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Re: “The Economics of Blue Bottle's $16 Cup of Coffee

Stop writing the same tired story over and over again every time you hear about a cup of coffee that costs more than $10.

Posted by Devon Nullz on 06/21/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Town Business: 'Delete' the Police Academy, Fund a Police Commission

Dellums and Quan allowed the police force to dwindle and crime skyrocketed. Are we sure that we should repeat this?

Posted by John Lefman on 06/21/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

And she is the president of the City Council, no less!

Posted by John Lefman on 06/21/2016 at 5:49 PM
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/21/2016 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenant Advocates File Ballot Initiative to Strengthen Rent Control and Eviction Protections

Rent control has innocent non-tenant victims. Consider for example this op-ed:
"Op-ed: Why Airbnb is so popular among Berkeley homeowners" on Berkeleyside.

Posted by Bryce Nesbitt on 06/21/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

The more things change, the more they stay the same at Oakland City Hall. The dysfunction is far deeper than recent problems at the Police Department. From the Mayors illegal activities in disposing of public property for the development on E12 St at Lake Merritt, to the inability of anyone to and make a simple decision on a bus stop at 30th and Telegraph to the handling of the proposed coal processing activity at the Port. The incompetence and lack of transperancy from senior staff members like the Planning Director and those in the City Administrators office is frightening. Moreover, it is reflection of a historic culture inside city hall of people willing to do what the politicians desire being rewarded by moving up in the organization, while real professionals with integrity who say no, this is not legal or appropriate somehow seem to always disappear. That is the culture that Mayor Schaaf was a part of as an assistant to former council member De La Fuente.This organization is full of silent high paid managers who can't seem to make good decisions, but draw good salaries every two weeks. All the citizens seem to get for their money is more and more incompetence. Zach Wald performed this same improper and illegal intrusion into the planning process as an assistant to former council member Jane Brunner and it appears he has continued to service Gibson McElhaney in the same way. The Planning Directors attempt to modify the project by requiring it to meet any council members personal desire violates the professional code of ethics and is grounds for dismissal. In any case where the council person actually lives next door to the development site, it is especially important for a Planning Director to remove any possible appearance of impropriety by making sure that the development proceeds through the process in a normal manner. He or she and the City Attorneys office also has the duty to warn the councilmember about the obvious conflict of interest and possible legal ramifications. Failure of staff to act in a professional manner is unacceptable and reflective of an organization where this type of behavior must seem normal to the parties involved because it happens all the time.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/21/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Unions United Against Police Reform Proposal

In Wisconsin, Walker took away all types of binding arbitration for every muni union EXCEPT police. There is .000000000001 chance of Oakland trying to take away binding termination/discipline arbitration for any union other than Police.

Background: All Oakland muni unions currently have binding arbitration for grievance appeals.

Only police and fire also have binding arbitration for contract negotiations.

The non-public safety unions do not have binding arbitration for compensation because they are allowed to strike by state law; police and fire are not allowed to strike.

Fire Fighters real concern: their compensation binding arbitration. Only cops and fire have that. And yes some cities in CA such as Palo Alto did take that away a few years ago. Fire compensation contracts promptly dropped 10%. Around 2008 CM Pat Kernighan did propose repealing fire/police compensation binding arb but two weeks later very quietly withdrew her proposal.

But No Council Member and no police reform group is even talking about repealing binding arbitration for anyone's compensation.

No Council Member and no police reform group is even talking about taking away termination/discipline binding arbitration for any union other than police.

But the other unions don't trust Oakland voters to preserve binding arbitration for their members' termination/discipline. They value their solidarity with their police and fire union sisters and brothers more than the lives of Oakland residents. They won't propose a solution that enables the City to terminate bad cops.

It is esoteric. If the leaders of the major Oakland muni unions get their way, the voter won't get a chance to decide this in November.

All the voters will know is that next time our proposed Police Commission tries to fire a cop like Sgt Ganntt (guy who used his girlfriend to do his paperwork on investigations and is alleged to have tipped off a rapist buddy) , a year later we'll hear that he got re-instated with full backpay, and shake our heads: business as usual at City Hall.

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/21/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Veteran Oakland Homicide Investigator Mishandled Evidence in Ongoing Murder Case

Sgt. Gantt has been a dirt bag since joining OPD and has always cheated on his wife. Don't feel sorry for either one of them. To the girlfriend, if you only have his cell number and you've never been to his place...he's MARRIED!

I hope the District Attorney's Office throws the book at Gantt,if not only for having these families have to suffer because these ass#Iles may get released from jail! And for snitching about juvenile text messages between boyz...go head Coby Bryant mini me.

And I would hope that you guys aren't seriously considering making this is very loose teenage girl the poster child for human trafficking! Not condoning sex with an underage child but a sl*t is a s*** .It's always been a whole culture of women who sleep with police officers (men in uniform) going from department to department. She's doing nothing new and know's exactly what she is doing then and now. Go down East 14th to see someone who can really be the poster child for human trafficking at 12 and 13 years old! Sorry, can be PC.

Chief Whent you rock! And thank you for the body cams!

Posted by Humping Patrol on 06/21/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Residents Complain AC Transit Turning Downtown Oakland Park Into De Facto Bus Terminal

I'm glad to see AC Transit focusing on providing access to transit to low-income communities such as those west of broadway around this park. Finally, starting to see some justice in access to economic opportunity!

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 06/21/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Residents Complain AC Transit Turning Downtown Oakland Park Into De Facto Bus Terminal

The Drivers need places to relieve themselves. It's a damn good reason for AC Transit to layover buses there. I don't believe it is a good enough reason to complain about it being a sore site for buses to stop there. The buses have always stopped there. The people who are complaining just arrived last week!!

Posted by Medua Brown on 06/21/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting'

Privatization should NOT be considered! Thanks to the East Bay Express for their coverage and thorough reporting on this police corruption and abuse of power. Encourage courage.

Posted by Julie McKune on 06/21/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Unions United Against Police Reform Proposal

This is not about being pro or anti-police. It's about whether you think a private, unelected arbitration board can overturn disciplinary actions against police officers.

The other unions have decided to back the OPOA because they care about their own financial interests over the welfare of the public and they're making a bet that this issue is too esoteric for the public to care about. The sad thing is, this is no financial threat to the OPOA or any other union. The Kalb/Gallo measure only applies to personnel matters. The other unions are just upset at any hint that any exception they've gotten for themselves might have a precedent for being removed later.

I am not anti-union. My father was in a union and I saw the benefits. But this goes too far.

By striking out at any perceived slight loss of power, the OPOA and other unions are putting us all at risk of bad cops staying in their positions and whistleblowers refusing to report abuse because NOTHING will happen to the bad cops. The unions are corrupting Oakland with their selfishness.

Posted by Doug Martins on 06/21/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired


I used to be married to a cop. He threatened to take me to Yosemite. He told me how cops could get away with hurting their wives with no problem. I left him, right away. I was so scared.

I saw this part of the article, and can't help but to think someone killed OBrian's wife. Maybe it wasn't OBrian, but the couple was living in a building owned by a former cop, rented by cops.

"Huerta Lopez’s coroner’s report, however, noted that there was no visible gunshot residue on her hands. There is no mention of whether O’Brien’s hands were ever swabbed or tested for traces of gunshot residue in the report."

Posted by Jessica Ggb Holter on 06/21/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Can Black-Owned Restaurants Combat Gentrification?

Please email me more information on black ownership business in oakland i will continually susport our communities.

Posted by black business supporter on 06/21/2016 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Cheerfully Crippled

Dan Sorkin passed away this month -- he was perhaps the most famous radio personality in Chicago at one time, then was coaxed to Los Angeles as morning man at KHJ ... which shortly thereafter switched to Boss Radio. KHJ's owners moved him to co-owned KFRC in San Francisco ... then switched that station to The Big 610. Dan ended up at KSFO, at the invitation of Don Sherwood, perhaps the most famous radio personality in San Francisco history. Dan also "discovered" the comedian Bob Newhart, recorded a comedy album of his own, wrote a few books, flew around the world on his own, and was probably as interesting a fellow as you'll ever meet in several lifetimes.

Posted by David Ferrell Jackson on 06/20/2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Residents Complain AC Transit Turning Downtown Oakland Park Into De Facto Bus Terminal

It's just one giant homeless encampment right now. Kids can't even play there with one dude's stuff taking up almost the entire area inside the park area. Saying that this will impact the quality of the park is disingenuous is best.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 06/20/2016 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

All personal attacks yet not one word from either of you about. Dr. Lyman, the. Taxation scam or the radical limiting of our ability to grow or even poses more Herb than just a token. There is no way Bob Marley or any legit cannabis hero would support a corporate friendly take-over like this one. I worked hard on getting Prop 215 passed 20 years ago and will not allow this to gut the mosst progressive Cannabis law in the country. "If YOU can't grow it, it isn't "legal" ~Jack Herer

Posted by Patrick Moore on 06/20/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Nineteen Business Owners and Experts Discuss How to Sustain a Healthy East Bay Economy for All

I think all of you are correct. I think its truly about highlighting personalities of the business. You have many small and big businesses on Amazon. As for my products, I wouldn't buy online b/c you are void of warranty and true product support given that it is bought on Amazon. There are many things I will get off Amazon as well but sex toys are not one of them.

Many businesses were built on experience and story and EBX does a valiant job of helping our narratives burst through the closing seems in our community. Imagine a world were all business is done online! I can't image no shops or shop owners in our communities. Amazon isn't sending you home with the very product b/c you had a great conversation with your potential customer whom said they had no money for that product. Well, last week, I sent a young woman home with 'The Alchemist'. She said she didn't have any money. I asked when could she bring it back, and she brought the money back. Guess what, that book/experience has more of a chance of doing good in our community than just buying the product from Amazon.

If you are thinking its all about the product, you are sadly mistaken.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 06/20/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting'

The last thing this city needs is privatization, that is a major flaw in that guys thinking! There are problems all over the country with our safety, courts, parole boards and social services taking over in city's in the Southeast and the East Coast where the city's and county seats are a disaster, due to Privatization! Many traffic offences are costing citizens thousands of dollars. Many end up in jail, lose their jobs, lose their homes all because the person can't afford to pay the weekly fines of $40, when they don't have full time jobs!
Unions should be available to every employee, no matter what his or her job is, IT IS UN-AMERICAN TO LISTEN TO THIS MAN'S OPINIONS! I speak of this Vladislav Davidson, that guy is sounding typically like the PUTIN!! Those ideas come right out of East Socialist, Communist/Capitalist mentality!
Ice cold referring to police, people that they are "cogs"?
Those are the worst ideas, from someone who cares very little for Oakland! Run from those ideas!!!

Posted by Mimi E Wilkinson on 06/20/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

geykerry wrote: "On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime." ... Uh, no. 1) The age of consent exists for a reason. To simply pretend it doesn't exist is irresponsible. 2) Guap allegedly has been a sex worker since the age of 12, meaning that she was not legally able to consent to any sex acts prior to the age of 18. 3) What allegedly occurred was criminal misconduct. it's not simply consensual sex acts since police exploited the power dynamic and were, in effect, acting as pimps. 4) Guap herself has referred to herself as a victim, and police having sex with underage girls is certainly a crime. 5) to downplay these incidents as merely "icky" appears to reflect a lack of comprehension of the failure in accountability on behalf of the police. 6) legalizing prostitution wouldnt address the trafficking epidemic in a real way, since the average age of a trafficked girl is 13.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/20/2016 at 11:32 AM

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