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Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What this article does not say is that Richmond reduced its homicide rate by more than 70%. If they can do it, Oakland can also. Since there is absolutely no credible evidence that any community in the country has reduced homicides or crime by increasing the size of its police department, why continue to fall for this fallacy. People, even the Federal Justice Department in reports recognizes that our broken, biased, unaccountable criminal justice system, including cops, CONTRIBUTES to sustain and increase crime. Unlike the Mayor and her administration, Reid and McElhaney are trying.

Posted by Wilson Riles on 05/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “FBI Hid Surveillance Devices Around Alameda County Courthouse

*Seems completely reasonable for bidders to decide not to compete with each other on the courthouse steps. It's a cash sale with bidders showing up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cashiers checks. If no other qualified bidders show up on that day the remaining bidders have the discretion to do whatever they want in regards to bidding or not. After the sale the winning bidder also has the right to resell the property publicly or privately.

Posted by Todd Kollin on 05/18/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Town Business: Landlords Defeat Bill to Preserve Oakland's SROs and Mayor Schaaf Will 'Set Aside' Soda Tax Revenue

I live in an old apartment building in Oakland, the landlords are a married couple who bought it in the 1950's. After 12 years my rent has gone from $1100 to $1350. They could have raised it much higher. I asked them one day why not and they basically said they didn't need any more money. Shame on the greed-heads who have no problem kicking out poor people, the people who clean their toilets and wash their car and nanny to their kids. Heartless.

Posted by Todd Pratum on 05/18/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

'Many view Golden Road as yet another gentrifying force out-of-towners parachuting into town simply to cash in on Oakland's trendiness and tech-worker, market-rate-condo clientele"

Says the author (and editor), who just recently moved into town himself, and figures he will establish his bonafides with the "development is bad" audience. I cant stand InBev (and wont drink any of their products) but there are bigger fish to fry in Oakland.

If the author cared more about Oakland maybe he would be less concerned with trying to establish his own credibility with the activist crowd and more time encouraging his writers to tackle real issues affecting Oaklanders.

An entire complex was burned down in Emeryville/Oakland border (for the second time), under suspicious circumstances. Guess you wont be reporting on that at all. Luckily there's the East Bay Times that still takes reporting seriously.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Tropiglo Fundraiser for La Peña Cultural Center

Dope!

Posted by Natalia Neira Retamal on 05/18/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

GR is a tool in InBev's Disneyfication of craft beer -- that's the truth about the matter: http://wearebrewstuds.com/features/craft-beer-dear-oakland-just-say-no-golden-road-brewing/

Posted by Jeremy Fultz on 05/18/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Sounds like Plan B. Problem is we never got a Plan A.

One major longterm police issue has been staffing. Many Oakland public safety critics think that having about 25% more cops could make a difference. Yet, as far as I know, we lose nearly 10% of our cops each year--a very high attrition rate. Hard to maintain staffing levels at that rate. Expensive. Inefficient.

Reducing attrition no doubt has to do with police morale. Would that be handled under Plan A or Plan B?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

There are numerous examples of kids lemonade stands being shut down. Just use the search tool.

Posted by Christopher King on 05/18/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

I am just gonna drop a line saying that if you wish to get detailed data about Oakland and support it with numbers then you should take a peek here:
http://www.city-data.com/city/Oakland-California.html
although I am not sure they have fire safety statistics but maybe I didn't dig deep enough. Anyways I second Mr Hall in that matter.

Posted by Margaret Jefferson on 05/18/2017 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Ms. Gill, you can't claim to be independent if you aren't. Calling you out isn't "fake news." You sound like an Orange Cheeto follower. And pleeeease, no one is criticizing you because you're a businesswoman (really??). No one wants Bud Lite disguised as an IPA. No one wants drunken, overgrown frat boys pissing in a residential neighborhood. No one wants the increase in traffic and the loss of street parking. No one wants your corporate controlled beer. We like and support LOCAL craft brewers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/17/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

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Posted by j cole on 05/17/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Police don't think. Muslims are the problem. How many times do I have to say that?

Posted by Jonathan Hughes on 05/17/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

I would be pissed off if someone sold fruit in front of my home. Don't blame the caller for reaching out to get him moved. And if he won't willingly comply than an arrest is warranted

Posted by Gb4 on 05/17/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “An Oakland Film Series Examines the Black Aesthetic

Hey, I'm Ryanaustin (Curator) and there should be two corrections to the piece.

1. We did not screen Watermelon Woman, instead we screened the shorts of Cecile Emeke

2. The Directors name for Day by Day is Jehnovah not "Jehovah"

Posted by Ryanausitn Dennis on 05/17/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

This is rich. A neighborhood full of gentrification doesn't like another entity coming in and gentrifying them.

Posted by dluffydog1801 on 05/17/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “California's Cannabis Rules Are Here, Reminding That Legalization Was Never Going To Be Easy

Clear Horizon Management Group will be having a Cannabis 411 seminar in Sacramento reviewing all the new proposed cannabis regulations. I'm so excited!

Posted by Penny Alexander on 05/17/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Make Oakland Now! actually suspended its support for this measure before it went to the Finance & Management and Public Safety Committees, so advising both Public Safety and Council before its meeting last night. http://tiny.cc/oq77ky

Posted by Bruce Nye on 05/17/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What? Another commission/ department to "study"an urgent problem? Perhaps energy and resources could be better utilized in making a serious attempt to get to the root of violent crime. Forming departments is taking the road of least resistence.

Posted by Tyron C. Jordan on 05/16/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Why Does He Watch Porn?

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Posted by Susan Jackson 1 on 05/16/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

While Oakland has one of the highest per capita violence rate in the country and something needs to be done, has this been done anyplace else? Is there any evidence that additional bureaucracy will be a solution or is this just theater to facilitate feeding money to council members pet projects.

We certainly need to stop the bullets flying.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/16/2017 at 8:39 PM

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