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Re: “Berkeley Okays Fourth Dispensary, Free Weed

Hi David,

Did the council discuss their selection/vetting process for this fourth dispensary and when the pertinent dates may be?

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Posted by Brandon Reese on 07/02/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

A couple of facts for Rhys.
Drakes grows - according to its own website, Pacific Oysters and Manila clams. Both are asian species introduced to North America.
Pacific Oysters were in 2000, 98% of the worlds world’s cultured oyster production which was in 2003 4.38 million tonnes.- American production is about 43000 tonnes. Closing Drakes will not end any species.
If you want Pacific oysters from the area - Tomales Bay Oyster Co sell both pacific oysters and manila clams. I've tried both - I can't tell the difference - try a blind taste test, you won't either.
As to your driving past and not seeing very much- You know that a shellfish farm mean things are grown in the water, that why you can't see anything from a car on land.

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Posted by David O'Sullivan on 07/02/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

agree with the first comment. WTF are you creating GMOs? You should be eliminating them! I, for one, will never try your cheese. Hell, I'll even stick with Daiya before I try your chemicals. Thank goodness Miyoko Schinner is going commercial with her incredible cheeses!

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Posted by Ellen Kessler on 07/02/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “California Hemp Gets Rolling

Time for DiFi to retire

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Posted by Jim Reilley on 07/02/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

The oysters Lunny produces are unlike any I have had anywhere. It would be a shame for that species to vanish. (They are delicious) Is oyster farming really so invasive that we need to kill off a species? Can those oysters be raised elsewhere?

I really don't care much about his personal plight, or the precident set or the government land issues. I don't think the dining public should lose a unique and wonderful delicacy.

I have been to the oyster farm. Seems pretty low impact to me. In fact, I have driven right past it on a few occasions because it's a tiny hidden place in a large area.

I have also seen this fight characterized as big business vs. Public interest. With something like 15 employees farming oysters in the muck, it's hardly corporate America. I don't understand the harm his company does and how many people will benefit from tearing down his oyster shack. Vs the many who will find their favorite oysters off the menu forever.

Isn't there some compromise that can work in the ecological and dining publics mutual best interest. I'm tired of all this black and white thinking.

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Posted by Rhys Ludlow on 07/02/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Environmentalists to Battle Chevron Refinery Project

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collects $billions$ using “Wallet Flushing” car tax. Is it time for CA AG Kamala Harris EPA GMO ethanol fuel waiver conversation?

Did Governor Brown choose a CA/DCA/BAR Chief who can find out if what is broken on a PZEV Smog Check failed car gets fixed? A Smog Check secret shopper audit would cut toxic car fleet impact 1500 tons per day while reducing cost by $billions.

Dr. Stan’s California water & fuel supply opinion…

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Posted by Charlie Peters on 07/02/2014 at 3:25 AM

Re: “Environmentalists to Battle Chevron Refinery Project

To understand the sleaze-side of Chevron, see,

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Posted by EarlRichards on 07/02/2014 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Inside the Ethical Cheese Lab

there are plenty brands and varieties of delicious vegan cheese already available. you can keep your greenwashed "ethical gmo" crap in the lab, thank you.

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Posted by Kelly H williams on 07/01/2014 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

Lunny is the Cliven Bundy of Marin. He'll push his personal enrichment scam on our public land as long as he can get away with it. Time to evict this freeloading, environmentally damaging business.

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Posted by Jeff Miller on 07/01/2014 at 9:45 PM

Re: “A Little Dab Could Doom Ya

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Posted by Editor on 07/01/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

"...because they're reluctant to give more money to a department that has been unable to police itself. "

I've never heard anyone say that is the reason they're thinking of not renewing Measure Y. It is because residents paid more money for more police officers but got a smaller police force along with rampant crime. We simply do not trust the council with our money.

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Posted by John Blankenship on 07/01/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Confusion Reigns Over Oakland Urban Gardens

If elected, I'll grow tomatoes in front of Oakland City Hall. Liu for Mayor 2014.

Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 07/01/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Should Let Voters Decide on Redistricting Commission

Berkeley similarly had a measure to effectuate independent redistricting, but it was killed by the majority of Council. Will there be a story?

Posted by Anthony Sanchez on 07/01/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Should Let Voters Decide on Redistricting Commission


That was my capitalization mistake, not Ms. Sabbag's. And, yes, it may very well have been a Freudian one.

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 07/01/2014 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Should Let Voters Decide on Redistricting Commission

This is a good thing, though Ms. Sabbag's Freudian capitalization ("Democratic" as contrasted to "democratic") is pretty funny.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 07/01/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

It really frustrates me that two recent Yelp reviews are not recommended and only one unfavorable review is featured. Those two new positive reviews were genuine reviews by active customers. It is hard to get reviews when you are a tutoring agency, it's not like a restaurant where you have 100 customers a day, we have that many customers a year! To see two reviews disqualified for no good reason really makes me think this is a punishment for not advertising.

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Posted by dennis.g.freeman on 07/01/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Sketch Ice Cream Says Goodbye One Last Time

Sad. Its tough to run a restaurant and I wish them well. My wife and I walked in there one time but it must have been an off day for them-- no one greeted us or acknowledged us and then my wife looked at the prices and said--"Let's just go get an Its-it at Bing's for a couple of bucks."

With that kind of attitude so prevalent amidst customers who are price conscious rather than quality, it's no surprise that restaurants nowadays that specialize in local, sustainable, organic, handmade foods have a rough time of it.

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Posted by chris juricich on 06/30/2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Former DA's Testimony Could Prove Costly for Taxpayers

This reporter John Geluardi's "journalism" doesn't even pass the laugh test. From day one in his coverage of this matter he has been spoon fed information from Gresset and his lawyers.There has been no effort to get the other side of the story. Whatever Gresset and his lawyers tell this gullible reporter get's reported as "fact". The reporter also has a habit of slipping his own opinions and conclusions into his stories -which he reports as fact, and he also can't seem to put what little information he has gathered into any kind of context. Very simply, this is shoddy reporting at it's worst.
This reporters reporting skills are so bad you could use his series of stories on the Gresset matter as a "case study" on how not to write a story. This reporter Guelardi is a fool and should find a new line of work.

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Posted by Richard Woulfe on 06/30/2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Hunting With a Rat

I am a meat eater and am not against hunting...but that means hunting with a purpose (to respect the animal you are killing and to eat it). Latham, on the other hand, is not a hunter...he is a Neanderthal. He hunts while drinking, shoots from his truck, kills animals he wasn't even hunting for (the coyote, the skunk), and kills a wild boar that was sleeping??? What kind of hunter is he? He has no skill or consciousness.

What Latham describes as hunting is a socially acceptable way to describe killing for its own sake. Narcissistic exhilaration. But what is to be expected from the man who created a motorcycle club that has it's major reputation from being a place to get drunk and watch his theme-based fights: drunks versus stoners, Jews versus Gentiles, punks versus hipsters, property owners versus graffiti artists, "chick fights", clowns versus mimes, college-educated versus high school drop outs, etc.

Latham obviously finds pleasure in the act of killing and in doing so, relishes his abuse of power, in the same way that dictators and psychopaths do. In each case, the ability to hold a life in your hands and to crush it at whim for blood sport... a defense-less beyond any talent or true hunter's skill.

There are five recognized stages of hunting:
1) Shooting stage: getting the shot is most important
2) Limiting out stage: trying to get the most possible animals shot
3) Trophy stage: shooting only targeted species or prized targets
4) Method stage: i.e.: moving from a gun to a bow and arrow, studying signs of the animal, learning to track
5) Sportsman stage: no longer interested in killing, but in appreciating the outdoors, sitting amidst wildlife, and respecting and appreciating the nature around you.

Latham is stuck at stage 1 in which pulling the trigger is all that matters. Sad.

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Posted by Lexine Alpert on 06/30/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Hunting With a Rat

Having been a hunter in my native New Zealand during my late teens till mid twenties was interested in reading Kathleen experiences. Americans generally don't have a great reputation for their hunting ability in NZ, a common belief is that an "yank" hunter has more chance of hitting a animal with their vehicle driving to the hunting location than with their rifle. I have to say this bias was confirmed by the details of the story.

If Lathan asks you again you should probably decline. His lack of skill, safety and knowledge are on the point of being dangerous to himself and others. The consumption of alcohol (especially the heavy consumption described) and using guns is unbelievably stupid. Alcohol with ATF driving and then hunting, stupid beyond words. Also it's against the law as I understand it, check out FGC 3002, and VC 23152 from 2013-2014 Mammal Hunting Regulations (PDF) from
The killing of the coyote was illegal if shot from the ATF (which also is likely to be be not in compliance with the requirements for ATFs when hunting) and if the shunk was shot within 150 yards of a dwelling (which from you description it it likely was) that death was also unlawful.
All the animal deaths your described are likely to have been unlawful kills as read hunting regulations and law for Cal.

Even leaving aside the safety/legal issues, the actions of the hunters are stupid just from a practical effective killing and eating of game perspective. The chances of seeing, then successfully killing a animal an intelligent and excellent senses of smell and hearing from a moving vehicle must close to nil. It a minor miracle you saw a pig, let alone someone hit it.

I would advise not eating any of the meat from the boar. Large game, especially pig, spoils very quickly. Leaving a pig, without first checking it was dead (which for a 300 lb boar hit by a fluke shot is extremely unlikely), letting it bleed out for more than a hour while it warms up (if the temp hit 40 F or above, any meat is likely tainted). Then dragging it through dirt by three boys (in which the safety certs for the ridding in the ATF were likely non existence) so that it collects bacteria and internal fluids are fully mixed within the meat is a recipe for spending a lot of time near a bathroom after eating the pork.

It's ironic Trevor Lathan lecturing about people taking responsibility, as he (and more disturbingly the guide you both when out with) have shown in their actions to have taken practically none.

PS Kathleen your experience of a hunting ed class also raised alarm bells. I have briefly looked at the Dept of Fish and Wildlife education resources online (hence my calls on how actions you describe are likely unlawful) and they are very comprehensive and to a high standard. But your outline of your classmates and information provided, rates a followup. The Dept itself recommends against small children being allowed to take one (though it says there is no min age req) as the info is detailed and complex and I doubt the 11 or 12 yr olds be up to understanding the stuff I've looked at, let alone the 7 yr olds. Did the boys pass? Also how much did the instructors spend talking about the political stuff"?
Did the stuff you learn give you the knowledge to know that Lathan and the guide's actions where unsafe and potentially illegal?

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Posted by David O'Sullivan on 06/30/2014 at 12:45 PM

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