Charlie Pine 
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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

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

@Anthony Moore Who cares where he filmed the video -- it glorifies reckless driving and promoted "hyphy" as an Oakland cultural expression, on our streets where we have to drive, too. It was especially shameful that Youth UpRising steered impressionable youth the wrong way when YU put its members into that video. But then, E-40 lives in a gated development in Danville.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/10/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

"bosses get complementary everything" - In literate accounts, they get everything complimentary.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/06/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

Omitted from this puff piece: Youth Uprising, a City-sponsored agency, brokered its youth members to E-40 for a rap video that praised reckless driving on Oakland streets ("hyphy").

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/05/2017 at 12:23 PM

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