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Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

"Do you crypto-anarchists really think..."

Epithet and poli sci update: the original crypto epithet was "crypto-fascist" spoken by Gore Vidal to W.F. Buckley Jr. Perfectly apt.

An anarchist is someone who doesn't believe in government, so whether or not gov't was aware of anything at all isn't really of much interest to an anarchist.

A fascist is likely to be someone who things gov't is god and, accordingly,
all-powerful and unquestionable. Something like W.F. Buckley Jr and the writer of the crypto- epithet above. Fascists or crypto-fascists.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/19/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

...And now, debris from the from the fire is found dumped illegally.

Hmmm....

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/18/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

"The city council should also be named including Desley Brooks whose district the fire was in."

Desley Brooks's Council District is #6. The Ghost Ship fire was in the Fruitvale area of Oakland which is Council District #5. Noel Gallo is Council member for that district. Gallo gives every indication of concern for the often-beset Oaklanders who live in his district.

Sounds like someone has it in for Desley Brooks. Before passing judgement based on "alternative facts," a little taste of reality might be useful. Unlike other Council members, if you call Desley's offical phone number, she is likely to answer the phone.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/18/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

36 lives lost, gone. The City will be used for obvious liability. The city council should also be named including Desley Brooks whose district the fire was in. She had first hand knowledge for over five years of this potential but chose not to do ANYTHING about it, just like the rest of her district, the tent city of homeless, trash and defecation. She should be charged criminally for each and every life lost.

Posted by camedia8888@gmail.com on 02/18/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

It took an entire City of Oakland to create this disaster. That made it difficult to cover up.

Posted by Len Raphael on 02/17/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

And this disaster/tragedy is EXACTLY why I'm not here for Oakland OVERLOOKING or ACCEPTING anything that is illegal. Had all facets of the City of Oakland done their part, 36 people wouldn't have died. I don't care who or what it is, the City of Oakland has got to stop tolerating this crap.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 02/17/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Couple of items:

1) http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/p…

Crime is hardly down. The changes aren't even one quartile different which means the average (which is higher than more populated cities) is still out of whack regarding crime.

2) Reddon, I'll just leave this for you.

https://emsnews.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/t…

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/17/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Major Paint-Manufacturing Corporations Still Owe Oakland More Than $100 Million Over Lead

Yes, it is heartbreaking the misery that these corporations have caused. Some of them also produced and promoted lead pipes long after they knew of its dangers.

See "Warnings Unheeded: a history of child lead poisoning," American Journal of Public Health, 1989 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1349776/
The Lead Industry and Lead Water Pipes: "A Modest Campaign"; Am J Public Health. 2008;98:15841592) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2509614/

Posted by Ri Ra on 02/17/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

So Reddon, your contention is that because people in Blue shoot people needlessly, the kids shot through the walls of their home, in their beds, count less than the ones shot by blue bullets...

The teens shot sitting in a car in front of their houses, in their own neighborhoods count less.

Nice.

I'm not saying the blue shooters are right. I'm saying they've been handed and easy out. By the system and by clowns running the streets blasting away in broad daylight... And no one knows anything. We're tough. We're Oakland. We don't snitch.

As I said, all VERY lawful.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/17/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “The Healthful Corner Store Movement

I'm eager to visit the Hope Collectives store!

Posted by Gabriela Delariva on 02/16/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “California Natives Oppose Canonization of Junipero Serra

Tupak, so nothing's good about the USA? Bet you will never have a space program.

Posted by Mark Laszlo on 02/16/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

I'm so tired of the likes of the Bay Area Council and SPUR, acting like they represent the residents of the Bay Area. They don't. One is a business advocacy group and the other has an activist urbanism agenda. Thank these guys for Plan Bay Area, and the movement to regional taxation and unelected regulators making choices for us.

Posted by Trevor on 02/16/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Yes, Bruce F., it does matter who does the shooting. Reason: several white shooters like Zimmerman have gotten off by claiming that the confrontation with a black man put them in fear of their life -- the legal standard, especially for policemen. Inconceivable a black person could get away with this.

Posted by Reddon on 02/15/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

and now it's back. Weird

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

I appreciate this griot's expanded view. He had the ability to take me with him on this journey. I felt as if I walked with him as the picture he painted was brilliant. So very sorry for this tragedy.

Posted by Mizanihealth on 02/15/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Interesting. My last response seems to have been removed. It was neither anonymous or pseudonymous

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Vivian, I've lived in Oakland for over 20 years now and I'm born and bred in the east bay a long time ago. I saw Oakland when it had a functioning downtown (only now reviving). I saw crony politicians line their pockets when BART construction was allowed to strangle downtown, just as it did in Richmond. I watched Don Perata and others spend much needed city dollars to line the pockets of the owners of the Raiders in the name of "civic pride".

Let's see... There was a gun battle downtown, just outside city hall a few weeks back, mid-day no less. Working girls are obvious on international even after the "Celest Guape"/OPD debacle. There was also the mysterious fire at an almost completed development just off of West MacArthur a few months back. The city council member who used city resource to tamper with development s/he didn't like. That all sounds VERY lawful to me.

And yes it IS better. San Pablo avenue is no longer infested with drug dealers 24/7. I hear fewer gun shots now. There is development going on all over the place in spite the obstructionist activity of "social justice warriors" who are against any improvements that don't solve all problems perfectly the first time out or don't directly serve some neighborhood or other.

And Dave D, you're absolutely correct, no housing built does make gentrification worse not better. Yes, like it or not, supply and demand ARE a factor that can't be ignored or wished away.

Cars, per se, aren't the problem. Gas guzzling SUVs, monster trucks and what I like to refer to as land yachts are. Relatively cheap status symbols.

Replace them with bikes I hear you say and bike lanes. I dare you to safely carry the kids that way... Or transport groceries. I did that for a while too.

Unless we choose to go to densities that people seem to find unacceptable, it just doesn't work. Oddly those status symbols, at least in Oakland, seem to be more in the hands of people of color. so now we have another problem... The replacement of those working vehicles has a significant impact negative impact on the very population we're trying to help!

Transit, great idea. Show me the money to build AND maintain it. I pay my taxes, I'm sure you pay yours. Many don't and that most especially includes those pseudo citizens, corporations, who play property transfer games to avoid paying their fair share.

I know I don't have a whole lot of answers. I have a pretty good idea going after the latest administration is probably not the best idea.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Oakland is a "lawless abandoned zone"? When did Bruce last look around Oakland? There's residential development underway in many parts of Oakland, crime rates are down, and the population citywide is higher than ever. The problem is that the increase in real estate prices is leaving many existing residents "out in the cold".

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 02/15/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Wheres the water going to come from for all new residents/growth? I never hear it mentioned in any of these proposals.

Posted by bill h on 02/15/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

What are the reasons for the redactions in these police reports?

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 02/15/2017 at 1:04 PM

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