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Mexico has a stricter immigration policy than the United States. On top of that, they actually have a wall on their southern border. Who is she to lecture? Just more nonsense from the left.
Hobart, is the Constitution written in English or Spanish? And why should citizens of a great country care about some shithole everyone is trying to leave?
If the Fire Dept sworn (aka uniformed) positions were so overworked, there wouldn't be lines stretching around the block when applications are taken for those positions. Visit a couple of fire stations and then observe local OPD and compare the relaxed, fit appearance of the firefighters to the stressed out of shape cops. You want to be a firefighter in Oakland, not a cop.
If we're understaffed at the firefighter line level, blame the very .effective state and national fire fighters' associations that got laws passed requiring firefighters to respond to medical 911 calls instead of civilian, lower paid EMT's. With newer building code requirements, fires have dramatically declined (or would have if codes enforced). Hiring more line officers is not he solution.
American journalists don't speak Spanish nor do they understand Mexican culture. So coverage of Mexican politics and economics really does not exist.
Ditto most American citizens, even those who play the tourist down south. Ditto Trump, who is nothing other than a typically monolingual American ignoramus.
The problems with the Oakland Fire Department is much deeper than the numbers. The critical issue is lack of qualified experience at top management levels and in other critical areas of the department. This was clearly evident when for almost 2 weeks after the Ghost Ship fire last year, the Fire Chief (Reed) made no public statements and deferred to her Deputy Chiefs to respond to questions at news briefings. The reason was that Reed was hired because of her former colleague at the City of San Jose, Deanna Santana, who was the City Administrator under Mayor Jean Quan. Once again friendships and relationships seem to trump training and experience at the top levels of management in Oakland. Reed was a numbers cruncher in San Jose, responsible for the budget. She was woefully lacking in field operation experience. She was also lacking in professional attitude and demeanor when she lost her cool at a public meeting when challenged by the public about her staffs performance in the north hills area. She should have never been hired for this job. More importantly, there has for years been a serious internal lack of technical expertise qualified to administer codes related to fire suppression systems, hazardous waste and plan checking for new development. Since at least the year 2000, there has only been one or two people on staff to manage those important program areas. All firefighters want to respond to calls in the field, wash the truck, go to Safeway, lift weights and look good in uniform. Somehow very few in Oakland seem willing or required to put in the hours of study and training in the more complex technical areas of fire safety. Change has to come from the top and the focus needs to be on more than just numbers.
I dont always agree with her decisions (almost never), but whether she know its not not, Jonathan Fearn is a smart choice as a developer with a background in affordable housing and community development. He is aware of issues regarding dentrification, displacement and the needs for housing for all income levels and a proponent of environmentally smart urban planning and land use that does not displace long term residents.
It was NOT mentioned that prior to joining SummerHill in 2006, Mr. Fearn worked as Development Manager for Em Johnson Interest, a real estate development firm specializing primarily in affordable housing and economic development projects within low income communities. Mr. Fearn is a certified LEED and GreenPoint Rated Professional and holds a Masters of City Planning with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from UC Berkeley,
Ya know, ya gotta wonder why he couldn't get the arithmetic correct... And if something THAT simple is wrong, what else is?
You might want to check your references before including incorrect information in your articles.... RIO lasers in Santa Clara, which is owned by OptaSense in the UK, actually manufactures semiconductor lasers and has NOT made any bid on the FedBiz website for a border wall.
Wrong about the police department. It has 39 vacant sworn officer positions - 5 percent, not 2 percent. Mr. BondGraham makes the same mistake he made last December. The 39 authorized but unfilled positions are listed in the OPD Personnel Distribution Report for the beginning of April. But Mr. BG insists on using a report based on a convoluted definition of vacancy. That report lists some sergeant vacancies but not one police officer vacancy! Not sensible and not true (there are actually 21 officer vacancies), but with Mr BG, ideology trumps facts.
Obey the LAW and Stop selling America to China
The Chron article points out yet another aspect of fire-safety failure in Oakland--recently there have been serious fires in homeless camping areas in Oakland.
It's a double-whammy. More people displaced by gentrification and poor development policy who are also vulnerable to fires when they have to squat on our streets.
Here he goes again... Half written, half done work by the carpet bagger. Here's a real article on the problem:
See how it should be done?
Good thing the eco orgs are joining the lawsuit because Oakland doesn't have the deep pockets to fix it's original screwup on the contract. Stadium conracts, police and fire contracts, garbage contracts, port contracts, is there a pattern here?
In the planning process for the market rate apartment project between 51st and 49th on Bway, my sense is that the developer took the concerns of the neighbors more seriously than city staff or the planning commission. The developer must have been used to citiy governments less desperate than Oakland's for any development, no matter what the shortcomings.
When neighbors (or nimbies depending on you point of view) questioned the need for every unit to have it's own air conditioning system, the Planning Commission blandly referred it back to staff where it remains buried to this day.
When Kaiser took over the old Welfare building across from Tech, one Planning Commissioner kept going on about Kaiser should be required to place a terrance with greenery on the facade. That Commissioner was a landscape architect. Good idea but trivial in the overal picture. (But she was correct: Kaiser's landscaping is awful.)
Forgetabout the Commission, when I first asked about what city planner was assigned to the project, I was told by experienced staff that I must be mistaken because the staffer who I had inquired about was "too inexperienced to be put on such a large project." He was. and he was.
On the Pleasant Valley Safeway project which would be fine if it were in Pleasanton , it wasn't staff or Planning Commissioners that thwarted the united front of nimbies and smart growthers favoring high density mixed use on that site. It was the highest levels of our former Mayor's administration that was too timid to push the owner of the parcels to go mixed use.
The Commission's makeup reflects the overall failure of several City Hall administrations to guide and encourage growth.
So what exactly did they say they were shipping? Or did Oakland even ask? That would have been something the author here should have investigated, o/w a good article, thank you.
That is because you have a group of idiots running the show in Oakland. You get what you vote for, a bunch of wan a be'es
Gary Patton is right that long before our current mayor, the Planning Commission has been stacked with members who depend on development for their livelihood. Hobart Johnson is dead right that much like everything else Oakland city government has done for years is neglect long term planning, be it public safety, schools, public transportation, recreation, or housing. Just take a walk thru Mountain View Cemetery on a weekend and multiply by a 100 the number of people holding picnics on graves, and you'll get an idea of the future impact of the CIty's failure to plan for open space and recreation.
Yes, for the Commissioners to do their volunteer jobs properly, they should be digging into the details of the projects presented to them. My limited experience from attending Commission meetings on the two projects on Bway and 51st is that only a few of the Commissioners make the effort to do that. The others at most seem to have only read the staff report.
You don't have to be an architect or real estate broker to read staff reports. And even many architects are not up to the task of visualizing very large projects. Appointing people outside of the real estate industry, and upgrading city staff qualifications and tightening revolving door employment rules for the staff, would be a better solution for the interests of all residents and businesses, current and future, than filling the Commission with people from the real estate industry, regardless of non-profit or for profit.
Alas, even earlier than 2013 when the development agreement was made, most environmentally-aware citizens would have thought about the threat of hazardous bulk materials being handled at the terminal.
Didn't occur somehow to Oakland's officials and their staffers. So nothing was done to protect Oakland's citizens, not to mention the city's finances, if a future environmental threat were to arise.
Maybe it's just me, but this sounds like business as usual in Oakland. We invariably seem to get our butt kicked.
This undemocratic packing of the Planning Commission may not have begun with Libby Schaaf, but it certainly has continued, and even been increased by her. Remember that her main financial backers are developers and that most of her campaign finance comes from outside Oakland.
The problem for Oakland is that it really would benefit from the urban livability and social function insights of people like Jane Jacobs whose 1961 book "Death and Life of Great American Cities" took on redevelopment baron Robert Moses in NYC.
Not that Oakland is necessarily a great American city, but so much of Oakland has been neglected for so long that this city has never quite lived up to its potential.
Oakland needs a vision which is about Oakland and its unique resources and needs. This is not the same as a vision of short-term profit which motivates developers and their captive pols.
Rich people doing what they alwsys do in urban areas.. They relocate the poor and black&brown people. This is all by design and it's going on all over America, basically a cleansing of undesirables.
of course, Hayward police department needs to get off their hi horse and get some retraining skills Meaning ETHICS, compassion, patience logics. Because they are so sure of themselves that they have the right person, innocent people are being overlooked and automatically accused judged thrown in jail and now even killed. All due to HAYWARD POLICE SLOPPY WORK. THEY NEED TO GET OFF THIER BADGE AND TAKE A DEEPER AND CLOSER LOOK AT WHO IS WHO, STOP STEREOTYPING, THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO LOOK LISTEN AND READ A PERSON, NOT EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT, MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE YOUNG GIRLS FAMILY,JUST A YEAR AGO MY SON WAS ARRESTED FOR A HOME INVASION THAT HE HAD NO PART OF AND HAD NO CLUE IT WAS GOING TO OCCUR, HE WAS BASICALLY SET UP, WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE A KICK BACK DAY, ENDED UP HELL TO PAY, YES HE MADE THE WRONG CHOICE TO BELEIVE A PERSON HE BARLEY NEW, THE GUY EVEN ALLOWED MY SON TO DRIVE HIS GIRLFRIENDS CAR, HOW NICE, NOT!!! HE HAD AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE, SWITCHING FROM NICE TO GUN POINT, DEMANDING HIM TO WAIT IN THE CAR AND THAN TO DRIVE OFF AFTER LEAVING SCENE, THAT SOUNDS TO ME MORE VICTIMIZED THAN PARTICIPANT,CAR CRASHES MASTERMIND RUNS AND GETS AWAY SCOTT FREE, MY SON GETS ALL THE CHARGES GUNS AND ALL, MY SON WAS TO SCARED TO SAY ANYTHING, I TOOK IT UPON MYSELF TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO HAYWARD POLICE AND EVEN GAVE THE NAME OF FUGITIVE, I NEW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WITNESSED THE FUGITIVE THAT DAY ALSO WHEN HE BEAT MY SON UP PRETTY BAD. OH BUT IAM THE MOTHER SO I HAVE NO SAY AND TO BAD" THERE IS NO FUGITIVE" I COULD NOT BELEIVE THEY DID NOT EVEN TRY TO LOOK FOR THE MASTERMIND THAT PLANNED A KIDNAPPING, TOOK Hostages ROBBED AND HAD FIREARMS POINTED AT PEOPLE, THEY ALLOWED HIM TO WALK AND NEVER TOOK the SECOND look TO EVEN TRY AND apprehend him, OR EVEN QUESTION HIM...MY SON IS GETTING 3 YEARS, GOING TO PRISON FOR FIRST TIME JUST BECAUSE THEY WANTED AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE, WELL THAT guy IS GOING TO STRIKE AGAIN AND POSSIBLY KILL SOMEONE, GUARANTEED, I WILL BE WAITING HEAVEN FORBID, WHEN HE DOES, THE HAYWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE D, A ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM ME AND SEVERAL OTHER'S THAT FEEL THIER WAS AN UNJUST ON MY SON, my son is not a career criminal he doesn't have it in him. I PROMISE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART IAM NOT JUST SAYING THIS BEING THE MOTHER, I WOULD BE AN ADVOCATE FOR ANYONE THAT I FEEL HIS RIGHTS WERE TAKEN, I SUBMITTED CHARACTER LETTERS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT WILL PROVE MY VALIDATIONS ARE CORRECT, I AM SORRY TO SAY HAYWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LIKE ROBOCOPS THEY DON't give a damn about humanity, seems they only care for a weekly quota and go home to their families while our children are being victimised and thrown to the wolfs NOT ONLY BY THIER PEERS ALSO by our supposedly protect and serve HAYWARD police department. I PRAY FOR THEM EVERY NIGHT SO GOD WILL SOFTEN THIER HEARTS TO GIVE THEM COMPASSION, TO SLOW DOWN LEARN HOW TO READ AND CARE FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS SO THEY WON'T BEHAVE UNETHICALly, JUST BECAUSE A PERSON IS IN A BAD SITUATION, WITH BAD PEOPLE DOESN't NESSARLY MEAN THEY ARE PART OF, THEY REALLY SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ A PERSON OFF BACK, I PRAY IT won't HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE's CHILD OR LOVED ONE. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE YOUNG GIRL AND HER FAMILY ASWELL AS MYSELF AND MY FAMILY...UNJUST!!! IAM DONE
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