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Facing recall, DA Price comes to Pleasanton Rotary

Uploaded: Nov 9, 2023
Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price ventured into town last week to speak at the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.
If her entourage wandered around town, they could find people gathering signatures to put a recall on the ballot.
She presented an overview of her office and its role and then took a range of questions. To her credit, she didn’t duck around them and frankly noted that she probably disagreed with members on questions such as cash bail.
Price also demonstrated a sense of humor when she was asked about the sideshows that close down streets in Oakland. She repeated what she said she told the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, “I’m not the mayor of Oakland.”
She also said her office inherited a huge backlog of misdemeanor cases, despite the 35 deputy attorneys who daily review cases to make charging decisions. She questioned the organization of the office because once a charging officer makes that decision, then another attorney takes care of the arraignment and so forth. She implied that other offices are organized vertically so one attorney handles a case through various steps. Price said when she visited the Fremont charging office there was a huge stack of cases dating back to 2015. The question was: can we close these cases?
Price said that she doesn’t like to send criminals to prison for long terms because she believes in second chances and that people can change. Particularly with juveniles, she’s leaning hard into the collaborative courts to try and get “upstream” of the crimes.
She cited a UCLA study about sentencing for black men. She noted that 82% of people under 21 sentenced to life without the possibility of parole were black men and comparing lift sentences for black defendants in Alameda County showed 71% compared to 35% statewide. That’s disparity begs further examination.
She pointed out that when more people started becoming homeless in 2017, that sent “survival crimes” or crimes of opportunity soaring. She also bemoaned the flood of guns in the county that started during the pandemic and has increased since.
Price frankly said she doesn’t know what she can do to make people feel safe and noted that her car has been broken into twice and her office—prior to her election—once while she was working there at night.
When she took office in January, she rapidly cleaned house and put some veteran prosecutors on administrative leave. Last month she quietly put three of them back to work, but did not resolve the issues around the leave. A number of experienced prosecutors have either left or retired. There’s also the controversy about putting her boyfriend on her office payroll.
Just what will play out remains to be seen, but she’s the first non-prosecutor ever to run the office. Her background is as a civil rights attorney.

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Posted by D, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 9, 2023 at 11:12 am

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Her soft on crime policies have made a dangerous city like Oakland even significantly more dangerous. She has no business being DA. The criminal justice system is based on two adversary sides where the DA represents the victims of crime and the public defender represents the criminal. With Pamela Price as DA, nobody is representing the interest of the crime victims. She even refused to meet with the families of crime victims, refused to answer questions from the media about her soft on crime policies, until the recent poll showed she is likely to be recalled. Now, suddenly, she is pretending to care about the law abiding citizens, showing up at rotary club meetings, playing the part of the politician, begging for votes, without changing her soft on crime policies.

Look at the people running the Recall Vote, they are not the white protestant Republican Trump supporters she falsely claims, but rather reflect the racial and economic make up of Oakland and Alameda County, with mostly African-American, Hispanic, and Asian constituents. This is not about politics. This is about safety, law and order, and protecting the rights of law abiding people. Even the Bishop of Oakland Diocese was robbed at gunpoint not far from the church in the middle of the day, and he is calling for voters to vote for candidates who support public safety, not for Pamela Price.

Posted by Carla , a resident of Highland Oaks,
on Nov 9, 2023 at 11:55 am

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Pamela Price is bad for Alameda County. Her lack of empathy for murder victims families is beyond disgusting. I happily signed the recall petition and I encourage everyone who is tired of criminals literally getting away with murder to do the same.

Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 9, 2023 at 1:02 pm

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SO. Where are these people, that are collecting recall signatures???

Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 6:11 am

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How convenient.

Price blames homelessness and guns for crime. I guess it would have nothing to do with criminals knowing they would not be held accountable for their actions and/or given a slap on the wrist (a "second chance") if they are ever charged/sentenced.

Posted by Dapper Danville, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 8:55 am

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Pamela Price is no different than Diana Becton. Two insufferable, soft-on-crime wretches that have no business being in the position of DA. As has been proven, and she has admitted, Becton flat out lied on her application. The common thread between these two -- they're both well-funded campaigns from Soros. Working hard to literally destroy Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Posted by Chantrelle Wilkins , a resident of another community,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 9:00 am

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One way to clear-up the backlog of misdemeanor cases would be to expunge the minor ones and focus on the more serious felony cases.

As for the disproportionate number of convicted black men compared to whites, black imprisonment numbers and incarceration terms should be equal to whites convicted of the same crime. In many instances, it isn't.

Being a DA is a tough job and while a progressive approach can often lead to a 'soft on crime' perspective by outsiders, true societal equality will prevail only when there is an equal number of white people in prison for having committed similar crimes.

In addition to promoting harsher sentencing propisals, Ms. Price should also focus on convicting and imprisoning more white felons and sociopaths who BTW, are primarily responsible for most of the assault weapon-related mass shootings taking place in our country.

The free 'get out of jail' card (aka no bail required) should also be eliminated to keep both black and white arrestees behind bars pending trial.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 10:24 am

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Wilkins stated the following:

“Ms. Price should also focus on convicting and imprisoning more white felons and sociopaths who BTW, are primarily responsible for most of the assault weapon-related mass shootings taking place in our country."

First of all, district attorney's do not convict people, they only charge the accused. Take a civics class to learn about basic law, Wilkins. Second, Price is responsible for the County of Alameda, where most crimes are committed by black youths.

Alameda County Public Database 2022: Whites make up 33.5% of Alameda County, while blacks make up only 11.5% of the population. Yet, when it comes to crime, from 2012 to 2020, 38% of arrests were of blacks compared to 22.7% of whites. Facts don't lie.

According to California Partnership for Safe Communities, risk of violence in Oakland continues to be concentrated among blacks and Latino men between the ages of 18-35, with extensive criminal justice system involvement to street groups and gangs.

Now, I will agree with regarding the “no bail" issue. Yes, ALL arrestees, regardless of skin color, in most cases, stay behind bars pending trial.

Lastly, it is is not illegal to be a sociopath.

Posted by DeShaun Gilbert, a resident of another community,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 12:01 pm

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There is logic in both Ms. Wilkins and Malcom Hex's perspectives.

As far as convictions go, it is usually the judge (or jury) who makes that decision but the sentencing terms are pretty much left to the judge's discretion.

Convictions should be colorblind and progress is slowly being made as MAGA-minded white supremacist insurrectionists and armed 'sociopathic' white gunmen armed with AR-15s are finally being brought to justice along with the disadvantaged and disenfranchised people of color who also have committed crimes against society.

Anti-Semetic zealots espousing violence against the American Jewish population should also be captured at large and imprisoned indefinitely.

In increase in prison pipulation makes for a better world.

Posted by James Kwan, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 12:07 pm

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Hunter Biden and Donald Trump should also be convicted and imprisoned for their crimes and misdemeanors.

"In [sic[ increase in prison pipulation [sic] makes for a better world "

No one should be exempt, even rich white folks.

Posted by Prevad Vepa, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 1:06 pm

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Interesting to note that Asians (i.e. East Indians, Chinese etc.) tend to be more law-abiding than white, black, or brown people in general.

Sociologically speaking, is it because of better family upbringing and a concerted focus on higher education and professional employment in various lucrative fields such as healthcare and engineering?

On the other hand, many of my Jewish college classmates tended to focus their careers on law and business administration.

No one wanted to be a cop because most people either fear or detest them.

Posted by Bill Beck, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 2:00 pm

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Back to topic...both Pamela Price (Alameda County) and Diane Becton (Contra Costa County) are reflective of the George Gascon/Chesa Bodouin school of progressive DAs.

Their permissive approach to law and order have lost the public trust because they have released or failed to prosecute chronic criminals under the guise of rehabilitation and second chances.

It is interesting to note that Asians as a whole are statistically more law-abiding than other races and ethnicities.

We never read or hear about them looting high-end stores, stealing BMWs, or engaged in gun-related road rage and gang altercations.

Posted by Michael Chang MD, a resident of another community,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm

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Confucius say, "He who can afford a BMW does not have to steal one" (unlike other criminal elements and ethnicities falling under the protective umbrella of progressive district attorneys).

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 10, 2023 at 5:48 pm

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@ Gilbert.

Somebody told you to believe that MAGA-minded white supremacist insurrectionists and armed 'sociopaths' white gunmen armed with AR-15s, blah, blah, blah.

You left out Antifa and BLM cowards who looted, burned down buildings, shot at and killed people. BTW, how are those BLM folk who took millions of dollars from that so-called organization working out for you? BLM was a scam from the start. No different from Hamas who have taken millions of dollars and kept it from the Palestinian population.

Also, not one of those "insurrectionists" you speak of were armed with an AR-15. Not one of those insurrectionists killed a Capitol police officer or member of Congress. You made that up.

Now, I will agree with you that the anti-Semite crowd waiving Palestinian flags should be identified as a hate group if they are threatening Jewish people.

Posted by Jason Whitlock, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 11, 2023 at 6:26 am

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@Malcom Hex...I didn't see any black people storming the Capitol on January 6th, only a bunch of angry and ignorant white insurrectionists who probably never took a civics course in high school.

Imagine the potential bloodshed if a predominantly white DC police force had to deal with 800+ disenchanted black men climbing up the outside walls of Congress. It would have been open season for another round of questionable police shootings.

On January 6th, no white agitators were directly fired upon by the white police.

Black people know better than to go against those kind of odds, odds intermingled with atypical police racism.

Instead they watched the MAGA-minded rioters do their thing in the name of 'democracy' and supplication to POTUS45.

Posted by Michaela Watson, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 11, 2023 at 7:29 am

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"BLM was a scam from the start."
@Malcom Hex
Concurring with your assessment but all things considered, there are a lot of scams out there including POTUS45's campaign funding and various MAGA promotions.

Even the CA Lottery could be considered a scam of sorts.

To use the old adage, "A fool and his money are soon parted" which just goes to show that just about everyone is ripping someone off, regardless of their color, political affiliation, social consciousness, or religion.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 11, 2023 at 8:45 am

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@ Whitlock

If, if, if, doesn't qualify. You sound like Obama who recently insisted that "all of us are complicit" for the escalated violence that has erupted in the Middle East following the Oct. 7 attack against Israel. Hell, Bill Maher of all people just called Obama out for his stupidity. You Dems ain't looking to good this days. But I digress...

Of course, all of this follows with your line of reasoning that black people, as you put it, “know better than to go against those kind of odds, odds intermingled with atypical police racism." Typical police racism? I see. So, if police had taken action against the BLM goons for murder, arson, vandalism, etc., the police would have been racist? Here's a fact, Whitlock: The arson, vandalism, and looting that occurred between May 26 and June 8, 2020, caused approximately $1�"2 billion in insured damages nationally, the highest recorded damage from civil disorder in U.S. history, and surpassing the record set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Still want to compare, Whitlock?

BTW, you might not want to compare presidents at this point. Ethical concerns are casting a shadow over President Mumbles and Fumbles as he seeks reelection amid investigations into his son Hunter and an impeachment inquiry, with a poll showing that 35% of U.S. adults believe the president himself has done something illegal.

For every action, Whitlock, there is a reaction.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 11, 2023 at 8:55 am

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POTUS 45 is not in office, whereas President Mumbles and Fumbles is. And Prez M&F is appears to be headed for trouble - real trouble, as in the investigation into his finances and son. Serious stuff.

Posted by Aaron Wilcox, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 12, 2023 at 1:04 pm

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While I'm no fan of President Biden, a sizable number of hardcore Trump supporters really take the cake when it comes to basic intelligence and reality-based observations.

At a recent Florida Trump rally, Trump supporters are still questioning the 2020 election results, dispelling the 1969 lunar landing, and questioning whether the Earth is actually round.

Trump seems to have the full support of the Flat Earth Society and QAnon adherents.

Do these people put their pants on one leg at a time?

Posted by Taylor Harris, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 12, 2023 at 1:28 pm

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Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has advocated that only those serving in the military or who have completed at least a high school level civics course should be allowed to vote.

This electoral consideration would eliminate a sizable number of both Trump and Biden voters.

For an Ivy League university graduate (University of Pennsylvania) it is somewhat baffling that POTUS45 speaks with little more than a fourth grade vocabulary. Perhaps this is why he connects so well with his constituency.

On the other hand, Biden is no great orator either and he has done little to fulfill his campaign promise of uniting the country.

When it comes to the 2024 election, can't America do any better than these two candidates?

Posted by Ken Darby, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 12, 2023 at 4:03 pm

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When the media tried to get copies of Trump's SAT scores, prep school, and college transcripts, his 'fixer' and now disbarred attorney Michael Cohen 'convinced' the schools not to release them.

That might explain his 'eloquence' that apparently appeals to certain segments of the American voting public.

Posted by Robert Jensen, a resident of Diablo,
on Nov 12, 2023 at 5:00 pm

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It's a little known fact that 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater (Goldwasser) was the first Jewish presidential candidate in our nation's history.

Though he was soundly beaten by LBJ in 1964 and opposed by eastern liberal Republicans, Goldwater epitomized true conservative Republicanism by being fiscally responsible, militarily hawkish and progressive in regards to racial equality.

The Republican Party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan has descended into an abyss of reactionary nothingness and Republicans must strive to do better.

Otherwise we will be relegated to oblivion like the Whig Party prior to the Civil War.

Unfortunately there are no worthwhile candidates from either party. America is screwed and the only consolation is that I will most likely be dead when the democratic system collapses.

Posted by Dapper Danville, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 12, 2023 at 7:09 pm

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@Ken Darby

really, Ken? we've never seen obama's transcripts either. you know, the anointed messiah. his transcripts are locked up so tight... one has to wonder if he really graduated. we do, however, know he spent considerable time in the bathhouses in NY. fact.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 12, 2023 at 7:39 pm

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At least the GOP doesn't have anti-Semites in their ranks. And by the way Wilcox, how's are southern border looking these days? Your president has done NOTHING to secure our borders. He's too busy stumbling and mumbling to a one-term presidency. In fact, The Department of Justice recently admitted that they think Hamas and Hezbollah operatives have crossed over into our country. When it comes to basic intelligence and reality-based observations, you Democrats take the cake - Obama, Newsom, and Harris, just to name a few. I'll take Trump over all of these stooges every day.


Hey Darby, ask yourself why The White House released a “health summary" of the president's physical when he first took office, but did not include a cognitive test. Trump did. What was your boy scared of, hmm? The fact is, your guy's cognitive conditIon is serious. Your guy can't even walk upright half the time. He mumbles his words and can't decide which way to exit a stage. Proud of that? Worse, your guy projects weakness to our adversaries.

@Jensen. LOL! Oh, you poor thing. America got you down? Maybe you should just quit and call it a day. Boo hoo. I tell ya what, take a cue from the Israelis. They are united as the IDF continues to root out the Hamas rats. You think the Israelis are feeling sorry for themselves? Get it together, man! LOL!

Posted by Paul Clark, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 8:24 am

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Posted by Loren Bloch, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 9:11 am

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@Malcom Hex...while 'Sleepy Joe Biden' should seriously consider stepping aside due to his diminishing cognitive abilities, can't the Republicans come up with a better candidate than Donald Trump?

Posted by Shaquon Dellums, a resident of another community,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 9:25 am

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Posted by Ryan Roth, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 9:47 am

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The last time I checked, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are still predominant Democratic Party voting districts and the majority of our elected officials (including the voters) do not embrace the reactionary and racist MAGA dogma expounded by former POTUS45.

@Paul Clark: Are you a crime rate visionary who can see deep into the future (2024)?

If so, the FBI has a cubicle for you.

Posted by Joe V, a resident of Birdland,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 9:47 am

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Trump has not only divided the Country, with his divide and conquer tactics, he has divided the Republican Party, the current chaos in the House being the latest prove.

Posted by Maui Man, a resident of another community,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 11:48 am

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The United States is devoting far too many taxpayer dollars towards the military support of both Israel and Ukraine...over $100B+ to date.

Meanwhile FEMA has only allocated $2.5M towards the reconstruction of Maui.

Both Israel and Ukraine are of no intrinsic value to America and the ROI is a lost cause.

The majority of Democrats support Ukraine military expenditures while disdaining Israel and the Republicans promote unwavering support of Israel while downplaying further support for Ukraine.

Let's put American taxpayer dollars to better use and let Israel and Ukraine fend for themselves.

Charity begins at home.

Posted by Cheyenne Jackson, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 11:58 am

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Maui is worth the rebuilding efforts even at the expense of preserving either Israel or Ukraine.

Nobody in their right mind would want to vacation in Israel or Ukraine.

They are not cool places to hang-out.

Posted by Dianne Waters, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 12:13 pm

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Donald Trump has professed that he could end the war in Ukraine within 24 hours but at what cost?

Then again, being bosom buddies with a despot like Putin has its privileges.

Birds of a feather.

Posted by Hannah Walsh, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 12:18 pm

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Being bosom buddies with a despot like Netanyahu is not advisable either Netanyahy is on an unchecked path towards the destruction and genocide of the Palestinian people.

Even U.S. diplomats and Israelis are calling for Netanyahu to step down.

Posted by Charles Johnson, a resident of Diablo,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 12:36 pm

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Speaking of ROI, while the United States is spreading itself thin supporting the likes of Israel and Ukraine, China is waiting in the wings with plans to attack Taiwan at a later and opportune date.

Being the world's largest producer of semiconductors, Taiwan is worth defending as we cannot allow China to corner the market on chip production.

In comparison, both Israel and Ukraine offer little in terms of actual benefit and ROI returns to the United States.

Posted by Lesley James, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 12:48 pm

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Posted by Janine Klein, a resident of another community,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 1:05 pm

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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 3:15 pm

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@Bloch Stated:

"@Malcom Hex...while 'Sleepy Joe Biden' should seriously consider stepping aside due to his diminishing cognitive abilities, can't the Republicans come up with a better candidate than Donald Trump?"

Yes! Nikki Haley!

@Maui Man stated:

"Let's put American taxpayer dollars to better use and let Israel and Ukraine fend for themselves."

Coward. Between 1778 and 1782 the French provided supplies, arms and ammunition, uniforms, and, most importantly, troops and naval support to the beleaguered Continental Army. The French navy transported reinforcements fought off a British fleet, and protected Washington's forces in Virginia.

@Walsh stated:

"Netanyahu is on an unchecked path towards the destruction and genocide of the Palestinian people."

If that's the case, then why did the Israelis drop leaflets telling the Palestinian populace to evacuate? BTW, The United States didn't give the Japanese any warnings before dropping the atomic bomb, did they? The British didn't give the German people a chance to get out of Dresden, did they? The Japanese attacked the U.S, while the Germans attacked Britain. The U.S and Briton defended themselves, just like Israel is doing now.

It's called war, Walsh. And the cowards that call themselves Hamas - who are Palestinian - never gave the Israeli civilians any warning before murdering, raping, and burning their babies, now did they? Interesting how you don't mention that. Coward.

Posted by Jayson North, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 4:53 pm

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@Malcom Hex...A surprise attack can be an effective strategy to initiate a battle but in many instances, it does not guarantee a victory when a full-scale war emerges.

You are correct in noting that this particular strategy (along with the rampant killing of innocent civilians) has been practiced by all nations engaged in warfare.

BTW...the French assisted the 13 colonies during the American Revolution because France was a long time global adversary of Great Britain. Things weren't settled for good until the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

After that, France couldn't win a war if its life depended on it (e.g. tossed out of Mexico, lost the Franco-Prussian War, trounced by the Germans in World War I, surrendered to the Nazis during World War II, run out of French Indochina, Algiers, and other remote African colonies et al. Fortunately the U.S. only came to France's aid during the two world wars and pre-Viet Nam War.

Anything more would have been overkill (no pun intended).

Concurring with previous poster as $14B in military aid to Israel plus the current $100B+ to Ukraine could be better spent on national priorities.

Money doesn't grow on trees except those getting the freebies.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 13, 2023 at 7:13 pm

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You're attempting to make something out of nothing. The French aided our folks - pure and simple. Quit trying to dumb down what the French did for America.

By the way, no one, including me, is talking about a specific strategy used in war. You said that. Furthermore, Israel isn't targeting innocent civilians; whereas, Hamas did. And based on the last thing you said about freebies, I take it that you would rather see Israel destroyed? Man, you are a coward.

Posted by D, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 6:14 am

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This post was about the horrible DA Pamela Price who hopefully will be recalled. It was not about Trump, Biden, Israel, Ukraine, and the other issues that are monopolizing this thread. Please do not fall into Pamela Price's trap by suggesting her recall is somehow linked to Trump or politics. The recall is about a DA who is failing to protect the law abiding citizens of Alameda County, her soft on crime policies, and for putting the criminals interests over the interest of the crime victims.

Posted by Karl Von Gerhardt, a resident of another community,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 7:58 am

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Concurring with D. It's time to get back on topic.

Let's forget about Biden and Trump for the moment plus whatever is going on in the Ukraine and Israel.

The 2024 election is still a year off and whatever transpires in the Ukraine or Israel is their problem. If anything, the Palestinians deserve better treatment.

Pamela Price's quotes to the media, "The DA's role has really no impact on crime" and "To create a safe community we need to invest in alternatives to incarceration"
are troubling.

Since becoming district attorney, crime in Alameda County has increased by 14%.

This is an unacceptable development and cause for concern.

Applying progressive 'slap on the wrist' prosecution towards common criminals will resolve little over the long term except generate more criminal activities.

A 'free get out of jail card' only works in Monopoly.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 8:46 am

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One thing for sure, Price can't blame the recall attempt on racism. Oakland's NAACP member Darren White, who has long worked with the city's youth, stated the following: “I've heard it from young people on the street that we can do A, B, or C because we're not going to get charged." Boom! And there it is.

Criminals are opportunistic. They see an opening and take it. It's in their nature. Price wants to be their savior. What Price doesn't understand is that these criminals laugh behind her back because they know she's an advocate for reducing their time should they be convicted of a crime. It's basically a safety net which emboldens criminals to commit more crime.

You would think that a person who graduated from the UC system and Yale Law School would understand the criminal mindset. She doesn't. Instead, she uses politics to champion her cause. She ignores established sentencing guidelines all in the name of racial disparity. Meanwhile, crime continues to take its toll on the law abiding people of Alameda County.

Pamela Price is not interested in the will of the people. She is interested in her own perverse way that is unreasonable to social standards of established law.

Posted by Harrison Tamaki, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 9:22 am

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Perhaps Ms. Price would be better suited as a Public Defender rather than a DA.

Here in Contra Costa County, the scenario is somewhat similar with Diane Becton serving as the county district attorney.

Crime is rampant in Antioch with no apparent end in sight and attributing it's increase to economic disadvantages and pervasive societal racism does not hold water.

Criminals (regardless of their color and background) make a conscious decision whether to commit a crime and should be held accountable for their misdeeds.

It is no wonder that the police have a short fuse when apprehending known suspects who will be released shortly after booking on their own recognizance.

It's like rounding-up a bunch of rats and then setting them free to go about their business once again.

Posted by Meghan Willoughby, a resident of another community,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 9:47 am

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Ms. Price and Ms. Becton have taken it upon themselves to amend for the past wrongs of a dominant white racist society.

(Portion removed because it states something as fact with no Source for the information .) Instead they are forced to rely on public defenders who are overbooked with cases and have minimal time to devote to individual cases.

Speaking as a third year law student, I will be devoting my entire legal career to promoting the visions of Ms. Price and Ms. Becton because my Southern white ancestry contributed to the wrongful subjugation of African Americans and their unfortunate plight.

In closing, it was very refreshing to see Robert E. Lee's bronze statue melted down along with the renaming of all U.S. military bases that once paid homage to other racist Confederate generals.

The banning of Confederate flags was also a step in the right direction as flying a Confederate flag runs parallel to displaying a Nazi flag.

Posted by Elmore Jenkins, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 10:00 am

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The South has nothing to be proud of except for its past and that is a very scary thought.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons that parents don't name their kids Dixie anymore.

Posted by Carrie Lange, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 10:23 am

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Of note and as reported by Reuters:

• The U.S. Army on Monday set aside the court-martial convictions from a century ago of 110 African American soldiers, including 19 who were executed, saying they were denied fair trials in a landmark acknowledgement of official racism in America.

After a thorough review, the Board found that these soldiers were wrongly treated because of their race and were not given fair trials. By setting aside their convictions and granting honorable discharges, the Army is acknowledging past mistakes and setting the record straight," Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said in a statement.

On that day Black soldiers guarding a military property were subjected to racist slurs and physical attacks, the Army said. About 100 fellow Black soldiers came to their aid and marched into the city, where ensuing violence killed 19 people, the Army said.

The Army convictions arose out of the Houston Riots of Aug. 23, 1917, an outbreak of violence that followed months of racist taunts against Black soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment. They were also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, a name of Native American origin that was given to Black regiments in the Army dating to the 19th Century.

The review board found the court-martial cases were so fundamentally unfair that all the convictions should be set aside.

The mass execution of 19 soldiers was the largest carried out by the Army of American soldiers in history, the Army said.

This is yet another example of unfair judicial treatment towards African Americans who in this case were serving their country in a white southern racist region.

Black people no longer tolerate disrespect on the part of racists and respond accordingly whether now or then.

Diane Becton and Pamela Price are simply trying to level the playing field.

Posted by Reggie Washington, a resident of another community,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 11:09 am

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The Houston Riots of 1917 were triggered when white Houston police officers began harassing and physically assaulting black residents on the streets for no apparent reason. The black soldiers intervened and 11 white people (including 5 cops) were killed in the mayhem.

This was a tragedy that could have been avoided.

In the movie 'Open Range' (co-starring Kevin Costner), Robert Duvall remarks, "A Texan is the lowest form of white man."

This comment was made after they discover that white racist Texans had killed a family of black homesteaders and burned-down their farm.

Though just a movie, this perverse mentality is still alive and flourishing in America.

If socio-economics are a key factor in contributing to black criminal activity, perhaps fiscal reparations to the black community could curtail this problem to a certain extent.

With a lump-sum reparation of $5M to each qualified recipient, there would be minimal reason to engage in street crime.

Let's consider allocating some of that wasteful taxpayer money earmarked for the defense of Israel and Ukraine towards the economic empowerment of impoverished African Americans instead.

Posted by D, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 2:38 pm

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@meghan- I admire your passion for fighting for your beliefs. However, it is clear from your post that you are anti-police and your primary motivation is the racism you see, and not on the rights of the victims of crime. Hence, please go work for the public defender's office where your passion and energy belongs, and let those who have passion and energy for the victims of crime work for the DA's office. Have you seen the press conferences of those leaders pushing to recall Pamela Price? They are mostly African-American, hispanic, and asian, not white, people who live in those neighborhoods where Pamela Price's soft on crime policies have made their neighborhoods unbearably dangerous, and their families and loved ones have become victims of the criminals Pamela Price is coddling.

Posted by D, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 2:42 pm

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@Reggie- once again, this post is about the recall movement of Pamela Price, and not about things that occurred in Texas over 100 years ago. We can not change what happened in Texas over 100 years ago. What we can change is making the streets of Oakland safer for African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and every other law abiding citizen by recalling Pamela Price and her refusal to hold criminals of all colors accountable for their actions.

Posted by Lenora Kensington, a resident of Diablo,
on Nov 14, 2023 at 3:04 pm

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I agree with D...we cannot dwell on the inequities of the past and must move forward in order to evolve as a global society.

That said, perhaps it's best to let bygones be bygones and confront the key issues one at a time.

Addressing incidents of past racism in America including slavery, the mistreatment of Native Americans, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and other controversial topics such as The Holocaust and Rape of Nanking should be put to rest as they are remnants of the past and we cannot go back in time to rectify matters.

This thread is about the current DA of Alameda County and the adverse impacts of her policies.

It has nothing to do with the Israeli-Hamas conflict or the war in Ukraine and we'd be best served by trying to resolve issues that directly impact our lives and personal safety.

Posted by Penny Waters, a resident of another community,
on Nov 15, 2023 at 7:22 am

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• "Trump seems to have the full support of the Flat Earth Society and QAnon adherents."

^ Then why are maps flat? Though it is impossible to fall or fly off the face of the Earth, the concept of a globe is an optical illusion that is only visible from space.

And though some of the QAnon theories may seem questionable at times, they are merely hypothetical assumptions that are subject to further observation and confirmation.

A similar perspective could be used to clarify the perceived increase in crime taking place in Alameda County by comparing the total number of arrests to the total number of subsequent convictions and incarcerations.

If the conviction rate has dropped, then the actual crime percentages have also fallen.

We shouldn't allow ourselves to be misled by embellished crime statistics.

Posted by JJ, a resident of Birdland,
on Nov 15, 2023 at 7:25 pm

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Apparently your two cents are not worth a penny

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 1:43 am

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And maybe you should look at the facts instead of making up your own garbage. The only one that is misleading anybody is you.

BTW, why is it that you Trump haters can't stop talking about the guy? You Dems are so fixated about your dislike for the man, it makes me wonder if you have psychological issues. Personally, I thought Obama was the one of the worst presidents until old man Biddy came along. Hell, president mumbles and fumbles can't ascend or descend three steps without taking a dip. But I digress...

Crime is up everywhere, Waters. Show me where it's not? Just take a look how brazen the bad guys are now. They don't care about your life. Your life means nothing up to them. But as far as you're concerned, you turn a blind eye to the reality of what's happening around you and pretend things aren't that bad.

I sincerely hope you never become a victim of violent crime. However, if you stay in your bubble for too long, and pretend the violence out there isn't as bad as you think, you are only doing a disservice to yourself.

Stay vigilant.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 4:16 am

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Well, well, well, would ya look at this: U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) said about 150 people were "illegally and violently protesting" near the DNC headquarters building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. Authorities said that the officers suffered injuries ranging from minor cuts, pepper spray burns or being punched by protesters who turned violent alongside peaceful protesters.

Yup. Just like the the BLM and Antifa crowd. No different, except this time the anti-Semite crowd is rioting. I don't recall any of those “insurrectionists" doing that sort of thing. I think posters Lang and Washington should stop living in the past and address the real issues America is grappling with now. The anti-Semites have taken center stage as of late, which mean crimes against Jewish folks will continue to increase. Crime is already bad enough and now we have to deal with people who not only hate Israel but hate America too.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee about "worldwide threats" to the U.S. Chairman Mark Green asked Wray about the numbers of gotaways �" illegal immigrants at the border who evaded Border Patrol �" which have exceeded 600,000 in FY 23.

So, crime is increasing against our Jewish population here at home, while possible terrorists are coming through our open borders. Meanwhile, Sleepy Joe sleeps.

Posted by Max Renfroe, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 7:16 am

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There are so many problems and issues confronting Americans including the southern border crisis, inflation, climate change, political discourse, emerging anti-Semitism, and crime, not to mention the ongoing conflicts in the Ukraine and Israel.

With so much on the table, further assisting Ukraine and Israel with billions of U.S. dollars should be less of a priority because they need us more than we need them. The Ukraine and Israel have nothing constructive to offer the United States in return except more problems to contend with.

Let's reduce poverty and crime in America as a first priority and proceed from there.

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