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Re: “Our Local Green Future

How does this plan "supplant" PG&E? The company already buys energy from other sources and delivers it to customers. More info is needed about who would maintain the lines, who would own them, and how the plan would be run to avoid some of the same issues PG&E has faced, or that the State faced when it tried to take over the infrastructure.

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Posted by Amy Hengst on 06/13/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Decades before wind turbines came on to the scene wildlife biologists routinely used DAILY SEARCHES when looking for carcasses around communication towers. They did this because of scavengers and it was PROVEN to be the most reliable methodology for accurate mortality data. Periodic searches were also conducted FAR BEYOND STANDARD SEARCH AREAS checking for the possibility of missed carcasses. Generally these standard search areas were as far out from towers as the tower height.
The wind industry does none of this and never has. Turbines are now 500 feet or more in height and instead of search areas are in the range of 500-700 feet out from turbines generally extend out only about 150 feet. For those that will not accept the fact that the wind industry manufactures their mortality studies to suit their purposes, here is another very clear example of some the rigging process used on Altamont's turbines.

The Smallwood studies published in 2004 determined that the small old turbines at Altamont were killing thousands of eagles, hawks, owls and other birds each year. Between 1998-2003 these Altamont studies, with ridiculous search intervals, produced 1189 bird carcasses and 90% of these carcasses were determined not to be wind farm related. In other words about 120 of the carcasses found by researchers were dismissed from the turbine mortality data.

In the later 2005-2010 study used to assess the reduction in raptor mortality by 50% for the Audubon settlement and repowering agreement, 6133 carcasses (over 5 times) were found during similar searches and more than 1500 (over 10 times more) carcasses were dismissed from the data. This total also includes 21 additional dismissed eagles picked up the WRRS.

Amazingly Audubon approved these later studies even though more carcasses were dismissed than all the combined carcasses found during the earlier Altamont Smallwood studies.

Getting the truth out about Altamont and the wind industry's bogus research is important because as the public is being fed misinformation with stories ("Debate on impact of wind turbines on birds continues") the industry is very hard at work rigging new laws in D.C. They are crafting laws that absolve them for their past, present and future wind turbine slaughter. A slaughter that will drive many species to extinction, the species type and numbers killed will not matter.

One of these hatched plots is H.R.493 CLEAN Energy Producers Act of 2015.



Jim Wiegand -Wildlife biologist

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/13/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

There's a long history of successful cooperatives in the US for those who can spell "history." Companies making sophisticated industrial products not simply wholesalers/retailers of food and drink. In addition to Arizmendi in Oakland there's Nabolom in Berkeley.

National firms include Goretex, Graybar Electric, Kelly-Moore Paint and lots more. These ain't corner stores.

Food ventures may well not be the foundation for a long-term, vital economy in Oakland. Restaurants, cafes, bars, grocery stores come and go at a rapid rate. Again, a little history can be instructive.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/12/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

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Posted by Editor on 06/12/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Almost any decision has trade offs. Many people think they are good because they point out the negative side of any compromise - and, use inflated figures trying to show they are right.

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Posted by Gary Baker on 06/11/2015 at 11:09 PM

Re: “East Bay Businesses that Give Applicants a Fair Chance

Great article and kudos to the businesses and their leadership in helping the under-served population in Oakland find employment. I will be reaching out to these forward-thinking companies for potential partnerships with my reentry clients to share some resources through our transitional employment program here at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (www.self-sufficiency.org). Thanks again for the write up.

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Posted by McKinley Williams on 06/11/2015 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Profit sharing is only part of a coop eg Mondragon. There are numerous very successful coops which would set the stage for something more than a simple profit sharing to running and growing the business. Konte isurged to check it out and he can find help. Arizmendi Bakery is one of those coop businesses

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 06/11/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Worker owned co-operatives are a viable, profitable and way underutilized business model.
There are organizations who specialize in setting up the legal entity to do this kind of business, so you can get help with creating the right Worker Owned legal structure for your business! Google this to find one in your area!

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Posted by Joan Squeri on 06/11/2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Hat's Off to Keba Konte!

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Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 06/11/2015 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

There aren't any facts presented in this article! There are all kinds of numbers thrown out showing how many jobs will be created and how cheap energy will become. Anyone can throw out figures to support their point of view. When I see the Sierra Club and other so called environmental agencies forming alliances with the unions and developers my first thought is "compromise to get could PR and to keep those donations coming in." Adding additional turbines to the Alatmont will just increase the mortality rate among our feathered friends. Common sense: the wind companies admit to killing birds but they say new turbines will lower the fatality rate. However you add more turbines so you can go green and your bird fatalities go back up. This is about economic gains for certain parties and has nothing to do with being green unless being green means killing off native fauna in order to get cheaper power.

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Posted by Miles Young on 06/10/2015 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Bravo! Final step after this would be to convet his wholesale business into a worker-cooperative!

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Posted by Joani Blank on 06/10/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Your local green future means being robbed by corporate interests. How can you ever fight climate change with turbines when they are not and can not even keep up with society's increasing energy demands?

This is part of the green lie that has proven to be very profitable for the charlatans living off this terrible green industry.
Read more here..........http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/readers-…
With these turbines millions of birds, including endangered species are being slaughtered annually for a pittance of energy. These species are viewed as collateral damage and mean virtually nothing to this industry. That is why the industry and FWS have been rigging their impact disclosures for over 30 years.
Everyone needs to view this 10 minute YouTube video, "Cheeseburgers and the wind industry" because each year the slaughter to many millions of birds and bats is being concealed by the wind industry and America's Interior Department. Rigged, contrived and even fraudulent research has hidden this wind turbine slaughter since 1985.
One of the many ways the wind industry rigs turbine mortality studies is to conduct infrequent studies around turbines. Some wind farms like those at Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area wait for 30 days or even more between searches for carcasses. After seeing this video viewers will understand why infrequent searches are being conducted by the wind industry.
There are many species that consume the birds and bats slaughtered by wind turbines. Some of these opportunistic species include raptors, gulls and ravens (corvids). These species can be found around all wind farms.
As shown in this video a freshly fallen bird or even hundreds of fallen birds around a few wind turbines will not very last long on the ground.
Exposing this industry secret is important because everyone can see for themselves the absurdity and fraud taking place with wind industry mortality research.

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/10/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Wind energy is not always as "green" as it might first appear.

Jim Wiegand (U.S. region rep for SAVE THE EAGLES INTERNATIONAL) estimates that the annual bird/bat mortality rate at Altamont Pass caused by the wind turbines there may be as high as 50,000 per year. This includes hundreds of protected species such as golden eagles, burrowing owls, hawks and falcons.

Not acceptable! And the Alameda County Board of Supervisors needs to re-address this issue in the near future.

Follow the money.

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Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Oakland

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Posted by Eric Mills on 06/10/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

So much can be expensed with a business that is easy to not ever show a profit. But I like the sentiment.

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Posted by Gene Keenan on 06/10/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

Amazing concept and man!

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Posted by Priscilla Borrelli on 06/10/2015 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

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Posted by Editor on 06/10/2015 at 12:30 AM

Re: “A Guide to Vegan Cocktails

Great article. ..I am an ethical vegan and love to find out as much as I can not only with food but drinks. I am also a Peruvian and even though I had veganixed..many dishes I have not yet find an ingredient that makes the foam on Pisco sour..don't tell me beer because that gives it an orangey color NOT typical in Pisco sour...any other suggestions?

Posted by Elsa Beatriz Herrmann on 06/08/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Now Playing: Outside

Studio One at 365 45th St in Oakland also shows movies at dusk on Fridays following Bites Off Broadway: Mobile Food and Family Fun with food trucks. This year's showings include Friday, May 29th: Rio 2, July 27th: Big Hero 6, July 31st: Maileficent, August 12: Annie (2014), Sept 11th: E.T., Oct 9th: Star Wars

Posted by Karen Hester on 05/26/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “East Bay Bike Routes for Urban Explorers

If the 5 Historic Houses bike tour isn't long enough, you can make it a 6 house tour and start at the Dunsmuir-Hellman mansion.

Posted by Gene Anderson on 05/23/2015 at 3:51 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Ten Best Outdoor Dining Experiences

You need to update this list with Mad Oak, Oakland's newest bar that has a beautiful roof top deck that overlooks a spacious urban patio.

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Posted by Logan Talbot on 05/21/2015 at 1:42 PM

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