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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: “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: “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: “Letters of the week: The Homeless Issue in Oakland was a Hot Topic Among our Readers

What can legally be done to limit where one sets up a tent? Why do they allow tents to be set up in city parks? We keep talking about the rights of the homeless what about the rights of all people that live here in Oakland. I'm all for helping the homeless I just believe there should be limits They seem to have free rein to litter and place large furniture pieces in the street. Just because the Mayor has no idea what to do we must place pressure on her to do something. Our police pass right by and do nothing. This city deserves better it's a beautiful place to live and taking care of it should be all of our priorities.

Posted by elephantinrm on 07/03/2017 at 9:44 PM

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

Following up on my previous Swanson Report comment
"In November 2015, the City Attorney herself raised concerns with Chief Whent that the alleged officer sexual misconduct regarding Ms. Abuslin

Quoting, Practicing Ethics: CA Handbook for Municipal Lawyers
When a city attorney learns that the conduct of a city official
or employee is or may be a violation of law that may be
reasonably imputed to the organization or is likely to
result in substantial injury to the organization, State Bar
rules expressly authorize the city attorney to take the matter
to the highest internal authority within the organization.

your report clearly states that OCA Parker either, kept this secret between herself and Chief Whent, thus ethically failing to notify anyone else [ie Schaaf or Landreth], or was never questions by investigators, on who she actually told before March 2016, when Libby, Landreth and Monitor "claim" to have found out. These claims are in contradiction to the email chains EBX reported going to OCA and Landreth's office by civilian police representatives, prior to March 2016. Reasonable community people are finding it harder and harder to believe the Administration's March reveal date...may be letting Whent retire instead of being fired, was the administration's inside hush deal

Posted by Saleem on 07/03/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Making Oakland a Real Sanctuary City

so nieve

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/03/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Saying goodbye to causa justa and urban habitat are good first steps!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/03/2017 at 9:43 AM

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

"The administration buildings basement includes a shooting practice range, which is used as a virtual gun-and-weapons simulator, and also features several other rooms." You know what else is in the basement? The Evidence room. This is shoddy reporting with a click-bait headline, and no real details. Find a real story to report instead of looking for anything malicious to say about OPD. Not everything is a scandal, people. Go read some actual, verifiably factual news.

Posted by Monica Hattoon-Green on 07/03/2017 at 9:40 AM

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

Some of these lawyers representing the Criminal Element and Those Who Feel They Have Been Treated Unethically By The Police might as well be getting bi-weekly checks from the City of Oakland. Shouldn't the City Attorney fight a few,of these cases out in court? Shouldn't roll over with public money at stake.

Posted by johnkracht1258 on 07/02/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Regardless of whether it's Uber occupying the Sears building or not, Oakland needs a steady influx of revenue. Those millions of dollars Oakland NEEDS to fight homelessness and improve it's infrastructure (just two things the City needs to work on), won't come if they keep buckling to the demands to STOP GENTRIFICATION. I'm tired of hearing, "I was born and raised in Oakland, and I rent here, and they owe me an opportunity to afford to live here..." Well guess what, I was born and raised here, own a home here, and Oakland owes me the opportunity to actually benefit from things my PROPERTY TAXES say I'm entitled to. Well maintained streets, decent schools, low crime, businesses to spend my money, etc. I haven't gotten jack from this Oakland EXCEPT a higher tax bill EVERY YEAR. So until I start getting something in return, I don't care about what the anti-gentrification community has to say.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 07/02/2017 at 2:04 PM

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

The OPD is a gang of useless criminal thugs leeching off the taxpayers, refusing to show up for anything short of murder, worst solve rate in the country. Nobody even bothers to call the cops anymore.

Fire and prosecute bad cops, lower their bloated pay (inexplicably these yahoos make more than most cops in the Bay Area), get rid of the overtime they use to play six-figure meter maid, demand 50% or more of their resources go to investigating crimes instead of writing traffic tickets, and bring them to heel. We're sick of this legally-sanctioned street gang run amok.

Posted by McKraken on 07/01/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Passes Divisive Proposal to Establish Violence Prevention Department

The comments here explain why such a common-sense move would seem "divisive." Shame, judgement and fear of minorities "taking" from middle-class whites drives the cycle of hatred. An ounce of prevention is worth a (at least) pound of cure, and not enough has been done to build the safety net of girls who are being sucked into sexual slavery or boys who are vulnerable to the peer pressures of violence. Coordinated and sustained efforts are needed to create safety for all. I have high hopes for this project and applaud the city council and the people. We can change the dynamics of bullying.

Posted by Kristen Caven on 07/01/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

1919 Market, Oakland: A quick recap -- After years (decades?) of neglect both by the previous owners and the residents (possibly out of fear of loss of the space... Ghostship/warehouse anyone?). As a result a change of hands of the property, the residents took to issue to the city and the result was the building was red tagged and an order to fix the issue was ordered. Because it was red tagged, they were removed. The owners, rather than repair, unexpectedly demolished.

My questions are: What follow through was there after the unauthorized building demolition? What council district did this happen in? What city council member has been silent on this, even at the time? Why? Why no follow through of any kind?

Like it or not, the "disruptive" mindset applies not just to these developers, but to crypto-anarchists of all stripes... "I can do what I want to obtain my goals by any means necessary. Leave it to others to stop me if they can! I have a higher calling!" Witness the budget meeting this week. Hell, taking up residence in an urban building not properly permitted for residence is of the same mindset.

Gang, you really can't play the cards both ways. Either anarchy reins and only the biggest, baddest bullies have the rights they force on us, or we obey the rules. If you get to break the rules and be disruptive, so does they other side... in a never ending escalation.

I think I learned this in kindergarten.... Maybe pre-school. It was a long time ago.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/30/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Making Oakland a Real Sanctuary City

Will this sanctuary protect Native Oaklanders from the horrific violation of our human rights by the city government of Oakland? We really need some help to escape these Jim Crow policies and abuse of our Constitutional rights. How dare they try to capitalize on this failure of a National Policy to portray themselves as saviors. They cannot be the savior when they are the same people removing human rights from innocent residents under their care and the entire collection of these same politicians are currently under federal scrutiny I am offended by this publicity stunt and hypocrisy they are pulling in this vote. Free Oaklanders from Oakland City Government Fascism!

Posted by Heather Smith on 06/30/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Making Oakland a Real Sanctuary City

Right on, Rebecca Kaplan and Brian Hofer! Thank you.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 06/30/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Posted by Lisa Laundry on 06/30/2017 at 6:32 PM

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