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Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I agree. A full and complete investigation of the Guap case needs to be convened... By authorities outside of the entire Alameda County political/legal structures.

I was reminded by an article elsewhere of recent, past improprieties at the level of the county supervisors and find myself wondering how far up the culture of "cover it up" and denial goes.

When I see pattern of the individual "incidents", I am fascinated that anyone could consider any of this can be adequately investigated by city or county authorities.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

The ATF only makes statements for ongoing investigations. They don't have a web site where they make announcements any more than the FBI makes statements. It's also been reported on sfgate.

IS an announcement of a declaration of arson in dispute? Calling it "fake news"?

Just my opinion, but I think it's fairly obvious the "by any means necessary" element is at work.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/07/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Still need a source on that. I mean, a link to the source, or name of the document...something that can be verified. I'm unable to find this information online.

Posted by KellerSan on 07/07/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Barbara Manning and Debora Iyall at Albany’s Ivy Room

What! no link to the said "EP" I am crushed. I just know it will be a masterpiece.

Posted by Robert Owens on 07/07/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

I'm looking for follow up on Marr's conviction. Only news I read was LA Times. Would like to see locally.

Posted by Christine Miller on 07/07/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. OPD is clearly beyond the control of anyone in the city, up to and including the chief and the mayor, maybe even the judge. This isn't a case of bad apples, budget and personnel shortfalls, unions, or failures of oversight. OPD has turned itself into a sociopathic culture that's beyond redemption. They're so friggin' evil they poison everything they touch.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

OPD doesn't come unless there's a firearm or death involved. So now EMTs get there after you die, too.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/07/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Victoria, source is federal ATF. They detemined at least 3 of these fires were arson.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 07/07/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

Shiesty usually refers to an action that is greedy and/or inconsiderate. When someone is shiesty it means they dont think about others and do things that help ...

Wake up OPD!! Fire all who was involved in the scandal. Why should they benefit from wrong doing? New leadership.

Posted by Baltimore Raven on 07/07/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

"There have been a string of fires since 2012 set purposefully to destroy new development in downtown and West Oakland."

Source?

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 07/07/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Last Straws? Several East Bay Governments Aim to Ban the Plastic Foodware.

KoffieStraw is reusable and certified 100% silicone (no BPA and other stuff u can't pronounce and shouldn't put in your mouth)

Posted by Rita Diorio on 07/07/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Lot's of hate disguised as help comes out of these orgs. Do you work for one of them Vince?

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/07/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

How the hell is PM+ LOSING money in Alameda County?
One trip to the mental health ward (john George)
My SO was billed over $2500.
And it was just a ride, no medical attention was needed

Posted by Ken Kellogg on 07/06/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

Also CDFA recently organized the inaugural meeting of the new CA Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, which is a big step in the right direction

Posted by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on 07/06/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

This is the first coverage of ems I've ever seen in local press. Long overdue.

While you describe the business motivations of the various segments of the ems industry, you skip over the motivations of firefighter unions in this. As fire codes improved and older building replaced over the last few decades, staffing needs for firefighting have dropped. As population ages and Obamacare implemented/preserved, 911 medical calls increase.

But It is nutso expensive to dispatch an entire fire crew to every 911 medical emergency. Replacing firefighters with emt's paid at fast food wage rates is not the answer either, but surely there's something in between where the emt's would get paid decently and the public wouldn't get gouged by fire departments.

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/06/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

Thank you for this wise examination. Although I'm commenting two years later, my personal experience is that too much continues to be true!

And, as bad or quite worse, is the Parking Ticket Racket. Not only will the hold your vehicle hostage by blocking registration, they'll "boot" it and then steal it away from you outright. This is how they MAKE people homeless, slapping them down to the streets... for things like parking briefly on a block that they deserve ALL DAY for a street sweeper to eventually come along (they can't schedule any better than that?) - even if the street sweeping took place successfully.

And parking tickets are curiously sacrosanct... NOT included in such programs. Probably for the obvious reason.

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 07/06/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Mike, you're a real asset to the community, aren't you? Let me guess, you're a landlord and worship Ayn Rand. What a tool.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/06/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “A Different Burger

Donnie is an amazing chef - What a fun event!

Posted by patrice 1 on 07/06/2017 at 11:34 AM

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

Should turnOakland's police & fire department over to the county. County operates them more cheaply.

Posted by concern _123 on 07/06/2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Essay: Where Do We Get to Be Black and Queer?

I am thinking of moving to Oakland and was researching the black and queer community there and this article popped up. A legitimate godsend. Check out my blog, it's all about intersectionality and culture and music and the like. Check it out!

Peace and love.

Posted by Jayy on 07/06/2017 at 7:40 AM

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