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Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

This article is so obviously trying to blur lines between fact and innuendo . "Preceded husbands contract for urban core project". Notice it says husbands contract for UrbanCore project, rather than husbands contract for Urbancore. That's because the contract the husband had wasn't actually with Urbancore, but with KCP. The $4000 went to KCP, not to the husband. Also, what's "substantial" contract, if we don't know how much her was her husband paid? Was it $100? $50? Is that "substantial"? Husbands contract with KCP is one thing, KCPs contract with Urbancore is another thing, and the only thing with a dollar value in this article and the only thing that can therefore be considered substantial? Yet the monetary impact for McElhaney is unknown.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 07/15/2016 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

Did other employees of KCP donate to other councilmembers campaigns? That was conveniently left out of this article. Or did EBX not even look into that? Don't cherry pick facts to paint the narrative you want

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 07/15/2016 at 11:46 PM

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

Mary, this goes beyond how bad or not OPD is, beyond how straight or not OPD's IA which is supposed to determine and act on how bad that is, beyond any oversight, to the fact that any judgements any overseeing authority have are HIGHLY unlikely to be acted on due to a systematic bias in favor of officers, REINFORCED AND PROTECTED BY ORGANIZED LABOR. I am very appreciative of recent strides local unions have been making to (yay!) keep coal out of the port, but this behind-the-scenes lobbying to protect BAD COPS, that everyone, including not just the federal overseers, but the OTHER COPS (!!!) agree are bad, is f#*ing disgusting. I'd like to know exactly WHICH city councilmembers have been persuaded that it is a good idea to coddle, placate, PAY and honorably retire these f#*ing scumbags.

Posted by Will T 1 on 07/15/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

Why should we expect anything better from a Councilmember who continually thumbs her nose at the public process ? She personally used her own staff and City Planning management staff to inject her wishes on a private development project next to her home. Moreover, the City's illegal backroom deal with Urbancore on this E12th St parcel should have been a warning sign of what was to come. Nobody believes that the principal of Urbancore (Michael Johnson) accidently selected a firm that employed McElhaneys husband to survey the site. Also, I am sure that it was a coincidence that he personally performed the work. There is an old saying that some people don't believe fat meat is greasy. I am not one of those people. McElhaney is a shady operator who does not care about conflict of interest and disclosure requirements for public officials. As I recall, she has already been fined at least once by the FPPC for her shenanigans. I expect that there will be more disturbing stories unveiled as this Urbancore project moves forward. The project has wreaked with questionable ethical issues from the developer and the City from the beginning. My question is for City Attorney Barbara Parker. What will it take for the members of the City Council to comply with the law?

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/15/2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I agree with Eddie...Bun Mam Soc Trang has the best Vietnamese soups I've had in either Oakland, SF or NYC. Well, at least since V's on Webster closed down about 10 years' ago.

Different of course from omnipresent Pha...and thus possibly to Vietnamese homey for some americans. But oooohhhh so good.

We'll get Bun Mam Soc Trang a place to open again soon enough!

Posted by Hugh Morrison on 07/15/2016 at 5:02 PM

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

The Ortiz case supports my suspicion since the June scandal started-----it's not just the cops who had encounters with Celeste Guap and Ms. Guap is not the only Oakland sex worker or trafficking victim to have been victimized by OPD officers. Keep digging til we know whether the OPD officer-sex worker scandal is limited and or whether OPD IA is a straight-shooting internal watchdog/professional standards organization or instead is using the same playbook as the Catholic church in Boston...

And the next time the Mayor, OPD reps or other City officials say stuff like "it's just the rookies"...."it' will all be fixed by auditing and revising screening and training", call them on that. Some of the officers in the sex and cover-up scandals were rookies, but some were not. The OPD supervisors who cover stuff up (Holmgren, home invasion case) are not rookies/recent recruits and are at the center of OPD's bad culture. Obviously, an officer who has used lethal force, cost the city millions in a settlement, has had his discipline overturned in arbitration and then offends again shows that OPD management spends more time bemoaning arbitration, little if any time correcting any management mistakes that led to the arbitration loss and zero time retraining the subject, formerly fired officers ......

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/15/2016 at 3:20 PM

Re: “DMX

I don't know what to think of this man who has CERTAINLY seen his share of hard times + struggling to overcome adversity + addiction.
I marvelled at his strength in abandoning the Illiminati + I read, and saw that he was possibly going to become a pastor BUT THEN OUT COMES THIS ALBUM WITH "GUTTERISH LANGUAGE"...motherf__ker, etc
Now he has me confused!
Pastors don't normally curse!???
I LOVE THIS MAN + can empathize with him but "you can't play both sides, my man"!!! STAY STRONG + BEST OF LUCK IN "All" your endeavers! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Posted by Juliette MacDonald on 07/15/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Best Sports Astrologer

Way to go, Sweet Babar! So proud of you for never wavering in living your passion and doing it so beautifully❤️❤️❤️

Posted by Kate Taylor on 07/15/2016 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Landlord Being Sued for Allegedly Pushing Out SRO Tenants

So just to confirm Lily. One of the 5% owners has a Chinese wife, and therefor has decided he can "take out all of your belongings without notice" Is that right? *All* of your things were thrown away without notice? Are you familiar with Libel laws? There are always 2 sides to a story, but maybe only say true things if possible.

Posted by James Kilpatrick on 07/15/2016 at 9:45 AM

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

This is all small potatoes.

Remember that our Mayor successfully fired one of the recent new police-chiefs-for-a-day because he might have had an affair a decade ago.

No need to worry about the small stuff. Our Mayor is doing a great job keeping OPD in line.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Jet Martinez Brings a Floral Green Flash to Downtown Oakland

This effect of Mr. Martinez's gorgeous mural on downtown Oakland, given its sight lines, becomes a real part of the city scape. The artist RIGO was painting large scale murals in San Francisco in the 1990's that functioned in a similair way, but to completely different effect. While RIGO's work often seemed to protest, Jet celebrates. Thanks for keeping it positive in this moment.

Posted by Kyle Knobel on 07/15/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Stag’s Is Closing, FuseBOX Will Expand, and Human Interaction-Free Quinoa Comes to Berkeley

Stag's was tasty but a sure fire rip off, man. $25 for a roast beef sandwich and a soda? You should go out of business with that shit.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 07/15/2016 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Black Lives Matter Now: Short Essays by Express Readers on Racial Injustice in America

While I am honored to have had my piece selected, I'm quite disturbed that it was edited down. The call out was for up to 500 word essays and what I submitted was under that amount...yet the following was edited out. WHY? You asked for perspective, why would you limit mine when the lives of our brothers and sisters of color are on the line? Engage, especially if it makes us uncomfortable. PARTICULARLY if it makes us uncomfortable.

"I say that this impacts OUR community because these are our brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews who are dying, being locked up, and terrorized by people unwilling to interrupt and examine our personal bias as well as laws and policies that disproportionately harm our family of color.
When my black sister is curled up in a ball for days on end after seeing another video of an unarmed black man murdered by police.
When my black brother is numb and hides out in his house to avoid having to talk to anyone after another white man walks free after murdering a black person.
When my black niece makes videos about the pain of black girls not fitting in and it resonates with millions of cis and trans black women.
When my black nephew rehearses with his parents EVERY DAY before he leaves the house what to do if he encounters a police officer knowing that it may very well be an exercise in futility…#PhilandoCastille.
When any of my black family and friends have to weather a breaking point again and again and again….and then be expected to show up in service of curious white people (their boss, the person buying coffee in front of them, their landlord) who want to talk about these horrific events from a voyeuristic curiosity and be re-traumatized again and again and again.

I will NOT be silent while this country does this to my family. YOUR life matters, black family.
White family, if you see, you are EXPECTED to raise your voice and be in action with us. If you don’t see, you are EXPECTED to open your eyes. The atrocities we see (when we choose to look) on our own soil by far outweigh the smoke and mirrors our government and media will have you believe about "outside terrorism" coming in. Scared of ISIS? Try being black in any city in America. ISIS is not the priority. The liberation of our family being terrorized right in front of our closed eyes is the priority. Look, listen, learn, engage, stand up…..you know full well you’d burn the courthouse down if this was your brother or sister. Well, it is. Light the match, family.

#blacklivesmatter #noneofusarefreeuntilweareallfree"

Maureen Benson,
Oakland, CA

Posted by shakingmyheadindisbelief on 07/14/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Wow Bijan, you're a real prognosticator! You "predicted" the business would fail "back in the 90's" and only had to wait 20+ years for your prediction to "come true." Except the business isn't failing at all. It's being forced out by the landlord and plans to reopen. Also, if you wait long enough pretty much any business will close. Hey, I predict that you will die someday! I'm never wrong.

Posted by DawnTB on 07/14/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Ubuntu's 'Hurt Village' Hits Home

Sounds like a play that need to come into the Chicago area in the auditorium of Chicago Career Academy. Where high schools students and 6-8 students can see with their parents the reality of our ghettos. We are experiencing a holocaust and this play seems to be a beacon of light to the people in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. Great job Katori. Chaz Shermil your eyes in this piece is telling. Great job.

Posted by moand on 07/14/2016 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Black Lives Matter Now: Short Essays by Express Readers on Racial Injustice in America

Poignant, but, no, emphatically no, it is NOT always the same race. Use some facts once in a while too. (directed at Cuffs and Coffins above) That any killing of any person anywhere is a tragedy is a given. People of all races are treated in all kinds of horrific ways. Do not hallucinate within your racial being. WE all can do this: Chinese, Irishmen, Sudanese and American blacks. Try using some facts too. Finally, leadership from the top has been horrid in the USA. A total bust. Can these things above be said and still feel empathy. Of course. It is for each individual to explain how he feels. I can't speak for you and you can't speak for me.

Posted by Ken White on 07/14/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Felony Marijuana Arrests Drop In California

Do you have any figures of deaths attributed to meth or speed? Thanks for the information.
Isaac Jackdon,
San Francisco, CA

Posted by Isaac Jackson on 07/14/2016 at 8:43 AM

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

By reposting these images of oppression and murder (my word), we are not "…willingly spam(ing) each other with these bloody scenes…" but exposing the 'truth' of our experience in a culture that refuses to accept the evil among us. It teaches. It indicts. It reiterates solidarity. What does trifle it however, is lazy journalism.

Posted by phlpshoh on 07/13/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Time for White Americans to be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

Again it is time for whites to wake up if they want to save the nation. For almost 100 years after the Civil War, whites in the south extended slavery in a de facto way with racist Jim Crow laws. At the same time, whites ignored these racist laws and terrorist tactics of the KKK along side State and local Police. Even JFK in his early Presidency was reluctant to get involved in the southern quandary, despite pressure from MLK and other civil rights groups. The Feds easy default was to let the States handle their own problems in their own way despite evidence that they had no intention of complying with the law. It took the murders of white freedom riders in Mississippi to awaken the country to the level of terrorism Blacks lived under every day. Only then did we have Federal legislation in the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Both were reflective of the fact that 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Blacks were not free and had never been treated as full citizens. In the last two weeks we saw film of 2 Black men murdered by white cops in Baton Rouge and St Paul. Even after Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Ferguson Missouri, Eric Gardner and others, unarmed Black men continue to be killed by law enforcement with no consequences. We also saw cops murdered in Dallas by an armed maniac fed up with the corrupt Police culture. White America needs to once again wake up and get involved. The entire criminal justice system needs reform. When you have local Police funding their own jobs on the backs of poor people of color and you have a prison system motivated by profit, their is a systemic problem. The Dallas event should put America on notice that Black people are tired of marching, praying and going to funerals. Mark my words, these young kids who grow up in neighborhoods terrorized by cops, with no dreams of a future other than oppression, incarceration and death will turn to violence. Whites need to get involved and pressure politicians to get off their asses and do something about gun control legislation and
changes to the criminal justice system. Do not allow Police unions and idiots like Rudy Guiliani to defend the status quo by racist distraction and victim blaming. Those are exactly the people who need to shut up, go away and make room for change. If they don't there will be more events like Dallas in our future.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/13/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Tom Rhodes

This show is actually on the 14th! If you could please amend that?

Posted by Heather West on 07/13/2016 at 2:29 PM

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