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Re: “Why Black Students Are Avoiding UC Berkeley

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Posted by Editor on 08/12/2014 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Living on the Streets of Oakland

Thank you for this article. Growing up an living here for all of my 70 yrs. this thing with homeless in our society befuddles and disturbs me no end. "How can we allow this in our society? How can we help people againg"..but it seems our country has turned into an ugly society where the rich "earned" their money and the poor "deserve" their fate. I applaud Mr. Pannizzo, Mr. Bacon and your paper for such sensitivity as shown here.

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Posted by Earl Marty Price on 08/11/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Actually, if these allegations are true then this pattern of conduct by Yelp is both illegal (extortion/arguably even racketeering or civil RICO) and actionable in state civil court (tortious interference). I see a nasty and expensive class action lawsuit, and possibly even criminal prosecution, in Yelp's future. And I have now completely lost faith in Yelp as a consumer. From now on if I use Yelp I will read the reviews with a huge grain of salt- if at all. Thanks for this informative article.

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Posted by Gerald Bowman on 08/08/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yes, I too have 27 filtered positive reviews and because I had a person who was bent that I would not come out a 2nd time for an Extremely small non paying job (to which I relayed to her this was uncommon unrealistic to do) when she No Showed she slammed me with a one sided comment when I would not return 15 miles out of my way several days later. Her regular responses are: Your either a good person with 5 stars or Horrible and deserve 1 star on All of her comments. Black and White no in between This is a bad site for unhealthy people who want to ventilate when they have had a bad day or have unrealistic expectations. Yelp encouraged me to join them when I continued to complain and ask to finally be removed from their site. They did say in the beginning that " if I paid the monthly charge this could Possibly make a difference" If they will not accept my customers who give me 5 stars on all other sites including this one... how can they claim they really are helping people. It is about the money and I will hop on board and pay if their is a lawsuit this company. Sorry I can prove all 3 of my negative comments were totally out of line when all but two asked me to come back for more work . I have lived here in Sonoma County all my life; people know me for my 25 years of Great Service... Unfortunately individuals can and do get away with hurting others and even though they think they can burning business reputations ... they put a lot of pressure on individuals who really got into it to serve others as well as make a living for their families. Yelp is responsible for this and I hope they go down and another Company takes their place who will be willing to be fair across the board.

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Posted by Amy Withington on 08/08/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

How do they amazingly keep extorting without change?
I just seen Yelp on the news about midnight. Yelp spokesman kept his cool and held his ground to fully support their horrible method of comments posting rules.
Didnt seem swayed even one bit. The bigger they are, the harder they'll fall. Then at that time, i'll resend them my original concern about thier filtering process for posted reviews along with an "I TOLD YOU SO" note.

CharmandHappy Carmen Tellez
SoCal Los Angeles

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Posted by CharmandHappy Carmen Tellez on 08/08/2014 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

@ Ruth below. Why would they produce any data? I feel these PAR hearings are all sham hearings. When people fail at the program as most do, they are given a chance to resign or get fired. Most resign, so they can keep their teaching credential. Well when you "resign" you sign all sorts of paperwork that you won't talk about the PAR process, seemingly so the sham process can continue. I believe that when they started doing PAR in my district way back in the early 90s, it was used on a couple of gay teachers that parents had "problems" with. The district couldn't fire them for being gay, so they found them "unsatisfactory" for nebulous reasons - then the same PAR process came in and those people were quietly dismissed. Now PAR seems to be used as retaliation or to get rid of old or fat people or more importantly people who don't KA to principals. I have believed since it came to the midwest early in the 90s that is was a big scam. I'm shocked that the PAR corruption made its way to California. I guess Dal Lawerence's corruption couldn't be contained to Ohio. So to answer your question Ruth, I would be shocked if the ever release data, and if they do I'm sure they will use smoke and mirrors to make this sham program look fair. Meanwhile, Dal Lawerence gets rich and his ego grows.

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Posted by Diane Rosenthal on 08/07/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this post. For the first time in years, I'm truly sorry I moved away from the East Bay in the 90's. So happy to read about this rich literary culture.

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Posted by Lily Barry on 08/04/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I also suspect Yelp employees are clicking on Pay-per-Click ads to drive more revenue to Yelp - I cannot prove it but I seemed to hit my limit very quickly with zero real leads for my business month after month until I told Yelp that I am cancelling.

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Posted by Allan Radman on 08/01/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

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Posted by Editor on 07/31/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

Excellent story. Thank you for highlighting the East Bay arts scene so well. Power of poetry, music, art, books is renewing our spirits, drawing people to downtown Oakland and other spots, and building community. Exciting time to be living, working and both creating and enjoying art in this area. People crowded into poetry readings is a wonderful thing, and the poetry is marvelous, too!

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Posted by Sarah Rohrs on 07/31/2014 at 7:37 AM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

I've known commercially sexually exploited children who explained that they would rather have sex with strangers than be raped by family members or molested by a foster parent. Some of them have the illusion of control and feel they have made an independent decision, rather than being manipulated and controlled.

And why doesn't this article mention the fine, upstanding citizens who buy children for sex? Chances are they molest their own children as well, being pedophiles and/or ephebephiles. (An ephebephile is an adult who is attracted to young teens. They generally don't want kids who can pass for over 18, either. It's the vulnerability of youth that attracts them. ) They should be charged as child molesters and put on Megan's List, in my opinion.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 07/30/2014 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Does anyone know of any research on PAR that includes statistical information about success rates, age, gender, race? I found it very disturbing that someone from the Department of Education would say that PAR is very effective, and then admit that they do not have any of this type of data.

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Posted by Ruth Wentsel on 07/30/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “A Battle for Profits

I am a small business owner and would be okay with the proposed gradual increase over a few years. As a small business owner with small margins, I gradually increase my employee wages as our profits grow anyway, but I think what many people don't understand about the hourly wage is what the employer really has to pay for each employee. If it were only $12.25, then I could deal with it, but between workman's comp and my payroll taxes (the employers portion for each employee), I end up paying about $4/hr more for each employee. And that's not even including insurance costs. My profit margins are so thin, my business could not handle this minimum wage rate hike so quickly. I would have to cut employee hours, I"d work even more overtime hours myself for free, leave Oakland, (or the Bay Area if it became regional) and/or cut my losses as I could not grow my business without employees. Forcing so much so quick would literally force me out. Not a threat, not some obscure whining -- not a something I would want to happen -- I have worked hard to build things up, but it's a very scary reality. Small businesses need time to grow, make profits and pass those on to their employees through gradual wage increases.

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Posted by Cheryl Redmond on 07/29/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Over the years we need to understand what Yelp will or will not do for us - and how it effects us daily - we need a full review of this at http://www.bloggingforincome.com.au

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Posted by Jock Tiernan on 07/23/2014 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

The district attorney's office in San Francisco was very interested in my story. Contact them at 415-581-9804 or hansen.pang@sfgov.com. Also, sign the petition at this link http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/pay-it-forward-ban-yelp

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Posted by Farrokh Alemzadeh on 07/22/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I have the same problem with 20 very good reviews from good customers and not showing for whatever reason the have.
they have it on the bottom as
20 other reviews that are not currently recommended

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Posted by Ezzat Z. Tadros on 07/22/2014 at 6:51 AM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

One of so many articles that just avoid using the word "men" and "man". She was not abused by an "adult", she was abused by an adult man. And she was not "sexually exploited", she was sexually exploited by men. "But it's the kids — not the exploiters". Who are the exploiters? MEN! Why are you so afraid to say so?

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Posted by Anki King on 07/18/2014 at 4:59 AM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

I know all about this. I was trafficked as a minor but with me it began at 17. My story is at www.AlmostAMother.com

Posted by Sariah Shepherd on 07/17/2014 at 11:35 PM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

One of so many articles that just avoid using the word "men" and "man". She was not abused by an "adult", she was abused by an adult man. And she was not "sexually exploited", she was sexually exploited by men. "But it's the kids — not the exploiters". Who are the exploiters? MEN! Why are you so afraid to say so??

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Posted by Anki King on 07/15/2014 at 7:49 PM

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