Max Chanowitz 
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Re: “Reflections on the 15th Street Tragedy

Growing up in a setting of poverty and hopelessness can torture a person's psyche and make them feel like there's no way out but violence. But poverty didn't force these kids to pocket their pistols when heading out to the party. They made that decision. This was no accident.

This isn't a case of robbing a store to feed a starving family. This isn't a case of desperation or necessity. This is a case of hot-headed kids with guns they shouldn't have, whose value for human life has been crushed so low that being "disrespected" (or whatever other bullshit happened in that argument) is enough cause for them to murder without a second thought.

The gun-packing kids could probably be considered victims on a societal level and their social setting certainly helped to corrupt them this way—but there is also an inner evil here that must be considered if we ever hope to expunge it and end this random violence.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 08/25/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

I couldn't help but notice that street repairs in my already-adequately-paved neighborhood near Lake Merritt are ongoing, while West Grand Ave. is like the surface of the freaking moon, nearly shaking apart the bus I take to work every day.

Could it be that there's a resource allocation problem? Are "nicer" neighborhoods with more lobbying power grabbing more of the money away from the torn-up neighborhoods that actually need it? It sure looks like it from here.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 08/25/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

It's shocking that these city politicians have the gall to make illegal backroom deals and then COMPLAIN about whistleblowers busting up their fun. Ever stop to think that, maybe, just maybe, you are the bad guys in this situation?

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 07/20/2016 at 1:33 PM

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

One point that may be drawn from this, aside from the need for a massive police overhaul and punishment of crooked officers, is that we need to legalize prostitution. This is going to emerge as a social issue of our time, as we continue wasting public money arresting sex workers who, just like the persecuted weed smokers before them, aren't hurting anyone.

Prostitution is going to continue whether you like it or not. Legalizing and regulating prostitution, will protect vulnerable sex workers, remove violent pimps from the equation, and eliminate the dangerous power dynamic that these crooked cops used to exploit and manipulate this girl (and likely many others).

I am confident that this position will end up being on the right side of history, and it's only a matter of time.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 06/15/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

Such an inspiring story! Finally, a white person was able to realize their dreams, despite being up against some pretty powerful forces...like West African immigrants and their beloved neighborhood restaurant. Thank goodness there won't be any more live African music in the neighborhood, or place for West African people to congregate and have a good time — sounds like it was a total drag.

And it's about time Oakland got a bougie gentrification-ass beer garden! That sort of thing was really lacking in this city until now. Just what Oakland needs. You're a real hero, Paul.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 05/19/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Town Business: Bus Stop Scandal, 'Rigged' City Contract, Affordable Housing for Six-Figure Incomes, and More Body Cameras

It's disgusting how Summit Bank and its greasy representatives view public transit as a wretched collector of the 'dangerous' poor rather than a critical piece of urban infrastructure — but that's to be expected from bankers and other fork-tongued business people. What's truly disgusting is the fact that the progressive city of Oakland so helplessly kowtowed to the bank's anti-populist demands, and made the city just a bit worse for its most needy citizens. Truly pathetic. We don't need their palm grease that much, do we?

My trust in Oakland's government took a big hit when the bus stop was removed; here's hoping the reversal is a success and that the stop can be reinstalled.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 04/13/2016 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Favors Bank Over Bus Riders

It's disgusting how this bank and its greasy representatives view public transit as a wretched collector of the 'dangerous' poor rather than a critical piece of urban infrastructure — but that's to be expected from bankers and other fork-tongued business people. What's truly disgusting is the fact that the progressive city of Oakland so helplessly kowtowed to the bank's anti-populist demands, and made the city just a bit worse for its most needy citizens. Truly pathetic. We don't need their palm grease that much, do we?

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 04/13/2016 at 4:01 PM

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