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Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Judge Says Oakland Had a ‘Duty’ to Deal With Ghost Ship; Two Former UC Officials Interfered With State Audit

It did not take long for a Superior Court judge to determine that once they had knowledge, the City of Oakland had a legal duty to put the Ghost Ship property owner on notice of the life safety violations on the property. They should have at a minimum advised the parties that the residential occupancy was illegal. Mitigation measures should have included fines, immediate evictions and a compliance plan with target dates for completion. Instead, the City did nothing and people died. The question I have is why the District Attorney did not include the City of Oakland and the owner in the initial charging of the building manager. That is clearly negligence on the District Attorneys (Nancy O'malley) part and deserves EBX investigation.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/15/2017 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Why Aren't There More Latinx Nights in Oakland?

There's also the Global Barrio party which has been going on almost every month at ERA for almost 2 years now, playing a lot of Latinx influenced sounds. But we at Global Barrio have faced the same challenges you have listed.

-Jackfruit

Posted by Edgar Ayala on 11/15/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

It appears that Roberts is Oakland's version of Harvey Weinstein, or in this case is it Harriet Weinstein?

I find it interesting that city states that they took steps to address the bad behavior of Roberts. I wonder if that included a censure, loss of pay, or suspension from duty for a period of time. Probably not.

I believe the City Council should look into this since it appears that the City Administrator and the director of HR has failed the taxpayers as well as the current and former employees of the Auditor.

Posted by tomroberts on 11/15/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Oakland tragically missed out on an opportunity to elect a thoughtful, competent and ethical Auditor when voters did not support Len Raphael in favor of Roberts.

I never cease to be amazed at how Oakland's supposedly progressive citizens keep electing the same sort of corrupt and incompetent pols to office.

Oakland is in profound need of leaders with the skills and integrity that are so noticeably missing in too much of what goes on in city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/15/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Colin Kaepernick Is Winning the Long Game

The simple reason nobody wants Kapernick is that nobody knows what he will do next, but they do know that it will cost ticket sales. The NFL is going downhill fast now.

I totally support Kapernick's right to protest, and go to a knee. However, as a paying customer, I totally support my right to quit going to games that become protests. I totally protest the rights of the owners to not hire him.

Football is how Kapernick made a fortune, thanks to the NFL. I could call him ungrateful, but that's not true. But I do call him feckless.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/15/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Where is your compassion and understanding of environmental racism, which includes planning and zoning. there is not toxic and Industrials where affluent or people in Oakland that live in the hills have to endure those impacts. understand what it does to one's health and in this identified top 5% disadvantaged communities by https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30 CalEnviroScreen East OaklandS leadership, planning department, planning commissioner and the loopholes in the city where a business comes in and allowed to still operate knowing what it emits THAT KILLS peole and again those people it is going to impact, is environmental racism.

Posted by EM Goolsby on 11/15/2017 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Non-disclosure agreements should not be allowed for settlements with public officials or agencies that are paid for by the government or public agency. The voters need to know the allegations so they can make their decision of who was right or wrong at the ballot box.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/14/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “San Leandro and Berkeley See Significant Rise in Reported Hate Crimes

I wonder if these statistics include crimes where masked thugs go around destroying property and beating up anyone who practices a conservative ideology and calling them nazis? My initial guess would be no, but such crimes should be included

Posted by David Davidson on 11/14/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Yes! It's a fine day. Ratto has rolled to earn the Squealer discount. Lots of federal $ spent for dirty political backmail capital that may never balance the scales of Ratto's harm to the minorities he victimized.
Happy Trails, Ratto

Posted by moleman510cee0 on 11/14/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

There is no doubt that poor and low income neighborhoods in America have always been impacted by injustice and unequal treatment when it comes to nuisance land uses that create dangerous environmental impacts. Lack of political power and lack of concern and sensitivity for the welfare of these neighborhoods (racism) by politicians are most assuredly to blame. Both West Oakland and East Oakland have long histories of industrial land uses interspersed in and around residential neighborhoods. As the factories and warehouses which once provided jobs for residents of these neighborhoods began to disappear in the later part of last century, awareness of environmental issues began to increase. Remaining on many of these sites are the dormant remnants of previous industry. There are storage tanks, lubricants, oils, solvents, paints, and contaminants of all kind.While I understand the concern about the Neptune Society, the fact is that they prevailed in court because they followed the zoning and environmental laws in existence at the time they chose to locate a site in East Oakland. Because of political pressure, the City then tried to retroactively deny their permit, which is illegal.There is also the "poltergeist" factor of a crematorium, which nobody wants to live next to, but many choose as an alternative for deceased love ones. Neighbors should be concerned about the impacts of remaining industrial uses whose operations are grandfathered from modern air and soil monitoring requirements. In addition, there are regional ambient environmental impacts from freeways filled with diesel trucks servicing the Port of Oakland and stuck on I-880 in traffic. There are diesel powered container ships sitting at the Port for days until they can offload their cargo. There is a prevailing southeast wind blowing contaminants over East Oakland 24 hours a day. These impacts are real whether or not the Neptune Society locates in East Oakland. They are also a much more dangerous threat to short and long term public health. It is good that people are mobilizing to protect their neighborhood, but the Neptune lesson is that neighborhoods need to focus on areas where they can actually make a difference. If neighbors want to affect change, make the City amend the General Plan and Zoning laws, which were the real problem in this case, not environmental racism by individual decision makers.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Don't expect much push back from the City of Oakland in terms of protecting sensitive environmental habitats. If Cappio is involved, the impact will be down played and developers will always be able to find a way to move forward. Several decades ago, under her watch in the City of Emeryville, a paved parking lot was constructed over Native American burial grounds. If that is her concept of appropriate mitigation of a significant unavoidable impact, the birds at Lake Merritt are doomed. They should start packing their bags immediately.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

"team that does not black mail a small city"

The Raiders broke ground in Vegas this week.

You must be thinking of them, because the A's are *paying for their own ballpark*.

Next uninformed kneejerk reaction?

Posted by jq7925 on 11/14/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Honestly, they should have come to San Jose instead of Oakland (or Sacramento.) It would be much better received here for two reasons:

1) The South Bay lacks the culture of NIMBY-ism that Oakland and SF have, but more importantly:

2) SAN JOSE HAS NO GOOD BREWERIES. A Golden Road would be a step up from everything here. (This isn't the case in Oakland, SF, or Sacramento.)

Posted by batmanpopfigure on 11/14/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “A New Richmond Neighborhood

The NRMAC does not reflect or fully represent the entire North Richmond community. There is not a single Latino or Asian person on the NRMAC and their participation and membership has been minimal at best. Annexation is long over due and the former gatekeepers can no longer justify their positions other than to help the transition to the New North Richmond. The modicum of power they obtain from having an advisory position is not worth the community's potential for improvement by being part of the Richmond and not just another Contra Costa County step child.

Posted by Andres Soto on 11/14/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: OUSD Overspent by Millions on Admin and Consultants; Half of Bay Area Renters Are ‘Economically Burdened’

RE: OUSD... Follow the money connections. Those consultants and administrators? Who are the connected to? Who did they contribute to.

Welcome to the Tammany Hall.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/14/2017 at 2:58 AM

Re: “Despite Canceled Hearing, Oakland Councilmembers Still Plan to Talk About Controversial ICE Raid

So... Hoffer filed an internal affairs complaint (potentially a criminal investigation), and somehow expected that to occur in public? Are ANY criminal investigations conducted in public?

I have an extremely difficult time thinking this official failed to consider this or was so clueless as to expect it.

What this LOOKS like is transparency theater (appearing to be transparent while preforming actions that will in fact obscure what's going on)... With EBX and DBG as either dupes or complicit in the cover up by encouraging the activities that trigger confidential handling.

Innocent until proven guilty... Not in the court of EBX.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/14/2017 at 2:54 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

Somewhere there's sanity -- in that vast middle ground between ubiquitous tent cities and $13 cocktails. Meanwhile, give us back our parking spaces. Those gnat racks that have replaced them are a solution in search of a problem.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

Somewhere there's still sanity - in that vast middle area between homeless encampments and $13 cocktails. As for those gnat racks? Give us back our parking spaces!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:24 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp, I assume you're being sarcastic. In response: No one's looking to take the shirt off your back. What we want as a public asset is that pile of shirts you were planning to rent to those with nothing to wear.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

"Selling Laney College and its surrounding property off to build a stadium"

Okay, seriously now, where the F*CK do you people keep getting "Sell Laney to build a ballpark"?

THEY AREN'T TALKING ABOUT LANEY.

They want to move the Peralta Admin Center (and they will buy PCCD the new location), they'll cleanup the toxic plumes underneath that Peralta is so far behind on dealing with or even *monitoring* that penalties in the millions will rack up soon, and build a ballpark *not even on the same side of the estuary* as Laney.

"He is also interested in developing the area in order to increase rents and drive out low income communities of color."

B

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Where is your backup for this allegation?

Don't bother answering, YOU DON"T HAVE ONE.

Posted by jq7925 on 11/13/2017 at 5:57 PM

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