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Re: “Kamala Harris, For Which People?

I suggest looking at former Attorney General Harris's weak action in the Foreclosure Crisis, inaction despite many possible avenues.

a) The AG should have challenged the many violations of basic contract law in both sub-prime and predatory lenders' coerced promissory notes.

b) The state could have prosecuted the steering of well-qualified borrowers into unnecessary sub-prime rate loans. Practices were so bad that the Federal Reserve Bank itself was shocked.

c) The AG could have prosecuted the targeting by race for loan predation.

d) the AG could have prosecuted the myriad of bad practices of lenders during foreclosure itself. In CA, home loans are secured by deeds of trust that avoid judges' intervention to protect the borrower. (No, despite the word occasionally appearing in CA law, CA does not have mortgages that require judge oversight.)

e) The AG could have advocated predation prevention by proposing changes to CA's unusual reliance on Deeds of Trust (about 11 states only) that circumvent the courts in foreclosure. In other states, judges stopped evictions, thereby dis-incentivizing lenders' bad practices.

Many of the worst lenders had connections in California: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Countrywide. Others were the darlings of Wall Street bankers or of CA, the main-line banks' affiliated 'mortgage' packagers.

In fairness, not just AG Harris, but all responsible departments in California failed to act in the foreclosure crisis with too-late laws and
ultimately going after the tiniest of fish. Whereas California failed to understand the vulnerability of its home buyers, many states in the 1990s acted to preempt predatory practices and succeeded so well that the Bush Administration moved to preempt state actions.

Posted by Karen Westmont on 10/03/2019 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The Most Dangerous Place in Alameda County

This is really disturbing and makes me very sad. I guess everything in Dublin isn't up to snuff.
This whole story scares the crap out of me.
They need to get rid of all crooked cops, period!!!

Posted by Patricia Lee Watts on 10/01/2019 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Kamala Harris, For Which People?

We should remember that she started her SF DA role in a corrupt and collusive office with three strikes against her: she was young, black and female. In that environment she needed to survive by gaining at least working relationships with her department, and some of the decisions that seemed to be hers alone were surely the result of internal pressures to fit in.

She's drifting down the presidential lists mostly because of high-level campaign decisions made by party-conditioned managers: trying to compete with the strengths of the other candidates on policy issues rather than building from her sympathetic life story."That little girl" was never given a chance to grow up.

But she'll come out fine. In 2021 she'll be in one of four positions: president, vice president, CA senator or US Attorney General (where she can pick over the bones of the former Trump administration). Still. only 54, she could still run for president in 2040 -- giving her plenty of time to gain experience and political gravitas.

Posted by Alan Tobey on 09/28/2019 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Kamala Harris, For Which People?

She smiles too much. Do you know of any DA that smiles that much?

Posted by Mary Vigilanti on 09/27/2019 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Kamala Harris, For Which People?

Mr. White: you can share your negativity about Kamala Harris, but your final salvo about them all being "crooked as hell" undermines any specific complaint you were trying to attach to her. Further, your "affirmative action boost" comment sounds racist, and undermines any credibility you may have been able to salvage.

Posted by David Cohen on 09/26/2019 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Kamala Harris, For Which People?

Harris is somewhat of a nothing burger. She cajoled, faked and did much worse to slime her way through a very slimy system, surely after an affirmative action education boost way back when. Her behavior at the Kavanaugh hearing was atrocious; rude and self-obsessed to a fault, but not for seeking truth about Brett just the big show for herself to begin to get her name out there. Now, she's flopping mightily at this point, sinking fast. As a senator she is already way over her head. She will not be president. She's REAL lucky to be a senator. But in 2019 what does that even mean. They are all crooked as hell. Disgusting lowlifes. The whole lot of them. Hopefully my feelings are not too timid?

Posted by Ken White on 09/26/2019 at 3:32 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

How are they still in business ? The way they go about taking cars is wrong, its . Illegal and they are giving the real towing companys a bad name. They are not all like these clowns am talking about the companys that hold contracts with the Chp. And are inspected on a regular basis both trucks and equipment and all paper work and files in the offices of the legit few that dont operate in that manner. They are ripping off the people that live in the same town that they operate out of, karma is a bitch and when your viewed as a public enemy nobody in that Community will have your back when you need them to Surprised they havent been burnt down yet or worse When your car has been taken and your things have been stolen out of it thats the same as it being stolen and it makes you feel violated ,and on top of that you have to pay a ransom to get your car back that your most likely making. A payment on every month anyway this company and his fathers company up north need to get right or get out of town they are not providing any solutions only making money from the problems they have Created And yes its not only happing in Oakland. But also in some town where his father runs the same type of shady business getting fat from ripping off another Community and they. Think they have some kind of Uncontested Authority That makes them able to get away with this and talk down to people. His customers his forced to be his customer
Its crazy. If you are always worried about your car not being where you left it. I can tell you a few thing that may help you not be an easy target. For these jacker punks . Let me know if you want to know what they are. I will post back with an answer.

Posted by Kaden Chavier on 09/18/2019 at 2:51 PM

Re: “#LaneyBuilt

Congrats to the coach for risking the future health of his players for a meaningless trophy.

"Hacking up gunk" is a small part of the possible consequences, most much more dire.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/05/2019 at 7:25 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

Wow, this is a completely bad and poorly researched article that equates anecdotal information about construction to actual demographic research. Stop making narratives about this.

Posted by Liat Zavodivker on 08/31/2019 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Fault Line and the Dams

Pill Hill (located south of the Macarthur Freeway, west of Broadway, east of Telegraph Avenue, and north of 29th Street) is several miles from the Hayward Fault. The fault runs along the Warren Freeway, goes through the UC stadium, follows Wildcat Creek, passes through the Contra Costa College campus on the Richmond-San Pablo, line, and crosses the bay near Point Pinole.

Posted by James Castro on 08/27/2019 at 12:08 PM

Re: “The Fault Line and the Dams

In downtown Hayward you used to be able to see the evidence of fault creep on the sidewalks. A few years ago they repaved almost all of that area, so it will be a few more years before the creep is evident there again. However, up on the ridge formed by the fault scarp, along Hotel Street (where the Haywards Hotel once stood -- that was its name), fault creep is evident in fences and garden walls.
There was a building between C and D Streets , originally built as the City Hall. The fault tore that building apart. It was evacuated and eventually was torn down.
San Lorenzo Creek runs into downtown Hayward until it encounters the fault, turns right for a mile or two, and then goes west again. That kind of stream offset is typical of an active transform ("strike-slip") fault.
They really picked the worst possible location to build Hayward's downtown area, but it grew naturally around the old Haywards Hotel in the decades before earthquake building codes.

Posted by James Castro on 08/27/2019 at 11:20 AM

Re: “The Fault Line and the Dams

Sad journey, you say? It always seems happy to me!

Posted by Pete Maloney on 08/26/2019 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Fault Line and the Dams

Well Hayward city hall is built across the street from the fault. The Oakland hospitals known as Pill Hill are one the fault as is the CD office for the region. It will be a mess sadly.

Posted by jo pac on 08/21/2019 at 3:24 PM

Re: “The Fault Line and the Dams

More money for dams, less money for high speed rail to valley farm towns.

Posted by CalMustang on 08/21/2019 at 11:39 AM

Re: “The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

Castro Valley is not Dublin/Pleasanton/Livermore! There is no open ranch land available to build Targets, Home Depots etc, to fund the high costs of incorporation, that ship sailed about 1950 when all of the chicken ranches were consumed for housing. 1956 was the first run at incorporation, that was probably the last real chance of pulling it off successfully. The surrounding hills are protected from development now, so they are off limits. As it is, Castro Valley has extremely high property tax rates due to it's willingness to spend heavily on the schools and HARD etc. CVSD rates are the highest around.. While there might be some value in local control, there would be great potential for downsides both financially and in terms of quality of life, as I have already opined.

Posted by Rick Kelly on 08/19/2019 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

New buildings like city hall, police force, fire dept and all other city departments will create new jobs for CV residents, new businesses will move to CV like Target, Walmart, New Shoping Centers and many other big brands that will generate new jobs and all the taxes they pay will be used to for funding the City. the CV city will be in better shape if incorporated.

Posted by AJ BHai on 08/15/2019 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Making of a Police Scandal

Fuck stancill.he beat me down when i was only 15 years old at san Leandro high school.i didn't sue him or slpd because my mom was to scarred of retaliation

Posted by Robert Lally on 08/12/2019 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Catching Sharks in Order to Save Them

It is no longer true that the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board kills white sharks. They release them unharmed. Only Queensland and Reunion Island still kill sharks.

Craig Will
Monterey, California

Posted by Craig Will on 08/09/2019 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Perhaps You Need a Dating Coach

It's not that people need to promote themselves as brands but rather people need help with taking photos, writing about themselves, learning about dating apps etc. Look at resume writers, wardrobe stylists, copy editors etc but for digital dating profile.

Posted by Eddie Hernandez on 07/25/2019 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Catching Sharks in Order to Save Them

The shark "Nicole" that we tagged off South Africa and went to Australia, was NEVER caught and cradled. That is a mistake in this note. During our pioneering South African study we caught and SPOT tagged 18 white sharks, and we also jabbed 25 pop-off archival tags to other white harks, without catching them. Nicole was one of the latter. Our study, as any true scientific study, had clear objectives and carefully chosen methodologies, and it provided real useful information for management, information already published in one of the most important peer-reviewed journals in the world (Science). Our data from South Africa helped get the Great White Shark listed in Appendix II of CITES. I can attest to this because I personally presented these results during the CITES CoP in Bangkok in 2004 and it was at this meeting that GWS got listed in CITES. By using both types of tags (SPOT and pop-off archival tags) during our study we learned that white sharks leave the protected waters of South African and go into Mozambique, and also that they perform one of the longest return migrations known among sharks. Nothing new has come out of Ocearch's South African study. The need from Ocearch's frontman to put other studies down and minimize their importance, together with his continuous claims of "being the first to... the best one... the one and only..." only show his hunger for limelight and exposure, and his inherent lack of understanding about what science is.
Dr. Ramn Bonfil. Ocanos Vivientes A.C. Mexico.

Posted by Ramon Bonfil on 07/24/2019 at 12:46 PM

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