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Re: “Court-Appointed Attorney Taking Over Oakland Mayor’s Investigation of Mishandled OPD Sex-Scandal Case

The more that I learn about the disorder and just plain incompetence of the Trump administration, the more I see parallels with Oakland's city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/15/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

The plain and simple fact is the Oakland has been a lawless abandoned zone since the residential flight to the suburbs... That jobs mostly didn't follow.

Now it costs too much to live that far out and there is an awareness of the impact on the environment of doing that, so people want to live closer in. That means people won't tolerate the chaos that it has been.

The privileged crypto-anarachists who moved here and want no change are pitching well voiced arguments cast as social justice to obstruct needed change and improvements.

BAH!

By the way, lives DO matter. What doesn't matter is who is doing the shooting. It needs to STOP!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

Interesting... Oakland Warehouse Coalition wants the city to "slow down" and at the same time is embarrassed by the total inaction Ghost Ship represents.

I don't think you can really have it both ways. I suspect, and can't prove, that a less targeted audit of this type of situation will show the the "community" is incapable of the self policing and presents a significant liability to the larger community of the tax payers and more general residents of the city of Oakland.

In the article, we have a quote from Matt Hummel telling of responses to Mothers Cookies by OPD... Regular enough that he was assigned to show them around. This would seem, in and of itself, to indicate a problem... Regular OPD visits in response to complaints?! Were this a "regular" multi-tenet dwelling the city has taken very direct steps to clear the problem in the past.

Oh wait... these are "artists"... "Eccentrics"... Part of the "culture" of Oakland and we need to protect them and their way of life. Part and parcel of the lawless wild west/abandoned zone that Oakland has been and are hell bent keeping it that way.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

I appreciate the local perspective on a situation that has been highly politicized. The sad thing is that people died in this tragedy. The why and the how and the what to do next may never be answered because the solution is not simple. Many voices must continue to be heard. Thank you for this balanced article.

Posted by SweetG on 02/15/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

The Ghost Ship should for ever stand as a testament to the incompetence and corruption throughout the city of Oakland from citizens who lacked the common sense to report and demand compliance to the most basic of building standards to govt officials from the mayors office to police, fire and building inspection departments and their employees.
Ps - have you nothing better to do - really ?

Posted by Declan on 02/14/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

You should also talk to Lateefah Simon. Racial equity is her day job!

Posted by Ian Monroe on 02/14/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Nonprofit Sues Coca-Cola, 'Big Soda' Lobbyist Group Over 'Following The Tobacco Playbook'

Great campaign by the Praxis Project, although given the power of advertising in the United States, it's difficult to curb the deceptiveness of ads. Free speech in this country has for the most part become the freedom to engage in commercial speech. Last year, for example, ad revenues totaled about $320 billion -- nearly 60% of what we spend on public schools K-12.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 02/14/2017 at 1:29 PM

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

Do you crypto-anarchists really think the mayor is aware of every action going on at every level? Why is this article significant?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/14/2017 at 8:07 AM

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

I am so glad to have you all out there reporting this stuff. Thanks.

Posted by Mike Woolson on 02/12/2017 at 8:46 PM

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

when you elect tools of the powerful,
people are going to get pimped.

Posted by commonterry on 02/11/2017 at 6:35 PM

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

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