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Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I would highly encourage that everyone who has issues or concerns with why the A's picked this site either visit, which has many of the answers to your concerns already listed, or by emailing/tweeting team president Dave Kaval.

This project is not going to hurt Laney or the surrounding area at all. In fact, this project can help make Laney better.

Keith Salminen
Producer & Co-Host of A's Fan Radio
Laney College Alumni

Posted by Keith Richard Salminen on 09/29/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Schaaf Proposes Sanctioned Homeless Camps; Oakland May Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for Legal Pot

There's no constructive reason for denegrating Mayor Schaaf. Libby Schaaf loves her hometown and is determined to improve the lot of homeless men, women and children. Attend your City Council meetings, consider proposals and choose to be part of the solution.

Posted by helenwiells on 09/29/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Warriors Pay $786,998 for 2017 Oakland Victory Parade

This seems like a shakedown by Oakland city officials to me, a 2015 parade costs $244K, yet 2 years later a parade costs $816K, inflation is not that high. If the estimate given was around $300K, how on earth can the city justify the actual bill of $816K ?

Posted by alphie noakes on 09/29/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Warriors Pay $786,998 for 2017 Oakland Victory Parade

Did the earlier parade cost get covered? We started asking the city about it as soon as we saw the damage to the new plantings around 12th Street.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 09/28/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: 70% of Bay Area Residents Want More Housing in Cities; Ghost Ship Owner to Get $3.1M Payout

As anyone familiar with the art and science of urban planning knows, you cannot simply build more housing without taking into account, designing and planning finance for all the infrastructure required to support the increased housing. That's the facts folks.

One of the reasons we have a housing shortage, displacement of mostly poorer folks, huge freeway jams and a way-overburdened public transportation system, not to mention bad air and water pollution and a lurking longterm problem with water supply, is that we as a region completely failed to do the urban planning necessary to support the importing into the region of a huge supply of tech workers.

Planning is all about thinking about the future. No amount of partial patchwork attempts to provide a partial "solution" (more housing) will solve the interrelated problems of our region.

One fundamental approach towards dealing with these challenges is to begin to elect real leaders in our cities, towns and counties. Leaders who can actually lead and who are not tied to special interests which exploit a single aspect of growth, like housing, retail and corporate facility development.

We need to be able to get around better. The robocars Silicon Valley wants to sell us ain't the answer. For those who can think historically, robocars came from Big Auto's vision of an automated future developed in the 1950s. We need to look to a real future rather than to be led back to the past.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/28/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “'Cannabis Damages DNA' Claim Debunked By Leading Researcher Ethan Russo

This article is a joke as doesnt states all the bad affects that Cannabis has on brain chemistry.

Posted by Kevin Tsang on 09/28/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Burris is a man who sees the city of Oakland as a target for his financial improvement. He has zero business making ANY recommendations about its behavior.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/28/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Schaaf Proposes Sanctioned Homeless Camps; Oakland May Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for Legal Pot

Mayor Schaaf has been watching the accounts on TV of all the refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East. I'm sure she envisions time living there to be like her summer camp days when she was a few years younger.

Bottom line: World-style refugee camps aren't a solution. Nor are homeless camps in Oakland. Let's talk about why we are at war in the Middle East and why we have been at war with the poor. That conversation might lead somewhere.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/27/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Of course not Millie... Only government corruption counts.

By the way, where DO you think government corruption starts?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/27/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Conflict of interest wouldn't even be an issue to discuss if the officers had been disciplined and denied their promotions like they should have been.

Posted by Millie C on 09/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

As an Alameda County resident, I am deeply disturbed by this threatening, disparaging and racist behavior by a public representative sitting on an Alameda County public task force. Given that this representative was recommended by Sheriff Ahern, I am concerned that the behavior reinforces a pattern of racism and antiimmigrant policy that I have witnessed emanating from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office: from strongly opposing the California Values Act to publicly supporting the nomination of AG Jeff Sessions. Especially at a time when white supremacy and militarization are so explicit at the highest levels of government in the United States, I am horrified that our county hosts a weapons expo and militarization training event for swat teams from around the world. I hope that the community effort led by Stop Urban Shield succeeds in redirecting resources to deescalation, community preparedness and nonmilitarized emergency response. Bravo for that work, and to all who hold fast to a vision of freedom and justice, on a foundation of love and care for each other.

Posted by Kat Gilje on 09/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Very disappointing. Liked going there--very good beer and very few, if any, hipsters

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/27/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Of course Burris want's that. It would strengthen his case (and payout).

It's not JUST city and county government that's corrupt

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/27/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “New Documentary Focuses on West Oakland’s Blues Legacy

I would very much like to see this film. I was a kid when all of this was going on. But my brother played/plays guitar and is friends with many of these people and one of his friends bought the Continental Club and tried to revive it the 70's. If you are looking for distribution I would very much like to consider working with you just because of the subject matter.
Atron Gregory email: TNTREC@AOL.COM

Posted by Atron Gregory on 09/27/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

The defunding of illegal dumping cleanups is starting to bite. Responses that were slow - the weeks elapsing between reporting each individual pile of trash on and seeing any corrective action - have become even slower. Profuse and stinking heaps of garbage are starting to make some neighborhoods in Oakland resemble Kolkatta during a garbage strike.

Posted by Andrew Werby on 09/26/2017 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

I am certain this is only a fraction of the kind of dehumanization, bigotry and racism that goes on with the involved parties, especially w/in Urban Shield. Militarization of our communities does not and will not address violence. Violence prevention programs need to be funded and implemented in the Alameda County, not Urban Shield. Go to for more information.

Posted by Հասմիկ Գեղամյան on 09/26/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Chief Kirkpatrick has repeatedly stated that bad culture trumps good policy,every time every time. Lois and Holmgren are not just part of the bad culture, but the leaders of it. Holmgren, I believe, is one of the third rail untouchables in OPD who makes sure that fellow officers (and himself, of course) will never be disciplined. The agrument that Whent was protecting former Chief Whent (very much not part of the OPD bad culture inner circle) is fantasy. Swanson report is done, but hope investigative journalists will keep digging to determine whether or not threats to Whent by other OPD employees caused Whent to act as he did, i.e., Whent tried to push scandal under the rug because the real powers told him 'make it go away or else'. --Rather than Whent wanting to conceal the scandal to hasten day that OPD would be found in compliance with the NSA. The passage in the City's filing stating that OPD has addressed the poor investigations with holding 'reflection sessions' is, well, a joke, revealing and disturbing.

Posted by Mary Vail on 09/26/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

I attended the task force meeting that Grant references in his email and cannot understand how he came up with these biased conclusions about what transpired there. People from the Stop Urban Shield Coalition and others present engaged respectfully and with complete clarity. As offensive as I find Grant's comments to be, I am also grateful that he has shown his hand . This hateful, bigoted email exchange is proof positive that the Grant and others are not qualified to serve on a task force convened for the purpose of exploring the effects of Urban Shield on impacted communities. Additionally, the fact that he did not express his opinions while in the meeting so that they could be open to dialog, but rather sent them via email after the fact is further indication that he is unwilling to engage with others who may not share his biased opinions. The task force came to the correct conclusion-- they are not qualified to make decisions about how Urban Shield affects vulnerable communities.

Posted by Carol Robison on 09/26/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

If the purpose of Urban Shield really is to provide a "whole community" solution to keep communities safe in the face of threats, Grant's comments just show how out of touch and out of line Urban Shield has become. I stood in solidarity with my friends, colleagues and neighbors at the last Stop Urban Shield Rally and far from terroristic behavior, the people gathered there showed Alameda County what it looks like when a community comes together to support, educate and help one another. It was the people Grant identified at "terrorists" who walked to Lake Merritt for a community resource fair to teach skills that community members will need in the event of a threat. Given it is your neighbor who is most likely going to be right there to help you when you most need it, these skills are crucial. Stop Urban Shield participants taught me more about support and care for our neighbors then a weapons expo showing off the latest assault weapons will ever offer. Maybe instead of calling all of us terrorists, Grant and Alameda County leaders could listen to Stop Urban Shield leaders to know what it looks like to be community to one another. That is what we need more of. Forget the assault weapons, name calling, racist responses and insults. Stop Urban Shield is showing us a different way. Far from terrorism, Stop Urban Shield is not just protesting but offering real solutions. Instead of insults maybe Grant and others will listen instead.

Posted by Diane Weible on 09/26/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Besides the obvious conflict of interest, Buriss: i agree with Buriss and Chanin on this one. How is it that Lois and Holmgren get a pass on this bungled investigation. They initially attempted to protect Whent, until the playboy bunny, Holly Hart went rogue. Lois, who for years was Whent's henchman and also kissed his ass, changed sides and became Warshaw's new toy. Holmgren is just plan incompetent. He has been involved in several high profile cases where he seems to slither away. Kirkpatrick we demand you hold these bozo's accountable.

Posted by Daffy_Duck on 09/26/2017 at 2:27 PM

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