's needed in Oakland. Oakland's diverse communities have been speaking very directly and loudly to city hall for well over a decade about ethical policing, reducing crime in heavy crime areas, more jobs for the poor, getting away from the madness of the war on drugs, justice system reform and on and on.

The deaf ears in city hall continue. And the incompetence regarding a better future for Oakland's current citizenry will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/29/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

That last line is the the crux of it all: If the city cannot get money from you, they don't care what you do. But they will pinch every penny from whomever they can. I deal with the city everyday for my work and the incompetency, phantom charges and outdated infrastructure is a true reflection of who's at the helm. No one cares except when it comes to their pensions.

Posted by jessy smith on 09/29/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

If I recall from the original report, the new fence made walking along that area more restricted as it encroached more on the public right of way. So, while some former city employees like to slam the civil servants this is not a solid case.

Why would anyone take it upon themselves to just build a fence on city property?? It really is not that difficult to contact one's council person for more information about issues like this.

Posted by pat lantz on 09/29/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by William Gerald Pruitt on 09/28/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

I am wondering why the neighbors complained in the first place? Was the fence seen as a nuisance by others the community? If so, why?

Posted by Drew Young on 09/28/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Oakland has rational rules about building private structures or fences within a certain distance of creeks as part of its Creek Protection Ordinance. Since that ordinance was never referenced in this story, I don't know how to assess what happened on this process. But I suspect it was not as irrational from the city's side as it is made out to be.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/28/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Yet another fine example of Oakland city department wasted money, and another reason to say no to measure KK when they say they need more money to maintain infrastructure. When they can stop wasting the money they already have taken from us taxpayers, we will perhaps consider if they should be allowed more.

Posted by oak2sfo on 09/28/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Poor Mr Harkinson, caught in the web of idiots at the City of Oakland. Two years of staff time, multiple departments in conflict with each other and at the end of the day, no path provided to a solution. Nobody has the balls or intelligence to make the right decision, so the public just gets passed off between departments. The bottom line concern for the City should have been to make sure that the situation is safe for the public and nobody falls into the creek. That was Mr Harkinsons concern and why he replaced the fence in the first place. Instead, the City is stuck in confusion about permits, revenue and liability. First of all, a 3 foot, split rail fence does not require a building permit. But it does require an encroachment permit because it is in the public right of way. Instead of the City being concerned about the long term deep pocket liability of somebody being seriously injured or dead from falling into the creek and filing a major lawsuit, they focus on the liability of the fence itself. The simple solution was for the city to replace the fence themselves and find the money somewhere in the creek improvement budget. Or allow Mr Hutchinson's fence to be considered as a replacement of the previous fence that had no permits. At the end of the day, the public interest is not in the permits, it is in the safety along this portion of the creek. Two years wasted on something this simple and at least that long and no decision on a simple bust stop relocation at 30th and Telegraph. These idiots are not capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. Things that happen in most cities as routine items are a big deal in Oakland because the multi layered management staff is incompetent and there is no leadership. How many other simple things around town are not being resolved. Does anybody down there see the illegal dumping and potholes? I guess if you cannot charge anybody fees for permits, it's not that important.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/28/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

A little context might be helpful. KJ was instrumental in getting a quarter-billion dollar subsidy for the NBA Kings to stay in Sacramento. The City gets the stadium, so no property tax revenue, and absolutely no control over the Kings, so in spite of a $9 million hole in the City's budget, it has no leverage if the Kings decide to extort *another* stadium from the City (this new one is the second such act of extortion).

JFYI, professional sports has an anti-trust exemption, so it can charge monopoly rents. Heck, Al Davis has extorted financial concessions from both Oakland and Anaheim for the Raiders.

Most hilarious of all are the commenters calling KJ "liberal" -- you know, sympathetic to working people. This entire scheme is an enormous gift to the plutocrats who own the Kings. Forbes reports that since the stadium's approval, the Kings are worth roughly double what Vivek Ranadive and his merry band of plutocrats (over)paid for them!

Not enough? David Cay Johnston reports that 75% of George W. Bush's net worth comes from a stadium deal in Arlington TX. Yep, KJ is liberal all right...and I'm the queen of England!

One more bit of business: The entire Sacramento oligarchy (from news media to elected officials) conspired to suppress an initiative requiring a popular vote about this stadium deal. The stadium would almost certainly have lost, too.

So... Pie in the face? I say KJ is luck it wasn't a guillotine.

Posted by Adam Eran on 09/28/2016 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Treasure Island Music Fest Announces New Location, Killer Views of Oakland, East Bay Cityscape

Isn't this the last year that it will be on Treasure Island? I thought I heard that somewhere. I'm sure they will continue to have it, as long as it makes money, right? No such thing as a music festival that's a one-time thing. Woodstock doesn't fit today's value$

Posted by Michelle Castro on 09/28/2016 at 1:17 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

This is your mayor and he's not going to jail? Shame on all you virtue signalling losers. There's a storm coming and you deserve to be blown away.

Posted by Ben Sokolow on 09/27/2016 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Sex Worker Advocates Say Oakland's Prostitution Snitch Web Site Does More Harm Than Good

I second what Jan Van Dusen said.

Nice work Lacabe, very good.

Posted by Brooke Colwell on 09/27/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

Was directed to this story by USAToday, when they attributed facts to "alternative weekly newspaper East Bay Express" on the front page of the sports section last Friday. Isn't USAToday distributed nationally? Not too shabby.

Posted by Brooke Colwell on 09/27/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

It's about time someone took down one of these pie-throwing douchebags. That's the assault here. Johnson simply defended himself. For all he knew, this dumbass could've had a gun.

Posted by Chuckmo on 09/27/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

Shame on Oaktown! The City is already "profiting" from unlawful businesses (dispensaries) "selling" the controlled substance marijuana by "taxing" the illegal activities! Now they want 25% ownership too, I'd like to hear them explain to Uncle Sam and the IRS how a governmental entity can blatantly violate current state law and federal law! Can't anyone see what the hell is going on here in California? They'll put individuals and organization lives, assets and livelihoods at risk of potential prosecution just so they can "cash in on our use"! Our own lawmakers have turned the "Compassionate Use Act" upside down and made it the "Compensation from our Use Act"! Wake up cannabis community and smell what our local and state governments are cooking! California has created its own drug cartel from the grey area they created, if you can't beat the "black market" just form your own "grey market" and take over the industry with corporate and government greed!

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Posted by Dave Armstrong on 09/27/2016 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Comedy Central Clowned the Oakland Police Department Last Night

A once fine department. Most of the good officers have fled the turd pile known as the city of Oakland.

Posted by cornfed on 09/27/2016 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

Good for the Mayor. You throws the pie, you pays the price.

Posted by Alexandra Dixon on 09/26/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

Kudos to the pedophile for his spectacular assault on a man this time.

Posted by David Baron on 09/26/2016 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Low-Level Cops Facing Punishment in East Bay Sex Crimes Scandal

Let me start off by saying I am pro-law enforcement. That being said, I was troubled by this story. I'd say most cops, no matter the department, are good people. There's no way you can convince me of anything else. Repeated stories of misconduct understandably make people question their faith, but I'll stand firm in mine. Anything that is presented as systematic, definitely starts at the top. The low-level boots on the ground, unfortunately suffer the brunt of the consequences. Case and point, but totally unrelated, WELLS FARGO!! To whom much is given, much is required. Law enforcement will have to find a way, QUICKLY, to meet the requirements of those who are starting to hold them accountable. "Because I said so," is no longer going to cut it. Cops across the board will have to deal with the ill-consequences and misperceptions.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 09/25/2016 at 11:52 AM

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