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Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

you'd think that libby would have studied the lesson[s] of Quan and learned something. nope. most telling is the silence of her black female campaign advisor peggy moore. there's already a recall libby campaign, just 5 months into her term...

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 05/26/2015 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

This is only the beginning. The mayor's proposed budget adds $17M to the OPD budget. That $17M comes from cutting housing & community development funds by 50%.

With OPD policy like this, Schaaf is essentially routing funds from community housing to pay for lawsuits. This is no way to turn Oakland around, and funds blown on OPD lawsuits mean less money for cops--and a more dangerous Oakland.


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Posted by Matt Aych on 05/26/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

Thank you for this excellent article! Preserve Rural Sonoma County ( is a group of Sonoma County residents advocating for the protection and preservation of the rural nature of Sonoma County, working to promote limits on the encroachment of large wine processing and event centers and their negative impacts into inappropriate rural areas. If you want to be kept up to date about this issue, please contact us through our website.

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Posted by Padi Selwyn on 05/26/2015 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

Oakland mayors have no power to do what Schaaf has claimed authority to do. The Charter in Section 207 provides in part: "The Council shall be the governing body of the City. It shall exercise the corporate powers of the City and, subject to the expressed limitations of this Charter, it shall be vested with all powers of legislation in municipal affairs adequate to provide a complete system of local government consistent with the Constitution of the State of California." When it comes to the powers of the Mayor the Charter in Section 305(b) says that the mayor has the power to "Recommend to the Council such measures and legislation as he deems necessary and to make such other recommendations to the Council concerning the affairs of the City as he finds desirable." (Note the sexist term because this was written by and for Jerry Brown.) The clear message here is that the Mayor of Oakland does not have the power to do what Schaaf has done. Schaaf could be making a recommendation to the City Council, but she does not have the authority to make a policy, only the City Council does.

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Posted by Ralph Kanz on 05/26/2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

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Posted by Editor on 05/26/2015 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

It's worse than that, actually. Schaff is actually doing what she termed as unacceptable behavior as a candidate in 2014. in the MOBO questionnaire, she blamed OPD's lack of compliance with the NSA on City Hall (overlooking the fact that she was an aide to Brown when the NSA was handed down and hasnt left City Hall since). the Crowd Control Policy is part of that; it's included in the NSA that Oakland has to follow its own crowd control policies. it didn't during Occupy, hence Scott Olson and other million-dollar payouts, and bad marks on NSA compliance by Warshaw and Henderson. "The record of inconsistent policy guidance is... not acceptable," Schaff said as a candidate. Yet as mayor, almost her first act is to arbitrarily decide to change OPD's crowd control policy enforcement guidelines to discriminate against mothers marching against police violence. That's similar to Deanna Santana attempting to do an end-run on the ACLU by changing the crowd control policy to make OPD less liable for injuries sustained due to excessive force. Neither of these things add up to justice, and both have the stench of catering to a wealthy elite, to the detriment of the underserved. But the larger question is, if Schaff can't be held accountable to her own statements, who is she accountable to?

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 05/26/2015 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime

Haha the comments that are voted up the highest are so generic and obviously idiotic.

William H. Thompson's statistical quotations are nice but conveniently ignore the point of this article, that police throughout the country get revenue from the exploitation poor, black citizens:

All they need to do is pull over some blacks with pointless traffic violations, and when they don't show up for the courtroom hearings you never told them about, send them to jail! That's the Amerikkkan way, it's just a coincidence that they are all black and poor, to treat them differently than the way they've always been treated would be "massive discrimination", right William? Typical white supremacist police exploitation apologist.

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Posted by adrian grody on 05/26/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

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Posted by Editor on 05/25/2015 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Hazardous Pesticide Use Increases in California

Steve Redmond's criticism of the Governor in this case is unwarranted. Remember the unjust attacks Brown received when he decided to halt aerial spaying on the alleged Med-Fly infestation. Have we really heard about any problems from the Med-Fruit Fly ever since that time?
Are new recent "infestations" of crop threatening insects appearing on a semi-regular basis merely invented to promote the expanding use of newly patented insecticides?
The so called better insecticides like the neonicotinoids are now believed largely responsible for the growing bee colony collapse disorder.

Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/24/2015 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime

The above rebuttal by William H. Thompson, an obvious attempt to eviscerate Robert Gammon's piece just proves Gammon's original argument that racial profiling is still occurring on the East Bay. The statistics show that an out of proportion number of blacks are pulled over, but blacks are the race with the lowest percentage of being cited after being stopped. The facts demonstrate that , in general, there is less justification for pulling over blacks to begin with than with over ethnicities.
Police department like other ordinary groups of people usually pick "the low hanging fruit" first before handling other more challenging tasks. It is more amusing to patrol low income neighborhoods and occasionally harass or bully a resident or groups of residents than to actually resolve serious crimes and arrest the true criminals. Real criminals have sometimes proven to be truly dangerous. It's sadly evident monkeying around with ordinary poor citizens often just further alienates the actual people the police were directed to protect.

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Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/24/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Politics of Protests

As the above opinion suggests, the resolution to the ever-growing struggles between the law and minorities involves dealing and containing the malefactors on your own side. The police supporters people need to recognize that the escalating indiscriminant killing and its cover-up of unarmed victims is really murder under the color of authority and conspiracy. Thus the friends of police need to police their friends. I am not talking about local citizen's commissions which will rubber stamp everything police departments do.
Protesters need to watch and monitor sub-groups in their ranks promoting violence against property or vandalism. By the way, vandalism is a far lesser crime than murder.

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Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/24/2015 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Two Eyewitnesses Contradict Cop in Police Killing

This scenario plays itself out time and again across the nation. A white male officer enters into a conflict with a non-white young male. The police officer says in his mind "I cannot lose this physical altercation" and so he uses whatever, even unfair means at his disposal to end the fight in his favor. Have you ever read in print or seen on the news an instance in which a citizen has been allowed to beat-up an officer in plain view? If it ever happened, would the 99% pro-police media even make it public? It would set a bad precedent for the establishment, wouldn't it?

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Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/24/2015 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Two Eyewitnesses Contradict Cop in Police Killing

'They' are:"waiting for the statute of limitations to run out?" I have it all wrong, in believing that there is there NO statute of limitation, for MURDER? The 'Law Enforcer's Bill of Rights' is at work, here...and that 'Bill of Rights' is what is shielding the KILLER-Cop, and his lies...from the kind of scrutiny and accountability that the ordinary citizen has to face, when an ordinary citizen SHOOTS and KILLS an unarmed person. Pedie was not threatening, nor, was he committing any type of a crime, whatsoever. Why is it that the Law Enforcer's Bill of Rights SUPERSEDES the Rights of we, the people? We do NOT believe that the DA investigated this case, at all...and from the early morning hours, right after the KILLER-Cop SHOT and KILLED Pedie, and while Pedie's body laid on the floor of Uncle Sam's Liquor & Deli store, from 15 minutes after midnight, until after 7:30 A.M. when the Coroner's van came to collect the body...when Police Officer Hector Esparza, who is president of the local policeman's union, and Jeff Soler, an investigator for the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office...had KILLER-Cop: Wallace Jensen sequestered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel of Concord, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting...'they' decided that it was a Justifiable Homicide, and it was 'a done deal'. The Coroner's Inquest hearing officer Matthew P. Guichard is a member of GUICHARD, TENG & PORTELLO, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, in Concord and on December 10, 2014 ~ the day the Coroner's Inquest was held in the evening news of the day, he had a comment to make that would seem to be something that he, lawfully, should not have been allowed to make. In our justice system, 'they' all work together to demonize the victim and they have got it all contrived to work for 'them'. 'They' can say all kinds of things which serve to make the victim appear guilty...and the burden of getting the truth of what actually happened, is placed on the victim's family.

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Posted by Patricia L. Perez on 05/23/2015 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Two Eyewitnesses Contradict Cop in Police Killing

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Posted by Editor on 05/23/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Two Eyewitnesses Contradict Cop in Police Killing

I find it ironic that this officer is automatically given the benefit of the doubt. Because he wears a badge, it is automatically assumed that he is without guilt.
There are countless cases around this nation where LEO's are shady as all get out, and without video footage; the officer is ALWAYS right. It's rediculous! Continue to feed these monster's and they WILL grow. We are seeing it almost daily on the news. "Subhuman officer caught killing someone", "Officer, caught smashing someone's phone, while being video taped of a 'Justifiable' crime". These people aren't god's, and this isn't some Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. They are human beings like the rest of us. Human beings who Don't Always do what is right, yet know they Will Be Protected by the "System".
There could be fifty people telling the same two versions of the story, and the RPD, the DA, the Private Investigator, the Police Officer's Union and whomever else is a part of the Blue Wall of Silence will find fault in everyon's account of the story...EXCEPT their "Subhuman" officer whom They have deemed the only voice that matters.
Everyone in the community needs to take note and be in fear of their lives should Anything not go as expected.
This officer is known as having a real chip on his shoulder, arrogant, according to the business owners on his beat. It's been said by some of his peers that he should have never been allowed to graduate from the police academy. These are his peers who are saying this! So why is it so far fetched that he would lie to cover his butt. I don't trust him, I don't trust any of them.
Their description of transparency is looking through sludge. They have lied about us, they have hidden things from us, they have cancelled meetings that we were going to attend...ALL in the name of transparency and justice. In this article it stated that they, (the RPD) was waiting for the statute of limitations to run out. If their officer is so innocent, why do they need to wait?? It's dirty, it's all dirty people.
The system is broken and it always has been broken. We all need to fight to get Justice4Pedie. The next murder may be you or your loved one.

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Posted by Rhonda Perez on 05/22/2015 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Jacking Up Rents in Oakland

My understanding of converting an apartment building into condos is based on San Francisco conventions. As I recall you don't have a "conversion" until the separate units are sold or transferred as a condominium. That is you can have all the approvals needed from the city etc. but it is only a condo building after the subdivisions of the parcel are transferred. I would guess from the discussion and frustration that the necessary approvals are incomplete, imperfect or lacking entirely. If that is the case then the rent control laws would apply?

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Posted by Paul D Young on 05/22/2015 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime

I would suggest that any discussion of policing in Oakland be held with some real discussion about the forces on the ground that affect crime in this city. Hiring more police will not necessarily result in a reduction in crime, only better statistics. Most of the time, Police show up after a crime is committed. An OPD management priority on more officers and a visual presence strategy as the preferred deterrent is because most people who live in economically challenged neighborhoods do not talk to OPD. A cultural attitude of no snitching cannot be over emphasized as a factor why detective work and investigations are handicapped as a primary strategy. People who live in Oakland know the following to be generally true, if you are not involved in or hang around people involved in gangs or the underground economy, Oakland is a pretty safe place to live. I am talking about the sale and movement of drugs, stolen goods, auto theft, credit card fraud and prostitution. Secondly, over the last 20 years, the demographics of central east Oakland flatlands has changed. Hispanic residents are now the majority and Mexican gangs, who engage in the underground economy are a problem. Similarly, African American groups who are similarly engaged are problematic in north and west Oakland. Throw into the mix, the inability of all youth to engage in constructive conflict resolution, the accessibility of guns and parolees with no hope of gainful employment. Those are the problems and they are complex. My belief is that until true community policing occurs and lines of communication between citizens and OPD improves, investigation of crimes and opportunities for prevention will continue to suffer. We also need to give kids constructive outlets and tools to resolve conflict. If kids stay busy, they have no time to join gangs.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 05/22/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime

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Posted by Editor on 05/22/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime

Susan is absolutely correct. By civilianizing more desk jobs, including criminal investigators and crime analysts, more sworn could be deployed in the field. It is much more cost-effective to hire civilians and sworn should be doing the jobs they were trained to do in the Academy.

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Posted by Rashida Grinage on 05/22/2015 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime

Glad to see Editor Gammon grappling with this important but neglected problem.

Susan Harman's point has been made repeatedly over many years by police-reform-oriented community groups. To no avail.

Oakland's City Hall just doesn't do rethink.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/22/2015 at 9:45 AM

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