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Re: “Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime

Treat police departments like hospitals, make them centers of learning. By making them teaching departments, those going into these fields can gain valuable on the job, real-life experience. Especially those who are college level...Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology students, etc. Could "fill" positions as a form of college credit, making them internship positions, thereby no real cost to taxpayers.

Posted by James L Foster on 12/02/2018 at 3:01 PM

Re: “California's Nightmare

The silly opinions about conservatives seeking like minded neighbors and "even some liberals, etc." is babble that is totally irrelevant to the main body of this article.

This is about as bad as some of the idiots in Washington obsessing about seeking to construct conspiracy relationships between Hillary Clinton's emails and the George Soros sponsored caravans.

A foolishly chosen lens to view through. Destroys credibility. Some people just can't get out of their own way.

Posted by Michael Good on 11/23/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “California's Nightmare

I live in one of the few houses north of the UC campus that escaped the fire of 1923. It is also within the area which could be forced to up zone under legislation proposed by State Senators Weiner and Skinner. Yet opposing this misguided legislation makes me a "NIMBY." There are plenty of Bay Area cities that have space to build (San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont) that are not already very densely populated like much of Berkeley and are not in WUI areas like the Berkeley hills..

Posted by Christopher Adams on 11/22/2018 at 3:59 PM

Re: “California's Nightmare

Nothing new here. When you support city actions and elected officials that compel vegetation management, imposing a citywide tax for necessary fire services, denial of permits for specific hillside projects, building of high rise infill projects that are economically feasible then I will know there is a shift in your policies.

Posted by ed gerber on 11/22/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “California's Nightmare

About five years behind the times. And some real laughs, like "Even some liberals and hippies have flocked to the hills, congregating in progressive enclaves in an effort to live in tune with nature."

Where you been, Bud, for the past several decades?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/21/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “California's Nightmare

Mr. Gannon is completely correct. One of about five times I have agreed with him.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/21/2018 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

There was a lot of posturing and polemic in the Wicks-Beckles race (it was, after all, electoral politics) but Gammon should know better than to repeat the charge that Beckles didn't think there was a housing shortage. It was easy to learn that her sentence following that comment was "We are suffering from a housing affordability crisis". These days, every politician wants to improve the abysmal conditions facing tenants, but it's a tough problem and good people have differing opinions about how to fix it. Let's not add fake fuel to the fire.

Posted by Lincoln Cushing on 11/20/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

No mention of Prop W, the tax on vacant property? If administered correctly and fairly, this could be a boon to housing availability. Rental control on the other hand only manages to remove housing units from the market, reduces incentives for landlords to maintain housing, and encourages people who can afford to move to better accommodations or to buy to stay in their rent controlled apartments or even sublet them. This has been the situation in places like New York for decades. I knew a guy who owned three homes and meanwhile maintained his rent controlled apartment. It's crazy and obviously detrimental to people who need affordable housing.

Posted by Andrew Stevenson on 11/20/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

Keep preaching your socialist blather. It isnt working, and wont. We need strong, practical leaders who can do the hard blocking and tackling necessary to make policy by consensus, not ideologues rushing to the barricades on every issue. By the way, Jovanka is the one who tried for higher office. Thankfully she failed.

Posted by John Henderson on 11/17/2018 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

You neglected to point out that Buffy Wicks is also anti-tenant. She came out in opposition to the Prop 10. In fact, the East Bay Express rescinded its endorsement of Wicks when she announced her opposition to Prop 10.

Posted by Steve Solnit on 11/16/2018 at 8:32 PM

Re: “You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY

Anybody who believes that President Trump meant it when he talked about building a wall along the Mexican border is too dumb to even be commenting on it. You know, these so-called 'Progressives' should be careful what they wish for. I mean, what do you want to do? Go to war? How the hell can you win a war when most you don't even have guns?? More proof that Progressivism is a mental illness.

Posted by Jonathan Gianguzzo on 11/15/2018 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

The banks should be forced to pay for affordable housing and for infrastructure improvements!!

Allen Sanford…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 11/15/2018 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

Sour grapes. Buffy trounced Jovanka because she was the far superior candidate on many levels. The money angle is the only thing Beckles supporters could come up with because their candidate lacked the ability to grasp and address complex policy issues, and was deeply flawed personally, as shown by the comments of her fellow councilmembers and the fact that her own mayor wouldnt endorse her. We in Richmond are SO GLAD to be rid of Beckles and her mean spirited divisiveness. Thank you, voters in AD15.

Posted by John Henderson on 11/14/2018 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

The suggestion that Buffy Wicks is pro-tenant, and the repeating of the lie about Jovanka Beckles, might be funny under different circumstances. Unfortunately, AD-15 was purchased by a feckless corporate lackey who is going to use us as her springboard to higher office. Hopefully someone is getting ready to primary her in the next electoral cycle.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 11/14/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Brooks. Embarrassment. Bully. Strong-arm politician. It is this type of dysfunctional Oakland politics that makes people not want to get involved, makes people just throw up their hands. At one point a couple of months ago, she had some of her cronies assault a candidate who is trying to unseat her. Maybe she can get a job with the military of any county.

Posted by John Zaro on 10/03/2018 at 4:22 PM

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

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