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Re: “Toxic Vapors Discovered Inside Oakland School

Was there any testing data on the tap water safety at the site?

Posted by Elizabeth Yu on 08/06/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

I look forward to this beer garden coming to my neighborhood. Congratulations Paul for fulfilling your dream.
Also Sequoia Diner is the best breakfast and lunch ever!
I just wish they were open 7 days a week!

Posted by Alice Montgomery on 08/06/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Bay Area Weed Authors Throw Free Book Party 'Lit LIT!' Aug. 17

What facts are these authors (not so-called) withholding from the public? Who do you know is intimately involved with medical marijuana and not aware of the very real dangers that are present from just growing/handling what is still a Schedule I substance? Why exactly are you so angry? Have you spoken to any one of these authors?

The Dank Duchess
Writer for Weed World Magazine
Hashmaker

Posted by The Dank Duchess on 08/06/2016 at 1:13 AM

Re: “Las Vegas Now A Bust for Most California Medical Pot Patients

So let's put this question of "reciprocity" in another light and use the right to bear arms (2nd Amendmebt) as an anology. Let's say we were talking about guns and the right to carry a firearm, if I buy a gun and follow the laws of the land and someone else goes further wanting to aquire a concealed weapons permit does that give the permit holder more of a right to gear arms? A larger percentage of individuals don't go the extra mile and request or require a permit to do what is a civil right when they wish to protect themselves so why should an individual who has the right to choose what kind of medicine or product they want to ingest or enjoy have to go the extra mile and get a permit or special permission in order to do so? Just say'in that we all need to stop the madness and stigma placed on marijuana by our government and corporate capitalist from the 70's and look at the facts and the future of camnabis, a plant put on this planet by God for a purpose and s reason!

Think about it and think outside of the media and government controlled box!

Dave Armstrong
Managing Member of MediMarts
A Closed-Loop California Collective

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 08/05/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Bay Area Weed Authors Throw Free Book Party 'Lit LIT!' Aug. 17

I have never seen such a blatant attempt to profiteer from the ignorance of medical patients than these so-called authors and individuals putting everyone's livelihood in jeopardy because they won't and don't tell the truth and the facts to the people! Until the IRS says you can "sell", "grow" and "profit" from a controlled substance NO one is safe and everyone will be sorry when the Federal Tax Man comes calling or audits you! While these individuals proport you to blatantly violate federal law without explaining the risks and potential of prosecution and the loss of your assets and livelihood by having to spend ten years to life in prison is preposterous. The fact is plain and simple folks, anyone having anything to do with marijuana can't avoid federal law and the IRS, DOJ & DEA! Uncle Sam wants YOU in federal prison and your assets for following state and local municipalities laws simply so they can "profiteer" themselves, if they thought they could do it themselves without the same threats we ALL face then they'd be doing it on their own! Wake up America and smell what the cannabis is cooking, cannabis has become a cash cow for California and were infecting the rest of the greedy nation now!

Dave Armstrong
Managing Member of MediMarts
A Closed-Loop California Collective

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 08/05/2016 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Rapper Allblack is Free and Back with a New Track, "Salute Me"

Dopest Oakland rapper

Posted by Kad Smith on 08/05/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Chip, you're not a Solider or Marine. You're not in a foreign land fighting an enemy combatant. You are a civilian first and foremost that has been given a level of authority by the state, county, or city to enforce laws. There is *no* war between LEO and the civilian population that you have sworn to protect and serve.

The fact that you compare your duties as being at War with the civilian population is quite disturbing and ridiculous at best. I'm actually quite surprised you passed the psych test as this is something that should be screened out.

While I don't deny that the job you chose on your own free will is difficult and dangerous or that the accusations by the other posters are misguided, you're not the mercenary of the state. People like you are not defending my freedom or protecting me.

Posted by Robert Hope on 08/05/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

The pseudonymous "Chip DeBlock" makes it clear that he has problems reading when he says: "Well, it didn't take long before people like Hobart Johnson threw the race card."

My comments were written expressly NOT to "throw the race card" and to refer to shootings of civilians in general not those of a certain group.

Not to harp on the policy statement that's written below the comment area: "Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed." Bye bye "Chip."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/05/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Critics Say 'Troubling' New California Bill Would Keep Even More Police Body-Camera Footage Secret

Well of course ANY video of Anyone being murdered is morbid and offensive, so thry get to keep all the footage of them slaughtering people, from the cameras that were implemented in the first place fir transparency. Makes perfect sense.

Posted by Marissa Sofka on 08/05/2016 at 5:33 AM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Not to beat a dead horse, but for those of you interested in looking at a deadly force video (less than 3 mins long) and seeing how good you are at determining whether or not it's a good shoot, here's a link to the one we just put together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apvK6stOUbs

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 08/04/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Well, it didn't take long before people like Hobart Johnson threw the race card and Miles Monroe demonstrated he is clueless about the war inside our borders. I know Miles Monroe is not a LEO and I hope to God Hobart Johnson isn't either.

One thing cops like about each other is telling it like it is. There is no sugar coating and no facade. So, let me take a stab at it:

Hobart Johnson, you are either ineptly unaware of the factual data surround OISs or are intentionally misrepresenting the facts. If bad guys didn't try to kill LEOs and obeyed law enforcement's commands, they wouldn't get shot! Did you know that The Washington Post compiled data shows that:
1. Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015
2. More whites and Hispanics die from police homicides than blacks
3. Black and Hispanic officers are more likely to shoot blacks than white cops
4. Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops

Also, when interpreting stats to say that cops are more likely to kill an unarmed black man than an unarmed white man, what is not being revealed is that they are giving the label of being "unarmed" to bad guys trying to get the officer's gun, beating the cop with his own equipment, etc..

Don't stop reading, it gets better...a new study by Harvard Professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. (a black man) found NO RACIAL BIAS in how law enforcement used lethal force against blacks. Sorry to take the wind out of your sail!

We actually talked about racism in law enforcement on Episode 64 of the LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show in case you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeX_yUq2DQ8

Miles Monroe, I still can't believe you have your head in the sand when it comes to war in the United States. So kindly get your notepad because SCHOOL IS IN SESSION. You can start by doing the following:

1. Drafting a letter to the families of the 49 people killed and to the 53 people injured in the June 12th Pulse nightclub mass shooting by domestic terrorist Omar Mateen. Oh, BTW, the shooter was killed by Orlando police.
2. Drafting a letter to the families of the 5 police officers killed, the 7 police officers injured and the 2 civilians injured on July 7th by Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson. The sniper was killed by police.
3. Drafting a letter to the families of the 3 police officers killed and the 3 police officers wounded on July 17th by Baton Rouge gunman Gavin Long.

Of course I said "draft" because you would be crucified by the public if you were insensitive enough to actually send it. It's bad enough that there's a real war out there and law enforcement is having to fight it, but it's INFURIATING that you refuse to acknowledge the actual presence of this war and law enforcement's role in fighting it FOR YOU!

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 08/04/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

As promised, we decided to discuss this story on the LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show. Here's a link to Episode 65 in case you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K4ey9F1_Yg

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 08/04/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Sherry Hirota,

Thank you for the comment and clarification.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 08/04/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Darwin BondGraham and East Bay Express

Re: Fearing Displacement

In your article of August 2, 2016, you reported that Asian Health Services was among those “listed as groups that support the project (W12) without additional community benefits.”

No one representing Asian Health Services has ever said we support W12 without any community benefits. In fact, we confirmed from the source (Martin Group) that “I never said that those groups had offered support for the project” and apologized for “misrepresentations that occurred in the news article.”.

Patients and community residents in Chinatown are at risk of being displaced. Chinatown sits between two BART stations and is adjacent to Downtown Oakland. The population within a half mile radius of Chinatown and the Lake Merritt BART Station is 88.8% Asian, 77.7% renters, and 39.2% below poverty. 70% are low income making less than $30,000 annually. (2010 Decennial Census).

Asian Health Services is actively engaged in the Chinatown Coalition which is finalizing its platform for Community Benefits. Since 2001, our community efforts to improve pedestrian safety, affordable housing, cultural preservation, parks and open space, and economic vitality have been integral to our health agenda. Furthermore, these issues and priorities were drawn from extensive community engagement and patient input.

Posted by Sherry Hirota on 08/04/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Victoria, perhaps if you read my comment more thoroughly, you will observe no criticism of development, per se. You will notice instead that I refer to the new developments as "welcomed." The impact fees you mention (the first application of such fees by the way) are meager and a minor offset for the many negative impacts of development (Berkeley and Emeryville collect $29,000 for each new unit constructed). At the current construction estimate, the $2.3M will produce about 4.5 affordable housing units.

Vincent states the issue much more concretely -- Oakland's overwhelming need is housing that current residents who are being displaced in droves can afford. Not one current resident will be able to afford the new apartments, which developers construct for maximum profit -- as is their right. But since the Feds no longer support housing for the least able, it is the city that carries the responsibility of assuring housing availability for all incomes. As part of the right to negatively impact the city with new construction, it is only equitable that developers must contribute to ameliorating the city's extreme housing need.

Posted by James Vann on 08/03/2016 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

I don't see how new MARKET RATE housing is going to benefit the community. Sure there will be housing, but there are hundreds of families in Chinatown who needs AFFORDABLE housing.

There are people who have lived here for generations, who were born here, that NEEDS housing. While most of these market rate housing projects are certainly being made to attract and provide for those moving in, those who have lived here all their lives are going to be forced to leave as the thousands of families who have already been forced to leave.

I have worked in Chinatown for a decade and I fear that all these new housing developments will end up pushing out residents of Chinatown and ultimately the people that is Chinatown.

And we are not in this for ourselves, we are in this for our community and for our Chinatown.

Posted by Vincent Saephan on 08/03/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

@Hobart Johnson: Excellent points, well stated.
@Chip DeBlock: Your statement "there is a war out there" perfectly and succinctly highlights the fundamental problem: the attitude, mentality, and perception by law enforcement.
No sir, there is *not* a "war" out there, there is a *community*, populated not by enemies, in *any* proportion, only *citizens* who are, let us not forget, *innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*, and who it is your responsibility to "serve and protect", not defend yourself from. If you want to play "Army Man", join the military, preferably one of another country, because ours has made more than enough enemies through the promiscuous use of force as it is.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/03/2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

James, this project is paying a $2,300,000 impact fee that goes into the affordable housing trust fund.

To argue that this project doesn't contribute to affordability is an outright lie. Shameful.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 08/03/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Bike East Bay = the storm troopers of East Bay gentrification

They really need to be closed!

Posted by Sam Lowry on 08/03/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

To Dave Campbell, and leaders of Bike East Bay, Asian Health Services, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

It is extremely discouraging to witness respected community organizations falling prey to the "divide and conquer" tactics so effectively employed by developers whose primary objective is "self-enrichment," not enrichment of the life and culture of existing communities, their residents, and contributions to ameliorate the displacement crisis currently dismantling the Oakland we all love and desperately want to preserve.

Any Oakland organization that ignores the critical need for inclusion of affordable housing among their concerns in relation to the bubble of welcomed new developments is in effect helping to fuel the displacement crisis and destruction of our beautiful city.

Since the City has failed to do its job in making "community benefits agreements" mandatory on all developments, stakeholder organizations must join with community residents who have invested their lives in Oakland, and must unite on a program of demands to developers for the good of the entire neighborhood, not just the self-described individual interests of each various organization. To do otherwise plays directly into the schemes of outside developers, and is a sure recipe for the destruction of Oakland and its memorable neighborhoods.

Posted by James Vann on 08/03/2016 at 12:41 PM

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