Jay Leonhardy 
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Re: “Remembering Chris Thompson

I am so sad to hear this news. Chris was an *amazing* journalist and an honest writer. I had many professional interactions with him over my years working for Oakland Vice Mayor Henry Chang. Editorial Board meetings, stories, tips, spin - he was always the consummate professional, albeit more than a little irreverent.

After I left working for the Oakland City Council, I had a lunch with Chris and gave him my entire "Transmetropolitan" graphic novel collection, written by Warren Ellis. I told him that, now that there was no conflict of interest, I wanted him to have them as a gift, because he reminded me so much of the protagonist, Spider Jerusalem.

Requiem in Pace, Chris. I will light a candle for you tonight.

Posted by Jay Leonhardy on 01/31/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Berkeley Defends Sanctuary Status

In RE: Mr. Thompson's reactionary comment, and those blaming undocumented immigrants as "dangerous".

It is clear, sir, that you do not understand the difference between civil law and criminal law, much less the jurisdictional responsibilities involved in enforcing immigration law. *Please* come to Berkeley and engage in the criminal conduct you advocate. I *dare* ya.

Sanctuary Cities were originally created *because* of public safety concerns.

They were originally purposed to provide a safe place for undocumented immigrants to report and testify about crimes such as domestic violence, sexual exploitation and labor fraud, not to mention violent Part One crimes, and it has worked pretty well as a tactic to lower crime rates in many of the urban areas that have implemented them.

A proper solution would be to actually create a pathway to citizenship for all those undocumented immigrants on which our national economy depends, enforcement of hiring and labor laws on businesses, not individuals, instead of perpetuating xenophobia and denying the extent to which our economy is dependent on an exploited class of workers.

Posted by Jay Leonhardy on 10/21/2015 at 2:14 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

"Only a step-father", Thompson?

God help us all that you're in our village. Jes stay away from the kids, mmm'kay?

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Posted by Jay Leonhardy on 07/23/2015 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Progressives Blow Out Big Oil in Richmond

I have a nickle that says Roger's pulls it out in the late count.

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Posted by Jay Leonhardy on 11/05/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “When Liberals Take Control of Police

While it does not necessarily detracted from Mr. Gammon's conclusions, I would point out that the hiring of Chief Magnus was approved by the Mayor and Council many months prior to the 2006 elections, and that the reason Chief Magnus rose to the top of the candidates list was because of the clear priorities set by the previous Mayor and Council.

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Posted by Jay Leonhardy on 09/10/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “The Lost Runner

Having grown up on a ranch bounded on three sides by wilderness area in the High Cascades of Oregon, I can tell you that John's is the kind of extreme idiot we had to pull off a mountain, or out of a canyon, at least once a year..... and fail to reach in time about once every other year.

Based on his past experiences, I'm guessing that unless he actually learns some basic wilderness survival skills, and packs for emergencies as previous comments have suggested, sooner or later he's not going to be as lucky.

It's not that hard to survive a few nights, or even weeks, lost in the wilderness if you have some basic supplies, build a rudimentary shelter and STOP MOVING!

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Posted by j! on 10/08/2009 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Meet the Mayor

Yeah, term limits, there's the answer. After all, inexperience and ideological maniacism have *nothing* to do with the state budget crisis.

If you put in term limits, the only people that will know how to run the city's policy functions will be the council aides and the lobbyists, not the folks who will be held accountable by the vote. The idea that the more experience you have as a politician, the less qualified you should be to hold office is one of the most ridiculous myths of the neo-reform movement.

Fact is that Oakland is one of the few cities in the state with a strong mayor form of government and it is the Mayor that should be held accountable for the success or failure, or lack of, programs and policies. The Council holds the purse strings, but if no one at the top is taking visible leadship on specific policies -- or pulling council and residents together for specific programs that cut across council boundaries -- then ya can't blame the councilmembers for prioritizing services within their districts -- and getting those resources into their districts by any means necessary.

It is a misdemeanor for a Council member to tell a day to day staff person what to do. They can in no way hire, fire or punish them. That would be a crime. The best they can do is phrase their orders in the form of a questions, because they *are* allowed to make informational inquiries of day to day staff. If staff aren't performing, about the only Council option is to do something dire to the entire departments budget -- it's been done, but it is the political equivalent of swatting a fly with a nuclear weapon.

Oakland doesn't need reform. It needs leadership.

Posted by j! on 09/23/2008 at 2:21 PM

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