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Once again we have an illustration of a massively dysfunctional organizational culture. It doesn't matter what department or function you choose. There is no competent qualified leadership, the staff lacks experience and is poorly trained. People are promoted and given positions based on time served and relationships. It's almost like a big family where cousins routinely marry each other. After a few generations, every kid born has blue eyes.There are many basic city services and processes that most cities routinely complete on a daily basis that Oakland just can't figure out. Fire Inspectors communicating with the Building Inspectors to flag and resolve life safety issues in order to save lives is NOT a computer system problem. The distractions and excuses coming from the Mayor and City Administrators office are just not true. People are dying because of incompetence and a culture of people not understanding how to do their jobs and more importantly, not understanding how they fit into the larger organizational structure. Many are there to get paid the most they can, do the least they can and don't make waves. When your core mission is to provide public service, that kind of organizational mentality, left unchecked by incompetent leadership, can only end badly.
People who know history know to wear masks. When you are not on the side supporting authoritarian ultimate power (fascists) you know the potential consequences and how authoritarians operate. The groups swearing to provide 'protection' for the Trump fascist supporters are not non-violent groups.
There are many causes of "homelessness". This is one among those. But what, exactly, confers a special status upon these people that all the other homeless people in the same area don't enjoy?
The starkly expectant expressions of entitlement may be groundless.
And the race card, counterfeit.
Dear people of Berkeley please don't blame conservatives for the violent reactionist leftists that indirectly shut down your market. I am sorry for this. I was a vender for years and realize the losses.
We will be acting in a lawfull manner and have many law enforcment professionals keeping the peace. If antifa was not dedicated to the disruption of this freedom event there would be peace with out question.
Antifa and Bamn openly promote violence. They have caused millions of dollars in damage to your city. They have assaulted your citizens They are no friend to you.
They fancy themselves as a Leninist revolution movment. They want blood shed this is clear. Just watch the youtube evidence of the violence they perpetuate.
We are not white supreamists We welcome all freedom loving people to join us. God says in his word we are all created equal. The violent and vile leftist extremists slander our name to justify their propencity toward violence.
Antifa want a violent revolution this is well documented We want peace and freedom to express our views in a civilized manner.
Do not believe the violent and godless antifa. Just look at the video evidence of the carnage they perpetuate around the world. By their fruits you will know them.
A simple youtube search of antifa will prove they are a lawless violent hateful group.
Is it the Trump supporters, or this response to the trump supporters?
DEFEND THE BAY! BLOC PARTY & COOKOUT
The "Alt-Right" is coming back to Berkeley...
But we will gladly escort them back out! Let's come together to enjoy music, food, speakers, and each other's company while we drown out the embarrassing attempts of racists and nationalists to display their hate-fueled support for Trump. Let's fill MLK park with our resilient bodies before these bigots can even show their faces, prevent their rally, and send the message that we aren't down with the hate all while enjoying dope beats and delicious BBQ.
We gonna cook the fash out of Berkeley!
WHAT TO BRING:
#1 YOUR CREW - Do not come alone! It is crucial to bring your friends so that you can have each other's backs if something were to go down. Even though our goal is to shut down the pro-Trump rally before it can even happen, there is a pattern of fascists and Trump supporters coming armed to rallies and attacking anti-racists, especially targetting Black, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people.*
#2 A MASK - Masking up or otherwise concealing your identity helps protect you from the alt-right and the state. There is a risk of the alt-right doxxing individuals for the purposes of online harassment campaigns which can lead to off-line consequences. You also want to assure the state does not identify you so they cannot target you for repression later on. Consider bringing an extra mask in case someone else might need one!
#3 FOOD (if you can) - Bring food to share if you can, but no worries if you can't!
*In the last year, emboldened by Trump's hate campaign, we have seen an intense rise in white supremacist activity and targetted attacks. From burning Black churches to vandalizing Mosques, there is no limit to how low these bigots will stoop. And we have seen the horrors they commit when confronted in the streets. From the shooting of a GDC member in Seattle at a Milo Yiannopoulos protest to the 7 people (almost all of whom were Black or Trans) stabbed by neo-nazis on June 26th, 2016 at the state's capital Trump supporters and the far-right aren't hesitant to commit heinous acts of violence. After all, they have the support of the white-supremacist State and the badged goons! So while we're out there enjoying ourselves, let's remember to be careful, keep our eyes peeled and have each other's backs.
For more helpful information on staying safe and secure check out the following links:
For more information on the goons organizing and attending the March4Trump events:
Seriously, the Antifa is telling people to bring masks. Why in the world would you need "masks" if your intentions were honorable or good? The far right people/ white supremacists (sarc) will not be in masks.
@Jeff McCue, What pressure? The pressure from your rancid stupidity and ugliness? Are you a white supremacist? Sounds like it. Do you also believe in Pizzagate and that rape victims should be shouted at? Are you an anti-Semite? Oh, and nice photo. Good to know right-wing bigots are in the US military.
Where, in the name of reporting, does this article list the TIME of this event other than Saturday morning???
The white supremacists don't have a permit? WTF. Then kick them out, Berkeley PD!
Alt-Reich Nazi cowards ruin everything.
There will be trouble. The left can't take the pressure and will act out. WATCH......
Yet again, the tabloid carpet bagger submits half the story and the paper across the bay has more information; names names and deals with specific details. The tabloid king simply wags his finger:
This sentence doesn't make any sense:
"Oscar Edwards saw all of the shiny new high-rise apartment buildings planned for Downtown Oakland and figured the writing was on the wall: There probably wasnt much of a future in running a nightclub in that neighborhood."
Why would you think a nightclub doesn't have a future when a ton of new people are about to move in nearby? If anything it probably means a lot more business.
Oakland simply does not do "proactive." What we do, as a city, is inevitably reactive.
People are hurt in ways that could be affected by good policy. It makes the news. Then city hall responds. Later, far too often, nothing has been done.
Leadership? Not our strong point.
A violence-prevention department to oversee Human Services and Oakland Police? Simply magnificent thinking!
Human Services function and policy are under the purview of the Mayor, the Administrator and the City Council. OPD likewise with the addition of an amalgamation of committees and consultants potentially under the umbrella of the eventually-to-be Police Commission.
Create yet another bureacracy to oversee the failures of two existing dysfunctional bureaucracies? Sure, why not?
By the way we have a Public Ethics Commission which supposedly looks over all city officials and functions. I know the name--I have never seen any evidence that it breathes.
We are still accepting signatures on our petition through 4 pm Monday 4/10 voicing our concerns to City of Oakland planning commission and city council regarding the impact of Golden Road on the neighborhood in terms of noise, traffic, parking and pushing small local brewers out: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/golden-road-Temescal
What many don't see is the spate of fires are not just apartments, or empty warehouses. The FedEx truck into the students from LAUSD killed ten, five Filipino nurses on the San Mateo Bridge, the unfinished Mission Bay Fire in SF, the deadly San Bruno Fire, the Deadly Walnut Creek Explosion in 2004 and a slew of fires affecting restaurants in the East Bay, Berkeley and SF. Walnut Creek lost Piedmont Lumber and La Virage, Wendy's and many others.
One of the Kim brothers is a long time friend and I was in that building in 1995. The reality is it appears they lost control of the building with squatters and the like. From what I read the third floor was no-mans land.
The fire officials and the codes they use need to adjust tactics. I've operated large wood based operations - I never would lack fire extinguishers or fire suppression. The reality is who was in control, who was in the building when this or that happened etc.
My personal arson story is horrific where I went to the Alameda District attorneys and met with two investigators about the Ghost Fire where I knew several vics via music. I met some of the E-music at local events, fascinating how they make the sounds come together.
What I told them was I have an arsonist following me. They didn't believe me but trust me you're see me at an Oakland council meeting as I went to the Mayors Office with my blogs.
My labels are about Arson, Murders and Explosions
I have postings with tags like The SERIAL ARSONIST
It gets personal as I knew Berkeley Fireman Tony Nunes quite well. His friend Bat Chief John Riley died in the Oakland Fire.
The Kim brother that's been a friend in the 80s was almost killed in the Parkwoods that exploded behind him in the Oakland Firestorm in 1991. I found videos posted showing Parkwoods burning to the ground as he's leaving.
How does one class get ensnared two of three deadliest fires? They don't they are being targeted like I've been tageted.
Dig in and read.
I have lost everything, my family, houses, assets and my sons in connection to the Police Scandal in the East Bay now six years old.
I have beaten many times but I have been broken, there is a difference.
Unbelievable, and yet completely and utterly in line with the way this city operates. The underserved remain underserved and worse. Not sexy enough for the mayor to hold a press conference, and not enough PR kickback for the sports teams to kick-in a few dollars. Disgraceful.
Glad the East Bay Express reports on this issue. Keep it up!
The whole level of resources being committed to this issue is ridiculous. Has the City forgotten the multiple deadly fires killing dozens of people? And somehow the code enforcement resources of the city cannot bring those monstrosities into safe compliance and they have staff on Chard Patrol duty? (Yeh I know Planning and Building Code enforcement staff are not fire inspectors but fire code violations are very closely related to building violations. We need to put the Chard Patrol staff on loan to the Fire Department to work on core life safety inspections for the next couple years).
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