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Re: “The Fight to Regulate Health Insurers

Single Payer Now!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ory Plotkin on 10/29/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

"Oakland Rising Action conducted a study of the candidates, their positions, actions and experience and ranked mayoral choices as 1) Siegel, 2) Quan and 3) Schaff."

A "study" to be sure.

Oakland Rising is funded largely by the City of Oakland and those who are most likely to continue this funding include Siegel, Quan and Schaaf.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Rainy Day Dilemma

Bravo to the East Bay Express for really digging into this issue. And finding how, once again, schools have been dragged into the toxic mix of state funding. Now, instead of draining school property taxes, the Gov & Legislature are going after school reserve funding. (Probably because at least two counties' schools have been drained completely dry.) No on 2.

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Posted by Jennifer Bestor on 10/29/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

This sucks....I hope down the road they can bring back the uptown.

Posted by Steve Mason on 10/29/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Jeff,

We didn't have space in the paper to explain our position on 48. Basically, we don't object to the Native American casino pact negotiated by Gov. Brown. In general, we don't have a problem with off-reservation casinos. We also like the fact that the deal effectively protects a stretch of the Northern California coast from future development.

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Posted by Editor on 10/29/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

Oakland Rising Action conducted a study of the candidates, their positions, actions and experience and ranked mayoral choices as 1) Siegel, 2) Quan and 3) Schaff. Siegel is the most progressive candidate and Quan, despite her missteps, has achieved a great deal. Schaff has become more progressive. Rebecca Kaplan is ineffective and inconsistent. Tuman has no relevant experience (he claims that being head of his academic department has prepared him to run the city of Oakland. As an academic, I find this laughable.) Bryan Parker is the big business candidate.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Brad Erickson on 10/29/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

Writer's focus is seriously misplaced.

Diagnosis/naming of disorders, DSM-association, is essentially irrelevant to popular understanding and appropriate policy development and political action. There's plenty of discussion about diagnostic matters among clinicians and other professionals where it belongs. Amateurs can't talk meaningfully about the uses of diagnostic categories. What matters is prevention.

The problem is the abuse and neglect of children. It often destroys them. Causes of this neglect and abuse: anti-family public policy, institutionalized racism, economic and other inequalities, a destructive criminal justice system, failure of police reform as in Oakland (low police morale; poor police oversight; lack of real community policing; no police commission and on and on).

There are a million cases of child neglect and abuse reported in the U.S. each year. The actual number of such happenings is several times the reported rate.

The results of poor social policies and childhood neglect and abuse: school failure (as in Oakland), lifetime coping problems, a criminal justice system which warehouses mentally ill (the unwarehoused are called "homeless").

1 like, 10 dislikes
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Why Yes on 48? I'm curious to see the reasoning.

Posted by Jeff Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

There were many problems with the venue, the biggest one was Larry himself. He had the personality of a telephone pole and the attitude to match, he was was also very defensive and paranoid. The sound engineering talents of "Zappo" as he was called were also some of the worst in the bay area. Leading to a regular occurrence of having half the crowd leave during the headliners set because of headaches. And suggestions to correct the problem or lower the volume and subwoofer levels by bands and industry professionals were either ignored or met with hostility and accusations that they were being "criticized". Also, the large beautiful bar in one side with the stage in an entirely other long room was dynamically non aesthetic and left many patrons apathetic and confused as to where to be.

22 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Glen Earl Brown Jr on 10/29/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

East Bay Express has been generally supportive of the Oakland establishment so it is consistent in endorsing Schaaf, Quan, Kaplan (with a nod to establishment-associated Siegel) and Anne Washington. This is essentially a vote for no change and a continuation of past policies, progressive or not. I say "not."

Chip Johnson, on the other hand, has often been critical of Oakland policies and (mis)management. Thus it's surprising that he has decided to go for Schaaf with a nod to Quan.

My take on it all is that it's all about editorialists not wanting to take political risks, as limited as such risks may actually be for them. It's true that people like Quan don't tolerate opposition.

As well as a lack of direct knowledge on their part of the ins and outs of how local government actually "works" and exactly who benefits from the status quo.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

perhaps the Lady that owns the LEX in SF can take over... she said all her customers are moving to Oakland! :)

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mary Apprill on 10/29/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

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2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Editor on 10/29/2014 at 6:08 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

In Tuesday’s Chronicle, Chip Johnson reveled his three choices for Mayor, Libby first, Tuman second and, somewhat apologetically, Quan for third. Libby is my first and Tuman my second, and I was considering Quan for third, but not after receiving an email from her completely misrepresenting Chip’s endorsement. She made it sound as tho she was his first choice by saying he “gave his support to Mayor Jean Quan.” The paragraph following had words of praise for her, which were not his. She did not put quotes around them but the juxtaposition could lead one to believe they were his words. She seems desperate. I don’t feel this is a person I can trust to be truthful.

He did say her last two years were better than the first two. But his main point was “better the devil you know….”

Chip reported in detail on positions and actions Libby had taken that convinced him that she was the best choice. It is well worth reading, and I am not even a fan of him.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/29/2014 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Chevron Backs Away from Troubled Candidate

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1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Editor on 10/28/2014 at 11:25 PM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

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9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Editor on 10/28/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

Lol @ the lady who is blaming 'SF transplants' on the clubs shuttering you have no idea what you are talking about. It is the Tech boom that is to blame for the higher rent prices. Rents are rising everywhere not just San Francisco as a result of this economic situation and the arts and venues are becoming victims as consequence

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Posted by Delian Ivanov on 10/28/2014 at 10:19 PM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

Crap

Posted by Steven Knuth on 10/28/2014 at 8:37 PM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

oh... the irony of the comment above!
dont get me wrong, I know you mean well Sir. but the SF transplants, while I am empathetic to their displacement, must realize that they are somewhat contributing to the problem. and the real lemon juice on this papercut is that this influx (of SFers willing to pay DOUBLE and then TRIPLE the cost of living) came after decades of native Oaklanders being forced to listening to the general disrespect (and fear even!) of the city we happen to love. just sayin... this is why we are PISSED.

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Posted by Rosalie van Treacle on 10/28/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

They made the neighborhood so successful, they can no longer afford the rent! Downtown Oakland is quickly becoming as pricy as any SF neighborhood most of us came here to escape...

18 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Dave Stann on 10/28/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Berkeley Video & Film Festival Starts this Weekend

This review makes me want to attend BVFF.
Thanx

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Posted by Mel Vapour on 10/28/2014 at 6:15 PM

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