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Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Scott--I do understand your POV, the party line of the neocon and the neoliberal. It's been called, since the years of Ronald Reagan (and the Black Panther Party), "Trickle Down Economics."

It's all about more money for them that's already got with the "promise" that eventually, in a century or two, more money's gonna trickle down to them what's really in need.

It just don't work. NYC, SF. LA, other cities don't have the same ultra-high murder rate as Oaktown. One city isn't the same as every other city. Unless, of course, Walt Disney is your guide.

Oakland has a longtime problem of racism, red-lining and economic neglect of its poorest citizens. Lots of Oakland's electeds have known this for the past 40 years but have chosen not to do anything significant about it. Oakland's poorest Black and Brown folks need maybe another 20K living-wage jobs, right now. Oakland's current Mayor, a woman named Jean Quan, talks about her program to provide 2000 minimum wage summer jobs for young people. It ain't enough. But be assured Quan is quite aware of the good reviews Oakland's nightlife is getting from the NY Times.

Took nearly ten years for Oakland's electeds to start thinking about doing something about police reform. After major control of the po-po was taken away from Mayor Quan et al, then the reforms began in earnest.

I could go on, but you'd probably rather enjoy your tropical cocktail.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/17/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “A Flawed Model for Care

I am a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at kaiser Modesto. My son has been denied mental health services. He was hospitalized for threats to commit suicide and while a patient he had violent episodes towards staff. Every day was a fight to keep him hospitalized, which was the recommendation of his physician. I filed a case with DMHC but they found in favor of kaiser. My son was released and kaiser wanted him to attend intensive outpatient treatment but I explained he has already failed this. I took him to his first appointment where he refused to participate. So they kicked him out. That meant he could only be seen once a month because the therapist said there was no room in the schedule. I then scheduled weekly appointments far in advance and they were all cancelled by kaiser. My son is still suffering and I worry every day that he will hurt himself or me or my 6 yr old. Shame on you kaiser

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Posted by Amy Gamache-Glass on 08/15/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Hobart,

The violence that the exists in certain Oakland neighborhoods is the same violence that is present in neighborhoods in San Francisco, New York City, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, etc. The point you are missing, is the nature of the crime reporting. This one dimensional media coverage is what cripples Oakland's tax base.

In recent years, Oakland has gained national and international attention as a place to visit, invest, play, work, and live. Today, Oakland can fund more police academies because of increased tax revenue generated from new businesses, new residents, and increased tourism and hotel activity.

Fear mongering Oakland only deters businesses from starting up or relocating here; families from moving here; and tourists from visiting here. That's impeding our productive tax base, which prevents us from allocating the much needed resources to libraries, schools, police academies, etc.

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Posted by Sal Scott on 08/14/2014 at 1:00 AM

Re: “The High Cost of Justice

Stop the corporatization of the legal system and remove all fees to see on lone documents. This nonsense of government trying to act like a business is absurd and unconstitutional. Block headed politicians should be ashamed of this tack which denies freedom of information and due process. To pay for it a few political jobs where the favored few lodge and get big salaries and benefits for doing nothing can be lopped off. Oh Dear this must touch a raw nerve.

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 08/14/2014 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Caltrans Still Obsessed with Road-Building

Excellent piece. Thanks for publishing/writing it.

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Posted by Carl Maletic on 08/13/2014 at 11:58 PM

Re: “A Flawed Model for Care

Last week Kaiser released the latest numbers for profits and new enrollees: $2.1 billion in profit so far this year -- almost as much as Kaiser made in all of 2013 -- and nearly 387,000 new enrollees, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. They're raking in huge profits at the expense of their mental health patients. Shameful.

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Posted by Edmund Winslow on 08/13/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

A lifelong resident of Oakland once told me that she is thankful for all the negative coverage Oakland gets because it is the ONLY thing that keeps the SF types out of her city. All of you who write about the unfair media coverage Oakland receives will also be the ones writing about how skyrocketing rents, new business ventures, and gentrification are stripping "your city" of what you loved about it. Two sides to every story.

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Posted by Chris Albeck on 08/13/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

This article is on point. I've owned a small business in Uptown Oakland for 7 years and have lived here for over 16 years. When I first arrived from Los Angeles, I was nervous about Oakland's reputation and my safety based on media observations.
I was pleasantly surprised to see and experience first hand how beautiful Oakland is and how culturally diverse the landscape is. I have never been robbed or burglarized.
Less than 6 months ago, I started a Tumblr blog called Faces of Oakland as an homage to Oaktown and in an attempt to show people from the outside looking in Oakland's culturally diverse faces. So far, so good.
I OVERstand Elmano Gonsalves' campaign to demand fair reporting about a city that has had its fair share of slanted media reports. I love it here. It is no Utopia, but what city is?

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Posted by Tracey Friley on 08/13/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

A lifelong resident of Oakland once told me that she is thankful for all the negative coverage Oakland gets because it is the ONLY thing that keeps the SF types out of her city. All of you who write about the unfair media coverage Oakland receives will also be the ones writing about how skyrocketing rents, new business ventures, and gentrification are stripping "your city" of what you loved about it. Two sides to every story.

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Posted by Chris Albeck on 08/13/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The High Cost of Justice

dear east bay express: please fix the move on link to go directly here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ask-the-alameda-county/?source=search. seriously. don't be lazy!

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Posted by Kim Harmon on 08/13/2014 at 10:27 AM

Re: “The High Cost of Justice

here's a link to the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ask-the-alameda-county/?source=search

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Posted by Kim Harmon on 08/13/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Life may be very good in Oakland for 20-somethings who enjoy the new bars, restaurants and other entertainments that Oakland increasingly offers. And if you are in business in Oakland, or are employed in promoting business in Oakland, you want the best PR you can get.

There are, sad to have to point out to the suburbanite writer of this piece, still lots of things in Oakland that deserve the attention of concerned residents. Yes, the homicide rate is down in Oakland. On the other hand the rate is also down in Richmond and in New Orleans. The downturn is part of a national trend for which any sort of reliable explanation is difficult to discover. Shootings and killings in Oakland continue yet at a multiple of the national rate and there are groups of longtime Oakland residents who still suffer from crime even if the suburbanite visitors and newcomers don't. If Oakland has "only" 80 or 90 homicides this year, that's still several times the 25 homicides per year in comparable cities nationwide.

Oakland has problems that remain unaddressed by our government. Negative news has the important function of keeping some public attention on real suffering in Oakland. Eventually this may lead to voters deciding to install some new blood in city hall. Oakland has been a very tough town for its poorest for many decades and it's not getting better for them.

Yes the bowl of cherries view is important. So is the reality.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/13/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Elmano Gonsalves is my new hero. I get so tired of trying to "defend" Oakland to old, closed minds near and far. Many of them are here in the East Bay -- even working with me in Oakland -- and they still seem to think it's the 90's (and it has nothing to do with their outdated wardrobes ;)
Seriously, though, I get very frustrated. I often throw my hands up and tell them, you are right! It's terrible here. Tell your cohorts and do STAY AWAY! We don't need their kind anyway, right? After all, they're the first ones to run out to the news crew with the proper soundbite of fear.

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Posted by Justine TenZeldam on 08/13/2014 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

The Chronicle and Oakland Tribune (owned by San Jose Mercury News and also operates the Contra Costa Times) are garbage. The Bay Area deserves to have a decent daily paper, but alas, the East Bay Express is once a week but does a much better job supplying readers with facts than the dailies.

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Posted by John-Paul de Veer on 08/13/2014 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Farewell to the Golden Gypsy

What happened to thomas robinson once owner of the golden gyspy massage palor in berkeley? Did he go back to prison for pimping and pandering?

Posted by roxanne hughes on 08/12/2014 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Why Black Students Are Avoiding UC Berkeley

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Posted by Editor on 08/12/2014 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Living on the Streets of Oakland

Thank you for this article. Growing up an living here for all of my 70 yrs. this thing with homeless in our society befuddles and disturbs me no end. "How can we allow this in our society? How can we help people againg"..but it seems our country has turned into an ugly society where the rich "earned" their money and the poor "deserve" their fate. I applaud Mr. Pannizzo, Mr. Bacon and your paper for such sensitivity as shown here.

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Posted by Earl Marty Price on 08/11/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Oakland's Garbage Gamble

A garbage transfer station in West Oakland... are you freaking kidding me?

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/11/2014 at 3:07 PM

Re: “The Battle for Adjunct Faculty Rights

provosts at Mills acting improperly -- no surprise here. Mills is not under the same kind of scrutiny as public schools, and much more answerable to benefactors and parents. When I worked there, I failed a student for clearly documented, blatant plagiarism. There was no review of misconduct, just the provost CHANGING the grade to a passing grade. There is no academic integrity.

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Posted by JoAnn Conrad on 08/10/2014 at 9:34 PM

Re: “The Death of Doctors Medical Center

The recent Chevron upgrade settlement with Richmond demonstrates the division between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. We must ask ourselves how is it that Doctors Medical Center was sacrificed for Councilpersons Butt and Rogers’ pet projects. Why didn't the City Council take a poll of what the residents want?

Richmond is a plutocracy run by residents living west of I580. While our working class residents are struggling to get by, the anointed ones plot our future, which generally means they get more and we get less. When there is corruption in City Hall and the Housing Authority they defend the scoundrels even when it affects the morale of the City workers and the underserved residents of vermin- infested housing.

Richmond is a microcosm of what has been happening in the United States since the 1970’s. The working class has been sidelined while the rich have been fast- tracked.

The first step for Richmond residents to reclaim our democratic rights is to demand district elections.

The working class remains the unrepresented majority.

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Posted by Charles T. Smith on 08/10/2014 at 5:12 PM

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