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Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

Taxes on soda, snacks or candy is just a way to tax poor people. Their not going eat any less of it. They'll just pay more. They already pay more whenever the price goes up. So now government gets a cut. Calling them "Big Soda" is designed to vilify these companies for doing legal business. Soon I can see taxes on all food for our own good for some future reason.

Posted by Russell Mondy on 08/11/2016 at 1:46 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Proponents Sue Sen. Dianne Feinstein Over Proposition 64

Hey Miles,
The plan is to take this issue all the way to the Federal Supreme Court if necessary right NOW! Why wait till the pot boils over (excuse the pun) and people's livelihood and assets have been put in jeopardy! Just as people are made to believe that putting the cart (state law) before the horse (federal law) and making cannabis quasi legal at a state level while federal law enforcement entities like the IRS simply look the other way is ridiculous and a pipe dream ( another pun) my fellow marijuana smoker. It's as simple as this my friend, always ask for permission (from the Feds) rather than forgiveness in federal court later...right?! I'm not trying to spread a campaign of "fear" but rather an individual who's a champion of "truth" seeking justice and educating the public and the people of the facts in this matter! I'm in the process of launching a blog to just that, educate everyone as to my personal experiences and hands on knowledge of this industry so that we ALL don't have to go through the marijuana business mayhem and madness that exist in the real world today. Rather than taking a negative attitude and saying defamatory statements about people and organization you simply know nothing about I highly suggest you open your eyes and actually see the writing on the wall and do what's necessary. I have several lawsuits filed in order to bring these various matters involving marijuana to light and in order to educate the public of the major problems that exist in this business and the industry as a whole. We need to ALL join together, look at the facts and the truth and actually do something about it before it's too late and the rights and freedoms we ALL should have to grow and produce our own medicine from a natural plant put on earth by God are taken away by our own government and the corporation that want to control, regulate and tax cannabis. Wake up Miles and smell the marijuana and what the capitalist cannabis conspiracy is trying to do by misleading and misguiding people who chose to use marijuana as their personal choice of medicine for whatever reason. Cannabis is not the new cash cow for corporations and our governments simply because a smaller percentage of us choose to and use marijuana rather than alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs. This is truly a matter of common sense and knowledge of the facts surrounding the stigma created many years ago to stymie the most productive plant on the planet! If you'd like to talk to me personally or debate this matter I welcome your input and or questions so feel free and email me me at dave@medimarts.com and I'll gladly respond in a timely manner.

Sincerely Concerned,

Dave Armstrong
Managing Member of MediMarts
A Closed-Loop California Collective

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 08/10/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Proponents Sue Sen. Dianne Feinstein Over Proposition 64

@Dave Armstrong: Right, like how the feds and IRS are busting and shutting down the *legal* weed businesses right now in Colorado and Washington state, huh ... ?!

As for "thousands of us to potential slaughter"--hyperbole much?--over 15,000 people *were* busted in California for weed in 2015, a number which will drop by at least 80%, based on the experience in CO and WA ...

So what's *your* solution; wait another two years (30,000 more busted) or four years (60,000 busted), or maybe another twenty (300,000 busted) for the "perfect" legalization that you "215" profiteers somehow never seem to be able to even get on the ballot?

The only ones facing a "loss of livelihood" are you and the other so-called "non-profit collectives", which is why, other than the cops, corporate prisons, and pharma and rehab tools like S[c]AM, you're the ones spreading all the fear and disinformation.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/10/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Inclusive Weed Entrepreneurs: Supernova Women

While I support making cannabis policy more "inclusive" and reversing damage caused by the War on Drugs, I am skeptical of efforts to promote cannabis industry as an economic solution for Oakland. Oakland's lax cannabis policy (lack of any enforcement by OPD) has resulted in a cottage grow-house industry, as I have personally witnessed in my neighborhood.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 08/10/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Mad Props: A Roundup of the 17 Initiatives on California's November 2016 Ballot

Proposition 53 is essentially an anti high speed rail measure, which the author failed to point out.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 08/10/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Guacamole 61 Brings the Meat to Epicurious Garden in Berkeley

Come and enjoy the best the gourmet ghetto has to offer. You won't be disappointed.

Posted by Direll Venable on 08/10/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “East Bay Homeless Campers Accuse Caltrans of Illegally Confiscating and Destroying Valuable Property — and Even Family Heirlooms

My Facebook pages provide the solution to the problem...
The information has been provided to the Oakland City Council and to the Attorney for the City of Oakland...
Please read Facebook pages titled,
Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?
Regards, Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 08/10/2016 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Anti-Legalizers Sue California Over Prop 64 Ballot Language

Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and glorified as an All American pastime, booze.

Plain and simple!

Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!

It's time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote'em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called "Addiction Specialists" who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, - Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don't have one.

The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

Legalize Nationwide!

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/10/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Mad Props: A Roundup of the 17 Initiatives on California's November 2016 Ballot

This article is incorrect. Prop 54 does NOT end gut and amend practices. They will still exist, albeit with three days for special interests to blow up compromises. Prop 54 is funded by billionaire Charles Munger, Jr. It will tie the Legislature up in knots and, for the first time, will allow the use of legislative proceedings for attack ads. Vote NO.

Posted by Steven Maviglio on 08/10/2016 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Proponents Sue Sen. Dianne Feinstein Over Proposition 64

If you want to truly discuss misleading information and deception and consumer protection then explain how Prop 64 and recent legislation (MMRSA) can turn federal law (CSA) and current state law (Prop 215) completely upside down. If you're really concerned with violating federal advertising laws and kids then the fact that anyone having anything to do with marijuana faces federal enforcement and potential incarceration from the IRS! So when the state, county or city you live or operate in ask you to make a "sale" and pay "sales" taxes your setting yourself up for disaster and will be out of business just as fast as you got into business. This is a travesty of justice and an outright lie being fed to Californians just so they can turn the "Comoassionate Use Act" into the "Cash in on our Use Act" and fill state and local municipalities coffers with cash from cannabis. The state, county and city governments cannot and will not protect anyone from the long arm of the IRS and Rule 280E or the potential of criminal charges and imprisonment! Wake up California and smell the cannabis crisis being brewed up by our trusted lawmakers, just say NO (on Prop 64) to our leaders who are purposefully leading thousands of us to potential slaughter and the loss of your assets and livelihood!

Dave Armstrong
Managing Member of MediMarts
A Closed-Loop California Collective

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 08/10/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Dan Savage The Sports Writer Comes Off the Bench for Dan Savage the Sex Columnist

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Re: “Mad Props: A Roundup of the 17 Initiatives on California's November 2016 Ballot

If representative democracy hadn't become corporate whoring this wouldn't be necessary. It's easy to take ballot initiatives out of the hands of wealthy special interests alone. The Secretary of State should allow signing petitions on their website, to save a great deal of money used to hire petitioners, and to save the Secretary of State the cost of comparing physical signatures. This would also encourage people to read more of the initiative text before signing and to save harassment in hot parking lots.

Posted by Evan Ravitz on 08/10/2016 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Queer Porn Revolutionist: Courtney Trouble

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Re: “Queer Porn Revolutionist: Courtney Trouble

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Posted by Alexandr KJ on 08/10/2016 at 2:05 AM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

Keep it open and then place a San Francisco-style homeless navigation center nearby. That would solve a human problem. Closing the recycling center solves an aesthetic problem, at a human cost. We can't send away the fact of homelessness. We're just sending it back into our own community, but with desperate people who are now even more broke than before. Yes, bin pickers are annoying. Recycling centers are filthy. But they present an opportunity to connect people with services. Taking away the recycling center wastes that opportunity and replaces it with nothing.
Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 08/10/2016 at 12:53 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

I WILL TRY THIS AGAIN...I WAS RAPED, IN OAKLAND, CA WHILE RENTING AT OAKLAND, CA SENIOR HOUSING SITE ( IT WAS A SENIOR HOUSING SITE, NOT ASSISTED CARE ETC), AND IT TOOK ME THREE YEARS TO GET THIS RAPE DOCUMENTED. MY CASE WENT TO OPD IAD AND WAS CLOSED BY OPD IAD AS THE STATUTE HAD EXPIRED TO ARREST THE COP, OR HIS THIRD PARTY FOR SLUMLORD, THAT HAD RAPED ME.
I FOUND OUT, IN 2015, THAT MY ONLY SIBLING, HIS WIFE, HER TWO FAMILY MEMBERS AND MY SIBLING'S DOG, THEIR BUSINESS OF OVER 20 YEARS,AND ETC WERE WILLFULLY WITH MALICE MALICIOUSLY AGGREVATED STALKED, HACKED, STOLEN, RAPED AND MURDERED TO DEATH.
I NOW REPRESENT MY MISSING AND MURDERED ONLY SIBLING, HIS MURDERED AND MISSING WIFE, HIS SISTER-N-LAW AND FATHER-N-LAW AND MY MURDERED AND MISSING SIBLING'S DOG.
I BLAME OPD, FOR NOT ONCE WERE MY OVER 100 VOLUNTARY STATEMENTS, SENT ANYWHERE EXCEPT OPD'S CORRUPT RECORDS DEPARTMENT. I BLAME ALL OF OPD AND THEIR CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES, ALL THE EX-MAYORS,CITY COUNCIL PERSONS, UNITY COUNCIL, SFBART, ALAMEDA SHERIFF'S DEPT, CHP, ALL THEIR LIAISONS TO OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPTS,OAKLAND FBI AND ETC.
I WILL FIND OUT WHO MURDERED MY ONLY SIBLING AND HIS WIFE, HIS WIFE'S TWO FAMILY MEMBER AND HIS DOG.
YOU WILL BE HEARING FROM ME, OPD & ETC, ON THIS MATTER IN THE FUTURE.

Posted by I'M=THE ONLY CAFFREY on 08/09/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Hate Man

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Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

WHY DID U REMOVE MY COMMENTS...SAVING THE ILLEGALS THAT U KNOW AGGREVATED STALKED,HACKED,STOLE,RAPED,MURDERED ME ABD MY IDENTITY ALMOST TO DEATH! GO TO HELL OAKLAND CA.

Posted by I'M=THE ONLY CAFFREY on 08/09/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

I'm surprised and appalled at the shoddy journalism here. Lots of quotes from the for-profit company that is exploiting the homeless. Lots of quotes from the documentarian (who actually seems to be using this issue to promote his film). No mention of the three other recycling centers within a 10-block radius? You quote Alliance on how much they paid out last year but not on how much they made (hint: at least twice that in PROFIT). You have an unattributed quote from the ACLU—could it have been made by Executive Director Abdi Soltani? Not a single quote from someone who lives in the area and has lived there for many years? Or the local pastor who is helping to ensure that Alliance's victims get the services they need?

This isn't about gentrifiers not liking the shopping cart parade. It's neighbors being appalled at the victimization of our unhoused neighbors by Alliance. If the company is so concerned for them, why hasn't it put up a port-a-potty even?

Lazy, lazy reporting.

Posted by copykate on 08/09/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “High-Speed Rail Is Definitely Green

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Posted by Patrick Penticoff on 08/09/2016 at 1:01 PM

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