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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “DA Files Charges In Ghost Ship Fire, Master Tenant Derick Almena And His No. 2 Max Harris Each Face 39 Years

Good. Almena worked to create a hazardous situation and took advantage of others to line his pocket from it. The other guy was less malicious and more stoned.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Yes Thom, I know. It can happen. That is part and parcel of running a business. It means the business operator is required to do due diligence, both before renting and during proceedings that may rise... Not just sit on the gluteal muscles and collect checks as fast as is possible like a robber baron... And if your business is built, financially,such that behavior is a need, you did it wrong and the public isn't responsible for that.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Sure legal channels exist. But in California, those legal channels take six months. During which the squatter pays no rent and trashes the place.

Posted by Thom Bray on 06/07/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

"institutional memory"?! That's fine for some dipshit volunteer group. For a public agency it's entirely unacceptable. Are they saying there are NO minutes of meetings they include not just the actions taken, but the debate and discussion? Again, completely unacceptable.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Oakland Police Department is apparently still out of control. If a police chief can issue a regulation that's binding on police officers -- "(The) agreement requires OPD officers to follow ICE policies and regulations while participating in task force duties" -- without anyone else supposedly knowing about it until much later, clearly there is no effective civilian oversight.

There should be a blanket ban on any OPD personnel entering into ANY agreements or relationships with the Feds whatsoever, without prior public disclosure and approval from the Oakland City Council. And meaningful disciplinary consequences for anyone who violates that policy. Otherwise the cops will just do whatever they want without any outside accountability.

P.S. to the editors -- This is not a pseudonymous comment. Starchild is my actual name.

Posted by Starchild on 06/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Of course they'll threaten to litigate. That's their right. And they'll get knocked down.

When it comes to collecting signatures for a ballot measure, they seem to forget the vast majority of residents are in fact renters and exactly the concerns this measure addresses.

Sorry guys, no easy outs. You want to operate a business, then learn how to do so within the law, else you're just another kind of gangster.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

Congratulations Miliki - your pepe fish head soup - ee de sweet-o! Ben & Sarah

Posted by Ben Wolf 1 on 06/07/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

Isn't this old news? I had breakfast at Miliki months ago and an employee told me then, that the landlord had told them they could stay.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 06/07/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Gee, I'd really hoped that "public safety" had something to do with preventing drive-by shootings, muggings, car jackings and other typical Oakland inconveniences.

Is someone really in charge of "public safety" (whatever that might mean
in Oakland)?

Does Oakland really not have a "public safety" policy which has to do with
the violence and social dysfunction which somehow dominates so much of Oakland?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/06/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “After Giving Oakland Schools Measure G1 Money, District Now Taking It Back — Leaving Principals With Yet Another Deficit

G1 funds are not tied to the Spending Limitations Protocol that was imposed in January. The SLP was imposed because of years of fiscal mismanagement under the new LCFF funding system which brought an average of $40 million dollars a year over previous levels for the last 4 years. The plan to distribute 50% of G1 funds during the upcoming school year is illegal. The mandate clearly states that funding should be collected this fiscal year and distributed, after proposals are approved, in 18-19. Once again, the district is treading on thin ice with its decisions and maybe be crossing over into completely disregarding the law. Please write about that!

Posted by Goyim Circus on 06/06/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Berkeley Looks to Tackle Gender Wage Gap, End Pay Discrimination Against Women

Please be very careful with these statistics. The article says "African-American women are paid 63 cents..." Did you make sure to compare African-American women in the same jobs with the same training and experience as white or asian woman, or versus black men and white men? The devil is in the details for these comparisons.

I believe much of the pay difference between men and women comes from occupation choices, experience, and training. It was good to see the article point out the minimal pay gap for nurses, professors, and teachers. If occupation and education are the dominant factors, regulations to limit salary visibility will do little to reduce the aggregate (all men vs. all women) pay gap.

Posted by Pete Smoot on 06/05/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “DA Files Charges In Ghost Ship Fire, Master Tenant Derick Almena And His No. 2 Max Harris Each Face 39 Years

Actually, mayor Schaaf, slumlords get away with murder in Oakland. Your remark attempts to wave away the fact that the City refused to act on clear information presented to its officials again and again.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/05/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “City of Oakland ‘Bulldozer’ Hit A Homeless Man While He Was Sleeping In A Tent

hi my name is Sarah Menefee and i'm the homeless pages editor for the national independent monthly newspaper The People's Tribine [peoplestribune.org]. I would like to seek permission to use the photograph by Nick Miller showing the bulldozer crushing the encampment. I'm not sure how else to contact the photographer besides this. If somebody could send me better contact information that would be wonderful, to talk about permission and terms.

Posted by Sarah Menefee on 06/05/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

As I said before, HARM reduction is simply a variant on the mantra from the loan officers of the financial crash, IBG-UBG (I be gone, you be gone), AKA kick it down the road for someone else to deal with.

Real adult.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

"Grownups have to make life happen even when wishes don't come true."

Precisely! That's what makes harm reduction the adult approach!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/03/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

Mr Halberstadt, we then share similar backgrounds.

As a born and bred East Bay native, I've seen what NIMBY brings, "get it out of my face" does and HARM reduction's only result is all too often to stop short of real solutions, leaving the wound to continue to fester.

I prefer real solutions. References to fantasy accounts are at best "feel good" substitutes. Why not say instead to pray the problems away? Bah!

Those band-aids all can make breathing room possible, but that room HAS to be used, not become "out of sight, out of mind, it's not a problem". This last has been the history and there is no reason not to believe, the fact going forward.

And this is where you and I fundamentally differ... What is vs what I think it should be.

As I said before Unicorns, Elves, Fairies and money trees are wonderful... For children.

Grownups have to make life happen even when wishes don't come true.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Is the Chief of Police, Anne Kirkpatrick, a direct report to Tim Birch, an "analyst"? I find information on him elsewhere that calls him "Police Services Manager". Accurate? If so, why was he answering questions about agreements signed by the former C.O.P. and making apologies vs the Chief? Why was he even present?

The reason I checked is because I saw other articles on EBX regarding Mr Birch as an IT specialist dealing with communications technology. In that role, he has NO role in police policy so it struck me odd he was responding to policy questions for this commission.

I was under the impression the C.O.P. reported to at a minimum to the city manager, if not the mayor.

Was this "theater" so the commission could say it held a hearing... Withoutthe public realizing it meaningless? Or is this commission so clueless they had no idea he had nothing to do with these policies, if which case the question rises, should these individuals even be at the table? Which Tammany Hall rats appointed them?

And why do I have to ask these questions vs the "award winning" EBX reporters who don't seem to fact check ANYTHING!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

Mr. Ferrell, I have my own experience (with homelessness and substance use); I've left both behind, and I still have a life (one not mired in "recovery") -- no thanks to the practitioners (and often cult-like programs) you celebrate, however well-intentioned they may be. (For an alternate perspective, please read [or view] "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" or "A Scanner Darkly.")

In any event, as I've already noted, any purported solution (regarding mental illness and substance use) is sure to be controversial -- if the implicit issues can ever be settled, and if truly effective and universally accepted 'treatment' even exists.

That's all beside the point, however.

We face an immediate crisis -- specifically involving the street encampments that have recently been mushrooming in our neighborhoods, and the catastrophic depletion and displacement of low-income (and specifically SRO) housing. This is new -- and it's the situation we immediately need to address.

As you yourself acknowledge, at best "some have to work at recovery for years to achieve basic stability." What are we supposed to do in the meantime -- even assuming such an approach is destined ever to have widespread success? Given the urgency of the current situation, let's address the encampments as such, and ameliorate the shortage (and loss) of low-income housing as fully and quickly as is competently possible.

Ironically, we agree on much regarding the political situation that's exacerbated the current problem, and that's kept us from addressing the crisis we face. Unfortunately, the perspective you promote is yet another part of the problem -- contributing to the current self-seeking and paralysis -- rather than a solution.

In that context, everything I've written and proposed here falls clearly and straightforwardly under the rubric of harm reduction -- of addressing the crisis at hand. That's where we need to start.

We may need to focus on the hardest cases later -- if, indeed, they're truly amenable to "professional" interventions, or prove to have any viable solution at all.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/02/2017 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

It's a good thing our Federal Government isn't this inept. Oh. Wait.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/02/2017 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

charlie pine thinks this article is about his suspicion and undocumented claim that 'homeless residents engage in arson attacks, too'

in fact, charlie, this article is about the known fact (not your speculation) that homeless residents HAVE BEEN TARGETED BY ARSON

if you have proof that someone has started a fire, maybe you should provide that . otherwise, keep your speculation to yourself

Posted by demotro polis on 06/02/2017 at 3:45 PM

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