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Re: “Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley Leaders Vow to Protect Immigrants Against Trump Administration

Our infrastructure is already crumbling due to lack of funds by the Feds. I don't think it's going to make that much of a difference. I'm all for sanctuary cities. It's the only way to fight back against the horror that the Trump administration is.

Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 11/22/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

@Matt, thanks for your opinion, but your take on this seems bereft of both facts and context. if the Lake Merritt Area Specific Plan had any teeth, the community wouldn't have to fight for affordable housing. This deal is also significant because it adds something tangible to the city's proclamation of BAMBD as an arts district, establishing a model for cultural retail. The developer is also willing to direct the Public Art Fee towards projects which benefit the community. And D2's low-icome residents will benefit from project contributions aimed at anti-displacement and stabilization efforts. I dont know how one can spin this as a dirty deal, given that the Planning Commission didnt even consider community benefits, and approved the project initially with market-rate housing and no contribution to affordable units. So why is it "dirty" to get wins for the community which benefit its most vulnerable residents? You may want to rethink that perspective.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 11/22/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley Leaders Vow to Protect Immigrants Against Trump Administration

We will see how long the city administrations endure the pressure of losing federal dollars. That's when the rubber will hit the road...when city governments and residents have to choose between protecting the undocumented and cutting city budgets. Will people be willing to make such a sacrifice...a sacrifice that may involve layoffs of city employees, cancelled capital projects, neglected infrastructure, longer police and fire response times. I'm curious to see if a wedge materializes between these two interests or if people are able to resist Trumps divide and conquer strategy.

Posted by Mark Tilley on 11/20/2016 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Contra Costa District Attorney Declines to Charge Nineteen Cops in Celeste Guap Sex Exploitation Scandal

You see, the moral to this fable is know sex should be utilized to consummate a marriage that makes and proves the love in union through the development of a zygote! Sexual relations is sacred and ensures the bond of marriage, not friendship! Please refrain from setting yourself from such harassment!
- Theresa Benigno
(victim of sexual abuse! one doesn't enjoy from what is perpetrated on!)

Posted by Theresa Benigno-Thompson on 11/19/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Contra Costa District Attorney Declines to Charge Nineteen Cops in Celeste Guap Sex Exploitation Scandal

Can't wait for this guy to come up for reelection. Utterly disgusting.

Posted by AnnaTx on 11/19/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Contra Costa District Attorney Declines to Charge Nineteen Cops in Celeste Guap Sex Exploitation Scandal

If you lived and paid attention to local and county politics you would quickly realize that West Contra Costa County is one of the most corrupt counties in the state.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 11/19/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley Leaders Vow to Protect Immigrants Against Trump Administration

Hopefully many will be able to afford our fair cities' protection.

Posted by Roger maham on 11/18/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Berkeley Landlord Tax Easily Passes

I looked up on www.cityofberkeley.info/myrentceiling what others in my building are paying for equivalent unit and it makes me sick. Some are paying about 35% of what I am. Add this 1.8% tax, the landlords and new prospective residents of Berkeley are getting shafted pretty hard here.

Posted by Andrew Lombardi on 11/18/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Facing the Housing Crisis, Berkeley and Emeryville Lawmakers Are Advancing Numerous Solutions; But Not Oakland

No one thinks about the landlord, just the poor tenant who has a low-income job. I bought a condo in Emeryville 15 years ago (and yes, I make less than 100k) and have been bleeding money for about 10 years, only recently am i slightly cash flow positive. Also, my property taxes increase as does my HOA which is almost $400/mo and all the insurance burden is on me. What about the landlord, it's just me, I'm no big developer but I saved to buy a condo to rent and hope to use as my retirement.

Posted by Laurie Coo on 11/18/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday

Thanks to the lady who is encouraging donations in her community.

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 11/17/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday

Yeh he won but the popular vote did not vote for him so we do not plan to put up with this Hitler... you get over it ... dig one ditch dig two... old saying or you reap what you sow ... sow hate and you will reap.... sow love and you will reap... some call it karma...

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 11/17/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

Agree used to be a peace officer and the unions have undermined the authority of these top brass in these departments... In 1980 when I worked as a peace officer ... we had no union and you could be on the street tomorrow unemployed... Unions have jeopardize the safety of citizens and have caused more deep pocket suits against local cities who desperately need these funds to improve education and other services badly needed in communities. Not anti - union but in this instance as it pertains to public safety.... Yes.

Posted by Darlene Price Watts on 11/17/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

The Oakland Police department is no different from many others. Most Police Departments are dysfunctional and detached from the communities they serve not because of the Chief. Departments nationally are held captive by the history and culture of policing. It is the middle managers and command staff who teach departmental norms and defend the "Blue Line" at all cost. When a new Chief is hired, it is usually because of political pressure from the top. The invisible command staff and managers just smile and sit back as the new Chief explains how it will be different. Because they never buy in to the changes and because of unions, they can't be fired or disciplined. They stay under the radar as change fails and another Chief is fired.The Chiefs are the easy targets, but these other folks are where the structural problems reside. Until the new Chief can come in, clean house with authority and install new people, changes will be small and incremental. Every time there is a cop shooting, the first thing we see are Police union representatives defending the cop and vilifying the victim. These unions are out of control as they fight change attempts in city after city. Politicians need to reign in these unions, fold in more community involvement and give the Chief authority to make the structural moves necessary for real change.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/17/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Ms Kahn notes that my comments about Ms Cappio are misplaced. However, my comments were based on the facts related to her actions, not her qualifications on paper, intelligence or network of friends. Ms Kahn offers no response at all on the substance of my comments because she has none. The fact is that in both the E12 st parcel and the coal transfer issue at the Port, her qualifications and experience did not keep her from giving the Mayor and Council improper or illegal recommendations that were ultimately brought to light by the public. A true planning professional at her level should not always say yes to power, but should use his or her experience, professionalism and integrity along with a duty to evaluate the community needs to provide the best recommendations for the public good. Sometimes the answer to politicians is no. In a previous role at the City, Cappio's specific job description was to make sure that Mayor Brown's Measure K program was implemented, no matter what. That meant that everything Jerry wanted, Jerry got. How much experience and professionalism is required Vivian, to say yes to everything that comes through the door?

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/17/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Sergeant Says Police Chief, Mayor Retaliated Against Him For Investigating Cop Who May Have Killed Wife

'Riders'??? Gantt was never part of that group of lawless bandits. Never was he implicated or accused of anything CLOSE to what those criminals engaged in. OPD'sex next Chief needs to come from out of state. But he/she should spend several days reading and catching up on everything from decades past, all the way up to whatever scandal is going on when he/she is sworn in

Posted by marv on 11/17/2016 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

This writer apparently has gone hook, line and sinker for the Mayor's PR campaign that choosing the right chief is the solution to Oakland's policing and public safety problems.

It's pure PR. It seems to be working because it is diverting attention from Oakland's real policing problems including improving public safety, ethics, police morale and community involvement. Community involvement with policing is not the same thing as an opinion survey.

Oakland's Police Department is entirely an appendage of city hall. City hall sets the goals, makes the policies and funds the activities of our police department. Our city hall is dominated by the same old pols who have devoted decades to maintaining the status quo, their time in office and almost nothing more.

If OPD is to change we need electeds in city hall who understand policing, comtemporary thinking about policing, the history of policing since the days of Robert Peel and, most of all, understand management and organizational change. PR alone won't do it.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/17/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Oaklanders: Next Police Chief Needs to 'Clear Out Bad Apples'

I hope the city looks outside the police industry for a new leader. Continuing to draw from the police community means the new chief will have same cultural prejudice s that we are trying to weed out. We need new blood, new ideas and a new culture.

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 11/17/2016 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Prop. 64 Rolls Out New Ads, No on 64 Touts Unfavorable New Poll

The words "Process" and "Processing" go undefined in Prop 64. Please FIX! Prop 64 says that it's legal to PROCESS up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates. What does PROCESS mean?

Posted by Ryan McShane on 11/16/2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

This is just wonderful that so many can come together in common cause. Let us see if we can continue this when trump starts doing some truly horrid deed that affects our minorities and undocumented who depend on work in America to feed and house families at home. If HRC had been elected we would have been looking at a better future certain that we would have all been looked after none forgotten. Sadly the Republcans used their dishonest ways to steal the election but the big question is now, what are they going to do? If they do what they normally do trumps supporters will march on Washington, my thoughts are that perhaps Steve Bannon will give GOP pause before they trample over our rights, not allowing them to lead Trump but letting him lead them?

Posted by Mary J NiebergBerry on 11/16/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

So Great to see such Love!
Wish I could have been there!
This gives us all Hope!
Could someone let me know when another peaceful event is going to be.
I live about 2 hours away now, but I would be there!
Thank You!
bambiwaterman@gmail.com

Posted by Bambi Waterman Art on 11/16/2016 at 2:08 PM

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