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Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Tom, As I said, you do your "profession" a disservice spinning this as you do. Your fantasy of oysters saving Drakes Estero from your perceived tsunami of sludge only shows the desperation which exists within your ranks. The only thing people supported was allowing a ROU to run to its end, after which the contiguous marine wilderness congress created as law would be completed. A marine wilderness without one family's commercial operation sitting in the middle of it.

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Posted by Jules Michel on 04/14/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Bay Bridge Scandals Deepen; Quan Wrong About Dubai Prince and Coliseum City

How do you get something like that wrong?! Did you have a conversation with one of the wealthiest people on earth or not? And if so, how could you not recall a pertinent detail like, oh... I dunno, WHETHER OR NOT THE GUY WAS INTO THE DEAL?!?!?!

Unreal

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Posted by Justin McRoberts on 04/14/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Jules, I support the Feds whole heartedly when they make an environmental decision based on solid science, like they have with the Chesapeake Bay. The problem with their decision in this case is they are choosing the wrong battlefield, the wrong ally and the wrong opponent. Usually that doesn't work out to well.
True, Drakes Bay is not the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake doesn’t have an impending disaster, like the sludge and filth filled tsunami sea bearing down upon our shores. When it does hit, will you and Ms. Trainer be out there 24 hours a day filtering these pristine waters? Let’s see, if Drakes Bay Oyster Farm has 6 million oysters out there, that’s 6 million x 50 gallons of water filtered A DAY! I seriously doubt you and Ms. Trainer can keep up with the oysters. Sadly, a group of environmentalists, although well meaning, has chosen the wrong battle against the wrong opponent, and definitely at the wrong time!
Which in itself is strange... Because ... as long as we are on the subject of time…
Documents and testimony show Park Service, the Sierra Club, EVEN Ms. Trainer’s ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE of West Marin, AND every other interested environmental and civic group were overwhelmingly in favor of the oyster farm in the 1960’s and 70’s and intended that the the oyster farm stay. So this “A deal is a deal” narrative is COMPLETELY fabricated for the occasion.
Additionally, in 1998-99 the Park Service even had architectural renderings done of a new oyster educational center and cannery. Why would they want to spend all that money just to take it down because a “deal is a deal”?
Why is the West Marin Environmental Action Committee flipping their original position?

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Posted by Tom Kent on 04/14/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “'Weed Wars' Patient Update: Jason and Jayden

Blessings to you and your work.

Posted by Gretchen Netzlaw on 04/14/2014 at 7:29 PM

Re: “State Fines Tosco $400,000 for the Fatal Martinez Refinery Explosion

The nuematic saw didn't cause fire...the decision to open a flange further down the line..which was above the hot oil pumps...caused the fire..I Anthony creggett was at lunch inside control room..when this flange was opened ...they assumed ...i was operator that instructed..this decision ....tosco always knew it was not me...can you say fall guy...

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Posted by Anthony Creggett on 04/14/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Oculus

This movie was badass

Posted by Guillermo Bosque Mendoza on 04/14/2014 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Mr. Kent, Drakes Estero is part of the Philip Burton Wilderness Area. Acres of plastic bags to grow non-native Manila clams and acres of pressure treated wood racks on which non-native Pacific oysters are grown do not make Drakes Estero a "pristine and unspoiled" body of water. Further, Drakes Estero is not the Chesapeake Bay, whose 9+ major rivers flow through a watershed of an estimated population of 17 million people. This operation was purchased knowing full well its ROU ended in 2011 with little possibility of any renewal, and that without any Federal permit the lease with California would end. PR people such as yourself trying to spin this into a "we the 'little' people" battle against the "big bad Feds" does a disservice to your profession.

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Posted by Jules Michel on 04/14/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

If the oysters and oyster farming were so damaging, why does the area continue to look so beautifully pristine and unspoiled after 100 years (at least) of oyster activity? It is likely, Point Reyes residents have the oysters to thank, at least in part, for the beauty they enjoy daily. 200 years ago, the Chesapeake Bay was one of the most environmentally beautiful and productive bodies of water in North America. Today, we have "dead zones", high phosphorus and nitrogen counts, vanishing species of wildlife and less than a tenth of 1% of the oyster population that once occupied the Bay and filtered its waters.
Because of their water filtering capabilities we are trying to re-populate the Chesapeake Bay with oysters and restore an American treasure. By the way, the Federal Government is supporting these efforts.
When I read the stories about the National Park Services attempts to smear the Lunny family, the NPS looks less and less like our friend Smokey the Bear and more like the Big Bad Wolf! It is a travesty the NPS can't recognize the valuable stewardship already in place and instead compels California residents to experience catastrophic damage and then, learn the lessons Virginians know well.

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Posted by Tom Kent on 04/14/2014 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Thank you Environmental Action Committee for protecting our public lands!

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Posted by Jeff Miller on 04/14/2014 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Martinez To Ban Outdoor Medical Marijuana Growing This Week

These are just plants, some legal plants have worst smells, like chilli peppers, do we ban them all? If people are planting outside and it does no harm to lawful citizens, what does it matter? If it is not your property, stay the heck away from it and don't trespass, if you get shot doing it then its your fault. Parents need to know what their kids do 24/7. I see outdoor planting as not as dangerous than alochol distillery and wine vinyards.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/14/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “DEA Says It Will Ignore President Obama's Wishes During Congressional Hearing on Marijuana Policy

Harry Anslinger got this war on weed started, Dick Nixon escalated it, and now Leonhart is taking up the rear guard as the war goes into retreat. What a waste. If only these three had tried weed before demonizing it! www.herbwiser.com

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Posted by Preston Coleman on 04/14/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Bay Bridge Scandals Deepen; Quan Wrong About Dubai Prince and Coliseum City

Quan got it wrong? When has she ever gotten it right?

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 04/14/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Berkeley Goes There With Parking

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Posted by Editor on 04/14/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

I happen to know a bit about PAR all over the state. PAR is a known tactic that is used by bad principals who aren't doing their jobs and can't get a grip on their schools. The bad principal wants to look like he is doing something, so he scapegoats teachers. PAR is the perfect red herring! The bad principal can get another person, a PAR coach who wants to get promoted, to do all the dirty work. The bad principal then buys time and blames teachers and can report that he is making changes. It works for bad principals. Good principals would NEVER use PAR. I know a lot of good principals. Every single one of them has told me they would NEVER engage in the corrupt PAR system, and that it is one of the biggest failures of our eduction system. If a principal is using PAR to scapegoat, alienate, shun, marginalize and divide a group of teachers, he will eventually do it to students. Don't trust the PAR process. It is rooted in evil and hurts our students.

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Posted by Todd Harkins on 04/13/2014 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Tuman Turns Broken Car Window Into Fundraising Vehicle

God has given me a vision of a plan for world peace for cities on Earth:

Community Empowered Safety Plan

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.

http://oaklandwiki.org/Peter_Y._Liu

Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/12/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “East Oakland Dump Sites Allow Residents to Legally Trash Bulk Items

This is great. Just dropped off an old couch. 11am on the first day and the "HUGE waste containers" were already full. Clearly there is huge demand for this. A move in the right direction Oakland.

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Posted by Susan Chaika on 04/12/2014 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Who's Jacking Up Housing Prices in West Oakland?

Gentrification = Deghettofication

Oakland is perhaps the best place on Earth to live. No snow, you can wear a T-Shirt all year long without dying. No floods, no tornados and with good structure houses that survived 1989 earthquake. Beautiful weather. ALL THIS REPUTATION IS REPLACED BY ULTRA HIGH CRIME STATISTICS.

These mighty investors are knights in shining armor coming to our rescue. This is real progress, they city will finally shed its image of ghetto urban decay.

Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/12/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Fallen Rider

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Posted by Editor on 04/12/2014 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Birdland Jazzista Social Club Eyes an Oakland Nest

We just moved from a house several blocks away from the Berkeley spot to a house near MacArther BART so I'm really excited to hear Birdland will be close by again!! Can't wait to see what the new Oakland venue has to offer. I will definitely be there supporting!!

Posted by Karen Elliot on 04/11/2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Richmond Rethinks Hasty Decision About Troubled Housing Complex

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Posted by Editor on 04/11/2014 at 2:53 PM

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