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Re: “Federal Judge Rules Against Oakland, Allows Coal Terminal Lawsuit to Proceed

Alas, even earlier than 2013 when the development agreement was made, most environmentally-aware citizens would have thought about the threat of hazardous bulk materials being handled at the terminal.

Didn't occur somehow to Oakland's officials and their staffers. So nothing was done to protect Oakland's citizens, not to mention the city's finances, if a future environmental threat were to arise.

Maybe it's just me, but this sounds like business as usual in Oakland. We invariably seem to get our butt kicked.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/22/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

This undemocratic packing of the Planning Commission may not have begun with Libby Schaaf, but it certainly has continued, and even been increased by her. Remember that her main financial backers are developers and that most of her campaign finance comes from outside Oakland.

The problem for Oakland is that it really would benefit from the urban livability and social function insights of people like Jane Jacobs whose 1961 book "Death and Life of Great American Cities" took on redevelopment baron Robert Moses in NYC.

Not that Oakland is necessarily a great American city, but so much of Oakland has been neglected for so long that this city has never quite lived up to its potential.

Oakland needs a vision which is about Oakland and its unique resources and needs. This is not the same as a vision of short-term profit which motivates developers and their captive pols.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/22/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

Rich people doing what they alwsys do in urban areas.. They relocate the poor and black&brown people. This is all by design and it's going on all over America, basically a cleansing of undesirables.

Posted by Mr Jones on 04/22/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Hayward Police Chief: There Is No Video of Fatal Police Shooting of 16-Year-Old Elena Mondragon

of course, Hayward police department needs to get off their hi horse and get some retraining skills Meaning ETHICS, compassion, patience logics. Because they are so sure of themselves that they have the right person, innocent people are being overlooked and automatically accused judged thrown in jail and now even killed. All due to HAYWARD POLICE SLOPPY WORK. THEY NEED TO GET OFF THIER BADGE AND TAKE A DEEPER AND CLOSER LOOK AT WHO IS WHO, STOP STEREOTYPING, THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO LOOK LISTEN AND READ A PERSON, NOT EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT, MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE YOUNG GIRLS FAMILY,JUST A YEAR AGO MY SON WAS ARRESTED FOR A HOME INVASION THAT HE HAD NO PART OF AND HAD NO CLUE IT WAS GOING TO OCCUR, HE WAS BASICALLY SET UP, WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE A KICK BACK DAY, ENDED UP HELL TO PAY, YES HE MADE THE WRONG CHOICE TO BELEIVE A PERSON HE BARLEY NEW, THE GUY EVEN ALLOWED MY SON TO DRIVE HIS GIRLFRIENDS CAR, HOW NICE, NOT!!! HE HAD AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE, SWITCHING FROM NICE TO GUN POINT, DEMANDING HIM TO WAIT IN THE CAR AND THAN TO DRIVE OFF AFTER LEAVING SCENE, THAT SOUNDS TO ME MORE VICTIMIZED THAN PARTICIPANT,CAR CRASHES MASTERMIND RUNS AND GETS AWAY SCOTT FREE, MY SON GETS ALL THE CHARGES GUNS AND ALL, MY SON WAS TO SCARED TO SAY ANYTHING, I TOOK IT UPON MYSELF TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO HAYWARD POLICE AND EVEN GAVE THE NAME OF FUGITIVE, I NEW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WITNESSED THE FUGITIVE THAT DAY ALSO WHEN HE BEAT MY SON UP PRETTY BAD. OH BUT IAM THE MOTHER SO I HAVE NO SAY AND TO BAD" THERE IS NO FUGITIVE" I COULD NOT BELEIVE THEY DID NOT EVEN TRY TO LOOK FOR THE MASTERMIND THAT PLANNED A KIDNAPPING, TOOK Hostages ROBBED AND HAD FIREARMS POINTED AT PEOPLE, THEY ALLOWED HIM TO WALK AND NEVER TOOK the SECOND look TO EVEN TRY AND apprehend him, OR EVEN QUESTION HIM...MY SON IS GETTING 3 YEARS, GOING TO PRISON FOR FIRST TIME JUST BECAUSE THEY WANTED AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE, WELL THAT guy IS GOING TO STRIKE AGAIN AND POSSIBLY KILL SOMEONE, GUARANTEED, I WILL BE WAITING HEAVEN FORBID, WHEN HE DOES, THE HAYWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE D, A ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM ME AND SEVERAL OTHER'S THAT FEEL THIER WAS AN UNJUST ON MY SON, my son is not a career criminal he doesn't have it in him. I PROMISE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART IAM NOT JUST SAYING THIS BEING THE MOTHER, I WOULD BE AN ADVOCATE FOR ANYONE THAT I FEEL HIS RIGHTS WERE TAKEN, I SUBMITTED CHARACTER LETTERS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT WILL PROVE MY VALIDATIONS ARE CORRECT, I AM SORRY TO SAY HAYWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LIKE ROBOCOPS THEY DON't give a damn about humanity, seems they only care for a weekly quota and go home to their families while our children are being victimised and thrown to the wolfs NOT ONLY BY THIER PEERS ALSO by our supposedly protect and serve HAYWARD police department. I PRAY FOR THEM EVERY NIGHT SO GOD WILL SOFTEN THIER HEARTS TO GIVE THEM COMPASSION, TO SLOW DOWN LEARN HOW TO READ AND CARE FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS SO THEY WON'T BEHAVE UNETHICALly, JUST BECAUSE A PERSON IS IN A BAD SITUATION, WITH BAD PEOPLE DOESN't NESSARLY MEAN THEY ARE PART OF, THEY REALLY SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ A PERSON OFF BACK, I PRAY IT won't HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE's CHILD OR LOVED ONE. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE YOUNG GIRL AND HER FAMILY ASWELL AS MYSELF AND MY FAMILY...UNJUST!!! IAM DONE

Posted by Lucia G. Mejia on 04/21/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

This is why Oakland is becoming a playground for the rich!

Posted by Beth Trimarco on 04/21/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Hayward Police Chief: There Is No Video of Fatal Police Shooting of 16-Year-Old Elena Mondragon

Of course, Hayward police department needs to get off their hi horse and get some retraining skills Meaning ETHICS, compassion, patience logics. Because they are so sure of themselves that they have the right person, innocent people are being overlooked and automatically accused judged thrown in jail and now even killed. All due to HAYWARD POLICE SLOPPY WORK. THEY NEED TO GET OFF THIER BADGE AND TAKE A DEEPER AND CLOSER LOOK AT WHO IS WHO, STOP STEREOTYPING, THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO LOOK LISTEN AND READ A PERSON, NOT EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT, MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE YOUNG GIRLS FAMILY,JUST A YEAR AGO MY SON WAS ARRESTED FOR A HOME INVASION THAT HE HAD NO PART OF AND HAD NO CLUE IT WAS GOING TO OCCUR HE WAS BASICALLY SET UP, WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE A KICK BACK DAY, ENDED UP HELL TO PAY, YES HE MADE THE WRONG CHOICE TO BELEIVE A PERSON HE BARLEY NEW, THE GUY EVEN ALLOWED MY SON TO DRIVE HIS GIRLFRIENDS CAR, HOW NICE, NOT!!! HE HAD AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE, SWITCHING FROM NICE TO GUN POINT, DEMANDING HIM TO WAIT IN THE CAR AND THAN TO DRIVE OFF AFTER LEAVING SCENE, THAT SOUNDS TO ME MORE VICTIMIZED THAN PARTICIPANT,CAR CRASHES MASTERMIND RUNS AND GETS AWAY SCOTT FREE, MY SON GETS ALL THE CHARGES GUNS AND ALL, MY SON WAS TO SCARED TO SAY ANYTHING, I TOOK IT UPON MYSELF TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO HAYWARD POLICE AND EVEN GAVE THE NAME OF FUGITIVE, I NEW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WITNESSED THE FUGITIVE THAT DAY ALSO WHEN HE BEAT MY SON UP PRETTY BAD. OH BUT IAM THE MOTHER SO I HAVE NO SAY AND TO BAD" THERE IS NO FUGITIVE" I COULD NOT BELEIVE THEY DID NOT EVEN TRY TO LOOK FOR THE MASTERMIND THAT PLANNED A KIDNAPPING, TOOK Hostages ROBBED AND HAD FIREARMS POINTED AT PEOPLE, THEY ALLOWED HIM TO WALK AND NEVER TOOK the SECOND look TO EVEN TRY AND apprehend him, OR EVEN QUESTION HIM...MY SON IS GETTING 3 YEARS, GOING TO PRISON FOR FIRST TIME JUST BECAUSE THEY WANTED AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE, WELL THAT guy IS GOING TO STRIKE AGAIN AND POSSIBLY KILL SOMEONE, GUARANTEED, I WILL BE WAITING HEAVEN FORBID, WHEN HE DOES, THE HAYWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE D, A ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM ME AND SEVERAL OTHER'S THAT FEEL THIER WAS AN UNJUST ON MY SON, my son is not a career criminal he doesn't have it in him. I PROMISE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART IAM NOT JUST SAYING THIS BEING THE MOTHER, I WOULD BE AN ADVOCATE FOR ANYONE THAT I FEEL HIS RIGHTS WERE TAKEN, I SUBMITTED CHARACTER LETTERS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT WILL PROVE MY VALIDATIONS ARE CORRECT, I AM SORRY TO SAY HAYWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LIKE ROBOCOPS THEY DON't give a damn about humanity, seems they only care for a weekly quota and go home to their families while our children are being victimised and thrown to the wolfs NOT ONLY BY THIER PEERS ALSO by our supposedly protect and serve HAYWARD police department. I PRAY FOR THEM EVERY NIGHT SO GOD WILL SOFTEN THIER HEARTS TO GIVE THEM COMPASSION, TO SLOW DOWN LEARN HOW TO READ AND CARE FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS SO THEY WON'T BEHAVE UNETHICALly, JUST BECAUSE A PERSON IS IN A BAD SITUATION, WITH BAD PEOPLE DOESN't NESSARLY MEAN THEY ARE PART OF, THEY REALLY SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ A PERSON OFF BACK, I PRAY IT won't HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE's CHILD OR LOVED ONE. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE YOUNG GIRL AND HER FAMILY ASWELL AS MYSELF AND MY FAMILY...UNJUST!!! IAM DONE

Posted by Lucia G. Mejia on 04/21/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

If you know your history, you would know that the makeup of the Oakland Planning Commission has been dominated by real estate developers, architects, land use attorneys, economic and urban design professionals at least since the 1970's, if not longer.This did not start with Libby Schaaf and that inference is really unfair. More importantly, the lack of commission membership historically and currently, from the flat lands of East Oakland or West Oakland is overwhelming. There is no question that having some kind of background in economics, architecture, land development or urban design is an advantage. Planning commissioners are tasked with reviewing complex technical reports from applicants and city staff in order to arrive at decisions on development projects and policy. This is not an easy job and many lay citizens would, at least initially, be overwhelmed with the volume and detail of the information expected to be absorbed. With that being said, when the work of the commission is compromised because of conflicts of interest, there is a problem. Without a doubt, members of the commission not working in the development industry will always bring a much needed community perspective and reality check to the public debate. A healthy representative balance of community members is the ideal mix. We should not forget that Planning Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who spend many, many hours reading reports, visiting sites and talking to the public about planning issues. This job requires the type of personal commitment of time and energy that many across the city are not ready to make. It should be no surprise that those who are educated and experienced in related areas of work tend to be the folks most interested. That is true in most cities. The Mayor and the City Council need to make a better effort in reaching out to all communities to identify those that would provide the balanced perspective that the commission needs. It is especially important now, when Oakland is going through an aggressive bubble of land use and demographic changes.

Posted by Gary Patton on 04/21/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

I'm not too sure where else developers or architects (landscape included) tend to work BUT in the that industry.

Again, a half written, innuendo laden partisan smear; without even a pretense of solutions. Just "you did it wrong!!!!!"

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/21/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

Why even bother to have the pretense of a Planning Commission?

Posted by Gabriel Haaland on 04/21/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

Dear Mr MontagueIs like to extend you a warm welcome on behalf of your friends, neighbors and fellow tax-payers. Hope you like, and work to improve your city as much as we do!

Posted by WaltFrench on 04/20/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

In response to Julia's question......Selection Committee service is volunteer---no financial compensation involved.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 04/20/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

Glad to see a wide spectrum of people there! From far left to far left without going through the middle. LOL. Chavez Yoelle is the only one who might be moderate.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/20/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

I'm curious--are the panel members paid by the City of Oakland? Or is this a volunteer role? // julia allen, oakland

Posted by Julia Allen on 04/20/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Sen. Nancy Skinner Asks Contra Costa Supervisors to Cancel $95 Million Jail Expansion

We need more money for early childhood education and later for rehabilitation and diversion into programs like Kamala Harris's Clean Slate Program which saved San Francisco about $250,000 per first time offender. This program made them plead guilty first and then gave them a 5-year intervention with H.S. diploma mandatory, job training, a job, affordable housing, Psych services, parenting classes and so on and if they stayed clean for 5 years and didn't reoffend -- aged out of crime -- then their slate was wiped clean. We need more creative programs to grab these first time, young, non-violent offenders and help them get an American dream life, with housing and families and jobs and at least H.S.education with job training. That's the Compassionate Solution and it saves money.

Posted by Carolyn Phinney on 04/19/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

Dublin City Council could have chosen another word like SAFE HAVEN to "make undocumented members of the community feel comfortable contacting the police, sending their kids to school, or seeking care at a hospital"

Dublin, do you really want the children of your housekeeper and lawn man and guy doing your remodel to live in fear that Dublin is trying to deport their parents and they will be gone when the kids come home from school? Do you really want the police rounding up the Berkeley PhD graduate student whose parents brought her here at 6 months of age to be deported? There is great hypocrisy surrounding this issue.

Many of these immigrants having been living here for decades. They didn't just run across the border. We let them do our menial labor for wages no one else would accept, but we want them also to live in fear? USA is their home. We need reasonable paths to citizenship for our neighbors and friends in the immigrant community, not deportation from the only lives they know.

Posted by Carolyn Phinney on 04/19/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Want to Ban Flavored Blunt Wrappers, Two-Pack Cigars, And Vape Juice

It seems Oakland city government isn't the only ones with a case of the spring time stupids:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article…

Maybe it's too much 420?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/18/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “One Farmer Chose To Set Up His Market Stand During The Violent 'Battle of Berkeley'

As long as papers and authors like the one posting this tripe continue to advocate for antifa and other violent Trotskyites who explictly seek the violent and murderous overthrow of the US government, what you can expect?

Posted by ts on 04/18/2017 at 3:17 AM

Re: “City Of Oakland's Top Budget Expert Says Trump's Threat To $130 Million in Federal Funding 'Should Not Be Taken Lightly'

East Bay Express comments turning into a maelstrom of right-wing talking points. Sad!

Posted by John Seal on 04/17/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Sen. Nancy Skinner Asks Contra Costa Supervisors to Cancel $95 Million Jail Expansion

Thank you so much Senator Nancy Skinner. We need money for social services not jail expansion.

Posted by Millie C on 04/17/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Sen. Nancy Skinner Asks Contra Costa Supervisors to Cancel $95 Million Jail Expansion

Until the non-violent offender breaks into your house and steals your belongings, then you want them locked up.

Posted by Jeff Elfont on 04/17/2017 at 12:42 PM

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