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Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

Jim Mzt, you ever see Idiocracy? It's about you.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/23/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

thanks Jimmy, I believe I speak for most of Berkeley in saying we're looking forward to the fight of our life. your post is precisely the type of motivation needed. thanks!

Posted by Neil A. Cook on 05/23/2017 at 4:47 AM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Fiddleheads, a program of a local non-profit (Seeds of Awareness, Inc.) takes all children, including neuro-diverse inner city youth out into nature to provide therapeutic support and assist in enhancing social skills and developing friendships.

Posted by Mark Khmelnitskiy on 05/22/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “After Giving Oakland Schools Measure G1 Money, District Now Taking It Back — Leaving Principals With Yet Another Deficit

Wednesday night the Measure G1 Committee voted 3 to 1 to put back 50% of the Measure G1 money for the next School Year (2017-2018).

I agreed with the one "No" vote because the language of Measure G1 requires the allocation of the Measure G1 money, including the 35% portion after 1% is removed (about $2.7 million) to be allocated after the next school year ends.

But, I understand that after dropping the ball and withdrawing all the Measure G1 $2.7 million funding for next school year that at first was promised District Middle Schools, that providing half the funding for next year makes sense as providing full amount would also mean that there would be zero funding available in the second year.

Since the District has overspent its budget, it can't eat half of $2.7 million or $1.35 million next year.

But, it can, according to the CFO Hal, borrow 85% of the $1.35 million for next year and the same amount will be available the following year. In the third year the District Middle School would be getting the full amount of Measure G1 funding in Middle School grants.

I understand the rationale for borrowing but think that when the Measure G1 funding will be allocated at the "end" of the School Year prematurely allocating the funding by borrowing against the Measure G1 money is not what the Measure language allowed in my opinion.

Another thing about the Measure G1 money is placing it in schools site budgets prior to the Measure G1 Commission approving the grant money is a premature action that seems to have been forgotten in the rush to spend the money even before the tax revenues have been collected.

Also forgotten is that somewhere 15% of the $1.35 million or $202,500 will have to be found. Perhaps the $202,500 (15%) can be charged to the 1% in administrative overhead.

However, there will likely be a borrowing charge for both the 85% and the 15%. Since the County, I believe only lends up to 85% the District will have to eat the 15% or borrow from a different source than the County.

But, again, I think it is important not to short-change the Measure G1 money; taxpayers were told in the Measure G1 ballot language that with the exception of 1% overhead one-third entire amount of Measure G1 would go entirely to Middle School grants.

The method of allocation Measure G1 parcel tax money is complicated based on Middle School enrollment the previously school year grades 6,7, 8.

Yet, another added complication is that seven (7) County charters are demanding an equal share of the Measure G1 parcel tax money because the definition of who is entitled to measure G money in their interpretation of Measure G1 money the County authorized charters are within the "District" and thus entitled to a fair share of the funding for their enrolled Oakland students.

Here is how Measure G1 defines Middle School: "Middle School shall mean any district school or charter school within the District serving grades 6, 7, or 8, regardless of whether the school serves grades in addition to those grades."

The above language was written while the District Counsel Jacqueline Minor was still responsible for overseeing the legal aspect of the District's Measures. The above definition does not clearly stated that Middle School charters meant charters authorized by the Oakland School Board. This means for the next 12 years local property parcel tax money may be diverted from supporting not just District Middle Schools and Oakland School Board authorized charters but County authorized charters too. The seven County charters located in the District may take the District to court for the issue of whether Measure G1 language includes them in its definition of a Middle School. It has not been decided as to whether or not the District will fight the County charters in court and having more education dollars diverted away from education of children.

Because the 74 word summary of Measure G1, 12 year, $120 dollar parcel tax did not mention that Board charters, County charters or any type of charter schools would be getting parcel tax Measure G grant money, many of the over 80% of voters that passed Measure G1 voted thinking all the parcel tax was going for District school site personnel pay raises and Middle School grant money. The way the ballot Measure G1 was written kept the public in the dark as to the role the charters would play in getting parcel tax funding.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 05/22/2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “BART Police Accused of Illegally Collecting Private Cell Phone Data and Tracking Riders Through App

"...she wouldn't have originally installed the app if she knew it obtained information to identify and locate her phone. "?! WTF, the app clearly says it does that at install time. The fact that information CAN be correlated doesn't mean it is being correlated.

Something reeks here.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/22/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

Berkeley has been a shit hole for as long as I can remember. It is full of left wing anarcist fools. Keep it up dems and you will end up in the fight of your life. It will end up with the swamp cleaned out of the likes of barbara lee and maxine waters you know the one with the James Brown wig.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 05/22/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “BART Police Accused of Illegally Collecting Private Cell Phone Data and Tracking Riders Through App

Whatever safeguards the app needs, don't kill it. A couple of us rode BART Sunday afternoon. At the Embarcadero stop, a gang of several youth in hoodies on a hot day, no more than 14 years old, made two attempts to snatch purses in our crowded car - one of them from the person I was with. The robber gangs do not operate only at Coliseum station, they do not operate only at night. It would be great if someone caught good snaps of these thieves and passed them on to BART - and posted them publicly.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/22/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “BART Police Accused of Illegally Collecting Private Cell Phone Data and Tracking Riders Through App

With a surveillance equipment regulation ordinance, aka a comprehensive privay ordinance, BART would have been required to vet this app to the public and say exactly what kind of information it was gathering, to whom it would go to and for how long it would be stored. Based on this information and public input the BART Board could have then decided to go ahead with the app, change some parameters about how it had to operate, or nix it.

This is not a radical idea! It's what oversight and transparency means. The BART board needs to step up and pass the ACLU/Oakland Privacy surveillance equipment regulation ordinance that's been worked on with staff and privacy advocates since last year now.

Posted by JP Massar on 05/22/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

If you go to:

They have some reports in there, which are full of references of real-world studies from the US and other countries, concerning impaired driving and what not..

There's some good info and the references within...

Also, the has some good info and cross references.

Posted by Jason Lun on 05/21/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

The Journal of Drug Policy and Practice - Volume 10, issue 3 - fall 2016

Why a 5 ng/ml THC Limit is Bad Public Policy - and the Case for Tandem per se DUID Legislation:

To quote some sections (formatting may be off, sorry)...:

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marijuanas THC is unlike alcohol chemically, biologically, and metabolically. As a result, what works for alcohol does not necessarily work for THC. There is no level of THC in blood above which everyone is impaired and below which no one is impaired. This is not due to a lack of research. It is due to chemistry and biology. It is not due to politics. It is due to science.
Neither THC nor alcohol impairs blood, breath, urine, or oral fluid. These drugs impair the brain.
We test for alcohol in blood as a surrogate for testing the brain. Blood tests are very easy, and breath tests are even easier. Testing the brain requires an autopsy which is far less convenient, to say the least. For alcohol, blood is an excellent surrogate because it is a small water soluble molecule that rapidly establishes a concentration equilibrium in highly perfused tissues throughout the body.

For some drugs, especially marijuanas THC that is of great popular concern, blood is a terrible surrogate to learn what is in the brain. That is because THC is not highly soluble in blood. THC prefers fatty tissues like the brain, heart, lungs and liver. THC is quickly removed from the blood stream as it is absorbed into the brain and other fatty organs and tissues. Even though the metabolic half-life of THC is estimated to be over four days, more than 90% of THC is cleared from blood within the first hour after smoking marijuana (Huestis et al. 1992; Toennes et al. 2008). See Figure 1. Furthermore, that clearance rate is so highly variable from one individual to another that retrograde extrapolation to estimate blood levels of THC at a prior time cannot be done reliably, as is commonly done with alcohol.

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2. Blood levels of THC are lower than brain levels of THC Mura compared THC levels in blood and in the brain in a series of autopsies. There was more THC in the brain than in the blood in 100% of the subjects. Significant levels of THC were
found in the brain even when none could be detected in the blood (Mura et al. 2005). So even if we knew the blood level of THC at the time of the incident, this would tell us absolutely nothing about the drug level of THC in the brain, the only place where it really Matters.

3. Tolerance results in varying levels of impairment at the same blood level

So even if we knew the drug level in the brain, this tells us nothing about the level of impairment of the individual.

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4. Polydrug impairment renders individual drug per se levels meaningless Most drug-impaired drivers responsible for vehicular homicide and assault are polydrug users (Wood and Salomonsen-Sautel 2016). That is, they have at least two drugs in their bodies at the same time. Drug combinations act differently than drugs individually, sometimes with additive effects, sometimes with synergistic effects, sometimes with complementary effects.

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Proving drug impairment The best way to prove drug impairment is to focus on measurements of drug impairment, rather than measurements of drug levels. After all, impairment is what were worried about, not lab tests. Impairment kills and maims people. Unfortunately, impairment measures are more subjective than laboratory tests.

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England and Wales recently did the same thing by establishing drug per se levels for a panel of drugs using two different criteria. For illegal drugs, such as marijuanas THC, they set the levels based upon laboratories quantification abilities. For THC that was 2 ng/ml. For legal prescription drugs, they set the per se levels based upon impairment levels chosen by a panel of experts.

Drug per se laws Impairment-based Although some variation on zero tolerance is the preferred way of meeting the demands for drug per se levels, Washington, Colorado and Montana have taken the scientifically invalid approach of establishing what they believe are impairment-based per se levels.
By ignoring all drugs other than marijuana, these states suggest a belief that drug-impaired driving is all about marijuana-impaired driving. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, a court record study of Colorados 2013 vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults due to DUI revealed that at least 30%, or 51 of those cases, involved drugs. Yet only three of those cases identified marijuana as the sole intoxicant. The other 48 cases involved other drugs or more commonly combinations of drugs, the most common of which was alcohol combined with marijuana (Wood & Salomonsen-Sautel, 2016).

Colorado, Washington and Montana ignore the chemical, biological, and metabolic differences between drugs and alcohol. They ignore the fact that scientific evidence does not support impairment-based per se blood levels of drugs.

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Fallacies from 5 ng/ml THC supporters

Colorados 5 ng/ml compromise satisfied neither the public safety constituency nor the marijuana lobby.
Only the following constituencies benefit from this poor compromise of 5 ng/ml limit:
1. THC-impaired drivers who test below 5 ng/ml
2. Legislators who can convince poorly educated constituents that they did something to
address the problem of marijuana-impaired driving.
3. In a 5 ng/ml per se state, prosecutors benefit by being able to notch prosecution victories without needing to prove impairment.
Although 5 ng/ml was certainly a compromise, only a handful can claim it was a good compromise.

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Conclusion Autopilot mentalities and a lack of scientific understanding have caused many state legislators to support scientifically-invalid 5 ng/ml THC per se laws. Impairment by other drugs is thereby ignored, as is polydrug abuse...

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The American Automobile Association concluded, The data do not support science-based per se limits for THC (Logan, 2016).

Posted by Jason Lun on 05/21/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

50yrs ago? What does that have to do with today? It costs $2 for a bus ticket. And parks in slums will not bring in business, so how do you expect a city to survive? Welfare checks?

Institutional racism? Awww... Pretty bird. Yes, can you say pretty bird? Pretty bird, yeah pretty bird...Hobart want a cracker?

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 8:34 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

As I recall the Bay Area chapter of an environmental organization instituted a program to get minority children to local natural areas. This was 50 years ago in San Francisco where it was established that many impoverished kids in S.F. had never seen the Pacific Ocean.

The redlining and institutional racism continues in "diverse" and oh-so-sensitive Oakland. Instead of devoting bayside parcels to parks and other open spaces for the children who live in poor neighborhoods nearby, Oakland is fostering fancy high-rise developments for the affluent.

The outlook of the privileged class doesn't change so the living conditions of the poorest never get better.

The Nazi George Rockwell has plenty of allies in Oakland's city hall, whether they are conscious of it or not.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/21/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

As always, if there's not enough crime, law enforcement will invent crime. That's what the war on drugs is for.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 05/21/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “From Growing Marijuana Outdoors to Maximum THC

i have a? i have 2 Mothers 4 foot tall ( for cloning before they went outside ) they look good and they flowering like crazy! i cannot do light deprevation is that may be harvest in july? yor opinion appriciated thank you

Posted by Eugene Shlugleit on 05/21/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Yes, lack of green spaces and not laziness and sodium rich diets is the contributing factor to health problems for non-whites.

I know of a couple large land masses where there is plenty of green spaces. I hear the cost of living is quite cheap too!

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

The article mentions hogs apothecary as good for the neighborhood but neglected the fact that the owner of hogs steals from his employees by forbidding them from taking legally mandated breaks. This is actually extremely bad for the neighborhood and the workers.

Posted by Brendan McMahon on 05/21/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

Denise Valenti

Like all the junk science pushing the idea of marijuana impairment, your "studies" only say a certain percentage of drivers in accidents tested positive for marijuana.

That says NOTHING about impairment or the actual cause of the accidents - just that a some were marijuana consumers. - What actually happened in those accidents was some unfortunate NON-impaired marijuana consumers were crashed into by drunk, texting, or otherwise REALLY impaired drivers.

The preponderance of the legitimate studies actually looking at impairment (like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research of 2015 cited below) show that marijuana is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents.

Shame on you for pushing this deceptive propaganda.

Posted by John Thomas on 05/20/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

Levels of active THC, inactive THC and CBD or any combination are not enough to determine functional impairment to drive. Consumer tests such as DRUID and MyCanary are excellent tools to raise awareness within the marijuana consuming community about their individual response and impairment with marijuana use.

It is SOOOO biased, uneducated and reactionary to make the assumption that any person concerned with marijuana and public safety (including driving) are not in favor of legal adult use of marijuana. It is not safe to drive after marijuana use. Data in all states with recreational use are suffering with an increase in harm and death.

The data is indicating that one of the more tragic outcome of legal and potentially the medicinal use of marijuana are more drivers using marijuana and driving under the influence. The state of Washington recognized this and worked with private agencies to survey the crash and fatality rates. What is clear is that the fatality rate specific to cannabis has increased.

Another chilling statistic: Those testing positive for marijuana alone, not alcohol or other drugs, are FIVE TIMES more likely to kill someone other than themselves compared to a driver testing positive for alcohol.

Tests of function are desperately needed so as to obtain convictions and remove these dangerous drivers from the road. IMMAD - Impairment Measurement Marijuana and driving is a simple app for a tablet that objectively measures functional impairment. It measures the visual field deficits (HUGE BLIND SPOTS or TUNNEL VISION) that occurs with marijuana use. Marijuana has been shown to significantly impair the eye retinal ganglion cells. IMMAD - Impairment Measurement Marijuana and Driving, measures this. IMMAD and other tests of function need further development and studied so as to have better tools for law enforcement to use in dealing with marijuana impaired driving.

Posted by Denise Valenti on 05/20/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Former Tennis Pro Says East Bay Landlord Michael Marr Was Major Player in Scheme to Rig Foreclosure Auctions

So Glad he's finally being charged. Illegally evicted me, lied in court. This man deserves to rot in hell

Posted by Nick W on 05/20/2017 at 3:28 PM

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