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Re: “Public Defender Says Arraignments at New Alameda County Courthouse in Dublin Denies Access to Courts for Low-Income People-of-Color

Although I can see both sides to this conversation, what I find missing from the discussion is the fact that the new Dublin location is more convenient for the Judges, lawyers, court clerks and Sheriff department staff. I would suggest that those are the people who live in Pleasanton, Dublin,San Ramon, Dublin, Livermore and even the central valley.Those are the folks whose commutes disappear altogether or become demonstrably shorter with the opening of a Dublin court facility. I find it hard to believe that the inmates are the ones upset because they have to get up at 3 a.m. and go on a bus ride to Oakland or Hayward. It is probably a welcome relief to the monotony of incarceration. It seems unfair that if the majority of those arrested and the majority county population is more centralized, that all of the arraignments should happen in Dublin. The only city in the county farther east than Dublin is Livermore. Although Dublin is serviced by BART, the station is not convenient to the courthouse and public bus transit in this suburban city is not a dependable alternative. At least the county should consider having the workload split with the Hayward courthouse to give inmate families a chance to show support. The criminal justice system is already stacked against poor black and brown people. This just seems like piling on.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/29/2017 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

We are advised to focus on "the nearly $100 million the City has had to pay on police misconduct settlements and Court losses since the NSA went into effect." Indeed, why did the City capitulate to an NSA when none of the so-called Riders police were ever convicted? Why does city attorney Barbara Parker get to accept the maximum legal campaign donation from attorney John Burris and then tell the city council again and again to pay out settlements to him and his clients without ever fighting his extortions in a courtroom? And how much money was paid like this: "A lady I knew bragged that her brother had been selling drugs on West Oakland streets since he was 16. His jaw was broken by a rival dealer, but he blamed OPD and got a nice little settlement to expand his operations." ( http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/06/25/opi… )

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/28/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Hopefully Tony Serra will reveal the true criminal enterprise that politics in the city of Oakland have become over the past 30 years in his presentation as he represents his client in the "Ghost Ship" fire case.
The homelessness issue in Oakland is part of a plan. Were it not for the 8,000 homeless people being herded from place to place in Oakland, there wouldn't be a need for a police commission.
The City of Oakland could get enough money from Wells Fargo to solve all of it's problems but the conflicts of interest run so deep that Libby Schaaf would be putting her political career at risk to pressure the bank for the money to resolve the problem...
The story is on Facebook pages titled, Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?
There is also a book titled "Ghost Ship, Eliminating Poverty In America"
My name is Allen Sanford...

Posted by Allen Sanford on 06/28/2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Instead of focusing on the Monitoring costs...try the nearly $100 million the City has had to pay on police misconduct settlements and Court losses since the NSA went into effect.....for police conduct that too often has amounted to both violations of the law and the terms of the NSA. Breaking the law to enforce the law does not make us szfer, nor does keeping and promoting cops that break the law, to buy momentary political peace with the OPOA.

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/28/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Ms. Grinage wrings her hands over the cost of federal oversight. Well, court-appointed monitor Robert Warshaw rakes in millions of dollars year after year by never finding Oakland in compliance. He always finds something, about as important as not tieing shoelaces per regulation. A simple remedy to prevent this abuse is a one-year limit on holding the monitoring contract; then if needed, someone else gets the contract. But Ms. Grinage hasn't called for this reform, because she has a personal grudge against OPD. And the City hasn't the guts to push for this rule, appealing over Henderson if necessary.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/28/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Can't wait for the new Police Commission to make a difference...with ex-felons on the board every criminal and BLM member should get what they ask for...talk about corruption and runaway trains!

Posted by teeesh166 on 06/28/2017 at 12:10 PM
Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 06/28/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Meanwhile the EBX sock puppets keeps waving sex scandals in the face of the electorate to distract from the problems of homelessness, poverty and corruption in the city.

Allowing the long seated corrupt city council and it's profiteering supporters to run rampant over the the majority of Oakland citizens.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/28/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

And millions more in taxpayer dollars now must be committed to ongoing Federal oversight which has already cost the City of Oakland more than $30 million. And still, the OPD budget continues to increase yearly with many millions of unbudgeted overtime.We are hostages on a runaway train hurtling down the tracks. We can only pray that the Oakland Police Commission will, in time, provide the kind of oversight and accountability that the City has thus far been able to achieve.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 06/27/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Meeting Disrupted, Vote on Budget Prevented

Shameful denial of the democratic process! If I can't get my way government can't be allowed to work. Sounds like president Donald Trump.

Posted by ed gerber on 06/27/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Do we detect Schaaf's fine hand in this new way to steal public monies? Just asking.

Posted by Steve Redmond on 06/22/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

And yet the residents continually vote for the same people who are screwing them over..... how progressive!

Posted by Robert Hope on 06/22/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Was Brooks operating in her professional capacity when she was alleged to have assaulted Brown ? If not, then I don't see how Brown would have any claim against the city.

Whenever land is sold off at below market rates there is always something underhand in the works.

Posted by alphie noakes on 06/21/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Something stinks about this whole business. The City of Oakland is once again skirting the requirements of good governance in the name of "providing affordable housing." Where is the transparency the public is entitled to and which the law requires? I call upon the entire Council to withdraw from this plan until all legal and financial qualifications have been established. The process should be thrown open to enable other qualified non-profits to make competitive bids. Chuck Johnston, Jack London Waterfront Warehouse neighborhood.

Posted by Chuck Johnston on 06/21/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Can we please take into consideration about all the homeless people living in tents under the underpass in West Oakland please it doesn't cost much put up a couple of homeless shelters for these people is making our city look so bad it's making us look bad we are now the world champions of the NBA but we still can't take care of our own people come on now please help us don't kill us if need be i will work my self to help these just give me a chance 5104593972 give me a call

Posted by loverboy12 on 06/21/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

The city council wouldn't do a thing like trying to buy off someone suing the city (Why is the city, as a whole, responsible of the alleged actions of a council member no on city time or city property?). Not to mention encouraging an organization that has behaved in a way that would in no way shape or form be tolerated by ordinary citizens.

Maybe, it's a effort to curry favor with a county supervisor? Naaaa... Never happen.

Please, everyone notice, exactly which council members were in favor of this travesty...

Remember them well on election day. Don't take to the streets.

VOTE THIS CORRUPT CABAL OUT!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/20/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

I hope they didn't pay James Cahill of Pilar Consulting Services very much to prepare that 990, because he obviously doesn't know what he's doing in that regard.

There are numerous questions that have "no" answers, where the answers should be "yes" (as in "no" would raise a red flag).

There are fields that should have descriptive sentences but instead have minimal text. The program service accomplishments should say things like, "We provided # of services to # of people in # of locations" - at minimum. The answer should not be "charitable" - one word, charitable. It's obvious that the preparer not only didn't know what he was doing, but couldn't be bothered to read even the basic instructions on the form itself.

There are boxes that should be checked that aren't (the treasurer should be an individual trustee as well as an officer, the same as Elaine).

There is no data shown on the return for 2014, which should be present as the organization states it existed in 2014. Perhaps the preparer didn't do the 2014 return, but he should have obtained the information from the organization.

Also, considering they report property tax expense, the fact there is nothing on the balance sheet for fixed assets, is another red flag of incompetence. The $11k spent on "Information Technology" would also generally result in fixed assets.

Going through this 990 more closely, it is actually quite impressive how incompetently it was prepared. The Public Support % on Schedule A should be 100%; instead it is shown as 0%.

The statement of program service accomplishments shows $5100 in expenses but "0" for grants, where, on the functional expense page, the $5100 is listed as being entirely grants given to domestic individuals.

As far as there being no details of the Other Fees, it is possible that it was detailed on an attached page that did not make it into the archived version. I've seen that happen before. However, this just looks like more evidence of negligence on the preparer's part.

The fact that almost all the expenses are put under "management and overhead" is something that is a red flag for mismanagement. However, based on the overwhelming lack of competence in the overall tax preparation, to me, this doesn't indicate mismanagement, just an incompetent tax preparer.

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 06/20/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

I wonder why the city of Oakland would sell land at an enormous discount to Elaine Brown's organization. Could the reason be that Brown is currently suing the city for millions?

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 06/20/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

Can EBX please comment on why they have no "award winning investigative reporters" looking into the council members who seem to have been party to this?

Could it be that EBX and it's award winning reporters are nothing but sock puppets for these very council members; subverted by their political agenda(s) and beholden to them?

And why does this article read so very closely to the one on this topic by a certain media outlet from across the bay, while avoiding the specifics (from the grand jury report) in that article?

Citizens of Oakland want to know.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/20/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Photos: Warriors Celebrate Second Title in Three Years with Parade and Rally in Oakland

Someone also need to check the budget. Very fishy and misuse of funds

Posted by concern _123 on 06/20/2017 at 8:31 AM

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