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Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

On September 14th, a Richmond police officer shot and killed a man who attacked the officer, who was on a normal patrol at a liquor store. This is the first officer-involved shooting of this kind since 2007, but testimony to the fact that attacking any police officer is not conducive to one's health, even in a police force the author of this article claims has been taken control of by liberals.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 09/14/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Terrific article. Thank you.

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Posted by Virginia Tibbetts on 09/13/2014 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Gambling with Children

Can someone from the family please get in contact with me. Kaiser just let me granddaughter die on 8/27. I wish I would of read your story sonner. Other parents and families have to be warned.

Thank you

Jennifer Buna Velasco
Im on face book

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Posted by Jennifer Buna Velasco on 09/12/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

I must say I agree with it all KP MUST, HAVE TO DO BETTER! recently I had surgery, post operatively, I could not empty my bladder. 1st nurse who was going off shift scanned my bladder said I had 400cc of urine. I needed an in and out cath. I heard him tell on 2nd nurse..2nd nurse said she'd do it. He said he can do it, she replies "I got it" he leaves. While I could not Pee, no matter how many times I said I had to pee; she stayed in the computer. My husband and cousin, who were at the bedside said she kept scrolling up and down the computer. Now after reading Wootens comment I understand what she was doing. She was completing the spreadsheetn looking for what best fitted my situaion. Final outcome: by the time she cath me there was a total of 700cc of urine & probably 45 minutes later. (I cant be sure of the time frame - as it's recovery time. I know factually it was a long time). I did not report it as I didnt want to get anyone in trouble. Im thinking I will now seeing its a technology problem. A model of care that does not work or not as effective as they, KP, intended it to be.PRIORITY IS THE PATIENTS NOT THE COMPUTERS NOT THE BROKEN TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS! Keep the patients safe keep the nurses safe keep us all safe. #power to the nurses!!!

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Posted by Michelle Berry on 09/12/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

Magnus also brought the civil side of crime reduction strategies into the police dept. Code enforcement is the tool of an effective broken windows program.

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Posted by Laura Menard on 09/12/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Capping the Well

Divestment is the right thing for UC to do.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 09/11/2014 at 10:11 PM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

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Posted by Editor on 09/11/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “When the Water Runs Out

I just finished reading Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert; this sobering but highly entertaining piece of history should be required reading for everyone in California. The question is not "will we run out of water?" but ""when will we run out of water, and what can we do to postpone that day?"

Posted by David Lubertozzi on 09/11/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “When the Water Runs Out

You can't cover the aqueduct. The system isn't what it use to be when built. It's sinking in spots. Why because the aquifers are being depleated and the ground sinks with no water. It might work if water never reaches the top. In that case where ever there is a low spot the cover wil be ripped apart. We don't have kind of money anyway.

Posted by Phillip Moya on 09/11/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Why Did Labor Oppose Transparency?

Well, the unions just lost MY vote for any issue they sponsor! Without transparency, we have the best government money can buy.

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Posted by Martha Luehrmann on 09/11/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

There is a third way to slice things, and that's anarchist views on policing. Communities, and especially urban communities, are almost entirely self-regulating. True anarchism is all about a state of natural repose. Oakland has 3000 active shooters, and those are OPD numbers. There are 50 police officers on the street at any given time. If people think that the "police" control violence, they have not seen reality. Violence is a function of thousands upon thousands of personal interactions and relations among people in a given community. At most, police have effects on property crimes.

People who are part of strong families, and who have gainful employment, kill each other less. But few seem to want to increase labor. Or increase the stability of families. Humans did not even HAVE police for thousands of years. People act like we have always had them. For thousands of years, calm was kept by the people themselves, and by grassroots social structures that are internal to communities, and which rise organically.

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Posted by Pete Kropotkin on 09/11/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

If instead of its current "business mode" kaiser was run by a coop things would get much better much more quickly. The top down military corporate structure is unsuited to making a hospital work well as shown by Kaiser and other for profit hospitals.
Paying princely sums to top administrators who aren't of princely quality won't make the hospital work better nor will ignoring the staff's concerns make the problems go away.
Kaiser should rethink its structure and get outside help from large coops (often European in origin) to see how to change.

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 09/11/2014 at 3:03 PM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

Good info that there are better things happening in Richmond, but essentially a poorly-informed, politicized, pretty shabby piece of work.

Oakland has long had elected officials who claim to be liberal or farther left. This has done nothing for real community policing here, police reform or reduced violence. As another commentator pointed out, contemporary good police practice is not a liberal vs conservative thing. Not at all. It's about goal setting, good management, leadership and all the other things that Oakland's electeds have never even heard of much less mastered.

Totally unmentioned is the fine work done over the past several years in Richmond by DeVone Boggan, Director of their Office of Neighborhood Safety. DeVone has been a gift to the citizens of Richmond and critical to cooling off the shootings there. By the way DeVone worked out his street smarts right here in Oakland. Unfortunately, but exactly as usual, Oakland has had a far too retarded government to take full advantage of his abilities.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/11/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

The real key to Richmond's success? "We are surgical," he told the CoCo Times earlier this year. "We concentrate on people that need to be focused on." Both Richmond's (conservative) enforcement and (liberal) prevention/intervention strategies are focused on the 100 or so most violence-prone individuals in Richmond. This is what Oakland lacks: a smart, evidence based approach to crime and violence. Oakland and Richmond both have progressives in power. Richmond's progressiveness appear to actually have some policy smarts as well.

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Posted by Andrew Oakland on 09/11/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

Kaiser needs to place its priorities on patient care and patient safety rather than profits. Technology can not replace a Registered Nurse.

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Posted by Sally Gwin-Satterlee on 09/11/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

While the Richmond drop in crime is highly commendable, it cannot be claimed to be the result of what happens "when liberals take control" as the headline reads. While the drop in Richmond's violent crime is pronounced, it's also part of a larger trend.

Oakland saw a 30 percent reduction in homicides and a slight drop in overall violent crime in 2013. San Jose reported 44 killings, a drop of two from 2012, and San Francisco's homicides fell from 69 to 48. The regional trend mirrors a national one of major urban centers such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York reporting steep drops in killings, said Barry Krisberg, a senior fellow at UC Berkeley's law school, quoted in The Contra Costa Times.

In the past five years, the number of Richmond's property and violent crimes dropped by 11.3% - while homicides dropped by about 66% (from 48 in '09 to 16 in '13) - averaging 37% per year. As good as that may be, it can be roughly compared to other areas, all while giving credit to the Richmond police force for doing a good job.

Reducing crime is not a matter for divisive ideological boasting, but a matter of getting the job done. The process of doing that is the key, not the liberal or conservative ideology. Would the author also have us believe that liberal plumbers stop more leaks than conservative plumbers? Gammon is right to praise the results in Richmond but wrong to prance about in the end zone claiming the score is all due to liberals.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 09/11/2014 at 3:59 AM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

Thanks for the update on the court giving Yelp a pass. East Bay Express has long been a forerunner in providing information on this highly-controversial company, and even though the court's narrow ruling seems unfair to merchants, the quest for justice in Yelp's suspected manipulation of reviews may be just beginning. If proven that Yelp manipulates reviews, in the eyes of The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) it becomes a different "animal" which must disclose to the visiting consumers that the Yelp content is nothing more than advertising. Meanwhile, any business sophisticated enough to accurately analyse the advertising costs with Yelp will probably find reason to abstain. As your article urges, consumers seeking accuracy of opinions for businesses may begin to do the same. With constant pressure from publications like yours, Yelp has changed some earlier cloaking practices, so keep the pressure on.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 09/11/2014 at 3:08 AM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

Data mining. Hospitals, medical offices and Schools are now riddled with it. As with schools, you sign your rights away in small unknown print and the hospitals, schools and everything you do online is collected on you profiled and sold (the new ed reforms/deforms allow this as early as preschool). Your health care is tapped into this as well. This is not Republican or Democrat issue - this is Corporate over run systems happening without being challenged. Privatization kills the health industry and now killing schools. Time to fight back. Someone is making money off all your/our private information and so little of this "computer box clicking" is needed for your health or our children's education. It will all continue to happen until we stand up and say ENOUGH! Come on America! Let's take back our lives!

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Posted by Suz Lareau on 09/11/2014 at 2:33 AM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

Nearly all the comments have been posted by nurses, so here's one from a different perspective.

There is a fascinating comment by Kimber Wooten in which she says "Now I am filling in boxes in an excel spreadsheet that have preset descriptions and multiple selections that require me to scroll up and down for each box to find the right assessment descriptor". And on and on...

Kaiser can't do better than an Excel spreadsheet? This is outrageous. This is cheap, nasty and counter-productive. Nurses should indeed be looking after patients, not footling around with mouse and keyboard. Of all the many ways in which data can be collected, a spreadsheet must be one of the least accurate and most cumbersome. That "scrolling up and down..." is particularly painful because it is so easily avoided.

I am a Kaiser member, and I use their services as little as possible, partly because dealing with the outer crust of receptionists and poorly designed patient-facing systems is always good for 10mmHg on my blood pressure. Now it seems their internal systems are as bad or worse.

It seems to be really hard for some large organizations to get IT right, and it's sad to see Kaiser fall into that class; particularly as medicine really is all about information and technology really can improve both the quality of care and combat the cost.

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Posted by J.W.T. Meakin on 09/11/2014 at 1:08 AM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

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Posted by Editor on 09/10/2014 at 10:15 PM

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