JP Massar 
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Re: “OP-ED: The Alameda County Civil Grand Jury Is an Important Watchdog, but Its Members Are Almost Always Too Old, White, and Wealthy

Maybe an equally important problem is that the grand jury recommendations are ignored.

"officials lamented that the grand jurys recommendations were not followed."

What's the point of toiling away and conducting an investigation only to see your findings ignored and then have 36 people die because they were ignored?

Posted by JP Massar on 07/11/2018 at 2:46 PM

Re: “City of Oakland to Pay $12 Million to Motorcyclist Hit by Police Car

$4.5M Scott Olsen.
$1.5M Gary King.
$1.2M Demouria Hogg.
...

Posted by JP Massar on 06/19/2018 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Berkeley Police Reforms Delayed After Mayor Arreguin Weakens Plan to Curb Racial Profiling and Police Misconduct

Berkeley police do not (and hopefully will never) possess Tasers.

Posted by JP Massar on 11/01/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

It will be painful to watch as the City throws roadblock after roadblock in the way of allowing any community group to set up a safe haven sanctioned encampment.

Nonetheless, the seed that has been planted - involving the community to make life easier for the homeless - will not die. It may take more evictions and more interminable Council mtgs, but I think the common sense of this approach and the vastness of the problem will eventually make it happen.

Posted by JP Massar on 10/04/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

"The city has 90 days to respond to the Grand Jurys findings and recommendations."

Or what? 10 lashes with a wet noodle?

Posted by JP Massar on 06/19/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

1.4% of that money could fund the feasibility study for the Public Bank of Oakland that the City Council so far has refused to sign off on.

Once the bank was fully operational, based on the performance of the public bank in North Dakota, Oakland's bank should be able to generate $20,000,000 - $60,000,000 A YEAR in additional funds for the City of Oakland and its people.

The $100K is a no-brainer. It's an investment in Oakland's future, and there are none with such a potential ROI for so little up-front.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/12/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

It's a good thing our Federal Government isn't this inept. Oh. Wait.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/02/2017 at 7:52 PM

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