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"How does this city clerk LaTonda Simmons hold the job of City clerk with only a high school education?????"
This seems to me to be very biased, unfair and uninformed.
LaTonda seems to be fair and respectful when she deals with the public in the often very tense environment of a City Council meeting. I think she is generally well-liked among the public and she seems to have been well-respected by Council members. LaTonda's job isn't easy.
I have not heard anything about her failure to perform her duties properly and efficiently.
Whether or not she has had a higher education, her language and cognitive skills seem to be up to the job.
I am not suggesting that LaTonda is a whistleblower. However whistleblowers or leakers are very important for democracy when, as with our elected officials, laws are broken and blatant tactics are applied to avoid transparency.
Be careful with the City Clerk. No one is to be trusted in the City Clerks office. How does this city clerk LaTonda Simmons hold the job of City clerk with only a high school education?????
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This is ridiculous. How much money is being spent on watermarks and investigators? All the council business should be public. There should be no closed sessions especially when it seems that they are closed merely to protect council members who want to be re-elected. The council is supposed to be serving the people of Oakland, not hiding from us or ruling us.
It's shocking that these city politicians have the gall to make illegal backroom deals and then COMPLAIN about whistleblowers busting up their fun. Ever stop to think that, maybe, just maybe, you are the bad guys in this situation?
The point of the article was given, as the writer really doesn't care if the dog are consumed or not. The writer's point was because someone in their circle with klout was engage in saving the animals Berkeley City Council had to get involved. Money always win.
For others, who are not aware. There are 11 Asian Countries that practice this event. If they would consume the Animal without torture. It would be acceptable. However, boiling puppies, kittens while still alive is not. Blow tourching them, gutting them, skinning them, cutting their limbs is not okay.
Oh, and to ruffle your feather even more, there is one single restaurant in California that does serve dog meat to its exclusive members.
I appreciate Kriss Worthington for putting this item on the agenda. It brings grotesque practices such as those described to the fore, and creates political pressure that may eventually be effective.
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Pigs are smarter and more trainable than dogs. They are even smarter than 3YO humans in cognition tests yet we still torture and eat them. Maybe these "activists" should focus on home fires before telling some other country what to eat.
I'm one of the organizers of the campaign to place a rent control and eviction protection measure on the November ballot, and I have to say I have no doubts about City Attorney Parker's commitment to tenant's rights. My colleagues and I see the abuse of tenants and illegal evictions happening every day and the Office of the City Attorney Parker has been a consistent ally of ours on this issue. I have personally worked closely with Barbara to protect youth from commercial sexual exploitation, and I know that as City Attorney, she has filed lawsuits against abusive landlords all over Oakland.
While I can't speak competently to all the legal and procedural issues raised in the article, what seems most plausible to me is that Barbara's advice to the City Council was consistent with her legal responsibility to protect the City and laws it passes from legal challenge. Surely we want Oakland's tenant protection laws to be less vulnerable to legal challenges, do we not? I know I do. And I also believe that Barbara shares my commitment and the commitment of other organizers to protect the homes, lives and rights of Oakland tenants.
"City officials reportedly fumed over the leak because it made the city look bad."
If it closely resembles a duck, and walks and quacks just like a duck, odds are it's a duck.
I don't understand how the City Attorney could come up with another conclusion. Read the Charter. East Bay express read the Charter. The problem with the City is that no one wants to follow the rules. I have no idea what issues the City Administrator had with the Clerk,it should not however prevent the Clerk from the performance of there official duties.
According to the City Charter the City Clerk is the Clerk of the Council and the keeper of all official City records. The Clerk does not report to the City Administrator. The Council doesn't need a resolution to include the City Clerk because the City Administrator had no authority to exclude the Clerk.
The issue with the festival and the consumption of dog meat is the excessive use of torture to make the meat more "tender". Perhaps, berfore writing this article, you should have done more research regarding the techniques used on these animals.
The concept of "moral relativism" is totally unknown to animal rights activists.
Update: Tonight, Tues July 19th we had a big turnout of supporters for a strong, politically independent Police Commission selected by a "citizens’' committee with a broad mandate for investigating all complaints about police misconduct and disciplining police and the police chief. People expressed their support to giving the Commission the power to review all policies and procedures of OPD. Out of about a few dozen speakers, maybe 3 people raised a few mild objections to certain provisions. No one publicly supported allowing any mayor to directly select any Commission members.
In essence all of the changes proposed by our Coalition for Police Accountability were supported by many people I had never heard or seen before, and by well-known residents also.
Two former members of the existing Civilian Police Review Board spoke. They both described how their frustration with the toothless Board made them quit. Three other former members have told me the same exact thing in private.
In the next few days we will ask for firm commitments from every CM to support our original charter amendment after deletion of any reference to changing binding arbitration. That was our agreement with all of organized labor except for OPOA and that's fine by most of us in the Coalition for Police Accountability.
The Mayor has stayed publicly silent on the amendment and only once arranged a meeting with the Coalition. Not unreasonable to assume the Mayor privately expressed her wish for her office to directly select 3 out of the Commission members, but we don't know.
But much can still happen in the week before the July 26th special session of Council to vote on a revised charter amendment. I'm sure OPOA has not given up their fight to weaken the Commission.
So please contact your council member and at-large CM Kaplan asking them to support the Coalition for Police Accountability modifications to the Kalb/Gallo proposal.
Len Raphael, CPA
Treasurer Coalition for Police Accountability
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The answer to the question in the title of this article: "Why are Oakland's City-Worker Unions Making it Harder to Fire Bad Cops? " is pretty obvious.
It is the same reason that any union makes it harder to fire any of its members (bad or otherwise). It is a byproduct of who they are and what they do. No union wants (in their view) for management to run roughshod over the union members and make the decisions on who gets hired, fired, working conditions, work rules, time off, whatever. They work hard to protect members even though the protection sometimes protects cheaters, liars, stealers, lazies, whatever. Comes with the package. There is nothing different here - almost...
What is different? Management is, ultimately, the public citizenry. Now, the the shoe is on the other foot and members of our liberal society are bristling at the member protections being defended by the union. So, it is Ok for unions in general but not this one?????
Yes, the stakes are higher given the bad deeds committed by some cops. No doubt about it whatsoever. But, the stakes are higher in protecting the cops too. That means the union needs to be even more vigilant to protect its members - the public moods and emotions along with protesting activists can drive decisions that are not particularly thoughtful, clear and fair - police "discipline" driven by political committees tempted to pander.
For those who are union supportive liberals, this is a dilemma, huh? If the shoe fits.......................Sorry, it ain't that simple. You either support the idea of unions or you don't. Either side of the argument has baggage. It is difficult to talk out of both sides of a mouth.
I like the idea of trying to understand the position of the other side of the argument rather than vilify it.
I was enjoying the article until the ending when you described how living shrimp were tortured via being steamed to death and then you ate them. Would be curious to hear your justification for eating some animals, but not dogs?
Dan Kalb has just relayed the announcement that the Council will only be taking the public testimony tonight, not voting.
It's good because we'll be heard earlier tonight. It also gives all of us more time to contact our council members.
Not so good in that it also gives the police union, OPOA, to throw their political weight at the council members to force a watered down Police Commission that will just be a better funded version of the ineffectual Civilian Police Review Board that we currently have.
Please show up tonight no later than 630. Register online to talk or just to cede your time when you get to the meeting.
This week contact Rebecca Kaplan and your local council member to express your support for the version advocated by our Coalition for Police Accountability. They'll know what you want.
Len Raphael, CPA
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