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Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Kalb claims "building up size of the force"? The mayor set the number of officers in her budget. Kalb added nothing. Recently, the City turned from slow expansion of OPD to letting it shrink again by attrition. Kalb did not oppose that. *** The major "dysfunctional" element weighing on OPD is a monitor who keeps rating the department not in compliance with goals because that would terminate the multi-million contract imposed by judge Thelton Henderson. Kalb has done nothing about this.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan is a really excellent council peron, one with a vision for Oakland while attending to the needs of his district. His opponent is backed by the Landlords Association

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 10/12/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

So many of these police unions take outrageous positions. And it's particularly troublesome since so many of of the police live outside of Oakland. But that's a reality we have to deal with. The other reality is the department is deeply dysfunctional. Proposition LL provides for a much needed independent oversight. The Oakland police and their union should not be threatened by this. They need to be more sensitive and understanding of the community's needs. . . Not constantly "circling their wagons". I'm voting for LL and for Dan. It's not just this one issue thing he's been a good all-around supervisor.

Posted by Ben kapinski on 10/12/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan Kalb is at a fork in the road he is being pressured by OPD and courted by Mayor Libby Schaaf, who is desperately trying to build a political machine that is loyal to her, and her corporate campaign sponsors. Libby loves her lobbyists: the Port of Oakland, real estate developers, the construction industry, the Chamber of Commerce, OPD and their rotten union, the Charter School Movement, and racial profiling hills residents. Libby grew up in a divided Oakland, where hills residents got functional schools and city services; and West, North and East Oakland were over-policed and underserved. Then she trained under Council Member Ignacio De La Fuente, lead confidant to Don Perata who ran Oakland’s political machine. The Don, as he was called, started out as an Alameda County Supervisor, who sold public lands to developers and built a political machine trading contracts and land, for campaign support, and many say private gain. The Oakland City Council was so loyal to the Don’s agenda that they were called Peratistas. Ignacio was considered his bag man, trading real estate and contracts for political influence and many say cash. LIbby worked for the Port of Oakland in PR, and she worked for Mayor Jerry Brown on 11 failed crime plans, including curfews and gang injunctions. Jerry rode his failed 'Public Safety Platform" and the construction of the school to prison pipeline into the state office of Attorney General. The prison guard's union then provided him with the seed money to run for governor.

Hillary Clinton has apologized for her support of Bill Clinton's tough on crime legislation which resulted in criminalization of Black and Brown people and mass incarceration. Libby's “Public Safety” campaigns have supported the criminalization of Black and Brown people in Oakland and the mass incarceration and abuse by police of Oakland's Black and Brown communities. “Public Safety” is Libby's campaign center piece -she assures us that she cares about crime and will build and support the police. Unlike Hillary, Schaaf has never acknowledged past errors or how her, until recent, unconditional support of OPD has empowered OPD to engage excessive use of force, sex trafficking of teens, and police killing of Black, Brown, and mentally ill people.

Dan Kalb has decide whether he wants to support Libby, OPD and their union in policies, practices and programs which criminalize Black and Brown people and result in mass incarceration. Dan can join “Team Libby” it’s sort of a public safety pro-development, pro-charter cheerleading squad led by, Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, with Lynette McElhaney, Abel Guillen and Larry Reid sucking up for fun and campaign support. Libby’s trying to buy Kaplan and Gallo's seats by fully funding loyal and weak minded candidates to replace them.

Dan Kalb is being sent a clear message join team Libby, take the photo ops, the cash and connections. Stop pissing off OPD and their union with radical legislation like the Citizen’s Police Oversight Commission, be an insider and vote with Libby and the lobbyists, be a pro-development public safety winner; or fight the machine and loose your seat on the council.

Come on Dan, do the right thing!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 10/12/2016 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

This stop has been restored and is back in full service. The only difference is that it has been moved across from it's former pre-Sprouts location to 2969 Broadway.

Score it, The People : 1
Bully Boys : 0

Posted by Bruce Langley on 10/11/2016 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

Some of you are thinking short-term. California needs to legalize in order to send a message to the world, legalization is the next step. Cannabis is plant and therefore like all plant you have the choice of getting you vegetables at a local independent farm or you can buy the same plant from a corporation, the difference is who you are supporting. (buying it from)

I will be buying from independent farms no matter the size, only the quality.

Posted by Sergio ♃☉☿ on 10/11/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

For District 5 residents, virtually everything good that's happened has happened while Noel Gallo has been our councilman:

1) The basics: Noel's predecessor, Ignacio de la Fuente, spent most of his time consulting with his mentors (e.g., Don Perata), running for higher City officD 5 residents, rast, constituent service and consulting with community organizations and , not so much. The IDLF years were for me and too many other residents, like being in political Siberia, but with lots, lots more company.

2) Housing and public safety: There's a reason so many of my neighbors involved in public safety. street safety and and housing issues support Noel's re-election. Ignacio has endorsed Viola Gonzales. Viola Gonzalez has said that Council-members need to be nicer/more cooperative with housing developers and that she will repair the public-OPD -community relationship with (gist) 'more talking and dialogue'....I don't want to go back to the IDLF way of being "represented" (OPOA wishes first) and I certainly don't think OPD's issues with sex trafficking, s.uggish- 'compliance' with the Riders case NSA and racial profiling can be 'talked away'. I have and will give credit where its due for reforms that OPD has implemented, usually only after relentless pressure fromthe Federal Court, but Council person who's in the OPOA's pocket and is likely to buy in to idea that Oakland is safer by throwing love and money at the OPD and OPOA is going backwards

3) The Oakland Animal Shelter------Gonzalez's patron, IDLF, constantly talked about selling or closing the shelter and stated his budgetary vision was of Oakland as a 'basic services only' City. Noel from the start of his term advocated for correcting budget and staffing shortfalls at OAS, then for a new civilian-community governance structure....Since late 2014 OAS has been on the rebound in its service level and relationships with its volunteer and animal welfare non-profit partners.......I don't want to go back to the past where OAS was first up on the chopping block at budget time.

4) Protection of our non-police civic and physical infrastructure-----Noel. again after both reaching out to constituents and being asked by constituents, is a strong advocate for our libraries, senior and youth services, parks, schools and libraries. During his first term, he has built strong relationships with neighborhood school communities and the traffic and street safety working group in my neighborhood. Viola Gonzalez will be the go-t0 Council member for a few interests and an advocate for City 'police first' budgets that cut and starve other City services.

Let's move forward together....

Mary Vail,
31 year Oakland-Glenview-District 5 resident

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/11/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

And my school board opponent Jody London is now helping them by campaigning with Moore, who is exactly the same challenge to Rebecca Kaplan. If you vote for police accountability, some police officers retaliate and the standard politics happen. The public is well served to look at who took which side.

Please look at the options and please vote yes on LL, for Kaplan, Kalb and Gallo.

And if you want to look at District 1 school board, I'd be grateful to serve.

Don Macleay

Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

I live in Dan Kalb's district, and have supported him since the beginning. He is a very smart, hard-working Council Member, supported by the Sierra Club, Democratic clubs, labor, and out area's most progressive elected representatives.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 10/10/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Good to know Corbett is against police oversight.

Posted by John Seal on 10/10/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

"I’ve generally been pro-police in terms of building up size of the force, wanting to pay them good wages and give them a good benefits package, and I took lead trying to get more crime investigators," Kalb told the Express. So-cops are only against Kalb b/c he supports more oversight. Kalb just got my vote.

Posted by Simonp on 10/10/2016 at 4:26 PM
Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/10/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

I sure hope the voters in Dan Kalb's district vote for him. He's a good man who thinks deeply about issues that affect our city and works consistently to make the police officers more supported and the OPD more transparent and accountable to Oakland's citizens.

Posted by batya_lee on 10/10/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

Gary Patton said it all. Wish I could upvote his comment.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 10/10/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Alameda Superior Court Judge: Landlord Acting "Unbelievably Callous" in Chinatown SRO Harassment Case

Fortunately for the plaintiffs, this is a case where the politically popular thing for the judge to do also happens to be the legally correct thing.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 10/10/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Hapless Chargers Punt Win to First-Place Oakland Raiders

I honestly think it's great that EBX is following the Raiders on a weekly basis!

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/10/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Town Business: Uber for Parking; Police Sex Crime Scandal Undermined Trust in OPD

Well nothing could go wrong with dense surveillance of every car in downtown Oakland, now, right? I will certainly be interested to see if it bothers anybody else. Note that many people LIVE within the area. (I wonder how my neighbors with the infant twins and the thirty-or-so stairs up to their door will react to the lineup of cars parking in front of their house?)

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/10/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Anti-Legalizers Sue California Over Prop 64 Ballot Language

Proposition 64 is a death knell to the farmers of the Emerald Triangle, their families and the communities who depend on this, the last industry standing after the collapse of the logging, lumber and fishing industries. In Prop 64’s despotic future, farmers & growers are forced to pay taxes before they sell their harvest. A medium sized farm that produced 400 pounds of buds & leaves would have a tax bill of over $60,000 and for the first time ever taxes have to be paid before any sales are allowed.”

Proposition 64’s insidious plan institutes controls that treat cannabis as a dangerous substance, and not as a medicine. It does all it can to force users to return to the dark and hide their use. The chant, “Out of the Dark and into the Light” reflecting overcoming the long time stigma of cannabis use will be replaced by laws that make it a crime to smoke outside where someone could see you or smell cannabis smoke. Smoking outside, even where cigarettes are allowed, is forbidden and the homeless, including homeless veterans who smoke cannabis to treat their PTSD will be committing a crime, subjected to fines and even jail if they are unable to pay. There will be no more smoking cannabis at an outdoor concert or other events. It will be like the "Bad Old Days” when law enforcement waded into crowds to arrest people for smoking a joint. This time they will be wading in handing out tickets resulting in fines.

This is not legalization it is domination, extreme controls, massive regulation and taxation without representation. The Official Libertarian Party Executive Committee has it right when they advise a NO Vote on 64 because it, “does more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.”

Lonnie Painter
Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis
Village Cannabis Club

Posted by Lonnie Painter on 10/09/2016 at 1:42 PM

Re: “New California Law Will Open Up Job Opportunities To People With Criminal Records

Okay so your saying that I don't deserve a second chance ? I'm 22 years old ..charged with petty theft when I was 19. I stole some makeup worth 40$ at a department store. I have petty theft on my record. I never stole again after that . I'm in college for my LVN. Passing all my test with an 85% have dedicated my life to becoming a nurse and at clinicals my patients love me and I love them too and truly care about them go beyond to help them and make their day easier your gonna say that because I stole makeup I don't deserve to be a nurse and take care of people. That's stupid. Anyone can change. I'm living proof.

Posted by Desiree Jay on 10/08/2016 at 8:59 AM

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