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There's a big difference between Richmond and Oakland. Richmond is a city in distress with some real leaders who are willing to assume risks and the possible tangible benefits to the citizenry from bold initiatives.
Oakland's electeds prefer symbolic gestures which are good for their egos but do absolutely nothing for our distressed citizens.
This is not surprising. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps regulating nearly every system and major function of the body. It is your body's maintenance system. Even if we ignore the majority of its roles, and only focus on the issue of cancer, we would still have over 100 studies from roughly 20 different countries showing that ECS manipulation can kill cancer. Yet we hamstring research, preventing it from accelerating, because we're too stuck on the fact that the best source of cannabinoids comes from a contraband plant.
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Regarding the failure of the Wildfire Prevention tax to pass, there is a much larger story to tell here in terms of understanding why those residents in Oakland who would presumably stand to benefit from the measure wouldn't pass it overwhelmingly. I don't know what % of voters passed the assessment measure in 2005, but many who were hopeful (I was one) then that the measure would include an Environmental Impact Report to make sure that vegetation management was being done with care on city public lands and parks have been soured by the failure of the Oakland Fire Department to carry through with that.
Those of us who care about Knowland Park, for instance--the largest and most biodiverse park in the city and the site where the largest amount of goat grazing takes place--repeatedly have asked for greater care to be taken to protect the sensitive resources there. These pleas have fallen on deaf ears, and each year the park is grazed down to bare mineral soil by the careless practice of the OFD--way too many goats left there for way too long. Goat grazing is one of the main expenses covered by the measure-- the City could have achieved cheaper and more resource-sensitive fuels management had it only cared to do so. The goat grazing practice is also currently in violation of the Endangered Species Act since Knowland Park has a confirmed population of Alameda whipsnakes for which ANY major disruption of habitat must be permitted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This legal requirement is simply ignored by the OFD.
The language of the measure that failed was ambiguous to the point of being incomprehensible: stating that all environmental laws would be complied with yet exempting the creation of the measure from the California Environmental Quality Act. The California Native Plant Society and the SIerra Club each submitted letters to the City Council asking that the measure include clear language guaranteeing an Environmental Impact Report and the funding for it. Without that provision these organizations would not actively support the measure. This warning was not heeded. Ambiguous language is what sank the Oakland Zoo's county parcel tax measure (A1) a year ago. Apparently, this lesson has not yet been learned. Increasingly sophisticated local voters are reading the fine print on ballot measures because they've watched money that they thought would be spent wisely on issues they care about getting shifted around, being wasted, or being spent in ways that cause collateral damage. This is unacceptable.
It's possible to have good fire prevention practices, protection of sensitive resources, and fiscal responsibility. But the City has not yet fully committed itself to that concept. I support my City Council member Dan Kalb's desire to craft a better measure for next year but only if it contains provisions that guarantee these three components.
The City Auditor has just released a report on the Inspection Services program operated by the OFD (funded by the General Fund, not the WPD) to ensure that homeowners have defensible space, the single most important measure to prevent loss of homes and lives. The report found that inspection services were lax and failed to collect penalties from property owners for failure to comply with the inspections. The inspections vary in terms of their effectiveness. Some inspectors have required overly harsh and unnecessary vegetation removal while others have left standing large amounts of fuel. Greater consistency is critical to creating compliance.
And finally it must be noted that OFD's commitment to prevention of wildfire safety must be viewed as schizophrenic. Sounding the alarm about the dangers of wildfire to the public while hypocritically bending to the Oakland Zoo management's insistence upon approving the siting of its proposed expansion plan in the midst of a state designated High Fire Hazard Severity Area is an example of planned folly and self-contradiction. The City has been repeatedly warned by an informed community that this ill-conceived plan violates Oakland's own fire code. Aspects of the plan are just plain foolish: the aerial gondola which would be the only means by which visitors could gain access to the "California Trails" exhibit to be located on the western highlands passes directly over a rare chaparral plant community which is also known to create crown fire conditions. Dubbed the rotisserie ride, the gondola will require removal of the some of the rare plant community and yet will still risk public safety and damage to valuable equipment. The simple solution would be to change the location, but zoo management perversely continues to cling to this flawed concept. The OFD should never have gotten itself into this highly compromised position, but the negotiations took place behind closed doors. Such clear inherent contradictions can only erode the public's sense of confidence in OFD decision-making. Once again, better solutions are there--what is lacking is political will.
Little Shin a Shin does a pretty good salt and pepper crab . Nothin' fancy or revolutionary, just good. You want fancy try Camino
Great food,however the roti meat combo has too much potato.For $8 there should be a lot more meat.
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Thank you for your coverage of this very important issue and please keep us informed about taking action. This story has largely been ignored by other local media outlets, but it is the most important issue facing all California residents.
As someone who is very pro union, I am against BART being allowed to strike. Police and Fire departments are not allowed to strike during contract negotiations and BART is just as vital to Bay Area residents, going way beyond the 'minor inconvenience ' this paper used to describe the strike. We aren't jealous as I have heard some claim, this greatly affects our jobs and lively hoods, causing people without the good pay and benefits that BART employees enjoy to suffer and make tough financial decisions. That being said, let's start a campaign to oust this heinous BART management that has led us down the road of egregious waste. Why did we spend over $300,000 on a worthless negotiator like Hock, as well as other ridiculous compensation packages for incompetent high level management? We get it, the people in charge are corrupt and wasting money, but neither side should be allowed to take it out on the most vulnerable Bay Area residents that have been hurt most by this dysfunction. It is your job East Bay Express to inform us on how to take action against the management instead of marginalizing the problems we face every time this shit comes up.
The Feds need to be removed from the affairs of the States. Without the States, the Fed has zero... DC and Guam. I don't recall anything giving the Feds power over the States. The voters have spoken, over and over. The Feds remain DEAF. Perhaps we ought to consider replacing the central government with a model that includes representation. The current Federal government is clearly beyond repair. Build a replacement.
"Allowing" insurance companies to continue offering policies they couldn't wait to ditch is not a fix. To fulfill the oft-repeated promise, they must be REQUIRED to keep in force any policy any customer is happy with. That is a fair tradeoff for forcing everyone to buy insurance, which is the thing without which it all collapses.
Let's be honest, MS Hag, is just doing what any other prohibitionist parasite would do. Climbing her career ladder on the bodies she puts in prison or by the assets she has seized is a price she's willing to pay.
Sarcasm off; This witch is representative of everything that is wrong with our Injustice system. Why can't people like her be satisfied chasing after criminals whose crimes have actual victims?
it's not going to happen in 2014. Wish it could. But the recruitment team has been lackadaisical at best and there have been few volunteers (which are supposed to comprise the whole effort for this initiative). The prospects for signature allocation are slim as fewer people vote between elections, the highest majority consisting of dedicated senior voters who are less likely to be in favor.
yes abouve any other dug in the world pot has the ablity to stop pain from those in sever pain and can't help it has also been sintificly proven to help prevent glaccoma, and my other serouse things out there one of which is epilepsy it helps prevent from those such as me to stop having sezures and keeps the blood at levels that alow it to flow through the body during a sezure the brain doesn't get the oxegen it needs to operate corettly there for by smoking and swolling down the blood flow and the heart rate the body has time to react to this problem good luck cal in legalizing it compleatly in 2014 I hope it comes through and that it come to Iowa soon as well im getting realy tiered of haveing to take medication for my elilepsy and then not being able to feel ither side of my body
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