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Re: “Coal Company Attorneys Criticize City of Oakland's Health Impact Study Supporting Coal Ban

Unfortunately, the lawyer has a point. Our local Sierra Club is a player.

Posted by Don Macleay on 01/16/2018 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Lacked Authority to Make Arrests and Enforce Laws for First Ten Months on the Job

No one wants to see Oakland burn. That's why there are articles such as these to point out the bumbling moves the Mayor's office continuously makes.
First Oakland had no police chief for several months and then when we do she can't even enforce any laws! What a joke.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/16/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Oakland School Board Denies Charter School Petition Renewal

OUSD board: where three to two is a tie vote and children take a backseat to adult politics.

Posted by Addison Sims on 01/15/2018 at 1:38 PM

Re: “'The Village' Is Helping Build a Self-Organized Homeless Camp in East Oakland

Help the poor get clean decent and affordable tiny homes in permanent places

Posted by Rabia Yamazawa on 01/14/2018 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Bill to Reinstate Rent Control Defeated; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant to Shut Down

Alas, the tenant orgs don't want any compromise because they believe the rental housing business should be regulated like utilities. The just cause eviction language they use is takes away most property owner rights without costly litigation, the cpi numbers they use for increases is completely out of step with actual labor/material costs along with all the increases that come with ownership, and they mistakenly equate the risk of ownership with that of tenancy. Simply stated that's just 3 of several areas tenant orgs are so out of step.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 01/14/2018 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Five Great Dining Deals During Oakland Restaurant Week

Thank you so much for the mention!!
Im the PR & Digital Social Media manager for Dragon Gate and saw the mention about the latter menu, our $50 menu.

The courses is 5 dishes. Appetizers you will get is Celery Dumpling Soup, Chicken Katsu, AND Ocean Salad! Entrees you can choose Basil Clam or Oyster Tofu and then Beef/Lamb Stew over Rice or Sha-Cha Lamb Fried Noodle or Rice. Complimentary two cocktails of our signature drinks Dragon Lord or Dragon Warrior.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a Laisee Raffle Drawing on February 15-16. Receive a raffle ticket for every $25 spent from now until CNY. Winnings of up to $100 are possible.

In celebration and wrap up of Oakland Restaurant Week #orw18 & to celebrate Oakland #oaklandloveit, we will have an encore episode watch party of Cooking Channel's & Jordan Andino's show, Late Nite Eats on January 20th at 7:30pm, with Tsingtao Beer Tasting, shwag giveaways and promos, Visit Oakland will also setup their mobile visitors center, and more details to come!!

Come in and dine at Dragon Gate Bar & Grille during Oakland Restaurant Week (Jan 11-21) #ORW18 #oaklandloveit and post on FB, Instagram @dragongateoak #dragongatebar, and/or a 4-5 star Yelp review, show your server at the end of your meal for a complimentary well shot or a skewer from our Signature Taiwanese Skewer Menu!

A plethora of food to feed your soul!

Posted by Darlene Wong on 01/13/2018 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Lacked Authority to Make Arrests and Enforce Laws for First Ten Months on the Job

Another hit piece masquerading as reporting on the part of Darwin Bond-Graham. As Bruce Ferrell notes, this article has basically no point besides casting aspersions against the OPD; slandering the OPD being Bond-Grahams and the EBXs raison detre.

Bringing in anyone as chief who had not previously been a CA peace officer, especially with tenure like Chief Kirkpatricks whose formal training was far in the past, would have brought on the same issues. But this matters not to Bond-Graham; like most at his newspaper, he cares not for what is true, he just wants to watch Oakland burn and spout banalities about how those he does not like are solely responsible.

Posted by John Tremain on 01/13/2018 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Denies Charter School Petition Renewal

Rosie torres absent? I don't believe it....

Posted by Francisco Nieto Salazar on 01/13/2018 at 5:42 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Bill to Reinstate Rent Control Defeated; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant to Shut Down

Story #1 as an incorrect statement. Buildings built in Oakland AFTER 1983 are exempt from rent control (not before 1983, as you state). And that's not due to Costa Hawkins, that's due to regulations decided by the city of Oakland. Costa Hawkins states that any building built AFTER 1995 must be exempt from rent control, but if a city decides they want to go back even further, they can.

Also, your statement that "[the issue] could be headed to the November ballot unless the legislatures can reach a compromise" isn't very likely. Legislators only have until Feb. 16 to introduce new bills.

Maybe it's time for the tenant's organizations to stop with the "all or nothing" approach and start to talk compromise with the landlords.

Posted by BerkWatch on 01/12/2018 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Lacked Authority to Make Arrests and Enforce Laws for First Ten Months on the Job

...And the significance of this is? What's your point DBG?

Speak plainly instead of poorly attempting innuendo.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/12/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Five Great Dining Deals During Oakland Restaurant Week

Add Bird & Buffalo to the great deal list. Their $20 lunch is delicious and huge. 6 meaty grilled ribs plus larb gal and two spicy salads. Yummy leftovers await. Big props to the owners who had only been open 4 days when RW started Everything was on point!

Posted by Dina Eisenberg on 01/12/2018 at 9:26 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Police Lieutenant Allegedly Sent Racist Email to Chief

Promotion at the UC Berkeley Police department is based on how well you bungle your job, it appears.

Posted by Deau Hickey on 01/11/2018 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland Councilor Brooks Ordered to Pay $550K for Assault; Three Dead in Massive Mudslides

Good, Brooks is a sad excuse for a councilmember.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/11/2018 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Attribute Drop in Homicides and Shootings to Ceasefire Program

Gentrification has A LOT to do with the decrease and so does prayer.

The memorial photo you used is of one my dearest loved ones.

The situation of violence, homocide, unsolved mutders, human sex trafficking is still very problematic. Residents are afraid of their own neighborhoods, our underaged daughters can't wait for the bus standing at the bus stop, our black and brown men are still underemployed and targets of police misconduct.

Ceasefire is good, but it needs to be more inclusive as far as including the longstanding smaller ministries and organizations who are trusted in their 'hoods by the people.

I'm a human services broker and grant writer who was also the Measure Y Crisis Response manager, so I have to follow the trends and case studies. Congratulations to the people!

WillaDeana White-Perry
FAITH-4 Oakland
(510) 589-8842

Posted by WillaDeana Winchester-White on 01/11/2018 at 4:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Attribute Drop in Homicides and Shootings to Ceasefire Program

The City of Oakland's duel approach to violence reduction of funding community policing methods and social intervention program started not just with Ceasefire or Measure Z, but its predecessor, Measure Y that passed in 2004. Its been more than a decade in the making. There have been some missed along the way, but, it is one of the more consistent programs that the City has undertaken. I hope the study mentioned in the article will prove out that a long consistent approach that is refined along the way can work. But, hope that study doesn't just start with Measure Z or Ceasefire, Oakland's grand experiment started much earlier.

Posted by Danny Wan on 01/10/2018 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Attribute Drop in Homicides and Shootings to Ceasefire Program

A bit of context:

Virtually all pols in Oakland for the last 20 years have announced that the crime rate is down, when it happens to be down a bit
from year to year. This particular PR bit is to be expected.

Homicide rates go up and down from year to year in Oakland. For 40 years or so Oakland's homicide rate has varied from about 50 per year to about 150 per year. The running average for any five year period is just over 100 homicides. No one has been able to establish with any statistical or other kind of certainty why the homicide rate varies as it does.

There are useful statistical methods for determining whether something like a homicide rate is declining or just varying from year to year as has been the experience for many decades. Needless to say Oakland's homicide rate downswing, while a good thing, hasn't yet provided reliable evidence that things are getting better. Ceasefire is a laudable, benign and civilizing effort to make effective crime prevention better in the face of a socially-destructive and biased justice system. Where Ceasefire has worked well, it has reduced
homicides to a fraction of what they were before. This hasn't happened in Oakland. Possibly more resources need to be devoted to Ceasefire. Those of us aware of the historical context of Ceasefire in Oakand know that it was rejected year after year after year by city hall and then when it was finally funded it was funded well below an effective level. And more people died
of gunshots on Oakland streets.

A couple of standard deviations is often used as a measure of significant change. In the case of Oakland homicide that would mean fewer than 60 homicides per year for several years. We ain't there yet, but when a PR opportunity presents itself, our pols are Energizer Bunnies.

The context of other kinds of violent crime presents additional challenges
to what happens with homicide. With homicides we can be somewhat confident of numbers because there are dead bodies which are not to be ignored. We found a couple in our 'hood just last week. Dead bodies tend to be noticed.

Other kinds of violence which don't leave stinky, messy corpses around,
may or may not be reported to authorities. There are specific reasons for this in Oakland: cops often don't respond to calls to 911; the level of trust in cops and in government generally in Oakland is very low so people have just given up on trying to get help when they are mugged or their homes are invaded. This is the natural result of many decades of failed government and general public disregard of city hall. Our pitiful voter turnouts and the huge amount of dumping of trash all over Oakland are further evidence of a lack of civic pride and trust. This profoundly affects the reporting of crimes, even
the most horrid kinds of violence.

A grain of salt is a necessity in Oakland.

A breath of fresh air in Oakland would be a pol who admits the depth of government failure and the pervasive effects of institutional racism and inequality.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/10/2018 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Attribute Drop in Homicides and Shootings to Ceasefire Program

Slow your roll Mayor Schaaf, before you get too far out over your skis again. There are crucial demographic and social patterns that have as much to do with the reduced murder rate as Ceasefire. As the contributor above sarcastically noted, over the last 5 years, gentrification has greatly changed the demographics of neighborhoods like West Oakland and North Oakland, where drug and gang related activities had a lot to do with violent crime. Similarly, the flat lands of Central and East Oakland are now majority Hispanic population, where African Americans had been the dominant group since the 1960's. Although there is no doubt that the gang issue is still in play, the specifics of how those groups are formed and interact with each other is different. Many African Americans formerly residing in East Oakland have moved to Antioch and other outlying suburban enclaves over the last 10 years. A review of the crime statistics in those cities would probably lead one to believe that an increase in criminal activity in those cities over that time frame suggests that the criminal activity came with some of those new residents. It is also true that a decrease in the unemployment numbers always reduces the crime rate. People who have jobs are are generally less likely to engage in drugs, property crimes and robbery. Also, when people have something to loose, they are less likely to choose a gun as the first solution to conflict resolution. While there is no doubt that a more inclusive community policing model is important, there are other factors to be considered. I hope the upcoming academic study is broad enough in it's analysis and scope to provide a realistic snapshot of the real impact of this program.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/10/2018 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves Tenant Relocation Assistance for Owner Move-Ins and Condo Conversions

Kalb should recognize rent control does not work- it does not add 1 unit of housing to the housing stock. Economists have debunked the theory that rent control has any broader positive impact on housing. Yes it does benefit certain lucky renters (poor or not), but harms mom and pop landlords disproportionately and harms cities housing stock overall, and raises rental prices. Means testing would have disallowed Mayor Ed Koch's rent control apt. I know people (one recently featured in Sunset magazine) who have second homes because they have a rent controlled unit- is that really who you mean to protect? Why do we means test anything?

Posted by Jeff Diver on 01/10/2018 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Attribute Drop in Homicides and Shootings to Ceasefire Program

*cough* Gentrification *cough*

Posted by Robert Hope on 01/10/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “After Less Than Two Months, The Pain Shop Closes its Doors

Need to change the name. Pain is bread in French, but its pain in English.

Posted by Berkeley Native on 01/09/2018 at 5:40 PM

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