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Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

Clarification of my preceding comment:

I enthusiastically support the creation of sanctioned campgrounds ("safe havens") as an alternative to encampments on our streets for the (temporarily or permanently) nomadic local population -- in conjunction with a crash program to build permanent, low-income housing. The point is to remain focused on housing and land-use issues, and not become mired in other (dubious) agendas.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

You can judge a person's character by the way she treats her assistant.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

The OPD admit they lied to the public. Who will be held accountable? How can we be expected to trust the police after they lie? I was happy to hear the OPD helped stop human sex trafficking. I thought they did something good for once. Guess not.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The Mother and the Officer

I don't understand why there was a cover up. There isn't a jury in the world that would convict a cop for shooting someone in a stolen car with a gun in it, who tried to flee the police. Now there is a cloud over the cops for the rest of their lives, due to the cover up. The victim's mom can't get closure, due to the cover up. And Oakland trusts the people who covered up with our children.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

40 campers? Are they kidding? The objective should be to get massive numbers of campers off the sidewalks -- where they don't belong (and where there should be Zero Tolerance enforcement of health and safety codes). Ultimately, the goal should be to build massive amounts of low-income housing.

So-called "services"? Lance Caruthers, himself a camper, speaking without the patronizing and politicized (and self-serving!) attitude of social workers, politicians, and "homeless advocates," hits the nail on the head: "'They wanna keep track of our whereabouts.' 24-hour management and controlled access, which will likely involve fences and sign-ins, though no curfews, is infantilizing."

It's also costly, which in turn, limits "safe refuge" to a tiny proportion of the huge population in need of a place to camp, and siphons off precious funds needed to build brick-and mortar housing.

The mentally ill and substance users have long been with us, but this is a HOUSING crisis! "Transition"? Build it, and those in need will come -- and at that point, let them build their OWN lives.

The "services" our citizens need -- housed and unhoused alike -- don't require a social work degree or a paid bureaucracy. On all sides, they're called common decency and mutual respect.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

City Council members should each provide their front yards for homeless encampments. And, they should promote the use.

This will, of course, provide more space for the homeless to settle in. The encampments will be as geographically diverse as our council. Perhaps we can even accelerate the immigration from areas less friendly to homeless.

The council members will also be able to personally experience the impact these encampments have on safety, sanitation, and the ability of community merchants to conduct business. It sets an example of leadership to the rest of the community and demonstrates true commitment to "Love Life."

Posted by Michael Good on 10/21/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Dear Fellow Oakland residents,

Ms Roberts has asked her campaign treasurer/assistant city auditor (yes, she appointed her campaign treasurer to be her right hand man) to post the statement below on behalf of her anonymous staff members and it really isnt helping her cause. If this letter was signed, I would be more inclined to believe its contents. As she mentions on her website, Anyone who has ever managed people knows that its not always the right fit and I am sorry they are struggling with the consequences of that. As voting residents of Oakland, we are her managers, and we will not be sorry that she deals with the consequences of her not being a good fit for the position of an elected, ethical City Auditor.

Ms. Roberts - please do us all a favor and dont run for another term.

Posted by Jim Chen on 10/21/2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Dear Fellow Oakland residents,

Ms. Roberts has asked her campaign treasurer/assistant city auditor (yes, she appointed her campaign treasurer to be her right hand man) to post the statement below on behalf of her anonymous staff members and it really isnt helping her cause. If this letter was signed, I would be more inclined to believe its contents. As she mentions on her website, Anyone who has ever managed people knows that its not always the right fit and I am sorry they are struggling with the consequences of that. As voting residents of Oakland, we are her managers, and we will not be sorry that she deals with the consequences of her not being a good fit for the position of an elected, ethical City Auditor.

Ms. Roberts - please do us all a favor and dont run for another term.

Posted by Jim Chen on 10/21/2017 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

This letter reflects the opinion of our active staff members at the Office of the Oakland City Auditor.

We feel compelled to respond to the recent article released about City Auditor, Brenda Roberts, as it does not accurately portray her management style, is one-sided, and relies heavily on allegations Brenda was absolved of. Simply put, we do not recognize the woman portrayed in this article.

We know Brenda to be a professional, caring, intelligent, passionate and compassionate leader. She ensures her staff is well trained, intellectually challenged, and cares about our career trajectories, and overall well-being.

It is a pleasure to work with her. She cares deeply about serving Oakland and makes certain we feel a sense of pride and ownership around our work and audits. She offers guidance and support and encourages us to attend trainings to boost our crucial audit skills required to ensure the City of Oakland runs more efficiently.

Brenda embraces the celebration of milestones (such as the release of audits, birthdays, newly hired team members, etc.) and develops relationships with other departments so we arent working in silos, disconnected from the larger workings of the City.

She also NEVER stops working. Whether she is out in the community at Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council meetings, responding to Whistleblower complaints, attending City Council meetings, or guiding us through audits, her strong work ethic infuses our work. We have produced a total of 10 audits since Brenda took office in 2015. Another 4 audits in OFD, OPD, Public Works and the Public Ethics Commission will be released soon.

Housing, of course, is one of the top issues facing Oakland and our Rent Adjustment Program audit was pivotal in bringing about significant changes to Oaklands housing and rental program. We are proud our Rent Adjustment Program audit was recognized with a Knighton Award and will positively impact Oaklands response to the housing crisis.

Currently, our team is united, thriving and gaining traction. We are honored that Brenda is at the helm of our office and feel lucky to be working and growing with her.

We look forward to engaging in the important work ahead of us, and most importantly, serving this City we all care so deeply about.

Respectfully,
The Office of the City Auditor

Posted by Carlos Hickerson on 10/19/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Mother and the Officer

Under lawful CIRCUMSTANCES & EVENTS Police must have equipment to 'detain' motor vehicles just as Police 'detain' persons in handcuffs.

Posted by Peter Quinn on 10/19/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “The Mother and the Officer

So two officers went up to a car, the occupants tried to run, appeared to be fighting, and had a gun in sight. What are the officers supposed to do? Apologize and let them go?

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/19/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

The City of Oakland is a criminal enterprise!
https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…
Regards,
Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 10/19/2017 at 7:05 AM

Re: “East Bay Homeless Campers Accuse Caltrans of Illegally Confiscating and Destroying Valuable Property — and Even Family Heirlooms

BRUCE AND REBECCA

ON MY MIND TODAY IS THE FACT THAT CALTRANS WORKERS CAME TODAY A DAY EARLIER THAN USUAL ...,
AND WHAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST IS HOW THEY TORE OUR HOUSE CAMP TENT UP AND MADE A BIGGER MESS THAN WAS THERE TO START WITH ALSO THE FACT THAT THEY PICKED AND CHOOSE WHAT THEY TOOK .
AMONG THE THINGS THEY TOOK WERE OUR FOOD LOCKERS , ALL OF OUR CLEAN LAUNDRY AND CLOTHES , MY WEAPONS 3 LONG GUNS , 6 LAPTOPS , OUR SOLAR PANELS , HONDA GENERATOR , BATTERY CHARGER , WIRE FEED WELDER AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS , AND THINGS I'M SURE WE WILL FIGURE OUT LATER AS WE REALIZE THAT THEY TOOK THEM,
THEY DESTROYED THREE TENTS AND MADE A HUGE MESS THAT LOOKS WORSE THEN ANYTHING WE EVER HAD , WE MAKE A POINT OF OUR CAMP BEING CLEAN AND NEAT AT ALL TIMES AND THAT OUR TRASH IS HAULED OFF ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR THE SIMPLE FACT THAT OUR CAMP IS HIGH VISIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC AND EVEN THOUGH WE ARE HOMELESS WE STILL RESPECT OUR LIVING SPACE AND THOSE THAT HAVE TO SEE IT , BEING HOMELESS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO LIVE LIKE A SLOB , AND WE DON'T..............
THEY DID LEAVE SEVERAL ORANGE TRASH BAGS OF TRASH THAT WE HAD PICKED UP FROM AROUND THE AREA THAT WE STAY THAT CAME FROM THE PUBLIC THAT EXITS THE FREEWAY NEAR US AND FEELS IT'S ALRIGHT TO THROUGH THEIR TRASH OUT THE WINDOWS OF THEIR CARS AS THEY PHONE IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE HOMELESS THAT ARE JUST TRYING TO STAY UNDER THE RADAR OF THE PUBLIC HIT SQUAD THAT THEMSELVES ARE ONLY MISSING 1 PAYCHECK AWAY FROM JOINING US.
ALSO THEY TOOK OUR BED CLEAN BEDDING, SLEEPING BAGS. NOW I'M SURE THEY HAD A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT THE WEATHER WAS GOING TO BE LIKE TONIGHT, AND AS YOU CAN TELL IT'S TRYING TO RAIN AND IS CONSIDERABLY COLDER TONIGHT THAN IT HAS BEEN ,
I HAVE TO GO NOW AND FIGURE OUT HOW I'M GOING TO KEEP MY LOVE REBECCA AND I WARM TONIGHT..

Posted by Bruce Nix on 10/19/2017 at 12:34 AM

Re: “The Mother and the Officer

Once again Darwin Bond Graham shows his bias in reporting and does not paint the full picture. Bellusa was fired from the Oakland Police Department. Sarna had issues, but he was about to eliminate the sergeants position that Bellusa was occupying. As far as Jordan, he should keep his mouth shut. He was the worse chief in Oakland Police Department history. He was Quan's puppet and yes man. How can he say he wanted the internal affairs case, but let a Sarna take over. Is that leadership? No, as chief he was also in charge of the criminal case, but did nothing to ensure it was conducted properly. Jordan had a history of burying his head in the sand when it comes to criminal investigations and pointing the finger at others. Jordan is quick to offer his opinion when a reporter puts a mic or notepad in his face, but lets be real Jordan was "fired" as well from OPD and has an ax to grind. Jordan left on a medical for no heart or spine? I see now he also has no brain.

Posted by Daffy_Duck on 10/18/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Chris - Thanks for saying whats on the mind of all long-time Warrior supporters. Those of us that are not just fans, but support the team with our tax dollars and attendance through the long dark years. Home run.

Posted by David Peters on 10/18/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Warehouse Weed Farming in Richmond's Wild West

Richmond Mayor T. King Butt wants to right the wrongs that were done to African Americans during the war years when Blacks were not allowed to live in Richmond.
Consequently, they were forced to live in unincorporated North Richmond. Currently, King Butt wants to annex North Richmond to right those wrongs done to the Black population. However, this is a cover for what he really wants and that is the land for growing cannabis of which Noth Richmond has plenty of because there used to be nurseries there.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 10/17/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Karma will teach them just like its teaching the niners and the Raiders....and the bandwagon fans that "love the warriors" will be just like the niners giving away they seat licences and tickets for the trick or treaters next week....great job Chris!!!!

Posted by Lil Bartholo on 10/17/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Unfortunately, the Warriors owners are once again showing that the owners of sports franchises in America are not only arrogant and greedy, but absolutely tone deaf in their relentless search for more and more money. Is it ever enough and will they ever realize that it is the fans that make the whole thing work? The NFL owners are well on their way to killing the golden goose with their greedy desire to add Thursday night football and ultimately expand the schedule. They approved the move of two franchises to an LA market that has shown over and over again that the football team they love is the USC Trojans. I can see the Rams returning, but the insanity of moving the Chargers to an LA market where they have no fans, are not a good team and are playing in a soccer stadium in Carson is mind boggling. At the end of the day, the team the LA fans wanted was the Raiders and they are moving to Las Vegas. Mark Davis has shown nothing but outright disrespect for the City of Oakland and one of the most loyal fan bases anywhere, ever. After appearing in a Super Bowl, Jed York and his ego screwed the 49ers for at least a decade by turning his back on San Francisco and moving into a concrete hot box Santa Clara. The fans of Oakland and the east bay supported the Warriors through at least 20 years of losing and the thanks they get is an announcement of a move to SF as soon as they got a championship team. Not only that, they are trying to screw the city on the way out. I don't know about you, but I believe in karma. It is a powerful energy in the universe that is pervasive in all aspects of the human existence. Yes, even more than money. After a 12-4 record last season and despite Davis trying to placate the fans with the signing of Marshawn Lynch, the departing Raiders all of a sudden can't seem to do anything right. I wonder how much mojo will follow the Warriors to SF? Fan loyalty lasts a lot longer than a maximum 3-5 year run of success any sports franchise can put together. After Curry and Durant decline or depart, will SF give them die hard fans that sell the place out? I seriously doubt it.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/17/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

chirs you sound like an asshole here , chill out . we love the warriors

Posted by Sh Sh Boba on 10/17/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

FYI "Its not even a lot of money for someone like you" is never a persuasive argument, if that is what you are trying to do.

Posted by tonydyk on 10/17/2017 at 3:01 PM

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