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Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

In response to Tommy's message, the Cortez family quickly and astutely discerned that OPD could not be trusted to investigate crime where all the suspects were OPD officers and hired a lawyer. Before you can sue a government defendant you have to go thru making an admin claim against City. Since the public learns much more about OPD misconduct after the victims sue the City, will be interesting to see if City tries to damage & info-control this one by settling the admin claim, to avoid lawsuit, which government defendants rarely do.

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/30/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

It's not about bad apples. To paraphrase Philip Zimbardo in the "Lucifer Effect", the barrel is bad. I don't just mean the OPD barrel. I mean the entire system of policing in this country is flawed and needs to be completely reworked.

Posted by Eileen Morentz on 06/30/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

Mary, OPD was a difficult place to navigate as a woman, a person of color, and someone committed to issues of social justice.

Posted by Holly Joan on 06/30/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “When Landlords Target Tenants in Rent-Controlled Buildings

It really tans the hide off my tendons every time some average thinking so in so who lifts their laurels to post the most unimaginative, ineffective default retorts to this huge problem of greed in the landlord business to suggest that people simply move out if they don't like what the landlord is doing.

These lame suggestions serve as proof why things are in the mess they are. it's because people that say that stuff are doing nothing to make the world a better place because doing something to take a stand is a concept that simply does not compute for the complacent members of society fixed to a routine. Those who rather give their kids 5 bucks to donate to the bake sale than roll up their sleeves and bake a cake from scratch is who I am talking about. Anyone and take the easy road and so often that's where the traffic is bumper to bumper, but if everyone did that we would be even worse off than we are now.

These armchair quarterbacks fail to see what is so blatantly obvious which is that some people may actually like what they have going on many levels such as the schools are close, they have the best view in the world, or they can walk to work or a host of many other good reasons why they don't want to move, nor should they have to. Landlords need to quit crying broke when if they know what they are doing and live right they would not be broke. Landlord & Tenant is Business nothing less. Money hungry landlords in the landlord business should worry more about how they are going to finagle their way past Gods judgment to get beyond the pearly gates when they die. They should watch Shindler's list and gain a new perspective. Money is the root of the rich mans evil and the wanna be rich mans evil -period.

PEOPLE MUST use the laws given to us and FIGHT! People should make it a priority to learn everything they can about the rent laws that apply to them whether they live in an apartment, house or anyplace else they rent, especially if they are living someplace for the long haul. Folks should also prepare and make and keep up a rental file of everything to do with their tenancy, the building and all interactions with resident managers and make it their business to observe and document and acquire as much information as they can from a variety of sources and that includes the tenants that live in the building too. Get to know your neighbors..

When opportunity for such things arise then jump on them. Stay in the KNOW and you won't have to say I DON'T KNOW, and that way you don't fall into the same ideology as No. 4 down from the top of this comment section Bianca Goodnight. She suggest such people should run away rather than live in fear, but she misses the boat on the knowledge is power, and how being an empowered renter does the job of warding off fear in the first place. So that way one can think straight when there comes a battle ahead. My hats off to the lady in the news article who fought for what she wanted and WON. That's proof anyone can do the same.

People should also get familiar with the best of the best in the way of tenant lawyers in the area, like when they don't need one. Do some homework (you have the world at you finger tips) Find some good ones and schedule some time for a free consult and introduce yourself when you don't need legal help and see what they are all about. Get friendly with the secretary(s), wear something that might compel a compliment or give them one. Say or do something at the consultation that is likely NOT to be forgotten that they will remember you by (leave behind something and see if they call you or if it was not noticed you call them and when they retrieve it then YOU have just built a lasting memory.. Then follow up and send some thank you cookies for good measure while thanking them for taking the time to see and meet with you at a time you need nothing at all but are still a potential client. If the ladies running the office who are the right hands of the lawyer remember you THEN if you ever call for help then those ladies won't forget you and they will remind the Boss who you are if he forgot. You won't get the brush off, you will get help you need.

Follow up with more appreciation during the annual holidays with a card that has your photo and some little phrase to aid them to remember you by. The fact you came to predetermine your future lawyer is a great one for starters, who could forget that in a business that serves a 99.99% at time of need client base? Believe me should SHTF someday you will thank yourself if you have done your preparation, when you call that lawyer down the road YOU WILL BE HELPED WITH BELLS & WHISTLES!

People should always keep a little money put away for a rainy day legal defense fund especially if they rent. Assume you will have a problem and let it grow. That way should anything happen like happened in this article then YOU are prepared to call YOUR go to lawyer and be able to plop down a retainer and present your case file that should contain 3 important elements for him. 1. What happened to you in writing 2. Why it should not be happening to you (with facts to support that) and 3. What you want the lawyer to get for YOU. Start with having the problem disappear (such as some bogus notice telling you to move out for some reason like renovations to justify huge rent hikes) There is nothing like a friendly letter from your legal eagle sent to some rogue landlord or their self interested management company that asserts your rights on paper with a legal letterhead at the top that requires those shameless BOLD ONES who tried to kick you out of a rent controlled area apartment to now tell their story to a qualified legal advocate and lets see how far their shenanigans fly then. All because they thought you were IGNORANT of the LAW and now you have the right guy tell them what time it is and just watch them back off. What else can they do but back off! They sure can't talk to you anymore, they have to go through you lawyer, HA HA HA that’s what you do MS Goodnight the #4 commenter (step up your game and then maybe you can offer some real advice if you want to see your name in print)

If you are prepared and you can help the lawyer help you then you lessen the likelihood that when peril strikes you aren't coming unglued at the seems in a clueless quandary of what to do, and who to call. Lawyers have enough on their plate than play Annie Sullivan to a horde of blind, deaf and dumb victims at time of need and no money to spend. May GOD grant us all the seventy to know we can change the things we can NOT accept, give us courage to take responsibility to preserve our rights and withstand the powers that be, and give us the wisdom to discern the difference between wishful thinking and knowing when we have been truly unjustifiably wronged... AMEN That's all I'm saying.

Posted by Calli Camalli on 06/30/2016 at 1:48 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

If you read the Federal Monitors reports through the years, you will find numerous criticisms of OPD Internal Affairs poor and biased work product. For years I have referred to IA as a civilian complaint laundromat and as to internal investigations, an "Officer Justification Unit". For years , it has been apparent to me that for the entire term of the NSA, rank and file officers have resisted complying with the NSA's edicts and reforms. Now we know that resistance extends also to supervisors and high ranking management of the department. Worse, the forms of resistance go well beyond the handling of internal investigations and civilian's complaints against officers to how OPD officers and supervisors investigate crime (they don't like you or the crime you are reporting, they do nothing or do a cover up) to opposing or undermining the City's public safety policies (e.g., the war on sex trafficking). A large swath of OPD officers and supervisors obviously have no intention of ever operating in accord with the NSA's terms or the numerous OPD policies and rules re-written for compliance with the NSA. Their collective conduct goes beyond resistance to defiance of the NSA process and the Federal Court's authority. That long term employees and supervisors have been involved in misconduct/cover-up's and schemes to prevent discipline of officers who engage in misconduct means the problem won't be fixed, as some suggest, by a receivership for screening, training and hiring only. OPD remains a broken law-breaking organization and must be a miserable if not frightening place to work for (particularly) female officers and oficers who try their best to follow the rules.

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/29/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

How is it that we still are not hearing anything at all about Guap's mother amidst all of this, who is an OPD dispatcher?

Posted by Sherri Rita on 06/29/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

So what is the current status of the Faeth/Turner incident? Did the Cortez family press charges? Is there a lawsuit or criminal charges against Faeth or Turner?

Posted by Tommy Katz on 06/29/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

"We need better training and selecting for promotion Sgt's and above brass in OPD."

We also need better-qualified politicians who carry the ultimate authority for what OPD does.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/29/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

More we learn about this, the less sense it made for our Mayor to order an audit of OPD training and recruiting young cops. We need better training and selecting for promotion Sgt's and above brass in OPD.

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/28/2016 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Banking on Coal in Oakland

thanks for this excellent article . tonight, the council rejected coal!

Posted by demotro polis on 06/27/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Building a Prison-to-School Pipeline

you guys are freaking awesome.

Posted by Tanvi Mongia on 06/27/2016 at 3:58 AM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Ali Winston, and Darwin BondGraham, are real journalists and have been for a good long time. And the East Bay Express is a real newspaper, printing the truth researched and written by Winston and BondGraham.

So, Mr. Boom, if the way a newspaper is folded means that much to you, and you need to have your "news" created and vetted by multiple layers of government and corporate control, by all means choose that one (or five, or more). But remember the truth is somewhere else.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 06/26/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Underage-Sex Scandal Made Its Way onto Facebook and Instagram

It really is a heartbreaking story, because the young woman doesn't even seem to realize how much she was used, even when she was underage. She still maintains that she was or is friends with these people.

Posted by Trampas Graham on 06/26/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Senor Boom-Boom knows not of what he writes: "Same story as reported by a real journalist, not a muckraker."

Senor: Although "muckraker" may seem to be a nasty term to the journalistically uninitiated, its meaning is laudatory.

To wit: "The term muckraker was used in the Progressive Era to characterize reform-minded American journalists ...the modern term is investigative journalism, and investigative journalists today are often informally called "muckrakers."

The story as stated here is just that: investigative journalism or muckraking.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/24/2016 at 9:58 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Same story as reported by a real journalist, not a muckraker. http://www.eastbaytimes.com/breaking-news/ci_30047290/oakland-police-scandal-city-hires-private-investigator

Posted by Terry Boom on 06/24/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

The "women in charge movement?" What century did that comment emanate from, Mr. Patton? I didn't vote for Ms. Schaaf, whom I refuse to refer to as Libby, but I don't find fault with her as a woman or for the fact that she named the militaristic, occupying army culture that allows a majority male force to pass around a girl and brutalize with impunity, for what it is.
No one mayor nor police chief made this mess, although Jerry Brown can be said to be more responsible for the Riders than anyone, and no one person could possibly know how to fix it. By the way, what's your manly solution?

Posted by Pamela Drake on 06/23/2016 at 10:21 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Hey Libby, the latest trend and laws clearly trend toward encouraging and protecting whistleblowers, not singling them out for ridicule and punishment. Once again you are so over your head, you are running out of oxygen. Men have always said that one of the down sides of the women in charge movement is that they tend to react first on emotion and not logic in crisis. Your responses to this OPD leadership issues both publicly and privately give credence to that assertion. I do not know whether that position is true or not, but you seem to be publicly angry and more focused on ending the "macho male" environment than taking the appropriate time vetting your decisions and following the law. You do even more damage by these knee jerk 2 day solutions that keep piling up. You also lend credence to those folks who women have been trying to disprove for years.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/23/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Yelp Extortion Allegations Stack Up

This site promotes negative reviews and is destructive to small businesses. They hide behind legal loopholes to promote negative reviews to encourage (extort) business owners into advertising. The site is unethical and could be compared to a parasite of the internet. Do not trust this site and look for alternative ways to leave reviews, unless you want to leave a 1 star review and abet in Yelp's unethical activities. 0/5 stars for yelp

you can review yelp here.
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/yelp.com#view

And here is a goof Forbes article about yelp.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhandy/2012/08/16/think-yelp-is-unbiased-think-again/#391863741958

Posted by m jackson on 06/23/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

to Chantelle L., I just want to say that before you came to Oakland, It was spoke of A lot, publicly. They even put the pictures of Johns and pimps on billboards and announce it in the news your name to deter you from soliciting. The reason why is hasn't been so in your face lately? Well, while human trafficking is serious, so is the 17 year old girl that was killed in Oakland two weeks ago, and the 16 year old girl killed last week. oh yeah, how about the 30 year old girl killed a couple of months ago, or the 8 year old girl who was killed at the sleepover, Who cares about who CELESTE GUAP IS SCREWING......WHO KILLED MY NIECE? NOSY, GOOD FOR NOTHING BUT SOAKING UP SOAP OPERA WORTHY NEWS TOWN DON'T CARE ABOUT THE REAL DEAL. SO SHE HAD SOME FUN WITH SOME BADGES, SO WHAT. FIND THE KILLERS, NOT THE WHORES!

Posted by Raushanah Lewis on 06/23/2016 at 4:19 AM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Calling OPD "her embattled police department" is such garbage. Is EBX shilling for Jean Quan? This is Jean's embattled department as she was the mayor in charge when Guapgate actually happened. The city admin had to put out a press release stating their investigatory intentions because YET AGAIN EBX was clearly about to spread some plausible but nonetheless bull crap version of the facts. By quoting Kaplan y'all basically showed your hand guys.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/22/2016 at 6:20 PM

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