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Re: “Most Unlikely Music and Art Venue

I'd have to say that Chapel of the Chimes is the most unlikely music venue. The popular "Jazz at the Chimes" concert series is held here.

Posted by josiebee on 08/18/2013 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Best Place for Your Vaping Needs

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Posted by Editor on 08/12/2013 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

In response to Ms Koortz’s response to my earlier comments:

**According to City resources, there were in the neighborhood of 2,000 businesses that left Richmond since the Mayor became Mayor. These same sources tell us that in the neighborhood of a thousand businesses started in Richmond but these had significantly fewer employees.

**Empty promises? How were they empty? Weren’t there signed contracts that would have guaranteed that 40% of the 6800 permanent jobs would go to Richmond residents--even the ones who couldn’t speak English or prove their legal right to work in the US? You may believe that a casino was the wrong choice for the development of Point Molate but this was the direction Upstream was given by the City Council when they were awarded the Exclusive Right to Negotiate for the development of Point Molate. And the Council didn’t seem to have a problem accepting the tens of millions of dollars from Upstream while Upstream worked on the details. [Of course, now the City is fighting an $800 million lawsuit because of their failure to bargain on good faith.]

**Although she never took money from the card clubs, she also did nothing to stop them from campaigning--and spending gazillions of dollars--on her behalf.

**This article is about no one but Gayle Mclaughlin so comparing her to anyone else is not really relevant, is it?

**I know something about worker owned businesses since I’ve owned my own business since 1976.

**Please don’t suppose to suggest who and what I support. You’ve never made any effort to get to know me or to discuss who or what I support. Speaking from ignorance is never a good idea. If you think you’ve ever heard me speak in favor of Chevron--the company--then you weren’t listening. I speak on issues and I cite facts and, instead of speaking from ignorance, I speak from decades of experience in that business.

**Granted, I only came to Richmond in 1954 so I can’t speak about it before then but I can remember a GREAT many years where Richmond was a better place. Why is it that the FBI had us as the #11 and then the #9 most violent cities in the US (we dropped off their top 25 about 7 months ago) but we’re still ranked the #1 in car thefts in the country? Why is our official unemployment rate nearing 20%? [The unofficial rate--because people have been unemployed so long they’re no longer counted--is closer to 30%.] Why are there so many home foreclosures in Richmond? Why are we so ethnically separated? Why do our city streets resemble something out of rural Afghanistan? This is not the Richmond I grew up in so why suggest that it’s never been better?

**And having worked with so many business leaders who have taken their businesses elsewhere, few of them cite their proximity to Chevron as the reason but they do speak frequently about the anti-business attitude coming from many vocal neighborhoods and from City Hall (at the direction of the Council).

**Having been a leader in so many different fields I have experience in knowing how to lead diverse groups of people so at the very least we’re able to conduct the affairs before us. I’ve yet to see that leadership in our current Mayor. What I see is someone who doesn’t know how to lead--only to command. It’s not the same.

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Posted by DonGosney on 07/23/2013 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

Whoa! Mr. Gosney, two thousand jobs left Richmond? What are you referring to? The empty promises by Jim Levine for jobs at a rotten casino? One third of the electorate voted for her, really? I guess you could say that about most council members elected to the city council couldn't you, even Nat Bates.

Mayor McLaughlin never took money from the card clubs. She did not solicit money from them. But what about Corky Booze? He got support from the card clubs for his campaign in the form of campaign dollars.

Mayor McLaughlin is the best thing that has ever happened to Richmond. You don't understand worker-owned businesses (I happen to work in one), only huge mega corporations that take local money, but farm it out of the locality. I know you support Chevron. How many jobs does Chevron provide to Richmond residents? I believe out of 1200 jobs at the Richmond refinery, only six to ten percent of those employees live in Richmond.

Richmond is doing the best it's ever done. If anyone has driven jobs out of Richmond, it's Chevron because people are afraid the refinery may blow, and with good reason. The fire last year sent up more than smoke signals, and it reduced our property values.

And, the meetings are not efficient because of one particular city council member, that being Corky Booze, not Mayor McLaughlin, and it's done on purpose to make her look bad.

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Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 07/23/2013 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Best Urban Oasis

I love this emphasis on the amazing and fruitful work so many people are doing in Richmond. Thanks for noticing East Bay!

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Posted by Erica Milsom on 07/23/2013 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

Broad support? She only garnered the support of about 1/3 of those people who voted.

Smear campaigns? Is it a smear to tell the people what she herself filed in state documents about her mental issues that prevented her from holding a job; about her Chief of Staff who--with her signatures attached--embezzled in the neighborhood of $100,000 from the City of Richmond; that she wanted to control the City’s finances even though she couldn’t handle her own personal finances ($126,000 remaining in her bankruptcy)?

Refused to accept corporate campaign dollars? Did she say anything at all when the card clubs spent gazillions of dollars in independent expenditures to get her elected?

Not one to seek publicity? You have to be kidding. We’re talking about the same person aren’t we? I’m talking about the one that shows up uninvited at events and insists on a seat on the podium and insists on microphone time. I’m talking about the one who shows up for an Occupy walk from Richmond to Oakland and then gets back in her car after the TV cameras leave.

Advocates for new jobs? How many businesses have left Richmond since she and her people took control of Richmond? Nearly 2,000? And the jobs she’s brought in--how many of them have been small workers cooperatives with only a couple of employees?

Had you awarded her with something having to do with her being a mayor, that would be one thing but you’re praising her for being the consummate politician--not much of an honor these days where being labeled a politician is not much better than being labeled a one percenter.

Even as Mayor, she leaves so much to be desired. In five years as Mayor she still hasn’t learned how to run an efficient meeting. Meetings routinely run over leaving a third of the agenda held over to future meetings yet she spends an inordinate amount of time in ‘Presentations' awarding someone for the strangest of things. [We had a special presentation praising people for drinking water.]

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Posted by DonGosney on 07/23/2013 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Most Unexpected Patch of Greenery

The path between 7701 and 7705 Potrero Ave. in El Cerrito does indeed lead to "one of the most unexpected and glorious unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay." But wait, there is still more. Over the past year, the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers have been building Motorcycle Hill Trail which connects this vista to the streets below. A sign on a stately eucalyptus tree marks the trail which derives its name from a time in the 1920s when daredevils raced up the hill on their motorbikes. Now hikers can enjoy the walk up or down sometimes even accompanied by the resident red-tailed hawk soaring overhead.

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Posted by Elcy Trailtrekker on 07/22/2013 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Most Inventive Local Beer

Buzzerkeley is one of the most interesting and addicting craft beers I've ever had. It's a brew that sticks with you, I can't shake my craving for it (not that I am trying). Congrats on well deserved props Calicraft/Way to go EBE!

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Posted by SoniaMane on 07/22/2013 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Best Reggae DJ: Wickedest selecta

Respect mi brethren.
Introducing the nu craze outta Kingston, Jamaica- Dutch Diamond, dropping his new CD entitled "Jamaica Ride' featuring the first single Legalize It. Check it out and if you'll spin it we'll forward you the music file or if you request it we'll send you a copy of the CD. Jah Bless……

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Posted by VBlock Dutch on 07/21/2013 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Best Street Artist

<3 GATS!

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Posted by Isaac Anthony on 07/20/2013 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Best House Pre-Roll

My daily go to

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Posted by Alan Wilkes on 07/19/2013 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Readers Say the Darndest Things: Arts and Culture


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Posted by Joel Robinow on 07/18/2013 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Best Photo Booth

Kudos to sister Lisa for keeping old school up to date!

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Posted by Orion Johnson on 07/18/2013 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Best Fundraiser on Four Wheels

great news guys!

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Posted by Chris Griffith on 07/18/2013 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Readers Say the Darndest Things: Arts and Culture

A long time ago I woke up to a timer which clicked on KPFA at the precise moment a lady kicked off her show with Indian Love Call; Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. She sang along, trilling so prettily in the background. Every weekday morning at 5:00 AM I woke up just like that.

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Posted by Niki Tim Bowden on 07/18/2013 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Best House Pre-Roll

Definitely agree with this. CBCB has the best staff and the $5 pre-rolls are an awesome deal.

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Posted by Lester Bangs on 07/17/2013 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Best New Boutique


Posted by anomnomnom on 07/17/2013 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Best Fundraiser on Four Wheels

Yep!!! John the Baker n Leasa Catera make a hell of a team!!
Another good year with a serious RECORD breaking turnout including our first batch of female BAD ASS BABES
Thanx for the shout out

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Posted by Leasa Catera on 07/17/2013 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Categories We Didn't Think Of: Goods and Services

Nice, my suggestion makes it, nothing like a shameless plug.

Posted by PT Lovern on 07/17/2013 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Most Inventive Local Beer

Thanks to the East Bay Express for the Award.....its crazy what can come from tinkering around in your dorm room.... 17 years ago feels like yesterday.

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Posted by Blaine Landberg on 07/17/2013 at 2:04 PM

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