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

For the past few years the mayor refused to acknowledge there was a problem. No one on the council, as far as I know, has spoken up. One, McElhaney, whose district has the huge encampment at 27th and Northgate actually seems to want to encourage expansion and doesn't recognize that besides being addicts - many belong in mental facilities.
Yesterday, one woman was sitting totaling naked, on sidewalk across the street from a 45 unit condo bldg. at 24th and Telegraph trying to light a campfire at about 9AM. A couple weeks she tried the same thing in a doorway to our bldg. Imagine what could have happened if she had been successful. This time we called police. One cop said they can't arrest these people because they have been instructed that "being homeless is not a crime". Of course a lot of these people DO VIOLATE city codes by depositing urine and feces in doorways. Camping in doorways is also illegal.

Posted by michael thaler on 10/05/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Cases Against Police Officers Who Sexually Exploited Underage Girl Known as Celeste Guap Fall Apart

Judges doing their jobs and seeing past the media hype and BS. The only exploitation in this case was done by the East Bay Express Darwin Bond Graham and Ali Winston. Shame on you for your false reporting and over hyping this case. Several good officers had their careers ruined based on one sided statements by the alleged victim. Nancy O'Malley should be ashamed of herself, no evidence to charge these officers. Vote Nancy O'Malley out!

Posted by Daffy_Duck on 10/05/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “C CASA Joins Lineup at Public Market Emeryville

Jenni Li is missing out -several of the places have long lines on a regular basis, and our favorite, Hot Italian, is always full - thankfully we can usually find 2 seats open since all the tables, except 2-tops, are shared. I don't care for Mexican but hubby loves it and C CASA sounds like quality good eats! I'm excited!

Posted by Alida on 10/05/2017 at 7:01 PM

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

Is whining about whining actually just whining?

The problem in Memphis has no relationship to the problem in Oakland.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/05/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Everybody pays the same percentage rate. How is this not fair? People purchasing expensive real estate pay more total dollars than those paying less expensive homes.

The city of San Francisco should not be held as a model for anything, let alone a housing transfer tax. How much market rate housing is available in San Francisco for someone of modest or middle class means able to buy? Nearly half of the city's civil servants live in the East Bay. It's a crummy idea.

Perhaps if Dan Kalb and the other elected and appointed officials of Oakland better forecasted and spent their current revenues more effectively than as practiced, a solution to soak the people who've invested in Oakland would not be thought credible. Solution- build and remodel housing with less local restrictions. A San Francisco solution? No thanks.

Michael

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/05/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Cases Against Police Officers Who Sexually Exploited Underage Girl Known as Celeste Guap Fall Apart

OPD serve and protect only themselves. And Oakland City Government are culpable.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/05/2017 at 2:17 PM

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

Come on Hobart! Can we find a way to deal with the blight that goes with the camps? Memphis has seemingly found a way:

http://prospect.org/article/battling-bligh…

Oh, wait... That means people actually DOING something instead of whining and waiting for it to be done for them, then whining more that it wasn't done they way they wanted.

BAH!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/05/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Professor Calls for Speeding Up the Drone Arms Race

What he proposes, autonomous devices to hunt and kill our "enemies" is in fact the premise of the first "Terminator" movie. Truth is stranger than fiction. The total and staggering immorality of this leaves question as to whether Yoo is in fact a human, or a cyborg.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/05/2017 at 11:14 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: “UC Berkeley Professor Calls for Speeding Up the Drone Arms Race

Yoo is a truly disgusting human being.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/05/2017 at 10:21 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: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

The simple truth is that Oakland officials will spend every penny of budget they get, and then borrow for more. It doesn't matter what the numbers are. They City is horribly in debt and getting worse, and this is just ignored, and instead we get pleas for more taxes. Cut spending, folks. Reduce those sweet union deals, take away the free tickets the council members get from sports teams and sell them, stop paying overtime and double time to the police and raise the department size. Learn to not spend. I know it's hard.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/05/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Very sad...wish you could come to West Oakland. We would have you, Spinning Dough Pizza, Ivy Moon and Stay Gold Deli...that would be dabomb.com.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 10/05/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Time for a crackdown on the EB-5 visa program that Jerry Brown turned into a criminal enterprise.
Make the people who have been "land-banking" put the properties on the market and stop catering to developers and labor unions who are against modular homes and other innovations.....
Regards, Allen Sanford
https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 10/05/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Project Censored

An investigation should be conducted into how Jerry Brown turned the EB-5 visa program into a criminal enterprise which resulted in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire and the fire on San Pablo....
Regards, Allen Sanford
https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 10/05/2017 at 7:14 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.

BAH!

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

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

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