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Re: “Oakland Police Union Writes $1,400 Check to Unseat Councilmember Noel Gallo

How about reaching Gonzalez and asking her position on the ballot measure?

Posted by Saheli Datta on 08/29/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Portal Owner Goes Pizza with Philomena in East Oakland

"yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods" Pretty soon that area will be so "developed" no resident who lives there now will be able to afford to eat at this pizza or (inevitable) brunch place. This is how an "affordable" (read: "less affluent") neighborhood gets colonized by white gentrifiers and turned into the next Temescal. Another restaurant for high-so's making inroads.

Posted by Brian Lucas on 08/29/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

This is the new Oakland. They (always white, always with might) have the money and the power and the "in." Uber is leading the way. Within 5 years West Oakland will probably have a Whole Foods, wiping out local community farmers markets and these hipster high-so restaurants with their fake rustic/poverty porn ovens and grills will be everywhere. There is just no end to this parade of slick, well-heeled, heavily financed celebrity chef wannabes and their Moet swilling tech millionaire followers. When's this sh*t going to end? Looks like they've just begun.

Posted by Brian Lucas on 08/29/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “In Oakland Hills Race, A Battle of Ideologies

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Posted by Remedios Atkins on 08/28/2016 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

Monies going into the "general" fund and who is going to oversee this? Just as the monies from "parking tickets go into its OWN fund. Transparency show us the records!

Posted by drea17 on 08/28/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

Ryan Oakland is not broke and Vegas certainly is not a better city for the Raiders.The Oakland East Bay is a far wealthier region that Las Vegas. I strongly encourage you to get off of the strip and look around. The schools rank second to lowest in the nation and twenty-five percent of the homes are underwater. I do not want to bore you with further economic comparisons between the the two region but just be aware that In reality Vegas is an isolated mono economy solely dependent upon the Casino industry while the Oakland East Bay is a dynamic diversified economy that is doing just fine.

Posted by Hutch on 08/28/2016 at 1:19 PM

Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida — Again

The french had the EXACT same problem in the 1800's They built guillotines and rounded up their 1% and beheaded them. Fun fact.

Posted by Andrew Kress on 08/28/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Queer Porn Revolutionist: Courtney Trouble

The unfortunate truth about Trouble is their troubled reputation with the QPOC community. You can't call someone "too dark" for porn and think you can get away with it. We know your ignorance.

Posted by andro_unfit on 08/28/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Guacamole 61 Brings the Meat to Epicurious Garden in Berkeley

What is interesting here is that this will be the FIFTH restaurant to open in this space in a relatively short span of time, and the SECOND MEXICAN SPOT. What does this tell you? That this food court has better offerings that are driving all the traffic there. Kirala, Soop, a gelato place, and a Chinese restaurant/tea spot. Nothing so far can last against that competition, and I can tell you that YET ANOTHER Mexican spot, no matter how good, doesn't stand a chance. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in town, and apparently, there is little need for one in the Gourmet Ghetto. I give this place 6-12 months, TOPS.

Posted by EB Pride on 08/27/2016 at 6:06 PM

Re: “JP Morgan Chase's Home Loans in Oakland Mostly Went to White and Wealthy Residents

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Posted by Leanna Lauber 1 on 08/27/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “More Details on Those Rumored Oakland Raiders Coliseum Renderings and Images

LOL the reason why it sounds like he "hates other cities that want the Raiders" is because the LV proposed site is in direct protest of the FAA. #Oakland4Ever

Posted by Joel Umanzor Jr. on 08/27/2016 at 12:13 PM

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Posted by Serena Ann on 08/27/2016 at 1:26 AM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Very thoughtful article with lots to ponder. The Bruce Cost/Barbara Tropp feud comes to mind when two whites argued about being the better Chineese cook (both were sensational) and Trader Vic with his faux Polynesia. James Beard introducing his audience to pu-pu platters in his cookbooks. French and American chefs incorporating fusion flavors in the eighties. The Romans are in the midst of that now. I think the issue is sensitivity and respect and as Russ said if it brings people to the table everyone should benefit.

Posted by Dennis Lapuyade on 08/27/2016 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Luke makes many good points here about privilege, the comfort zone and expectations of audiences, etc. However, I do think the media plays an even larger role than Luke states. Los Angeles has Jonathan Gold, who is as adventurous and knowledgeable about all kinds of cuisine as any critic in existence. Many really great places, a majority of which are run by immigrants cooking food from their culture, are given business-altering attention by Gold's writing. This has a cascade effect, in that illuminating the often challenging Southern Thai cooking of Jitlada then opens up people's palates and minds to other Thai places doing unfamiliar things. Is Luv2Eat Thai a huge success within its first year (!) without the groundwork of Jitlada and Jonathan Gold? I doubt it.

The Bay Area (and primarily SF) has traditionally been covered by Michael Bauer and collectively the places he writes about are very different than Gold's portfolio. This has undoubtedly informed the palates of the Bay Area. Why is it a big surprise, then, that people prefer Comal to El Paisa when nobody even bothers to review El Paisa (until Luke did so last year, 7 years after it opened)? For years, Chowhound was a far better place to learn about interesting eateries than any of the normal media outlets (and its descent into uselessness is a sad story for another day). But CH fame isn't enough by any stretch to lead thousands of people to try a place or cuisine or dish that's outside their comfort zone, to turn Jitlada into JITLADA. It's not impossible: Burma Superstar has turned everybody into a tea leaf salad expert; Turtle Tower is the reference for many people's pho ga. These places are out there, but we need help separating the good from the mediocre.

Therefore, the way to balance the scales is for media members who have a broad audience to considerably expand what kind of restaurant is considered “review worthy”, and to write knowledgeably, adventurously and engagingly about them. This is not a small thing to ask. Who will take the time to understand and explain the characteristics of Jiangsu cuisine, and where to go to experience it? Who has the depth to say that this Sinaloan mariscos place stands above the others? Gold certainly wasn't born with an innate understanding of homestyle Korean food, but he can write about Soban with enough authority and enthusiasm that some people will go check it out, and some fraction of them will have a great experience and tell their friends, and so on. Whoever the Bay Area's Jonathan Gold is, she or he will need a lot of time to build trust and an audience. Maybe it's a group effort. Luke is clearly doing his part and I thank him for his efforts. I believe he's easily the best critic we have right now, and maybe in time he will be enough if he is given a platform with a wider geographic range. There's definitely a market for this type of criticism -- we just need the right guidance.

N.B. The South Bay is filled with places that are known mainly only to the immigrant populations that they serve. Would someone please start writing intelligently about them?

Posted by Peter Chang on 08/26/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

The shrewd and late Al Davis came back to Oakland for a reason. Although football passed him by, he had the presence of mind to realize the extreme value of the bay area market. It would be foolish for his very unstable son to flirt with moving the franchise. So far he has dealt with Oakland very disrespectfully, Sit down and be still Mark. Oakland will get this done.

Posted by Anthony D. Benton on 08/26/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “More Details on Those Rumored Oakland Raiders Coliseum Renderings and Images

Zienie is a joke he only spits out misinformation other bloggers have confronted him about what he is saying and he shows no proof and spits out hatred for any other cities that want the Raiders watch all of his vids on vegas you will see the misinformation

Posted by ridahraiders on 08/26/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Court Ruling Shuts Kitchen Staff Out of Tip Pools, Prompts Some East Bay Restaurants to Consider Going Tipless

Why not make the owners of the businesses pay the kitchen. I can tell you right now the owner of the place i work takes several vacations a year. He has a huge house and owns the property. His retirement is set and he is a lot better off financially than me. So why can't he raise the prices and pay his bills? Instead of taking my hard earned cash.
People like you sicken me. You obviously are not a server. Try living the life before you tell me how to give away my hard earned cash/.

Posted by Steve Nottingham on 08/26/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Six Ways to Fried Chicken in the East Bay

Merritt Bakery is closed. Although someone told me they took over the old Kwik-Way drive-thru, so maybe they have their chicken there.

Posted by BTP on 08/26/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Hotel Restaurant Reinvents Itself, a Sandwich Pop-Up Re-emerges, and a Fish Market Shutters

Luke, I'm so glad we have you to read at the Express.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/26/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

Raider did not file trademarks for San Antonio or Carson Jody Payton... Lane Blue filed for the trademark San Antonio Raiders, which cornered Mark Davis to change the Raiders name or it would force Mark to pay a hefty fee to buy Blues Patent Trademark... Carson Raiders never happened... Los Angeles Raiders I believe, still belongs to the Raiders from when they patent it back in early 80's

Posted by Adam Dyer on 08/26/2016 at 9:18 AM

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