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Cat, the vast majority of Oaklanders are with you in your efforts, but disgusted by your passive attitude about collateral damage. I've seen anarchists injury innocent people. It's hard to reconcile empathy for the oppressed while making victims of innocent residents, business owners and their employees. There is a tsunami of voices building that wants the obstruction of downtown streets and destruction of property to come to an end. It's been going on for over SIX years. OPD reported over 180 protest events and record breaking overtime pay in 2015. Oaklanders overwhelmingly supported progressive measures and political leaders in our most recent election -we should not be injuring our local community.
@Rob Appeldorn: why would anyone protest in Oakland when Obama was elected? They celebrated. But white Republicans most definitely did violenty protest Obama in red states. They lynched Obama in effigy, they called him the "N****r president", they burned signs of him, some KKK people protested in their robes, NC State Univ. students spray-painting "Let's shoot that N****r in the head" and "Hang Obama by a noose." I guess you conveniently forgot their racist hatred, violence and property damage.
@Charlie Pine, hear hear. How do we get monitors to attend? I want to be involved in peaceful demonstrations and I don't want to be associated with people breaking windows, throwing paint, setting fires, etc.
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Typical of this reporter, he omits what the lawyer acknowledged, which was reported in another publication: the police action "might not merit actionable litigation." In other words, nothing illegal.
Ms. Brooks, you should have monitors. They should exclude people wearing masks, people who obviously have tools of violence on their person, etc. If you call a march, you are responsible for these common-sense measures.
break the chains of the anti democratic ideology of the far right the time is ripe for the people revolution.
If we are to protect the vulnerable that Trump has vowed to go after, we need to be able to peacefully protest without fear of police brutality. The mayor elect in Berkeley has been outspoken on Berkeley being a sanctuary city.
Mayor Libby Schaaf Which side are you on? And can you control your own police force, is this brutality at your instruction?
Our infrastructure is already crumbling due to lack of funds by the Feds. I don't think it's going to make that much of a difference. I'm all for sanctuary cities. It's the only way to fight back against the horror that the Trump administration is.
@Matt, thanks for your opinion, but your take on this seems bereft of both facts and context. if the Lake Merritt Area Specific Plan had any teeth, the community wouldn't have to fight for affordable housing. This deal is also significant because it adds something tangible to the city's proclamation of BAMBD as an arts district, establishing a model for cultural retail. The developer is also willing to direct the Public Art Fee towards projects which benefit the community. And D2's low-icome residents will benefit from project contributions aimed at anti-displacement and stabilization efforts. I dont know how one can spin this as a dirty deal, given that the Planning Commission didnt even consider community benefits, and approved the project initially with market-rate housing and no contribution to affordable units. So why is it "dirty" to get wins for the community which benefit its most vulnerable residents? You may want to rethink that perspective.
We will see how long the city administrations endure the pressure of losing federal dollars. That's when the rubber will hit the road...when city governments and residents have to choose between protecting the undocumented and cutting city budgets. Will people be willing to make such a sacrifice...a sacrifice that may involve layoffs of city employees, cancelled capital projects, neglected infrastructure, longer police and fire response times. I'm curious to see if a wedge materializes between these two interests or if people are able to resist Trumps divide and conquer strategy.
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(victim of sexual abuse! one doesn't enjoy from what is perpetrated on!)
Can't wait for this guy to come up for reelection. Utterly disgusting.
If you lived and paid attention to local and county politics you would quickly realize that West Contra Costa County is one of the most corrupt counties in the state.
Hopefully many will be able to afford our fair cities' protection.
I looked up on www.cityofberkeley.info/myrentceiling what others in my building are paying for equivalent unit and it makes me sick. Some are paying about 35% of what I am. Add this 1.8% tax, the landlords and new prospective residents of Berkeley are getting shafted pretty hard here.
No one thinks about the landlord, just the poor tenant who has a low-income job. I bought a condo in Emeryville 15 years ago (and yes, I make less than 100k) and have been bleeding money for about 10 years, only recently am i slightly cash flow positive. Also, my property taxes increase as does my HOA which is almost $400/mo and all the insurance burden is on me. What about the landlord, it's just me, I'm no big developer but I saved to buy a condo to rent and hope to use as my retirement.
Thanks to the lady who is encouraging donations in her community.
Yeh he won but the popular vote did not vote for him so we do not plan to put up with this Hitler... you get over it ... dig one ditch dig two... old saying or you reap what you sow ... sow hate and you will reap.... sow love and you will reap... some call it karma...
Agree used to be a peace officer and the unions have undermined the authority of these top brass in these departments... In 1980 when I worked as a peace officer ... we had no union and you could be on the street tomorrow unemployed... Unions have jeopardize the safety of citizens and have caused more deep pocket suits against local cities who desperately need these funds to improve education and other services badly needed in communities. Not anti - union but in this instance as it pertains to public safety.... Yes.
The Oakland Police department is no different from many others. Most Police Departments are dysfunctional and detached from the communities they serve not because of the Chief. Departments nationally are held captive by the history and culture of policing. It is the middle managers and command staff who teach departmental norms and defend the "Blue Line" at all cost. When a new Chief is hired, it is usually because of political pressure from the top. The invisible command staff and managers just smile and sit back as the new Chief explains how it will be different. Because they never buy in to the changes and because of unions, they can't be fired or disciplined. They stay under the radar as change fails and another Chief is fired.The Chiefs are the easy targets, but these other folks are where the structural problems reside. Until the new Chief can come in, clean house with authority and install new people, changes will be small and incremental. Every time there is a cop shooting, the first thing we see are Police union representatives defending the cop and vilifying the victim. These unions are out of control as they fight change attempts in city after city. Politicians need to reign in these unions, fold in more community involvement and give the Chief authority to make the structural moves necessary for real change.
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