Edward Cervantes 
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Re: “West Oakland's Food Desert Remains

Lived on Market & Mead for years...had to walk a mile for groceries. Often settled for the limited and overpriced offerings of the corner-store (owned and operated by my landlord). But the neighborhood's been "discovered." Long-time residents are being pushed out and onto the streets...white people and money are moving in...soon there will be food in this desert. Sucks!
The people who've lived in the neighborhood, neglected by the city and ignored by investors, deserve to enjoy a revitalized west oakland, where they can easily find fresh food. (What about the shopping center on Grand and Market?...seems perfect for something, anything.)

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 04/10/2018 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Commissioner Alleges City Investigator Is Mishandling Complaint Against Police Chief

J. Saupe investigated my complaint against OPD. She seemed sincere. I trusted her and later realized that she wasnt interested in uncovering wrongdoing. The information she gets is used to assist in covering up police misconduct. When I realized what was happening, and told her about my concerns, she was unapologetic and then just stopped responding. Her "investigation," of course, found no misconduct. Ummm...really? All the information is public: I was wrongfully arrested (more than once), was brutalized, and had cocked guns pointed at me. CPRB is/was an extension of OPD internal affairs, and many departments and offices are complicit in the cover-ups. I hope the citizens of Oakland keep pressing this issue. The corruption runs deep. Keep digging.

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 01/18/2018 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

In response to Mr. Ferrell's comment: I'd add that people go where they know. Most of the homeless people i know out here in West Oakland were displaced from longtime homes here in West Oakland.

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 05/27/2017 at 5:24 AM

Re: “'Homeless Lives Matter Too??': People Sleeping On Oakland's Streets Still Waiting For Government Response To Growing East Bay Crisis

If its a finance matter, why not ask citizens for money? There are many issues that require more funding, but citizens of any community should feel obligated to ensure all of its members have some basics. If concerned with encampments, and dumping, and blight, and/or the safety and well-being of fellow citizens and would like to contribute toward ending homelessness in our home city, send what you can to Oakland's "Housing 4 All" Fund c/o Libby at City Hall.

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 05/27/2017 at 5:12 AM

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

...and after the emeryville fire, people immediately suspected "the homeless."

we gotta stop blaming and scapegoating people for their unfortunate circumstances. its not an easy life, why do we insist on making it even more difficult and less likely they'll ever make it out of "homelessness?"

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 05/27/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “'I'm Going To Get My Gun': Event Organizers at Ghost Ship Accused Derick Almena of Theft, Threats

Oh c'mon, Darwin! Some guy wrote that he "think(s) this person may be unstable?" Some guy who you previously reported had declined to comment on the "harassment?" Some guy you previously reported as Mr Almena's former friend?

You're reporting Lewis and Elvey's allegations againt Mr. Almena as if they were true, while dismissing Mr. Almena's allegations against Ms. Porter as irrelevant.

"Mob, ready your pickaxes!"

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 12/05/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Operator of 'Ghost Ship' Lived Inside Site of Oakland Warehouse Fire with Wife, Children, Was on Probation

Why is the East Bay Express suddenly a trashy gossip rag? Its ironic(?)...hypocritical(?)...unfortunate and disappointing to see a publication that normally reports on the injustices of our system (including how defendants are often railroaded into accepting plea bargains due to overworked public defenders and a classist bail system), immediately publish Mr. Almena's probation status as if it was relevant to the fire. It's alarmist and pandering to simplistic blame and revenge mentality. He's on probation (after accepting a deal, as you report, so he wasnt tried or convicted), therefore he's a criminal, and deserves to have his dirty laundry aired before being hung for the deaths of the partygoers? He may be a dirtbag, but does that make him guilty?...and he may be guilty of something, but isn't that for the (broken) courts to decide?

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 12/05/2016 at 11:48 AM

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