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Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

Are you kidding me? Lets follow the facts: Kim commits a violent armed robbery. But thats not all. He is here illegally and then goes on to commit other crimes like possessing stolen property. David Jones had to cope with stress and had FOUR DUIs while here illegally. Are you kidding me? He could have killed someone. And then, the last sad victim of this story is Smith, who, guess what, committed a crime while here illegally too, Domestic Violence! What am I missing? If the Probation Chief and the Sheriffs Office didnt hand them immediately to ICE they would be guilty of incompetence. The Public Defender cannot possibly defend this nonsense. Maybe the author is hoping to win a Pulitzer prize on this ridiculous article. The only thing he proved is that the Trump Administration needs to bring the hammer down hard and now. You provided three great examples of why!

Posted by E. Cox on 01/10/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

@Anthony Moore Who cares where he filmed the video -- it glorifies reckless driving and promoted "hyphy" as an Oakland cultural expression, on our streets where we have to drive, too. It was especially shameful that Youth UpRising steered impressionable youth the wrong way when YU put its members into that video. But then, E-40 lives in a gated development in Danville.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/10/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

@Charlie Pine... I think the video you are referring to was filmed on a closed lot at the old 7th Street Train station.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 01/10/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

"bosses get complementary everything" - In literate accounts, they get everything complimentary.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/06/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

Great read! I appreciate your intertwined game and journalism writing style.

Posted by Yasmin Rodiño on 01/06/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

Omitted from this puff piece: Youth Uprising, a City-sponsored agency, brokered its youth members to E-40 for a rap video that praised reckless driving on Oakland streets ("hyphy").

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/05/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

thanks for letting me know you "giggled" while interviewing a subject. now I know how seriously to take you. tee hee.

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 01/05/2017 at 8:31 AM
Posted by dugnang on 01/04/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “The High Costs of Outsourcing Police

In the mist of all the problems. Oakland safe street has become a haven for gang stalking. The residents its supposed to protect from these thugs.

Posted by Wilkens Owens III on 12/27/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Mr. Eroster, as I'm sure someone as educated and worldly as you knows, painting people whom you don't know personally with such a broad and belittling brush is not often helpful nor true. Brings to mind "stereotype" and "inflammatory". What change are you hoping to impart by your words? Pointing out the problem is easy, but to suggest realistic solutions? That would be genius and that's what the world and Oakland need now more than ever.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 12/26/2016 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

When a fire chief assertively states that the department does not inspect vacant buildings then you know she is grossly incompetent. Vacant warehouses catch fire on a regular basis. Maybe that's their plan. Urban renewal by strategic fire to remove vacant warehouses. The Ghost Ship warehouse and that block of property is on an Oakland city planning proposal for commercial development. (SF Chronicle)
Maybe the Oakland city government could benefit from a federal investigation for civil rights violations of those killed due to deliberate negligence. The city officials are certainly concealing evidence.

Posted by Glen Mayne on 12/25/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

I read "of" a genuine miracle. Pardon my typo.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Oh, they're not just deified but saints and martyrs...crucified upon a cross of rising Oakland housing costs...let us give them all saintly names and titles!

Our Lady Of Not Born A Lady But Don't You Dare Mis-Gender Her.

Saint Francis Of Two Turntables And A Microphone, patron saint of all who have no known day job but somehow can party right before college finals.

Blessed And Holy Infant Of Infantile Lifestyle Habits.

Just yesterday I read if a genuine miracle as writing appeared on a wall!!!

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Got to give EBX full props for talking out of both sides of it's figurative neck...

"Breaking the Law

Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney either thinks she's above the law, or she's so disorganized she can't even comply with her own city's rules."

And at the same time deifying the arts community for the same behavior.

You can't make this up!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Can you provide a link to an article with the facts you are citing?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Chief Reed was hired by her former BFF, ex-Oakland city administrator Deana Santana, who later apologized to the OFD for hiring her. How in the heck does one earn the enmity of just about every member of the OFD, too. She simply doesn't to care about the OFD, and she does not know anything about being a fire chief and thus the de-facto leader of the OFD. Fact is if Chief Reed weren't a black woman, she would have been fired a long time ago. So much for "diversity." I'd take Trump over her any day.
Keyser Soze.

Posted by Keyser Soze on 12/19/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Fine. Give us a link to the second-in-command's resume and let's all look at his "stuff" too. What kind of stuff?

Benevolent Fire Department Committee For Expressive Art To Promote Progressive Values...Committee To Stamp Out Sexist Posters In Fire Hall Gear Lockers...

What kind of dumb "stuff" are you talking about on the second-in-command's resume? More of that politically correct crap?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/17/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Blame Jerry Brown's ballot Measure X changing the politics in Oakland to a strong mayor type of government vs a strong council/city manager. The citizens voted it in. And being a retired firefighter, I know so many upper management chief positions held by chiefs with online degrees and lots of them are fire chiefs. I wander what Chief Hoffman's resume says. I also wander why the fire station that was a couple blocks away never did any area familiarization to know what was in their first due area. This building certainly would have been on a "let's go pre-plan this building" list. So yes, the buck stops with the fire chief but there's blame to go around throughout the department and Reed's resume is just like most fire chiefs with a bunch of "stuff". Also being a fire inspector in Oakland as recent as summer 2015, there isn't enough inspectors for a city that size, they are the lowest paid in the Bay Area so folks leave for better pay, they are not sworn (civilianized) and are in a totally different union than the firefighters which is something the union gave up years ago and has created a obvious rift between BFP and the union because there is NO relationship. So the feeling IS that the bureau of fire prevention is the red headed step child of the fire department and has major problems (why I left). So we will hear the union go after Chief Reed and protect their own even though the union is just as much at fault. Having been in a firefighter union I know the attitudes the line guys have when it comes to certain jobs like pre-planning. They'd rather sit in the fire stations until that bell rings. So the finger pointing is in high gear, so high that we are analyzing a fire chiefs resume. Well don't stop with hers, let's see her second in commands resume. He's in bed with the union anyway and I'm sure that he can't wait till Reed is gone so he can get the spot and put his union cronies in position. That's what happens at the top. Real talk.

Posted by Kaytux on 12/17/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Let's get rid of this ineffectual, unqualified fire chief already. Surely we can afford to fully staff the fire department/fire marshall's office if we are throwing money at a sports team? Where are people's priorities? I'm inclined to agree with the commenter who said we need to return to the strong city manager/weak mayor form of government, because no Oakland mayor since Jerry Brown has been any good. SOMEONE needs to clean up the corruption and put the money where it will do the most good, and that someone is not likely to be a politician.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 12/14/2016 at 8:57 PM

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