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Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

I share the concerns about blurred lines. I'm also concerned that accurately reporting shortly after the action, the information available to the Chief at the time of the report (and it DOES seem ICE may have been... Less than truthful. That's sarcasm, for the sarcasm impaired) is considered by EBX and the Oakland Privacy commission to be grounds for an internal affairs complaint. It sort of looks like a witch hunt.

It's very easy to armchair quarterback three weeks later; Especially when a known Oakland hot button issues and are used to spur action. "Sex trafficking condoned by OPD" may well have been seen has she NOT supplied the officers.

EBX, DBG, figure out which side you're playing on. It's clear to me this is purest demagoguery and does nothing but further divide the community and further aid and abet ICE.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/11/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

I know who I am NOT voting for. She needs to go ASAP.

Posted by Celeste B on 10/11/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

Most people have no idea how important EBCBP has been for children, there is no comparable organization in the East Bay. Every once in awhile there will be a media story about some group that gave away 100 dictionaries or whatever, ok great, but nothing compared to the many thousands of books they give away every month, really high quality books, with almost no media attention. I spent years bringing their books and others to the kids living in Oakland's homeless shelters, the kids were always so happy and excited.

Posted by Todd Pratum on 10/11/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

This is nothing. I once worked for the president of a college back east who was a control freak like Roberts. All the deans and asst deans had to get the president's permission to do anything, short of blowing their noses. They had to submit a memo for each action and wait for him to respond, which could take weeks because of all the memos that piled up on his desk. He had them in neat piles, about 3 reams' worth per pile, 14 piles in all. And if there was a single typo in a memo, the pres would return it to be corrected, after which it went to the bottom of the piles and would have to work its way up again.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 10/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Mr. Johnson -- you're right that many neighborhoods across Oakland could benefit from similar treatment. OakDOT has road safety projects in the works across the city, including the area of 8th and Fallon streets in West Oakland, Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district, the BRT project connecting East Oakland to the Lake Merritt area, and both 69th Avenue and 98th Avenue in East Oakland. We will be making additional announcements as those projects produce results in the coming weeks and months. More to come!

--Sean Maher, OakDOT

Posted by Sean_Maher on 10/11/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Lots of neighborhoods could benefit from this kind of treatment.

When we have pestered the "Department of Transportation" however,
they are refused to deal with us.

Uptown and downtown, maybe. The rest of Oakland, like East Oakland, forget about it.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/11/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Wooden Table Cafe to be Oakland's Home for Argentine Treats

This is wonderful!! Good luck!!! We are a small yerba mate company in Maryland... the word is growing on how delicious the treats from Argentina are!! Good luck! We hope to one day, come and visit! www.lovefromargentina.com

Posted by Ana Goldseker on 10/11/2017 at 4:33 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

This looks like a major improvement. I'd love to see something similar done at the mid-block crosswalk on Lake Park Avenue.

Posted by Ken Katz on 10/11/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

First time at Copper Spoon last night. Wow! What a great place! Atmosphere and drinks were great, but the Lamb burger was out of this world! I'd reccomend this to anyone who like great food at a reasonable cost.

Posted by Somerset Bassett on 10/10/2017 at 4:18 PM

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

Sorry, but this isn't a "game changer" if the business owner doesn't actually have a business location. Delivery only? Might work for some, but not for MOST. I'm from Jersey, so trust me - we NEED better bagels here. But for now, places like Beauty's offers a pretty good product. None the less I welcome the increased competition, so long as there is an actual STORE. My life is way too complicated to try and order bagels for delivery. Sorry - but the current business model works best (going to a shop to purchase bagels, breads, pastries, etc.).

Posted by EB Pride on 10/10/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Blade Runner 2049: Making America Dismal Again

Of course you and most of your readers don't want to explore our current situation.

That's why you go to the movies.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/10/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Bang Data Joins the Resistance

Great article. Love Bang Data and everything tney represent. Their music nakes you feel alive.. Always great to catch a live show.

Posted by Nikki Surette- Daniel on 10/09/2017 at 10:26 PM

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

I think it's a good idea.

Posted by Monica Ruiz on 10/07/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Mexican Alternative Band KINKY at Cornerstone

Nice sound.

Posted by Monica Ruiz on 10/07/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Call the police for help..... not a chance.
Don't need them shooting at me. If you got bad meal from a restaurant you would not go back. Boycott the police. They are about violence and fear. It's that simple.

Posted by glenn Scott on 10/07/2017 at 1:15 PM

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

Two sides to a coin here. On one side, helping these folks with sanitary facilities, better shelter, etc. makes good humanitarian sense. Great!

On the other side of the coin, the blight of these encampants is destructive to the safety of the community, the willingness of people to conduct business nearby as well as property values for those that are not homeless. These actions make Oakland an attractive haven for the homeless which will only grow the population and put us in a death spiral.

One solution to consider is for the City Council members to locate these homeless encampments in their front yards. They will be providing the space for a compassionate solution and ensure the encampments are dispersed throughout the city and not become little ghettos in areas that will be invetiably destined to be "out of sight, out of mind."

And, of course, the members of the Council will experience first hand, the social, safety and economic impact of fostering the growth and development of these encampments. They will "live in the shoes" of the merchants and citizens that live nearby and they can even move in to the encampments.

A total 360!

Posted by Michael Good on 10/07/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Loving Vincent, and Perhaps Murdering Him, Too

the spectacle of the film is at first nearly overwhelming. But, once one gets used to seeing the Vincent mode on a constant level, it is a pleasure to watch. The conjecture over Vincent's cause of death is quite plausible and the doctor's forensic analysis of the wound's initiation...not done by Vincent's hand...is very compelling. The course of Armand's journey following Vincent's path is not at all tedious...but very enlightening as drama and as narrative. All rings true for the viewer and makes this film a joy and hopefully a success in all ways for its creators. loved it.

Posted by Perry Johnson on 10/07/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Move Over, Hippies

Great article with great info!

Posted by Denize Ramirez on 10/07/2017 at 7:38 AM

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

I'll just say it's all Band-Aids! We were all living in affordable housing as OAkland residents. But that affordable apartment from 1999 is now in an unaffordable apartment because in 99 it was $700 and now it's $4000. This whole concept of building affordable housing because we all got kicked out of our homes is ridiculous. I would've rather kept my home and had a newcomers build her own fucking condos in Brooklyn Basin. In 1999 the city Council didn't know who owned the empty property is in downtown Oakland. Oaklanders couldn't even open up a shop in downtown Oakland. Then somehow magically all of a sudden the business improvement District's in the city created opportunities for people outside Oakland. But then again we all know what this is called!

Posted by Brian Drayton on 10/07/2017 at 6:18 AM

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

Congratulations Emily! Can't wait to visit and eat!

Posted by Melissa Tosetti on 10/06/2017 at 3:21 PM

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