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Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

The pseudonymous "Chip DeBlock" makes it clear that he has problems reading when he says: "Well, it didn't take long before people like Hobart Johnson threw the race card."

My comments were written expressly NOT to "throw the race card" and to refer to shootings of civilians in general not those of a certain group.

Not to harp on the policy statement that's written below the comment area: "Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed." Bye bye "Chip."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/05/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Critics Say 'Troubling' New California Bill Would Keep Even More Police Body-Camera Footage Secret

Well of course ANY video of Anyone being murdered is morbid and offensive, so thry get to keep all the footage of them slaughtering people, from the cameras that were implemented in the first place fir transparency. Makes perfect sense.

Posted by Marissa Sofka on 08/05/2016 at 5:33 AM

Re: “The Time is Now Closing Party at Naming Gallery

Amazing! Hil Jaeger is my artist crush. xoxoxoxoxxo

Posted by Yael Hartmann on 08/05/2016 at 4:37 AM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Not to beat a dead horse, but for those of you interested in looking at a deadly force video (less than 3 mins long) and seeing how good you are at determining whether or not it's a good shoot, here's a link to the one we just put together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apvK6stOUbs

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 08/04/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Well, it didn't take long before people like Hobart Johnson threw the race card and Miles Monroe demonstrated he is clueless about the war inside our borders. I know Miles Monroe is not a LEO and I hope to God Hobart Johnson isn't either.

One thing cops like about each other is telling it like it is. There is no sugar coating and no facade. So, let me take a stab at it:

Hobart Johnson, you are either ineptly unaware of the factual data surround OISs or are intentionally misrepresenting the facts. If bad guys didn't try to kill LEOs and obeyed law enforcement's commands, they wouldn't get shot! Did you know that The Washington Post compiled data shows that:
1. Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015
2. More whites and Hispanics die from police homicides than blacks
3. Black and Hispanic officers are more likely to shoot blacks than white cops
4. Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops

Also, when interpreting stats to say that cops are more likely to kill an unarmed black man than an unarmed white man, what is not being revealed is that they are giving the label of being "unarmed" to bad guys trying to get the officer's gun, beating the cop with his own equipment, etc..

Don't stop reading, it gets better...a new study by Harvard Professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. (a black man) found NO RACIAL BIAS in how law enforcement used lethal force against blacks. Sorry to take the wind out of your sail!

We actually talked about racism in law enforcement on Episode 64 of the LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show in case you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeX_yUq2DQ8

Miles Monroe, I still can't believe you have your head in the sand when it comes to war in the United States. So kindly get your notepad because SCHOOL IS IN SESSION. You can start by doing the following:

1. Drafting a letter to the families of the 49 people killed and to the 53 people injured in the June 12th Pulse nightclub mass shooting by domestic terrorist Omar Mateen. Oh, BTW, the shooter was killed by Orlando police.
2. Drafting a letter to the families of the 5 police officers killed, the 7 police officers injured and the 2 civilians injured on July 7th by Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson. The sniper was killed by police.
3. Drafting a letter to the families of the 3 police officers killed and the 3 police officers wounded on July 17th by Baton Rouge gunman Gavin Long.

Of course I said "draft" because you would be crucified by the public if you were insensitive enough to actually send it. It's bad enough that there's a real war out there and law enforcement is having to fight it, but it's INFURIATING that you refuse to acknowledge the actual presence of this war and law enforcement's role in fighting it FOR YOU!

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 08/04/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Belotti Ristorante Serves the Best Pasta in Oakland

AGREE 100% - We had lunch 8/03 and it was likely the best food we'd had in over a year (including Farmhouse Inn, Auberge du Soleil, and Passionfish). Lunchtime Wed was empty and the waitress delightfully enthusiastic. By far the best Italian restaurant in Northern CA right now, even surpasses Perbacco.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 08/04/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

As promised, we decided to discuss this story on the LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show. Here's a link to Episode 65 in case you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K4ey9F1_Yg

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 08/04/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Sherry Hirota,

Thank you for the comment and clarification.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 08/04/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Actually, don't come to First Friday. The people in the neighborhood that actually live where it happens (me being one of them) hate it. It inconveniences and disturbs us, and the police harass the homeless people in the area that have been displaced by rising rents and illegal evictions in order to "clean up" to hide the city's inhuman treatment of homeless folks -- most of which are people of color. Two buildings for disabled people have residents that are literally prisoners on that night because they're wheelchair bound and the crowds are anything but wheelchair friendly. Drunk people cause a fuss in the streets when our children are trying to sleep. The neighborhood the days after is awash in garbage. First Friday is part of the gentrification long time residents of Oakland hate. So stay home or go somewhere else on the first Friday of the month because we don't want you here.

Posted by Rue Malifiche on 08/04/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Darwin BondGraham and East Bay Express

Re: Fearing Displacement

In your article of August 2, 2016, you reported that Asian Health Services was among those “listed as groups that support the project (W12) without additional community benefits.”

No one representing Asian Health Services has ever said we support W12 without any community benefits. In fact, we confirmed from the source (Martin Group) that “I never said that those groups had offered support for the project” and apologized for “misrepresentations that occurred in the news article.”.

Patients and community residents in Chinatown are at risk of being displaced. Chinatown sits between two BART stations and is adjacent to Downtown Oakland. The population within a half mile radius of Chinatown and the Lake Merritt BART Station is 88.8% Asian, 77.7% renters, and 39.2% below poverty. 70% are low income making less than $30,000 annually. (2010 Decennial Census).

Asian Health Services is actively engaged in the Chinatown Coalition which is finalizing its platform for Community Benefits. Since 2001, our community efforts to improve pedestrian safety, affordable housing, cultural preservation, parks and open space, and economic vitality have been integral to our health agenda. Furthermore, these issues and priorities were drawn from extensive community engagement and patient input.

Posted by Sherry Hirota on 08/04/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: On Oakland's Police Commission Ballot Initiative and 2016 City Council Races

The only major loss on the police commission charter amendment was Mayor having 3 direct appointments-----As I told the Council, in SF in the 1990's we all thought we'd be getting beyond days where every Commission vote was heavily influenced by SFPOA and then found splitting appointments between multiple elected officials didn't change that at all.----Post the 1997 change, we got a better and more diverse Commission, but still one unduly influenced by politics and particularly the SFPOA. So for me its not about 'the community' picking commissioners , or preserving the powers of the Mayor, or who is Mayor, it's about firewall between OPOA pressure and Commissioners. Time will tell if 2/3's of a loaf on the appointments issue will be enough

Posted by Mary Vail on 08/03/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

EBE states, "Oakland landlords can raise rents however much they want, even if the increase violates the city's rent-control law." this is true if said landlord doesn't care about the law. Typically piling more laws on doesn't affect people who are already breaking it, New laws only affect those who try to follow it. Oakland does need to educate its renters and property owners on the ways of existing rent control laws before piling on more. It works if you work it.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 08/03/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “BART's Lead Negotiator Has a History of Illegal Behavior

I love it! Excellent article. I think it could also be useful for everyone to know how and where to fill a form online. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a a form, I found a blank fillable form here http://goo.gl/46FheV

Posted by Lavone Minyard on 08/03/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Victoria, perhaps if you read my comment more thoroughly, you will observe no criticism of development, per se. You will notice instead that I refer to the new developments as "welcomed." The impact fees you mention (the first application of such fees by the way) are meager and a minor offset for the many negative impacts of development (Berkeley and Emeryville collect $29,000 for each new unit constructed). At the current construction estimate, the $2.3M will produce about 4.5 affordable housing units.

Vincent states the issue much more concretely -- Oakland's overwhelming need is housing that current residents who are being displaced in droves can afford. Not one current resident will be able to afford the new apartments, which developers construct for maximum profit -- as is their right. But since the Feds no longer support housing for the least able, it is the city that carries the responsibility of assuring housing availability for all incomes. As part of the right to negatively impact the city with new construction, it is only equitable that developers must contribute to ameliorating the city's extreme housing need.

Posted by James Vann on 08/03/2016 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

I don't see how new MARKET RATE housing is going to benefit the community. Sure there will be housing, but there are hundreds of families in Chinatown who needs AFFORDABLE housing.

There are people who have lived here for generations, who were born here, that NEEDS housing. While most of these market rate housing projects are certainly being made to attract and provide for those moving in, those who have lived here all their lives are going to be forced to leave as the thousands of families who have already been forced to leave.

I have worked in Chinatown for a decade and I fear that all these new housing developments will end up pushing out residents of Chinatown and ultimately the people that is Chinatown.

And we are not in this for ourselves, we are in this for our community and for our Chinatown.

Posted by Vincent Saephan on 08/03/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

@Hobart Johnson: Excellent points, well stated.
@Chip DeBlock: Your statement "there is a war out there" perfectly and succinctly highlights the fundamental problem: the attitude, mentality, and perception by law enforcement.
No sir, there is *not* a "war" out there, there is a *community*, populated not by enemies, in *any* proportion, only *citizens* who are, let us not forget, *innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*, and who it is your responsibility to "serve and protect", not defend yourself from. If you want to play "Army Man", join the military, preferably one of another country, because ours has made more than enough enemies through the promiscuous use of force as it is.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/03/2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

⭐ in the making!! I love this! Only up from here 😘

Posted by Jamese Victoriano on 08/03/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

James, this project is paying a $2,300,000 impact fee that goes into the affordable housing trust fund.

To argue that this project doesn't contribute to affordability is an outright lie. Shameful.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 08/03/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Bike East Bay = the storm troopers of East Bay gentrification

They really need to be closed!

Posted by Sam Lowry on 08/03/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

She seems like a cool fresh artist to check out. Dope article.

Posted by Tonithy on 08/03/2016 at 1:22 PM

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