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Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

i wonder if schaaf would think this was a 'fair resolution' if it was her daughter . she knew, and let it go on . she's part and parcel of the abuses by opd . instead of allowing the new citizen's police watchdog to hire an appropriate new chief for a reasonable price, she hand picked her new opd chief and offered even more money than the last several corrupt chiefs were taking out of town

time to go, schaaf . thanks to desley for stating what should be obvious to every thinking person

Posted by demotro polis on 06/02/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

> Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf characterized the settlement as a
> quick and fair resolution...

God I can't wait to vote her out of office.

Posted by John Michaels Grabowski on 06/01/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Is the 43% solving the existing crime problem, Vincent? Hell no. That's obvious. Cutting funding for law enforcement guarantees more crime and more dead bodies in the streets. That's no solution either. Nor does it directly solve widening income disparity or fix the six inch deep holes in the roads (that result in expensive repairs for businesses and residents)

The resulting crime and violence DOES make Oakland unattractive for things that would bring in needed dollars for schools, libraries, fire department and all of the other services.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Hey Bruce, Oakland spends 43% of its budget on OPD. 43%. Not helping, is it? Why not 100%? That will, of course, take care of all the crime, right? Close up that widening income gap, bring jobs in, etc. We don't need libraries, the fire dept, schools, good roads... More police= no crime, right? Riiigghhhttt....

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/01/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Oakland crime problems are long standing. The council uses them to make grandstand plays while doing nothing about them except grandstanding.

Lets see... R. Kaplan how many terms of office? (not just her current AT LARGE position). How many for Brooks? McElhaney?... And it's the mayor who's corrupt?! Who has been in office longer?

The "community" keeps electing them to get their neighborhood "payoffs".

As long as that continues, street cops will get burned out and just not care anymore and just see the job as a means to "get theirs"... By any means necessary.

OPD officers should have been enforcing the law. They should NOT have been facilitating and taking advantage. No argument.

Doesn't it strike ANYONE else as odd that a family member of an OPD employee is at the center of this whole mess?

The fact that she was under age grants her an impenetrable shield of a immunity.

Isn't that in and of itself odd? And this perfect storm "just happened" and it all the cops fault?

I'm not fan of cops, but this whole thing has reeked from day one and the stink just keeps getting worse.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Police can't stop crime this is evident. They police. They investigate. They wouldn't have jobs if crime didn't exist. Every thing exist due to supply and demand. The law is present the police enforce the law. Why has sex trafficking increased? The war on drugs not so much a war its about who can get involved. Greed and corruption exists within the system.

Posted by Donnetta Williams on 05/31/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

This has nothing with OPD's "lack of diversity" and everything to do with a corrupt police department and even more corrupt Mayor.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/31/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Are the officers involved still going to face their criminal charges? Tax payers are constantly covering for OPD's fuck ups.
I also agree with council-member Brooks; this doesn't seem like enough to cover the shit OPD did.

Posted by Magnu on 05/31/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Of course we should spend less on law enforcement... Why should the people of the city be concerned about the following:

Man shot to death , 45-year-old Godofredo Nah-Pol just after midnight May 23 on the 2100 block of Fruitvale Avenue.

A man was shot and killed in Oakland on the 5100 block of International Boulevard at 51st Avenue just before 4 p.m (broad daylight no less) on Tuesday May 30th.

That was just this week. Odd Ms Brooks, Ms Kaplan the rest of the city council seem blind to these senseless deaths never once mentioning them. Not to mention members of the fourth estate, the sock puppet BondGrahm/EBX.

Solutions folks. Not hand wringing. Not grand standing.

Oh never mind, the bullets weren't blue and Oakland doesn't snitch.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/31/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Ship Show Served Up Hip-Hop On A Former Navy Aircraft Carrier, Complete With First-Time Festival Hiccups

You said above "and the fact that they were told Keak da Sneak, a Bay Area Legend, would not be performing, only to take the stage." Not clear, did he show up and play after all?

Posted by Allison Martin on 05/29/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Hayward Police Chief: There Is No Video of Fatal Police Shooting of 16-Year-Old Elena Mondragon

The shooting of pregnant 16 year old Elena Mondragon occurred in City View apartment complex owened by Essex Property Trust, a multimillion dollar cooperation. City View is an area where criminal activities are continuously growing out of the management's control, as they downplays crime to its residents in order to continue increasing the rent. I don't condone the shooting of Mondragon for being in that area with the wrong friends. Yet, the shooting took place in the City View community comprises of over 500 units where criminal background checks in the past was not done in order to move in. If I was a police officer, I'd be quick to think of protecting myself first in that area.

Posted by doda on 05/29/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Ship Show Served Up Hip-Hop On A Former Navy Aircraft Carrier, Complete With First-Time Festival Hiccups

No Keak De Sneak Sat No DMX Sun Sat they took for ever i was first in line and they made a second line and took 2 from that line and me and 2 from the other line doors open at almost 4pm on sat and said 3pm VIP didn't open until he'll a late a waste and then the music started super late and yes YG was pissed and Wiz khalifa played manner 35 min what headliner does that and Sun doors opened about 330 and to check points but none cop couldn't go to VIP and no DMX and wa tang came on late and played 45min and not the times on list

Posted by James Jimmy Gomez on 05/29/2017 at 1:09 AM

Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

By the way Gary Patton, I was just looking through the old Milo Berkeley post and was surprised to see you comment there too (what can I say, I'm always late when it comes to the news or looking through articles), and I know you're probably not going to read this post, but if you do, I just want to tell you and everyone that anarchism itself is not as scary as it sounds and not just for white males; it's not just about breaking windows either. People of all races adhere to this centuries old political ideology, including Asians, African-Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics. I recommend you do some research on it; wikipedia's a good start. You can also visit an anarchist bookfair in SF. Trust me, anarchism is not that scary. As a Chinese-American, philosophically, I personally base my anarchism in Taoism and the Buddhist tradition of non-violence.

Some people end up Marxist or liberal or conservative or alt-right , but I ended up as an anarchist feminist (anarcha-feminist) because I grew up in a very diverse area, stayed in Dublin long enough, faced and witnessed sexism, racism and bullying everywhere in the Bay Area (including San Francisco), ask why some people are homeless and some are not, paid attention to the news, and took critical thinking and history courses in high school and college. Anarchism just came naturally to me as it is anti-authoritarian, based on direct democracy, and social and economic equality.

So to bring all of this back to this topic, I hate the fact that what was once a growingly diverse sleepy little quint Irish town (with awesome St. Patrick's Day parades) waiting to become the famous little sister to Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland and Berkeley has now become famous as a town full of bigotry, which is far from the truth and much more nuanced, because not every single resident in Dublin or Livermore or San Ramon thinks the same way or eats the same food (part-whole fallacy). I judge a place by whether I feel comfortable expressing my far-left feminist anarchist views as a person of color in public. Dublin has always been a place where I feel comfortable doing so everywhere I go without people screaming at me or giving me weird or dirty looks. Maybe they hide their feelings well and secretly want me gone, but I really doubt that. I know some people in Dublin espouse racist or prejudiced sentiments, but just as many are against it, as the article states.

Posted by He Zhen on 05/27/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

I live in Dublin and please don't think all of us think this way. I'm Chinese-American and philosophically an anarchist feminist (yes, I'm a loony far-lefty so you know what I'm going to say next); yes, we far-left anarchists do exist in Dublin (or maybe I'm the only one that exists) and our opinions in Dublin are very diverse. I had no idea that this was going on and just found out about this by doing a search on my city to see if there were anymore racist things happening (there was a racist graffiti that read "stop the Asian invasion of the city in Dublin" back in 2010 with a white nationalist "national-anarchist" symbol which I didn't know about until years later by doing a casual search on flickr).

As a Chinese-American, I'm particularly sensitive to this sanctuary issue because I know how we were seen as the "yellow peril" (and evidently still are by some white nationalists in Dublin) and were excluded from entering America for 60 years via the Chinese Exclusion Act enacted in the 1880s; Chinese women weren't even legally allowed to come here until the 1940s. They were smuggled in the US or sold into prostitution or indentured servitude where many didn't live that long. It was the only way they could come here. If there are any Chinese voicing support for some explicit (or implicit) anti-sanctuary policy, we need to remember our own history and how we were once excluded and how some of our own people had come here illegally in the past. Donaldina Cameron, a Christian Caucasian woman, sheltered undocumented Chinese girls who came here illegally in San Francisco Chinatown during 1900-1934. Donaldina never once asked to check their immigration status.

EVERYONE is welcome here, no matter your race, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or immigration status. I've lived here for 16 years and love this city so much and value our diversity and acceptance of others. I personally haven't witnessed much discrimination in Dublin aside from several isolated incidences (maybe 3-5 incidences in person?) and am very disappointed to see such thinly veiled bigotry aimed specifically toward Hispanics. One's immigration status or race does not make an individual dangerous. We need to stop scapegoating and committing logical fallacies (occam's razor, overgeneralizing, correlation does not imply causation) because we want easy answers to complex issues. By the way, well said, Gary Patton; those are facts.

Posted by He Zhen on 05/26/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Hey Vanessa Ly,

I am not sure if you attend the School Board Meeting on 5/16/2017, but I am attaching the link below so that you can take a look, the Board announced Dr. Perry to come back and reinstated his position as Head of the School. The superintendent has been telling other people that Dr. Perry is sick or he needs to re-apply for the position, she told a lot of people that she doesn't want him to leave. She is lying. This video is the truth!!! Don't listen to her. The OUSD funded the school with textbooks, school supplies, field trips, and more. There are many other Charter Schools that got the funds, but they utilize it really well. They provided a lot of activities for students to learn and a lot of field trips. Regarding of the lunch, I want to let you know that, my son school lunch had a fly in it!!! The fly was dead!!!! Look at your lunch before you eat.

https://youtu.be/WHhHRFho0ZY

Posted by Fran Lau on 05/26/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Looks like the AIMS school administration and board have adopted the same secret decision making that OUSD administration and board have practiced for years.

We've tried small schools and charter schools. Even the few high performing charters like AIMS seem to self destruct and devolve into money grabs. We tried a state takeover that left us with same problems plus weakened school board and transparency.

With Vos in power, we wouldn't want a Fed overseer for local schools (even if there was such a thing).

The only consistently "good" thing about the Oakland public/charter school system is that it keeps the cost of housing down as parents leave if they can when their kids reach shool age.

Posted by Len Raphael on 05/25/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Hey, my school is that one! So here is what happened, my school's superintendent and principal were in the office of the principal, Dr. Perry, and the superintendent, Ms. Wood Cadiz. A few seconds later, Ma. Cadiz started to ask questions and fired him!!! She has been lying to us students stating that he was very very sick!!! SHE IS AN EXCUSE!!!!!!!! WE NEED MORE FIELD TRIPS!!! WE NEED BETTER ACHOOL LUNCHES, WE NEED SUPPLIES AND BOOKS!!!!!!!! I MEAN, COME ON!!!! IM ONLY A 6TH GRADER!!!!

Posted by Vanessa Ly on 05/25/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Actually Earnest, if you investigate this particular charter school, you'll find it has danced on the edge of losing it's accreditation for a number of years. When charter schools in general show good results, they do it by expelling or other wise encouraging "problem" students to go elsewhere (cherry picking the students).

Their stats look better but they are NOT what they appear to be.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/25/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Charter schools are businesses. Local public schools are not. That is the problem with charters. They should not exist. Period. They are a shadow system that only drains resources.

Posted by Eetma A-zole on 05/25/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Doesn't the American Indian School system in Oakland have the best results in graduation/placement? Must be doing something right. Their high school is rated #1 IIRC.

Too bad the parents don't appreciate that.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/25/2017 at 12:36 PM

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