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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Publisher's Note

Re: “Turning the Page

On the topic of score settling, there is such a thing as restorative justice. there is also such a thing as karma. I sure hope that Telegraph Media will move forward with not just a code of conduct, but a commitment to diversity in hiring practices. , I would also like to note that if you have worked alongside Buel for 13 years, you surely must have witnessed or overheard some things which were clearly inappropriate. Yet you did or said nothing. If this is accurate, you're an enabler, as well as a benefactory. Most of the revealing stories about racial topics which have run in the paper over the years were not written by you. You endorsed Libby Schaaf as a progressive, yet her record is solidly regressive on OPD, particularly around misconduct, and she has done nothing to stem African American displacement while accelerating gentrification. Her sole progressive issue, defying Trump and ICE, is a politically-calculated PR stunt, as well as a position that CM Guillen took months before she did. Maybe it's a moot point if you're not writing anymore, but by Oakland standards, Schaaf is a moiderate at best until her record says otherwise. What isnt a moot point is that now is the perfect time to truly embrace progressive values and address displacement and gentrification in a way Telegraph Media has yet to do sufficiently.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 07/18/2018 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Turning the Page

@robertgammon In a personal facebook post, Steve Buel claims there is "a lot of score settling going on." (Your wife liked this post.) I'd like to address this assertion publicly - in case he's referencing my going public.

If I wanted to capitalize on Steve's bad behavior, there are so many other times I could have gone public where it would benefit me. Like right when it happened. Like just after it happened when working with Steve was miserable. Like when it was between Hal (my old, close friend) and Steve on who would get to run the paper some years ago. Like when Steve was going to come back last year to become a managing owner (and I knew I'd likely be terminated if it went that way). When the Express did a big #metoo story after Steve became managing owner of the paper. All would have been better times for me/my personal interests/job happiness/job security, and trust me, it crossed my mind at each of those moments.

But I didn't, and that was wrong. I was embarrassed, worried about my job, disassociated/paralyzed from too many life traumas, and I calculated it was best for the paper and its people. Most (sadly) of all, I didn't make it public in order to protect Steve and his wife. I gain NOTHING - no pleasure from "score settling." no financial gain, no nothing - by speaking now, other than the satisfaction of doing the right thing (albeit late) for the people in your employment (or that were). -- Jody Colley

Posted by Jody Colley 1 on 07/18/2018 at 4:04 PM

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