Jessie West 
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Re: “Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown Calls Express Story ‘Dishonest,’ ‘False,’ and ‘Under-Sourced,’ but Fails to Offer Evidence

John, you say:

(quote mark) He also said the trips were paid for by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and not Richmond taxpayers. However, city financial records show that the DOJ used taxpayer funds to pay for only one of the trips. (end quote)

I think you mean:

However, city [sic] [should cap City] financial records show that the City used DOJ funds to pay for only one of the trips.

Because the way it is now, n the article above, you are undercutting your argument that tax payer money was used irresponsibly. I think you meant to say it was used for two out of the three trips.

Also, please ask your IT guy why we cant use quotation marks and dashes in our comments. They disappear when the comment is published. Is this the economy version of third-party comment software?

Posted by Jessie West on 07/20/2018 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Stephen Buel Resigns as Publisher

Shanon, you posted the (basically) same thing twice above. Were you trying to edit your original comment on this thread?

Will, its shone a light not shined a light, but thanks for the memories.

Kamala, the Twitter link you posted doesnt work.

Posted by Jessie West on 07/15/2018 at 5:37 PM

Re: “The Firing of Captain Mark Gagan

I used to talk to Captain Gagan frequently when he was Public Affairs Officer.

He came to Point Richmond to meet with us twice in community meetings at our request after the rash of crimes that seemed to hit all at once, including the Point Pharmacy gunpoint robberies, the dozens of auto smash-and-grab burglaries, the violent mugging of an elderly woman at the ATM that put her in the hospital for months, an increase in home burglaries in the area near the Castro Street on/off ramps and two muggings at gunpoint of people walking home on Santa Fe by people jumping out of a car.

I loved the guy. He was helpful and reassuring and real and accessible.

Even after hed been sadly relieved of his public duties and was no longer available to meet with us, he was always willing to talk things through and give advice.

Once I accidentally called him Chief Gagan and when he corrected me with a smile in his voice, I said it was a precognition, because he surely would be someday.

The one thing Ive been puzzling over after reading the EBX article is that, while reviewing the history of the RPD in detail, it strangely says nothing about the lawsuit against Chief Magnus by a group of black officers who felt he was exhibiting prejudice in his terminations when he came onboard and started making changes, including getting rid of some old-school officers who were not trusted by the community, and/ or not effective in the discharge of their duties.

They lost the lawsuit, and Magnus was exonerated, but bad blood and politics lingered and must have tainted Captain Gagan as the spokesperson for Magnus and the department he built.

I can imagine a scenario riffing off what Gagan said in the article where Brown feels free to be friends with Gagan when they are peers, but once Brown becomes Chief, RPD politics and allegiances and the lingering ghost of the lawsuit make that more difficult.

In any case I think that that lawsuit and the bad blood it engendered was a huge part of what was going on here, and I just cant believe that the reporter didnt even touch on it.

Id like reporter John Geluardi to speak to that it seems like a huge elephant on the couch not being discussed.


Posted by Jessie West on 06/28/2018 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Darwin, PLEASE edit this poorly-written, hastily-posted report. It is very confusing. You don't even directly say -- so we are left to deduce after struggling to parse your poor prose -- that Guap is accused of attacking SOMEONE AT THE FACILITY! And what role in this does "the employee who wouldn't give his name" play?? Assuming that is not the previously referenced Director. And the paragraph beginning "Price said..." is an ungrammatical, non-sensical nightmare.

I have been reading the East Bay Express weekly since the 1980's and I am sorry to say that over the years it has become an often poorly-written, terribly-edited rag that prioritizes investigation and "you read it here first" claims over literate journalism. Even the National Enquirer is better edited.

Not to mention that you usually have little interest in any other East Bay city besides Oakland, unless, like now, there is an Oakland tie.

Posted by Jessie West on 09/01/2016 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Noodles Fresh: The Intra-National House of Noodles

Go again, Michael. Every restaurant, as you mention, takes a couple months to hit its stride. It's coming up on a year now and the service and most of the food offerings are wonderful. I go all the time and take all my friends. We love it. Don't miss the amazing garlic cucumbers, but don't eat them before a date...unless your date is going to eat them, too!

Posted by Jessie West on 06/16/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Welcome Back to 'Dragon Inn'

I cannot find it in the theaters! It says it opens Friday in the May 5 EBX where your review appeared...but where??? Has it disappeared so quickly?? Where did you see it? My friend and I would like to see the digital remaster on a huge theatre screen. We have never seen this movie, although my friend is a martial-arts movie fan. I can't find it in your current movie listings or on Fandango.

If it is too late (it is now May 19) can we find it in Netflix online?

Posted by Jessie West on 05/19/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Getting Rid of an OkCupid Pen Pal

Great column. Funny. Clever. But there should be a period at the end of this sentence: "Librarians get a free pass for everything, in my book (see what I did there?)"

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Posted by Jessie West on 03/03/2015 at 11:05 PM

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