Mike Bradley 
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Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. OPD is clearly beyond the control of anyone in the city, up to and including the chief and the mayor, maybe even the judge. This isn't a case of bad apples, budget and personnel shortfalls, unions, or failures of oversight. OPD has turned itself into a sociopathic culture that's beyond redemption. They're so friggin' evil they poison everything they touch.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

Gee, I guess we can't complain any more when the police and fire don't show up quickly. Well, who needs them. We're a peaceful, safe city with few serious crimes ...

I suppose defunding improvements to police and fire is really about anger over the departments' arrogance and failures. And taking advantage of the anger to boost other projects. Looks like Trumpification to me--cutting off our nose to spite our face.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/01/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Plans for a 'New' Oakland Are Taking Shape, but Existing Residents Are Demanding More Equitable Development

The state legislature has a major role to play in development. Most recently, it mandated that cities ease the creation of mini-lots and backyard housing, which have a mixed bag of good and bad effects. Where do our state legislators stand on affordable housing and neighborhood preservation?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/23/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

What is the point of enjoying Oakland and working to improve it, when the likes of Reid and McElhaney run it?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 03/08/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

I think the City Council should oppose the present plans. When people buy into a neighborhood, they have a right to expect that neighborhood changes won't undermine their investment of both money and heart. The City's own Design Guidelines for Corridors and Commercial Areas, adopted in 2013, supports this principle. It specifies that new large buildings should be much more integrated into a neighborhood's existing buildings than the huge slab shown here, and it explains how this can be achieved. The design that's on the McGrath Properties website would be wonderful, for instance. And although more people spoke in favor of the project, numbers alone are hardly the only criterion for approval, and it's one that the Planning Commission often ignores.

Also, I think McGrath should do more to provide affordable units, and I'm worried about Boston Properties' involvement. It doesn't have a good reputation as a landlord.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 02/08/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

We always have to question who the vandals are. Often, they are undercover police from one agency or another, deliberately damaging the reputation of the genuine protestors. The so-called anarchists who show up at nearly every demo are probably a prime example. Newspapers like the Express should be more aware of this and report it.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 02/05/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs

If the Founding Fathers believed "the law is the law for everyone," we would still be drinking tea!

Posted by Mike Bradley on 01/27/2017 at 2:06 PM

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