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Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

The concept of "moral relativism" is totally unknown to animal rights activists.

Posted by Gawijn Sneeveldt on 07/20/2016 at 3:00 AM

Re: “SEIU 1021 and Activists Say They're Joining Forces to Support Oakland Police Commission

Update: Tonight, Tues July 19th we had a big turnout of supporters for a strong, politically independent Police Commission selected by a "citizens’' committee with a broad mandate for investigating all complaints about police misconduct and disciplining police and the police chief. People expressed their support to giving the Commission the power to review all policies and procedures of OPD. Out of about a few dozen speakers, maybe 3 people raised a few mild objections to certain provisions. No one publicly supported allowing any mayor to directly select any Commission members.

In essence all of the changes proposed by our Coalition for Police Accountability were supported by many people I had never heard or seen before, and by well-known residents also.

Two former members of the existing Civilian Police Review Board spoke. They both described how their frustration with the toothless Board made them quit. Three other former members have told me the same exact thing in private.

In the next few days we will ask for firm commitments from every CM to support our original charter amendment after deletion of any reference to changing binding arbitration. That was our agreement with all of organized labor except for OPOA and that's fine by most of us in the Coalition for Police Accountability.

The Mayor has stayed publicly silent on the amendment and only once arranged a meeting with the Coalition. Not unreasonable to assume the Mayor privately expressed her wish for her office to directly select 3 out of the Commission members, but we don't know.

But much can still happen in the week before the July 26th special session of Council to vote on a revised charter amendment. I'm sure OPOA has not given up their fight to weaken the Commission.

So please contact your council member and at-large CM Kaplan asking them to support the Coalition for Police Accountability modifications to the Kalb/Gallo proposal.

Len Raphael, CPA
Treasurer Coalition for Police Accountability

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/19/2016 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Lose Its Artistic Soul?

my company was needing a form last year and was made aware of a business with lots of fillable forms . If you need it too , here's a https://goo.gl/sekBoF.

Posted by sussanedavis on 07/19/2016 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Why are Oakland's City-Worker Unions Making it Harder to Fire Bad Cops?

The answer to the question in the title of this article: "Why are Oakland's City-Worker Unions Making it Harder to Fire Bad Cops? " is pretty obvious.

It is the same reason that any union makes it harder to fire any of its members (bad or otherwise). It is a byproduct of who they are and what they do. No union wants (in their view) for management to run roughshod over the union members and make the decisions on who gets hired, fired, working conditions, work rules, time off, whatever. They work hard to protect members even though the protection sometimes protects cheaters, liars, stealers, lazies, whatever. Comes with the package. There is nothing different here - almost...

What is different? Management is, ultimately, the public citizenry. Now, the the shoe is on the other foot and members of our liberal society are bristling at the member protections being defended by the union. So, it is Ok for unions in general but not this one?????

Yes, the stakes are higher given the bad deeds committed by some cops. No doubt about it whatsoever. But, the stakes are higher in protecting the cops too. That means the union needs to be even more vigilant to protect its members - the public moods and emotions along with protesting activists can drive decisions that are not particularly thoughtful, clear and fair - police "discipline" driven by political committees tempted to pander.

For those who are union supportive liberals, this is a dilemma, huh? If the shoe fits.......................Sorry, it ain't that simple. You either support the idea of unions or you don't. Either side of the argument has baggage. It is difficult to talk out of both sides of a mouth.

I like the idea of trying to understand the position of the other side of the argument rather than vilify it.

Posted by Michael Good on 07/19/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

I was enjoying the article until the ending when you described how living shrimp were tortured via being steamed to death and then you ate them. Would be curious to hear your justification for eating some animals, but not dogs?

Posted by Kelsey Atkinson on 07/19/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

Dan Kalb has just relayed the announcement that the Council will only be taking the public testimony tonight, not voting.

It's good because we'll be heard earlier tonight. It also gives all of us more time to contact our council members.

Not so good in that it also gives the police union, OPOA, to throw their political weight at the council members to force a watered down Police Commission that will just be a better funded version of the ineffectual Civilian Police Review Board that we currently have.

Please show up tonight no later than 630. Register online to talk or just to cede your time when you get to the meeting.

This week contact Rebecca Kaplan and your local council member to express your support for the version advocated by our Coalition for Police Accountability. They'll know what you want.

Len Raphael, CPA
Treasurer www.CoalitionForPoliceAccountability.org

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/19/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “SEIU 1021 and Activists Say They're Joining Forces to Support Oakland Police Commission

BUT as Dan Kalb announced, the Council will be taking the public testimony tonight. It's good because we'll be heard earlier tonight. It also gives all of us more time to contact our council members.

Not so good in that it also gives the police union, OPOA, to throw their political weight at the council members to force a watered down Police Commission that will just be a better funded version of the ineffectual Civilian Police Review Board that we currently have.

Please show up tonight no later than 630. Register online to talk or just to cede your time when you get to the meeting.

This week contact Rebecca Kaplan and your local council member to express your support for the version advocated by our Coalition for Police Accountability. They'll know what you want.

Len Raphael, CPA
Treasurer www.CoalitionForPoliceAccountability.org

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/19/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Today a customer called to state she'd left a review on Yelp for us
July 19, 2016
Ugggnnn!!!! No more bing/yelp for me.
When I search for the problem with their apparent suppression of reviews, I see they recently were drawn into court and have complaints by the thousands in a class action lawsuit
FOR SUPPRESSING REVIEWS!
I googled to find out what to do about it and see what others are encountering (since there's no way to contact the bing/yelp monopoly...I did however leave this message on a few OTHER websites where people are all up in arms about the manipulation (apparently they are all saying the same thing....if you advertise with yelp/bing your reviews MIGHT be able to be seen (!!!)

This was the note I wanted to send to Yelp....but they don't have a means of contacting them....what a joke, anonymous terrorists.
"I was called earlier by a woman customer that stated she left us a review on Bing. When searching my company name with the terms " Troy Road Computers Springfield Ohio " I see the company page come up and it states only 1 review, after clicking to see the 1 review I see it states we have 3 reviews, when I click to see what was said, the yelp page states that 'these reviews are not recommended " (!?!) Are you kidding me? I am not one to be extorted or manipulated but AM the type to inform each and every one of our customers that if they are finding that we serviced them appropriately to please use google to do so (to avoid loss). We have our own server and will be updating our notices page to reflect this recent finding with the bing/yelp monopoly asap. http://www.yelp.com/biz/springfield-computers-springfield?utm_campaign=yelp_feed&utm_medium=feed_v2&utm_source=bing
Searching a bit deeper I see there's been others with the same problem with the yelp manipulation."

And to think that I've gone through the extra work of putting bing as one of the links available to a great deal of my customers favorites bar....phhhhttt......just goes to show you, our nation is overrun by capitalizing and it's at all levels.
Capitalists don't appear to be doing such a good job of managing our nation as evidenced by our very real debt/looting (pick your word): http://usdebtclock.org

Posted by Kenny Hendrick on 07/19/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Alameda Poised to Become Next California County to Ban Fracking

Yay Alameda County! We got fracking banned in Butte County, you can do it! #ProtectCAfood

Posted by Mary Kay Benson on 07/19/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

Great article! It only takes three people to knock something off the consent calendar, if you all want to show up tonight.

@Bruce they do that :)

Posted by Ian Monroe on 07/19/2016 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

I am an Arthropod Liberationist.

The torture and eating of shrimp, not to mention the abuse of cockroaches and termites, is a disgrace to human "civilization."

We are in consultation with the Oakland City Council and Mayor towards developing legislation to protect our disrespected and exploited Arthropod Friends.

This is the one policy area where Oakland can effectively demonstrate our true progressive spirit.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/19/2016 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

I can't wait for an Indian city to begins protests of the horrifying american practice of mass murder of cattle and eating them!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/19/2016 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

Would any of these schemes make Oakland safer for residents and merchants? No. So when anti-police activist Rashidah Grinage praises an editorial piece, you know it is not journalism and the author is not functioning as a journalist.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/19/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

We are seeing a hail mary by moguls, billionaires, greedy people that want to continue a failed model of prosecution of a natural plant. Why are they trying to stop Cannabis? Simple - the model is successful for the 1%'ers. It feeds prisons, it provides government funding to police and court mandated therapy. It keeps the people popping pills instead of growing a natural medicine in your garden. It gives you true freedom - and empowers you to free yourself from capitalistic profiteering interests. This war on a plant is also a war against your freedom. Stand up to any immoral policies that tell you what you can't do with YOUR body & FREEDOM!

Posted by Shaun Hauser on 07/19/2016 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Why Does He Watch Porn?

I was with my ex for 3 years n 6mthns n he cheated on me so we split, before he left me, we were planing to get married in the future, I loved him so much but I became tired of him lying to me every time he opens his mouth, I went into search for help in the internet, I tried many different spells from almost every place locally as well as online and none of them worked, I almost gave up hope because I thought i will never see my lover again forever, one day i saw some testimony about this powerful spell caster Dr Manifest i emailed him and i asked him to help me bring back my lover and he did A Lover Spell for me And after some days, my lover returned back to me I'd like to say that i got a positive result from (manifestspellcast@yahoo.com) ever since i used his love spell, my lover have learned to appreciate me more and more day by day, and he doesn't take me for granted.

Posted by Judy Colson on 07/19/2016 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

The politics of a police commission charter amendment are messy, affecting the interests and power of the OPOA, all the other city unions, Mayor, City Council, and lastly the residents.

The detailed wording of the charter amendment will mean the difference between a pumped up version of the current Civilian Police Review Board and a community responsive Police Commission able and willing to step on any toes needed to improve constitutional policing in Oakland.

You touched on most of the remaining points of possible contention: mayoral direct selection of several commissioners, subpoena power, and selection/supervision of the commission's attorney.

Your omitted disagreement on whether the scope of the Commission to investigate and to review/recommend is to be limited to a very short list of current police misconduct.

The Coalition's original amendment and it's subsequent recommended change to the June 14th Kalb/Gallo version "allows the Police Commission to review all OPD policies, procedures, customs, and General Orders."

We also strongly recommend that the Commission be empowered " to investigate every public complaint it receives" instead of just "to investigate all complaints involving use of force, in custody deaths, profiling, and First Amendment assemblies" because as policing methods change, so will the subject of complaints. The current wording would not even allow the Commission to investigate OPD cover-up of the statutory rapes.

After several years of studying police commissions and review boards in cities across the US and talking to people who have served on those commissions and boards, to activists, academics, and a cross section of Oakland residents, we reached consensus on a model police commission for Oakland.

The Commission needs to be more than just an adequately funded version of the current Civilian Police Review Board.

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/18/2016 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

A masterful summary, Darwin. Thank you so very much for making a very complicated process understandable.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/18/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

700k arrested yearly--so many lives ruined. Police,prisons, Big Rehab and Big Pharmacy prosper. Everyone else suffers. Our government was structured to benefit the people. Our rulers are subject to us, not vice versa. They government only with our consent. They are our servants not our masters.

Posted by MJ Verite on 07/18/2016 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

North carolina needs to legalize.. meth is taking over here. Its bad when your small towns and cities have alot of anti-meth billboards.. its embarrassing too.

Posted by Destiny Maxine on 07/18/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “BAOBOB: The East Bay's New Black Business Directory

How can i join

Posted by www.oliviassoutherncusine.net on 07/18/2016 at 2:21 PM

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