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Re: “Daily Planet Stung By Alleged Fraud

Mr. Norgren, the wanted tax fraud scoundrel, has been arrested by the US Attorneys office in the PI and has been extradited to the US. He now awaits a court hearing in Federal Court under Judge Ryo on July 5, 2016 in Oakland, CA . For more information contact Special Agent Andres Gonzales at the IRS. Finally he's been nabbed and awaits justice.

Posted by Henry339 on 06/29/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

Unless they have removed the information since Monday's City Council action, information about who is behind the deceptive mailer and the group that calls itself Jobs4Oakland may still be found in a recent press release at… and

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 06/29/2016 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Poised to Ban Coal

Go home coal, you're toxic.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 06/28/2016 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

I think they may be in violation of the City's lobbyist ordinance. If not we need to revise it, this large of a mailer represents significant money. We should know who funded it.

Posted by Dr. Floyd Huen on 06/28/2016 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

I got this mailer too, and I find this summary of its inaccuracies, omissions, and outright lies - as well as the apparently phantom nature of "Jobs 4 Oakland" - to be quite newsworthy. Please continue reporting it.

Posted by Don Howe on 06/28/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Cell Phone Surveillance Vote Postponed to Improve Privacy Protections

We need a device to monitor the cell phones used by law inforcement and the DA's Office to build misconduct cases on them since they are the primary protectors, benefactors and clients of Oaklands Human Trafficking criminals and I can prove it

Posted by sonogun on 06/28/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Poised to Ban Coal

Thank God the Oakland City Council took the correct action last night and denied Tagami and his cast of opportunists the ability to process coal at the Port of Oakland. Tagami and his cast of local cronies should be ashamed of themselves. For people like Tagami, Marc McClure, Greg McConnell and Jerry Bridges, who all have long histories in Oakland politics, to use the community with inflated promises of jobs is a disgrace. For over a hundred years, people of color have paid a high price, putting their own health at risk doing jobs and living near industries that are slowly killing them. To promote a false choice of jobs or poor health to justify greed and opportunism is borderline criminal.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/28/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

Oops! In spite of "deceptive mailers" the city council did the right thing and banned the coal terminal.

How about if EBX sticks to reporting the news instead of trying to make the news?

EBX, is starting to sound a lot like that old (and defunct) Bruce Brugmann publication, Bay Guardian... A one note scream that eventually became quite ignorable.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/28/2016 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

This looks like it is falling flat on its face, but the fact that they are okay with extremely deceptive mailers makes me sad for the low regard for democracy that companies have.

Posted by Mark Fritzel on 06/27/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Experts, Grand Jury Ding City of Berkeley's 'Ridiculous' Email Policy

I see the problem as a lot deeper than email. At the base of it all is the 4 or 8 year replacement of elected officials who then have the power to replace department heads and other appointed employees of the [city, county, state] that they have been elected to run.
They and their appointed employees may or may not have any knowledge about the systems they are assuming the control of, and all too often, new administrators come in with "better" ideas of how to accomplish the work of the government that may involve thousands of employees and effect hundreds of thousands of people - think of Flint, Michigan.
These "executives" are responsible for determining policies, such as department email retention policy, but they may have little or no understanding of the workings of email and what the labyrinthine implications of retaining it involve, either technically or legally.
And then once these elected or appointed officials move on, what is their responsibility for the policies they have been responsible for enforcing?
The discussion of corporate and government responsibility for actions that have been taken by the organization is not taking place publicly in the manner it should. Email is one increasingly obvious manifestation of it, but, as usual, only the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by Peter Stokes on 06/26/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Experts, Grand Jury Ding City of Berkeley's 'Ridiculous' Email Policy

I'm disappointed that the EBE would use the hackneyed corporate media label for Clinton's "E-mail-gate". It was a crime for which she and all the civil-
servants who carried it out should be prosecuted, not just the usual bogus
right-wing nonsense.

Bill Michel
Redwood City, CA

Posted by Bill Michel on 06/26/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Spent $72K Closing 162 Homeless Camps in 2015

Due to the inability of Libby Schaff's city government to do anything about the homeless under freeway 880 and highway 24 . they have now started to store discarded refuse from taxpayers on the sidewalk. I pay close to $500.00 in storage fees to storage goods that I need to survive in small business. These people think nothing of storing all of their belongings on the public sidewalk, making it impossible to pass, comingling with their garbage.
Has the Police Department and Libby Schaff lost their sense of decorum.
What in earth is going on ?
I believe that Libby has no idea of how to deal with this problem.
What it takes is some blunt decision making and enforcement like you have in Alameda, San Leandro , Emeryville and El Cerrito, along with Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette and Walnut Creek.

Posted by Jerry Howe on 06/26/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Any official who supports this coal terminal is on my no list.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 06/25/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Experts, Grand Jury Ding City of Berkeley's 'Ridiculous' Email Policy

The technology issues can be solved easily once a mandate has been given to preserve all public emails. Cities could even use Gmail if they like the functionality.
Any official who says in 2016 that they are not willing and able to preserve all their electronic communications is unelectable in my view.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 06/25/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Seems like Ms. Shaaf's who worked for Ignacio, and later Brown, adminstration is an extension of Jerry's. Deeply disappointing to those whose children attended school with her. It seems we get the same old, same old in the admin office, and this whole deal is deeply unpopular with the people who live in this town. It is especially bad as Phil Tagami has done good work here and benefitted a great deal from city coffers, has such contempt for us all. Poor Oaktown, every one gets over on this town, and our fellow citizens always have to settle for less. I hope to live long enough to see an administration that can change the paradigm.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 06/24/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

This has been going on a long time. What gets me is if there was a DEEP investigation into ALL policing agencies, we would be under marshal law. The whole USA. Our sheriffs dept. is a mess as well. Also
I was so surprised to hear our Mayor identify the race of the "racist texters".....racism has no color! We all have them in our family. PERIOD!

Posted by Robin Gail Hayes on 06/24/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Hearing is at 5 pm Monday. The staff report, proposed ordinance, and the supporting attachments are up now:…

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 06/24/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

The Oakland city administrator's plan to contain the OPD scandal by going after the whistle blowers reeks of desperation. Schaaf reportedly was not concerned about years of OPD misconduct until scandal erupted on her watch, and Landreth's plan guarantees that OPD misconduct will continue. We need an INDEPENDENT police commission: the city council is inept and often laughable, and Brooks and McElhaney have reportedly committed official misconduct themselves.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 06/24/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Claudia Cappio follows Jerry's orders...He wants the coal here and Claudia was put in place as the Assist. City Admin. to run that department and make it happen....Claudia is Jerry's designated liar and will say what he wants her to say.....Bets used to be taken by staff when she was head of CEDA as to what lies she would tell at council meetings to sell what ever projects that Jerry wanted pushed....Jerry is running Oakland for his developer buddies at the expense of the citizens of Oakland. Claudia Cappio knows exactly what she is doing and I can guarantee it is not for Oakland's benefit!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 06/23/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Perhaps it's time for Rebecca Kaplan to step in as Mayor, once and for all!

Posted by John Dill on 06/23/2016 at 9:41 PM

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