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Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

In the past two years the city of Oakland has spent a great deal of time and money installing something called a Public Ethics Commission.

Designed according to its chief salesman, CM Dan Kalb, to improve confidence in city hall.

'Nuff said.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/19/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

If Council members believe that background checks are important, they should require checks of all candidates for elected office in Oakland.

The way it is now, the only "check" is the City Clerk checking that a candidate is registered to vote at their stated address. Candidates for City Attorney and Auditor must provide proof of current state license.

No official verification of resumes or candidate's statements.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/17/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

Yeah Warriors!!! Good for you! Dump Trump!!!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 06/15/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

Good for them. They are too good and too classy for the likes of incompetent, moron, Demagogue Don.

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 06/15/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Thanks Darwin for doing this article, as Measure LL/Police Commission issues haven't been covered much lately and how LL is implemented can change a lot, for better or worse. Better to have the Ordinance a little late than rushed thru with defects----and we are not that far apart....Was very disappointing to me that Council President Reid , for whatever reason, seemed to in an 'on strike/shut process down' mode, rather than being willing to hear from authors and public about the 5 to 6 areas of disagreement. The first Commissioner appointment process was launched in early June...with notice 2 applicants that general (not criminal) background checks will be done on all nominees.....time will tell if current or future SC is overruled on that.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/15/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

One of the overwhelming problems of governance in Oakland is the failure to implement projects in a timely way. In addition there is all-too-often a failure to follow up to see whether projects are achieving their goals and then to modify them so that they do perform or perform better.

To put this all in perspective, the nitpicking on the methods for constituting the Police Commission is a class case in point.

Just possibly it would make sense to arrive quickly at a reasonable compromise so that at long last the Commission might (just might) go to work. If changes are needed, then changes can be made.

Another aspect of perspective: Oakland's police department is still in bad shape regarding critical aspects of performance and regarding morale; we haven't yet completed reforms mandated almost 15 years ago; crime remains far too high; the turnover rate for cops is far too high.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/15/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

Petty and disrespectful to our duly elected President.

Posted by Brian Kennedy on 06/15/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Photos from the ANSWER and Indivisible Counter-Protests Against ACT for America's 'March Against Sharia'

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been labeled a "hate group" by the National Rifle Association. Why is this publication citing a hate group like the SPLC?

Posted by Brian Kennedy on 06/15/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

One of the provisions of the charter amendment and implementing ordinance requires that commissioners receive training in procedural justice, unconscious bias recognition and participation in the Civilian Police Academy. As someone who just completed the latter, I can say that all commissioners will undergo a full background check. This is the same check that is used in evaluating police academy candidates. The point is, that if an appointed commissioner has an undisclosed disqualifying criminal background, they can be removed for cause. My suggestion for a compromise is that the CPA training be initiated as soon as possible after appointment. This will allow the mayor and selection panel to evaluate the candidate on the face of their application, rather than the unconscious bias toward felons, regardless of the nature of the felony charge or conviction.

Posted by Michael Tigges on 06/15/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

A public bank in Oakland? No thank you. The thieves in the city council will manage to find more money to spend on buying votes.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/15/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Having had the experience of working with ex cons, they run the gamut from John Spain ( intelligent, insightful, articulate) to absolute horrors of human beings who never should have been released. I do believe that there is a place for ex cons in the system, and also believe that discrimination is needed in their placement.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/15/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Allowing the Mayor's appointees to comprise a majority on a disciplinary panel will appear to or actually make the Commission just another City agency, rather than independent. Independence is the heart of what the voters approved by 83 percent.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 06/15/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Thanks, Darwin, for this 'fair and balanced' presentation of what happened Tuesday night and why. We are going to request a meeting with Dan Kalb in hopes that we can agree on some of the outstanding issues that divide us and move the process forward expeditiously. But it is critical to equip the Commission with a structure and process that will engender community trust and transparency.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 06/14/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Report: Profound Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending Seen in Oakland

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Re: “Report: Profound Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending Seen in Oakland

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Re: “Report: Profound Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending Seen in Oakland

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Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

The soda tax was INTENDED to make soda more expensive and less attractive to consume. Every where such are enacted, use drops. THAT was the intent.

The additional funds generated are, for all intents and purposes, a side effect used to sell the idea of the tax.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/14/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

Soda tax once again we get short change its not what it was intended for.

Posted by Prestonoak on 06/14/2017 at 3:20 AM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

As a native of Oakland, I am so proud of the Golden State Warriors on so many levels. Champions on the court and and of what's socially correct.

Posted by NorCalGal56 on 06/13/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

The White House was meant for real warriors, not over-paid athletes.

Posted by Mad Dog on 06/13/2017 at 11:54 AM

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