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Apparently Oakland has a huge issue with not being able to negotiate & administer contracts. The lack of competency in basic city government functions does not surprise me but it ought to.
Why does Oakland want to buy the parking garage back?
I am glad we can find common ground at times Mr. Gammon. This stinks. Thanks for reporting.
Thank you Mr's. Thompson , e'Data & Pine for saying what I had thought when I read the article. In fact in my neighborhood on ND there is a preponderance of crime reported and perpetrated by blacks mostly with weapons and or physical violence. The writer should also be outraged for the high crime rate in Oakland and do a deep dive there but that might be a dog bites man story. On my ND feed there is almost an overly sensitive element to race- like people not reporting the racial characteristic of the perp or suspicious character white, black, yellow, brown or purple. Nod to Ms. Montalbo - I think the ebexpress response to capitalization issue says a lot about why they publish this crap rather than do a story on crime and criminals is supremely telling. Really isn't the story the more than 30,000 victims of crime each year in Oakland or isn't it at least part of the conversation. I would say the EBX is better than that but really it's not.
Your bias and contempt is showing through. You call it the "pending invasion" I call it a rescue- we need a lifeline - Oakland was failing and flailing. The fact is Oakland is a mess, a top city for crime, city hall has so many flubs it seems that they cannot manage their way out of a paper bag. One way out of this mess is employment opportunities and money and that is coming. Is city hall accountable at all? We pay high taxes and seemingly get poor services and you know who suffers the most the lower socio economic class, but always the pandering of politicians whose lip service is to help the poor and disadvantaged. San Francisco is hardly Manhattan and Oakland is certainly not Brooklyn. Perhaps an alternative to what is coming would have been a well run city (but even then market forces trump) but we haven't had that. I am excited that Sunset Magazine is locating here and that Uber is too, and I'll take 5 more and I think it will be a shining moment for Oakland. It was so strange that SF & silicon valley were so innovative and it passed Oakland by, forcing those who work in fields of innovation to commute long distances (1-1.5 hrs each way) perhaps no more, perhaps they will be able to work where they live and live where they work. Cheers mate!
Here's a different perspective- what if your child was sold the ecstasy pills and overdosed and is living in a vegetative state, psychologically impaired or dead. This man worked at the casino for 16 years - he obviously knew that selling X is illegal and had fluency in english. He should have been on his best behaviour not his worst in a host country with no good options on where to go- though I'm not sure that Cambodia is not desirable to be deported to it has changed a lot since he came here, foisting drugs on people. These are large quantities he got caught with , no telling how many times he did this without being caught. By saying that his almost 4000 illegal doses have "no identifiable victim" is a parsing the fact that there are victims just not identifiable - what if it was the kid at Cloyne court at UCB in a vegetative state? I'd say he's already been given his 2nd chance and in the US it's 3 strikes and your out.
Wow A new low Mr. Gammon! Had Donald Trump said what you wrote he would have been excoriated and so should you be.
The fact that the only occupation you cite that is a public servant is a police officer- not a politician, bureaucrat, technician or teacher. For a man in the media complaining about what the media reports on and cries foul when Mr. Gammon's sensibilities are disturbed because of the size of a police officer's funeral is folly- who said the media is fair or that there should or has to be proportionality. From 2011to Aug, 2013 21 children were caught in the crossfire of shootings and killed in Oakland- sure sounds like a war zone to me. cite http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/c… and from the looks of it most of the children were children of color. What justifies police firepower is the brutality and firepower of the criminals- from the Black Panther Party bombings to the firepower of Lovelle Mixon demands a response.
At the Black Lives Matter today the chant was "We're ready for war", "No justice, No Peace", calling police officers "pigs." In Oakland the protestors have vandalized wide swaths of legitimate businesses. These are not peaceful events.
Mr. Davidzon advocates for the ability to fire public servants at will- OK I agree.
However I am not without criticism of police. In Oakland there are too few and what ones we have are too highly paid. They clearly have faults (and Mr. Burris has made a career of it.) Mary is correct to point out that Oakland is the top city for crime in CA and top 5 nationally- shouldn't that factor in to your proportionality calculation?
Why is it we name buildings for failed politicians and glorify them?
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