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Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

and my final word is that for the Piedmont USD to be so highly self-sufficient, depending solely on taxes and fund raising to provide education for the community, such a great ideal to have reached, but overall there are no policies and procedures, no standards...I worked at night so no one would tell us anything...I came from a Native American Reservation, I expecting to see standards of excellence, that the education process would be utterly professional...it was unprofessional, mostly friendly, not too stern and this is what results, overworked janitors; teachers being supervisors especially librarians, injured workers having no choice but to work (I still love Piedmont, and give my loyalty so it grieves to have to have written this as I knew I would have to eventually...) for being highly paid professionals, there is absolutely no accountability...zero..every school within District knows that my work will never be exceeded that I place cleanliness as paramount to providing a positive, distraction free learning environment...the "New Albany" clique has to be broken up...either that go charter school to regain that professionalism instead of that coddling behavior substituting for leadership...they avoided me because I was pointing out broken stuff and was trying to fix stuff that was broken.
My testimony in support of Mr. Ken Mockel...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/05/2019 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Three Indigenous Women Chefs Collaborate at Nourished

You go girls! Thanks for putting women back in the kitchen in a meaningful way

Posted by Terrylynn Brant on 12/05/2019 at 12:31 PM

Re: “California Considers Yet Another Label Requirement for Cannabis

Dude, don't bogart the meatloaf!

Posted by Mike Elwin on 12/05/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence

NO COAL IN OAKLAND!!!!! EVER!!! MILE LONG TRAINS FILLED WITH THIS FILTHY PRODUCT MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN OAKLAND!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 12/05/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

Randall Booker and his merry Staff of thugs have to go...before his administration, there was never any issues that weren't this insane where you have janitors actually pointing their failing as administrators, you cannot keep throwing money that doesn't belong as your failures...he is RACIST...if I can find a lawyer to take on Piedmont...hahahahahahaha you are next PUSD....you have to be straightened out, the Southern Planation slavery model failed in the Civil War, why are you instituting in a school district, that you don't belong to, you just work there, you probably won't anymore...and another thing...I see wrong with the school district...the lack of computer programming and related technology are being deprived from the students as that money is all squirreled into administrative salaries....
PIEDMONT MUST GO CHARTER SCHOOL WHILE IT STILL CAN and KICK OUT ALL THE HALF A$$ Teachers in the DIstrict...you know who you are...can't use even program a computer, you need to go...
I FULLY SUPPORT MOCKEL!!!!

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/05/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Marugame Serves Udon, Cafeteria Style

Bukkake udon?

Posted by Rashid Patch on 12/05/2019 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Harris Pulls the Plug on Presidential Campaign

As for Harris running her campaign with integrity. Sure. OK. Right. Uh huh. Her campaign, that began with her rude "look at me" third rate performance in the Kavanaugh hearings, NEVER was run with integrity. Consider who this woman is, if you can. There is no place for her in presidential politics or the White House. She is damn lucky she made it to the Senate. Harris is pretty much a nothing burger who has ambled her way up the slimy political ladder and is way over her level of competence already.

Posted by Ken White on 12/05/2019 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I'll witness to all the arbitrary decision-making as well...administration and teaching sometimes thought they were janitors...like i said I was so overworked and was also suffering extreme pain from pinched nerve from a bad fall on campus...I had a librarian decide to become the lunch lady and allowed eating in the library...the student fed snacks and food to the printers, hid books so they rotted, stenching up the place...I said you are overworking me, i said this to administration..they are eating everywhere...stinking up the place...remember the 10's building (serious safety issues there, that one room that one english challenged janitor messed up badly, smelled like old bandage and old cast and the students had to suffer than room..I remarked to administration to change the carpet...but.....

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I forgot to add I worked at Wildwood for several years as a substitute and Classified staff until I was promoted up and out to the Middle School....I remember this one time, I found a teacher's keys...and in front of Principal Cramer and the main secretary, the teacher really hugged me, thanking me profusely..she lost them in an odd spot..she never did hug me again like that...like I said there are no policies and procedures describing staff relationships with each other, with the public and with the students...I read Ponoma Custodial Handbook which described all those situations and how to deal with them...they like stink school though...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I was used to work as PHS Assistant Custodian two years ago, but suffered extreme workplace accident and was thrown under the bus by PHS Principal Booker and HR Randlett...they could have put me on disability, instead they extincted me out, two years in workers comp claim...wish me luck...they could have hired me as head custodian and most of these issues would be subsumed into a rigid training schedule that we were discussing(head custodian and I)...we thought I was going to get hired...evidently they don't like Native Americans...
the Reason why this controversies is because we had no formal training on interactions with the student, staff and public...I have years and years of experience with lousy teachers that end up on our reservation and fail their trust responsibilities to the students and school...I tried to suggest that we copy Ponoma Unified School District Custodian Handbook which described all these issues that always result in controversy...however I pointed out during vaping incident in the lower 30s' that resulted the hiring more psychologists and counselors, I said the reason why the students vape in that restroom, not anywhere else in the campus, is because it was very stinky so they use the vape to mask the stench (in fact, most of the school is stench...I tried my hardest to keep as much of the campus clean as possible, I know my leaving was smelt dearly by staff and students that were in my area{I cleaned my restrooms daily so clean that students would always thank me}), as it was improperly maintained as the head custodian retired, he'd kept it clean and we didn't have any extra substitutes, because upper management had issues with the former PHS head custodian...we were overworked...they owe us, the other night janitor and I for the work...
my point is for all the money spent on salaries, there is very little contact with the administration and staff...only when controversies arise...therefore all the issues that are being experienced and suffered by Mr. Mockel who I know very well, has been thrown under the bus by administration's failure to deal with the elephant in the room...
No formal policies and procedures, just given a broom and let go...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence

At the end of the day, it appears from this article that the only Oakland persons with integrity on this coal issue are Margaret Gordon and Marshawn Lynch. McConnell, Bridges, Benjamin, Abrahms and Tagami all seem more than willing to trade their integrity for money. This is the ugly truth of politics whether it is local or national. It is an unfortunate reflection of the current state of the national culture. People like the ones named above have influenced decision makers inside Oakland City Hall for at least the last 20 years. Their time is up and I am glad to see the new City Council members continue to draw a line in the sand when it comes to this coal issue. The short and long term health and safety of citizens in West Oakland is way more important than the dirty money opportunity for this caste of characters.

Posted by GPatton on 12/04/2019 at 6:47 AM

Re: “The Irresistible Allure of Wood-Fire Cooking at Popoca

Bruce, are you *trying* to make our eyes roll out of our heads?

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 12/03/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

Full disclosure, I am Kens older brother. I do not pretend to know all that is behind what is an ongoing dispute between Ken and the PUSD. I do know the type of person Ken is, he is an individual who will go out of his way to help others. I also know how my mother spoke of how well Ken was liked by the staff at Beach School and Wildwood School before this displute. I also know that it is suspicious that all of these accusations occurred near the time that Ken was to become eligible for retirement.

Posted by dennism on 12/01/2019 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Lost Highway

My wife and I threw away 3 hrs and 39 minutes of our lives. I can’t for the life of me figure out how anyone thought this was a good movie, let alone a great one.

Stupid long, for the most part, boring and slow. The most hyped part – the CGI un-aging of Pesci, DeNiro, and Pacino – wasn’t all that good. Their faces look a lot like Tom Hank’s face in “The Polar Express” – flat, not quite 3D and taut, like someone who had too much botox.

Now, you may be able to give their faces a youthful look, but their bodies, their movements and their speech were still those of 70-80-year-old men. When playing younger men, in their 40’s, they still had the old man shuffle, crooked elbows, hunched shoulders and flat feet – no spring in their steps. Their voices had that slightly slurred, two-drink sound, raspy and breathy like, well, old men. For me, gangster guys in movies need to have an intimidating physical presence. A certain unspoken but palpable menace to their personality. None of these guys, at 75+ years of age, had it. Pacino's portrayal of Hoffa was incredbly lame. He looked like a 75 year old guy stumbling around with stooped shoulders and a weak persona. Hofffa was a force of nature, a fighter, a bully and physically brutish man who was willing to duke it out at the drop of a hat... Pacino? Not so much.

Add in the story was way too long and far too involved for the tale being told, and in the end, we just thought, “this is a bad movie.

Posted by Michael Loos on 11/30/2019 at 11:13 AM

Re: “40-Plus Gift Options for Adults

Wow, Missed the amazing, All Things Hemp on Grand ave in Oakland

Posted by Jenny Braun on 11/29/2019 at 1:56 PM

Re: “A Soulful Page From the American Songbook

Tony Lindsey, whom I’ve met several times, has always been an inspiration to me and hundreds of musicians here in the Bay Area and will always be loved for his hometown feel and generosity towards all musicians and audiences.

Posted by Anthony Fulgar on 11/29/2019 at 11:50 AM

Re: “The Irresistible Allure of Wood-Fire Cooking at Popoca

It better not be in Berkeley... He's burning something and they've banned that.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/29/2019 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

My Uncle Ken is one of my favorite people. Uncle Ken has not only been there for me but for my two kids.
It’s disappointing the School District spends tax payer money to retaliate against such a good man.

Posted by ldahl on 11/28/2019 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

Ken Mockel is my uncle and he's at the top
of my list of one of the most helpful and thoughtful people I know. Ken has always been here for our Family.
Uncle Ken has helped me especially when I was growing up and was always there to help me without any judgement and not only me but my two kids who always say how much they care about their Uncle Ken who lends an ear if they ever need advise and spends time with them either explaining how something works or how to deal with things in life.
Its unfortunate the School District spent the tax payers money to retaliate against such a good man.

Posted by ldahl on 11/28/2019 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I've known Ken Mockel my entire life and during this time I've known him to be helpful, always going above and beyond, reliable, caring, loving, respectful, reliable. Ken would give anyone the shirt off his back and then invite them to BBQ dinner. The world can never have enough good Samaritans and Ken is a compassionate person who unselfishly helps others.

Posted by Shannon Taylor 1 on 11/28/2019 at 12:15 PM

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