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Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Someone needs to talk to all those folks with fancy titles who hang out in city hall about OPD, the Oakland Police Department, which is, in fact, an actual, official, Department of the city government of the city of Oakland.

Thus whatever OPD does is fundamentally the responsibility of those elected folks with fancy titles.

If the fancy-titled electeds don't know what OPD does, then what the hell are those folks doing?

Some things they are not doing is providing for the public safety, insuring ethical behavior in OPD and making sure OPD reforms mandated nearly 15 years ago are fully implemented. Not to mention being responsible for whatever OPD does with regard to protecting Oaklanders from ICE and whatever Trump comes up with.

Maybe we need a new city commission like the new Police Commission. This new commission would oversee what the fancy-titled electeds in city hall do with all their time.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/10/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

Jerry, and other people that fall for these right wind talking points, are ultimately spending a lot more money than they would be if we had a better welfare state. They'd rather be spiteful about those in dire straits than realize how much of their tax dollars go to making the rich richer, and how little those rich people pay.

Posted by Magnu on 03/10/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Why Black Students Are Avoiding UC Berkeley

I have 2 sons, graduates of UC Berkeley & Princeton, respectively. An Ivy League education opens doors that a Berkeley education does not. Plus, several of the Ives (& Stanford) offer 'no loan' generous financial packages to all their students, regardless of race.
A black student admitted to one of those schools would have to either be crazy or scared to leave home to not take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity.
As a Cal graduate myself, I can say that Cal has always been very hard on their students. It's like a 'survival test'.
On the other hand, a school like Princeton goes out of their way to provide an encouraging environment for their students.
Cal needs to admit the next level of black students and give them good support. They aren't going to win the top black students in a bidding war with Harvard. Face it.

Posted by sparkytillie on 03/10/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

I agree with Pamela Drake. We need more clarity here.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 03/09/2017 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?

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Posted by Frank Morris on 03/09/2017 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

The loopholes in our so-called sanctuary city ate big enough to drive a couple ICE vans through. The city needs to take charge of OPD agreements and keep its promise to its residents.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/09/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

This well researched article is truly heartbreaking and even more so when you realize that all these unconstitutional shennanigans were happening under our constitutional lawyer president.
I hope folks that read this will support AB6 and SB3. Those bills, because they have a price tag, will have trouble making it through the leg much less getting our stingy governor's signature.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/09/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Keeping Goats in Oakland

Some people have a herd of 5 to 7 goats in the Dimond District. The walk the goats all over the neighborhood as demonstrated by long stretches of goat droppings all over the side walk. Laguna, Carmel, Delmer, Madeline, Coolidge....

The goats are cute, but if I have to pick up after my dog, then you have to clean up after your goats. Don't mean to be a killjoy, I can't walk on the sidewalk without stepping in the broad swath of pellets. Every hundred feet, hundreds of goat pellets cover the sidewalk.

My dog smells and eats the droppings. I get that stuff on my shoes.

Sorry, but it's unsanitary and unneighborly and... unacceptable.

Posted by Joseph Chianese on 03/09/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

I am catching up on these articles now or would have commented sooner. With Fire Dept personnel earning upwards of $350K plus annually, more with benefits and overtime, there is NO excuse for not getting the job of running the department DONE. Some of the city salaries are ridiculously high where others (like teachers) are ridiculously low (and yes I know OUSD is a separate budget but these are city employees of a sort). Something must be done to address this disparity. I fully understand the inherent dangers of fire and police work but enough is enough. No wonder the city doesn't have money for other important projects, paying salaries like these.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Should The Next Oakland Unified Schools Superintendent Be Homegrown?

I'm casting a vote for home grown - let's support promotion of worthy candidates from within the system. There is no need to spend a lot of scarce funding on national searches if we have strong candidates here - plus they won't have sticker shock when they have to buy a home here!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

they unlawfully enter the country, then commit crimes, get convicted and want to stay here.
How can there be any question as to the fact they will still be in the country unlawfully?
They have to go back.

Posted by alan stirling detroit on 03/08/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

Joseph Esherick is also credited for Wurster Hall's design, with Vernon DeMars and Don Olsen. Good, playful piece -- those of us who spent years either studying or working in a brutalist building, for me that's Wurster Hall, particularly will appreciate the cognitive dissonance that brutalist structures create in their inhabitants. I love/hate Wurster Hall, and there certainly not enough character spaces for me to tell you the many ways. However it remains the Jungian archetype of architectural building form -- forever imprinted in my subconscious as a beautiful, evocative, leaky, cold space. As I write, I think of all nighters at the drafting board almost three decades ago, and really want an espresso from Strada (Roma). I will be curious to see what happens to Campi's celestial wonder, the old BAMPFA, a seismically challenged structure (google "non-ductile concrete"). Campi took his inspiration for the building from the heavens.

Posted by L. Sullivan on 03/08/2017 at 4:52 AM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

This article could have expanded the conversation about concrete architecture and it's place in the context of the broader american culture. Post war america was all about racism, white privilege and the celebration of engineering as the solution to everything. The booming companies were Bechtel and Kaiser engineering.The architecture had no sensitivity to the natural environment or the experience of people in or around these buildings. Design was seemingly an afterthought. Even Safeway stores were trademarked by the expansive concrete panels around the perimeter. Similarly, in those times, America was building massive concrete freeways that both served the new all white suburbs and destroyed urban communities all across the country to get those folks to work. The TV shows of the day (Leave it to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke, Ozzie and Harriet) were reflective of a world filled with comfortable happy white people. People of color in America were invisible or at least an afterthought. That is not the America of today, whose culture is a mosaic of ethnicity in food, music, fashion and language. I doubt that this type of a design approach to architecture would ever again be embraced or even tolerated.

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/07/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, NUMBER ONE BEST HOSPITAL IN THE NATION, THE MAYO CLINIC whatever health legislation that came with the outgoing administration or barack obama administration, get rid of it, please. period. end of issue. plain and simple, whatever good this legislation had, upgrade it and keep going in a better direction for health. thank you. health can be such an intimate topic, please have some respect. thank you, i prefer the word, service to the word, care. thanks,

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/06/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

If the Express is going to continue to commission and print articles by authors who are not identified in its masthead, don't we deserve to know who those writers are? I see that Alice Feller is an MD and psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley. This is really useful information to have in appreciating her reports on the state of healthcare.

Likewise, who are Matt Davis and Teresa Foglia, who often write for the Express on urban issues? They too aren't in your staff list.

Using freelancers is fine. Not identifying their expertise and affiliations is a disservice to both them and your readers.

Posted by travel2165 on 03/05/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 1

What should be recalled about Biffs was its Colossus of Rhodes goofy sign. That was worth preserving, but it was the first thing to go. The other iconic beacon, also on Broadway, was the sign for Daves Coffee Shop. That too just seemed to disappear overnight. Not so strange is the fact that it was purchased by the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art. Both signs had a friendly, folksy zing to them. The friendly, folksy zing seems to be an element in short supply.

Nick Chase, Oakland

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/05/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

It's Seventh Street in West Oakland, not Seventh Avenue. Liked the article!

Posted by Katie Hart on 03/05/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

Looks like this website not-so-subtly endorses baby Ben. Look at the front page photo for this article: it shows Ben fully and cuts Kate off so one cannot recognize her. The photo should be recropped or removed. Or put a full presentation of Katie's face and clip Ben's face untl he is unrecognizable. You know, act like journalists and be fair.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 03/03/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

Good subject. Embarrassing writing style. What are you in high school?

Posted by Tom Limecooler on 03/03/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

I work. I have worked since I was 16. Maybe Mr. Udinsky has made a ton of money every year that he has worked, but I have not. He says people didn't plan adequately. Maybe people could not save because employers don't pay adequate wages. Maybe people can't save because they are saddled with ever increasing college costs and interest rates or by huge increases in their rents. Maybe someone had a life-threatening illness or injury that wiped out their savings. Maybe people got bilked by speculators or by the Wall Street-created recession. Maybe we got laid off because we are too old or too expensive (although they of course don't tell us that). Maybe our employers left the country to get even cheaper labor elsewhere. Maybe natural disasters wiped them out.

There are many factors which may have led to people not being able to purchase health insurance. Please do not assume we were all out there wasting our money. I must rely on Obamacare because after I was laid off none of my current three employers offer health care. I will not be able to buy health insurance on my inadequate wages. Oh and by the way, I do pay for my insurance. Yes, I receive a subsidy but I do pay a significant chunk of my income for insurance.

If you don't want to pay taxes to help your neighbors, how about working to get everyone a decent wage so we can afford to pay for health insurance (mind you, that does not necessarily mean health care). You and I both subsidize every employer who pays minimum wage because those employees are the ones who go to the emergency room and need food stamps.

Posted by Karen Hesse on 03/02/2017 at 9:14 PM

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