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Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Calling OPD "her embattled police department" is such garbage. Is EBX shilling for Jean Quan? This is Jean's embattled department as she was the mayor in charge when Guapgate actually happened. The city admin had to put out a press release stating their investigatory intentions because YET AGAIN EBX was clearly about to spread some plausible but nonetheless bull crap version of the facts. By quoting Kaplan y'all basically showed your hand guys.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/22/2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

These columnist like N. Miller, write any crap they want without checking the facts!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 06/22/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

What I often question is if Oakland has been known for years as one of the top places in the nation for child/human trafficking, why has it never seemingly been of huge concern for the city and OPD? In my few (six years) of living here, I've never heard it about it from more than the non-profits that work directly with the victims themselves. Now it's a big deal (as it should be), as some of the fullness of despicable behavior is revealed (thank you EBX, Celeste Guap, other victims and folks) that come forward to investigate and speak the truth! Shame on man. I can't even add "kind" to the end of that. All politicians and people in positions of power should have grave consequences if they are not working for the people at large. Transparency is a must and provides quicker feedback for proper change.

Posted by Chantelle L on 06/22/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “When Landlords Target Tenants in Rent-Controlled Buildings

I moved to Oakland in 1977 and have been a landlord in Oakland since 1984. Some of the proposed changes in the rent ordinance will result in a continual decline of older rental property such as what I own.
I've had tenants challenge my earthquake retrofit efforts in order to keep their rent substantially below market. Does the City want owners to not retrofit their properties and create a potential disaster for the low and moderate income folks who will die, be seriously hurt and/or lose their homes in the next earthquake like those folks in the Marina in SF and Northridge in So Cal?
The bad guys, as discussed in this article, should be punished but no matter how the current rent ordinance is changed, the only way they can be punished is if tenants continue to take their bad landlords to court.
Lots of the current discourse is about newer properties that can charge very high rents and are NOT subject to the rent controls. Nothing can be done about that, unfortunately. The rest of us landlords continue to charge much lower rents than are charged in Berkeley and San Francisco. It's time that housing issues are addressed with a comprehensive analysis and not knee-jerk responses to particular bad guys that I hate, along with most all tenants.
As for the speculators who are screwing with everyone, I encourage tenants to take these folks to court and make their lives miserable.
This is from an old civil rights activist who marched with King and spent some time in Alabama's state prison system for that honor. Don't punish the good women and men who are landlords because there are a few total a-holes. Please

Posted by Mark Evan Slafkes on 06/22/2016 at 6:03 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

This effort is completely against every good government practice, a huge waste of resources, AND anti-worker.
Thanks for writing this, and I hope that there is an official investigation into their retaliatory efforts.

Posted by Gabriel Haaland on 06/22/2016 at 5:43 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Remember the old saying, the cover-up is worse than the crime-enough!

Posted by Pamela Drake on 06/22/2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Who could have predicted that instead of trying to solve the problem the powers-that-be in Washington, er, Oakland resolve to capture, er, discover and punish Edward Snowden, er the leaker(s) instead?

Posted by JP Massar on 06/22/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

If I got pulled over the officer smelt weed and I handed it over and he gave it back and only cited me for a speeding ticket because of my mmj card. Now is the record that he did see me with marijuana on record?

Posted by the name of chanps on 06/22/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

Wow! That hurt! Like the TRUTH always does! :)

Posted by V. SONNY SONIÁ on 06/22/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

EB EXPRESS' sustained interest in the Coast to Coast Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Law Enforcement is very much appreciated. The situation with 3 Police chiefs being fired in 9 days in Oakland and the remarks of Mayor Libby Schaaf as illustrated in your independent reporting cited in Philip Lewis's MIC article carried by Yahoo News would be stronger with some broader context on the Musical Chairs being played with PD's from True Blue sea to shining sea. Also, across the bay as reported in May 2016 when SF Police Chief Suhr was asked to step down.

Don't stop at the Oakland jurisdictional line with your multi-faceted coverage of the shuffling of deck chairs on Chiraq as EB EXPRESS's one-time sister alternative news weekly the CHICAGO READER uncovered and dug deeper than the corporate-captured national broadcast news media into the 25 year CHICAGO POLICE TORTURE CASE and RECENT SETTLEMENT OF CIVIL SUIT that excluded so many victims during the years of cover-up, WHITE-OUT and silence. The Abu Ghraib and Gitmo years in Mid-western U.S. Law Enforcement formed a continuum with Richmond, Indiana Police Chief Daniel Mitrione whose role as a U.S. POLICE EMISSARY (read: torture consultant) and support operator in OPERATION CONDOR's circa 1970's Uruguayan theater of State Terror was well-documented by former NY TIMES war reporter A.J. Langguth in his book HIDDEN TERRORS that was rarely cited when Spokane Torture Consultants to the CIA Mitchell Jessen & Associates were exposed in THE SPOKESMAN and from there to a NY TIMES cover story post 9-11-01.

See Portland, Oregon's own alternative press weeklies the WILLAMETTE WEEK and PORTLAND MERCURY's coverage of the serial removals of rock n' roll band-member Mike Reese's resignation as Police Chief followed by his rapid revolving door into the role of high-paid lobbyist for the PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE selling the militarization of police equipment and procedures, followed in April 2016 by the month-long suppression by Mayor Charlie Hales' of replacement Portland Police Chief Lawrence O'Dea's DUI off-duty shooting of a fellow police official while sage squirrel hunting in Harney County.
http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/04/13/portland-auditor-wants-to-slow-down-city-halls-revolving-door/

As in Watergate the Cover-Up is the real story eclipsing the Dick Cheney Deja Vu (except the New Portland Police Chief shot his hunting buddy in the back not in the face like Chicken-Hawk VP Cheney).
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/309102-187169-embattled-sheriff-dan-staton-to-retire-in-august

For my time-line, arbitrary though it may be, the awareness of a CRISIS IN CONFIDENCE in U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT dates back to THIS AMERICAN LIFE's (Public Radio X-change dba PRX) September 2010 re-cap of the NYPD OFFICER ADRIAN SCHOOLCRAFT imprisonment in a mental institution of a conscientious whistle-blowing beat patrol officer who had the temerity to call attention to the HORRIFIC OUTCOMES OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG's STOP & FRISK policies and the NYPD's various Police Chiefs' cooking of crime reduction numbers after instituting counter-productive patrol officer quotas for race-based STOP(S) & FRISKs.

We cannot cut and paste online links to other news reporting but do search for THIS AMERICAN LIFE's audio archive of its SEPTEMBER 2010 broadcast titled: "RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT" and the VILLAGE VOICE expose on the PATROL-MAN ADRIAN SCHOOLCRAFT case where a police officer whistle-blower was committed to a state psychiatric facility just like in the COLD WAR industry's exposes of LAW ENFORCEMENT AS USUAL BEHIND THE SOVIET, CHINESE and CUBAN COMMIE CURTAINs.

So many more recent incidences and so little space and time to shape them into a long-form piece of journalism that is used as a Fourth Estate Check and Balance rather than to sell the latest in tax-avoidance schemes or off-shore investment opportunities. Get curious and look for yourselves. Start with what's left of the alternative press. Not perfect, but way more fruitful than the corporate-captured mass media indoctrination via its relentless WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION...

Beware the Neo-Liberal political solutions that amount in Billionaire Oligarch Mayor Bloomberg-stye or Boss Trump-style or Goldman Sachs Private CONsultant turned Presidential Candidate Madame Hillary Clinton-style to MARKET-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR MARKET-CREATED PROBLEMS....

Keep on doing EB EXPRESS!
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In Anti-Trust PERP-E-tuity Throughout the Unverse

Posted by Mitch Ritter on 06/22/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Summer Blockbuster Movies That Might Be Cool (But Probably Will Disappoint)

No, no, no, no! I beg to differ . . . . "Independence Day" is not, as you say, "soulless, barefaced garbage"! It's great! Really, I think it's great! And I hope Part 2 is as great as Part 1!

Posted by Tony Daysog on 06/22/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

The Dodgers actually didn't sweep the series; they beat the A's 4-1. In game 3, Mark McGwire hit a walk off home run against the Dodgers closer, Jay Howell (of course, nobody remembers THAT).

Posted by Steve Ongerth on 06/22/2016 at 6:37 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

The Express is not publishing his identity for medical reasons. “Please don’t publish my name. I will die. I have a heart condition,” he said via phone. He currently draws a $125,000 pension from the city.


Has being ashamed or feeling embarrassed ever caused the death of someone who although has a heart condition is healthy enough to be sexually active?

Posted by mygirlmyworld on 06/21/2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

NO GUN RESIDUE ON SUICIDE VICTIM'S HANDS?

I used to be married to a cop. He threatened to take me to Yosemite. He told me how cops could get away with hurting their wives with no problem. I left him, right away. I was so scared.

I saw this part of the article, and can't help but to think someone killed OBrian's wife. Maybe it wasn't OBrian, but the couple was living in a building owned by a former cop, rented by cops.

"Huerta Lopez’s coroner’s report, however, noted that there was no visible gunshot residue on her hands. There is no mention of whether O’Brien’s hands were ever swabbed or tested for traces of gunshot residue in the report."

Posted by Jessica Ggb Holter on 06/21/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Cheerfully Crippled

Dan Sorkin passed away this month -- he was perhaps the most famous radio personality in Chicago at one time, then was coaxed to Los Angeles as morning man at KHJ ... which shortly thereafter switched to Boss Radio. KHJ's owners moved him to co-owned KFRC in San Francisco ... then switched that station to The Big 610. Dan ended up at KSFO, at the invitation of Don Sherwood, perhaps the most famous radio personality in San Francisco history. Dan also "discovered" the comedian Bob Newhart, recorded a comedy album of his own, wrote a few books, flew around the world on his own, and was probably as interesting a fellow as you'll ever meet in several lifetimes.

Posted by David Ferrell Jackson on 06/20/2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Nineteen Business Owners and Experts Discuss How to Sustain a Healthy East Bay Economy for All

I think all of you are correct. I think its truly about highlighting personalities of the business. You have many small and big businesses on Amazon. As for my products, I wouldn't buy online b/c you are void of warranty and true product support given that it is bought on Amazon. There are many things I will get off Amazon as well but sex toys are not one of them.

Many businesses were built on experience and story and EBX does a valiant job of helping our narratives burst through the closing seems in our community. Imagine a world were all business is done online! I can't image no shops or shop owners in our communities. Amazon isn't sending you home with the very product b/c you had a great conversation with your potential customer whom said they had no money for that product. Well, last week, I sent a young woman home with 'The Alchemist'. She said she didn't have any money. I asked when could she bring it back, and she brought the money back. Guess what, that book/experience has more of a chance of doing good in our community than just buying the product from Amazon.

If you are thinking its all about the product, you are sadly mistaken.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 06/20/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

geykerry wrote: "On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime." ... Uh, no. 1) The age of consent exists for a reason. To simply pretend it doesn't exist is irresponsible. 2) Guap allegedly has been a sex worker since the age of 12, meaning that she was not legally able to consent to any sex acts prior to the age of 18. 3) What allegedly occurred was criminal misconduct. it's not simply consensual sex acts since police exploited the power dynamic and were, in effect, acting as pimps. 4) Guap herself has referred to herself as a victim, and police having sex with underage girls is certainly a crime. 5) to downplay these incidents as merely "icky" appears to reflect a lack of comprehension of the failure in accountability on behalf of the police. 6) legalizing prostitution wouldnt address the trafficking epidemic in a real way, since the average age of a trafficked girl is 13.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/20/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates Decry Court Move

Great Article. commentary - I was fascinated by the information - Does anyone know if my business might obtain a blank USDA OF-301 document to complete ?

Posted by Elli Fabs on 06/19/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

This story shows why Amnesty International is correct in advocating for the legalization of sex work worldwide. On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime. Wake up people!!

Posted by geykerry on 06/19/2016 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

guap took advantage of them. they should have known better, but lets get the right side of it.

Posted by Stephen Hovey on 06/19/2016 at 2:26 AM

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