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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Election 2012

Re: “The Richmond Soda War

A recent study conducted by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) shows that children are consuming as much salt as adults and have a two to three time greater risk in having high blood pressure. Having elevated or high blood pressure in early childhood increases that person’s risk of hypertension during adulthood. Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. There is increasing evidence that kids are consuming too much salt and it can have an adverse impact on the health. The study states that High Blood pressure is public health enemy No.2 behind tobacco. The direct cost related to High Blood pressure is estimated to be around 131 billion annually. Given the facts about salt my question to all the supporter’s of the Richmond Ca Soda Tax would you consider taxing products that contain sodium (salt) if not why not?? It is just as harmful to the health of our children as is too much fructose the ingredient in sugary drinks. There is a scripture that says be ye transform by the renewing of your mind. Taxing people for making poor choices about what they ingest into their bodies is not going to change their mindset. There may be a small amount of individuals who won’t buy soda because of the cost (mostly the poor) but if they haven’t changed their mind about what they eat they will find another substitute to fill the craving for sugar and salt that may be just as harmful to their body.

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Posted by Cochise Potts on 10/24/2012 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Larry Reid Touts Police, Again

Going door-to-door for Sheryl, I have never had such an easy time getting a yes. Seems most folks have never seen this council member in the district and unless they vote for Sheryl, they never will.

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Posted by Pamela Drake on 10/24/2012 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Larry Reid Touts Police, Again

During the District 7 Town hall that Council-member Larry Reid attended, but was put on by the Mayor, Reid sauntered up to the podium, and, after dispensing with his usual platitudes, acknowledged that his district had some of the most unmet economic need in all of Oakland. And you know what, he's absolutely right. Of course, no where is that more evident, as the article suggest, than along the International corridor, "which runs like an open sore through the middle of the district". With Larry, fundamentally, the question should be reduced to, is it a willingness issue or an ability issue. I would argue that it is a lack of willingness, or perhaps more succinctly, a lack of willingness to work on behalf of his constituents(His decision to exclude his district from the recent conversation concerning the expansion of the foodtruck is just one such example). Clearly he can get things accomplished, no where is this more evident than along Hegenberger Road where there is steady progress on the airport connector. Likewise with the proposed development of Foothillsquare that is slated to include a Kroegers. When you look at these two examples, it becomes clear that not only does Larry Reid see the unmet economic needs, but tragically, he only sees it as an opportunity to help his buddies, and not his constituents.
I know Sheryl Walton and know from experience that she not only has the ability to see what needs to be done, but more importantly, a willingness to get things done that will benefit not her, or her friends, but, her constituents.

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Posted by jdcash on 10/24/2012 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Parker Versus Brunner

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Posted by Editor on 10/24/2012 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

To continue along on the tangent: Weight has little to do with age, and older and/or fat providers do and will continue to work and earn abundantly.

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Posted by Serena Toxicat on 10/24/2012 at 4:10 AM

Re: “The Richmond Soda War

Soda is regressive all by itself. Make your own ad about the real cost of soda: http://www.whysodasucks.com/

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Posted by Allen Meyer on 10/23/2012 at 10:37 PM

Re: “The Richmond Soda War

When Richmond residents stood up to Chevron several years ago they made national news. Richmond voters taxed Chevron and stopped them from processing heavy crude without adequate environmental protections. Today Richmond is again making national news with a proposed regressive tax on sugar drinks. On the surface, considering the obesity rate among economically challenged residents, this may look like an attempt to help people develop healthier lifestyles by slowing down their consumption of sugar drinks. Under closer inspection, however, it reveals a callous middle class bias against the poor.
The tax was authored and promoted by Richmond Council Member Dr. Jeff Ritterman, the former head of the Richmond Kaiser Cardiology Department. It is Dr. Ritterman’s current position that sugar drinks are responsible for the high rate of obesity in Richmond’s minority community and, therefore, it is in the community’s interest to discourage the consumption of such drinks by adding a hefty City tax on them. Interestingly enough, in a 2008 National Geographic Special, “Stress: Portrait of a Killer,” Dr. Ritterman expressed a broader view, stating that the daily stress of being poor is what leads to health problems. The relationship between the stress of poverty and obesity was one of the primary points in the documentary. So what could change in four years that would lead Dr. Ritterman to change his emphasis and focus exclusively on the issue of sugar drinks? I would suggest that he is leading his middle class constituency to take the reactionary position of blaming the victims and he is doing so for political reasons.
Where the poorest members of Richmond live there are no supermarkets but only liquor stores and quick-stops. This has been the case for years. Richmond has a very high rate of unemployment particularly amongst its minority population. Richmond has a high rate of drive-by shootings and homicides. Its schools are not known for their high academic performance and they have been cash-strapped for years. These are many of the daily stressors under which the poorest members of Richmond must live. As a result of these and other stressors they suffer from serious stress-related health problems. The abuse of sugar drinks is a symptom, not the cause, of these health issues which affect a large portion of Richmond’s residents. There is a proven correlation between poverty and serious health problems including obesity. You don’t need to be a scientist or a doctor to Google “what states have the highest rates of obesity?” and then Google “which are the poorest states in the US?” to see that the results indicate the very same states. Clearly, the relationship between serious health problems and rates of poverty is glaring. Health issues are class issues.
There is nothing progressive about a regressive tax.

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Posted by Charles T. Smith on 10/23/2012 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Parker Versus Brunner

A detailed review of the contest except for the most important contribution to Parker: the maximum allowed under law by John Burris and his wife. Burris has extracted more than $32 million from his lawsuits against Oakland, many of them amounting to complaints that a police officer did not let a thug pull his gun out completely before the officer defended himself. The city attorney (Parker) capitulates again and again.

When Parker accepted Burris' money, she crossed a line.

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Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/23/2012 at 9:05 PM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

In regard to the beverage idea...Lynette Sweet came up with that idea years ago but didn't have the support of the colleagues. She was recommending a special spill proof BART container. The point is people are going to sneak drinks unto the cars why criminalize it? The cars are getting dirty regardless. So, lets alleviate the condition by legitimizing it and placing trash dispensers in the cars. Which is risky!

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Posted by Stan James on 10/23/2012 at 12:22 PM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

Regardless of who wins, the beverage car idea is pretty brilliant. The only issue they're likely to have is that it will be too popular and hence too crowded. The price of a latte would be a darn small price to pay for being able to drink it on BART in peace. And there are lots of local vendors who would be great as concessionaires in this.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 10/23/2012 at 8:56 AM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

Rebecca Saltzman as a delegate to the Democratic Committee is all the more the reason she should not be on a Transportation Board. We do not want to politicize transportation. Besides, have you heard that the Democrats are for the poor...But they didn't finish the sentence, they are for the poor staying poor!

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Posted by Stan James on 10/22/2012 at 11:11 AM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

@ Stan James - where do you get the idea that Rebecca Saltzman has run for School Board or City Council? The only position she has sought - and achieved - is delegate to the California Democratic Party. She is committed to Democratic values and improving the environment, and that's exactly what we need in a BART Director. Pegram's supporters need to come up with better arguments for why he should be elected to continue the BART status quo, not make things about up dedicated environmentalist Rebecca Saltzman.

See the candidates yourself at the LWV forum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee7wfFkIlck…

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Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 10/22/2012 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

Thank you so much for this article. I am planning to do my PhD dissertation on sex work. Coincidentally, the governor of my state has also been vocal about "fighting human trafficking". My state being both very red and traditionally sex negative, I am concerned about the motivations and consequences of creationist Christian politician's desires for anti-human-trafficking legislation.

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Posted by EmilyKennedy on 10/21/2012 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

You actually can do sex work forever - or for as long as you want to. I'm in my late 40's, I've been doing sex work for 17 years, and my business just keeps getting better and better. I know many women in the industry who are in their 40's and 50's who have had the same experience, and I've met several women in their 60's who are still working because they love the profession. Not at all an important point, but I couldn't help but address that comment! :)

Sex worker organizations have come out against Prop 35 because it is not actually going to help young people who are being sexually exploited. And because what it WILL do is put more poor women, men, and transgender people in prison. Sex worker organizations are not the only organizations that have come to this conclusion after reading the text of Prop 35. The California Coalition of Women Prisoners is also convinced that this proposition will result in more poor women, women of color, and transgender women being put in prison, and on the already watered down sex offender roles. If you would like to understand why, check out againstthecaseact.com. Another HUGE problem with Prop 35 is that it mandates that anyone convicted of lewd conduct since 1944 register as a sex offender. Lewd conduct is what the police like to charge women and men working on the street with when entrapping them for solicitation seems like too much of a hassle. So thousands of people who are not traffickers and were never accused of being traffickers are going to have to register as sex offenders. And here's another kicker - throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's, when it was practically illegal to be queer, the police had a tendency to charge gay men with lewd conduct. So now thousands of gay men will be required to register as sex offenders - because they're gay. Yes, there are people being exploited, sexually and otherwise, and they should be getting help. But Prop 35 is not the way to do it. Maybe the police should start enforcing the laws we already have against rape, statutory rape, assault, and kidnapping. Again, if you want a more detailed analysis of the text of Prop 35, go to againstthecaseact.com.

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Posted by Shannon Williams on 10/21/2012 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Endorsements Part I: Vote Kaplan and Yes on Measures B1 and S and Props 34 and 37

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Posted by Editor on 10/19/2012 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

Apparently Joe doesn't have what the majority of the women interviewed have earned - a degree. If he did, he might have better reading comprehension and have realized that the "whores" who are going to get "old and fat" aren't idiots. They have or are pursuing education, and I presume they plan to use it.

No, you can't be a sex worker forever, but neither can you be a roofer, a longshoreman, or any other of the many, many male occupations that require physical strength, stamina and youth. At least being a sex worker affords you the time to pursue an education, with which you can move on to a new field whenever you please.

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Posted by ChristinaX on 10/19/2012 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Liberal v. Liberal

John Knox White is indeed a Bonta booster and a Bonta campaign operative.

He went so far - on behalf of Bonta's campaign - as to call up the advertising sales reps at the Bay Area News Group, and try to bully and intimidate them into pulling Recall Bonta ads, and went so far as to send them excerpts of an FPPC complaint about the ads, and under the false color of state authority, and yelling, suggested that they would be subject to legal action and/or sanctions from the FPPC if they continued to run the ads.

I know this because the sales rep told me directly.

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Posted by David Howard on 10/19/2012 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Liberal v. Liberal

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Posted by Editor on 10/19/2012 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

No mention of what happens to whores when they get old and fat and have no other means of support.

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Posted by Joe ThePimpernel on 10/19/2012 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Who'll Replace Jane Brunner?

david- len only says 3 of the 7 d1 contestants are 'on the take' from powerful cjty employee unions - which is entirely true. not 'all others.'

cops n firefighters here earn 200k per year. no wonder we can't afford enough police, librarians, teachers, park staff, pothole repair, and FFs get a free ride.

an oakland cjty union endorsement these days is more like a 'local 1%' seal of approval.

anyone can read up on len's forward program at www.LensForChange.com as well as click to all competing candidates' sites.

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Posted by ken.linott on 10/19/2012 at 7:22 AM

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