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Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

Mayor Schaaf and council continue bankrupting Oakland for decades to come with crappy contracts to cronies. Libby signed Police contract with over a 30% increased cost to City (raises and bennies) over 5 years. Then Council signed fat garbage deal, and now a booming bond ballot (with money for Charters Schools, Developers and the OPD). Libby, the Education Mayor and her Charter School buddy's will have teachers working for fast food wages and on MediCal: while Oakland Police earn 100K a year with fat bennies and pensions.

Libby loves her lobbyists, she plans to ride her "public safety: mass incarceration" "education reform: privatize public education" and "Oakland Renaissance : real estate rip off" right to Sacramento where she can do even more harm. Libby luvs Oakland!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 10/17/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Marijuana and Election 2016: Grading the Candidates and Measures on Pot-Friendliness

If I were going to vote for Trump, I wouldn't do so because of the militant believer Pence. Hemp has been a long hard road in the US, and we don't need to sabotage our attempts now.

Posted by Mick Malkemus on 10/17/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

So Let me get this straight: "Most Oakland cops live in the suburbs of Contra Costa County, or over the hill in towns like Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, and Livermore." If that's true, why are they spending their money (that comes from us) trying to influence elections in Oakland? Is this not like Chinese, Russian, Saudi Arabian sources running ads in favor of one or another party in US elections? How is it the same: foreign investors control increasingly massive investments in US real estate and businesses and wish to have a government in power friendly to their investments, just as the police wish to have legislators elected who support their freedom to operate in the protected environment they currently enjoy.
I have spoken to OPD officers who told me they live outside Oakland for the welfare of their families. I was stunned. What kind of attitude do they bring with them to "serve and protect" residents of a city that is not suited for their families to live in? Is that the attitude we want in our police?
When we see those who we have granted special rights - to use and carry weapons, to arrest and detain those WHOM THEY DETERMINE are violating the law - why would they resist the oversight of their actions by those whom they serve? Finally, the city council of Oakland has taken the first steps toward establishing a neutral body with the power to review police actions. I would suggest that those unwilling to have their actions reviews by those they "protect and defend" are not those who best serve the interests of Oakland.
There are various ramifications that emerge in discussing these issues, such as: what are the rules officers operate under, both written and unwritten; exactly how are officers regulated and reviewed; what is the power dynamic in Oakland that brings about such contentiousness between the police and the government?
But most importantly, why are we giving such power and influence to a group consisting largely of people that don't even live here and who don't fully understand Oakland for what it is?

Posted by Peter Stokes on 10/17/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

"To sum up Oakland's response, everything is cool, more or less."

That's sums up just about everything about Oakland governance including housing affordability, long-term financial plans, crime, police reform, a new police chief and our open-arms approach to anti-union Uber. Not to mention ethical behavior of Council members.

Said the fox in the hen house to the farmer: "No one here, Boss, but us chickens."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/17/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Windstorm Disrupts Treasure Island Music Festival, But Show Goes On (And Kamaiyah Saves the Day)

Everyone that bought a single day Saturday pass or a 2 day pass deserves a refund. People would have been happy to brave the rain to actually see artists playing, but we stood in the rain for cancellation after cancellation and the method of communicating these cancellations and lineup changes was incredibly disorganized and confusing. So much for 10th anniversary celebration. This is the worst event I've ever attended (I've been going to TIMF for years) and I haven't even seen mention of the pier fiasco. We didn't get half of what we paid for in terms of music or attractions. There is zero reason the silent disco couldn't have been relocated. Terrible planning. TIMF owes every festival goer financial compensation. We gave them our money and time and they absolutely did not deliver. And the discusting grass they laid the day before with heavy rains forecasted...who planned this shit?!

Posted by Danielle Waters on 10/16/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “'Big Soda' Is Suing Oakland Over Beverage Tax Measure

Colin Fletcher-Schmidt, the problem is "empty calories." Soda is pure garbage. Be happy it's legal.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/15/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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God bless him

Nelson Mac

Posted by Andy Perry on 10/14/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

And to add to Ann's comments pertaining to Don Perata, when looking at our underfunded non-police services and crumbling civic and physical infra-structure, a big reason is the Raiders return deal of 1995, which not only constructively evicted the A's and grossly re-muddled the Coliseum, but put the County and City of Oakland on the hook for 12 million a year in Raiders Tax. Shame the Don can't be forced to pay it himself.......Libby's no subsidy/Raiders Tax 2 one thing she is doing right.

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Kalb claims "building up size of the force"? The mayor set the number of officers in her budget. Kalb added nothing. Recently, the City turned from slow expansion of OPD to letting it shrink again by attrition. Kalb did not oppose that. *** The major "dysfunctional" element weighing on OPD is a monitor who keeps rating the department not in compliance with goals because that would terminate the multi-million contract imposed by judge Thelton Henderson. Kalb has done nothing about this.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan is a really excellent council peron, one with a vision for Oakland while attending to the needs of his district. His opponent is backed by the Landlords Association

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 10/12/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

So many of these police unions take outrageous positions. And it's particularly troublesome since so many of of the police live outside of Oakland. But that's a reality we have to deal with. The other reality is the department is deeply dysfunctional. Proposition LL provides for a much needed independent oversight. The Oakland police and their union should not be threatened by this. They need to be more sensitive and understanding of the community's needs. . . Not constantly "circling their wagons". I'm voting for LL and for Dan. It's not just this one issue thing he's been a good all-around supervisor.

Posted by Ben kapinski on 10/12/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan Kalb is at a fork in the road he is being pressured by OPD and courted by Mayor Libby Schaaf, who is desperately trying to build a political machine that is loyal to her, and her corporate campaign sponsors. Libby loves her lobbyists: the Port of Oakland, real estate developers, the construction industry, the Chamber of Commerce, OPD and their rotten union, the Charter School Movement, and racial profiling hills residents. Libby grew up in a divided Oakland, where hills residents got functional schools and city services; and West, North and East Oakland were over-policed and underserved. Then she trained under Council Member Ignacio De La Fuente, lead confidant to Don Perata who ran Oakland’s political machine. The Don, as he was called, started out as an Alameda County Supervisor, who sold public lands to developers and built a political machine trading contracts and land, for campaign support, and many say private gain. The Oakland City Council was so loyal to the Don’s agenda that they were called Peratistas. Ignacio was considered his bag man, trading real estate and contracts for political influence and many say cash. LIbby worked for the Port of Oakland in PR, and she worked for Mayor Jerry Brown on 11 failed crime plans, including curfews and gang injunctions. Jerry rode his failed 'Public Safety Platform" and the construction of the school to prison pipeline into the state office of Attorney General. The prison guard's union then provided him with the seed money to run for governor.

Hillary Clinton has apologized for her support of Bill Clinton's tough on crime legislation which resulted in criminalization of Black and Brown people and mass incarceration. Libby's “Public Safety” campaigns have supported the criminalization of Black and Brown people in Oakland and the mass incarceration and abuse by police of Oakland's Black and Brown communities. “Public Safety” is Libby's campaign center piece -she assures us that she cares about crime and will build and support the police. Unlike Hillary, Schaaf has never acknowledged past errors or how her, until recent, unconditional support of OPD has empowered OPD to engage excessive use of force, sex trafficking of teens, and police killing of Black, Brown, and mentally ill people.

Dan Kalb has decide whether he wants to support Libby, OPD and their union in policies, practices and programs which criminalize Black and Brown people and result in mass incarceration. Dan can join “Team Libby” it’s sort of a public safety pro-development, pro-charter cheerleading squad led by, Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, with Lynette McElhaney, Abel Guillen and Larry Reid sucking up for fun and campaign support. Libby’s trying to buy Kaplan and Gallo's seats by fully funding loyal and weak minded candidates to replace them.

Dan Kalb is being sent a clear message join team Libby, take the photo ops, the cash and connections. Stop pissing off OPD and their union with radical legislation like the Citizen’s Police Oversight Commission, be an insider and vote with Libby and the lobbyists, be a pro-development public safety winner; or fight the machine and loose your seat on the council.

Come on Dan, do the right thing!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 10/12/2016 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

This stop has been restored and is back in full service. The only difference is that it has been moved across from it's former pre-Sprouts location to 2969 Broadway.

Score it, The People : 1
Bully Boys : 0

Posted by Bruce Langley on 10/11/2016 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

Some of you are thinking short-term. California needs to legalize in order to send a message to the world, legalization is the next step. Cannabis is plant and therefore like all plant you have the choice of getting you vegetables at a local independent farm or you can buy the same plant from a corporation, the difference is who you are supporting. (buying it from)

I will be buying from independent farms no matter the size, only the quality.

Posted by Sergio ♃☉☿ on 10/11/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

For District 5 residents, virtually everything good that's happened has happened while Noel Gallo has been our councilman:

1) The basics: Noel's predecessor, Ignacio de la Fuente, spent most of his time consulting with his mentors (e.g., Don Perata), running for higher City officD 5 residents, rast, constituent service and consulting with community organizations and , not so much. The IDLF years were for me and too many other residents, like being in political Siberia, but with lots, lots more company.

2) Housing and public safety: There's a reason so many of my neighbors involved in public safety. street safety and and housing issues support Noel's re-election. Ignacio has endorsed Viola Gonzales. Viola Gonzalez has said that Council-members need to be nicer/more cooperative with housing developers and that she will repair the public-OPD -community relationship with (gist) 'more talking and dialogue'....I don't want to go back to the IDLF way of being "represented" (OPOA wishes first) and I certainly don't think OPD's issues with sex trafficking, s.uggish- 'compliance' with the Riders case NSA and racial profiling can be 'talked away'. I have and will give credit where its due for reforms that OPD has implemented, usually only after relentless pressure fromthe Federal Court, but Council person who's in the OPOA's pocket and is likely to buy in to idea that Oakland is safer by throwing love and money at the OPD and OPOA is going backwards

3) The Oakland Animal Shelter------Gonzalez's patron, IDLF, constantly talked about selling or closing the shelter and stated his budgetary vision was of Oakland as a 'basic services only' City. Noel from the start of his term advocated for correcting budget and staffing shortfalls at OAS, then for a new civilian-community governance structure....Since late 2014 OAS has been on the rebound in its service level and relationships with its volunteer and animal welfare non-profit partners.......I don't want to go back to the past where OAS was first up on the chopping block at budget time.

4) Protection of our non-police civic and physical infrastructure-----Noel. again after both reaching out to constituents and being asked by constituents, is a strong advocate for our libraries, senior and youth services, parks, schools and libraries. During his first term, he has built strong relationships with neighborhood school communities and the traffic and street safety working group in my neighborhood. Viola Gonzalez will be the go-t0 Council member for a few interests and an advocate for City 'police first' budgets that cut and starve other City services.

Let's move forward together....

Mary Vail,
31 year Oakland-Glenview-District 5 resident

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/11/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

And my school board opponent Jody London is now helping them by campaigning with Moore, who is exactly the same challenge to Rebecca Kaplan. If you vote for police accountability, some police officers retaliate and the standard politics happen. The public is well served to look at who took which side.

Please look at the options and please vote yes on LL, for Kaplan, Kalb and Gallo.

And if you want to look at District 1 school board, I'd be grateful to serve.

Don Macleay

Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

I live in Dan Kalb's district, and have supported him since the beginning. He is a very smart, hard-working Council Member, supported by the Sierra Club, Democratic clubs, labor, and out area's most progressive elected representatives.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 10/10/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Good to know Corbett is against police oversight.

Posted by John Seal on 10/10/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

"I’ve generally been pro-police in terms of building up size of the force, wanting to pay them good wages and give them a good benefits package, and I took lead trying to get more crime investigators," Kalb told the Express. So-cops are only against Kalb b/c he supports more oversight. Kalb just got my vote.

Posted by Simonp on 10/10/2016 at 4:26 PM
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