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Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

If these officers have sex with Guap while she was underage how many more unknown girls were victims that are afraid to speak up.

Posted by Veronyca Mawusi Abena on 09/01/2016 at 12:04 AM

Re: “The Kaepernick Conversation Should Be About Black Lives, Not National Anthem Etiquette

If Colin Kaepernick had not told the media that he had purposely been setting down during the National Anthem, nobody would have noticed. Nobody would have been insulted. Nobody would have been discussing whether he had a Constitutional right to stay seated. And, I would have not learned that the third stanza celebrated of the National Anthem cheers the death of slaves that ran to the British to be free. These words are an embarrassment to be part of America's National Anthem.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The stain of our history of slavery should not be part of the National Anthem that should ideally represents the best of the Nation and call to all in the Nation to come together in song. If Black Lives Matter today, there has to be a new National Anthem.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 08/31/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Toxic Incense

One has to wonder why any intelligent person would think that burning incense would purify the air. The article on the other hand only dealt with stick/cone/coil incense---what about resins? What are in resin incenses?

It'd be nice if we could get beyond this RedState BlueState---if you say nice things about A you must be against B mentality. Why doesn't incense get any scrutiny? I burn a lot of it (with open windows, unless I'm going out and want to stink up the place for the even better---after burn olfactory experience) so it really would be nice to know what's in it.

What would organic mean, in incense? If an organically produced compound produced benzene, say... I've found that some resins seem to be full of water---they put out the charcoal before they've even started burning---and of course, you're burning charcoal indoors...

Is my incense going to kill me before the wine does? Or will I be coughing up blood on a respirator as I die of liver cancer?

Would somebody please get me a glass of wine, I mean, I'm dying so what do you care---and please, light some incense---your perfume is making me nauseous.

Posted by Paul Tominac on 08/31/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Well what do you expect. The cops investigating themselves is always a failed approach.

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 08/31/2016 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

O.Malley is a loser with perception of her incompetence being extremely high. Time to file charges and get off her duff or give it to State AG for prosecution. Damn shame that some bad apples tarnish all OPD officers and the DA is in another world as it drags its feet.

Posted by Steve Redmond on 08/31/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

The way they threw Sgt Gantt under the bus is another example of how dirty they are. Gantt has always been a outstanding cop who served the city well. Other officers/investigators just abhor the way he gets his cases solved and is so often in the spotlight as a result. I'm really surprised they haven't tried other things in an attempt to bring him down, professionally or physically.
Most of the cops at OPD can not be trusted and you have to be extra careful about who you communicate with in leadership as well. Speak up against certain cops involved in wrongdoing and those cops will be tipped off while you now have to watch YOUR back from suspects on the street as well as other officers. Whent's departure was long over due and had those rookies been around a bit longer they would've been protected and possibly saved by the blue code.
I along with many others in and outside OPD will not be surprised when there are no charges filed in the Guap case. By the way, O'Brien's suicide was prompted by the guilt of his wife's death as well as his relationship with Guap. Regardless of what the DA says, remember, OPD was at the scene first (take that several ways). He killed his wife and a certain detective was on the verge of getting him to break or confess util he was swiftly pulled off the case

Posted by marv on 08/31/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

OPD has always been terrible when it came to covering up for officers.
While I was there, I gave statements against 2 officers whom I witnessed beating a handcuffed suspect....with their batons. For the next few weeks dispatch had to assign units to back me on calls during certain shifts. Dirty cops backed by dirty administration. Leaving OPD was one of the best moves I've made for my career, sanity and life

Posted by marv on 08/31/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

If OPD Officers (including high ranking officers) participated in a cover-up of the information implicating other officers in unlawful sex trafficking activities, those officers should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. Period.

Posted by Pamela Y. Price on 08/31/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

If there is a full investigation of this matter, Oakland may end up with ZERO police on the streets - except possibly the female officers. Perhaps this is why there has been no action taken?

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/31/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

O'Malley has failed to take action against police brutality in Alameda County. She has, however, prosecuted victims of such brutality. If there is enough outrage, she might choose a low-level police officer or two as sacrificial lambs for a slap on the wrist, but only because of her political ambitions (rumors are that she wants to be appointed Attorney General by Governor Brown).

In any case, this case goes beyond Oakland and Alameda County, as officers from Richmond and San Francisco were involved. I'm not sure that the Attorney General, whose main interest is to get elected to the Senate and keep the law enforcement unions on her side, would conduct a fair investigation, but it is the responsibility of her office to do so. It's outrageous that she has washed her hands on this case.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 08/31/2016 at 9:41 AM
Posted by michael.sagehorn on 08/30/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

what is really crazy is that this post comes from 2009, that's 7 years and YELP just keeps on moving. Very SAD for the business community

Posted by Casey Lewis 1 on 08/29/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

This is the new Oakland. They (always white, always with might) have the money and the power and the "in." Uber is leading the way. Within 5 years West Oakland will probably have a Whole Foods, wiping out local community farmers markets and these hipster high-so restaurants with their fake rustic/poverty porn ovens and grills will be everywhere. There is just no end to this parade of slick, well-heeled, heavily financed celebrity chef wannabes and their Moet swilling tech millionaire followers. When's this sh*t going to end? Looks like they've just begun.

Posted by Brian Lucas on 08/29/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “In Oakland Hills Race, A Battle of Ideologies

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Posted by Remedios Atkins on 08/28/2016 at 6:33 PM

Re: “JP Morgan Chase's Home Loans in Oakland Mostly Went to White and Wealthy Residents

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Posted by Serena Ann on 08/27/2016 at 1:26 AM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Very thoughtful article with lots to ponder. The Bruce Cost/Barbara Tropp feud comes to mind when two whites argued about being the better Chineese cook (both were sensational) and Trader Vic with his faux Polynesia. James Beard introducing his audience to pu-pu platters in his cookbooks. French and American chefs incorporating fusion flavors in the eighties. The Romans are in the midst of that now. I think the issue is sensitivity and respect and as Russ said if it brings people to the table everyone should benefit.

Posted by Dennis Lapuyade on 08/27/2016 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Luke makes many good points here about privilege, the comfort zone and expectations of audiences, etc. However, I do think the media plays an even larger role than Luke states. Los Angeles has Jonathan Gold, who is as adventurous and knowledgeable about all kinds of cuisine as any critic in existence. Many really great places, a majority of which are run by immigrants cooking food from their culture, are given business-altering attention by Gold's writing. This has a cascade effect, in that illuminating the often challenging Southern Thai cooking of Jitlada then opens up people's palates and minds to other Thai places doing unfamiliar things. Is Luv2Eat Thai a huge success within its first year (!) without the groundwork of Jitlada and Jonathan Gold? I doubt it.

The Bay Area (and primarily SF) has traditionally been covered by Michael Bauer and collectively the places he writes about are very different than Gold's portfolio. This has undoubtedly informed the palates of the Bay Area. Why is it a big surprise, then, that people prefer Comal to El Paisa when nobody even bothers to review El Paisa (until Luke did so last year, 7 years after it opened)? For years, Chowhound was a far better place to learn about interesting eateries than any of the normal media outlets (and its descent into uselessness is a sad story for another day). But CH fame isn't enough by any stretch to lead thousands of people to try a place or cuisine or dish that's outside their comfort zone, to turn Jitlada into JITLADA. It's not impossible: Burma Superstar has turned everybody into a tea leaf salad expert; Turtle Tower is the reference for many people's pho ga. These places are out there, but we need help separating the good from the mediocre.

Therefore, the way to balance the scales is for media members who have a broad audience to considerably expand what kind of restaurant is considered “review worthy”, and to write knowledgeably, adventurously and engagingly about them. This is not a small thing to ask. Who will take the time to understand and explain the characteristics of Jiangsu cuisine, and where to go to experience it? Who has the depth to say that this Sinaloan mariscos place stands above the others? Gold certainly wasn't born with an innate understanding of homestyle Korean food, but he can write about Soban with enough authority and enthusiasm that some people will go check it out, and some fraction of them will have a great experience and tell their friends, and so on. Whoever the Bay Area's Jonathan Gold is, she or he will need a lot of time to build trust and an audience. Maybe it's a group effort. Luke is clearly doing his part and I thank him for his efforts. I believe he's easily the best critic we have right now, and maybe in time he will be enough if he is given a platform with a wider geographic range. There's definitely a market for this type of criticism -- we just need the right guidance.

N.B. The South Bay is filled with places that are known mainly only to the immigrant populations that they serve. Would someone please start writing intelligently about them?

Posted by Peter Chang on 08/26/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

I guess Apple shouldn't make smartphones either because they are culturally an Illinois, Espoo and Seoul thing

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 08/25/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

@Charlie Pine

Could you provide links to the Berkeley studies please? Your description suggests they only looked at the price-change of soda (i.e. half the tax showed up in price increase of soda), rather than any other goods.

Also, with regard to personal attacks, I cited the prof's credentials in response to your claim that he "might know law, but he clearly does not understand the first thing about comparative price elasticities." You said he doesn't know economics, I responded by showing that he does. I did not introduce the tactic of personal attacks.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 08/25/2016 at 4:36 PM

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