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Re: “East Bay Theater Companies Embrace Female-Driven Tales for Fall

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Posted by Roland West on 07/20/2016 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

LaTonda should kindly stepdown. As a City Ckerk all Closed Session documents should be protected and she took a Oath of office to protect them and she failed. She was a whistleblower in 2004 to oust former City Clerk Ceda Floyd to gain her position as the new City Clerk with only a 10th grade education. Sometimes its not about what you know...its who you know:)

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/20/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Hiring a private detective to investigate leaks? Sounds like something from the Nixon administration. I recall they called the leak investigators in the Nixon administration "Plumbers". All of them ended up in federal prison. I think Mayor Schaaf is getting carried away - the public has a right to know what's going on in City Hall. Even these "closed door sessions" are a little dubious. I think Mayor Schaaf's leadership has been horrendous. This police scandal with the teenage hooker - other departments are involved but they are not firing police chiefs right and left or trying to put civilians in charge of PD. You've got a few bad apples on OPD - other department too - big deal fire them and let's move on - you don't need the historonics we've seen from Schaff. Her wacky leadership has got the national media covering the teenage-hooker story - which has lead to a all this bad publicity for Oakland. Oakland is a great City - got some problems - like most metro cities - - big deal, solve them without all this soap opera like drama. Schaaf isn't doing that - she's making things worse with her wacky behavior.

Posted by Richard Woulfe on 07/20/2016 at 5:39 PM

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

There are many animal rescues in CA, Hope for Paws and MarleyMutts to name two, which are working with rescues in China and Korea to stop this practice. But what they can do is just a drop in the bucket compared to the dogs that are languishing in small cages waiting to be killed and eaten. Particular types of dogs are also being bread as a food source (they look like a combo Samoyed/Husky). It's quite sad when you think about it. A tiny number of these animals are "saved" by rescues and shipped here - but should we really be doing this with the amount of dogs in shelters needing to be "saved" from extermination as well.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 07/20/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

"How does this city clerk LaTonda Simmons hold the job of City clerk with only a high school education?????"

This seems to me to be very biased, unfair and uninformed.

LaTonda seems to be fair and respectful when she deals with the public in the often very tense environment of a City Council meeting. I think she is generally well-liked among the public and she seems to have been well-respected by Council members. LaTonda's job isn't easy.

I have not heard anything about her failure to perform her duties properly and efficiently.

Whether or not she has had a higher education, her language and cognitive skills seem to be up to the job.

I am not suggesting that LaTonda is a whistleblower. However whistleblowers or leakers are very important for democracy when, as with our elected officials, laws are broken and blatant tactics are applied to avoid transparency.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/20/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Be careful with the City Clerk. No one is to be trusted in the City Clerks office. How does this city clerk LaTonda Simmons hold the job of City clerk with only a high school education?????

Posted by Kayla Johnson on 07/20/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Free Will Astrology

Will this ever be updated?

Posted by rness on 07/20/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

This is ridiculous. How much money is being spent on watermarks and investigators? All the council business should be public. There should be no closed sessions especially when it seems that they are closed merely to protect council members who want to be re-elected. The council is supposed to be serving the people of Oakland, not hiding from us or ruling us.

Posted by Karen Hesse on 07/20/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

It's shocking that these city politicians have the gall to make illegal backroom deals and then COMPLAIN about whistleblowers busting up their fun. Ever stop to think that, maybe, just maybe, you are the bad guys in this situation?

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 07/20/2016 at 1:33 PM

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

The point of the article was given, as the writer really doesn't care if the dog are consumed or not. The writer's point was because someone in their circle with klout was engage in saving the animals Berkeley City Council had to get involved. Money always win.
For others, who are not aware. There are 11 Asian Countries that practice this event. If they would consume the Animal without torture. It would be acceptable. However, boiling puppies, kittens while still alive is not. Blow tourching them, gutting them, skinning them, cutting their limbs is not okay.
Oh, and to ruffle your feather even more, there is one single restaurant in California that does serve dog meat to its exclusive members.

Posted by Cristina Roskoff-Harris on 07/20/2016 at 1:11 PM

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

I appreciate Kriss Worthington for putting this item on the agenda. It brings grotesque practices such as those described to the fore, and creates political pressure that may eventually be effective.

Posted by David Cohen on 07/20/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “All Hail Jasmine Infiniti, the Self-Proclaimed Queen of Hell

Jasmine Infiniti's artwork, organizing, love and aesthetics have made it fun for the freaks again after the "queer nightlife" became a nightmare of gentrification and the recentering of wealthy white cis men's desires. WE LOVE THE QUEEN OF HELL

Posted by Oscar Io on 07/20/2016 at 12:43 PM

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

Pigs are smarter and more trainable than dogs. They are even smarter than 3YO humans in cognition tests yet we still torture and eat them. Maybe these "activists" should focus on home fires before telling some other country what to eat.

Posted by Gene Keenan on 07/20/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

I'm one of the organizers of the campaign to place a rent control and eviction protection measure on the November ballot, and I have to say I have no doubts about City Attorney Parker's commitment to tenant's rights. My colleagues and I see the abuse of tenants and illegal evictions happening every day and the Office of the City Attorney Parker has been a consistent ally of ours on this issue. I have personally worked closely with Barbara to protect youth from commercial sexual exploitation, and I know that as City Attorney, she has filed lawsuits against abusive landlords all over Oakland.

While I can't speak competently to all the legal and procedural issues raised in the article, what seems most plausible to me is that Barbara's advice to the City Council was consistent with her legal responsibility to protect the City and laws it passes from legal challenge. Surely we want Oakland's tenant protection laws to be less vulnerable to legal challenges, do we not? I know I do. And I also believe that Barbara shares my commitment and the commitment of other organizers to protect the homes, lives and rights of Oakland tenants.

Andy Nelsen

Posted by Andy Nelsen on 07/20/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

"City officials reportedly fumed over the leak because it made the city look bad."

If it closely resembles a duck, and walks and quacks just like a duck, odds are it's a duck.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/20/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

I don't understand how the City Attorney could come up with another conclusion. Read the Charter. East Bay express read the Charter. The problem with the City is that no one wants to follow the rules. I have no idea what issues the City Administrator had with the Clerk,it should not however prevent the Clerk from the performance of there official duties.

Posted by THERESA64 on 07/20/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

According to the City Charter the City Clerk is the Clerk of the Council and the keeper of all official City records. The Clerk does not report to the City Administrator. The Council doesn't need a resolution to include the City Clerk because the City Administrator had no authority to exclude the Clerk.

Posted by THERESA64 on 07/20/2016 at 9:06 AM

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

The issue with the festival and the consumption of dog meat is the excessive use of torture to make the meat more "tender". Perhaps, berfore writing this article, you should have done more research regarding the techniques used on these animals.

Posted by Hmm on 07/20/2016 at 5:06 AM

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

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