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Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

This well researched article is truly heartbreaking and even more so when you realize that all these unconstitutional shennanigans were happening under our constitutional lawyer president.
I hope folks that read this will support AB6 and SB3. Those bills, because they have a price tag, will have trouble making it through the leg much less getting our stingy governor's signature.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/09/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Keeping Goats in Oakland

Some people have a herd of 5 to 7 goats in the Dimond District. The walk the goats all over the neighborhood as demonstrated by long stretches of goat droppings all over the side walk. Laguna, Carmel, Delmer, Madeline, Coolidge....

The goats are cute, but if I have to pick up after my dog, then you have to clean up after your goats. Don't mean to be a killjoy, I can't walk on the sidewalk without stepping in the broad swath of pellets. Every hundred feet, hundreds of goat pellets cover the sidewalk.

My dog smells and eats the droppings. I get that stuff on my shoes.

Sorry, but it's unsanitary and unneighborly and... unacceptable.

Posted by Joseph Chianese on 03/09/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

I am catching up on these articles now or would have commented sooner. With Fire Dept personnel earning upwards of $350K plus annually, more with benefits and overtime, there is NO excuse for not getting the job of running the department DONE. Some of the city salaries are ridiculously high where others (like teachers) are ridiculously low (and yes I know OUSD is a separate budget but these are city employees of a sort). Something must be done to address this disparity. I fully understand the inherent dangers of fire and police work but enough is enough. No wonder the city doesn't have money for other important projects, paying salaries like these.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Should The Next Oakland Unified Schools Superintendent Be Homegrown?

I'm casting a vote for home grown - let's support promotion of worthy candidates from within the system. There is no need to spend a lot of scarce funding on national searches if we have strong candidates here - plus they won't have sticker shock when they have to buy a home here!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

they unlawfully enter the country, then commit crimes, get convicted and want to stay here.
How can there be any question as to the fact they will still be in the country unlawfully?
They have to go back.

Posted by alan stirling detroit on 03/08/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

Joseph Esherick is also credited for Wurster Hall's design, with Vernon DeMars and Don Olsen. Good, playful piece -- those of us who spent years either studying or working in a brutalist building, for me that's Wurster Hall, particularly will appreciate the cognitive dissonance that brutalist structures create in their inhabitants. I love/hate Wurster Hall, and there certainly not enough character spaces for me to tell you the many ways. However it remains the Jungian archetype of architectural building form -- forever imprinted in my subconscious as a beautiful, evocative, leaky, cold space. As I write, I think of all nighters at the drafting board almost three decades ago, and really want an espresso from Strada (Roma). I will be curious to see what happens to Campi's celestial wonder, the old BAMPFA, a seismically challenged structure (google "non-ductile concrete"). Campi took his inspiration for the building from the heavens.

Posted by L. Sullivan on 03/08/2017 at 4:52 AM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

This article could have expanded the conversation about concrete architecture and it's place in the context of the broader american culture. Post war america was all about racism, white privilege and the celebration of engineering as the solution to everything. The booming companies were Bechtel and Kaiser engineering.The architecture had no sensitivity to the natural environment or the experience of people in or around these buildings. Design was seemingly an afterthought. Even Safeway stores were trademarked by the expansive concrete panels around the perimeter. Similarly, in those times, America was building massive concrete freeways that both served the new all white suburbs and destroyed urban communities all across the country to get those folks to work. The TV shows of the day (Leave it to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke, Ozzie and Harriet) were reflective of a world filled with comfortable happy white people. People of color in America were invisible or at least an afterthought. That is not the America of today, whose culture is a mosaic of ethnicity in food, music, fashion and language. I doubt that this type of a design approach to architecture would ever again be embraced or even tolerated.

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/07/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, NUMBER ONE BEST HOSPITAL IN THE NATION, THE MAYO CLINIC whatever health legislation that came with the outgoing administration or barack obama administration, get rid of it, please. period. end of issue. plain and simple, whatever good this legislation had, upgrade it and keep going in a better direction for health. thank you. health can be such an intimate topic, please have some respect. thank you, i prefer the word, service to the word, care. thanks,

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/06/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

If the Express is going to continue to commission and print articles by authors who are not identified in its masthead, don't we deserve to know who those writers are? I see that Alice Feller is an MD and psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley. This is really useful information to have in appreciating her reports on the state of healthcare.

Likewise, who are Matt Davis and Teresa Foglia, who often write for the Express on urban issues? They too aren't in your staff list.

Using freelancers is fine. Not identifying their expertise and affiliations is a disservice to both them and your readers.

Posted by travel2165 on 03/05/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 1

What should be recalled about Biffs was its Colossus of Rhodes goofy sign. That was worth preserving, but it was the first thing to go. The other iconic beacon, also on Broadway, was the sign for Daves Coffee Shop. That too just seemed to disappear overnight. Not so strange is the fact that it was purchased by the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art. Both signs had a friendly, folksy zing to them. The friendly, folksy zing seems to be an element in short supply.

Nick Chase, Oakland

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/05/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

It's Seventh Street in West Oakland, not Seventh Avenue. Liked the article!

Posted by Katie Hart on 03/05/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

Looks like this website not-so-subtly endorses baby Ben. Look at the front page photo for this article: it shows Ben fully and cuts Kate off so one cannot recognize her. The photo should be recropped or removed. Or put a full presentation of Katie's face and clip Ben's face untl he is unrecognizable. You know, act like journalists and be fair.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 03/03/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

Good subject. Embarrassing writing style. What are you in high school?

Posted by Tom Limecooler on 03/03/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

I work. I have worked since I was 16. Maybe Mr. Udinsky has made a ton of money every year that he has worked, but I have not. He says people didn't plan adequately. Maybe people could not save because employers don't pay adequate wages. Maybe people can't save because they are saddled with ever increasing college costs and interest rates or by huge increases in their rents. Maybe someone had a life-threatening illness or injury that wiped out their savings. Maybe people got bilked by speculators or by the Wall Street-created recession. Maybe we got laid off because we are too old or too expensive (although they of course don't tell us that). Maybe our employers left the country to get even cheaper labor elsewhere. Maybe natural disasters wiped them out.

There are many factors which may have led to people not being able to purchase health insurance. Please do not assume we were all out there wasting our money. I must rely on Obamacare because after I was laid off none of my current three employers offer health care. I will not be able to buy health insurance on my inadequate wages. Oh and by the way, I do pay for my insurance. Yes, I receive a subsidy but I do pay a significant chunk of my income for insurance.

If you don't want to pay taxes to help your neighbors, how about working to get everyone a decent wage so we can afford to pay for health insurance (mind you, that does not necessarily mean health care). You and I both subsidize every employer who pays minimum wage because those employees are the ones who go to the emergency room and need food stamps.

Posted by Karen Hesse on 03/02/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

I am so happy to hear that Vincent and Gilbert are enthusiastic about Obamacare. Vincent, Obamacare is subsidized health insurance. I would be delighted for Vincent and Gilbert to contribute their hard earned money to a big fund for the benefit of all of those who did not adequately plan for the future. I have no problem with Vincent and Gilbert giving charity to those who were not responsible enough to take care of themselves. However, other people in this country are tired of subsidizing those who failed to take care of themselves. The number of people on welfare will continue to increase as Vincent and Gilbert give more and more. But if Gilbert and Vincent want to spend their money in that manner, that's fine with me. What gives Vincent and Gilbert the right to impose upon others the necessity of paying into the charity favored by Vincent and Gilbert? As I mentioned, Liberty requires that each person take responsibility for himself. If not, we will have an authoritarian welfare state that grows bigger every year. In fact, our Federal Government has become a huge income redistribution mechanism. This was never the intention of the Founding Fathers or the nature of this country.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 03/02/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

Could be an opportunity to finally get Calif. on single-payer. It's been bandied about for decades. It may finally be time. Many small economies than ours already have it: Canada, Taiwan, many European countries. We are the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world. If smaller countries can do it, we can, although we still have to "pay our dues" to the U.S. as a whole which takes a chunk of change.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/01/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

Jerry Udinisky, you're not even addressing the article.The POINT of the article: Donald Dump is cutting people off from their health insurance, not only that but he has NO substitute. These are people who PAY for their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act; it isn't freely given to them. I know many working people who pay for their OWN insurance. If that's not taking responsibility, I don't know what is.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/01/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

More and more people on food stamps. More and more people unemployed. More and more people in need of welfare from the government. That is the legacy of Barack Obama. Now the working citizens need to foot the bill for those who have not taken care of themselves and their families. These people who are in such great need are helpless like children. When are they going to grow up. When will our society demand that these "helpless" adults take care of themselves and not be dependent upon others. The working people of the country have spoken with the election of Donald Trump. Being a citizen in a free society requires that the citizens assume the responsibility of liberty and freedom. Freedom is not "free," it requires responsibility and independence of the individual.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 03/01/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

They use their technology to play God as they gut our cities carry out a racist genocide
Hover claimed it was just the gays he was targeting back in the 1960s they operate with impunity targeting the heterosexual since they were never brought to justice they still continue their attacks, we backed the Muslims in Pakistan instead of India the Muslimization of the world and America Google it by smokingspirit they torture Kirby the libertarian candidate in Cali, they held him till he pissed blood then they gave him a chemical substitute for weed, at that time they should of been man enough to admit weed was a medical necessity but instead they held him until he was thoroughly brain washed and the first thing he said when he got out was how great their chemicals are and how dangerous weed is, since beginning of time man has used technologies to play God do you think today is any different?

Posted by Smkngsprt Sprt on 03/01/2017 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

OK, multiple issues here;
1.) Landlord/tenant disputes amplified by size of his holdings and shady practices.

2.) separate issue of how he got the holdings.

In issue one, there are very clean practices for how to deal with "I didn't get the letter/check". It costs about 3 dollars to send them certified. They have to sign or refuse delivery. No if's ands or buts on deliveries. And an eviction court will crucify them for a refusal. Of course they can claim there was no check, but a photocopy of the check or money order will usually deal with that.

Handing the office manager a letter is sure recipe for disaster, no matter HOW satisfying it is. I grew up very poor. This is how the war with these jerks is won. Let an unbiased, third party be your testimony (the post office). Don't make it your word. I know, your word is good. like it or not, the post office receipt is better.

Issue two; Too many of his co-conspirators have plead guilty. If the prosecution is half on the ball, they flip some of them into testifying against. This looks exactly like what RICO was intended for and can strip him naked.

And onto the third, unmentioned issue. While it MAY not apply here (and I'm not saying it doesn't... No one seems to have done the investigation to follow the money for this set of facts) the absolute largest landlords in the country today are hedge funds. And they've turned rent checks into financial investment instruments.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/28/2017 at 12:54 AM

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