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Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

@Berkeleyhills- a credit union functions as a customer to an existing bank, and thus doesn't go outside the "Wall Street" establishment

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/22/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Students Inspire Legislation That Would Make California Colleges Provide Abortion Pill On Campus

What happened to pulling out and shooting a load on the face? Washing face vs flushing out offspring, hmmm...

Posted by George Rockwell on 03/22/2017 at 12:00 AM
Posted by Berkeleyhills on 03/21/2017 at 8:55 PM
Posted by Michelle Castro on 03/21/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff's Letter Supporting Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions Draws Criticism From Immigration and Civil Rights Advocates

Great article, but I would love more information about how someone who clearly doesn't represent the interests of the majority of alameda county became Sheriff and if there is any effort to replace him with a progressive sheriff that better represents the values of our community.

Posted by Phil Jones on 03/21/2017 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

I wonder what Uber saw in Oakland in the first place? What changed their minds? Did the city put up its usual anti anything road blocks and discouraged them? Is their business model stalling?l wonder.

Posted by bill h on 03/21/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

After reading Ellen Brown's book, I thought that a Bank of Oakland COULD be a good thing for Oakland's finances and thus our social and environmental foundation.

However, we need to keep in mind the history of Oakland's financial dealings and many high expectations profoundly dashed because of management incompetence and a failure of elected officials to think critically.

Thus these statements from the essay are especially relevant:

"Oakland would need to make a strong case that its got a solid business plan, and has the capital to finance it, or a good management team to execute it."

"If the bank takes on unprofitable loans intended to help the community, the riskier loans might be more prone to default and could run the bank into the ground."

"The management team chosen to run the bank will be required to have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. With little precedent, these dual qualifications might be hard to find."

Finally, I have some doubts about the projected income from the cannabis industry. Right now with cannabis somewhat decriminalized and the medical pot biz maintaining high prices, selling pot may be a good business. When recreational cultivation use becomes legally less restrictive next year I wonder whether potheads will continue to pay $200 or more an ounce for a plant that is as easy to grow in a garden or a flowerpot as basil, chives or parsley.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/21/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

Uber should insure the city is involved regardless of their personal business goals. This appears to be more important now as they are apparently more of a landlord than driver of business in our city.

It is clear that Uber merely needs to act like a landlord in our great city and work with the citizens, businesses and government to insure a successful uptown transition.

Uber - please take this opportunity to extract your company plans from our need for an improved and properly integrated downtown. Sounds like one outreach individual is not enough.

Help us help you! :-)

Posted by Joshua Gordon on 03/20/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

WOW!!!!!! Why is it that so many WHITE IMMIGRANTS have so much to speak about when pitting BLACKS and ILLEGALS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER? TRUE FACT!!!! WHITE FOLKS will not!!!! perform the jobs or duties that BLACKS or ILLEGALS get done. If in fact there is an strong argument somewhere in that, then let's argue that WHITE RAN INDUSTRY hire more BLACKS FOR EQUALITY IN PAY AND CONDITIONSINSTEAD OF CUTTING CORNERSBY HIRING ILLEGALS UNDER THE TABLE AND TREATING THEM AS THEY CHOOSE!!!! REAL B REAL.....TOGETHER!!!! WE CONQUER, DIVIDED WE'RE FALLING INTO ANOTHER TRAP!!!! WE DON"T HAVE TO ACT LIKE OPPRESSORS, DON'T HATE OR DISCRIMINATE.......LET'S START TO APPRECIATE!!!!!! LIFE AND LIBERTY BELONGS TO NOT JUST SOME, BUT ALL

Posted by Curtis Funderburg on 03/20/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

Ladder and rock climbing companies might be smart to poise themselves to take up a new location in Mexico! I would invest in those companies if I could!

Posted by Day Pollini on 03/19/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Skate Or DIY: Why Is It So Damn Hard To Build A Skate Park In Oakland?

A few years back, a group of skateboarders started using a long concrete bench as a ledge in an Emeryville park around the corner from my job. At first I was a annoyed to see them scuffing things up in our brand new park, but then I saw that they were out there every day practicing their skills and filming each other in action.

I realized they were doing exactly what we say we want young people to do: get out in the fresh air and exercise, work together cooperatively, learn discipline, patience, and persistence, be independent. These are kids we should support and encourage with more spaces they can call their own.

Posted by Brenda Carter on 03/19/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Oakland needs to be clear and oppose Trump's policies on this.

Posted by Janice Albert on 03/18/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

Proud time to be from Berkeley.
So what 10,000 cities are next ?

Posted by Christopher Shein on 03/17/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

George Rockwell, because the highest % of illegal immigrants are those who overstay their visas, not border crossers, and there are people whose land crossss the border, and one Native American Indian reservation that spans the border, what would you have them do? The point here is the wall is not going to have much effect, except on those who's lands will be taken, contrary to what trump insisted, Mexico is NOT going to pay for it, the cost is prohibitively high, and the taxpayers will pay without even a say in whether they want to or not!! On the one hand everyone wants the government to stop telling them what to do, but in this the govt says 'you will pay' and u all r like, 'oh, okay' meantime he cuts funding to programs like the UN, Medicare, the arts, and meals on wheels 'to free up money for the walk' but really it's to pay the 138 million we will spend in the next half year, to support Melanie and Barron staying in New York!!

And final point, if you talk to most illegals you will find a good majority have tried to be legal but the system sucks. I know of one man who came here as a student, got married, had kids, worked two jobs to take care of his family, paid his taxes, but it was 10 years of trying to get the INS to give him his American citizenship, 10 years!!! Someone realized he was on an expired student visa and they deported him, his wife n kids were legal so they stayed. It took me 5 years to get my ex-husband legal!! Before you can complain about the illegals not coming her through legal means, you have to fix the system that checks them in. If the system is underfunded, underemployed, and unable to handle it, then you fix the system first!!! Don't you think that would be a cheaper more effective use our money??

Posted by Tamyshka on 03/17/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

Eureka! Michael, if only we had your genius 150+ yrs ago!

Posted by George Rockwell on 03/17/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

This country has managed without a wall for 250years..so why do we all of a sudden need one. Fat cat gov't contracts. Thats all.

Posted by Michael Connelly on 03/17/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

Seed Sucker, no one deleted your comment try refreshing the page before preaching foul.

I am sympathetic to your views but execution? How does that make you different from them? Besides, with their fragile egos they are most likely going to commit suicide anyways. Just look at the trans community.

Posted by George Rockwell on 03/17/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

And as expected, the snowflakes have suppressed my freedom of speech by deleting a comment critical of Berkeley.

You should all be drug into the street and executed

Posted by Suckin Myseed on 03/17/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

Free speech as long as the speaker agrees with our position. If not we will use violence to shut it down.

Sounds like the opposite of free speech. Sounds like fascism and tyranny.

Welcome to Berkeley. Where hypocrisy has been white-washed from the dictionary.

Posted by Suckin Myseed on 03/17/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

George Rockwell: "Teach your kids not to be triggered."
But he is clearly incredibly triggered by black people and especially black women.
Try and do a little more critical thinking about your own argument first.

Posted by Joan Ellis on 03/17/2017 at 7:46 AM

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