Mary Vail 
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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

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

Artiicle proves my point----the City conducts Marie Antoinette negotiations with all of it's union sbut for OPOA (as to Firefighters, see under-staffing issues reported in 2016-17 and comment from Firefighters Union rep that their 2017 negotiations also not going well)......As to the OPOA, it's roll over and give on demand, 90% of the time and OPD gobbling up 46% of the City's discretionary budget. As to the City workforce caste system, its like the cops are the upper crust, the firefighters are in the shrinking, under-siege middle class and everyone is a serf.....Naively, I thought the City's labor relations would get better with the departure of the Police Union cheerleader-City Administrator Deanna Santana, but I don't see much good change yet from her replacement. I stand with the striking and sympathy striking unions....and as to the 2018 elections, if you are endorsed by the OPOA or have received money from them, no support from me.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 12/07/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Chief Kirkpatrick has repeatedly stated that bad culture trumps good policy,every time every time. Lois and Holmgren are not just part of the bad culture, but the leaders of it. Holmgren, I believe, is one of the third rail untouchables in OPD who makes sure that fellow officers (and himself, of course) will never be disciplined. The agrument that Whent was protecting former Chief Whent (very much not part of the OPD bad culture inner circle) is fantasy. Swanson report is done, but hope investigative journalists will keep digging to determine whether or not threats to Whent by other OPD employees caused Whent to act as he did, i.e., Whent tried to push scandal under the rug because the real powers told him 'make it go away or else'. --Rather than Whent wanting to conceal the scandal to hasten day that OPD would be found in compliance with the NSA. The passage in the City's filing stating that OPD has addressed the poor investigations with holding 'reflection sessions' is, well, a joke, revealing and disturbing.

Posted by Mary Vail on 09/26/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Report: No More Officers Will Face Discipline in Celeste Guap Police Sex Crimes Scandal

Agree with Jim Chanin on what appears to be disparate discipline culture in OPD. If you want to get rid of cover up culture (key tool to preservation of that culture is doing surface, biased, 'make it go away' investigations when the suspect or person being scrutinized is a fellow officer.).....you do not remedy situation with reflection and chat circles for the offenders. If you have high-ranking officers involved in a 'protect us' culture, the solution is not to promote them, either. Everything Internal Affairs did wrong with initial investigation IA has been doing wrong since before the NSA and since. The refusal to change is defiance of the NSA requirements. Maybe its time to put OPD in receivership----or require that IA be staffed with investigative personnel who are not members of OPD. Bad culture and effective career immunity is not fixed by more promises to change, tweaking internal procedures and policies. As the current OPD Chief has said....bad culture trumps good policy every time. So how about some accountability and real change, for a change.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 09/18/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

I lost any faith in OPD's will to punish powerful alpha cops within OPD when (January 2016) Holmgren tried to discourage the victims of home invasion (by intoxicated cops) from pursuing a criminal complaint---and nothing happened to him. As long as such OPD officers are viewed by OPD brass, the Court and fellow officers as being the disciplinary third rail and politically untouchable there will be no accountability, bad acts will recur, there will be no cultural or practice reform and no full NSA compliance. The statute of limitations for discipline of anyone for actions and in-actions may have run, but there's no statute of limitations for overturning a promotion........

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/24/2017 at 9:00 PM

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