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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

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

This is sad, Oakland has already do many problems, Why is the president doing ? It serves no purpose
Other being mean and bias, this city andvyhebpeoplevin it Wil suffer grestly, this kind of
Hstevis not good forvAmerics, someone please help us

Posted by Diane Bohn on 01/26/2017 at 3:40 AM

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

The charter extremists spent big money to defeat me and the 3 other challengers to the GO Advocates dominated board and management.

Here we are in the same school year and we have the budget in a mess, the superintendent job hopping and poor charter oversight reaping it's rewards.

All of this was said before and during the election, but reporting has been scarce.

Where have Cat Brooks and KPFA been? The other media? Local news needs to report on local government and except for Darwin, it hardly does.

Posted by Don Macleay on 01/26/2017 at 1:00 AM

Re: “Oaktown Soul: Gussie's to Bring Chicken and Waffles Across the Bay

We Can't wait.. imagine the disappointment when I wanted a meal at Gussies for my birthday only to get there and find it had closed!!! and NOW, It's reopening closer to home!!! Great food great atmosphere and great location. A dream come true...

Posted by Miki Elster on 01/25/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I guess the threshold for deportation cooperation should be raised really really high. What should we raise it to? Armed bank robbery, rape, arson of a residence? Apparently some people think multiple "minor" crimes are not enough to allow cooperation with ICE.
If I was undocumented I'd be unusually careful about obeying the law.
How hard is that to do.... I don't know, but I've gone 60+ years without an arrest. I guess its not that difficult.
BTW, according to the data in the most recent ICE annual report, if you are one of the 11 million undocumented, and you have not been convicted of a serious crime, your chances of being deported from the "interior" (25 or more miles from the border) of the USA, are in any given year, one in 700.
Yes, the data shows only one person in 700 gets deported as long as they have not been convicted of a serious crime.
Meaning for most who don't commit crimes, their chances of being deported during a entire 35 year working career, are about 1 in 20.
Essentially next to zero deportations unless you are involved in criminal activity.
Say what you want, that is what the data shows.
No need for most undocumented to be "living in the shadows" like we hear about in the news. Those living a crime free life, are all but free from deportation.
I seriously doubt even Trump is going to be deporting them.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 01/25/2017 at 7:43 PM

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

Thanks for this article, East Bay Express. Oakland education has been an under-reported beat recently, but there are plenty of important stories to tell, and there are plenty of people very interested in reading and sharing them. Keep it up!

Posted by Macy Parker on 01/25/2017 at 7:30 PM

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

Oakland schools have been suffering years at the expense of students. So interesting during this boom in housing prices that expectations rise along with home amd rent increases. Some charter schools fail, some are great and are successful, ultimately providing alternative and innovative options to an antiquated, broken and underfunded system. What about public schools who underperformed for whatever justifying reasons, who is angry about the kids that are under served or schools that dont make the district money, is making a profit what this is about? What a coincidence that performing public schools are in affluent areas with privileged PAC'S. The system is now making people ignore the real issues and fight over non relevant issues (like a recent big election), public vs charter. EVERY parent has the right to try and do best by their child without paying over 20k a year for an elementary or middle school education. It is counterintuitive to point fingers at public vs charter and not recognize who suffers, what real issues get ignored. Someone who supports charter schools im sure supports public schools but for one reason or another makes a decision. Having no options is like having one cell phone provider, one grocery store, one banl, one car maker, etc. Stop blaming the wrong people because I guarantee closing charter schools would fix nothing!

Posted by aki on 01/25/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of January 25, 2016

I wonder why there are so many 70 year and older representatives in office and keep getting reelected. How could they possibly have the energy to do their jobs. I'm now in my 60's with no health problems and I know personally how stamina and passion for work can fall off.

Posted by bill h on 01/25/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Gray Area, Leading Ghost Ship Fire-Relief Fundraiser, Hasn't Distributed a Dime

Who's responsible for the money and where is it being stashed? That is a tremendous amount of cash to have just sitting somewhere...

Posted by Kimberly Lynn Davis on 01/25/2017 at 5:41 PM

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

Thanks for the story -- if people want to join us in asking CalPERS to take our money out of DAPL, you can sign the petition online at:
https://www.change.org/p/calpers-no-dapl

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 01/25/2017 at 4:43 PM

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

Thank you Rebecca Kaplan. I urge you to run against Libby Schaaf for Mayor. The fact is most think she's way in over her head and the fact that the odious Peggy Moore is still on her staff--was she vetted thoroughly at all? I also call your attention to En bridge which has 3 lines planned for the Duluth/Superior area and dreams of tr sands oil tanker on the Great Lakes.

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 01/25/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

Charles C. Eroster, you are wrong so very wrong. please stop speaking. for the rest of your life, just contemplate the wrongness you've already expressed. thanks.

Posted by Joseph Aung-Myint on 01/25/2017 at 4:10 PM

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

The implication is that Charter Schools can burn through public tax and grant money without accountability. How much does each pupil cost to educate in public school? How much for a charter? What is the salary levels of staff and teachers between the two? Too much administrative overhead? What accountability is there to any of this? In the end, these charter mavens do not seem to care about documenting real outcomes. They cannot claim real benefit for this program when the enrolled students were in it for so short a period and not compared with public school outcomes.

Posted by Franklin Graham on 01/25/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Could you be any more condescending to the residents of Montclair?

Posted by Pete O on 01/25/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Judge Slams Oakland Council's Decision Not to Pay Police Monitor, Orders $100,000 Payment Within Month

Henderson has been bleeding Oakland dry for years.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/25/2017 at 2:11 PM

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

Yes, that's the fix for Calpers. Every city council member in Ca needs to tell them how invest, and where. Utopia!!

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/25/2017 at 2:10 PM

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

Not sure about 100k, but it doesn't matter. 50k absolutely. I was there for a couple hours. So nice to see a very peaceful demonstration in Oakland that does not end up in window breaking and throwing things.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/25/2017 at 2:06 PM

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