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Re: “East Bay Businesses that Give Applicants a Fair Chance

Great article and kudos to the businesses and their leadership in helping the under-served population in Oakland find employment. I will be reaching out to these forward-thinking companies for potential partnerships with my reentry clients to share some resources through our transitional employment program here at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency ( Thanks again for the write up.

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Posted by McKinley Williams on 06/11/2015 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Profit sharing is only part of a coop eg Mondragon. There are numerous very successful coops which would set the stage for something more than a simple profit sharing to running and growing the business. Konte isurged to check it out and he can find help. Arizmendi Bakery is one of those coop businesses

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 06/11/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Worker owned co-operatives are a viable, profitable and way underutilized business model.
There are organizations who specialize in setting up the legal entity to do this kind of business, so you can get help with creating the right Worker Owned legal structure for your business! Google this to find one in your area!

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Posted by Joan Squeri on 06/11/2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Hat's Off to Keba Konte!

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Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 06/11/2015 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

There aren't any facts presented in this article! There are all kinds of numbers thrown out showing how many jobs will be created and how cheap energy will become. Anyone can throw out figures to support their point of view. When I see the Sierra Club and other so called environmental agencies forming alliances with the unions and developers my first thought is "compromise to get could PR and to keep those donations coming in." Adding additional turbines to the Alatmont will just increase the mortality rate among our feathered friends. Common sense: the wind companies admit to killing birds but they say new turbines will lower the fatality rate. However you add more turbines so you can go green and your bird fatalities go back up. This is about economic gains for certain parties and has nothing to do with being green unless being green means killing off native fauna in order to get cheaper power.

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Posted by Miles Young on 06/10/2015 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Bravo! Final step after this would be to convet his wholesale business into a worker-cooperative!

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Posted by Joani Blank on 06/10/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Your local green future means being robbed by corporate interests. How can you ever fight climate change with turbines when they are not and can not even keep up with society's increasing energy demands?

This is part of the green lie that has proven to be very profitable for the charlatans living off this terrible green industry.
Read more here..........…
With these turbines millions of birds, including endangered species are being slaughtered annually for a pittance of energy. These species are viewed as collateral damage and mean virtually nothing to this industry. That is why the industry and FWS have been rigging their impact disclosures for over 30 years.
Everyone needs to view this 10 minute YouTube video, "Cheeseburgers and the wind industry" because each year the slaughter to many millions of birds and bats is being concealed by the wind industry and America's Interior Department. Rigged, contrived and even fraudulent research has hidden this wind turbine slaughter since 1985.
One of the many ways the wind industry rigs turbine mortality studies is to conduct infrequent studies around turbines. Some wind farms like those at Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area wait for 30 days or even more between searches for carcasses. After seeing this video viewers will understand why infrequent searches are being conducted by the wind industry.
There are many species that consume the birds and bats slaughtered by wind turbines. Some of these opportunistic species include raptors, gulls and ravens (corvids). These species can be found around all wind farms.
As shown in this video a freshly fallen bird or even hundreds of fallen birds around a few wind turbines will not very last long on the ground.
Exposing this industry secret is important because everyone can see for themselves the absurdity and fraud taking place with wind industry mortality research.

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/10/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Wind energy is not always as "green" as it might first appear.

Jim Wiegand (U.S. region rep for SAVE THE EAGLES INTERNATIONAL) estimates that the annual bird/bat mortality rate at Altamont Pass caused by the wind turbines there may be as high as 50,000 per year. This includes hundreds of protected species such as golden eagles, burrowing owls, hawks and falcons.

Not acceptable! And the Alameda County Board of Supervisors needs to re-address this issue in the near future.

Follow the money.

Eric Mills, coordinator

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Posted by Eric Mills on 06/10/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

So much can be expensed with a business that is easy to not ever show a profit. But I like the sentiment.

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Posted by Gene Keenan on 06/10/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Amazing concept and man!

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Posted by Priscilla Borrelli on 06/10/2015 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

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Posted by Editor on 06/10/2015 at 12:30 AM

Re: “A Guide to Vegan Cocktails

Great article. ..I am an ethical vegan and love to find out as much as I can not only with food but drinks. I am also a Peruvian and even though I had veganixed..many dishes I have not yet find an ingredient that makes the foam on Pisco sour..don't tell me beer because that gives it an orangey color NOT typical in Pisco sour...any other suggestions?

Posted by Elsa Beatriz Herrmann on 06/08/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Now Playing: Outside

Studio One at 365 45th St in Oakland also shows movies at dusk on Fridays following Bites Off Broadway: Mobile Food and Family Fun with food trucks. This year's showings include Friday, May 29th: Rio 2, July 27th: Big Hero 6, July 31st: Maileficent, August 12: Annie (2014), Sept 11th: E.T., Oct 9th: Star Wars

Posted by Karen Hester on 05/26/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “East Bay Bike Routes for Urban Explorers

If the 5 Historic Houses bike tour isn't long enough, you can make it a 6 house tour and start at the Dunsmuir-Hellman mansion.

Posted by Gene Anderson on 05/23/2015 at 3:51 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Ten Best Outdoor Dining Experiences

You need to update this list with Mad Oak, Oakland's newest bar that has a beautiful roof top deck that overlooks a spacious urban patio.

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Posted by Logan Talbot on 05/21/2015 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Ten Best Outdoor Dining Experiences

The funny thing at Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley is the sign on the grassy median where Cal students sit and eat..

it says Do Not Sit on the Median!

Ha! Like anyone is going to pay attention.

Posted by Arlene Bishop on 05/21/2015 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Ten Best Outdoor Dining Experiences

And let's not forget the great garden deck of the Townhouse Bar & Grill in Emeryville.

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Posted by David Macpherson on 05/21/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Now Playing: Outside

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Posted by Editor on 05/21/2015 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Where to Beat the Heat

You forgot the Plunge in RICHMOND,

Posted by Fonz Leon on 05/21/2015 at 8:10 AM

Re: “East Bay Bike Routes for Urban Explorers

Good review of some local bike rides! I would, however, quibble with is your suggestion to cross the estuary on the Park Street bridge. That requires either using the narrow pedestrian walkway where you're required to walk your bike, or navigating the unpleasant steel grid bridge deck. A better option is to cross via the Fruitvale Bridge, then follow the 7th Street bike route that takes you under 29th Avenue and onto Embarcadero.

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Posted by Rick Rickard on 05/21/2015 at 8:06 AM

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