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Re: “Monday Must Reads: #BlackBrunch Demonstrators Protest in Jack London; BlackOut Collective Demands that BART Drop $70,000 Fine

BlackBrunch -I believe actions in Oakland are preaching to the choir. Most Oaklanders already support constitutional policing and equality. Places like Napa, and Danville need to hear the Black Lives Matter message -those are places where people live in order to avoid the complexity of modern America. Seriously, I was in Napa a couple weeks ago -people have no idea about your efforts or they think what's happening in Oakland is shameful. That's maddening. To me that's who needs to be reached. Also, historically equality protests have confronted the racism head on... schools, lunch counters and buses were segregated so they were targeted for civil disobedience demonstrations. Freeways and BART users, and Sunday brunchers are not actively involved in racial intolerance and police brutality. It doesn't make sense to a lot of people. I urge members to think about these things.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 01/05/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Downtown Oakland's Emerging Art Scene Is Thriving

Vincent, your perspective gets way too much time in the media today. Adapt or perish, it's a story as old as time. The galleries are there because the rent is CHEAP, because policies and bad planning created an economic desert in Downtown Oakland. Oakland use to be a tourist destination with destination hotels and restaurants. Up until the very early 70's Downtown Oakland was the third largest retail sales district in the State of California. If these galleries don't plan for rising rents they contribute to creating, then they will die -their cheap rent advantage wasted. Be happy our downtown is starting to recover and pay for the services that so many depend on. Have a Happy New Year, or try.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/30/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

If you live in a cheap place, because it's screwed-up in some significant way... well, someday people are going to try and fix it. If you've made no plan for that, then you're going to be in trouble. Everyone is responsible for anticipating change. Expensive places can go bust, and inexpensive places can see a boom. People need to access how much income their skills can earn them and then focus on a place where those skills can afford them to buy property.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/26/2014 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves First Protected Bike Lane, Prioritizes Cyclists in Telegraph Redesign

Yes there are a few in SF, but they've had them in many parts of Manhattan for close to a decade now.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/17/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Updated: Undercover CHP Officer Points Gun at Journalists and Protesters in Oakland

When is EBX going to report on the anarchist groups responsible for turning a civil rights movement into an attempt to incite a revolution? (Think I'm nuts? Then you're not reading their blog and twitter posts, and craigslist adds for communal housing in Ghost Town, West and North Oakland.)

When is EBX going to interview one of the smashy-smashy protesters and their innocent victims?

Where's the balance on EBX?

15 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/11/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Crime and Wealth and FBI Stats

If you crack the data things are not so clear...

Of all US reporting jurisdictions in 2013 Oakland is 41st in violent crime RATE, and 451st in property crime RATE and in cities over 50k residence we're 2nd, and 22nd respectively. Once again SF has the highest rate of theft in the state of California while still managing to earn a slightly lower property crime rate than Oakland -63/1000 (Oak) vs 57/1000 (SF).

Last the FBI explicitly states comparing jurisdiction to jurisdiction is impossible because unlike the name of the report "Uniform Crime Report" it just isn't. New Orleans, SF, Oakland, and Chicago all report crime differently.

In the case of SF they do it so "differently" than Daly City that the DC side of the DC/SF boarder shows magnitudes greater crime in DC than SF. How can that be if there's no physical border? For whatever reason SFPD is clearly suppressing crime reporting.

Basically using these reports to rank cities is a complete fail, but using them to compare one city's year to year criminal activity is useful.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 11/13/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Now Closed: Vo’s in Uptown Oakland

Vietnamese sandwiches at City Center would be a hit.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 11/13/2014 at 8:44 AM

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