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Re: “Access Denied

I was interested in Nextdoor.com when first introduced to Dogtown Oakland. But within weeks comments appeared from the newly arriving gentrifiers about suspicious street people... this is West Oakland for gawd sakes and people walk on the street... and... OPD Officer XXX showed up wagging his tail around. Holy crap. Is it possible to have a civilian only communication forum in this country? Why must OPD and BPD and government or NGO or gawd knows what "organization" infiltrate and manipulate the self organization of the public commons by the public?

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 04/26/2016 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Access Denied

"White Oakland residents were frequently using Nextdoor to report 'suspicious activity' that was in fact nothing more than their Black neighbors strolling down the street."

This statement, ostensibly summarizing a previous article, is an example of building an echo chamber for a false statement. First, PC police such as Ms. Porter actually objected to including race at all in identifying someone who was seen in suspicious activity. She objected when race was included with other details such as gender, height, and weight. Second, the summary gives a false racist slant to the controversy: it was not only white residents who provided the most complete description possible. Third, Ms. Porter and crowd, who had not actually observed the suspicious actions, declared them by fiat to be merely strolling down the street.

If you walk down a driveway and peer into a window, that is suspicious. Neighbors have a right to tell each other these things. Courtroom standards of evidence do not apply, since the purpose is simply to give a heads up.

The upshot of the PC campaign? Oakland councilmember Campbell Washington commanded residents not to mention race in descriptions. She wrote in her newsletter to constituents, "There are concrete steps and ways we can communicate suspicious behaviors and specific physical attributes when reporting crime or suspicious behavior before we mention a person's race." (Jan. 5, 2016 newsletter)

Nextdoor has become less useful, unless you really like to know about some free moving boxes that someone put out on her driveway.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/26/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Kerplunk

Too bad

Posted by Marc Roper on 04/15/2016 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Little Miss Murder

just watched the show about this on cable. wonder if jenna's father finally quit drinking after this happened. probably not. loser. btw, those 3 murderers should have been terminated.

Posted by Madeline Masters on 04/12/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Mental Health 911

It’s been 3 years since Kayla Moore was killed in her home by Berkeley Police. What did she do you ask? Was she threatening, was she suicidal, was she a danger to society? No Kayla was mentally ill, Black, and Transgender. Those three criteria’s alone made her a target, as African Americans, Transgender woman, and the mentally ill are killed at an alarming rate due to police encounters. It truly is a national crisis. The reality is the mentally ill are at higher risks of being victims of violence than the perpetrators, and those with mental illness are 4 times more likely to die in encounters with police as compared to the rest of the population. However, if you’re one of those rare mentally ill people, who don’t take drugs, and stay on their medication, how long will that last with the lack of mental health services available. Family and friends call the only people they can call, when a loved one is in crisis-the police. It is irresponsible to substitute police officers for trained mental health workers. Berkeley continues to under staff emergency mental health services while supporting increased funding for the number of officers hired. The underfunding of mental health services and lack of mobile crisis team means that there is only police available to respond and they are inadequately trained.

Posted by Maria Moore on 04/12/2016 at 9:36 AM

Re: “How Energy Companies Are 'Robbing the 'Hood'

Interesting commentary . Coincidentally , others are looking for a a form , my boss edited a sample version here http://goo.gl/kzv9Zo.

Posted by Katherine Dimacale on 04/10/2016 at 3:29 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp is very bad for small businesses. I own a Wedding Venue and out of the countless happy customers no one writes a review on yelp. One or two mentally disturbed people go write negative reviews and ask for extortion refund in return. Luckily yelp is not that relevant in my industry but it still hurts. I use choice words with Yelp sales people whenever they call because that is the only way to be heard inside the company "Yelp".

Posted by Don Butler on 04/08/2016 at 8:25 AM

Re: “How an Environmental Law Is Harming the Environment

Timely blog post - I Appreciate the points , Does someone know where my company would be able to access a sample DoL EE-2 version to fill in ?

Posted by Virgie Hudgins on 04/06/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Mental Health 911

Thank you for drawing attention to a very complex problem/issue. I have suffered with mental illness and continue to do so. My opinion is that all police/law enforcement (anyone in authority, no matter rank) should be mandated to complete CIT training and continuing education on this subject. There is enough violence, enough stress, enough anger in our society - its a powder keg ready to explode with extreme ramifications. I would vote for community policing outreach, finding out from the community what they need in terms of resources to eradicate crime in their neighborhoods. The mental health issue - having been in the "mental health system" for over 5 years now, the resources in placed are so stretched and they clearly do not work.

Posted by Christina Chiesa on 04/06/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “The High Cost of Driving While Poor

Eric Breidenbach,
This government racket should be addressed by Bernie Sanders, along with the drug war, the corporate takover of schools and other issues Obama would not confront. Nor will Hillary stand up to the money crowd. We need municipal Government that is not corrupt slime happy to suck the blood from the poor.

Posted by Eric Breidenbach on 04/06/2016 at 4:06 AM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

Impressive article. Impressive organizing by Supernova and others. There should be no barriers to ownership or licensure in any business based on drug priors. That goes for medical marijuana, adult use marijuana should it become legal, general contracting or accounting, etc. California and the nation has permanently disenfranchised people for selling a small amount of a commodity that another adult wanted. It's wrong and it's racist.

Posted by Glenn Backes on 04/02/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Hobart Johnson: The mind boggles at your nitpicking. This was a terrific read and well reported. I'm an editor, not a bad one, and I see little that I would have changed, added, or deleted.

Posted by Mark Kemp on 03/31/2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

Another EBX article to incite racial divides! An article with no fact to back up claims. Don't believe the hype!

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 03/30/2016 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

In depth? Where are the numbers? Statistics are an important part of these claims. Personally, I believe this to yet another bogus article written by EBX to separate people,

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 03/30/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

Great in depth article!

Posted by Michael D. Manning on 03/30/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Trapped Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment

I am a liberal/progressive. I have sympathy for non-violent (mostly drug) offenders doing long prison sentences. I do not have any sympathy for murderers. I think violent criminals belong in jail for a long time. And I grew up in East Oakland- which is where I developed that opinion in the 1980s. I also feel like he is not accepting responsibility for his crime. He is not telling the whole story and , of course, he had no idea a gun was involved (roll eyes). I hope he gets out soon. He seems to have rehabilitated himself despite the system. But, I have no qualms about every minute of the time he has served. He deserves it.

Posted by Gerald Bowman on 03/28/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “The Tipping Point

I do not own a restaurant, nor do I wish to won one. I also believe that an increase of the minimum wage is a good thing, I agreed with the bill. The cost of living in the Bay Area is through the roof. But what I don't get, and on one has mentioned anything about this, is why do tipping have to exist in the first place? Other type of jobs do not make the employee rely on tips. Do you see a bank teller expecting a tip when you go deposit or withdraw your money? Or do you see a school teachers waiting for a tip at the end of each class? How about our AC transit drivers? They only make about $16 / hr. And don't say that being a waitress/ waiter is a hard job. Every job is hard one way or another.

As a service staff, you are no more important than a kitchen staff. Because without those guys, you will not have any food to serve. But typically, those guys are working harder, standing in front of the stove all day and they only very a small percentage of the tip. I've read many articles and I see the complains are coming mostly from the servicing staff. You used to make $35 -$55 / hr. with tips. And now with the new system, you're making $18 - $34 / hr. Why are you complaining? You're still making more than a line cook who only gets about $15/ hr.

As a business owner, I believe you should take care of your staff. Restaurant owners should pay their staff more so they will not have to rely on tips. And if your staff provide a less than exceptional service, you should hire someone else. It is the reputation of your restaurant. This country is so spoiled by tips. You have to tip everywhere you go. It's outrageous. And who came up with the idea that Tipping has to be a certain percentage? 15%, 20%...WTF... Did you forget that it is a tip? It is not required...!!! You should appreciate any amount because it is more than what you would otherwise made. If you do not like your service job, get a new one. I'm glad to see that restaurants are moving away from Tip. If you need to charge more, do it. Put it into the cost of your meal. But take good care of your staff and fire the ones who show less than exceptional services.

Posted by James Blunt on 03/26/2016 at 1:53 AM

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