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Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Why is this prostitute doing this,who's going to protect her now? Why is the wife of a police chiefs wife reaching out to a prostitute? How is having sex with a 17+ prostitute abuse? Did the prostitute announce she was 17 before she had sex?

Posted by tab on 06/13/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

East Bay Express continues to conflate Oakland rent control with State law (Costa Hawkins) that exempt anything built after 1995 from any type of rent control. Doing this is confusing and causes people to waste energy trying to change Oakland's laws which have no effect on state law.Don't go asking the Mayor about "new" construction being exempt from rent control. she'll just refer you to the Governor.

That said, expanding the rent control adjustment program from 12 to 17 FTE (full time equivalents) is what the analysis calls for. This is obviously sorely needed given the reports comparisons of Oakland's Rent Adjustment Program to those of other cities.
You can read the proposed legislation and the report cited here:…

As for foot dragging, they may be waiting for the results of an audit of the rent adjustment program, currently underway. This is being done at the insistence of advocates on both sides of the issue. It is long overdue.

The proposed rules that compel property owners to petition for higher rents MAY reduce tenant petitions but will certainly increase petitions from property owners and will not help tenants with non-compliant landlords who will continue to ignore the laws no matter how strict they are.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 06/12/2016 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Mercury News Editor Stands Behind Columnist Who Blamed Victim in Stanford Rape Case

As an older woman and as a former copy editor, I would have let the column run. This is a point of view that must be discussed.

There is power to assuming accountability for one's actions. To say that a discussion of the woman's level of intoxication has no place in this discourse diminishes the strength and dignity that comes from being in charge of one's faculties. I resent that men can be held to that standard but that it is "victim" blaming when a woman is. Had she been sober, she could have kicked Brock in the groin and been done with it.

Certainly Brock should be held accountable for
his actions. But to deny that the irresponsible consumption of alcohol played a significant
role in creating an opportunity for victimization is to consider women incapable of assuming the sort of personal accountability that helps to ensure safety and empowerment in most situations. No feminist should want that.

Posted by Sue Rhodehouse on 06/12/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

I am having a hard time with all this astonishment and sudden disgust. OPD'S reputation has been the worst, for years, for good reason. And city government has allowed and abetted OPD's behavior in exchange for the abuse of nonwhite and low income and unruly protesting, not to enforce laws but to make the city comfy for developers and gentrified and upper crust.

The deal was made years ago. The power given to OPD fits right into what we already know--power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Anyone paying attention has seen what's going on, or is part of it.

Just stop the astonishment, nobody believes you.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 06/12/2016 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

So overrated. I find it so odd that so many people are falling all over themselves to heap praise on this food. Everything at the Butchers Son tastes exactly the same. And does a real NY Deli charge $9+ for a bagel with a couple pathetic toppings?

And while the taqueria does much better, especially with regards to price, the well to do white kids waiting in line kinda takes away the idea that you're magically being transported to Fruitvale...

Posted by Kelly H williams on 06/12/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Today, Sunday, Council Members Washington, Reid, and Guillen withdrew their counter proposal to the Gallo/Kalb adaptation of our strong Police Commission charter amendment proposal.

"We are horrified, shocked and sickened at recent, additional revelations about abuse and misconduct within the Oakland Police Department reported in the most recent East Bay Express article. It is further disturbing to learn that some supervising officers within OPD knew of these abuses and yet remained silent.

In light of such information, we will withdraw our proposed legislation from Tuesday's Public Safety Committee agenda and work with the entire City Council to develop holistic reform measures.

In the interests of strengthening police accountability and fostering public confidence in our community's police department, we will seek to pass a modified version of the proposal put forward by Councilmembers Gallo and Kalb.

Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City Councilmember Abel Guillen
President Pro Tempore Larry Reid"

The proof of the pudding will be in what modifications CM's Washington, Reid, and Guillen want.

Meanwhile, please go to the city website, select a speaker card even if you won't be attending, and say you support Item 3 on the Public Safety Committee agenda for June 14th. That helps ensure our charter amendment gets to the full Council for a full discussion.…

You can also use the eComment link on the far right side of the June 14 2016 Public Safety Committee agenda at

Len Raphael CPA
Treasurer Coalition for Police Accountability

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/12/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

"City officials are either not being forthright about the extent of OPD officer misconduct and the reasons for Whent's resignation, or they are in the dark."

The only people in Oakland who are perpetually in the dark are voters and other citizens. Transparency in police departments generally is a nonstarter and in city hall in Oakland there has been a very long history of carefully-managed obscurity.

If Oaklanders want forthright public servants in city hall, they are going to have to start electing new faces who aren't up-to-the-neck in our essentially dishonest political culture.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/12/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

This AUMA is a scam designed by Dr Donald Lyman to hyper-regulate and overly control our beloved California Cannabis community. We will not fall for another fake legalization effort in California, we may be stoned but we are not stupid. We know Sean Parker's agenda is to have his own Canna NAPSTER and wildly profit off of our hard earned branding "Best Herb In The World " here in Cali. This bill will destroy our hard earned Prop 215 rights and place the 99% under the gun. Zero taxes go to the general they go into "enforcemenr " of AUMA. That's nearly a billion extra dollars annually in California's anti-pot policing to make sure we never have 7 plants or 30 grams. ..really cool with that Snopp? And not a penny to schools and roads, just cops and Canna-Rehabs. The only way we can lose our Prop 215 rights is with another Weed Initiative voted on by the People, let's not shoot ourselves in the foot just to make Parker and crew happy. PHM One Love

Posted by Patrick Moore on 06/12/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Approves Ballot Measure to Tax Landlords and Create Affordable Housing Fund

Does the Berkley really think that this small change in taxes will stop the current speculation in land values? What is needed is a program of gradual conversion of local taxes to be place only on land values, no matter how many properties or bare sites are owned. Such a proposed program might scare off future speculators and REALLY make the cost of the sites affordable by home-makers and entrepreneurs.

Posted by David Chester on 06/12/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

"Stress leave". "Suspension with pay". "Don't publish my name". How many perks and privileges do these incompetent, corrupt, lying, sleazebags get to enjoy? Fire EVERYONE touched by this.

Posted by Matthew Val Hall on 06/12/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Yep, just throwing somebody under the bus who is so far removed from his command staff. They're the ones who should resign.

Posted by Rikki Doxx on 06/12/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Dan Kalb Proposes Tenant Protection Ordinance to Curb Landlord Harassment

Thanks Dan Kalb for your proposal and at the same time my big salute to Sam Levin as you shared this for us. Of course, it is the time to start initiatives to curve the landlord harassment. It is long awaiting issue indeed.

Posted by Khalilur Rahman on 06/12/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Disband OPD... create a community-based Peace Army to patrol, mediate, and bring peace to the streets of Oakland.

Posted by Raj Kanani on 06/12/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Algerian Food Comes to Berkeley

Glad there is algerian food around , it has been 4 months for me here , struggling to cook algerian recepes, I live in oakland and I will definitely pass by for couscous and mhajeb, I'm from setif by the way , good luck guys and I'm really proud of you

Posted by Ahlam Ziani on 06/12/2016 at 1:23 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Great work Both of you. I second the comments that we are lucky that we have journalists like you both in our community. What a sordid affair.

Posted by Richard Mellor on 06/11/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Crooked corrupt bastards

Posted by mbowens on 06/11/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Make them register as sex offenders they make some that don't need to register, register dirty eastwards crooked cops

Posted by mbowens on 06/11/2016 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

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Posted by Rosena Hoffpauir on 06/11/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Or better the put, the weakness that is dick.

Posted by keepitreal on 06/11/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

The power of pussy.

Posted by keepitreal on 06/11/2016 at 3:59 PM

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