Tree Fitzpatrick 
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Re: “Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, a Political Newcomer, Enters State Assembly Race

Ben Bartlett is the most grating, self-aggrandizing politician I have yet met, and I have met most East Bay politicos. His ambition is so great and his demeanor is so phony that it is hard to believe anyone would vote for him.

I, along with Bay Area Native and lifelong activist Danny Glover, endorse Jovanka Eckles. We don't need corporatist Dem repping us in the state assembly and that is who Benji, Judy are.

And how is white house experience going to help Ms. Wicks, other than help her raise campaign bribes from corporate overlords? Surely knowledge of State Assembly 15 is a top criteria, one Ms. Wicks, as a White House ex, lacks.

I would take any of them, however, over Ben Bartlett. Ben doesn't give a crap about anyone but himself. He is so selfish that he can't even hide his grasping, greedy tentacles.

The nephew of Congressman Ron Dellum (and former mayor of Oakland) was homeless as a kid? I don't believe it, unless Ben thought, as a child hoping to emulate Uncle Ronnie, thought it would help his political future.. Get dates, proof, that he was homeless. Ben is most selfish and calculating creep in East Bay politics. We deserve better to rep State Assembly District 15. Go jovanka!!!

Many worked 'on the ground' to get Ben on Berkerley City council and only after he got what he wanted -- elected -- did his ground game see who he really is. I doubt many of his campaign staff will return to help the creep in his next aggressive step.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 09/01/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Uber Is Not Coming to Oakland; White Areas Refuse to Build Affordable Housing

And yet so many supposedly liberal bay area residents can, while ignoring the racism in their resistance to building affordable housing, take unwarranted pride in being liberal and look down on the white supremacists. White supremacy takes many forms and some of them involve refusing to build affordable housing. White supremacy does not always show up as violent young man looking to rumble under some flimsy, incoherent rallying cry of free speech. Shame shame shame on white people for refusing to build affordable housing.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/25/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Jailed, Barred from Possessing Sticks and Other Weapons

Gosh. Gee whiz. Looks like this clown's career as a violent hater might falter if he can't have any weapons on his person. He's a bully and, like all bullies, a coward.

People like to hate on lawyers and judges: please take note that lawyers are responsible for the charges against this mope and the judge who banned him from Berkeley's Civic Center Park is also a lawyer.

Grow up Kyle. It might not be too late.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/25/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

Regarding the question posed in the title to this article, "are police taking the white supremacist 'gang' threat seriously"? I guess we'll find on this weekend, in SF and also in Berkeley.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/24/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

A neighbor in my building needs kidney dialysis 3X a week. She can barely walk to get to the front door of our building, much less hike to bus stops and walk from bus stops to her dialysis clinic. Increasingly, however, she ends up sitting in our lobby for an hour or more and then gets a call from AC Paratransit telling her no paratransit bus is going to show up. By this time, she is late for her appointment but still needs the dialysis so she suffers her way to a bus stop and from the bus stop to her clinic. She reports this is becoming almost the norm, that more and more she just gets told, after waiting a very long time, that the bus aint coming.

It does seem peculiar to me that a foreign company is not only managing this local, publicly funded service but that this company is doing such an inadequate job. The workers deserve a living wage and affordable health care, as drivers for other public transit systems receive, and the riders deserve an operating system that picks them up within reasonable wait times. Shame shame shame on the folks who outsourced this and did not negotiate meaningful public oversight of how the public money is spent.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/04/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

Ms. Guap (not her real name) was an UNDERAGE prostitute and every cop that had sex with her knew she was under age and had illegal sex with her anywat, using their positional power over a legal child. Some of the pigs used her to make money, pimping her out. Bruce Ferrell's comment questions that she was an underage, legal child as if to shift some of the resopnsible onto the legal child and as if Ferrell wants to defend the cops who used her. Ms. Guap received a million dollars from the City of Oakland for the way she was used and abused by Oakland cops. There no excuse for anyone to have sex with an underage person but esp. cops who are tasked with enforcing the law instead of flouting it.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/04/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

Greenwood says: "My own sense, as a 30-year Berkeley cop, is that we dont have racial animus, Greenwood said at a public forum last night." Greenwood's 'own sense' is a white privileged sense. He is not really quaified to 'sense' the reality of racial profiling by BPD.

I also note that since he scored the gig as BPD Chief of Police, Greenwood appears to have packed on some pounds. Could it be the gig is stressing him out, leading to stress eating? It is my own sense that choosing him to be BPD chief was a poor, insider choice, that he was picked to be plain, white and boring. He's a placeholder whose job it is to defend the status quo without acknowleding the reality of how BPD cops treat persons of color.

And a 'module' in an 8 hour training is what, an hour? Two hours? The chief makes it clear that BPD cops are not getting the right training, including him.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 07/19/2017 at 6:53 PM

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