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Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

One cannot help wondering why so many people are living in homeless camps when there are hundreds of unoccupied housing units abutting the former Navy base in Alameda, CA. I took a photo, yesterday, Sept 17, 2016. Over a hundred of them, entire neighborhoods, just sitting there, empty, for over a decade.

Yes, these are special needs individuals, some with criminal records and drug problems, but if we are the "strongest and richest nation on earth," we can prove it by attacking the problem instead of running from it. It is a management challenge and a money challenge. If we can go to the moon and beyond, we certainly should be able to do this.

Posted by Monty J Heying on 09/17/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

Nick Miller take that 510 out of your Twitter handle! You have to earn that 510 by knowing something about it. Choakland, child please.

Posted by Neal Adams on 07/01/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

I don't know where this author is from, but he obviously knows nothing about the history of sports in Oakland. What we see in Oakland is called sports, where anything can happen. Despite the gaffes so noted in the article, there are many examples of the Oakland Raiders and Oakland A's coming through at the end. In fact, there are so many Raider examples, they actually are historical NFL highlights and have their own names (Heidi, Sea of Hands, Ghost to the Post). The Oakland A's won three World Series in the early 70's marked with many big wins at crunch time. What the author fails to realize is that in sports you win some and you loose some. The take away point obviously missed is that you have to first win enough, often enough to be in big games in the first place. Oakland sports teams have clearly done that. Whatever happens after that is what happens, not an symptom of choking!

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/28/2016 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

Doesn't say the swept, says they cruised to the title. Also, every A's fan remembers the HR by McGwire. Bottom line, that was a crushing series loss which was the main point.

Posted by Bud Sniff on 06/24/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “An East Bay Queer Artist-of-Color on Orlando's Horrific Nightclub Shooting

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Posted by godsmokie on 06/23/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

These columnist like N. Miller, write any crap they want without checking the facts!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 06/22/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

Wow! That hurt! Like the TRUTH always does! :)

Posted by V. SONNY SONIÁ on 06/22/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Choakland: An Exploration of Oakland's Pro-Sports Meltdowns

The Dodgers actually didn't sweep the series; they beat the A's 4-1. In game 3, Mark McGwire hit a walk off home run against the Dodgers closer, Jay Howell (of course, nobody remembers THAT).

Posted by Steve Ongerth on 06/22/2016 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Housing Emergency

Thank for this the cast of living continue to go up but we're paid nothing in Oakland. I been in my apartment since 2009 and my rent has increased more then 10% each time now this time it's totally out of and all they can say it's the market price. I can't afford to pay mortgage prices in a 2 bedroom apartment in Oakland at this time. I cannot afford to buy a house in this market I have health issues and I need surgery and yet I have to maintain my job to take care of my children but I also have to worry about being homeless because my rent keeps going up.

Posted by Terry Edogun on 06/16/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “An East Bay Queer Artist-of-Color on Orlando's Horrific Nightclub Shooting

"Then there were the politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, who used this opportunity to blame an entire religion for a homophobic man's actions. There was a sense of relief to know that many of my fellow queers know better than this. We were quick to warn the rest of our community not to convert this act of homophobia into acts of Islamophobia."

Contrary viewpoint from Sunni Muslims conference speaker Fahad Qureshi…

Posted by Laura Menard on 06/16/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

This is a perfect example of the elite not being accountable for their actions as far as justice is concerned on a local level, and it is very bad for our State to have this kind of injustice occur, it is synonymous with Billary Clinton on a national level, she will probably escape justice due to who she is and who she knows.
What if every criminal stated that what they did did not jeopardize national security (although clearly against the law) so they should not be arrested or prosecuted, in layman's terms that's exactly what Clinton defense is........................... our country is in bad shape

Posted by Michael Kim on 06/13/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

He must be related to Clinton............

Posted by Michael Kim on 06/11/2016 at 5:31 AM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

I agree that Brock Turner appears to be a remorseless pervert. Jane Doe's letter convincingly describes how this wasn't a he said/she said date rape, but a savage attack by someone who happened to be drunk.

And if Turner's arguments were believeable, he wouldn't have convicted beyond a reasonable doubt. He IS a sex criminal, and perhaps a dangerous one, since he fails to recognize his own propensity to act as a predator when drunk (although coherent enough to run away from the scene of the crime and dissemble about it).

But that being said, the equity argument goes both ways. Wouldn't we prefer to see the non privileged get less time, rather than the privileged get more? Is there some range the author would prefer?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 06/09/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

I don't like to weigh in on Internet crucifixion- but after reading this man's assessment of what caused him to behave in a manner unbecoming of a male or human being - it made me mad. Had it been my daughter this helicopter-influenza male would have had his trial before me. Shame on anyone coming to his defense.

Posted by Art Zamora on 06/08/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

Did I just read this here, rather than some permissive screed about how the Stanford "swimming star" rapist will now turn his life around? Bravo, East Bay Express! The guy did the same crime that could have been perpetrated by a monster of any other education, race or financial status - so his time behind bars should be not one day less of a "severe impact" than others because of how a judge sees him. The ruling is truly an insult to the victim - and every citizen, besides.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 06/08/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

Gee, I thought a crime was a crime, even with witnesses?

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 06/08/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the Primary Election on June 7, 2016

In past elections most Democratic voters in the Albany to San Leandro area completely skipped voting for any of of the candidates for the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee because they have no idea what it does or who the candidates are. This election won't be much different.

Voters don't know that the Committee is the local election equivalent of super delegates and they don't know where to quickly find background information on each of the (this year) 17 candidates in AD 15 and 16 in AD18.

The official election booklet is useless because of space limits on info for those positions.

The very least you could do for races that you don't cover in depth or make detailed endorsements, is to inform voters what the office does and provide some free publicity for the League of Women's Voters site which does list detailed info on every Democratic Central Committee candidate.

Len Raphael, CPA
Candidate for 15AD Alameda County Democratic Central Committee
(last name on the candidate list0
Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, N Oakland, N Oakland Hills to Montclair, Piedmont

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/07/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the Primary Election on June 7, 2016

San Francisco Bay Guardian has a different view on AA that I think deserves a read:

Posted by John Wilson Brown on 06/06/2016 at 3:47 PM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the Primary Election on June 7, 2016

What do you have against sneaky parcel tax increases? :D Parcel taxes are much more equitable than assessed value taxes due to prop 13. That said I don't actually care about Piedmont.

Anyways I agree with all the other races you bothered to make an endorsement for. I'm disappointed you didn't endorse for Senate District 9. It should be quite possible to make up your mind with only four candidates, three with a chance of making it on the ballot (so June 7 is an actual contested election). I think her record in the assembly makes Nancy Skinner the obvious choice. More generally "what can SD09 offer to the state of California" a public policy professor from Berkeley makes a lot of sense.

Posted by Ian Monroe on 06/05/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the Primary Election on June 7, 2016

Thank you for endorsing Bernie, the candidate of a lifetime. Now let's get to the polls on June 7th so we can handily beat trump and get ourselves a President Sanders.

Posted by Sandy Steubing on 05/30/2016 at 8:01 AM

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