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Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

I've been trying to bring attention to the unlawful general order of MG Haskins to deprive Medically Non Deployable (MND) Soldiers from performing IDT and AT. This authority rests with The Surgeon General, delegated to State Flight Surgeon, who considers the merits of each case.
In my case, I was "cleared" to participate, and was still prevented from doing so. This also led to false accusation of AWOL and FFO (can't be Failure to Follow Orders, if it's an "unlawful" order, and how can I be AWOL when I report to an armory and then am denied the ability to participate?), and I was demoted.
Further, how many other MND Soldiers are being similarly victimized, and deprived of the opportunity to possibly correct their physical maladies?
The office of Representative (D-CA 7th District) Ami Bera has so far refused to take any action or even respond to query. No one can be depended upon to do "the right thing" until there's enough public outcry, and the Soldiers this affects, already have physical problems, can't likely afford legal representation, and have representatives that ignore them.
I'm asking for help not only for myself, but for ALL the MND Soldiers who've been denied their rights and responsibilities by an unlawful and immoral order that's been in place for the last four years.

Posted by Rafael Rodriguez on 07/17/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

OK let's get out idealistic heads out of the utopian clouds. I grew up in East Oakland... Ain't nobody paying $3.00 a trip for a bike ride or $10 for a day pass... I'm a bike rider an I can afford it and have all the technology needed to take advantage of this program and I wouldn't. Maybe NEW people to the Deep East... NOT the folks I know and know of. This may elicit a gasp from some of you. Some of you may spout some hotepness salt my way... but YOU KNOW I'm not lyin.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 07/17/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

I've been trying to bring attention to the unlawful general order of MG Haskins to deprive Medically Non Deployable (MND) Soldiers from performing IDT and AT. This authority rests with The Surgeon General, delegated to State Flight Surgeon, who considers the merits of each case.
In my case, I was "cleared" to participate, and was still prevented from doing so. This also led to false accusation of AWOL and FFO (can't be Failure to Follow Orders, if it's an "unlawful" order), and I was demoted. Further, how many other MND Soldiers are being similarly victimized, and deprived of the opportunity to possibly correct their physical maladies? The office of Representative (D-CA 7th District) Ami Bera has so far refused to take any action or even respond to query. No one can be depended upon to do "the right thing" until there's enough public outcry, and the Soldiers this affects, already have physical problems, can't likely afford legal representation, and have representatives that ignore them.
I'm asking for help, not only for myself, but for ALL the MND Soldiers that were swept under the rug for the last 4 years, with this unlawful General Order.

Posted by Rafael Rodriguez on 07/17/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Libby Schaaf hasn't the slightest idea of what political transparency is.
She thinks transparency has something to do with holding budget meetings and providing a way for citizens to report potholes and broken street lights.

You can read her 2018 campaign statement below.

Transparency is all about leaders having a clear vision and an accountable plan for moving towards that vision. That means, for example, actually reducing crime, actually reducing displacement and other social and economic problems. In order to reduce problems city leadership needs to
clearly and precisely state what the current problems are and set criteria
for regular performance review and modification of policies that aren't working. Monthly, quarterly, annually.

Transparency is not about inviting the public to budget PR meetings where priorities are obscure and underlying policies are not described. Final budget decisions are then made behind closed doors and only voted on in partial public view (by those members of the public who are not yet fed up with Council meeting confusion and inefficiency).

If Oakland's major problems were potholes and broken streetlights, having a means to report them still would not amount to anything like transparency.
Transparency would make clear why we have potholes and broken street lights, why we have not kept up with infrastructure maintenance and how we plan to keep up in the future. And how to change our strategy if we fail.

Libby "The Transparent:"

"I have always fought to make Oakland a more transparent and responsive city from holding community budget meetings across the city so that more Oaklanders have a say in how their tax dollars are spent to partnering with Code for America to make Oakland city government more transparent and user-friendly. I will continue to make it easier for residents to report problems like potholes and broken street lights and hold managers accountable for fixing them. I will continue to prioritize getting Oakland on sound financial footing."

Not the slightest notion of what she is talking about.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/17/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

"I'm for putting bike share stations all over Oakland."

Uh huh. The "sharing" economy is all about sharing.

Sorry pal. "Sharing" is simply the current form of discrimination.
Poorer folks will not benefit. Richer folks will.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/17/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Just because of the actions of a few doesnt make the whole bunch rotten. I know a few Oakland cops... good people. If someone made a honest mistake or clerical error is much different from attempted concealment. If the feds found no crime than why is the media? If they want a ceremony without media... who cares. Meanwhile lets talk about all the crime and shootings that arent cop related.

Posted by War Styx on 07/17/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

I'm for putting bike share stations all over Oakland. If bikeshare stations had been placed in East Oakland, the east bay express would have written an article that the forces of gentrification are using bikes to colonize East Oakland.

Posted by Felix Dzerzhinsky on 07/17/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

Anyone who has visited East Oakland knows that there are lots of adult bicycle riders there who depend on bicycles for basic transportation.

Unfortunately good old racist bias every step of the "community involvement" process overlooked the real needs of Oakland's most neglected neighborhood.

The whole rideshare notion is, it seems to me, designed to serve the privileged--people who have credit cards and computers and smart phones and a preference for bicycles painted in trendy pastels.

Onward and upward with the upper classes!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Berkeley Passes Ambitious Plan To Tackle Homelessness, Wants Ballot Measure in 2018 to Help Pay for It

The donor money is from the likes of east bay community foundation and a myriad of sources such as that not tax payer money.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/17/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Shame on all of the police that participated in this

Posted by Bertha Pearl on 07/16/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Berkeley Passes Ambitious Plan To Tackle Homelessness, Wants Ballot Measure in 2018 to Help Pay for It

The donor money is taxpayer money, those who donate are taxpayers, Mike Mitchell

Posted by Bertha Pearl on 07/16/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Well Vince, this is a country founded on meritocracy and the notion that private property is the cause of income inequality, which they profess, is just pure hogwash! Housing attorneys making big bucks off of property control is not right. And please before you go on to any rants about prop 13 or whatever, ponder this people who own property put up risk capital to purchase it whether it is a home or a piece of investment property. These orgs want to nullify that.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/16/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Again, the City of Oakland bumbles on accountability. How long will we have to live with a corrupt police department? What happened to the promise of commiunity policing as well? When will we get another mayor that we can be proud of and stand behind? Shameful! Can't wait for the next election, Schaff will be receiving her walking papers from me. Are our city leaders taking notes from "45?" How dare you exclude the press from an event they have always been welcome too?

To the two blame the victim commenters. How dare you? These officers abused their authority and should not be rewarded. I don't get your arguments.

Posted by Louie Butler on 07/16/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

This young girl was a hooker a whore who sold her body for money. Not saying there not a fault for passing her around & making there departments look like a bunch of perverted tricks with badges & guns, but why isn't anyone going after her for choosing to be a hoe? Her parents are Or were both police dispatchers so she could of made better choices. She had sex with these dudes got paid & then snitched on them. She wrong for that.

Posted by Andre williams on 07/16/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Garry Ovalbach, how very shameful of you. You will never say that face-to-face to the victims of these criminals.

Posted by Alex Khrab on 07/16/2017 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Many of you who gripe about OPD must remember that when and if you have an emergency, the very people you trash talk will be the first ones you call.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 07/15/2017 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Secret would seem to imply no one knew it was happening. It's obvious people knew it was happening. Closed might be better phrasing.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/15/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

So the Mayor publicly shames the cops for screwing and being johns unto a minor, however goes in secret, to give honors to those same officers? Lol, in a church, where the good book reads "all things done in the dark, come into light"....What book are they swearing in on, lmao. Cockroaches they all are. The real victims are the young lady, the wives and families of the horny mid life crisis ass officers and the city of Oakland's citizens.

Posted by Macana Roxie on 07/15/2017 at 4:58 PM
Posted by jo pac on 07/15/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

When we are victims of a robbery or assault, or when we see a crime on the street and are asked to be a witness, this scandal has zero relevance to our trust of the police.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/15/2017 at 1:13 PM

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