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Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Who's relatives/friends of Reid/McElhaney will be appointed to this board? Nothing like having government creating more government for non-performing tasks.

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/19/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What troubles me most is the way our elected officials speak to each other. I am weary of the antics and disgusted by the trash talking of some on our city council, Reid, Brooks.... while complaining about the the ways our city doesn't work. Perhaps more civility and etiquette training would be a better investment of city funds.

Posted by TBGunther on 05/19/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

They are still set on using, disgusting, dirty, dingy, SHIPPING CONTAINERS for this project. No way, let them spend some money on a nice looking building! They have it, lots of it! Get an architect, sister! And they MUST provide parking in this area, no waivers for parking. Their need to stay open till 2 AM will not work for the neighbors whose homes back up to the Brewery. We are saturated with alcohol establishments in this area and do not need another, especially one connected to Anheuser-Busch InBev. YUK! We will continue to flyer and let people know about this wolf in granny's disguise enterprise in the Temescal!

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 05/18/2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Why do people pretend parking is the issue? I think the issue is an already gentrified neighborhood whining about anyone else being able to enjoy it.

Posted by Dave Potes on 05/18/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

I love her calling the criticism abusive. She sold out and doesn't want to be called on it, so we are the aggressor. Nice defense.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/18/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What this article does not say is that Richmond reduced its homicide rate by more than 70%. If they can do it, Oakland can also. Since there is absolutely no credible evidence that any community in the country has reduced homicides or crime by increasing the size of its police department, why continue to fall for this fallacy. People, even the Federal Justice Department in reports recognizes that our broken, biased, unaccountable criminal justice system, including cops, CONTRIBUTES to sustain and increase crime. Unlike the Mayor and her administration, Reid and McElhaney are trying.

Posted by Wilson Riles on 05/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

'Many view Golden Road as yet another gentrifying force out-of-towners parachuting into town simply to cash in on Oakland's trendiness and tech-worker, market-rate-condo clientele"

Says the author (and editor), who just recently moved into town himself, and figures he will establish his bonafides with the "development is bad" audience. I cant stand InBev (and wont drink any of their products) but there are bigger fish to fry in Oakland.

If the author cared more about Oakland maybe he would be less concerned with trying to establish his own credibility with the activist crowd and more time encouraging his writers to tackle real issues affecting Oaklanders.

An entire complex was burned down in Emeryville/Oakland border (for the second time), under suspicious circumstances. Guess you wont be reporting on that at all. Luckily there's the East Bay Times that still takes reporting seriously.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

GR is a tool in InBev's Disneyfication of craft beer -- that's the truth about the matter: http://wearebrewstuds.com/features/craft-beer-dear-oakland-just-say-no-golden-road-brewing/

Posted by Jeremy Fultz on 05/18/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Sounds like Plan B. Problem is we never got a Plan A.

One major longterm police issue has been staffing. Many Oakland public safety critics think that having about 25% more cops could make a difference. Yet, as far as I know, we lose nearly 10% of our cops each year--a very high attrition rate. Hard to maintain staffing levels at that rate. Expensive. Inefficient.

Reducing attrition no doubt has to do with police morale. Would that be handled under Plan A or Plan B?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

I am just gonna drop a line saying that if you wish to get detailed data about Oakland and support it with numbers then you should take a peek here:
http://www.city-data.com/city/Oakland-California.html
although I am not sure they have fire safety statistics but maybe I didn't dig deep enough. Anyways I second Mr Hall in that matter.

Posted by Margaret Jefferson on 05/18/2017 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Ms. Gill, you can't claim to be independent if you aren't. Calling you out isn't "fake news." You sound like an Orange Cheeto follower. And pleeeease, no one is criticizing you because you're a businesswoman (really??). No one wants Bud Lite disguised as an IPA. No one wants drunken, overgrown frat boys pissing in a residential neighborhood. No one wants the increase in traffic and the loss of street parking. No one wants your corporate controlled beer. We like and support LOCAL craft brewers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/17/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

This is rich. A neighborhood full of gentrification doesn't like another entity coming in and gentrifying them.

Posted by dluffydog1801 on 05/17/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Make Oakland Now! actually suspended its support for this measure before it went to the Finance & Management and Public Safety Committees, so advising both Public Safety and Council before its meeting last night. http://tiny.cc/oq77ky

Posted by Bruce Nye on 05/17/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What? Another commission/ department to "study"an urgent problem? Perhaps energy and resources could be better utilized in making a serious attempt to get to the root of violent crime. Forming departments is taking the road of least resistence.

Posted by Tyron C. Jordan on 05/16/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

While Oakland has one of the highest per capita violence rate in the country and something needs to be done, has this been done anyplace else? Is there any evidence that additional bureaucracy will be a solution or is this just theater to facilitate feeding money to council members pet projects.

We certainly need to stop the bullets flying.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/16/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Wait, what?

"citing the need for more evidence that the existing programs arent working..."

If Oakland has one of the highest violence and homicide rates in the nation, isn't that prima facie evidence that existing programs aren't working?

Posted by JP Massar on 05/16/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Ferrell--

I am not sure what a "bread and circuses mentality" is but I think I understand your difficulty in accepting any perspective which may differ from your own. I think the common term for what you are doing is "trolling."

I haven't made any claim regarding my expertise in fire prevention.

I live in a neighborhood which is subject to Fire Department inspections. I know my neighbors and their houses well. For many years I have read and understood the standards for landscape managment as stated in the flier which is distributed
to residents of my neighborhood and other such neighborhoods vulnerable to wildfire.

There is not a single house, among more than 100 nearby houses, which meets the standards defined in the flier. None is even close. Although I cut back my trees and shrubs each year, I don't meet the standards. My inspections each year invariably pass.

Thus this observation: the current system doesn't work. If the flier is to be taken at face value, houses in my neighborhood are quite vulnerable to wildfire. I am quite sure the situation is the same in other neighborhoods in and adjacent to the hills. Residents do not want to remove all the trees and shrubs which are close to one another and close to their houses.

Thus I suggest a redo of the wildfire policy. I do not have the answer and I think a committee of wildfire professionals could possibly come up with a more feasible plan which actually might provide some wildfire protection where the current policy does not.

You have a very hard head Mr. Troll. I hope that some other readers, perhaps some in city hall, will find my suggestions helpful.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/16/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “A New Plan For Oakland’s Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is definitely weighted toward developer interests, a reflection of Mayor Schaaf's open door policy for developers. But to think of Ms. Myres as being a community defender. I witnessed her on occasions to side strongly with developers despite strong neighborhood oppositions. Her support toward developers was even contrary to City policy as laid out in zoning policy. I also found that her "design" comments were shallow and showed a basic lacking in understanding of the principals of Urban Design. Its depressing to think that Ms. Myres is the best Oakland's got.

Posted by Charlie Chan on 05/15/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Hobart, tell me... Where did you study fire prevention? And what EXACTLY do you propose as a "new approach"?

It's FAR too easy to say "We need something new... You come up with it and we'll take cheap shots, never offering a constructive critique".

Fire prevention professionals presented known to work methodologies to protect people and property. So far, I've seen NO suggested alternatives... Just "We don't like what there is so make something we do like".

BAH! Bread and circuses mentality.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/14/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Yes the landscape control specified in the city's flier sent to those in the wildfire zone would no doubt be effective in reducing fire vulnerability.
That is not at issue.

The problem is that the actual implementation of such landscape control is not realistic. That means simply not possible. Thus, if Oakland is to be proactive in reducing vulnerabilty to wildfire, a new approach is needed.

Reality is the critical factor in much of Oakland's governance failure. When government fails, elected officials are, legally and rationally, those who need to shoulder the responsibility.

What happened in the fire in '91 is actually not relevant to protecting Oakland from wildfire in the future. For one thing there is the possiblity, even the likelihood, of ongoing very dry years and very wet years. Unless of course one's disbelief in global climate change is strong enough to affect weather patterns.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

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