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Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

Nice, as usual, behind-the-scenes work. No public process. The low ranks get the "punishment," their supervisors and the electeds take no responsibility. Abu Ghraib anyone?

The less the people know, the more they will continue to be manipulated and exploited by those in power.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/08/2016 at 3:26 PM

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

The anti-trafficking movement isn't concerned with victims as much as it is obsessed with portraying all men as sex fiends. This shaming of men for having sexual needs groups rapists with gentlemen and doesn't see the need to categorize them differently, which is like thieves and paying shoppers being put in the same group. Decriminalize sex work and this kind of abuse can be reported by victims.

Posted by Tanya Marie Crocker on 09/08/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

Seriously. The second most reported complaint against police in the U.S. is rape. but you'll never find an officer's name on the Sex Offender Register.

Posted by Tanya Marie Crocker on 09/08/2016 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

You can molest a young girl and don't face criminal charges. They should be jailed and register as a sex offenders

Posted by Veronyca Mawusi Abena on 09/08/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

What all the cities need to do is to municipalize their teams to city or fan ownership and tie the team to the city physically. Let any city that can field a team and compete. The NFL is a subsidized corporate monopoly that is an anathema to democracy and manipulates the game and the fans as if we were nothing but serfs to be profiteered. Reform the game to minimize violence and physical maiming. Green Bay is a perfect example and the fact that municipalization has been banned by the NFL, except done deal Green Bay, speaks volumes.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 09/08/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Attorneys Travel to Florida to Help Celeste Guap, Victim of Bay Area Police Sex-Crime Scandal

http://www.kamalaharris.org/endorsements/ The DOJ needs to get in here since OPD has endorsed the state AG amd is under a federal monitor already. The FBI is disqualified because those guys always act as the naked decoy customers in anti proatitution sting operations getting all the free sexual contact...

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 09/08/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

TL;DR: Internal investigation concluded that law enforcement officers broke the law. They will not go through the criminal "justice" system. They will get unpaid vacation instead.

Posted by Doug Martins on 09/08/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

Oh, right. Does anyone think that Kamala Harris, or Nancy O'Malley or any of the other DAs whose jurisdictions are involved is going to "investigate" this fairly and prosecute the officers involved? Really? These people are politicians, period. They will do nothing but protect those in power and utilize any opportunity to promote themselves.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Attorneys Travel to Florida to Help Celeste Guap, Victim of Bay Area Police Sex-Crime Scandal

@ Daphne Maddox - Well, assuming FBI officers weren't in on this thing too, I agree with you. Alameda County Sheriff's Dept. is involved and already chose NOT to discipline its officers, and both OPD and Alameda County DA are WAY too corrupt to investigate and prosecute this case (or really anything else, for that matter).

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 2:14 AM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

I wouldn't trust O'Malley OR Kamala Harris to properly investigate and prosecute this. Both are political animals mainly interested in self-promotion. BTW, O'Malley meeting with other departments monthly re Brady v. Maryland is a joke when her own DDAs violate Brady every chance they get. Funny! They routinely withhold evidence and scramble whatever discovery they do produce to make it as difficult as possible for underpaid defense attorneys to use any of it. You can't assume that anyone convicted in Alameda County was actually guilty.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 2:05 AM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

Sure, because the corruption in Oakland was never restricted to OPD in the first place. It runs throughout Oakland city government AND OPD, and includes the City Attorney's office.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/08/2016 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

So the wheels of justice turn for twelve officers; too slowly for the rabid anti-police agitators who condemn a department of 700-plus officers, but they turn. Now could we have some attention to the fact that Oakland has two to three times the robberies, burglaries, and assaults as most major cities, half the police in ratio to population, yet a poverty rate right in the middle of the poverty rates for the other cities?

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/07/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

This place was basically my introduction to Oakland. Very sad to see it go.

Posted by Solomon Wong on 09/07/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Attorneys Travel to Florida to Help Celeste Guap, Victim of Bay Area Police Sex-Crime Scandal

The crowdfunding piece is a little vague as it is not restricted to supporting her legal case. Glad folks are stepping up, though.

Posted by MichaelSiegel on 09/07/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Attorneys Travel to Florida to Help Celeste Guap, Victim of Bay Area Police Sex-Crime Scandal

Nothing about this is at all satisfying. I'm more convinced today than yesterday that this requires the FBI to sort out.

Posted by Daphne Maddox on 09/07/2016 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

It's not Oaklands/Alameda County's fault that Davis isn't rich enough to own a football team...sell it to a tech billionaire ownership group and they can easily build a new stadium. Look at what Stanford did with just a bunch of rich alumni.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/07/2016 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

No problemo. In just a few years, by 2019 or 2020 or so, if and when the new Oakland Police Commission is up and running, we can deal with this mess. Of course there will be lots more additional messes by then.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/07/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Hey Chris, obviously you obviously are not a sports fan or native Oaklander. Beyond that, have you been paying attention at all, or just sipping your mocha lattes dreaming of some futuristic urban utopia. ? In the real world, in this market, building a mixed use transit village at the Coliseum site is NOT doable. The City just spent several million dollars and 3 years of study and analysis to conclude that it cannot be financed by private dollars. That is why they are back to building a sports venue on the site. Moreover, the reason the Redevelopment Agency assembled the parcels around the site for the last 20 years was to build the stadium (s). You need to take a drive around East Oakland and tell me where you see any major investment of capital that is not subsidized by the government. The highest and best use of the site is exactly what it has been used for since 1965. I am not in favor of public money for a new stadium, but transit is exactly why it should be built here.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/07/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Whether they go or stay, Oakland should not pay one cent of taxpayer money to build them a facility. Every stadium built with public money in the U.S. in the last 70 years has ended up costing taxpayers more than they received, and only enriched developers and sports financiers. If it's a viable proposition, they can do it with private money. Otherwise, forget it!

Posted by Rashid Patch on 09/07/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Nick, I hear your nostalgia. You love the Raiders the way you might love corn syrup. You enjoyed Coca Cola and Red Vines so much when you were a kid, and now you want those things to not be bad for you. But the Raiders are still bad for Oakland:

A new Raiders home, on a transit corridor.
- If you're saying it's an opportunity to get people on transit, then a stadium provides the least benefit, since the stadium is unused for most of the year. Building 100% housing and retail on the site would get people on transit every day.

An NFL franchise with African-American ownership.
- This has soft value only. You can point and say, look at social progress. But this gesture does not put money into the pockets of Oakland's African-American residents. The plan is to continue taking money out of the pockets of Oakland's residents through taxation. If Lott's goal is to encourage this, then shame on him.

An affordable, mixed-use, live-work hub in the heart of East Oakland.
- You can build more of what you're describing if you leave out the stadium. Private investors would back the whole thing. Any money that the city might put into affordable housing would directly benefit residents. Any money that the city might put into a stadium goes to Mark Davis.

A project backed by private dollars, not city or county coffers.
- The Raiders will only deal if there is a city/county subsidy.

Oh, and maybe even a Raiders Super Bowl.
- Is there an un-subsidized team in the NFL that has won a Super Bowl?

So let's build the urban village of the future on the Coliseum site, with transit, retail and affordable housing for a diverse population. This is not only doable, it's far easier than building a new stadium. If you disagree, take a drive around the Coliseum most any day of the year and ask yourself whether this doldrum makes a community more liveable or less liveable. And ask yourself whether it would be worth city/county money to build it again next year.

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 09/07/2016 at 1:18 PM

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