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Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Super-Majority of Californians Want to See Police Body Camera Footage; Voters Also Want to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

How about asking each of the East Bay's elected state representatives for specific non-weasly response to Campaign Zero's concrete proposals at http://www.joincampaignzero.org/contracts. We need to push our elected state representatives to make the changes that voters want even though voters don't contribute to their election campaign funds and pay for sitting at their campaign dinners the way police unions do:

http://www.joincampaignzero.org/contracts :


Remove barriers to effective misconduct investigations and civilian oversight

Remove contract provisions, local policies, and provisions in state Law Enforcement Officers' Bills of Rights laws that:
•allow officers to wait 48 hours or more before being interrogated after an incident
•prevent investigators from pursuing other cases of misconduct revealed during an investigation
•prevent an officer's name or picture from being released to the public
•prohibit civilians from having the power to discipline, subpoena or interrogate police officers
•state that the Police Chief has the sole authority to discipline police officers
•enable officers to appeal a disciplinary decision to a hearing board of other police officers
•prevent an officer from being investigated for an incident that happened 100 or more days prior
•allow an officer to choose not to take a lie detector test without being punished, require the civilian who is accusing that officer of misconduct to pass a lie detector first, or prevent the officer's test results from being considered as evidence of misconduct
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Keep officers' disciplinary history accessible to police departments and the public:

Remove contract provisions, local policies, and provisions in state Law Enforcement Officers' Bills of Rights laws that allow police officers to:
•expunge or destroy records of past misconduct (both sustained and unsustained) from their disciplinary file
•prevent their disciplinary records from being released to the public via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request

Posted by Len Raphael on 08/27/2015 at 10:39 PM

Re: “California Legislature: 'We're Regulating Medical Marijuana'

The intention and wording of Prop 215 includes the word "affordable". Prop 215 also gives patients the rights.
I understand that in this law Ab266 they say that a primary caregiver may grow with/for up to five patients.
"Primary caregiver" by definition means somebody who lives with you and cares for your day to day needs.
This is a well known fact to the people crafting in the law and this definition cannot be changed because it appears throughout the California civil codes.
What everybody who read this please go on the website and contact the governor's office it is best to fax but you can use their online mail thing and tell them to change the word primary caregiver to simply caregiver or patient caregiver or patients.
Clarifying this one word will result in thousands of less sick and dying medical marijuana patients being arrested.
Please remember that the more regulations the higher the cost to the patient. That is fine when I get to recreational but the sick and dying generally cannot even work many are on disability or social security and live on around $1,000 a month.
They cannot afford dispensary prices and we need compassionate use exemptions put into this bill

Posted by DonnaJeanLambert on 08/27/2015 at 10:13 PM

Re: “California Legislature: 'We're Regulating Medical Marijuana'

just keep in mind if any part of 215 or sb 420 are taken away it will not be palatable to the public. I strongly urge our legislators to make sure that the first licenses issued go to real patients not stoners.

Posted by Paul Lucas on 08/27/2015 at 8:57 PM

Re: “California Legislature: 'We're Regulating Medical Marijuana'

Great success!:)

Posted by Casey O'Neill on 08/27/2015 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Indicted Pot Union Ex-Official Dan Rush Says He Will Be Vindicated

The affidavit described more indictments to come. I think they should come down now and all at once. Just like pulling off a band aid.

Posted by Paul Lucas on 08/27/2015 at 7:06 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

People need and deserve real cannabis freedom not fake freedom monopolies.

Vote for initiatives that provide the most freedom like the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016.

http://cchi2016.org/index.html

Grow 99 Plants, No permit, license, or tax shall be required for non-commercial cultivation with CCHI 2016.

Posted by Ruben Hernandez on 08/27/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Talks with Raiders and A’s While Waiting for Coliseum City Developer

If we look at it solely on the needs for new stadiums, than the solution would be the Carson site for the Chargers and the Raiders and St. Louis will get a stadium done for the Rams. However, St. Louis getting a stadium deal approved is not a clear cut either. Using public money to build pro stadium is tough anywhere nowadays. Most of all, the NFL is likely to consider the longer term outlook of the underlying markets and what benefits the league "long term" overall. It's ultimately a business. Basically, it comes down to Kroenke having more financial resources to offer. For one, the Rams have the most heritage in the LA market among the three teams. Second, the proposed Inglewood site is seen as a more desirable project, especially within the context of what the league is trying to achieve in LA. The league has also stated it wants more evening games and having another team in the West coast facilitates that. They're going to be conservative by having one team (Rams) relocate first and have the Chargers and Raiders kick the can down the road. When is all said and done, the Chargers will likely join the Rams in LA while the Raiders will get something done in the Bay Area (remember, the Bay Area is economically a very attractive market, the second largest after NY area (or 3rd factoring in LA) so the NFL sees the potential rewards. St. Louis will be promised an expansion team whenever that occurs. The biggest losers will actually be the Oakland A's as they could be forced out of the current O.co site while unable to move to San Jose.

www.hngn.com/articles/122432/20150824/st-louis-rams-rumors-stan-kroenkes-la-relocation-plan-has-leg-up-on-raiders-chargers.htm

Posted by Patrick KT on 08/27/2015 at 5:52 PM

Re: “California Legislature: 'We're Regulating Medical Marijuana'

Thank you for reporting on this legislation update. Do you have a copy of the governors draft you can publish? Also, I believe one acre = 43560 sq. ft.

Posted by Chadwick M Hanes on 08/27/2015 at 5:39 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

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Posted by Zinkeng Jervis on 08/27/2015 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Zut Allures But Doesn't Deliver

Lots of love to the headline writer on this one.

Posted by Sean_Maher on 08/27/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “The Best Marijuana Strains of Summer 2015

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Posted by Zinkeng Jervis on 08/27/2015 at 2:32 PM

Re: “East Oakland Residents to Breathe Easier

KUDOS to CBE and the City's Transportation Services Division. A great example of what the community can accomplish when they take action. I hope their successes will act as a catalyst in the fight to keep coal from Utah being shipped through the Port of Oakland.

Posted by Allene Warren on 08/27/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Keeping Police Misconduct Secret

Over and over and over again, here in Oakland and all across the nation, we see video footage of cops behaving in aggressive, non professional, illegal behaviors that lead to violence, assaults and even murder of the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve. After each event, we see police chiefs and union officials tell us that the cops did nothing wrong and your eyes did not see what you know you saw. It is no different in Oakland. This epidemic has been a problem in black and brown communities for decades and until video technology became available to the masses, nobody believed it. I am old enough to remember that the Black Panthers followed OPD around in the 60's and acted as citizen observers when cops made stops in the neighborhood. Maybe that's what needs to happen again. The bottom line is that the police officers do not understand clearly what their role should be in performing their duties. Many do not come from and do not now live in large cities. They have military backgrounds and inadequate training in sensitivity or how to connect to the people they are supposed to be protecting. The recent trend of the transfer of military weapons and equipment to local police by the federal government only reinforces a military occupation mentality. At the end of the day, they leave the station every day in fear for their lives. That is why the first reaction to any stressful situation is to pull their weapons and shoot. As Dr. Phil would say, police need to first admit that they have a problem before they can take the necessary steps to fix it. The attempt to control the public information, including the police camera tapes illustrates that they are still seriously in denial.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/27/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “From Interventions to Architecture: An Array of East Bay Art

It's so gratifying to know that there is such a wealth of arts and culture in the East Bay. Thank you for sharing all that's going on this fall.

Posted by Michele Seville on 08/27/2015 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Qulture Collective: A Downtown Hub for Oakland Queers

Thank you so much, Susue! We look forward to continuing to grow, thrive and hold our place here in Oakland. We appreciate the positive energy you're sending our way!

Posted by Terry Sok on 08/27/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Banks Tighten Loan Requirements

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Posted by Editor on 08/27/2015 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Banks Tighten Loan Requirements

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Posted by Editor on 08/27/2015 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Keeping Police Misconduct Secret

Some won't be satisfied until there is a police video equivalent of YouTube.com where every single police video created is available for instant selection and play by the public. After all, until the public has access to ALL videos, who is to be the determiner of whether or not police misconduct occurred? Of course, then the next complaint would be that such videos exposing citizens faces violate privacy standards, so video footage of situations like traffic stops would have to be scrubbed of all information that could in any way compromise a citizen's rights to privacy. Of course, a person questioned on the street yet not arrested for a crime would not want to "star" on such videos, nor would bystanders who might be caught by the cameras. Then there are the families and loved ones who might object to the public video depiction of innocent victims of horrendous crimes - or even those who have died or injured in accidents. Imagine the work involved in blurring all such police video information, probably requiring a large technical staff with its cost to do so. Any video camera records everything coming into its purview, so it would behoove that "Police YouTube" channel to also have judges to advise its army of technicians as to what must be blurred. Beyond all that, the question arises when an arrest has been made by police but the accused has not had his or her day in court - advance public exposure of the arrest could influence behavior of a jury. Even police, themselves, have the benefit of due process, so as citizens accused of wrongdoing, they too have the expectation to the same rights. While full disclosure of police actions is an admirable dream, perhaps more thinking about this - rather than raw suspicion and general distrust of law enforcement - is in order. On the other hand, the popularity of shows like "Cops" and the like might indicate that a "Police YouTube" channel with advertising sold could possibly add significant funding to the entire cost of many police forces. If nothing else, the "Police YouTube" channel might demonstrate for all that law enforcement is a tedious career, filled with mundane actions punctuated by moments of great danger when encountering violent criminals or helping save the lives of innocent citizens. Next in line might be bodycams and a "Surgeon YouTube" channel for every operation performed by medical professionals.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 08/27/2015 at 12:48 AM

Re: “East Bay Theater Companies Embrace Female-Driven Tales for Fall

If you're interested in this topic, Theatre Bay Area offers a "Gender Parity" flag on our What's Playing listings (which can also be sorted by date, location, genre of show etc.). Check out www.theatrebayarea.org, ciick on What's Paying, and look for the purple symbol!

Posted by Dana Harrison on 08/27/2015 at 12:30 AM

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