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Re: “The High Cost of Driving While Poor

Our nation's largest court has already acted to put a lid on the out of control fines. The LA County court will not turn you in to the DMV if you don't respond to a red light camera ticket issued by a city in the county. Or by the MTA. Hard to believe? Search red light camera no consequence.

Posted by HenryEast on 06/01/2015 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

Well, here I was trying to buy California-produced wine, thinking it was more sustainable than buying wine that has been shipped from another state or continent. What should the sustainably-minded consumer do? Is wine from Washington, Oregon, South America, Australia, Europe more sustainably produced??

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Posted by Keira Williams on 06/01/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Hit-And-Run Epidemic Plagues Oakland

While I surely do not advocate hit and run, I do feel that too many people carelessly walk in the streets. Just because there is a crosswalk does not mean a pedestrian should freely walk in he street. Be cautious, do not assume a driver can see you and please take off your headphones.

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Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 06/01/2015 at 12:33 AM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

I have n idea what anyone in Oakland needs to gripe about. Unemployment rate is low, minimum wage is up, real estate is booming resulting in trickle down economics. It is time we all rally around this mayor and welcome her efforts to make peace in this beautiful city.

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Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 06/01/2015 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Shifting Gears: Oakland's Bicycling Future

Michael, I am the Nurse Practitioner who tended to you at the accident scene. I have often wondered what happened to you and how your recovery was going. It was clear to me you had very serious injuries and would not walk for some time. I will never forget the image of your body flying though the air and hitting the pavement.
I am so gratified to learn of your recovery but also deeply grateful for your bicycle advocacy work. I am a cyclist and I choose to ride to work daily. Your accident was the type that could stop one from cycling forever. I felt myself making the choice again to stay on the road but now with vivid real life knowlege of the dangers.
I have stayed on the road and it appears you have too. Thank you for your service on behalf of cyclists. God bless you in your continued recovery. Keep up the good work. Sincerly Rebecca Faith

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Posted by Rebecca Faith on 05/31/2015 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Activists Work to Stop East Bay Coal Exports

Stop it, coal. You are inappropriate.

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Posted by Christopher Fallis on 05/31/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Hit-And-Run Epidemic Plagues Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 05/31/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Water Transfers Threaten Fish and Tribes

The majority of rain in California falls in its northern third. At least the wine counties consume water which comes from their own sector and grapes really are thirsty critters. Why arrange to transfer any more water to Southern California when we can find legitimate uses for it in the North? Excess water here can be allocated to save some endangered fish. If expansionists continue in the south then let them try to channel water from the Great Lakes or the great river. We"ll all then see what the Mid-westerners think of that..

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Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/30/2015 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

Protests in Oakland end up costing tax payers and business. This is a step in the right direction. Go pick on another city with your so called 'protest' and learn how to influence the policies you want changed. Stop trashing the city we love: Oakland CA!

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Posted by Mike Merriman on 05/30/2015 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

If a vineyard grows a mere 15 acres and each acre can produce upwards to 2500 vines, that tallies up to 37,500 vines. If each vine produces 2-4 bottles (let's average 3 for illustration purposes) then that's 12,500 bottles which are produced from 15 acres. Given the exorbitant price of land in Sonoma County, it now becomes necessary and makes sense to charge $100 or more a bottle to recoup costs and make a profit. Ergo 12,500 x $100 = $1,250,000. A consumer who buys a bottle of wine for $100 or more, wants to be wooed. They want to be reassured that they're buying something great, at least I know I would if I was to spend $100 on a bottle of wine. So throw in an event center with a tasting room and a vacation rental, and it's obvious to see why land and water is being converted into the wine business at an alarming rate here in the county.

Indeed, this land and water grab is a direct result of greed. Privatization of water and land is a growing consequence of a government which is beholden to big business which has successfully saturated government with lobbyists and corporate insiders jockeying for their agendas. Such lack of moral leadership has come about because we are a republic and not a true democracy. If we were a real democracy, citizens would be permitted to vote directly on all large and small issues and representation would be minimal. Instead, we have career politicians who vote and, most often, their votes are driven by self-interest. Thanks in large part to campaign funding and no term limits as well as an antiquated system of representation.

Economics, government policies, a population bomb which has detonated, and dwindling environmental resources, it's no surprise we are in the dilemma were in. My greatest concern is that privatization will prevail as government blindly can not recognize the source of its' own "systemic" failure.

A special thank you to Will Parrish for a superb piece.

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Posted by Anne Tedder on 05/30/2015 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

Thank you for this excellent and informative article. As someone who resides in western Sonoma County I am living the nightmare of what this article addresses. While taking 5 minute showers, using gray water to care for my plants and hearing that my neighbors wells are drying up, it infuriates me when I pass by wineries in the middle of the day and see the water flowing as the vineyards are generously watered. When I walk in local parks, the once flowing streams are nothing more but mere trickles - if that much. Despite the community outcry and an unsuccessful lawsuit, a non-organic winery now sprays pesticides despite its close proximity to a number of schools exposing young young children , adults and wildlife to all kinds of poisons. And now there is the threat of the Dairyman Winery, Distillery and Event Center on the already congested Highway 12 between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The plan is to include 87,000 square feet of buildings, an annual capacity of 500,000 cases of wine and 250,000 gallons of distilled spirits and up to 58 events a year each with as many as 600 guests creating one of the largest wineries in Sonoma County.

My quality of life in rural Sonoma County is being threatened and compromised. It doesn't surprise me, but yes, it still upsets me to see the likes of Jerry Brown (and most of our other elected officials) putting the agribusiness ahead of the people they're supposed to represent. It's time for all of us to speak up, act out, write, organize and coordinate to stop this uncontrolled and unregulated takeover of our resources, land and quality of life. Let us remember that great quote by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Thank you East Bay Express.......

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Posted by Roberta Teller on 05/29/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

The majority of rain in California falls in its northern third. At least the wine counties consume water which comes from their own sector and grapes really are thirsty critters. Why arrange to transfer any more water to Southern California when we can find legitimate uses for it in the North? Excess water here can be allocated to save some endangered fish. If expansionists continue in the south then let them try to channel water from the Great Lakes or the great river. We"ll all than see what the Mid-westerners think of that.

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Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/29/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

All I can say is….OOPS. How about a 24 hr ban on helicopters? I'm tired of the racket… The protesters are QUIET in comparison...

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Posted by Segue Fischlin III on 05/29/2015 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

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Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/28/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

It is interesting to note how divided the city has become over the nighttime ban on protesting. I personally think the ban is silly and merely created for the convenience of the established interests of Oakland. At least an ordinance to this effect should have been passed by city council. I think the expenses the city incurred by promoting this unconstitutional nonsense are well deserved. I notice that most of the people reading the comments here and then voting "like" or "dislike" seem to be in favor of protest ban.

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Posted by John Randall Scott on 05/28/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Hit-And-Run Epidemic Plagues Oakland

Last year two state bills made it to Governor Jerry Brown's desk, one which would have created a yellow-alert system to catch hit-run perpetrators, similar to existing the amber-alert system, and another which would have raised fines and penalties for hit-run drivers. Both were passed by the state assembly and senate, but were vetoed by the governor who stated "I think current law is adequate."

This year Assembly Member Gatto from Southern California has reintroduced the yellow-alert hit-run bill as AB8, which has so far been approved by the assembly again and is currently with the senate. I encourage everyone to write the governor and their senator, urging them to push this bill forward and enact it into law as soon as possible. Every day we wait equals more lives lost and livelihoods ruined: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/bi…

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Posted by Robert Prinz on 05/28/2015 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

A "ban" on protests??? Hardly as the previous (civil) protests have shown...

Mr. Gammon, your credibility has taken a severe hit because of how you presented this article.

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Posted by John Blankenship on 05/28/2015 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

Everybody misses the whole concept here. First it's the redwoods, shouldn't build more homes, then it's the cars, and the SUV's. Of course Tha bottled water, now the WINE! Don't you get it?

THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE!

But NO, you rarely hear that.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

I am a winemaker, lighten up on the wine. I don't make a lot of commercial wine, but I consume water. The real problem is stated above. If you are going to address something, address that. Js

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Posted by Jeff Smith on 05/28/2015 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

Everybody misses the whole concept here. First it's the redwoods, shouldn't build more homes, then it's the cars, and the SUV's. Of course Tha bottled water, now the WINE! Don't you get it?

THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE!

But NO, you rarely hear that.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

I am a winemaker, lighten up on the wine. I don't make a lot of commercial wine, but I consume water. The real problem is stated above. If you are going to a dress something, address that. Js

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Posted by Jeff Smith on 05/28/2015 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

The protest on Thursday night was part of a national day of protest designed to bring attention to women who are victims of police violence.. These marches occurred in over 16 cities including SF and Oakland.. One was held in SF during the day the other was held in Oakland at night to accommodate working people, many who got off work and joined since they were not able to go to SF earlier in the day ..Night marches are not unusual, they are the norm.. There have been numerous candlelight vigils held throughout Oakland which are also 'demonstrations' that are held at night...

Lastly in terms of vandalism.. anyone thinking those occur at night are either misinformed or very naive.. There are scores of videos of protest in Oakland along that show windows being broken in broad daylight.. Anyone who has that as an agenda will not be stopped because they can't march at night...

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Posted by Davey D Cook on 05/28/2015 at 3:58 PM

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