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Re: “Introducing the Queer & Trans Issue

My comment, as previously posted, needs a word of clarification...

The "queer and trans" narrative is all well and good; it's just not MY narrative -- and I've never claimed that the world revolves around me.

The notion of universalism (or "assimilation"), and the laundry-list approach to oppressed identities (and ostensible coalitions or communities) deserves a much longer (long overdue) fully open and civil discussion.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/06/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Proposition 64 Leads in the Polls. But Insiders Say Weed Prohibition's End is No Sure Thing.

Prop 64 is not legalization. Real liberals are voting against it.


Posted by Blake Beagelsmith on 10/06/2016 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair

Sometimes in life giving up is not the best option, some of us couldn't even take NO for an answer,I am one of such,i and my husband has be broke up for more than 4 month now and i love him so much to the extend that i could not do any thing again, i was confused and depress due to the love i had for him.i did everything i could do to have him come back to me but all went in vain. so i decided to contact a spell caster, i did not believe in spell casting i just want to try it may be it would work out for me. i contacted Dr Zaba for help, he told me that he have to cast a love spell on him, i told him to start it. after 3 days my husband called me and started to apologize for leaving me and also he told me that he still love me. i was very happy and i thank Dr Zaba for helping me get back my ex husband back to my highly unbelievable it just too real to be real all you ladies who Still care about your lover i strongly advice you to contact Dr Zaba at the following email address and get all your problem solve..No problem is too big for him to solve..Contact him direct at ( call his cell phone

Posted by on 10/05/2016 at 8:16 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Delsey Brooks certainly fits the model of the "good old boys" network that undermines the honest work of people like former mayor, Jean Quan whose quiet determination supported the revitalize areas like the Laurel and Dimond districts. Libby Schaaf now wants to take credit while insinuating herself into the GOBN.

Posted by Silvia Sykes on 10/05/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

What about desley brooks career council woman who never relinquishes her post in over 10 years. She's an example of how term limits need to be adopted in Oakland.

Posted by whicho on 10/05/2016 at 7:31 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

A look at Larry Reid's donors explains who he is really representing-- developers, contractors, and other business interests. As an unfortunate long time constituent, I've seen little support or interest in us. He fails to respond to requests for traffic calming measures, crime and safety issues, and addressing urban blight caused by illegal dumping. Calls to his office are ignored or dismissed. People in our district must vote this career politician out of office!

Posted by Silvia Sykes on 10/05/2016 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

Yeah I remember djing a bar at the lake and them saying the music wasn't right and that they wanted a certain crowd and it "wasn't a race thing" but it clearly must have been because they certainly couldn't phrase what was wrong with the crowd without brining up race. It was the first time someone had been that upfront about the kind of unspoken racism that a lot places out here perpetuate. It was a few years ago and it's another place altogether now.

Posted by mstardust on 10/05/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Here's a link to the council district map.…

Posted by Terry Boom on 10/05/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

while i'm not really a fan of lynette gibson mcelhaney, it's interesting that noni session doesn't appear to get the same scrutiny when it comes to fundraising...

Posted by Mike Thorn on 10/05/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

It would be helpful to have a map (or a link to a map) of the geographical boundaries for each city council seat. Thanks.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 10/05/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

"Who else has the support of the police officers association?"

Kevin Corbett.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/05/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

What a BS idea fk ing wannabe pimps.

Posted by on 10/05/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Introducing the Queer & Trans Issue

The effort "to highlight the people who don't fit neatly into the narrative visualized by two white guys kissing on their wedding day," involves the creation of a new narrative -- a narrative in which those two white guys seem increasingly irrelevant, readily ignored and dismissed, a means to an end that feels alien to their own original narrative (their concerns and interests disparaged as those of the "privileged").

The resurgence of race and gender is already having unintended(?) consequences. Imagine a version of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" in which Nurse Ratched is cast as a feminist hero, and her (male) charges as "deplorables" -- along with the Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Neal Cassady characters from "On the Road" (and for good measure, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn).

Just don't be surprised by the backlash! "Intersectionality" cuts both ways -- or actually, in as many ways as there are individuals. The one sure casualty is universalism (now denigrated as "assimilation") -- though for many of us, ironically, that (along with personal freedom) was initially the goal.

Some attributes already have fallen off the laundry list of explicitly recognized oppressions. Does this even matter? It matters to me, as a gay ("cisgender") male Jew -- and it will only matter more urgently when the pitchforks and torches appear on the street. I'm not sure the trade-offs are worth it.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/05/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Four East Bay Sodas Perfect for Sipping — or Pairing with Ice Cream for Floats

If we tax soda then we should also tax other toxics that are out there causing harm to our bodies. Hurting the poor or not... Taxing anything because of our health should go across the board or nothing at all. Its ridiculous and is getting out of hand. It's like trying to get McDonald's to sell healthy food. People who want to eat healthy do not frequent McDonald's.

Posted by Diane Acosta on 10/04/2016 at 11:36 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Who else has the support of the police officers association?

Posted by Don Macleay on 10/04/2016 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Dear Oakland Leaders Who Want to Get Into the Weed Biz: Why Stop at Marijuana?

This just reflects the pay for play attitude of Oakland government... It's called graft. It's just never been this open, but been here for a LONG time

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/04/2016 at 7:16 PM

Re: “A Brief Guide to Eating 'Ethnic' in the East Bay

AS B-Dama and Delage is a cool spot, but for the best authentic Japanese ramen you have to go to Yuzu Ramen & Broffee in Emeryville -

Posted by Matthew S LaCrosse on 10/04/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “California Medical Marijuana Extract Makers Get Historic Protections

It's about time we see legislation pertaining to extracts.

Posted by Edgar Jensen on 10/04/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Town Business: Late Grand Jury Response; Oak Knoll

In 2015 the Oakland Housing Authority in conjunction with BRIDGE Housing constructed 68 units of affordable housing...
It is the only affordable housing that has been constructed in Oakland...The rendering can be found at
The projects cost was $32 million...
The proposed stadium for the Raiders by the City of Las Vegas will cost $1.9b...
The City of Oakland currently has Wells Fargo Bank in court for predatory lending....
Jerry Brown was Attorney General during the period that this criminal activity was being conducted by the bank...
In fact, Mr. Brown represented the 1% in a case against Wells Fargo for selling them the defective securities....
However, during this same period Mr. Brown closed down the Attorney General's office to homeowners with complaints against the banks for fraud, telling them that they had civil cases....
Brown was representing investors in court against Wells, regarding the same documentation, in a criminal case of fraud...
Brown is now withholding $331 million, from the $25 billion settlement agreement of 2012, that was intended as compensation for the people....
It's not enough money anyway!!!
Each person should be given $250,000...
67 million x $250,000...
Brown and Paulson allowed 67 million people in America to be cheated out of property by the banks as the result of the actions of MERS and associates ( read my essays) ....
During this same period, Wells Fargo and Wachovia were engaged in an 18 month relationship with El Chapo Guzman's drug cartel that generated $378 billion...
On one occasion a DEA agent was caught bringing 22 tons of cocaine into Miami for Guzman...
Wells and Wachovia were fined $55 million by Eric Holder's (to big to jail) Justice Department...
However, the banks got to keep the $12 billion in profit....
How many affordable housing units, athletic stadiums, schools and shopping centers could be financed with $378 billion???
Read my essays on Facebook....
Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 10/04/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Town Business: Late Grand Jury Response; Oak Knoll

"Oakland already has a disproportionate number of low-income residents relative to other bay area municipalities."

Right. And we can't simply send them back south of the border as Trump wishes because that's not where they came from.

"That means bringing in more middle-income and higher-income residents. I'm relieved to see no "affordable housing" forced into this development."

Despite evidence to the contrary, some of us still believe in the "trickle down."

Nice to see that good old racism still abounds in them thar Oakland Hllls.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/04/2016 at 1:03 PM

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