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Re: “Broken Promises of Oakland Foods Co

unions mean Safeway prices, with income 800 dollars and disability my choice is affordable food, the last year only food prices raised two times

Posted by stolyar54 on 08/21/2014 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Ferguson, Sanford, and Oakland

Read not only what Gammon says in this article, but carefully consider what he does not say.

There is no mention of Brown's video-taped strong-armed robbery of a convenience store moments before his death. There is no mention of Brown's partner's confession to being there with Brown during the store robbery. There is no mention of Brown's behavior during the store robbery as he turned back and charged at the protesting store employee for a second time, even when he could have been fleeing the scene. There is no mention that Brown held stolen goods in his hands when he was stopped by the police officer. There is no mention of Brown being under the influence of marijuana as initial toxicology has shown. There is no mention of an initial struggle at the police vehicle when the stop occurred. There is no mention of a shot fired in the police vehicle during that struggle and serious facial injuries to the police officer. There is no mention that all six rounds entered Brown from his front, while as Gammon claims he was "running away." There is no mention of 37 or more stores being looted in Ferguson as the aftermath unfolded, no mention of shots being fired and Molotov cocktail firebombs being thrown. A less critical omission, when mentioning Brown about to enter “college,” Gammon did not elaborate that Vatterott College is a Missouri trade college. If gammon was creating a paint-by-the-numbers picture of this matter, half the numbers would not even be filled in.

Such cannot be the process our nation follows in obtaining justice. While none of Gammon's left-out facts make the white police officer innocent, those omissions certainly do not make him guilty. The same holds for Michael Brown.

Based on available data from 1980 to 2008, blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders. The victimization rate for blacks (27.8 per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000). The offending rate for blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost 8 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000).

2011 US Crime Statistics by Race (from the FBI) - Arrests by crime and race
Crime: Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
White Black Indian/Eskimo Pacific Isl.
4,000 4,149 105 87
By percentage:
48.0% 49.7% 1.3% 1.0%

Blacks comprise about 13.2% of the population yet are responsible for 49.7% of the murders, mostly against other blacks.

Keeping in mind that the above figures show blacks are committing about half of the murders (percentages are similar for other crimes), consider a USA Today report, which states during a seven-year period ending in 2012, a white police officer killed a black person on average 96 times a year, among at least 400 such police killings each year. The statistics are according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI. Using those statistics, 25% of all police killings were from a white officer killing a black person.

In 2011 citizen victims killed by blacks averaged 11 people a day, while blacks killed by white police averaged 1 every four days.

In 2012, 48 law enforcement officers (4 of them black) were killed in the line of duty, 16 of them (33%) were killed by black offenders. So while blacks make up 13.2% of the population, the ratio of blacks killing police is more than twice that percentage, however less than the almost 50% of general population killing by blacks.

Just as the similar data Gammon presented, none of the crime data shown here directly pertains to the death of Michael Brown, and some if not all of it can be misleading. It is included to show how confusing such data can be. The Michael Brown matter must be adjudicated on solid evidence, not statistical data. The data is also confusing when addressing police stops in high-crime areas. Why would not more stops be made in high-crime areas, perhaps precipitated by the very residents of such areas reporting a victimization and in some cases identifying the race of the culprit?

The people of Ferguson want justice, as do people everywhere. Nobody - regardless of their political persuasions - wants anyone to die at the hands of police without absolute justification. Similarly, nobody wants unjustified police stops based on discrimination. Still, nobody wants criminals to roam more freely because of any hesitancy to pursue them, wherever they are. Justice must be found with patient investigation and our legal processes. Rushing it is to condone chaos and wrongful convictions for people of all color.

Gammon has created a distorted picture he wants us to see by leaving many holes in his rhetoric. One should trust Gammon's analysis less than trusting a sieve to carry water, and wait for justice to take its course.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 08/21/2014 at 3:44 AM

Re: “Are Jazz Festivals Excluding Women?

Gender discrimination has no place in jazz.....It doesn't matter if you are a girl or a guy, ..What matters is can you play? Can you swing? This would be like saying there is 30 % blacks and 70 % whites...or 57 % are italian american, while only 23 % are German american...Jazz belongs to all races, all color and and all genders...It is 2014, it's so sad we are even talking about this....

Posted by Grant Koeller on 08/20/2014 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

All I can say is for folks to carefully watch this video presentation about the standard of care my late wife received from Kaiser Permanente. I hope people go to the polls and vote "Yes on Proposition 46" see link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjNk8GFy_9c

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Posted by Doug Harris on 08/20/2014 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Waste Management Sues Oakland Over Garbage Contract Fight

Hmmm . .. it sounds like CWS **does** have a viable solution that addresses any logistical questions, in working with Republic Services.

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Posted by Tony Daysog on 08/20/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Ferguson, Sanford, and Oakland

Your analysis is naive, and shows no understanding of the Democrat Party History. Democrat racist policies are no longer in effect since they've lost long held power. In my state, North Carolina, the Democrats held the NC State Senate from 1898 to 2012. Worse still, you seem to have a no understanding of the history of the region and the parties.
The Missouri Kansas rivalry (that exists to this day) started before the Civil War as feud between Democrat slave state Missouri and Republican Free State Kansas.
As you'll recall, the Democrat Party in both the North and South supported slavery. They were opposed nationwide by the Republicans led by Abraham Lincoln. After the Civil War, the Democrats with their militant arm, the KKK, seized control through a series of riots including the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898, and the New Orleans Race Riot. In these Riots, they seized political control by coup, driving out elected black Republicans.
NC Republican Governor Holden cracked down on the KKK, and was impeached by the Democrats for the crackdown. The Democrats seized power in the NC Senate in 1898 and kept it continuously until 2012. Once in power, the Democrats passed the Jim Crow laws to suppress Black Republican Vote. (The Voting Rights Act was passed to stop repression of black Republican vote.)
The Democrats passed Eugenics policies in 33 states that included the forced sterilization of Black 'welfare Queens". Eugenics policies continued in the South until 1978. Democrats opposed Eisenhower's Civil Rights Legislation. Democrats opposed school integration and Republican Eisenhower sent in Federal Troops to end the Democrats policy of school segregation. The 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed over the opposition of Southern Democrats. The Smithfield to Selma Civil Rights Marchers were beat by Democrat police officers in Democrat controlled towns.
The Democrats twice elected KKK leader Robert Byrd as the top Democrat in the US Senate (Senate Majority Leader). He served until his death just a few years ago. These Democrats never switched parties. It's not just their elected Democrat leaders that remained lifelong Democrats (like Al Gore Sr, who also opposed the Civil Rights Act). Less than 1% of Democrat voters switched parties.
The Democrats became the Welfare party under Lyndon Johnson, and unlike Republican Martin Luther King Jr., many Black inner City leaders sold out, like Uncle Toms, to their former oppressors.

Your article seems to have no understanding of the historical background of the racist Democrat Party. Please read US history and use that to inform your future articles.

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Posted by Ken Nelson on 08/20/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Gambling with Children

Kaiser is notorious for skimping on patient care. They are harming children in Hayward and seniors in Manteca. No one is immune to Kaisers unethical treatment. Just like they closed pediatrics in Hayward, Kaiser has also cut vital services in Manteca. There were over 2000 transfers from Manteca to Modesto via ambulance due to patient care cuts. Kaiser recently closed gastoenterology, cardiology, orthopedics, limited ultrasounds and echocardiograms as well as an entire medical surgical floor. These services were stopped without warning and patients do not want to drive to Modesto for care. Many seniors chose to retire in Manteca due to the close proximity of the Kaiser hospital. Many seniors do not drive anymore so getting to Modesto is a hardship. The highway they must travel is treacherous and at times congested. Just like the nurses warned Kaiser that closing Hayward pediatrics would hurt children, the nurses also warned against closing services in Manteca. Kaiser, reopen Hayward pediatrics before another child pays with their life to line your greedy pockets! Kaiser, reopen services in Manteca before a senior pays with their life!

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Posted by Amy Gamache-Glass on 08/20/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Ferguson, Sanford, and Oakland

I know EBX has given up on reporting the facts, but for those who still care, both autopsies carried out indicate Michael Brown was from shot from the front. The "shot from behind" line in this story is completely made up by Robert Gammon

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Posted by Pablo Baron on 08/20/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “A Flawed Model for Care

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Posted by Editor on 08/20/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Another Medical Marijuana Bill Poisoned by Police

Sounds like the cops need to be fired. We don't need their hatred. Noreen Evans needs to strip up her game & reinstate the compensation part of this bill or toys it out entirely and start over after taking away jobs from cops.

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Posted by kona Alii on 08/20/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Ferguson, Sanford, and Oakland

I would like to quote one of my favorite commentators, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, “Anyone who thinks race is not a factor in these fatal encounters should have to cite examples of unarmed young white men being killed by trigger-happy police or self-appointed vigilantes. Names and dates, please.”

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Posted by Joyce Roy on 08/20/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Broken Promises of Oakland Foods Co

Yet another tale of bogus promises from Oakland's elected officials (as well as others). Our worst-off keep getting their butts kicked.

When is it going to change?

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/20/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Alameda County Public Defender Stands Up for Immigrants

A new award-winning worldwide book/ebook that aids immigrants and minorities is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.” It paints a revealing picture of America for anyone who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs those who want to learn more about the last remaining superpower and how we compare to other nations on many issues.
As the book points out, immigrants and minorities are a major force in America. Immigrants and the children they bear account for 60 percent of our nation’s population growth and own 11 percent of US businesses and are 60 percent more likely to start a new business than native-born Americans. They represent 17 percent of all new business owners (in some states more than 30 percent). Foreign-born business owners generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California and nearly one-fifth in New York, Florida, and New Jersey. In fact, forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were started by an immigrant or a child of an immigrant, creating 10 million jobs and seven out of ten top brands in our country.
More importantly, they come to improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to build upon, as did the author’s grandparents when they landed at Ellis Island in 1899 after losing 2 children to disease on a cramped cattle car-like sailing from Europe to the Land of Opportunity. Many bring skills and a willingness to work hard to make their dreams a reality, something our founders did four hundred years ago. In describing America, chapter after chapter chronicles “foreigners” who became successful in the US and contributed to our society. However, most struggle in their efforts and need guidance in Anytown, USA. Perhaps intelligent immigration reform, White House/Congress and business/labor cooperation, concerned citizens and books like this can extend a helping hand, the same unwavering hand, lest we forget, that has been the anchor and lighthouse of American values for four hundred years.
Here’s a closing quote from the book’s Intro: “With all of our cultural differences though, you’ll be surprised to learn how much…we as human beings have in common on this little third rock from the sun. After all, the song played at our Disneyland parks around the world is ‘It’s A Small World After All.’ Peace.”

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Posted by Lance Johnson on 08/20/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “New Documentary and Photo Book Celebrate Photographer Dorothea Lange

What a great reason to book my next trip through OAK!

Posted by lisa.lamagna on 08/20/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Gambling with Children

I want the community to know that Kaiser's claim that they are consolidating care to increase quality is utterly false. Now, because they don't have enough pediatric beds in Oakland to handle all of the patients, management has been putting pediatric patients on the adult floors, claiming that if they are 14 years old and 100 pounds, they can be treated as an adult. As one of the nurses at Kaiser Oakland, I know we fight every day to get the staffing and resources we need to provide safe care to our patients - and it is a fight we have been having for years. Kaiser wants to use our contract negotiations as an excuse/explanation for their bad decisions!! This is not about the contract. It is about the safety of the community. Patients and families pay the same premiums in Hayward and San Leandro as they do in Oakland, but they are not receiving the same level of care for their kids.

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Posted by Juliana Rather on 08/20/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Gambling with Children

Gone too soon. I empathize with Genevieve's family. This fatal tragedy didn't have to happen. Kaiser needs to stop failing its members. #shameful

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Posted by Betty Haukwa Avognon on 08/20/2014 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

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Posted by Editor on 08/20/2014 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

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Posted by Editor on 08/20/2014 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Gambling with Children

"SEEKING FOR JUSTICE!!! For Our Little Angel Our Grandaughter "JENNIVIEVE " THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL!!!

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Posted by Josephine B Dagatan on 08/19/2014 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Ferguson, Sanford, and Oakland

"At a mayoral debate earlier this year, many of the candidates argued that OPD does not have a problem with racial profiling..."

The bottom line problem of racial disparity in Oakland has to do as much or more with economics. Oakland's elected officials have done absolutely nothing significant in 50 years to develop the economy and provide more jobs for Black and Brown citizens and minority parts of town. Thus the high crime rate. Thus the racial profiling.

Only one mayoral candidate has said anything about creating a significant number of new jobs and I think his number is 20K. Quan, Schaaf, Kaplan and the other well-funded do-nothings, not so much.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/19/2014 at 11:09 PM

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