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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

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

I think Kaval is being disingenuous. He said he has done neighborhood surveys. I know he had a meeting at La Estrellita, but that restarant is no longer representative of the neighborhood population. His whole mantra is private funding. Well that is appropriate as they are owned by a man fabulously wealthy who has drained the club of talent through his GM and just year after year received big money from MLB. You have the bond issue which we here in Oakland passed to improve water quality at the lake and the channel leading to it. For the first time in years folks are seeing striped bass in the lake and more fish from the bay. The walkway along the channel is lovely, and it has been money well spent. The Lake is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and there is no study of noise implications for the wildlife that has returned to the area. I understood that there was money to be made available for the Coli site for infrastructure . Is that same money there for this project that was sprung on us?/ As the young man said, traffic around there is horrible in rush hour as we only have seventh street. No one entions that on the other side of Laney is OUSD headquarters scheduled for a rebuild. There are also three schools, Dewey , Met West and La Escualita. These schools plus Laney already have a trffic impact and when OUSD returns it promises to be greater still. 60 years ago the community was disrupted for the Nimitz and that is why the Buddhist Temple sits across from the park in front of Lake Merritt BART, as it was moved there. You now have a smaller temple a block from Laney as well. We all know that both East Lake and Chinatown will sufer massive disruption from this project. I am hoping Mr. Kaval is not totally wedded to this site and looks at Howard or the Coliseum, where he couldhave the advantage of being the sole tenant. The old Coli without Mt. Davis was a wonderful venue with it's veiw of the hilss an wonderful weather. The A's hav proven they can draw there, but most fans are like me. I will b glued to my tv set during the playoffs watching the ex A's play for contenders which this team has a possibility of being in the next year or so. Past practice tells us Beane will trade our budding talent as we are notably a farm team for other big league teams. I love the A's, but it hurts being one of their fans and this adds to the hurt.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 10/02/2017 at 4:10 PM

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

Mauricio, I think with the top-quality education you're getting from Laney, you can do better than a low-paying stadium/arena job.

Posted by Russell Mondy on 10/02/2017 at 10:59 AM

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

@Russell

I completely agree that there are legitimate concerns that will need to be answered by the Athletics. Most important, how will the A's look to lease/purchase the land, how will it benefit the college and how can we minimize the negative impact of neighborhood gentrification? Now that the MLB season's over for the A's, I fully expect the team to work with both the local community, the college and the city to develop an integrated plan.

The reality is gentrification has been going on in Oakland for quite awhile. When downtown Oakland is only a 15 min BART ride away from SF and you're located in one of the most expensive metro areas in the US, some people are going to get squeezed out of desirable neighborhoods with our without the stadium being built.

Tighter rent control seems like a sensible solution to protect those long-time residents that are most vulnerable. Again, with our without a new ballpark being built...

Posted by Damon M on 10/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

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

Corporate sports and their fans rule cities. They could care less about neighborhoods and schools being disrupted, or the businesses and people whose lives will be adversely effected. Nope. It's all about giving way to millionaires throwing a ball around.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/02/2017 at 10:43 AM

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

Concerns about the gentrifying affect of the ballpark, as well as the health of our community college system are legitimate.

The city will undoubtedly spend money on improving infrastructure and those improvements mean that working class renters will get squeezed out by the "invisible hand of the market." Parents will need to move further from their work, children will have to change schools, all displaced people will be uprooted from their community of friends and neighbors.

The city could ameliorate some of the stress this causes people, who are legitimately concerned, by tightening Oakland rent control.

I've read elsewhere that the Peralta Community College District would not be selling this public land but rather leasing it. If that were to provide a steady source of income, at a fair market rate, I would be inclined to support a land lease. That money could cetainly be used to improve the Colleges in the Peralta District.

Posted by Russell Ibrahim Blank on 10/01/2017 at 7:28 PM

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

I read the A's site,http://www.oaklandballpark.com/, and it has NO answers to ANY concerns. It says the concerns will be addressed through community outreach and everything will be better for everyone. They don't even address purchasing or leasing the land. Money will rain from the sky by the new location and all the poor people will become well off....
IMHO

Posted by Mike Wagner on 09/30/2017 at 7:09 PM

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

Sorry for the same post twice. Not intentional.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:42 PM

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

Perhaps the biggest winner of the A's moving is poised to be Laney College. For the student complaining about a run down college, the money that the A's would offer the college for the land next to Laney could be used to modernize/revitalize the crumbling infrastructure. Please tell me where else this money would be coming from?

For the student who feared that he would lose his job if the A's moved, please read the quotes from college administrators in other articles expressing excitement about the internship/mentorship opportunities that the downtown park would have for Laney College students. Study the positive economic impact report that the ballpark will have on the city and the surrounding neighborhoods.

For the student that says he's now ashamed to wear A's gear because of the announcement. Yes, professional sports are a business. However, the A's have gone out of their way to build a ballpark that's inclusive of the entire community and embraces the diversity and community vibe that's uniquely Oakland. I see lots of people rockin the Green & Gold, and the vast majority are stoked that ownership has committed to the City of Oakland.

There are legitimate questions regarding traffic and congestion that the A's will need to address. It's important to protect the fabric of the local neighborhoods, and environmental impact reports to be completed. So now is the chance to engage in a dialogue with the team. Ultimately, this is about lifting up the community, supporting/being a good neighbor to the college and giving Oakland and the East Bay a park and a team ROOTED IN OAKLAND that we can all support and call our own.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:31 PM

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

Perhaps the biggest winner of the A's moving is poised to be Laney College. For the student complaining about a run down college, the money that the A's would offer the college for the land next to Laney could be used to modernize/revitalize the crumbling infrastructure. Please tell me where else this money would be coming from?

For the student who feared that he would lose his job if the A's moved, please read the quotes from college administrators in other articles expressing excitement about the internship/mentorship opportunities that the downtown park would have for Laney College students. Study the positive economic impact report that the ballpark will have on the city and the surrounding neighborhoods.

For the student that says he's now ashamed to wear A's gear because of the announcement. Yes, professional sports are a business. However, the A's have gone out of their way to build a ballpark that's inclusive of the entire community and embraces the diversity and community vibe that's uniquely Oakland. I see lots of people rockin the Green & Gold, and the vast majority are stoked that ownership has committed to the City of Oakland.

There are legitimate questions regarding traffic and congestion that the A's will need to address. It's important to protect the fabric of the local neighborhoods, and environmental impact reports to be completed. So now is the chance to engage in a dialogue with the team. Ultimately, this is about lifting up the community, supporting/being a good neighbor to the college and giving Oakland and the East Bay a park and a team ROOTED IN OAKLAND that we can all support and call our own.

Open heart, open mind, open discussion... can't lose.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:30 PM

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

Everybody likes the imagine their worst-case scenario. We don't have the problems these interview subjects speculate around the Coliseum, so I fail to see how moving the same crowd closer to Laney is going to make them (us) go buck wild.

Richard Bennett
University of Texas alumnus

Posted by Richard Bennett on 09/29/2017 at 3:51 PM

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