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Re: “Town Business: A New Police Headquarters. Does Oakland Have the Money?

OPD has a large backlog of cold cases and a heavy workload for homicide investigators. In addition, the crime lab is understaffed so that important functions such as fingerprint analysis are often delayed or disregarded. My impression is that most crimes in our city go unsolved. If that's true, we should use these funds to hire more crime technicians, particularly for the investigation of burglaries.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 03/16/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

Here is a more complete list with contact info of Bay Area companies that have expressed interest in working on the wall:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l7ASxPaxHKsrwLBzHR5r8jxI_VP6eznKRVyFEbEgamc/edit#gid=0

Posted by Jennifer Dees on 03/16/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

George Rockwell...what Margaret Barone said in item #4. Really! "Black countrymen who are in direct competition with illegals" and "emotion like some black female". Wow! I see that your heart is in the right place. But, with those two statements, you show you're not yet there, like many whom support Trump and his misinformed, discriminatory ideas. Keep trying. I'll pray for you.

Posted by Robin Bray on 03/16/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

Good for you Oakland. We need to build bridges not walls.

Posted by Gustavo En Español on 03/16/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

I went to elementary and junior high with Lady Esther's son and frequented her restaurant all the time. So glad the family is back! I was just lamenting that only a few old time soul food restaurants are even around. Now we've got three.

Posted by C. Leonard on 03/16/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

PS I'm sorry, I made a mistake....the wall will cost $21 BILLION. Not 15 as I stated above.

Posted by Margaret Barone on 03/16/2017 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

George Rockwell:
1) It has been proven time and time again that there is no connection between high crime rates and high immigrant populations in cities....in fact the opposite is true. Undocumented workers receive no benefits. And if you'd like a lesson on how a loss of immigrant workers effects farms here you go: https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.mic.com/articles/amp/8272/alabama-illegal-immigrant-crackdown-destroys-farm-business

2) A wall would cost at least 15 billion of taxpayers' money, would be ineffectual at actually keeping anyone out and would be impossible to implement over most of the terrain it seeks to cover. It would be a complete embarrassment and a waste.

3) You know who can't stop whining and crying and needs a safe space to express his little self? Milo. If you spend your life spewing hateful rhetoric and ruining people's lives, you're going to get angry protestors (and I'm not talking about Blac Block setting fires. They are just violent trolls). He needs to suck it up. Free speech does not protect you from negative consequences. It does protect the right to protest however.

4) "emotional like a black lady"? Saying immigrants are only "stealing" jobs from black people? I guess you're the president of Milo's fan club.

5) You want to see a real embarrassment? Look in the mirror.

Posted by Margaret Barone on 03/16/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

I could tell you what is wrong with a wall... but then again you need to learn your lessons yourself, as usual.
Love from a country that learned its lesson from nazis and walls and painfully well.

Posted by Till Toenshoff on 03/16/2017 at 1:35 AM
Posted by Freddy Paiz on 03/15/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

Could someone please explain to me what's wrong with having a wall? Is it immoral to ask for individuals to obtain passage into this country legally? Do not illegals undercut the wages of your average blue collar worker? Are we not concerned about poverty and crime in America? Do you not care about your black countrymen who are in direct competition with illegals concerning jobs?

And the Mayor wants to talk about not building walls, yet had no problem in supporting the Antifa wall that kept Milo from giving his speech. If people are so concerned about speech triggering them or inciting hate perhaps you should do a better job as parents and professors in raising your kids to think critically and with reason, not with emotion like some black female.

Berkeley is a national embarrassment.

Posted by George Rockwell on 03/15/2017 at 10:18 PM
Posted by Tony Sampedro on 03/15/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

Who is the oakland city council kidding they don't have money to do any large projects. When the Raiders flee they will have even less and will be still paying for an empty coliseum. They think they are so smart.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 03/15/2017 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

This is awesome news! My cousin knew Ms Lady Esther well as he was one of her food service vendors. I remember when she died - a very sad day in Oakland. My father, who is now 85 yrs young frequented her restaurant and remembers fondly how kind and Ms. lady Esther was.

Posted by Teresa L. Washington-Evans on 03/15/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

I pray she brings back the stuffed shrimp . I remember my uncle Green Hodges used to clean the restaurant. My oldest daughters baby picture hung in the main area. Those were the days!

Posted by D Mascharney Smith-Franklin on 03/15/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

Yes Lord and we thank you

Posted by Marie A Lewis on 03/15/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

The American Steel "Studios" you mentioned recently changed ownership in October 2016. I'd like to point out that the NEW owners of the American Steel building did not acquire the use of the name "American Steel Studios" and their business choices do not represent the artists and other tenants there.
The building itself is now called "American Steel" and the property management company is Ventura Parners, who I'm pretty sure are NOT placing bids on building a border wall. Tenants there do not know the identity of actual owners so don't bother asking.
However, the PREVIOUS OWNER of the building is more likely to be the "bidder" of a border wall since he is a known racist and Trump supporter which is a fact, not my opinion.
He owns half of West Oakland industrial land so, I'm sure you can easily find his name.
But, I strongly suggest you get all your research information straight before bashing the reputation of a collection of underappreciated local artists and fabricators, or the real estate management company that takes care of them.

Posted by Day Pollini on 03/15/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

American Steel Studios is a collective of some 300 individual artists not a singular business that could or would take on such a project. I think you just got pranked. Better reporting please. And if some artist or business inside Am Steel did agree I would fully support boycotting them.

Posted by Kevin Byall on 03/14/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

As a neighbor I could care less about a sidewalk no-one walks on. I am more concerned about the heroin camp under the freeway, now that we have gotten rid of the Alliance problem. I love how you throw about the term "developer" as if it is a four letter word. Good job on uncovering this HUGE conspiracy tied to both the mayor and the governor! Strong work. This Protopappas character MUST be someone to watch out for if he is a "developer" and has friends and connections. He must have used those extensive connections to sidestep this incredible flaunting of the law....wait...is this fake news?

Posted by Dogotwn Neighbor on 03/14/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Town Business: A New Police Headquarters. Does Oakland Have the Money?

The police building is pretty poor, but the roads we need to travel on to get there are even worse. I think our roads are a crime, and I should file a police report sometimes. Oakland tax payers voted to tax themselves for infrastructure improvements. How about the city council discuss putting people to work on the roads to get to the new building before they build the building?

Posted by Clive Scullion on 03/13/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Town Business: A New Police Headquarters. Does Oakland Have the Money?

New OPD headquarters and crime lab might be somewhat of an easier sell to sales and property taxpayers if Oakland could show us that crime is steadily improving (that means fewer crimes!).

Otherwise this looks like yet another typical big financial surprise for the complacent citizenry of Oakland. I won't mention the word "pensions."

Yet there could be some creative thinking.

A new Trump tower where OPD Admin now sits. Forty or fifty stories with a new cop shop just above the retail at street level. Kinda like where developers like to put the affordable housing. Could be a win-win (developers and cops win).

How about including a new cop shop with a new Raiders' stadium project? If we're willing to give them $200 million in infrastructure, they could give us a $200 million cop shop. Could be tourist draw, too. Another win-win.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/13/2017 at 3:59 PM

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