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Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Schaaf just digs in deeper and deeper.

Clearly she has no idea about how to deal with a troubled, poorly-managed, low-morale police department in a city beset with violent crime.

She has no understanding of the intent of the restrictions against public disclosure of personal information or administrative personnel matters for public safety employees.

Ever deeper.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/23/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Comedy Central Clowned the Oakland Police Department Last Night

that title explains their hatred towards the OPD, what a shame.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 06/23/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

My husband said "One of your best columns" :-)

Posted by baci on 06/23/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Comedy Central Clowned the Oakland Police Department Last Night

I think it's easy to say the Eastbay Express is doing a great job expressing what the OPD has become... A circus of clowns and corruption!! Thanks for expressing the voice of Real Oaklanders who are over the OPD and it's decades of corruption! By the way it isn't a' sex scandal' it's a SEX CRIME: Sexual Exploitation of A MINOR... by Multiple Officers!!

Posted by Joan 1 on 06/22/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Comedy Central Clowned the Oakland Police Department Last Night

Why does the Express hate OPD so much? It's not enough to spend an inordinate amount of time burning the place down, but you add an unprofessional headline also.

Posted by Rick Hart on 06/22/2016 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Residents Complain AC Transit Turning Downtown Oakland Park Into De Facto Bus Terminal

Bus drivers need such a location. They aren't machines. End of story.

Posted by John Seal on 06/22/2016 at 12:50 PM

Re: “The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

About half-a-century ago advertising agencies came up with the same principle: "sell the sizzle not the steak."

Folks in Oakland who like coffee should look at local coffee importer Sweet Maria's website. You can buy green coffee from all over the world there, roast it at home and have a fine cup at a lower cost than buying grocery store coffee.

One of the major problems with commercially-produced coffee is that it is 'way over-roasted so that it has nothing other than the taste of burnt beans. Then you add milk, sugar and other flavorings to make it palatable.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/22/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

I have provided the president of the Oakland City Council with the solution to the problems in Oakland hoping that she wasn't part of the problem...
This is a very disappointing development....
Read my Facebook pages,
"Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?'
Regards, Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 06/22/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Icey Cream Opens, Grand Lake Kitchen Expands, and Berkeley Gets a Poke Restaurant

Luke, I wanna know what you think about Icey Cream's donut ice cream sandwich!

Posted by Margaret Rodriguez on 06/21/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Otherwheres is a Lit Mag for True-ish Stories

Holy shit this looks amazing! Love the theme and the design is beautiful. Must buy.

Posted by jeffkennedy on 06/21/2016 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

Same old same old....council members abuse their power and they get a slap on the wrist. Why people STILL vote for their oppressors who are totally unaccountable is beyond me. Sucker.

Posted by Suzanne Sanders on 06/21/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

Exactly, another committee who tells everyone what's going on, but nothing changes. These committees are a waste of time, and in cahoots with the imbecile on the city council. Drain the swamp or have the Feds take over.

Posted by oak needs help on 06/21/2016 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

The big question is what the ethics committee will do. More than likely nothing which is yet another "Committee" that is probably highly paid to do NOTHING but collect paychecks.

I'm sure at some point the race card will come out to stop any type of action.

I really hate living in Oakland sometimes.

Posted by Robert Hope on 06/21/2016 at 6:33 PM

Re: “The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

Stop writing the same tired story over and over again every time you hear about a cup of coffee that costs more than $10.

Posted by Devon Nullz on 06/21/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Town Business: 'Delete' the Police Academy, Fund a Police Commission

Dellums and Quan allowed the police force to dwindle and crime skyrocketed. Are we sure that we should repeat this?

Posted by John Lefman on 06/21/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

And she is the president of the City Council, no less!

Posted by John Lefman on 06/21/2016 at 5:49 PM
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/21/2016 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenant Advocates File Ballot Initiative to Strengthen Rent Control and Eviction Protections

Rent control has innocent non-tenant victims. Consider for example this op-ed: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2016/06/20/op-ed-why-airbnb-is-so-popular-among-berkeley-homeowners-a-cautionary-tale-on-renting-space-in-your-home/
"Op-ed: Why Airbnb is so popular among Berkeley homeowners" on Berkeleyside.

Posted by Bryce Nesbitt on 06/21/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

The more things change, the more they stay the same at Oakland City Hall. The dysfunction is far deeper than recent problems at the Police Department. From the Mayors illegal activities in disposing of public property for the development on E12 St at Lake Merritt, to the inability of anyone to and make a simple decision on a bus stop at 30th and Telegraph to the handling of the proposed coal processing activity at the Port. The incompetence and lack of transperancy from senior staff members like the Planning Director and those in the City Administrators office is frightening. Moreover, it is reflection of a historic culture inside city hall of people willing to do what the politicians desire being rewarded by moving up in the organization, while real professionals with integrity who say no, this is not legal or appropriate somehow seem to always disappear. That is the culture that Mayor Schaaf was a part of as an assistant to former council member De La Fuente.This organization is full of silent high paid managers who can't seem to make good decisions, but draw good salaries every two weeks. All the citizens seem to get for their money is more and more incompetence. Zach Wald performed this same improper and illegal intrusion into the planning process as an assistant to former council member Jane Brunner and it appears he has continued to service Gibson McElhaney in the same way. The Planning Directors attempt to modify the project by requiring it to meet any council members personal desire violates the professional code of ethics and is grounds for dismissal. In any case where the council person actually lives next door to the development site, it is especially important for a Planning Director to remove any possible appearance of impropriety by making sure that the development proceeds through the process in a normal manner. He or she and the City Attorneys office also has the duty to warn the councilmember about the obvious conflict of interest and possible legal ramifications. Failure of staff to act in a professional manner is unacceptable and reflective of an organization where this type of behavior must seem normal to the parties involved because it happens all the time.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/21/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Unions United Against Police Reform Proposal

In Wisconsin, Walker took away all types of binding arbitration for every muni union EXCEPT police. There is .000000000001 chance of Oakland trying to take away binding termination/discipline arbitration for any union other than Police.

Background: All Oakland muni unions currently have binding arbitration for grievance appeals.

Only police and fire also have binding arbitration for contract negotiations.

The non-public safety unions do not have binding arbitration for compensation because they are allowed to strike by state law; police and fire are not allowed to strike.

Fire Fighters real concern: their compensation binding arbitration. Only cops and fire have that. And yes some cities in CA such as Palo Alto did take that away a few years ago. Fire compensation contracts promptly dropped 10%. Around 2008 CM Pat Kernighan did propose repealing fire/police compensation binding arb but two weeks later very quietly withdrew her proposal.

But No Council Member and no police reform group is even talking about repealing binding arbitration for anyone's compensation.

No Council Member and no police reform group is even talking about taking away termination/discipline binding arbitration for any union other than police.


But the other unions don't trust Oakland voters to preserve binding arbitration for their members' termination/discipline. They value their solidarity with their police and fire union sisters and brothers more than the lives of Oakland residents. They won't propose a solution that enables the City to terminate bad cops.

It is esoteric. If the leaders of the major Oakland muni unions get their way, the voter won't get a chance to decide this in November.

All the voters will know is that next time our proposed Police Commission tries to fire a cop like Sgt Ganntt (guy who used his girlfriend to do his paperwork on investigations and is alleged to have tipped off a rapist buddy) , a year later we'll hear that he got re-instated with full backpay, and shake our heads: business as usual at City Hall.

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/21/2016 at 12:16 PM

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