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Re: “Black Leaders Were Misled About Marijuana, Columbia Professor Says

@bishopron
"Why in this world would any Black educated man want to keep Blacks high and LETHARGIC and call it Civil rights?"

The question is, why in this world would any Black educated man want to keep Blacks in prison and deprive them of civil rights?

Using drugs is normal human behavior. There has never been a society that hasn't used drugs. You'd be hard pressed to name one person that doesn't use drugs.

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Posted by Flutie Flambert on 02/19/2015 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Welcome to Taco Hell

"Really, Mr. Johnson slow your roll dude..."

So sorry. Just read one word at a time, dude. Move your lips as you read it. You can even say it out loud if you need to. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/19/2015 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Columbia Professor Blasts Media for Parroting Biased Pot Science

i was a close minded evil republican before i smoked pot.....hated gays, marijuana, women's rights, immigrants, other religions.....basically your standard conservative

marijuana changed all that, completely....i now support all of what i once hated

marijuana doesn't make you smarter, but it does make you ENLIGHTENED

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Posted by Benjamin Eli Lane on 02/19/2015 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Welcome to Taco Hell

Really, Mr. Johnson slow your roll dude...

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Posted by David Crosby on 02/19/2015 at 4:27 AM

Re: “The Collapse of Berkeley Health Center

The bay Area consortium should have been closed a long time ago. Ms. Sykes i used to think was a nice strong role model for the young women in oakland... but she was nothing more than a CON that everyone fell for. i always knew God would take care of her because she has wronged so many of his children one of them being my Mother whom she owes a $100,000 to since 2008 my mom worked for her 7yrs and nearly 2yrs for free because the BACQHC were having finacial troubles. trusting off their friendship she would honor her word to pay my mom her due wages its 2015 my mom aint heard from her. my mom facing different health complications overtime as well as my dad end up givin the case to GOD because he never fails. Same lady suppose to encourage me to become CEO of something end up actually being a disgrace to not only the health care community but the black community as well. I HOPE SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT GOT CAUGHT UP WITH HER DONT HURT TOO BAD THOUGH WHEN U LAY WITH DOGS YOU GET UP WITH FLEES OR IN HER CASE THE IBBI GIBBI. ..

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Posted by Jessica Winsey on 02/19/2015 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Anti-Union Shift

Completely agree Max...

Not all unions are created equal, and some of them appear to be more interested in the job security of their own overstaffed, overpaid and underworked employees, than in what's in the best interest of their members.

I'm speaking from experience, as my wife was working in a company where one of the more parasitic unions managed to wiggle themselves in.

(Employees from another department was pushing the union drive, nobody from my wife's department wanted to be a member. Among other reasons, because the union would mean worse working conditions and lower pay.)

She took them on, and had to fight tooth and nail over many months, to get the union kicked out again.

Anyways, seem like a referendum among the local residents would be e way to go: Do you want council to demand that contracts can only go to unionized companies, even though this may mean higher tax rates? Yes or no?

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Posted by Victor Spillesen on 02/19/2015 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

Looks like peeps consider a brown/black point of view to be deviant. That means, deviating from the "real" way of looking at things. That means, guess, whose point of view is "real?"

Michael Brown was accosted . . . accused . . . attacked . . . because he was tall? because he was named Michael? because he was 18? because his stepfather loved him? because he was wearing a shirt? because he was walking? Come on, think of something that doesn't start with "b."

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Posted by Cynthia Morse on 02/18/2015 at 11:33 PM

Re: “The Tipping Point

I am still thinking that one of the unintended consequences of this ordinance will be to keep your average chain store or chain restaurant that typically pays minimum wage from setting foot in Oakland. Want to go to a Chick Fillet or Macy's, better head to Walnut Creek. I hope people will support all the cool new Oakland local owned restaurants, bars, stores etc. at the new higher prices. So the staff gets higher wages and we all live happily ever after, but time will tell.

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Posted by Clive Scullion on 02/18/2015 at 10:50 PM

Re: “The Collapse of Berkeley Health Center

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Posted by Editor on 02/18/2015 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Anti-Union Shift

Max,

This isn't just a union-versus-non-union issue. It's also about the fact that a city contractor had violated Berkeley's living wage law by underpaying its employees.

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 02/18/2015 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of February 18, 2015

@Charlie- right you are.
@Joe - see Charlie's letter, further all your white friends' crime are victimless, if that was true in Oakland generally there wouldn't be a crime problem- too bad it ain't the case.
@Len- It actually pains me to say this but i do hope you're right that a tech cure to crime will become affordable and that we use it. I am scared of the 1984 scenario but crime is just out of control in jOakland, and police are too expensive.
@ cynthia- see Robert Gammon's small expose of jerry Brown- he is a midget. I have no idea why people are so in love with him. I'll add this to my list of why not Jerry.

Thanks for those that see closing BART are not civil rights protestors and ought to pay the fines and BART board are a bunch of chikensh*t's for backing down - it would serve them right if there was a protest every week like this one.

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 02/18/2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Columbia Professor Blasts Media for Parroting Biased Pot Science

well lets be honest pot doesn't make you smarter either......IM so tired of Pot smokers crying hard done by ...does pot enhance the part of the brain which instigates a martyr?

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Posted by James Jordan on 02/18/2015 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Stumbles Again

There's the right way and then there's the jOakland way. It would be a joke except for the fact that I live here and pay what I think are sky high taxes for very little services, the roads are in deplorable condition, ( EBX why not start a contest for Oakland's biggest pot hole? Win a $1000 worth of pot.) The police just get criticized and they're not very effective- though I don't think they can be- they are hamstrung between all sorts of constituencies and realities. But your column Mr. Gammon is spot on- the President of the City Council has serious ethical accusations, she apparently cannot figure her own finances out. Elect her Pres., Way to go CC ! That's leadership. Only a city which in its infinite wisdom pays millions for a property and sells it for $6000, and then just to put the amazing jOakland spin, cherry on top, waive the Oakland living wage law for the tenant that did not ask for it. Woot! you just cannot get better than this except for it probably isn't remarkable at all (and we'l hear about something equally remarkable in next week's column. Thanks for shedding some light Mr. Gammon!

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 02/18/2015 at 7:51 PM

Re: “The Tipping Point

The State of California will require sales tax on separately stated "service charges" for food/beverages consumed on premises unless the charges are optional/voluntary. There are also other restaurant expenses such as insurance that might go up if a restaurant switches from traditional tips.
http://bit.ly/1yZUHhY

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 02/18/2015 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

This is awesome!!!! Much needed!!!!

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Posted by John Blaze on 02/18/2015 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Wine and Dine

We love Barrel Room/Oakland: sorry you missed the previous Spain/Portugal theme, it was even better than the current French! But we thought the texture of the Boeuf Bourguignon was actually off, although tasty. You can't go wrong with staff reco's for wine: Jenny Lemay, the sommelier, has been our waitress on both our visits. She is certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers, meaning she's passed the Level II exams and is continuing her studies for the Advanced exams. She's a gem!

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Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 02/18/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Anti-Union Shift

It's important to remember that unions aren't a universal good thing — they simply exist to benefit their members, often at the expense of the people & communities they serve. Consider this quote:

"And I'm not guaranteed to have a job. They can cut me loose at any time for any reason."

It's easy to empathise with Mr. Roland here, but when people are "guaranteed to have a job", big problems arise. When union employees are rendered unfireable, it's easy for them to become lazy and incompetent (see: BART employees, CalTrans, etc etc.) because there's no longer any motivation to work hard. In cases like BART where the workers provide a needed public service, these union requirements can end up screwing the public just to benefit a select group of insiders (see: the BART strikes, where people making $30,000 a year couldn't get to their jobs because people making $80,000 a year wanted pay raises).

Anyway, I know it's in the Express's liberal DNA, but let's try to avoid the knee-jerk reaction of "unions good, non-unions bad." It's a bit more nuanced than that, and often ends up being the opposite from the public's perspective.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 02/18/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Stumbles Again

Yessir, let's just keep-on-hopin' that those jellyfish will grow themselves some spine.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/18/2015 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Anti-Union Shift

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Posted by Editor on 02/18/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The Tipping Point

No matter how one views Oakland's or any other cities' new minimum wage rules, **this** is a fabulous article. Well done, East Bay Express: very well balanced, thoughtful case study that I hope economic analysts across California will include when they do their respective analyses of possible impact stemming from and business responses to the new wage rules.

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Posted by Tony Daysog on 02/18/2015 at 11:22 AM

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