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Re: “Ignoring Signs of Danger, CHP Allowed Man to Die in Jail

Elle, it's also VERY easy to ignore that he seemed to have been in possession of a sufficient quantity of meth of OD on. The cops didn't put that on him and he did choose to swallow it. They didn't stuff it down his throat.

Yes, his family has to do without their loved one... And he chose to do what he did.

I don't claim to know Johnny. I do claim a certain degree of expertise in street/drug culture... If he was running in those circles, carrying enough meth to OD on, they were already "doing without their loved one". Not that he couldn't come back from the street/drug culture as he can't from death, but it WAY too easy to place sole responsibility over everyone else while allocating none to Johnny.

Was it just? No. Is it just to heap blame on the PD? Also no. And there IS responsibility on the PD to provide the necessary care. They didn't do that. and accountability IS required.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/10/2018 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Ignoring Signs of Danger, CHP Allowed Man to Die in Jail

Well, it's really easy to judge and make comments from your glass houses isn't it. This family lost a son due to the negligence of human beings. Let's remember what *wasn't done* to ensure Johnny's safety and wellbeing whilst remembering that we don't know the peripheral elements to this story as documented here.

It is what wasn't done for Johnny that this article is about. Go cast your stones of ignorance elsewhere.

Justice? Of a sort. This family still have to live without a loved one and bear the pain of their loss each and every day.

Love and compassion is what is needed - not just for this family and Johnny's friends too, but for all those who have suffered and lost people through the improper actions and behaviours of others.

All lives matter.

Posted by Elle Well on 12/10/2018 at 11:47 AM

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Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

" internally troubled and disorganized Richmond Progressive Alliance "
Oh... Business as usual for the RPA. Why is anyone surprised?

Control in the rogue PD? Sure right after they figure out how to control themselves.

The one thing the RPA has excelled at is obstruction if effective governance.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/07/2018 at 7:03 PM

Re: “JUUL Takes a Page from Big Tobacco

Dr. Mckeganey, do you believe in anthropogenic climate change? Just wondering.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 12/06/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

The reason I didn't vote for RPA was their NIMBY track record.

Posted by UrbanPlanner on 12/06/2018 at 9:58 AM

Re: “A’s Swing for the Fences at Howard Terminal

Time for 25% of all those new condos to belong to the currently homeless. I don't see why the top floors wouldn't do. Building monuments to materialistic inequality is irritating and backwards. We demand that housing the homeless be a priority and will monkey wrench any plans that do not include the homeless. I fully support verticality and the parking can be worked out. See New York City or any other large City. It's funny how the Yuppy Nimby anti-verticality people act like it has never been done SUCCESSFULLY before. Homeless are the first priority though as they are who are most in need.

Posted by Frank Snapp on 12/06/2018 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

Only in the Bay Area would Nat Bates be labeled a "conservative." Although I suppose if you are comparing him to anyone in the RPA, he's Barry Goldwater.

Posted by Catherine Montalbo on 12/05/2018 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

Nathan is right. It is not uncommon for city council members to seek higher office. In this case the RPA candidates badly miscalculated their appeal to a wider audience like AD15, not to mention a statewide run. The fact is their brand of extreme left ideology doesnt play that well with a broad electorate, and the only reason they were successful for a time in Richmond is that they harnessed the anti Chevron sentiment, and that Richmond council races are typically wide open with many candidates, meaning the winners only need to get a relatively small percentage of the votes. None of them ever got close to a majority of Richmond votes. I for one hope they all follow the lead of Beckles and McLaughlin and crash and burn on the bigger stage.

Posted by John Henderson on 12/05/2018 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Glass Attacks

These facts are wrong and give the wrong impression of the situation. Its argry and kinda hate speechish...please contact me or take down...thanks

Posted by Diallo McLinn on 12/05/2018 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

I would only note that City Councilmembers running for the Assembly, as Jovanka Beckles did, is not unusual. In the first round of this year's Assembly election, there were candidates who were Councilmembers from Oakland, Berkeley, and El Cerrito.

Posted by Nathan Landau on 12/05/2018 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Oakland's First Equity Dispensary Opens

Based on lies and myths.

Posted by Stephen Charles on 12/05/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

Bruce has done wonderful things to promote the Bay Trail and parks in Richmond, and I am not surprised if he wants to see more parks and of course the bay trail at Pt. Molate. The fact is that, even with the development envisioned in the settlement, the vast majority of the acreage out there will still be open space, and the Bay Trial and shoreline access will be a part of it. Those who oppose housing as contemplated by the settlement should be saying what they think the City should have done to deal with the extremely serious exposure presented by the developers litigation. Even the RPA dominated council approved the settlement. It calls for 670 units of housing. What do the naysayers think the city should have done, take a chance on the lawsuit? It could easily have resulted in bankrupting the city. Unfortunately, governing is about compromising and dealing with the situation presented, not living in an ideologically idyllic fantasy world. The RPA is incapable of the former and firmly rooted in the latter.

Posted by John Henderson on 12/05/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

Bravo Wild Applause to John Geluardi and the East Bay Express! This is the kind of incisive factual analysis communities, especially East Bay communities that have become news deserts, desperately need. I've lived in Richmond for 18 years and am active in my community. Jubilant at the progressives' victory in the 2016 election, we watched in dismay as they succumbed to inaction, accomplished little and failed to respond to key developments like the ones Gelulardi describes.

Posted by Janis Mara on 12/05/2018 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

West County Times
2-23-1997

"I must say for all of us who live in Point Richmond that is a rather disturbing statement," said Bruce Beyaert, a representative of the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council and member of the advisory committee. "If it is unsafe to live at Point Molate how can it be safe to operate the refinery so close to Point Richmond?"
Councilman Nat Bates countered, "If the homes are already there you have a different situation. But if you are good planner you don't put homes in an industrial area, period."
Bates added that the planning process is in its infancy. In fact, environmental studies to determine whether the land is suitable for housing have not been done.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 12/05/2018 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

This article doesnt mention the many failings of the RPA and seems to suggest they fell short because they were not radical enough. In fact, they botched most of the projects they undertook, even including rent control, which , regardless about how you feel about the policy, has been implemented very poorly. The RPA folks were never really interested in the basic work of government. They pretty much solely focused on their pet issues that would make headlines and didnt want to do the hard work to make sure things functioned well.

Also, Point Molate has been a disaster under RPA leadership. The Navy gave the property to the city to be used for economic development, not to be open space. The city duly approved a development agreement, and then, as a result of the actions primarily of McLaughlin and the RPA, reneged on the deal, after taking $15 million in deposits from the developer (all of which has been squandered). The developer sued, and due to the strength of their case, the city wisely settled with an agreement to allow development of 670 units of badly needed housing. The RPA has since tried every trick they can to frustrate the settlement (which they voted for) by putting completely unrealistic conditions on the project. Many of the prospective developers have pulled out of the competition because of that. The RPA are simply not interested in actually working toward a successful project, but disingenuously have sabotaged it at every turn.

Nat Bates won because he was seen by many as a fiscally responsible adult who could get things done. The candidate he narrowly beat (by 9 votes) was also a fiscal conservative and had been a very effective appointed Councilmember before. My guess is that Martinez won because he captured enough of the Latino vote, not because he is RPA. Melvin Willis, the RPA Mayoral candidate, said he thought the city should cut the police force budget by 20%. This struck most Richmonders as absolute lunacy, and they voted accordingly.

Fact is, the RPA had their chance. They blew it by fumbling many projects and failing to move the city forward with more housing, jobs, a better and more effective police force etc., Their defeat was not because they failed to get even more or their extreme Progressive policy ideas enacted. As a 60 year Richmond resident, I am very glad they are on the decline and hope they will continue to lose influence. They just dont deserve to be in leadership positions.

Posted by John Henderson on 12/05/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Ignoring Signs of Danger, CHP Allowed Man to Die in Jail

Dunno... Make the sworn statement you think he swallowed a controlled substance... And then do not provide medical support? Not cool... At best.

Either don't log it or do the required follow through. Pick one and do it.

"wasn't a meth user..."? So a not meth user just randomly carries enough meth to OD and die? Uh huh... OK.

sigh

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/05/2018 at 12:53 PM

Re: “JUUL Takes a Page from Big Tobacco

Dr McKeganey,

Welcome to the Eastbay Express, were truth is only a nodding acquaintance, and utterly ignored when it's inconvenient.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/05/2018 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

Hey Sandee, here's an idea... Buy a fucking house lol

Posted by Daniel Mitchell on 12/05/2018 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Analysis: Progressives Failed in Richmond

I'm amused at how this reporter keeps tagging Nat Bates as a "conservative" (twice this week).

A lifelong Democrat who has embraced liberal issues, he's now being labeled a conservative mostly because he's not liberal enough. In a town--in a community--where anyone who is not a Berniecrat is being looked at like they wear a MAGA hat--is being looked at like they're wearing a scarlet 'C' on their breast ('C' for conservative).

[Many of the RPAers railed against Assembly candidate Buffy Wicks because she worked for President Obama for six years instead of working for Bernie Sanders.]

What I'm also amused by is how when Choi and Recinos broke ranks with the ruling members of the RPA, this reporter is not also labeling them as being conservative--because they're not progressive enough.

If you're fiscally responsible, if you embrace the idea that you don't spend money that you don't have, if you understand that a community needs tax revenue from businesses (instead of from poor people), if you believe that local jobs for locals are important, does that make you a conservative?

Some day we need to have the community sit down to discuss what constitutes a progressive. It seems to change from day to say and from location to location. Here's a ittle tidbit for you: the first elected leader that was tagged as a progressive was Republican President Teddy Roosevelt.

Posted by DonGosney on 12/05/2018 at 12:02 PM

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