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Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

This is not a drug dealer he is selling fruit for Gods Sake! People have a choice of buying or not buying the fruit. I doubt if he is going to put a dent in the local Safeway's Budget! Is this what our taxes are paying for?

Posted by Anita Wills on 05/12/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Thousands Flood Oakland Streets to Support Immigrant Rights on May Day

This is a beautiful sight to see young adults taking to the streets and letting their voice be heard.

Posted by Anjanette Anthony on 05/12/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

How many times do we need to be told something by the law enforcement establishment -- "the car drove aggressively at the officer" -- that turns out to be a complete coverup lie until the public will stop trusting them altogether? I'm well past that, personally.

Posted by Matt S on 05/12/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

And we need more cops on the beat to keep us safe from those people who dare to
1 make a living
2 deliver produce straight to the consumer

Cops are concerned about safeways profits ?
Or catching the low hanging fruit

Posted by Patti Rich on 05/12/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Town Business: Marijuana Is the Most Common Bust Oakland Cops Make When They Search Someone

What ever happened to Measure Z?

Posted by Kathy Beffa on 05/12/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Clearly the Sheriff has far too many deputies if all they have to do is arrest people for selling fruit. Perhaps a few retirees could not be replaced and the money used to hire immigration defense lawyers for the County, oh Board of Supervisors?

Posted by JP Massar on 05/12/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Energy and Climate Scientist Backs Students' Call for University to Divest from Fossil Fuel Corporations

This is such good news. What with the Fukoshima ongoing horror quietly out of the spotlight, and the rate of thinning of the Polar ice, it seems it's past high time to get serious with these greedy imbeciles and their darling President TrUmp.

Posted by Gerard Gilbert Vaughan on 05/11/2017 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Town Business: Marijuana Is the Most Common Bust Oakland Cops Make When They Search Someone

Interesting information but difficult to fully understand its meaning.

It does seem to go along with essential police department dysfunction also reflected in poor department morale, ongoing ethical challenges, very expensive officer turnover (still half a dozen cops quit every month?) and failure to deal adequately with serious crime.

Thus also it goes along with a public safety policy vacuum (responsiblity of the Council to shape and formalize policy and responsibility of Mayor and Administrator to propose and implement policy).

Public safety and policing in Oakland are difficult challenges to say the least. If the Council and the Mayor were simply to admit this and to affirm publicly they have no idea how to proceed, that could at least begin a productive conversation.

Unfortunately mum's the word in Oakland.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/08/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “City of Oakland to Settle Wrongful Attempted-Murder Conviction for $300,000

Alameda County Court System is rigged to lock minorities up and keep their employees with job security. Im a victim too!!!

Posted by Wide Awoke on 05/05/2017 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Relative to this point above...." While seemingly ignoring the absolutely essential, day to day issues for the city of Oakland." This comment was aimed at Annie Campbell and another council member. I would like to attest as a resident in Annie Campbell's district to her hands on approach to our local concerns. For example when the community pushed back against the incursion of a massage parlor into a primarily residential area in the Allendale Park neighborhood she stepped in to facilitate direct action. This is ongoing but her willingness to take on a gritty grass roots issue like this speaks to a level of integrity and caring that should not be taken for granted.

Posted by John Middle on 05/04/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Reading up in this chain ... I see that Charlie Pine wrote something very similar. In fact more succinctly. I agree with Charlie!

Posted by John Middle on 05/04/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

I just looked at the original proposal and specifically the language therein related to the disbursement of these funds. I recommend that you all do this as it provides some insight. From what I can discern from reading the measure .... It appears to identify the general fund as the designated bucket into which this revenue would flow. At the very least it is very ambiguously worded if this was not the case. If this was NOT the intention of the folks who authored the measure they should have been far more careful in the way in which it was written in respect to this detail. Assigning blame accordingly seems to speak more to political motivation than it does to any legitimate outrage in my view.

Posted by John Middle on 05/04/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “City of Oakland to Settle Wrongful Attempted-Murder Conviction for $300,000

Oh, please. The Alameda County DA's office is dirty as all hell. Brady violations are nothing to them; they do that to everyone if they possibly can, and routinely get away with it. They violated Brady with me too, and a hell of a lot more than that. Magistrate judge must be incredibly naive, to believe DA version of this. Anyone familiar with Alameda County DA tactics would NEVER believe them about ANYTHING.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 05/04/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Robert, let me clear. What I advocate is the importance of programs like Head Start, pre and after school care and early child development. Those are not funds loosely distributed to dysfunctional families, but programs targeted directly to the kids. Just because you are born into a dysfunctional and disadvantaged family and neighborhood does not mean that your life has to end up that way. These are the kids who need public investment of time and money because they need the help the most. I believe that this approach over time would have greater societal benefit than writing these kids off at birth, hiring more cops and building more jails. That's where America is now and it ain't working!

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/03/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Thousands Flood Oakland Streets to Support Immigrant Rights on May Day

Thanks for your comments from San Antonio, Todd.

Posted by John Seal on 05/03/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Looking over the actual budget document, not Mr BondGrahm's carefully slanted excerpt, I see that fire prevention is more than doubled. What he characterized as "more planners for faster development" is in fact code enforcement. Interesting how much his reporting looks and sounds more and more like FOX News

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/03/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Town Business: Strengthening Code Enforcement

Even more of the story our intrepid carpet bagger missed... Exactly what the issue and barriers to good enforcement and what is needed to actually make it work, including estimated costs and where to place responsibility. Most telling is how far back the problem goes.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

I personally just LOVE how poorly EBX has covered the issue. It puts me in mind of this infamous headline:

Remember the Maine!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/03/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

What is in the 24.44% "non-departmental" slice? That's 635 million dollars.

Is it mostly the "growing CalPERS pension costs, retiree medical bills, the old Police and Fire Retirement System" that the mayor points to?

Posted by Jack Woodruff on 05/03/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Mexico's Top Investigative Journalist Talks Trump, U.S.-Mexico Relations, and the Dangers of Reporting at UC Berkeley

"Hobart, is the Constitution written in English or Spanish? And why should citizens of a great country care about some shithole everyone is trying to leave?"

Mexico's constitution is written in Spanish. Mexico is a great country. No country can be described as a "shithole" except by such as you:

"George Lincoln Rockwell (March 9, 1918 August 25, 1967) was the founder of the American Nazi Party."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/03/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Great.....more bureaucracy with ANOTHER advisory board. Nothing like government creating more government.

Now we'll need to fund their salaries which they will produce no results and will be on the dole for that pension tsunami.

Rebecca, which family member or friend is going to get selected?

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/03/2017 at 8:53 AM

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