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Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

Desley Brooks is the only council person who consistently and effectively pushes the most difficult and anti-racist policies - the department of Race and Equity is just one example.

We need to pay more attention to the few people who actually produce on policies that can to any extent reduce the 13 to 1 racial wealth gap. All the other stuff is just Oaklands version of reality TV

Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD

Posted by Kitty Kelly Epstein 1 on 01/16/2018 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

A surprising number of comments from Oakland's Nazi population. I much prefer "illegals" to Nazis.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/24/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

I have lived in Oakland for 30 years. I have been the subject of four crimes, all of them minor. None of the criminals were undocumented immigrants; all of them were born in the US. Don't tell me that ICE is protecting me.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 11/24/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

I hope CA keeps up it's leftist programs, it will drive moderate democrats into the welcoming arms of the republican party.

Posted by Jonathan Dunn on 11/23/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

Why should foreign nationals be allowed to sneer at our immigration laws and collude with corrupt employers to degrade wages? I applaud ICE for expanding the definition of "human trafficking" to include the vile smugglers described in this article.

Posted by Gerald Hirsch on 11/22/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

Why would you decrease public safety?!
Why would you keep dangerous criminals in our communities?!
When your daughter is sexually assaulted by an illegal immigrant protected by Oakland, then what?!
How much harm has to come directly to you before you stop doing harm to our local communities.
Disgusting Illiberal Propogandist. This is why mainstream media is failing. You people represent the corporate elite. Wake up to the people in your communities.

Posted by chris williams on 11/22/2017 at 10:56 AM

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: “Another Unnecessary Sports Expense

Scott McKibben was sued along with the Anschutz Entertainment Group for rigging the sale of a newspaper in 2005.

It looks like Mr. McKibben's contract is intended to prevent another potential executive from having any opportunity to uncover what has been done including why O.Co sponsorship of the Coliseum ended in the months before the Raiders announced a move.

Posted by Mari jones on 10/17/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “OPD's Double Standard Lives On

"The past is the past." So it is but if the past is not corrected it will become the future. This is the philosophy of corruption. No, the past must be corrected so that we can move forward.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 10/05/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Another Unnecessary Sports Expense

Oakland has a long history of giving away public money to sports teams. Thank God the teams are leaving the Coliseum! One day the city will have no sports teams that the voters are forced to finance, and the money can be spent on education and housing. Not overpaid millionaires and billionaires.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/05/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “OPD's Double Standard Lives On

Wonderful. We are finally rid of Henderson's incredibly expensive auto da fe of self flagellation of the OPD. This is correct. Move on. It's good to get away from the endless cycle of Burris/Henderson mandated cash payouts.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/05/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “OPD's Double Standard Lives On

...And on the streets, there is NO law.

As on October 4, 2017, in the past 48 hours 3 dead on International Blvd.

Somehow EBX and the "thriving, vibrant community of Oakalnd" doesn't see any of that.


Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/04/2017 at 11:14 PM

Re: “OPD's Double Standard Lives On

The message sent is that low and high-ranking officials are above the law, while the rest of us are beholden to it, often with our lives. the new OPD chief needs to be fired. What a travesty.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/04/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “OPD's Double Standard Lives On

As is often the case with ethical, but also essentially political, public matters in Oakland, a little context can help to clarify.

OPD is mostly treated, by media and by our political establishment, as a somehow separate entity from city government as a whole. Not so: OPD is legally and ethically an integral part of the administrative structure of Oakland. Mayor, administrators, Council are responsible for OPD policy, behavior and performance regarding public safety.

OPD is certainly not hands-off territory for the rest of civic government.

Mayor and Council have the essential responsibility for establishing public safety policy and ethical and other aspects of performance. This means, one would think, the creation of a comprehensive public safety plan with specific policies to put the plan into action. Policies should also incorporate, as a minimum, regular data collection regarding public safety performance for both crime reduction and ethical standards.

Oakland has had policies since at least the early 2000s that mandate community policing including its regular review and improvement. Needless to point out that these mandates have never been implemented fully. There has been only tokenism. The result has been that OPD does not know how to intervene to reduce violent crime because Oakland's community as a whole is not a functioning part of OPDs street knowledge.

Before getting further into whats wrong (or right as the case may be) about OPD, we need to remember that its not just OPD alone; its OPD, Mayor, City Administration, City Council. All one government.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/04/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “OPD's Double Standard Lives On

Ya know... I just LOVE the baseless and inflammatory speculation this publication seems to delight in publishing:

"It's not entirely clear why Orrick decided to end the Guap matter. It's possible that at his first hearing, he didn't want to embarrass both Kirkpatrick and Warshaw for approving the promotions."

If you don't know and can't point to something... ANYTHING... concrete, don't say it.

I'll be the first to say the whole thing reeks and has from the beginning... City Council, Police, attorneys and EBX.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/03/2017 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Another Unnecessary Sports Expense

Yep, we need to completely reconsitute the coliseum board, and then they need to work with the As to build an appropriate facility there.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 09/28/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Brooklyn Basin is approved and is underway. It is easily a 7-10 year buildout. BB will provide tremendous stimulus for the area. The naysayers below are NIMBYs and are constantly spewing negative propaganda with no economic realism. Moderate residential rents will continue to remain stable in EastLake due to rent control. However, new construction of new units will increase supply and allow new deeply affordable units as well.. New units + the stadium will bring huge economic impact to an area still saddled with crime and constant trash dumping. All of the CEQA arguments are out the window due to the proximity to the freeway (Air quality); BART, busses, and excellent pedestrian access to downtown and environs. Neighbors and stakeholders should be at the table discussing realistic community benefits with the A's and the City.

Posted by miles helman on 09/10/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

The Peralta site will not create traffic problems as it is very close to LM Bart, bus lines around lake, etc. The East Lake commercial district has been going through a renaissance. Gentrification is a DogWhistle used by NIMBYs. Business owners here are stakeholders and welcome additional big investment. This is a walkable site that will create numerous community benefits, $$ to Laney, access to new field, open up view corridor to the Lake Channel (which one can barely enjoy now), $$ for new low income housing, etc. the Property owners and stakeholders are strongly behind this Proposal. This is almost #fakenews that "several activists were at the Listening Meeting opposing the stadium proposal". That's BS. We were enjoying the Mom/Pop hospitality of La Estrellita and were toasting this great opportunity!

Posted by miles helman on 09/10/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

A question for all the folks against the Laney site: Do you oppose because you think there's just fundamentally no way to develop there without benefitting the neighborhood and the people that live there? Or is it more that you think it's *possible* to do this in a way that's good for the community -- but you just don't trust that the city and the A's are capable of actually succeeding at that?

I live in the block that will likely be most impacted by the project, E. 8th and 5th/6th. I'm completely torn. On the one hand, I think this is the best site for Oakland as a whole. On the other hand, it'd be a huge shame to see the neighborhood upended. There's life here in a way there just isn't in the SOMA area around AT&T park.

Dear A's: What's your plan to *enhance* the urban fabric of the area? Without a plan that has some serious visionary thinking (and not to mention the relentless political will and dollars to back it up), you're going to *replace* that fabric rather than enhancing it. And none of us neighbors want that.

Posted by S. Matthew on 09/08/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

If Mayor Jerry Brown had of listen to City Manager Robert Bobb back in 2002 (see… ) the Ballpark location decision wouldn't have been an issue.

Downtown Sports Arena have brought "major" development to cities (e.g. Baltimore, Los Angeles, SF, Sacramento) and this would have done the same to Oakland, but Jerry Brown's "political" agenda got in the way. He wanted his 10K Housing Initiative to move forward which just began seeing the light in the last 12 - 18 months.

Posted by Xtian Jax on 09/08/2017 at 12:05 AM

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