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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 EAT24.com 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 EAT24.com 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.

YELP/EAT24 = EVIL COMPANY = EVIL DOING

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 dailycal.org, 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.
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/05/29/berkeleys-homeless-population-nears-1000-homeless-shelter-crisis/

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

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

Friends don't let Oakland become SF. Textbook case ongoing here.
Narcissistic douchebags like Paley are emboldened by the present sociopolitical atmosphere, clumsily demanding attention. This guy wants to shut down Metro's party for his own geekCon circle-jerks? F that. Resist.

Posted by bigdumbgod on 06/24/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

I'm so excited & relieved that Miliki's will be staying. I'm relatively new to the area but it's. Become one of my favorite breakfast places. Now I will have the opportunity to check out the delicious West African dinner dishes.

Posted by Denise B on 06/24/2017 at 1:30 PM

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

It seems incredible to me that a committee made up of appointed-by- city- council residents of the Wildfire District pretends that it knows more about fire prevention than the experienced, highly trained professionals who make up the OFD. The WPAD board in the past has attempted to execute its own "fire prevention"agenda, which, with the exception of the goat herding contracts, has little or nothing to do with fire safety. Many of the people in the Wildfire District do not even realize that the WPAD had nothing to do with private property. The goat contracts, and anything else that the WPAD managed to do, involved only city-owned, public property--so why should the owners of private property be expected to pay an additional tax for a service that should come from the OFD budget or from the general fund? Maintaining fire safety in public parks and other public spaces that all Oakland residents use should not be paid for only by the property owners in the hills. The Mayor, the City Council, and the OFD should be responsible for fire safety (both fire prevention and fire suppression), not a board of biased citizens who have dared in the past to attempt to advise the OFD on its policies, and how to spend its money.

Posted by Madeline Hovland on 06/23/2017 at 9:13 PM

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

Hills residents have shown they are willing to pay for extra fire prevention services and will do so again when it's clear that the extra funds would be used effectively. For at least 9 years, OFD has been short-sighted about all fire prevention work. It took the tragic Ghost Ship disaster to expose the ridiculous lack of inspection services in Oakland and wake OFD up to their responsibility to inspect commercial properties. The 2017-2019 budget process being done now is adding at least a dozen fire inspectors, which is a good start, but is only designating one or two of those full-time positions for the vegetation management and wildfire prevention staff, where 3-4 would be more appropriate for our large city. Not until the vegetation management plan for Oakland's Open Space properties is completed and data entry systems are updated to enable City departments to coordinate their efforts better, can a new hills fire prevention taxation district move forward. I'm not convinced yet that the fire prevention efforts will have a high enough priority within OFD. Time will tell, but I am more hopeful that the next Hills wildfire prevention district will be more popular and effective than the one that just ended.

Posted by batya_lee on 06/23/2017 at 9:07 PM

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

Why is no one talking about the epic failure of CalTrans to maintain vegetation along our freeways. We've already had a fire closing Hwy 13 and the excuse from CalTrans that they are "down one maintenance crew"...is not good enough to excuse them from responsibility. Signage is not even visible because everything's so overgrown. New landscaping is installed and promptly neglected by CalTrans. C'mon Sacramento...get down here and clean up!

Posted by S. Taylor on 06/23/2017 at 5:58 PM

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

What seems obvious is that we have two sides to a public safety issue. The problem is that both sides are wrong. The City has not had any competent leadership in the Fire department for a decade or more. As a result, the staff is poorly trained and there is no long term focus or establishment of priorities from the top in how the work is accomplished. Most firefighters see their jobs as fighting fires and EMT work. The ancillary duties that require additional technical training, like hazardous waste control, plan check, building and hillside fire inspections are viewed as nuisance duties, instead of a part of the core mission. The history and lack of performance in these areas have demonstrated that to be true. At the same time. for the people who live in high fire hazard areas like Ms Piper to think that they should be given the same level of protection as the people who live in the developed city is unreasonable. People who love the wild land ambiance and expensive views from the Oakland hills have to realize that there is a risk associated with their choice of neighborhoods. Most of the streets and lots in the north hills were mapped almost two centuries ago. The streets are not and never will be adequate to safely accommodate the level of growth that has occurred. The homeowners choose to take on that risk by the choices they make. It is like people who live in the hills of Lake Tahoe complaining that the bears are a nuisance. It is not the bears that are the problem. With that being said, somewhere in the middle is where both sides need to be. The City needs to do a better job in their mission and the neighbors need to take personal responsibility for creating defensible spaces around their homes whether the city inspects the neighborhood or not. If these folks want extra attention because of their own choices not to live where fire service is readily available, they need to pay for it.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/23/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Plans for a 'New' Oakland Are Taking Shape, but Existing Residents Are Demanding More Equitable Development

The state legislature has a major role to play in development. Most recently, it mandated that cities ease the creation of mini-lots and backyard housing, which have a mixed bag of good and bad effects. Where do our state legislators stand on affordable housing and neighborhood preservation?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/23/2017 at 12:45 PM

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

Ilona Nesmith Clark... dial back your snark: no one should have to live with mold at ANY cost - and that is health code ... that is a health hazard and they have every right to raise that issue and get action on it. 2ndly, the property taxes are kept in check by Prop 13 controls, so that bit of snark is inaccurate. 3rdly, he is complaining that the landlord is jacking up rent on a rent-controlled unit by nearly 300% by faking residency in order to circumvent the law.... this is yet another sleazy cheapass slumlord driven by greed.

Actually, when adhered to, Oakland has excellent rent control and just-cause eviction laws.

Greed is a powerful form of evil and once people are infected with it they just want all they can get, at whatever human cost. This is an example of another sick, greedy landlord exploiting a vulnerable family. I am sick of these **********ers. It was a landlord like this who owned the Ghostship warehouse and was just as glad to look the other way; or another who owned that disgusting sro on San Pablo that recently caught fire. Shallow greedy people.

Where are people who do labor like this supposed to live, in your fantasy of what is just and right?

Posted by Lynn Rogers on 06/23/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Plans for a 'New' Oakland Are Taking Shape, but Existing Residents Are Demanding More Equitable Development

There is no history in Oakland, or in America for that matter, that views existing diverse urban neighborhoods as having intrinsic value. Instead, they have always been seen as economic opportunities for the development community whose baseline approach was to destroy those neighborhoods and totally displace existing residents who, because of race and lower economic status, don't deserve a place at the table in the planning process. In the late 50's, Black residents of the Filmore District of SF had to sue the City in order to be included in the committee required to formulate the new plan under the Model Cities program. In Oakland, since the 60's, for the most part, the top levels of the Planning Department have been occupied by UC Berkeley planning school graduates whose inflated views of their own intelligence defined the City by floor area ratios and height requirements. Moreover, having no exposure, interest or connection to the broader Oakland flatland communities, concentrated the planning focus on downtown, Montclair, Rockridge and Jack London neighborhoods. Not surprisingly, almost all of the Planning Commissioners during those years also resided in those areas and many, if not most, were professionals at some level in land development. The blatant disregard at the top levels for the value of diverse neighborhoods and their populations has never been better illustrated than former Planning Director Rachael Flynn's statement that there was no housing crisis in Oakland. More concerning is that there was no response at all from the Mayor or City Council for that obvious disconnection with reality. In the recent E12 st housing debacle, it was only when the Eastlake neighborhood became involved that the community benefits conversations with the developer began to develop. There has to be sensitivity to these cultural diversity issues by City leadership in order for any plan to reflect those values in the process and the ultimate result. Currently, I see the Mayor and City Council members continuing to make backroom deals with developers and doing their best to bypass the neighbors.That is not a good sign for the immediate future.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/23/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Plans for a 'New' Oakland Are Taking Shape, but Existing Residents Are Demanding More Equitable Development

"adhocracy has had another important result: It showed a different kind of development is possible.... Except while it made those already in housed in Oakland feel they had control of their neighborhood(s) resulting in...:

The strategy was similar: delay and negotiate... While the homeless crises worsens as population pressures in the bay area rise.

The gaping holes existed well past the early 80's and on into the 90's.

While anti-displacement policies are wonderful, in no way does they address the needs and history of the community.

In East Oakland, not far from where I live there was a thriving merchant community in the 70's. Now, liquor stores, smoke shops or just boarded up store fronts are what those streets offer.... That didn't happen because of "urban redevelopment". It didn't happen because of "gentrification" or "developer domination" or "unjust planning decisions".

It happened because a desperate community allowed self serving pocket Boss Tweeds to offer tidbits of bread and circuses and illusions of "community control and pride" instead of jobs and education... And did it for decades!

We can't build a wall and keep "those people" out. We can't simply declare solutions by zoning them away. Nor can we simply demonize those who have in the past or or now want to invest in Oakland. People put money and effort in because they see a possible benefit. No one works for free, but somehow the activists expect others to do what they will not.

While we're at it, can get someone to plant a money tree in my back yard? I'd rather not go to work in the morning.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/22/2017 at 10:50 PM

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