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

To the bleeding hearts that wanted the park to stay open, screw off. I live in the neighborhood. I own in the neighborhood. Born and raised in Oakland. But for some reason that means I was supposed to be born and bred empathetic, sympathetic, and tolerant to this bullcrap. I pay my taxes (and I'm talking HIGH ASS PROPERTY TAXES), but can't get an ounce of service around this joint. I'm sick of the "hold people accountable, but just not us/them" mentality. That POS housing was not up to code. Bout time the City of Oakland did something with a sense of urgency. Doesn't matter if it was an under used park, it's a city park. I saw people shooting hoops or playing with their dogs enough to say "somebody used that park." All you guys this the park is a great idea until the city and the tax payers have to assume liability for some avoidable disaster. I'm tired of this rhetoric. You love the homeless and the filth that comes along with it, move them into your house. Onto your property. Good job police, thanks for tearing that crap down.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 02/04/2017 at 11:09 AM

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

I am glad I don't live any where near that Mathew guy or the David guy... I find it all overwhelming that people who have lived in that area all their life are suddenly criminals and drug addicts..... Geesh, I would hate to meet their misinformed children, who appears to go to the local schools... and god forbid I actually meet him or David myself.... what complete TWAT's !! x 2
When you BUY an expensive house in an area you want, do NOT expect to get rid of locals that you make homeless you heartless twats.... Is this another example of money going to waste ??? and when I mean waste I mean to shit heads who think they can buy what they want !!!

Posted by Dor Wilson on 02/04/2017 at 3:22 AM

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

I am a neighbor of this park and am so disappointed that a safe space for people to heal and thrive was closed down, without any replacement. That is such illogical and short sighted civic policy. The village never prevented anyone from using the park. The village was not a scary place; it was the kind of place where if you were walking by you would want to stop in and see what was happening. People were seated in circles having discussions and building tiny homes in the background. It was a friendly space. I am apalled by the bigotry against the poor in this City. This could be a workable solution.

Posted by Vanessa Norton on 02/03/2017 at 9:46 PM

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

So I can tell that folks writing about access to the park don't live in the neighborhood. Although some folks make use of the basketball courts, it's really not like Mosswood Park (a much quieter and more family-friendly green space that's, what, a 10-15 minute walk away from there?). Same is true for the patch of green nearby on 34th -- housed residents rarely use that park. It's our unhoused neighbors who have been in there anyway. The city DID have an opportunity to work w/ community members to bring the encampment up to code but instead they sent out DOZENS OF COPS to make sure that unhoused people were displaced, AGAIN, and did NOTHING to help those folks find a better place to live.

Posted by Tierra Allen on 02/03/2017 at 1:52 PM

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

Oh come on EBX. You know who the organizers of this are. They're anarchists more interested in a fight than making a real difference. They ran this camp unilaterally in a way that was deliberately hostile to the neighbors that use the park and purposely started a fight with the city. I'm personally sick of these so called "activists" that considers community to mean only the people that belong to their social clique and skew the facts to serve their agenda. By the way most of the people living in the tents seemed to be activists and not the local homeless.

Posted by amy badore on 02/03/2017 at 10:47 AM

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

Goodness gracious me. I support the homeless in my neighborhood because not only do they help make the environs safer, by and large, keeping an eye out for strange criminals, suspicious activity and what not, they are also the only genuinely friendly people on my block, the rest of the houses and even some prime begging real estate having been gentrified by hostile, bitter, and suspicious children of afffluence, who cannot be bothered to make eye contact when passing another human being on the street, let alone demean themselves with the smallest of courtesies, like a friendly nod or wave hello. I have lived in Oakland my entire life, and if you can't suffer the folks who lived here and built up this city before you, whether they dwell indoors or out, I will happily direct you to the Caldecott tunnel

Posted by Danny James on 02/02/2017 at 10:51 PM

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

How can the children and community enjoy safe parks, when the majority of them are being overrun by what has now been refered as Homeless? Kids and adults alike should feel safe at public parks and im sad too say, thats just not possible with the hoarding of trash and the urine & feces odor over powering the parks and then the needles and other unhealthy materisls left laying around, not good... and lets be honest some of the adults at our parks allday and night watching kids as they play makes me uncomfortable as a parent. If you get my drift. Lets ju add t be serious, this is not a good look and im sad to say it well only g r ow worset if nothing is done to detour it. I dont have all the answers but, allowing our parks to be taken over by individuals who've burn down all there bridges or are not reachable or understan d ing enough to know parks are for kids and nieghbors to enjoy and parks have rules, and 1 rule is the parks close at 10 pm. There not to be used by anyone 24/7... id like to know what happened to the park rangers and how about letting the park staff go back to gardening and park maitenance & beautification, and not cleaning up continuously behind what has been labeled homeless incampments.... Hello there parks

Posted by david (dawuad) dickens on 02/02/2017 at 9:49 PM

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

Scary there got to be a better way all that energy wasted cause it's easy to build a child's clubhouse, use energy to join with the city for clean living. Damn so sad.

Posted by Shelly Deluigi Coburn on 02/02/2017 at 4:03 PM

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

Oakland please clear out another homeless encampment @ E 12th Ave. and 14th Ave. It's so disgusting and such a health hazard.

Thank you.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Major Paint-Manufacturing Corporations Still Owe Oakland More Than $100 Million Over Lead

Why are interim controls allowed to cover lead such as regular paint, when treatment of lead is available for the same low cost as a can of paint?? Ecobondlbp.com

Posted by Paul Barthel on 02/02/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Congresswoman Barbara Lee Discusses Trump's First Week As President

Barbara Lee has always been all talk but yet no action. What has she ever accomplish during her tenure as congresswoman? NOTHING

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 9:41 AM
Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Congresswoman Barbara Lee Discusses Trump's First Week As President

I am yet to see what Barbara Lee has ever accomplished besides talking and giving interviews to a receptive and fawning press. Oakland has continued to have increased crime, poor schools, numerous out of wedlock births, and increased poverty for the African American community. What has she done for the African American people -- NOTHING. She is all talk and no action. Nothing creative. Nothing of value. Yet, the un-thinking electorate votes her in year after year. What a shame.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 02/01/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Congresswoman Barbara Lee Discusses Trump's First Week As President

I might be in congresswoman Lees district ,but she doesnot represent me.I am not in agreement with Ms lee never have and never will
BARBRA LEE DON'T SPEAK FOR ME

Posted by Jim Zigenis on 02/01/2017 at 2:20 PM

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Posted by Henry Akinsiku on 02/01/2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Olis Simmons sucks millions of dollars from the City of Oakland for her Youth Uprising agency - where she brought in the filthy misogynist rapper Too Short as a "career counselor," hired a "dance instructor" who was caught molesting a subteen girl, and farmed out teens for E-40's rap video in praise of reckless driving. Oh, by the way, she is an incompetent, overpaid manager. No wonder Jean Quan launched her 2010 mayoral campaign from Simmons's Youth Uprising facilities. ... The Express gave Simmons a pass for years, even defending the same anti-social rappers that she foisted on the children. Now that Simmons' opportunism led her to tie up with a vulture capitalist of education, we finally get light on a bit of her plunder.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/30/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Gray Area, Leading Ghost Ship Fire-Relief Fundraiser, Hasn't Distributed a Dime

Josette Melchor - grayarea.org
For years She has given all of Her energy, passion, and creativity to assist artists and/or create safe spaces for them to realize their visions. She always has rented spaces that were dilapidated and forgotten and brings them back to a beaming glory. San Francisco is blessed to have Her, and the many that She befriends, employs, and respects! She will do what She says She will do. She is not only looking to the past of the ones lost, but to the future so this tragedy never happens again. You have handled this fund with business savvy, grace and class all the while going through loss yourself. The critics should be silent and gracious. There is documented contact with the person that was interviewed in this article- so again a little fact checking needs to be the norm not the exception!

Posted by Tamara Melchor on 01/28/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

So the OUSB President is on two boards of the non profit charters...or are/were they for profit schools?

I am going to guess he was getting paid for these board positions, highly irregular and perhaps illegal.

Yes nepotism is and has been rampant in Oakland, in both the schools and City jobs.

This looks an ugly corrupt and expensive failure

Posted by John Maguire on 01/27/2017 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Such an interesting story and very interesting comments, indeed. So many things are wrong with the facts as they were laid out in this education-focused report. Smells like corruption, theft of public funds, mis-use of grant money, contract violations... a lot. I, too, hope for more reporting of these issues, as the more you report, the more people will know, and the more people know, there more they will able to impact and change. I am very disappointed in what I have read here. There is a lot of stealing and mis-appropriation of money and trust. How this city's schools can continue perplexes me. But, unfortunately, the comments by Janan Apaydin is the best. "Want to improve educational outcomes? Give families free preschool, decent housing, jobs, healthcare, etc. After all, socioeconomic status is the best predictor of educational outcomes. Not that poor students can't learn - they just need the same basics as anyone else to allow learning to happen. So, with our limited resources as a community, what is the best, most effective use of our resources to equitably educate all our precious children?" She is right. If this were to happen, half of the thieves and con artists listed in the article would have to hustle someone else.

Posted by Robert Thompson on 01/27/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Nice to learn about the charter school hedge fund-like operation. I think charter or public, schools cannot be expected to fix all of societies ills. Want to improve educational outcomes? Give families free preschool, decent housing, jobs, healthcare, etc. After all, socioeconomic status is the best predictor of educational outcomes. Not that poor students can't learn - they just need the same basics as anyone else to allow learning to happen. So, with our limited resources as a community, what is the best, most effective use of our resources to equitably educate all our precious children? Public education is not perfect, but it gets my vote for the choice that at least has democratically elected leadership that the public can hold accountable.

Posted by Janan Apaydin on 01/26/2017 at 7:48 PM

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