Tommy Katz 
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Re: “OPD Cop Caught Making Apparent False Statements After Injury Crash

Mr. BondGraham,

I find the headline of this article misleading and I think you should retitle it.

As you are probably aware, the term "making false statements" is the common term for a federal crime that includes perjury or obstruction of justice. Your headline suggests that the police officer made an official or legal statement that was objectively false. In fact, immediately after the collision the cop told the motorcyclist that he had come to a complete stop.

I agree that he was probably lying (it looks like he did not stop), but his "statement" wasn't in any formal capacity. Saying that he was caught making a false statement strongly implies that he committed perjury or obstruction of justice and there doesn't appear to be any evidence of that. Isn't the police officer lying enough of a story that you don't need to use the hyperbolic and misleading headlines?

In sum, this headline is clickbait and I think you can do better.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 11/07/2018 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Opinion: Why I’m Voting for Cat Brooks for Mayor of Oakland

McKracken: if everyone you know if voting for Cat, then I suggest that you consider expanding the political diversity of your acquaintances. It sounds as though you are in a political echo chamber that merely reinforces your pre-existing views, rather than challenging them and forcing you to rethink and reconsider the validity of your opinions.

I do appreciate your clarifications with respect to Cat Brooks' platform and experience and I agree that her legal name is totally irrelevant. But that doesn't mean that everyone voting for Schaaf is an unthinking drone who is out to smear Cat Brooks.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 11/01/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Smart & Final’s Old Oakland Location Closes

Pac Coast isn't empty any more; something called Studio to Be replaced it some time ago.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 09/26/2018 at 2:22 PM

Re: “A Tale of Two Arrests

"According to the report, BART police used force against 340 people in 2017. Of those, 65.9 percent were Black and 12.7 percent were white. By contrast, according to a 2016 report, 10 percent of BART's ridership is Black and 37 percent is white."

This is the wrong comparison--you should compare the force statistics to arrests or detentions, rather than ridership statistics. It is also odd that you are pulling statistics from different years (although this probably has little effect).

Posted by Tommy Katz on 08/01/2018 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Election Results in Alameda County District Attorney's Race Reveal a Stark Divide

Why does the article not discuss San Leandro, Hayward, Union City or Newark?

It appears that O'Malley crushed Price in each of those cities (based on the map provided), and yet the demographics of those cities is very different from the Berkeley and Oakland hills (as well as Dublin, Pleasanton, etc).

Posted by Tommy Katz on 06/07/2018 at 9:03 PM

Re: “The Raiders and 49ers Double Down on Hypocrisy

I generally agree with the comments below about Kaep--he plays the most important position on the field and he's done it in an unconventional way. Coaches have a right to choose what style of offensive they play and he certainly isn't a fit for many. It's also clear that hiring him would involve a media circus and locker room distraction. Plus he's getting old for the running style he plays and has proven he lacks the accuracy to be a pocket passer. It's easy to see why an organization doesn't want to take a multi-million dollar risk on him.

None of those arguments apply to Eric Reid though. He is a pro-bowl safety in the prime of his career. Why isn't anyone giving him a chance? It's hard to see how he isn't being black-balled.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 05/04/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “What East Bay Trivia Nights Say About Our Collective Knowledge (or Lack Thereof) of Non-White History and Culture

This article brings up an interesting issue: what should the questions actually reflect? Should it be the demographics of the USA? Of Oakland? Of the people at the particular bar?

Posted by Tommy Katz on 08/03/2017 at 11:10 AM

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