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Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

How do we contact Robert Warshaw to let him know that we want him to:

deny promotions, discipline and demote the two high-ranking officers who mishandled the departments internal investigation of the Celeste Guap sex-crimes scandal.

Posted by Kin Folkz on 07/25/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Why Private Security Patrols Are Not the Answer

I agree Claire they didn'thould have uniforms, the good guys don't hide. There are members of society who delve in believing they are the police. Not all of them are responsible, what if neighborhood watch individuals have - themselves recently just got out of prison? There does need to be transparency for these 'wanna be' street thug 'private security gangs'. Certain members of society who may have had fed. connections have tried to play God and I have seen there mk ultra stuff first hand (Snowden was a patriot). Bottom line here is with great power - comes great responability. Those who wear the uniform and are legit have my respect and be responsable. They have had professional training also. I personally think tasers should be an important tool. The ones who wear the badge dont have to hide as they are 'guardians' with pro weapons training to de escellate. The warrior vigilante types could have a hidden agenda and often times do-gangstalking and they do get paid.

Posted by faniel on 07/25/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

One might suppose that compiance director Warshaw would defer to the new Police Chief and her bosses, the Mayor and her City Administrator. This would imply that there is a well-thought-through plan for OPD reform.

Warshaw is simply out-of-touch, he doesn't know that city hall has no plan
at all for OPD reform.

We all know this, don't we? Or maybe we don't so we keep the same incompetents in city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/25/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

I lost any faith in OPD's will to punish powerful alpha cops within OPD when (January 2016) Holmgren tried to discourage the victims of home invasion (by intoxicated cops) from pursuing a criminal complaint---and nothing happened to him. As long as such OPD officers are viewed by OPD brass, the Court and fellow officers as being the disciplinary third rail and politically untouchable there will be no accountability, bad acts will recur, there will be no cultural or practice reform and no full NSA compliance. The statute of limitations for discipline of anyone for actions and in-actions may have run, but there's no statute of limitations for overturning a promotion........

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/24/2017 at 9:00 PM
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Posted by Sam Spade on 07/24/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

They have that property at the agreed price and as long as the prospective tenant has reasonable credit, a sufficient job and no criminal history they are absolutely entitled to be living there. It is discriminatory, I love how all these Trumpers cry "communism and Marxism when it comes to property and money even though according to their own "boy" Russia is our ally. Stupid. Hypocritical. Typical.

Posted by Patty Lagana on 07/24/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Trapped Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment

My husband and I are friends with Demian and his wife, Hilda. They are both beautiful people. If you don't think serving 30+ years in prison for his crime of accessory, then you aren't paying attention. He's a mature man who's doing wonderful things with his life. I encourage each of you who have no idea who he is to write him, introduce yourself, and be open to the possibility that he deserves a second chance.

Posted by Nandi on 07/23/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

The owner of the property has every right to say who can or can not live in her building. Some folks who took too many sociology courses are the one's thinking that private property is the cause of income inequality (Marx!) well it's not true. What is true is that many (not all) people have made bad choices or no choices in life and are now stuck thinking that a minimum wage job, a struggling artist position, or especially the lack of education makes no difference and they are entitled to live where they want for the price they want to pay. That is true if they have the money. All this garbage about housing rights is nonsense. No one has to the right to live where they please if they can't afford the rent. America has always been the land of meritocracy and still is!!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/23/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

As long as tenants pay the rent, it's none of the landlady's business what they do.

Posted by Monique Luz Koller on 07/23/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

'The landlord appears to be actively trying to change the demographics of West Oakland, Chala said.'

To me, possibly the central point of the article. Consider as well: this neighborhood under discussion was part of the Black Panther heartland 50 years ago. There are still many families here, mostly black, who grew up with those breakfast programs and that leadership regarding collective care. At present, this neighborhood is a public health disaster; as other EBX articles have gestured towards, the homeless tent cities ringing the underpasses here mark a level of destitution and social war that is all the more violent and tragic for the ever exceeding bling and glitter of the Draymond-techie wealth cabal that are the most visible.

In short, this article describes the symptom of processes intricately connected to the displacement and suffering caused by capitalism. Lonay has poorly covered her tracks, as have mayor Schaaf and co., who are in a get rich quick dive, and are the most ignorant about possible changes, for better or for worse. For example, there is still plenty of popular will here regarding people being more important than money. And if the landlords trip up too much they might spark a set of occupations or eviction defenses that remind a lot of people how justified the public would be in seizing these properties back from the class that only recently seized them from us.

Posted by Mrs Sabate on 07/23/2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

If housing is a human "right", even people with more money have a right to said housing. It's still a money talks, BS walks world. And always will be, in spite of delusional communist wet dreams.

Posted by Kevin Smith on 07/21/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Lonay paid $160,000 in 2011 and if their rent was nearly $2,000 or is $2,000 now, she nearly has the place paid off. It was owned by the bank then and however much she repaired it, the place is still sounding in disrepair. She cares only for getting back what she paid and then will sell it for three or four times what she paid without repairing anything.

Posted by SJD on 07/21/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

When [the unit] was rented, the economy was in the toilet: you were the best applicants, Lonay wrote in an email to her renters. Since the recession, people have put their lives back on track and moved on[.]

What the hell is wrong with this miniature monster Leona Helmsley? Was she raised in a barn? Her parents raised her to talk about people this way?

Posted by Noah Zimmerman on 07/21/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

I understand folks here aren't too familiar with facts but blacks and hispanics do commit a disproportionate amount of crime. They also on average have lower IQs. Which means they're incapable of learning and need to be disciplined like children.

Ha.

Posted by George Rockwell on 07/21/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

This is a public facing program that ignores half of the city. Cost is a function of design and target customer. How about modeling to higher utilization rates in affluent areas in order to subsidize a few smaller stations in east Oakland. You could also sell group passes at discounted rates to drive adoption. And the safety argument doesn't make sense. People ride bikes all of the time. 15 yrs from now we will question why low income residents in Oakland have higher obesity rates and transportation costs.

Posted by Markeze Bryant on 07/20/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

To garry ovalbach and charlie pine, you're wrong. There are many Oaklanders who will not call the police because they have been abused by police in the past. And that, exactly, is the point--we cannot trust the police to be even-handed and honest. They simply are not trustworthy. Nor, now, is our mayor.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 07/20/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

We should remember that every time we push back against the police, they get meaner. They're not going to admit to anything.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 07/20/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

The people who design plan and programs to accelerate our ascent to Amsterdam are totally out of touch with the needs and desires of neighborhoods of color. They have no clue and actually dismiss the fact that not everybody in the world leads their lives by smart phones, laptops, Starbucks and Uber. They don't understand that when they have those obligatory "community meetings" in deep East Oakland, turnout may be sparse because some folks have 2 or 3 jobs and get up early because they work for low pay. Some folks have no child care options. Some folks are too busy just keeping the lights on and food on the table. Some folks lack adequate safe transportation. Spending 2 or 3 evening hours during the week at a meeting about a bicycle program is just not a life priority. In some neighborhoods, adults who use bikes fall into 2 main groups. Group one are the folks you see riding to low paying jobs in the early mornings every day. Group two are the guys who provide underground retail opportunities in the neighborhoods. In some places, hardly anyone rides bikes because they are seen as a pleasant recreational option. Some people don't have an extra $5 a day for a bike ride. If you want an effective program, you need to talk to the people and figure out what works for them. You can't force fee your pinhead utopian dreams into their daily reality.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/20/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

Greenwood says: "My own sense, as a 30-year Berkeley cop, is that we dont have racial animus, Greenwood said at a public forum last night." Greenwood's 'own sense' is a white privileged sense. He is not really quaified to 'sense' the reality of racial profiling by BPD.

I also note that since he scored the gig as BPD Chief of Police, Greenwood appears to have packed on some pounds. Could it be the gig is stressing him out, leading to stress eating? It is my own sense that choosing him to be BPD chief was a poor, insider choice, that he was picked to be plain, white and boring. He's a placeholder whose job it is to defend the status quo without acknowleding the reality of how BPD cops treat persons of color.

And a 'module' in an 8 hour training is what, an hour? Two hours? The chief makes it clear that BPD cops are not getting the right training, including him.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 07/19/2017 at 6:53 PM

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