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Re: “A Path Forward

Suggestions for your diversity hiring:

1. Why isn't there a huge effort - to rehire Rascillas? There's no record that this paper has reached out to her. I am disgusted.

2. Hiring a paid intern of color: Is this the best effort the paper will do to hire diversity, now that Rascillas quit? So pathetic!

3. What is the current count of minority employees?

Posted by Mario Cruz on 07/23/2018 at 6:28 PM

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thank you Kathleen. I'm a bit relieved to learn this may have just been an unintentional glitch, although I never indicated i wanted my byline changed, and certainly didn't enter my name backwards into the system. For all intents and purposes, it appeared as if someone had deliberately tweaked the system so my name wouldn't appear. Happy to learn that may not have been the case after all. All's well that ends well, as they say.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 07/20/2018 at 6:42 PM

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Hey Eric,
I looked into the author archives situation. There were two issues: 1) For the one most recent story you had written for the Express, your byline was simply "Eric Arnold." But all the stories you wrote when you were a staffer (and even after) were listed under "Eric K. Arnold".
2) Your author sort name in the system was "Eric K. Arnold" instead of "Arnold, Eric K." -- which may have confusing the system. In any case, I've fixed the sort name and changed your byline to be "Eric K. Arnold" for all stories. You can find your archives here: https://www.eastbayexpress.com/author/eric…
And thanks for your support.

Posted by Kathleen Richards on 07/20/2018 at 9:38 AM

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Lets not forget that Rasillas articles were terribly written, racist against white people, and overall just poor journalism. Wish Buel handled it better- those articles were not worth defending or losing a career.

Posted by Kerribw on 07/20/2018 at 7:32 AM

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@JudyGallman Why aren't you (allegedly) letting Kathleen rehire Bea? And no, I havent talked to Kathleen. But, your staff leaks like a sieve because things still have not been righted, distrust runs high. Are they lying or misinformed? If so, I truly apologize. Care to go on record with your thinking on all these EBX matters so we/they can understand? They are afraid for their jobs and the company's health if they speak up, still. Do u care? One suggestion: hire a mediator or get professional HR help. Another: try letting your staff do their jobs so long as they are within their budget parameters and not breaking any laws-that was working better. Who's in charge @RobertGammon?

Posted by Jody Colley 1 on 07/20/2018 at 7:07 AM

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White men ...

Can't live with them ...

Can't live without their money ...

Posted by Steve_Sailer on 07/19/2018 at 6:16 PM

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The staff and reconstituted leadership of the Express should be commended for coming forward and explaining the context of these management changes to their readership. Better to have a clear and honest explanation now, and start off their new era with that, rather than just sweep things under the rug.

Regardless of whether you think individual persons can be redeemed, an institution like the Express is different. It may not be perfect - no publication is - but it serves a vital purpose and can change for the better. it's important to recognize the sacrifices these folks are making, and have been making, and (hopefully) will continue making.

Posted by JTakenouchi on 07/19/2018 at 1:22 PM

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Interesting in a pathetic way.

1) I agree with Allison Landa.

2) Jason100watt makes an excellent point. Having been the target of a small paper's sloppy yellow journalism, I see these small publications as a double edged sword. They can do a lot of damage to entities they misreport upon, be incredibly self righteous about their errors (as if their "S-word" don't stink, etc), and seem to be cavalier and almost gleeful in the wielding of their rag as a weapon of particular destruction.

3) I read Judy Colley's story, and what she reports really sucks. I feel for her and I get it. But I have to circle back to Allison Landa's comment-airing dirty laundry like this just pulls the entire institution down and distracts from more material concerns.

I am sure everyone associated with this mess has made some sort of mongo error at some time-for to err big time is being human. That is not a rationalization, or a pass for offensive or idiotic behavior, (both reported at length in this news thread). To me, errors are not the important thing per se-it is what is done about them that matters. The rest is noise. There is an AWFUL lot of noise here. Public axe grinding galore. Pathetic. (Maybe Jerry Springer could turn a buck on this.) Grow up-all of you!

To the staff that has been beset with unfairnesses-I feel for you-truly. (Been there, had that 1001 times, and likely always will.) But listen-that's life in the big city gang-and sometimes that life is the tar pits. EBX is a small closely held business-deal with it. You don't like the boss? QUIT. Sue him. Start your own paper and drive that boss outta business. But seriously-all the whining is off putting as hell and makes me not want to read the rag. Is that the goal? You might want to rethink how much you want to sweat the smaller stuff in public. A little sweat cools the skin, a lot dehydrates the body. Think it thru.

I am glad Kathleen Richards got her autonomy, (what good is an editor without that EBX?), but I think she needs to focus on the 80, and let the 20 go.

Get over yourselves people-there are some HUGE fish to fry out there....(the world is a complete mess!).....you can't fry the big catches if you are absorbed in what smacks as selfish mini me-me-me dramas.

Posted by dorothy vxxen on 07/19/2018 at 9:25 AM

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I am reading about some of Mr. Buel's conduct. One thing I don't understand is the extremely vague accusation of him using the "n-word".

Just what about his use of it was a problem? Cannot someone use the word at all???? Did he call someone that name? Did he toss it around in some inappropriate way? This part of the accusations against him don't make a lick of sense to me at this point. Perhaps people are purposely being extremely vague on advice of their attorneys, I don't know.

But the question remains, aside from the editorial interference and sexual language and conduct, what was it specifically about "the n-word" that he said was so inappropriate?

Posted by John S. on 07/19/2018 at 8:57 AM

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An interesting read, but hanging your professional dirty laundry out to dry makes no one look good. You're committed to moving forward? Then do it without the drama and hand-wringing.

Posted by Allison Landa on 07/19/2018 at 5:25 AM

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is this a good time to ask the Express to restore my name to the "Search By Author" widgit that Buel angrily removed without notification--because i called him out on the paper's non-diverse corporate culture 13 years ago? Also, does anyone really think a white man from Arkansas who had been white all his life and is approaching his twilight years is really going to benefit from sensitivity training, after he has spent his entire life getting away with egregious acts?... While I think Kathleen is an appropriate choice to lead the paper's editorial staff, the lack of degrees of separation from the Buels--we used to call him Herr Buel--and Gammon does appear to likely remain problematic. Also, it is hard to believe that any of this is a shock to longtime Express staff, as these incidents clearly have been going on since at least the early 2000s. It's also really not enough of a punishment for Buel to be allowed to make money off of the sale of the paper and walk away--especially since he has other media holdings. One has to wonder about the objectivity of the rest of Telegraph Media and its commitment to racial equity in light of this situation. I'm not going to suggest readers boycott those papers (yet), but i think it would be a good idea for the Buels to consider leaving the publishing industry entirely, as well as making a generous contribution to Restorative Justice For Oakland Youth, Movement For Black Lives, Oakland Pride, and MISSSEY with some of their proceeds from when they do sell the paper. ... I can't say I'm happy this happened, but now at least Express readers know who was actually running the paper, which is something I've known for a long time. I am not saying it is not possible for people of color to be biased against white people, but reverse racism as a concept has been debunked, since if it exists, it is an effect of white people being racist colonizers in the first place. In this case, pointing out the lack of diversity at a festival doesnt pass the racism test--its an observation, not an invective. Overriding not one but two editors to stick up for white rights isn't just racist, its symptomatic of megalomania and the absence of perspective. As a former Express contributor in the pre-New Times era, and staffer under Buel, i feel I have the right to say everything I am saying. The disparity between the community it covers and its staff in terms of diversity has been problematic since Day One. Buel's departure needs to result in significant changes, not just the same people running things behind the curtain. So the Buels should also consider selling to a LOCAL buyer who will commit to equity and diversity, not another Lacey and Larkin. ANYTHING ELSE WOULD ADD INSULT TO INJURY IN THE EYES OF THE COMMUNITY.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 07/18/2018 at 7:12 PM

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Jody Colley just gave me LIFE!

Posted by Alex Buna on 07/18/2018 at 1:08 PM

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Judy thank you for your comments.

Posted by Leon DNas Sykes on 07/18/2018 at 9:43 AM

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So, Judy (Steve's wife), who defended Steve's editorial director stance, removing stories, use of the N word, and that white people were discriminated against in the editorials gets a free pass? No sensitivity training? No disciplinary action? No questioning of her ability to be editor or owner? Noted.

Also, it'd be great if you're going to mention Steve's characterization of my assault as a "congratulatory kiss", that you also counter with my statement that congratulatory kisses are not okay (and probably don't involve tongue or prior sexual propositions) -- nor did he apologize.

Robert Gammon is Steve's close friend for many years, housemate/tenant, "commender"-in-chief, and has nearly no newspaper business operations experience. He was really the best person in the country Steve could tap for this critical job during a crisis period? (IMO, Steve will likely be running the paper by proxy.) What was Bob's position and involvement in the chain of Steve/Judy events, subsequent staff and freelancer exodus, and sorry-not sorry period? The board and investors are good with this?

Ridiculous. No, This is not putting the Express, its staff or community first.

More questions: Will Steve still draw a salary (or otherwise Judy get a raise)? Is anyone who is left in protest getting their jobs re-offered? Are the removed articles being reposted without edits?

I hope someday (very soon), things are truly righted and the community rallies behind the Express. I sure will with all my available resources. Until then, hard pass. -- Jody Colley

Posted by Jody Colley 1 on 07/18/2018 at 3:52 AM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

When somebody in American society is functioning comfortably with "no visible means of support" you have to wonder how they pull off this miracle of walking on financial water. Do they have a trust fund? A lucrative but undeclared source of income like custom-made dollhouse furniture?

But usually the answer is one of three things: selling drugs. Selling sex. Or various forms of public assistance...but in that let us include living with and sponging off parents.

Alex Ghassan was an "up and coming film maker" who moved all over the country and had two children--at least two, "daughters"--so how did he live? What is the average income of an "up and coming" film maker? HOW DID HE SUPPORT HIS ROCK AND ROLL LIFESTYLE?

How much child support did he die owing?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

Eroster: It seems this news source isn't interested in following up on such info, on the residents or lease-holders. Just the owners and city officials. As they said quite clearly: "This is how the Express will appropriate its investigative and news-gathering resources: by going after those with power."


Eroster: Yes. Yes. Yes, your diatribes and wild accusations are exactly that, because they are not backed by solid evidence. They distract from the hard facts that incriminate Mr Almena. Accusations backed by evidence vs accusations backed by wild guesses. Both may be true.

Posted by Amelie Love on 12/15/2016 at 3:07 PM

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See recent LA Times article about this fire and eviction issues..one Joy Newhart. Lived in a different illegal artsy warehouse in Bay Area....article says she lives "solely" on $1200 in disability payments monthly...but she is a "video choreographer" or some crap.

How do you afford your rock and roll lifestyle?

List each of the 35 adult victims....and determine that question. Follow the money.

How did they afford their rock and roll lifestyle?

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Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/09/2016 at 5:09 PM

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It is a wild accusation to suggest Child Protective Services--which had been at the warehouse recently--may have been paying for the hotel room where those children were safe the night of the party?

It is a wild accucation to suggest this fanatically self-centered narcissist Derick Almeda probably took money from whatever source he could? Which could include foood stamps? Unemployment insurance? Certainly the earned income credit with three kids!!!

It is a wild accusation to say Derick and his wife likely weren't officially reporting all their income? When there are people saying they grew pot and partied in Bali? So here i am like...they probably didn't, er, report all their income?

Given the spectacular hoarding and the narcissism....is it wild to suggest Derick is bipolar? And if he is bipolar....he probably tries to get SSI? Get a fat monthly check?

THE FACT THAT THESE ARTSY VICTIMS of their own bad lifestyle choices suck off public assistance to party all day is actually one of the most pressing and nationally relevant aspects of this story...and none of it is wild or off base. This is how it works. This is how you fund artsy bumhood.

This is how you afford a rock-n-roll lifestyle. Taxpayers underwrite all of it. You don't want this topic to get traction...the whole national arts "scene" lives off social welfare intended for people who NEED it but it funds bums who want to party and avoid real work.

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Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/09/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

>>The NYT is ... even asking the public to suggest avenues of investigation.
>>I found this when I followed up: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/us/the-oakland-fire-delving-into-what-happened-and-why.html

Thanks! I've contacted them.

Eroster: your diatribes and wild accusations distract from the hard facts that incriminate Mr Almena.

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Posted by Amelie Love on 12/09/2016 at 4:10 PM

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People who suck the tit of the system and don't want to work but would rather play and be intoxicated all day at taxpayer expense.... people who lack gratitude and humility and buy expensive foods with food stamps and laugh about how they are getting over...these are the bad examples who make taxpayers think that social welfare programs just fund irresponsible lifestyle choices and they are reluctant to fund these.

Not one voice in these many threads has so far stood up and DENIED my assertion that Derick Almena and his wife probably played the system and collected social welfare...how many of the 35 adults who died were collecting SSI and food stamps and Section 8 and LET US NOT FORGET unemployment insurance benefits.

Ooooh. I am looking so hard for a real job. But first....RAVE PARTY!!!!

How were those three kids at a hotel the night of the fire??? CPS was probably footing the bill. One way or another, taxpayers have been funding these parties and "artists" and bad lifestyle choices since the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.

And the very people in the system whose job it is to be grownups and crack down on stupidity kept looking the other way. Tolerance of bad lifestyle choices and funding those choices permeated the whole system.

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Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/09/2016 at 1:10 PM

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