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Re: “Monday Must Reads: Richmond Cop Fatally Shoots Suspect; Six Californias Measure Fails to Get Enough Signatures

This is important local news!

I think probably the number of bear "incidents" in Yosemite has dropped because of the effective policies and hard work of government right here in Oakland. That's where their efforts have gone. Maybe they can focus them a little more close to town.

Also the sale of the "local" papers is no doubt due to their focus only on the bad things that happen around here, so that nobody reads them except maybe them damn Yosemite bears.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/15/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Pot Farm Showcases Radical Water Conservation Invention

Drip irrigation is second, only to letting the hose run unchecked, in water wasting methods. Mr. Monroe's statement about drip systems is a very common mistake. Even water board management and staff have only been able to come up with water saving methods like, "don't flush the toilet" or "use a hose shut off valve".

Posted by George Bianchini on 09/14/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Pot Farm Showcases Radical Water Conservation Invention

... or you could just go to Home DePot and check out their drip irrigation stuff ...

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Posted by Miles Monroe on 09/12/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

"What’s the most infuriating about this whole issue is how much it misses the point."

... and that the point is being missed by no accident.

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Posted by Miles Monroe on 09/12/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: Chip Johnson, Stop Ignoring Inconvenient Facts

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Posted by Editor on 09/12/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

Wow--that's some pretty impressive mental gymnastics to try to obfuscate the results of a study. Oh, and Herb--all your assumptions have proved wrong in Colorado. Legalization has NOT reduced access to pot by minors, nor has the black market dried up. In fact, the legislature is finding that people who can choose between taxed/legal marijuana and black market marijuana will choose the latter. Only your above-board yuppies or olds who don't want to risk a trip to the hood are willing to pay the tax.

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Posted by John Williams on 09/12/2014 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

Teen alcohol use is associated with these things plus much worse.

We are not legalizing for kids. Currently it is so available to kids that studies don't just ask if they can get cannabis, they ask how many hours it would take them to get it. A third of teens say it would take less than a few hours. Most have more than a couple of friends, so basically any teen can already get cannabis anytime they wanted. The federally funded Monitoring the Future Survey reports about 85% of high school seniors find marijuana "fairly easy to obtain". Their figure has changed little since 1975, never dropping below 81% in three decades of national surveys.

Regular teen access will not increase with legalization, and will likely decrease as the main supply channels are moved above ground where they can be easily monitored. At the very least we would take the cannabis they are getting from the criminal drug dealer of unknown character, with unknown potency, unknown purity (it could be laced, contaminated, etc), who never ID's, and put the supply in the hands of licensed, regulated, retailers who are not going to try and also sell hard drugs, or even have access to hard drugs.

The federal organization SAMHSA has shown that, despite greater acceptance and more lenient laws, the perceived availability of cannabis to youths aged 12 to 17 has dropped from 55% in 2002 to 48.6% in 2010. Multiple peer-reviewed studies have shown that medical marijuana laws have not led to increased teen usage [Choo et al. 2014; Lynne-Landsman et al. 2013; Harper et al. 2012; Anderson et al. 2012].

Teen usage dropped in Portugal since they decriminalized in 2001. The Netherlands have tolerated sales for years in 'coffee shops'. Both countries have lower usage rates, 3.3% and 5.4% respectively, than the U.S. which is 13.7%. Note that in the same time frame in which the war on drugs has been waging, tobacco use has dropped from about 45% to 18%, without criminalizing millions of tobacco users, whereas cannabis use went up.

Lenient cannabis policies are not associated with elevated adolescent use:

"the data provide no evidence that strict marijuana laws in the United States provide protective effects compared to the similarly restrictive but less vigorously enforced laws in place in Canada, and the regulated access approach in the Netherlands. "
Simons-Morton et al. Cross-national comparison of adolescent drinking and cannabis use in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. Int J Drug Policy. 2010.

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Posted by Herb Reason on 09/12/2014 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Lancet Develops Reefer Madness: Let's Really Talk About Pot, School, Suicide, and Society

Hm, the teens I know who smoke pot every day are from two-parent homes, are not poor, and have never been abused. They seem like pretty chipper kids who are all doing okay in school. And they'll tell you what other studies have confirmed - about 70% of high schoolers smoke pot, maybe not every day, but many consistently. While I've never smoked it myself and have no interest in doing so, I can see that it has been demonized beyond any common sense.

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Posted by Linda Gail on 09/11/2014 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Kaplan Dominates in Oakland Mayoral Poll; UC Staffers Want to Maintain Big Investments in Fossil Fuels

Political opinion polls have become inherently meaningless. Look at the study of polling done recently by Pew.

The reason is that only 9% of those potentially polled actually answer the phone. This is not a large enough sample of voters to be meaningful.

What this poll possibly means: a few people sufficiently socially isolated and stupid enough to answer the phone and some pollster's questions like Rebecca Kaplan and Dana King. It figures.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/11/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: Chip Johnson, Stop Ignoring Inconvenient Facts

As Blacks leave Oakland the crime rate drops.

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Posted by Hank Hanson on 09/11/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: Chip Johnson, Stop Ignoring Inconvenient Facts

numbers lie
accountant cannot account for anything

sad sad sad

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Posted by angeli goda on 09/10/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Watch This Composer Make Music from Plant Life (Video)

The music Mamoru Fujieda composes does indeed derive from this process, but it sounds nothing like what you hear in this video.

You can hear an example here: Sarah Cahill will be playing excerpts from the 'Patterns' at her record release party on Sunday.

Posted by Roger Rohrbach on 09/10/2014 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Pot Law Reformers Killed A Slew of Sick Bills This Year in Sacramento

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Posted by Editor on 09/10/2014 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Kaiser Spends $20 Million Opposing State Ballot Measures, Is Top Campaign Donor in California

Kaiser and it's coalition are all about profits at the expense of patient safety and well being. They should better spend that kind of money on instituting patient safety measures, like the narcotic drug database called CURES and require their doctors to use it, to cut down on over-prescribing and doctor shopping of Rx drugs.

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Posted by Bob Pack on 09/10/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: Chip Johnson, Stop Ignoring Inconvenient Facts

What are Gonsalves' personal, political and economic connections with the Oakland establishment and specifically Jean Quan?

Oakland's crime stats have gone up and down over the past 40 years, from triple the national rate to six times the national rate. Yes the homicide rate in Oakland has diminished over the past two years, but has the number of gunshots recorded gone down accordingly? I think not. Can any change in crime rates be attributed to the foresight and leadership of Jean Quan or anyone currently on the City Council? I think not.

If anyone cares to look, national crime rates in the U.S. have indeed gone down overall recently. These kinds of trends occur for reasons unknown. Certainly not to be attributed to Jean Quan or to Sr. Gonsalves either no matter how much he cares for the no doubt privileged part of Oakland he knows.

Bottom line: there is a huge underclass in Oakland which is ignored by the current establishment in city hall. The underclass needs jobs, community-building and far less victimization from crime. This is the real story about Oakland, however much Gonsalves, his yuppie cohort and city hall want to ignore it.

Last, has Gonsalves heard about a Missouri town called Ferguson? Oakland and Ferguson have lots in common. Worth talking about rather than ignoring.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/10/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Pot Law Reformers Killed A Slew of Sick Bills This Year in Sacramento

Strictly speaking, it wasn't just "patients" who killed the bills, esp. Assembly Bill 2500, this year's DUI bill. California NORML Coordinator Dale Gieringer testified against the measure at its April 29th hearing, before the committee voted it down. Although the bill never got to the floor, NORML members (both medical and recreational users) sent in 2000 emails against the bill. NORML's been fighting for drivers' rights since the 80s, with the "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License" laws we fought off. If you have a California driver's license, you can thank Cal NORML. (Joining would be better. See:

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Posted by Ellen Komp on 09/10/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Waste Management Launches Referendum Drive to Win Back Oakland Garbage Contract

I am always suspicious of corporations who have the arrogance and entitlement to decide to sue because the outcome they expected isn't the outcome they received. Although this is one of the first times in my life for me to openly witness this, it brings me to look a little deeper and think a bit differently about this issue. And just like my neighbors in West Oakland, I want air that isn't compromised by smells and I will work with my neighbors and friends to determine this factor and how it will effect us as a community; I won't just sign what's put in front of me or support it because the people putting it out there believe in the end they will prevail; especially since I'm not quite sure if they still should based on their greed and refusal to compromise. However, My own due diligence is pointing to some concerns I have about Waste Management as a company; not just their claim in the ability to outperform the services now being staged by contract awarded to CWS. I didn't vote for either of them however, as the character of an entity has to play into my decision as a vote overall, it appears quite disturbing to me to see how a corporation's positions in other avenues (e.g. Prop 8 for example) are completely antithesis to my own. Waste Management is filling its referendum with untruths. I asked myself if it's possible they have to reach for lies as a strategy to confuse voters and the residents of Oakland? All I can say then for anyone interested in this issue is to search for the truth, YOUR TRUTH. I'm not saying they deserve or don't deserve to lose. I for one will certainly not support any business that doesn't hire women or minorities in its upper-ranks in this day and age, since one bias usually leads to others. And I'm talking about the ranks of 6-figure bonuses...these are the people that typically take a corporation down...not the little guy or girl working in blue-collar jobs. I have found that these are corporations as Mitt Romney said "are people too" that typically support ballot measures to shrink my voter rights as a black woman or who may be totally against the rights of my gay brothers and sisters to marry who they love. Not saying that this is WM, but I'm still researching. And while I do, I'm not signing ANYTHING and advising my friends the same. Sometimes we have to read between the lines, not just the language published on the paper that someone uses fear as a tactic to persuade you into signing.

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Posted by Carol Wyatt on 09/10/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Waste Management Launches Referendum Drive to Win Back Oakland Garbage Contract

Smaller companies? Are you referring to CWS which operates out of Oakland, San Jose, and Vietnam? That's what you consider local? And how do you consider Waste Management monopolizing oakland when CWS has serviced half the cities recycling for how long? Waste is very diverse as well. I don't know where you heard that fact. People tend to forget that Oakland City Council wasted $1 million hiring an outside company to bring in more bidders which failed. Who's paying for that? Are you still saving money? Do you realize that the garbage CWS is proposing to send to Livermore is revenue loss for oakland? Let's just forget the Zero Waste Initiative that was so important to council at the start of the bidding process. I guess that's not important anymore if it effects the bottom line.

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Posted by aaron brown on 09/10/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Pot Law Reformers Killed A Slew of Sick Bills This Year in Sacramento


the #1 crop in California = MARIJUANA

marijuana runs this state

Posted by Robert Jordan on 09/10/2014 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Waste Management Launches Referendum Drive to Win Back Oakland Garbage Contract

As a person who Works in the business, I can tell you that the city council has made a grave mistake in awarding such an important job to a company that has absolutely NO INFRASTRUCTURE to process the waste stream. This company CWS does not have a single permit to build a transfer station dump. Waste Management already does. CWS is trying to build a dump in West Oakland. They do not have a Green waste and food waste/organics processing facility. Waste management already does, with full compliance of state and county laws. CWS does not have mrf facilities for the recovery of dry construction debris and construction and demolition mandated by the state. Waste Management already does. CWS has two facilities to sort out reciclables from residential customers. The sort out aluminum and high quality plastic and cardboard, the rest is put in bales and shipped out in containers to asia. They do not recicle locally. Waste management recycles single stream locally in San Leandro by unionized employees at their transfer station. The owner of CWS needs at least 250 million dollars in the bank and a whole lot of permits from every government agency in order to be ready to provide the 3 essential services to the city. And unless the city is going to fund part of this Enterprise for this CWS company now or down the road, I suggest if you live in Oakland you start signing that petition circulated by the hated gigant Waste Management.

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Posted by Rick Sanchez on 09/09/2014 at 6:17 PM

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