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Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

Finally, Mayor Schaaf has made an honest statement to the public. She has never admitted it publicly, but it has been painfully obvious that her personal women empowerment agenda has been the driver of many management decisions she has made since coming into office. Her City Administrator, Assistant City Administrator, Police Chief and Fire Chief have ALL been women. Let's see how that has worked out. The City Administrator had no significant experience that demonstrated any ability to navigate a complex and challenged municipality like Oakland. Two years in Emeryville is just not enough. Ms. Landreth has been largely silent in her job and when she has made public appearances, it has been clear that she is over her head. The same can be said for the former Fire Chief, who was hired based on her relationship with the former City Administrator. She "retired" after getting into an argument with a member of the public about her departments failure to inspect the north hills fire zone adequately. It should have never come to that. She should have been fired immediately after the disappearing act she pulled off after the Ghost Ship fire. The Assistant City Administrator (Cappio) was hired by Schaaf to be the "development czar" who was going to make the the Raider deal happen. Moreover, how valuable was she when you Mayor Schaaf, ignored the City Attorney's advice and broke the law by initially pushing the city into a backroom deal with an unqualified developer of the E12th st housing project. What a waste of money. Your outrage at male behavior was particularly obvious in your selection of the Police Chief. Your whole public presentation was clear that the priority was to break up the boys club, not necessarily to hire the best candidate. I disagree totally with your premise that the only way forward is more women in power. While having more women in top positions is a good thing, the goal should be to have more qualified good people in leadership positions. That includes more well adjusted men, without the personal defects that have damaged the work environment in America for decades. If you say that only women are the answer for the future, you are no better than those who have oppressed women in favor of men for years. The right way forward is when gender is not a job qualification, EVER.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/06/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Systems That Oppress Women Create Dangerous Circumstances for Girls of Color

Holly this is an excellent article. It defines and exposes the practices in OPD that, through the years, were normalized. I worked for OPD and saw, first hand, the mistreatment of females, both sworn and civilian. I heard about how female employees were sexually exploited. The culture at OPD was horrific for any woman that did not acquiesce to the patrichial environment which existed. Than you for exposing this culture, which hopefully, will create a new norm.

Posted by Sylvia DeWitt on 12/06/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

I understand the writer's perspective in this article. Almena just did video interviews where he basically states he's the victim and everyone else but him is to blame. That's not the truth. This is from a certified electrician who saw the building. "Robert Jake Jacobitz: On my contract with him and verbally I warned him of a fire argue with him about a fire more fingers than I have on my hand the last argument we had he finally finally had me cut a fire door in that he owes me for still and I understand he barricaded up that night. I've done my interviews with the FBI ATF DA's office got my subpoena I'm the one is going to be telling Derek he's going to s*** when he sees me in court do you don't know I'm coming. so you won't be able to play uninformed surprised victim he was well-informed multi times about the very real possibility of Fire as my second hand information from the horse's mouth not hearsay."

Posted by Mary Cummins on 12/05/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Five Ways to Protect Future Generations from Sexual Harassment and Assault

In addition to the steps the author outlines, it is also important as we move forward, to focus on men to play their part in solving this problem. Men, starting with young boys, need to be shown the connection between sexual assault and harassment to their own mothers, sisters and female friends. If young men can get to a place where they value all women like they do their own family and friends, this will stop. The classic male paradigm that tells boys that all that matters is "scoring" at any cost has to change. That mindset diminishes the value of women as people and friends who can add way more to your life than sex. I have always opined that when men consider whether sex should be a part of a relationship with a woman, the question they should ask themselves is not should we do it. The question should be, if we do it, then what? Failure to have a cogent answer to that question almost always means that it is not a good idea. Having women as friends ads value to a mans life. Young boys need to be taught that as early in life as possible.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/05/2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “When Sexual Harassment and Violence Become Normalized

There is no doubt in my mind that at least 6 or 7 women of 10 in America have experienced sexual assault, violence or harassment at some point in their lives. This issue has been underground far too long and especially in families and in the workplace.The current wave of the "me too" movement is a good thing that is long overdue. Hopefully, it will change the way men are socialized in this country. Although men who are guilty of taking advantage of women have moms, wives, daughters and sisters, somehow there is a disconnect. These men do not personalize these assaults as having an impact on the women in the world that they love. In my own life, I was lucky enough to have a sister one year my senior. That meant two things. One is that she was my first best friend that I shared my life with every single day. Secondly, that my adolescent introduction to girls was initially from being around her friends. I learned to communicate, treat and respect females as people and friends first. On the other hand, most males are socialized and introduced to girls and dating by stupid boys their age or older boys who teach that all that matters is to somehow "score" as much and any way possible. This initial socialization of the male mind is not healthy and easily leads to the culture that we have always had in America. With that being said, I challenge women to pay more attention to the current impact of social media on the attitudes of young boys and girls. The internet is full of disturbing images of women and girls participating in pornography, music videos and sexual images that the girls themselves post. Because of the Kardashian gang and others, young girls believe that taking sexually explicit pictures of themselves and posting them to become an"internet personality" and getting paid is a valid career alternative. The combination of this trend along with the exposure of young kids to pornography on the internet does not bode well for healthy relationships in the future. Women, as a group need to be way more aggressive in calling out the problems with social media. You can't applaud the Kardashian gang as trend setting businesswomen and then fail to call them and others to task on the messages they are sending to young girls. So far, they seem to be getting away with becoming rich with no sense of responsiblity.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/05/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

The only thing deserving of "scorn" here are people like you - Robert Gammon (a journalist I used to respect) - who, rather than investigate a story, decide it's easier to stick to the status quo and continue to heap blame where you find it easiest. Almena, the media villain, deserving of all of your self-righteous scorn. You should be ashamed, and please stay away from this story and our community's grief. You are not worthy of commenting on this matter anymore.

Posted by ConnorMorrison on 12/04/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

Robert Appeldorn nobody EVER said they hate Trump because he's a man and he's white... Nobody... ever... A fool or a damn liar. Which one are you?

Posted by Rudi Mwongozi on 12/04/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

Key word: UNPERMITTED (not actually a word, but this is EBX).

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 12/03/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Rereading the above, I realize I was using some strong language. The anniversary is a rather heavy time. Pardon the oversight but please take the points.

Posted by Jonah Strauss 1 on 12/03/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

This is very concerning, however there are many people focused on working on solutions that reimagine the way we relate to our ocean ecosystems. Concerned California citizens have been partnering with Greenwave.org and CA Fish and Wildlife to strategize on how to successfully permit and implement restorative ocean enterprises that restore kelp forests through actively seeding native varieties of kelp to help repopulate kelp forests. Please reach out to support Greenwave.org's work and sponsor this CA initiative.

Erin Axelrod
Sonoma County, CA

Posted by Erin Axelrod on 12/03/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Robert, everyone already knows Almena shoulders the primary responsibility, so I don't understand the source of your fervor. Regarding Harris, I'm sure you have the resources to dig a little deeper than what went into the sentiment you're expressing here. There are pretty significant differences -- just ask community members. Remember that the DA has a PR goal, and charges may have to change after deposition this week.

The article comes off as pretty mainstream in its reactionary tone, which was the standard MSM approach a year ago. Your Oakland Magazine article (January?) was along similar lines, though I can see you've toned it down since then.

You've got the tacit agreement thing between tenants/landlords/City described accurately, and you are certainly correct that tenants who build out non-conforming spaces -- typically with owner permission -- have historically taken great pride in their work and in its long term safety and stability. That was nice to see acknowledged in print after all these months.

Regarding the building department, you are a little misinformed, which is surprising coming from the editor of the Express. That is most clear here:

"But requiring city employees to determine which spaces are clearly dangerous and need to be shut down like the Ghost Ship and which ones only present minor hazards that need to be fixed is not so simple. Such a protocol, if it were established, also could expose the city to further liability, especially if people were to die in a fire in a warehouse that the city had deemed to be not that bad."

While technically true, this last sentence is fearmongering, no better than internet whackos who call for widespread evictions. Warehouse & non-conforming unit safety advocates have been meeting with select City officials for many months to design an appropriate path forward, one that is hardly touched upon in the Anniversary Report and in the Mayor and Administrator's rhetoric. Both parties share the same concern for life safety, and recognize that there are very few (if any) spaces left like Ghost Ship since the community did its own cleanup in the first half of 2017.

There are clear and simple ways to define what is and is not a life safety hazard. And contrary to Rich Fielding's historical approach, a collection of common code violations does not necessarily equal a life safety hazard. I look forward to seeing a hierarchy of compliance priorities in the future -- such as that used by community safety organizations -- adopted by Code Enforcement. There is no reason that such a practice would increase liability, as imminent life safety hazards do indeed require temporary relocation for repairs. Even in highly problematic cases where tenants can not be moved, such as 2551 San Pablo, the City can always order a 24-hour fire watch (which I believe would have saved that building).

If you need to worry about it, worry instead about the hazards that Code Enforcement is often careless about attending to, namely the pervasive violations in conventional multifamily housing available to low-income folks. You'd be alarmed at the callous approach of inspectors. From water damage and mold to uneven floors and shoddy electrical work, there are many violations that landowners are allowed to explain away or never be cited for -- provided, of course, that the tenants are poor and typically people of color.

Posted by Jonah Strauss 1 on 12/03/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Who the heck writes these articles these days? What generation are these writers mostly derived from? What happened to writing articles of actual substance, and not just repeating 3 things, 6 different ways, in order to be able to hit the word count necessary, to look like a real news article?

Posted by Nicole Celli on 12/03/2017 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Second floor was built out of redwood springboard floor by previous tenants. Same for roof. Was not designed for the building.

Could have had ceramics in there and sprinklers everywhere. Since it was an electrical fire, it would have still went up.

Derrick "rigged" the electrical because it was actually causing problems before.

This article is semantics.

Posted by Marcavius on 12/01/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

The Sixth Great Extinction. We're probably not that far down the list.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/01/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Any person, entity, anyone who could have stopped this ship from sailing bears responsibility. Fail after fail. This includes PG&E.

Posted by Andy Kershaw on 12/01/2017 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Thanks to EB Express for their in depth coverage.

Here's a link to the No Cuts to Schools petition that is helping turn the tide against cutting funds to our schools & students, helping to create awareness & helping School Board members know the level of of opposition to these proposed school cuts:

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petition…

Please get the word out by email & social media to your friends, neighbors & family.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 11/30/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

Nature has it's own ability to recover but sometimes we need to help them to heal or recover.
We all need to harvest or remove purple urchins as many as possible and migrate starfishes and implement seaweed seed on to the bottom of the rocks.

Posted by Sungsik Joo on 11/30/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

I think every Oakland citizen should refuse to pay city taxes until our schools and police force are properly, fully and responsibly funded and managed.

Posted by Dayvid Jones on 11/30/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

As a abalone diver who's been diving over 25 years I've never seen it so bad. Places I've dove for years are now a Barron waste land of urchins . This is a problem that I believe can be repaired. Bull kelp seed will lay dormant for years and grows fast. We as the stewards of our oceans must take action. Instead of taking your abalone and getting out take a bag of urchins. Fish and game could aslo put some of our tax dollars to work and hire these out of work urchins divers to clean up and harvest these purple urchins. The starfish are coming back slowly but it's up to us to fix this. A hand full of urchin divers could clean up a cove in a day and within a matter of weeks the kelp will start to return. We divers need to press Fish and Game to allocate money for the clean up of our ocean. 10 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the total collapse of one of the last great wild abalone populations in the world. I call on every sportman and woman to take action and put pressure on the fish and game to fix this. It can be done if we take action now . Let's not wait on fish and Game to do nothing which we all know will happen. Sometimes nature needs a little help. Starfish are coming back but without a effort to rid some of these coves of urchins there is no way the Starfish alone can solve this by themselves!! The time for action is now so please get involved and let's make sure your kids kids have the opertunity to enjoy one of natures greatest delicacys !!

Posted by Donald Gates on 11/30/2017 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

The living conditions that lead to the establishment of the Ghost Ship should not have been.
The living conditions which lead to the establishment of the Ghost Ship resulted from the collaboration between Jerry Brown, Henry Paulson and Steve Mnuchin.
The collaboration between these three men, has resulted in one third of the homeless people in America now living in California.
The collaboration between these three men, allowed MERS and associates to put 67 million illegally generated mortgage transactions into the system.
The collaboration of these three men, are what resulted in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire and the fire on San Pablo in Oakland, that have resulted in the deaths of 40 people.
THE CITY OF OAKLAND IS A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE!!!
My name is Allen Sanford and here is the proof, if you choose to know the truth!!!
https://www.facebok.com/RealEstateFraudOrG…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 11/30/2017 at 6:50 AM

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