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Re: “Friday Must Reads: California Almond Growers Expand Acreage in Drought; Governor Says Stopping Them Would Be a ‘Big Brother Move’

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Posted by Hexder Store on 04/18/2015 at 2:56 AM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

Ralph, aren't elected officials supposed to pander?
But to voters not police unions.

I don't see how making the City Attorney (or City Auditor for that matter) appointive by elected officials would significantly insulate them from the power of campaign contributions or endorsements because their bosses still have to raise money and collect endorsements to get re-elected.

Campaign reform similar to what we have at the Federal level, forbidding political contributions from public service unions would be a start. We forbid contributions from contractors doing biz with the city. Why not muni unions alsoL

Nor would making the position appointive correct the fundamental Charter flaw that the City Attorney's client is City Hall, not the residents.

I agree with both Chanin and Swanson that the failures of the binding arbitration have to be spread over all of City Hall and years before Parker.

I'd go further and say that problem we've had at OPD ranging from ineffectual crime reduction to police abuse, have been more the result of political failure to property manage OPD than any internal problems at OPD or its "culture."

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Leonard Raphael on 04/17/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Veg Week Wants You to Know That Veganism Isn’t Just for White People

Wonderful! The #Vegan #Soul movement! #LoveIt

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Posted by Naijha Wright on 04/17/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Can Oakland Afford Affordable Housing?

In response to Bud Verde's comment, new development is already exempt from rent control and has been for decades. As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts.

Posted by Bill Chorneau on 04/17/2015 at 11:19 AM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Desi Mundo, you're twisting facts to create a values polemic and I don't care to engage in that. The point of my comments are to bring to light important facts intentionally missing from Luke's posts.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/17/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “The Hazards of Unsafe Housing in Oakland

Weird how two comments appear to insult the man being targeted by these massive real estate companies, using the same tone And insults, while ignoring the second victim and the facts presented.

Hey landlords and their henchmen, your feudalism is showing. You have to share this world, and now that white people are moving in, the press is going to pay more attention. Most of you add nothing to this world but greed and hatred. Good luck hiding the truth behind your school yard insults. Stop being such babies. We WILL take your toys away.

"Don't make waves" to improve this world? You coward. If you truly belive in hard work, try developing compassion for 7 billion humans. Start with yourself as a child and whoever messed you up. It gets easier after that. Or do you only care about making sure 30+ don't stop paying rent for an unsafe building? I don't believe you.

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Posted by Luke Morningstar on 04/17/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Building Homes and Jobs Act Would Generate Possibly as Much as $720 Million for Housing

I'm curious what $720 million could translate to (i.e. how many people could we shelter if we built public housing?) but this seems like a good idea.

Posted by Anthony Lyons on 04/17/2015 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Get Creative About Conserving Water

The showerhead referred to above stops the hot water flow, but it doesn't stop the cold water from running out the shower while it's warming up. It's not going to save water. The best way to save water in the shower is a 1.5 or 2 gpm showerhead (free from EBMUD) and a bucket to catch the cold water and then get in right away, get your business done and get out. Better yet, turn the water off while you are soaping, shampooing etc....

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Posted by Marguerite Young on 04/17/2015 at 8:02 AM

Re: “The Hazards of Unsafe Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 04/17/2015 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

Oakland is not Ferguson. But three decades of progressive leaders at City Hall have abdicated responsibility for protecting residents and fellow police officers from bad apple cops.

There are many reasons binding arbitration, not just in Oakland, is heavily skewed in favor of police officers. Explanations range from the influence of police union political campaign contributions and endorsements on local elected officials to game theories of arbitration.

Many cities do not have binding arbitration for police discipline appeals.

The only reason to keep binding arbitration for police is that protects good cops from getting scapegoated or harassed by brass because officers usually win at arbitration or get off with wrist slaps.

Unfortunately way too often, residents and other police are stuck with the bad apple cops.

Whatever the causes for the high rate of police discipline reversals by arbitrators, we should set a time limit of say two years without extension, and monitor results of arbitration. If it continues to skew in favor of police, the City Council should sponsor a ballot measure to repeal binding arbitration.

Considering Swanson's list of failures of the internal investigations conducted by OPD, it is now even more important that we support the efforts of Council Members Noel Gallo, Lynette McElhaney, and Desley Brooks to consolidate the intake of all civilian complaints against police, at a strengthened completely civilian staffed Citizen's Police Review Board.

Three years ago the Council agreed to do this but the Federal police overseer vetoed it. The current czar is staying out of what he considers something outside his mandate.

This is coming up for re-consideration this Tuesday, April 21,2015 at City Council. Agenda item #13

If you agree that we would all benefit from a credible competent civilian police review board, please email your local city council member before next Tuesday expressing support for that proposal.

It will not pass without the vocal support of residents who normally don't come to council meetings, send emails to council members, or post comments on news sites.

Len Raphael, CPA
Oakland

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 04/17/2015 at 1:46 AM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

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Posted by Editor on 04/17/2015 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Why California Weed Is Still the Best

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Posted by Editor on 04/16/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Twenty-Five-Year Record Store Feud Spins Again: Rasputin's Rubble on Telegraph and Haste

I suspect Sean Lyons thought he was posting his comment to Indybay or Fireworks. Oh well, we all make mistakes.

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Posted by John Seal on 04/16/2015 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

It is time to look again at whether an elected City Attorney is benefiting the City of Oakland. Do we want a pandering politician worried about re-election making legal decisions for the City or would we be better served by an appointed City Attorney? Based on the history a strong argument can be made for both methods of filling the office. Parker has been a clear decline in quality from Russo, but what is the best approach going forward?

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Posted by Ralph Kanz on 04/16/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

Barbara Parker is a joke. Only in Oakland could a police officer admit under oath (in deposition) his and others' participation in an extortion scheme by OPD officers against downtown Oakland club owners, and still be the go-to guy for a (dirty) search warrant, and have his sworn statement form the basis of criminal charges. Not only do we need a police commission; we need a clean sweep of Oakland City Hall, including a new Oakland City Attorney. And no, OPD has not "come a long way." It has succeeded for many years in covering up the fact that it has not complied with court orders. OPD is as corrupt as the rest of the City of Oakland and Alameda County government.

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Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 04/16/2015 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

It's not listed, but Smitty's on Grand Ave is a pretty solid dive. Can't wait to try Baggy's.

Posted by kevin wenderoth on 04/16/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

A well-written article. I forgot to add that.

Posted by Matt Pajamas on 04/16/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

I like the little innovations but living in a dilapidated neighborhood near nothing inside a rectangular metal box makes me feel claustrophobic. I welcome innovation but I don't want to live in an episode of the walking dead minus the zombies.

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Posted by Matt Pajamas on 04/16/2015 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

It's well past time to take management of OPD out of the hands of the myopic and narcissistic Oakland City Hall culture.

Thoughtful individuals and community groups have long recommended to the incompetent and corrupt Oakland establishment that this city needs an independent Police Commission to manage OPD. Only with a fresh, new and ethical management perspective will OPD ever be able to reduce violence and protect our most vulnerable citizens as well as overcome the racist and abusive problems of the past.

Change in Oakland? Not likely with yet another Mayor Dellums-Quan-Schaaf in charge. Voters, open your minds!

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/16/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “The Hazards of Unsafe Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 04/16/2015 at 3:56 PM

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