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Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

I agree with Steve. Once again in Oakland, it's ready, shoot, aim. The goal is not to make it comfortable for tenants living in dangerous, illegal, non permitted living spaces to relocate. The goal should be to make spaces where people live safe, as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The path to compliance depends on the goal. Having owners pay people to move out of illegal housing does not provide owner incentive or focus capital on solving the safety problems. Moreover, this proposal does not absolve the city of it"s legal exposure should someone else be killed. That exposure is brought on by it's incompetence and failure to inspect and require compliance with building and fire codes after having knowledge of violations. At the end of the day, it will be the City, with it's deep pockets, not the property owners who will ultimately pay the price of forthcoming lawsuits.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/12/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Her absence will be celebrated. She is a piece of s--t.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 01/12/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Issues Order Intended to Improve Safety of Unpermitted Housing While Avoiding Displacement

Those bullet points need a copyedit. Are they Schaaf's or the Express transcription? Neener-neener readers want to know...

Posted by Jonathan King on 01/12/2017 at 12:11 AM

Re: “Anne Kirkpatrick Picked to Lead Oakland Police. Here's What We Know About Her.

I saw that in your link to the Chicago questionnaire (thank you for it). That Kirkpatrick attributes Broken Windows theory to Bratton's success is troublesome (if not outright wrong) based on the exhaustive study by UC Berkeley Professor Zimring.

I could not read your link to the WSJ article without a subscription. That Bratton is associated with it or supports it does not mean he used it. Regardless it is not just whether one supports a theory generally, but how one applies it. As Bratton said before on a separate but related topic, the key is whether it's done constitutionally that is important.

Recall that besides ushering modern policing in with Compstat (created by Jack Maple), which uses the statistics of crime hot spots and not subjective, biased policing, Bratton did more to clean up LAPD than any other Chief before him (including firing top commanders... not exactly popular at the time within the department).

Zimring also documents that the decrease in crime in NYC under Bratton actually decreased the # of people sent to jail. And thus a decrease in long-term criminalization.

Bratton is not the buggy man that many on the far left fear. Indeed his conscience as a moderate willing to do things constitutionally, and actively engage the African American community, is one of the reasons he parted ways with Giuliani.

Back to the original point, there is no way Oakland can institute Broken Windows anyway...it simply doesn't have the manpower.

Hotspot Policing with effective Compstat is a goal that can be achieved...along with Constitutional policing under the reform efforts, and supported by holistic Ceasefire.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/11/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “There's zero chance the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas (if they do, I'll sport a Mark Davis bowl cut for a week)

The NFL, MLB, and NBA will never allow a franchise to move to Las Vegas. If the MLB will never reinstate Pete Rose for gambling, what makes anyone think a major sports team would have a green light around some of our country's most corrupt gambler's ? Too risky, and I don't mean just player gambling involvement. Just the fact that Vegas draws a criminal element which could gain inside access to said franchise. It doesn't make sense on any front.

Posted by Keith S. Hermann on 01/11/2017 at 8:13 PM
Posted by Homeless Gouch on 01/11/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

Kaplan, RU NUTS!!! $8,000!!! That will cause more rentals to be sold, removed from the housing markets!!! The city council needs to get real. I found two vacant lots for sale, both about $5,000 sqft. on not so great steets. One selling for $448,888.00 & the other $1,100,000.00!!! That is the reality in Oakland & the Bay Area!!! If you are looking for affordable lots or housing look to other states!!! Oh, those lots at one time would have sold for around $20,000 tops!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 01/11/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Gunfight on Broadway Interrupts Oakland Council Committee Meeting

There has to be video of the shooting with all the cell phones in the area. A car licence plate etc.

Posted by Paul Merr on 01/11/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Gunfight on Broadway Interrupts Oakland Council Committee Meeting

Years of incidents like this one are one reason why Clorox moved 700 employees out of its downtown building a few years ago. Hey, burglaries in the neighborhoods are fine, but this downtown stuff is bad for business! Oakland - one of the half dozen most crime-plagued cities in the country. (P.S.: The Oakland poverty rate is the same or less than many much safer cities.)

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/10/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Gunfight on Broadway Interrupts Oakland Council Committee Meeting

High Noon in Oakland (OK, not exactly noon)

Oh yes... What a VIBRANT, THRIVING community it is.

Can we please get an honest, accountable police force? Pretty please? While we're at it, can we, as a community start "snitching" and drop the street crap?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/10/2017 at 7:23 PM
Posted by Tawni on 01/10/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Anne Kirkpatrick Picked to Lead Oakland Police. Here's What We Know About Her.

Thanks for the comment Hugh Morrison,

Bratton himself is a defender of broken windows-style policing. Here's an op-ed he wrote two years ago about it: http://www.wsj.com/articles/william-bratto…

Also, Kirkpatrick refers to Bratton as a practitioner and promoter of broken windows theory in her Chicago police chief application which is linked in the article above.

I'm not saying Zimring wrong; in fact, there are other people more closely associated with the development of broken windows theory, and its use by major departments. But Bratton is associated with it.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 01/09/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

Way to go! Once again, instead of dealing with the real issue (the lack of housing and removing barriers to get actual housing built), Kaplan decides to slap fees on to landlords who did not create the problem in the first place. If renters are displaced because city building inspectors deem their homes hazardously noncompliant with building codes, why not instead provide ways for the landlords to bring the dwellings up to code so that the residents can remain? It's a tightrope balancing the needs of the tenants, who deserve and need safe quarters to live in at a reasonable price, with protecting the interests of the landlord as well as the city who can and already is being sued for not enforcing these safety standards. Kaplan should be doing everything in her power to help landlords bring these spaces up to code and instead she is slapping a few extra thousand on after the fact which doesn't help keep people in their homes. She just doesn't get it.

Posted by Steve Kopff on 01/09/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

Wow you Trump followers still don't see you been conned ,he place rich people the swamp in the white house has broking so many rules and laws ,still has not shown his.tax returns. And is trying to change how we do things in our country and not for the good ,you all are blind,the rich don't care about you.The reason things did not get done in 8 years you can thank your republicans they would not work with Obama. They took over 200 days vacation.And we played for that.

Posted by Jacki Budd on 01/08/2017 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

More BS from the MSM (D)

Posted by Brian Hoffpauir on 01/08/2017 at 12:57 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

I hope California is able to leave the union .

Posted by Robert Sorbo on 01/07/2017 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

Detroit? Wasn't this the place where several polling stations reported more ballots cast than on actual voters list? Guess who won in these polling stations? Disenfranchised voters? Proof please, words are cheap. We must maintain the integrity of the ballots by making sure only qualified US citizens are allowed to vote.

Posted by Carlos Cuyugan on 01/07/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

I love all of the Herr Drumpf voters calling others exactly what they are! At one of his numerous Ku Klux Klan meetings/ Hitler youth rallies you egregiously attended featuring mein Kampf der kline Neu Fuhrer Herr Drumpf preached hate misogyny xenophobia scapegoating my hard working Hispanic brothers and sisters picking the lettuce you eat and making beds i can only imagine the price of a head of lettuce if a person was paid twenty five dollars an hour with benefits week ends off paid vacations and retirement you'd howl as the anti Christian you are! Your obsolete akin to a zombie dinosaur trying in vain to revive a vile past, you and your kind should be in urns!

Posted by Richard Greene on 01/07/2017 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

Some people will break all kinds of laws just to get what they want. An election should be done fairly without Putin, electoral college illegals, and other election swayers using all the dirt they can to win.

Posted by emreed on 01/07/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

The people with the negative comments must be Donald Trump supporters. You sound like you're angry. God Bless and help you overcome your emotional state. You must learn more about Politics.

Posted by emreed on 01/07/2017 at 3:35 PM

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