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Re: “UC Berkeley Students Inspire Legislation That Would Make California Colleges Provide Abortion Pill On Campus


Posted by Usmanu danladi on 05/15/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Jim Mzt, I agree, the man is violating a noncriminal law, an insignificant ordinance that can be enforceable with a warning or a citation, not an arrest. He was simply low-hanging fruit for the cops to justify an arrest, in my humble opinion.
Does it even occur to you how much time, manhours, tax dollars and effort it takes to arrest and book a person into jail ? Is this a good return on our tax investment to go after low-level infractions, non-violent, non-criminal, non-felony, instead of investigating patterns burglaries, robberies and significant non-violent offenses?
To illustrate my point further, if a cop chooses to let you (a privileged and educated person) off with a warning for speeding or talking on a cellphone when driving, should you insist on being arrested for violating the law? Law enforcement has the discretion to arrest or not to arrest someone based on, OK, will this person be a threat to society for violating the law? Will this person start gravitating into organized business crime because he's selling fruit unlawfully on the sidewalk and not from the back of his car trunk so he can make a quick getaway?
That poor man is hardly a threat to the community. He's relatively poor and uneducated, trying to earn a living the best way he can without being a burden to the rest of us. He probably doesn't even know the law on selling on the sidewalk or if he's unfairly competing with Safeway or the Farmer's Market, jeez.
In all, he was targeted, because he was low-hanging easy police report, just add belligerent behavior in writing because it may be just too much "hard work" to deal with other real crimes in the neighborhood. Too bad there wasn't any video for us to evaluate it further in the court of public opinion.

Posted by Shasa B Foster on 05/15/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Interesting that kids selling lemonade on the corner isn't a crime, but someone supporting probably said kids selling fruit that made lemonade is a crime. Maybe he should've sent the kids instead. What thee entire fux is wrong with people?

Posted by Aaronette Leboothang King on 05/15/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

I ride a bus that stops in front of the Bank of America in San Leandro. They usually have a security person in front of the bank. However, most of those who ride the bus are elderly and disabled. I have not seen anyone loitering as there is no place to loiter. What causes loitering are corner and liquor stores. Oakland get a back bone and restore the bus stop.

Posted by Anita Wills on 05/15/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “A New Plan For Oakland’s Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is definitely weighted toward developer interests, a reflection of Mayor Schaaf's open door policy for developers. But to think of Ms. Myres as being a community defender. I witnessed her on occasions to side strongly with developers despite strong neighborhood oppositions. Her support toward developers was even contrary to City policy as laid out in zoning policy. I also found that her "design" comments were shallow and showed a basic lacking in understanding of the principals of Urban Design. Its depressing to think that Ms. Myres is the best Oakland's got.

Posted by Charlie Chan on 05/15/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The Secrets of Vertical Gardening

Loved "like patients to an iv!".

Posted by Wallace Shane Rogers on 05/14/2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

There's a lot murders in Alameda county to waste time arresting a person who is trying selling food to bring food to his family. Anyway is not a crime to sell veggies and fruit, by the way how many strawberry the sheriff's department bring home that day?

Posted by La Vikina on 05/14/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Fat ass officer was just hungry trying to look for a free meal on behave of the poor Hispanic trying to make a living. Fuck the police!

Posted by James Johnson on 05/14/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Hobart, tell me... Where did you study fire prevention? And what EXACTLY do you propose as a "new approach"?

It's FAR too easy to say "We need something new... You come up with it and we'll take cheap shots, never offering a constructive critique".

Fire prevention professionals presented known to work methodologies to protect people and property. So far, I've seen NO suggested alternatives... Just "We don't like what there is so make something we do like".

BAH! Bread and circuses mentality.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/14/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Everyday I lose more and more respect for law enforcement. This guy is just trying to make a dollar like the rest of us and he's doing it in a different way than most. Why waste my tax money on petty victimless shit like this? What's next? Law enforcement gonna start hitting up road side fruit stands selling out of the back of their pickups? How about all the late night riff raffs selling clothes and miscellaneous junk on the sidewalks? They've gotta be taking business away from all those second hand clothing stores. My god!! Don't forget those people selling hotdogs on the street corners late night outside of bars on their own personal grills. I'm sure they've got permits/business licenses for that shit. Please spend my money on better shit than harassing harmless people committing victimless crimes.

Posted by Jeff Blanton on 05/14/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Marijuana Is the Most Common Bust Oakland Cops Make When They Search Someone

The hope is that the establishment of the Police Commission in the fall will provide a mechanism to address self-contradictory and incoherent police policies and behaviors that are costly, ineffective and incompetent. These incompatible and often disconnected practices are what give rise to the distrust many community members have in their government and the allocation of resources reflected in budget proposals. The community will need to challenge the police commission to ask the hard questions and demand explanations, and the police commission will need to review these policies and practices and fulfill the Measure LL mandate to implement policy changes when appropriate.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 05/14/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Yes the landscape control specified in the city's flier sent to those in the wildfire zone would no doubt be effective in reducing fire vulnerability.
That is not at issue.

The problem is that the actual implementation of such landscape control is not realistic. That means simply not possible. Thus, if Oakland is to be proactive in reducing vulnerabilty to wildfire, a new approach is needed.

Reality is the critical factor in much of Oakland's governance failure. When government fails, elected officials are, legally and rationally, those who need to shoulder the responsibility.

What happened in the fire in '91 is actually not relevant to protecting Oakland from wildfire in the future. For one thing there is the possiblity, even the likelihood, of ongoing very dry years and very wet years. Unless of course one's disbelief in global climate change is strong enough to affect weather patterns.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

One of these men is committing a quality of life crime, and it's not the fruit seller. My fear of being unlawfully detained by a police officer is much greater than my fear of food-borne illness from fresh fruit.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 05/14/2017 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Uhhh... Actually, they policies reflect a knowledge of what happens when vegetation is allowed to grow unchecked, resulting in a wild fire like the one in '91... Approximately 1.5 billion in destroyed property (over 2800 single family homes, over 400 apartments and condos) , loss of life (25 killed, 150 injured) and screams that the city is responsible.

Point in fact, it may have been called the Oakland Hills fire, but it was Berkeley FD that screwed the pooch on that one.

And again, home owner acting as if nothing they do effects anyone else (But I like the wild look).

Yes, OFD has a records problem... Very like the one that allowed Ghost Ship to kill over 30 people. Why? Plain and simple; The city doesn't have the revenue it needs.

When I see that Oakland collects 7 million annually for Raiders games and spends 8 million to support those games, I see red.

I see over the last 20 years, 20 million dollars for "civic pride"... And pot holes in the streets, record keeping undone, past and current city council members jockeying to be next pocket Boss Tweed in Oakland, pretending to be shocked that legislation they themselves wrote is ACTUALLY implemented as they wrote it...

"Oh MY what a scandal!" trumpets the EBX sock puppet, "Fire the Mayor!"


Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/14/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Hey Karla Andres... Maybe you mean they should be arresting arsonists who set fire to the same building project twice in less that year... and EBX didn't report THAT!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/13/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

They should be arresting drug dealers and people that are comitting real crimes. Not this poor man that is working hard. I understand there are laws, however this is just cruel.

Posted by Karla Andres on 05/13/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Quality of life? Whose quality of life? Cops serve their capitalist masters, who force people into underground markets to survive, then harass, beat up, arrest and murder them with impunity--for trying to stay alive, which is the real crime (not the ones on the books), but the one the fascist masters engineer to exterminate what they see as 'excess population.
Fuck them all, and the cops who serve them!

Posted by Jacob Russell on 05/13/2017 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

There fruit are way better then safeways anyways!! Im curious of what would happen if someone was there buying some? Is that against the law? FTP

Posted by D-BO on 05/13/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

The law enforcement in America have become a oppressive apparatus again the community, but at the same time law enforcement official are asking for cooperation to fight crime, how a community will cooperate with they see injustices against to some one who is making a living by selling his produce instead stealing or begging.

Posted by Guillermo Sequeira on 05/13/2017 at 6:55 PM

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