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Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

The Dodgers actually didn't sweep the series; they beat the A's 4-1. In game 3, Mark McGwire hit a walk off home run against the Dodgers closer, Jay Howell (of course, nobody remembers THAT).

Posted by Steve Ongerth on 06/22/2016 at 6:37 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

The Express is not publishing his identity for medical reasons. “Please don’t publish my name. I will die. I have a heart condition,” he said via phone. He currently draws a $125,000 pension from the city.


Has being ashamed or feeling embarrassed ever caused the death of someone who although has a heart condition is healthy enough to be sexually active?

Posted by mygirlmyworld on 06/21/2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

NO GUN RESIDUE ON SUICIDE VICTIM'S HANDS?

I used to be married to a cop. He threatened to take me to Yosemite. He told me how cops could get away with hurting their wives with no problem. I left him, right away. I was so scared.

I saw this part of the article, and can't help but to think someone killed OBrian's wife. Maybe it wasn't OBrian, but the couple was living in a building owned by a former cop, rented by cops.

"Huerta Lopez’s coroner’s report, however, noted that there was no visible gunshot residue on her hands. There is no mention of whether O’Brien’s hands were ever swabbed or tested for traces of gunshot residue in the report."

Posted by Jessica Ggb Holter on 06/21/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Cheerfully Crippled

Dan Sorkin passed away this month -- he was perhaps the most famous radio personality in Chicago at one time, then was coaxed to Los Angeles as morning man at KHJ ... which shortly thereafter switched to Boss Radio. KHJ's owners moved him to co-owned KFRC in San Francisco ... then switched that station to The Big 610. Dan ended up at KSFO, at the invitation of Don Sherwood, perhaps the most famous radio personality in San Francisco history. Dan also "discovered" the comedian Bob Newhart, recorded a comedy album of his own, wrote a few books, flew around the world on his own, and was probably as interesting a fellow as you'll ever meet in several lifetimes.

Posted by David Ferrell Jackson on 06/20/2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Nineteen Business Owners and Experts Discuss How to Sustain a Healthy East Bay Economy for All

I think all of you are correct. I think its truly about highlighting personalities of the business. You have many small and big businesses on Amazon. As for my products, I wouldn't buy online b/c you are void of warranty and true product support given that it is bought on Amazon. There are many things I will get off Amazon as well but sex toys are not one of them.

Many businesses were built on experience and story and EBX does a valiant job of helping our narratives burst through the closing seems in our community. Imagine a world were all business is done online! I can't image no shops or shop owners in our communities. Amazon isn't sending you home with the very product b/c you had a great conversation with your potential customer whom said they had no money for that product. Well, last week, I sent a young woman home with 'The Alchemist'. She said she didn't have any money. I asked when could she bring it back, and she brought the money back. Guess what, that book/experience has more of a chance of doing good in our community than just buying the product from Amazon.

If you are thinking its all about the product, you are sadly mistaken.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 06/20/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

geykerry wrote: "On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime." ... Uh, no. 1) The age of consent exists for a reason. To simply pretend it doesn't exist is irresponsible. 2) Guap allegedly has been a sex worker since the age of 12, meaning that she was not legally able to consent to any sex acts prior to the age of 18. 3) What allegedly occurred was criminal misconduct. it's not simply consensual sex acts since police exploited the power dynamic and were, in effect, acting as pimps. 4) Guap herself has referred to herself as a victim, and police having sex with underage girls is certainly a crime. 5) to downplay these incidents as merely "icky" appears to reflect a lack of comprehension of the failure in accountability on behalf of the police. 6) legalizing prostitution wouldnt address the trafficking epidemic in a real way, since the average age of a trafficked girl is 13.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/20/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates Decry Court Move

Great Article. commentary - I was fascinated by the information - Does anyone know if my business might obtain a blank USDA OF-301 document to complete ?

Posted by Elli Fabs on 06/19/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

This story shows why Amnesty International is correct in advocating for the legalization of sex work worldwide. On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime. Wake up people!!

Posted by geykerry on 06/19/2016 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

guap took advantage of them. they should have known better, but lets get the right side of it.

Posted by Stephen Hovey on 06/19/2016 at 2:26 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

All I can say is WOW

Posted by L David Toledo on 06/18/2016 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Why is the reporter protecting a child abuser? Who cares if that old perverted bastard has a heart attack?!? Seems to me that the reporter cares for the old sick bastard , than more than heart problems has a sick soul.
Publish his name! Let the entire nation see it. Publish his face too while you are at it.
Shame his old sorry wrinkly arse!!! in front of the entire world. He abused a young girl because he well KNEW he had the power and she didn't.

I am so damn sick of cops abusing their power wherever they go. Heart attack, my arse!!!

Posted by Paloma San Basilio on 06/18/2016 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

articles about statutory rape are always so hard for me to read. Express, publish the cops texts, not the teenager's. I don't care if it's public information. She's a teen, an easy way to not humiliate a teen victim is not to publish her private texts about her enjoying sucking dick. Once again, publish the cop's text she received, which are the real crime, but not her texts back. I don't care if she gave them to you. If she wrote them before she was 18, I'm not sure you can publish them anyway, it's like a child sexting?

Put yourself in her shoes, in your 30s you want to look back at texts you sent when you were 17 about enjoying sucking dick in a rape investigation? Block her texts out please.

In comparison, the former chief gets protection from you?!?!? WTF? So he doesn't die of shock or some bullshit excuse? Somehow this newspapers job is to protect a former chief who actually did something wrong and illegal? Likely something sexually exploitive. Likely to a child. So you protect him from embarrassment but not think of ways to protect the teen victims.

The reporting is good but this article needs an intersectional analysis seriously. Like more seriously than former chiefs supposed potential heart attack

Posted by Rebecca Luisa on 06/18/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Great reporting! Thanks East Bay for holding OPD accountable.

When looking at the texts with Guap and Superman, it does seem like Guap may have deleted a text?
S: "There's a UC operation."
G: "Damn lol"
S: "No you're not. Just giving you a heads up."

Mentioning the texts could have been manipulated might be a good idea.

Posted by Natasha v on 06/18/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Reading her Facebook, seems like she's got Stockholm's Syndrome too. "None of this ever happened", "my harmless friendships", etc. Or she's just fearful of reprisal from the PD. I also echo other posts, this is some very well-done, in-depth reporting!

Posted by Matthew Hunt on 06/18/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

I just read REAL REPORTING, WOW goosebumps. Impressive, keep it up.

Posted by John Cram on 06/18/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp is the worst. I own a small business and have definitely been harmed by this "service'. Bad reviews regarding nonexistent visits to my clinic posted by phony clients who are likely disgruntled ex-employees pepper the Yelp comments for my business. How can anything so obviously fake and derogatory get permanently posted no questions asked? Yelp is a total joke, albeit a very bad one.

Posted by Erin Downes on 06/18/2016 at 6:33 AM

Re: “JP Morgan Chase's Home Loans in Oakland Mostly Went to White and Wealthy Residents

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Posted by Anjali Anju on 06/17/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Underage-Sex Scandal Made Its Way onto Facebook and Instagram

Having just listened to the Mayor's press conference, I offer the following follow-up/leads in your reporting:

1) Mayor Schaaf says tonight that the sex scandal investigation is almost over....Not so much....it's not all about the officers involved with Ms. Guap...in plain sight, an obviously frustrated Councilman Gallo has made repeated public references (latest at 6/14 Council public safety ctee hearing) to service workers finding condums, often, in cop cars brought in for service/cleaning at International Blvd. car shops on International Blvd. This stuff has been going on with more than one sex worker. Dig for facts that would require the City to keep investigating.....because I'd say there's a 90% chance there's more, much more...

2) Mayor Schaaf also says that putting City Administrator in direct charge of OPD is "civilian oversight "of OPD. It's not---it's just more direct, temporary City Administration oversight of OPD, the status quo.....the CA already oversees OPD. Real, independent oversight is in a proposed Charter Amendment approved by Council Public Safety Committee.......

3) Throughout the last few weeks, the Mayor has been bemoaning how little she can say about personnel changes and investigationsdue to the Police Officers Bill of Rts, as expanded by CA Supreme Court in Copley v. Superior Court.....But our City leaders did nothing to support a bill changing that law (SB 1286, Leno) and the bill was quietly killed by Senate leaders on May 27 for political/election reasons. As a result our State and local government remains under the thump of police unions and they, are stiffled in holding police accountable and the public has no idea what police managers and city officials are doing, not doing. The Mayor can be frustrated about existing law, she should be embarrassed for doing nothing to support the Leno bill. I can only assume that the silence on SB 1286 is directly related to keep on good terms with the 800 llb. politicl gorilla of Oakland politics, the OPOA.....

4) Your story above about the officer who was relating to sex workers while heading up OPD's "special victims unit".....exhibit 1 of the wrong cop to be heading an SVU. Who's choosing/managing these people----the OPOA? their corrupt power subordinates? Time to circle back to your May (? ) 205 sexual assaul victim mistreatnebt by OPD story. (A little of the same happened in recent drunk home invasion cop case, too, when responding police supervisor reportedly asked one of the victims if she really wanted to pursue charges.) The 2015 Express story was about a sexual assault victim who was denied an investigation by OPD, discouraged by OPD for pressing for an investigation and ultimately filed a complaint with CPRB. Mayor says she first learned of the 2015 case situation from the EXpress and caused reforms to the OPD's procedures for handling such cases. Did she? How many sexual assault and domestic violence victims have had their cases mishandled by OPD since? How good were those new protocols when you have a toxic cop in charge of the OPD's SVU? Are those policies being violated, too?

5) How about some less generic and more pointed appreciation for female police officers following the rules and trying to do their jobs in a toxic, sexist , discriminatory work work environment????

6) After the quick and seamless Jordan to Torribio to Whent Chief change, which the Court Monitors owned and directed...compared to what's gone on this month at OPD, you need to dig further as to how closely the current Mayor consulted with Compliance Director Warshaw. This , weeks changes have come fast, chaotically and almost schizophrenically , each change in response to new scandal facts. We know that Mayor Quan, whatever her failings, formed a deep.respectful an complete collaboration with the Court Monitors regarding NSA compliance. We know the current Mayor is capable of free-lancing (her unilateral change of the Court-ordered OPD crowd control policy). The non-deliberative, rushed, chaotic series of changes just don't look or feel like changes made with an appropriate level of advance consult with the Federal Monitors. Please dig deep on this issue, too. I can believe that former Chief Whent lost the confidence of the Court Monitor----I can't see the Monitor going for first Interim choice, Farrow, when he had been in IA for years and the Court Monitors had had so many criticisms of IA's work product.

Mary Vail
Oakland, CA
Call or write--your Editors have my phone and email....

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/17/2016 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

What's sad is that this blemishes the many actually good and caring officers in the department.

So I too am for an overhaul and I think Mayor Schaaf kicked off the fixing of this by putting the right leadership in.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 06/17/2016 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

If you truly want to see effective change in police policy, training,internal investigations, and transparency you need to go to the only authority the police have;the State Attorney General is their "boss". State and federal agencies can make recommendations for reform, but they lack any and all power to enact them. The only one that can order state, county, and municipal officers to comply with reforms, change/update policy and follow these guidelines, are your duly elected states attorney general. Call, email, write your AG and ask them why he/she has not yet eforced these recommendations, changes in policy, training, etc. The attorney general is both the "top cop" and the leading lawyer of the state, this is not only a conflict of interest, it promotes collusion and abuse of power on all levels....how could they not see this coming.

Posted by Margot Stemen on 06/17/2016 at 8:07 AM

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