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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

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

Mr. Patton's criticism of Claudia Cappio is completely misplaced. She is extremely well-qualified and one of the sharpest and most experienced officials the City of Oakland has employed, especially in a planning and/or development position. The important issue is to ensure that the Urban Core team provides a subsidy for the EBALDC project that meets or exceeds what would be required by Oakland's inclusionary ordinance.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 11/16/2016 at 12:36 PM

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

Where else in Oakland would the community allow a whole block project without asking for community benefits that were outlined in the area specific plan voted on by the City Council 2 years ago? What is dismaying is that the community had to organize and threaten legal actions before serious discussion took place. Chinatown is a community and it has the right to receive the same respect as any other neighborhood.

Posted by Dr. Floyd Huen on 11/15/2016 at 5:36 PM

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

I made a video about this movement, over the weekend. Feel free to use it if it helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPnEbtpLGs…

Posted by Garrett Birkel on 11/15/2016 at 3:02 PM

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

Will there be follow up actions? How can I hear about them and how can I participate?

Posted by ramoriii on 11/15/2016 at 10:05 AM

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

The comment posted by Matt may in fact be true, but it is interesting that when communities of color get the public benefits they want from developers, it is called a shakedown or a dirty victory. When white and affluent communities do it, it is just called "the deal" or the "cost of doing business". It is a historical fact that developers, hand in hand with the government, have destroyed urban neighborhoods for a century without balancing those changes with any public benefit to those neighborhoods. The results have been the destruction of entire ethnic communities destroyed by new construction, along with freeways, culverts and train tracks. In addition, the government piled on with trendy terms like model cities and urban renewal and redevelopment. All implemented under the guise of community benefit. The problem was that the community, usually black or brown, most impacted never got the benefit. Look at what happened to the Filmore District in SF or the history of environmental genocide in W. Oakland. If you observe the history of big and medium size cities all over the country, it is the same story. The only community who always seems to benefit is the white community. The politics of the deal points aside, the people of Chinatown should be congratulated for being aggressive about protecting their interests. When the politicians downtown don't honor your interests, you need to do whatever it takes to get what you want. The City of Oakland is obviously tone deaf when it comes to some communities. The neighbors came together to affect the outcome on the E. 12th st remainder parcel and the proposal to process coal on the Army Base. It is interesting that when development is proposed in white and affluent neighborhoods and cities, the developer starts with asking what the neighbors want or need. In neighborhoods of color, the developers only care about convincing the City and then they jointly tell the neighborhoods what is best for them. Discussion of what the communities of color want usually come at the back end and as a result of a long and costly process for both sides.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/15/2016 at 9:47 AM

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

Thank you to all who participated. What a beautiful city and community.

I would have attended but didn't want to drive from Sonoma County and contribute to climate change, or to Big Oil's coffers, or to DAPL.

Just know that many more were there with you in spirit. I hope this will inspire similar events in cities large, small, and tiny, across the country, and around the world. What a brilliant idea that therapist had! Now let's roll up our sleeves, volunteer to create good, resilient, supportive communities, and work to prevent Trump from dismantling what is good in this country. We can do this.

Posted by yrba on 11/15/2016 at 6:55 AM

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

This was a dirty victory. One group performed a shakedown on a developer to benefit its closest friends and allies. If you don't get that, then well, that could explain the state of affairs in Oakland.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 11/14/2016 at 11:21 PM

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

Mike M: What rights has government taken from you? Who is telling you how to think? That sounds conspiratorial. If Trump does what he says he will do, there will be many rights taken away. For starters, we can surmise he will try to take away freedom of speech. Consider how thin-skinned he is; he won't tolerate being criticized very well. Couple that with his admiration of Putin's strength (dictatorship) and we can guess that he will try to eliminate freedom of speech. Of course, no one can predict for sure, but the signs are there. If you were someone with brown skin, say Hispanic, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Islander, or others, you would probably not be as comfortable with the Trump presidency. He has threatened to send police to go to schools and mosques to remove children or check-on "those people." Don't you know what this is? Or what it could lead to? Fascism -- Nazi era stuff -- The Gestapo. I believe we all, even you, have a reason to worry about our future. By the way, Trump is better at bankrupting businesses then building them. Do the research. We're doomed. And Hillary is near 2 million over Trump for the popular vote. And Trump did not win fair and square. Voter suppression policies, such as removal of voting places in minority areas and illegal purging of voter rolls, essentially stole the vote. Slimy republicans did it again!

Posted by Terra Wilson-Kaysser on 11/14/2016 at 9:27 PM

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

I didn't take part in this demonstration because I don't live in CA. But if I had, my personal reasons would be that I believe in a civilized society and freedom and respect for all people. The President-elect has chosen to speak with hate-filled words against many minorities, racially antagonizing words, and threats to do away with minority rights. If I took part in this demonstration I would be saying, Mr. Trump you are going to be held to higher standards than what you've been saying you are going to do and if you pass laws that take away the rights of minority groups you will be held accountable and the people will be heard!

Posted by Lessandra Sigretto Grimley on 11/14/2016 at 8:16 PM
Posted by Tobias Barton on 11/14/2016 at 4:19 PM

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

Voter suppression tactics:

http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2014/11/14/voter-purges-alteruspoliticalmap.html

Posted by Chris Vernon 1 on 11/14/2016 at 4:16 PM

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

Debbi McReynolds: Yes honestly curious. Democracy only is a democracy if people can and do vote and their votes are counted. If people are being either discouraged or blocked from voting or their ballots are not being counted, we should be fixing it. As my post indicates, I am aware and concerned about research indicating significant amounts of voter suppression activities that are projected to have denied a large number of Democrats their votes. If you have knowledge of other suppression activities in either direction or even in unknown directions, I am interested to know. It is small-d anti democratic whatever way it cuts.

Posted by Tom Lent on 11/14/2016 at 4:12 PM

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

Tom Lent:

I am curious what the active voter suppression tactics were. Honestly, curious?

Posted by Debbi McReynolds on 11/14/2016 at 2:38 PM

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

I'm not really into the some of these protests for various reasons, but this one was powerful and it's too bad that the national media made sure to spotlight the " after protests" (when the anarchists show up AFTER the main, generally peaceful gatherings)- but no mention of this peaceful display. This would have been a powerful statement to show up on CNN or the network news.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/14/2016 at 1:47 PM

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