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Re: “Iyasare and the Essence of Umami

The menu quoted on the was $70/person without cocktails and service, That is a bit north of what I consider casual dining (Perhaps Chow or Sidebar).

This sounds divine, but casual dining is not what I might call it.

(but maybe that is just me)

Posted by Gil Batzri on 04/22/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Dildos: The Hole Picture

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Posted by Editor on 04/22/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Living Library

We need 350 volunteers for the Bay Area Book Festival. Sign up for a variety of jobs including working with Lacuna http://www.baybookfest.org/volunteer

Posted by Karen Hester on 04/22/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

I think the case can be made that addressing the community's trust in the police should be the city's #1 safety priority, since fighting crime hinges on strong community relations. In that light, and if this article's assertions are true, Ms. Parker is exactly the wrong person for this job at this time.

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Posted by joe chojnacki on 04/22/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

Don't forget that the school district also had a secret deal with urban core to sell them the neighboring 2nd ave parcel where Dewey High and the Paul Robeson building are. Urban core plans on building 3 towers of 100% luxury market rate condos. It's been illegal and our elected officials have been complicit.

15 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mike Hutchinson on 04/22/2015 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Fourth Marijuana-Related Initiative Filed for California 2016 Election

42 pages of deception and boiler plate bullshit.

2 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 04/22/2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Fourth Marijuana-Related Initiative Filed for California 2016 Election

Basically another one written by and for business interests. Continues prohibition, the criminalization of cannabis, denial of individual rights and freedoms.

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Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 04/22/2015 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Well-Connected Billionaire Expands Almond Acreage as Cities Forced to Slash Water Use

Politically very naive perspective. Only the very last sentence reveals any useful information: "subsidized Delta water."

Almonds are a healthy food, not just a snack. The cost of growing almonds, like most food using "subsidized Delta water" is kept purposefully low for political reasons, not only for billionaire investors but also for the public in general which much prefers cheap food to more expensive food. Yep, the Chinese like California almonds just like we insist on Chinese-made iPhones. Cheaper is better, right?

It's all about public policy, subsidizing of certain basic supplies and externalizing of costs like environmental destruction. Politicians get elected by making sure water (as well as gasoline and other stuff) is cheap. Pols stay in office by ignoring environmental constraints like the destruction of the Delta due to overuse of water and little things like climate change because we all prefer to drive rather than take the bus, walk or bike.

Bottom line: don't blame the rich bastard who takes advantage of the same public policies that allow all of us to be wasteful and destructive in our everyday lives. We are the ones who elect people like the environmental moron Jerry Brown. We all need to look in the mirror. We need to think about the fact that water is too cheap and so is gasoline.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/22/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

As the expression goes, there's more than enough blame to go around -- Mayors in succession, City Administrators, Police Chiefs, etc. The real question is how do we put pressure on City leaders to do what is needed to extricate ourselves from this endless outsourcing of taxpayer dollars. We need to invest in local capacity building in order to avoid future interventions, like the DOJ.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rashida Grinage on 04/22/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

It isn't just the City Attorney who has been, to put it mildly, "inattentive." It's also the City Council, the Mayor and the City Administrator. All these folks make or carry out policies which should, and someday must, reform OPD and improve public safety.

And, yes, it's well past time for apologies. It's also well past time for action.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/22/2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

Here is the third letter we have written to Kim, asking him to get his act together - http://goo.gl/LQB5AJ

Jonah Strauss

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Posted by Jonah Strauss on 04/22/2015 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

It will be exciting to watch this play out in court. The highlights will be loss of $5m+ revenue from the sale of the parcel, the developer's retaliatory lawsuit against the city, and the parcel remaining empty dirt for years or even decades. Everyone wins!

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Posted by Ian Rees on 04/22/2015 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

The City Council of Oakland routinely waives the competitive bidding process.

If you search the Council Agenda Reports online, you will discover that this is done time and time again.

They do this, so they can choose a favored individual or business entity to award a contract to.

The City Charter stipulates a competitive bidding process and what the Council does by waiving this provision is in direct violation of their duties to look after the taxpayer's interest.

The ultimate solution is to not re-elect Council members that violate the City Charter and do what is in their best interest, instead of what is in the best interest of the public they serve.

24 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bobby Darin on 04/22/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

Isn't an apology a little weak? Whether this bumbling stems from incompetence or corruption, it looks like grounds for resignation.

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Posted by joe chojnacki on 04/22/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Longtime Residents Fight to Bring the Blues Back to West Oakland

Wishing Ronnie Stewart et al. all success with this.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 04/22/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Why California Weed Is Still the Best

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Posted by Editor on 04/22/2015 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

This project reeks of an inside move illustrative of a historical system inside city hall where staff consistently fails to do their jobs as professionals by not speaking truth to power. The job of city staff in this case and generally is to make sure that State and local laws and policies are followed and the process happens in the public light. Once again they failed miserably. Instead, staff is coerced into changing or ignoring the rules in order to give somebody in power what they want. Sometimes the answer is no, you can't do it that way! The new Mayor, by her history inside city hall and several of her new top appointees (City Administrator and Development Czar), by their history, have participated in that old system. In many case in the past, this unprofessional approach has resulted in legal challenges which Oakland usually loses and ends up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to remedy. Moving forward, the public at large and housing advocates specifically need to be diligent in making sure that there is public process. Also, that state and local laws and policies are the basis for good land use decisions, not a developers relationship to some politician.

23 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Gary Patton on 04/22/2015 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Counter-Terrorism Officials Helped Track Black Lives Matter Protesters

It's hard to fight the system when racial profiling is a constant issue. This person lost his job because of racial profiling at a Black Lives Matter protest. Please sign AND SHARE!! Together we can get Tadele his job back! Thank you!
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Posted by Benny Painter on 04/21/2015 at 11:26 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

i dont disagree with the points this article makes, but i would posit that Parker has borne the brunt of scrutiny which was never directed at her predecessor John Russo, who was the City Attorney of record when the Riders case happened, which led to the NSA being instituted. It's unfathomable to hold Parker's feet to the flame without directing a burning ember or two at Russo, who was completely ineffective in mandating anything resembling reform among OPD and in fact, acted like he was a cop himself. I will never forget the day Russo live-Tweeted about a courtroom arrest of a gang injunction defendant who was found in violation of probation for accepting a ride from another defendant TO MEET WITH THEIR LAWYER. even if you deem that's worthy of an arrest, the only reason to make that arrest in court is because you want to make a public statement. But actions like that were typical of Russo and his department's buddy-buddy relationship with OPD, which resulted in a culture of looking the other way when it came down to holding cops accountable. Russo was CA for almost a decade, during which time the NSA deadlines were thrice violated and thrice given extensions. so it's unfair to single out Parker for something she inherited. The buck should have stopped much earlier on.

13 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Eric Arnold on 04/21/2015 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Third Marijuana-Related Legalization Initiative Filed on 4/20

The 2016 Election will mark the 20th Anniversary of the legalization of cultivation and use of marijuana for legitimate medical purposes in California. For 20 years we've lived in a fictional world of cof purposeful confusion, where law enforcement has done its best to undermine the law, legalization advocates and illicit commercial growers have done their best to exploit the law, and deficit addicted tax hungry politicians have done their best to ignore the law until the ensuing chaos justified their heavy handed, tax heavy regulation. And somehow, despite all the artisan growers, compassionate caregivers, green goddess potrapreneurs, and noble public servants today's walking around price for a bag of weed is relatively unchanged at the patient end of the spectrum. Everyone loves to the blame the ;purportedly "loose" language of Proposition 215 for the problems in implementation, rather than the "loose" interpretations of special interests pursuing their own agendas in the name of compassion. Proposition 215 was only ever what is was, a narrow statutory exemption from prosecution designed to give to give cops and judges a humane alternative where medical use was apparent. Nothing in Propositon 215 legalized the sale of marijuana for any purpose. Credit for that belongs to the courts, the state legislature, and a largely shameless marijuana legalization movement.. To suggest that somehow authors of Proposition 215 had some moral obligation to right eight decades of mutli-juris-fictional deception about marijuana and its blanket federal prohibition is absurd. That job falls to the authors of what we see for 2016/ May the force be with them.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Scott Tracy Imler on 04/21/2015 at 5:16 PM

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