Charlie Pine 
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Re: “Lawyers Guild Decries Oakland Police's 'Brutal' Tactics Against Trump Protesters

Typical of this reporter, he omits what the lawyer acknowledged, which was reported in another publication: the police action "might not merit actionable litigation." In other words, nothing illegal.

Ms. Brooks, you should have monitors. They should exclude people wearing masks, people who obviously have tools of violence on their person, etc. If you call a march, you are responsible for these common-sense measures.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/22/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Sergeant Says Police Chief, Mayor Retaliated Against Him For Investigating Cop Who May Have Killed Wife

Judge Henderson says the Guap/Abuslin case was riddled with irregularities - from the judicial master of irregularities himself. He gives a lucrative monitor contract to Robert Warshaw, at our expense. Warshaw has an incentive of millions of dollars never to declare OPD in compliance. Henderson should set a one-year limit on the contract, to be renewed with someone else if needed. But Henderson needs "irregularity" and Warshaw in place for the judge's campaign to destroy OPD.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/01/2016 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Cop Facing Felony Charges in Oakland PD Sex-Abuse Case Says He 'Never Met' Celeste Guap

The "scandal" consists of the actions of perhaps five OPD police, tried in the media, on a force of 700-some officers. Activists who hate OPD so much that they do not care about the public safety of 400,000 city residents are the core supporters of measure LL. They want City positions, on a new political platform, with staff paid at our expense. No on LL.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/23/2016 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

@ Peter Stokes: "OPD officers told me they live outside Oakland for the welfare of their families. I was stunned." You shouldn't be. The killers of Judy Salamon cheerfully threatened witnesses with death. Some guys are really bad characters. You don't want your spouse and children to have an "accident" on an Oakland street. * * * I've talked to officers who have rotated through many assignments, served in beats all over the city, and certainly "understand Oakland for what it is."

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/19/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

Councilmember Campbell Washington admits the campaign against the grocery tax "is compelling because it appears authentic." She made it a grocery tax and gave it authenticity. The tax would be levied on distributors, who recover increased cost by the prices they charge retailers, who recover increased costs by raising prices on whatever they sell, according to their best judgment of impact on sales. That's how the tax impacts the price of milk, bottled water, diapers, whatever. And Campbell Washington's proposed law sends the tax revenue into the general fund, where, to her delight, it can be spent on anything. No wonder Bernie Sanders opposed this tax when it was proposed in Philadelphia.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Kalb claims "building up size of the force"? The mayor set the number of officers in her budget. Kalb added nothing. Recently, the City turned from slow expansion of OPD to letting it shrink again by attrition. Kalb did not oppose that. *** The major "dysfunctional" element weighing on OPD is a monitor who keeps rating the department not in compliance with goals because that would terminate the multi-million contract imposed by judge Thelton Henderson. Kalb has done nothing about this.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

@Winemiller: Remember how Quan exaggerated the number of highly paid OPD officers by a factor of ten? Remember how she said 95 percent of all violent crime was in five police beats of the city? If anyone is unqualified to chatter about history in these short comments, it is the Jean Quan machine - of which you are a proud part.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/10/2016 at 8:26 AM

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