Bruce Ferrell 
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Re: “Police Killed a Man Who Had a Razor Blade But Safely Arrested Another Who Had Two Replica Guns

They DO need to be questioned. Nor should a "mental breakdown" be a death sentence for random bystanders (Nia Wilson anyone?) either. I'm guessing an unnecessary "murder" like that is OK?

Partial/misleading information has become the hallmark of EBX... Were that not so, holding authorities accountable would be SO much easier for the community.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/07/2019 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Can Building Housing Lower Rents?

1.) Have you ever been to Cleveland?! There's a reason business don't go there.

2.) Stop employer expansions? Lemme know how that's supposed to work... We can't keep people WITHOUT jobs away, let alone those WITH jobs!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/03/2019 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Can Building Housing Lower Rents?

The KEY is more housing period! The KEY is with the massive and continuous influx of people to the bay area MUCH more housing and stop the freaking NIMBY garbage!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/02/2019 at 5:20 PM

Re: “The Year Homeless People Fought Back

Bill, the Tuff Sheds are "staging" while treatment, permanent housing and other needed services are identified and provisioned.

Yes, as a society, we did used to house the mentally ill in hospitals.

Unfortunately abuses were widespread and radical do gooders got them shut them down with no actual replacement along with laws restricting forced medication... Creating an unmanageable mess and misery for those they "helped".

In the mean time, the know nothings skipped merrily down the road smug in the "good" they'd done. They're back again as advocates for the homeless.

Actual fixes are hard and take time and money. Protests in the street and high profile demagoguery are fast, fun, easy and satisfying... And do no real good. But it sells papers.

Sigh.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/21/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Bay Area Leaders OK Housing Pact; Big Tobacco Pumps $12.8B Into E-Cig Maker JUUL

How is it that Ms Brooks was simply threatened with arrest?

Anyone other citizen with an order to appear would be arrested, charged with contempt and forced to appear in orange.

This seems to be especially egregious considering it is the result of an assault on an elder and seemly the open defiance of a court order.

Why does EBX continue to stand effectively silent on this continued abuse of position and power?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2018 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Where's the Affordable Housing?

Bill, I'd like to point out rehabilitating existing units creates few if any new units. Of course the costs for that are lower. And massive numbers of new units are what is needed.

My question is one I always ask when I see numbers quoted; In the case of the comment citing $700 to $1000 /sq foot for construction of affordable units. How does that figure compare to construction costs for market rate units? My suspicion is the the building costs are comparable.

If the costs to build affordable is comparable to market rate units I would ask how many readers of this article (and indeed Mr Gammon) are willing to work for little or free? Again, I suspect, few if any. And there is the answer to the question of "where is all the affordable housing", predicated on the costs to build.

I do agree that cities and counties giving astronomical tax breaks is counter productive. But let's face facts, this is done so that politicians can tell the electorate they are doing all that they can for them... And be re-elected.

Institutional corruption in the finest tradition of Tammany Hall.

How about if we get Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple to simply pay taxes on the funds they've hidden overseas? Several trillion the last I looked.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Police Commissioners Spar with Oakland Police Department Over Authority to Revise Search Policy

City Counselor, a plea deal counts as a conviction... As the electorate (and I) would expect you to well know.

I didn't have a paid attorney either.

Was it one hundred percent what I'd like? No. Was I guilty as charged? Yep. Did that make it unfair? Well... The Riders WERE involved, but that was before they'd been revealed and I didn't have the resource to fight it to to end better than it did.

While I was "on paper" I had police come and search my home while I was away, BUT I was law abiding. I recognized I needed to be squeaky clean (more so that those who had never broken the law... That's what both probation and parole mean) and there was no cause for further action. All of that is and was a direct consequence on my own actions and behavior.

It was embarrassing and humiliating to find out my landlord had been advised of my status. Know what though? I WASN'T in Santa Rita or San Quentin.

Simply randomly "stopping and frisking" is racist... But four way search is what was under discussion. It is disingenuous, at best and possibly downright dishonest, to conflate the two.

Yes , we (the United States) have entirely too many incarcerated. "Lock 'em up!" has never worked. Neither does failure to hold individuals and institutions properly accountable.

What needs to be looked at is how effective the dollars we spend for the goals of accountability and rehabilitation are. Not just how many are spent.

That's hard though.

Anything less just feeds corruption at all levels.

That's easy.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/17/2018 at 7:35 PM

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