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Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

It would be nice if instead we had an app to call for people who need assistance. Food, medical help, psychiatric care, a home, a shower. Why is the only way to seek assistance to call the cops who seem much more likely to make someone's life worse than make it better?

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Posted by Mark Fritzel on 08/05/2015 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Cop Identified in Scott Olsen Incident?

Wow. How is it possible for a man to kill three human beings in the course of three years, cost the city at least half a million dollars in wrongful death settlements, and be rewarded with a plum assignment?

Is there ANY accountability at OPD?

102 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by John Seal on 02/21/2012 at 9:27 PM

Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

I passed the Montgomery Street station, and reported that I saw corporate managers stealing the wages of workers, immigration officials harassing innocent civilians, and a criminal justice system playing its siren song of mass incarceration so loud it hurt my ears and killed my neighbors.

The BART cops never came.

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Posted by Rabbi Mike Rothbaum on 08/05/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Gay Priest Ousted By Conservative Bishop

As Brown commented, the "liberal, conservative political references" do not apply to Holy Mother Church. There is only those who are in communion with her and those who are not, the heretics. When it comes to the moving of pastors in his Diocese, the Bishop has supreme authority to do as he sees fit, for the better of the Diocese. As layperson's we have nothing but to accept it as the Will of God being made manifest through the decision of the Bishop. The One at work here is The Holy Ghost through the Priesthood of the Bishop and not the humanity of the man. "Blessed be God."

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Posted by Valle Perez on 03/05/2014 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Cop Identified in Scott Olsen Incident?

Now THAT's investigative journalism :D

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Posted by bayreporta on 02/21/2012 at 9:00 PM

Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

It's really telling that when so many people come into contact with someone who appears to be homeless their first thought is "they should be arrested" rather than "they deserve help".

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Posted by Nicole Maria Vermeer on 08/05/2015 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Asian Seniors Misled About Lake Merritt Luxury Tower

this should be a cover story.

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 04/07/2015 at 11:40 PM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

The landlords raised rent in accordance with allowable increases. From a cost perspective, the effect on the tenant's rent is the same whether they informed the tenant with the exact paperwork the rent board wants them to use or not. He didn't want the increases, saw an opportunity, and tried to extract payment from them. Once the tenant filed his case on the technicalities, they had no alternative but to protect themselves and get into the details of how the regulations all work. This would lead them to discover the possibility for exclusion from rent control, which they filed for and received from the Board. Had he simply asked them for the proper rent increase paperwork in the first place, he would most likely have gotten it. But he went adversarial, even though he was not being gouged. It is interesting that while this article explains the rent was not being raised more than it should have been, it still manages to portray the landlords in an unfavorable light. A bias in the premise, perhaps?

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Posted by Tim Frank on 08/27/2014 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Neill Sullivan's Oakland

Neill Sullivan did absolutely nothing wrong, nothing illegal. He did what's right, invest in Oakland's infrastructure so there is less blight. The man is a hero for helping out Oakland.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/01/2014 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Asian Seniors Misled About Lake Merritt Luxury Tower

The entire context for this very bad land use decision by the City of Oakland should be on full blast. This is a bad project on many levels. The behind the scene process that allowed the parcel to be controlled by this group is problematic. The bad policy of using public land for private profits to the exclusion of affordable housing and the total violation of housing policy outlined in the City's own Housing Element is clear. How can a Planning Commission approve this project and at the very next meeting hold a public hearing to discuss the Housing Element. A Housing Element that is mandated to include strategies for building affordable housing. Are you kidding me? Of course the Asian seniors were bused to the meeting and given incorrect information leading them to support the project against their own best interest. The project proponent has history in San Francisco. This is a classic Rose Pak move used to intimidate and control the politics of the Asian community to the benefit of her cronies. We don't need these kind of tactics in Oakland and it speaks volumes about the integrity of the developers. Mayor Schaaf should be ashamed to have her name associated with this kind of activity. Even her old boss, Ygnacio De la Fuente never stooped this low to get a project approved.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 04/08/2015 at 3:42 AM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

Looks like the greedy one here was Mr. Sherman. The landlords are perfectly reasonable, charging what averages out to 1.3% a year increase for 25 years, which did not make up for inflation, or the cost of maintenance on the unit. Because of a technicality, of not sending out a "proper" notice, the tenant got $15,000 out of his landlords. Luckily for Mr. Sherman he has a enough free time to do meticulous research on tenants laws, enough cash to afford a lawyer to fight his landlord, and most importantly, the savviness to know his sad mug with the title "How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control " would be catnip for the EBX writers.

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Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 08/29/2014 at 11:52 PM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

Yes, the ORB process was flawed and Moroz seems pretty unethical, but when you get a $15k rent discount, not due to substandard conditions, but thanks to a simple technicality... expect your landlord to hate your guts. They provided you a service at a fair rate for twenty-five years, and you went and effed them on a technicality. So guess what -you effed yourself. Use that free $15k to go buy something pretty.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/28/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

The tenant made his bed by trying to take advantage of a loophole, now he can lie in it.

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Posted by Kyle Hislar on 08/27/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

See pluralistic ignorance. We're all uncomfortable acknowledging a truth we mistakenly believe the masses don't believe. In other words, none of us is comfortable saying the emperor wears no clothes. Is it not possible that black people, on average, commit more crime? If crime is much higher in Richmond, West and East Oakland, and Hunters Point, is that mere coincidence? Or that crime around BART stations with higher black populations is higher? It's a morally ascendant thing right now to deny black crime, so people "socially signal" statements like "I am done with white people" to elevate their social status. Yet I'll wager none of the other commenters here live in majority black neighborhoods. We can debate the reasons for the crime disparity, but we need to start by acknowledging uncomfortable truths.

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Posted by David Cutter on 08/05/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Cop Identified in Scott Olsen Incident?

In the past the OPD had been made to look like they are always acting in self defense. Well now we can see them up close and raw. The recordings of the police brutality around the country is out of control. I feel Occupy Oakland has it the worst. OPD are notorious for the way they handle Oakland's people. Great job.The officer should be jailed.

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Posted by Kat Gouveia on 02/21/2012 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Why Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

Same people that complains about gentrification will occupy themselves with how they are being "victimized" when in fact they have been benefiting from rent control, section 8, food stamps, EBT, cash for clunkers, free medicaid, etc. while hard working taxpayers gets nothing and are called gentrifiers when they can afford a house at the threshold of the ghetto.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/15/2014 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Cop Identified in Scott Olsen Incident?

This slimeball CockRoche is not anywhere near being the "Rogue" cop OPD will claim he is when heads start to roll. He is representative of the routine ongoing behavior of many if not most of the OPD. A fundamental restructuring with mass firings and new leadership is needed along with criminal court charges to ensure CockRoche and his fellow officers who act like this every day do some serious serious jail time. Laura Love

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Posted by Laura Love on 02/22/2012 at 1:16 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

It's really hard to read some of these comments, especially the claims that we have "little common sense nor knowledge of contraception." You don't think we asked around the department before we decided to have another child? If anything, we were encouraged and told that this would be the perfect time! The article fails to point out that we weren't getting the dependent insurance for free from the university - we paid about $4000/year for the coverage. And your claim that I'm just a step-father (only to Finn, those are my biological daughters) so my statements are somehow unjustified is disgusting. I don't think it's unreasonable for me to assume that my employer will provide an affordable option for dependent health care coverage (as they have for several years now) especially since UC Berkeley prides itself on the fact that 10% of the graduate students are parents. Now I'm going to be paying nearly $10,000/year for coverage while the chancellor gets a raise on his half a million dollar salary. It doesn't seem right to me.

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Posted by Arran Phipps on 07/24/2015 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Who's Jacking Up Housing Prices in West Oakland?

Victims everywhere. Those poor black West Oakland home owners with houses under water are the victims of evil gentrifiers that are making their homes worth more! How cruel. Eventually, they will lose the coveted victim status when their homes become worth sooo much, they won't be under water any more. Someone should step in and prevent the old owners from selling at a profit. Maybe government can do that.

I remember those dark days when this happened in East Palo Alto. Those poor African American little old ladies that had to sell their houses at huge profits when the evil developers came in! What is the world coming to? Will it never end?

Let's not discuss the fact that many of these free market transactions involve (shall I say it?) ... white folks and Asians. Wait, wait, wasn't West Oakland once a white neighborhood? So the world turns. This must stop.

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Posted by Gary Baker on 10/01/2013 at 8:15 PM

Re: “When Landlords Harass Tenants

^ I have a feeling "Matthew Barnes" is Martin Higgins.

The facts of this case are too stark to say it's the whiny tenants' fault.

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Posted by Suzanne Yada on 03/31/2015 at 10:30 PM

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