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Re: “As Trump Advances Pipelines, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Calls on CalPERS to Divest

Kaplan has no business beating her drum in North Dakota nor should she get involved in telling PERS how to invest. It seems that PERS has done very well without her input.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 01/27/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Poll: White, Affluent Oaklanders Happiest. Black Residents Least Happy. And Everyone's Freaked Out By Housing Crisis.

I'm curious: In a city as diverse as Oakland (socio-economically & geographically), how does a survey account for citizens feelings with only 1,202 interviews?

I mean, the differences in micro-climates alone are UGE!

PS. Looking at the map, how far into the Bay does District 7 extend...All the way to the peninsula?

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/27/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Such an interesting story and very interesting comments, indeed. So many things are wrong with the facts as they were laid out in this education-focused report. Smells like corruption, theft of public funds, mis-use of grant money, contract violations... a lot. I, too, hope for more reporting of these issues, as the more you report, the more people will know, and the more people know, there more they will able to impact and change. I am very disappointed in what I have read here. There is a lot of stealing and mis-appropriation of money and trust. How this city's schools can continue perplexes me. But, unfortunately, the comments by Janan Apaydin is the best. "Want to improve educational outcomes? Give families free preschool, decent housing, jobs, healthcare, etc. After all, socioeconomic status is the best predictor of educational outcomes. Not that poor students can't learn - they just need the same basics as anyone else to allow learning to happen. So, with our limited resources as a community, what is the best, most effective use of our resources to equitably educate all our precious children?" She is right. If this were to happen, half of the thieves and con artists listed in the article would have to hustle someone else.

Posted by Robert Thompson on 01/27/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Meet Samaria, a Rising Oakland R&B Star Preaching Self-Love

I fell in love with the album, her voice, and the instrumental value. It is so important for young women to be aware of themselves and self value, and this artist has emulated the concept of not only personal perspective but also the psychological perspective of others.. I'm excited to see where her music flourishes into...

Mignonette Wong

Posted by Mignonette on 01/27/2017 at 5:29 AM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

This miscarriage of democracy must be aborted http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/resign-or-invoke-the

Posted by Corey Yoquelet on 01/26/2017 at 11:52 PM

Re: “In Oakland, Massive Crowd Of 100,000 Turns Out For Anti-Trump Women's March

Re: the great :I'm not a real president but I play one on TV sight - if it ever gets made into a poster, t shirt, or bumper sticker, I'll buy one!
Lynne Miller
Oakland

Posted by Lynne Miller on 01/26/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Nice to learn about the charter school hedge fund-like operation. I think charter or public, schools cannot be expected to fix all of societies ills. Want to improve educational outcomes? Give families free preschool, decent housing, jobs, healthcare, etc. After all, socioeconomic status is the best predictor of educational outcomes. Not that poor students can't learn - they just need the same basics as anyone else to allow learning to happen. So, with our limited resources as a community, what is the best, most effective use of our resources to equitably educate all our precious children? Public education is not perfect, but it gets my vote for the choice that at least has democratically elected leadership that the public can hold accountable.

Posted by Janan Apaydin on 01/26/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work At SOMArts

Can sex workers be artists? You ask. That is a really ridiculous and outdated question. Lots of sex workers are artists. Sex work is a bigger funder of the arts than the NEA, which will likely be ended by the Trump Admin. Looking forward to tonights show. PS--I was a prostitute and porn star 22 years full time. I'm proud to say I'm one of the artists in Documenta 14, the biggest most important art expo in the world. (Kassel Germany). There is a long history of artists who did sex work-Karen Finley, Maya Angelou, Diamonda Galas... So this question in fact has definitely been answered. YES. Sex workers can be artists.

Posted by Annie Sprinkle on 01/26/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

According to Professor Bill Hing at the USF School (who was interviewed last evening on NPR/KQED) the only money Trump can touch is related to security related concerns. There are laws which govern what types of monies can be withheld by the president. Because immigration falls under Homeland Security only funding for policing, security, etc can be withheld.

But, I suppose we'll see....

Posted by Tom Webb on 01/26/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

As was already mentioned the GOP is cutting those programs across the board so BFD

Posted by Lisa Stallings on 01/26/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

Also they're not allowed to leave the US since they're carrying around somebody else's ID and SS#.

Posted by The Machine on 01/26/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

I know a guy who came here illegally from Mexico who had to go through a rigorous process of getting into the US within a Mexican human trafficking group. He said majority of those trafficked through the US are indeed gangbangers but I'll save that story for another time. Once they arrive to a border town (between US/MEXICO) somebody from the black market provides them with a social security # and ID from some random average Joe in the US. This allows them to have access to these clinics/healthcare and other benefits we legal citizens receive. I

Posted by The Machine on 01/26/2017 at 12:58 PM

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Posted by Shahidul Haq on 01/26/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

Sorry Bill Wylie , my post was meant for Teddy Oberman!

Posted by Deau Hickey on 01/26/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

Teddy how does illegals have anything to do with these programs? When you're not documented or how you like to call it illegal you CAN'T get any assistance unless you have a social security number these are federally funded programs. People with a mentality like yours is what's wrong with our country!!!!!! You're justifying these cuts as sending illegals back you're so ignorant and uneducated. These cuts affect poor people and those in so much need like our senior citizens. Oh wait let me guess the money is better used building a wall.. oh wait Trump said we'd get reimbursed by the Mexican government which is total lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Eva12 on 01/26/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

Well, he does believe that torture works! The only worse thing he could do for Oakland is to erect billboards of his face posted all over the city - that stupid-looking face would be enough to keep illegals and legals alike from coming here.
Bill Wylie - just follow the rules of etiquette and stop shouting your ignorant and grammatically incorrect drivel!

Posted by Deau Hickey on 01/26/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Were Oakland Police's Tactics Against Anti-Trump Protesters 'Excessive'?

No one got hurt and only a few fools vandalized the city and nobody had their business or car smashed to bits. For a change, Oakland had a powerful and peaceful assembly. Everyone I know who participated thought it was great and felt safe. I'm one of many Oaklanders who went to DC to march. There was a general unease among many of us from the Bay Area that Oakland would get out of hand and provide Trump with ugly, unruly evidence against those who oppose his agenda. Thank you to everyone who came out and made our city proud and to the cops who safeguarded her citizens and streets.

Posted by TBGunther on 01/26/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

This is hardly shocking. These are programs that the GOP hates and thus would have been cut anyway.
Couple this with the fact that California, overwhelmingly, voted against the thin skinned, petulant, narcissistic, snowflake in chief and one could argue that such reprisals were inevitable.

Posted by Bill Wylie on 01/26/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

IT DOES NOT MATTER, HOW MUCH, THEY PROTEST, OR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. WHILE OBAMA WAS DESTROYING THE USA, WE FOUGHT HIM, USING THE LAWS & THE COURTS, & HE COULD NOT, BE STOPPED!!! ...BECAUSE HE WAS "THE PRESIDENT"....
YOU CAN DO NOTHING NOW, TO STOP PRESIDENT TRUMP.
HE IS, GOING TO MAKE, AMERICA, GREAT AGAIN!!! ... AND YOU, WILL NOT, UNDERSTAND, HOW THIS WILL WORK OUT, UNTIL
AFTER IT HAS BEEN DONE; BECAUSE YOU LIBERAL PEOPLE ARE COMPLETELY IGNORANT REGARDING HOW A NATION, MUST OPERATE AS A WHOLE IN ORDER FOR IT TO THRIVE AND TO SURVIVE...OK? GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Posted by Teddy Oberman on 01/26/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

JUST FOLLOW OUR USA LAWS AND SEND THE ILLEGAL'S BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY'S AND THE CITIES WILL GET THEIR MONEY; THE LAW OF THE USA MUST NOT BE BROKEN BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WANT TO BREAK IT
BECAUSE IT SUITS THEIR OWN PURPOSES...THE LAW IS THE LAW FOR
EVERYONE...

Posted by Teddy Oberman on 01/26/2017 at 6:11 AM

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