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Re: “Alameda Superior Court Judge: Landlord Acting "Unbelievably Callous" in Chinatown SRO Harassment Case

Not to defend this particular investor; but without investors this would be an empty lot.

Posted by Bud Mor on 08/17/2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

The police are here to protect and serve. I won't waste words or my own time explaining why blaming the victim is wrong, or why I don't want to have to change my underwear if I am pulled over. What I will say, is that a lot of these "crimes" are not punishable by death. Yes, there are a lot of weapons on the streets. Yes, the OPOA has too much unbridled power. Yes, there are violent criminals on the streets RIGHT NOW. But the last time I checked, the is NOT Judge Dredd, and everybody does not need to die. Police trust is at an all time low. In part because they won't admit when they see their own colleagues behaving badly or even illegally. Accountability, and real consequences. A force the looks like it's community, and strong, consistent leadership, unswayed by political motivations are what's needed in Oakland.

Posted by Michael A. Munson on 08/17/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “About the Data: What Our Reporters Analyzed to Learn About Officer-Involved Killings in Oakland

@Matt Chambers - The crimes committed were not done on taxpayer dime, which is what makes police shootings radically different. The employer has the right and responsibility to say "you will do the job in this specific way, and you will accept this additional amount of risk to your life. Don't want the risk? Don't take the job and the paycheck".

Police officers are just hired blue-collar help. They can be replaced, fired and otherwise treated just like any other blue-collar employee doing any other job. This is America and we do capitalism here.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/17/2016 at 8:45 PM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

If you are trying to get a new job in the next couple months then You better stop smoking. Takes 2-8 weeks for your body to rid itself of the toxins. Depends on how often you smoke. Drink lots of water and exercise daily. Cardio is best, work up a decent sweat. Eat very healthy until 72 hours before the test, then eat junk food up until you test. Best way to test clean asap

Posted by anon12321 on 08/17/2016 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Getting Schooled: An Overview of this Year's Oakland Unified School Board Races

For anyone trying to keep track of what you already pay the OUSD as part of your property tax bill:
currently around $500 per year.

seems thes 10 year bonds are an easy sell to the public who may not realize they already have one.

Posted by GregStemler on 08/17/2016 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

Provocative headline with what intent? There have been 45+ victims of gun violence thus far this year in Oakland. What are you doing to disarm the perpetrators of those murders? Your article foments fear and hatred of the police, resulting in many more people naively arming themselves for the illusion of security that brings. And then, with a steel phallus, in the heat of a dispute, another life, or two or four are taken. #gunstheweaponofcowardsandbuffoons

Posted by Kathleen Lopes on 08/17/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

Why would any sane taxpayer resist calls to push to get more service out of our cops or any public servant for the same money?

Do you offer to pay 3x more for your groceries or to your barber when they give you the bill?

Bewildering. Any and all pressure on our public servants is a great thing!

Cops are blue collar workers who are easily replaceable. There is zero reason why we cannot push them to deliver more and higher quality service even if it means a higher risk to their lives.

I am white and fairly wealthy. The fact that I fear for my life every time I get pulled over means something is very, very broken with our policing. Their fear of their own shadows combined with absurd union protection is absurd. The fact that they are failing to actually deliver safety at the same time and actually suppress crime is ridiculous.

Taxpayers deserve more and better service.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/17/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Getting Schooled: An Overview of this Year's Oakland Unified School Board Races

All the incumbent Oakland School Board have to run on a record of not be entirely truthful with the public. In the middle of a historic housing crisis they ask for passage of a third parcel tax as if cost of housing isn't high enough.

When you get your voter guide and read the summary written by the School Board of its 12 year $12.4 million parcel tax you will not see mention of charter schools as benefiting by the tax. Oh, you can find the Board writing of charter schools role in getting their portion of the tax in the "full text" of the Measure. Reading the full text you see a complicated formula for distributing funds between charter and public schools.

And, a deep reading of the full text reveals that the purpose behind this new parcel tax Measure is the same purpose the Board had behind previous $120 parcel tax Measure N. Intent of the Board is to put up Oaklland property owners' money to attract charter schools to sign MOUs that give Oakland School Board greater control over its charter schools.

If this third parcel tax passes, some charters will take the money. Some charters won't and some will take the money and tell the Oakland School Broad that you're not my Daddy. There Daddy is the California Legislature and the Legislature's charter laws. These laws say that charters are independent of the school board that authorizes them. Not likely that contracts to lessen charter school autonomy will stand up in court.

It is hard for the incumbent Oakland School Board members to be honest about the real purpose behind Measure N and the newly proposed parcel tax.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/17/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Hearts of Palm At the Berkeley City Club

Great show. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Posted by Tanya Grove on 08/17/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

African Americans shot and killed by police over the past 16.5 years average about 3.2 per year.
Average African American homicide victims per year over the past 16.5 years, over 75, (based on a average of over 100 total homicides per per year in Oakland over the past 17 years)
Of course some of those 3.2 officer involved shootings are entirely justified.
Or is someone suggesting that more than 1 each year of the 3.2 is completely unjustified?
So lets see... maximum, 1 possible unjustified police shooting homicide per year of a black citizen.
Compared to the huge problem of 75 African American homicide victims year after year, business as usual, on the streets over the past decades.

Hmm... Where shall we focus our attention and extensive statistical analysis of the danger?

Posted by Dan de'Data on 08/17/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Six Ways to Fried Chicken in the East Bay

What about the Southern Cooking joint on MacArthur on the Glenview side of Fruitvale? I heard that has great fried chicken - haven't been there yet but plan to go.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/17/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Portal Owner Goes Pizza with Philomena in East Oakland

Love eating at out of the way places in yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods - and tried Philomena's on the recommendation of a friend. We were hoping for the best but it was not to be. Sam Lowry was right - soggy and flavorless and scant toppings too. Big disappointment on pizza night. This pizza can't hold a candle to The (new) Leaning Tower of Haddon Hill at Newton and Wesley off the lake which is our go-to joint. Isaac the owner has researched and developed his pizza crust down to a delicious science - best pizza in the East Bay. Philomena, you have to be better than this to get us back for a second try.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/17/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “About the Data: What Our Reporters Analyzed to Learn About Officer-Involved Killings in Oakland

Investigate why it is that the Oakland City Council won't get the money from Wells Fargo to end homelessness, poverty and unemployment in Oakland?
If the city didn't intend for Wells Fargo to fix the problems that predatory lending has created, then why did they take them to court in the first place??
For the answer to the question read my Facebook pages titled,
Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?

Posted by Allen Sanford on 08/17/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

90 in 17 years? and they were all saints for sure. How about a report on how many blacks killed by other blacks?

Posted by Riley C on 08/17/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

This tax is simply a way for the cities to balance their overspending budgets. I personally hate sugary drinks and I hate to see kids with soda. However, taxing them is not a way to stop this. It requires education and healthier alternatives.I'm not supporting big soda either. But the city is just looking for ways to tax us.

Posted by Sandy Tarbet on 08/17/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Free Will Astrology

Love Rob! glad he's back. Very erudite and spot on. This week an absence has been a very useful asset, as I always try to take on way too much!

John Iversen, Mocker, Berkeley, CA

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 08/17/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “About the Data: What Our Reporters Analyzed to Learn About Officer-Involved Killings in Oakland

First comment is that Mesa has about 25% of Oakland's violent crime. It's not a valid comp.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 08/17/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Portal Owner Goes Pizza with Philomena in East Oakland

Looks like typical flavorless, soggy bay area pizza that every place is doing now.

Posted by Sam Lowry on 08/17/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Portal Owner Goes Pizza with Philomena in East Oakland

great spot :)

Posted by Jeff San on 08/17/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

Mr Davidzon said: "The bottom line is that American police kill far more people than police in any other civilized nation. The use of force guidelines, according to Amnesty International, do not meet international norms and standards. Whats even worse is that while delivering this carnage, they are failing to reduce crime to rates on-par with other civilized nations."

That statement ignores the fact that, unlike any other country in the world, the USA has hundreds of millions of firearms in the hands of millions of citizens. The threat level to police officers, and therefore the statistics on police killings -- justfied and unjustified -- cannot be compared with any other country.

Posted by Mansour Kilibria on 08/17/2016 at 10:45 AM

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