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Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

while i'm not really a fan of lynette gibson mcelhaney, it's interesting that noni session doesn't appear to get the same scrutiny when it comes to fundraising...

Posted by Mike Thorn on 10/05/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

It would be helpful to have a map (or a link to a map) of the geographical boundaries for each city council seat. Thanks.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 10/05/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

"Who else has the support of the police officers association?"

Kevin Corbett.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/05/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Who else has the support of the police officers association?

Posted by Don Macleay on 10/04/2016 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Dear Oakland Leaders Who Want to Get Into the Weed Biz: Why Stop at Marijuana?

This just reflects the pay for play attitude of Oakland government... It's called graft. It's just never been this open, but been here for a LONG time

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/04/2016 at 7:16 PM

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

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God bless him

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Posted by Nelson Mac on 10/04/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “An East Bay Pimp Trafficked Her Daughter. And the Man that She Turned to For Help Exploited Her For Sex.

This woman willingly let Mims pipe it. It's completely obvious that she was emotionally invested, realized Mims wasn't, and is reaching for anything she can to damage his reputation. They EXCHANGED sexually charged texts...the moms a thot and this whole story is proof. "This is why I'm hot!" MIMS!

Posted by PaizGod on 10/04/2016 at 12:17 AM

Re: “Turning Housing into Hotels

After creating a User/PW, Subscribing to this thread, and posting I see my posting was removed. Strange...

Thanks for nothing. It looks like 81 year old folks are not welcome.

Posted by Paul Smith on 10/03/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Turning Housing into Hotels

I'm 81 and my wife is 87. We purchased a home in Oakland in 1982, and converted it from a duplex to a 4 plex. We now live in one of the apartments. With rent control as it is we'd be hard pressed to do well financially if we didn't have Social Security checks, such as they are.

Our single unit rents for $1062 and a 2 bedroom apt rents for $1585. Our tenants have nicer furniture than we do. I wonder why?

Posted by Paul Smith on 10/03/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

People have to make their own scenes elsewhere. Richmond, Vallejo, Martinez, Stockton, etc all need artists to come and make their town great. And it's always inevitable. The place where this artist collective was at was once a carpet factory, which provided J-O-B-S for people, not just 14 artists living cheaply. It provided real jobs, so people could buy real homes.

Posted by Jane Smith 1 on 10/02/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Dear Oakland Leaders Who Want to Get Into the Weed Biz: Why Stop at Marijuana?

Given people's attitudes these days, it's hard to tell if you're being serious Nick or sarcastic....

Posted by Robert Hope on 10/02/2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Hello already! Told ya so... Back in 2012.....

Law makers, victim based service providers, the public and the media were All warned this would be one of the unintended consequences of these bad laws. And you all ignored the wisdom of whores! Why? Because useless politicians like Kamala Harris and Nancy omalley and the nonprofit all stood to profit off the criminalization of our labor! Non profits like BAYWAR and MISSEY and the rest of you victim pimps. You have nobody to blame but yourselves. May the damag you and the 78% of California voters caused so many be on your karma, I hope it's a bitch.

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 09/28/2016 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Everything but the mic drop.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/28/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 28, 2016

Why the **** are we allowing the legalization of recreational marijuana to be smoked??? When we are trying to reduce cancer rates and other diseases linked to tobacco and marijuana use. OF course there are always fools who are reckless with their health. Sure grandpa may have smoked for 200 hundred years--but he had emphysema and was reduced to a very small world around him. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SUFFER LIKE HE AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS DID SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DISRESPECTED WHAT WAS A SACRED ELEMENT OF OUR ABORIGINEE'S CULTURE THAT WAS NOT DONE ON A RECREATIONAL BASIS. WHY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL WARMING BY ADDING MORE UNNECESSARY CO2 TO THE ATMOSPHERE SMOKING AND HEATING UP OUR PLANET? Recreational use of any substance that is intended for medication is an inappropriate use and inappropriate behavior.

I have nothing against the use of marijuana for medical uses--when the delivery system is not burned or smoked, chewed but as a health care worker --I see medical marijuana as a positive thing in medicine. That said Recreational use of drugs leads to people not being in control of their lives they are driven by the drug of their recreational choice--we see this most easily in tobacco smokers where they will defend the right to smoke and fight you over it and they do not know that they often smell bad and cannot find the pleasure of good taste of foods they eat like those who are not inappropriate in such matters.

Lets helped stop global warming world wide by stop unnecessarily contributing CO2 to the world's atmosphere--we were not designed to smoke to begin with or use tobacco et al. We can save billions of dollars by not smoking or using other delivery systems and be much healthier.

Posted by ludwig on 09/28/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Will Revenue From Legalizing Marijuana and Passing Proposition 64 Mostly Go To Police?

Thank you, Mr. Downs, for this straightforward and concise response to all the wack disinformation and fear-mongering from weed dealers collaborating with the cops and others to prolong the monsterous crime against humanity that is cannabis prohibition while hypocritically hiding behind patients in order to line their own pockets free from regulation, taxes, and especially competition from legitimate businesses.

Maybe next you could likewise eviscerate the “Big Marijuana” bogeyman being pushed by, coincidentally(!), *both* the weed dealers and cops, etc.; you know, the “corporate takeover” of the industry that hasn’t happened in Colorado or Washington, and isn’t happening in Oregon or Alaska, despite none of those states’ regulatory regimes including the protections for small cannabis businesses found in Prop 64, like no grow licenses over an acre until 2023 …

Posted by Miles Monroe on 09/28/2016 at 2:34 PM

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

I appreciate Luke's reviews and articles, not that I always agree with him. If the point of this article was to expose "whitewashed" ethnic cuisine, perhaps he shouldn't have used Asians (hapa Korean guy and Japanese woman) cooking kebabs as an example. Just about every country/culture has it's version of kebabs or meat on a stick. And yes that includes Europeans/white people: Greeks, Italians, Serbs, Russians, etc... You know parts of Europe were once parts of the Ottoman, and Persian empires, and that influenced the cuisine. I get the whitewashing complaint. I'm a white guy, but I was annoyed when they cast Tilda Swinton (still a great actress) to play 'The Ancient One' in 'Doctor Strange'. But as far as "cooking other peoples' food goes": If I'm having dinner in a Korea town restaurant, frankly I don't give a shit if the cook is Mexican, as long as the food tastes good. But that's never a complaint, only when a gringo cooks ethnic food does it become "cultural appropriation". It seems that term has become a default negative in the minds of some of my fellow liberals. I suppose I shouldn't celebrate lunar new year with my Asian family, because it's cultural appropriation. Give me a break. People migrate, cultures and cuisines mix. Having said all that, If white rock star chefs insist on opening these ethnic restaurants, I prefer they at least employ some Thai (as an example) cooks and staff. When I go to a Chinese restaurant, and there's a white waitress who can't speak a word of Chinese, I'm not going to trust the food.

Posted by Brian Rogers on 09/28/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I agree with the last comment. Fuck Prime 100%. RIP T Mack and Craig.

Posted by blaseblase on 09/28/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

Can the Feds get a hold of you mj license and deny you a firearm

Posted by ANeed2know on 09/27/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

property owners who illegally raise the rent will not be stopped by more laws - they already don't care what the laws are. It will still be on their renters to report the abuses, as it is now. This law may not be designed to punish law-abiding property owners but that is the effect.
Instead of Oakland collecting higher fees for more laws, why don't they enforce the ones they already have?

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 09/27/2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I appreciate the value of your article, but have to take issue that Prime Gallery is named among artist collectives that "threw late-night events without attracting law-enforcement attention." They're characterized as this underground venue that was nurturing of a diverse community, and portrayed as victims of neighbors who watched them as though under a telescope.

This is a gross misrepresentation of this particular scene, which was comprised of teens and early 20 somethings that would leave shattered liquor bottles for blocks around. Kids from the parties would tag on residences, local businesses, and neighborhood murals. In less than a year, the small gatherings had escalated into weekly block parties that would prevent traffic from passing and would bring cops well into the morning hours. Neighbors confronted them several times, particularly after gun shots were fired.

It is true that eventually they were removed from the space. Tragically, this was not before their August eviction party culminated in the murders of two young men. Prime Gallery should not be portrayed as a loss to Oakland's art and music culture - it was an inevitable explosion that was not diffused in time.

Posted by Long Memory on 09/26/2016 at 11:26 PM

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