Rashid Patch 
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Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Whether they go or stay, Oakland should not pay one cent of taxpayer money to build them a facility. Every stadium built with public money in the U.S. in the last 70 years has ended up costing taxpayers more than they received, and only enriched developers and sports financiers. If it's a viable proposition, they can do it with private money. Otherwise, forget it!

Posted by Rashid Patch on 09/07/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “OPD Promoted Cops Involved in Scott Olsen Case

On the morning of October 26, 2011, I met Mayor Quan on the street in my neighborhood, near Fruitvale and MacArthur avenues, where she was attending the dedication of a mural. I asked her about the previous night's incident, and she told me that: per federal court order for previous "excessive force" incidents OPD was not even supposed to possess any tear gas or beanbag rounds; that other police agencies that might have been called for assistance were not permitted to bring those into Oakland; and that whoever had fired at Scott Olsen, it had not been OPD. She was, apparently, seriously misinformed.

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Posted by Rashid Patch on 03/27/2014 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Too Damn Loud

I worked in Rock & Roll in the 1960s & '70s, managing clubs, producing concerts, and had to fight "level creep" constantly. You do a sound check at the start of a gig, but after 15-20 minutes of the show, the people mixing the sound have diminished hearing capacity, so they turn the master level up. Every 10-15 minutes, it just doesn't seem as loud to them, so the level goes up again.

The thing is, if you started the show with the sound levels even at 50 or 60% of your sound systems top capacity, when you get to 80%, you're starting to get distortions in the sound. So, the first problem with too loud is, it just won't sound as good. (The only two acts I ever knew who had the tech & expertise to play loud without being distorted: Frank Zappa, and the Dead.) Anyway, after 40 minutes of a concert, the sound is over-amplified and distorted, but everybody's hearing has such diminished capacity that they can't detect it. So the problem just keeps escalating.

Back in the day, I stood next to the speakers a lot; it finally got to be too physically painful. That sensitivity, I suppose, was just lucky; it made me notice that my hearing was getting injured. Most people don't feel it as acutely. I finally had to stop going to amplified concerts in the mid-'80s, because over-loud music would leave me in pain for a day or two; and so, I still have most of my hearing range.

It's really a drag - even music that traditionally was never played with amplification - folk music, chamber music, Indian raga - now is performed with piles of amps and speakers, because so many people in the average audience - and most musicians nowadays - are all partly deaf. Plus, nobody knows how to listen anymore.

I've been warning people for 40 years that if you're wearing in-ear headphones, and somebody else can hear the music you're listening to - you are badly damaging your hearing. Guaranteed. The younger you are when you start wearing ear-phones, the worse the effect on hearing - I really think letting kids use them at all is abuse. (But then, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported decades ago that children under 12 should only be exposed to TV for a maximum 3-4 hours per week, and children under 2 should not be in the same room with a TV - because of measured, non-reversible changes in brain structure that result...)

Anyway.... what? Did you say something? Speak up a bit!

Rashid Patch

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Posted by Rashid Patch on 10/03/2013 at 8:02 AM

Re: “The Case for Private Security Guards

This is Randite-Libertarian antisocial nonsense! The next steps in the argument is to say that well-to-do neighborhoods should have private fire and ambulance service - and to hell with everybody else. Pretending such ideas are "reasonable" is part of the class war - and on the wrong side in that war!

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Posted by Rashid Patch on 09/19/2013 at 11:17 AM

Re: “A More Fitting Way to Honor Oscar Grant

Oscar Grant didn't hang around downtown. Oakland City Hall wasn't his neighborhood; that's where Frank Ogawa worked - and fought for civil rights. So the plaza at City Hall doesn't have much really to do with Oscar Grant. Howeverr, It's Oscar Grant Memorial Station whether the BART directors call it that or not. Taggers or BART maintenance can change the signs later - but the name of that station has changed, from now on. Use the term - "Oscar Grant Station". Every time, all the time.

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Posted by Rashid Patch on 09/05/2013 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Do Disabled Motorists Need Free Parking?

Joaquin Palomino states, ".. 20 percent of people with disabilities in California were classified as low-income in 2010...which shows that while there is a correlation between having a disability and being poor, it isn't a strong one..." Since pharmaceutical companies routinely get drugs approved by showing a 1 in 50 or 60 correlation, I think 1 in 5 is actually extremely robust.

I am 67 years old, but not retired - I still work, but my hours got cut from 40 per week to 30, then from 30 to 20. I'm one of the 20% "low income". I need the free parking. I can't afford to pay an additional $3 - $5 each time I go anywhere.

I have severe osteoarthritis. I need two canes to walk, and I simply can't walk more than a block; I can barely walk that far. I can't stand for more than a few minutes; so I can no longer take public transportation (which I used to do all the time) because it involves too much walking and standing. I have to use my car, and my disabled parking placard. When I do go somewhere, I physically cannot get up every 1/2 hour or hour and hobble out to feed a meter. There are businesses in my Oakland neighborhood that I can no longer patronize because the parking spaces in front were changed to red zones, and I just can't make it from the nearest legal parking spaces - even if they were empty.

Yes, disabled placards are abused. The solution is better enforcement, not taking free disabled parking access away from people who really need it. The shortage of available parking already limits my ventures to downtown Oakland. If I had to feed the meters besides, I would simply never go there at all. How good would that be for business?

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Posted by Rashid Patch on 05/02/2013 at 8:36 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Jean Quan, Progressives, and Occupy Oakland

I met with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on Saturday 29 October. I had been in a cafe in my neighborhood, checking on my e-mail, and left to go down to Occupy Oakland to lead a sufi zikr circle. When I walked out the door of the cafe, Mayor Quan was there on the sidewalk next to my car – she was dedicating a mural on a building next door.

I was able to talk to her one-on-one for about 15 minutes.

I told her that I knew that in November 2004, the City of Oakland had signed an agreement not to use tear gas, rubber bullets, etc. in crowd control, because of several “excessive force” suits after some anti-war demonstrations; so what had been going on Tuesday night (Oct 25), when massive amounts of teargas was used, and USMC veteran Scott Olson was severely injured.

Mayor Quan said that she herself had been involved in drafting that agreement She told me that Oakland and the Oakland Police Dept. did not own any tear gas, because of the consent decree. There had been a federal monitor assigned to Oakland to ensure compliance, and that monitor had been present on Tuesday evening, and had confirmed that the OPD had not discharged any of those rounds, and had not ordered tear gas, rubber bullets, or stun rounds to be usd.

Of course, I asked, “then, who did?” Quan said that she had been trying to find that out, but that the other police agencies which had been present under the “mutual assistance” arrangement had not been responding to Oaklands' requests for information about who had discharged the rounds or ordered them fired. She said that under the mutual assistance guidelines, other police agencies should not even have brought prohibited munitions within Oakland city limits. She noted that there are commonly such restrictions in mutual assistance operations; she noted that when OPD gets requests for assistance from the Berkeley PD – which happens fairly often – OPD is not allowed to bring K9 units, or use OPD helicopters, because of Berkeleys' restrictions.

I pointed out that there was clearly a grave command-and-control failure in the mutual assistance operation. Quan agreed, and said that her office was still trying to figure out what had gone wrong. She was clearly upset that the chain of command had been so loose and ineffective, and at not being able to get clear and prompt answers. Again she told me that they were not getting responses from all of the other police agencies that had been involved, but that she would not rest until they did. She said that there were “a pile of” federal investigations underway also, because of the Oakland consent decree re: excessive force and civil rights violations.

Quan told me that some security camera footage had showed the officer who had discharged flash-bang grenades at the group of people who went to Scott Olsen's assistance after he was hit. She said that she the image blown up on a big screen at the OPD command center, and they could make out the word “sherriff” on the officers uniform, but could not determine which county sheriff's department it had been, or the identity of the officer.

I said to Mayor Quan that if the OPD could make out part of a word on the uniform in the image, NSA and Homeland Security already knew his name, home address, and blood type; the FBI probably had it also. She just said, “we're still trying to find out.”

At that point, both Quan and I had to head downtown, to City Hall and Occupy Oakland respectively. I had the impression she was truthful, not holding back, and frustrated by not getting clear responses from the police agencies involved on Tuesday.

I do know for certain, however, that every expended teargas cannister used in Oakland on Tuesday night had a serial number, and that those numbers are tracked more closely than automobile titles. The FBI should be able to find out which agency possessed each round within a minute or two; and the agency should take no longer in tracking which officer had been issued each round; and that not having that information on record would violate a bunch of federal laws and regulations. I also know that failing to pick up and account for those expended rounds would also have violated federal arms-control regulations; they can't just be thrown in the trash.

Rashid Patch

Posted by Rashid Patch on 10/30/2011 at 5:07 PM

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