Eric Arnold 
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Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

@Matt, thanks for your opinion, but your take on this seems bereft of both facts and context. if the Lake Merritt Area Specific Plan had any teeth, the community wouldn't have to fight for affordable housing. This deal is also significant because it adds something tangible to the city's proclamation of BAMBD as an arts district, establishing a model for cultural retail. The developer is also willing to direct the Public Art Fee towards projects which benefit the community. And D2's low-icome residents will benefit from project contributions aimed at anti-displacement and stabilization efforts. I dont know how one can spin this as a dirty deal, given that the Planning Commission didnt even consider community benefits, and approved the project initially with market-rate housing and no contribution to affordable units. So why is it "dirty" to get wins for the community which benefit its most vulnerable residents? You may want to rethink that perspective.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 11/22/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Sex Worker Advocates Say Oakland's ReportJohn.org Prostitution Snitch Web Site Does More Harm Than Good

Is this even legal? Don't you need proof of solicitation? The potential for abuse and false claims seems high, and there doesn't appear to be any way to determine that solicitation has in fact happened. John stings usually involve decoys who can arrest once money is offered for sex. But this program has civil rights red flags all over it, since observers will probably not be in a position to hear verbal exchanges, and even then it would be hearsay. i get that Oakland is the #2 place for sex trafficking in the country, and OPD is understaffed, but did Schaaf and O'Malley just come up with this on their own, without CSEC orgs co-signing? And the timing seems a little convenient, considering that just last week, O'Malley held a press conference to announce she was filing charges in the police sex scandal which actually couldnt be filed because of witness tampering by the police. This article does a decent job of pointing out that the program could endanger women, and it's clear we need better solutions, such as a way to target more pimps, not to mention a top to bottom, thorough scouring of police predators who exploit sex workers. Guap surely cant be the only minor who has had intimate encounters with OPD and other departments. If we cant rely on the police to uphold the law and public safety, now we are supposed to put our trust in anonymous snitches? I can smell the lawsuits already...

Posted by Eric Arnold on 09/20/2016 at 9:24 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

It doesnt seem like this story has changed much since the last time it was reported on. Eucalyptus may not be native, but there's very little hard evidence to suggest they should shoulder the blame for the firestorm's devastation. The biggest factor was almost certainly the failure to clear rooftops of accumulated dry brush and the build up of shrubbery next to houses, which caused the fire to spread extremely rapidly, torching houses in its path. It takes a lot of heat for eucalyptus crowns to burn, and had the houses been adequately maintained, the fire could have been managed with far less damage. There's also evidence which suggests that Eucalyptus are naturally fire-resistant below a temperature threshold. On top of that, had Berkeley and Oakland firefighters used the same size plugs for their water hoses, they would have been far more effective at stopping the fire. In any event, clear-cutting 100,000's of trees without a reforestation plan and widely using pesticides doesnt sound like environmental conservation to me.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 07/06/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

geykerry wrote: "On virtually every part of the planet this young lady was above the age of consent. She seems intelligent and at peace with her chosen field of employment. It is very insulting and condescending for you all to force the 'victim' label on her. Yes this was icky that they happened to be cops, and certain police conduct codes were apparently violated, but as a general rule, consensual sex acts between consenting all adults should not be a crime." ... Uh, no. 1) The age of consent exists for a reason. To simply pretend it doesn't exist is irresponsible. 2) Guap allegedly has been a sex worker since the age of 12, meaning that she was not legally able to consent to any sex acts prior to the age of 18. 3) What allegedly occurred was criminal misconduct. it's not simply consensual sex acts since police exploited the power dynamic and were, in effect, acting as pimps. 4) Guap herself has referred to herself as a victim, and police having sex with underage girls is certainly a crime. 5) to downplay these incidents as merely "icky" appears to reflect a lack of comprehension of the failure in accountability on behalf of the police. 6) legalizing prostitution wouldnt address the trafficking epidemic in a real way, since the average age of a trafficked girl is 13.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/20/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “New: Oakland Fires Yet Another Police Chief (Third in a Week!)

now might be a good time to dig up Schaaf's record on police reform over the years. IJS.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/17/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Attorneys Burris and Chanin Want Feds to Take Over Oakland Police Recruitment and Training

The assertion that quality control is slipping in OPD training does seem like a viable explanation for new cops making regrettable mistakes. But i still dont know how we explain a veteran like Whent doing nothing about the sex scandal for months. Which suggests we are not looking at a superficial, surface-level problem at all.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/15/2016 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Fires Interim-Police Chief

The issue with Figueroa giving the order for OPD to shoot into the Occupy Oakland crowd is that doing so violated the department's own use of force guidelines. It's irrelevant whether Figueroa himself fired the shot which hit Olsen, because it wouldnt have happened without his illegal order. Which led directly to Olsen's traumatic brain injury, as well as an ACLU lawsuit, as well as additional terms and conditions being tacked on to the NSA. So, on the surface, it would seem that Figueroa is a poor choice to lead the department. The fact that he gave an order to fire on non-violent protestors doesnt speak well of his "community policing" efforts, and furthermore, it cost the city millions in payouts, as well as extended the NSA. It may well be that no one is qualified to lead OPD, or at least no one currently within the department.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/15/2016 at 10:48 PM

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