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The more that I learn about the disorder and just plain incompetence of the Trump administration, the more I see parallels with Oakland's city hall.
The plain and simple fact is the Oakland has been a lawless abandoned zone since the residential flight to the suburbs... That jobs mostly didn't follow.
Now it costs too much to live that far out and there is an awareness of the impact on the environment of doing that, so people want to live closer in. That means people won't tolerate the chaos that it has been.
The privileged crypto-anarachists who moved here and want no change are pitching well voiced arguments cast as social justice to obstruct needed change and improvements.
By the way, lives DO matter. What doesn't matter is who is doing the shooting. It needs to STOP!
Interesting... Oakland Warehouse Coalition wants the city to "slow down" and at the same time is embarrassed by the total inaction Ghost Ship represents.
I don't think you can really have it both ways. I suspect, and can't prove, that a less targeted audit of this type of situation will show the the "community" is incapable of the self policing and presents a significant liability to the larger community of the tax payers and more general residents of the city of Oakland.
In the article, we have a quote from Matt Hummel telling of responses to Mothers Cookies by OPD... Regular enough that he was assigned to show them around. This would seem, in and of itself, to indicate a problem... Regular OPD visits in response to complaints?! Were this a "regular" multi-tenet dwelling the city has taken very direct steps to clear the problem in the past.
Oh wait... these are "artists"... "Eccentrics"... Part of the "culture" of Oakland and we need to protect them and their way of life. Part and parcel of the lawless wild west/abandoned zone that Oakland has been and are hell bent keeping it that way.
I appreciate the local perspective on a situation that has been highly politicized. The sad thing is that people died in this tragedy. The why and the how and the what to do next may never be answered because the solution is not simple. Many voices must continue to be heard. Thank you for this balanced article.
The Ghost Ship should for ever stand as a testament to the incompetence and corruption throughout the city of Oakland from citizens who lacked the common sense to report and demand compliance to the most basic of building standards to govt officials from the mayors office to police, fire and building inspection departments and their employees.
Ps - have you nothing better to do - really ?
You should also talk to Lateefah Simon. Racial equity is her day job!
Great campaign by the Praxis Project, although given the power of advertising in the United States, it's difficult to curb the deceptiveness of ads. Free speech in this country has for the most part become the freedom to engage in commercial speech. Last year, for example, ad revenues totaled about $320 billion -- nearly 60% of what we spend on public schools K-12.
Absolutely agree with all positions opposing continued funding of DAPL(and any other fossil fuel infrastructure investments)for all the reasons mentioned.
To those who say staying invested is more powerful in terms of changing their activities, I say on the contrary: Divesting until such time as the company complies with the wishes of its investors(the people ofCALpers)will be a much more powerful way to effect changes that leaves the way open to reinvest.
Secondly, it is the money of the people of CALpers. They get to decide whether the place they invest it meets their ethical and moral standards. Anything else is placing profits over people and life. Get busy finding and funding Green Infrastructure to look at long term benefits, which are not necessarily measured in dollars, to the people who recive CALpers.
Do you crypto-anarchists really think the mayor is aware of every action going on at every level? Why is this article significant?
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I am so glad to have you all out there reporting this stuff. Thanks.
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I support you Kevin de Leon ! Great job !!!
when you elect tools of the powerful,
people are going to get pimped.
Thanks to Belinda for providing the documentation which provided the foundation for this article. These revelations are very troubling and underscores the lack of accountability on the part of the City's administration. We deserve better and so do all victims of the misconduct and incompetence that have brought harm to many Oakland residents.
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Oakland doesn't need to finalize its policy in order to do the right thing with this land: build low-income housing - that remains low income housing forever - on the entire city-owned parcel. Neighbors don't like it? Too bad. Time for the hills to accept their share of low income housing.
Wait, it's "mishandling evidence" to have a typist transcribe recorded interviews with a suspect? Unless Gannt is a terrific typist, someone else definitely should have transcribed the tapes. And no matter who transcribed them, the transcript could contain errors. So presumably the tapes are still available, because THEY, not the transcript, are the "evidence."
As for the rest of these allegations, everyone knows OPD is totally corrupt and that the City and the DA allowed or enabled this corruption for many years.
Definitely adding Benoit-Casper to my next Bay Area itinerary.
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