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Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

It's worse than you can imagine. I personally have identified a number of people (not at all exclusive to SSO) that do not come to work, some for months at a time...but keep drawing a paycheck. So-called "soldiers" who openly refuse to go overseas but keep full-time jobs. Soldiers who are injured overseas and then sent home, only for the CAARNG to discharge them without medical separation! So-called "Soldiers" taking government vehicles (with their families driving and on-board, no less) to sporting events out of state. "Soldiers" and "airmen" retiring from active duty National Guard and then being hired in as effect civilian consultants for the same jobs they left. Guardsmen being told they will lose their full-time NG jobs if they dare to actual go into hostile combat...and when they come home, no job - while their colleagues who sat home still draw a paycheck and job. Shameful: fear of losing a job while others are losing life and limb, yet they use the words "selfless service" and "heroes." Absolutely appalling; convenient self-indoctrination.

Other superbly-qualified leaders and Soldiers are not retained on active duty in the CNG while those without the training, less experience, no active duty overseas time, and even those with letters of reprimand are not only retained but moved to new locations at government expense. When an imminently-qualified Guardsman applies for a tour or job with the California National Guard, if not one of the sycophants of the status-quo, his packet will be "lost" and never accepted for consideration; the same for promotions. Sometimes Soldiers are "not renewed" within months of retirement so others can keep jobs AFTER military retirements. So-called senior leaders who have NEVER been in the regular Army! Look at the General officers of the CAARNG and most senior leaders - they command Infantry units and pride themselves as Infantrymen yet NO combat time as Infantrymen; some have never even been awarded the job skill qualification. It may be legal, but absolutely not moral. Certainly the most qualified are not the ones selected for senior leadership, merely those politically-connected who avoid actual direct service.

These issues are usually clouded and explained as budget considerations; dedicated Soldiers and Airmen, both officer and enlisted, are often told their organization is being downsized due to budget constraints and their position goes away, yet within weeks multiple new bootlickers are hired, including relatives of the very ones who said there was no budget allotment.

Appalling, and this is YOUR National Guard. This is YOUR tax dollar being abused. I have many more examples and evidence of all...but no one will do a darn thing. Our properly-elected civilian leadership, not being of the military profession, do not which questions to ask or issues to explore. Inquiries solicit information from the very same praetorian guard protecting said corruption. The base fact is that many of the National Guard leadership (surely the culture) did not join for service; they joined to be pretend Soldiers, enjoying the reputation and benefits of professionals all while enabling their perception of self-importance.

Posted by Joshua McCorkendale on 01/15/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Bro ALkebulan get an attorney and renters insurance fast!!!

Posted by HuNia Vinnetta Bradley on 01/13/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

The Oakland schools should be put in receivership again. Very few vocational skills are taught. These schools have become a place for criminal youth networking..
As victims of crime, seniors and homeowners, we strongly object to parcel taxes
going to this school to prison pipeline.

Posted by nwax@sbcglobal on 01/10/2017 at 11:24 PM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

The Oakland system should be put into receivership. It is a place where youths network to plan crimes. Few vocational skills are taught. As victims of crimes and homeowners, we do not want our parcel tax to fund this criminal organization.

Posted by nwax@sbcglobal on 01/10/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

The Oakland school system, administrators, board should put in receivership again. Oakland schools are a place where young people network to commit crime. Few vocational skills are taught so kids could a living upon graduating.There is a 40% drop out rate in high school, as I recall. As victims of crime and homeowners, we don't want our parcel tax to pay for this school to prison pipeline!

Posted by nwax@sbcglobal on 01/10/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

I have been told by individuals who used to work in JFHQ that the State Surgeon's Office case workers work for a private company, not the Cal Guard.
The way the SSO is run, you'd think they are ALL government employees. Has anyone ever tried calling the SSO? They seem to never be in, they don't return calls, they were a malignant tumor on me until 'they' decided how they could kick me out.
There are internal reports from the Guard that they are/were not in compliance with records management laws. Go figure. If you ever had some involvement with the SSO, your records went missing, were falsified, or they claimed that the MEB/PEB selection sheet went missing in transit while being mailed.
My original case manager was Lomboy, he told me he was let go in Fall 2012, how is it that he was still signing things off in the files for the MND cases that the SSO had open on me?
The SSO had also closed out a case, done, fin, zum ende. Why did they string me on as if it was still open?
And this is already TL;dr my unit....oh boy.

My email is jeffrey.sidden@yahoo.com

Posted by Jeff Sidden on 01/08/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Unified School District Reaffirms Sanctuary City Status

Get to these people later. First up, the criminal illegal alien multiple felons running around lose on our streets, being shielded by cities and local law enforcement. Such perversion seems to be one of Obama's favorite things. They must all go immediately, rounded up dead or alive. Then each successive priority of illegality must be dealt with seriously and in accordance with the law. Sorry, but the big immigration con job, on which so many earn their daily bread, is about to end. Lights out.

Posted by Ken White on 01/07/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

I agree I'm women of color and racism is a global issue I agree with Ms. Dovr , Mr. Thompson ,it seems and it has been forgotten that is a personal responsibility ,,,,because immediately is turn into a racial issue,,it has happened to me also ,, the outcome would have been different if I would have been more responsible or own to it ,, I have bad experience with the amnesty I still can't get help 2 tickets and they suspension of my drivers license ,I witness racial discriminationi in all racial groups ,but Affrican Americans by far are more racist then other group they feel that's their right ,, yet no one can't say their own opinion ,because theyll be accused of been a racist and that's not political correct ,,so no one says anything about Affrican Americans is not political correct remember that ,,,but in turn Affrican American could say anything they want about any other group and it makes it ok to make jokes ,,,that's okay because everyone's is afraid or don't want to be accuse of been a racist ,,the trend is to be politically correct ,,,I experienced & witnessed how Affrican American victimized other none black & racism against other groups none black ,,,always everyone else are at fault of the slave trade ,,,,I yet you never hear of native Americans struggles or Latinos and by far they the most but its always Affrican American

Posted by jovita deleon on 12/29/2016 at 12:30 PM

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

Does anyone know if it's illegal to publish a guessed, not legitimate psych diagnosis on the patient's documents that are viewed by other, non psych docs? I'm trying to find out if when I go to Kaiser for a flu shot, will I be scrutinized because a therapist, after spending 30 minutes with me, has labeled me in a way that makes people scared and distrustful of me?

Posted by GraceWorks on 12/25/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “CalPERS, CalSTRS, UC Invested in Dakota Access Pipeline Despite Pledges of Sustainability

Really appreciate this article.

Posted by Millie C on 12/22/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

I am an artist, musician and concert producer in Richmond. I believe that art and music are essential to the life of a community and that it's in the City's best interests to be artist friendly. But if there is any lesson to be learned from the Ghost Ship tragedy, it's that we have an obligation to provide safe spaces for the creation and presentation of art and music. There is no music or art event that is worth unknowingly sacrificing ones life for.

I know Mayor Butt and he has personally worked to support music and art Richmond. The City has found significant and possibly immediately dangerous conditions at Burnt Ramen. The city seems open to working with Mykee to get the place open again. He should stop whining and get to work.

Note to Charles Eroster: you are an Internet troll who spews foamy crap. Your idea of a cultural outing is probably a trip to Safeway, or maybe a Trump rally. As for artists "sucking at the tit of government," if you look at the City budget, police and fire safety cost about $92 million. Funding for arts and cultural programs, including the library is $5 million. So STFU.

Posted by Bruce Kaplan on 12/22/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

It's AWESOME when trolls don't use their real names but expose their IP address. Thanks Mr. "Eroster"

Posted by BradDollar on 12/22/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster who are you, and what are you doing making such a large number of comments on EBE? And how are you able to spit out so much misinformation about Burnt Ramen, but have likely never even been there? I have been there numerous times, and I was there a couple weeks ago. No tangled extension cords (in fact I didn't see a single one), no overloaded electrical system (simple solar-powered system), not a single space heater. Making up false information does not make you seem intelligent--in fact it makes you seem like someone who goes around EBE just to troll people. Nothing you say has any merit. Have fun spitting out more comments.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/22/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Wow! They used space heaters?! How could they!!!

Posted by atork on 12/22/2016 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

You are absolutely full of it to claim these people who were living in this low-end warehouse flophouse-with-fingerpainting-activities adult daycare art facility aren't sucking the government tit. That is statistically ridiculous when you look at the numbers of how many people live through dedicated and guiltless government tit-sucking...especially bummy "artist" types. You think it an entitlement...a birthright...so you don't have to actually work to eat and you can be an "artist" and "give" so much to society.

Let me inform you of my theory of why the inspectors were LAUGHING. Because some two weeks after a fire believed to have been caused by overloaded electrical systems these inspectors go inside Burnt Ramen and find SPACE HEATERS plugged into overloaded electrical systems.

This was the mirthless, disbelieving, just-south-of-contemptuous laugh of an authority figure encountering, yet again, the colorfully creative stupidity of anti-authoritarian warehouse dwellers. Like...do they ever learn? (Cynical, mirthless laugh and shake of head)

If you had a fire of tangled extension cords do you know what it would look like? The scorched tangle of cords?

Burnt Ramen.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Again, Charles C. Eroster, you are misinformed. None of the people that live(d) at Burnt Ramen are on food stamps, all of them either own a business, work, and/or go to school. Which is probably more than you do considering all of the free time that I have seen you have. Pretty impressive to have commented more than 70 times in just a few days, you've been busy, busy, with commenting haven't you? In addition, the inspectors that represented the City of Richmond did not say what needed to be fixed. The property is also not a rental, it is owned by an individual that is willing to put the building up-to-code. It would help if you did some research on your part, then perhaps you would not look like an internet troll that is just looking to talk down about people and laugh at them to make yourself feel superior to something. It's kind of sad actually, I feel bad for you. You have nothing better to do with your time. I hope you find a better path than the one that you are walking, nobody deserves to be this miserable. I also hope that when you fall on hard times (because you will, everyone does, it's inevitable) that you will see that it's not always as simple as you make it seem. I hope that you learn some empathy.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Home-owning, tax-paying citizens, when they have something wrong with their housing, along comes an inspector telling them to fix it...and fix it they must!

A tree root has buckled the sidewalk? A crack in the foundation? A window broken by hooligans? Fix it!!! Or pay fines. Or even get evicted.

But these special buttercup-flavored, pierced and tatted up emo snowflakes live "off the radar" in a special place free of regulation, a place de facto tolerated by officialdom because their "art" brings so much to the rest of us...art that can't even keep them off public assistance while the rest of us work real jobs...to pay for their rock and roll lifestyle.

And as for the "actual bathroom," clearly the issue of whether a warehouse is a "house" is bigger than Burnt Ramen (Paid For By Food Stamps) but involves all these "live work fuck" spaces across America and I read even CANADA is cracking down.

Why were the inspectors pointing and LAUGHING? I know exactly why but even the people who saw them laughing are too dangerously dumb to figure it out.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Hey Charles C. Eroster. I've noticed that you are following this story a lot and have posted on other articles. Your hate for Burnt Ramen seems a bit personal. Were you excluded from these types of venues in the past and now have a personal vendetta against them? It seems as if you should probably get your life and job in order and stop wasting your time in the comments section on news websites. You have no clue what you're talking about.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster, my comment regarding "actual bedrooms" etc was in direct response to your comment: "A warehouse is not a "house."" I'm saying that this "warehouse" is actually a house, and was legally built as one. The bedrooms, kitchen, and bathroom were built to city code. Just because it doesn't fit into your definition of a house doesn't mean it isn't an actual house within the law. Work-space on bottom, living-space on top.

The Ghost Ship had a second floor built on rafters, with wooden pallets used to make the stairs leading up to it. Many people that went to the Ghost Ship knew it was very unsafe, and when the fire happened the majority of the people were upstairs. At the Ramen, nobody except tenants were allowed upstairs, and the downstairs was fully concrete with two exits--one a normal size door and the other an extra large door. Wide open space downstairs, absolutely nothing unsafe about it, in fact probably more fire-safe than a regular house.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/21/2016 at 5:20 PM

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