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Re: “Enough with the Environmentally Regressive Policies

The recent actions by the CPUC are not as nonsensical as Mr. Gammon suggests. The change in rate structure to 2, instead of the previous 4, tiers was mandated by AB 237 enacted in 2013 because the original setting of 4 tiers instituted in 2001 to discourage waste by levying much higher charges on high users did not promote conservation and, in fact, resulted in low use customers being subsidized by high use customers. The complexity of setting fair rates and also fostering desirable behavior is compounded by the need to compensate utilities for maintaining their infrastructure by levying a fixed charge irrespective of use and the discounting of rates by law for ratepayers with incomes twice the poverty level or lower. Technological changes such as solar energy competing with fossil fuels also bedevil rate-setters, as does lack of appropriate data to evaluate possible rate formats. The rates in question apply to 3 investor owned utilities (including PG&E), none of which is empowered to decide rates although their opinions are heard, as are those of ratepayers. Also, the changes in rate structure should not affect the amount of revenue collected by the utilities. Is it any wonder that social unrest results when we lack all the facts?

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 07/15/2015 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Enough with the Environmentally Regressive Policies

"In the case of Oakland, part of the problem apparently can be chalked up to incompetence. "

The name of the game in Oakland with regard to so many civic issues. The degree of incompetence, and the overall toleration of it, is beyond comprehension.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Talk about missing the point. This whole national conversation (including the ones above) is absurd, just look at the facts. A vagrant, looser picks up a pile of clothes on the pier. A gun in the pile of clothes goes off and hits a woman walking with her dad on the pier. The "shooter" did not know her, did not try to rob or even acknowledge her or her dad. End of story. How does this qualify as an example of immigrant crime? Anybody could have picked up the clothes and had the same result. This would never ever be a national story without loudmouth Donald Trump trying to amplify his racist hate Mexican immigration agenda and the fact that the victim was a little blonde girl. Yes, I said it. American national media seems to be convinced that the only crime victims that merit national attention are ones involving little blonde girls. If this girl were black or "other" or even a dark haired white girl, it never would have blown up nationally the way it did. Fox news can't wait to run any story involving a little blonde girl. If you think I am being extreme, check out their continuous lineup of glazed over blonde bimbos on air every day. Black and brown girls are kidnapped, raped and assaulted all over the country every day and the only ones the national media seems to care about are the blonde ones. It is truly shameful and nobody seems to want to be honest about it.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 07/14/2015 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Business as Usual in Oakland City Hall

Measure X needs to be repealed. While Jerry Brown may have had the background and experience to run a city, those who have followed in the Mayors office (Dellums, Quan, Schaaf) clearly have not. I am not attacking Schaaf, but she illustrates the problem that Measure X created. Whatever your background, it only takes a majority of about 30% of the population who vote to win a Mayoral election. That is clearly not a mandate. Additionally, winning the Mayor race does not in any way mean that you are qualified or have the experience to run a city. Schaaf illustrates the problem on all levels. She has made poor decisions in trying to solve issues she has faced early in her term. She has not acted based on experience or training, only emotion. She has apparently relied on bad advice from interim and newly hired staff in the administrators office. The cumulative experience of all involved seems to be the City of Emeryville. When did Emeryville become the panacea of municipal government in action? It is not. All she has done is hired inexperienced friends who are more concerned with their salaries and her image and who she is not afraid to be candid with about her lack of ability to truly lead this city. I do not believe that after a national recruitment for an administrator and no recruitment for several other top positions, the best candidates in the pool all come from Emeryville. How do you in good faith ignore the advice of the City Attorney and proceed with light speed to make a backroom deal to sell public land for a project that the citizens strongly oppose and that violates the law. How in her mind could that ever end well? City Hall has become a place where it is more important to have friends than it is to be a qualified, experienced professional public servant. Measure X needs to go. A City Council/City Manager form of government is how Oakland should be structured. The Council can set policy and the City Manager can run the day to day business of the city without the Mayor in the way. This system will get Oakland better staff in leadership positions and provide the structural checks and balances that are necessary in a complex city like Oakland.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/12/2015 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

The most violent states in the union are Republican strongholds: Alaska, New Mexico, Nevada, and Tennessee.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 07/10/2015 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

I agree in general about your analysis of crime and illegal immigration...in general.

The problem you need to address is in the specifics: a guy who should never have been here (US or SF) killed someone.

What is overlooked is that SF seems to be filled with incompetent bureaucrats. We don't even get to any failures of SF or federal immigration rules because of the massive ineptitude of how this was handled, and it cuts close to a problem SF apparently wants to overlook: the mere existence of an ancient warrant for a bullshit crime.

As a lawyer I know EXACTLY why the DA would not prosecute that crime: it's because the dude's speedy trial rights had been violated. It's not a close case. So, why the F did SF have a warrant out for a completely unenforceable crime? why pay to transport the guy here? Even in Trumpville USA, without ANY sanctuary laws, it was idiocy to put a detainer on the guy and bring him here...only to dismiss charges.

Unfortunately, this shit happens all the time. Like overdue fines, broken windows "crimes" and other nonsense, garbage warrants like these (often issued in absentia against folks who've been deported after FTAs, BTW) are a means the criminal justice system uses to justify itself, screw poor people, and keep certain classes on a leash or incarcerated beyond any usefulness. THAT's the big issue here; that warrant could've precipitated this even if he was in custody on something besides an immigration detainer.

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Posted by Ambierce Brose on 07/09/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

To add to my previous comment, when you take your absurdly biased, indoctrinated glasses off, read some ACTUAL statistics from ACTUAL unbiased sources (e.g. government stats from the FBI, DHS, any news sources that isn't "superliberalbias.org" like your one above, etc.) about ONLY ILLEGAL immigrants, not your ridiculous, false, misleading wrong inferences (both factually and morally). There are almost too many stats/articles to cite:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/30/illegal-immigrants-released-custody-committed-1000/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement#Investigative_programs

And finally, you're still completely MISSING the main point, which is that ANY additional crime should have never happened to begin with! Let's just say for the sake of argument that all ILLEGAL immigrants commit crime at HALF the rate of US citizens (which they don't). It STILL wouldn't matter. Seriously, think about what you're saying: "Hey, US citizens in total committed 1,000 murders last year. So if we let in ILLEGAL immigrants, and they 'only' committed 999 ADDITIONAL murders in the US, well then let em all in! All is fine and dandy! We'd rather have 1,999 murders than 1,000! But if it was 2,001 murders instead, where illegal immigrants were responsible for 1,001 of those, THEN we might have a problem." SMH. The total lack of any logic or rational thought is stunning.

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Posted by Michael Fernandez on 07/09/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Robert, I'm sorry, but it's clear that you are absolutely hopeless. Where do I begin? First, you use an absurdly BIASED source in "www.immigrationpolicy.org." Are you serious??

Second, you (via your biased site) putting "unlawful entry" in quotes just proves how blindingly biased you are, and how you obviously want open borders. "Unlawful entry" is unlawful, whether you put it in quotes or not--ie it's against the law! Don't like it? Then vote for politicians who also want open borders like you, or move to a country that already has an open border policy (and oh btw, FEW countries are as lax as the US--including not only places like Europe, but also, ironically, Mexico and other Latin American countries, despite how people like you assert that somehow the US is so brutal and unforgiving with immigration policy).

Second, that point is completely IRRELEVANT anyway. Again, it's baffling that you somehow don't even understand your own premise, let alone make a cogent argument about the issue.

As for your second point, as others have already stated, you conveniently GROUP in all of the LEGAL immigrants ("foreign born) with all of the ILLEGAL immigrants. I don't contest the stats about ALL legal foreign nationals. What's beyond ridiculous is how you then jump to falsely infer a bogus "conclusion" that "therefore all ILLEGAL immigrants aren't committing crimes." Are you kidding me? Is this a joke to you? Where did you go to school? Do you not have any sense of logic whatsoever? Do you just enjoy making misleading and false arguments that can be dismantled by anyone who actually thinks?

Speaking of, sadly you're far from the only liberal doing this nonsense--and in the process deliberately misleading people--despite the fact that NO ONE here has any issues with legal immigrants, including my own grandparents who came here LEGALLY.

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Posted by Michael Fernandez on 07/09/2015 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Crime is at it's lowest. Really? Wonder why every house in my middle class Hayward neighborhood has an alarm system installed, including mine after I getting robbed a dozen years ago?

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Posted by Donald Sandri 1 on 07/08/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Paul Bosko and Michael Fernandez,

According to research compiled by the Immigration Policy Center, the reason that there is a disparate percentage of undocumented immigrants in federal prison is because they've been prosecuted for immigration violations -- not violent crime:

"Many of the immigrants in federal prison are being criminally charged with an immigration violation and nothing more. In other words, they may be in federal prison even though they have not committed a violent crime or even a property crime. Their only crime might be entering the country without permission. The federal government has chosen to prosecute more and more unauthorized immigrants for “unlawful entry” rather than simply deporting them, which means that they end up in federal prison."

http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-fact…

In addition, according to the California Public Policy Institute, the incarceration rate for foreign born people in the state is far lower (less than half) than that of native-born citizens. Same link as above.

Again, there's no evidence that undocumented immigrants are committing violent crimes at a higher rate than US-born citizens. In fact, the opposite is true.

Once more from the Immigration Policy Center (same link as above):

"[I]mmigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the undocumented, regardless of their country of origin or level of education."

Here's an NBC story on the same issue:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Despite-Rhetoric-in-Francisco-Sanchez-Pier-14-Case-Immigrants-Do-Not-Commit-More-Crimes-Immigrant-Center-312581171.html

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 07/08/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

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Posted by Editor on 07/08/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

The Liberal Agenda full speed Ahead Despicable bunch of Snakes and a beautiful young lady murdered for not doing your job !!!!

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Posted by Robert Niles on 07/08/2015 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Immigration has nothing to do with crime??? Maybe you should look at some better data next time. Every statistic you mention fails break down to legal and illegal so they are totally useless in trying to make your point. This is extremely poor journalism. Here is some government data that sheds a different light on the situation.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that 26.4 percent of inmates in federal prisons are non-U.S. citizens. Non-citizens are 8.6 percent of the nation’s adult population.

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Posted by Paul Bosko on 07/08/2015 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

This "reporter" is completely clueless. How incredibly idiotic do you need to not even understand the premise correctly? Hint: You don't point to TOTAL crime statistics going down as a way to "prove" that illegal immigration isn't a problem. Read this very slowly so it actually registers: The MURDERER in this case should have never BEEN here in the first place.
In other words, if there were 100 murders all by US citizens last year, and then there were 95 murders this year, but 80 of those murders were by illegal immigrants, you don't say "HEY! Success! Illegal immigration has nothing to do with it because total murders went down!" WRONG, fool, it had to do with 80 of the murders, and if disgraces like you would wake up you would realize there WAS an easy way to prevent 80 murders and the actual number would have been 15. It's shocking how ignorant and absurdly illogical this writer is.

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Posted by Michael Fernandez on 07/08/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

another democrat led city trying desperately to flush itself down the toilet. take a close look at mexico...it is a corrupt, crime ridden slum. do you really want to embrace these people, especially the ones that THE VERY FIRST THING THEY DO is break federal law? how are you helping US citizens living in this city be welcoming lawbreakers? it really is no wonder the top 10 most dangerous cities in America all have dimwitocrat mayors.... and they keep getting re-elected.

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Posted by Pete Antonucci on 07/08/2015 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

So if crime is at its lowest in five decades how come states like California and the Federal Govt keep yelling and screaming about "GUN CONTROL" and constantly attacking my and your second amendment right to keep and bear arms? All of a sudden violent crime is at an all time low ? NO it has been all along but that does not fit with their agenda of disarming American citizens so they can exercise total control over us when the time is right.

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Posted by C.t. Garnett on 07/08/2015 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

wow this reporter is clueless here are some recent facts http://renewtheamericandream.blogspot.com/

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Posted by Gina Dixon on 07/08/2015 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Sorry Left Progressive Rag, it most certainly is, that is why all countries have laws concerning these things. Anyone in trouble in their own country, if given the opportunity to start over somewhere else would jump on it. Criminals have something to gain entering into a country where no one knows them. If you insist on calling them immigrants could you please put ILLEGAL in front of it, because if they were not criminal before they come. They are now because they broke the law by entering unlawfully.

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Posted by Cherie jay on 07/08/2015 at 4:47 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Sorry, Left Leaning Progressive Rag! It most certainly does, THAT IS WHY we have laws concerning these things.

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Posted by Cherie jay on 07/08/2015 at 4:44 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Immigrant: n. A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another.

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Posted by Claudine Marie Elizabeth Jones on 07/07/2015 at 10:38 PM

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