JP Massar 
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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

Re: “BART Police Accused of Illegally Collecting Private Cell Phone Data and Tracking Riders Through App

With a surveillance equipment regulation ordinance, aka a comprehensive privay ordinance, BART would have been required to vet this app to the public and say exactly what kind of information it was gathering, to whom it would go to and for how long it would be stored. Based on this information and public input the BART Board could have then decided to go ahead with the app, change some parameters about how it had to operate, or nix it.

This is not a radical idea! It's what oversight and transparency means. The BART board needs to step up and pass the ACLU/Oakland Privacy surveillance equipment regulation ordinance that's been worked on with staff and privacy advocates since last year now.

Posted by JP Massar on 05/22/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Wait, what?

"citing the need for more evidence that the existing programs arent working..."

If Oakland has one of the highest violence and homicide rates in the nation, isn't that prima facie evidence that existing programs aren't working?

Posted by JP Massar on 05/16/2017 at 3:40 PM

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