Margarita Lacabe 
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Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

Nextdoor has been a nest for racism pretty much since it started. Back in 2013 I wrote a blog posting about how neighbors were encouraging each other to call police when they saw young black men walking in their neighborhood. http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2013/…

At the time, I thought that this might be a San Leandro only issue, given San Leandro's dirty history of racism. But Nextdoor's policy was to tell me that I shouldn't write about racial profiling, at no point they expressed any concern about the racial profiling going on.

I'm glad they are finally *saying* they will change those policies, but I'll only believe it when I see it.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 10/15/2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Thank you for posting the application for the arrest warrant. After reading it, this whole affair smells very fishy. The FBI seems to have leaned very hard on Terbeek to lay as much dirt on Rush as possible, including recording conversations without Rush' consent. And yet the parts of the conversations quoted in the warrant are innocuous in themselves, and require Terbeek's interpretation to make them mean what the FBI says they mean. The parts of the conversation where Rush presumably incriminates himself, however, are paraphrased rather than quoted.

Of course, this is an application for a warrant and not an indictment, so the agent gets to be sloppy - but I definitely think we need to reserve judgement until we actually read the transcripts of those conversations. And, btw, California law requires both parties in a telephone conversation to give consent, it sounds to me like those conversations should not have been recorded in the first place.

Full disclosure: Dan is one of my Facebook friends and we've collaborated to lobby the San Leandro City Council to allow marijuana dispensaries in town.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 08/13/2015 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Austerity's Champion

Last election, I watched a couple of Borenstein's endorsement interviews, which are posted on BANG's website. I've never met or spoken with Borenstein myself, but judging by his interview style, I have to say that he's a man who does not suffer fools gladly. It's definitely true that he cares about unfunded liabilities most of all, but it's also clear that what he is looking for in candidates is knowledge of the actual problem. The interviews are brutal - and they are very brutal - because he seems to know the financial situations and budgets of each city/district backwards and forwards and he asks questions that demand such knowledge. But this should not come as a surprise to any candidate, if you go to face him unprepared you might as well not go (in that, Jim Prola has the right idea).

In the interviews I watched, which included both male and female candidates, I found Borenstein to be even handed with his questions. He wasn't harder or more patronizing to male or female candidates. But he seemed to have little patience for candidates who didn't know their stuff.

Borenstein's endorsements don't fall on the regular right-wing, union-business spectrum. The candidates he endorses come from the far left, the far right, and everywhere in the middle; some are Labor darlings, others hated by Labor.

Here, in San Leandro, during our last election, Borenstein endorsed the two most liberal City council candidates in two of the races, and the most conservative ones in the other two. The latter had also been endorsed by the Police and Fire unions - clearly that was not a consideration for Borenstein. The liberal candidate who ran against Corina Lopez and got Borenstein's endorsement, ran on a platform of raising the minimum wage and imposing rent control in San Leandro; not what you'd call "conservative" issues.

That said, I do agree that Borenstein's endorsements have little to no effect in many political races - though the same can be said of the Express' endorsements. For better or for worse what seems to matter is how many mailers you send and how big they are. A sad comment on our democracy.

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Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 06/17/2015 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Facebook Apologizes for Its "Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty"

What they did to my brother was even worse: they posted a photo of my sister on her deathbed as his prime photo for the year on review. This happened /after/ the apology. I wrote/tweeted to Facebook about it and got no response.

I wrote about it on my blog: http://marga.voxpublica.org/2014/12/facebo…

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 01/01/2015 at 9:43 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Fails to File Campaign Reports

I'm curious as to what "low- to moderate-income buyers "are given priority on the purchase" means. Are properties sold at market rate or below it? If the former, how do they constitute affordable housing?

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Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 01/01/2015 at 9:37 PM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

Robert, you might be right if you don't include respect for human rights and civil liberties to be part of your definition of "progressive". I do, and in such sense both Schaaf and Maio fail. Maio was a big supported of Berkeley's Sit-Lie ordinance, which attempted to further criminalize homelessness.

You are right that Schaaf is not more progressive than Quan or Kaplan, but I didn't compare her to them - but to Dan Siegel. Schaaf voted in favor of the DAC at least twice, and showed very little concern about the privacy = and really liberty - implications of having an all-ecompassing surveillance center in Oakland. You know this, the Express did a great job of covering this issue. At the end of the day Schaaf, like Kaplan (but not like Quan), figured out that this would not be a great issue to drag into their Mayoral campaigns, but the basic point is that they were concerned about the political implications, rather than the human rights implications of approving the DAC.

As a human rights activist, of course I'm biased on these issues, but the reason why I focus on human rights is because without freedom of speech, privacy, assembly, etc. you cannot fight for any other rights.

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Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 11/13/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

I think this is pure wishful thinking. In race after race after race in Alameda County (I won't speak about Richmond, as I didn't follow that race) the more conservative candidates won. Incumbents were - sometimes - an exception. Only in two races did a more liberal non-incumbent candidate outright won over more conservative ones and both were open seats: Annie Campbell Washington's and Mike Bucci in Union City - but that an at-large election for two seats, and Bucci came second to a Republican candidate.

I agree with mjw that the only way you get to say that progressives won in Berkeley and Oakland is redefining the word and ignoring the competition. Alejandro Soto-Vigil is much more progressive than Linda Maio and Libby Schaaf is very much a moderate. Meanwhile, I disagree that Dana King is more moderate than Guillen - each one is more liberal than the other on different issues.

I've written a city-by-city brief analysis of the mayor/council races in Alameda County: http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2014/…

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Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 11/13/2014 at 10:46 AM

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