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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: “Oakland Council Approves Giant Oak Knoll Project, But Without Affordable Housing or a Project Labor Agreement for Most Construction Workers

...Riiiight!!! Delay the vote and keep new housing off the inventory so the housing crisis worsens.

Got to love them!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/09/2017 at 2:40 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: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

The sponsor of the poll does not in itself invalidate the poll. But, I agree that the language cited in the Chron does look a little push-poll-y. It would be helpful to see the actual script along with crosstabs and toplines.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 11/09/2017 at 10:34 AM

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: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

Uh "commissioned by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce" hmm a push poll?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 11/09/2017 at 10:12 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: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Air Force Failed to Block Shooter From Buying Guns; Almena Says Ghost Ship Owner Shares Blame

At the end of the day, there is no doubt that Almena shares in the blame for the tragedy that ocurred at the Ghost Ship warehouse. With that being said, there is also no doubt that both the property owner (Ng) and the City of Oakland are also liable. A property owner cannot claim ignorance of what physical conditions exist and what uses occur on a property that he or she owns. The owner has a duty to make sure that the property is in safe condition for the activities that occur there under the lease or rent. Similarly, the City of Oakland has a duty, once they have notice of building, zoning and public safety violations, to make sure that these are corrected. That is especially true when it comes to life safety issues like sprinklers and fire exits.
It is a matter of record that Code Enforcement, Building Inspection and Fire Department staff had all been to the site on numerous occasions prior to the fire. In fact, it has been reported that several firefighters had actually attended events hosted there by Almena. Without question, the City of Oakland is liable for civil penalties, which the families of those who perished will undoubtedly pursue.They are also liable for criminal penalties as their negligence and failure to either close down the warehouse or at least have in place an aggressive compliance plan is inexcusable. I don't know what kind of deal the District Attorney has with Mayor Schaaf, but she needs to do her job and charge ALL responsible parties, including the property owner (Ng) and the City.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Book Reading/Signing with Janna Barkin

Cant wait!

Posted by Janna Barkin on 11/08/2017 at 10:14 PM

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

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