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I participated in that poll! Last week. It didn't seem very "partial" to me at the time. It felt skewed toward Peggy Moore the more I think about it. No pun intended. I received no "follow-up" either.
Well that's pretty sleazy.
She was asked at the Democratic Forum Thursday and she kind've seemed to support it but now that I think about it, did not actually say that. Also said she wasn't supporting Measure JJ, renters' protections.
what is really crazy is that this post comes from 2009, that's 7 years and YELP just keeps on moving. Very SAD for the business community
Great idea! I would like to know her position, as well.
How about reaching Gonzalez and asking her position on the ballot measure?
"yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods" Pretty soon that area will be so "developed" no resident who lives there now will be able to afford to eat at this pizza or (inevitable) brunch place. This is how an "affordable" (read: "less affluent") neighborhood gets colonized by white gentrifiers and turned into the next Temescal. Another restaurant for high-so's making inroads.
This is the new Oakland. They (always white, always with might) have the money and the power and the "in." Uber is leading the way. Within 5 years West Oakland will probably have a Whole Foods, wiping out local community farmers markets and these hipster high-so restaurants with their fake rustic/poverty porn ovens and grills will be everywhere. There is just no end to this parade of slick, well-heeled, heavily financed celebrity chef wannabes and their Moet swilling tech millionaire followers. When's this sh*t going to end? Looks like they've just begun.
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Monies going into the "general" fund and who is going to oversee this? Just as the monies from "parking tickets go into its OWN fund. Transparency show us the records!
Ryan Oakland is not broke and Vegas certainly is not a better city for the Raiders.The Oakland East Bay is a far wealthier region that Las Vegas. I strongly encourage you to get off of the strip and look around. The schools rank second to lowest in the nation and twenty-five percent of the homes are underwater. I do not want to bore you with further economic comparisons between the the two region but just be aware that In reality Vegas is an isolated mono economy solely dependent upon the Casino industry while the Oakland East Bay is a dynamic diversified economy that is doing just fine.
The french had the EXACT same problem in the 1800's They built guillotines and rounded up their 1% and beheaded them. Fun fact.
The unfortunate truth about Trouble is their troubled reputation with the QPOC community. You can't call someone "too dark" for porn and think you can get away with it. We know your ignorance.
What is interesting here is that this will be the FIFTH restaurant to open in this space in a relatively short span of time, and the SECOND MEXICAN SPOT. What does this tell you? That this food court has better offerings that are driving all the traffic there. Kirala, Soop, a gelato place, and a Chinese restaurant/tea spot. Nothing so far can last against that competition, and I can tell you that YET ANOTHER Mexican spot, no matter how good, doesn't stand a chance. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in town, and apparently, there is little need for one in the Gourmet Ghetto. I give this place 6-12 months, TOPS.
Great article here! This suggests that Chase may have made some effort to live up to the city counsel's urging them to make more loans to under-served communities.By the way, my children needed OPM OF-306 last month and saw a great service that hosts a searchable forms database . If others require OPM OF-306 too , here's "http://pdf.ac/7VzAfS".
LOL the reason why it sounds like he "hates other cities that want the Raiders" is because the LV proposed site is in direct protest of the FAA. #Oakland4Ever
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A trial will be convincing.
Very thoughtful article with lots to ponder. The Bruce Cost/Barbara Tropp feud comes to mind when two whites argued about being the better Chineese cook (both were sensational) and Trader Vic with his faux Polynesia. James Beard introducing his audience to pu-pu platters in his cookbooks. French and American chefs incorporating fusion flavors in the eighties. The Romans are in the midst of that now. I think the issue is sensitivity and respect and as Russ said if it brings people to the table everyone should benefit.
Luke makes many good points here about privilege, the comfort zone and expectations of audiences, etc. However, I do think the media plays an even larger role than Luke states. Los Angeles has Jonathan Gold, who is as adventurous and knowledgeable about all kinds of cuisine as any critic in existence. Many really great places, a majority of which are run by immigrants cooking food from their culture, are given business-altering attention by Gold's writing. This has a cascade effect, in that illuminating the often challenging Southern Thai cooking of Jitlada then opens up people's palates and minds to other Thai places doing unfamiliar things. Is Luv2Eat Thai a huge success within its first year (!) without the groundwork of Jitlada and Jonathan Gold? I doubt it.
The Bay Area (and primarily SF) has traditionally been covered by Michael Bauer and collectively the places he writes about are very different than Gold's portfolio. This has undoubtedly informed the palates of the Bay Area. Why is it a big surprise, then, that people prefer Comal to El Paisa when nobody even bothers to review El Paisa (until Luke did so last year, 7 years after it opened)? For years, Chowhound was a far better place to learn about interesting eateries than any of the normal media outlets (and its descent into uselessness is a sad story for another day). But CH fame isn't enough by any stretch to lead thousands of people to try a place or cuisine or dish that's outside their comfort zone, to turn Jitlada into JITLADA. It's not impossible: Burma Superstar has turned everybody into a tea leaf salad expert; Turtle Tower is the reference for many people's pho ga. These places are out there, but we need help separating the good from the mediocre.
Therefore, the way to balance the scales is for media members who have a broad audience to considerably expand what kind of restaurant is considered “review worthy”, and to write knowledgeably, adventurously and engagingly about them. This is not a small thing to ask. Who will take the time to understand and explain the characteristics of Jiangsu cuisine, and where to go to experience it? Who has the depth to say that this Sinaloan mariscos place stands above the others? Gold certainly wasn't born with an innate understanding of homestyle Korean food, but he can write about Soban with enough authority and enthusiasm that some people will go check it out, and some fraction of them will have a great experience and tell their friends, and so on. Whoever the Bay Area's Jonathan Gold is, she or he will need a lot of time to build trust and an audience. Maybe it's a group effort. Luke is clearly doing his part and I thank him for his efforts. I believe he's easily the best critic we have right now, and maybe in time he will be enough if he is given a platform with a wider geographic range. There's definitely a market for this type of criticism -- we just need the right guidance.
N.B. The South Bay is filled with places that are known mainly only to the immigrant populations that they serve. Would someone please start writing intelligently about them?
The shrewd and late Al Davis came back to Oakland for a reason. Although football passed him by, he had the presence of mind to realize the extreme value of the bay area market. It would be foolish for his very unstable son to flirt with moving the franchise. So far he has dealt with Oakland very disrespectfully, Sit down and be still Mark. Oakland will get this done.
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