Tracy Rosenberg 
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Re: “San Pablo Plans Major Expansion of Existing City-Wide Surveillance System

There doesn't appear to be much evidence that license plate readers reduce crime at all. Have you ever found any? Because I really haven't. Usually the crime rate declines occur at an equal level with or without the license plate readers, as the control sites experience similar decreases or increases in crime compared to those all cameraed-up. I'd be happy to look at statistics if you have any. Europe's lower rate of violent crime is usually attributed to gun control. Non gun-related crime levels are about the same in the US and Europe. https://www.vox.com/2015/8/27/9217163/amer…

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 03/19/2018 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

There are actually several options and alarmist is not always the way to go. There's a loan that looks to be available that would pay off the summary judgment to Empire State right away, prevent any collection threat and be interest only for three years, allowing plenty of time to look at signal swap or sale. Pacifica Foundation is far from actually "bankrupt". It owns $10 million in real estate in three different cities and has interests in broadcasting license worth $80-$100 million dollars. The actual debts are in the $5-$6 million range and only about $3.5 of that is urgent or pressing.

Bankruptcy has problems. The legal fees are estimated at close to a million dollars. That's a lot of listener money down the drain. Yes Pacifica can propose a plan, but so can the creditors committee (led by Empire State) and the judge can choose either and when one delivers payments to creditors a lot faster and is much simpler, it has an advantage.

Pacifica has already received signal swap offers, 5 of them, in the last two months, for all frequencies except the one in Texas, ranging from $5 to $15 million dollars. The smallest and least destructive is actually for KPFA and the biggest and most destructive is for WPFW in Washington DC. Any of them would clear the debts in total, but they need 1-2 years to get through the FCC.

The clearest path through is a loan and then a signal swap. Doesn't require bankruptcy and there's a lot to be said for not getting into court with a capitalist billipnaire with a pricey and vast lawyer's corp and hoping a federal judge will be nice to you.

Independence is pretty precious, besides being part of the term "independent media". Don't give it up easily.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 12/30/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

Thanks for posting my blog, Paul. Been chronicling this for longer than I can remember. The Empire State lease is more like something that happened to WBAI than something it is culpable for. Signed by national management, not the NY folks, in 2005. National knew that it went up 9% a year for 15 years straight. KPFA could not have afforded to pay $600K a year extra to broadcast either, and would also have defaulted on that lease had they been saddled with it.

The stats on Chapter 11 bankruptcy are not good. 85% of organizations that go in do not get out. They collapse. The administrative and attorney fees will be a million dollars or more. There are lots of bankruptcy attorneys around and they'll be lots of attorneys fees if there's a bankruptcy.

There's a good possibility a bankruptcy filing can be avoided (and if it can be than it should be) with a 2-3 year loan secured by LA real estate that would be interest only to give a few years to reorganize while removing the threat of collections activity by paying off the judgment. That's the better way. Hopefully, it will work out.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 12/28/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Despite Canceled Hearing, Oakland Councilmembers Still Plan to Talk About Controversial ICE Raid

The hearing had been scheduled on October 12. A month before the Internal Affairs complaint was even filed. The hearing was not about the IA complaint. It was about OPD's actions during the West Oakland ICE raid. Schaaf announced on November 21 that she would support a policy to prevent all future OPD cooperation with HSI or ICE.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 11/22/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Why just Highland? We don't have a license plate reader scanning every plate and sending them to the Department of Homeland Security in the parking lot at the Alta Bates or Eden Medical Center emergency rooms. Why is that? The rabble has a right to be roused.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 11/22/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

Hi Bruce,

No, that's incorrect. Police Chief Kirkpatrick did state that she gave erroneous information to the OPD Public Information Officer and that information was disseminated by OPD and then later deleted. There were never any warrants or allegations of sexual trafficking, as OPD has confirmed.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 10/12/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

There wasn't any sex trafficking alleged. OPD has acknowledged providing false information to the TV stations. The sex trafficking was a figment of OPD's imagination. It's not possible to be held responsible for condoning something that never existed in the first place. With regard to non-sexual trafficking, there were no victims, the non-juvenile (age 20) taken from the house was returned to it BY ICE, and the young man (age 25) arrested has been charged with nothing but being undocumented seven weeks later. The only thing OPD could be seen as doing is not participating in a civil immigration arrest. Both Oakland's sanctuary policy and OPD's own internal policy stat that OPD does not and should not participate in civil immigration arrests. It doesn't require any armchair quarterbacking. Getting the facts is neither demagoguery nor divisiveness. It's how you ascertain what actually happened apart from various people's representations of what happened.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 10/12/2017 at 12:33 PM

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