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Re: “Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements

As we've seen for decades, OPD is above the law. Get used to it. Even the feds can't do anything about it.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Honey Butter Fried Chicken, 4505 Burgers & BBQ Hold Delivery Pop-ups in East Bay

More trendy food items for the New Oaklanders who apparently have so much excess cash they can frequent white foodie takes on soul food...yet African Americans are getting pushed out of Oakland and the real soul food places close. Yeah, let's celebrate gentrification.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Town Business: Housing, Homelessness, and Tenant Protections Dominate Oakland Council's Agenda

I think homeless lives matter too, but what's the point in featuring a crumpled Steel Reserve can in the lead photo? Is to highlight the need for substance abuse programs for the homeless or to demonize them as layabout winos?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

The "New Oakland" food trucks for the techie/finance trend-oids sell small plates of food for the same price as a dish in a restaurant. Young affluent white people aren't selling this stuff, they're the ones lining up for 30 mins for a craft hot dog on a sustainably sourced wooden stick.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “New Report Seeks to Improve Racial Equity in Restaurants

Here's some shocking news which should shed some light on this profoundly unenlightened piece: poor folks, mostly black and brown, don't get their calories at upscale restaurants.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/07/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements

It appears to be a tricky way for the OPD officers association to attack their supperiors.

Posted by George Benton Grempczynski on 11/07/2017 at 6:20 AM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

Federal Court systems have changed so much. People have rights! As a former Immigration Inspector - the Federal Judges I observed went over the acknowledgement of rights: Form I-826. It appears Judges in the San Francisco District have their own set of standards vice What Is Written. My wife had the misfortune of being in front of Immigration Judge Anthony S. Murry. He denied my Waiver Form I-601. """ I'm a United States Citizen. Decorated U.S.Marine Corps First Sergeant", with 21 years Service. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend my wife's hearing, but an Attorney did. She informed me, that Judge Murry denied 9 out of 9 cases. I WILL STOP NOW, BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT TO GET MILITANT.


Posted by BNelms2017 on 11/06/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements

I saw a young woman in Oaxacan dress walking up Fruitvale with an ICE ankle monitor, broke my heart.

Shame on Chief Kirkpatrick for helping Trump and ICE to terrorize our friends and neighbors. Immigrants contribute more to this Oakland than Captain KIrkpatrick ever will. This is bullying, not policing.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 11/06/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Pay No Attention to the Man at the Piano

I want to follow this fellow...not literally, but musically. He sounds like a genuine soul.

Posted by Bernadette Breen on 11/06/2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

Can't wait tell she gon...................e.

Min. Edward J. Ailsworth

Posted by Edward J. Ailsworth on 11/06/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

SEIU 1021 members are Temporary Part time and permanent part time employees. The largest group (TPT) barely touching $24k. Its sickening

Posted by Leon DNas Sykes on 11/04/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

Based on the City's response to my August 2017 public record request for a recent salary survey of all city employees, at least the SEIU 21 job categories covered by the survey are under-compensated. The survey did not cover compensation for fire and police.…

Without a full copy of the survey, it's hard to evaluate the objectivity or accuracy of the survey. Several years ago the City posted a comprehensive survey that showed most City employees were at the top of the pay chart for the Bay Area. It no longer looks that way.

We need the City to post a full, comprehensive compensation survey. if they don't have one, the City should pay for one so we all know what the situation is.

Some of the city unions have staff that know the city's budget details better than many city staffers. If the city unions have figured out what costs we could cut without cutting important services, they should tell us. If they know that the city has to raise fees, sales tax, business tax, and parcel taxes, they should give us that info also.

If the city unions want to play the traditional union vs employer strategies of strikes, sickouts, and slow-downs, they're going to lose the support of city residents

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/03/2017 at 9:56 PM
Posted by Tobias Barton on 11/03/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

DMV is a corporation and when getting your license you sign away your right granted by the constitution for a privilege , giving the police, DMV , & the court system the authority to take away your privilege . Pull you over , arrest and charge you w a crime ,turning into ridiculous tickets and fines, That end up unpaid cause they want more than you pay for rent in most cases. The people are clueless that they have giving their right away and DMV and our government has gotten away w it for so long and made so much money they want to keep the facade going and they will unless we stop them. People need to educate themselves on this matter so we can stop them from destroying peoples lives , I mean when you take a mans/womans vehicle you take their means of getting to and from where they need to go whether it be a doctor , a job , school , everything we do these days requires a vehicle pretty much unless u live , work , shop, and all ur bills and medical care is in the same vicinity, which just isn't the case for anyone. The police are bullies that intimidate , threaten and physically abuse sometimes kill people because our government trains them to do this to their fellow man! Unless you have money and by money I mean middle class upper middle or the elites of our society your screwed all the lower class folks and people struggling to make it by get railroaded and lose their ability to care for themselves let alone a family cause of a constituted right they trick us into signing away for a privilege !

Posted by Justine Simmons on 11/03/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

Here's a list of Total Pay Package for all city of Oakland employees. If this doen't tick you off, then gosh. They are milking the city of money, while majority of Oaklanders are making half their salary package.…

Posted by Jay78 on 11/03/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

Have you seen how much so many city employees are making, most are making over 100K per year, way above what majority of Oaklanders make, and here they are trying to shut down the city at the expense of tax payers who earn way less. Fire them all Libby and hire new ones.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/03/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

> The unions say they're being offered pay and
> benefits packages that amount to cuts due to
> high rates of inflation and rapidly rising housing
> prices.

Welcome to the rest of the world...

Posted by John Michaels Grabowsky on 11/03/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Going on the Offensive

Is the councilmember who got soundly rejected by the voters in the last election seriously using a blog post by one of his (few remaining) supporters as a rebuttal?

Posted by RodJohnson on 11/03/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

What is more overboard, shaming people for crossing a picket line or politicizing a place of worship in the first place?

Posted by Tony D 1 on 11/03/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon and Paulista Brazilian Kitchen Now Open in Oakland

Wow, Paulista's Brazilian home cooking was worth the wait. Terrific food with some surprising dishes worth trying, after you have the feijoada, and more than that, beers on tap. While the dinners were terrific I think the remodeling makes this restaurant a great place for coffee and a pastry with guava and cheese in the pretty morning light. I love this place.

Posted by Raleigh McLemore on 11/03/2017 at 7:17 AM

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