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Re: “Judge Slams Oakland Council's Decision Not to Pay Police Monitor, Orders $100,000 Payment Within Month

Monitor Warshaw has a financial incentive never to find OPD in compliance. The judge could set a six-month limit on the contract for any one monitor - but he doesn't. Quan, then Schaaf, and the councilmembers never sought this remedy. None of them really cares about the super-high level of robberies and burglaries in Oakland. This latest dustup shows that City Hall does not know how to wage a tough fight, for there is no doubt that judge Henderson has a deep and abiding hatred of OPD, matched by his disdain for the victims of crime in Oakland.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/20/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Oakland Port Trucking Boss Embroiled in Controversy

I am One of the employees that sued bill aboudi and have not been paid or contacted by the lawyers representing me So what do I do or who can I talk to? Will I ever get paid? Please contact me at ginaj1072@gmail.com or at 9165591595 or 2098983152, ASAP.

Posted by Preciousg on 01/20/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Ms. Cooper sure has a lot of power that she is misusing as a woman in a leadership position. This is not the time for taking away people's rights Ms. Cooper, it's never a good time. We have all forgiven you for having a paper that is written at 8th grade level, we cannot ignore your willingness to infringe on a women's right to assemble. What's next, will you not allow them to go to clinics or take birth control, or vote? You don't have my support or readership.

Posted by Diana Cristales on 01/20/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

I am employed by a national news organization and the restrictions on participating in political events are clear, and, in my opinion, entirely appropriate.

If you're a major news organization, and a news reporter is participating in the news, and taking a partisan side in a battle, how are people supposed to believe that his or her reporting is striving to be fair, rather than striving to persuade?

For example, if a Fox News reporter is photographed holding a Pro Life sign at a rally, would you dismiss his reporting on abortion as propaganda? Fuck yes you would. And rightly so. Because he's not a reporter anymore. He's now a activist. And you assume he's starting out with a narrative that he will make selected facts fit.

And if a SF Chronicle reporter were to be photographed holding a sign with a picture of Trump that says, in huge letters, "What. A Dick," how much easier would it be for the new administration, and its followers, to dismiss everything the Chronicle publishes as biased?

News organizations often make a distinction between reporters and commentators or oped writers. The latter have opinions, and use those opinions in their comments, and are identified as people with opinions. Nothing wrong with that. If you want to consume opinion, there's opinion to be consumed. Buyer beware.

But reporters are expected to strive for fairness and accuracy, to the best of their ability. To report without fear or favor. And the appearance of fairness is a necessary component in asking readers to trust that you are trying to do just that.

Posted by Ken Olofia on 01/20/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Blatant denial to rights of freedom of assembly, association, speech.
Patrick Monk.RN. SF. Ca.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 01/20/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

I and my journalist and writer friends are Marching, in part, to demonstrate opposition to the muzzling of the press by the incoming Trump Administration. The thought of fellow journalists being barred from attending a hugely historic demonstration against an administration who wants to silence the media is appalling! And just a bit suspicious in its own right. if I worked at the chronicle, I would call in sick,(maybe wear a mask) and attend, or feel bad about it the rest of my life. I am shocked and saddened by this dictatorial move on the part of this editor.
hold on to your radios everyone's, the way journalism compromise tells me it may be all we have left. Radio stations like Pacifica Radio from NJ and KPFA radio out of Berkley (both online), and online and Free Speech TV shows like Democracy Now are not corporately sponsored in any way and are the only places we can get unbiased reporting. Thank God they exist

Posted by Karyn Cortani on 01/20/2017 at 6:35 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Insight is one thing. OPINION is another completely. If it is an opinion/ editorial piece, sure, both label it AS such and include some personal opinions. But if it is presented as "straight" reporting (just the facts: who, where, when, how), leave the bias out or at least offer full disclosure of it. This new trend of media attempting to influence minds from divergent fields is WHY folks can't/won't trust Mainstream Media anymore (e.g.- reporters feeding Hillary debate questions in advance but not to her opponents). The Chronicle isn't presented as an "Alternative" newspaper, so extremists should stop acting put out that the paper's publisher doesn't want her reporters compromising journalistic ethics. There are more than enough news sources in this day & age so that we don't have to gripe that people are somehow not able to hear folks' opinions because straight news is upholding journalistic ethics (as it should). When one major news source takes on the role of Big Brother by telling us what to think instead of giving us a chance to formulate our own opinions based upon unvarnished facts, then you have BIG Gov't at it's worst right around the corner. Do even the Leftists want THAT(??)

Posted by john_q on 01/20/2017 at 4:37 AM

Re: “Coal Terminal Developer Suing City of Oakland, Seeking to Overturn Ban on Fossil Fuel Exports

Oakland already has more than its share of environmental issues, there's no reason to add coal dust to the mix. Phil Tagami is doing what all business people do nowadays; if they can't get their way legally, they bully cities and towns with pricey, bullshit lawsuits figuring they'll break them financially. He would do well to remember the city he's trying to bully. Oaklanders do not take bullying lying down and they don't shy away from a fight.

Posted by Peter McQuaid on 01/20/2017 at 2:12 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Disgusting. If you don't cover the news, then what is your actual job? If you don't cover the truth, witness our voices then you are in fact suppressing the news and you deserve neither our respect nor our support. We have enough fake news. We don't need to add news that shuts out female voices.

Posted by Martha Kreeger on 01/20/2017 at 12:00 AM

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