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BUT as Dan Kalb announced, the Council will be taking the public testimony tonight. It's good because we'll be heard earlier tonight. It also gives all of us more time to contact our council members.
Not so good in that it also gives the police union, OPOA, to throw their political weight at the council members to force a watered down Police Commission that will just be a better funded version of the ineffectual Civilian Police Review Board that we currently have.
Please show up tonight no later than 630. Register online to talk or just to cede your time when you get to the meeting.
This week contact Rebecca Kaplan and your local council member to express your support for the version advocated by our Coalition for Police Accountability. They'll know what you want.
Len Raphael, CPA
Great article! It only takes three people to knock something off the consent calendar, if you all want to show up tonight.
@Bruce they do that :)
I am an Arthropod Liberationist.
The torture and eating of shrimp, not to mention the abuse of cockroaches and termites, is a disgrace to human "civilization."
We are in consultation with the Oakland City Council and Mayor towards developing legislation to protect our disrespected and exploited Arthropod Friends.
This is the one policy area where Oakland can effectively demonstrate our true progressive spirit.
I can't wait for an Indian city to begins protests of the horrifying american practice of mass murder of cattle and eating them!
Would any of these schemes make Oakland safer for residents and merchants? No. So when anti-police activist Rashidah Grinage praises an editorial piece, you know it is not journalism and the author is not functioning as a journalist.
We are seeing a hail mary by moguls, billionaires, greedy people that want to continue a failed model of prosecution of a natural plant. Why are they trying to stop Cannabis? Simple - the model is successful for the 1%'ers. It feeds prisons, it provides government funding to police and court mandated therapy. It keeps the people popping pills instead of growing a natural medicine in your garden. It gives you true freedom - and empowers you to free yourself from capitalistic profiteering interests. This war on a plant is also a war against your freedom. Stand up to any immoral policies that tell you what you can't do with YOUR body & FREEDOM!
The politics of a police commission charter amendment are messy, affecting the interests and power of the OPOA, all the other city unions, Mayor, City Council, and lastly the residents.
The detailed wording of the charter amendment will mean the difference between a pumped up version of the current Civilian Police Review Board and a community responsive Police Commission able and willing to step on any toes needed to improve constitutional policing in Oakland.
You touched on most of the remaining points of possible contention: mayoral direct selection of several commissioners, subpoena power, and selection/supervision of the commission's attorney.
Your omitted disagreement on whether the scope of the Commission to investigate and to review/recommend is to be limited to a very short list of current police misconduct.
The Coalition's original amendment and it's subsequent recommended change to the June 14th Kalb/Gallo version "allows the Police Commission to review all OPD policies, procedures, customs, and General Orders."
We also strongly recommend that the Commission be empowered " to investigate every public complaint it receives" instead of just "to investigate all complaints involving use of force, in custody deaths, profiling, and First Amendment assemblies" because as policing methods change, so will the subject of complaints. The current wording would not even allow the Commission to investigate OPD cover-up of the statutory rapes.
After several years of studying police commissions and review boards in cities across the US and talking to people who have served on those commissions and boards, to activists, academics, and a cross section of Oakland residents, we reached consensus on a model police commission for Oakland.
The Commission needs to be more than just an adequately funded version of the current Civilian Police Review Board.
Len Raphael, CPA
A masterful summary, Darwin. Thank you so very much for making a very complicated process understandable.
700k arrested yearly--so many lives ruined. Police,prisons, Big Rehab and Big Pharmacy prosper. Everyone else suffers. Our government was structured to benefit the people. Our rulers are subject to us, not vice versa. They government only with our consent. They are our servants not our masters.
North carolina needs to legalize.. meth is taking over here. Its bad when your small towns and cities have alot of anti-meth billboards.. its embarrassing too.
How can i join
Tennessee really needs medical marijuana to get our sons and daughters off of the opiates
Oakland's police reform and democratic management challenges are far from unique.
The article below describes very well the situation in San Francisco which has a weak police commission. This should be a warning for Oakland but unfortunately most of Oakland's pols don't get it and our electorate has been permanently discouraged and disenfranchised.
Clarence C. Johnson,
Wiley Pierce's $250 contribution to Gibson McElhaney in January 2014 is the only contribution from a member of the Pierce family, or an employee of KCP, to an Oakland politician, according to city records.
Just another way for a hood rat to get rich of the taxpayers. Lies!
what a waste... the guy had long history of under the table cash payment during the time he was at sr2020, according to people who worked with him. He also got rid of many people who he did not like at that office, including a few exec and employees. I bet former ceo of sr2020 still has lawsuit against him, too. Jerry Brown should have done a long due diligence on this dude!
Gibson McElhaney provides the fermented fish for Libby Schaaf's high fructose corn syrup in Oakland "secret sauce."
This city council continues to engage in these amateurish negotiations while allowing Wells Fargo to walk away with a minuscule fine...
Oakland should be requesting that the court make Wells Fargo come up with $378 billion...This is the amount that Wells generated in it's relationship with El Chapo Guzman's drug cartel during the same time that they were stealing homes in Oakland...
The problem in Oakland is corruption...
Pressure won't be put on Wells because Jerry Brown set up the corrupt system of politics in Oakland and everybody from the Mayor down is beholden to Brown for allowing the criminal activity...
Read my Facebook pages, Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?....
Sincerely, Allen Sanford...
This article is so obviously trying to blur lines between fact and innuendo . "Preceded husbands contract for urban core project". Notice it says husbands contract for UrbanCore project, rather than husbands contract for Urbancore. That's because the contract the husband had wasn't actually with Urbancore, but with KCP. The $4000 went to KCP, not to the husband. Also, what's "substantial" contract, if we don't know how much her was her husband paid? Was it $100? $50? Is that "substantial"? Husbands contract with KCP is one thing, KCPs contract with Urbancore is another thing, and the only thing with a dollar value in this article and the only thing that can therefore be considered substantial? Yet the monetary impact for McElhaney is unknown.
Did other employees of KCP donate to other councilmembers campaigns? That was conveniently left out of this article. Or did EBX not even look into that? Don't cherry pick facts to paint the narrative you want
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