Charlie Pine 
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Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

One problem comparing crime in different sections of the city is that we know only reported crime, and people in deep East Oakland may be less or more likely to report a crime. The company could do a public service by stationing bicycles in all parts of Oakland, then report all thefts and instances of vandalism.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/19/2017 at 5:48 PM

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

When we are victims of a robbery or assault, or when we see a crime on the street and are asked to be a witness, this scandal has zero relevance to our trust of the police.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/15/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

"earn the community's trust in its police department" - This from someone who has spent 23 years spurring animosity to Oakland police, while not caring a whit for the victims of robberies, assaults, and burglaries.…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/11/2017 at 9:17 PM

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

We are advised to focus on "the nearly $100 million the City has had to pay on police misconduct settlements and Court losses since the NSA went into effect." Indeed, why did the City capitulate to an NSA when none of the so-called Riders police were ever convicted? Why does city attorney Barbara Parker get to accept the maximum legal campaign donation from attorney John Burris and then tell the city council again and again to pay out settlements to him and his clients without ever fighting his extortions in a courtroom? And how much money was paid like this: "A lady I knew bragged that her brother had been selling drugs on West Oakland streets since he was 16. His jaw was broken by a rival dealer, but he blamed OPD and got a nice little settlement to expand his operations." (… )

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/28/2017 at 3:52 PM

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

Ms. Grinage wrings her hands over the cost of federal oversight. Well, court-appointed monitor Robert Warshaw rakes in millions of dollars year after year by never finding Oakland in compliance. He always finds something, about as important as not tieing shoelaces per regulation. A simple remedy to prevent this abuse is a one-year limit on holding the monitoring contract; then if needed, someone else gets the contract. But Ms. Grinage hasn't called for this reform, because she has a personal grudge against OPD. And the City hasn't the guts to push for this rule, appealing over Henderson if necessary.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/28/2017 at 2:12 PM

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

Oakland has half the police, in ratio to population, that most major cities have. Oakland residents suffer two and three times more robberies, burglaries, and assaults than people in almost every other city in the U.S. The poverty rate for Oakland is average, and lower than the poverty rate in many safer cities. -- Three facts that all the councilmembers run away from.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/10/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “DA Files Charges In Ghost Ship Fire, Master Tenant Derick Almena And His No. 2 Max Harris Each Face 39 Years

Actually, mayor Schaaf, slumlords get away with murder in Oakland. Your remark attempts to wave away the fact that the City refused to act on clear information presented to its officials again and again.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/05/2017 at 6:06 PM

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