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Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

If I callously injured someone while acting as an employee I would be fired.
Why is she not being released from public service?

Posted by Ned on 01/18/2018 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

I ran for City Council against Kaplan last time around because I was so angry that the rest of the council wouldnt stand up to her. I was bullied as a child. I find those who alow the bully to exist in some ways more disgusting than the bully itself.

Posted by F Matt Hummel on 01/18/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

"many progressive city activists have consistently given Brooks a pass because she's tough on police" That and white guilt.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 01/18/2018 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Too Many Rapes Dismissed

Oakland's handling of the Celeste Guap disgusted me. I see a policeman and I wonder what kind of person s/he is. Why does s/he still work for OPD? Does s/he trust anyone there? How could s/he? If the commanders will undermine and mistreat one person, what's to stop them from undermining and mistreating another? Even another cop?

What a cesspool.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 01/18/2018 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Piled higher and deeper

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/18/2018 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

EBX has long given Brooks a pass, for the same reason she is able to bully other city council members - they know Brooks will play the race card, play it well, and play it at the drop of a hat. For EBX, and their almost entirely white staff (all white staff?), this is not a fight they want to have. It would require putting at risk all the credibility theyve built portraying themselves as woke journos. The fact that Brooks is keeping silent on this mess (for legal reasons), and Brown is an elderly ex-Black panther, provides just enough cover for EBX to finally come out against Brooks - though they never actually called her out at the time this incident or any of the other incidents mentioned in the article.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 01/17/2018 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

There are plenty of Oakland community activists who could 'push the most difficult and anti-racist policies' without being an abusive bully (which Brooks has been as long as she's been in the limelight) who attacks small, elderly people (even tough, fiery ones like Elaine Brown).

Brooks is very smart - and has used her intellect to ride roughshod over some of the less bright bulbs on the City Council - but she has gone too far this time. Hopefully the voters of her district have seen enough.

Posted by John Seal on 01/17/2018 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

K. Epstein: "Desley...effectively pushes the most difficult and anti-racist policies...the Department of Race and Equity is just one example."

The problems with this perspective are that institutional racism is deeply embedded in Oakland social and government structures. Oakland may adopt well-intended policies but good intentions do not compensate for
all the failures to perform. That's the reality, TV or whatever.

Longtime residents of Oakland's city hall, citizens and staffers like Epstein as well as electeds, may be full of good intentions but remain incapable of thinking outside the box, of being transparent, of being proactive rather than reactive and, fundamentally, of actually producing results. Outside the box means insight into the destructiveness of capitalism and finance, rather than the embrace of neoliberalism.

Whatever Brooks' intentions, she has deep personal problems and her performance as a public servant is thus compromised.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/17/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Oakland May Welcome Hoteliers Who Violated Labor Law

When will somebody in the City of Oakland provide some actual leadership that allows the city to move forward in constructive ways? Leadership means that sometimes the City Council needs to be told no and redirected in a different way that may achieve their objective in a legal and appropriate way.The Planning Director and City Attorney both need to tell the City Council that the Planning Department is not the convenient repository for all things. The legal purview of the Planning Department and Planning Commission is based on the powers granted in State law to regulate land use. The wages of workers employed in a hotel may be an interesting conversation, but it is not a land use issue. The Planning Commission cannot use this discussion as a basis to approve or deny a project. Moreover, conditions of approval with requirements related to wages of future employees are legally questionable, unless there is an agreement of some kind that includes public financing. If the project require an EIR or a more detailed environmental review, a more detailed discussion of economic impacts is normally included. However, developing thresholds of significance for wages of future employees would be conceptually problematic and extremely subjective. The Planning Commission does not review of the incomes of future buyers when they approve development of new housing. If the City Council wants to control wages of future workers in hotels, they need to write an ordinance that requires a special process or permit for transient habitation (hotels) and require detailed review of wages of future employees. If that is what they want, they can get there that way, but don't try make it a land use issue when it is clearly is not.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/17/2018 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Oh lordy...gotta put that pretentious PhD after your name so it sounds like you know what you're talking about...but you don't.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/17/2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

To address Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD:

Desley Brooks routinely talks up racial disparity in Oakland when she, herself, is under attack. Very little has improved during her 16 year tenure. In fact, the overwhelming increase of the newly homeless are African-American amongst continued discriminatory city policies, SRO shortages and school closures.

Above all, she has no interest in Oakland other than what can be bartered to her benefit and her office reflects that. No policy or legislative analyst-Just Desley.

We will be better served with anyone else in office. BYE DESLEY!

Posted by Mari jones on 01/17/2018 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Oy vey. Listen to Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD, goyim. We gotta solve this racism problem at all costs, up to and including the millions of dollars in settlements for the conduct of criminal council members. Expectations are racist, goyim.

Posted by Arthur Weinstein on 01/17/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

OK, I have to respond to this "everything else is just Oakland's version of reality TV comment by Kitty Kelly Epstein above:
1. People who produce "reality TV" get PAID for it - what Brooks did - if the verdict is just - may COST THE CITY $3M. This not just a case of someone acting like they are on Jerry Springer - this is real taxpayer money.
But besides just blowing off that loss, Epstein promotes the idea that Brooks is actually doing something about wealth disparity in the US with local city policies - I question that claim. The main thing the city to effect incomes is pay people salaries -and the city is notorious for paying sky high salaries to administrators and upper management police - like around $300K counting benefits for police captains - besides draining the city financially, doesn't that further the wealth gap?

Posted by boatbrain85fb on 01/17/2018 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Riiiiight!!!! Being unable to contain ones self to the point that it costs the city over 3 million tax payer dollars (real fiduciary harm to the tax payers and to the office) should be simply overlooked in the name of "effective(?) policies".

That's MY definition of reality TV... Tammany Hall style!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/17/2018 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Desley Brooks is the only council person who consistently and effectively pushes the most difficult and anti-racist policies - the department of Race and Equity is just one example.

We need to pay more attention to the few people who actually produce on policies that can to any extent reduce the 13 to 1 racial wealth gap. All the other stuff is just Oaklands version of reality TV

Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD

Posted by Kitty Kelly Epstein 1 on 01/16/2018 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Oakland's Ability to Clamp Down on Blight Threatened

Why is it so onerous for Oakland to allow appeals to its "blight" decrees? Not everyone who is cited is an evil landlord; they hand these things out to individual property owners like candy. Citations for graffiti, for instance, are given not to the perpetrators but to the victims, who are forced to paint out tags that reappear overnight. Citations for "overgrown vegetation" are enforced selectively - it's strictly forbidden in the flatlands, although in the hills it's considered part of the natural landscape. "Garbage cans stored in public view" is a citable "blight" offense, for some reason - it's hard to believe Oakland officials have nothing better to do than cite people for things like this.

The ability to appeal arbitrary punishments meted out by the authorities is a basic right all citizens need to preserve, and that our news media should stand behind. If the Express news racks are deemed "blight" by some tidy-minded official (as has happened in many cities), shouldn't the newspaper be able to appeal that decision?

Posted by awerby on 01/16/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Broken Pipes, Broken System

The Public Works department, like many, has seriously lacked competent people, systems and leadership for years. It is no surprise that they fail or under report sewer mitigation monitoring, this kind of willful manipulation of requirements or failure to disclose information to the public is business as usual to these people. In the mid 2000's, when confronted with the fact that they had mismanaged a parking contract by failing to collect millions of dollars for years at a city garage on Pill Hill (30th st), a Deputy Public Works Director responded by complaining that the information may become public. Really? Public Works staff in all areas reeks of incompetence and lack of leadership. It seems that the main priority for years has been to make as little noise as possible, keep getting paid and retire with full benefits as soon as possible. The former Public Works Director was not even a civil engineer and only had experience managing a creek program. Only in the City of Oakland is that even possible!

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/14/2018 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Broken Pipes, Broken System

Thank you so much Gabrielle Canon for writing this and other articles. Our NextDoor forum is discussing this. I made the following suggested reforms:
1. Restore Loren Little to his job as senior supervisor in the sewage department or make him the head. He was removed after becoming a whistleblower.
2. Get rid of Littles boss, the current sewage director Jason Mitchell, who transferred Little to the drainage department after he complained about sewage department practices
3. Recall or vote out City Auditor Brenda Roberts who didnt protect him, but instead notified his department, and he was suddenly transferred from sewage to drainage after 30 years.
4. Replace Oakland City Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington with someone more competent.
5. Andes Construction is spectacularly incompetent and should no longer receive the multi-million dollar contracts theyve received since 1986 whose work is so bad the sewage department often has to come back to actually fix the problem.
6. Make the sewer department fix the sewage running into Lake Temescal, and make them report the leaks to the public as they were mandated to do by the EPA
7. Get rid of the sewage department employees and supervisors who alter reports to underreport how much damage was done. When the city submits reports, department officials have to sign a certification statement under penalty of perjury. But Oakland has a history of failing to comply with regulatory standards and of underreporting sewage spills.

Gabrielle, or anyone else, have I missed anything? I've never received a reply, or acknowledgment of my letters from Dan Kalb the past few years, but he pays attention to NextDoor, and said "I have scheduled a staff report/response about these sewer-related problems to come to the City Councils Public Works Committee. Council members Campbell Washington and Guillen are co-sponsoring this with me." I asked him to do the above and keep us posted on nextdoor and his email list. Anything else I should add?

Posted by energyskeptic on 01/13/2018 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

I surrendered one of my Pitts who had been involved in two incidents. He was 15 months old and had never displayed any aggressive tendencies until he observed his mother (not one of my dogs) fighting with a Chihuahua. Unfortunately that dog was killed.
I am not excusing his behavior but as any qualified Animal behaviorist will tell you it is natural for a puppy to emulate their mother. It doesnt make them a bad dog.
I surrendered him with the hope that he would be evaluated by an expert and then he would go to a rescue organization which I made clear to OAS.
They never evaluated him They never gave him a chance. They waited the mandatory 2 weeks and then euthanized him. They killed a wonderful dog whose only mistake was to emulate his first Alfas, (his mother)behavior.
What a waste.
Christine Brunner

Posted by Christine Brunneri on 01/11/2018 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Broken Pipes, Broken System

I find this utterly and outright baffling that in 2017/18, in supposedly one of the most environmentally conscious states (CA) in the Union, this disaster can not be mitigated and resolved appropriately!

Did I miss if calls have been made to appropriate representatives or senators?

Follow the money indeed, or lack thereof.

Posted by aknature on 01/11/2018 at 7:55 PM

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