Krista Miles 
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Re: “Thursday Must Read: Oakland Police Consultant Calls for 911 Overhaul; William Bratton Keeps Low Profile

@Mary: the media didn't clearly state what he meant by this. His point was, that quite a number of 911 calls do not truly require a police officer to come out (you'd be amazed at the things people call 911 for). For those calls, we could lessen the load of the police by scheduling an appointment for follow up. Right now, Oakland promises a police officer for pretty much every 911 call (even if it's 6 hours later) and to get through the backlog of requests can be quite demanding of their time. I actually support smart management of these types of situations. It is obvious to most people that a 911 call about the cable being out does not require an officer to show up at your door at some point, however right now, we promise that it will. But if you really wanted to lodge a complaint about the cable company not providing you with service and you felt it was criminal, you could do so after making an appointment with OPD.

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Posted by Krista Miles on 03/07/2013 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Stop and Frisk Is a Bad Idea

Andrew: I don't quite understand your point. I actually used Gammon's article to argue that the SF Chron article was lacking info because they didn't mention the stats on other cities that didn't use stop and frisk tactics, but whose crime stats went down. So talk about bias reporting. I'm not trying to defend Gammon's article, but overall, I think the media is doing a poor job of telling the real story here. The bottom line -- there is no proof that stop and frisk has a direct correlation to a reduction in crime.

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Posted by Krista Miles on 01/24/2013 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Friday Must Read: City and Civil Rights Attorneys Can’t Agree on OPD Czar; State Demands that Oakland Hand Over $18 million in Affordable Housing Funds

#3 Now isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? Gallo and Kernighan should dredge up some of Brooks' "non responses" to her illegal shenanigans over the years and throw it back at her. Or better yet say, "We'll respond to your charges when you respond to the BS you pulled on the East Oakland Teen Center!"

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Posted by Krista Miles on 01/11/2013 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Good and Bad of William Bratton

Still waiting to see how this all comes out in the wash with the new Compliance Officer. We know that Bratton could put forth one reorg plan and the Compliance Officer another and guess who wins out? The Compliance Officer. So where does that leave Oakland citizens when the City still pays out Chief Bratton the $250k we hired him for? As a citizen, I am very concerned.

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Posted by Krista Miles on 01/09/2013 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Rent Prices Soar in Oakland

@Kahja: I think much of it is like graduating from high school and appealing to the colleges -- you need to be well rounded in your approach. You can't use just one resource, or one type of resource. Property management companies are good because I think that landlords that use them are probably more likely to have a better property, but you might see a higher rent as a result becuase they now have an added expense as a landlord and they might try to pass that cost on to you (as opposed to someone like myself who does it all myself). Truthfully, the best way is word of mouth. Go on Google groups and Yahoo Groups as there are many Oakland neighborhoods that have listservs where people (like me) are renting out our homes and looking for reasonable tenants. I prefer to find tenants this way although so far, the winners for me have been through Craig's List. Believe me, a landlord a good landlord who understands property management as a business will be willing to possibly lower the rent slightly or wait for you if you're moving from afar, for the RIGHT tenant. So don't let something discourage you whether it be price or the fact that they state they don't allow pets. Make the landlord feel comfortable that you are the right tenant (you will pay your rent, you have good credit, you have verifable income, you are a responsible home dweller) and they will work with you. That's what I'm currently doing with my next set of tenants although I will be losing one month's of income on the property.

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Posted by Krista Miles on 01/04/2013 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Rent Prices Soar in Oakland

It's interesting that rents are increasing but it's still hard to find a good tenant! I keep a fair price (not market value) for my SFR rental in East Oakland, hoping to get good tenants. I feel like I'm a great landlord and I offer extra things that other landlords don't with my property, but I continually get poor quality tenants. The flip side to all this is that those moving to Oakland need to truly "understand" Oakland to live in it. Despite being in a neighboring city like SF, they don't seem to realize the challenges we have with crime and then end up moving out because of it. Frustrating for all, as far as I'm concerned.

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Posted by Krista Miles on 12/19/2012 at 1:55 PM

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