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

Oakland already has a disproportionate number of low-income residents relative to other bay area municipalities. We simply can't afford to fund our services without increasing our tax base, and that means bringing in more middle-income and higher-income residents. I'm relieved to see no "affordable housing" forced into this development.

Posted by TheOaklandHills on 10/04/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

Walter, you are a Rare and Precious Species of Dolt. Obviously, you've never worked in a kitchen.. STFU.

Posted by Rob Heyden on 10/04/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “'Revolutionary Love Is a Beautiful Thing'

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Posted by Elizerberth John on 10/04/2016 at 2:15 AM

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

That isn't inclusionary zoning, although it is indeed a (modest) impact fee. Why it isn't inclusionary: no affordable housing is included within the project.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/03/2016 at 11:52 AM

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

> Affordable housing wouldn't be part of Oak Knoll's mix because Oakland doesn't have an inclusionary housing ordinance.

We do have inclusionary zoning. You can build a percentage of affordable housing, or pay the fee that goes into the affordable housing impact trust fund.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/03/2016 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

If it's clean landfill, why are there signs around the dirt piles indicating a contamination level of greater than 1mg/kg?

The minimum actionable level for PCB contamination is 0.25mg/kg. This indicates it's at least four times more contaminated than "clean commercial fill."

Seems Mr. Neilly didn't remember that the PCB concentrations are actually posted on the piles.

Posted by Edie Sellers 1 on 10/02/2016 at 5:45 PM

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

Talk about killing the goose that lays golden eggs.

Oakland isn't on an island. There's definitely other locations where these dispensaries would go to forego these ridiculous requirements.

And Mayor Schaaf is where......

Posted by Robert Hope on 10/02/2016 at 3:06 PM

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

Oakland has been at the forefront of this nascent industry and is to be commended.
That being said, the hundreds of millions in investment dollars will quickly look to other, more welcoming municipalities, in which to invest.
It is NOW Oakland's to lose if they don't move quickly to adopt a more welcoming ordinance.

Dane Douglas

Posted by Dane Douglas on 10/02/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

Hate to go all conspiracy here but this story is pretty suspicious to me. Why would someone purchase a business with great reviews, press and reputation and then change the name?

That's either an un-wise business person or the story is not true. Either way I'm bummed. I loved that place.

Posted by pastaparty on 10/01/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

Yeah. Riled ? Seriously? It sounds like you're talking about... This word completely fails to communicate the serious nature of the situation here. PCBs. If you're okay with PCBs in your backyard, fine. But, I don't think so. I think you'd freak out ! Well, this soil is within, what, 20 yards of the nearest residence. Complete with dogs and children. Oh, the elementary school is one entire block away. Riled? Seriously. Get over yourselves and focus on the facts.

Posted by Norma Wallace on 09/30/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

Here is what the Water Board says;


Thanks for bringing this situation to our attention. When I asked my staff about it, they said they have looped back to you this afternoon and indicated that this offsite temporary contaminated soil stockpiling was never authorized by the Water Board, nor has the Water Board yet approved of the reuse of this soil onsite in Emeryville. PCBs remain one of our highest priority pollutants to control, so we plan to drill down on this situation to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Let me know if you have further questions or concerns.


Bruce H. Wolfe, Executive Officer
SF Bay Regional Water Board
1515 Clay St., Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612-1482

510-622-2314 / 510-622-2460 - fax

Posted by Tom Butt on 09/30/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

If it's true, Peggy should fire ETC and make an apology. That's just poor work.

Posted by DM Jaeger on 09/30/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “#BlackLivesMatter In New Marijuana Legalization Video from #Yeson64


Posted by Samantha Honeybear DeDais on 09/30/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “#BlackLivesMatter In New Marijuana Legalization Video from #Yeson64

Calling the kettle Black?

The racial and social injustice folks are the people making and enforcing the laws! We've all heard the saying "guns don't kill people, it's the people using guns"! Well this scenario is NO different, lawmakers made marijuana laws many years ago based on racist and corporate interest. To keep Mexican immigrants from coming to America, to keep African Americans and long haired white hippies down and from thinking freely. To keep hemp and cannabis from competing with oil, plastic, timber and big Pharma and agriculture businesses. So to turn around and blame the exact same entities that create and enforce the laws by voting in an even more racist and social biased new one (Prop. 64) is ludicrous and completely insane. As long as the same people (government & enforcement) are behind the new gun (law) pulling the same trigger then social and racial injustice will continue to be a predominant part of our society. Don't let them fool you with false rederrick and lies, the only way we can change the outcome is to either take away the gun (NO 64) and replace (vote out) the itchy trigger finger people behind the gun! Just wait and see the courtrooms and jail cells fill with more and more people (black, white & Latino, etc) when "drugged driving charges" and 18-20 year olds "possession of use" cases become the systems new cannabis cash cow! Patientslivesmatter 2

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 09/29/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Tickets On Sale Now for 'Route 64': A Special Marijuana Legalization Discussion and Event

No one has anything to say? Shock and awe? When the truth hurts you can hear a pin drop!

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 09/29/2016 at 7:44 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Gary Patton, It's easy to judge from an outsiders perspective and have irrational anger. You make it sound like the city spent 2 years tirelessly on this case. I imagine it was only a few hours worth of work spread over a two year time frame. Cool your jets, relax, have a beer, dont have a heart attack.

Posted by Frank Jones on 09/29/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Blood Orange Press Hopes to Publish Books for Every Kind of Kid

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Posted by Bruce Mirken on 09/29/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Town Business: Finding a New Police Chief; Bobby Hutton Grove; Saving Oakland's SROs

Oakland's "community" has long had a very good idea of what's needed in terms of police reform including what a new chief needs to do.

The current "outreach" effort is pure PR. City hall should know perfectly well what's needed in Oakland. Oakland's diverse communities have been speaking very directly and loudly to city hall for well over a decade about ethical policing, reducing crime in heavy crime areas, more jobs for the poor, getting away from the madness of the war on drugs, justice system reform and on and on.

The deaf ears in city hall continue. And the incompetence regarding a better future for Oakland's current citizenry will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/29/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

That last line is the the crux of it all: If the city cannot get money from you, they don't care what you do. But they will pinch every penny from whomever they can. I deal with the city everyday for my work and the incompetency, phantom charges and outdated infrastructure is a true reflection of who's at the helm. No one cares except when it comes to their pensions.

Posted by jessy smith on 09/29/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

If I recall from the original report, the new fence made walking along that area more restricted as it encroached more on the public right of way. So, while some former city employees like to slam the civil servants this is not a solid case.

Why would anyone take it upon themselves to just build a fence on city property?? It really is not that difficult to contact one's council person for more information about issues like this.

Posted by pat lantz on 09/29/2016 at 7:10 AM

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