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Oakland City Council moving to ban landlords from conducting criminal background checks on tenants

Last year California’s homeless rate increased by 16 percent.

Last year the share of felony offenders in California rearrested for any offense within two years was at 66 percent.

Seems that decades of progressive leadership and policies hasn’t done anything to decrease homelessness in that state. So I guess it makes sense to go after private property owners rather than the mentally ill and drug-addicted folks living on the streets. That’s liberal logic for ya.

Excerpts from SF Gate:

“The Oakland City Council on Tuesday moved to approve an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from asking about a potential tenant’s criminal history or rejecting them out of hand for having a record.

Council members voted unanimously to pass the Fair Chance Access to Housing Ordinance, which supporters say will help ensure ex-cons can find secure housing instead of ending up on the streets.

The council must still take a final vote on Feb. 4 before the measure takes effect, the East Bay Times reported.

Oakland’s ordinance is the strictest of its kind in the state, covering both public and private housing, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

This ordinance is about making sure returning community members have equal opportunities they deserve to successfully reintegrate into our community, and this begins with a roof over your head,” said Oakland council member Nikki Fortunato Bas, who co-sponsored the measure with council member Dan Kalb and Vice Mayor Larry Reid.

The measure prohibits landlords from rejecting a potential tenant because of his or her prior conviction or from requiring disclosure of a criminal history in background checks. Landlords will have six months to adapt to the law. After that, they could face fines of up to $1,000 for each violation.

The Oakland ordinance does have some exemptions for single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes and in-law units if the owner is living on the property. Likewise, tenants seeking to add or replace a roommate would be exempt.”

Read the whole story here.

It’s interesting to note that the following are exempt: Owners of government-subsidized affordable housing, including federally-subsidized Section 8 units, who are required to exclude certain renters based on their criminal records.

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Pandering: Obama says every country should be run by a woman

The Hill published an article yesterday in which former President Obama said the following:

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes.”

According to Obama, women are “undisputably better leaders.”

Read the whole article here.

One could find a great woman leader in the US and around the world yet let’s take a look at some US women leaders to see if their constituents have seen a “significant improvement” on just about everything, shall we?

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan: A city run amok with homeless criminals, drug needles, repeat offenders, and downtown businesses closing due to criminal activity and inefficient police response times (if they actually respond).

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant: While the city is overrun by homeless criminals and repeat offenders, this councilmember whines that a record $6.5 BILLION budget isn’t enough to address deep inequality and racism. As if THAT will improve living standards.

The streets of San Francisco…

San Francisco Mayor London Breed: I don’t need to detail all the problems in San Francisco. Everyone knows it is LITERALLY a sh*thole of a city.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown: Just like other west coast, progressive-run cities, Portland has a major problem with the homeless and their criminal activities. But here’s another bonus under the womyn governor: The state was ranked 49th in U.S. graduation rate in 2017.

The street of LA…

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor District 1 Representative Hilda Solis: Los Angeles saw a 12% increase in homelessness despite spending $619M in tax payer dollars. Bonus: Typhus and leprosy!

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf: A city that has obtained $9 million taxpayer dollars to build affordable housing yet has delivered ZERO units. Yet if you are an illegal alien you’re entitled to early warnings so you can avoid ICE raids.

While there are some brilliant women leaders around the world, to state that every nation would thrive under the leadership of women is just flat-out inaccurate. Especially if they are a “progressive” woman.

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When demorats are in charge: Oakland raked in $9M in new fees for affordable housing; ZERO units broken ground

People often compare the government to the Mafia in that the mobs make a profit. I’d add that the Mafia actually accomplish REAL goals.

In April 2016 the Oakland City Council approved a new affordable housing impact fee to address rapidly rising rents in the city.

KQED reported at the time that, “The new ordinance permits the city to charge developers who want to build market-rate housing a one-time fee intended to help fund subsidized affordable housing. Though the impact fee is the first action the council has taken to directly address the city’s affordable housing shortage, the city administrator’s office expects it will only fund about 600 new affordable units over the next 10 years.”

Fast forward to 2019 and guess how many “affordable units” have been built?

The answer: A BIG FAT ZERO!

From SF Gate:

“In 2016, Oakland passed a fee on new residential developments that was supposed to raise $65 million over 10 years for affordable housing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. However, three years later, just under $9 million in fees have been collected — and zero new affordable housing units funded by the fees have broken ground.

Some officials estimate that the city should have collected close to $20 million into its impact fee fund by now. So where is all the money? The city recently hired an auditor to investigate.

“We have been asking these questions for a year and not getting answers — so we don’t know if it is a failure to collect, being expended improperly or if the fund(s) are sitting somewhere, but not being tracked,” Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told the Chronicle.

Mayor Libby Schaaf set a goal in 2016 to build 17,000 new homes, both affordable and market rate, by 2024 — with about 28 percent being affordable. By the end of last year, only about 8 percent of new units built were affordable.

As of now, Oakland has distributed about $4.8 million of the funds from the 2016 program to three affordable housing projects. Construction has yet to begin on any of these projects.

This is no surprise considering that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (a demorat) works harder to ensure that criminal illegal aliens have more protections and representation than citizens.

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Public ethics commission finds that Oakland mayor took illegal campaign contributions

From KTVU: Staff with the Oakland Public Ethics Commission has found that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s campaign accepted donations over the legal limit from the owner of several large properties in the city, and has recommended she return the contributions and pay a fine.

An investigation by the ethics commission found that 11 West Partners LLC donated $2,400 more to Schaaf’s campaign for mayor than the legal limit of $800. Investigators recommended that Schaaf forfeit the $2,400 to the city’s general fund and pay a $600 penalty.

The properties owned by 11 West Partners include the artist studio complex American Steel in West Oakland and a retail complex in downtown Oakland that includes the former Smart and Final store, which closed last year.

At the time of the contributions, 11 West Partners was also negotiating to purchase a city-owned parking lot near the Smart and Final store. The company was fined $5,600 for violating a ban on contributions by city contractors in May.

For the findings against Schaaf, the baseline penalty is $1,000 and could be as much as three times the illegal contribution – in this case $7,200. But the ethics commission’s staff recommended that Schaaf only pay a reduced penalty of $600.

The ethics commission’s staff cited several mitigating factors, writing that the contributions came from different entities all owned by the same company, so it was not immediately clear that accepting them constituted a violation.

Ethics commission staff also wrote that Schaaf’s campaign cooperated with the investigation and offered to return the donations immediately when contacted about the issue.

The illegal contribution was less than 1 percent of the $262,193.66 that Schaaf had raised for her campaign by the end of 2017, according to the ethics commission.

Schaaf’s campaign also was found to have violated ethics rules in her 2014 campaign, when four entities owned by the same person made contributions that were $2,100 over the legal limit.

The 2018 campaign finance violations came after a fundraiser for the Schaaf campaign reached out to 11 West Partners owner Adam Goldenberg and asked him to attend an upcoming fundraiser. Monica Ng of 11 West Partners then sent emails to three affiliated companies requesting they each send $800 to Schaaf’s campaign. In all, Schaaf’s campaign received four checks of $800 each from 11 West Partners affiliated entities.

Emily Matthews, the spokesperson for Schaaf’s 2018 campaign, said “Oakland’s campaign finance rules are critical safeguards for electoral integrity. While campaign donors are generally responsible for complying, this case has caused us to place additional safeguards as part of our contribution processing to ensure we never again unknowingly accept unauthorized contributions.”

The Public Ethics Commission is scheduled to vote whether to impose the fines at its Aug. 5 meeting.

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Guess the yearly price tag to reduce homeless in Alameda County, California

Homeless encampment in Berkeley, Alameda County

There are over 1.5 million people in Alameda County. According to the study cited in this story, “…5,600 people experience homelessness on any given night. Over the next five years we aim to reduce that number to less than 2,200 people. If we achieve this goal no one will have to sleep outside.”

Take a wild guess as to how much money is required to achieve their goal. Then double or triple your number.

From SF Chronicle: Every person sleeping on the streets of Alameda County could be placed into housing or shelters if the county more than triples its spending on key programs, a new report says.

There is no obvious source for the more than $200 million a year needed — on top of more than $100 million already being spent annually — to achieve that goal, officials say. That has prompted talk of a potential tax proposal on the 2020 ballot.

The report is an update to a plan crafted more than a decade ago and adopted by Alameda County and its 14 cities seeking to end homelessness by 2020. The problem has grown since then, and the new report says it can be fixed by 2023 — with additional funding.

“When we wrote the 2007 plan, we said homelessness is a solvable issue. We wanted it to be true, but we weren’t sure. We were just building databases,” said Elaine de Coligny, executive director of Everyone Home, the effort to address homelessness in Alameda County.

“We have a lot more information now than we did a decade ago. We are confident in the solutions and strategies. We just haven’t been doing them at the pace and scale required,” she said.

The county spends about $106 million a year on homeless-related programs and subsidizes 3,000 permanent housing units. The report from Everyone Home, which was started by Oakland, Berkeley and county agencies, says those numbers should be $334 million and 9,000.

Sara Bedford, who is on the leadership board of Everyone Home, said reaching the goal is feasible. “I think we do a disservice if we’re not ambitious and realistic at the same time, and I think the plan does both of those things,” said Bedford, director of the Human Services Department of Oakland. “It’s very doable to achieve a functional zero — that you are housing people almost as quickly as they come into homelessness.”

Short of a San Francisco Proposition C-style tax increase or bond measure, that level of funding isn’t expected anytime soon. East Bay officials are beginning to contemplate putting such an initiative on the 2020 ballot.
Meanwhile, the report says, for every homeless person who found housing in 2017, two more became homeless. More than 12,000 people are homeless at some point each year in Alameda County. On any given night, the figure is 5,600.

The report says that if that number can be cut down to 2,200 people, with the additional funding, then no one would have to sleep outside, because there would be enough shelter and housing to go around.

Read the whole story here.

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Oakland mayor willing to go to jail to protest Trump's immigration policies

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Libby Schaaf (l) and Hillary Clinton (r): Can we get a “twofer” and get them both thrown in jail?


Protecting residents illegal aliens is the proggies’ priority.
And just not too long ago proggies were cool with the feds’ rights. Funny how they flip flop depending upon who is president.
From Yahoo: The mayor of a California city has said she is prepared to go to jail after its council voted to end cooperation with federal immigration agents and protect its status as a so-called sanctuary city.
Speaking after Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end its cooperation following reports federal immigration officers were planning to launch massive raids across the Bay Area, Mayor Libby Schaaf said: “Let me be clear, that cities that have sanctuary status are engaging in their legal right.”
ABC News said, when asked if she was prepared to go to jail over the issue, she responded: “Yes”.
CBS San Francisco also reports this:
“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” said Schaaf, referring to President Donald Trump. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”
Schaaf’s remarks came on a day when rumors were swirling that ICE planned to launch a series of Bay Area raids — arresting as many as 1,500 illegal aliens — because California has become a Sanctuary State and several communities have adopted Sanctuary City policies.
“We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents,” Schaaf told KPIX 5 of her opposition to ICE raids. “The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal.”
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Sacramento may start paying for legal defense of illegal aliens

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Mayor Steinberg: Robbing legal taxpayers to benefit illegal aliens


Just following in the footsteps of their fellow proggies in liberal King County. Suck it, taxpayers!
From Sacramento Bee: Sacramento leaders are poised to spend up to $300,000 to boost the city’s status as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, even as the federal government threatens to crack down on jurisdictions providing such immigrant protections.
The City Council will vote Thursday on a proposal to invest in an education and legal defense network for undocumented immigrants illegal aliens, with the money coming out of a general fund that supports most core city services. The plan under consideration would also strengthen Sacramento’s status as a sanctuary city by turning into law privacy policies that prohibit city employees – including police – from making inquiries into immigration status.
“It is a modest investment, but it is a very important investment,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “It says very clearly to our community, especially those who are affected by these unconstitutional orders, that ‘we are going to stand with you.’ We have to back up our values with real action to help people who feel at risk and who may be actually at risk.”
Both the sanctuary city ordinance and legal defense fund were proposed by a Safe Haven Task Force formed at City Hall in February. The task force was put in place in response to executive orders by President Donald Trump calling for increased enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Councilman Eric Guerra, who headed the task force, said turning the city’s sanctuary stance from policy into law would put “more teeth” in its position and “makes it relevant to the context we see today, the scapegoating of immigrants.”
About 49,000 Sacramento residents are not citizens, including roughly 4,100 children, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s about 10 percent of the city’s residents. Some of them are here legally, some are not – the census bureau does not ask about legal status.
The new money would help fund what is being called the Sacramento Family Unity, Educations and Legal Network for Immigrants, or FUEL, a collection of local immigration attorneys, nonprofits and law schools specializing in immigration law.
The group will hire up to two attorneys to provide legal assistance to an estimated 750 families each year and conduct “Know Your Rights” information sessions in schools, churches and other community gathering places for hundreds more. The network will likely seek grants from other nonprofit agencies to expand its financial capacity.
Attorneys will be tasked with representing immigrants facing deportation and helping undocumented parents “prepare for the worst” by creating guardianships for children and protections for homes and other assets should they be deported, said Guerra.
Guerra said Sacramento hasn’t yet seen federal immigration raids, but “the fear is intense” in immigrant communities and “what we don’t want is families to be separated because that leads to bigger social issues.”
Blake Nordahl, a supervising attorney in the immigration clinic at the McGeorge School of Law, said the network will expand the local roster of attorneys trained in immigration law by working with lawyers whose expertise is in other fields.
“We have a large immigrant population in Sacramento, so hopefully this is just the beginning of being able to work together,” said Nordahl, whose clinic is part of the city-funded network. “I think there’s a real commitment to showing respect to our neighbors and recognizing that Sacramento is based on a city of immigrants and we’re going to take care of our neighbors.”
Sacramento’s vote would follow other California governments that have spent public money to aid undocumented immigrants.
Santa Clara County in January voted to spend $1.5 million over two years to help defend undocumented immigrants illegal aliens facing deportation. San Francisco recently set aside $200,000 for legal aid, and Oakland has allocated $300,000 for a similar effort. A similar public-private fund that could hold up to $10 million has also been proposed for Los Angeles city and county.
Read the rest of the story here.
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Most Dangerous Cities in America

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that, according to FBI statistics, crime is down in the United States for the 5th year in a row. The statistics for 2010 show a 5.5% drop in violent crimes compared to last year. An example is St. Louis, Mo. — last year’s most violent city — saw an impressive 18% decrease in violent crime.

The bad news is that in certain parts of the country, things are getting much worse.

For example, Flint, Michigan — which has the dubious distinction of being the most violent city in America in 2010 — saw a 10% increase in violent crime over last year, with 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Here are the 25 most violent cities in America, ranked by the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) per 100,000 people. The source of this list is an article by Leah Goldman in the Business Insider, May 23, 2011. But the article leaves out an interesting fact.

On average, blacks make up 12.9% of the overall U.S. population. On a hunch I looked up each of the 25 cities on Wikipedia, to find out the racial demographics of each. I found that, with the exception of Miami and Stockton, the percentage of blacks is above the national average in every one of the remaining 23 most violent cities.

AMERICA’S 25 most violent cities:

25. Elizabeth, N.J.: 1,100 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Pop. 120,568 (2000): 55.78% White, 19.98% Black, 49.46% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

24. Lansing, Michigan: 1,101 per 100,000. Pop. 119,128 (2000): 65.28%W, 21.91%B, 10% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

23. Miami, Florida: 1,108 per 100,000. Pop. 362,470 (2000): 34.1% Cuban, 5.6% Nicaraguan, 5.5% Haitian, 3.3% Honduran, 1.7% Dominican, 1.6% Columbian.

22. Kansas City, Missouri: 1,126 per 100,000. 62.8%W, 28.6%B, 9.2% Hispanic/Latino of any race.

21. Nashville, Tennessee: 1,128 per 100,000. 65.9%W, 27.1%B, 7.5% H/L.

20. St. Petersburg, Florida: 1,132 per 100,000. Pop. 244,769 (2010): 68.7%W, 23.9%B, 6.6% H/L.

19. Richmond, Calif.: 1,134 per 100,000. Pop. 103,701 (2010): 17.1%W, 25.9%B, 39.5% H/L.

18. Lowell, Mass.: 1,156 per 100,000. Pop 105,167 (2000): 68.6%W, 16.52% , 4.21%B.

17. Philadelphia, Penn.: 1,189 per 100,000. 43.6%W, 42.5%B, 11.4% H/L.

16. Springfield, Illinois: 1,237 per 100,000. Pop 111,454 (2000): 81.01%W, 15.34%B, 1.2% H/L.

15. Washington, D.C.: 1,242 per 100,000. Pop. 601,657 (2010): 38.5%W, 50.7%B, 9.1% H.

14. Hartford, Conn.: 1,293 per 100,000. Pop. 121,578 (2000): 27.72%W, 38.5%B, 40.52% H/L 9mainly Puerto Rico).

13. Cleveland, Ohio: 1,296 per 100,000. 52.5%B, 40.5%W, 9%H/L.

12. Springfield, Mass.: 1,354 per 100,000. Pop 153,170 (2010): 56.11%W, 21.01%B, 27.18%H.

11. Buffalo, NY: 1,357 per 100,000. 53.8%W, 41.1%B, 8.3%H/L.

10. Stockton, Ca: 1,381 per 100,000. Pop. 291,707 (2010): 37%W, 12.2%B, 40.3%H/L.

9. Rockford, Ill.: 1,453 per 100,000. 150,115 (2000): 72.81%W, 17.37%B, 10.18%H/L.

8. Baltimore, Maryland: 1,455 per 100,000. 33.1%W, 63.2%B, 3%H/L.

7. Little Rock, Arkansas: 1,522 per 100,000. 52.7%W, 42.1%B, 4.7%H/L.

6. Oakland, Ca: 1,530 per 100,000. 25.9%W, 27.3%B, 25.4%H/L.

5. Memphis, Tenn.: 1,539 per 100,000. 31.7%W, 62.6%B, 5% H/L.

4. New Haven, Conn.: 1,584 per 100,000. Pop. 129,779 (2010): 43.46%W, 37.36%B, 9.39% H/L.

3. St. Louis, Mo.: 1,747 per 100,000. Pop. 348,189 (2000): 43.9%W, 49.2%B, 3.5%H/L

2. Detroit, Michigan: 1,887 per 100,000. Pop. 713,777 (2010): 10.6%W, 82.7%B, 6.8% H/L.

1. Flint, Michigan: 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000. Pop. 124,943 (2000): 41.39%W, 53.27%B, 2.99% H/L.

Blacks are the primary victims of black criminals. Blacks and all Americans ignore this stark reality, at our own peril.

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Obama and the Left Silent On Vicious Racial Assault in McDonald's

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Last week, on April 22, two female customers brutally assaulted another customer in a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Baltimore County, Maryland. The attackers are black. The victim, 22-year-old Chrissy Polis, is white and reportedly a transgender.
McDonald’s employees stood by, doing nothing. Worse still, the video was shot by an employee who can be heard laughing.
Eventually, a good Samaritan stepped in to stop the attack. But the vicious attackers punched her too. Vicki Thoms, 55, told 11 News:

“I think it’s terrible. I think it’s inhumane. When they started really hurting her, to the point where I thought she was going to die, that’s when I decided someone needed to do something. I kept screaming, ‘Stop. Get off of her.’ And they wouldn’t stop. One of the girls said to me, ‘It’s none of your (expletive) business,’ and hit me in the face.”

One of the attackers, 18-year-old Teonna Monae Brown, has been charged with first degree assault and second degree assault. Her co-attacker, 14, is being charged as a juvenile.
Prosecutors said they are “considering” possible hate crime charges “based on sexual orientation.” It’s never a “hate crime” if blacks assault non-blacks! — as the ethnic Chinese community in Oakland, California know only too well. A year ago, two black teenagers brutally attacked and killed a middle-aged Chinese immigrant man, Tian Sheng Yu, at 18th St. and Telegraph Avenue.
Here’s Victor Davis Hanson’s comment:

“The past week a sensationalized video of a transgendered female in extremis went viral on the blogosphere. Two young African-American women beat her senseless at a McDonald’s restaurant. The African-American staff is shown in the clip as mostly passive bystanders to the brutality. Yet I know this nationally viewed abhorrence is not a teachable moment about much of anything. Unlike the Professor Gates mix-up, this public spectacle will not be used by the president to warn us about the wages of incivility or the need for a new racial tolerance and understanding. Nor will there be, among the homosexual community, much of a national Matthew Shepard moment seeking to present the public beating as a symbol of a wider hatred of the sexually ambiguous among us. There is about as much chance of a Hollywood movie about the incident as there is of a sequel to Rendition. At best, we are to accept such violence as inevitable, as the powerless sometimes thrash out against the more privileged classes and races; at worst, these are the tragic wages of prior oppression that must be contextualized and constructed in the proper narrative of the centuries.”

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Urban Dancin' in the Rain

Oakland, California has one of America’s highest crime rate and recently was ranked as this country’s 5th most dangerous city by CQ Press. Now, some of the city’s youth are transforming the city’s dangerous mean streets with dance.
D Real (he’s in the white shirt in the video below) had a brother Rich, who was killed in a car accident at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and 90th Avenue. The day after Rich died, D Real and a few dancers were gathered in YAKfilms’ office at Youth UpRising trying to think of a tribute that went beyond the standard R.I.P. T-shirt. Youth UpRising is a youth leadership center in Oakland with a professional dance studio. 
The dancers decided to TURF dance in the rain on the corner where Rich was killed.
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As explained by Queena Kim of The Bay Citizen on August 3, 2010:

TURF stands for “Taking Up Room on the Floor,” and it’s a form of street dancing that originated in Oakland. In contrast to other street dances, TURF aims to tell a story. Before his brother’s death, D Real had strayed from dancing and was beginning to dabble in music. In one of their last conversations, Rich told D Real to forget about music and focus on dancing, his real talent. So in memory of Rich, D Real and three friends who were willing to brave the pouring rain danced for this video….
TURF dancing is known for incorporating all types styles from the break dancing to popping and ballet…. In “Dancing in the Rain,” you can see dancers taking “en pointe” to a different level. And about 58 seconds into the video, you can also see one of TURF dancing’s signature moves–the “glide”–when the dancer who goes by the name “Man” skates across the water. On a dance floor, Man would glide across the dance floor to mark his turf.
To the untrained eye, the glide sorta looks like the moon dance, which begs the question: Was Michael Jackson the original TURF dancer?
“No, not in anyway whatsoever,” Savion said. “TURF dancing came about in the last 10 years. Michael Jackson was moon dancing long before that, and he had his own style, just like James Brown had his own style. But the genius of TURF dancing is we’re not inventing anything, we’re documenting and incorporating so many dance movements.”

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