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Re: “Ferguson, Sanford, and Oakland

That may be true of some of mayoral candidates but has never been the attitude much less statements of Mayor Quan. However, I have certainly heard Oakland residents voice those sentiments. We need to look in the mirror first.

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Posted by Pamela Drake on 08/19/2014 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Gay Priest Ousted By Conservative Bishop

Mr. John Stevens comment was very interesting about possible liturgical abuses. The video he referenced did seem kind of weird even in today's Church that mostly ignores classical Catholic music for modern music.

I do believe in welcoming gays in the Church and not judging them but instead letting God be their judge as He is for all of us.

But liturgical abuses can be more subtile. I am more concerned about the loss of a feeling mystery, of sacredness, set-apartness in the Church, specifically the Real Presence. I keep hearing people discussing the tendency to talk in church, the noise and the feeling more like a meeting hall.

The new Oakland cathedral is a good example of this. I went in recently to be close to the Real Presence of our Lord. The Blessed Sacrament was not reserved on the altar nor in any of the many side altar alcoves, some filled with miscellaneous things. I finally wandered upstairs around the oval walkway above the nave. At the far end were some chairs. I looked to the balcony rail to the right; there the Holy Sacrament was reserved and could be easily ignored. Worshipping in that location also felt a bit strange and not really set-apart as anyone could blindly walk in front. Why wasn't at least one of the side chapels Reserved for Our Lord's Presence? Those of us who still want to worship the Lord, outside of Sunday obligation, seem to be taught that only OLD people do that. Well I am 75 and maybe that is true. If you are a young person and miss the Sacred Presence, you might say something about it.

Posted by George Battelle on 08/19/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Why California Weed Is Still the Best

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Posted by Editor on 08/19/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Consumer Advocates Protest Wells Fargo's Annual Shareholders Meeting for Third Year Running

Their involvement with the Keep Your Home CA program is very misleading. While their participation is posted on both websites, it fails to state that Wells Fargo IS NOT participating in the Unemployed Mortgage Insurance Program if your mortgage exceeds $3,000 per month. In addition, if you obtain a forebearance program you now become ineligible for participation in the Mortgage Reinstatement Program. I believe that these loop holes are their way of tacking on more interest on the back-end of your loan rather than allowing their mortgagees to receive federal funding. Very deceitful.

Posted by Teresa Sullivan on 08/19/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Caltrans Still Obsessed with Road-Building

Thanks for the coverage of this pernicious threat to our precious redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park and the scenic Smith river.
We who have been battling the Caltrans' Willits bypass appreciate your mention of this behemoth boondoggle. Unfortunately, it's not true that lawsuits have stopped it, though they have helped slow it down. Destructive work on the precious wetlands on the project's north end was stopped for eleven days last summer when a protester occupied a large crane tower. It was stopped by Army Corp of Engineers suspending its permit this past June for 3 wks. due to Caltrans' failures to comply with the permit conditions.
small, rural North Coast communities are easy victims of Caltrans' roughshod treatment and rip-off projects. The leadership and management lie, cheat and steal to keep it that way. Please keep the spotlight on them.

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Posted by Naomi Wagner on 08/19/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

My case in point continues. It was confirmed by CHP *this morning* that the motorcyclist that fled from the sideshow at the Port of Oakland crashed in Castro Valley. The supposed mystery of the matter at this point is solely to sell ads on Note, KTVU is still reporting on this sideshow story as if there is new information. They are still implying this sideshow tied up busy city streets and not just desolate Maritime St at the Port of Oakland and the on-ramp to the Bay Bridge (when participants fled).…

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/18/2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Call and Response

The Oskstop Gallery exhibit and the book are pure delight. The poets and writers were succinct, sure, exact and soulful. Oakstop is a community treasure and James Gayles and his creative partners at Pochino Press have created a wonderful, replicatable model that can spur creativity and bring exposure to other urban

Posted by Femi Folami on 08/18/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Prime example of KTVU misrepresenting Oakland today. The linked sideshow happened in a virtually unpopulated industrial area within the Port of Oakland where there is absolutely NO traffic on a Sunday evening. On a normal day the average KTVU viewer would never, and I mean NEVER, find themselves anywhere near Maritime Street. Likewise, these sideshow folks wouldn't dare be there when the Port is in full operation. So all in all this story is one heck of a misrepresentation of the facts. When they re-reported this segment on today's morning news they left out the exact location of the sideshow.…

Here's a map where the sideshow happened:…

There is a media bias!

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/18/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Pot-Laced Sex Lube, Foria, Gets A Glowing Review

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Posted by Editor on 08/18/2014 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

This is absolutely true and a marketing tactic by Yelp. I have ZERO respect for their site.

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Posted by Billy Gil on 08/17/2014 at 9:44 PM

Re: “California Does Not Have A Medical Marijuana Recommendation Problem

Of course it's a joke ............I'm in dispensaries all day and aside from the very, very occasional elderly sick patient I see who obviously is in need ......... it's nothing more than stoner paradise with 18-25 year olds parading through all day and night ........... no matter which club I happen to be at.

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Posted by Steve Reed on 08/17/2014 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Dead: Cause of Death — Cost, Polarization

First and foremost ........nobody that is currently making money in this business is interested in ANY regulations ........ ESPECIALLY if it institutes any type of change in the distribution of medical cards. This is the cash cow of the industry as 90% of the "patients" with medical cards in their possession have zero medical conditions. If the State truly had a system in place to clamp down of the issuance of the medical cards and at the end of the day ...... only the truly needy had cards ....... 90% of the dispensaries would close down. SB 1262 as I understood it was going to eliminate all of the fly by night "doctors" prescribing medical cards for hangnails and this would never fly within this industry.

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Posted by Steve Reed on 08/17/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Can I Get HIV From Kissing or Oral Sex?

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Posted by Editor on 08/17/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Dead: Cause of Death — Cost, Polarization

Those who seek profit first and foremost, on the backs of sick patients who cannot presently afford their medicine, are poor excuses for human beings, and the worst kind of false allies of medical cannabis. ASA and David Downs have no more credibility, at all.

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Posted by Mike Goldman on 08/17/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

i don't mind all the skewed reporting at all. I really don't want Oakland to become the next bland version of SF. Let them be scared! Rent is already getting pretty bad.

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Posted by Christian Petke on 08/17/2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “A Flawed Model for Care

I have had great success with Kaiser Santa Clara and Santa Teresa's mental health care services. I have been dealing with anxiety and depression. I found their programs to be extremely helpful and readily avaiable to me. I have experienced exceptional attention and care. Additionally, one of my children went through the outpatient drug program. The services were very impressive. My child had immediate access to an excellent therapist on a weekly basis. She also had a lot of group therapy choices. Although she was not classified as an addict, they treated her usage very seriously. I highly recommend this intervention program to other parents. I am saddened to hear that other patients are falling through cracks.

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Posted by Kristen Vannest Kuhlmeyer on 08/17/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Dead: Cause of Death — Cost, Polarization

"Bill sponsor and Sen. Lou Correa — a cop-backed Democrat from a town that bans dispensaries — told the Sacramento Bee that the bill died because folks wanted to perpetuate the 'wild, wild west' of medical marijuana."

Translation: The corporatocracy, along with its tools and attack dogs, cannot tolerate a system in which they are denied intrusion of the doctor-patient relationship, because slaves must not be permitted control over their own bodies.

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Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/17/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Setting the Record Straight About Oakland

Scott--I do understand your POV, the party line of the neocon and the neoliberal. It's been called, since the years of Ronald Reagan (and the Black Panther Party), "Trickle Down Economics."

It's all about more money for them that's already got with the "promise" that eventually, in a century or two, more money's gonna trickle down to them what's really in need.

It just don't work. NYC, SF. LA, other cities don't have the same ultra-high murder rate as Oaktown. One city isn't the same as every other city. Unless, of course, Walt Disney is your guide.

Oakland has a longtime problem of racism, red-lining and economic neglect of its poorest citizens. Lots of Oakland's electeds have known this for the past 40 years but have chosen not to do anything significant about it. Oakland's poorest Black and Brown folks need maybe another 20K living-wage jobs, right now. Oakland's current Mayor, a woman named Jean Quan, talks about her program to provide 2000 minimum wage summer jobs for young people. It ain't enough. But be assured Quan is quite aware of the good reviews Oakland's nightlife is getting from the NY Times.

Took nearly ten years for Oakland's electeds to start thinking about doing something about police reform. After major control of the po-po was taken away from Mayor Quan et al, then the reforms began in earnest.

I could go on, but you'd probably rather enjoy your tropical cocktail.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/17/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Shucking Delicious

Finally went to this place and had great expectations. We had the shrimp, market salad, mussels, fries, a glass of wine and two beers. The shrimp meat was somewhat soft and could have been previously frozen. When the fries came out they were twice fried and warm to the touch. I order another batch and they were great. The meal cost over $80.00 and I was charged for both orders at $ 7.50 a pop, really. Note, for anyone who goes, order at the counter and get a number then the food will arrive. Also, look at the chalk board for the entrees and specials. Finally, Swanns market place is a communal dinning space, order from either kitchen and enjoy.

Posted by David Crosby on 08/17/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

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Posted by Editor on 08/16/2014 at 10:04 PM

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