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Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

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Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

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Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

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Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Elizabeth, you may want to actually read and comprehend the article before trying to form a mob to harass a business where Morphy doesn't work anymore.

"As it turned out, that Tuesday was Natalia Morphys last day at Sweet Adeline."

EBX, really? Why is that kind of comment allowed?

Posted by amy badore on 12/12/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

There doesn't seem to be an easy solution to gentrification. Both tenants and landlords are between a rock and a hard place. The fast-paced rising cost of living in the Bay Area has left working class citizens unable to keep up. At the same time it's unfair to demand that a mom-and-pop landlord subsidize the cost of living for a tenant for the rest of their life. The only solution to this problem is to build high rises in places with high demand. The Bay Area needs to move away from single family homes and three story buildings just like New York. However, some NIMBY folk oppose this type of development.

Posted by Sergio Maciel on 12/12/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Wouldn't it be interesting if my neighbors and I made a big stink of this in front of Sweet Adeline's every single day until/unless Morphy were convinced to do the right & moral & human thing?

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 12/12/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Measure JJ didn't go far enough to amend Just Cause in 2016. Hopefully we can get a ballot measure together in 2018 to Close the Loopholes, most notably this one.

Morphy and her family are assailants in the current class war raging in our neighborhoods, primarily against low-income black and brown folks. While this case is high-profile, hundreds of others have been perpetrated silently in North Oakland. With the current tenants' rights framework, tenants are at an extreme disadvantage against landlords.

The heart of the matter is deeper than gentrification; one must look at the not-so-subtle racism in Oakland's ordinances, and the structures that allow for ongoing oppression and removal of poor folks from their homes and the communities that support them.

By utilizing the racist and classist tools available to them, Morphy and family become, in practice, racist and classist. Regardless of whether they succeed in these two unethical evictions, that should be their cross to bear in Oakland moving forward.

Posted by Jonah Strauss 1 on 12/11/2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

This is an outrage. It deters people from getting help. Yes, there is crime in Oakland. So let them die?? We need to encourage people to seek help, not threaten them. Some cities have made polices that people reporting drug overdoses will not be questioned due to the fact that people were letting their friends die out of fear of obtaining medical help.
And by the way, the Bay Area is high crime.Highland is Oakland's general hospital. Yes black people live here. That does not make patients more dangerous or less worthy.

Posted by Oakland Proud on 12/11/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Marcus Books Is Making a Comeback

Its called gentrification, not black flight.

Posted by Michie on 12/09/2017 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

To Kathleen Richards, who apparently requested this piece by Mayor Libby Schaaf:

Whatever the inspiration for this piece of writing, the writer remains, in my view, an exploiter of a current media trend rather than a contributor of insight to a discussion which can certainly benefit from thoughtful and incisive reflection.

As an example, Schaaf says that women need to occupy more powerful positions. I would suggest that a more useful perspective would be to say that women need to occupy more responsible positions and that characteristics of such responsibility be explored.

Thus I wrote that rather than merely appointing a woman as Oakland's Police Chief, our Police Department might work toward having more like 50% female officers. That could indeed introduce a new level of female responsibility, as well as power, which would benefit all Oaklanders by having cops who are less violently macho, more able to listen to community concerns and more compassionate while still being capable of enforcing the law.

In the case of Mayor Schaaf herself I would suggest that she has abundant power of all sorts in her office but she has largely failed to adequately shoulder the responsibilities that her office requires.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/09/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

To the poster, Hobart Johnson, who accuses the mayor of "jump[ing] upon the current media bandwagon regarding sexual exploitation of women": To be clear, I asked the mayor -- just as I asked all the other women whose essays appear in this week's paper -- to write about this issue. It was not her idea.

Posted by Kathleen Richards on 12/08/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

What is deeply disgusting and upsetting about Schaafs opinion piece ought to be made perfectly clear.

Schaaf is referring for her own political purposes to a very important socioeconomic problem having to do with power differentials between men and women and between adults and children.

Its not just about women--its about sexual (and economic) exploitation of those in less powerful positions (children as well as women) being exploited by those in more powerful positions.

Schaafs work in elected political office has been at best mediocre and in the main has been less-than-competent. Thus she jumps upon the current media bandwagon regarding sexual exploitation of women. Nothing could be more cynical than this politicized PR effort.

I happen to agree with what Schaaf says about putting more women in positions of power. I am talking about real action, not posturing.

In one particular place, in Oakland, there could be enormous social benefit: greatly increasing the number of female cops. It is well-recognized in contemporary policing that qualified women are likely to make superior police officers. I do know about this from personal experience.

Have we seen a program from Schaaf for working towards 50% of Oakland cops being female? A female Police Chief is not at all the same thing.

Wonder why not? Its the difference between real understanding, real leadership and leadership and managerial incompetence and political exploitation.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/08/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

Wow. Comments like the ones below make me proud to stand with the mayor.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 12/07/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

I hate to have to put it this way, but, as a feminist myself, Schaaf simply makes me want to puke.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/07/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Have a Chance to Prove They're Not NIMBYs

Let's be real. WE NEED HOUSING. Caring about design is nice and all and should be considered when we have extra housing stock (like in the case of Detroit which can choose to be more picky because they have too many homes). In the bay area we do not have this luxury. When we have houses jam packed with more people than should be allowed and, even worse, people living in the streets because the prices or rents are too high, for reasons of human decency, we need to hang up our want to have nice and pretty city blocks and build more to help people out.

Posted by JOHN DESFOSSES on 12/07/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

Talk about tone deaf.

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Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “The Wrong Path?

I find it urgent to respond to the 11/27 post by Earl Marty Price, whose text is overwhelmingly filled with mistruths and ad feminem attacks that are designed to eviscerate a substantial corpus of excellent teaching and my efforts to promote the best for Oakland Tech and its students. The plan of Mr. Prices letter is to represent me as a teacher who turned away talented students because of race; he signaled falsely my unwillingness to go the extra mile in order to accept more than the 32 maximum per class (some years I had between 43-45); and he devalued the seriousness of Socratic classroom teaching as a scenario in which conversation among students and teacher is seen by Price as the easy route that takes the place of lesson preparation and clear instruction; finally Price put in circulation that I was unwilling to cooperate with school initiatives to make Paideia an academy as per OUSD plans. The host of slurs that insinuates my so-called racist approach to students at Tech, along with Mr. Prices provocative attempt to undermine the unity among women faculty (by which he tries to claim that I was the uncooperative teacher while the other women in Paideia were splendid examples of hard-working instructors) are quite frankly scandalous. In the age of Trump and Harvey Weinstein, now we have Price who can attempt publicly to sow divisiveness among women who have taught together for over twenty-five years.
Mr. Price's brief tenure at Tech prevents him from knowing the details. First, from 1986-2000 (before Price worked at Tech), most Tech and Paideia students were African American; in fact, Tech only recently became a school of 29% African American and from 22-25% of each of the following groups: Caucasian, Asian-American, and Latino. In the last few years, the racial makeup of each year's Paideia senior classes varied, so some years Paideias makeup was 10%, sometimes 20% and at other times 30% African American. In addition, and contrary to the profile of me that suggests practices of racial exclusion, I led efforts through summer bridge programs to increase the participation rates of African-American students (these efforts later proved unsustainable because district money was pulled). Last spring, efforts to have former Paideia minority graduates recruit students of color among 9th graders were forbidden by the administration. I have never turned down students who approached me with the request to enroll in my senior Paideia classes! Our goal was never to make Paideia a white program; if we wanted to do that, we wouldnt have committed ourselves to teaching in Oakland in the first place.
Second, Paideia was never given the opportunity to become an academy. By California and Oakland guidelines for academies or pathways, a "school to work" concept prevails; since Paideia doesn't fit this paradigm (with its program in history, English, government, and political theory), Paideia teachers were never given any real chances let alone "three opportunities," as Price suggests, to become an academy. Last school year, we were, however, invited by Co-principal Diaz to restructure our program; we decided to focus on public policy and law in order to meet the pathway model. We submitted a plan to this effect, which was subsequently rejected without any opportunity for discussion.
Third, in response to the idea that Socratic method was the sine qua non for keeping the teaching faculty to a limited group, let me remind Price of our teacher training efforts. In addition to preparing student teachers, I also gave my entire government curriculum to two Tech teachers so that they could teach AP Government. I coached one teacher (of color) on a daily basis, giving up my conference period every day for a semester and spending another year meeting weekly with that teacher to assist in pedagogy and curriculum development. Other Paideia teachers trained several current teachers now on staff and shared curriculum with U.S. and World history teachers, as well.
Fourth, let me return to a gender issue here. In Prices letter, there is not only an unsubtle attempt to insinuate divisiveness among the women colleagues, but also a way to diminish my observations of the failings of Tech by ascribing them to the sphere of a damaged ego or hurt feelings as he describes it. This is not about sentimentality of the weak and feeble, but about the urgency to identify the collapse of reason in a once better organized school and to name the ways in which the system has failed to meet its obligations to students across racial and ethnic lines.
Fifth, as for Prices phony attacks on former students who were interviewed by The Oakland Magazine, how dare he minimize their experiences? More recent grads have expressed immense gratitude for the Paideia Program and chimed in with Daniel Hutchinson and Kulwa Apara though The Oakland Magazine, which could not include more of their interviewees, so Price is way off base here.
Sixth, regarding my resignation, my announcement to the co-principals came in early July, not two weeks before school started as Price claims in his letter. And this, as captured in the Express article as well as The Oakland Magazine, was difficult to formulate (again, please cast aside questions of hurt feelings); this was about the realities of continuing in a program that was being dismantled on a regular basis. Price can continue with the name-calling in this venue and in social media, but the hundreds of minority students who went on to successful careers will and have supplied another narrative about my professionalism, my work in the classroom, and my unhesitant donation of time and labor to the good interests of the school.
Finally, Paideia teachers have always wanted to give students, no matter what race or sexual identification, a rigorous academic program in the social sciences and humanities because we wanted them to be critical thinkers, thoughtful writers, and civically engaged Americans. We wanted to graduate students who would be prepared to succeed in college and pursue whatever career interests they chose. We chose a path, but we insisted upon more than school-to-work. We also remained steadfast in demanding high standards; why should students of color be given lower standards, as Price suggested?
Maryann Wolfe

Posted by Maryann Wolfe on 12/07/2017 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

If, and when, Libby Schaff takes her experiences of unwanted sexual attention (and the complexities of such), and can undertake an intersectional analysis, and see that what she is doing to the poor, the homeless, the people of color in the city of Oakland is much akin (but magnified greatly toward other oppressed groups) to what's been done to her, there is not much hope in hearing her say, "me too," and her ability to really understand others (who have not only lost their jobs, or been raped, are homeless, or who are killed/incarcerated/abused by racist police practices, etc) her statement is becomes a hollow joining in to "me too."

Interesectionality is the gift of 3rd wave feminism. Intersectionality is the common thread that links all of disability/ies.

AND, having said the above makes true my statement (in regards to HRC's run for president) that, yes, we need more women in power, but it must be the right woman/women, just as it must be the right men. This is not the right woman. Not the right woman to chose other women, either.

Libby Schaff has not listened to the multiple Oakland communities who packed City Hall over and over re the development of the City. Instead, she's held "back door" meetings, rescheduled meeting times or dates, and did everything in her power to eliminate public comment. Schaff has closed the downtown recycling lot where many homeless or other poor took carts filled with Oakland's discards (cleaner city complaints? Duh!), and helped developers in obtaining said lot, who is building even more expensive housing, etc.

When Libby Schaff plans to hold a meeting about the future of Oakland next week, with developers, and there are no other communities present who are homeless, seniors, artists, the disabled, etc. and are fearful of the rising costs of living in this city, and who has been given in the past (ie, the 12th street parcel), a "people's" design that would accommodate the needs of all, including the developers ... well, there is little that comes from this office, from her mouth, that I can any longer believe in. Like Trump, who won because he made promises to desperate people, and told them that he "understand(s)," we've been had because she has claimed progressive politics, and now because of her gender. We cannot universalize gender any more than we should universalize race. We must seek to improve representation of each oppressed class, but not assume all of any one class is appropriate.

Posted by deGrace on 12/07/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

It's a little disingenuous for Schaff to talk about "radical inclusion," when she was hand-picked by the Brown/Perata machine to further the gentrification agenda, which is anything but inclusive. I would challenge Schaffr to concentrate not on being powerful, but being equitable, i.e., upholding equity as a guiding principle.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 12/06/2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Has Yet to Spend Soda Tax Funds

Some of my low information customers blamed this tax on Trump instead of blaming their fellow citizens for voting it in.
As for Oakland screwing up its implementation, who is surprised by that?

Posted by Kevin Seay on 12/06/2017 at 7:39 PM

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