Eric Arnold 
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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

Re: “Updated: Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent Reportedly Being Fired

Time to fall on the sword, it seems.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/10/2016 at 12:47 AM

Re: “Mercury News Editor Stands Behind Columnist Who Blamed Victim in Stanford Rape Case

not to be snarky, Nick, but there's a real easy way to end white-privilege-upliftment in the media: hire people of color for editorial positions. sorry, but you're kinda coming off as bro-ier-than-thou. patting yourself on the back for quickly dispatching a note affirming your mock-PC outrage to your white male executive editor peers isn't really news, it's self-congratulation, from a boy's club elitist perspective. also can we talk about your syntax here? "ending a rape culture of victim-blaming." any more buzzwords you'd like to add? if you actually cared about this, you would advocate for something more severe and meaningful, like forced sterilization of all convicted rapists. it's hard to see how your passive-aggressive act is going to make any discernible difference in the perpetuation of rape culture. I also wonder whether you are now going to nitpick further examples of non-PC behavior in media, as there is plenty to go around. Will you also be sharing ALL your emails to your peers, or just the ones which paint you in a positive light as a defender of women's rights while bashing a competitor that you ultimately agree with?

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/07/2016 at 2:20 PM

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