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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

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

Shouldn't a city of this size have enough talent and cross-checking in their accounting team not to make a rookie mistake like "whoops, that's a one-time expense"?

Posted by Katie Percy on 06/12/2017 at 8:33 PM

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

I find it ironic that Desley Brooks is opposing creating a new department to deal with a very troubling and persistent problem when she was so gung ho a couple years ago to create a new department of Race and Equity that so few people supported. I'm not even sure I support creating a new department. Just wanted to point out how the erratic behavior by our District 6 council person continues to affect the council and the city.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 06/12/2017 at 1:48 PM

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

"she projected a small deficit and relied on dipping into soda tax money as a balancing measure." Really I taught that money was supposed to go somewhere else not fill wasteful gaps created by the Mayor and City of Oakland. Once again tax payers have been duped.

Posted by Valentin Carrillo on 06/12/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Where to Watch the Warriors NBA Finals Games in the East Bay

The Lodge is not in Piedmont. Piedmont Ave. is not in Piedmont.

Posted by David Madole on 06/12/2017 at 12:10 PM

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

"The Public Bank of Oakland that the City Council so far has refused to sign off on...

"Based on the performance of the public bank in North Dakota, Oakland's bank should be able to generate...additional funds for the City of Oakland and its people."

The public bank idea may be a good one. Not for a city like Oakland I'm afraid.

A state like North Dakota has legal standing and other resources that a city like Oakland does not possess. Oakland has had a well-documented history of financial irresponsibility. A local public bank might work in another California city. Here it could be nothing other than another disaster.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/12/2017 at 12:03 PM

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

Use of the word "Hidden" in the title, to imply that someone was trying to hide this. But - nobody was trying to hide this, and the error was found by the City of Oakland and disclosed to the public.

Another day at EBX, turning news into propaganda whenever possible.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/12/2017 at 11:41 AM

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

1.4% of that money could fund the feasibility study for the Public Bank of Oakland that the City Council so far has refused to sign off on.

Once the bank was fully operational, based on the performance of the public bank in North Dakota, Oakland's bank should be able to generate $20,000,000 - $60,000,000 A YEAR in additional funds for the City of Oakland and its people.

The $100K is a no-brainer. It's an investment in Oakland's future, and there are none with such a potential ROI for so little up-front.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/12/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

I took a friend there for a special dinner last year, inspired by a CheckPlease review on KQED... some items were good, but a tough and smallish piece of "signature" fried chicken was a disappointment with overpriced side dishes required to make a meal.
The coup de grace was my friend's request for some sparkling water being met with a fancy, imported bottle of something brought to the table without comment. It later showed up on the bill as a $19 charge. Really?! Never went back. End of story. Have a nice "hiatus" Pican. And au revoir.

Posted by Jack Vincent on 06/11/2017 at 10:51 AM

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

Hmm. if we take the argument for the creation of a DVP at face value, does that mean that OPD are ineffective at violence prevention? If so, why would spending more $$ on police be an effective solution? Consider that Oakland just paid out almost $1m to settle the Celeste Guap case. That's money which could have been spent on things which could have reduced violence.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/10/2017 at 7:13 PM

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

Oakland has half the police, in ratio to population, that most major cities have. Oakland residents suffer two and three times more robberies, burglaries, and assaults than people in almost every other city in the U.S. The poverty rate for Oakland is average, and lower than the poverty rate in many safer cities. -- Three facts that all the councilmembers run away from.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/10/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Thanks for all the great food. Haters gonna hate, but I had great food, great drinks and great times there for years. Sure there were misses and a couple of bad service moments, but that's the industry. Thanks for making a great place for POC's and soulful White folks to get their grub on and socialize with style. You can always find a soul shack somewhere. Pican brought Black elegance and power to the center. The food wasn't cheap, but the cultural contribution was enoromous.

Posted by Ted Russell on 06/10/2017 at 1:05 PM

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