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Re: “It's Time for Civilian Oversight of OPD

It is time for civilians to take part responsibilty for their own safety. Be ready to confront armed criminals, demand the police chief to provide citizens with conceal carry permits. It is your second amendment right. If you are not brave enough to defend you, your spouse, your sons and daughters against enemies, then criminals will make victims of you or your family. You will regret it.

Peter Y. Liu
Oakland mayoral candidate 2014

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 06/25/2014 at 1:52 AM

Re: “Kaplan Stumbles Out of the Gate

Kaplan denies wrong doing? Her dealings are 100% shady and wasteful. I wonder what kind of kickbacks she is getting from A's owners for "forgiving" back rent. If Kaplan is a property manager for the landlord (City of Oakland), then ofcourse the city is ungoverned. This tells me and any sane citizen the woman has no ethics, no ability nor morals. Her friend Quan is in the same league. =(

Peter Y. Liu

23 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 06/25/2014 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Oakland's Weed Speakeasies Draw Heat

Martin, just go play your Xbox 360 or PS4. Don't forget to vote Hillary for 2016.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 06/23/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “The Carlos Nava Case May be in Trouble

Apparently this did not stop the jury from convicting the perps. Well done.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 06/23/2014 at 1:09 PM

Re: “The Graffiti Hunters

I started this its ruit by all the transplants. Thanks.

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Posted by stem javy on 06/21/2014 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Now We've Got a Mayor's Race

When I win the mayor race, I'll come back to reread this article.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 06/21/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

however, please be very careful and mindful that not all disability can be ovious to such great minds as yours. Example, those of us who are DEAF/Hard of Hearing, one may think they can tell the difference between a DEAF and not DEAF person how? I would challeng you anyday that you may not always know. I know, I am DEAF but, to the average person, one may believe that all DEAF people cannot hear or communicate. This cannot be further from the truth, DEAF means (lost of hearing) and does not state the actual hearing loss of the person. And in addition, a DEAF person can still hear some, but, not necessary understand what by clarity of speech, may not know where the soiund is coming from, all theses facots play a big part to us DEAF. So the next time you think that a service dog or person does not look like what you think should, do not speculate just ask us service animals people and we will be happy to talk to you about our service animals as long as one appropaches respectfully without prejudment. I know I always like to talk to people about being DEAF and my ability to have my service dog help me. So many times I had to pove that I was DEAF because I was told "you do not look DEAF, you do not act DEAF, you do not sound DEAF" please tell me what this means, because I thought I look just human. All and all, not all of us service animals holders act or have he same need. Thanks for this opportunity to try and explain smile.

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Posted by Trish Knechtli on 06/21/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “The Carlos Nava Case May be in Trouble

Oakland needs a full time posse - not a full time police commisioner. When people of the people stop being afraid of the non-people around them including rogue police departments - things will set straight. Glad to hear an honest Oaktown PD detective is working for the DA's office. When I lived in Alameda County, I always had much better experiences with Alameda County than I did with Oakland PD and politics. Not much as changed since Felix Mitchell died. Not even the PD.

Posted by Marianne Steiner on 06/20/2014 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Can Bates Outsmart Anti-Growthers, Again?


We're talking semantics here. Most SUVs are considered "light-duty trucks" under EPA standards, but for common language purposes, these vehicles are cars: The Subaru Outback, the Chrsyler PT Cruiser, the Honda CR, etc.

That's why CARB typically lumps them all into one category: passenger vehicles.

Check this link:…

And click on this: 2000-2012 Inventory by Scoping Plan category - Summary [PDF-99 KB]

Posted by Robert Gammon on 06/20/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Can Bates Outsmart Anti-Growthers, Again?

Robert -- Thanks for responding. (And BTW, I am on your side of the substantive issue you discuss in the editorial.)

And thanks for the link. Your statement in the editorial was that "cars" are the number one source of greenhouse gasses. The ARB "Greenhouse gas Inventory for 2000-2012" on the site to which you linked seems to show that for the most recent year, "cars" produced 54.132 million tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases. This was less than light trucks (62.892) and electricity generation (81.075). Also, the contribution of cars has been decreasing steadily, though sadly not rapidly, for the entire 12 years covered, so it is unlikely that 2013 was any different. What am I missing?

Posted by Griff Wodtke on 06/19/2014 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Oakland's Weed Speakeasies Draw Heat

Peter no one wants you to be Mayor. Get over yourself-

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Posted by Martin Privat on 06/19/2014 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Can Bates Outsmart Anti-Growthers, Again?

Even though I agree with the need for people to start driving cars less, at least cars with internal combustion engines, the fact of the matter is that many people avoid coming to Berkeley, simply because there isn't enough parking spaces. This causes them to go to Emeryville, El Cerrito, and other places to shop.

That is one of the major reasons there are so many empty commercial spaces and storefronts in downtown Berkeley; something that the Berkeley City Council has been complaining about for many years, along with many residents who live here.

People here in Berkeley need to realize that they can't have it both ways. If they want people to patronize downtown businesses, there simply has to be enough parking spaces available, or people will just go elsewhere to shop and do business. Even though using public transit, bicycles, or walking might be the most socially responsible and "green" practice and best for the environment, I highly doubt that you can force people to give up their automobiles or not use them.

What sense does it make to have downtown development, when no one, except for Berkeley residents ever goes downtown to patronize businesses? They need to figure out some type of compromise that satisfies everyone. I can't see as were either of these two ballot propositions, the one supported by Mayor Bates, or the one supported by Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, really does that.

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Posted by Blane Beckwith on 06/19/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “State Prisons to Institute New Censorship Rules

As long as we stay near to one another, the press will never be fully banned. They've been trying to do this for years, but where intelligent people are oppressed, there will always be communication coming out of the dark places. It was much worse in 1993 when Mark Arax, Mark Gladstone, Bob Egelko and I began to expose the routine torture and murder in the prisons. You see that it is common knowledge today. It was not easy but quite possible.
If we keep electing the punisher crowd to offices, then we will never see reform. Kick the bums out with your vote everyone. We've kicked people out before....don't agonize, just organize, support the lawsuits, report the deaths to journos. Don't let them silence you. Many people are in the SHU because they are organizers, not because they have broken rules.

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Posted by B. Cayenne Bird on 06/19/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Is Key to Limiting NSA Surveillance

An up-to-date alternative view to Greenwald's POV, for them what's seriously interested in this topic and skeptical of our friendly tech billionaires:

"I don’t think society should have to rely on hi-tech billionaires to support our interests in the halls of Washington. Corporate pressure is not the solution. Corporate pressure is the problem."

Fuller discussion here:…

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/19/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Can Bates Outsmart Anti-Growthers, Again?

Griff Wodtke,

That may be true nationwide (especially in states that burn coal for electricity), but not in California. According to a 2014 report from the California Air Resources board, "the transportation sector remains the largest source of GHG emissions in 2012, accounting for 36 percent of California’s GHG emission inventory."

In addition, passenger vehicles are the number-one source of GHG emissions in the state:…

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 06/19/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

Despite allegations that soft drinks are the culprits driving complex health issues, science shows otherwise. For example, obesity is caused by an array of risk factors, including genetics, inactivity, stress, medicines, age, and overall diet. Therefore, it’s overly simplistic and misleading to suggest that a single source of calories is to blame. For this reason, a soda tax simply won’t produce measurable improvements on citizens’ health. In fact, studies indicate that such a tax could have the exact opposite effect, triggering increased calorie consumption from other sources: For these reasons and others, similar soda taxes in states and cities have repeatedly failed to gain traction.
-American Beverage Association

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Posted by American Beverage Association, ABA Communications on 06/19/2014 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

Why isn't there an equal effort to tax wine - after all, 5 oz. of Burgundy contains 127 calories, which means those who choose to consume two glasses with dinner add 252 empty calories, ingest sufficient alcohol to possibly make them dangerous drivers or prone to aggression, not to mention the literally millions of acres of cropland that could be producing useful food that is misused to grow poison.

Meanwhile, twice as much Coca-Cola, twenty ounces, contains 240 calories.

What about beer? A can of beer contains 156 calories, and it is rare to see anyone who stops with one. A can of 7 Up contains only 140 calories.

The argument that this is about childhood obesity is specious. Childhood obesity has been in a steady decline and is now dropping to levels not seen sice the 1960s. If the real concern were childhood obesity, similar restrictions would be imposed on grape and apple juice, which are not known for their nutrient density. After all, one mere cup of grape juice contains 154 calories, while 1 cup of apple juice offers 113 calories. Both of these beverages are essentially empty calories.

The real issue is regulating and taxing the poor. The middle and upper classes offer their children "healthful" apple and grape juices (empty calories) while insisting that poor people are too ignorant and unintelligent to be allowed to make their own decisions - and taxing the poor is much less likely to garner major opposition than taxing the affluent.

In other words, the soda ban is yet another "progressive" attempt to force the poor to behave in a fashion the affluent Progressives prefer.

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Posted by Nadja Adolf on 06/19/2014 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Can Bates Outsmart Anti-Growthers, Again?

"decreases the number-one cause of greenhouse gas emissions: cars." Actually, the number one source is electricity production. Transportation is number two, but includes trucks, boats, planes, and trains, in addition to cars. Source: EPA " Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gases and Sinks."

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Griff Wodtke on 06/18/2014 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Improving Lake Merritt

Juan Pedro, you are right. Many Oaklanders are terribly misinformed when it comes to money and self defense issues. Take those occupy protesters for example, most are young, naïve and clueless about life but none of the city leadership gave them any meaningful direction on how to operate to be a upright citizen. I can show all people regardless if they're poor and uneducated, the proper way to amass riches and how to think like the wealthy to be wealthy.

Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 06/18/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

"Eventually there will be a public backlash so large..."

That backlash will come from a public which, on average, consumes 44 gallons of soft drinks per year? That's a big slurpy per capita every day.

Look up the data on cookies, candy, french fries, boxes of mac and cheese etc. It's the same.

GMOs? Most people have no idea what they are.

Corporate power isn't so easily defeated, sorry to have to tell you.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/18/2014 at 5:03 PM

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