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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Apprehension

Re: “A Gun on a Train

During the last gas crisis, San Francisco had the highest reported cases of Theft, Larceny, and Auto Theft (1974 encyclopedia brittannica)

Posted by John L Foster on 06/21/2008 at 1:55 PM

Re: “A Gun on a Train

There is a worldwide heroin shortage this year, be prepared for the worst.

Posted by John L Foster on 06/21/2008 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Knock, Knock — Beware!

Who needs a trampoline, Berkeley teens caught screwing in my neighbor's driveway last week around 4pm. Real nice and neighborly.

Posted by laura on 06/06/2008 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Home to Roost

Screw multiculturalism. If it's wrong, it's wrong-- regardless of who does it or their culture. Cockfighting in my so-called culture is nothing but the cowardly act of overgrown boys and their pitiless bloodlust. It's just like female genital mutilation in Africa. Forget about it being traditional, remember that it's WRONG!!!

Posted by Manuel De Piedra on 01/26/2008 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Research and Destroy

I can't tell from this story who the NBA basketball guy is- the taxi driver or the fare scafflaw! Why would somebody with a lot of money quibble over the fare? Especially if he's wanted. On the other hand if he's gone through his money through the hole in his nose, I guess he could be driving a cab.

Posted by judi sierra on 01/20/2008 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Does Crime Create Conservatives?

So did the kids on the AC Transit bus have handguns or not? The story doesn't say whether any of the three who were arrested were armed, or even charged. If they were, in fact, "packing," were they carrying firearms or airsoft pistols? Were you afraid the facts would wreck your nice little narrative?

Posted by The dude on 01/12/2008 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Does Crime Create Conservatives?

OK. This we all know.

Basically this article is nothing more than a series of stories.
It does not even contain any statistical information.

How about some of the article about what is happening in law enforcement? Social services? School truancy? Funding for youth programs? Parole education? In-jail reintegration programs? Jobs? and ...

Yeah, other than relating a string of events that make a catchy read, what is the article telling us? Are these crimes even representative of what is going on or are they the interesting exceptions?

This is not information. It is story telling.


Posted by Don Macleay on 01/11/2008 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Rite in Front of My Face


Here is the report of the Nomad break in as it appeared on our neighborhood email group:

The perp is male, black, approx. 6', 175 lbs., wearing a dark, heavy jacket with the standard-issue long white thug t-shirt underneath, blue jeans, sneakers, and a light or white winter beanie, which is probably the most distinguishing feature. Unknown how long his hair was under the beanie, but definitely not extremely long or dreds; probably short hair. a few days' or a weeks' worth of a mustache on the upper lip, just covering the incisis fossa, almost like a Hitler mustache. He had a full upper lip (fuller than the lower, which was also full).

Here is the report of the Nomad break in as it appeared in your article:

Caught on video, the perp wore "the standard-issue long white thug T-shirt," Waters reports, "and a light or white winter beanie," with a light mustache "just covering the incisis fossa, almost like a Hitler mustache."

Is it the policy of the newspaper to withhold the full description of criminals, including their race, or is this the author's option? In either event, what is the rationale?

A quick review of your work as shown on the website suggests that this is a pattern.

66th Street

Posted by Sherman on 01/05/2008 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Rite in Front of My Face

For months I have tried to understand what benefit this weekly column serves... It's a police blotter with personality(?). And while Rufus proposes no strategies of her own to counter violence or crime in Oakland, she repeatedly seems to enjoy ridiculing the legitimate efforts of City departments and community groups.

Posted by Michael J. Hunt on 01/02/2008 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The Young and the Restless

It's really a shame that this article was presented in such a biased direction. As an attendee of the conference, and youth advocate that works with youth on probation, it is very easy to see that Anneli Rufus is clearly uneducated about what is going on within the juvenile justice system and why there is such a huge cry for reformation.

You failed to mention much of what Bernadine Dohrn had to say about injustice, inequality and its effects on how minority youth are treated. Do you remember her talking about the four young men in New York City who were incarcerated for a total of 40 years for a brutal rape and murder that they did not commit? Did you not listen to how that crime alone spread through the media like wildfire, igniting knee-jerk arrest and prosecution of youth. Obviously, you didn't. Obviously you missed out on why the California Youth Authority has been renamed, staff have been removed and replaced due to the numerous reports of abuse of inmates by guards. You also failed to mention the reports that showed that upper-class white youth do and sell more drugs than low-income, at-risk, minority youth, but fall off of the radar because their families have enough money to send them to quality programs and therapy that help the youth, while the police are not looking for them and are heavily concentrated in low-income communities.

You didn't go to the discussion on youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. The majority of the youth have a documented disability that is not being recognized by courts and not being treated by the system. It was also shown, at the very same conference, that there are therapuetic measures that have been known to keep youth from re-offending but those measures, for some odd reason, continually do not get funded by our state officials.

Reality bites. White Supremacy, injustice in the justice system, unfair and unequal treatment are realities of what low-income people, not only juveniles, have to face everyday. One of my youth came in with a huge scar on his face yesterday ... thrown down on the street by a police officer ... then let go. Another hasn't returned after being pepper-sprayed and choked after his not following the officers orders to put out his cigarrette. He and that same officer have had multiple run-ins. Another was handcuffed, harrassed ... "where are the drugs? where are the guns?" ... uncuffed then let go.

Is there crime? Oh yes. There is enough crime to go around. From the White House all the way down into the grimiest corners of the ghetto. Crime can be seen as a mirror of injustice. Injustice causes stress. Stress causes a lot of diseases, internal and external, that our society has to learn to manage and deal with. It has been proven that the punishment model does not work; It makes more criminals. Restorative Justice is a form of justice that teaches youth to take responsibility for their actions while at the same time involving them in retribution activities - not just sitting in a small cell developing anger and hatred. But, obviously, as this was not in your article - you missed that point to.

The United States needs reform. Plain and simple. From the top to the bottom. It is clear that our old models are ineffective. Something has to change when heads of states can get away with crimes and the youth can't; when others slide out of the grasp of justice, while others live injustice. Pointing out crimes, and punishing those crimes is pointless ... reform is the movement. Without reform we continue down the same path that we have been on for centruries.

That path ends violently - as war is evidence of the fact.

Posted by Brandon on 11/30/2007 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Same Bat Channel

What in the heck is going on at Berkeley High if young thugs walk around carrying baseball bats? Is beating and robbing a Berkeley sport? Ipod robberies are common in Berkeley and on a recent national TV program, we saw Berkeley High students steal an Ipod off the dash of a car in the front of Berkeley High. The TV program followed the student to his home in Hercules of all places. We learned that the same Berkeley High student had then had his stolen Ipod stolen from his Berkely High locker: Poetic Justice. I believe that Berkeley High administrators and parents who look the other way at out of district kids attending Berkeley High are sending a message to kids that it is OK to lie to get what you want. Too many of the kids think it is also OK to beat and rob to get what they want. Robin Wright

Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2007 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Suffer the Little Children

I'm so glad someone finally said this. We over here in San Francisco had to deal with her inept office for some time, and we have major crime increases to show for it. The mayor finally fired her quietly, and now Oakland is paying the price. Best of luck to you all; keep taking her to task. I wish SF had done what you are doing sooner. It might have saved some lives. Some of us liberals have got to realize that inner city crime doesn't just "penalize" poor folk who commit the crimes; it victimizes the law-abiding poor folk, too.

Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2007 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Suffer the Little Children

Next time you serve a few months incarcerated, miss, you tell us how foolish it is to have an inmate family advocate handle prison reform. Or the next time you go on visiting day and see the children sobbing as they're lead away by effectively single moms, married to small-time criminals guilty of nonviolent and often first-time crimes (mostly drug related). Then again, if you're a virtual (?) shill for the Prison Guard Union of California, or the Reagan era incepted and SO effective War on Drugs, well, you'd write basically what you have, here. A piece that has all the social insight and investigative reporting of an episode of COPS.

Posted by Anonymous on 09/25/2007 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Suffer the Little Children

What a waste of paper and ink. Does the author have a point, or is this just bit of personal whining about social activism, set against a litany of sensationalist crime reporting. Does the author mean to imply a correlation? By standard fear mongering yellow journalisn techniques, she is doing just that. It is sad to see the east bay excess live up to it's reputation of racing the SF Chron to the bottom. Remember people, the fear mongering and lies are the preferred methods of extremists. Be very careful before accepting such writings as reliable or truthfull.

Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2007 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Suffer the Little Children

"clung on for a block" This is a glass half-full/half-empty scenario. Another take would be that Mr. 22-Gallon-Gas-Tank drove with a person on their hood for a block, refusing to allow the person to safely dismount. If this chasee hadn't un-clung after a block, presumably at the next stop sign or light, how far would Mr. Truck have driven with this scary (presumably dark-skinned) person on his hood?

Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2007 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Murky Waters

I love you Carlos and I miss you.... This is unbelievable....

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/15/2007 at 10:38 PM

Re: “DIY Dough

have those guys been released on bail yet? i think there must be tens of people doing this. half of west oakland lives under the povery line. and rockridge/temescal is a rich(er), attractive target. time to buy guns. and build businesses in west oakland.

Posted by Anonymous on 07/20/2007 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Funny Business

I have a great deal of empathy for Robin Wright of the Lorin District Neighborhood Assn. when she says the Berkeley City Council is concerned about the poor drug dealers, but has no understanding of what she and her family and neighbors are going through. I live in the San Antonio area of Oakland have had the very same experience with the Oakland City Council. They have tons of compassion for every criminal in Oakland, but when I tell them our car has been broken into FIVE times in the last year and our insurance agent won't even take our calls anymore they just yawn. Last time our car was broken into they stole my husband's handicapped placard....more yawns. Why is it that none of our representatives pay the slightest attention to us? We are law abiding, tax paying homeowners, we deserve better. Seems like it's time for a regime change in Berkeley and Oakland. Mary Becker San Antonio Hills Neighborhood Assn.

Posted by Anonymous on 07/18/2007 at 8:24 PM

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