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Re: “Demouria Hogg's Shooter Named

Why was he sitting in a car that had been involved in a burglary and a police chase, with a firearm on the seat next to him?

Posted by Craig Thomas on 09/18/2018 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Another Voice for Teachers

When I was a union member (admittedly long ago and not the teachers union), my monthy dues were like 25 a month. Thousands? I guess it's possible, but somehow I doubt that. Anyone know the true figure?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/17/2018 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Another Voice for Teachers

If I paid thousands of dollars of my income to union dues, and my union treated me this way, I would refuse to have my income support the union. Perhaps the Caucus is a better way. 32 students to one Algebra teacher? That's not education, but negligence. The school's excuses show how detached the administration is from student's needs. For shame.

Posted by Sam Muggins on 09/16/2018 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

And a few words from Eli Moore:

So Mayor Butt and his son just got exposed for being part of an unpermitted marijuana grow operation that got busted by code enforcement. But somehow, miraculously, when the fire department said the massive warehouse was too dangerous and needed to be shut down, it still got to keep running without permits or permission. The mayor's son helped create an LLC to run the grow operation, and then that LLC contracted with the architecture firm the mayor and his son run, as well as made campaign contributions to the mayor's re-election campaign.

This all happened last year, the same time that the mayor was publicly attacking Claudia and me with a bunch of lies about us having an unpermitted granny unit in our backyard. What's that saying about rocks and glass houses?

Posted by electricista on 09/13/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Former Tribune Tower Owner Settles Fraud Case

Dear editor: this was very easy to read. Thanks for an enlightening article.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 09/13/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Consider Less Intrusive Search Policy

This potential policy change will be discussed at the Police Commission meeting Thursday, Sept 13 at 6:30 PM in City Hall. Folks who feel strongly about this issue should plan to attend and weigh in.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 09/12/2018 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Consider Less Intrusive Search Policy

Yet again, DBG does NO actual research. This is my surprised face:

"Most people on probation and parole have no Fourth Amendment rights"

Having been on supervised felony probation, I can state that what people on probation and/or parole have is a four way search clause to their probation/parole agreement.

NOTE: the word agreement.

If they want probation and/or parole, they agree to this clause. Judges routinely impose upon defendants convicted by guilty plea of drug or other crimes involving possession of illicit or stolen things, the condition that they voluntarily submit to a police search, without a warrant, any time of the day or night, in their homes, cars, or of their person, without probable cause.

NOTE: The words convicted. Yes, I DO understand plea agreements are not ideal.

They DO have the right to refuse to agree to this... And to then be/continue incarceration. It's a choice. Not a good one, but it IS a choice.

The youth questioning the Chief may be aware that if they are on probation and engaged in activity that attracts law enforcement attention, they are involved in what may be an automatic probation violation. In fact, if they are on probation or know someone who is, they are well aware of this and the question itself is disingenuous.

And the question is asked no matter WHAT color one is. I know of my own personal experience. The general public may not be aware of this.

Every one of my experiences with Oakland or ANY other law enforcement officer has been very stilted, legalistic and formal. Do I like it? No. Do I have answers I'm happy with? Again, no.

Bail isn't an issue now (yes, I know the bondsmen are fighting that). The public defenders office is overloaded and often less than effective, but it DOES exist. The article implies NO representation is available. Again, a half truth of the kind we've become all too familiar with both here and in our larger society.


Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/12/2018 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Consider Less Intrusive Search Policy

"In over-policed communities" - Well, that excludes Oakland, which has half a police department, compared with most major cities in ratio to population. That is one reason why Oakland has two and three times more robberies and burglaries than other cities. Oakland ranks in the top half-dozen on the list of crime-ridden cities year after year.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/12/2018 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Former Tribune Tower Owner Settles Fraud Case

Dear editor: this was very hard to read. Too many sprawling pieces.

Posted by Tony Daysog on 09/12/2018 at 1:22 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Consider Less Intrusive Search Policy

If you dont want to be on paper how about no plea bargain and serve your entire sentence, or better yet how about dont commit crimes to get yourself in trouble in the first place. Seems simple to me.

Posted by John Ericsen on 09/11/2018 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Former Principal Alleges Oakland's BayTech School Was Source of Funding for Gülen Movement

Seems like our copy-paste Anush Kachadurian (a.k.a Frank EsekogluESSEK) spends a lot of time and reads the media run by Dictator Erdogan. Just so you know, those news are totally baseless and consisting of lies and BS. Those media outlets have no credibility in the Europe and here in the US. According to them, the TR government, sent binders of (around 90) "evidence" that show the failed coup was done by the Hizmet movement. In fact those are just accusations just like you provide here. They have no bases! If one of the things that they claim (and so you do) was accurate, the US Government would take appropriate actions and do whatever it takes.

Everyone knows that the movement has nothing to do with that coup attempt. It was Dictator Erdogan's Reichstag fire to purge the millions and torture them. It created a venue for him to be able to do whatever he was asked to do. Anush (Vanessa) who is a criminal by the record with social media harassment is following Dictator's agenda and being one of his puppets. The only thing she does is HATE. She's been harassing those innocent educators with the "motivation" that comes from the TR Government, Dictator Erdogan and his puppets. The blogs that she runs have all of those false information and lies about the movement.

Again, hate has nothing to do in education as Anush has nothing to do with it. Anush just hates, and that is what she has in her hand. The TR Government hired the attorney Robert Amsterdam, paid millions of $s to bring and defend their lies about the movement! The outcome is fiasco! Just like Anush's blogs! They are all lies and BS which have nothing to do with those innocent people and great educators.

Let me change your nick name, instead of copy-paste Anush, I will call you Fiasco Anush from now on. Quit hating!

Posted by Annette Giron on 09/10/2018 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Former Principal Alleges Oakland's BayTech School Was Source of Funding for Gülen Movement

Vay Vay "Annette" was it something I said? About the embezzlement or comedy movie called "Love is a Turd" or the part about your Gulen crime lord leader KEMAL OKSUZ arrested in Armenia ? Maybe it was the latest beat down in Moldova by the great MIT, lets see that makes it over 50 countries closing down Gulen operations and 91 Gulenists brought back to Turkey to face the Turkish nation. Dont worry BB ; Kemal Oksuz is blabbing his guts out its only a matter of time that MIT will be knocking on Baba Suat' s door and Florida.
Maybe you can flee to Austrailia with Deniz and Hayri they have a business they might hire more ex-Gulenists…
Hakan Berberian (Berberoglu) might be able to take you in Chicago but its doubtful too many MIT and KGB in the USA Kremlin (after all a Gulenist assassinated the Russian Ambassador Karlov to Turkey they dont forget. You should have researched who his mother was before you shot him in the head ala Hrant Dink style.
You need to find true Islam in following allah or muhammed not a Cult that worships money and power. Best of luck to you .

Posted by Frank Esekoglu on 09/09/2018 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

Yep... I am the same person who commented on the RS article last year, but I am not Eli Moore. If I WAS Eli Moore and I wanted to hide my identity, wouldn't I use different first name? Anyway, I don't know what your goal was by reposting comments from another article. If anything, it proves that you're not very forthcoming when it comes to the truth. Here's what you wrote in those comments...

"I am a real estate and land use attorney, and run a small business in Richmond. I have no marijuana grow operations in Richmond nor anywhere else, nor do I have any investment in any though I am fully supportive of their legalization.

But thats only if facts matter."

But this article is about how you stand to make a profit from this grow house. So it seems that you're not on the up and up. And back to my original question within those comments from last year... are we ever going to see an email forum from the Mayor blasting all out-of-permit, out of compliance locations in Richmond including the grow house you're involved in? Or is that kind of attention only reserved for those individuals who have different political viewpoints? If he's so adamant about everything being permitted, did he ever approach you about the grow house being red-tagged or the possibility of how it might look if the Fire Dept. was being ignored (suggested in this article) by you and whoever else was involved in this project?

Anyway, I leave the damage control to you, but I'm not the same Eli you're talking about. Your dad already came after that Eli and got investigated by the ACLU for it. Not a good look.

Posted by Eli Hudson on 09/08/2018 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

Eli Hudson = Eli Moore?

We had this conversation in the comments on that article in November 2017. It makes this clear this article was a poor attempt at political retaliation and a hit piece: obviously, you have been digging for nearly a year to find something, but all that is there is a story of law-abiding, city-and-public-safety benefiting, tax-paying business.

The good news is that in both cases the end result was code compliance and payment of fees and taxes duly owed to the City of Richmond.

Here is the conversation from Nov 2017:

Eli Hudson
November 11, 2017 at 2:35 pm
Daniel Butt,

Thank you for commenting on this article. I have one update and one question for you.

Update: Moore and Jimenez have done their due diligence and as of now they have paid the fire inspectors fee, have a business license, registered with the rent control office, and with the rental inspection program, and have paid those fees as well.

Question: Will we be seeing an email blast from your dad focusing on your giant marijuana grow house on Hensley? (Ill withhold the exact address since its a giant building with a lot of very valuable product.) Its been red-tagged for some time now, yet it is still in operation everyday. For someone who enjoys shining light on hypocrisy, both of you must understand why people in Richmond would want to know if this building and its operations are and have been operating in a lawful way.

Daniel Butt
November 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm
Eli Hudson,

I am a real estate and land use attorney, and run a small business in Richmond. I have no marijuana grow operations in Richmond nor anywhere else, nor do I have any investment in any though I am fully supportive of their legalization.

But thats only if facts matter.

Eli Hudson
November 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Oh good. Thank you for clarifying. Well, Im sure nothing will come of it then.

Daniel Bitt
November 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm
Nothing but slanderous innuendo and gossip, anyway. Am I right?

Eli Hudson
November 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm
I dont know, well have to see I suppose.

Posted by Daniel Butt on 09/07/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

Ha, And this is the Mayor who came under investigation for devoting several postings of his email forum to a homeowner who was a few months late in registering their house for the brand new rent control program... all because they were political enemies with him. Hmmm, I wonder what's worse... that violation, or your family profiting off a giant marijuana warehouse that stayed in operation AFTER being told to shut down until in came into compliance? What a joke this mayor is, his sons too. Political bully at a time when the city (and country) is sick of this kind of thing.

Posted by Eli Hudson on 09/06/2018 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

I have my issues with the Mayor but all in all I think he's done a good job. And with an RPA council he's got to deal with loonies as the council is nuts. The mayor has my vote. And I don't like the cannabis industry being in Richmond. I do think it's bad for our image. However this is a ridiculous hit piece and I don't believe the Mayor and either of his sons did anything unethical or illegal. EBE did the RPA pay you for writing this piece?

Posted by Sandra Davenport on 09/06/2018 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Can Businesses Afford to Stay Politically Neutral?

The first amendment does not address public speech at all, in this particular context. The first amendment only was and is intended to limit the ability and right of GOVERNMENT to interfere in speech. The government can't stop you from talking about whatever you want to talk about. That's it. An restaurant owner CAN enforce behavior standards for employees.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/06/2018 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

The article is perfect, but the headline should be: "Richmond Mayor Sparks Criticism, Firefighters Warn Marijuana is Flammable"

Posted by Mitchell Evan on 09/05/2018 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

The CCC Board of Supervisors has already voted to legalize cannabis in unincorporated North Richmond. If it does in fact get annexed (which I support) it will already have provisions and zoning for legal cannabis cultivation and dispensaries, with cheaper fees and lower taxes than Richmond.

Posted by Daniel Butt on 09/05/2018 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

Mr. Smith,

I completely support the right of the citizens of unincorporated North Richmond to stay out of the City if that is,what they want. Even though Richmonds taxes are among the highest in the Bay, annexing North Richmond would almost certainly be a net drain on the citys coffers for years to come. As a resident of incorporated Richmond, I cant say I would be unhappy if the voters in North Richmond vote no. That said, the history of annexation or lack thereof in North Richmond is one of racial and economic segregation, which is unfortunate.

Posted by John Henderson on 09/05/2018 at 10:38 AM

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