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Re the garbage contracts, "cool" is the new "rigged."
Re the police (also firefighters and to an unknown extent public works personnel), it's astonishing that the widely-covered abandonment of New Orleans by police especially in the Katrina aftermath hasn't been taken as a model for what will happen in Oakland in the event of a severe Hayward fault rupture (due any time now, note). Unamazingly, under such circumstances people will prioritize the safety of their own families.
State law, passed by the Legislature in the '70s under union pressure, prohibits cities from enforcing residency requirements for employees, but one would think a simple sense of self-preservation would be enough to motivate the majority of Californians living in major earthquake hazard zones to get that changed.
A shame we can't keep good spots for long
What a blessing it would be.
I'm doing the happy dance right now!
thank lord Jesus
I sure hope this happens. Yaaay!
We should all look at all the issues and everyone involved, not just what makes our like (me, myself and I) better off? It's time we act and vote like a country, together on the important things like Justice Reform. Because "No One Belongs In Jail for Marijuana"
Noel Gallo was the only one who voted against the garbage contract BTW... I think he's a pretty straight shooter.
Mayor Schaaf and council continue bankrupting Oakland for decades to come with crappy contracts to cronies. Libby signed Police contract with over a 30% increased cost to City (raises and bennies) over 5 years. Then Council signed fat garbage deal, and now a booming bond ballot (with money for Charters Schools, Developers and the OPD). Libby, the Education Mayor and her Charter School buddy's will have teachers working for fast food wages and on MediCal: while Oakland Police earn 100K a year with fat bennies and pensions.
Libby loves her lobbyists, she plans to ride her "public safety: mass incarceration" "education reform: privatize public education" and "Oakland Renaissance : real estate rip off" right to Sacramento where she can do even more harm. Libby luvs Oakland!
If I were going to vote for Trump, I wouldn't do so because of the militant believer Pence. Hemp has been a long hard road in the US, and we don't need to sabotage our attempts now.
So Let me get this straight: "Most Oakland cops live in the suburbs of Contra Costa County, or over the hill in towns like Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, and Livermore." If that's true, why are they spending their money (that comes from us) trying to influence elections in Oakland? Is this not like Chinese, Russian, Saudi Arabian sources running ads in favor of one or another party in US elections? How is it the same: foreign investors control increasingly massive investments in US real estate and businesses and wish to have a government in power friendly to their investments, just as the police wish to have legislators elected who support their freedom to operate in the protected environment they currently enjoy.
I have spoken to OPD officers who told me they live outside Oakland for the welfare of their families. I was stunned. What kind of attitude do they bring with them to "serve and protect" residents of a city that is not suited for their families to live in? Is that the attitude we want in our police?
When we see those who we have granted special rights - to use and carry weapons, to arrest and detain those WHOM THEY DETERMINE are violating the law - why would they resist the oversight of their actions by those whom they serve? Finally, the city council of Oakland has taken the first steps toward establishing a neutral body with the power to review police actions. I would suggest that those unwilling to have their actions reviews by those they "protect and defend" are not those who best serve the interests of Oakland.
There are various ramifications that emerge in discussing these issues, such as: what are the rules officers operate under, both written and unwritten; exactly how are officers regulated and reviewed; what is the power dynamic in Oakland that brings about such contentiousness between the police and the government?
But most importantly, why are we giving such power and influence to a group consisting largely of people that don't even live here and who don't fully understand Oakland for what it is?
"To sum up Oakland's response, everything is cool, more or less."
That's sums up just about everything about Oakland governance including housing affordability, long-term financial plans, crime, police reform, a new police chief and our open-arms approach to anti-union Uber. Not to mention ethical behavior of Council members.
Said the fox in the hen house to the farmer: "No one here, Boss, but us chickens."
Everyone that bought a single day Saturday pass or a 2 day pass deserves a refund. People would have been happy to brave the rain to actually see artists playing, but we stood in the rain for cancellation after cancellation and the method of communicating these cancellations and lineup changes was incredibly disorganized and confusing. So much for 10th anniversary celebration. This is the worst event I've ever attended (I've been going to TIMF for years) and I haven't even seen mention of the pier fiasco. We didn't get half of what we paid for in terms of music or attractions. There is zero reason the silent disco couldn't have been relocated. Terrible planning. TIMF owes every festival goer financial compensation. We gave them our money and time and they absolutely did not deliver. And the discusting grass they laid the day before with heavy rains forecasted...who planned this shit?!
Colin Fletcher-Schmidt, the problem is "empty calories." Soda is pure garbage. Be happy it's legal.
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And to add to Ann's comments pertaining to Don Perata, when looking at our underfunded non-police services and crumbling civic and physical infra-structure, a big reason is the Raiders return deal of 1995, which not only constructively evicted the A's and grossly re-muddled the Coliseum, but put the County and City of Oakland on the hook for 12 million a year in Raiders Tax. Shame the Don can't be forced to pay it himself.......Libby's no subsidy/Raiders Tax 2 one thing she is doing right.
Kalb claims "building up size of the force"? The mayor set the number of officers in her budget. Kalb added nothing. Recently, the City turned from slow expansion of OPD to letting it shrink again by attrition. Kalb did not oppose that. *** The major "dysfunctional" element weighing on OPD is a monitor who keeps rating the department not in compliance with goals because that would terminate the multi-million contract imposed by judge Thelton Henderson. Kalb has done nothing about this.
Dan is a really excellent council peron, one with a vision for Oakland while attending to the needs of his district. His opponent is backed by the Landlords Association
So many of these police unions take outrageous positions. And it's particularly troublesome since so many of of the police live outside of Oakland. But that's a reality we have to deal with. The other reality is the department is deeply dysfunctional. Proposition LL provides for a much needed independent oversight. The Oakland police and their union should not be threatened by this. They need to be more sensitive and understanding of the community's needs. . . Not constantly "circling their wagons". I'm voting for LL and for Dan. It's not just this one issue thing he's been a good all-around supervisor.
Dan Kalb is at a fork in the road he is being pressured by OPD and courted by Mayor Libby Schaaf, who is desperately trying to build a political machine that is loyal to her, and her corporate campaign sponsors. Libby loves her lobbyists: the Port of Oakland, real estate developers, the construction industry, the Chamber of Commerce, OPD and their rotten union, the Charter School Movement, and racial profiling hills residents. Libby grew up in a divided Oakland, where hills residents got functional schools and city services; and West, North and East Oakland were over-policed and underserved. Then she trained under Council Member Ignacio De La Fuente, lead confidant to Don Perata who ran Oakland’s political machine. The Don, as he was called, started out as an Alameda County Supervisor, who sold public lands to developers and built a political machine trading contracts and land, for campaign support, and many say private gain. The Oakland City Council was so loyal to the Don’s agenda that they were called Peratistas. Ignacio was considered his bag man, trading real estate and contracts for political influence and many say cash. LIbby worked for the Port of Oakland in PR, and she worked for Mayor Jerry Brown on 11 failed crime plans, including curfews and gang injunctions. Jerry rode his failed 'Public Safety Platform" and the construction of the school to prison pipeline into the state office of Attorney General. The prison guard's union then provided him with the seed money to run for governor.
Hillary Clinton has apologized for her support of Bill Clinton's tough on crime legislation which resulted in criminalization of Black and Brown people and mass incarceration. Libby's “Public Safety” campaigns have supported the criminalization of Black and Brown people in Oakland and the mass incarceration and abuse by police of Oakland's Black and Brown communities. “Public Safety” is Libby's campaign center piece -she assures us that she cares about crime and will build and support the police. Unlike Hillary, Schaaf has never acknowledged past errors or how her, until recent, unconditional support of OPD has empowered OPD to engage excessive use of force, sex trafficking of teens, and police killing of Black, Brown, and mentally ill people.
Dan Kalb has decide whether he wants to support Libby, OPD and their union in policies, practices and programs which criminalize Black and Brown people and result in mass incarceration. Dan can join “Team Libby” it’s sort of a public safety pro-development, pro-charter cheerleading squad led by, Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, with Lynette McElhaney, Abel Guillen and Larry Reid sucking up for fun and campaign support. Libby’s trying to buy Kaplan and Gallo's seats by fully funding loyal and weak minded candidates to replace them.
Dan Kalb is being sent a clear message join team Libby, take the photo ops, the cash and connections. Stop pissing off OPD and their union with radical legislation like the Citizen’s Police Oversight Commission, be an insider and vote with Libby and the lobbyists, be a pro-development public safety winner; or fight the machine and loose your seat on the council.
Come on Dan, do the right thing!
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