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Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

Yet people will still blame anti-fascists for instigating violence. A very Orwellian occurrence. Good is bad and bad is good as long as we say it enough.
And to do so aligns one with white supremacy, neo-Naziism, and good ol' fashioned fascism.

What was WW2 all about when we have creeps like these roaming the streets? White male victimhood has to be one of the most pathetic sociopolitical phenomenons on the planet.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 08/23/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Mapping Oakland's Fires

"OK, the fires cluster where code violations are rampant. what does that suggest?"

Two ways to put it: 1. Poor people have less value in Oakland.
2. Shit rolls downhill in Oakland.

Either way, not exactly news.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/22/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Mapping Oakland's Fires

OK, the fires cluster where code violations are rampant. what does that suggest?

Solutions anyone?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/21/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

It seems 99% of people are animal lovers. Animals in cars, in stores, in restaurants, etc. Not fair to people that have allergies to animals. Try finding an apt animal free now. Almost impossible! People always think just because they love animals that you do and let them jump on you. I am fed up with the barking, dog doo, smell, etc from the animals and I am living in an expensive apartment building. I have been looking for a smoke free, animal free nice apt but can't find one anywhere. People with animals have all the rights.

Posted by sandyleec on 08/20/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

Ive been volunteering at Oakland Animal Services for the past five months and have experienced such a different portrayal of the shelter than what's depicted in your article. Dogs are cared for with compassion, by not only the staff, but by the many volunteers. In fact, I believe in this organization so much that I drive across the bridge from Marin just to help out. I am surprised by the comment that stated OAS doesn't give pit bulls a fair chance. If you look on the OAS Facebook page or Instagram, you'll see many pit bulls being promoted, and if you come to the shelter in person, you'll see quite a few up for adoption. Their lower adoption rate isn't due to the shelter, but the stigma attached to the breed. Our new foster coordinator has been very responsive to the needs of the dogs, especially those who take longer to find their forever homes. Additionally, OAS is an open admissions shelter which means that they take in all animals, unlike other organizations that can be selective. I would encourage people to come to the shelter, or to one of OAS's off-site adoption events to see for themselves. Maybe they'll be compelled to volunteer, or perhaps even fall in love with a pit bull!

Posted by marjorie bukowski on 08/16/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

Im concerned that this article leaves the reader with a false impression about the increase in euthanasia of dogs at OAS. By comparing the overall euthanasia rate of 15% from your Oct 2015 reporting to the 23.8% rate for only dogs in the first half 2017, the reader is left with the impression that euthanasia of dogs has increased dramatically, but this is not completely accurate. It should be clear that it is not proper to compare the overall rate from one period, which includes cats and all other animals, to the dog-only rate for another period.

I also looked at the data, and found that the transfer and adoption rates (43% and 15%) for dogs were essentially unchanged between the first half of 2017 and the same period in 2016. The euthanasia rate for dogs increased less than 2%, from 22.4% to 23.8% between the two periods. Like anyone, I too would prefer to see more animals being saved, but the facts do not support the narrative that there was some dramatic shift to killing more dogs at OAS. Those who wish to see positive changes at the shelter - and this includes myself - must start from an honest understanding of the data.

With transfer, adoption, and euthanasia rates nearly unchanged, the noticeable increase in empty dog kennels at the shelter turns out be due to reduced length of stay and reduced intake, just like director Katz stated. Intake of dogs is down slightly, and as the article reported length of stay has been dramatically reduced due to operational improvements at the shelter. If fewer dogs are coming in, and they are staying for a shorter period of time, it follows that there will be fewer dogs in the shelter population.

Posted by Andrew Dorman on 08/14/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Sheriff Debates Faith Leaders on Immigration, Urban Shield

Sounds to me as if the sheriff went there to TELL what the office if going to do under his leadership not listen to the community concerns.

Not too surprising as the Alameda County Sheriffs Department was the only law enforcement agency, then Governor, Ronald Reagan was able to mobilize during the campus "unrest" in the late 60's.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/12/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

As a former volunteer whose plans to return have been dashed due to current mismanagement, I am heartbroken. Director Katz showed great promise upon her arrival at OAS which makes its present irresponsible conduct that much harder to swallow. I don't doubt that cats and smaller dogs are being rescued at a quick pace, but big dogs, esp. pit bulls, do not seem to be given a fair shot. Expert behaviorists and evaluators should be a core element in a shelter--they literally make life or death decisions. A robust foster program and support for foster parents is also a key element that is missing. I am disappointed, disgusted and heartbroken and hope Katz will quickly shake off her shocking negligence of Oakland's homeless dogs and engage in constructive dialogue with her critics.

Posted by Stephanie Rubin on 08/08/2017 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

I pull dogs from OAS for rescue's and have seen a huge improvement in the dogs from OAS coming out of the shelter in much better condition during Rebecca Katz' tenure at OAS. 3-5 years ago, almost every dog I pulled from OAS was very sick with kennel cough, Giardia, pneumonia and worse - it was awful. The last year has gotten so much better, almost every dog I pull has been healthy. Last weekend I helped pull 24 dogs to go on transport up to Embrace a Discarded Animal Society - in Washington and none of the dogs were sick. That would have never been the case 3-4 years ago.

I also foster for the shelter and the last two dogs I fostered were spayed /neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped by the shelter vet, prior to coming to my home. This also never used to be the case.

In my opinion, while the shelter is still not perfect, it's much better than it has ever been in the past 7 years that I have been involved with them. The entire management team and all of the current volunteers seem very committed to doing right by the animals and improving the conditions for the animals while they are in their care. This is just my humble opinion, but I've seen vast improvements in the last 2-3 years.
Cindy Douglas
Paws Crossed Small Dog Rescue

Posted by Cindy Douglas on 08/07/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Oakland Rallies Around Owner of Henry's Gallery Café, Who Recently Lost His Business and Life's Savings

So... It seems EBX is ONLY concerned by wrong doing by the OPD, not wrongs done IO the community BY the community. Nor, it would seem, is the city council the EBX sockpuppets for.

In this same "issue" I see one member of the council is up for corruption and EBX is ONLY concerned about the amount needed for the defense.

Not a word from EBX on the swarm attacks or general lawlessness in the streets of Oakland.

VERY community oriented EBX.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/07/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

I worked at the Alta Bates campus in berkeley about 7-10 years ago. This was the same at that time. Obviously there needs to be changes made, but nothing is going to happen anytime soon. Until the owners are ready to make the changes, unfortunately these problems will not get addressed. SMH I feel so sorry for the people who have to depend on these agencies to get where they need to go. Maybe an agency needs to supply thr people who need transport, vouchers for Lyft..I bet they would get better service!

Posted by Ingrid Sweet on 08/05/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

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Posted by Nicole Marie on 08/04/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

A neighbor in my building needs kidney dialysis 3X a week. She can barely walk to get to the front door of our building, much less hike to bus stops and walk from bus stops to her dialysis clinic. Increasingly, however, she ends up sitting in our lobby for an hour or more and then gets a call from AC Paratransit telling her no paratransit bus is going to show up. By this time, she is late for her appointment but still needs the dialysis so she suffers her way to a bus stop and from the bus stop to her clinic. She reports this is becoming almost the norm, that more and more she just gets told, after waiting a very long time, that the bus aint coming.

It does seem peculiar to me that a foreign company is not only managing this local, publicly funded service but that this company is doing such an inadequate job. The workers deserve a living wage and affordable health care, as drivers for other public transit systems receive, and the riders deserve an operating system that picks them up within reasonable wait times. Shame shame shame on the folks who outsourced this and did not negotiate meaningful public oversight of how the public money is spent.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/04/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

Ms. Guap (not her real name) was an UNDERAGE prostitute and every cop that had sex with her knew she was under age and had illegal sex with her anywat, using their positional power over a legal child. Some of the pigs used her to make money, pimping her out. Bruce Ferrell's comment questions that she was an underage, legal child as if to shift some of the resopnsible onto the legal child and as if Ferrell wants to defend the cops who used her. Ms. Guap received a million dollars from the City of Oakland for the way she was used and abused by Oakland cops. There no excuse for anyone to have sex with an underage person but esp. cops who are tasked with enforcing the law instead of flouting it.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/04/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Oakland Rallies Around Owner of Henry's Gallery Café, Who Recently Lost His Business and Life's Savings

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Re: “Oakland Rallies Around Owner of Henry's Gallery Café, Who Recently Lost His Business and Life's Savings

This article makes no sense. 2007+5=2012, 2012+5+2017. They did exercise their option to extend. It also states in April that they were told to look for a new space. While I sympathize, there is nothing illegal happening here on the landlord's part.

Posted by Simone Furey on 08/01/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Rallies Around Owner of Henry's Gallery Café, Who Recently Lost His Business and Life's Savings

I've met Jung and Park many times. They are lovely - always happy and helpful. I hope they are able to find a new location.

Posted by Jim Willows on 08/01/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

It is unfortunate that the landlady did not select less contentious language to work through this common situation. She should hire a property manager to keep from making rookie mistakes. There are other ways to handle this occupancy shift without antagonizing her tenants. The right of continuance in the home is only extended to the original tenants. The replacement tenants cannot continue once the original tenants depart. This is placed as a signed addendum to the lease. The landlady does not accept money from the replacement tenants she approves their occupancy, but not their tenancy. the original tenants are made responsible for collecting their housemates rent and turn in a single , prompt rent payment. The tenants appoint one person to contact the landlady on non emergent maintenance issues and keep their tenancy on an even keel. The Landlady can refuse to assign occupancy and patiently wait for her tenants to leave, but good luck getting over the vacancy loss and turn costs. With all the new apartments coming online in the East Bay I don't envy her position. Glad to be only handling my own properties these days and not working for landlords like her.

Posted by Codacraft on 08/01/2017 at 1:40 AM

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