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Re: “Three Days in July: On Why Racial Justice in America Shouldn't Require Debate.

Those like Bratton, Guiliani, national Police union representatives and others who live to defend the extreme illegal actions of Police are exactly where the problem resides. These out of touch, racist defenders of the Blue Line, despite incident after incident caught on video, distract from the country moving forward by their refusal to acknowledge the obvious. There is a national problem with how Police do their jobs when it comes to communities of color. It is not a new phenomenon and whites are only now becoming aware that something is and has been seriously wrong. The two media images most seared into the subliminal footprint of every American is the skinny blonde blue eyed woman as the icon of beauty and the handcuffed Black man getting into the back of a squad car. The impact of that imagery in both cases causes serious damage to people of color. Until the criminal justice culture is changed, nothing will change. You can't just change the Police Chief. It is the command staff,, the Captains, Lieutenants and Seargents who are the internal defenders of this sick and twisted culture. They are vested in it and charged with indoctrinating the new officers. When you change the Chief in an attempt to change the culture, this group just calls on the union to help circle the wagons and waits them out. They know that when there is no change or it does not come fast enough, the politicians have no choice but to fire the Chief. The Chiefs have to have the power to fire command staff and tell these unions to go pound sand. These Police defenders are just distractions preventing the nation from getting to the heart of the problem and making long overdue changes.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/13/2016 at 4:18 AM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

In other Uber news...

(Rideshare Driving - Exposed)
https://youtu.be/Wb_Fp9kgC0I

Posted by Stew Pidassil on 07/13/2016 at 3:05 AM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

*Mudslides: live tree roots hold the soil in place. Why not move to Pacifica?
Grassfires: at least as bad as forest fires. One of the many reasons you don't live in So Cal.
*Homeless tree rats in your attic: remember the deluge of rats after the '91 fire?
*Unknown amounts of Roundup and Garlon over a large area for an unknown length of years: you eat organic, so why would you want Roundup and Garlon in your environment?
*Desertification: those hills were always forest. Now they will be desert, degrading the environment, reducing the air quality, altering your microclimate.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 07/13/2016 at 2:00 AM

Re: “The Collapse of Berkeley Health Center

Just another organization Gwen rowe Lee ran into the ground, much like AMHI or giving contract to friends at EM cleaning (Elijah Mohammad). giving jobs to family and friends. Keith Carson got hip to her doings and gov't funding began to evaporate. AMHI was guilty of double dipping. Getting two grants of say $40,000 but only half went to AMHI.

Like the East Bay AIDSWALK (kicked my org Friends of Ugandan Orphans out) She packed board of overseer: East Bay AIDS Advocacy Foundation which had not met in 2 years just to throw me out over objections from now Summit Director Steve O'Brien, Hazel Wesson and Steve Chase, formerly of Walgreens. If Steve was not there getting Walgreens to help out (1/2 the walkers). Gloria Cox Cowell, Adreinn Mc Call are bellicose opportunists (much like Black Agenda Reports' Glen ford spoke of Susan Rice. Deanna roberts totally incompetent as $1000s of $ specified for a certain org went to the general walk in2012? sometime around there. No walk in 2015, the 2016 wALK WAS in March. No 990s ever sent to me. robert and sam, yet another AIDS org to examine! John Iversen Free Leonard Peltier! co-founder Occupy AIDS, Act Up East Bay, both berk and Oak needle exchanges, worked 30 years alongside Maudelle Shirek (RIP 101.75--exemplary life for sure! If anything Sam was easy on her as he did not know her previous philandering, double dipping, nepotism, cronyism

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 07/13/2016 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

Hugh Morrison...that's easy. He knows the union will protect him and he'll be ok. They'll say it was a joke between two adults and he'll go back to work in a few months. No big deal.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 07/12/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

Apparently Oakland has a huge issue with not being able to negotiate & administer contracts. The lack of competency in basic city government functions does not surprise me but it ought to.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/12/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

"A Uber/Lyft driver who operates in SF but drops off someone in Oakland."

In the capitalist world businesses are mostly taxed based on their business locations. This is a way of assessing taxes based on the administrative, economic and other costs of the business to its relevant locale.

An Uber/Lyft driver will owe taxes based on where he or she lives, works or otherwise creates costs to the public.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/12/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

A Uber/Lyft driver who operates in SF but drops off someone in Oakland is expected to pay the city the tax? Good luck with that!!

Whenever "Fair Share" gets tossed around you know you're going to get screwed.

Posted by Robert Hope on 07/12/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

Oh oh!

Sounds like another reality check for Princess Mayor.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/12/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Oakland SRO Tenants Sue Tech Housing Investors for Harassment

I lived in Hotel Travelers for about a year prior to it being owned by Danny Haber. I can state that the current complaint regarding, "trash to pile up in the hallways, removed the building's wifi, and allowed the elevator to go unfixed", these problems existed in 2014/2015 and are partly the reasons I moved out.

As for the front desk attendee, they made me feel like I lived in a minimum security prison. They were confrontational/unpleasant. It also sucked not having a key to your own front door and having a bad tempered employee annoyed that you woke him up to get into your own building. If the tenants now have a key to the front door it might be a good thing.

I empathize for my former neighbors. That building was difficult to live in prior to the renovation and I can't imagine the situation is better. But it needs to happen.

Lou Prado

Posted by Lou Prado on 07/12/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

The concept of placing responsibility for the conduct of adult POLICE OFFICERS on a teenager is beyond disgusting--it must come from all the adult males in government, "law enforcement, " and all those positions of power that attract sociopaths and child molesters--I can't contain my wish to castrate all those pretenders to morality on behalf of all who are subjected to their posing and filth.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 07/12/2016 at 4:19 AM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

The “studies” Mr. Sigg refers to were done well after the decision was made. California State Parks announced it was going to remove the eucalyptus forest from Angel Island and then contracted to have a study done to justify that action. People writing environmental impact statements can’t stay in business if their studies contradict the plans of the agency hiring them. Even so, it is notable that the Angel Island study found lots of wildlife using the eucalyptus forest.
A genuine scientific study was done in the East Bay Hills directly comparing the species diversity in eucalyptus forest with that in oak forest. Invasion Biology Professor Dov F. Sax found, “Equal diversity in disparate species assemblages: a comparison of native and exotic woodlands in California.” (Global Ecology and Biogeography (2002) 11 p.49-57)

The claim that wildlife needs native plants has been repeated over and over for 30 years. But that’s just a romantic story. On-the-ground scientific study tells a different story.

Mr. Sigg is “grateful” to the Sierra Club. Perhaps he didn’t notice that the Sierra Club said, “This [East Bay tree destruction] is not about us wanting to have native vegetation.“

Posted by Keith McAllister on 07/11/2016 at 3:28 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

The “studies” Mr. Sigg refers to were done well after the decision was made. California State Parks announced it was going to remove the eucalyptus forest from Angel Island and then contracted to have a study done to justify that action. People writing environmental impact statements can’t stay in business if their studies contradict the plans of the agency hiring them. Even so, it is notable that the Angel Island study found lots of wildlife using the eucalyptus forest.

A genuine scientific study was done in the East Bay Hills, directly comparing the species diversity in eucalyptus forest with that in oak forest. Invasion Biology Professor Dov F. Sax found, “Equal diversity in disparate species assemblages: a comparison of native and exotic woodlands in California.” (Global Ecology and Biogeography (2002) 11 p.49-57)

The claim that wildlife needs native plants has been repeated over and over for 30 years. But that’s just a romantic story. On-the-ground scientific study tells a different story.

Mr. Sigg is “grateful” to the Sierra Club. Perhaps he didn’t notice that the Sierra Club said, “This [East Bay tree destruction] is not about us wanting to have native vegetation.“

Posted by Keith McAllister on 07/11/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “'The Black Woman is God' Opens at SOMArts

Is this going to be an annual event?

Posted by Michael Franklin on 07/11/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Thousands of Black Lives Matter Activists Shut Down Oakland Freeway, Vandalize Police Headquarters

Nick Miller describes the first ones to run out on the freeway to be "brave." We now have a new synonym for "stupid."

Pedestrians walking or running onto a freeway is against the law for good reason, beyond the good sense that they are made for motorized vehicles. It is dangerous and people have died from this.

I am waiting for someone to get killed with this activity. Putting the Darwin Award aside, we'll see how these protesters feel when this happens. They will be filled with excuses and rationalizations why it is Ok for someone to get hit by a car and die. They will look for a way to blame the police for not protecting them. Will it be OK for the motorist to have to live with it for the rest of his/her life? Or, what about the pregnant woman or sick person that doesn't make it to the hospital in time?

Libby Schaaf should have any and all of these people that attempt to march on a freeway in jail. Protest in front of City Hall all you like. No one is about to turn you into 65 mph road kill there.

Posted by Michael Good on 07/11/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

In the late 1980s, California State Parks did thorough studies regarding potential impacts of removing the Tasmanian blue gum plantations--note, not forests--on Angel Island. The studies were extensive and covered all aspects of natural history. Their findings were unsurprising: there were more plant and animal species and more of them in the areas where the tree plantations had not yet invaded.

The studies should not have been needed, as the point has been proven over and over that native wildlife need the plants that they are familiar with. We should cherish our native wildlife--they, like the plants, help to create a sense of place that is like no other place in the world. As for the danger of catastrophic fire, it beggars understanding that people invite a 1991 rerun.

Whenever anyone talks about the need of removing blue gum plantations they are accused of unworthy motives, of being a tree-hater. I love the blue gum and have written several articles on it; you can find some in the September, October, and December 2015 issues of San Francisco's Westside Observer (westsideobserver.com). I have urged San Francisco's park department to plant more of them in developed parks where they can be irrigated and where they can't displace wildlife habitat. Climate warming and droughts are taking a toll on these plantations, and it is only a matter of decades when most of them will die out from lack of adequate rainfall.

I am grateful to the Sierra Club for its intelligent stand and for the courage to not be intimidated by the whipped-up fervor of ill-informed people.

Jake Sigg
San Francisco

Posted by Jake Sigg on 07/11/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “California Set for Historic Vote on Cannabis Legalization

"Federal Supremacy" folks occurs when state laws directly conflict with federal law like the CSA! NO state law can legalize "selling" and "profiting" from a controlled substance and the transactions involved! What's been happening here in California is a travesty of justice and a conspiracy of money hungry law makers and greedy for-profit corporations misleading and misguiding us ALL in order to "profit" from our personal choice of medicine! You see since current state law doesn't specifically say we can "sell" and "profit" from marijuana they want to rewrite it so it says we can and that will make what they've been doing for years unlawfully lawful in the future! NO one is currently following state law as is was meant to be followed because the state didn't and doesn't explain the facts and the truth properly to individuals and organizations! Why you may ask, well they can't tax lawful business activities where NO transfer of ownership or "sale" occurs but they can tax unlawful business activities! They made the "Compassionate Use Act" the "Cash in on our Use Act" turning compassion into compensation just so they can "sin tax" what should be tax free medicine like prescribed medicine and produce! Marijuana is our #1 cash crop and they want a piece of the pie and because marijuana is a controlled substance and recommended not prescribed they think we're just stupid stoners that will let them TAX the hell out of our personal choice of mother natures finest cure! Wake up people and smell the cannabis before these lawmakers and for-profit corporations pull the wool over our eyes even further! The laws we have now coexist and coincide with federal laws and if followed properly protect us from outrageous taxation and the potential of federal prosecution so why let them turn it all upside down so we can continue to be fleeced out of our money for what God put on this planet to heal us and make us happy! This is ALL about money folks so read up, educate yourselves and vote NO to the corporate capitalist trying to continue to mislead and misguide us simply so the can make money from a plant that can and will save America and the world!

Dave Armstrong
Managing Member of MediMarts a Califirnia Collective

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 07/11/2016 at 9:23 AM
Posted by Will Hall on 07/11/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “An East Bay Pimp Trafficked Her Daughter. And the Man that She Turned to For Help Exploited Her For Sex.

This is very terrible. I have had to take anti-sexual harassment training every other year at my job for about a decade now, so am familiar with the legal issues. This sounds like something that could result in a civil suit against BAWAR for the very issue of exploitation of clients by counselors identified in the article. They are liable for that and the resulting psychlogocal/emotional trauma it caused this woman, who should have been safe and protected.

Posted by Lynn Rogers on 07/10/2016 at 11:37 PM

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