Hobart Johnson 
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Re: “Former Oakland Building Inspector Accused of Shakedowns, Bribery, and Colluding with Landlords to Displace Tenants

Oakland apparently has more than its share of building inspection scumbags.

Just last week an Oakland Building Inspector, after completing an inspection of the sewer lateral replacement in front of my house, trespassed through a gate to my back yard, ignoring signs and a gate latch clearly warning not to pass.

As a result of the trespass, my dogs were released out to the street where they were at risk from car traffic. A permanent record of the trespass is their footprints in newly-finished concrete in front of the house.

Evidently Oakland Building Inspectors are assuming police powers, hunting for evidence of building permit crime anywhere their tiny minds suspect it.

An attempt to complain to the inspector's supervisor was ignored. A complaint has been filed with the Public Ethics Commission but I assume that will go nowhere in this widely corrupt town.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2018 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Schaaf Has 20-Point Lead in New Poll, But Is Still Well Short of a Majority

"Shame on YOU C. Leonard and all of your Tammany Hall stooge ilk."

A classically uninformed accusation whose writer hasn't the ability to wiki something

Tammany Hall was many things over its 150 year history, but from the start it was essentially white (Irish), corrupt and anti-progressive (perhaps especially with regard to FDR and New Deal programs).

The "Tammany Hall stooge ilk" person is, evidently, African-American, progressive (anti-neoliberal), anti-corruption (comparing Schaaf with Trump both of whom represent big money) and so on.

Sad that so many Express "readers" seem not to be able to read.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/20/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Oakland Review Agency Exonerates Police Chief Over False Statements Regarding ICE Raid

Need I suggest business-as-usual in Oakland?

Timing particularly appropriate.

Mayor's choice for top cop.

Keep in mind that community initiatives (as in Measure LL) are much underappreciated by the permanently elected residents of city hall.

Who will remain in office through the next elective term due to the generosity of their very flush backers.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/13/2018 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commissioners Complain to Mayor About Lack of Support

Business as usual in Oakland. As with many community initiatives the Police Commission was proposed over very many years before the Council was forced to pay attention.

Once the Council adopts a community initiative, it is usually many years before the staffing or other resources required by the initiative are provided. If ever. Management, encouragement, active engagement on the part of the city?

Hoo hah.

Shall we talk about significant reduction in violent crime? How about real police reform? Community policing? Illegal dumping? Unethical evictions? Unethical behavior on the part of Council members?

Hoo hah.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/01/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

"Gentrification" is simply the term for the urban face of capitalism. In "Wealth of Nations" Adam Smith posed the problems that arise when the monied class dominates government.

I always keep in mind Walter Benjamin's remark: "Capitalism is a purely cultic religion perhaps the most extreme that ever existed."

When profit becomes the chief value of a culture, everything else can be sacrificed--people, the quality of life, the environment, life itself.

The great unread who seem to comment frequently here might look for a copy of a new graphic novel "Hypercapitalism." Then again, reading isn't all that big these days.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/19/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “A Harbinger of an Immigration Crackdown?

No problem.

Just get Mayor Schaaf working on it.

She's already kicked ICE out of California.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/28/2018 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Record Against Five Challengers

"Wouldn't RCV work at cross purposes with partisan organizations backing their candidates for local office?"

No doubt. I've long thought that RCV, despite its likely virtues in many jurisdictions, is not a good thing for promoting progressive change in Oakland. Given our establishment-dominated politics, RCV may well be what keeps us from shaking up the status quo.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/27/2018 at 8:21 AM

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