Charlie Pine 
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Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Sometimes a foreclosure never gets to a courthouse auction. A guy on our block bought a house with two mortgages and now down in 2005. Soon he let it lapse into default. Then he persuaded the bank to accept a short sale -- which he rigged. He and his real estate agent refused to let anyone see the place and make an offer, except the partner in the scam. He bought it for a pittance, let the guy live in it for several years, and then they sold the house and split the profits. While the guy lived there, he was a complete nuisance to the neighborhood, right up to a federal ATF raid on the marijuana grow in the garage.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 02/27/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Police Did Not Arrest East Oakland Shooter Despite Two Earlier Gunfire Incidents In A Week At His Home

If police were reluctant to take action without overwhelming proof of crime, you can thank Judge Thelton Henderson for the proceduralism he imposed on the department.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 02/21/2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Olis Simmons sucks millions of dollars from the City of Oakland for her Youth Uprising agency - where she brought in the filthy misogynist rapper Too Short as a "career counselor," hired a "dance instructor" who was caught molesting a subteen girl, and farmed out teens for E-40's rap video in praise of reckless driving. Oh, by the way, she is an incompetent, overpaid manager. No wonder Jean Quan launched her 2010 mayoral campaign from Simmons's Youth Uprising facilities. ... The Express gave Simmons a pass for years, even defending the same anti-social rappers that she foisted on the children. Now that Simmons' opportunism led her to tie up with a vulture capitalist of education, we finally get light on a bit of her plunder.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/30/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Judge Slams Oakland Council's Decision Not to Pay Police Monitor, Orders $100,000 Payment Within Month

Monitor Warshaw has a financial incentive never to find OPD in compliance. The judge could set a six-month limit on the contract for any one monitor - but he doesn't. Quan, then Schaaf, and the councilmembers never sought this remedy. None of them really cares about the super-high level of robberies and burglaries in Oakland. This latest dustup shows that City Hall does not know how to wage a tough fight, for there is no doubt that judge Henderson has a deep and abiding hatred of OPD, matched by his disdain for the victims of crime in Oakland.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/20/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Questions Need for Court-Appointed Police Monitor, Delays Renewing Contracts

Monitor Warshaw has a financial incentive never to find OPD in compliance. The judge could set a six-month limit on the contract for any one monitor - but he doesn't, because he hates OPD. Schaaf and the councilmembers do not seek this remedy. It seems they do not care that judge Thelton Henderson is determined to deprive residents of police service. *** This blatant stack of the deck against ending the NSA is not covered by the Express, a publication that claimed late last year OPD had only two officer vacancies when in fact there were 33 vacant slots then, still unfilled today.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/18/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

If Ms. Brooks knows her movement history back to the time of Martin Luther King, Jr., she knows that the organizers of mass demonstrations had monitors who ensured peaceful events. Half a million people marched down Market Street in San Francisco without the vandalism at Ms. Brooks' street shows. Thanks for your statement in the Express, Ms. Brooks, but until you take specific steps of action, your allegedly peaceful assemblies provide cover for vandals and thieves.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/11/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Gunfight on Broadway Interrupts Oakland Council Committee Meeting

Years of incidents like this one are one reason why Clorox moved 700 employees out of its downtown building a few years ago. Hey, burglaries in the neighborhoods are fine, but this downtown stuff is bad for business! Oakland - one of the half dozen most crime-plagued cities in the country. (P.S.: The Oakland poverty rate is the same or less than many much safer cities.)

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/10/2017 at 8:40 PM

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