Tommy Katz 
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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

Re: “New Data Shows Significant Rise In Homelessness In Alameda County, According to Biennial 'Point In Time' Count

Is the data available online? Could you please provide a link in addition to the summary? Thank you in advance.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 05/26/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “The Wolf in Oakland Modernizes a Cal-Cuisine Legend

Thanks for another well-written review. Would it be possible to add a sentence describing the noise level? I frequently go to restaurants with my parents, who are a bit hard of hearing, and it can be difficult to find a spot where we can easily converse. Thanks.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 03/27/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

As noted by previous poster, this headline is misleading at best. You weren't kicked out; you chose to leave.

This is a good article and you are shedding light on an important topic, but please refrain from such hyperbole.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 02/21/2017 at 11:04 AM

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