Carol Wyatt 
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Re: “Racial Profiling Via

What we need to explore is why folks who are accusing new community members, white and now, minorities about racism. That was inflicted into this conversation but someone else, not the minority resident new to the community. .

The recent issue regarding Nextdoor is a misrepresentation.

The man asking about folks in Filbert Street isnt white. Hes Latino. Im a black female that has been working in anti-Racial and other issues in the area of West Oakland specifically to the recent posting. Im a black female. Still cant understand why people (mostly white) accuse other people without doing any research or fact-checking, accuse new residents of being essential racist for moving into a predominately black community. We need a discussion on that one because the Nextdoor incident I was involved in as the crime prevention chair of the community I live in was exactly that. A misrepresentation of an inquiry by a new minority neighbor wanting to get involved with supporting those who he saw as underserved community members.

So why his posting was hijacked and used as incite fodder by calling Nextdoor a train wreck was brought about by the person who took the posting of his ask, cut and pasted it into a new social media channel (Twitter) on another media persons thread and THEN after adding their own spin on it, made it the foundation of comments that included calling new people colonizers.

That mess needs to be diagnosed.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 08/19/2018 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Taj Reid Found Guilty of Rigging State Construction Contracts and Accepting Bribes

What about Phil Tagami? Not sure what it is about that man but there seems to be more to it than coal, let me tell you.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 05/31/2018 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilors Reid and McElhaney Propose No-Bid Contract to Hire a Consultant to Set Up Department of Violence Prevention

We need to audit this stuff...Where is Brenda Robert's office on these items? What is the impact and Measure Z is paid for by our property taxes, which are not invisible to those of us that don't see crime trending down? As more and more money rolls into Oakland from marijuana, development fees, and steeply increased business license taxes, we need to measure the money we're paying into these efforts and the ROI/effectiveness of already Implemented programs AS WE MOVE TOWARDS less bureaucracy.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 02/14/2018 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Desperately Needs a New City Auditor

This is a VERY important piece and I appreciate the publishing of it.

As a former Ethics Commissioner for the City of Oakland, I agree that we need to explore how our elected are doing and always have alternatives to our needs. I was a huge fan of Courtney Ruby's and did appreciate Auditor Roberts' role more as a result of Ms. Ruby's abilities.....made me pay attention to this important role.

It all requires accountability.

The position needs to have comparable data...its an auditor position after all. And it all matters.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 01/29/2018 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via

I'm just watching this for the first time and have been a part of these conversations as a NCPC chair. If people, new to these communities and long-time, come out and create safe places and spaces to actually engage, see and meet people that don't look, live or even resemble who are considerably different, that is a start. When we assume, we can make an 'ass-u-me'; communities especially in urban America and bringing people from other areas to live here, you should learn the full demographics of your community. Stop bringing the emotional elements that include bigotry and ignorance. Because that really has no racial profile.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 01/29/2018 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Very sad...wish you could come to West Oakland. We would have you, Spinning Dough Pizza, Ivy Moon and Stay Gold Deli...that would be

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 10/05/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

There are 100s of near blighted or blighted properties in Oakland that are functioning this way (I'm sure)...they lay boarded up all up and down San Pablo Avenue and throughout flatlands in Oakland.

City leadership is letting too many people get a pass, claiming poverty. There are cities in the US with tens of thousands of residents who suffer the same challenges but many of them are taking action to address and arrest this negligence.

Oakland needs the laws that cities like New York and Philadelphia have in place: The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act allowing communities more muscle in holding property-owners responsible for abandoned, dilapidated, blighted or neglected property will allow the city to place a lien against the property owner's assets.

Under these Blight Reclamation laws, when the city identifies a property as neglected, abandoned or blighted, the city code enforcement officer tracks down the owner and prepares official notice of violation. The owner is served notice, usually by personal delivery, certified mail, posting the property or state constable delivery. Once served, the property owner has 20 days to respond by resolving the issue or appealing the violation.

If the property owner does not respond or files an appeal and loses, the city can begin filing citations against the owner in district court.

Each day the violation remains unresolved constitutes a new violation.

The City mails notice of the citations to the property owner. But, if the property owner lives out of the area or in another state, the citations are often ignored, Ackerman said.

Under the current system, the city's only recourse is to place a lien against the property. But a lien against an abandoned, dilapidated property doesn't usually return any money to the city because no one wants to buy it and pay the lien. Under the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Reviatlization Act, , the same steps to identify and serve notice on the property owner are taken, but if the process reaches the point of lien, the encumbrance is placed on all the owner's assets.

"If s/he owns a car, if s/he owns a house in another state, if the property-owner is a corporation, the lien is placed on those assets.

The law also provides for extradition of out-of-state property owners who have been charged with violations of the crimes code. The owner of a seriously dilapidated property that begins falling onto neighboring properties could be charged with risking a catastrophe under the crimes code.

Another provision of the law allows the city to deny permit applications of property owners who are delinquent on tax, water, sewer or garbage bills, or have not addressed previous property code violations.…

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 03/28/2017 at 4:37 PM

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