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Re: “New Oakland Police Sexual Misconduct Case Leads to Discovery of Drugs Stashed in Locker

Fighting police crime one scoop at a time. Thank you very much.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 06/29/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Sexual Misconduct Case Leads to Discovery of Drugs Stashed in Locker

Sources?! EBX published this garbage?!

Nothing about the man (verified) found shot outside an Oakland bar on Wednesday? Nothing about the verifiable drive by shooting in East Oakland today?

How about if BG get's out of the dispensary he is clearly spending time in and does some writing?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/29/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Living Downstairs, or Lying?: Advocates Say Oakland Landlords Pretending to Reside in Apartments so as to Evict Tenants

Angel Halo Medina, you are right that mold is a Health code issue and must be taken care of. This does not change the fact that mold abatement is expensive and someone has to pay. In the case of prop 13, however you are wrong. It does not mean low property taxes. Maybe it helped back in the 80's when it was new, but it is a state law that has nothing to do with local ordinances. Every parcel tax and most bonds you vote for raise property taxes. Last year our property tax bill was almost $8000. That did not include the raise that will be applied because of measure KK - $70 per $100k of assessed value means a rise of $700 per year for a million dollar property. So the idea that prop 13 means property taxes are low is the myth. Do your research, better yet, walk a mile in the shoes of a property owner before you judge.

Posted by INC on 06/29/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “How Serious is the Wild Fire Threat in the Oakland Hills?

This is not an issue of flats vs. hills (or shouldn't be). My residence almost burned in 1991, and I don't live in the Hills - embers blowing from the east almost took it out.

The Wildfire District 'lost' its reauthorization vote because it was 'only' able to muster 65% of the vote. The requirement for a two-thirds 'super-majority' for tax assessments is absurd, and the State Constitution should be amended to remove it.

Posted by John Seal on 06/29/2017 at 11:24 AM

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Posted by Derek Wayne on 06/28/2017 at 9:38 PM

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Posted by George Richard on 06/28/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Huge hole in your Reporting!!!
The following passage was cut and pasted directly out of the Swanson report, it clearly states the City Attorney herself knew "In November 2015", yet no where in your reporting do you ask "why didn't Parker tell the DA, Mayor, Monitor, or Administrator in the 6 months? please answer or investigate this key dangling mystery.

Swanson Report
"In November 2015, the City Attorney herself raised concerns with Chief Whent that the alleged officer sexual misconduct regarding Ms. Abuslin might be part of a larger culture of tolerance for sexual misconduct within the Department. Chief Whent disagreed and suggested the larger problem had to do with drinking and rookie recruitment. Despite having this conversation with the City Attorney, Chief Whent still did not inform the Mayor, the City Administrator, or the Monitor of the sexual misconduct allegations."

Posted by Saleem on 06/28/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

This double-talking POS Mayor Arrogant just came up with a proposal (latest issue of Berkeleside) to demolish People's Park and turn it into housing

Posted by Ace Backwords on 06/28/2017 at 7:19 PM
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Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 06/28/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Great article and follow-on reporting. And, believe me, there are good cops and great cops on the Oakland Police Dept. You just don't hear about them because they do their jobs and serve the city the way they're supposed to. And the pieces of crap who disgrace those of us who wore the badge proudly...well, who needs 'em.

Posted by David W. on 06/27/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Great digging and great article. Thanks for staying on top of this.

Posted by Michael Strickland on 06/27/2017 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Sorry, Peter, but we do in fact need cops... We just need good ones, not the trash Oakland has had since at least the days of Jerry Brown (and probably before).

How do we get them when the corruption flows all the ways from the citizens? I just don't know. As long as "I gotta get mine" is operating here, I suspect this will repeat over an over. As long as EBX and the rest of the press (the third estate) sock puppets for the corrupt politicians, we'll never get a straight story.

As satisfying as it might seem to march on city hall with "pitchforks and torches", it's not particularly useful. Nor is "throw the bums out!" (politicians).

We just get a new set and have no idea what they're up to until the mess explodes all over again and the sock puppets cozy up to the new trough to feed off of the slop, telling only the part of the story the keeps the slop flowing.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/27/2017 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

We do not and never did need cops. They are carbuncles on the body politic.

Posted by Peter Byrne on 06/27/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp is an evil company, they were so stupid on the way they manage their company, money first, careless about anything else. If you don't listen to what they are asking for or don't do a highly cost ad with them, they will do everything that they can in order to destroy your business, by showing all the bad reviews and filter all the good reviews, just like what they did with Massinos pizza. They even go on Google and spend a lot of money in order to try to take business from you and send it to your competition using which they bought couple years ago (evil doing and unfair to any human beings).

It is just a matter of time for Yelp to be sued and that is the only way for the CEO to stop this evil work.

Yelp came alive by paying people to go eat at all restaurants if that person puts a review on Yelp, and after few years and after they fed a lot of people, and managed every review on Yelp (filter what ever review they want and show what ever they want for any particular business), then they start calling all business and ask them to put ads on Yelp in order to get more business (which a lot of business did go for but others were disadvantaged if they couldn't afford to pay for a costly ad on Yelp).

Yelp advertising team call us multiple time (at least once a week for the last 3 years) asking us to put ad on Yelp in order to get more business and they will improve Masinos rating on Yelp, but we couldn't afford it (asking for at least $300/month contract), but I told them that I gave you my business website through where they were generating an average of $760 (online ordering processing fees through our website, just in 2016, we processed over $70000, and Yeld received 10 % of that ($7000), but still not happy. Then, they stopped calling, and they started the evil work online, by filtering all good reviews and showing mostly nasty reviews.

Then in 2017, I noticed the online ordering through our website was declining because EAT24 is redirecting our customers to their APP where they show the Yelp rating (only 2.5 stars but on Google we have 3.5 stars, tripadviser 4 stars, etc), I started calling them in order to ask why sales are declining, and explained that one of the reason is the Yelp low rating, and when they redirect to their website and showing other business with higher rating than Massinos, of course the sales will decline. EAT24 couldn't do anything of course, just because Yelp is in charge, and yelp wanted more money from us.

So I had to close EAT24 account, and switched our website to Menufy, which in just 2 months, sales were tripled.

Then EAT24 were so upset, they started that evil work just like Yelp, by trying everything in order to take business from Massinos and give it to our competition which are signed up with EAT24/Yelp.

Is this how a bad company (EAT24/YELP) operates, when they lose some business, they need to work harder in order to make that customer very upset, or they will work very hard and understand the issues that led to the lost of business and try harder to get it that business back. Stupid thinking and reactionsfrom EAT24/Yelp.


Posted by Joe Massi on 06/27/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

This article is very misleading because it lacks detail.
At the end of the day there are some very obvious reasons why the proposal does not adequately address the problem.
1.) Homeless people were not included in the discussion or development of this proposal. IT is all based on assuming what homeless people want and not the reality of need.
2. It is ridiculous to continually speak of building shelters and not low income or no income housing.
3. This proposal is an expansion of the homeless services industry. It only provides some with very temporary escape from the sidewalk. What it does do is create more paid staff positions none of which are available to the homeless
4. The dollar amount spoken of is above and beyond what is already being spent mainly on providing temporary or emergency shelter
5. In a scathing critique of the pathways proposal it is clear that homeless people are not going to voluntarily be warehoused in a koncentration kamp setting
6. The City in a sideways manner admits there is no funding source for this proposal. It is all a wish and a prayer
7. There is no location that has been identified or committed to this proposal

Posted by Sam Spade on 06/27/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

They do not address the number of houseless folks, which usually number in the hundreds or thousands. According to an article in, Berkeley has 664 homeless residents, living on the streets. none of those plans shelter all of them. if you are only going to shelter a few, create actual housing.

Posted by Bertha Pearl on 06/27/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

Forgotten in all the hubbub of these plans is the fact that there is no dialogue about creating low-cost housing in the city of Berkeley. None of these programs address that.

We at "first they came for the homeless" believe that all these programs are set up and designed to fail. Any money that is spent on anything other than housing is a waste of money.

So, while we applaud the city of Berkeley for at least addressing the problem, these programs are far, far short of what is needed to combat the situation of being unhoused.

Posted by Freeman Sullivan on 06/27/2017 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Living Downstairs, or Lying?: Advocates Say Oakland Landlords Pretending to Reside in Apartments so as to Evict Tenants

Sotelo says his apartment has a history of problems.... He's been living there since 2003 but waited until 2014 to finally say something??

Posted by Angel Halo Medina on 06/26/2017 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

I rarely post comments. But this Paley -- this pompous carpetbagger -- is one of the loathesome specimens I've come across in a long time. And heartfelt thanks to the EXPRESS for exposing this pest for what he is

Posted by Ace Backwords on 06/24/2017 at 9:24 PM

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