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Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

The White House was meant for real warriors, not over-paid athletes.

Posted by Mad Dog on 06/13/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

Shouldn't a city of this size have enough talent and cross-checking in their accounting team not to make a rookie mistake like "whoops, that's a one-time expense"?

Posted by Katie Percy on 06/12/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

I find it ironic that Desley Brooks is opposing creating a new department to deal with a very troubling and persistent problem when she was so gung ho a couple years ago to create a new department of Race and Equity that so few people supported. I'm not even sure I support creating a new department. Just wanted to point out how the erratic behavior by our District 6 council person continues to affect the council and the city.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 06/12/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

"she projected a small deficit and relied on dipping into soda tax money as a balancing measure." Really I taught that money was supposed to go somewhere else not fill wasteful gaps created by the Mayor and City of Oakland. Once again tax payers have been duped.

Posted by Valentin Carrillo on 06/12/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

"The Public Bank of Oakland that the City Council so far has refused to sign off on...

"Based on the performance of the public bank in North Dakota, Oakland's bank should be able to generate...additional funds for the City of Oakland and its people."

The public bank idea may be a good one. Not for a city like Oakland I'm afraid.

A state like North Dakota has legal standing and other resources that a city like Oakland does not possess. Oakland has had a well-documented history of financial irresponsibility. A local public bank might work in another California city. Here it could be nothing other than another disaster.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/12/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

Use of the word "Hidden" in the title, to imply that someone was trying to hide this. But - nobody was trying to hide this, and the error was found by the City of Oakland and disclosed to the public.

Another day at EBX, turning news into propaganda whenever possible.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/12/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

1.4% of that money could fund the feasibility study for the Public Bank of Oakland that the City Council so far has refused to sign off on.

Once the bank was fully operational, based on the performance of the public bank in North Dakota, Oakland's bank should be able to generate $20,000,000 - $60,000,000 A YEAR in additional funds for the City of Oakland and its people.

The $100K is a no-brainer. It's an investment in Oakland's future, and there are none with such a potential ROI for so little up-front.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/12/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Hmm. if we take the argument for the creation of a DVP at face value, does that mean that OPD are ineffective at violence prevention? If so, why would spending more $$ on police be an effective solution? Consider that Oakland just paid out almost $1m to settle the Celeste Guap case. That's money which could have been spent on things which could have reduced violence.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/10/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Oakland has half the police, in ratio to population, that most major cities have. Oakland residents suffer two and three times more robberies, burglaries, and assaults than people in almost every other city in the U.S. The poverty rate for Oakland is average, and lower than the poverty rate in many safer cities. -- Three facts that all the councilmembers run away from.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/10/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Alameda County DA Targets Alleged Oakland Mortgage Fraud

If you need a loan i would advice you contact tinyloancompany@gmail.com. Because i just got a loan from them so hurry up and get your problems solved with the aid of them

Posted by Mr Tiny on 06/10/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

While I think, as do many others, that there should not be coordination or secret agreements between ICE and OPD, going about establishing police policy in Oakland in a piecemeal way is a very bad idea.

Policing in general in Oakland is a terrible mess. Morale is low among cops, turnover is very high, costs to taxpayers are excessive and crime, especially violent crime is, at an intolerable level. This is not to mention a decade-and-a-half failure to meet Federal-court mandated reforms. A terrible mess.

Working our way out of this mess means developing a vision for what OPD can and must do, given all the existing challenges. A limitied, well-defined, positive vision for policing and public safety in Oakland is an absolute necessity. Specific policy follows but the vision is the critical element.

In terms of vision, Oakland is, essentially, nowhere. We need a holistic, reasonable and practical approach to what OPD must do for public safety.

What we have is a patchwork of many years' reactive efforts to deal with bits and pieces of public safety failure. This is not a useful way to proceed.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/09/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

I'm so grateful for Rebecca Kaplan's leadership on this!

Posted by jkn912 on 06/08/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

The City is broke and borrowing money to fix potholes, and these clowns want to hire more highly paid bureaucrats to tell us how to fix something we know how to fix.

More jobs.
Fewer segregated communities. End housing projects and establish zones where those receiving housing assistance can live. (Meaning that everyone does not end up in close proximity in a large poor community, but are spread throughout the city.)

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

Separating from ICE as much as possible has
brought about powerful improvements in San
Francisco public safety, as well as community
integrity and solidarity.

I would strongly recommend that Oakland follow suit and go even further than San Francisco in separating itself from ICE.

Eric Brooks
SF, CA

Posted by Eric_Brooks on 06/07/2017 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Were the FAT police holding US flag at Game 2 doing so on City time or even overtime. OMG--let some HS kids do it for free! Did Larry Reid pay for his ticket? I sense a job at Oak Port Authority coming his way...al those cops musta had desk jobs. Aren't their annual physical tests for these porkers??

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 06/07/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Literally Raises A's Flag Over City Hall An Hour After Raiders-To-Vegas Vote

Mayor Libby. question? Were the OPD members looking a bit pregnant holding the US flag at Game 2 on the City Payroll at the time? Or perhaps even Overtime? Why not let some high school kids , even in PAL leaves, do it for free.
Fire pig loving Peggy. No Mo'

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 06/07/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

It's about time these agreements stopped being signed in secret. "The hearing uncovered a previously unknown memorandum of understanding between the Oakland police and ICE that allows OPD officers to work in task forces alongside ICE agents". How is that even possible? It may have been signed in secret, but the decision whether or not to continue it will be in public.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 06/07/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

And while she's at it add to the legislation that any agreements the COP (or any other agency head) wishes to engage in with other agencies be ratified by the city council.

That should put a stop to this for once and all.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

"Residents have long demanded officials to do more to quell violence, pushing for strategies that rely less on law enforcement and more on community engagement..."

That's what real community policing is all about. Establishing trust between law enforcement and a community which long has been abused by law enforcement. Without trust, the community, understandably, does not
offer the local knowledge which is vital to violent crime prevention.

Real community policing in Oakland would be a long, difficult journey. So we have ineffective groups called NCPCs with beat cops assigned. The beat cops change every few months. Last NCPC meeting I attended, the beat cop and his sergeant took the trouble to explain why they couldn't do anything for us.

City hall in Oakland just doesn't do the long and difficult. City hall likes to spend money on consultants and committees. This lets pols say they are doing something.

They aren't doing something. The violent crime and all its consequences--traumatized families with traumatized kids who can't succeed in school, lack of economic development where it's needed, etc.--will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/07/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Two WHOLE months Ms McElhaney? You've been on the city council since 2002. NOW it's urgent to you? Yeah, right.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 12:03 PM

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