Charlie Stephen 
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Re: “Cemetery and Enviros Reach Deal on Oaks

Thank you, Native Plant Society -- and thanks also to Mr. Martin Bern. These live oaks are an extraordinary pleasure. They add beauty and fresh air to the neighborhood, and as the article points out, they're also an important habitat for local birds.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 04/19/2018 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Report: No More Officers Will Face Discipline in Celeste Guap Police Sex Crimes Scandal

Disgraceful. I'll bet that punishment-by-"round table" got a good laugh around the department.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 09/16/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “An Oakland Foundation Invests $3 million in Oakland Public Schools

Early childhood education is crucial. Thank you to the Rainin Foundation for this generous grant!

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 09/12/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

I wonder why the city of Oakland would sell land at an enormous discount to Elaine Brown's organization. Could the reason be that Brown is currently suing the city for millions?

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 06/20/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Town Business: A New Police Headquarters. Does Oakland Have the Money?

OPD has a large backlog of cold cases and a heavy workload for homicide investigators. In addition, the crime lab is understaffed so that important functions such as fingerprint analysis are often delayed or disregarded. My impression is that most crimes in our city go unsolved. If that's true, we should use these funds to hire more crime technicians, particularly for the investigation of burglaries.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 03/16/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Darwin BondGraham, Ali Winston Win Prestigious George Polk Award For East Bay Express Series on Oakland Police Scandal

Reporters like BondGraham and Winston are indispensable, especially after the demise of the Oakland Tribune and the absence of beat reporters at City Hall. Democracy becomes impracticable without journalists who can devote time to researching long-form stories like theirs. What I'm wondering is, does this award come with any money?

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 02/20/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Nonprofit Sues Coca-Cola, 'Big Soda' Lobbyist Group Over 'Following The Tobacco Playbook'

Great campaign by the Praxis Project, although given the power of advertising in the United States, it's difficult to curb the deceptiveness of ads. Free speech in this country has for the most part become the freedom to engage in commercial speech. Last year, for example, ad revenues totaled about $320 billion -- nearly 60% of what we spend on public schools K-12.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 02/14/2017 at 1:29 PM

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