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Here is my take on this program:
Yes, that is a very good point, where was the DA in all of this? And why just one DA? Richmond and San Francisco police officers were complicit, why are they not investigating this matter?
I think Attorney General Kama Harris has to stop thinking only of what's best for her Senate race, do her job and initiate an investigation into the police abuse, sex trafficking AND potential witness tampering.
O'Malley has failed to take action against police brutality in Alameda County. She has, however, prosecuted victims of such brutality. If there is enough outrage, she might choose a low-level police officer or two as sacrificial lambs for a slap on the wrist, but only because of her political ambitions (rumors are that she wants to be appointed Attorney General by Governor Brown).
In any case, this case goes beyond Oakland and Alameda County, as officers from Richmond and San Francisco were involved. I'm not sure that the Attorney General, whose main interest is to get elected to the Senate and keep the law enforcement unions on her side, would conduct a fair investigation, but it is the responsibility of her office to do so. It's outrageous that she has washed her hands on this case.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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