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Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Jack London was able to buy his farmland cheap because it had been over-farmed and considered useless. He used organic techniques he learned while a war correspondent abroad to restore the soil. He hoped that in the future the land would be able to support 40 families, but he died too young to see that through.

I'm not sure why running a working ranch makes one a "champagne socialist". Ask any working ranch owner how luxurious that life is.

Posted by gem spear on 02/24/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

It was City logo long before Oaklandish came along. Get it right.

Posted by Lesa Maldonado on 02/24/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland's Fruitvale: Taco Pioneers

The best. Ate there today.

Posted by Jason Traeger on 02/23/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Jack London earned a reputation early on as the "Boy Socialist" and for the most part he was all talk. He was in favor of women's sufferage but was patriarchal toward the two women who were his wives. Later, he lived the life of a gentleman farmer at Beauty Ranch. He was like most people whose actions fall short of their words.

Posted by Patrick Carroll on 02/23/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

10th St. bridge is being rebuilt, and the aperture much widened. Now the main barrier is the 7th St. bridge, at the floodgates. County-operated, the idea was to prevent a recurrence of disastrous floods such as 1962-- https://localwiki.org/oakland/Lake_Merritt…. I believe the plan is a kayak-able bypass waterway there. The last obstacle is the railroad tracks. It's possible the re-opened channel may only be navigable at low tide. See--http://www.waterfrontaction.org/map/dd_cha…

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 02/23/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Peña's Bakery Is The Bread of Life in Oakland's Fruitvale

Best pan dulce mexicano in the world. I've been enjoying their bread for many years. My kids are grown and still love their pan dulce. You can go to any other pan dulce store and see the same type pan, but it doesn't taste the same. Thank you Panaderia Pea for not giving up. I comend you on your excellent service! See you Sunday! thanks you for staying within our community. Saludos a toda la familia

Posted by Irma Jauregui on 02/22/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Nice article. As long as the trash gates under the 10th St. bridge remain in operation, the lake will never be able to host all the aquatic life that resides in the Bay. On the other hand, we're probably going to have a pollution problem, if we remove the trash gates.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 02/22/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Claiming Jack London was a "champagne socialist" is to be completely ignorant of the man. Learn about him rather than spout and expose your ignorance.

Posted by Michelle Teall on 02/22/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Thank you Annalee Allen for finding the funding for a new plaque and arranging the redefication ceremony.

Jack continues to be an inspiration. Readers, do you know that Jack was a co-founder of the venable California Writers Club, calwriters.org?

The question is: was he a founder or an "honorary" founder? Records describe him as both.

Posted by Linda L. Brown on 02/22/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

Ever notice that you never see a beautiful picture of Biff's as it looked the last year it was open in any of these articles about how beautiful it was?

That's because they don't exist. The only beautiful picture of it in circulation is an architects drawing that doesn't look anything like the actual building looked.

It was only slightly more distinctive than a Pizza Hut, because it was basically just a round Pizza Hut.

Now, in it's place, there will be homes for hundreds of people. Given the recent restaurant boom, Oakland needs this much more than it needs a restored diner.

Posted by Maẍ Ållstädt on 02/22/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland's Fruitvale: Taco Pioneers

District 2 residents: Join me for my mobile Office Hours - Talk & Tacos- this Saturday from 10:30-12:30PM at Tacos Sinaloa. My staff and I will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and city happenings. If you'd like to reserve a time slot, call 510-238-7002.

Posted by Abel Guillén on 02/22/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

He is an excellent writer an should be acknowledged more. This is one good piece of news!

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/22/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland's Fruitvale: Taco Pioneers

Crap. More hipsters gonna be clogging up the line now.

Posted by Andy Nelsen 1 on 02/22/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Jack London was a champagne socialist who lived on a ranch in Sonoma County. Hypocrite.

Posted by Patrick Carroll on 02/22/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland's Fruitvale: Taco Pioneers

Great article!! I love Tacos Sinaloa

Posted by Hdub Holla on 02/21/2017 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Downtown Berkeley

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Re: “How to Find an Apartment in the East Bay

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Posted by Nancy Hubert on 08/16/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “The Appreciation of Art

Thank you telling the African American experience through your beautiful gallery!

Posted by Jackie Castillo on 06/02/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Take a Tour of Oakland's Most Impressive Murals

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Re: “How to Find an Apartment in the East Bay

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