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Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Oakland Police Department is apparently still out of control. If a police chief can issue a regulation that's binding on police officers -- "(The) agreement requires OPD officers to follow ICE policies and regulations while participating in task force duties" -- without anyone else supposedly knowing about it until much later, clearly there is no effective civilian oversight.

There should be a blanket ban on any OPD personnel entering into ANY agreements or relationships with the Feds whatsoever, without prior public disclosure and approval from the Oakland City Council. And meaningful disciplinary consequences for anyone who violates that policy. Otherwise the cops will just do whatever they want without any outside accountability.

P.S. to the editors -- This is not a pseudonymous comment. Starchild is my actual name.

Posted by Starchild on 06/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

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Re: “City of Albany Expands Ban on Marijuana Businesses, Outdoor Growing

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Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Of course they'll threaten to litigate. That's their right. And they'll get knocked down.

When it comes to collecting signatures for a ballot measure, they seem to forget the vast majority of residents are in fact renters and exactly the concerns this measure addresses.

Sorry guys, no easy outs. You want to operate a business, then learn how to do so within the law, else you're just another kind of gangster.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

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Posted by Ben Wolf 1 on 06/07/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

Isn't this old news? I had breakfast at Miliki months ago and an employee told me then, that the landlord had told them they could stay.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 06/07/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

@Damon, not short sighted at all.

Look at the numbers for other such activities. The city takes in seven million a year from the Raiders... And spends eight million for a net LOSS of a million dollars a year! This city simply cannot afford to bleed tax dollars like this.

I've never seen figure for the A's or the Warriors, but I can't image them to be much better if at all.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Sanchez Contemporary Gallery In Oakland, Where Revolution, Art, And Coffee Collide

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Posted by A Clay on 06/07/2017 at 2:09 PM

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

Ahhh yes... The long term residents who scream "NO CHANGE IN OAKLAND!!!!!"

Funny, I searched the back articles on this topic. I found RESIDENTS called out as complaining that the high rise would alter the character of the neighborhood of not more than two or three story buildings, but not property owners.

Why do you suppose the author didn't call out owners as the complainers? It would have fanned the flames of his more than obvious position.

And why do think Oakland has a housing crisis? It's every bit bad a raygun wanting to take the country "back" to a world that only existed in Hollywood movies.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

"Residents have long demanded officials to do more to quell violence, pushing for strategies that rely less on law enforcement and more on community engagement..."

That's what real community policing is all about. Establishing trust between law enforcement and a community which long has been abused by law enforcement. Without trust, the community, understandably, does not
offer the local knowledge which is vital to violent crime prevention.

Real community policing in Oakland would be a long, difficult journey. So we have ineffective groups called NCPCs with beat cops assigned. The beat cops change every few months. Last NCPC meeting I attended, the beat cop and his sergeant took the trouble to explain why they couldn't do anything for us.

City hall in Oakland just doesn't do the long and difficult. City hall likes to spend money on consultants and committees. This lets pols say they are doing something.

They aren't doing something. The violent crime and all its consequences--traumatized families with traumatized kids who can't succeed in school, lack of economic development where it's needed, etc.--will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/07/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

Reality check. I know it's a hateful concept and nothing could be more inconvenient.

How is $200 million in infrastructure provision not a public subsidy to a private sports stadium?

I would like a reference to a competent, independent study which shows how much sports stadiums contribute to local economies. Or not. What I've read says not.

Opportunity costs. What else might be developed at each site with an economic comparision? The Port of Oakland is the main cargo port for
San Francisco Bay. How would expansion/improvement of the existing
port compare with a stadium? Ports are used 24/7; stadiums are used a few hours a week at most.

A 100 year stadium? I think in 100 years something called climate change might have much of that part of Oakland (all three sites) under water. Maybe a stadium/aquarium complex.

880 and BART are currently running at well over capacity, not to mention that they are physically in very poor condition. What is
game-day traffic going to do to an already difficult commute?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/07/2017 at 12:30 PM

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

Homeowners against development are indeed a big part of the problem. See the recent argument about homeowners trying to stop 400 units (that will displace no one) at MacArthur Bart. Also, people say they want good paying jobs in Oakland and then complain about tech companies. What other kinds of jobs are they thinking of?

Posted by AndrewOakland on 06/07/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “City of Albany Expands Ban on Marijuana Businesses, Outdoor Growing

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 06/07/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Two WHOLE months Ms McElhaney? You've been on the city council since 2002. NOW it's urgent to you? Yeah, right.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 12:03 PM

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

Welcome UBER. The opinions of a few do not represent the masses.

Posted by Josh Shaw on 06/07/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “East Oakland Dump Sites Allow Residents to Legally Trash Bulk Items

I see the April dates have now past, can you help me learn where I should dump my large items this week or next month please, generally in June and July 2017? I'm in East Oakland by 72nd and don't know where to remove these large trash items like some couches and such in the right dump place nearby. Any help please? I really need any help on this. Thank you, Rob

Posted by robfwarner on 06/07/2017 at 2:45 AM

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

They wanted to keep Oakland to stay as a horrible place to live. How stupid is that???

Posted by Yuan Yan on 06/07/2017 at 1:11 AM

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

Don't say "We" because you do not represent a lot of Oakland's residents. There are a great many of Oakland residents that want to see development and progress being made to this great city.

The demands listed are very short-sighted if not laughable. Change is coming to Oakland whether people like it or not. The Bay Area is only so big and it's getting crowded day by day.

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Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Gee, I'd really hoped that "public safety" had something to do with preventing drive-by shootings, muggings, car jackings and other typical Oakland inconveniences.

Is someone really in charge of "public safety" (whatever that might mean
in Oakland)?

Does Oakland really not have a "public safety" policy which has to do with
the violence and social dysfunction which somehow dominates so much of Oakland?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/06/2017 at 6:23 PM

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