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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

Thanks to Belinda for providing the documentation which provided the foundation for this article. These revelations are very troubling and underscores the lack of accountability on the part of the City's administration. We deserve better and so do all victims of the misconduct and incompetence that have brought harm to many Oakland residents.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 02/10/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

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Posted by Rishi Kapoor on 02/10/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Finally Build Some Affordable Housing in the Hills — or Will Leaders Squander the Opportunity?

Oakland doesn't need to finalize its policy in order to do the right thing with this land: build low-income housing - that remains low income housing forever - on the entire city-owned parcel. Neighbors don't like it? Too bad. Time for the hills to accept their share of low income housing.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 02/10/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Will Thousands of East Bay Patients, Workers Lose Coverage, Jobs Due To Trump's 'Obamacare' Repeal?

I've been lucky enough to be covered by my employer and still am. Still, the stories of people filing for bankrupcy because of medical issues have not been in the news lately like they used to be.
The article is good but readers should also know that repeal can be done with 50 votes. Replace will need 60 - that means some dems will have to go along if replacement is going to even happen. AND Trumps people have a few very watered-down replacement plans that are FAR inferior to Obamacare (even with all its flaws), but will be much cheaper for the government. So Dems may be put in the postion of having to help pass some very bad legislation or be blamed for blocking Trump's precious "replacement" plan - it's a lose-lose.
BTW without coverage, people use the ER for primary care, which costs everyone a lot more money than if they could get actual preventative health care.
ilona RN, MSN

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 02/09/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Will Thousands of East Bay Patients, Workers Lose Coverage, Jobs Due To Trump's 'Obamacare' Repeal?

Over 200,000 people may lose their jobs and/or healthcare in CA-- 6,000 people in Alameda county alone, and somehow they can be accused of not planning ahead and/or will soon be sucking the govt's tit for all that great free stuff that's so casually handed out to anyone who wants it? Not everyone has bootstraps to pull up!

Count yourself very lucky if nothing unexpectedly harmful has ever happened to your family member or friend that was beyond their control and insurance wouldn't cover expenses; or that you weren't laid off or had your company eliminate health insurance because it was too expensive; that you aren't self-employed and your insurance wouldn't cover needed surgeries; that you have never had to choose between rent, food, or an exorbitant medical bill; that you've never been in need, homeless, or jobless.

The US govt unnecessarily spends billions on the military that, in part, could go to providing free healthcare to every US citizen. But some "undeserving" person might benefit from it, so let's scrap anything remotely to do with creating a just, healthy society and let our current President and his billionaire cronies, who have no plan, wreak havoc on the populace.

Posted by B.Lucas on 02/09/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

Thank you for your compassionate actions and letter. If everyone would be willing to do their little bit for their neighbor we wouldn't have such a problem!

Posted by Lynne Miller on 02/08/2017 at 11:26 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

When I read a comment that contains, "these people", I discard from my mind anything else that person has to say on the matter. Otherization is not what we need.

This country is boiling over with division, selfishness and extreme hard feelings towards our fellow citizens just trying to get by (as we all are trying to do). We claim to love our country while being hateful & uncaring to so many people in it. Too many people have pride for their country but are deficient in the love department for it. As one guy pointed out in a video I recently watched, a country is not it's government nor the land it occupies. A country is the people living in it. This is that video, a must watch type video (IMO):

'Celebrate the diversity that makes America, America. Share this video to show #WeAreAmerica.'
https://www.facebook.com/LoveHasNoL/videos/1691835861068286/

Instead of a critique of the houseless individuals that are doing the best they can and in this case, are doing darn well with nothing, we should be asking what can we do to help.

If I see someone with car trouble or some other trouble, I'll stop to ask if they need help. I did just recently with a guy & his car stuck in the middle of traffic broke down. This fact about me is especially true if I see they are doing their best to help themselves in the situation they are enduring.

I know 1 person can't help everyone, not even close. I'd be crazy to think that I could do much, especially for all. I try not to let that change me though. When I feel that way of thinking could be affecting my outlook & judgement, I reflect upon The Starfish Story.

Posted by Thane E Ahrens on 02/08/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

How would people feel if a homeless encampment moved in their backyard? Many homeowners who live in the area pay property taxes and have done their best to make this part of Oakland appear better. While homelessness needs to be addressed, this is not the solution. I have proposed to the city to put these people to work and pay them with vouchers which pays for their rent. It would be best to move them to Richmond where there is ample space. Problem solved.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/08/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Will Thousands of East Bay Patients, Workers Lose Coverage, Jobs Due To Trump's 'Obamacare' Repeal?

My understanding is that Obamacare is a FAKE, and that President Obama misrepresented Obamacare. It is almost entirely an extension of Medicaid, which probably covered the gentleman who is the main subject of this article. Medicaid will remain around even if Obamacare is eliminated.

But a lot of people are really worried. They have not taken care of themselves and their families, and obtained employment with medical benefits. They have not planned ahead. We should ask people to take responsibility for their own lives and not expect to be dependent on others, asking others to shoulder their burden.

A society of dependent people is not a strong society. As the working population ages, as the baby boomers age, there will be less of those contributing and more of those who are living off of the government. That spells bankruptcy for government programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Of course, accidents and emergencies happen, and these have always been covered by Medicaid.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 02/08/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

Oakland has a case pending in court against Wells Fargo for predatory lending.
During the period that Wells was conducting the predatory lending they were engaged in an 18 month relationship with El Chapo Guzman's drug cartel...
Guzman is now in jail in New York. It will be interesting to see if they will allow him to testify in open court due to his knowledge of the "shadow banking" industry...
The relationship generated $378 billion and was facilitated by then Attorney General Jerry Brown...Read, https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…
Regards, Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 02/08/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

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Posted by Rishi Kapoor on 02/08/2017 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Maybe a soft-pedaled anarchist perspective shouldn't dominate EBX pages so much? Only a minority of readers engage with it.

Posted by MorganJones on 02/08/2017 at 2:22 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Finally Build Some Affordable Housing in the Hills — or Will Leaders Squander the Opportunity?

It's Darwin lining up for his next outsider rant. Take a few moments and google him to figure out his POV. Privileged out of state type who feels justified to waggle his finger at the natives.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/07/2017 at 7:53 PM
Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

The real question is why re these homeless here? Laziness. Put them to work and give them vouchers to pay for low income housing in Richmond. Sound good?

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Did any of you visit The Promise Land Village?The park was not a park, it's a grassy area under a freeway with a basketball court and a dog park. . The Village was bringing much needed support to a community of people. You could get a hot meal and a cup of hot coffee, use the bathroom, take a hot shower, talk with the community, get services assistance and medical care, all volunteer. Every encampment in Oakland deserves porta potties and washing stations. It costs under $500 a month to provide these basic necessities. The whole city would feel lifted if driving around people saw these basic services provided on the street. Taxpayers, I believe, would feel good about how their money was being spent. Did you know many homeless people hold down jobs? We don't have a housing crisis in Oakland. The City explained there are 3000 properties city owned being strangled by liens. What we have is a HUMANITY CRISIS. We don't care about each other. Every person brought into this world deserves love, shelter, food, clothes- a chance. We can't ignore the history that has brought us here, and we can't let that history stop us from moving forward with grace and intelligence. We have the skills to meet everyone's needs. Money is an excuse. We all need to look into our own hearts and support loving solutions that force the community to take responsibility for everything around them including those people who find themselves at this time addicted to drugs, homeless, living on poverty, or marginalized for any reason. This is just the beginning. Housing and dignity for all of Oakland will be a reality! #feedthepeople #asiansforblacklives #housinganddignityforall

Posted by Mary Weather on 02/07/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Unfortunately, this was not a city issue at all. As tenants of the state of CA we the people of the city of Oakland had a simple choice. Have the park or have nothing. Caltrans does not mess around. So Oakland could not either. All the residents can come join us on Northgate Ave. We welcome all comers and have a large supportive community focused on positive change.

Posted by Nate Moon on 02/06/2017 at 9:45 PM
Posted by Robert Hope on 02/06/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Well Solomon, I can't speak for all of the "crazy" homeowners here, but let me attempt to respond to your comments myself. I do not have a "poisonous" attitude towards the homeless. I do however have a strong dislike for our ineffective and inept City of Oakland Administration. Time and time again, their inability and unwillingness to say "no," make hard decisions, or desire not to offend anyone, has cost the TAX PAYER (i.e. HOMEOWNER, businessOWNER) money. Whether it's the sure lawsuits from the Ghostship fire, the original Raider coliseum lease, an OPD sex scandal, whatever, I'm tired of being on the hook for the financial liability. Specific to this article, the dwellings were unsanctioned, and definitely not built to code. With Oakland's track record, it was a disasterfu%& waiting to happen. Based on all the other encampments popping up around the City, the encampment probably would of gone overlooked had people not started building structures. Like COME TF ON!!! Building a dwelling on government property?!!! So yes, I'm ecstatic this crap got torn down before something happened. And no, I don't hate the homeless, but I refuse to condone anything that's going to put me on the hook for the payout when the AVOIDABLE disaster strikes.

Now as a TAXPAYER, perhaps I wouldn't have so much of a problem if I was getting the services MY TAXES entitled me to. Perhaps I wouldn't have so much of a problem if the City's tolerance to these encampments and "eye-sores" was spread evenly throughout the Districts. Let this crap happen in Temescal, or Montclair...oh but wait, it wouldn't!!! Can't get OPD to respond to jack (because they're too "busy"), public works can't clean up the blight and illegal dumping (because they're too "busy"), parking enforcement keeps driving by obviously abandoned and uninhabited cars (because they're too "busy" - and won't call a tow truck)...the list goes on and on. But because I'm a HOMEOWNER, I'm expected to suck it all up? I hate making assumptions, but Solomon, I'm going to make one about you (and please correct me if I'm wrong)...I'd venture to say you don't live in the vicinity of an Oakland homeless encampment. The trash, the noise, the human waste, the smells, the car break-ins, the blight, it's unacceptable.

Any who, that's all I have to say about that.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 02/04/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

I notice that a lot of these comments seem to be homeowners that have a poisonous attitude against homeless people. I understand that property is expensive, but why does that make you hate homeless people? It doesn't even make any sense. You people are crazy. People are homeless for a lot of complicated reasons, you can't assume anything except that these people are down on their luck. And you have no empathy because you pay property tax and they don't? Maybe the problem is that you are paying too many taxes and are placing too much financial value on your home. It sounds more like a prison to me. Maybe you are jealous because homeless people seem to be free of that. You pay a lot of taxes, but now why doesn't any of that go to homeless services? Hm? Did you ever think of that? Where does all that money go to? It's not helping you, it's not helping them. Who is gaining from all that tax influx?

Posted by Solomon Russell on 02/04/2017 at 5:54 PM

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