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Re: “The High Cost of Driving While Poor

I hate to see the laws enforced unfairly and it think that is the point of this article. I am also offended that private companies are able to capitalize on traffic fines; the photo-enforced red lights and debt collectors for example. No need for the debt collectors, ha, If someone doesn't pay their ticket within a year, take the license away. As a cyclist and person who likes my life, cars are crazy. People don't have the "right" to drive. I think more people should have their licenses revoked, regardless of race or class. Whether I'm in East Oakland or Pleasanton, people often pass aggressively close, otherwise endanger my life, and sometime shout "loser, get a car!" from their windows.The public transit, at least in the Bay Area is good. There is no need for a car. Probably our society would be just fine if we took about half the drivers off the road.

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Posted by rendodge on 05/11/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Dellums Begs for Cop Tax

Measure NN proposes to add 105 new officers and 75 technicians, and it would raise the parcel tax by $106-$266 per household.  Will Measure NN really make Oakland a safer city with a better image? Or would it be wiser to spend your money actually preventing crime, rather than reacting to it? Oakland's Green Job Corps, The Community Liaison Officers promised under Measure Y, and fixing the public schools are a few examples of other approaches.
The Oakland Police Department is in constant restructuring and management turmoil, plus its stance towards The City is mostly uncooperative and adversarial. City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, who opposes the tax measure, agrees the city needs to hire more police officers, but says the city lacks the management structure - across the board - to use the additional officers effectively. The tax revenue from Measure NN would be wasted on a police force that is badly managed and ineffective.   
Prop NN contains no coherent plan to organize and use the additional officers called for in the measure, it is not even clear the department would be able to hire and train the new personnel. The department is and is still trying to meet its hiring obligations from Measure Y, which was passed in 2004 and has raised parcel taxes until 2014. OPD has spent 1.5 Million on advertising for new officers, has some of the highest starting salaries in the state, and there are still lots of open slots for new officers. OPD has a poor retention rate: nearly half of new recruits fail or dropout of  the academy, and many more leave the force in the first few years. There is already a plan to add more officers, it just isn't being carried out properly.  
Oakland's police do not have much public faith or trust. In recent years there have been numerous instances of corruption and brutality. The "Riders" -  some of the force's most experienced and regarded officers planted evidence, beat and intimidated over a hundred plaintiffs who won a suit against the OPD in 2004. The United Nations Human Rights Commission criticized the Oakland Police after they beat protesters, shot them with wooden bullets and rammed them with the cruisers at the Port of Oakland in 2004. Just Google "Oakland Cops" and you will find endless indictments of incompetence and violence. The police need to make the first move towards regaining the population's confidence and friendship.
Measure NN is not a good plan for making the city safer. It will raise taxes significantly and dump the money into a corrupt police force. Let's give the City a chance to follow through on it's obligations from Measure Y, finish restructuring the police department, and come up with real plan to make oakland a safer place. Vote no on NN.

Posted by ren on 11/03/2008 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Oakland: An Alternate Universe

Measure NN proposes to add new cops to the beat. For those who view the city as dangerous and crime ridden, this might seem an obvious answer to the cities crime problems. But, will Measure NN really make Oakland a safer city with a better image?

The Measure proposes to add 105 new officers and 75 technicians, and it would raise the parcel tax by $106-$266 per household.

The Oakland Police Department is in constant restructuring and management turmoil, plus its stance towards The City is mostly uncooperative and adversarial. City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, who opposes the tax measure, agrees the city needs to hire more police officers, but says the city lacks the management structure - across the board - to use the additional officers effectively. The tax revenue from Measure NN would be wasted on a police force that is badly managed and ineffective.

There is no coherent plan to organize and use the additional officers called for in NN, it is not even clear the department would be able to hire and train the new personnel. The department is and is still trying to meet its hiring obligations from Measure Y, which was passed in 2004 and has raised parcel taxes until 2014. OPD has spent 1.5 Million on advertising for new officers, has some of the highest starting salaries in the state, and there are still lots of open slots for new officers. OPD has a poor retention rate: nearly half of new recruits fail or dropout of the academy, and many more leave the force in the first few years. There is already a plan to add more officers, it just isn't being carried out properly.

Oakland's police do not have much public faith or trust. In recent years there have been numerous instances of corruption and brutality. The "Riders" - some of the force's most experienced and regarded officers planted evidence, beat and intimidated over a hundred plaintiffs, who won a suit against the OPD in 2004. The United Nations Human Rights Commission criticized the Oakland Police after they beat protesters, shot them with wooden bullets and rammed them with the cruisers at the Port of Oakland. So far this year the Oakland Police have shot and killed 5 people, as many as in all of 2007. The Police Department needs to change the attitude and integrity of its officers before asking to expand the organization.

Measure NN is not a good plan for improving the police force or making the city safer. It will raise taxes significantly and dump the money into a corrupt police force. The department can do better with the resources it has, including those from Measure Y. And our city will be safer when police stop beating and shooting the people they are sworn to protect.

Posted by ren on 10/22/2008 at 11:10 PM

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