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Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

Bill H., if you get the average $1200/ month SS insurance which you paid for, how can you pay $1000/month for rent and live? Oh, you say, rent a room in someone else's home?OK so $700-1000: no space to work, cook, have privacy, have any things (they are often looking for college students who come with a suitcase!, often you can't have visitors, age biases are there, too. And 3 floor walk-ups, not so great for seniors/ disabled... and usually no comfort companions. Up to $3000 move in charge. Rentals only open briefly during spring- mid summer, then gone to the captive students who will pay what is asked and then sleep 2-3 to a room. So, yes, then you are homeless... So WHO doesn't understand the problem, Bill? Housing First is the way to address the mental health and drug (self-medication) use issues, which are as often the RESULT of high stress, insufficient good food and other resources, minimal community support. Basically: lack of stability from which to re-create a life.

Posted by Dk Konietzko on 05/06/2017 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Will Public Cannabis Smoking Clubs Arrive In California?

Can't wait for a social club like this is opened. I'd love to meet some of the wonderful people I've met thru social media in real life.

Posted by Highdee on 05/05/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Yaa Gyasi Returns to Berkeley a Year After Her Novel’s Release

just more linen when dirt is the plot.

Posted by Estella Davis on 05/05/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Legion of Bloom Terrapen Vaporizer Hits Smooth And Looks Slick.

During that chat with your editor I suggest you ask for a bit more space so you can explain this device's approach yourself rather than relying on its not-quite-English website blurb. I haven't learned a thing about it except that it takes cartridges -- which, I assume but still don't know, are formulated from strains that have high concentrations of specific terpenes. How is this anything but a lazy product plug?

Posted by Jonathan King on 05/05/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “At Uptown's Xolo, a Menu Long on Good Intentions Falls Short on Execution

I think the hongos (mushroom) burrito is the best thing they have. Many a place I've eaten at in MX serve mushrooms. Not so much the taquerias in the US...Try it, you'll like it...

Posted by Bill Lyons on 05/05/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Don't Be An Ass On Cinco De Mayo. Eat, Drink, And Resist With 'Dining For Justice.'

In the Grand Lake neighborhood, Grand Lake Kitchen will have a special cocktail list and will donate $2 for each one purchased. At Lin Jia Asian Kitchen, they'll donate $2 when you purchase any of their special menu items and the owner will also match that amount.

Posted by Ken Katz on 05/05/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “City of Oakland to Settle Wrongful Attempted-Murder Conviction for $300,000

Alameda County Court System is rigged to lock minorities up and keep their employees with job security. Im a victim too!!!

Posted by Wide Awoke on 05/05/2017 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Mr. Jerry Udanski, the Venezuelan economy is oil dependent and hence the drop in oil prices has devastated their economy. You are a relative newbie to Oakland, BTW. Some of us who subscribe are born and raised in the East Bay which makes me a native, hint can you name the First Raider playing field:)? Do you know what large international food chain started in Oakland:)?? Cheers Harbor Bay Isle anyone:)??

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 05/05/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Posted by Carlos Ellison on 05/04/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Relative to this point above...." While seemingly ignoring the absolutely essential, day to day issues for the city of Oakland." This comment was aimed at Annie Campbell and another council member. I would like to attest as a resident in Annie Campbell's district to her hands on approach to our local concerns. For example when the community pushed back against the incursion of a massage parlor into a primarily residential area in the Allendale Park neighborhood she stepped in to facilitate direct action. This is ongoing but her willingness to take on a gritty grass roots issue like this speaks to a level of integrity and caring that should not be taken for granted.

Posted by John Middle on 05/04/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Reading up in this chain ... I see that Charlie Pine wrote something very similar. In fact more succinctly. I agree with Charlie!

Posted by John Middle on 05/04/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

I just looked at the original proposal and specifically the language therein related to the disbursement of these funds. I recommend that you all do this as it provides some insight. From what I can discern from reading the measure .... It appears to identify the general fund as the designated bucket into which this revenue would flow. At the very least it is very ambiguously worded if this was not the case. If this was NOT the intention of the folks who authored the measure they should have been far more careful in the way in which it was written in respect to this detail. Assigning blame accordingly seems to speak more to political motivation than it does to any legitimate outrage in my view.

Posted by John Middle on 05/04/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “City of Oakland to Settle Wrongful Attempted-Murder Conviction for $300,000

Oh, please. The Alameda County DA's office is dirty as all hell. Brady violations are nothing to them; they do that to everyone if they possibly can, and routinely get away with it. They violated Brady with me too, and a hell of a lot more than that. Magistrate judge must be incredibly naive, to believe DA version of this. Anyone familiar with Alameda County DA tactics would NEVER believe them about ANYTHING.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 05/04/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools’ Special Education Reading Clinic May Close Due to Budget Cuts

Meanwhile in Berkeley, lawsuits are filed against the district for failing to teach students with learning disabilities how to read:

With the reading clinic, Oakland has a program in place that complies with California A.B. 1369, that requires school districts provide dyslexic students with an evidence-based, multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured, and sequential approach to instruction.

Instead of expanding the reading clinic program and avoiding future litigation, OUSD decides to eliminate the program.

If only this wasn't so typical of Oakland School leadership.

Posted by ooo111000 on 05/04/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Excellent commentary Mr. Udinsky..

What a shameless piece of reporting expounding anti Israeli propaganda ad nauseam. Give me a break.

Posted by Linda Forde on 05/04/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

This article is a shameless hit piece, not journalism. The issue has to do with whether the proposed project is worthwhile for Oakland. If you are going to question the background of all investors, then you should always go into the backgtround of investors. However, this so called journalist happens to favor one political agenda over another. So approving projects for Oakland should be a political decision and not an economic decision. This is how Venezuela has become a disaster of a country. If Oakland is guided by this type of so called journalism propaganda, Oakland will follow Venezuela to the bottom of the economic junkpile.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 05/04/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

From your article"Portfolio Development Properties, a Walnut Creek-based company, over the terms of the propertys sale. Portfolio approached Oakland last November with an unsolicited proposal to build a drive-thru Starbucks on the empty lot at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and 73rd Avenue. The city didnt seek proposals from other developers." 73rd and Bancroft is part of the old GM/Chevvy plant and probably cannot be used for housing due to contamination, but a Gentrification like a Starbuck's drive through can be, nascent gentrification, why Walnut Creek AND unsolicited, dont't we have Oakland real estate folk of the same of better caliber?? How about a Soul Food diner??

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 05/04/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Build Fruitvale out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks

Worth noting that there will be a bus bridge to and from Fruitvale BART this weekend since Lake Merritt BART will be closed

Posted by Tim Huey on 05/04/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

SF Bay Area is an absolute nightmare for renters. I feel very badly for people who are getting evicted. A once affordable region, we are now only affordable to the wealthy and those who have bought houses years ago. The people who make our lives possible have few affordable places to live.

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 05/03/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Why is this Eastbay news and and this:…


Again, I'm not fan, but somehow BindGraham seems to look for the MOST divisive issues he can find without regard to relevance or, so it seems, full disclosure of the story; picking and choosing what parts to trumpet.

EBX, get rid of BondGraham. Get a REAL reporter, not a FOX wannabe.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/03/2017 at 6:26 PM

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