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Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

Thoughtful piece - BTW , if your company requires a CA East Bay Purchase Agreement Addendum , my boss found a fillable form here Bay Purchase Agreement Addendum.

Posted by Pat Redman on 01/18/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Elle's Belles

Absolutely spot-on review of this repugnant film. I decided to see it based on the glowing reviews I had seen beforehand that compared it to Hitchcock and because I'd always had a soft spot for well-made French films given my earlier experiences with such character-driven delights as "Pauline at the Beach," "Diva," "Manon of the Spring" and the like.

If only I had seen your review beforehand. (I came across it only after seeing the film and being incredulous that no one called this overdose of misogyny out for being what it is). The only thing worse than seeing such an "I hate-you hate-we all hate" mess, if that's possible, is seeing a such a mess that hides its ugly interior with a pretense of being high art. Highly ridiculous and shameful, I'd say.

Posted by Billbodean on 01/18/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Questions Need for Court-Appointed Police Monitor, Delays Renewing Contracts

To the East Bay Express: thank you for your coverage of this issue. As to our new police chief, I welcome her with open arms. But the press conference announcing her new hire seemed to focus exclusively on reform of the OPD and its culture. The Oakland Police Department is also supposed to provide Public Safety to the city of Oakland. Lost in that press conference was any discussion about how the new chief plans to do that. Where is the comprehensive Public Safety program we were promised by our mayor?

Posted by Joseph Tuman on 01/18/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

@jamesweaver and everyone else: from personal experience yes you can go outside Kaiser with the ok from your psychiatrist or intake nurse. There is a catch, if you are going outside Kaiser and you require a referral to a Kaiser specialty group (trauma group, don't, intestine outpatient groups) as well you are no longer eligible for a referral from your doctor because the outside therapist does not share their records with Kaiser. Also their year long DBT GROUP is not run as it should be with the group members seeing interns for 1x a month visits. In 3 years I had 3 therapists brcause they were interns and left every august and new 1s cone in every September. Furthermore I waited 6-8 weeks in crisis to see a non intern phd, who asked me about my suicide plan I explained told her my preparation thus far my anxiety about having to start over ever year with an intern for her to say hours up, I don't have any more appointments for 3 month. Seriously u have a suicidal patient who is in crisis and that's how you end the appointment? I never went back

Posted by libragirl0925 on 01/18/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Building Engulfed by Deadly Oakland Fire Had Pending Habitability Complaints

I do not agree that individual code enforcement, Building or Fire Dept personnel should be held personally accountable for this obvious failure on the part of the City of Oakland.The people responsible are the leaders of the organization. They are responsible for the culture of work and the competency and precision with which that work is done or not done. It is obvious when people in every responsible department fail to do their jobs, it is the culture in the organization that is at fault. The city staff does not understand their individual job expectations or how they are connected to other departments.The people who are middle managers are inexperienced and unqualified for their jobs and for the most part, the senior managers are no different. The goal each day for everyone is just to clear your desk of today's problems as quickly as possible, without consideration of the long term impacts to citizens or potential legal exposure for the organization as a whole. It's not just illegal warehouse occupancy's. In the last year alone, we have seen the Mayor illegally trying to sell city property, while ignoring the law requiring affordable housing considerations and failure by staff to make simple decisions on fences or bus stops. If you can't make a decision on a fence or bus stop, how can you decide to close down a dangerous warehouse that displaces illegal tenants at risk? There is no leadership at the top.The Mayor has continued to hire and promote unqualified people to top level management positions. As Dr Phil would say, "how is that working for you"?

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/18/2017 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Critics Say Oakland's Entertainment Permit Process Too Arduous, Contributes to Unsafe Spaces Like Ghost Ship

There are so many challenges here, where to begin? I'll give it a crack:

-Oakland's budget is such a mess, it can't provide basic services. Even though the recession is long behind us & there's lots more prop tax income. Why? Where's all the money going?

As a result:
-The City uses inspections as a revenue generator. So permit costs are sky high and they don't want to help people bring up to code...they want/need to hand out fines.

-The City doesn't have enough fire inspectors, or OPD officers to make sure venues are safe. So they probably discourage them out-of-existance (in addition to any potential discrimination).

-Oakland Zoning is a mess. Even if underground artists communities are up to code, how is it they would get the permits to live in an obvious industrial space? Does it matter? For those who have enough money Oakland routinely gives variances to the point where the only purpose of Zoning is to collect all the fees that entails.

For the rest (who can't afford the process), since there's little $ spent on enforcement, why bother? Until all hell literally breaks loose.

This is all the result of underfunding basic services in Oakland. So once again...Where is the Money?

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/18/2017 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Critics Say Oakland's Entertainment Permit Process Too Arduous, Contributes to Unsafe Spaces Like Ghost Ship

Are there any cities that have a successful event permitting system that works well? Oakland could adopt it instead of trying to modify and keep the inefficient one we have now.

Posted by bill h on 01/18/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Critics Say Oakland's Entertainment Permit Process Too Arduous, Contributes to Unsafe Spaces Like Ghost Ship

It absolutely is too arduous. Cabaret reform is long overdue, and the entire process of special event permitting is daunting to most people.

Posted by Conan Neutron on 01/18/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Dan Savage: Is 'Ear Sex' A Thing?

Your response to the guy with the homeless fetish was spot on.

Posted by Julia Allen on 01/18/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Questions Need for Court-Appointed Police Monitor, Delays Renewing Contracts

Monitor Warshaw has a financial incentive never to find OPD in compliance. The judge could set a six-month limit on the contract for any one monitor - but he doesn't, because he hates OPD. Schaaf and the councilmembers do not seek this remedy. It seems they do not care that judge Thelton Henderson is determined to deprive residents of police service. *** This blatant stack of the deck against ending the NSA is not covered by the Express, a publication that claimed late last year OPD had only two officer vacancies when in fact there were 33 vacant slots then, still unfilled today.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/18/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Questions Need for Court-Appointed Police Monitor, Delays Renewing Contracts

"How these new leaders and authorities will impact OPD's ability to complete its court reform program remains uncertain."

Absolutely.

The bottom line question is what is the vision for a new, reformed OPD?
And, of course, what are the specific goals which will fulfill that vision?
Not to mention what are the steps we are taking towards meeting those goals, what is our timeline, how do we measure our progress?

It's not unreasonable for the Council to make only a short-term commitment
to continuing the oversight contract. The problem is that we as a city do not
have a vision, a plan, specific goals and we have no means for measuring our progress.

So we continue to be reactive, to be in a crisis mode. The Council suddenly discovers after many years that the court-mandated reform consultant has been drinking heavily at the public trough and that he has a conflict of interest in that finding ongoing fault in OPD reform brings him more income.

The Mayor suddenly discovers that her police chiefs cannot be trusted and then decides that finding the perfect new chief will be the answer. We've done the new police chief thing several times in recent years and it has never been the answer. We always forget to ask "what is the question?"

So we circle around again, without any sign of leadership or competent management in city hall. New challenges constantly arise: a sex scandal; unjustifiable shootings; a new Police Commission; piling on more police administrators.

Around and around we go. Our kids continue to be traumatized. Our vehicles stolen. Our houses burglarized. Far too many of us shot or shot to death.

Around and around.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/18/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

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Posted by Pat Redman on 01/18/2017 at 4:51 AM

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