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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.
No weapon formed against us shall or will prosper... Like we used to say when I was a kid dig one ditch better dig two. Gird up and put on the armor....No weapon....United States and the United Nations will come to a head just like Hitler did if America stays on this path ... the world is watching along with those in America who stand for liberty and justice...
Ms Kahn notes that my comments about Ms Cappio are misplaced. However, my comments were based on the facts related to her actions, not her qualifications on paper, intelligence or network of friends. Ms Kahn offers no response at all on the substance of my comments because she has none. The fact is that in both the E12 st parcel and the coal transfer issue at the Port, her qualifications and experience did not keep her from giving the Mayor and Council improper or illegal recommendations that were ultimately brought to light by the public. A true planning professional at her level should not always say yes to power, but should use his or her experience, professionalism and integrity along with a duty to evaluate the community needs to provide the best recommendations for the public good. Sometimes the answer to politicians is no. In a previous role at the City, Cappio's specific job description was to make sure that Mayor Brown's Measure K program was implemented, no matter what. That meant that everything Jerry wanted, Jerry got. How much experience and professionalism is required Vivian, to say yes to everything that comes through the door?
Keep him home: Have the happiest, merriest, joyfullest, celebration. Marry your boyfriend! Do it for all of us who wish we could be there to celebrate with you, have fun, love you xo
Here in Oakland, down with you mi hermana.
Cat Brooks, I know you to be an impressive woman, and you have outdone yourself with this statement. Thank you!
While the actions of CalSTRS are interesting, the leap from that to voting for Trump is tenuous.
This article implies that after the actions of CalSTRS, Relational and Timken resulted in the splitting of the family owned Timken into separate companies that somehow a "disaster" resulted. But TimkenSteel is still in Canton, still producing, and still part of the community. They had a couple of layoffs, in part because the downturn in oil drilling (yeah!) resulted in less demand, but I'd love to see some proof of the other effects. The NYT article is great, and two years old. Perhaps some fact checking on recent events is in order.
In fact Timken and some of its employees, like Trump, place blame on regulation and imports for their sluggish performance. I'd expect that antipathy towards trade agreements and regulation played a large role; CalSTRS role seems minimal.
'Riders'??? Gantt was never part of that group of lawless bandits. Never was he implicated or accused of anything CLOSE to what those criminals engaged in. OPD'sex next Chief needs to come from out of state. But he/she should spend several days reading and catching up on everything from decades past, all the way up to whatever scandal is going on when he/she is sworn in
Great travel adventure!
An amazing slow pay off indie drama, which build more and more for every minute!
Thank you Ron for using your voice to help guide and encourage young folks to keep the legacy alive. Thank you for keeping our focus and drive moving forward.
Thank you Ron Dellums for your service and your wisdom. It is SO good to hear your voice again!
This writer apparently has gone hook, line and sinker for the Mayor's PR campaign that choosing the right chief is the solution to Oakland's policing and public safety problems.
It's pure PR. It seems to be working because it is diverting attention from Oakland's real policing problems including improving public safety, ethics, police morale and community involvement. Community involvement with policing is not the same thing as an opinion survey.
Oakland's Police Department is entirely an appendage of city hall. City hall sets the goals, makes the policies and funds the activities of our police department. Our city hall is dominated by the same old pols who have devoted decades to maintaining the status quo, their time in office and almost nothing more.
If OPD is to change we need electeds in city hall who understand policing, comtemporary thinking about policing, the history of policing since the days of Robert Peel and, most of all, understand management and organizational change. PR alone won't do it.
I hope the city looks outside the police industry for a new leader. Continuing to draw from the police community means the new chief will have same cultural prejudice s that we are trying to weed out. We need new blood, new ideas and a new culture.
Cat Brooks, you make my heart sing. YES to everything that you said.
It is so go time. Self care for the long haul of this thing - it has already been soul crushing. Reach out to others to know what personal safety issues they are having and how we can support, call & petition about Brannon, electoral college, Doug Ericksen, DAPL, counter BS on social media, be ready for our100, report hate speech and incidents, auto monthly donate to ACLU, SPLC, & others, divest, invest in and purchase only from trusted sources. Thank you.
Lorraine: The Oakland City Clerk webpage has the filing of GO Public Schools and other Super PACs that spent funding in support of the
School Board candidates mentioned in the article.
I was right up there at the sound truck when we were flashed bombed and tear gassed without any provocation. There was a 9 year old boy with his mother to the left of me and a person in a wheel chair to the right of me. The tear gassing and flash bombx created a very dangerous situation for the safety of all of us as there was no where to go. I am so thankful you kept everyone calm and continued the protest. But what realky opened my eyes is that the police and media lied about this incident saying everything from bottles were th thrown to molitive cocktails. I was 2 or 3 3 people back from the line of police, none of that h as poened as you were there.
I was slso at the rally on Thursday which opened up my knowledge of so many diverse groups but I inspired me by the love and the joint effort of all these people coming together for to protect those under attact and fight what is headed our way.
I am getting involved, sharing information, contacting government officials, and trying to find an activist organization that could use my help.
My eyes are open to we what I didn't see happening and am truly scared of what is happening and where we are headed.
Cat, I love the energy, passion, knowledge and inspiration you give. You are my hero and I feel more empowered and feel the inspiration to fight and much initiated by you those first 2 days. I am not going to crawl in a ball and cry, or live in denial, I am going to strive to protect others and fight for our rights and justice.
The words "Process" and "Processing" go undefined in Prop 64. Please FIX! Prop 64 says that it's legal to PROCESS up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates. What does PROCESS mean?
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