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Re: “News Media Ignores Black Protests

Who is that with the rules for white protestors?
Are white protestors getting too much press the problem?

How about doing something to get police accountability?
I have made a proposal, but am really open to any other.…

Posted by Don Macleay on 12/17/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Knowland Park Advocates Launch Referendum to Block Oakland Zoo Expansion

Lexi - What an absolutely cynical comment. You use NIMBY as a pejorative to obfuscate the fact that people actually take the future of an undeveloped, natural space seriously. I take it seriously, and I visit the park several times a week, and I can even find it on a map - yup, I'm not that dumb.

"I do call upon the Zoo to better maintain the park"? It sounds to me like you have never visited the park... Have you? In the many dozens of times I've walked there I've seen enough trash to maybe fill a small trash can. That's just more misdirection away from the central point of the argument. You don't bulldoze a park in order to keep it clean and preserve it.

The argument is NOT about the effectiveness of the Zoo at community engagement. That has zero to with the issue of Knowland Park.

Stay on track and it might become clearer to you what this is all about.

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Posted by Knowland Advocate on 12/17/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “The McClymonds Football Nightmare

If it's a known fact that kids transfer schools and districts for many reasons other than sports and the lawyers can find cases in which this has been done, this should serve as proof as to this case being biased. Being involved with youth sports myself for over 25 years I can honestly say that this is the first time I've seen a kid being denied the ability to play based on the fact that his prior school had "better test scores." Who's to say that the family didn't want to add some diversity into this young mans life and decided to take him out of predominantly white school and put him into a school that would allow him a chance to to be more well-rounded and meet people of different ethnic backgrounds and social status.

If you ask me this is classist, racist and hypocritical.

Posted by Sam Rothstein on 12/17/2014 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves First Protected Bike Lane, Prioritizes Cyclists in Telegraph Redesign

Yes there are a few in SF, but they've had them in many parts of Manhattan for close to a decade now.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/17/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

When I read this article i immediately felt bad for LGM because it is a total hatchet job. It appears that the organization made less than $50k over several small loans for real estate transactions in mainly very nice neighborhoods (is she gentrifying Rockridge?). Nothing was illegal and the tax stuff is old news. There is no sign of embezzlement or even misconduct maybe she was operating on the boarderline of her organization's mandate.

What is heartening is seeing that several other readers see right through this sensationalist reporting. Gives me hope when my fellow citizens of Oakland show off their critical thinking skills.

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Posted by d1rez on 12/17/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Why You Should Support the Protests

Thanks for the overview and political insight. I thought I’d just add this update about Cleveland:

Last month, twelve year old Tamir Rice, a Black child with a toy gun in an inner city park, was shot down by police within seconds of their arrival on the scene. The cops, having failed to follow even their own police protocols for defusing any potentially harmful situations, then left him to die as they delayed calling the paramedics, instead busying themselves with handcuffing and throwing into a police cruiser Tamir’s 14 year old sister who tried to come to his aid. The city is in mourning and protest, this coming hot on the heels of the Ferguson and NY murders by police.

Here in Cleveland demonstrators shut down traffic on the shoreway two weeks ago in protest of police brutality. Organized groups of students participated from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, Kent State University, John Carroll University, Baldwin Wallace University, and other schools, and groups of youth that were hanging around downtown at the start of the demonstration spontaneously joined the protest; a proud moment for Cleveland.

I'm a pediatrician. I practiced in the inner city of Cleveland for 25 years. Tamir wasn’t my patient, but I believe that many children in his extended family were. Though I recently retired, I still read the Cleveland Plain Dealer every day, as I have done for years, partly to see which one of my previous patients or their parents have been murdered or abused. The count is growing. It brutally reflects the hardships and injustice of life in Cleveland, and other cities, for poor people of color.

So I still have one foot in the ghetto (and very well might return to work in an inner city clinic part time after the new year), and one foot… in my privileged life, relaxing and enjoying the fruits of my labor after all these years. It’s a rather schizophrenic sensation at times. But as I recover from years of burn out, having set myself free from the county hospital system that can easily eat up even the most balanced person’s sanity, I’m looking to perhaps raise my voice and become a community activist again, having been well-trained in the antiwar movement of the sixties; years of advocating for my patients notwithstanding. Ah – life full circle. My blood is boiling and the streets are calling.

Besides, I can’t let all the family glory go to my younger brother who was arrested at the recent Cleveland demonstrations. He was held overnight, never charged, and released over 24 hours later. Interestingly, the Cleveland police, deciding to take an unusual conciliatory stance, and therefore claiming that they were respectful of community sentiment and the demonstrators right to protest, repeatedly denied that there had been any arrests; an outright lie.

On that note, I’m hoping for a safer saner new year, but I don’t think that will ever come without some significant struggle. As Jay Youngdahl so succinctly put it: “without street action, change will not come.”

Lisa R. Brand, M.D.

Posted by Lisa R. Brand on 12/17/2014 at 1:24 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

Hou you going to have are back when you investing in your self in really hard time when we are trying to help are people

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Posted by DANTE CANO on 12/17/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

Sell out for the west

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Posted by DANTE CANO on 12/17/2014 at 1:18 PM

Re: “The Latest in Virtual Reality: Music Videos

Check out Powis' take on Google Cardboard

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Posted by Moody Mattan on 12/17/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Hot Dog!

How is someone born and raised in Martinez an Oakland native?

Posted by James Jones on 12/17/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Knowland Park Advocates Launch Referendum to Block Oakland Zoo Expansion

I got polled about this topic. It was incredibly slanted wording and per all of EMC's other poll's this fall, they were flat out wrong on all measures & electeds in the 2014 election, due to poor sample size and again slanted portrayals of the questions. If you read the poll results clearly, they do NOT read that 75% of Oaklanders are exposed to the expansion.

This decision was made years ago. These folks are NIMBY's. No one can even find where Knowland Park is, let us alone get up there, or enjoy it. There is no organization with greater public engagement, free opportunities for low-income families, and a record of bringing their learning programs to the community like the Oakland Zoo.

I do call upon the Zoo to better maintain the park, put in a trash can, and improve signage. They are the formal stewards of the park and should fulfill their role without any criticism.

Don't be bullied by NIMBY's. REJECT the referendum.

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Posted by Lexi McCarthy on 12/17/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

Clarence Johnson raises some good points about what this article doesn't report on, and despite all the sensationalist innuendo, there may be more smoke than actual fire here.

I am also a D3 resident, and the nonprofit i work with has worked with Lynette's office in the past to get a mural painted on a blighted lot. Her office was very helpful in making this happen. The mural didn't gentrify the neighborhood, but rather documented the cultural resilience of the Afro-Diasporic and Chinese-language community in the face of historical cycles of displacement. So it's easy to say that Lynette has been an ally.

I can only hope that the EBX will make it a point to put as much effort into reporting the positive contributions Lynette has made as they have into building what seems to be a weak case against her.

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 12/17/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Knowland Park Advocates Launch Referendum to Block Oakland Zoo Expansion

Nik Dehejia’s Handbook of Terms for Zoo Development of Knowland Park, 2014 edition (self-published):

1. “environmentally beneficial”: A 56-acre private development project on public parkland that includes bulldozing and paving ~22+ acres of native habitat for buidings and exhibits, and destroyng more habitat constructing gondola towers and paving access roads outside the project area.

2. “conservation easement” and “environmental protection”: Choosing to build on sensitive native habitat, triggering a regulatory requirement for a 53-acre offset to make up for the project’s destruction of this habitat.
This land has been thriving in its natural state for decades—accessible to the public and providing critical contiguous habitat for local wildlife (despite the poor conservation practices of the zoo, the City and the Oakland Fire Department). With this new “conservation easement” our local wildlife will have roads and fencing to cross to get to the 4 separate tracts of the land so generously set aside for them.

3. “years of negotiations with the community”: Zoo execs and developers bullying a few Knowland Park neighbors into agreeing to a low-impact expansion concept, and then using a classic bait-and-switch to dump the agreement AND avoid a full environmental review of an increasingly lavish project atop Knowland Park’s ridge land.

4. “a significant amount of open and public dialogue”: Virtually meaningless public input at City government meetings designed to provide a forum for rubber-stamp approval of the developers’ plans at all stages of review.

5. “these individuals”: The significant and growing public opposition to this controversial and environmentally destructive ridge development project.

6. “very thoughtful, very deliberate, rigorous decisions made by those in elected office”: The well worn rubber stamp used to approve the zoo project, as described in #4, above.

In fact, Zoo execs and developers have been allowed to push their plans through while carefully avoiding a thorough analysis of critical financial, environmental and public park access issues. There has never been a fair or thorough review of this destructive and unnecessary project. Public open space has not been represented as the valuable natural resource it is, and the public has been effectively shut out from all decision-making. Knowland Park belongs to the public—to Oakland voters—not to the Zoo. Let the voters decide. Sign the petition to put the referendum on the ballot.

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Posted by Karen Smith on 12/17/2014 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Wouldn't it be nice if Berkeley Unified (Scuderi and cronies) and the town gossips focused on working with students so that they don't throw objects that hit people in the head resulting in visits to hospitals instead of picking on teachers and dividing up the staff and community at large? Your cool t-shirts and "Black Lives Matter" signs don't make up for the fact that things aren't going so well for certain marginalized groups. Teaching our children to marginalize each other by engaging BPAR and blaming teachers and workers for the world's problems is really modeling bullying and is part of the problem. BPAR is bullying and models abusing power. BPAR hearings are like a grand jury that meets, and nobody can question their outcomes, and they always side with the power position (not the teacher) . Haven't we seen enough of this? No more divided communities. Let's come together to help students and our community. 2015 is a new year. Let's be civil. Think Globally but ACT locally. Get rid of BPAR and expose the evil it has quietly put into place. Let's bring kindness back.

Posted by Jack Sprat on 12/17/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “News Media Ignores Black Protests


Our typo. It's fixed now.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 12/17/2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Why You Should Support the Protests

Thanks for this thoughtful and well written piece, Jay.

I'm not far from regarding the heavily militarized and increasingly well integrated "police" as being an occupying army these days, asking as many have "who is it they are so well postured to go to war against?" Indeed, who do they serve and protect?

With about half the population being thrown mostly out into the economic cold, the answer to this question might seem obvious. Which I will state: Not Us, Usually. (If you haven't read it, you might take a look at this piece from SALON: ONE NATION UNDER SWAT: HOW AMERICA'S POLICE BECAME AN OCCUPYING FORCE)

Largely standing by while this process of "changing everything" moved quickly into our society, we now confront a monster that isn't much interested in what we think about it. They might at this stage not even be much interested in what we do about it.

It is possible to confront their authority and the authority of those directing them in the streets, but that is a conflict they are well enough going to win usually, especially in terms of violent confrontation. No news with that. Of course, they can escalate the street violence at will, as you observe. There's no such thing as playing fair in this.

This aspect of the larger class war is, in the corporate media, mostly colorized as being mostly disruptive, though they do genuflect now and again towards noticing the United States remains a very racist society. No mention of Class War At All. That's as forbidden as using the word "fascist." As forbidden as saying Working Class instead of Middle Class usually is. Changing the way people talk about such things is one thing the internet IS good for...

No mention of people generally being driven to extremes by The New Economy, the one that treats a too sizeable proportion of them as being disposable. Not just ghetto disposable. "Third World" disposable.

How many new prisons will be built to contain all of those millions of people newly criminalized or simply intolerably marginalized once they really step on the gas of the machine they've constructed? Alex Jones sounding stuff I suppose, this kind of thing. Conspiranoid nonsense, we're always being told. Or something like that. And in some constructions, that's mostly just what it is.

However,take a looke at all those fascist cops!


Posted by terrybake on 12/17/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

I had my doubts about LGM due to some of her past anti-police and anti-gentrification rhetoric, but this article has given me newfound respect for her. Oakland already has far more affordable housing than other cities in the Bay Area, and it bears a disproportionate burden from the crime that often accompanies such housing. If anything, the city should be investing in efforts to accelerate the process of bringing in productive new residents who will contribute to our city's ongoing rebirth.

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Posted by Andrew Hatch on 12/17/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “News Media Ignores Black Protests

Tamir Rice was 12

Posted by Melissa Berlat on 12/17/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “The Fight For Safer Surgeries at Highland Hospital

In 2007 the EB Express wrote about Wright Lassiter III-the article is called SECRETS AND LIES...…

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Posted by Sydney Proctor on 12/17/2014 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Everyday Izakaya

Wholeheartedly agree. I love the Swan's Market, especially with the addition of B-Dama.

Posted by jim.trenkle on 12/17/2014 at 9:42 AM

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