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Re: “Oakland Council Ignores Warning from City Administrator and Votes for 'Strong' Police Commission Ordinance

Fact: Sabrina Landreth was acting Police Chief during time when 2016-16 scandal cover-up cops could have been timely investigated. She (with the Mayor's blessing did nothing, probably because moderate City official rule 1 is don't anger the police union. Another fact: In San Jose, where Police Auditor works under City Administrator, the SJ police union has tried to fire 2 of the last 3 police auditors., 1 success, 1 pending....Fact 3, Mayor Schaaf was never all in on the Commission oversight model, but after the 2015-16 scandal, opposing it was not viable for her....So now she is trying to hobble/slow and micro-control the pace of reform and the power of the new Commission, using the aforementioned legal arguments. We are having the legal discussion because of the political circumstances.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/11/2018 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Candidate Chris Young Suspended by State Bar

And speaking from experience-----after I retired from my Federal attny. job in October 2009, I paid active member fees to the State Bar for 2010 and 2011......and as also required took and reported CLE classes to fulfill that requirement, into mid-2011. As a public sector lawyer for most of my career, it was irksome to pay for and attend CLE courses on subjects not relevant to my work (e.g.,'law practice management'). After major surgeries in 2009 and fall of 2011 (latter had 8-9 week home rest/activity restrictions) and after checking that there were no CLE requirements for Inactive members, I made the switch to Inactive CA bar membership, more than anything to get off the CLE compliance treadmill. The CA Bar rules are super clear. This candidate has violated the CLE and fee payment rules multiple times and gained additional notice of the Bar's rules by being suspended by the Bar multiple times clearly not a plus for his candidacy.......

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/04/2018 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Candidate Chris Young Suspended by State Bar

1) You do not need to be a member of the Bar to hold public office.
2) Speaking from experience (Cal Bar member, active 1974-2011-12, inactive since then), the Ca Bar suspends/revokes membership for ethics violations or for failure to pay Bar fees. It's a violation of Bar rules for layperson to hold him/herself out as a lawyer or for an Inactive member to hold self out as an active practicing attorney member.
3) The CA Bar active attny. fees are the highest in country...Inactive membership is slightly over $100. There are many forms of legal work not involving appearing in Court including research, supervising lawyers, giving legal advice/opinions. For that reason, my former Federal Agency required that all of its staff and supervisory attorneys be licensed to practice as an active member of a State Bar. A private corporation could come out differently on the active-inactive rule, but this candidate broke the rules when he chose not to pay even inactive member fees, e.g., in the years he was doing purely policy/organizing work for Obama or expected to be doing no legal work for his corporate employer.

Mary Vail

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/04/2018 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Brings Back Its Horse-Mounted Unit

OPD---PR instead of reform. So this money is spent on what seems to be a vanity project without budget authorization, but at the Oakland animal Shelter, vet tech, vet and other animal care positions are repeatedly authorized by Council but the city Administrator does nothing to recruit and hire.
And in OPD itself, civilian Neighborhood Services Coordinator positions (support community policing) are far below what they should be---not enough NSC's and vacancies that arise get filled at glacial pace.
Lastly, this story shows yet again, City Administrator is not adhering to Council's budget decisions/priorities and definitely not watching spending in OPD.......

Posted by Mary Vail on 05/26/2018 at 6:57 PM

Re: “The Warriors' Empty Gesture

As to the Raiders deal, it was primarily (his view, he's the smartest guy in the room) Don Pdrata's doing. The Don should not run for public office again or sit on any public body til HE pays off the Raider tax.

Posted by Mary Vail on 02/22/2018 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Spent $6 Million on a Computer System to Track Officer Misconduct, and It Doesn't Work

One of the great wealth transfers going on right now is money (millions if not billions) being sucked out of all levels and branches of government by IT contractors. The contractors work is not successful----and they just get more money to do a redo, which often doesn't work out, either. It's not just Oakland----it's the Feds, the CA Court system.....Tech predators.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 02/02/2018 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

After 30+ years viewing the Raiders drama from my perch in Oakland, there are 3 recurring, dooming patterns: relocation fever, post relocation losing jinx and $ destruction via seat license-based financial plans.. At least this time, the team (vs.) the City of Oakland & Alameda County , (thanks Don Perata) will be on the fiscal hook when the PSL scheme fails and no baseball team will be constructively evicted from its playing venue. Meanwhile I think of the Raiders tax City or County is still paying @ every City/County budget season. I still hope City/County will find way to block/condition move to Raiders paying off the tax, but article implies that Raiders, again, have no money......

Posted by Mary Vail on 01/03/2018 at 8:52 AM

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