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Re: “Racial Profiling Via

I have been flagged twice on NextDoor, one time for an unknown reason, and one time because I criticized a store for selling outdated food. I don't think individuals should be able to "flag" members arbitrarily without somehow justifying their reasoning. Or perhaps there should be a certain number of "flags" (3-5) from different people before a neighbor gets blocked?

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 05/20/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via

Nextdoor deleted my account today. I spoke up on behalf of POC and racial profiling that is occurring at a disturbing rate in my Oakland neighborhood and a neighborhood bully who flags and removes anyone who disagrees with him had me removed on 'suspicion of a fake name'. I am an Asian woman with a two letter last-name. Nextdoor removed my account without any warning, deleting all of my messages and contributions, bookmarks, etc. without first investigating, all because this nosy man in a completely different hood has an agenda to get rid of anyone who opposes users posting in Crime&Safety with blanket descriptions such as "black teen with no shirt on". I no longer have access to a site that does not require name verification for those with American names (and those using their cat or dogs name, their kids name, John & Amy, etc. as a username), but is attempting to force me to *fax them my passport* to prove my name is real. Reading the emails from their Director of Operations is like reading a note from a tween. Nextdoor makes up the rules as it goes along and some rules don't apply to everyone. If you are a white man, you are good to go on the site. If you are black and concerned with racial profiling or being shot because some bozo called the cops on you for being black, you will be removed and shut down. If you are an Asian woman with a name that the Director of Operations (Gordon) does not recognize, you have to give them permission to contact your employer as well grant them access to your LinkedIn account and fax them your passport in order to join the racial profiling network. The sad truth is that I legitimately joined expecting to see a post about me in my neighborhood because I am not white. Nextdoor has loose and fluid policies that apply to anyone who doesn't agree with the majority. There are so so many members using fake names and addresses or with multiple accounts to push their agendas (flagging people, etc.). It's like this big weird Facebook for racist bullies.

Posted by Tara La on 05/20/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

No one *needs* that many units? That sounds awfully Marxist. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". What people forget is that money/resources actually have to be generated by someone/somehow. They don't just magically appear for the sake of the common good of the people.

Posted by Sasha Wilhelm on 05/17/2016 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

It is obvious what this landlord's motivation was by the sheer number of units that he purchased. There should be a law against such mass accummulation. No one *needs* that many units to acquire a livable income. Investors like Marr have no scruples. And this of course spills over into the maintenance (lack thereof) of such a huge number of units. It is clear that he doesn't care about people, only his bottom line. How could there be any question about this? I am a landlord. I put a large portion of the appreciation that I was lucky enough to see into improvements on my remaining units. And I resisted offers to purchase lots of units because I had no desire to "make a killing." And I lowered rents during the recession and have resisted raising them to the current crazy market level. That is because I do care about the people who rent from me. This should be obvious to anyone considering this situation. I wish the renters luck.

Posted by Susan Purcell on 05/17/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

In fact this landlord should be subsidized for providing affordable housing...
In January the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption program was to go into affect...
This program would subsidize landlords for losses incurred, such as maintenance cost, taxes and fees...
Jerry Brown is withholding the applications for this program from seniors along with the $331 million that he owes homeowners who were cheated out of their properties because of his complicity with the banks and MERS during his tenure as Attorney General...
Read the full story on my Facebook pages titled Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?
Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/14/2016 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Unless Mr. Martin's home was built after 1979, these rent increases are patently illegal.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 05/13/2016 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Were it not for the criminal actions of the banks that created the foreclosures, Mr. Marr would not have had the business opportunity that he had....
As Attorney General, Jerry Brown permitted MERS and associates in conjunction with the banks, Judges, lawyers and Henry Paulson, permitted the illegal activity of the banks that resulted in the $25 billion settlement agreement of 2012...
Brown is currently withholding $331 million from the settlement agreement...
At the time that Wells Fargo and other banks were conducting predatory lending in California, Brown shut down the AG's office and represented those who were invested in MERS against Wells Fargo in court....
Read Facebook pages titled, Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?

Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/11/2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

And this is America? Even the little pests act like T. Rex, devouring anyone in their path. And our elected officials? They know all too well that justice delayed is justice denied. So, the "legal process" grinds on at glacial pace, leaving the injured with no recourse. Worse, the government--elected officials, judiciary, and bureaucrats have learned how to draw out the process to the point that may just succumb under the wheels of Corporate Greed and Opportunistic Predation. Welcome to Amerika---Death to Fair and Balanced!

Posted by Franklin Graham on 05/11/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

Thank you for sharing this view from inside the RNC event. It will be interesting to see how the Republican Party reinvents itself after their Trump fueled funeral pyre burns to embers. I'm hoping a third and fourth party emerges to dampen the echo chambers in our dual party political system.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 05/09/2016 at 12:09 AM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

Three pages huh... I grew up in the bay area. This writer reminds me of a delusional younger me. Kinda like the Churchill quote: If you are young and not a liberal you are heartless, if you are older and not conservative you have no brains. (I butchered it... however, point made).

Personally couldn't make it past the first page and a summary of the end. I see this is the "News and Opinion" section; So I will not jerk your chain, like you have done mine, and let you know this comment is purely opinion.

Political science used to be a sport with the general American public, granted many many years ago. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.....and apparently, journalism was included in the downfall of healthy discussion.

A unconscious pseudo-intellectual post 1984 use of language and a pathetic grasp of the human condition, at any point of time, is all this author has conveyed to me... Typical veiled unconsciously righteous "indignant", disenfranchised and moral-less cynical captain planet MTV brainwashed bay area "yout" mindset. I know because, again, that used to be me.

Using new age words created by intellectuals who contribute nothing to society, but their bitching and "management ability".

No conclusion drawn, just negative "feelings" and no optimism is what you project.

This opinion was more tangible than words such as "Hate".... whiners....

Good Day

Posted by Karlan Mitchell on 05/05/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Exorcising 'El Maligno': How Bay Area Protesters Co-Opted Trump's Speech

"(Later, eggs found different targets, in the form of cops.)"

"In another confrontation, a masked protester snatched an American flag from a handful of young Trump supporters and lit it on fire. This move spurred debate among activists about the wisdom of certain tactics."

Shame on the EBX for the puff piece cowardice exemplified above.

This is black block narcissism, pure and simple. It is nasty, violent, and selfish It harms only the left. Like smashing and looting small businesses in Oakland it is found gold in the street for the right.

Posted by Sherman Kassof on 05/05/2016 at 12:20 AM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

This writer sees nothing but his own limited narcissism. Trump has completely upset and unraveled the Democrats, Progressives, Socialists and Communists, all Hillary and Sanders supporters. He is bringing to the Republican Party a new wave of members. These are the ordinary Americans that have been left behind by the Socialists that run the Democratic Party. Sure there are goofy things going on with Trump. But there are worse things going on with Obama, Hillary and Sanders.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 05/04/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

THANK YOU, Mr. Miller for writing this piece.....I watched the protest and goings on here in Sacramento, and of course, they said NOTHING about how stupid the NAZI D*CKHEAD trump looked when speaking; as a matter of fact, I've pointed out time and time again to people that (1) His supporters remind me of the German people in 1939, just before Krystalnaught; (2) What's worse is that the even look MORE like the Bhund rallies in 1940 here in America; and (3) the NAZI D*CKHEAD trump looks more and more like HITLER to me and other people, and yet, the american media says NOTHING about his ranting and raving about those of other faiths, other races or other mindsets that he wants to either put into Ghettos, mark with some sort of "badge", or other NAZI-like fool don't hear ANYTHING about that; but the american media goes on and on about this and that when it comes to the aforementioned NAZI.....ANYTHING but the things that bozo has SAID........but, i digress. It IS good to see a reporter put out just what REALLY is the truth about this jack*s NAZI, and I for one thank you for it.

Posted by Phillip Roberts on 05/04/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Exploiting Inmates

This kind of theft is the sort of conduct, theft and overt abuse of the weak, that prisoners are locked up for.

Posted by Sherman Kassof on 04/28/2016 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Access Denied

Eric Friedman kicked me off next door for standing up for the homeless and calling out racism on the site. I think if a website wants to be a community resource then there should be some sort of standards of membership - not just that snotty Eric Friedman doesn't like to be called out on his privilege. You shouldn't have to politely tolerate hate speech against the poor and non-whites to be able to monitor what is going on on NextDoor. Friedman is going to wind up costing Nirav Tolia a lot of money.

Posted by Lindsey Urbina on 04/28/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Access Denied

Well, all of those bogus "crime" reports were not useful anyway, and needed to go, along with the racist gossip environment they spawned.

I am proud of Oakland ND conversations on homelessness. Every time some busybody got "concerned" about homeless persons there were replies about services referrals and compassion that stopped the conversation from going the way the Berkeley ones seem to be going.

It is very true that "Leads" on Next Door are the biggest problem they have. No one knows how/why they are chosen, and even after they got more in my neighborhood, they are overwhelmingly white and generaly not long term residents. Fortunately, they seem to be pretty hands off and transparent in my neighborhood, it's just so tone deaf to not have any community leaders of color as leads. It is a thankless job, however, and I do know that persons of color have been asked and declined the "privilege."

Posted by Janet Jonas on 04/28/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Access Denied

"Many debates on Nextdoor about homeless people revolve around what to do about Berkeley's homeless problem, but the debates rarely include input from homeless community members themselves."

This reflects my experience on Nextdoor. Not all posts about the homeless are negative, but the homeless are excluded from all posts. I hope Nextdoor can address the situation to better include all of our neighbors, not just the ones with roofs over their heads.

Posted by Anne Torrence on 04/27/2016 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Access Denied

Being a taxpayer or not being a taxpayer has nothing to do with Next Door, a privately owned entity that is positioning itself to make huge sums of money. Private websites have nothing to do with rights. And since when do rights only accrue to taxpayers? All humans have rights and human rights are never dependent on whether or not someone pays taxes.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 04/27/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Access Denied

If the U.S. Post Office, through their agent a postal carrier/worker, recognized Mr Zint's address, it was not up to Mr. Friedman to unilaterally declare he had no legal address. And it was not up to ND either.

Boundaries, rules, respect: ND is not overflowing with it.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 04/27/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Access Denied

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

Posted by Editor on 04/27/2016 at 4:02 PM

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