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Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

Also CDFA recently organized the inaugural meeting of the new CA Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, which is a big step in the right direction

Posted by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on 07/06/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

This is the first coverage of ems I've ever seen in local press. Long overdue.

While you describe the business motivations of the various segments of the ems industry, you skip over the motivations of firefighter unions in this. As fire codes improved and older building replaced over the last few decades, staffing needs for firefighting have dropped. As population ages and Obamacare implemented/preserved, 911 medical calls increase.

But It is nutso expensive to dispatch an entire fire crew to every 911 medical emergency. Replacing firefighters with emt's paid at fast food wage rates is not the answer either, but surely there's something in between where the emt's would get paid decently and the public wouldn't get gouged by fire departments.

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/06/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

Thank you for this wise examination. Although I'm commenting two years later, my personal experience is that too much continues to be true!

And, as bad or quite worse, is the Parking Ticket Racket. Not only will the hold your vehicle hostage by blocking registration, they'll "boot" it and then steal it away from you outright. This is how they MAKE people homeless, slapping them down to the streets... for things like parking briefly on a block that they deserve ALL DAY for a street sweeper to eventually come along (they can't schedule any better than that?) - even if the street sweeping took place successfully.

And parking tickets are curiously sacrosanct... NOT included in such programs. Probably for the obvious reason.

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 07/06/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Mike, you're a real asset to the community, aren't you? Let me guess, you're a landlord and worship Ayn Rand. What a tool.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/06/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “A Different Burger

Donnie is an amazing chef - What a fun event!

Posted by patrice 1 on 07/06/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “New Oakland Police Sexual Misconduct Case Leads to Discovery of Drugs Stashed in Locker

Should turnOakland's police & fire department over to the county. County operates them more cheaply.

Posted by concern _123 on 07/06/2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Essay: Where Do We Get to Be Black and Queer?

I am thinking of moving to Oakland and was researching the black and queer community there and this article popped up. A legitimate godsend. Check out my blog, it's all about intersectionality and culture and music and the like. Check it out!

Peace and love.

Posted by Jayy on 07/06/2017 at 7:40 AM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

The black and grey markets don't want safe access safe herb they want money

I know many of them, the ASA types and worse, all about the Benjamin's. Many many NorCal growers socal growers and the lawyer liars they deploy, don't care about safety or compassion. Many do however. Support real herb folks if you give a fuck.
Om? Om! Herbfolks.org

Posted by Dale Rostamo on 07/06/2017 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Letters of the week: The Homeless Issue in Oakland was a Hot Topic Among our Readers

What can legally be done to limit where one sets up a tent? Why do they allow tents to be set up in city parks? We keep talking about the rights of the homeless what about the rights of all people that live here in Oakland. I'm all for helping the homeless I just believe there should be limits They seem to have free rein to litter and place large furniture pieces in the street. Just because the Mayor has no idea what to do we must place pressure on her to do something. Our police pass right by and do nothing. This city deserves better it's a beautiful place to live and taking care of it should be all of our priorities.

Posted by elephantinrm on 07/03/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Dating Got You Down? Oakland Punk Band Spray Tan's "Soloslut" Is Your New Self-Love Anthem

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Posted by Jason Statham on 07/03/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Following up on my previous Swanson Report comment
"In November 2015, the City Attorney herself raised concerns with Chief Whent that the alleged officer sexual misconduct regarding Ms. Abuslin

Quoting, Practicing Ethics: CA Handbook for Municipal Lawyers
https://www.cacities.org/practicingethics
F. CITY ATTORNEYS RIGHT TO REPORT MATTERS
UP THE HIERARCHY
When a city attorney learns that the conduct of a city official
or employee is or may be a violation of law that may be
reasonably imputed to the organization or is likely to
result in substantial injury to the organization, State Bar
rules expressly authorize the city attorney to take the matter
to the highest internal authority within the organization.

your report clearly states that OCA Parker either, kept this secret between herself and Chief Whent, thus ethically failing to notify anyone else [ie Schaaf or Landreth], or was never questions by investigators, on who she actually told before March 2016, when Libby, Landreth and Monitor "claim" to have found out. These claims are in contradiction to the email chains EBX reported going to OCA and Landreth's office by civilian police representatives, prior to March 2016. Reasonable community people are finding it harder and harder to believe the Administration's March reveal date...may be letting Whent retire instead of being fired, was the administration's inside hush deal

Posted by Saleem on 07/03/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Making Oakland a Real Sanctuary City

so nieve

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/03/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Saying goodbye to causa justa and urban habitat are good first steps!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/03/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “New Oakland Police Sexual Misconduct Case Leads to Discovery of Drugs Stashed in Locker

"The administration buildings basement includes a shooting practice range, which is used as a virtual gun-and-weapons simulator, and also features several other rooms." You know what else is in the basement? The Evidence room. This is shoddy reporting with a click-bait headline, and no real details. Find a real story to report instead of looking for anything malicious to say about OPD. Not everything is a scandal, people. Go read some actual, verifiably factual news.

Posted by Monica Hattoon-Green on 07/03/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Some of these lawyers representing the Criminal Element and Those Who Feel They Have Been Treated Unethically By The Police might as well be getting bi-weekly checks from the City of Oakland. Shouldn't the City Attorney fight a few,of these cases out in court? Shouldn't roll over with public money at stake.

Posted by johnkracht1258 on 07/02/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Has it been 17 years since the Riders were hounded from the force for being too harsh with the criminal element? Hounded and charged but never convicted...driven into poverty, probably. And the result has seen Oakland in a steady declining trajectory. Maybe if the city could shake off that lefty federal supervision things would get better. Let the cops get back to crushing criminals.

Posted by johnkracht1258 on 07/02/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Regardless of whether it's Uber occupying the Sears building or not, Oakland needs a steady influx of revenue. Those millions of dollars Oakland NEEDS to fight homelessness and improve it's infrastructure (just two things the City needs to work on), won't come if they keep buckling to the demands to STOP GENTRIFICATION. I'm tired of hearing, "I was born and raised in Oakland, and I rent here, and they owe me an opportunity to afford to live here..." Well guess what, I was born and raised here, own a home here, and Oakland owes me the opportunity to actually benefit from things my PROPERTY TAXES say I'm entitled to. Well maintained streets, decent schools, low crime, businesses to spend my money, etc. I haven't gotten jack from this Oakland EXCEPT a higher tax bill EVERY YEAR. So until I start getting something in return, I don't care about what the anti-gentrification community has to say.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 07/02/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

I can't wait to vote this council out of office

Posted by C Werner on 07/01/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

These politicians continue pandering to a discriminatory liberal agenda that promotes bigger Bureaucracy promoting dependence among the poor, very high taxes on the middle class, BACK-ROOM DEALS, a hamstrung police force, and super high crime rates.

Posted by C Werner on 07/01/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Rose's Taproom Debuts This Weekend in Oakland's Temescal

So exciting!!! We Bells just might need to do a road trip north!!!

Posted by Deborah McMahon Bell on 07/01/2017 at 10:04 PM

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