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Comment Archives: stories: Best of the East Bay: People & Places

Re: “Smartest Environmentalist

Greg Karras is totally deserving of this. Yay East Bay Express.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by SANDRA MURRAY on 07/28/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Best Local Radio Host

Well done!

Posted by Ron Mader on 07/25/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Most Fearless Mayor

Fearless indeed! Thank you Mayor McLaughlin!

Posted by Kit Eakle on 07/25/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Best Good-Government Politician

Thanks so very much for the honor. I'm thrilled that the Public Ethics Charter reform measure is on the ballot.
Our redistricting commission measure is also important, and Councilmember Schaaf deserves a big share of the credit for that one.

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Posted by DanKalb on 07/25/2014 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Best Place to Meditate: The perfect way to start a calm quiet day

Brahma Kumaris centres offer courses in meditation and spiritual knowledge...There is practise of meditation that relaxes the mind and nurtures a healthy balance between our inner and outer worlds.

Posted by Gita Gita on 12/08/2013 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

In response to Ms Koortz’s response to my earlier comments:

**According to City resources, there were in the neighborhood of 2,000 businesses that left Richmond since the Mayor became Mayor. These same sources tell us that in the neighborhood of a thousand businesses started in Richmond but these had significantly fewer employees.

**Empty promises? How were they empty? Weren’t there signed contracts that would have guaranteed that 40% of the 6800 permanent jobs would go to Richmond residents--even the ones who couldn’t speak English or prove their legal right to work in the US? You may believe that a casino was the wrong choice for the development of Point Molate but this was the direction Upstream was given by the City Council when they were awarded the Exclusive Right to Negotiate for the development of Point Molate. And the Council didn’t seem to have a problem accepting the tens of millions of dollars from Upstream while Upstream worked on the details. [Of course, now the City is fighting an $800 million lawsuit because of their failure to bargain on good faith.]

**Although she never took money from the card clubs, she also did nothing to stop them from campaigning--and spending gazillions of dollars--on her behalf.

**This article is about no one but Gayle Mclaughlin so comparing her to anyone else is not really relevant, is it?

**I know something about worker owned businesses since I’ve owned my own business since 1976.

**Please don’t suppose to suggest who and what I support. You’ve never made any effort to get to know me or to discuss who or what I support. Speaking from ignorance is never a good idea. If you think you’ve ever heard me speak in favor of Chevron--the company--then you weren’t listening. I speak on issues and I cite facts and, instead of speaking from ignorance, I speak from decades of experience in that business.

**Granted, I only came to Richmond in 1954 so I can’t speak about it before then but I can remember a GREAT many years where Richmond was a better place. Why is it that the FBI had us as the #11 and then the #9 most violent cities in the US (we dropped off their top 25 about 7 months ago) but we’re still ranked the #1 in car thefts in the country? Why is our official unemployment rate nearing 20%? [The unofficial rate--because people have been unemployed so long they’re no longer counted--is closer to 30%.] Why are there so many home foreclosures in Richmond? Why are we so ethnically separated? Why do our city streets resemble something out of rural Afghanistan? This is not the Richmond I grew up in so why suggest that it’s never been better?

**And having worked with so many business leaders who have taken their businesses elsewhere, few of them cite their proximity to Chevron as the reason but they do speak frequently about the anti-business attitude coming from many vocal neighborhoods and from City Hall (at the direction of the Council).

**Having been a leader in so many different fields I have experience in knowing how to lead diverse groups of people so at the very least we’re able to conduct the affairs before us. I’ve yet to see that leadership in our current Mayor. What I see is someone who doesn’t know how to lead--only to command. It’s not the same.

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Posted by DonGosney on 07/23/2013 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

Whoa! Mr. Gosney, two thousand jobs left Richmond? What are you referring to? The empty promises by Jim Levine for jobs at a rotten casino? One third of the electorate voted for her, really? I guess you could say that about most council members elected to the city council couldn't you, even Nat Bates.

Mayor McLaughlin never took money from the card clubs. She did not solicit money from them. But what about Corky Booze? He got support from the card clubs for his campaign in the form of campaign dollars.

Mayor McLaughlin is the best thing that has ever happened to Richmond. You don't understand worker-owned businesses (I happen to work in one), only huge mega corporations that take local money, but farm it out of the locality. I know you support Chevron. How many jobs does Chevron provide to Richmond residents? I believe out of 1200 jobs at the Richmond refinery, only six to ten percent of those employees live in Richmond.

Richmond is doing the best it's ever done. If anyone has driven jobs out of Richmond, it's Chevron because people are afraid the refinery may blow, and with good reason. The fire last year sent up more than smoke signals, and it reduced our property values.

And, the meetings are not efficient because of one particular city council member, that being Corky Booze, not Mayor McLaughlin, and it's done on purpose to make her look bad.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 07/23/2013 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

Broad support? She only garnered the support of about 1/3 of those people who voted.

Smear campaigns? Is it a smear to tell the people what she herself filed in state documents about her mental issues that prevented her from holding a job; about her Chief of Staff who--with her signatures attached--embezzled in the neighborhood of $100,000 from the City of Richmond; that she wanted to control the City’s finances even though she couldn’t handle her own personal finances ($126,000 remaining in her bankruptcy)?

Refused to accept corporate campaign dollars? Did she say anything at all when the card clubs spent gazillions of dollars in independent expenditures to get her elected?

Not one to seek publicity? You have to be kidding. We’re talking about the same person aren’t we? I’m talking about the one that shows up uninvited at events and insists on a seat on the podium and insists on microphone time. I’m talking about the one who shows up for an Occupy walk from Richmond to Oakland and then gets back in her car after the TV cameras leave.

Advocates for new jobs? How many businesses have left Richmond since she and her people took control of Richmond? Nearly 2,000? And the jobs she’s brought in--how many of them have been small workers cooperatives with only a couple of employees?

Had you awarded her with something having to do with her being a mayor, that would be one thing but you’re praising her for being the consummate politician--not much of an honor these days where being labeled a politician is not much better than being labeled a one percenter.

Even as Mayor, she leaves so much to be desired. In five years as Mayor she still hasn’t learned how to run an efficient meeting. Meetings routinely run over leaving a third of the agenda held over to future meetings yet she spends an inordinate amount of time in ‘Presentations' awarding someone for the strangest of things. [We had a special presentation praising people for drinking water.]

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Posted by DonGosney on 07/23/2013 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Most Unexpected Patch of Greenery

The path between 7701 and 7705 Potrero Ave. in El Cerrito does indeed lead to "one of the most unexpected and glorious unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay." But wait, there is still more. Over the past year, the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers have been building Motorcycle Hill Trail which connects this vista to the streets below. A sign on a stately eucalyptus tree marks the trail which derives its name from a time in the 1920s when daredevils raced up the hill on their motorbikes. Now hikers can enjoy the walk up or down sometimes even accompanied by the resident red-tailed hawk soaring overhead.

Visit us at www.ectrailtrekkers.org

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Posted by Elcy Trailtrekker on 07/22/2013 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Best Beard

Here's a cut out image of my beard: http://i.imgur.com/VI2pNmi.png, useful for doing things like photoshopping it onto cats: http://i.imgur.com/bKxp3oB.png

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Posted by Max Ogden on 07/17/2013 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Best Retirement Community

Why does the word "retirement" always make me think of eavestrough in Calgary???

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Posted by Michael Jefferies on 05/22/2013 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Best Place to Practice Your Spanish: Mejor ... uh ... ¿cómo se dice?

? Como pronunciar la palabra Pelicano? Mi nombre es Thomas Bircham, I am a 74 year young student. My real question is, is there an accent over the i that I can't see? Thanks Tom.

Posted by Thomas Patrick Bircham on 03/08/2013 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Most Courageous School Official

More like most brazen school official. Displacing elementary school students and families, displacing high school teachers, destabilizing three high school communities in east and west Oakland is hardly courageous. Controversial? Yes. It is as experimental as it is detrimental.

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Posted by Rodney Brown on 07/21/2012 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Most Revolutionary Brewmaster

Oh yea! That's a true talent! Kevin keep on brewing, we need more of your beer. ;-)

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Posted by Gretchen Christensen Rockhill on 07/20/2012 at 2:46 AM

Re: “Best Anarchist Hangout

Dammit east bay express. You think after that huge cover story you did basically blowing up all the DIY venue's that people have worked their asses off from getting shut down you would have learned a lesson. Next time a touring band needs a show, or people need somewhere for a zine workshop, we're taking over your offices.

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Posted by Jenns Ucks on 07/19/2012 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Best Completely Re-Imagined Neighborhood

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 4-9pm - ROUTE 50 LAUREL CAR CRUISE!!!!
1/4 lb Giant Burger Parking Lot
4215 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Come hang out in the historic Laurel District in Oakland. Formerly a part of Route 50, at 1/4 lb Giant Burger on MacArthur Blvd off High St. on MacArthur Blvd. All Vintage Cars and Bicycles welcome. 4:00-9:00 pm every third Saturday. Dr Scott and Miss Cherry Bomb spinnin Oldies.

Outdoor movie at 9pm at the Laurel Ace Hardware right down the street...4024 MacArthur Blvd!

Brought to you by Royal Jokers Car Club, Movement Ink, Laurel District Association, and Councilmember Libby Schaaf's Office, District 4.

Posted by Laurel Street Fair on 07/18/2012 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Best Urban Wildlife Phenomenon

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Posted by Zoya Jackson on 07/09/2012 at 4:37 AM

Re: “Best Escalator

"yuppies?" YUPPIES???? What the heck century are you in? Who says "yuppies" anymore?

Posted by Theresa Maller on 12/16/2011 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Best Completely Re-Imagined Neighborhood

Laurel Holiday Stroll and Donation Drive 
*Launching the Laurel Tree Lighting and Public Art Project
Wednesday, December 14th, 6-8pm
All Stores on MacArthur Blvd Between 39th Ave and Maybelle Street
Food Sampling, Wine Tasting, Children's Book Reading, Music, Tree Lights and Live Art

*Begin at Marquardt Property Management with Your Canned Food, Toy or Coat Donation and Get an All-Access Stamp
4164 Macarthur Blvd Oakland, CA, 94619

Posted by Laurel Street Fair on 12/13/2011 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Most Regionally Minded Mayor

Lawngun is right and Zelda is dead wrong. Let's face it, UC should be privatized and then they would a taxpayer instead of an enormous tax burden.
But Berkeley without UC would be just another suburb, which might be an improvement if all the 60s garbage was forced to leave town.
Bates, like his dreadful wife, is a statist-collectivist to the core.
Zelda belongs to the Becky O'Malley Far Left Nimby Club of Trust Funders who can afford to shop at Whole Paychecks and no Trader Joes in 'their' city for the hoi polloi, thank you.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 07/28/2011 at 8:08 AM

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