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Re: “How I Got Arrested at Occupy Oakland

Wow...There is so much about this to comment on that one easily could and probably should write a proposal for a federal grant to conduct a proper ‘retrospective and follow up prospective study’ on the issues, dependent and independent variables, blah, blah.

What blew my mind was hearing our Mayor say after City Hall was vandalized ‘we have very good video of City Hall being vandalized.’ City Hall does not have an alarm system notifying the police department that a break-in is occurring so they can arrive on the scene? Is that correct? Seriously, I am asking. That the alarm system to safe guard City Hall is either lacking or non-existent is irresponsible and negligent; after all the money spent $$ to be [as was also quoted in the paper] ‘resilient’ comes out of taxpayer pockets.

And the 99% should think about being responsible, get smart, write a manifesto, conduct social media forums, understand what the real issues are and peacefully attempt to get the message out there. Their time would be better spent building community food gardens; petitioning for fruits and veggies; creating a community barter system if they don't have monies and jobs; building a legitimate commune through pooled assets; thru social media ask for a bus or two and live in it together; use social media to locate a vacant building or site where they can build their commune; a friend of my used social media to find a sail boat to live on; it is when people fail to see alternatives they are defeated. Signed in peace and love.

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Posted by ZRobinette on 02/02/2012 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 21

Max-i pulled the page i referenced for you however, best to read the entire publication as it is very current October 2010; US Dept of Justice report on Best Practice to Address Community Gang Problems ranked activities implemented in 6 metro areas -- you will see that there are 2 areas that have had the most effective impact-- below is a copy but may be difficult for you to read in this format.

Table A1: Program Implementation Characteristics: Degree of Importance and Levels of Implementation
Program Implementation Characteristics
Degree of Importance to Program Success†
Levels of Implementation by Project Site‡
Chicago
Mesa
Riverside
Bloomington-Normal
San Antonio
Tucson
Program Elements (Structure)
City/County Leadership
***
2
4
4
1
1
1
Steering Committee
**
1
4
3
1
1
0
Interagency Street Team/Coordination
***
4
4
3
0
0
0
Grassroots Involvement
*
3
1
1
0
1
0
Social Services: Youth Work, Individual Counseling, Family Treatment, and Recreation
**
3
3
3
2
3
3
Criminal Justice Participation
***
4
4
4
1
1
0
School Participation
**
1
3
3
3
2
0
Employment and Training
**
3
1
4
3
1
0
Lead Agency/Management/Commitment
***
4
4
4
0
0
0
Strategies
Social Intervention: Outreach and Crisis Intervention
**
4
3
3
1
1
0
Community Mobilization: Interagency and Grassroots
**
1
3
2
1
0
0
Provision of Social Opportunities: Education, Job, and Culture
**
3
2
2
2
1
0
Suppression
***
4
4
3
0
0
0
Organizational Change and Development
***
2
4
4
0
0
0
Operating Principles
Targeting Gang Members/ At-Risk Gang Youth
***
4
2
3
1
3
3
Balance of Service
***
4
3
3
0
0
0
Intensity of Service
*
4
3
3
1
0
0
Continuity of Service
**
2
1
2
2
0
2
Source: Spergel, Wa, and Sosa, 2006, pp. 216–217
†Importance of characteristic to success: ***=extremely, **=moderately, *=somewhat
‡Levels of implementation: 4=excellent, 3=good, 2=fair, 1=poor, 0=none

You can go to the USDept of Justice for the publication as this makes it difficult to read.

Posted by ZRobinette on 09/22/2011 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 21

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/2312…

Click above--US Department of Justice link published in 2010 'Best Practice to Address Community Gang Problems' page 43 sums it up well

Here is another link for those who support curfew and injuction measures in Oakland

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/5/support-p…

Thanks

Posted by ZRobinette on 09/22/2011 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 21

Thank you for the comments. To add to the debate here is a link to a report published by the US Department of Justice entitled Best Practice to Address Community Gang Problems. Note page 43 which sums it all up fairly well. I am for all measures of protection and safety.

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/2312…

Posted by ZRobinette on 09/22/2011 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 21

All the debate is fine. However, Oakland ranked sixth in the nation again this year for violent crime-two more deaths since this debate began. Unemployment is high, Oakland unified schools ranked a D overall, dropout rates are extremely high and as schools are slated to close, these kids will have one more obstacle to overcome. We can agree these are sad times.

Clearly, there is ample room for many viable solutions. One solution will not be enough and one solution should not negate another. As the writer above states, look to New York City or look to Stockton, CA whose city used the state funded Cease Fire program successfully.

Mayor Quan recently stated she is looking at a multi-faceted approach; something everyone should get behind. Chief Batts stated clearly what he needs to get the job done. Oakland would do well to support Chief Batts. We would do well to get beyond a 'fixed position' approach to public safety solutions and seek ways to integrate all viable measures. All concerned parties wish for the same outcome.

Bottom line, in these violent uncertain times we should be saying YES AND to all viable solutions. YES to more prevention programs AND YES to curfew and injunction measures all aimed at one thing-- protecting people.

Posted by ZRobinette on 09/22/2011 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Updated: For Quan and Perata, It’s a Two-Person Race

All bets are off that this is two person race. Lobbyist, Mr. Perata and the spending he has done on his campaign may remind too many voters of Wall Street Meg!

Posted by ZRobinette on 10/29/2010 at 7:51 PM

Re: “BREAKING NEWS: Big Hollywood Money for Kaplan Mayoral Campaign

Great, glad to see this group stepping up to take this game to the playoffs! I aree with everything writer Max has already stated! I would add to Max's remarks, that there alot of us not-so-young Kaplan for Mayor of Oakland volunteers and supporters out in mass as well. We believe in, Rebecca Kaplan.

Posted by ZRobinette on 10/29/2010 at 5:22 PM

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