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Choosing Who Can Be Using The "Nigger" Word

Response To The Response To Michael Richards' Anti-Black Tirade
Dcember 22, 2006

And Now, The Oakland Fingerprint Foulup

In Which We Learn That While Oakland City Officials Were Telling Us We Needed More Police, They Forgot To Inform Us That Oh, By The Way, We Needed Fingerprint Processing Technicians As Well
Dcember 15, 2006

City Planning
The Veil Over Mayor Brown's Development Plans Begin To Unravel
December 8, 2006

Mr. Brown's Victim-Blaming

Some Thoughts About The Outgoing Mayor's Policy Regarding Violence And The African-American Community
Dcember 1, 2006

Oakland Power Politics
Maneuvering Over Who Will Be The Next City Council President
November 24, 2006

A Time Not To Be Wasted
What Progressives Must Do, Now That The National Elections Are Over
November 17, 2006

The Adults Step In
Comparing The Once And Future Mayors Of Oakland
November 10, 2006

No Longer Oakland's Problem

Mr. Brown Runs Against—And Runs Away From—The City Where He Has Sat As Mayor
November 3, 2006

Why Is The OUSD Property Sale Proposal Still On The Table?

Continuing Questions About The Oakland School District Land Sale Proposal
October 27, 2006

The Artful Mr. Brown Dodges Again

The Oakland Mayor, With The Help Of Republican And Media Ineptness, Avoids Answering For His Oakland Actions
October 20, 2006

Making Mistakes And Calling It Legal
Thoughts On The Release Of The New FCMAT Report On The Oakland Unified School District (Part 2)
October 13, 2006

Between A Bear And A Gorilla
Thoughts On The Release Of The New FCMAT Report On The Oakland Unified School District (Part 1)
October 6, 2006

The School Sale Glass Gets A Little Less Dark
Senator Don Perata's Thoughts Back In 2003 About The Oakland School Property Sale
September 29, 2006

Putting It In Context
Comparing Mayor Jerry Brown, Former Mayor Elihu Harris, And President George W. Bush
September 22, 2006

Oakland's Dump And Tow
Did Oakland Police Ignore A Policy Directive, Leading Directly To An Oakland Shooting?
September 15, 2006

Welcoming Their Presence, Honoring Their Spirit
Making A Place For Young People In Oakland
September 8, 2006

The First Part Of The Play
Looking At The Root Causes Of Oakland's Violence
September 1, 2006

Get Hyphy

One Of Oakland's Best Young Videographers Is Back With A New Documentary On The Sideshows
August 25, 2006

The Bad Shepherd
To Concentrate On A Single Charter School While Watching An Entire School District Go To The Wolves Is Not Good Policy For The Mayor Of The City Of Oakland
August 18, 2006

The One Hundred Most Unwanted

Mayor Jerry Brown Unveils The Latest÷And Eleventh÷In His Series Of Oakland Anti-Violence Initiatives
August 11, 2006

Rolling Up Our Sleeves
Although [Some] Oakland Officials Keep Asking For Our Help To Curb Oakland's Violence, They Keep Rejecting Community Initiatives
August 4, 2006

While Oakland Obsesses Over Violence In Our Streets, Positive Programs Aimed At Inner City Kids Sometimes Get Put On The Back Burner
July 28, 2006

Talking About Violence

With Oakland Activists Pressing Him On The Oakland School Issue, Senator Perata Suddenly Discovers That People Are Getting Killed In Oakland
July 21, 2006

The Golden Rules

A Former State And Oakland School Superintendent Lectures Us On History And Why We Need A State Dictatorship Over The Oakland Public Schools
July 14, 2006

The Long Road Back To Local Control
A Brief And Incomplete History Of How The Oakland Public Schools Got Taken From Oakland
July 7, 2006

The Media And The New Mayor
A Critique Of The Criticisms Of Mr. Dellums By Mr. Johnson And Mr. Harper
June 30, 2006

What Comes Next
Oakland's Future Tasks, Now That We Have Elected A New Mayor
June 23, 2006

Worse And Worser

And Now Comes Brown Or Poochigian For California Attorney General
June 16, 2006

What Election "Delay"?
The San Francisco Chronicle Reports On A Problem That Doesn't Exist, To What Purpose?
June 9, 2006

And, So, Another Set Of High-Speed Police Chase (Sideshow) Deaths
The Deaths Of Two Innocent Citizens Is A Tragic Reminder Of The U'Kendra Johnson Accident
June 2, 2006

Some Thoughts On The Stepchild Issue
How Transportation Gets Little Respect In East Bay Policies And Politics
May 26, 2006

One Of Oakland's Greatest Public Scandals
Talking About The Seizure Of The Oakland Unified School District
May 19, 2006

Immigrants, All
While My Latino Friends March In The Streets, Thoughts On My Own Origins
May 12, 2006

Miscovering The Mayor's Race
The San Francisco Chronicle Gets It Wrong, Twice
May 5, 2006

Time For Democracy

Mr. De La Fuente Complains That There's Not Enough
April 28, 2006

The Candidates Take On Guns
The Causes Of Oakland's Violence
April 21, 2006

Merely For The Show
Kitty Kelly Epstein's New Book Shows That The Oakland School Takeover Was A Long-Desired Act
April 14, 2006

It Takes A Village
Two Oakland VillagesöOne On The East Side, One On The WestöAre A Window To The Roots Of Oakland's Violence
April 7, 2006

A Visionary Without Work

Thoughts On Mayor Jerry Brown As A Slacker
March 31, 2006

Trusting Us With A Little More Information
In An Emergency, BART Ought To Let Us Know What's Going On
March 24, 2006

Putting The Heat On Who?
Bringing Some Light To The Negotiations Between The Oakland Police Chief And The Police Union On Getting More Officers Out On The Street
March 17, 2006

Downtown Entertainment
Mayor Jerry Brown's Missed Opportunities To Establish A Successful Downtown Entertainment District In Oakland
March 10, 2006

Extremis Malis

Oakland Officials Looking For A Solution To Police Understaffing Ought To Look Closer To Home
March 3, 2006

The Port Deal
Is There A "Whiff Of Racism" In The Reaction To The United Arab Emirates Company"s Purchase Of Control Of Six American Ports? Of Course, There Is, And It Started With The Bush Administration's War On Arabs (Uh, Terror)
February 24, 2006

Oakland's Arts Renaissance Mayor
The Oakland Ballet Closes, And Mr. Brown Does Nothing
February 17, 2006

A Progressive Defense
If They Ever Want To Be In Charge Of The Country, Progressives Need To Talk About What They Would Do To Defend The Country Militarily
February 10, 2006

A Violence Dialogue, Again
Is There A Latino Gang War And An African-American Based Drug War Going On In Oakland, And Shouldn't The Mayoral Candidates Be Talking About It?
February 3, 2006

The Malls Of The 21st Century
Why Oakland Mayoral Candidates Should Be Talking About Neighborhood Commercial Development Instead Of Downtown Development
January 27, 2006

Punishing Politicians For Doing The Right Thing
Mr. De La Fuente Should Be Criticized, But Not For His Recent Work On The Raider Deal
January 20, 2006

A Violence Dialogue
A Sudden Rise In Violence On Oakland's Streets, And A Conversation Needed About What Is Going On
January 13, 2006

The Politics Of Police Patrols
While My Friends In The Upper Scale Districts Complain About Losing Foot Patrols, All We Get In East Oakland Is Rolling Squads Of Ticket-Givers And Auto-Towers
January 6, 2006

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