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Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

This looks like a major improvement. I'd love to see something similar done at the mid-block crosswalk on Lake Park Avenue.

Posted by Ken Katz on 10/11/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

I think it's a good idea.

Posted by Monica Ruiz on 10/07/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Two sides to a coin here. On one side, helping these folks with sanitary facilities, better shelter, etc. makes good humanitarian sense. Great!

On the other side of the coin, the blight of these encampants is destructive to the safety of the community, the willingness of people to conduct business nearby as well as property values for those that are not homeless. These actions make Oakland an attractive haven for the homeless which will only grow the population and put us in a death spiral.

One solution to consider is for the City Council members to locate these homeless encampments in their front yards. They will be providing the space for a compassionate solution and ensure the encampments are dispersed throughout the city and not become little ghettos in areas that will be invetiably destined to be "out of sight, out of mind."

And, of course, the members of the Council will experience first hand, the social, safety and economic impact of fostering the growth and development of these encampments. They will "live in the shoes" of the merchants and citizens that live nearby and they can even move in to the encampments.

A total 360!

Posted by Michael Good on 10/07/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

I'll just say it's all Band-Aids! We were all living in affordable housing as OAkland residents. But that affordable apartment from 1999 is now in an unaffordable apartment because in 99 it was $700 and now it's $4000. This whole concept of building affordable housing because we all got kicked out of our homes is ridiculous. I would've rather kept my home and had a newcomers build her own fucking condos in Brooklyn Basin. In 1999 the city Council didn't know who owned the empty property is in downtown Oakland. Oaklanders couldn't even open up a shop in downtown Oakland. Then somehow magically all of a sudden the business improvement District's in the city created opportunities for people outside Oakland. But then again we all know what this is called!

Posted by Brian Drayton on 10/07/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Do we need more gov't housing in Oakland? Is no one concerned about incentivising homelessness? Are there routes for these people to pull themselves out of homelessness in Oakland? If so, why isn't there more focus on this as a long-term solution vs the "give a man a fish" scenario?

Posted by philmo55 on 10/06/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Cases Against Police Officers Who Sexually Exploited Underage Girl Known as Celeste Guap Fall Apart

There is plenty of evidence to charge them. Lets reflect once the cat was out of the bag, Richmond PD accessed victims compensation and had Celeste send all the way to a rehab in FL, where the rehab worker illegally tried to restrain her and inject her with something,and when Celeste bit the guy in self-defense, they threw her in Martin County jail with a 300k bond. Within hours O Malloy told the media that she couldn't prosecute the cops without a witness, and who knows how long she would be held on these major felony charges. SEX WORKERS rallied around Celeste and raised teh money for an attorney and she was out of the jail and back in Oakland in 10 days. The prosecutors have tons of text messages where the cops admitted that they were paying her, running background checks and providing her info on upcoming stings. Why would they need the victim to testify with all this EVIDENCE, and the counter in that the cops held a secret award ceremony. Now usually trafficking victims are threatened with arrest if they refuse to testify, but when it comes to holding predatory cops accountable, they get probation and get to remain on the force, so they can exploit more women. The city of Oakland would not have settled for 1 million dollars if there was no evidence. https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oak…

Posted by Bella Robinson on 10/06/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Well, we could just arrest these people, but that is not going to clean up the gutters, or your sidewalk in front of your doorway, giving them porta potties, and washing stations is the proper action to take. Thank god we are'nt haveing a break out of hepititus A, like they are in san diego? In fact since the porta potties, and the wash stations have been delivered, along with trash cans and scheduled pick up, i have'nt noticed anyone urinate or defacat in my doorway anymore, and it was happening daily, sometimes walking up to see it in action, all summer long. So thank you cal trans, and thank you oakland residents for your help with building materials, and thank you volunteers for your help with construction. Encouragement and positive reinforcement is the way to go! Work with the situation, dont lock it up, push it away. The fact of the matter is the world is overpopulated! Multiplication, plain and simple. Long live the arts!

Posted by Guadalupe Saldivar on 10/06/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

For the past few years the mayor refused to acknowledge there was a problem. No one on the council, as far as I know, has spoken up. One, McElhaney, whose district has the huge encampment at 27th and Northgate actually seems to want to encourage expansion and doesn't recognize that besides being addicts - many belong in mental facilities.
Yesterday, one woman was sitting totaling naked, on sidewalk across the street from a 45 unit condo bldg. at 24th and Telegraph trying to light a campfire at about 9AM. A couple weeks she tried the same thing in a doorway to our bldg. Imagine what could have happened if she had been successful. This time we called police. One cop said they can't arrest these people because they have been instructed that "being homeless is not a crime". Of course a lot of these people DO VIOLATE city codes by depositing urine and feces in doorways. Camping in doorways is also illegal.

Posted by michael thaler on 10/05/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Cases Against Police Officers Who Sexually Exploited Underage Girl Known as Celeste Guap Fall Apart

Judges doing their jobs and seeing past the media hype and BS. The only exploitation in this case was done by the East Bay Express Darwin Bond Graham and Ali Winston. Shame on you for your false reporting and over hyping this case. Several good officers had their careers ruined based on one sided statements by the alleged victim. Nancy O'Malley should be ashamed of herself, no evidence to charge these officers. Vote Nancy O'Malley out!

Posted by Daffy_Duck on 10/05/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Is whining about whining actually just whining?

The problem in Memphis has no relationship to the problem in Oakland.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/05/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Cases Against Police Officers Who Sexually Exploited Underage Girl Known as Celeste Guap Fall Apart

OPD serve and protect only themselves. And Oakland City Government are culpable.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/05/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Come on Hobart! Can we find a way to deal with the blight that goes with the camps? Memphis has seemingly found a way:

http://prospect.org/article/battling-bligh…

Oh, wait... That means people actually DOING something instead of whining and waiting for it to be done for them, then whining more that it wasn't done they way they wanted.

BAH!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/05/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Great article Darwin. One correction: we didnt use scrap materials. We used brand new materials bought by residents of oakland. And the frames were constructed from pallet spots.

Posted by Maowunyo de Asis on 10/04/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

All these NIMBYS are the reason Oakland lacks opportunities for the poor and working class. They oppose all construction unless it's "affordable housing" which they think Oakland has the means to build them. They claim to be activists for the poor, but in realty they suppress the poor and POC from opportunities. As a person of color, stay the eff away so called "activists." You think you're helping us, but you're doing us more harm than good.

Posted by Jay78 on 10/04/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

It will be painful to watch as the City throws roadblock after roadblock in the way of allowing any community group to set up a safe haven sanctioned encampment.

Nonetheless, the seed that has been planted - involving the community to make life easier for the homeless - will not die. It may take more evictions and more interminable Council mtgs, but I think the common sense of this approach and the vastness of the problem will eventually make it happen.

Posted by JP Massar on 10/04/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Schaaf: "The long-term plan is to get more affordable housing onto the market ASAP."

Uh huh. How many years is ASAP? Five, ten? "Affordable" means, what?, under $100k annual income?

More housing means more infrastructure to support that housing. Infrastructure like transportation for a region with gridlocked freeways and inadequate, over-capacity, under-maintained public transit.

C'mon Schaaf make a tiny effort to tell it like it really is.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/04/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Help cover up repeated sexual abuse by cops and get a promotion.

Law enforcement is held to lower standards.

Posted by Jason Keyes on 10/04/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Environmentalists Sue the State Over Spike in Whale Entanglements in Crab Fishing Gear

Animals cannot speak. But that doesn't mean they cannot feel. I hope people come into their senses and stop this madness before it's too late.

Posted by AndyBarns on 10/04/2017 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Racial profiling is a good test of ideology. If police stop Blacks more often than their proportion of the city population, is that evidence of racial profiling? No. Now watch this video of a double laptop theft at a Starbucks in Alameda. If you soon thought it was reasonable for employees and customers to be suspicious, was that racial profiling? No - suspicion is not conclusion.
https://www.facebook.com/AlamedaPD/videos/…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/03/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Judge Orrick's decision shows how low are his low expectations for OPD.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/03/2017 at 2:40 AM

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