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Re: “California Pot Researchers' Hands Tied By Feds

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Posted by Price Marvin on 08/17/2019 at 11:31 AM

Re: “The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

New buildings like city hall, police force, fire dept and all other city departments will create new jobs for CV residents, new businesses will move to CV like Target, Walmart, New Shoping Centers and many other big brands that will generate new jobs and all the taxes they pay will be used to for funding the City. the CV city will be in better shape if incorporated.

Posted by AJ BHai on 08/15/2019 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Clearing Out the File Cabinets, But Not Necessarily the Air

whistleblower laws are complicated. read this book before complaining...

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Posted by muriel on 08/15/2019 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Clearing Out the File Cabinets, But Not Necessarily the Air

Sometimes being a good citizen means not being able to have food or having threatened shelter for a while, or few Christmas gifts. It can be hard on your children, and it must sting day after day when everyone tells you to "back down, it's not worth it." You might drive Uber despite having several degrees.

I look forward to that moment when Michael can feel that he has made a difference that will change the relationship between regulators and polluters forever.

People have to know the whistleblower laws are real... Not just for movies... And we are protected as employees to do and say the right thing to protect the well being of the people the organization serves (I.e., fellow soldiers, taxpayers, patients, people who breathe) .

Posted by ing wit on 08/14/2019 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Clearing Out the File Cabinets, But Not Necessarily the Air

Michael Bachman and Sarah Steele are Bay Area heroes. BAAQMD APCO Jack Broadbent and Chief Counsel Brian Bunger ought to be terminated forthwith by the Board of Directors. Unfortunately, the Board members believe all of the B.S coming from their staff. Ask Eric Stevenson how he feels about this case and the record keeping process of BAAQMD, or its records of Notice of Violations and all of the less than $10K fines, thus unreported in public meetings ? Very cozy Jack and Brian. I hope your friends at Western States Petroleum Association take care of you when this is all done.

Posted by Andres Soto on 08/14/2019 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Police and the Great Fruitvale Cannabis Giveaway

Six thousand plants and none of the adjacent tenants nor the building manager smelled them day after day? Ha. We had a neighbor who grew 300 plants in his fairly well sealed garage, harvesting in the wee hours and selling into a wholesale network. You couldn't miss it, and after awhile you couldn't mistake it for occasional or frequent use. OPD, County Sheriffs, and ATF showed up with rifles drawn one day, seized his plants and his rifle.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/14/2019 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Lieutenant on Leave After Use of Restraints Leads to Death in Santa Rita Jail

Whiteheads incentive comment need be removed. Both DAs office as well as Sheriffs office find it questionable enough for further investigation. This type of death is pure negligence due to the improper actions of people trusted with the handling of our loved ones.

Wow! Another Dirtbag off the face of the earth. Unbelievable!

This comment is a disgrace and pure ignorance. Remove his trash comment and delete his dirtbag account for good!

Posted by praise the Lord on 08/13/2019 at 6:51 AM

Re: “The Making of a Police Scandal

Fuck stancill.he beat me down when i was only 15 years old at san Leandro high school.i didn't sue him or slpd because my mom was to scarred of retaliation

Posted by Robert Lally on 08/12/2019 at 4:53 PM

Re: “When Landlords Target Tenants in Rent-Controlled Buildings

I am a senior citizen and live in Dallas, Tx.
In a city that is growing fast. We are experience the same situation. I have live in my apartment for 7 years, and now a different
Property owner has brought the property and I am experiencing different types of difficulties that I never experienced before.
Apartment Building are being brought up and the rent is being raised, and they will go to whatever extreme to get you out.

Posted by on 08/11/2019 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Lieutenant on Leave After Use of Restraints Leads to Death in Santa Rita Jail

Wow! Another Dirtbag off the face of the earth. Unbelievable!

Posted by Robert Whitehead on 08/10/2019 at 4:47 PM

Re: “The Jewish Federation Still Muzzles SF Jewish Film Festival

As a Jew and a human-rights activist, I am beyond sick to death at Zionist efforts to stifle support of human rights for Palestinians. I always wonder if Zionists actually believe that such censorship efforts will sway public opinion in their direction. How can a country like the United States, whose value of freedom of expression is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, tolerate this kind of muzzling? A puzzlement, indeed.

Posted by Alice Diane Kisch on 08/10/2019 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach Should Resign

While we're celebrating Ms. Keimach's vindication, I have to take exception to the Editorial Board's other conclusion here -- that the City of Alameda should amend its Charter, because the language is too "blurry".

The purpose of the Charter is clear: Let the City Manager take care of the hiring process for City employees, and keep the City Council's noses out of the process. This is to prevent political patronage, and the building of political machines at the taxpayers' expense -- which is *exactly* what Oddie, Vella, and Del Bono intended to do.

Could city councilmembers make recommendations, or communicate a preference? Absolutely. That's free speech. I'm sure it happens all the time.

"Interference" is when you tell the City Manager that she'll be fired, or that the firefighters won't do their job, if she doesn't hire the "right" candidate. Or that her performance review is tied to hiring the "right" candidate. Besides, how many times did these people call or meet with Keimach to twist her arm?? It was relentless.

I highly recommend reading the Grand Jury Report. It gives a clear, even-handed view of the entire debacle. And, unlike Mr. Jenkins, they DID listen to the recording...…

Posted by on 08/10/2019 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach Should Resign

Terrie, I don't think that the recording will ever become public. I would think that keeping it secret was a requirement of the city's $945,000 settlement with Ms. Keimach. That, AND the DA's decision to NOT indict her, says that the recording is conclusive evidence of Oddie & Vella's extortion -- which makes the recording perfectly legal.

This is why Jenkins *claims* that he didn't listen to the recording. If he did listen to it, he would've come to a completely different conclusion. Throughout the report, he trusts Oddie & Vella's accounts completely, and discounts Keimach's version of the same events. Obviously, the recording turns his 100-page report into a work of fiction. If it had supported Oddie & Vella's account, he would've made it public, Keimach would have no claim against the city, and she might've been prosecuted for the secret recording.

That fiction served its purpose -- it got Keimach fired -- but it cost the taxpayers of Alameda *well* over $1M. That's gotta be hard to explain to tax-paying parents sending their kids to Alameda's woefully under-funded public schools.

Posted by on 08/09/2019 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 7-13

Re Lexi Leban's Letter: "Politics Played No Role in Film Festival"

In her letter, the Director of the Jewish Film Institute (JFI) responds to my guest editorial about how Jewish Federation grantees like JFI are prohibited from partnering with any group that the Federation deems to "undermine the legitimacy" of Israel or that supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
Ms, Leban claims that JFI "...does not engage in community partnerships with political organizations working directly on the Israel/Palestine conflict. This policy applies to organizations on both ends of the spectrum on this issue. "

This new policy of neutrality must have been very recently adopted. JVP, which supports BDS and equal rights for Palestinians, has been dropped as a SF Jewish Film Festival partner since the Jewish Federation blacklist went into effect in 2010. During that same period, the Film Festival has partnered with the most staunch Israel-aligned groups in the Bay Area. Last year, for example, the Film Festival's Community Partners included Birthright (providing free trips for young Jews to Israel in order to forge emotional ties with that country), StandWithUs ("...inspired by our love of Israel to Stand Up for Israel"), Hillel Stanford (which is required under Hillel national rules to ban BDS supporters from speaking at its venue), Onward Israel (a Hillel International Program), and the Jewish Community Relations Council (which enforces the Jewish Federation blacklist). Indeed the Israeli consulate itself was a Community Partner last year, and, along with the Jewish Federation, a Premier Sponsor this year.

Many of the groups listed as Community Partners not only defend Israel's policies, but work to suppress Palestinian voices, particularly on campus, and promote legislation that punishes those who are critical of Israel or support BDS.

As my editorial notes, the Film Festival still features movies about Israel-Palestine, including some that portray Palestinian suffering under Israeli rule. But they are far fewer in number than before the Federation prohibition was imposed, and their content must not cross the lines set by the Federation.

At the time the Federation rules were first put in place, the then-director of the SF Jewish Film Festival decried fear-based boundary making, and a former director described them as "...putting a chill on programming decisions. Its very frightening." The rules that caused these two former directors such alarm are the same ones that the current director must work under.

Carol Sanders
Member, Jewish Voice for Peace

Posted by gitelsura on 08/09/2019 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Catching Sharks in Order to Save Them

It is no longer true that the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board kills white sharks. They release them unharmed. Only Queensland and Reunion Island still kill sharks.

Craig Will
Monterey, California

Posted by Craig Will on 08/09/2019 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Gretchen Smilde >>Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy<<

You must know very much about Oakland. We have struggled through long periods of unbelievable crime. Poverty that was overwhelming. Now we are coming into our own. It is about TIME!!! Oakland deserves prosperity!!!…

Posted by Paul Merr on 08/09/2019 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Anita De Asis Miralle ... So why not relocate to Utah??? Since rents are too high and not about to come down. The City cannot keep up with building units ... why stay in Oakland? Piedmont and San Leandro aren't experiencing this crisis like Oakland & San Francisco.

I don't get it ... why don't people move??? What happened to capitalism in owning rental property. Why should property owners support the homeless like some spoiled child. These are adults that need to act like adults and take care of business. It's just that simple.

Here you go. a 1 bedroom in Utah for under $800 ...…

Posted by Paul Merr on 08/09/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Lieutenant on Leave After Use of Restraints Leads to Death in Santa Rita Jail

They killed my husband also Logan McKinley Masterson And rolled it as a suicide also Im tired of this crooked ass cops Anyone that pertains to this world should get fired

Posted by Tiffany Masterson on 08/09/2019 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

More than half of people are homeless because of drug use the solution only comes when you know what the problem is !!!

Posted by Terrie Henderson on 08/09/2019 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Grand Jury Report on SWAT Training Exercise Got It Wrong

biases of a group that is "too old, white, and wealthy Its open to all to sit on the grand jury but its a job with no paycheck stop blaming white people it is not the solution to any problem it really shows just how Biases you are !!

Posted by Terrie Henderson on 08/09/2019 at 9:21 AM

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