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Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Lol, you demand protection for her because she is a "witness." Let's look at other witnesses in pending criminal cases, there are homicide cases that can't be successfully prosecuted because witnesses fear some sort of retaliation. Everyone is crying "poor Jasmine," please. The girl is a witness and gets no special treatment. As for the alleged crimes, I haven't heard of one case being charged in any of the several Bay Area Counties, have you? Now I'm not saying any of the officers are innocent or guilty in these cases, but it's the anti-police attitude that is fueling this issue. What about the other victims who are being trafficked on a daily basis? Instead of sitting behind a keyboard and typing about it, get out on International Blvd and do something about it folks.

Posted by Mr. Cali on 09/03/2016 at 7:34 AM
Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 09/02/2016 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

The pigs sent her there b/c they want her dead. Florida is about as crooked a state as the come. People end dead under suspicious all the time in that backward place. Her life is in imminent danger.

Posted by djstyles200081fd on 09/02/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Let's flood this little jail with letters of support for Celeste. You can write to her at.

Jasmine Abuslin # 896101
Martin County Jail
800 SE Monterey RD
Stuart FL 34994

Also please sign this petition and donate to the crowdrise to raise money to hire Celeste an attorney.

Thank You

http://resources.naapb.org/letter-blaster/…

Posted by Bella Robinson on 09/02/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Nick Miller the answer to who sent her to Florida is as easy as driving to Richmond and asking the right questions.

Posted by John Spartan on 09/02/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Actually Attorney General Kama Harris is a defendant in ESPLER v GASCON which is on its way to the 9th district court of appeals.
Amicus briefs are due Sept 8th 2016
http://esplerp.org/esplerp-files-notice-to…

In this video you can clearly hear several people testify about the police forcing sex workers and minor trafficking victims into sex acts under threat of arrest, yet the committee ignores the abuse and insists that the LEAD (Law enforcement Assisted Diversion Programs) will be run by good male cops who wouldn't abuse the women.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0TD0h9zP…

Note we know there are no SERVICES for trafficking victims, the system is set up to dump victims into public shelters and then abandon them, once they are done violating their human rights.

We are concerned that they will kill Celeste and then claim she committed suicide,

We pulled the charging documents and the rehab workers admits that he tried to restrain Celeste right before she bit him. (This conveniently was the only part of the incident that wasn't captured on CCTV. ) So he assaulted her first. Nobody at the rehab had a legal right to detain or restrain this young woman.

Then to add insult to injury the media told the world that Celeste was HIV postive, so I think it is time to demand all 30 of those Oakland police officers to be mandated for HIV testing (after all the courts do this regularly to sex workers)

DOJ has a responsibility to protect this victim who is a witness and to stop the corruption in CA police depts.

#whorenation has set up a crowdrise to raise money to hire Celeste an attorney,
https://www.crowdrise.com/free-celeste-gua…

Posted by Bella Robinson on 09/02/2016 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Yes, that is a very good point, where was the DA in all of this? And why just one DA? Richmond and San Francisco police officers were complicit, why are they not investigating this matter?

I think Attorney General Kama Harris has to stop thinking only of what's best for her Senate race, do her job and initiate an investigation into the police abuse, sex trafficking AND potential witness tampering.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 09/02/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “The Kaepernick Conversation Should Be About Black Lives, Not National Anthem Etiquette

Your article is spot on in the assertion that once again, America wants to take the easy road. Instead of dealing with the issue of cops getting away with murder, America wants to talk about the flag. The reality is that we watched the film of a group of SFPD cops execute an unarmed Black man (Mario Woods) on the streets of SF earlier this year. SFPD then killed an unarmed Black woman in a car the very next week. In both cases, Police officials and the union reps defended the cops and tried to justify both shootings when the public knows what we saw. This is exactly what Kaepernick is talking about, not the military. For the Police union to now have the nerve to make a public statement deriding him for his actions is outrageous. The fact is they owe those families, Kaepernick and the public an apology for violating their sworn oath to serve and protect. The mass media focus on the flag is just a distraction from dealing with the truth.Cops in America have been terrorizing neighborhoods of color since reconstruction. In fact, being a cop was what KKK members did as day job.Their main duty was to keep "those" people in line and on the their side of the tracks. It is only now that white America has video proof of what all Black people have known for generations. In addition, for people all over the world, that flag represents invasion, colonization, terror, mass destruction and the tyranny of America. At the end of the day America, freedom is not free. If you know history and acknowledge reality, you will see that not only US soldiers, but more often than not, it has been people of color who have paid the price.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/01/2016 at 4:14 AM

Re: “The Kaepernick Conversation Should Be About Black Lives, Not National Anthem Etiquette

If Colin Kaepernick had not told the media that he had purposely been setting down during the National Anthem, nobody would have noticed. Nobody would have been insulted. Nobody would have been discussing whether he had a Constitutional right to stay seated. And, I would have not learned that the third stanza celebrated of the National Anthem cheers the death of slaves that ran to the British to be free. These words are an embarrassment to be part of America's National Anthem.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The stain of our history of slavery should not be part of the National Anthem that should ideally represents the best of the Nation and call to all in the Nation to come together in song. If Black Lives Matter today, there has to be a new National Anthem.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/31/2016 at 10:28 PM
Posted by michael.sagehorn on 08/30/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Homelessness, Caltrans, and the East Bay's Forgotten People

I agree Albany City Council's policy of first providing no support for their unhoused population and sending them to the Bulb was bad policy. Even worse policy was spending several hundred thousand dollars to make them move, and stayaway, to create yet another sterile waterfront dog and people walking park. This has only contributed to the concentration of homeless camps in neighboring cities, like Oakland and the need for CalTrans to clear out people, their possessions and tbeir waste.

A win-win for all residents housed and unhoused would be to create a stable, self governing "Dignity Village" where basic water, sanitation, hygiene and garbage collection are provided. This would allow houseless residents to meet their own basic needs, and prevent the "filth" that others have referred to, at lower cost to taxpayers than current sums. Criminalizing and vilifying houselessness is the most costly and ineffective solution. Whereas, providing the basics to keep a stable encampment clean and safe (including jobs for houseless residents not CalTrans workers) seems like a solution for many of the currently unhoused and the surrounding housed neighbors.

Posted by karen white on 08/23/2016 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Homelessness, Caltrans, and the East Bay's Forgotten People

Got to say there's a bunch of truth in Ms, Kittell's rant. "Let It Be" is not good policy - just ask City of Albany and how it ignored its waterfront "bulb" property which turned into a giant 200+ homeless camp (with no sanitation, security etc).

What I don't get is that the tent camps are often boarding fenced parking lots which probably belong to Caltrans (since they are within the right of way) and so why not, at least as a stop-gap, open up those lots, add some portable toilets and showers, trash cans, etc. and let them camp with a bit more dignity? How much could that cost? The Express should ask the City why it can't do something like that since it's happened in other cities like Portland and now SF.

Last year I noticed one guy who started living in his car along at a metered parking spot on Lake Merritt. He lived in his car for at least two months before (somehow) the City forced him to move. Not a single parking ticket! How long would my car last parked out there like that?

Posted by Tom Gan on 08/16/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Homelessness, Caltrans, and the East Bay's Forgotten People

No, no, no, no, no!!! Now this is where I draw the line. I hate articles like this because they're completely one sided. "Harassment from government agencies...," GTFOH!!!!!! I have a pretty in-depth knowledge of how these CalTrans clean-up days work. Yes, homelessness is a problem. I'm not debating that fact, but to expect or imply CalTrans, the State of California, or any police agency should turn a blind eye to these encampments, is ridiculous. Due to the B.S. bureaucracy, CalTrans is required to "post" their clean-up intentions DAYS in advance. Their posting schedule gives people several days notice to move their belongings. Sure as hell, when they come back, the people are STILL there (acting like it's the first time they've heard CalTrans was coming). COME ON!!! CalTrans not only has a pretty regular schedule, but they take photos when they post notices. Not CalTrans' fault the people in the encampments remove the notices. Additionally, when CalTrans arrives, due to the fact they've already posted a notice, they're not REQUIRED to afford the encampment residents with additional time to clean their crap up. They do, but they're not required to. No one wants to be heartless meanie. Due to the ridiculous missing property claims, and lawsuits, CalTrans is now required to videotape (as opposed to simply photographing), the property they discard. They receive claims of jeans worth hundreds of dollars getting thrown away, valuable jewelry going missing...YEAH RIGHT!!! These places are filthy and full of rummaged and/or stolen property!! Don't insult my intelligence.

The people who work for CalTrans and go out and clean these encampments DO NOT have the power to disregard the order of their bosses. They have a job to do. And as a tax paying, home in West Oakland owning (an epicenter for this filth), and resident of California, I expect CalTrans to do their job!! I've been in these encampments (and stepped in "dookie bombs" the homeless left behind), and I've interacted with the hopeless HOMEOWNER who also feels like they're being punished/victimized. I belong to the latter group. So I have to suffer because people feel sorry for the homeless? I have to deal with the filth, trash, noise, and vermin, because people feel sorry for the homeless? What about me, the HOME OWNER, THE TAX PAYER, THE PERSON THAT GOES TO WORK EVERY DAY? What about the tax paying, home owning (or renting) residents who call in or go to the police begging for help with the encampment problem in their neighborhood, and they get brushed off, or their complaints get discarded, because the City and the State's hands are tied? How do you tell a person who does EVERYTHING RIGHT, and "PAYS THEIR DUES", that their complaints are invalid. "Sorry my friend, you're successful and own your home and pay your taxes, but because you're not homeless, we don't care you feel victimized too."

I spoke to one defeated home owner who lived next to an encampment. He said, "I don't understand how these people are not being arrested for trespassing...at the least! If i cut the lock and drove onto State property and started vandalizing stuff, or doing donuts, i would get arrested!!! Why are they not getting arrested ?!!!!" My response was, "Because they're homeless and you're not." But he's absolutely right. This is asinine!!!

And to go back to that line about "harassment." When CalTrans goes into these encampments to DO THEIR JOB, they're threatened, assaulted, and harassed themselves. Sometimes, they're not even CalTrans employees...they're contracted out to some work program. Men and women just trying to earn a living and/or fulfill the terms and conditions of their probation. If some of these homeless people weren't so hostile, perhaps CalTrans wouldn't need the police's assistance. I tell you what, this liberal Oakland City Council and spineless OPD (and their moratorium on the homeless) have made it difficult for other agencies to do their job. Because the City of Oakland and OPD refuse to address the problem, let people live in their cars (illegally parked or not), and let people pitch tents and block the sidewalks (out of compliance with ADA laws and regulations), then the homeless and activist think all other agencies are supposed to do the same. The City of Oakland's and OPD's LACK OF ACTION, is counter productive to the problem. They don't want to victimize the homeless, but they're victimizing the homeowner. oh but wait, NOT IN THE "NICE" NEIGHBORHOODS THOUGH!! Let a homeless person pitch a tent or live in their car on College Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, or Lasalle Avenue. OPD would be on their butt REAL QUICK!!! Hypocrites.

This whole problem gets me worked up, as you can see. I'll get off my soapbox now.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 08/13/2016 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Sherman Kassoff:

Uh, uh. This guy is "serious" about being a "philosopher."

http://freewillastrology.com/home.shtml
http://www.amazon.com/Pronoia-Antidote-Par…

Posted by Michael Good on 05/09/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

I've always thought that "Free Will Astrology" was satire. A bit verbose and long running, but satire. It isn't?

Posted by Sherman Kassof on 05/08/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Nick,
As someone who read 7 Days A Week religiously to know what was really going on, especially at Oakland City Hall, I congratulate you for having the sense to come back to the Bay and I hope you will continue exposing the incompetence that is unfortunately such a fabric of life in Oakland. In particular, Darwin Graham Bond's reporting on housing and the lack of affordability is a topic worthy of intense scrutiny and coverage of 2 important developments in the Temescal (tower at MacArthur BART/meeting on May 11th) and May 18th Planning Commission meeting re: 51st and Telegraph project are critical in the story. Will North Oakland provide the high density and reduced parking that most progressive folks think are vital? Or will the City keep making developers tear their hair out and look elsewhere? Thanks for the email share as well. I like your style.

Posted by Karen Hester on 05/06/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

I agree with everything the other commentators have written here.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 05/06/2016 at 3:34 AM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Nick Miller:

As I said: You have your work cut out for you.

Taken from the About Us section : "We seek to promote truth, expose wrongdoing, and give voice to the voiceless. We are dedicated to local arts and culture. We aim for the highest standards in our journalism and business practices."

If you want East Bay Express to aim for the highest standards, then you may want to ask yourself why you are promoting the reading of astrology - pseudoscience at its worst.

Being all things to all people in the East Bay will put you in a bit of a bind.

Good luck rationalizing this one as part of high standards and the promotion of truth.

Posted by Michael Good on 05/05/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Richard,

This week's Free Will Astrology has been posted – sorry to make you wait! Here's the link: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/free…

Thanks for reading!

Posted by Bert Johnson on 05/05/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Did you cut "Free Will Astrology"? If so, not a great start.

Posted by Richard Landry on 05/05/2016 at 12:45 PM

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