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Re: “The Time is Now Closing Party at Naming Gallery

Yaaaaaaaas.

Posted by Emily Howe on 08/03/2016 at 7:30 AM

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

Bike East Bay has talked with the developer of this project and we support more infill projects Like this one that bring needed housing to Oakland. We also support the level of bike parking provided in the project and appreciate the project's support of safe and attractive bicycling options in Chinatown. That said, we are still waiting to hear more about the measures the project will include to promote alternative transportation and how local schools will be accommodated before lending our full support.

Dave Campbell
Advocacy Director
Bike East Bay

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 08/03/2016 at 7:02 AM
Posted by Asa Dodsworth on 08/03/2016 at 1:12 AM

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

This is good . No cards from other states should be allowed at all! Especially California where anybody can get a medical card for just about any reason. You can even say "I need to use marijuana or else I'll be sad" it's a joke.
It's the same as going to Mexico , getting a prescription then expecting America to fill end .

Posted by farmerbob on 08/02/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: On Oakland's Police Commission Ballot Initiative and 2016 City Council Races

Thanks, Darwin, for pointing out the very substantial change in police accountability offered by the potential police commission. The glass is certainly much more than half full and much will depend on Oakland residents applying to be commissioners who will bring diligence, fairness and commitment to delivering results for the Oakland community.
We also need to appreciate that the vote was unanimous to place this measure on the ballot -- something that did not seem likely only weeks ago. Special thanks to Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, the principal authors, Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks who supported the Coalition's call that all 7 commissioners be appointed by the selection panel instead of only 4, and Lynette McElhaney who became our 4th sponsor at the time of the vote.
We look forward to informing Oakland voters about the merits of this proposal so that we prevail in November! Folks who want to help should visit the Coalition's website: www.coalitionforpoliceaccountability.org and click on 'volunteer.'

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 08/02/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Study Finds that Bay Area Restaurants Have the Largest Race-Based Pay Gap in the Country

Isn't it also possible that more FOH employees at Kingston 11 are POC because their ethnicity matches that of the cuisine? Is that a reasonable consideration in hiring? (Genuine, not rhetorical, question.)

Come to think of it, do Asian servers (at Asian restaurants) count as POC? If so, I'm a bit surprised that Bay Area restaurants scored so low on equality. ;-)

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/02/2016 at 8:53 PM

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

This is great, Oakland Chinatown needs some new life. Its dirty and impossible to walk in several sidewalks, very unsafe! We also need chinatown to stay open late at night,everything closes at 7p, it's ridiculous. I hope this is the first of many changes coming to Oakland Chinatown.

Posted by Riley C on 08/02/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

5395 Bancroft Ave at Fairfax. Can't wait to visit!

Posted by Ia Hernandez on 08/02/2016 at 3:08 PM

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

Critical to a useful understanding of what is at issue here is the high number of killings of civilians by cops in the USA as compared to Europe. When the numbers are adjusted to eliminate the effects of racism, our cops still kill many more civilians than the Europeans.

USA policies regarding cops and lethal force are locally-mandated. In Europe use of lethal force is determined by national policy and the policies are significantly more stringent than here. Policies in Europe for example allow shooting to disable rather than to kill or mandate alternatives to shootings which are allowed here.

Bottom line is that our shooting policies and the trainings that support the policies need drastic revision if we want fewer civilian killings here. Efforts must be local because policing policies are local.

Theoretically police killings could be reduced locally via several different approaches. One would be Oakland's developing a public safety plan which incorporates a much higher threshold for use of lethal force. Oakland's electeds have shown no interest in developing such a plan and although the Mayor promised a new public safety plan during her campaign (to be delivered within the first 100 days) she apparently has not acted on her promise.

Another would be a new lethal force policy to be developed by a new Police Commission if it is supported by Oakland voters in the fall. Given Oakland's history of getting things done, if the voters do support a new Commission, it will be several years before it is up and running and years beyond that before the development of a new lethal force policy.

I advise not holding one's breath.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/02/2016 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Stay Gold Deli Is West Oakland's New Neighborhood Delicatessen

I'm less than enthused by a picture of a meatball sub — probably 800 calories or more — on a half loaf of unappetizing white bread, for $8 (plus tax = closer to $9).

Posted by Robert Paege on 08/02/2016 at 12:06 PM

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

Miles, you hit the nail on the head.

But let's not talk about facts, we have people who are running scurred.

I suggest to you LEOs who have a problem with the commitment that perhaps you are better suited to a less stressful work environment, maybe tasting pies is the job for your ilk.

Posted by M3g4d37h on 08/02/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

Where is Renee in Season 5. Seems she's been replaced.

Posted by French Angel on 08/02/2016 at 4:23 AM

Re: “The Best Marijuana Strains of Summer 2015

Whoah! These strains are new to my eyes. Seems like I've become quite outdated with these hybrids. I love the original Girl Scout Cookies though. Anyway, thanks for this information! If you want to know more about these strains, I recommended you to check on growingmarijuanatips.com. Nevertheless, thanks eastbayexpress!

Posted by Artemis2318 on 08/01/2016 at 10:04 PM

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

This is terrible! 1. To pressure an agency to cancel a training they have never attended, and 2. To fold to public pressure and cancel training that may be beneficial to the officers who choose to attend...is exactly what's wrong with this country. I'm disappointed all the way around. Now, the being said, where do we go from here? Maybe opening the training class up for some members of the public (or select members of these activist groups) to attend might be a option moving forward. No matter what line of work you're in, training (in any capacity) is an integral part of being successful.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 08/01/2016 at 6:23 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

I write about the Hayward Fault a lot, and from the geologist's professional viewpoint the signs of creep are indeed "marvelous." See a few examples from Oakland at https://oaklandgeology.wordpress.com/2016/…

Posted by Andrew Alden on 08/01/2016 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

FYI -- I am still voting for the Police Commission Measure

I was proud to stand together with a broad coalition of community, and make the motion in support of the requested Amendment, to have all Commissioners appointed independently. I believe this was the right way to go, to maximize public trust and reduce fear of political influence. Although it didn't pass, I wanted to say that I will still be voting for the Police Commission Measure this fall. I have great appreciation for the grassroots organizers who have been working on this for years, and for the significant progress the Measure represents. It contains important steps forward -- including on the specific issue debated here -- because without the ballot Measure, the Mayor gets to appoint 100% of Commissioners. So moving to a majority of community-appointed Commissioners (in this case, 4 out of 7) would make a difference. In addition, other issues, such as to better deal with use of force, racial profiling problems, handling crowds and more, also make it worth supporting.

Rebecca Kaplan

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 08/01/2016 at 3:12 PM

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

That's "fewer than 100,000 cards" since *the program began* in 2004; since 2014 less than 10,000 cards, which are generally valid for only a year, have been issued ...
Although obtaining one can be a hassle and expensive [http://goo.gl/V5wfCj], they are worth the trouble, as they offer the closest thing to a "bar to prosecution"--vs merely an "admissible defense" from a doctor's rec--for patients and caregivers: If a police officer detains a cardholder for having weed, the cop must, by law, call the phone number on the county–issued Medical Marijuana Identification card and recite its ID number. If the card is real, the officer must release the cardholder. Under California law, police can't even ask an MMI cardholder questions about the marijuana in his or her possession. In fact, an officer faces a misdemeanor if he doesn't respect the MMI card, due to provisions of medical privacy mandated by the federal HIPAA law and supported by state Senate Bill 420.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/01/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

I saw the documentary on PBS, IT WAS HEARTBREAKING!!!, How can people in the USA, live & suffer? Where are the homeless advocates, the drug task force, where is the help."Save this company".Im sorry but they are the connection too any to less than none income,for the poor people!!
smh. The company is a green based company, that provides a income to poor and indigent people. I LIVE IN Georgia, I was in utter shock to see the community complaining, but not offering any concrete prevention!!!
Instead of complaing join forces, apply for community improvement grants, green based environmental grants for the company and community!!
Hell no one wants crime or vagrants but wheres the help @least Alliance Metals are helping .What is the community doing as a whole to promote a steller community; prevent homelessness, other than complaining?
Please set up a online patition too stop the closing, Bring in city officials to obtain green grants it's a green company .City officials not the police to assist in setting up a greenspace environmental grant for the company to assist in the clean up the environment around the facilityand bridging relationships with community leaders!!!I cant say that enough.DAH ITS A RECYCLING CENTER, THE GOVERNMENT WILL AID YOU TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNITY, AIR QUALITY, GREENSPACE, FOR THE COMPANY AND COMMUNITY SURROUNDING THE COMPANY!!!Where are the LEADERS city councilman, the new female mayor, the congressman of that district. CLEARLY HAS FAILED AND FAILED BIG TIME. This is a shame and Tragedy for humans whom are clearly addicted and need help are barely, merly existing in this manner, help the poor people ,I'm outraged!!!!!
I AGREE, IF THEY CANT HAVE THE GARBAGE, WHAT CAN THEY HAVE.
SAD IN ATLANTA, GA.

Posted by IsawthisonPBS on 08/01/2016 at 12:30 PM

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

This cancellation is extremely disappointing and ins the response of a spineless police administrator cowtowing to political pressure.
I am a retired LEO, but when active I took courses from Lt. Col Grossman twice in my career. Once as a detective, the other as a police sergeant assigned to school in an inner-city.
Both courses/ seminars dealt with being PREPARED for a situation where one is put in the situation where force may have to be used and stopping the threat to save lives of others - especially school shooting situations.
He encourages officers and school staff to open their eyes to the problems around them, namely in respect to preventing youth violence.
Awareness and preparation was the curriculum that spanned a variety of topics of vital importance to LEOs— proper breathing, surviving gunshot wounds, dealing with survivor guilt following a gun battle, and violence among and against children
It sounds as if Susan Harmon was uninformed and focusing on the "Killology" name.
"Denial kills twice"

Posted by Richard Paloma on 08/01/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

Keep in mind there will still be room in the prisons & Rehab centers for those whom have substance abuse problems. And then those that fall outside of societies norms will end up in either place. The fact that nicotine, alcohol & various hospital errors kill a large number of people each yr ( CDC REPORT FOR '14 most current stats). No 1 that I've seen can tell me why Methamphetamine is a sched 2 drug? Cannabis needs to be made available to those whom need it(in this instance a medical avenue) its also apparent that the folks who currently grow for medical receivers need to continue & to educate the general public. Its quite scary in the fact that the govt could stomp in at any time & destroy what those who are in the production end of this business model. If the govt was really wanting to help us, they would make nicotine illegal. Instead of subsidizing the tobacco farmer lets retool their industry to aid them in the growing of medicinal cannabis. The govt does not oversee the making of supplements, which have also done its fair share of harm to the public(also CDC stats) there has to be a reasonable ground for all to share in. The problem is the 'reasonable' heading. Vote out those that do not follow the wishes of the constituents. Its already started, it needs to continue. My expectations for reasonable medical care have at times been very cruel & unusual; all in the name of m3dical practise. I just wish my physician had the ability to Rx cannabis: I have no idea if i would benefit or be harmed by its use and various components? I do know as a spinal cord injured person; I want & need a better way to address my neurological problems along w/pain-discomfort created by a spinal cord injury. Not asking for the world, just a desire to be actively involved in this world.

Posted by Jon S. Adams on 08/01/2016 at 9:15 AM

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