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Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

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Posted by Editor on 08/15/2015 at 8:36 PM

Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

If I pay to ride, I want a stress free trip. I have the option of moving to another car if I see something that I don't like or people that act foolishly, but why should I? Why should anyone? It all boils down to having consideration for others. Bart is not one's house, so one cannot do whatever one wants. Are we to assume manners are just not taught anymore? This also includes people who take more than one seat, eat, cut nails, belch, talk loudly, have strong body odor, and on and on.
Mass transit sucks. Reporting bad behavior will not change anything. People are the way they are, however now, with this app, a spot light is shined and people are upset when their dirty laundry is aired.

Posted by Maria Hutchinson on 08/15/2015 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Anyone working with Derek Peterson is likely to be a embezzler. Click here to get some background on the penny stock jock and his latest stock scam: http://www.cannabidial.com/tag/derek-peterson

Posted by Norman Gates on 08/15/2015 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Scum if ANY of it is proven to be true! My gut says guilty based on my dealings with the "Union"

Posted by Kevai Floyd on 08/15/2015 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

And this guy is the founder and board member for ReformCalifornia.

Posted by Craig Beresh on 08/15/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

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Posted by Editor on 08/15/2015 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

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Posted by Editor on 08/15/2015 at 3:37 AM

Re: “The Social Network and the "F" Word

Armie Hammer is of part Jewish descent.

Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, Ryan Potter.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 08/15/2015 at 12:47 AM

Re: “The Social Network and the "F" Word

Armie Hammer is of part Jewish descent.

Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, Ryan Potter.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 08/15/2015 at 12:47 AM

Re: “Uptown Oakland High-Rise Project Moves Forward With Huge Excess of Parking

It's very poor policy to allow large new urban developments (whether office or residential) that are built in close proximity to major mass transit stations to have such a high ratio of parking/units as this development will have. The introduction of hundreds of additional automobiles to this location will increase street congestion (resulting in delays to surface transit), decrease pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and increase local pollution (ie. automobile exhaust and noise pollution). Thank you for illuminating the many drawbacks of this project's parking component.

Posted by Sprague Terplan on 08/14/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Maurice Himy Convicted For Lying, Not Extortion

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Posted by Editor on 08/14/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “The Diary of a Teenage Girl Is a Must-See

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Posted by Editor on 08/14/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Free Will Astrology

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Posted by Editor on 08/14/2015 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Yep, money is now driving the cannabis industry, sounds like one of the operators was ratting to the Feds, great for the industry, you fuck ups shpuld be proud.............. NOT

Posted by Michael Kim on 08/14/2015 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Thank you for posting the application for the arrest warrant. After reading it, this whole affair smells very fishy. The FBI seems to have leaned very hard on Terbeek to lay as much dirt on Rush as possible, including recording conversations without Rush' consent. And yet the parts of the conversations quoted in the warrant are innocuous in themselves, and require Terbeek's interpretation to make them mean what the FBI says they mean. The parts of the conversation where Rush presumably incriminates himself, however, are paraphrased rather than quoted.

Of course, this is an application for a warrant and not an indictment, so the agent gets to be sloppy - but I definitely think we need to reserve judgement until we actually read the transcripts of those conversations. And, btw, California law requires both parties in a telephone conversation to give consent, it sounds to me like those conversations should not have been recorded in the first place.

Full disclosure: Dan is one of my Facebook friends and we've collaborated to lobby the San Leandro City Council to allow marijuana dispensaries in town.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 08/13/2015 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Kau Kau Corner Brings Aloha to Alameda

friendly folks. i liked the Kalua Pork, but the spare ribs were thin cut and not worth it at all.

@Ruby, i also had the musubi. i think the comment on the rice being "medium-grain sushi rice" was more that it was medium-grain, like you see in sushi. it's not vinegared like you'd see in nigiri sushi

Posted by Andrew Chang on 08/13/2015 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

"oh what a tangled web we weave"

Posted by Victoria Khan on 08/13/2015 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

That's quite a scoop, David. Good job. I never felt comfortable around Dan Rush, now I know why.

Posted by Linda Stokely on 08/13/2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Man Facing Deportation for Nonviolent Drug Crime

A non violent crime is still a crime. People who want to live here must abide by the laws. He did not and should be sent back immediately. His supporters must understand that selling X is extremely dangerous to our communities. Many kids overdose on this party drug and die. THINK.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 08/13/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Who's Jacking Up Housing Prices in West Oakland?

I agree that gentrification in general is an inevitable process as economies grow, shrink, and evolve in any area, with those benefiting from the given upswing in whatever industry naturally being able to bring a higher willingness-to-pay to the table, and those not benefiting becoming further marginalized. Therefore, it is tempting to throw up your hands and forsake the issue as merely being "so the world turns", or merely “a product of the system”. This argument however offers no solutions and favors the idea that in order to lessen the plight of those low-income families and individuals in areas becoming hyper-gentrified, the entire "system" would need to be picked apart and re-structured, which of course is far too an abstract and impossible feat to even think about, especially when you are already enjoying a privileged vantage point from within the system. Therefore framing the issue as "so the world turns" in the face of these odds is a tempting but altogether lazy way to rationalize the issue to yourself or others, and also implies that you are OK with the system as it is.

The fact of the matter is that the gentrification happening around the Bay Area is one of the most explosive such occurrences we have ever seen, bringing with it unprecedented opportunities to exploit the burgeoning income inequality, which are being taken full advantage of by property agencies and investors, basically overnight. However, the under-handed way in which long-term residents are being pinched out of their homes or denied access to affordable housing is not being done in some abstract and hard-to pinpoint way, but in many explicit and egregious ways by specific landlords and investment companies. Each of these exploits therefore brings with it the opportunity for learning, for reform and regulation to curb such occurrences in the future. While the gentrification process in the Bay Area is tragic and unstoppable to some extent, it also represents a huge learning opportunity for those of us looking to mitigate the continuing ill-effects of the process in the future, and to perhaps prevent it from creating such immediate disruption of security in other places as natural market shifts bring change and wealth to and from any given area.

Housing is a basic human need, and not to be forsaken as merely another commodity in the system, with its price and availability as volatile as any other consumer good. Treating it as such means we value the safety and security of millions of people as much as we value the success or failure of the latest smartphone, a new model of car, or the latest flavor of cereal. Maybe it flops maybe it doesn’t. Maybe millions of people are forced out on the street, maybe they aren't. "So turns the world".

Being a property investor or landlord needs to come with it an implicit understanding that empathy for low-income individuals is not a choice you make, but is legally built in to your business model. I'm not saying that being a landlord or property investment company need be a profitless endeavor in martyrdom for fellow man, but if you are in the business of providing housing, you need to accept the responsibility that you must accommodate the needs of the people you are directly affecting. A better balance must be struck. The opportunity to increase rent and market to more affluent renters should still be readily allowed and available, but done so in equal magnitude to providing options for lower income individuals. Not doing so will have huge costs down the line for the nation as a whole and will only perpetuate the cycle of inequality. Rather than saying “we live where we can afford, and if you don’t have money, too bad”, we need to be saying “Being a landlord or property investment agency brings with it a responsibility to safeguard the well-being of residents, of course while still making a profit (albeit less than perhaps you’d hoped). If you don’t like it, too bad, perhaps you would rather sell smartphones, cars, or cereal.”

Posted by Nicholas Depsky on 08/13/2015 at 2:27 PM

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