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Re: “Opinion: Oakland’s Lame-Duck Council Should Hold Off on New Police Contract

A couple of points.

1 The problems of the police commission are mainly due to interference and obstruction by fans of the police, from the city attorney to commissioners appointed by our policians. The commissioners dedicated to police transparency are pushing against the tide; they're admirable.

2 It's time we faced the reality that police are dangerous to citizens, while police work is no more dangerous to cops than half a dozen other jobs. Search online for "most dangerous jobs" and you'll find 10 or 20 jobs that are just as and even more dangerous, jobs like logging, roofing, and construction.

Posted by MikeE on 12/26/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “East Bay Activists Push for a Bigger Fight

Virtually everyone worries about unchecked immigration. The worries are different from person to person, but everyone has them. There is simply no way to stop the worries or ease the concerns once immigration reaches a certain level.

Campaigns to ease the oppression of immigrants have to understand this and find another way. I don't know what that might be.

Posted by MikeE on 07/13/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Bicycle Path for Richmond-San Rafael Bridge May Be Used for Cars

C'mon. Won't someone cut through the BS and indict the real cause of traffic congestion--jobs and housing? Employers, realtors and builders have overbuilt the Bay Area, with the willing cooperation of the political establishment. Build, build, build until there are so many people travelling to their jobs and recreation that the roads simply can't contain them.

I've lived here for 35 years. I've watched as the shoreline towns in Contra Costa were built out as suburbs, filling the freeway north of Berkeley with the new suburbanites' cars. It wasn't the cars' fault or the new suburbanites'. It was the realtors' and builders'. I've watched as Marin and Sonoma suffered the same changes, and eastern Alameda and the South Bay.

It's always the same. Build until the transportation system is choked, then blame the victims. Cars. And what's the solution? Bicycles.

Sure. That'll work.

Posted by MikeE on 07/13/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Comal Next Door Offers Solid Taqueria Fare in Downtown Berkeley

Comal serves Mexican food for gringos; so does Picante.

Posted by MikeE on 06/14/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Member Rebecca Kaplan Endorses Cat Brooks

Isn't Brooks the one who wants to cut the police budget in half?

Posted by MikeE on 06/10/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Police Union Money Flooded the East Bay's District Attorneys' Races

Justice isn't blind. Her eyes have been poked out by police.

Posted by MikeE on 06/07/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Kenzie Smith and Onsayo Abram Launch Nonprofit ‘2 Brothers at the Lake’

Sorry, too busy running for Parks Commissioner.

Posted by MikeE on 06/07/2018 at 10:56 AM

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