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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Seven Days

Re: “Cops Are Not 'Warriors'

Look. Its not just that an officer may be killed at work. You have to see that a significant number of those desthd are murder. Those deaths are overwhelming at the hands of a criminal asailant.

Also, the number of on the job injuries st the fans of an asssiant is reficulas to measure


The author has an angle and fails to really look at the data

A cabbie or construction worker both have dangerous jobs. Bug a cop has the Dailey risk of being assualted. Something this author obviously never knows.

Get you shit straight

Posted by Robert Drake on 07/18/2018 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Residents of Oakland.D6 (flat lands)have been step children for the 45+ years that i have.lived here,despite having had 4 minorty mayors during that time period.IMO,it took a Desley Brooks (in-your-face-intellegent-tough-black woman)to challenge that mindset.I understand why the "superior class" would have a distaste for her kind,but you should also understand why the under-represented may see her as their champion. I'm just saying.

Posted by dentism on 05/04/2018 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

I think Oakland may be the most dysfunctional city in the US...

Posted by Abraham Woodliff on 04/14/2018 at 7:00 AM

Re: “The Warriors' Empty Gesture

Can anyone provide an example of when local government subsidized a sports arena that resulted in a net benefit to the citizens they supposedly represent?

Posted by David Lubertozzi on 03/27/2018 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

In response to Deau Hicky,
Why does concern and criticism expressed here about a councilperson who divides and disgraces our town have to be about her race? I am what you demean as a "white folk" who's lived in this city for almost 30 years, but I have never "despised Oakland" and I have done more for this city than "only criticize, smirk and post ... subtle and coded messages of derision, like, "white guilt, not me!""
What does that even mean? And how do statements like that help make our great city come together and be even better?

Posted by TBGunther on 03/26/2018 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

There is broad consensus among the folks who have commented here that Brooks has been a divisive force on the City Council and needs to be regarded as such. Our best remedy will be to vote her out of office in the fall election. Since I am not resident in her district I intend to pay close attention to the political views of those challenging her in the upcoming primary and then support in the general election the challenger in District 6 whose positions and personal qualities seem to me best suited to bring true leadership from the District 6 seat holder. It is, however, imperative to unseat this reckless incumbent, Desley Brooks.

Posted by rhavens8 on 03/26/2018 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

1) ILLEGAL immigrants are not welcomed. I fail to see how people who choose to lie, cheat, and steal from the system are somehow people we want to reward.

2) Ask yourself, what positive change has happened for Oakland in the last 4 years. To me, you could have just left Quan or Dellums in and it would be the same thing. Homeless increased. Crime increased in. Sexual misconducts? Housing? Safer streets?

No, this is not the person you want because she happened to make one small gesture.

Posted by Robert Hope on 03/12/2018 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Can't see 4 more years of Mayor Schaaf - she's only in it for herself...not the citizens of Oakland.

Posted by SJMA on 03/10/2018 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

What Mayor Schaff does is NOT cave in to the established crony politics in Tammany Hall (oops, the city council). She picks her battles so as to win the important ones, knowing real change will only come slowly.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/09/2018 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Great piece Bob! Spot on analysis and fair.

Posted by Beth Trimarco on 03/08/2018 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Keep them all Oakland. Matter fact as resident of Florida we will deport illegals to Oakland save millions$$$, Bless you libs.

Posted by Thomas Acklin on 03/08/2018 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

While many will may find themselves swayed by Mayor Schaaf recent gestures, I, for one, am not fooled. Her failure to hold officers involved with OPD's sex trafficking scandal casts a long shadow and should provide plenty of fodder should anyone decide to challenge her. Lobby ran on a platform dedicated to ending human trafficking in Oakland, but whiffed on the opportunity to hold the police officers involved accountable.

Posted by Lenard Jones Jr. on 03/08/2018 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Libby screwed up. Gavin Newsome is not the "New Hero of the left." lol

Posted by Ernest Montague on 03/08/2018 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Thank you, Mayor Schaaf. You did the right thing!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 03/07/2018 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Thank you, Mayor Schaaf!!! You did the right thing.

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 03/07/2018 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Thank you, Mayor Schaaf! Doing the right thing is so important. There are thousands of us who stand behind you!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 03/07/2018 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

Libby Schaaf protecting criminal illegal aliens sounds so unamerican but thats Oakland.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 03/07/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

I don't understand the comments here. I feel like our mayor regularly takes a lot of tough positions.

She stood up against the Raider's demands. It's political suicide to give up major league teams, but Oakland just doesn't have the money to give away right now.

She coordinated the Bay Area cities to not give Amazon concessions for their HQ2. She also refused to give companies moving here handouts in general. I think she was right on this since companies are flooding in now even without concessions.

She also negotiated with city employees when they were on strike. I generally support unions and disagreed with her on this. But to say she never takes the tough positions is hard to believe.

Posted by David Wu on 03/07/2018 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

If we get four more years of Mayor Schaaf it will be primarily because of her substantial campaign war chest, well-stocked by wealthy male developers and out-of town establishment people.

Since Oakland likes to think of itself as a "progressive" city (whatever that means--certainly not any kind of effective radical problem-solving), Schaaf needs to make periodic "progressive" gestures. Her "warning" was exactly that, a gesture. People may differ on the the quality of Schaaf's gestures, but she is far more given to them than to any substantive policies that in any way challenge the money-dominated mainstream.

A good gesture? That's purely about entertainment or twitter value.

Schaaf remains essentally a poorly-informed member of the moneyed class. She knows very little about what really goes on in Oakland's mean streets. In her many years in city hall she has never taken any real political risk in order to create positive change. A gesture, however twitterish, is not the same thing.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/07/2018 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

She is a disgrace and an enemy to the United States of America who should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.

Posted by John Forrester on 03/07/2018 at 11:50 AM

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