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Re: “Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Charged with Possession of Leaded Stick by Alameda District Attorney

I see DBG is yet again attempting to incite the populace by raising the focus on these repugnant people and their ideologies.

I can't say ignoring them is a solution either but playing to their desire for publicity and emphasizing "how dangerous" they are gives them exactly what they want.

MOST irresponsible DBG!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/18/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

Let's keep in mind these "peaceful" conservatives arrive armed and armored, ready for battle and looking to provoke one.

I don't think we can call antifa or those in the press who support them much better.

While repugnant and evil, the Klan and American Nazi party have marched and been largely ignored for decades. I'm not sure if that allowed them to grow or if ignoring them caused withering. I do understand the concern about the recent ascendance of their ideology under all of it's names; It frightening and all too reminiscent of 1939.

I think the ONLY reply to them is the video, found in numerous places, called "Don't Be A Sucker". I'd post a link to in on the internet archive, but I'm not sure it's allowed.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/18/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

This is such spin, people who support free speech & are conservative are not all so called white,racist or there for a "BRAWL"! Remember if the police are not protecting conservatives from marching in support or against something & constantly allow the alt left to harassed or even attack, thats the real problem! I feel all sides are being infiltrated by radicals who want each side to look bad at the expense of good people! I grew up when people agreed to disagree no matter what you heard or felt you do NOT attack or harass people! I was at the inauguration, it was not fair the way we were treated & some are using all the violence from the last admin to now to push there own agendas and its making life unbearable for conservatives which Has terrible consequences for all!

Posted by Wendell Tucker on 08/18/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Assist Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in Early Morning Arrest

In addition to the Nixle statement that David Howard posted here, more relevant details are in the East Bay Times. 1) A federal spokesperson said, "It's not an immigration enforcement action. This is a criminal investigation." 2) A woman at the house owns two janitorial businesses, and agents investigated whether she exploits people. 3) This woman's 21-year-old daughter who also lives at the house said that after initially being aggressive, the federal agents were "really nice and we were treated respectfully." -- All relevant details that writer Darwin "Disregard the Facts" omits.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/16/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Assist Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in Early Morning Arrest

Folks on Nixle got this alert:

Today, August 16, 2017, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) served a federal criminal search warrant in connection with human sex trafficking of juveniles in our city ( 700 block of 27th Street).
HSI is conducting a criminal investigation, not a civil immigration or deportation action. This branch focuses on Transnational Gangs, Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling, Child Exploitation and Narcotic Enforcement.

Yesterday, HSI headquarters in San Francisco contacted Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick and requested two police officers to assist with traffic control. Chief Kirkpatrick gave strict instructions to the commander and officers that they may not assist HSI with any enforcement efforts. The officers only role was that of traffic control and neighborhood safety.

Although the Oakland Police Department no longer has a contract (MOU) to actively participate in investigations with HSI, the Department may assist our local, state, and federal agencies when requested as it pertains to traffic control, community safety and officer safety.

Posted by David Howard on 08/16/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

Lincoln, himself, said he would free
no slaves, if he could conquer the
South without them. There were race
riots and blacks were lynched on
Broadway, in the middle of the Civil
War. Clearly, Lincoln only freed the
slaves as a means to end the war. Such
are the words and actions, of a
conqueror. The First thing the Egyptians,
Romans, Ottomans, English, Communists,
Nazis and Yankees did when conquering
new territory was tear down the native
idols, destroy the native culture and
supplant it with their own.

Yankee kids see their parents' rent to
own homes siphoned off by the fraud of
Wall Street. They see their parents
financially enslaved only to have their
life's earnings drained by Wall Street
games. They look around their tenements
and know the prosperity they're sold
is the mirage of a Ponzi scheme.

Would you expect Wall Street to accept
the blame for the constant failure of
their culture and routine collapse
of their economy? When Yankees brainwash
children in those indoctrination centers
they laughingly call schools, and the
rote singsong of liberty, freedom,
justice and prosperity fail against
the back drop of segregated slum
reality, what else can they fill their
kids' heads with, but hatred of the
South and all things Southern? Already
brow beaten and frustrated Long before
they drop out, where do Yankees send
their young Taliban in training to
vent their anger? South, to purge their
disillusionment on tarnished chunks of
bronze and tattered bits of colored

No more than the Civil War, these
statues have little to do with
slavery. They represent nothing
more than the continued defiance
of a conquered people and zone of
occupation. Just like their Commie
and Nazi brethren, the Yankee Empire
cannot abide defiance. Every time
the South shows any signs of economic
or political independence; when
cotton was king, when oil rained in
Texas, today, the young Taliban march
South, to exert Yankee dominance,
and impose Yankee rule. After
Reconstruction and the fifties invasion,
ever so, the South did and will rise,
again, and, some day, live free of
the YSA.

Posted by Jaddy Baddy on 08/16/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

How can advocating violence be legal? That's definitely not what free speech is about, bros. Oh, also, fuck these guys.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/15/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

The Empathy Tent will be there again in SF and Berkeley to offer listening, facilitated dialogue, empathy circle facilitation and mediation. We come to listen to everyone and all sides. Everyone is welcome. We invite you to come by the tent and talk about whatever you want. There are no limitations on what you can talk about or say. You talk and we will gladly listen.

By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively - a never-ending process
Johan Galtung

Posted by Edwin Rutsch on 08/14/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Once again the lack of will and political courage allowed the biggest housing bubble in history to evolve without strong policies in place for affordable housing. Back in 2005, the Oakland City Council had a chance to adopt policies to address this issue, but ultimately did nothing and kicked the can down the road. As a result, only a pitiful few affordable units will be built in this current cycle. Moreover, the lack of citywide policies to address this issue has left the community to it's own resources to slow down the invasion of the privileged through gentrification. Unfortunately, negative tactics such as burning down new developments before new residents can move in are a direct result of this failure in leadership. Some are convinced that the system is rigged and nobody is listening to the cries for affordability and pleas to retain the soul of this city. The need to require affordable housing along with all the fancy new developments should be shouted from the rafters by the Mayor, City Administrator and most of all the Planning Director. Instead, we had a previous Planning Director (Rachael Flynn) sit on a ULI panel and proclaim that there was no housing crisis in Oakland. How out of touch can you be? I did not hear the Mayor or even one City Council person condemn that statement as ridiculous. All we get on this issue is silence from the top and more invasion of the high tech, high paid new residents. Oakland residents have a long history of direct action against an unfair system. We should not expect that to change as long as those who are supposed to lead are derelict in their duties.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Statistics are SUCH an interesting thing... And SO easily used to deceive. Especially when only single metrics of the data are quoted. I'd expect a PhD to understand and question that use, as the author of this article is.

I'd want to know what the higest, lowest, mean, the median (they ARE very different metrics) are and what the first and third quartile look like.

That set of numbers will very accurately describe what the data actually is, not just what one might want to paint it to be.

More subtle DBG, but still slanted. Nice try.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/11/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

Chavez-Yoell isn't the only one who doesn't understand conflict of interest and not the only one lying to themselves, if not to the panel.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 08/11/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

Chavez Yoell should recuse herself from these proceedings on Tagami being considered at all!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 08/10/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

The article does not examine the selection panel at all, only the applicants to the commission itself. Well, councilmember Campbell Washnington nominated Shikira Porter to the selection panel. She recently posted on a neighborhood list that if any OPD community policing officer merely spoke to some Latino youth, it would "put these 3 young men in harms way" and cause "irreparable harm." Anti-OPD venom drives this whole commission.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/09/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

First of all, both Brooks and Carson come from the Ron Dellums political tree, who last time I checked, had very little time or sincerity for the plight of the citizens of Oakland. With that being said, God only knows their motives for deciding to check in publicly on this issue. No doubt it is completely self serving for both. Secondly, how ironic is it that while the Oakland command staff remains in turmoil, OPD Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw is selected as the new Chief of Police for the City of Portland. Outlaw is a Black woman who is educated, qualified, experienced and ready to lead. Not only that, she is an Oakland native and veteran of the OPD staff. Why did I not hear her name one time while the Mayor of chaos (Schaaf) looked for and hired at least three new chiefs in 9 months? My sense is that Outlaw had the common sense and good instincts to know that the Oakland Police Chief job is a looser and did not apply or was glossed over by unqualified people making the selection. A good candidate who is up and coming with an eye to their professional future would want no part of the job. She knows full well that the executive and command staff of OPD is a mess. Further, that nobody in City Hall, not the Mayor or anybody else in the City Administrators office has any idea what they are doing. Congratulations to Danielle, who illustrated that knowing the difference between a good opportunity and any opportunity is a sign of intelligence. Too bad Oakland is so screwed up, we will not get to reap the benefits of the potential for real leadership in the Police Department any time soon.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/09/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

This is typical of the terribly biased reporting of Darwin Bond-Graham, Ali Winston, and the East Bay Express in general. "The Oakland police also didn't immediately respond to a request for more information about the incident" is the extent of their investigation into the OPD's version of what happened, especially regarding the Foothill incident, yet the case for the viewpoint expressed in the letter is bolstered by references to the Stanford study, previous poor behavior on the part of OPD, and quotes from multiple sources who support the aims of the letter.

When it comes to presenting a viewpoint which Bond-Graham and the EBX do not agree with, the extent of their effort is asking the OPD PIO for an "immediate" comment and then throwing up their hands and giving up.

Strange how the EBX has so many sources inside the department when it comes to reporting on scandalous material, but they can't be bothered to do more than a perfunctory press inquiry when it comes to looking for a side of the story that may contradict the radical agenda for which the EBX is the unabashed mouthpiece.

Posted by John Tremain on 08/05/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember McElhaney Racks Up $58,000 in Debt Defending Herself in Ethics Case

No surprise here. Zach Wasserman and Greg McConnell are two people who make the short list of savory characters intertwined in backroom dealing in Oakland politics for the last 20 years. The question of whether they are doing the right thing is never the issue. That is evidenced by their representation of people like Tagami and Patel, who have disdain for the rules in favor of their own financial interests. They are only priming the Council member in advance of the next questionable deal they will undoubtedly be a part of. There is no doubt that in this case, McElheney's actions related to a project in her neighborhood clearly violated conflict of interest laws and were both unethical and illegal. It is a good sign that only some of the usual suspects would actually give her money to defend a very weak position. She should either accept the consequences of her actions or pay for her misguided legal defense out of her own pocket. Maybe next time she and other council members will think twice about violating conflict of interest laws.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/05/2017 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

My question for these "community leaders" is get their comments on the recent spate of swam attacks perpetrated in a number of areas in the community and on about the past "indiscretions" of seemingly upstanding members of the community that came to light in the wash of the assassination of a journalist investigating what they community well knew was going on... And either overlooked or were afraid to report. Is the community not at least equally at risk from those types of activity or should it simply be overlooked?

I agree, OPD should have immediately taken into custody the individual on Las Vegas Avenue when the first incident was reported... But they didn't take him into custody after he threatened a white man either or opened fire.

I doubt seriously this had anything to do with race and is more indicative of a complete breakdown of OPD.

I was completely amazed at the incident several months ago in which an individual advanced on on foot on a crashed OPD vehicle and opened fire on the vehicle and the officer inside. Should we also call that racially motivated? Where were the calls for action of these community leaders in the wake of this?

Reporting of this type by EBX in support of these political stunts by members of the the council is equally an indication of breakdown in the integrity of the fourth estate, a failure to hold ALL responsible parties to account, utterly reprehensible and shows a general lack of due diligence on the part of "award winning" writers.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/04/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

This 'open letter' is nothing more than a political stunt to make it appear as though Desley Brooks and Keith Carson are active in addressing the issues in Oakland.

Police misconduct in Oakland is not a new issue and we all know it well. Desley Brooks has been a councilmember for 15 years so why waste her precious time on it?

Perhaps, it's because Councilmember Brooks will be running for re-election in 2018. And, she will run because she is self-serving and Oakland is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing and not be held accountable.

Keith Carson is a mystery. But, several projects he is associated with in addition to his fellow Board of Supervisors are questionable according to the 2016-2017 Alameda County Grand Jury Final Report.

Don't be distracted with this 'open letter' nonsense.

Posted by Mari jones on 08/04/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Oakland Looks to Close Owner Move-In and Occupancy Loopholes, Reduce Evictions and Harmful Rent Increases

Jeff, are you responding as a statistician, a union leader whose mission supports maximum rent control and tenant protections, or as the head lobbyist for East Bay Housing Organization? Many do not know that EBHO's affordable housing properties are exempt from all the ordinances and rent increase caps you so passionately state are needed. We know that the restrictions you support are aimed at private property owners, and small ones at that, who have older buildings. East Rental Housing Association did pull ALL the county eviction records for several years in Northern Alameda County. Of those, Oakland was 95% of the total evictions filed, 90% of those were non-payment of rent, and close to 30 % of the evictions were from the non-profit housing developers you state are the empathetic ones to the lower income individual's plight. Renters paying 30-50% of income in the Bay Area is not a knew phenomenon, in fact it is the story for all large cities in CA. If you want to live in a hi-demand area that has a limited supply, and there are major cost barriers to new construction, this is the result. And the 50% scenario may only apply to NEW residents. If you have been in your rent-controlled apt for more than 3 years, you are below the rent average. If you want to lower that income/ rent percentage there are many cities that can accommodate, one just needs to move east. You move where you can afford to live, that is not a crazy thought.

Posted by RealFacts510 on 08/04/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Zion I Robbed at Gunpoint in West Oakland During Video Shoot, $89,000 Camera Stolen

Just because Trump and Reagan were in the video doesn't make it an anti-GOP video, which seems to be the only problem you have with this. You don't care about the kids, the property, and as cliche as it is, you blamed a Democrat for the robbery.

Trump has been robbing people for 40-plus years but your toned deaf to that. It doesn't fit you ideology. Ask Alabama and Mississippi who they've been voting for the last 100 years.

Posted by Tony Eriole on 07/29/2017 at 9:34 AM

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