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Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Since you only have a high school diploma it would be very difficult to comprehend my comments.....lol

Good night & thanks for sharing LaTonda's article. Sabrina (City Manager) is highly intelligent; she banned the City Clerk for the past year from Closed Session for a well deserved reason!!!!!

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/20/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: Crime Is Way Up in San Francisco; Why Aren't You Reporting About It?

I'm glad I'm not the only one who knows this. The news does not report all SF crime in order to keep the squeaky clean reputation it has to keep transplants and tourists coming. Today is a perfect example. Today (7/20/16) a daytime fatal shooting in the Potrero Hill projects never got mentioned tonight on the news. Every shooting that happens in SF does not get reported compared to Oakland where they report and create backstories and interviews to embed in people's minds that Oakland bad, SF good.

Posted by mr.bsk on 07/20/2016 at 11:24 PM
Posted by Len Raphael on 07/20/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

I was there, I worked for Ceda, I know all about it. it's not where you start it's where you finish. I started at the city as a student trainee, I manage KTOP currently. All I have is a HS diploma, but I work my butt off, and LaTonda is probably the smartest person in the entire city so not sure your point.

Posted by Michael A. Munson on 07/20/2016 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Actually Michael Munson I resigned .... If you dont know LaTonda's eduational background, just google it...lol Its will tell you she didnt pass the 10th grade. Or ask her yourself. You shared this article on your facebook page thats how I know about it. And you can also ask her how she was a whistle blower for the former City Clerk Ceda Floyd its all PUBLIC RECORD & PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE!

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/20/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

First of all you know that's not true, and why don't you tell them why she terminated you

Posted by Michael A. Munson on 07/20/2016 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

In South Korea, which has a strong and long duration of Western cultural influence, dog restaurants remain somewhat common and a choice for older Koreans who are feeling under-the-weather. The trauma of the dog being beaten adds stress-related chemicals to the flesh, which in turn are supposed to provide health benefits to the people who eat it. It is pricey meat. However, dog eating is not popular with younger Koreans and small dogs are increasinglng finding their way into apartment dweller homes as pets. Kudos for Berkeley City for flexing their soft power, but don't expect this practice in Asia to go away in the near future.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 07/20/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

I've had a couple of dozen interactions with City Clerk Simmons or her department over the past few years. Under her supervision her staff performs their functions efficiently and courteously regardless of who you are or whether you politically oppose whoever is currently in the seats of Oakland power.. She is also one of the select few city employees who answers emails after hours and on weekends on time sensitive matters.

Let her do her job. She's good at it.

There should be very few closed sessions and only in very limited circumstances such as discussions of the litigation risks in law suits. Holding a closed session to say hide the City Attorney's opinion that a City decision was illegal, needs to be publicly disclosed, even if it costs us a lawsuit.

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/20/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Teni East Kitchen Brings California-Burmese Cooking to Temescal

I have made this place a regular weekly excursion. Food is delish.

Posted by Tal H. M. Klement on 07/20/2016 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

It's obvious you don't know the City Clerk she is one of the most respected Clerks in her profession. Jamaal, we're you working @ the City and have direct knowledge of why the prior Clerk left. If not don't spend rumors.

Posted by THERESA64 on 07/20/2016 at 7:58 PM

Re: “East Bay Theater Companies Embrace Female-Driven Tales for Fall

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Posted by Roland West on 07/20/2016 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

LaTonda should kindly stepdown. As a City Ckerk all Closed Session documents should be protected and she took a Oath of office to protect them and she failed. She was a whistleblower in 2004 to oust former City Clerk Ceda Floyd to gain her position as the new City Clerk with only a 10th grade education. Sometimes its not about what you know...its who you know:)

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/20/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Hiring a private detective to investigate leaks? Sounds like something from the Nixon administration. I recall they called the leak investigators in the Nixon administration "Plumbers". All of them ended up in federal prison. I think Mayor Schaaf is getting carried away - the public has a right to know what's going on in City Hall. Even these "closed door sessions" are a little dubious. I think Mayor Schaaf's leadership has been horrendous. This police scandal with the teenage hooker - other departments are involved but they are not firing police chiefs right and left or trying to put civilians in charge of PD. You've got a few bad apples on OPD - other department too - big deal fire them and let's move on - you don't need the historonics we've seen from Schaff. Her wacky leadership has got the national media covering the teenage-hooker story - which has lead to a all this bad publicity for Oakland. Oakland is a great City - got some problems - like most metro cities - - big deal, solve them without all this soap opera like drama. Schaaf isn't doing that - she's making things worse with her wacky behavior.

Posted by Richard Woulfe on 07/20/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

There are many animal rescues in CA, Hope for Paws and MarleyMutts to name two, which are working with rescues in China and Korea to stop this practice. But what they can do is just a drop in the bucket compared to the dogs that are languishing in small cages waiting to be killed and eaten. Particular types of dogs are also being bread as a food source (they look like a combo Samoyed/Husky). It's quite sad when you think about it. A tiny number of these animals are "saved" by rescues and shipped here - but should we really be doing this with the amount of dogs in shelters needing to be "saved" from extermination as well.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 07/20/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

"How does this city clerk LaTonda Simmons hold the job of City clerk with only a high school education?????"

This seems to me to be very biased, unfair and uninformed.

LaTonda seems to be fair and respectful when she deals with the public in the often very tense environment of a City Council meeting. I think she is generally well-liked among the public and she seems to have been well-respected by Council members. LaTonda's job isn't easy.

I have not heard anything about her failure to perform her duties properly and efficiently.

Whether or not she has had a higher education, her language and cognitive skills seem to be up to the job.

I am not suggesting that LaTonda is a whistleblower. However whistleblowers or leakers are very important for democracy when, as with our elected officials, laws are broken and blatant tactics are applied to avoid transparency.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/20/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Be careful with the City Clerk. No one is to be trusted in the City Clerks office. How does this city clerk LaTonda Simmons hold the job of City clerk with only a high school education?????

Posted by Kayla Johnson on 07/20/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Free Will Astrology

Will this ever be updated?

Posted by rness on 07/20/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

This is ridiculous. How much money is being spent on watermarks and investigators? All the council business should be public. There should be no closed sessions especially when it seems that they are closed merely to protect council members who want to be re-elected. The council is supposed to be serving the people of Oakland, not hiding from us or ruling us.

Posted by Karen Hesse on 07/20/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

It's shocking that these city politicians have the gall to make illegal backroom deals and then COMPLAIN about whistleblowers busting up their fun. Ever stop to think that, maybe, just maybe, you are the bad guys in this situation?

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 07/20/2016 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

The point of the article was given, as the writer really doesn't care if the dog are consumed or not. The writer's point was because someone in their circle with klout was engage in saving the animals Berkeley City Council had to get involved. Money always win.
For others, who are not aware. There are 11 Asian Countries that practice this event. If they would consume the Animal without torture. It would be acceptable. However, boiling puppies, kittens while still alive is not. Blow tourching them, gutting them, skinning them, cutting their limbs is not okay.
Oh, and to ruffle your feather even more, there is one single restaurant in California that does serve dog meat to its exclusive members.

Posted by Cristina Roskoff-Harris on 07/20/2016 at 1:11 PM

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