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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

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

I'm sorry but the median income there is not $17,000. A lot of folks in that neighborhood work under the table and don't report all their income. The median income is 2-3 times that amount. Families can't survive on $17K/year in Oakland, in one of the most expensive cities in the country w/o being on public assistance and sec 8 housing.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/08/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

BRING TOPGOLF!

Posted by Howard Oliver on 11/08/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

This exercise will demonstrate to MLB that the A's need permission to build a ballpark in the South Bay. Oakland is contaminated with thousands of little one-hipster-and-a-dog advocacy groups that are all uniformly dedicated to preventing anyone from having a good time. After a couple dozen open mic city council meetings where these narcissists whine about climate change, Nelson Mandella, Trump's tax plan, and organic vegetables the owners will lift the South Bay ban.

Posted by Richard Bennett on 11/08/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

I wholeheartedly agree with Gary Patton's assessment. And already we see Oakland mayor and city govt kowtow to developers, billionaires, and corporations to the DETRIMENT of the city and many of its inhabitants. This is yet another crisis creator. ENOUGH! The A's should just stay at the Coliseum. There is NO reason to move other than to pour more money into millionaires's pockets at the expense of everyone, including the misguided, willingly uninformed A's fans who support this illogical project.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/08/2017 at 3:26 PM

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

Really a good article. If they leave they leave. I would rather a minor league team that does not black mail a small city so suburbanites can have their fun at our expense. I think the lake is the most vital jewel in this twon and far more valuable then any of these franchises to the health of the city. We passed a big measure to restore it and look at all the good things we have had happening there since. Thanks Mr. Gammon for this one

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/08/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

I say "bust." The neighborhood will suffer while corporations (read: million- and billionaires) profit. It is sad to see so many Oaklanders willing to support this project just because they want "their" team to have a shiny, new ballpark. The environmental devastation to the area, excessive traffic on small streets, garbage from the fans, disruption of Laney College (who cares about education?), displacement of residents (once the stadium/condos start getting built you can bet landlords in the Clinton Square area will be evicting people/businesses left and right to make way for the more affluent and hastening even MORE homelessness in the area). THERE IS A BALLPARK ALREADY!!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/08/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

Mark Davis was going to go where ever he could get the biggest handout, it's not Miley's fault. I'd love to see Oakland get another team. Our fans are the best and the Raiders would regret it every time they got their ass kicked here.

Posted by Jesse Adams on 11/08/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

"The As, of course, could have avoided most if not all of these headaches by selecting either of the other sites. In fact, there likely wouldve been no political or community opposition to either of them. "

That sound you heard was absolutely everyone reading this article laughing their asses off. Absolutely no major development in the Bay Area occurs without a cacophony of opposition.

The Jack London site would've incurred most of the same complaints about PTH: Parking, Transit, and Housing, except that it would actually have been further from a BART station. Any development would've required an EIR, and the Howard Terminal site (what people call 'Jack London') would've required hundreds of millions in clean-up after decades of heavy industrial use.

Nice job trolling. I hope the traffic helps keep the Express going, as I still really enjoy it as our local alt weekly.

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/08/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

So Nate Miley is scheduling a Coliseum JPA retreat to discuss options for the site when all the sports teams go away. That would include an idea that a new NFL franchise may be discussed. Are these folks using medical cannabis? Is it just me or does this group of idiots realize that their collective mismanagement and lack of oversight allowed the Raiders to leave, TWICE? The obvious and continuous collective incompetence of this group is unparalleled in modern sports. There is evidence of millions of dollars of political ticket giveaways to themselves and friends. They just gave a big raise to an executive manager for a JPA overseeing a site where ALL of the sports teams are leaving.They made a bad financial deal when the Raiders returned and the citizens will continue to pay the debt for Mt Al even after the team moves to Las Vegas. Not only that, the debt will continue to hinder future reuse of the site. This group failed to use the only leverage they had and allowed Marc Davis to sign yearly leases as he not only refused to come up with a viable set of plans, but continuously, publicly and disrespectfully negotiated with any city who would listen in order to move the team. The new Warriors owners blindsided this group and as soon as they won a championship announced a move to SF. The A's now prefer another location, despite the Coliseum being the best site in terms of regional public transportation access and up front economics of building a new ballpark. There should be a meeting all right. The meeting should be to fire Miley and the rest of these clowns and find some smart people to oversee the future reuse of this property. There is no historical evidence whatsoever to suggest that this group is capable of anything but more of the same incompetence they have shown over the last 20 years.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Every study by non-partisan economists finds that stadiums are a COST to the population. For example, "In cities that have baseball franchises, the net effect of an existing baseball team playing in a 37,000-seat baseball-only stadium (the average capacity of the baseball stadiums in our sample) is a $10 reduction of real per capita income." This site is particularly offensive because it will slowly choke Laney College to death and because it will make travel from the east into downtown Oakland more difficult.
http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv23…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/08/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

The park would need to be quite tall to have "sweeping views of Lake Merritt" from this location.

Posted by Scott G. on 11/08/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Considering Ernest Montague's history of right-wing, pro-OPD/pro-gun/anti-Antifa comments, it is odd indeed to see him siding with the environment. Perhaps he's a Giants fan.

Posted by John Seal on 11/08/2017 at 11:56 AM

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