Mike Bradley 
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Re: “OPD Cop Caught Making Apparent False Statements After Injury Crash

Now we can see how the OPD gets away with so much crap--many Oaklanders defend them no matter what. Of course, this cop-love isn't unique to our city. It's ubiquitous. Probably related to widespread Stockholm syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. A lot more people need to be in therapy.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 11/09/2018 at 10:31 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

Zachary Murray wants to bring the community into the conversation. That's good, although many Oakland neighborhoods are already well represented. But why does he worry that only black neighborhoods need to be "brought into the conversation"? Aren't Asians and Latins worth listening to? And refugees from the Middle East? Don't they have critical housing needs as well?

The Express seems caught up in the racial disparities of the 60s. Your writers are trying to bring back black residents when they should be more attentive to the other people of color who live here now.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/20/2018 at 10:27 AM

Re: “La Marcha Team to Open Alcalá in Montclair Village

A non-review of a restaurat that doesn't exist. What a tremendous service to your readers!

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/15/2018 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Failed to Spend $2.2 Million on Anti-Displacement and Homeless Assistance

A little reality is in order here. First, the money wasn't spent, so at least the worst didn't happen--spending it on something else. Second, losing two managers and four upper-level administrative staff in a single department is a big deal. It's bound to hurt the department's ability to fulfill its mission. It doesn't let the director or the council off the hook, but it doesn't earn them such contempt.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 08/18/2018 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney Proposes Removing Eviction Protections from Thousands of Apartments

I just read the just cause eviction part of the municipal code (8.22.300-8.22.390). The procedures for evicting bad tenants seem okay to me, but the ones for the owner evicting in order to move into a unit really beat up the owner. They even presume s/he's guilty of bad faith sometimes, instead of innocent until proven guilty. There are many instances of owners abusing tenants in order to evict them, but wow!

Posted by Mike Bradley on 08/17/2018 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Uber Tax and Mansion Tax Take One Step Closer Toward Oakland's November Ballot

I think Uber, Lyft, scooters, etc., should pay the same taxes that other transportation companies pay, whatever those taxes might be, because they all depend on the same streets for their success.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/28/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Nominates “BBQ Becky” Victim for Oakland Parks and Rec Position

Kenzie Smith showed nothing that qualifies him for a commission seat.

In the first place, the woman phoning in a complaint was correct--Smith was charcoaling in a gas- and solar-only BBQ area. There are park areas with facilities for charcoaling but he wasn't in one.

Second and worse, he stood by and did nothing while the woman on the phone was harassed, insulted, provoked, threatened, and intimidated by a crazy, out-of-control woman, and others, for nearly half an hour (https://youtu.be/Fh9D_PUe7QI). He stood by and let it happen, as everyone else did. He did nothing to calm the situation, showed no leadership or courage at all, did nothing to keep the situation from escalating into something even worse.

He doesn't deserve to be rewarded with a commission seat and he certainly shouldn't be held up as a model of Oakland civic leadership.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 05/23/2018 at 1:49 PM

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