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Re: “Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland to Fix Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations of Police Misconduct

One wonders exactly what the Mayor and City Administrator spend their publicly-financed time doing.

Especially in the light of the Mayor's campaign promise to make public safety the number one priority. That means making OPD work in every aspect of policing, including that small thing we call ethics.

Should we assume that the Mayor hired her pal as City Administrator because they both were fundamentally committed to improved public safety and police reform?

Or should we assume that both the Mayor and her Administrator live on Mars?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/13/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

Anyone can grow hemp in California. There are just a few hoops through which one must jump first. Biggest one: finding a researcher who's interested in studying part of the plant you're not interested in growing - or its agroclimactic impacts, suitability as a drought crop; anything where the science doesn't require study of the plant matter itself. Set up a industrial hemp pilot research program at an accredited university. The scientist gets to conduct cutting edge research, and you get all the 'agricultural waste' aka the industrial hemp you want to grow.

In a few years it should be much simpler. But it's possible now if you're willing to put in the effort.

Posted by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on 07/12/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

The passage of 64 included the legalization of cannabis as well as hemp just like what Colorado did. I heard California Prop 64 copied the State ballot for Colorado that included the legalization of cannabis and hemp together. Last I heard we are waiting for big brother to give us the rules, regulations and taxes to grow a plant that has over 50,000 uses.

Posted by Leroy Essek on 07/12/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

When can California start to grow Hemp like we did here in Los Angeles back in 1860?

Posted by Leroy Essek on 07/12/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

The phrase "God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water the fire next time" was the source of the Baldwin quote above. It should be understood that the fire referred to in this passage was divine in nature and potential origin. The idea of humans invoking and exacting such a level of biblical judgement is cause only for concern given the arrogance and limitation endemic to mankind.

Posted by John Middle on 07/11/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Fulani. perhaps you are forgetting that fires can and frequently do KILL people. No matter where you stand on gentrification, the notion of burning down constructions sites/buildings by way of protest is absurd. Constructing a rationale for arson like this is in my view irresponsible. It could only serve to encourage such criminal activity.

Posted by John Middle on 07/11/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Allows Pot Businesses on Island

It was historic, very meaningful for patient advocates and wellness here on our sanctuary island.

Posted by Juliet Lockwood on 07/11/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “City of Alameda Allows Pot Businesses on Island

I was there, this is history in the making for Alameda more than you know!

Kevin Storm
Cannabis Achievers of the World!

Posted by Kevin Storm on 07/10/2017 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

And people wonder why Oakland is so dysfunctional.

Yes, let's cut first responder services and give into the mob rule mentality.

Dan's proposal is ridiculous.

Posted by Robert Hope on 07/10/2017 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Suddenly concerned about the new condo construction across the street. Will it be torched and will my buildings and neighboring buildings be evacuated or even catch fire? This is not the way to stop gentrification, higher rents, and displacement.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 07/10/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Allows Pot Businesses on Island

Thank you for this article and the subsequent coverage.

I was one of the first speakers
To address the council that night and spoke about employment, traffic, and commuting issues as related to Cannabis positively affecting Alameda.

I believe we met that night my name is Rich Moskowitz.

There are currently two groups established inAlameda . AICC ( alameda island cannabis community) a joint business and citizen group, and ASCA ( Alameda Safe Cannabis Access), and soon to be a third dedicated just to neighbors educating neighbors about the benefits of cannabis for our community.

Feel free to reach out to me if you'd like background on the groups, issues, players, etc.

Rich Moskowitz

Posted by ThelanaiClub on 07/10/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

This is what real class warfare looks like. People are not just gonna sit around and do nothing as all options are taken from them. Whats real is this isn't a crime committed by some homeless drug addicted street person. The people behind these acts are willing to take the stand against the contiuning exploition of the Bay area by Realtors and Developers who's main concern is always profit over people,to the next level. James Baldwin said it best."THE FIRE NEXT TIME" is now.

Posted by Fulani carter on 07/10/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

This shocking news of another building fire at a large housing development in the east bay should be a wake up call for everyone to the need for more not less new construction.

It is irrational to think that if we stop building new housing it will somehow keep people from moving to Oakland and gentrifying the city. Yes Oakland is a desirable place to live and is close to Silicon Valley and San Francisco where many of the jobs in the new economy are being created. If new housing is unavailable then older housing stock will be sold or rented to those who can pay the market price and even more will be displaced from the city.
It now appears that the housing crisis will spiral even more out of control as developers decide it is not worth the risk of building here. People should support new development for all income levels and not scare it away!
Developers also need to consider more security at their building sites and fire sprinkler systems should be installed as soon as practical at an earlier stage of construction to deter or prevent those who would consider arson as a city planning tool

Posted by Nick Yale on 07/09/2017 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

What is almost worse then this huge fire at a new housing development in downtown Oakland is the reaction many people seem to have. "People feel like they are being priced out of living in Oakland" is somehow given as justification to burn down a building you think you couldn't afford to live in.
Doesn't anyone think about 20-30 years in the future when the same building might have become a senior or other affordable housing when presumably newer buildings come on line for higher income people to live in? And what kind of a city would we have now if people had burned down anything they couldn't have afforded? People please get a grip!

Posted by Nick Yale on 07/09/2017 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

the Emeryville fire was 105 housing units.

I think the standard figure is 3 people per unit. Using that, it seems this latest fire took out about 230 units in one way or another (700 displaced is the reported figure)... So we're looking at over 300 hundred units NOT housing people... Putting MORE pressure on housing at all levels, especially the low end.

Add to that the 400 units, last I heard, blocked by activists in the MacArthur BART vicinity... That would likely have reduced vehicle emissions as well as providing housing.

Just gotta love this town.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/08/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Thank you for reporting on this article. It doesn't take a meteorologist to tell you that it sunny and hot outside when it's sunny and hot. The amount of fires on under construction multifamily, mixed use buildings in Oakland (including the one in Emeryville literally across the street from Oakland) is much higher than everywhere else. Local officials can't just come out and say it was arson for political reasons, but it's obvious to everyone that it is arson, because the odds are so small there would be so many fires in Oakland on the same type of projects, in the same type of areas in such a short amount of time. There are some serious issues going on in Oakland that are preventing the city from further urbanization.

Pains me to see this happen. Looked like a nice, well conceived and designed mixed use complex that would have likely stood for over 100 years and provided housing for literally thousands of people over that time-span. No one was getting displaced by this project because it was built over what had been a surface parking lot. I wonder what the broader intentions of the arsonist were. If it was to stop gentrification, this will only make it worse, but perhaps he intends to accelerate it. Either way he/she has been able to cause great carnage with impunity, which is depressing. No one should be able to get away with that.

One other angle no one has brought up is the environmental impact of such fires. Tons of timber and construction materials destroyed, tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere as well as particulate matter and chemicals. We all have to breath this stuff, especially those in close proximity. These kind of fires are environmental disasters.

Posted by Julian Urmson on 07/08/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Kellersan, here is a link regarding the two Emeryville fires, both arson:

Posted by mizjanedough on 07/08/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Nextdoor Lead Silences Police Complaints

Cinco de mayo is an American created holiday celebrated by Americans. It's not celebrated in Mexico. Every holiday has drunk driving and dui checkpoints. Only idiots take offense to that.

Posted by other on 07/08/2017 at 3:08 AM

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

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Posted by Larissa Singh on 07/08/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

The ATF only makes statements for ongoing investigations. They don't have a web site where they make announcements any more than the FBI makes statements. It's also been reported on sfgate.

IS an announcement of a declaration of arson in dispute? Calling it "fake news"?

Just my opinion, but I think it's fairly obvious the "by any means necessary" element is at work.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/07/2017 at 5:32 PM

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