Ivan Gasparini 
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Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Wins Oakland Mayor's Race

Peter Kropotkin, a "prominent anarchist" (died in 1921, according to Wikipedia). So I have to assume that our Peter posting comments here on EBX and accusing Libby of not being brave enough to venture in Deep East Oakland was not brave enough to post under his real name; I find that to be ironic...

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Gasparini on 11/05/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Reality Check: Violent Crime Is Down in Oakland

All the comments in response to this article, including the rebuttals by the EBX's editor, just demonstrate one thing (and that might be a problem in and of itself): crime statistics may be interpreted differently and will be debated to death. That's fine. However, I'm not sure that Oakland residents/visitors need to rely on the SF Chronicle and Oakland Tribune (seriously, who read these newspapers anyways??) to get the perception that Oakland is ridiculously unsafe. I could not care less what the Chronicle/Tribune have to say about crime in Oakland if those daily stories weren't backed by the accounts of friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers. Ever seen those flyers posted around your neighborhood, describing the latest robbery/assault/beating? Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. It's the word of mouth and personal experiences that are killing this town's reputation (in addition to the zealous parking enforcement and right-turn-on-red $600 tickets) not the SF/SJ media. It's all good, you can choose to walk after dark if you're so inclined, I don't anymore. It's not environmentally conscious, sure, but I guess I will have to reserve my environmental consciousness for after I relocate outside of this city (which I otherwise love!!!)

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Gasparini on 10/10/2013 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Reality Check: Violent Crime Is Down in Oakland

I'm sorry to say this, but this article comes across as trivializing the crime epidemics currently affecting this city. If I remember correctly, Oakland is on pace to record EVEN MORE robberies than last year (it was 2,917 in 2010, 3,365 in 2011, and 4,338 in 2012). Furthermore, as it has already been suggested in the comments before mine, these robberies are carried with loaded guns, pointed to your face, and don't turn into "assault" statistics simply because the perpetrators were satisfied with the pickings and spared the victims the long-term inconvenience of being shot in the knees, legs, or worse.

But, hey, according to this article Oakland is considerably safer this year, so - after writing a "Thank You" note to your City Council - you're now welcome to resume your leisurely after-work strolls from the Rockridge, MacArthur, or 19th St. BART stations, lower your guard, and enjoy these warm evenings. CAVEAT: don't forget to bring a copy of this article with you, so in the (likely) case that you DO run into an armed robber, you can politely remind him/her that they're not supposed to do that anymore and the two of you can continue the conversation around a cold brew or an artisanal cocktail! Everyone wins, I Hella Luv Oaktown!

26 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Gasparini on 10/09/2013 at 1:38 PM
Posted by Ivan Gasparini on 09/26/2013 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Oakland's Surveillance Contractor Has a History of Fraud

The endless East Bay Express' articles covering police brutality, police state, police abuse, police surveillance, police this, and police that, have become as relevant as the never-ending protests in Downtown Oakland. After a while you start wondering... what were we protesting again? Thank God for the "What the Fork" blog on this newspaper, otherwise I would no longer know what to read with my morning coffee..

7 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Gasparini on 08/29/2013 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Throwing More Money at Police

This is great! While the endless debate between the We-Need-More-Police! and the We-Spend-Too-Much-On-Police! factions continue, the City of Oakland is rapidly devolving into a lawless land where getting a gun pointed to your face has now become an expected occurrence, whether you're hiking in the early afternoon in the Dimond Park (real life story), taking an early Sunday morning stroll in the Laurel District (real life story), or simply walking to your favorite restaurant in Uptown (real life story). We need more moderate candidates for Mayor and City Council, as the current breed is obviously too inept and/or incompetent to find a reasonable compromise between said factions. Oh, I'm also looking forward to vote on the renewal of Measure Y.... wasting $140 millions on a decreased police force after we were promised an increased one never felt so good!

16 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Gasparini on 05/29/2013 at 6:09 PM

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