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Re: “Police Lobby Wants to Gut Medical Pot in California

I can just hear it now. Bang Bang Bang! " health department, open up!" " Knock it down I smell weed in there!" F'N Ridiculous.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jay Robinson on 03/27/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Where Vegans and Meat-Eaters Happily Coexist

"where can meat-lovers, cheese-loving vegetarians, and vegans peacefully coexist? It can be challenging"

At home. Most families have members who have different styles of eating. Wife is a vegetarian; husband a carnivore; one kid a vegan; one kid eats only cereal.

People do cook and eat at home. It's fun. It's sharing. It's eco-friendly. It's tolerant of diversity. It's cheap. It saves time.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Michele Ocla on 03/27/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Fact: Cannabis Kills MRSA, Disrupts Prion Diseases

I think it's cute that the media omitted the hemp seeds found in king tuts tomb. How else can you end the monopolies in multiple commodity markets? Legalizing marijuana will severely hurt/bankrupt several markets. Pulp mills for paper, corn farmers for bio diesel, big drug companies, DEA, the list goes on and on. So how do we fix that? Get the old money off of the wrong drugs and get them on the bottom floor of marijuana. Once the ultra rich make the same money from it, they won't give a shat where it come from as long as it's there. Then we can all reap the rewards of their greed then we all win.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by George Manu on 03/27/2014 at 12:56 PM

Re: “OPD Still Targeting Black Residents

This comment was deleted because it violates our website's Terms Of Use. People who repeatedly violate our policies will lose their right to post comments. You can read our entire Terms Of Use here.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 03/27/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Who Is Bryan Parker?

Rachid, you sound like a poorly paid spokesperson for Parker. Troll, you are indeed amusing.

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 03/27/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Hot, Hot Heat

I picked up one of these bottles from Beauty's Bagels and it's worth it. I think it might replace my Sriracha habit.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lisa Emily on 03/27/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Who Is Bryan Parker?

Maybe Bryan Parker had a good reason to ban you from posting on his Facebook page as you're certainly getting pretty ridiculous on this article. You're calling him shady for banning you from spamming, you're calling him stupid for running ads, and yet you're spamming articles about your own candidacy. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you were spamming his Facebook page with spammy promotional comments about your own agenda.

Dude, you're not a real candidate. Stop being so junior varsity. Instead of spamming content on blog posts, actually pay to get your message out and not waste our time.

Also, your website is a joke for a someone criticizing the websites of other candidates.

I smell a little jealousy here. Respect your ambition, but come on here.
Post that
as long as you're cool with

4 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Rachid Himatinatinabad on 03/27/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “OPD Promoted Cops Involved in Scott Olsen Case

Mr. Corbett Baker — In researching my book "Occupy Oakland: The Little Revolution That Couldn't" (2012), I read everything I could find about Scott Olsen. Yet nowhere did I see it reported that, as you assert, Olsen was on inactive reserve—aka Individual Ready Reserve. Since IRR personnel retain their status as uniformed military personnel, this would seem to preclude membership by Olsen, who was administratively separated by the Marine Corps in November 2009. In other words, he was booted out with an other-than-honorable discharge for reasons never made public. Please, can you tell us how you determined that Olsen remained part of the IRR? Thank you.

Oh, and by the way, on October 25, 2011, Scott Olsen was not "acting a fool." You needn't explain your assertion to that effect, since it's rubbish.

4 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by AlanKurtz on 03/27/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Who Is Bryan Parker?

I have a comprehensive solution. It is called "Community Empowered Safety Plan." Not only do I have management experience, I am a self made multi-millionaire businessman and a combat veteran. CESP:
1. New police chief will readily issue conceal carry permit to lawful city business owners, their workers or residents age 21+ who have clean background - Reality is the police can’t protect them neither in peacetime nor a riot.
2. For every person caught with an illegal gun (stolen, serial scratched off, ineligible felon, etc.) obtain search warrants ASAP for their residences to get more illegal guns, find fingerprints on those guns, match in FBI databases for suspect straw purchasers for more potential arrests.
3. Install mandatory surveillance in medium and high crime areas. Surveillance footage will be accessible real time via internet to lawful city residents with login and password.
4. New policing strategy involve more community participation. Each officer will setup and advise a neighborhood watch that has about 7 to 25 volunteer members led by a team leader voted by the members. They will meet once a month to discuss issues affecting the neighborhood and the officer will be present as needed to give advice. Once the city declares an emergency, all neighborhood volunteers will be notified to prepare for best course of action to protect themselves or neighborhood which includes evacuation orders.
5. Start a business center to teach small businesses entrepreneurship to city residents. “How to brainstorm a business suitable to the individual, how to make a business plan, obtain a business license, market their services or products, etc.”

“CESP5” (Community Empowered Safety Plan #5)

A game for people who want to be Rich. Playing the game teaches by experience: leadership, honesty, teamwork, responsibility and integrity.

created by Rags-to-Riches multi-millionaire Peter Y. Liu

Game Rules
1. Choose 7 or more people, preferably people you trust. Give them the game rules. Set a location where to have a meeting if they want to join in the game.
2. At the meeting, each person introduce themselves, their name and their phone number and email address. Each person write down the information. Take 10 minutes to brainstorm a business idea and write on a paper. EXAMPLE
3. Each person takes turn to share their idea to the group.
4. After all the ideas are heard, each idea is put to a vote by the group. Person with the best idea is the founder and President of a company, the rest are co-founders, then they vote on who will be the treasurer, secretary, etc.
5. Then the group makes up a business plan, to answer Who, What, When, Where and Why. Who are the company leaders? What is the company name and what does it do? When will they do it? Where is the company located? Why are they running this business?
•How to win the game? You win as a team, you win when the company profits off the idea and proceeds are split according to the hours you’ve put in.
•How to lose the game? You lose as an individual, you quit, you got voted off the company because you didn’t contribute, stole money or lost trust due to unethical behavior. Your reputation will suffer according to the seriousness of your offense.
•What if the company didn’t make a profit? Then your group rethink the ideas, vote on it, maybe vote on another leader, maybe change the business name, adjust the business plan then retry.

21 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 03/27/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “OPD Promoted Cops Involved in Scott Olsen Case

On the morning of October 26, 2011, I met Mayor Quan on the street in my neighborhood, near Fruitvale and MacArthur avenues, where she was attending the dedication of a mural. I asked her about the previous night's incident, and she told me that: per federal court order for previous "excessive force" incidents OPD was not even supposed to possess any tear gas or beanbag rounds; that other police agencies that might have been called for assistance were not permitted to bring those into Oakland; and that whoever had fired at Scott Olsen, it had not been OPD. She was, apparently, seriously misinformed.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rashid Patch on 03/27/2014 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Survey Says Telegraph Avenue Needs More Bike Lanes

And note that there will be food trucks at all the public meetings

Let's get those bike lanes through the Temescal and into Uptown

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Karen Hester on 03/27/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Targeting Rural and Suburban Development

Could the threat to the Smith River and surrounding redwoods be related to Koch Brothers' takeover of logging companies in and around Ft. Bragg? Former company employees residing in Ft. Bragg and facing loss of health insurance said in September that KB's intentions were unclear but Mr. Gammon's article may be filling in the dots.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 03/27/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Police Lobby Wants to Gut Medical Pot in California

We'd all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims!

Does anyone honestly believe that wasting $20 Billion and arresting 3/4 Million Americans annually for choosing a substance Scientifically proven to be safer than what the govt allows, is a sound policy?

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Parent on 03/27/2014 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Who Is Bryan Parker?


While I try to hope that we are beyond racism in this country, Leonard Raphael brings up a great point about how three white journalists (likely hipsters from gentrified parts of Oakland) look beyond Parker's obvious qualifications and strive to find problems with his candidacy.

The next Oakland mayor needs to be able to manage a complex organization. Therefore, the best candidate is the one with extensive management experience that demonstrates the ability to accomplish wide sweeping changes. Parker is the only candidate that fits this profile.

6 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by John Stewart on 03/27/2014 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Ban Fracking Now

Fracking has been around for 65 years. You wonder how many farms we're contaminated with the 500 to 700 chemicals they use. We live in what is called the Pacific Flyway. Where birds fly, north and south in the fall and spring. You wonder how many birds have stopped to drink, from the holding ponds laced with these deadly chemicals.
Over 2,00 Fracking sites already in our state, with holding ponds that are allowed to evaporate and contaminate the very air we breathe.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Phillip Moya on 03/27/2014 at 3:59 AM

Re: “Who Is Bryan Parker?

Odd mixture of the journalists' formidable research skills, an up front attempt at guilt by association (assuming the authors wrote the headline), and a bit (not coin) of grudging respect for a guy who succeeded in a business world with extremely few African American winners.

Much the way they quote extensively from an academic critic of bitcoin and not from any other academics with nuanced views, they quote extensively from someone who basically lost a lawsuit against Parker's former employer and an attorney in the business of suing health care companies.

Come on journalists, I know you could have gotten very different views and a more complete picture of Parker if you had asked around.

I support Parker. He is a combination of competence and compassion that you don't find very often in Oakland candidates. Someone who not only understands numbers, has extensive management experience (the City has almost 3,000 employees), but isn't fixated like other candidates and Quan on crime, crime, crime, crime.

8 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Raphael on 03/26/2014 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Who Is Bryan Parker?

If you're going to criticize a particular candidate for not presenting a comprehensive platform of specific policy positions, you might point out that there isn't a single candidate running for mayor, including the incumbent, who has done that or shows any signs that they will. Look at the past several election cycles for any Oakland elected office and show me more than a handful of candidates who came close to meeting your standard.

Candidates won't risk doing that until voters reward those who do and punish those who don't. RCV only increases the downside to campaigning on substance rather than on smile, style, endorsement, and name recognition.

5 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Raphael on 03/26/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “A Guide to Eating Alone

For eating alone, I also recommend Grand Lake Kitchen, 576 Grand Ave, Oakland, as well as B-Dama, 4301 Piedmont Ave, and Portal, 1611 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by paulawirth on 03/26/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Survey Says Telegraph Avenue Needs More Bike Lanes

The report is great and very welcome. We'll see what kind of hash the city of Oakland makes of it. I've never seen Jean Quan on a bicycle or on the bus.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Michele Ocla on 03/26/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “OPD Promoted Cops Involved in Scott Olsen Case

The 1st and 4th Amendments are not suspended even when in uniform under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In fact, we swear an oath to "support and defend the Constitution" wherein those rights reside against "domestic" as well as foreign enemies. Police abridging the rights of free speech and assembly are, in fact, domestic enemies of the Constitution. And to exercise those rights is certainly not to "act a fool" but quite the contrary, it is to exercise our duty as citizens of a purported democracy. The nonsense and ignorance emanating from the mouths of many Americans is often breathtaking.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jack Dresser on 03/26/2014 at 12:29 PM

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