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Re: “This Week in Photos

Curry noodle soup is looking good for fall!

Posted by lucas strauss on 11/08/2014 at 10:56 AM

Re: “It's Official: Richmond Progressives Sweep City Council Race, Chevron Is Shut Out

This is some of the best and most hopeful news of the entire election. It's been a long hard slog for the progressives in Richmond to be able to begin to reform the city sitting in the giant shadow thrown by Chevron. Enormous credit has to be given to Gayle McLaughlin who has provided courageous leadership and integrity as mayor and who has swapped jobs with Tom Butt, former longtime City Council member and new mayor. Together with Beckles, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, and the Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate and with help from the environmental community and a coalition of African American churches (and yes, of course, the card rooms played a role), the City turned down the huge megacasino complex planned for Point Richmond i 2011--a victory no one thought possible. Earlier this year the City was able to reopen the public shoreline park that had been closed for a long time. This year's election rejected the power of Chevron money and its candidates, and clears the way for a better solution to the fate of Point Molate, one of the richest remaining shoreline sites along the Bay. Congratulations to these hard-working politicians and to the people who pounded the pavement to get them elected.

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Posted by Laura Baker on 11/08/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “This Week in Photos


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Posted by tara.stroud.35 on 11/07/2014 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Oakland Officially Okays Tenant Protection Ordinance

Here we go again. Legislation based on supposition. Actual harassment is already well covered under existing tenant laws. If a landlord is foolish enough to engage in harassment in the ways described by this article, he or she places themselves at a high risk for legal action, without the new law as a factor. Landlords, as a class, are not foolish, though of course, as with any group, there are always some.

In an ongoing expression of frustration at the rising cost of housing, however, a new law gets enacted that does nothing to address the rising cost of housing. At best, it aggravates the situation by providing some opportunistic tenants with an additional tool to use to extract payments from their landlords -whether or not they deserve them and whether or not an actual problem exists that is widespread enough to require such a remedy. That is unfortunate, as what this kind of thing does is add to the list of reasons to sell rental property in Oakland and reinvest elsewhere. That, in turn, could be of interest to investors who use the Ellis Act.

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Posted by Tim Frank on 11/07/2014 at 9:17 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

there are many of us out there who love to see the turkeys---I have worked on a campus where we have a flock and live near a flock for years now, and the novelty has never worn off--they are magnificent birds and I am thankful every day I get to see them in addition to rest of the limited wildlife we are privy to in an urban environment

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Posted by Sadaya Zimmerle on 11/06/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Wins Oakland Mayor's Race

Someone said she didn't welcome the new mayor. she said congratulations. Are we reading the same article? Why should she not say what she has to say as she exits? I don't know Libby but i know Jean Quan was a champion of young peoples arts and culture. i've seen her embrace youth culture and walk amongst the rougher parts of the city as one of the people. She recognized independent record label Hieroglyphics and gave them a an annual holiday & festival on labor day . A Hip Hop show with no fights, pat downs or crazy police presence. She showed up and hung out. I dont know ALL her politics and im not saying she perfect or anything negative about Libby but that means alot to me as someone from crime ridden, underserved and poor East Oakland amongst one of the richest most progressive arts, music, education &political scenes in the world to become a successful artist and activist . Im just saying that's one things she got right. This is not a given. Oakand needs that kind of mayor who can engage diverse groups. Hopefully Libby is not as bad as Peter says. We shall see

Wgo said jean Quan didnt welcome Libby?

“I also want to congratulate Councilwoman Libby Schaaf on being elected the next Mayor of Oakland.

“I pledge to help carry that work forward and collaborate with the Mayor-elect.

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Posted by DLabrie Eog on 11/06/2014 at 2:29 PM

Re: “An Environmental Setback at Brooklyn Basin

Not the first time a regulatory agency with a different focus has marched off in its own direction and undermined an agreement that took years to put together among many different players. One of the principles of mitigation is "in-kind, in-place." If the mitigation moves to Redwood City, it will be a loss of much-needed improvements to Oakland's shoreline environment.

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Posted by Brian Wiese on 11/06/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “An Environmental Setback at Brooklyn Basin

Are you kidding me!? "Let's block this obviously beneficial, PRIVATELY FUNDED habitat creation because there might not be a janitor crew ready to take it over in 2080."

How does anyone think this position is reasonable?? This is another classic case of California mindlessly shooting itself in the foot with over-regulation: it hurts everybody (the city, the developers, the public, the wildlife) and helps nobody. Totally insane.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 11/06/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “An Environmental Setback at Brooklyn Basin

It's a shame that Oakland will miss out on the marsh restoration which sounds like it would have been a good thing for the city and good for the shoreline. I have the greatest sympathy and gratitude for activists Threlfall and Schiff who clearly have worked hard to get a good win for the environment. Yet, the problem that they face illustrates the murky, messy aspects of what happens when public land is being developed by a private entity. In another part of the city, we have a case that provides an interesting counterpoint--the Oakland Zoo's attempt to expand into Knowland Park. The park and the zoo belong to the public, but the zoo operator--the East Bay Zoological Society--is a private non-profit corporation that has a management agreement with the City that includes a 30-year land tenure provision--the zoo is the designated steward of Knowland Park. The EBZS wants to develop 56 acres of sensitive park land (see the East Bay Express article"Zoo Gone Wild_ Sept. 3, 2014). Because there is a a population of Alameda whipsnakes, a threatened species protected by the Endangered Species Act, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (US Army Corps of Engineers is involved also) would have preferred that the project stay off sensitive habitat--eminently possible because there is a good deal of degraded land within the zoo's footprint. But the zoo refused.
The agencies have to require some form of payback for impacts if a developer refuses to avoid the impacts as is the case here. So the current proposal which will face a vote by the City Council on Nov. 18 includes a so-called "conservation easement" which is actually an additional 22 acre-set-aside of more park land to protect the snake. Yet, it neither protects the snake--because it's double-dipping which means a net loss of habitat-- nor serves the public interest since public access would be removed. The entire mitigation rests upon the decision to place a permanent easement on the park land but the EBZS has only the 30-year land tenure agreement (actually the City's normal land tenure limit is 20 years but the City Council granted a special extension so that EBZS could get a $7 million state parks grant for part of the development). SO, bottom line: it appears that in the Brooklyn Basin case, the Army Corps and the water board don't like the idea of the impermanence of leased land and the 66-year limit as a site for mitigation. But in theKnowland Park/Zoo case, the agencies have apparently ignored the fact that the permittee (EBZS) has land tenure for only 30 years.

Why the inconsistency between the two cases? The answer probably lies in the fact that wetlands enjoy much greater regulatory protection than uplands, so it's easier for developers to get the permits they need. Of course, the real issue is that often the regulatory agencies get backed into a corner by pressure from developers behind closed doors and when the resulting agency decisions are revealed, they don't make a lick of sense, at least not from an environmental perspective. In these two cases, common sense appears to be entirely lacking. I wish Ms. Schiff and Ms. Trelfall good luck.

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Posted by Laura Baker on 11/06/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Ask Legalization Nation: Weeding Out Hemp Oil Hustlers.

SC LABS exposes ProjectCBD for their bad science, no chain of custody, not removing the background data from their test results, dirty sample with no indication of where it came from - believe their "report" at your own risk.

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Posted by aj fincher on 11/06/2014 at 7:01 AM

Re: “An Environmental Setback at Brooklyn Basin

Has anybody considered what the two restoration sites will look like in 66 years when factoring in sea level rise? If there is no place for a marsh to move landward in response to sea level rise, it will drown and become a mudflat. Surely when thinking on the scale of seven decades this physical reality should be considered.

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Posted by Andrew Gunther on 11/06/2014 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Ask Legalization Nation: Weeding Out Hemp Oil Hustlers.


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Posted by aj fincher on 11/06/2014 at 6:59 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

What? no recipes for wild turkey?

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Posted by David.Hicks on 11/06/2014 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Outside Money Absent in Mayor’s Race

While I'm pleased that the Express finally reported on the outside spending in the school board race, the amounts reported are significantly less than the final amounts. On Almanzor in District 6, GO spent over $66,000 according to their 11/3 Form 497 filing,--and the charter schools association, through its "Families for Quality Oakland Schools" PAC contributed a total of an additional $65,000 to the campaigns.

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Posted by Doug Appel on 11/06/2014 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Big Soda Takes a Big Beating in Berkeley

Quite frankly, Berkeley is not representative of the rest of the country – neither in terms of demographic makeup nor how people actually feel about these types of discriminatory taxes. For example, during yesterday’s election the San Francisco soda tax proposal was soundly defeated, and in Massachusetts, the electorate overwhelmingly voted down bottle bill expansion. These votes, and the more than 30 states and cities that have previously rejected soda taxes, clearly indicate that Americans are opposed to taxes on grocery items. The fact of the matter is, Berkeley represented the lowest hanging piece of fruit for activists in their pursuit of these long sought-after discriminatory taxes. That said, the vote in Berkeley is in no way indicative of how the country feels, nor does this vote portend a trend.
-American Beverage Association

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Posted by American Beverage Association, ABA Communications on 11/06/2014 at 6:29 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Thanks for all this amusing information. I think I prefer "Wild Turkey" of the liquid form - a refreshing bourbon of great repute since 1869.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 11/06/2014 at 12:48 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Someone mentioned few natural predators for turkeys? Well, there are always humans. Coyotes are probably too smart to take on a healthy adult turkey. I've had as many as 30 in my yard and in those numbers they can be quite destructive.

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Posted by Ken Osborn on 11/05/2014 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Wins Oakland Mayor's Race

Hey Jean, don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you...
Actually, you can let it if you want.

So notable how some use their words.
Good riddance.

Here's hoping all of the Libby-maniacs are right, she has her work cut out for her.

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Posted by Conan Neutron on 11/05/2014 at 11:16 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

Yep, feeling it. These guys ganged up on me last week while I was leaving for work. I couldn't figure out if I could get them to move. Didn't want to be mean and scare them, but truth be told, I was a little scared of them. Freaks.

Posted by melody simpson on 11/05/2014 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: KTVU, Stop Being a Shill for San Francisco

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Posted by Editor on 11/05/2014 at 8:33 PM

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