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Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

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

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/18/2016 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

A masterful summary, Darwin. Thank you so very much for making a very complicated process understandable.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/18/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

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.

Posted by MJ Verite on 07/18/2016 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

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.

Posted by Destiny Maxine on 07/18/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “BAOBOB: The East Bay's New Black Business Directory

How can i join

Posted by www.oliviassoutherncusine.net on 07/18/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

Tennessee really needs medical marijuana to get our sons and daughters off of the opiates

Posted by Gary Bellan on 07/18/2016 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

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.

http://48hills.org/2016/07/11/sfpd-is-a-to…

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/18/2016 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

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.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 07/17/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

Just another way for a hood rat to get rich of the taxpayers. Lies!

Posted by hobo joe on 07/17/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Governor Brown Appoints Republican Oil Executive to be Industry Regulator

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!

Posted by Sam 1 on 07/16/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

Gibson McElhaney provides the fermented fish for Libby Schaaf's high fructose corn syrup in Oakland "secret sauce."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/16/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

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...

Posted by Allen Sanford on 07/16/2016 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

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.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 07/15/2016 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

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

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 07/15/2016 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

Why should we expect anything better from a Councilmember who continually thumbs her nose at the public process ? She personally used her own staff and City Planning management staff to inject her wishes on a private development project next to her home. Moreover, the City's illegal backroom deal with Urbancore on this E12th St parcel should have been a warning sign of what was to come. Nobody believes that the principal of Urbancore (Michael Johnson) accidently selected a firm that employed McElhaneys husband to survey the site. Also, I am sure that it was a coincidence that he personally performed the work. There is an old saying that some people don't believe fat meat is greasy. I am not one of those people. McElhaney is a shady operator who does not care about conflict of interest and disclosure requirements for public officials. As I recall, she has already been fined at least once by the FPPC for her shenanigans. I expect that there will be more disturbing stories unveiled as this Urbancore project moves forward. The project has wreaked with questionable ethical issues from the developer and the City from the beginning. My question is for City Attorney Barbara Parker. What will it take for the members of the City Council to comply with the law?

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/15/2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I agree with Eddie...Bun Mam Soc Trang has the best Vietnamese soups I've had in either Oakland, SF or NYC. Well, at least since V's on Webster closed down about 10 years' ago.

Different of course from omnipresent Pha...and thus possibly to Vietnamese homey for some americans. But oooohhhh so good.

We'll get Bun Mam Soc Trang a place to open again soon enough!

Posted by Hugh Morrison on 07/15/2016 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Landlord Being Sued for Allegedly Pushing Out SRO Tenants

So just to confirm Lily. One of the 5% owners has a Chinese wife, and therefor has decided he can "take out all of your belongings without notice" Is that right? *All* of your things were thrown away without notice? Are you familiar with Libel laws? There are always 2 sides to a story, but maybe only say true things if possible.

Posted by James Kilpatrick on 07/15/2016 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Jet Martinez Brings a Floral Green Flash to Downtown Oakland

This effect of Mr. Martinez's gorgeous mural on downtown Oakland, given its sight lines, becomes a real part of the city scape. The artist RIGO was painting large scale murals in San Francisco in the 1990's that functioned in a similair way, but to completely different effect. While RIGO's work often seemed to protest, Jet celebrates. Thanks for keeping it positive in this moment.

Posted by Kyle Knobel on 07/15/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Stag’s Is Closing, FuseBOX Will Expand, and Human Interaction-Free Quinoa Comes to Berkeley

Stag's was tasty but a sure fire rip off, man. $25 for a roast beef sandwich and a soda? You should go out of business with that shit.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 07/15/2016 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Wow Bijan, you're a real prognosticator! You "predicted" the business would fail "back in the 90's" and only had to wait 20+ years for your prediction to "come true." Except the business isn't failing at all. It's being forced out by the landlord and plans to reopen. Also, if you wait long enough pretty much any business will close. Hey, I predict that you will die someday! I'm never wrong.

Posted by DawnTB on 07/14/2016 at 6:55 PM

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