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Re: “Savor Filipino Comes to Oakland

To enlighten those who don't know...


Ramar Foods is the company that pirated the Magnolia logo and brand of ice cream from the Philippines.

Most Filipinos in the United States assume that the "Magnolia" products they see are related to what they grew up with in the Philippines. NOPE... And don't believe the canard that Ramar Foods is a licensed distributor. They are neither licensed nor a distributor.

The "Magnolia" products in the USA with the familiar oval logo is NOT of the Philippines. Niloloko lang ng Ramar Foods at ng Quesada family tayong mga tunay na Pinoy. Huwag kayong mapada-leh.

Tingnan ninyo ang label. It has no San Miguel.


PJ Quesada registered the "Filipino Food Movement" as a non-profit (disgraceful tactic) in order to shield his family's company from criticism for their brand piracy and trademark squatting. This company Ramar built itself based on the theft of Philippine intellectual property. Not just Magnolia, but the Pampanga's Best name as well.


Research it. Be informed consumers. Don't be hoodwinked by this Savor Filipino group -- imagine, pati ang AlDub Nation dinamay pa nila dito. Kesho ang mga Pilipinong sumusuporta sa ADN ay wala daw karapatang to talk about Filipino food. Eh, sila? Ni Tagalog ni Cebuano ni Kapampangan o anupamang wika sa Pilipinas, hindi sila makapagsalita ni katiting.


Nagpapanggap lang sina PJ Quesada na Pilipino daw sila para kuwartahan ang mga tunay na Pinoy na walang kamuang-muang sa pinaggawa ng Ramar.

Huwag tangkilikin ang produkto ng mga nagnakaw sa Pilipinas!!

Posted by Lil Raymundo on 09/29/2016 at 9:28 PM

Re: “#BlackLivesMatter In New Marijuana Legalization Video from #Yeson64

Calling the kettle Black?

The racial and social injustice folks are the people making and enforcing the laws! We've all heard the saying "guns don't kill people, it's the people using guns"! Well this scenario is NO different, lawmakers made marijuana laws many years ago based on racist and corporate interest. To keep Mexican immigrants from coming to America, to keep African Americans and long haired white hippies down and from thinking freely. To keep hemp and cannabis from competing with oil, plastic, timber and big Pharma and agriculture businesses. So to turn around and blame the exact same entities that create and enforce the laws by voting in an even more racist and social biased new one (Prop. 64) is ludicrous and completely insane. As long as the same people (government & enforcement) are behind the new gun (law) pulling the same trigger then social and racial injustice will continue to be a predominant part of our society. Don't let them fool you with false rederrick and lies, the only way we can change the outcome is to either take away the gun (NO 64) and replace (vote out) the itchy trigger finger people behind the gun! Just wait and see the courtrooms and jail cells fill with more and more people (black, white & Latino, etc) when "drugged driving charges" and 18-20 year olds "possession of use" cases become the systems new cannabis cash cow! Patientslivesmatter 2

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Posted by Dave Armstrong on 09/29/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Tickets On Sale Now for 'Route 64': A Special Marijuana Legalization Discussion and Event

No one has anything to say? Shock and awe? When the truth hurts you can hear a pin drop!

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Posted by Dave Armstrong on 09/29/2016 at 7:44 PM

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

Don't forget King's X turned Kona Club.

Posted by Tyler Hutton on 09/29/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Gary Patton, It's easy to judge from an outsiders perspective and have irrational anger. You make it sound like the city spent 2 years tirelessly on this case. I imagine it was only a few hours worth of work spread over a two year time frame. Cool your jets, relax, have a beer, dont have a heart attack.

Posted by Frank Jones on 09/29/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Blood Orange Press Hopes to Publish Books for Every Kind of Kid

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Posted by Bruce Mirken on 09/29/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Town Business: Finding a New Police Chief; Bobby Hutton Grove; Saving Oakland's SROs

Oakland's "community" has long had a very good idea of what's needed in terms of police reform including what a new chief needs to do.

The current "outreach" effort is pure PR. City hall should know perfectly well what's needed in Oakland. Oakland's diverse communities have been speaking very directly and loudly to city hall for well over a decade about ethical policing, reducing crime in heavy crime areas, more jobs for the poor, getting away from the madness of the war on drugs, justice system reform and on and on.

The deaf ears in city hall continue. And the incompetence regarding a better future for Oakland's current citizenry will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/29/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

That last line is the the crux of it all: If the city cannot get money from you, they don't care what you do. But they will pinch every penny from whomever they can. I deal with the city everyday for my work and the incompetency, phantom charges and outdated infrastructure is a true reflection of who's at the helm. No one cares except when it comes to their pensions.

Posted by jessy smith on 09/29/2016 at 12:41 PM

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

Hey Pilar, this is Kolin, former owner of Easy Lounge / The New Easy. First of all, I wanted to commend you on what I generally think is a fair article.

That said, I'm hoping that I can give you and your readers an outsiders perspective on the changing bar scene in Oakland. I moved to Portland a few years ago, and since I have no vested interest in the "scene" in Oakland anymore, I hope this can be more objective than had I still been involved in the industry there.

Ruby Room and Radio should be given credit where credit is due. Prior to these bars arrivals, Oakland was strictly a blue collar kind of drinking town, whether in the Caucasian (McNally's) or African American (Serenader) vein. Of course, there was cross pollination, but one way or the other bars catered to an older kind of crowd. Radio & Ruby seized on the opportunity of more and more young creative people looking for breathing room across the Bay. They truly were the first wave of evolution.

The next series of bars to change things up were created by people who frequented Ruby & Radio. I include Easy in this, and there were many others... Kitty's (who, if memory serves, opened up a few months before us in the space that is now Prizefighter), Van Kleef, The Layover, 355, Somar, just to name a few. We weren't bound by location, but the thing we had in common was that we were generally bootstrapping it but trying to do a little more, whether that was fancier drinks or dj music. Most bars in this wave made a good faith effort to honor Oakland as a multicultural place. We were gentrifying, but we tried to do it the "right way" (if there is such a thing). It was not an easy process, and we got lots of push-back (Kitty's closed partially due to a large fight, and Easy came close on numerous occasions to a similar disaster, for example), but at the end of the day we were able to show folks that it is possible to have black and white, rich and poor, young and old enjoy the same establishment.

The wave that followed, unfortunately, didn't see it that way. Perhaps we didn't do a good enough job educating people about the history of Oakland, but it seems to me that many of the same people that were attracted to what was created by people like Peter Van Kleef also decided that they really wanted something a little more sanitized, a little fancier, and yes a little (now a lot) whiter than what already existed.

Simultaneously, the City of Oakland and the State of California decided to ratchet up the level of regulatory complexity in our industry, which forced most establishments caught in the middle to increase the cost of their product, and justify this by elevating the superficial parts of the bar experience. In other words, it didn't pay to be a neighborhood joint, do nice cocktails, and play by the rules. I guarantee you that there is not a single establishment in Oakland that doesn't at the very least bend the rules in order to make ends meet.

What you see today is the sad result of these two factors.

Frankly, Easy was just as much of an offender as we transitioned to the New Easy. Without boring your readers with the details, in our case we were very conscious of the change and decided in the end we had to do get rid of the DJ booth and elevate the experience, since the neighborhood we were in had changed and a business like ours was not going to be welcome very much longer.

I left Oakland partially because I grew tired of the constant struggle, trying to create a simple life in the face of crime, cost, and regulation, and I wanted my child to grow up in a more bucolic environment. But, in retrospect, while Oakland is not the place for me anymore, I realize now that the struggle is what makes Oakland different and special.

It would be a shame to extinguish the vestiges of this struggle in the name of elevating the bar/restaurant experience.

Posted by knator on 09/29/2016 at 11:43 AM

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

I'll have to check out the new Hut space. I stopped going there when they replaced most of the pool tables with ping pong.

Posted by CC Smith on 09/29/2016 at 11:21 AM

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

Rockridge?

Gentrifying?

That ship has sailed, my friend. Decades ago.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 09/29/2016 at 10:25 AM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

If I recall from the original report, the new fence made walking along that area more restricted as it encroached more on the public right of way. So, while some former city employees like to slam the civil servants this is not a solid case.

Why would anyone take it upon themselves to just build a fence on city property?? It really is not that difficult to contact one's council person for more information about issues like this.

Posted by pat lantz on 09/29/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Daniel Silver on 09/29/2016 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Hello already! Told ya so... Back in 2012.....https://youtu.be/F3t6WN4479Y

Law makers, victim based service providers, the public and the media were All warned this would be one of the unintended consequences of these bad laws. And you all ignored the wisdom of whores! Why? Because useless politicians like Kamala Harris and Nancy omalley and the nonprofit all stood to profit off the criminalization of our labor! Non profits like BAYWAR and MISSEY and the rest of you victim pimps. You have nobody to blame but yourselves. May the damag you and the 78% of California voters caused so many be on your karma, I hope it's a bitch.

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Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by William Gerald Pruitt on 09/28/2016 at 10:02 PM

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

You work at Penrose and still wrote this article? And put your industry peers on blast? Super lame, dude

Posted by OaklandAlways on 09/28/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

I am wondering why the neighbors complained in the first place? Was the fence seen as a nuisance by others the community? If so, why?

Posted by Drew Young on 09/28/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Everything but the mic drop.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/28/2016 at 5:39 PM

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

Hey Pilar, it is Cory from 355. I just wanted to clarify a few things in your article. Firstly, before opening as 355 the space was most recently known as Miss Ivy's I believe, Big Al's being sometime before that. The reason I am not entirely certain is that the business was actually abandoned long before we opened over six years ago. The article, I'm sure unintentionally, makes it sound as though my bosses came in and bought it out from under someone, which simply isn't the case. By the time they came along it had been shuttered for many years. It should also be noted, that they aren't some out-of-towners, or new money, that came in and swooped it up. Patrick has lived in the Bay Area since he was 18 (for the sake of his pride I won't say exactly how long that is, but trust me, it has been a minute) and Travis was born and raised in Oakland. I don't think this would fall under the category of "gentrification" as much as two guys fulfilling a dream in an empty space. As someone who has bartended in Oakland for the past thirteen years, I know the area has changed quite a bit. I remember working at Radio and being pretty much the only game in town. That being said, I think we have to be careful of just labeling all progress as bad or gentrifying. It doesn't factor in that, as with all change, some is good and well intentioned. I would like to think that we at 355 fall into that category. I'm sure you think of your job at Penrose in the same light. And hey! We have Hennessey at 355! :)

Posted by Ann Ayers on 09/28/2016 at 5:21 PM

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