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Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Great article Darwin. One correction: we didnt use scrap materials. We used brand new materials bought by residents of oakland. And the frames were constructed from pallet spots.

Posted by Maowunyo de Asis on 10/04/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

All these NIMBYS are the reason Oakland lacks opportunities for the poor and working class. They oppose all construction unless it's "affordable housing" which they think Oakland has the means to build them. They claim to be activists for the poor, but in realty they suppress the poor and POC from opportunities. As a person of color, stay the eff away so called "activists." You think you're helping us, but you're doing us more harm than good.

Posted by Jay78 on 10/04/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “C CASA Joins Lineup at Public Market Emeryville

They're going to die there, like all the rest of the stalls. No one goes to that dump anymore.

Posted by Jenni Li on 10/04/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “C CASA Joins Lineup at Public Market Emeryville

They're going to die there, like all the rest of the stalls. Nobody goes to that dump anymore. If they had a taco place or a hamburger place they'd clean up but they're too dumb to realize that.

Posted by John Michaels Grabowsky on 10/04/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Project Censored

Can we get a list of local underreported stories?

Posted by Mike Hutchinson on 10/04/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “When Private Patrols Pull The Trigger

They don't allow Californians to arm themselves and now you want to punish the paid guards that were brought to protect the people of this neighborhood. What is this criminal entered a home with an infant and mother? who knows what would happen. I for one applaud this guard. We need to wake up and stop portraying criminals as the victims!

Posted by N F on 10/04/2017 at 12:18 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: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

It will be painful to watch as the City throws roadblock after roadblock in the way of allowing any community group to set up a safe haven sanctioned encampment.

Nonetheless, the seed that has been planted - involving the community to make life easier for the homeless - will not die. It may take more evictions and more interminable Council mtgs, but I think the common sense of this approach and the vastness of the problem will eventually make it happen.

Posted by JP Massar on 10/04/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Schaaf: "The long-term plan is to get more affordable housing onto the market ASAP."

Uh huh. How many years is ASAP? Five, ten? "Affordable" means, what?, under $100k annual income?

More housing means more infrastructure to support that housing. Infrastructure like transportation for a region with gridlocked freeways and inadequate, over-capacity, under-maintained public transit.

C'mon Schaaf make a tiny effort to tell it like it really is.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/04/2017 at 11:15 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: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Calendar for: Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr., Courtroom 2, 4th Floor (Oakland)

11/13/2017 02:00PM
- Criminal Law and Motion
4:15-cr-00454-HSG - USA v. Daniel Rush Sentencing

Happy Thanksgiving Ratto

Posted by moleman510cee0 on 10/04/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Help cover up repeated sexual abuse by cops and get a promotion.

Law enforcement is held to lower standards.

Posted by Jason Keyes on 10/04/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Project Censored

I started reporting on the threat of antibiotic resistance and the political climate around it as early as 2008.

Posted by citizenkrans on 10/04/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

These are new York bagels. You can't just say 'bagels' as a montrealer I eat beauty's.

Posted by Kirsten Cowan on 10/04/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Environmentalists Sue the State Over Spike in Whale Entanglements in Crab Fishing Gear

Animals cannot speak. But that doesn't mean they cannot feel. I hope people come into their senses and stop this madness before it's too late.

Posted by AndyBarns on 10/04/2017 at 1:08 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: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

The split isn't invariant... It's part of the contract. There shouldn't be an issue if two (or more entities) chose to split how a fee is paid as the author states.

That said, this is part an parcel of the mess made of state and local finances by prop 13.

While the proposal seems as at least a partial solution, I'm especially troubled by

"Although Kalb hasn't proposed a specific plan yet..."

The devil is ALWAYS in the details and suddenly this looks more like a grandstand statement from a politician, prematurely reported, than a real solution.

I'm of the opinion that far more could be done by devising better transfer rules for commercial property. I'd like to note that while San Francisco is being held up as a leader in this area, even they haven't solved the "creative" deal structuring that causes commercial property transfers to result in flat tax revenues and billions lost to the public coffers... while lawyers and corporations enrich themselves at the expense of the public.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/03/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Project Censored

Apparently Random Length News is unaware of lengthy and in-depth articles and series on these very coverage of most of these topics by:

The New Republic

Mother Jones News

The Atlantic

and last but far from least,

The Prospect.

EBX is now going outside it's own ranks for poor journalism and research.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/03/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Racial profiling is a good test of ideology. If police stop Blacks more often than their proportion of the city population, is that evidence of racial profiling? No. Now watch this video of a double laptop theft at a Starbucks in Alameda. If you soon thought it was reasonable for employees and customers to be suspicious, was that racial profiling? No - suspicion is not conclusion.
https://www.facebook.com/AlamedaPD/videos/…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/03/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Much depends on the details. For example how would this be applied to the sale of multi-unit rental, residential and commercial? There are different economic, equity, social policy effects from imposing a higher rate on a $100 Million sale of a residential building with 100 units that are valued at 1Mill each vs the sale of a mansion for $100 Million.

Not clear to me that raising the transfer tax won't raise rents and housing prices.

There is also the same equity that exists with any tax based on gross sales, whether it be our regular business tax or the transfer tax on real estate gross sales price: the selling price (gross business receipts) bears 0 correlation with the profit made by the seller. California cities are forbidden by state law to impose any kind of income tax, so they're stuck raising revenue with various kinds of sales taxes, fees, and parcel taxes.

Another problem is the extremely cyclical pattern of transfer taxes and the historically proven inability of Oakland elected officials to budget for more than a couple of years at a time. They basically do "checkbook balance" budgeting: if they have the money in the short term, they'll commit to long-term costs that could seriously harm paying for critical services when the real estate cycle turns down. A graduated transfer tax should be part of a charter measure mandating long-term budgeting and much higher rainy day reserves, backed up by an independent budget analyst such as SF has. and Councilmember Guillen proposed.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/03/2017 at 9:06 PM

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