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Re: “How to Happy Hour Like a Tech Bro on an 'I Only Live in Oakland Because My Apartment is Rent Controlled' Budget

I can't believe this is in the EAST Bay Express. What a rude title. If this is how you feel, please move to SF, we don't want you. Consider a revision.

Posted by Trawets Aifala on 10/27/2016 at 9:02 AM

Re: “OUSD Aims to Put Its Money Where Its Values Are

Looking at the picture accompaning this article. Food is all one bland color, everything looks fried, no salad. Is this what they are serving at Oakland High?? Who plans the menus? What is their background?? That is the person we should know about. Sounds like too many government, business and union folks involved.…

Posted by Carolyn Burd on 10/27/2016 at 8:20 AM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

Will hundreds of thousands buy a better Oakland School system or an Oakland School Board that supports Republican ex New York Mayor Bloomberg's stop and frisk education policy of growing unregulated charter schools?

A way for Oakland voters to disrespect the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party is by electing bought Oakland School Board majority that will grow more charter schools. Some of existing Oakland charters refuse to provide the Feds free breakfast program likely for fear hungry students might lower their test scores.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/26/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Braun Gerhard on 10/26/2016 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

There are so many excellent deficiencies for which to criticize me, certainly, but there's not much I can do about my age, Max! (I'll try not to taunt you as you gain in years yourself. May your hair never grey, your paunch never paunch, your steps never slow, your youngers never rag on you.) Had it not been for some of us stupid aged ones, a cathedral would loom in front of the auditorium today.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/26/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Get Bourgie on a Budget With These 20 East Bay Happy Hours

4 to 6 is early bird.....

Posted by Matt Thayer on 10/26/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

The problem of understaffing of police officers in Oakland has been a decades long problem. And so has the problem of accountability. The recent scandal in OPD and it's depth have proven once again the department is incapable of holding its own officers accountable. And in an era of growing militarization of police departments, it is more incumbent than ever to retain civilian control and monitoring of our nation's police forces. Oakland with all its problems is no exception. Police now have growing tools to surveil all residents and politicians. IMO OPD has always had too much sway over Oakland's politicians and residents. It is incumbent for the preservation of our democracy and republic that police departments be held accountable by civilian police review boards and commissions. Dan Kalb has shown great courage and integrity in bringing this measure along with Noel Gallo. He deserves the full support of his district and the entire city's residents.

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 10/26/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Hayward, the City that Banned Happy Hour

Happy hour is still illegal in Hayward for bars unless they serve food. The ban was lifted only for restaurants. Any bars caught serving a happy hour is fined by the HPD.

Posted by Aric Yeverino on 10/26/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

When we go to bed with Republican ex NY Mayor Bloomberg because we like his massive financial support of our HH soda tax and his support of gun control, he's bought our silence over his financial domination of our school board elections. That's why NYC voters got sick of his after 3 terms. They were tired of him of his elitist bs. Maybe it take a wealthy elitist to counter big money food and gun lobbies. But maybe it's not worth the Faustian price.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/26/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

Naomi says "probably not tech offices". What garbage.

Orton is proposing market rate office space in what will be the single most prestigious and ostentatious office address in the City of Oakland, if not the entire East Bay.

Who, besides tech companies, has the excess capital to throw at that kind of office space? Maybe Naomi is telling the truth, maybe it will be hedge funds instead of tech offices. Oh great, as if that makes the destruction of the most historic venue in Oakland any less atrocious.

Watch in the coming weeks and months as Naomi and the other aging members of the Me Generation in her clique try to spin this disaster as something good for Oakland.

Their idea of history is to polish up old buildings so that grey haired folks in straw hats can go on walking tours and talk about architectural details. Real historic preservation would be preserving this building as public venue that it was intended to be when Oakland taxpayers approved a bond to build it over 100 years ago.

Posted by Maẍ Ållstädt on 10/26/2016 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Proposition 64 Leads in the Polls. But Insiders Say Weed Prohibition's End is No Sure Thing.

You are wrong Blake. Truth of the matter is that real liberals are about as bad as real republicans.


I'm sorry you are not getting the Holy Grail but in reality it doesn't exist. 64 is better than the current social situation and has built in structures to improve as others are convinced legal cannabis will not destroy the fabric of society.

Posted by Randy C Cone on 10/26/2016 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

Actually, probably NOT tech offices. This story needs some follow-up.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/25/2016 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

The deal is a ground lease. The money Oakland will receive for the lease is a public good which will pay for social programs, schools, public safety, infrastructure, etc. I think the redevelopment plan is amazing. It leaves most of the building as it is and brings the property back to a remarkable community asset. Take a look: Cheer-up.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 10/25/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

Please god, anything but more tech offices...

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/25/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Five Memorable Rants from Kanye West's Concert Last Night In Oakland

For the same amount of money, you could see three underground shows where the artists give it 100% because they have something to prove, rather than one mainstream show where some overstuffed ego phones it in and coasts on their fame. Plus you'll actually be able to see and hear the artists doing their thing on stage, rather than being lost in an endless sea of phone screens.

Skip Kanye. Skip Beyonce. Skip all that Top 40 shit. You've heard it all already! You can do better in the Bay Area.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/25/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

So many people want to take the same unimaginative "look I climbed a hill" selfie that there's now a LINE for the photo op? Now that's just sad.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/25/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Re: “Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?

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Posted by Hazzard Wallace on 10/24/2016 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

Orten is developing it, but who will own it? Will the city still own all or part of it, and be collecting the income it eventually generates? If not, why not? If it's being leased to the developer, it should be a limited number of years before the city controls it again.

Would've been a great place to put the main branch of the library, or expand the museum, or make it part of Laney College, or Oakland sports and rec dept facility or.... But, alas, no money for better uses...

Posted by Dante Har't on 10/24/2016 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Five Memorable Rants from Kanye West's Concert Last Night In Oakland

Oh my god, yes, jab Lincoln... I mean he knew he was going to be assassinated and should have made better plans to bring equality to former slaves. Kanye, please.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 10/24/2016 at 6:50 PM

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