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Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind?

Great in depth article!

Posted by Michael D. Manning on 03/30/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Trapped Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment

I am a liberal/progressive. I have sympathy for non-violent (mostly drug) offenders doing long prison sentences. I do not have any sympathy for murderers. I think violent criminals belong in jail for a long time. And I grew up in East Oakland- which is where I developed that opinion in the 1980s. I also feel like he is not accepting responsibility for his crime. He is not telling the whole story and , of course, he had no idea a gun was involved (roll eyes). I hope he gets out soon. He seems to have rehabilitated himself despite the system. But, I have no qualms about every minute of the time he has served. He deserves it.

Posted by Gerald Bowman on 03/28/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “The Tipping Point

I do not own a restaurant, nor do I wish to won one. I also believe that an increase of the minimum wage is a good thing, I agreed with the bill. The cost of living in the Bay Area is through the roof. But what I don't get, and on one has mentioned anything about this, is why do tipping have to exist in the first place? Other type of jobs do not make the employee rely on tips. Do you see a bank teller expecting a tip when you go deposit or withdraw your money? Or do you see a school teachers waiting for a tip at the end of each class? How about our AC transit drivers? They only make about $16 / hr. And don't say that being a waitress/ waiter is a hard job. Every job is hard one way or another.

As a service staff, you are no more important than a kitchen staff. Because without those guys, you will not have any food to serve. But typically, those guys are working harder, standing in front of the stove all day and they only very a small percentage of the tip. I've read many articles and I see the complains are coming mostly from the servicing staff. You used to make $35 -$55 / hr. with tips. And now with the new system, you're making $18 - $34 / hr. Why are you complaining? You're still making more than a line cook who only gets about $15/ hr.

As a business owner, I believe you should take care of your staff. Restaurant owners should pay their staff more so they will not have to rely on tips. And if your staff provide a less than exceptional service, you should hire someone else. It is the reputation of your restaurant. This country is so spoiled by tips. You have to tip everywhere you go. It's outrageous. And who came up with the idea that Tipping has to be a certain percentage? 15%, 20%...WTF... Did you forget that it is a tip? It is not required...!!! You should appreciate any amount because it is more than what you would otherwise made. If you do not like your service job, get a new one. I'm glad to see that restaurants are moving away from Tip. If you need to charge more, do it. Put it into the cost of your meal. But take good care of your staff and fire the ones who show less than exceptional services.

Posted by James Blunt on 03/26/2016 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Inspections from Hell

I had a friend who lived in this building. I visited him there once, and was so sick from the mold in there that I never visited him again. And when my friend moved out because the building was condemned, it was not in the middle of the night. This is a shoddy piece of journalism. Mr. Doherty did nothing to maintain this building and it was dangerous. The same with his building on Cedar Street, which another' friend of mine lives next door to.

Posted by Helen Gilliland on 03/21/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Inspections from Hell

If Alameda City Inspectors are so "severe", how has my landlord been able to create a day-care center in an apartment building (on the ground floor), and block off the driveway with gates to give his ex-wife an outdoor space, often full of more than the 8 children advertised on the publicity? There is a small apartment in the back of the driveway, and the woman in it has to perform amazing contortions to get to the street, since the main entrance has been blocked off by this playground. This is across from City Hall. Strikes me as abusive - but then, I'm not a lawyer or inspector, so I'm speaking from an ordinary citizen's logic.

Posted by Janet Butler on 03/21/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Overwhelmed

excellent article! Alameda County having the highest per capita incidence in the state of involuntary holds placed on individuals experiencing a mental health emergency — isn't an involuntary hold on an individual the same as
imprisonment? I personally heard from a whistleblower inside John George's Social Service office that the Social Workers at both JG and the other Telecare facilities like Villa Fairmont (Telecare's unholy alliance with Alameda county is not mentioned in your article) are not protecting a patients rights but rather, and I quote "we are here solely to provide legal protection to our doctors so they can administer involuntary care as they see fit...." even though they present themselves as patients rights advocates, etc. I wonder how they can sleep at night, dealing everyday with family, friends, of patients who are finding out (or not) their loved ones are being held hostage and medicated against their will, and misdirecting them intentionally, Punishing people by compelling them to take psychiatric drugs that make them feel bad and harm their health, while falsely believing or pretending the drugs are treating an illness, may force people to change their (outwardly expressed) ideas or their behavior to avoid this punishment, but this is not health care. It's torture!

Posted by Johannes Ayres on 03/18/2016 at 4:15 AM

Re: “The 2016 Foilies

The public records laws and both federal and state levels are being disregarded by bureaucrats with much to hide. Here is how the CDC, NCI and California Dept. Public Health tried to sabotage my reporting on a false breast cancer epidemic, which was based on public records. See the bottom of this piece, sub-headed Connecting the Dots: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/busted…

Posted by Peter Byrne on 03/16/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Posted by Editor on 03/14/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Posted by Editor on 03/10/2016 at 5:40 AM

Re: “Overwhelmed

The mentally ill, as with other disenfranchised groups, are marginalized and devalued. Therefore, it is not surprising to read about the indifference reflected in the systemic dysfunction of an administration that relies on Draconian tactics to censor its first responders, the health care workers. The tip off of a corrupt management culture is its reliance on punitive retribution for those who seek change through challenge and confrontation of the status quo.

Is it any wonder the mentally ill are treated with servile contempt, corralled into what amounts to an encampment of human degradation when principle is usurped by bias and prejudice.

Mary Ann Vigilanti
Oakland, Ca

Posted by Mary Vigilanti on 03/09/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Overwhelmed

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Posted by Editor on 03/09/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Overwhelmed

So, whatever happened to the tax on the millionaires which was supposed to help provide community based mental health services? While the entire state is dismissive of mental health issues, I see them daily in working with the homeless in central Alameda County (San Leandro)and I am appalled at the revolving door which the County (and State) seem to think passes as Mental Health Facilities.

If the folks on the Board of Supervisors, the Alameda County Behavioral Health or any of our elected representatives had family members being "uncared" for in this type of situation, they might have something constructive to offer!

We have people who ask for help being pushed through a revolving door and those whose mental capacity does not allow them to function who need help also. But, 18 hours waiting to be handed some pills and shown the door does not qualify in my mind as "Mental Health Care". If people with physical injuries were treated in this manner, there would be headlines everywhere, not just East Bay Express.

Thank you for the article.

Posted by moirafry on 03/09/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Overwhelmed

Excellent reporting on an important problem. As a one-time mental health worker, I know well how poorly people with psychiatric problems are treated in Alameda County (as well as universally in our culture).

Hopefully this article will be widely read (hopefully).

Alameda County's electeds, like those of Oakland, are, sadly, out-to-lunch. Very doubtful they will take any responsibility.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/09/2016 at 8:14 AM

Re: “When Stories Hurt

In the GI Rights Hotline and the veterans community, it's called  "secondary PTSD," and gradually is becoming better and more widely known.  It can be passed down generationally to varying degrees depending on how the parents interact with their children and grandchildren.  Of course it can also be passed to others who may interact with the traumatized person. 

One thing not discussed as much is how the opposite can also occur, that healing can also be passed around in a similar manner. 

I wrote a story related to this on the blog that I share with four other members of Veterans for Peace: http://www.inthemindfield.com/2014/05/30/vet-rants/

Posted by Michael Wong on 03/04/2016 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Lose Its Artistic Soul?

After reading the article and the comments, having lived in Oakland as an artist and activist for 15 years and seen the repeating cycles of capitalist boom and bust for 50 years in NYC, LA, SF and now Oakland... getta grip... the system, the 1%... their government-musical-chair-movers ... serve only as a filter to screen the 99% from realizing that we will never have an equitable society until there are no more "representatives" of the people. there are just people. Every conflict here is the 1% trolling for profit. The artists move in to a cheap digs from Bust years, create a beautiful artist communal experience like Art Murmur hinted at, then the MoneyChangers come in with developers, bureaucrats, banksters, planners, media, inspectors, police, and pr to move-in, dismantle and cash-in from the drooling Plutonomy (top 20%: CitiGroup) who can't wait to "be there". The artists who just want to make art scurry off to another Bust place and repeat. Wherever there are bureaucracies, whether art commissions or police commissions, the issue is the same, they represent the political power of the 1%. Wanna real society? Take away all the 1%'s power to run self-serving oligarchy and creatively design a society run by everyone equally, serving everyone equally. Yes it is a revolution.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 03/02/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Lose Its Artistic Soul?

http://chrisstroffolino.blogspot.com/2016/02/libby-servicea-column-devoted-to-civic.html

Posted by CStroffolino on 02/29/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

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Posted by Editor on 02/27/2016 at 2:16 AM

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