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Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Housing is a public benefit, Lailan. Building more housing provides:

- More income tax for the city
- More property tax for the city
- More people engaging in local commerce
- More people creating art and culture
- A much reduced commute for people who would otherwise be pushed out to the suburbs
- More neighbors to make Oakland even more cosmopolitan and diverse

But most importantly, it provides homes for people who need homes.

These project-by-project negotiation arrangements only serve to starve the beast. It discourages investment in your neighborhood you purport to protect. It funnels money that could be spent on even more housing into your pockets. It makes it exorbitantly expensive to build in Oakland which is directly passed down to renters as higher rents.

You are why Oakland is expensive, Lailan.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 08/03/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

I live in Chinatown and totally support what Ms. Huen is trying to do. You have to balance progress with responsibility to the people that it affects. And please refrain from the dog-whistle of "petty crime" to advance the project. Chinatown is currently great. Can it be better? Sure. But don't make it sound that the place is a wasteland that needs this development to make it "safer". Have some respect.

Posted by Francis Calpotura on 08/03/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Bike East Bay has talked with the developer of this project and we support more infill projects Like this one that bring needed housing to Oakland. We also support the level of bike parking provided in the project and appreciate the project's support of safe and attractive bicycling options in Chinatown. That said, we are still waiting to hear more about the measures the project will include to promote alternative transportation and how local schools will be accommodated before lending our full support.

Dave Campbell
Advocacy Director
Bike East Bay

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 08/03/2016 at 7:02 AM
Posted by Asa Dodsworth on 08/03/2016 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Las Vegas Now A Bust for Most California Medical Pot Patients

This is good . No cards from other states should be allowed at all! Especially California where anybody can get a medical card for just about any reason. You can even say "I need to use marijuana or else I'll be sad" it's a joke.
It's the same as going to Mexico , getting a prescription then expecting America to fill end .

Posted by farmerbob on 08/02/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Study Finds that Bay Area Restaurants Have the Largest Race-Based Pay Gap in the Country

Isn't it also possible that more FOH employees at Kingston 11 are POC because their ethnicity matches that of the cuisine? Is that a reasonable consideration in hiring? (Genuine, not rhetorical, question.)

Come to think of it, do Asian servers (at Asian restaurants) count as POC? If so, I'm a bit surprised that Bay Area restaurants scored so low on equality. ;-)

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/02/2016 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

This is great, Oakland Chinatown needs some new life. Its dirty and impossible to walk in several sidewalks, very unsafe! We also need chinatown to stay open late at night,everything closes at 7p, it's ridiculous. I hope this is the first of many changes coming to Oakland Chinatown.

Posted by Riley C on 08/02/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Critical to a useful understanding of what is at issue here is the high number of killings of civilians by cops in the USA as compared to Europe. When the numbers are adjusted to eliminate the effects of racism, our cops still kill many more civilians than the Europeans.

USA policies regarding cops and lethal force are locally-mandated. In Europe use of lethal force is determined by national policy and the policies are significantly more stringent than here. Policies in Europe for example allow shooting to disable rather than to kill or mandate alternatives to shootings which are allowed here.

Bottom line is that our shooting policies and the trainings that support the policies need drastic revision if we want fewer civilian killings here. Efforts must be local because policing policies are local.

Theoretically police killings could be reduced locally via several different approaches. One would be Oakland's developing a public safety plan which incorporates a much higher threshold for use of lethal force. Oakland's electeds have shown no interest in developing such a plan and although the Mayor promised a new public safety plan during her campaign (to be delivered within the first 100 days) she apparently has not acted on her promise.

Another would be a new lethal force policy to be developed by a new Police Commission if it is supported by Oakland voters in the fall. Given Oakland's history of getting things done, if the voters do support a new Commission, it will be several years before it is up and running and years beyond that before the development of a new lethal force policy.

I advise not holding one's breath.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/02/2016 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Miles, you hit the nail on the head.

But let's not talk about facts, we have people who are running scurred.

I suggest to you LEOs who have a problem with the commitment that perhaps you are better suited to a less stressful work environment, maybe tasting pies is the job for your ilk.

Posted by M3g4d37h on 08/02/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

This is terrible! 1. To pressure an agency to cancel a training they have never attended, and 2. To fold to public pressure and cancel training that may be beneficial to the officers who choose to exactly what's wrong with this country. I'm disappointed all the way around. Now, the being said, where do we go from here? Maybe opening the training class up for some members of the public (or select members of these activist groups) to attend might be a option moving forward. No matter what line of work you're in, training (in any capacity) is an integral part of being successful.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 08/01/2016 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

FYI -- I am still voting for the Police Commission Measure

I was proud to stand together with a broad coalition of community, and make the motion in support of the requested Amendment, to have all Commissioners appointed independently. I believe this was the right way to go, to maximize public trust and reduce fear of political influence. Although it didn't pass, I wanted to say that I will still be voting for the Police Commission Measure this fall. I have great appreciation for the grassroots organizers who have been working on this for years, and for the significant progress the Measure represents. It contains important steps forward -- including on the specific issue debated here -- because without the ballot Measure, the Mayor gets to appoint 100% of Commissioners. So moving to a majority of community-appointed Commissioners (in this case, 4 out of 7) would make a difference. In addition, other issues, such as to better deal with use of force, racial profiling problems, handling crowds and more, also make it worth supporting.

Rebecca Kaplan

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 08/01/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Las Vegas Now A Bust for Most California Medical Pot Patients

That's "fewer than 100,000 cards" since *the program began* in 2004; since 2014 less than 10,000 cards, which are generally valid for only a year, have been issued ...
Although obtaining one can be a hassle and expensive [], they are worth the trouble, as they offer the closest thing to a "bar to prosecution"--vs merely an "admissible defense" from a doctor's rec--for patients and caregivers: If a police officer detains a cardholder for having weed, the cop must, by law, call the phone number on the county–issued Medical Marijuana Identification card and recite its ID number. If the card is real, the officer must release the cardholder. Under California law, police can't even ask an MMI cardholder questions about the marijuana in his or her possession. In fact, an officer faces a misdemeanor if he doesn't respect the MMI card, due to provisions of medical privacy mandated by the federal HIPAA law and supported by state Senate Bill 420.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/01/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

This cancellation is extremely disappointing and ins the response of a spineless police administrator cowtowing to political pressure.
I am a retired LEO, but when active I took courses from Lt. Col Grossman twice in my career. Once as a detective, the other as a police sergeant assigned to school in an inner-city.
Both courses/ seminars dealt with being PREPARED for a situation where one is put in the situation where force may have to be used and stopping the threat to save lives of others - especially school shooting situations.
He encourages officers and school staff to open their eyes to the problems around them, namely in respect to preventing youth violence.
Awareness and preparation was the curriculum that spanned a variety of topics of vital importance to LEOs— proper breathing, surviving gunshot wounds, dealing with survivor guilt following a gun battle, and violence among and against children
It sounds as if Susan Harmon was uninformed and focusing on the "Killology" name.
"Denial kills twice"

Posted by Richard Paloma on 08/01/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

Keep in mind there will still be room in the prisons & Rehab centers for those whom have substance abuse problems. And then those that fall outside of societies norms will end up in either place. The fact that nicotine, alcohol & various hospital errors kill a large number of people each yr ( CDC REPORT FOR '14 most current stats). No 1 that I've seen can tell me why Methamphetamine is a sched 2 drug? Cannabis needs to be made available to those whom need it(in this instance a medical avenue) its also apparent that the folks who currently grow for medical receivers need to continue & to educate the general public. Its quite scary in the fact that the govt could stomp in at any time & destroy what those who are in the production end of this business model. If the govt was really wanting to help us, they would make nicotine illegal. Instead of subsidizing the tobacco farmer lets retool their industry to aid them in the growing of medicinal cannabis. The govt does not oversee the making of supplements, which have also done its fair share of harm to the public(also CDC stats) there has to be a reasonable ground for all to share in. The problem is the 'reasonable' heading. Vote out those that do not follow the wishes of the constituents. Its already started, it needs to continue. My expectations for reasonable medical care have at times been very cruel & unusual; all in the name of m3dical practise. I just wish my physician had the ability to Rx cannabis: I have no idea if i would benefit or be harmed by its use and various components? I do know as a spinal cord injured person; I want & need a better way to address my neurological problems along w/pain-discomfort created by a spinal cord injury. Not asking for the world, just a desire to be actively involved in this world.

Posted by Jon S. Adams on 08/01/2016 at 9:15 AM

Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida — Again

I am so sick of these old codgers being jealous of young people and hoarding beach properties to keep young people out and bashing marijuana users. If they want to live in an anti marijuana place, then they should move to some redneck corn fart state up north. Florida is the tropics and meant to smoke marijuana in. Furthermore, state leaders are complete morons by keeping it illegal, because they would make huge amounts of tax dollars if they legalized it. People don't give a shit what these old codgers do to rid of marijuana, it will always be in Florida and people will always be smoking it. Florida state leaders either legalize it and make tax dollars or who fucking cares. Millions in Florida are toking it up right now and laughing at them.

Posted by Adam Horton on 08/01/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

It's disappointing to read that people like Linda Arnold pressured the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office into dropping a class that could save deputies' lives, all without having seen the Bulletproof class in the first place. Then there is someone like Rashida Grinage praising her for doing so. People, ignorance is nothing to be proud of.

Miles Monroe, you are correct in that law enforcement is a dangerous job and not for everyone. With people like Linda Arnold and Rashida Grinage, it likely just got a little more dangerous for them. As Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) we know what we signed up for and what we're getting ourselves into. We don't complain about risking our lives in order to ensure the safety of yours. However, there is a war out there if you haven't noticed and LEOs need all the tools available to them to win the fight. It may not be pretty, but no one wants to fight a war they cannot win. And, if we don't win, you don't go safely home at night either...

I plan on bringing this article up this week on our LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show. I'll post a link when it's published.

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 07/31/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida — Again

i have spent most of my life living in the worst nieghborhoods in tampa,fl. through this time i have helped many poor and impoversed people, many mentally ill people, and many people who just can't get it anywhere. i remain poor too with little to none assets also but my joy and reward has been knowing that i have helped such people. i have bipolar schitzo effective dissorder for the past 18 years of my life and no matter what any doctor politician or the lying wealthy, marijuana helps us too. in their ignorance they will say mentally ill people won't be included for medical use. mentally i'll people account for a very large amount of pharmacudical drugs which do help for the benefit of the mentally ill. mentally ill people struggle and are bassically outcasts of society and trully have no voice in this matter either. their lives are filled extremely with derision and too much emotional pain also. marijuana has helped us all with this pain and it frees our minds bodies and souls. mostly they can barely afford it. so i dedicated the last 22 years of my life to help my fellow poor and ailling brothers and sisters in my community. i have no finnantial gain from it all, but i am still poor also. i am rich in the fact that i have helped all who i have through 3 dollars five dollars and the occasional ten dollars. too many injustices against the poor from the oppressive wealthy. there will be a revolution against these injustices because one day we won't take it anymore. our american ancesters revolted against slavery and houndred of years earlier revolted against the spanish english an other nations that still exist to this day. in europe we fought against the oppressors and people of power. africa pronounced slavery for thousands of years. we must fight back and fight these present day injustices and we must regain what we know as human beings to be right and fight against wrong or we are just as guillty as the oppressors themselves. we as americans just look the other way like people who witness murder and say nothing at all. how long will these injustices remain? untill we the people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE STAND UP AND DO WHAT IS MORRALLY RIGHT AND RID OUR FUTURE OF THESE REOCCURRING WAYS. HISTORRY DOES REPEAT ITSELF AND INSTEAD WE MAKE NO CHANGE. NUFF SAID NUFF RESPECT AND WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. I SMELL BULLSHIT AND THE COFFEE IS OVERWATERED AND OVER PRICED. AMERICA FUCK YOU AND YOUR BULLSHIT SMELLING COFFEE TOO. YOU ARE ALL PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOW WE MUST STAND UP AND BE A PART OF THE SOLLUTION AND THIS GOES BEYOND MARIJUANA. MOST OF YOU COWARDS WOULD MOST LIKELY WALK AWAY IF YOU SAW A WOMAN BEING BEAT AND SAY NOTHING EXCEPT LETS GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE. SOONER THEN LATER I AM GOING TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE TOO. ITS A SHAME PEOPLE SAY AND DO NOTHING. TO ME THAT IS THE GREATEST INJUSTICE OF ALL. GOOD PEOPLE SEE WRONG AND TRY TO MAKE IT RIGHTAND IF THEY MUST THEY FIGHT. BAD PEOPLE SEE WRONG AND DO NOTHING AT ALL, THE TRUE DEFFINITION OF A COWARD. THE REMAINING QUESTION IS UP TO US ALL. WHICH SIDE ARE YOU? THE LIVING COWARD OR THE DYING HERO. I WOULD RATHER BE A FREE DEAD MAN IN MY GRAVE THEN A LIVING SLAVE WAITING FOR NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JOSEPH KULCINSKI SIGNED SEALED AND APPROVED. PLEASE STAND UP BECAUSE WE ARE AMERICANS AND LET US PROVE THAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JOSEPH KULCINSKI on 07/31/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

The city administrator, who presently supervises and hires and fires the chief, works at the pleasure of the mayor so whoever is the mayor already has that power.
But the new commission would water down the mayor's power over control of OPD, and up until now not even federal oversight has been able to reform that department. This charter change has the potential to begin that shift towards community control and significant reform.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 07/30/2016 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

Probably the same reason why Indians in India might protest against Americans for eating beef.

Posted by David Ell on 07/30/2016 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

The argument over all appointments thru selection/nomination ctee. or having Mayor directly appointment three was not about increasing or decreasing the power of the Mayor, it was so not about was not about saving democracy and Mayoral accountability.........It was about both removing direct influence of the OPOA over who gets nominated and more importantly, getting the OPOA and electoral politics influences out of the Commission's decision making. In a City where the police union both bullies politicians and has a substantial role in running OPD, that separation is essential. The Oakland Post reports that the Mayor told Council members that she would run an opponent against them if they voted against her direct appointments.....And believe me, if Post has facts right, that threat is not about her career or preserving the executive powers as's Libby going to war on behalf of the OPOA. Lastly, the undue influence of police unions is a problem throughout CA (they bully the State Legislautre, too). As I told the Council, in SF (Police Commission appointments are direct by the electeds and shared between Bd. of Supes and Mayor).....SF District Attorney Task Force (made up of retired judges) issued study earlier this month saying SFPOA had way too much influence over SFPD policy and operaions and that the SF Commission, to the City's detriment had failed to exercise many of its policy oversight prerogatives....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/29/2016 at 8:46 PM

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