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Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

After reading more....Monitor's and Swanson reports and latest EBX coverage, agree with Len.....The OPD culture will never change when OPD supervisory officers become politically untouchable and receive successive promotions.....Very disappointed in new Chief's promotion of Holmgren (bad decisions/actions in Occupy, Cortez and at multiple stages of the O'Brien and Jasmine victimization / sex scandal cases....Chief Kirkpatrick's excuse--Monitor OK'd the promotions, doesn't fly because that approval occurred while Swanson investigation still in progress.....Instead of being revisited, the Lois and Holmgren promotions are being finalized today......

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/14/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

ALL THOSE that hold ANY KIND OF POSITION of "power" NEED TO HELD even MORE ACCOUNTABLE when & if they BREAK THE LAWS that THEY ENFORCE UPON OTHERS...ESPECIALLY crimes that are THIS DIGUSTING against ANY CHILD this is WHOLLY VILE & PERVERSE & IT sends a terrible message to all our youth ...ALL of tbose involved NEED TO BE PROSECUTED PERIOD!!!!

Posted by Eileen Carey on 07/14/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commanders Who Buried Sex-Crime Scandal Investigation Were Later Promoted

with body cams and failed internal investigations, it is abundantly clear the police must be policed.

Posted by Danny Lee on 07/14/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

Add the judge to the list of corrupt officials. He could have imposed much harder penalties, since he's retiring next month and won't have to live with the consequences. Instead, he scolds the city and, basically, lets it continue its disgraceful conduct.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 07/14/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland to Fix Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations of Police Misconduct

Burris is a hypocrite. He supported a totally frivolous civil suit against my father and I costing us about 130K when a person who borrowed money from us sued after breaching the loan contract AND defaulting. He's no Robin-hood. My father and I are white and the people who sued us are minority race. They had unlimited resources to pretty much harass us into giving his clients what they wanted.
http://john-burris-frivolous-attorney.com/

Posted by Robert Briganti on 07/14/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Looks to Close Owner Move-In and Occupancy Loopholes, Reduce Evictions and Harmful Rent Increases

The City's own surveys show that public concerns about housing affordability, displacement and homelessness rank higher than concerns about crime. In which case, the City is actually focusing on issues that are of most concern to Oakland residents.

As for this claim: "many who have had sweetheart rent deals for decades and quite honesty want to keep them for life. That is big motivator for making claims that may not actually be true", what actual documentation do you have that this is widespread?

The vast majority of Oakland renters are paying far more than 30% of their income for rent. That's not a "sweetheart rent deal".

Posted by Jeffrey Levin on 07/13/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

It is such a broken system- where are the policy makers? Where are the voters demanding a working system? This is one of so many broken systems in Alameda County- take your pick- but I do wonder what the policy makers @$100K + a year actually do.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/13/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Looks to Close Owner Move-In and Occupancy Loopholes, Reduce Evictions and Harmful Rent Increases

I would want to see actual documentation concerning these alleged evictions. There is no actual proof presented in the article, just allegations by people, many who have had sweetheart rent deals for decades and quite honesty want to keep them for life. That is big motivator for making claims that may not actually be true.

The city council seems hell bent on attacking property owners and private property rights by passing anti property owner laws, which I believe are unconstitutional. They just keep adding on more rules, more laws. Pretty soon most landlords are going to sell their properties because it won't be worth the trouble.

Given the high crime rates, gangs and drug problems in Oakland you would think they could be using their time to tackle the really important safety issues that have plagued Oakland for decades.

Posted by Jeff Wayne on 07/13/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Aimee Mann at UC Theatre

yawn.........

Posted by Igor Davis on 07/13/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “The Recline of Movie Civilization: How Bay Area Theaters are Reinventing Themselves in a World of Netflix and Chill

$16 for a matinee of the new Spiderman movie in Vegas is enough to keep anyone out of the theater.

Posted by Igor Davis on 07/13/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Oakland’s New Budget — What’s in it for the Arts?

It is true that the Kaplan/Brooks budget did cut police officers and did not fully fund the fire inspectors requested by the mayor, and claimed to expand arts grants, but it wasn't a balanced budget and could not legally pass. This article glosses over a very complex subject to provide only one, narrow point of view laden with misinformation - which seems to be the EBX MO these days.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 07/13/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland to Fix Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations of Police Misconduct

One wonders exactly what the Mayor and City Administrator spend their publicly-financed time doing.

Especially in the light of the Mayor's campaign promise to make public safety the number one priority. That means making OPD work in every aspect of policing, including that small thing we call ethics.

Should we assume that the Mayor hired her pal as City Administrator because they both were fundamentally committed to improved public safety and police reform?

Or should we assume that both the Mayor and her Administrator live on Mars?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/13/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Aimee Mann at UC Theatre

going to be epic~ can't wait!

Posted by Yoni Mayeri on 07/13/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “The Recline of Movie Civilization: How Bay Area Theaters are Reinventing Themselves in a World of Netflix and Chill

Sounds like this is a "fox watching the henhouse" situation to me.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 07/13/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “A Ghost Story: Sheet Out of Luck

It's Affleck. Read up on it before you pathetically review it. Clearly you saw a different movie than 99% of the critics who loved it!

Posted by Nancy Cassady on 07/13/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

More business as usual, as the carcass of Oakland is picked by the vultures from every side. Burris and Henderson feast on her, OPD feasts on her, EBE feasts on her, The city bureaucrats and elected "leaders" feast on her, and the poor battered carcass is picked to the bones.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 07/13/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Like all resources, office space and housing, are subject to the concept of scarcity. Oakland office space, formerly inexpensive relative to San Francisco, is now in demand. Non profits who have anticipated this sea change either by purchasing their own property OR raising their revenue opportunities will survive regardless of their missions and clients.

As an Oakland homeowner I'd prefer my city to invest their funds in street repairs, fire suppression, police, and recreation services for youth and adults. I believe these non profits all have virtue, but the blunt reality is that market forces have made their office spaces more costly, not any conspiracy- real or imagined.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/13/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

Anyone can grow hemp in California. There are just a few hoops through which one must jump first. Biggest one: finding a researcher who's interested in studying part of the plant you're not interested in growing - or its agroclimactic impacts, suitability as a drought crop; anything where the science doesn't require study of the plant matter itself. Set up a industrial hemp pilot research program at an accredited university. The scientist gets to conduct cutting edge research, and you get all the 'agricultural waste' aka the industrial hemp you want to grow.

In a few years it should be much simpler. But it's possible now if you're willing to put in the effort.

Posted by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on 07/12/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

The passage of 64 included the legalization of cannabis as well as hemp just like what Colorado did. I heard California Prop 64 copied the State ballot for Colorado that included the legalization of cannabis and hemp together. Last I heard we are waiting for big brother to give us the rules, regulations and taxes to grow a plant that has over 50,000 uses.

Posted by Leroy Essek on 07/12/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

When can California start to grow Hemp like we did here in Los Angeles back in 1860?

Posted by Leroy Essek on 07/12/2017 at 9:20 PM

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