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Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

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Posted by Cassy Jeong on 09/10/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Disagree with Eric. Legalizing prostitution, among other benefits, would make it far easier to enforce anti-trafficking laws. Overnight, a large segment of the industry would police itself and cooperate with authorities. They have the contacts and exposure to know about trafficking, and an legitimate incentive to suppress it.

This is true for a large number of the illegal activities that now flourish in the shadows.

Posted by Robert T on 09/10/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Good riddance. We're supposed to go tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in debt so an entitled douchbag can make millions by overcharging us to get into his new stadium? Eight dates a year? Puh-lease. It'd be cheaper to buy every Raider fan in Oakland an NFL Sunday Ticket football package on cable, and let us watch the games from Las Vegas.

Posted by Ken Olofia on 09/09/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

I honestly want to love the development idea proposed here but it's really nothing more than an absurd fantasy. And just as absurd is the idea of Mark Davis allowing anyone to buy a share of the team and have any influence on the ownership or direction of HIS franchise. But thanks for dreaming anyway.

Posted by Richard Bucher on 09/08/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

What all the cities need to do is to municipalize their teams to city or fan ownership and tie the team to the city physically. Let any city that can field a team and compete. The NFL is a subsidized corporate monopoly that is an anathema to democracy and manipulates the game and the fans as if we were nothing but serfs to be profiteered. Reform the game to minimize violence and physical maiming. Green Bay is a perfect example and the fact that municipalization has been banned by the NFL, except done deal Green Bay, speaks volumes.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 09/08/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

It's not Oaklands/Alameda County's fault that Davis isn't rich enough to own a football team...sell it to a tech billionaire ownership group and they can easily build a new stadium. Look at what Stanford did with just a bunch of rich alumni.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/07/2016 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Hey Chris, obviously you obviously are not a sports fan or native Oaklander. Beyond that, have you been paying attention at all, or just sipping your mocha lattes dreaming of some futuristic urban utopia. ? In the real world, in this market, building a mixed use transit village at the Coliseum site is NOT doable. The City just spent several million dollars and 3 years of study and analysis to conclude that it cannot be financed by private dollars. That is why they are back to building a sports venue on the site. Moreover, the reason the Redevelopment Agency assembled the parcels around the site for the last 20 years was to build the stadium (s). You need to take a drive around East Oakland and tell me where you see any major investment of capital that is not subsidized by the government. The highest and best use of the site is exactly what it has been used for since 1965. I am not in favor of public money for a new stadium, but transit is exactly why it should be built here.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/07/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Whether they go or stay, Oakland should not pay one cent of taxpayer money to build them a facility. Every stadium built with public money in the U.S. in the last 70 years has ended up costing taxpayers more than they received, and only enriched developers and sports financiers. If it's a viable proposition, they can do it with private money. Otherwise, forget it!

Posted by Rashid Patch on 09/07/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Nick, I hear your nostalgia. You love the Raiders the way you might love corn syrup. You enjoyed Coca Cola and Red Vines so much when you were a kid, and now you want those things to not be bad for you. But the Raiders are still bad for Oakland:

A new Raiders home, on a transit corridor.
- If you're saying it's an opportunity to get people on transit, then a stadium provides the least benefit, since the stadium is unused for most of the year. Building 100% housing and retail on the site would get people on transit every day.

An NFL franchise with African-American ownership.
- This has soft value only. You can point and say, look at social progress. But this gesture does not put money into the pockets of Oakland's African-American residents. The plan is to continue taking money out of the pockets of Oakland's residents through taxation. If Lott's goal is to encourage this, then shame on him.

An affordable, mixed-use, live-work hub in the heart of East Oakland.
- You can build more of what you're describing if you leave out the stadium. Private investors would back the whole thing. Any money that the city might put into affordable housing would directly benefit residents. Any money that the city might put into a stadium goes to Mark Davis.

A project backed by private dollars, not city or county coffers.
- The Raiders will only deal if there is a city/county subsidy.

Oh, and maybe even a Raiders Super Bowl.
- Is there an un-subsidized team in the NFL that has won a Super Bowl?

So let's build the urban village of the future on the Coliseum site, with transit, retail and affordable housing for a diverse population. This is not only doable, it's far easier than building a new stadium. If you disagree, take a drive around the Coliseum most any day of the year and ask yourself whether this doldrum makes a community more liveable or less liveable. And ask yourself whether it would be worth city/county money to build it again next year.

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 09/07/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

let the bums move to vegas, tired of the
public subsidizing millionares, let them
go, good riddance, see how well they do
down there, different economics

Posted by bandit on 09/07/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “A Worker's Life Under H&R Block

Gee I am surely glad that I came to read all of these comments...First of all I totally agree with the gentleman who provided the most information about the salaries..classes...etc..
I am about to take the class myself. There is no way that anyone can truly say that your first year or years after you would expect to make huge amounts of money! Be reasonable and for God's sakes be realistic..Thank You nice lady for your comment about taking classes to gain knowledge and only want to work for the season..I mean what happened to wanting to help people with their taxes after they have busted their humps all year long! I know that if you work hard at anything in life GOD will compensate you very well! In fact if we were more interested in helping others with their taxes..wouldn't they be more inclined to coming back to see you again next year?? Or tell others about how you handled their money?? If anyone went to a tax preparation class only to try & make lots of money...then you miss the whole thing! Further more to the young lady way up top on the first comment..I can see some of your concerns but really most of it was not realistic..you sound like a spoiled child..Thanks & have a great day.

Posted by Roxanne Miller on 09/03/2016 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

I think we should be concerned with white collar criminals at City Hall as well. Especially the violent Peggy Moore who is quite chummy with the OPD and should be fired by Mayor Libby Schaff before the taint spreads. The Express article this week (Sept 3 now) points out she is a liar and a fraud, I'd add the word violent as an adjective here. A retired nurse says: "that's Peggy Moore. She's an opportunist." I've know said nurse for 45 years and I believe her.

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 09/03/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

Where are the statistics of violent crime committed by people of color in Oakland? Year over Year it has been increasing. Robberies, burglaries, etc...

After answering that question, then ask yourself is the number of deaths by OPD really that disproportionate. Hint, it's not.

Posted by Robert Hope on 09/03/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

As exhaustive as this report it, I find it incomplete. Where is your documentation of offering resources such as rehab and referrals to a therapist to the female identified as the victim? Where's the evidence of you probing her home life to uncover the root causes of her lifestyle choices? Was she molested in the home? If so, by whom? What involvement did her parents hvae etc? There is a major piece missing in this report, in order for it to be balanced.

Posted by Carmen Glover on 09/03/2016 at 5:14 AM

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

Listen to more Jazz, eat more Gumbo and stop writing stupid shit like this.

Posted by Gene Keenan on 09/03/2016 at 2:36 AM

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

Luke Tsai’s feature story in the August 24th edition is unequivocally the worst article I have read in this paper and it appears as though no one on the editorial staff chose to fact check this story before it was printed. I can say with a large degree of certainty that any person knowledgeable with restaurants in the East Bay can tear apart the factual accuracy of his writing within the first few paragraphs. These inaccuracies show a willful ignorance on the part of the writer as he contradicts himself, cherry picks his facts and sources and outright lies repeatedly throughout the course of this article to reach his conclusion.

First I will start by saying pedigreed chefs are pedigreed for a reason; it takes years of study, training, and practice to land a job in one of the top kitchens in the Bay Area. To start one of these highly anticipated restaurants, a chef must go above and beyond their peers at these top restaurants to attract the necessary investors. It is insulting for him to detract from the training and dedication it takes. I’m not taking anything away from the ethnic restaurants he mentions, but they do not hold themselves to parallel ingredient, preparation, or presentation standards that these pedigreed chefs require. The assertion that the industry is “rigged” shows a complete obliviousness on behalf of the writer.

I can not understand Tsai’s overt hostility toward chefs that want incorporate fusion within these ethnic dishes. I see no problem pairing sauerkraut with kebabs, in fact it’s innovative, it wouldn’t occur to most people. Many ethnic cuisines are heavily influenced by the availability of new ingredients; Europe didn’t have many vegetables, spices, coffee, or chocolate before traders brought them over on ships during the age of exploration, but they are now inseparable from their culinary traditions.

At one point he goes on a diatribe about the kefta meatballs at Penrose, a restaurant that does not even have any particular ethnic leaning. A wood fire oven, higher quality meat, a wine and cocktail selection, fancy plates and flatware is a sizable overhead. That is why you pay $20 versus $12. With all things considered, Aria has a higher profit margin on that dish. Aria is a takeout restaurant, they are not aspiring to offer the elevated standards at Penrose.

In the next paragraph, he partially retracts his ignorance about costs associated with fine dining only to ponder if immigrant run farm-to-table restaurants can enter the high end market. He follows that question with Preeti Mistry’s quote, “People are willing to pay more when the kitchen is full of straight white guys because they look like they should be paid more.” As someone who has worked in a number of fine dining restaurants in the Bay Area (front and back of the house) I can say that this statement does not hold a shred of truth and comes across as bitter ignorant ax grinding that makes me not want to visit her restaurant. Tsai was happy to highlight this particular quote but the Bay Area has a number of pedigreed ethnic chefs he failed to mention that are elevating the cuisine of their home countries and they do get attention and credit from world renowned food critics. There was no mention of James Syhabout, possibly the East Bay’s most critically acclaimed chef at the moment, but I guess Hawker Fare didn’t fit his narrative, and neither did Tamarindo, Ippuku, Yume, or Nido just to name a few, and there are many more.

Why does anyone pay more for fine dining? They use advanced techniques and great equipment, they have cocktail programs, wine lists, nice dinner wear, and beautiful ambiance/decor. The major point missed in this story is that these chefs, be they caucasian, ethnic, or immigrant, are making a statement saying that ethnic cuisine can be valid high end fare if they choose to buy direct from local farms, use better cooking fats, invest in proper equipment and create an atmosphere; that’s what you are paying for when a restaurant is high end, that is the very nature of restaurants.

I guarantee people aren’t ordering takeout from places like Penrose or Ramen Shop and conversely they aren’t having their anniversary dinners at Aria or Oasis. As the proprietor of a restaurant that is the first decision you must make, no matter what style of cuisine you choose to offer. If you change the concept, the restaurant will have an identity crisis and will alienate the established customer base. Among my many friends in the restaurant industry, Tsai’s reviews are viewed as a bad joke and this article highlights his incompetence as a food critic.

Posted by John-Paul de Veer on 09/02/2016 at 10:03 PM

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

So, why is it that when a formerly black or white neighborhood becomes overwhelmingly Hispanic or asian, a million taquerias or noodle houses replace the old diners, there is no outcry we only hear that "wonderful diversity or multiculturalism" is taking place. However, when whites move in and bring coffee shops, great restaurants and higher rents it is "evil gentrification"?

People regardless of race should be able to make any food they want, or else we should go after all those damn Chinese that have shitty hamburger and BBQ restaurants..not to mention the donut shops! Eat the food, or not, but to hate on someone for being successful is bottom of the barrel shit.

Posted by antiracist on 09/01/2016 at 5:35 PM

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

Miss Ollie's, Fusebox, Hawker Fare, Nido, Namu Gaji, Kin Khao, Aziza, and Mourad get plenty of attention. Should James Syhabout or Corey Lee catch flak for appropriating French culture?

The restaurant section of Oasis Food Market went way downhill. Has it come back? When I walked through a few months ago it didn't look like it had.

Posted by RobertLauriston on 09/01/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

what is really crazy is that this post comes from 2009, that's 7 years and YELP just keeps on moving. Very SAD for the business community

Posted by Casey Lewis 1 on 08/29/2016 at 3:26 PM

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

This is the new Oakland. They (always white, always with might) have the money and the power and the "in." Uber is leading the way. Within 5 years West Oakland will probably have a Whole Foods, wiping out local community farmers markets and these hipster high-so restaurants with their fake rustic/poverty porn ovens and grills will be everywhere. There is just no end to this parade of slick, well-heeled, heavily financed celebrity chef wannabes and their Moet swilling tech millionaire followers. When's this sh*t going to end? Looks like they've just begun.

Posted by Brian Lucas on 08/29/2016 at 9:01 AM

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