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Re: “City of Albany Expands Ban on Marijuana Businesses, Outdoor Growing

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Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

"Residents have long demanded officials to do more to quell violence, pushing for strategies that rely less on law enforcement and more on community engagement..."

That's what real community policing is all about. Establishing trust between law enforcement and a community which long has been abused by law enforcement. Without trust, the community, understandably, does not
offer the local knowledge which is vital to violent crime prevention.

Real community policing in Oakland would be a long, difficult journey. So we have ineffective groups called NCPCs with beat cops assigned. The beat cops change every few months. Last NCPC meeting I attended, the beat cop and his sergeant took the trouble to explain why they couldn't do anything for us.

City hall in Oakland just doesn't do the long and difficult. City hall likes to spend money on consultants and committees. This lets pols say they are doing something.

They aren't doing something. The violent crime and all its consequences--traumatized families with traumatized kids who can't succeed in school, lack of economic development where it's needed, etc.--will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/07/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “City of Albany Expands Ban on Marijuana Businesses, Outdoor Growing

Their loss! The surrounding cities thank you for the additional tax dollars.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 06/07/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Two WHOLE months Ms McElhaney? You've been on the city council since 2002. NOW it's urgent to you? Yeah, right.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “East Oakland Dump Sites Allow Residents to Legally Trash Bulk Items

I see the April dates have now past, can you help me learn where I should dump my large items this week or next month please, generally in June and July 2017? I'm in East Oakland by 72nd and don't know where to remove these large trash items like some couches and such in the right dump place nearby. Any help please? I really need any help on this. Thank you, Rob

Posted by robfwarner on 06/07/2017 at 2:45 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Spent $72K Closing 162 Homeless Camps in 2015

First of all, the city doesn't OWN the properties you propose they sped tax payer dollars rehabilitating. Oh that's right... It doesn't matter who owns it. Just take it.

Lets see how you like having your property taken. We know the homeless don't like it. Hence the completely valid complaints of their losses when city workers destroy their property.

As to the city and county helping... They need to money to provide that help. If they had it, the city might possibly have it. But the fallout from prop 13 and the machinations commercial property owners use within it are strangling all of them... While iPhone/Macintosh toting kewl art kids benefit from Apple et al stashing over a trillion dollars overseas so as to NOT pay their fair share. The kewl kids "vote their conscience" or don't vote at all so we get the corporate toady (the orange man), instead of the lesser of the two evils.

Bah! You may as well demand Unicorns and a money tree in the back yard.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/06/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Spent $72K Closing 162 Homeless Camps in 2015

Chanty Nox - your idea is great! I would gladly volunteer to help in any way I can!

Posted by Lynne Miller on 06/05/2017 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?

"You can have less affordable housing units permits issued and yet MORE affordable units built."

With a ten to one market rate unit to affordable housing unit in the pipeline I kinda doubt whether there will be more affordable housing units actually built than affordable units.

"The author has no ideas, of course, but just wants to cherry pick data."

The commenter should add that he picks cherries too.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/05/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

No truck, so he was dropped off. He is blocking the sidewalk at the wheelchair curb cutout. No virgin plastic bags or paper shown. Perfect, uniform fruit. Twelve perfect mangoes; dozens of bananas. No way he grew this.

On a public walkway the question always comes up; "What is a lot of people did this? It is a public WALKWAY. It is not a sitting area.

Posted by Ken Henkel on 06/05/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?

Nice trickery with the numbers. A couple of points:

1. You cant assume 100% of market rate housing will be built, when you know this is nowhere near the case based on historical data. The author knows this and leaves it out.

2. In 2014, 78% of housing built in Oakland was affordable
(https://oakland.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F…) . The Author leaves out what was actually built in 2015 in 2016.

3. This is permits issued. NOT actual units built. You can have less affordable housing units permits issued and yet MORE affordable units built. See above point.


4. The average cost to build an affordable housing in Alameda county, according to the State Housing Department, is $345k. The 59 units being built at Acts Full Gospel Church is closer to $500k/unit. $100million allocated from the city would build at most 300 homes, which would still be less than what the report says we need of 840 affordable units. Yet the author says we need more? Say its 1000 units to make the author happy - that's $300 million, and ~25% of Oaklands budget - how do we raise revenue, or make room in the budget for that? The author has no ideas, of course, but just wants to cherry pick data to make it look like we only have an affordable housing issue, and its the result of the "rich" not caring, rather than we have a housing crisis that's impacting everyone at all income levels, and that everyone is to blame.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/05/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Let's see... Ms Brooks has been sitting on the council for how many years while this travesty in the OPD has been going on, but it's the mayor at fault?

Allow me to refresh you on some history;

Ms Brooks was first seated to the council in 2002, and vice mayor in 2011.

Ms Schaaf; first seated to the council in 2010 and elected mayor in 2015... Well after the start of this cesspool... Which Ms Brooks was in office for the entirety of.

And SOMEHOW it's all the mayors fault?!

Gimme a break!

I'll refrain from saying what I think exactly as she sues people who buy ink by the barrel. I, as a simple citizen of Oakland can not stand up to that.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

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Re: “Report: When It Comes to Mortgage Loan Servicing, Banks Are Still Failing to Comply With the Law

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Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

i wonder if schaaf would think this was a 'fair resolution' if it was her daughter . she knew, and let it go on . she's part and parcel of the abuses by opd . instead of allowing the new citizen's police watchdog to hire an appropriate new chief for a reasonable price, she hand picked her new opd chief and offered even more money than the last several corrupt chiefs were taking out of town

time to go, schaaf . thanks to desley for stating what should be obvious to every thinking person

Posted by demotro polis on 06/02/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

> Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf characterized the settlement as a
> quick and fair resolution...

God I can't wait to vote her out of office.

Posted by John Michaels Grabowski on 06/01/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Is the 43% solving the existing crime problem, Vincent? Hell no. That's obvious. Cutting funding for law enforcement guarantees more crime and more dead bodies in the streets. That's no solution either. Nor does it directly solve widening income disparity or fix the six inch deep holes in the roads (that result in expensive repairs for businesses and residents)

The resulting crime and violence DOES make Oakland unattractive for things that would bring in needed dollars for schools, libraries, fire department and all of the other services.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Hey Bruce, Oakland spends 43% of its budget on OPD. 43%. Not helping, is it? Why not 100%? That will, of course, take care of all the crime, right? Close up that widening income gap, bring jobs in, etc. We don't need libraries, the fire dept, schools, good roads... More police= no crime, right? Riiigghhhttt....

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/01/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Oakland crime problems are long standing. The council uses them to make grandstand plays while doing nothing about them except grandstanding.

Lets see... R. Kaplan how many terms of office? (not just her current AT LARGE position). How many for Brooks? McElhaney?... And it's the mayor who's corrupt?! Who has been in office longer?

The "community" keeps electing them to get their neighborhood "payoffs".

As long as that continues, street cops will get burned out and just not care anymore and just see the job as a means to "get theirs"... By any means necessary.

OPD officers should have been enforcing the law. They should NOT have been facilitating and taking advantage. No argument.

Doesn't it strike ANYONE else as odd that a family member of an OPD employee is at the center of this whole mess?

The fact that she was under age grants her an impenetrable shield of a immunity.

Isn't that in and of itself odd? And this perfect storm "just happened" and it all the cops fault?

I'm not fan of cops, but this whole thing has reeked from day one and the stink just keeps getting worse.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Police can't stop crime this is evident. They police. They investigate. They wouldn't have jobs if crime didn't exist. Every thing exist due to supply and demand. The law is present the police enforce the law. Why has sex trafficking increased? The war on drugs not so much a war its about who can get involved. Greed and corruption exists within the system.

Posted by Donnetta Williams on 05/31/2017 at 8:24 PM

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