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Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

If this is not the end of Schaaf and Kirkpatrick, then Oakland deserves exactly what it will continue to get; a deepening cesspool of lies & corruption.

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 07/11/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

"Lot's of hate disguised as help comes out of these orgs." You think you can elaborate on this? Show some proof? No. Just another hater of non-profit organizations that are for people in need.
If I worked for one I would have said so.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/11/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

OMG...what a pit of vipers. Schaaf needs to be removed from office as does the Chief of OPD.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/11/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

Well, seems like the new chief is just one of the guys!

Posted by gregory on 07/11/2017 at 10:32 AM
Posted by Bertha Pearl on 07/11/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

Troubling, to say the least. I hope the Police Commission will do their due diligence once they're up and running. We'll need all hands on deck to bring about the long overdue reforms that are needed to earn the community's trust in its police department.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/10/2017 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

OPD has been out the control of city hall for a very long time.

OPD's ongoing problems have been major expressions of a near-totally incompetent and corrupt civic government.

No matter how tough the Federal Court may get with OPD, the Department's problems of ineffectiveness, ethical challenges, low morale, high rate of turnover, inefficiency, high financial cost and deeply-impaired relations with our diverse communities will not improve until there is a whole new crew of electeds in city hall.

Oakland needs real leaders in city hall. That means honest people with brains, with management skills, with a vision for Oakland and with a high level of ethical achievement.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/10/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

OPD needs to be completely dismantled. It's a failed institution. Time to implement community based security by reinventing all that cop cash back into the community. Literally demolish those buildings.

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 07/08/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. Thanks for this further report. The 3 promotions need to be cancelled. In a normal workplace with normal levels of accountability, Holmgren would be gone when it came to light that he was trying to prevent career consequences for the home invasion cops. It is becoming more apparent to me that powerful members of the OPD brotherhood/family are like the too big to jail banks/bank executives---zero consequences except forgiveness and promotion....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/07/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Advice for Meg: take the pile of money you made from the Golden Road sell-out and start a new brewery in Oakland.

Posted by easong on 07/07/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I agree. A full and complete investigation of the Guap case needs to be convened... By authorities outside of the entire Alameda County political/legal structures.

I was reminded by an article elsewhere of recent, past improprieties at the level of the county supervisors and find myself wondering how far up the culture of "cover it up" and denial goes.

When I see pattern of the individual "incidents", I am fascinated that anyone could consider any of this can be adequately investigated by city or county authorities.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. OPD is clearly beyond the control of anyone in the city, up to and including the chief and the mayor, maybe even the judge. This isn't a case of bad apples, budget and personnel shortfalls, unions, or failures of oversight. OPD has turned itself into a sociopathic culture that's beyond redemption. They're so friggin' evil they poison everything they touch.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

Shiesty usually refers to an action that is greedy and/or inconsiderate. When someone is shiesty it means they dont think about others and do things that help ...

Wake up OPD!! Fire all who was involved in the scandal. Why should they benefit from wrong doing? New leadership.

Posted by Baltimore Raven on 07/07/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Last Straws? Several East Bay Governments Aim to Ban the Plastic Foodware.

KoffieStraw is reusable and certified 100% silicone (no BPA and other stuff u can't pronounce and shouldn't put in your mouth)

Posted by Rita Diorio on 07/07/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Lot's of hate disguised as help comes out of these orgs. Do you work for one of them Vince?

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/07/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

Thank you for this wise examination. Although I'm commenting two years later, my personal experience is that too much continues to be true!

And, as bad or quite worse, is the Parking Ticket Racket. Not only will the hold your vehicle hostage by blocking registration, they'll "boot" it and then steal it away from you outright. This is how they MAKE people homeless, slapping them down to the streets... for things like parking briefly on a block that they deserve ALL DAY for a street sweeper to eventually come along (they can't schedule any better than that?) - even if the street sweeping took place successfully.

And parking tickets are curiously sacrosanct... NOT included in such programs. Probably for the obvious reason.

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 07/06/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Mike, you're a real asset to the community, aren't you? Let me guess, you're a landlord and worship Ayn Rand. What a tool.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/06/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “New Oakland Police Sexual Misconduct Case Leads to Discovery of Drugs Stashed in Locker

Should turnOakland's police & fire department over to the county. County operates them more cheaply.

Posted by concern _123 on 07/06/2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Following up on my previous Swanson Report comment
"In November 2015, the City Attorney herself raised concerns with Chief Whent that the alleged officer sexual misconduct regarding Ms. Abuslin

Quoting, Practicing Ethics: CA Handbook for Municipal Lawyers
https://www.cacities.org/practicingethics
F. CITY ATTORNEYS RIGHT TO REPORT MATTERS
UP THE HIERARCHY
When a city attorney learns that the conduct of a city official
or employee is or may be a violation of law that may be
reasonably imputed to the organization or is likely to
result in substantial injury to the organization, State Bar
rules expressly authorize the city attorney to take the matter
to the highest internal authority within the organization.

your report clearly states that OCA Parker either, kept this secret between herself and Chief Whent, thus ethically failing to notify anyone else [ie Schaaf or Landreth], or was never questions by investigators, on who she actually told before March 2016, when Libby, Landreth and Monitor "claim" to have found out. These claims are in contradiction to the email chains EBX reported going to OCA and Landreth's office by civilian police representatives, prior to March 2016. Reasonable community people are finding it harder and harder to believe the Administration's March reveal date...may be letting Whent retire instead of being fired, was the administration's inside hush deal

Posted by Saleem on 07/03/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Saying goodbye to causa justa and urban habitat are good first steps!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/03/2017 at 9:43 AM

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