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Re: “Coal Company Attorneys Criticize City of Oakland's Health Impact Study Supporting Coal Ban

It doesn't matter that the Sierra Club made a proposal. What matters is whether the proposal was right. Agreement with any third party is not inherently wrong. A great many good laws have been first proposed by lobbyists. Petitioning government is one of the rights guaranteed by the constitution of the United States in the first amendment.

Posted by Mike Stern on 01/19/2018 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Commissioner Alleges City Investigator Is Mishandling Complaint Against Police Chief

J. Saupe investigated my complaint against OPD. She seemed sincere. I trusted her and later realized that she wasnt interested in uncovering wrongdoing. The information she gets is used to assist in covering up police misconduct. When I realized what was happening, and told her about my concerns, she was unapologetic and then just stopped responding. Her "investigation," of course, found no misconduct. Ummm...really? All the information is public: I was wrongfully arrested (more than once), was brutalized, and had cocked guns pointed at me. CPRB is/was an extension of OPD internal affairs, and many departments and offices are complicit in the cover-ups. I hope the citizens of Oakland keep pressing this issue. The corruption runs deep. Keep digging.

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 01/18/2018 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

KKE: you are happy to pay my share of those millions you consider to be just "reality TV." Censuring is a waste of time. She should give us all an early Valentine and resign.

Posted by GK on 01/18/2018 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

I agree. Ms. Brooks is part of the new wave of leaders across the country, like Trump, who behave rudely, unprofessionally and without regard for decency and responsibility. I have watched city council meetings and been so embarrassed by the way she bullies and is abusive to citizens and her fellow council members. She, like Donald Trump, makes accusations and point fingers when concern is raised about her mishandling of funds, brawling in the chambers, etc. Now her bad behavior is going to hurt all of us even more.
We need to demand higher standards from our leaders, starting now, here, at home. Grass roots promotion of a better nation and government.

Posted by TBGunther on 01/18/2018 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Mr. Gammon,

Sorry, you never called on Brooks to be censured, you made a case for the logic behind censuring - and was extremely cautious in your wording:

"A vote for censure by the council would not result in Brooks or Reid being removed from office, but it would be a public rebuke of their actions. It also would serve as a strong and valuable lesson to other councilmembers who may be tempted to interfere with the work of city staffers and order them around.

I know EBX likes to blur lines, but its a big distinction. Outright calling on the city council to censure Brooks would have most likely elicited accusations of racism, the same accusations that were made against Ruby.

You were much more loose with your language on reporting on Lynette McElhaney - using terms like "involved in house flipping scheme", "McElhaney's house-flipping deals " which tried to blue the lines with what actually happened - McElhaney did not personally profit from house flipping, rather her nonprofit loaned money to someone involved in house flipping. Another distinction, but one you were happy to blur the lines on. And why? Maybe because McElhaney was disinterested in all of EBX's fear mongering over their favorite ivory tower progressive bogeyman at the time, the Domain Awareness Center.

Has there ever been any attempt to follow the money on Brooks as with McElhaney? Of course not. Brook will play the race card, and McElhaney won't. Of course in the end, Brooks used the trumped up "house flipping" reporting by EBX to gain the moral high ground on the other African American female on the city council.

Way to go EBX. Instead of now calling out Brooks for whom she is, maybe be honest in your own role in enabling her behavior.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 01/18/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Oakland, the real Oakland, needs her fire, but at the cost of $$$$ to the city, there are other firebrands who would not exact such a blow to the city's coffers - and dignity! And I like her too! BTW, any money Elaine Brown gets should be directly fed back into the community, like sponsoring (tutors, counselors, mentors, cultural exchanges) a few kids from elementary through high school would be a good start.
These white folks, who not so long ago despised Oakland, who now find themselves injected into an Oakland of their own minds-eye, will only criticize, smirk and post their subtle and coded messages of derision, like, "white guilt, not me!"
As Oakland hastily gentrifies, these two black women allowed their disagreements to overshadow the work that needs to be done to insure Oakland does not fall a victim to the blandness that not-white-guilt covets. When personal emotions overwhelm intelligent dialogue - especially from two key persons in positions to lead and shape policy; then the forces that seek promote and seek our nullification from this fine city, is able to squeeze another toe in the door.

Posted by Deau Hickey on 01/18/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Clarence C. Johnson:

Your assertion that "EBX has long given Brooks a pass" is false.

In 2013, I also called on the city council to censure Brooks:…

And in 2014, the Express endorsed her council opponent, writing that Brooks "attacks her colleagues unnecessarily, thus hindering both the council's effectiveness and her ability to get things done for her constituents."…

Posted by Robert Gammon on 01/18/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

If I callously injured someone while acting as an employee I would be fired.
Why is she not being released from public service?

Posted by Ned on 01/18/2018 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

I ran for City Council against Kaplan last time around because I was so angry that the rest of the council wouldnt stand up to her. I was bullied as a child. I find those who alow the bully to exist in some ways more disgusting than the bully itself.

Posted by F Matt Hummel on 01/18/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Dan Savage The Sports Writer Comes Off the Bench for Dan Savage the Sex Columnist

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Posted by odia on 01/18/2018 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

"many progressive city activists have consistently given Brooks a pass because she's tough on police" That and white guilt.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 01/18/2018 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Too Many Rapes Dismissed

Oakland's handling of the Celeste Guap disgusted me. I see a policeman and I wonder what kind of person s/he is. Why does s/he still work for OPD? Does s/he trust anyone there? How could s/he? If the commanders will undermine and mistreat one person, what's to stop them from undermining and mistreating another? Even another cop?

What a cesspool.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 01/18/2018 at 9:03 AM

Re: “In Reversal, OUSD Officials Say Oakland Charter School's Renewal Petition Was Approved

This is so Oakland. Don't even know how to manage a vote. But at least they tried. To be fair, the state law allows a minority vote to approve the charter. This is about as undemocratic as you can be. Our state legislature has bought into the charter school movement big time, which means the legislature condones destroying our public schools!

Posted by Mike Elwin on 01/18/2018 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Piled higher and deeper

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/18/2018 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: ICE Plans Immigration Sweep in Sanctuary Cities; West Coast Sea Lion Population Rebounds

Re: sanctuary cities and obeying the laws of the Federal government
Now can we pick and choose which Federal laws we want to obey? I have some big lead jars filled with leftover mercury in my garage and i would like to get rid of them. I would like to throw into the local rivers around here. I will ignore Title 16 of the USCode(Conservation)and toss those mercury filled lead jars into the clean water.
I say this since it seems there are a lot of jurisdictions who have decided to ignore Title 8(Immigration) of the USCode re sanctuary cities.
I don't know if the mercury will sink but it is taking up space in my garage.

I figure next i will ignore Title 26(Internal Revenue).
I mean why not?

Posted by Gray Liddell on 01/18/2018 at 5:03 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

EBX has long given Brooks a pass, for the same reason she is able to bully other city council members - they know Brooks will play the race card, play it well, and play it at the drop of a hat. For EBX, and their almost entirely white staff (all white staff?), this is not a fight they want to have. It would require putting at risk all the credibility theyve built portraying themselves as woke journos. The fact that Brooks is keeping silent on this mess (for legal reasons), and Brown is an elderly ex-Black panther, provides just enough cover for EBX to finally come out against Brooks - though they never actually called her out at the time this incident or any of the other incidents mentioned in the article.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 01/17/2018 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

There are plenty of Oakland community activists who could 'push the most difficult and anti-racist policies' without being an abusive bully (which Brooks has been as long as she's been in the limelight) who attacks small, elderly people (even tough, fiery ones like Elaine Brown).

Brooks is very smart - and has used her intellect to ride roughshod over some of the less bright bulbs on the City Council - but she has gone too far this time. Hopefully the voters of her district have seen enough.

Posted by John Seal on 01/17/2018 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

K. Epstein: "Desley...effectively pushes the most difficult and anti-racist policies...the Department of Race and Equity is just one example."

The problems with this perspective are that institutional racism is deeply embedded in Oakland social and government structures. Oakland may adopt well-intended policies but good intentions do not compensate for
all the failures to perform. That's the reality, TV or whatever.

Longtime residents of Oakland's city hall, citizens and staffers like Epstein as well as electeds, may be full of good intentions but remain incapable of thinking outside the box, of being transparent, of being proactive rather than reactive and, fundamentally, of actually producing results. Outside the box means insight into the destructiveness of capitalism and finance, rather than the embrace of neoliberalism.

Whatever Brooks' intentions, she has deep personal problems and her performance as a public servant is thus compromised.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/17/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Oakland May Welcome Hoteliers Who Violated Labor Law

When will somebody in the City of Oakland provide some actual leadership that allows the city to move forward in constructive ways? Leadership means that sometimes the City Council needs to be told no and redirected in a different way that may achieve their objective in a legal and appropriate way.The Planning Director and City Attorney both need to tell the City Council that the Planning Department is not the convenient repository for all things. The legal purview of the Planning Department and Planning Commission is based on the powers granted in State law to regulate land use. The wages of workers employed in a hotel may be an interesting conversation, but it is not a land use issue. The Planning Commission cannot use this discussion as a basis to approve or deny a project. Moreover, conditions of approval with requirements related to wages of future employees are legally questionable, unless there is an agreement of some kind that includes public financing. If the project require an EIR or a more detailed environmental review, a more detailed discussion of economic impacts is normally included. However, developing thresholds of significance for wages of future employees would be conceptually problematic and extremely subjective. The Planning Commission does not review of the incomes of future buyers when they approve development of new housing. If the City Council wants to control wages of future workers in hotels, they need to write an ordinance that requires a special process or permit for transient habitation (hotels) and require detailed review of wages of future employees. If that is what they want, they can get there that way, but don't try make it a land use issue when it is clearly is not.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/17/2018 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Oh lordy...gotta put that pretentious PhD after your name so it sounds like you know what you're talking about...but you don't.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/17/2018 at 12:00 PM

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