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Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

Tommy---I do not know what if anything DA O'Malley is doing about prosecuting OPD officers Faeth and Turner; I wouldn't hold my breath. Just that recent articles imply that the Cortez family has filed claim (precursor to civil suit) against City/OPD. Lastly, little if anything can be known at this point about OPD's investigation of the two officers, because of the Peace Officrers Bill of Rights, as expanded by 2006 decision of CA Supreme Court in Copley Press vs. Superior Court. The law and the Copley decision shield from public disclosure police personnel records, police/complaint boards/police commission proceedings in public complaints and disciplinary matters, even when a complaint is sustained, the officers/PD/City is sued and loses or settles. Legislation to modify that law (SB 1286) was held in committee in May, because State Senate leadership did not want a floor vote on the issue, given police union's money and endorsement leverage in primary and general elections. The only reason Oakland residents know anything about OPD's handling---or avoiding handling ----OPD officer misconduct---- is because of the Riders lawsuit and ensuing Court oversight and the investigative reporters at the Express and the East Bay Times/former Oakland Tribune.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/01/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Stopping a Climate Change and Pollution Nightmare in the East Bay

Thank you for writing about the attempt to limit carbon and other emissions by refineries. Author and climate activist, Bill McKibben, has said that negotiating with basic physics is a losing proposition. He means that no matter what we do, adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere will make things worse. Worse means more droughts, floods, fires, rising sea level that could put large parts of the Bay Area (and all coastal zones) underwater and the possibility of huge famines due to water shortages and changing weather patterns.

Given how bad things already are and certain to become worse, anything that reduces carbon emissions more quickly is the right thing to do. The "logical and reasonable" arguments of government bureaucrats and fossil fuel company representatives should be ignored as the baloney it is. I urge everybody reading this story to contact the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors and urge them to make sure that the caps on refinery emissions are enforced. If one of the directors is your county or city representative, contact them. If not, choose one or more and contact them anyway. Link to Board Members and contact information: http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-the-air-distri…

Posted by Chris Darling on 07/01/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Assemble Offers a Timid Salute to American History

The food was as described bland for the price. Burger & Fries with Club Soda ( no refill) was $18 + some change before tip. I ate at the bar. I did not think the food was worth the money. But then I am 67 and do not know who the target market is.

Posted by Ed Jr Shelden on 07/01/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

They put OPD Capt. John Lois in charge of the investigation .. What a joke !! I was an Oakland Cop for more than 15 yrs and knew John very well. He had a reputation of stopping all the prostitutes on his beat and getting very "handsy" during his "pat down" searches. How fitting that they chose him

Posted by opd131 on 07/01/2016 at 12:14 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

The photograph on the label was stolen, without credit or compensation, from freelance photographer Chris Duffey, a longtime contributor to Oakland Magazine and the East Bay Express. A representative of Phat Beets declined to cease using the photo when informed that it was stolen. So much for the ethics and good works of Phat Beets Produce, I guess.

Posted by Stephen Buel on 07/01/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

Nick Miller take that 510 out of your Twitter handle! You have to earn that 510 by knowing something about it. Choakland, child please.

Posted by Neal Adams on 07/01/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

Mary Vail -- thanks for your response, that makes sense with regards to the civil lawsuit. Do you know if the district attorney is bringing criminal charges against the officers involved? If that is yet to be determined, do you know if the Cortez family has filed a criminal complaint--petitioning the DA to pick up the case?

Posted by Tommy Katz on 07/01/2016 at 10:00 AM
Posted by Richard Johnson on 07/01/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’; Our Rating: Sell

Where is the IPO? Scam. Pure and simple. Shame on you Steve. You did all of us a major disservice with this distraction. And now, we get AUMA...

Posted by Kevin Saunders on 07/01/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

I WLL ALWAYS SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESS. HAPPY RETIREMENT SISTAH'S!!!! YOU DID YOUR THING FOR MANY YEARS THAT SOEAKS VOLUMES!

Posted by Stacy Smithc on 07/01/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

Patrick, CCHI is a fool's practice and will never happen. It was first introduced in 1990 and has failed to make the ballot in every election cycle since then, it's time to accept that it isn't gonna happen and move on. AUMA still allows you to grow your own while also allowing for unlimited possession limits at home and onsite consumption lounges, that is legal to me and everyone else I know. Prop 215 has done good things, but the unregulated status quo has caused problems and DEA raids, who said that they would return if a tightly regulated structure for cannabis isn't put into place in California. MMRSA and AUMA are the results of that, the nationwide movement towards ending prohibition cannot afford a loss in California this November, that is exactly what the prohibitionists want and all you're doing is siding with them and helping them get what they want.

Posted by Ben Cowen on 06/30/2016 at 6:29 PM

Re: “California Set for Historic Vote on Cannabis Legalization

Will the the measure prohibit employers (public and private) from disqualifying prospective applicants from employment? And will it also prohibit employers (public and private) from testing for marijuana usage?

Posted by Ed Jones Jr. on 06/30/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

Wow. This is some good fiction. I have had a hearty belly laugh over this supposed "reporting" and even better are the poor schmuck citizens who believe this crap. Go OPD!

Posted by Trina Scott on 06/30/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

In response to Tommy's message, the Cortez family quickly and astutely discerned that OPD could not be trusted to investigate crime where all the suspects were OPD officers and hired a lawyer. Before you can sue a government defendant you have to go thru making an admin claim against City. Since the public learns much more about OPD misconduct after the victims sue the City, will be interesting to see if City tries to damage & info-control this one by settling the admin claim, to avoid lawsuit, which government defendants rarely do.

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/30/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

I enjoyed the food, the service was ok.....

Posted by Linford J Gayle on 06/30/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Landlord Being Sued for Allegedly Pushing Out SRO Tenants

Ahasuerus Christian, what makes you so certain I'm lying? Just curious. We posted notices in English AND Chinese that we would be remodeling common areas, and when our general contractor suggested all kitchens had to be done at the same time, we refused, instead insisting that they completely remodel one kitchen, and only start on the 2nd kitchen once the first one had been completed and put back in service. I get it, "bad landlord" articles are great click-bait, and a great way to further one's career in some cases. Consider that there are honest business people, unless and until there is actually evidence against them. In this case, there is no evidence because we have no desire to ever constructively evict anyone, and 100% respect Just Cause and all other laws. Does anyone else find it odd that we took a Death-trap building with exactly zero smoke detectors and zero carbon monoxide detectors and with raw sewage leaking into the basement (literally) and cured all those items, plus the leaky roof, plus are painting it, and I've said that to every reporter that has contacted me, but none have printed it? I continue to respond to all questions and inquiries and have offered to meet with the city or anyone else with a stake in the situation. They haven't--maybe because they're mistaken and embarrassed, maybe they're too busy writing their next piece of inaccurate click-bait. Oh well. We'll just keep improving Oakland, respecting tenants, and taking punishment while doing it. No love lost Oakland.

Posted by James Kilpatrick on 06/30/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

It's not about bad apples. To paraphrase Philip Zimbardo in the "Lucifer Effect", the barrel is bad. I don't just mean the OPD barrel. I mean the entire system of policing in this country is flawed and needs to be completely reworked.

Posted by Eileen Morentz on 06/30/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

Mary, OPD was a difficult place to navigate as a woman, a person of color, and someone committed to issues of social justice.

Posted by Holly Joan on 06/30/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

Can't someone look for the mailer ID from the mailing barcode to determine who the sender is? who is MID 901486?

Posted by Jackie Lee on 06/30/2016 at 11:51 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

THAT'S SAD!! AND IV'E NEVER BEEN THERE!! DOG ON!!!

Posted by j4christ2016 on 06/30/2016 at 11:36 AM

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