Charlie Pine 
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Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Oakland has half the police, in ratio to population, that most major cities have. Oakland residents suffer two and three times more robberies, burglaries, and assaults than people in almost every other city in the U.S. The poverty rate for Oakland is average, and lower than the poverty rate in many safer cities. -- Three facts that all the councilmembers run away from.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/10/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “DA Files Charges In Ghost Ship Fire, Master Tenant Derick Almena And His No. 2 Max Harris Each Face 39 Years

Actually, mayor Schaaf, slumlords get away with murder in Oakland. Your remark attempts to wave away the fact that the City refused to act on clear information presented to its officials again and again.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/05/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

"Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks" - your headline is one-sided. The reported incidents indicate that homeless residents engage in arson attacks, too. It is common to see angry disputes at the camps, and apparently some of them escalate.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/26/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “BART Police Accused of Illegally Collecting Private Cell Phone Data and Tracking Riders Through App

Whatever safeguards the app needs, don't kill it. A couple of us rode BART Sunday afternoon. At the Embarcadero stop, a gang of several youth in hoodies on a hot day, no more than 14 years old, made two attempts to snatch purses in our crowded car - one of them from the person I was with. The robber gangs do not operate only at Coliseum station, they do not operate only at night. It would be great if someone caught good snaps of these thieves and passed them on to BART - and posted them publicly.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/22/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Campbell Washington wrote the measure as a tax with the proceeds going into the general fund. She knows the general fund is general, not fenced for specific uses. She and Kaplan and other councilmembers now try to shift the blame onto Schaaf. This is a puppet show for those voters who drank the Kool-Aid promises of the tax.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/29/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Fire Department Still Seriously Under-Staffed

Wrong about the police department. It has 39 vacant sworn officer positions - 5 percent, not 2 percent. Mr. BondGraham makes the same mistake he made last December. The 39 authorized but unfilled positions are listed in the OPD Personnel Distribution Report for the beginning of April. But Mr. BG insists on using a report based on a convoluted definition of vacancy. That report lists some sergeant vacancies but not one police officer vacancy! Not sensible and not true (there are actually 21 officer vacancies), but with Mr BG, ideology trumps facts.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/24/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Pardoned 'Crack King' Darryl Reed Says He Wants To Unite Oakland Neighborhoods

"Too Short" welcomes this man who ruined countless lives. TS, you recall, was appointed a career counselor by the Youth UpRising agency (where Jean Quan kicked off her mayoral campaign).

Posted by Charlie Pine on 03/31/2017 at 8:48 PM

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