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Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

This stop has been restored and is back in full service. The only difference is that it has been moved across from it's former pre-Sprouts location to 2969 Broadway.

Score it, The People : 1
Bully Boys : 0

Posted by Bruce Langley on 10/11/2016 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

Some of you are thinking short-term. California needs to legalize in order to send a message to the world, legalization is the next step. Cannabis is plant and therefore like all plant you have the choice of getting you vegetables at a local independent farm or you can buy the same plant from a corporation, the difference is who you are supporting. (buying it from)

I will be buying from independent farms no matter the size, only the quality.

Posted by Sergio ♃☉☿ on 10/11/2016 at 3:59 PM

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

For District 5 residents, virtually everything good that's happened has happened while Noel Gallo has been our councilman:

1) The basics: Noel's predecessor, Ignacio de la Fuente, spent most of his time consulting with his mentors (e.g., Don Perata), running for higher City officD 5 residents, rast, constituent service and consulting with community organizations and , not so much. The IDLF years were for me and too many other residents, like being in political Siberia, but with lots, lots more company.

2) Housing and public safety: There's a reason so many of my neighbors involved in public safety. street safety and and housing issues support Noel's re-election. Ignacio has endorsed Viola Gonzales. Viola Gonzalez has said that Council-members need to be nicer/more cooperative with housing developers and that she will repair the public-OPD -community relationship with (gist) 'more talking and dialogue'....I don't want to go back to the IDLF way of being "represented" (OPOA wishes first) and I certainly don't think OPD's issues with sex trafficking, s.uggish- 'compliance' with the Riders case NSA and racial profiling can be 'talked away'. I have and will give credit where its due for reforms that OPD has implemented, usually only after relentless pressure fromthe Federal Court, but Council person who's in the OPOA's pocket and is likely to buy in to idea that Oakland is safer by throwing love and money at the OPD and OPOA is going backwards

3) The Oakland Animal Shelter------Gonzalez's patron, IDLF, constantly talked about selling or closing the shelter and stated his budgetary vision was of Oakland as a 'basic services only' City. Noel from the start of his term advocated for correcting budget and staffing shortfalls at OAS, then for a new civilian-community governance structure....Since late 2014 OAS has been on the rebound in its service level and relationships with its volunteer and animal welfare non-profit partners.......I don't want to go back to the past where OAS was first up on the chopping block at budget time.

4) Protection of our non-police civic and physical infrastructure-----Noel. again after both reaching out to constituents and being asked by constituents, is a strong advocate for our libraries, senior and youth services, parks, schools and libraries. During his first term, he has built strong relationships with neighborhood school communities and the traffic and street safety working group in my neighborhood. Viola Gonzalez will be the go-t0 Council member for a few interests and an advocate for City 'police first' budgets that cut and starve other City services.

Let's move forward together....

Mary Vail,
31 year Oakland-Glenview-District 5 resident

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/11/2016 at 2:41 PM

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

And my school board opponent Jody London is now helping them by campaigning with Moore, who is exactly the same challenge to Rebecca Kaplan. If you vote for police accountability, some police officers retaliate and the standard politics happen. The public is well served to look at who took which side.

Please look at the options and please vote yes on LL, for Kaplan, Kalb and Gallo.

And if you want to look at District 1 school board, I'd be grateful to serve.

Don Macleay

Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 6:31 AM

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

I live in Dan Kalb's district, and have supported him since the beginning. He is a very smart, hard-working Council Member, supported by the Sierra Club, Democratic clubs, labor, and out area's most progressive elected representatives.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 10/10/2016 at 7:34 PM

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

Good to know Corbett is against police oversight.

Posted by John Seal on 10/10/2016 at 6:09 PM

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

"I’ve generally been pro-police in terms of building up size of the force, wanting to pay them good wages and give them a good benefits package, and I took lead trying to get more crime investigators," Kalb told the Express. So-cops are only against Kalb b/c he supports more oversight. Kalb just got my vote.

Posted by Simonp on 10/10/2016 at 4:26 PM
Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/10/2016 at 4:10 PM

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

I sure hope the voters in Dan Kalb's district vote for him. He's a good man who thinks deeply about issues that affect our city and works consistently to make the police officers more supported and the OPD more transparent and accountable to Oakland's citizens.

Posted by batya_lee on 10/10/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

Gary Patton said it all. Wish I could upvote his comment.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 10/10/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Alameda Superior Court Judge: Landlord Acting "Unbelievably Callous" in Chinatown SRO Harassment Case

Fortunately for the plaintiffs, this is a case where the politically popular thing for the judge to do also happens to be the legally correct thing.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 10/10/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Hapless Chargers Punt Win to First-Place Oakland Raiders

I honestly think it's great that EBX is following the Raiders on a weekly basis!

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/10/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Town Business: Uber for Parking; Police Sex Crime Scandal Undermined Trust in OPD

Well nothing could go wrong with dense surveillance of every car in downtown Oakland, now, right? I will certainly be interested to see if it bothers anybody else. Note that many people LIVE within the area. (I wonder how my neighbors with the infant twins and the thirty-or-so stairs up to their door will react to the lineup of cars parking in front of their house?)

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/10/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Anti-Legalizers Sue California Over Prop 64 Ballot Language

Proposition 64 is a death knell to the farmers of the Emerald Triangle, their families and the communities who depend on this, the last industry standing after the collapse of the logging, lumber and fishing industries. In Prop 64’s despotic future, farmers & growers are forced to pay taxes before they sell their harvest. A medium sized farm that produced 400 pounds of buds & leaves would have a tax bill of over $60,000 and for the first time ever taxes have to be paid before any sales are allowed.”

Proposition 64’s insidious plan institutes controls that treat cannabis as a dangerous substance, and not as a medicine. It does all it can to force users to return to the dark and hide their use. The chant, “Out of the Dark and into the Light” reflecting overcoming the long time stigma of cannabis use will be replaced by laws that make it a crime to smoke outside where someone could see you or smell cannabis smoke. Smoking outside, even where cigarettes are allowed, is forbidden and the homeless, including homeless veterans who smoke cannabis to treat their PTSD will be committing a crime, subjected to fines and even jail if they are unable to pay. There will be no more smoking cannabis at an outdoor concert or other events. It will be like the "Bad Old Days” when law enforcement waded into crowds to arrest people for smoking a joint. This time they will be wading in handing out tickets resulting in fines.

This is not legalization it is domination, extreme controls, massive regulation and taxation without representation. The Official Libertarian Party Executive Committee has it right when they advise a NO Vote on 64 because it, “does more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.”

Lonnie Painter
Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis
Village Cannabis Club

Posted by Lonnie Painter on 10/09/2016 at 1:42 PM

Re: “New California Law Will Open Up Job Opportunities To People With Criminal Records

Okay so your saying that I don't deserve a second chance ? I'm 22 years old ..charged with petty theft when I was 19. I stole some makeup worth 40$ at a department store. I have petty theft on my record. I never stole again after that . I'm in college for my LVN. Passing all my test with an 85% have dedicated my life to becoming a nurse and at clinicals my patients love me and I love them too and truly care about them go beyond to help them and make their day easier your gonna say that because I stole makeup I don't deserve to be a nurse and take care of people. That's stupid. Anyone can change. I'm living proof.

Posted by Desiree Jay on 10/08/2016 at 8:59 AM

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

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Posted by Lizzy Sandra on 10/06/2016 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

What a BS idea fk ing wannabe pimps.

Posted by on 10/05/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “California Medical Marijuana Extract Makers Get Historic Protections

It's about time we see legislation pertaining to extracts.

Posted by Edgar Jensen on 10/04/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Town Business: Late Grand Jury Response; Oak Knoll

In 2015 the Oakland Housing Authority in conjunction with BRIDGE Housing constructed 68 units of affordable housing...
It is the only affordable housing that has been constructed in Oakland...The rendering can be found at
The projects cost was $32 million...
The proposed stadium for the Raiders by the City of Las Vegas will cost $1.9b...
The City of Oakland currently has Wells Fargo Bank in court for predatory lending....
Jerry Brown was Attorney General during the period that this criminal activity was being conducted by the bank...
In fact, Mr. Brown represented the 1% in a case against Wells Fargo for selling them the defective securities....
However, during this same period Mr. Brown closed down the Attorney General's office to homeowners with complaints against the banks for fraud, telling them that they had civil cases....
Brown was representing investors in court against Wells, regarding the same documentation, in a criminal case of fraud...
Brown is now withholding $331 million, from the $25 billion settlement agreement of 2012, that was intended as compensation for the people....
It's not enough money anyway!!!
Each person should be given $250,000...
67 million x $250,000...
Brown and Paulson allowed 67 million people in America to be cheated out of property by the banks as the result of the actions of MERS and associates ( read my essays) ....
During this same period, Wells Fargo and Wachovia were engaged in an 18 month relationship with El Chapo Guzman's drug cartel that generated $378 billion...
On one occasion a DEA agent was caught bringing 22 tons of cocaine into Miami for Guzman...
Wells and Wachovia were fined $55 million by Eric Holder's (to big to jail) Justice Department...
However, the banks got to keep the $12 billion in profit....
How many affordable housing units, athletic stadiums, schools and shopping centers could be financed with $378 billion???
Read my essays on Facebook....
Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 10/04/2016 at 2:09 PM

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