Valerie Winemiller 
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Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Oakland has rational rules about building private structures or fences within a certain distance of creeks as part of its Creek Protection Ordinance. Since that ordinance was never referenced in this story, I don't know how to assess what happened on this process. But I suspect it was not as irrational from the city's side as it is made out to be.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/28/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Low-Level Cops Facing Punishment in East Bay Sex Crimes Scandal

Years ago, a cop I respected told me with bitterness, "They never hold the upper level to account. Nothing will change until they do."

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/24/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

Let's not rewrite history. The police staffing levels were reduced by vote of the majority of the council after the 2008 economic downturn because the police officers union refused to consider a reduction in pay as other city unions were taking to keep as many of their colleagues employed as possible—even at reduced wages. It was keep staff at reduced wages or cut staff. The goal for everyone—including the mayor—was to bring back as many officers as possible as the economy improved. I'm not seeing a list of how long each accused officer had been working for OPD, and certainly you're not going to blame Jean Quan for all the other officers from other agencies, are you? And are you saying diversity = criminal behavior? That's an ugly accusation.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/09/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

@Garden Gal, from the pro-soda tax campaign's web site: >>>The tax is estimated to generate $6-8 million per year and all tax revenue will go into the city’s general fund. Accountability is written into the measure: the measure creates a Community Advisory Board with representatives from health, dental care, and nutrition, as well as parents from the Oakland Unified School District and residents of communities most impacted by the negative health effects of sugary drink consumption. The Board will make recommendations to the City Council about funding programs that improve children’s health and will issue annual public reports detailing the impact of funded programs.<<<
http://www.oaklandvsbigsoda.com/faq

This is similar to the community advisory board that has been overseeing the Measure DD funding that renovated Lake Merritt, where the citizens oversight process has worked well. I know many people are cynical about allowing money to pass through the General Fund, but to structure it to have its own separate account puts it into a category of ballot measures for which election laws require a super-majority of 66% to pass, a very difficult standard to achieve. With the example of the Measure DD money, I am willing to trust this process and I support this tax.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 08/11/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting'

Not enough details of the Fairow's relationship have been made public to say anything specific about that. But in general, any time there is a relationship between people at work, you have to consider how "consenting" it is if there is a significant difference in rank and power between the two parties. Often the lower ranking person (usually a woman) feels things would go badly for their career if they refuse an advance.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 06/19/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Underage Sex Scandal Involves Cop Who Possibly Killed His Wife

@Dno, this girl was underage at the time the officer apparently got sexually involved with her. End of story. There is an age of consent because teenagers have not developed mature judgement to be able to give true informed consent. If a man with power and more money than her pays a girl attention, some girls are flattered, especially if there is not a strong father figure in their lives, and some girls are intimidated into cooperating. But the bottom line is that they are underage, no matter their physical development or bad judgement "consent."

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 05/15/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Bay Area Regulators Ban Wood-Burning Stoves; UC Vows to Admit More California Students

Re: wood-burning stoves. Next the BAAQMB and/or the City of Oakland need to regulate wood-fired commercial cooking equipment. Wood burning ovens and grills are a growing restaurant trend and neighbors and shoppers in some commercial areas are already suffering. Significantly better technology for scrubbing the vented smoke and particulate matter exists, but it is not required.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 10/23/2015 at 10:05 AM

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