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Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

bart has more than enough capacity, they
have to learn longer trains, an extra 2-3 cars per train would solve many
problems, teach the public new ideas,
just don't remove seats for more standee's, maybe bart's hysterical board
should be forced to ride their wet dream, STANDING UP

Posted by bandit on 02/15/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Court-Appointed Attorney Taking Over Oakland Mayor’s Investigation of Mishandled OPD Sex-Scandal Case

The decdes old issue with the scandalous sexual play on & off duty with California Law Enforcement is across the board. Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department & infamous on & off duty play. Sheriff Hall "Chrous Practice" in the 1980's. Richmond Police. San Pablo Police. Santa Cruz. CHP. Colusa Sheriff Departments.

And just how can I do I know ? I was involved as a mistress, girlfriend, lay of choice, piece of #!/. And what happened after I finally found self esteem ? I was the only one punished. Some was reported back then however most was silenced. Especially the drunking escapades involving SWAT team members, not taking calls due to other priorities, and perjury laden cases.

Posted by Jessica Ramey-Gillam on 02/15/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

great piece on where the fire stands in history on a personal level, but also in oakland's history. also simultaneously prompts us to think about how we can do better in the city of oakland.

Posted by jMO on 02/15/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

"The Bay Areas previous mega-projects, such as BARTs Transbay Tube and the federal highway systems, delivered access to top jobs, good schools, and healthy neighborhoods for predominantly white, affluent suburbanites."

What a load of bull. The Transbay Tube provides access to jobs for all people, regardless of skin color. BART has several stops in predominantly ethnic communities like West Oakland, Fruitvale, East Oakland, and Richmond. To say otherwise is to perpetuate alternative facts. Even suburban extensions to places like Pittsburg/Bay Point do a good job of serving non-white passengers.

The federal highway system allowed white flight, where people could live in suburban communities far from their jobs in the city. The suburbs provided the good schools and healthy neighborhoods, not the highways themselves. Nice try, though.

Building no housing at all makes gentrification worse than building new housing does. The basic economic concept of supply and demand applies whether you believe in it or not. So do we want transit-accessible gentrification, or do we want car-oriented gentrification that makes it even more difficult for displaced people to access their jobs and schools? I'll take the former, please.

Posted by Dave D on 02/15/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

Geeee Whiz! We need housing. Lets make a piece of real estate into a useless shaking of fingers in the face of "the man". Ghost ship was operation before Mayor Schaaf came into office and by all reports for at least 3 administrations; complete with reported incidents that were not acted upon.

Call that corruption if you like, but also recall the "communities" efforts to stop investigations (slow to a halt) of other existing similar situations, fully supported by certain members of the city council supported by by the "community".

This isn't about about corrupt politics (of which there is much) but of a bunch of spoiled, over grown children wanting to deflect responsibility from themselves.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Attorney Taking Over Oakland Mayor’s Investigation of Mishandled OPD Sex-Scandal Case

The more that I learn about the disorder and just plain incompetence of the Trump administration, the more I see parallels with Oakland's city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/15/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

The plain and simple fact is the Oakland has been a lawless abandoned zone since the residential flight to the suburbs... That jobs mostly didn't follow.

Now it costs too much to live that far out and there is an awareness of the impact on the environment of doing that, so people want to live closer in. That means people won't tolerate the chaos that it has been.

The privileged crypto-anarachists who moved here and want no change are pitching well voiced arguments cast as social justice to obstruct needed change and improvements.

BAH!

By the way, lives DO matter. What doesn't matter is who is doing the shooting. It needs to STOP!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

Interesting... Oakland Warehouse Coalition wants the city to "slow down" and at the same time is embarrassed by the total inaction Ghost Ship represents.

I don't think you can really have it both ways. I suspect, and can't prove, that a less targeted audit of this type of situation will show the the "community" is incapable of the self policing and presents a significant liability to the larger community of the tax payers and more general residents of the city of Oakland.

In the article, we have a quote from Matt Hummel telling of responses to Mothers Cookies by OPD... Regular enough that he was assigned to show them around. This would seem, in and of itself, to indicate a problem... Regular OPD visits in response to complaints?! Were this a "regular" multi-tenet dwelling the city has taken very direct steps to clear the problem in the past.

Oh wait... these are "artists"... "Eccentrics"... Part of the "culture" of Oakland and we need to protect them and their way of life. Part and parcel of the lawless wild west/abandoned zone that Oakland has been and are hell bent keeping it that way.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

I appreciate the local perspective on a situation that has been highly politicized. The sad thing is that people died in this tragedy. The why and the how and the what to do next may never be answered because the solution is not simple. Many voices must continue to be heard. Thank you for this balanced article.

Posted by SweetG on 02/15/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

The Ghost Ship should for ever stand as a testament to the incompetence and corruption throughout the city of Oakland from citizens who lacked the common sense to report and demand compliance to the most basic of building standards to govt officials from the mayors office to police, fire and building inspection departments and their employees.
Ps - have you nothing better to do - really ?

Posted by Declan on 02/14/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

You should also talk to Lateefah Simon. Racial equity is her day job!

Posted by Ian Monroe on 02/14/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Nonprofit Sues Coca-Cola, 'Big Soda' Lobbyist Group Over 'Following The Tobacco Playbook'

Great campaign by the Praxis Project, although given the power of advertising in the United States, it's difficult to curb the deceptiveness of ads. Free speech in this country has for the most part become the freedom to engage in commercial speech. Last year, for example, ad revenues totaled about $320 billion -- nearly 60% of what we spend on public schools K-12.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 02/14/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

Do you crypto-anarchists really think the mayor is aware of every action going on at every level? Why is this article significant?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/14/2017 at 8:07 AM

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Posted by Cifer Smith Morgan on 02/13/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

I am so glad to have you all out there reporting this stuff. Thanks.

Posted by Mike Woolson on 02/12/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

when you elect tools of the powerful,
people are going to get pimped.

Posted by commonterry on 02/11/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Hazy IPAs: The Good, The Bad, And The Juicy

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Posted by mcarb on 02/11/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

Thanks to Belinda for providing the documentation which provided the foundation for this article. These revelations are very troubling and underscores the lack of accountability on the part of the City's administration. We deserve better and so do all victims of the misconduct and incompetence that have brought harm to many Oakland residents.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 02/10/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

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Posted by Rishi Kapoor on 02/10/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Finally Build Some Affordable Housing in the Hills — or Will Leaders Squander the Opportunity?

Oakland doesn't need to finalize its policy in order to do the right thing with this land: build low-income housing - that remains low income housing forever - on the entire city-owned parcel. Neighbors don't like it? Too bad. Time for the hills to accept their share of low income housing.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 02/10/2017 at 10:50 PM

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