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Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

So, the birds who stop by a man-made lake and fly to an estuary next to I-880, a major multi-lane interstate that sees heavy traffic pretty much all day with the noise and pollution associated with it, will be endangered by a baseball stadium?

Nice try. NEXT!

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/12/2017 at 1:40 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Gosh what NIMBYS will do to prevent Oakland from rising. Instead of complaining about how it could possibly be littered in the future they should go clean it now. Go check out how dirty is is right now, and homeless encampment alongside of it as well is what's causing the littering. Also, this area is not Madagascar, nor should we pretend it is.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/11/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

Congratulations for hinting that mayor Jean Quan rushed hiring just before her attempt to get re-elected. This was after years during which she let the department shrink, told lies about police salaries, and famously said that 92 percent of all violent crime in Oakland was in eight small neighborhoods ... or 90 percent in 100 city blocks ... or ... while she refused to identify the areas.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/10/2017 at 9:31 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Why not pit a lid on the starium? Astrodome. Just sayin. There are alternatives to messin with mother nature. They dont need fireworks to play baseball

Posted by James Whitehead on 11/10/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

If you pass judgment on someone without the facts, you're an idiot in general, Mr. Hyatt. Maybe you should actually read the news reports from several years ago. The "idiot cop" responded to a report that a fire station was left open and someone was inside. The "idiot cop" went to the fire station. It was not lit up and there were multiple people inside the dark building. He did his job. He further investigated the potential in progress burglary and ensured that the person inside was actually allowed to be there, despite not being on duty with the fire crew who inadvertently left the door open and requested police services in the first place. He never even "drew his gun," as the firefighter falsely reported.

If I leave my home and forget to close the door, then call the police to lock up for me, I sure hope that anyone found inside will be detained to ensure no foul play, even if it turns out to be just a neighbor securing the place for me.

Watch the video, Mr. Hyatt. Even the firefighter, at the time, said he understood what happened and respected the actions of the police officer. He later decided to file a complaint and call the media before realizing it was all on tape and suddenly, and shamefully, realizing that his narrative was demonstrably false and disappearing.

Who is the idiot now, Mr. Hyatt? Look into it for yourself. Come to an INFORMED conclusion. Rushing to a judgment knowing nothing about it doesn't help anything.

Posted by jack kellerman on 11/10/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “More Public Corruption Investigations, Please

My name is Alvaro C. Rodriguez, I am a victim of fraud and deceit by members of the legal profession and have uncovered a 'fraudulent scheme of public corruption' a 'fraud on the court' affecting Alameda County residents and the American public. Two federal judges are accused with conspiring with five California state judges and other state officers of the court who are named as defendants in a 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983 law suit for Malicious Prosecution. See: Alvaro Rodriguez v. County of Alameda 85 F. 3d 637 (9th Cir. 1996). The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is currently Reviewing a Motion to Recall a Mandate and "Set Aside a Judgment for Fraud on the Court" pursuant to F.R.C.P. Rule 60 (d) (3). The Motion was filed on June 22, 2016 case No. 12--15938 Alvaro Rodriguez v. State of California. Extraordinary circumstances of newly discovered evidence reveals: the U.S. district court judge assigned to the above related cases, knowingly and willfully 'usurped judicial power' and deliberately "misrepresented a material fact" on three 'Orders' that distorts the 'Truth' and conceals a 'Key' document. The 'Key' document misrepresented and concealed by all involved is a complaint seeking a 'warrant' that was never signed or issued to support "probable cause" of a public offense. Facts - The "Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction" over the defendant and of the state and federal courts has been deliberately concealed by all involved. [N]o "accusatory pleading" or criminal charges were ever filed by the state to justify a misdemeanor DUI conviction. On Oct. 3, 1991 the Calif. Dept. of Motor Vehicles issued an "Order of Set Aside" in this "Notice to Appear" Vehicle Code traffic citation case. On May 7, 1993 the victim ( Mr. Alvaro C. Rodriguez) was convicted. Exposing 'Public Corruption' is an Honorable service. Ninth Circuit status check on July 27, 2017 - the case is under Review and pending. God bless America.

Posted by Alvaro C. Rodriguez on 11/10/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

If you detain a firefighter AT a fire station, you are an idiot cop.

Posted by Nathan Hyatt on 11/10/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Naomi Schiff is spot on. There is a certified EIR at the Coliseum site. Beyond spending several hundred thousand dollars on the EIR and Area Plan, the now defunct Redevelopment Agency (City Council) spent millions of dollars over the last 20 years acquiring private properties adjacent to the Coliseum. The purpose for that major expenditure of public money was always to build at least one and maybe two new regional sports facilities. Now, the citizens are supposed to forget about those millions of dollars and support a new site (Laney) that requires starting all over. Not to mention the obvious traffic, environmental and economic impacts on sensitive wetlands and one of Oaklands economically challenged ethnic neighborhoods. To walk away from the Coliseum at this point is the ultimate example of fiscal irresponsibility by public officials.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/10/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

The As are no longer a community team. They are a sports entertainment corporation willing to destroy Oakland's downtown community and Lake Merritt for the almighty dollar. I'd rather say goodbye to them than to the wildlife at Lake Merritt, which is the crowning jewel for Oakland. The A's stadium if built nearby will definitely kill our Lake, its birds and the wildlife there. In addition, low income communities of color will be displaced again because of the changes the new construction will bring.

The As shipped in non Oakland fans from other cities to claim their stake for the stadium at the Peralta Board meeting this Fall. Then this week their propaganda team at the Oakland Chamber of Commerce claimed 62% of Oakland voters support the stadium. I wonder who they actually surveyed? Definitely not the residents who live in the area.

No,this stadium will be a big black eye for Oakland. I'd rather say bye to the A's than to the birds and Mother Nature in our City. All the billions of dollars the A's project will come in for Oakland in a decade is simply cold, hard cash without a soul for those wanting a piece of the pie. It won't even help those people who will get displaced, including the birds and lives inside the Lake. If Lake Merritt is destroyed in the process due to the A's stadium, Oakland will not be the winner here at all.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 11/10/2017 at 1:51 AM

Re: “The Mythical End of the Black-Market Farmer

The growers in my Richmond buildings are struggling to survive the recent collapse in wholesale pot prices. Last year $3,000 per pound, today $1,200 if they can sell at all. Three major illegal grows are being shut down this week. I lowered the rent for the last remaining grow we rent to. It is interesting to note that while wholesale prices have collapsed the retail price remains unchanged at $4,800 per lb. Licensed dispensary margins are now nearing 200% profit.

Posted by Mark Howe on 11/09/2017 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Access Denied

I tried registering using a Spanish family name and had to verify using phone, credit card, or in the mail. When I used an Anglo family name, there was no such verification.. interesting...

Posted by nochillnu on 11/09/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

East Lake residents and business owners should make sure that the media and the people in City Hall do not let Carl Chan, the so called unofficial Mayor of Chinatown, speak for them. Carl Chan has only one objective and that has always been to make money for the property owners and businesses in Chinatown. He is a long time political operative depended upon to bring Chinatown into the fold for generally whatever City Hall wants to push forward.The East Lake community is comprised of newer American immigrants from Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. Their language, cultures and economic interests are not the same. The East Lake community was successful 2 years ago in fighting the Mayor and City Hall on the proposed high rise on E12th st. They need to mobilize some of the same leadership to represent them in this ballpark issue. Do not let the economic interests of Chinatown drive the discussion of what is best for East Lake.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

In some respects, Mr. Morris does raise a valid point. The Oakland Police Department continues to face a number of serious allegations, many of which stem from the shameful actions of some of its newly hired officers who do not deserve to wear the uniform and serve the public. Police officers who engage in sexual conduct with prostitutes disgrace their honorable vocation. However, I think that it would benefit Mr. Morris and the East Bay Express to scrutinize one particular element of this story: "It also included Anthony Martinelli, who pulled a gun on an off-duty Oakland firefighter and his young son while the firefighter was checking the door at one of the stations." Firefighter Jones' claim was demonstrably false, and body camera footage released by the Oakland PD demonstrated that Officer Martinelli's actions were in compliance with police department policy. His actions were also deemed reasonable by a number of independent law enforcement experts. Here is a link that shows the body camera footage so the readers can draw their own conclusions:

http://naev.ortqg.club/Z9EYH72OMMI/Aug_15_OPD_detention_of_firefighter_Keith_Jones_body_camera_footage_Officer_Anthony_Martinelli/video.html

My point is this: There are a number of people who absolutely deserve to have their names dragged through the mud as the Oakland Police Department seeks to rid itself of officers who shame the uniform and vocation. However, let's stop dividing ourselves. Let's avoid inflammatory allegations and false narratives. Instead, let's commit ourselves to a relentless pursuit of truth which will pave the way towards meaningful dialogue that will find resolution to these serious issues. Our legislators and media professionals should lead this effort, and should be held responsible for sticking to the facts so that we can work together towards a solution. I would encourage the East Bay Express to do some fact checking and commit to holding those accountable who have done the public wrong while also avoiding the trap of finger pointing and shaming those who do not deserve it.

Posted by jack kellerman on 11/09/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

"It can make the city more clean, less homeless" REALLY? A baseball park will eliminate homelessness and miraculously make the city clean? Or maybe he means the city will hide the homeless away from all the suburbanites coming to the new ballpark.

Believe me, the billionaires and their corporations are ready to turn Eastlake and Chinatown into playgrounds for A's fans. Do you think the average baseball fan gives two shits about neighborhoods being emptied out for them and their dollars? No, as long as "their" team wins they don't care who suffers because of it.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

At some point OPD should be given free reign to do whatever they want, lawful or not. Oh, wait...they already are!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

Yet another top-notch performance by Oakland's ever-competent electeds.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/09/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

How is the site at 5th Ave and 8th Street 'near downtown'? Are fans really going to walk a half mile to Chinatown or a mile to Broadway, or ride AC Transit? Jack London Square is closer to Oakland's mythical 'downtown' (the Goodwill store) than the tiny lot next to the channel that connects Lake Merritt to the estuary. That the Athletics owners would prioritize pleasing investors over the quality of life of eastlake residents puts the lie to their claim to be 'rooted in Oakland.' They can stay rooted at the Coliseum and invest in helping deep east Oakland.

Posted by Paul Burton 1 on 11/09/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

Great to here from the API community around issues concerning Oakland. There is a great deal of API history in CA, Bay Area, and particularly in Oakland. The fabric and richness of Oakland started on the backs of immigrants...let's preserve and cultivate new legacies bc it can be done.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 11/09/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

Hey Jay78, you should be sorry for making false claims. Do you understand what a "median wage" means? It means half make a bit more, half make a bit LESS. Do you live in Chinatown? Have you even been to Chinatown? There are people living six to a room in bunkbeds in many places. Most of the people are elderly--you think they're working under the table? Yeah, all those fancy cars and Prada bags on 8th and Alice St. AND if Chinatown residents ARE working under the table, do you think it exceeds minimum wage? No. Most, if not all, are working in the service industry. And people DO get by on $17,000/year because they live cheek to jowl in tiny apartments. Stop making sh*t up to prove a baseless point.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

The JPA seems to be desperately attempting to avoid public disclosure.

Any discussions by the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority regarding Coliseum business would be subject to the Brown Act including any so-called retreat.

Posted by Mari jones on 11/09/2017 at 9:16 AM

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