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Re: “Major Pot Company Hit With Six Counts of Securities Fraud

This company is the epitome of a penny stock scam. I have been watching these jokers for more than three years, and the behavior of Bruce Perlowin and his cronies is disgusting. What a shame to see them seek ill-gotten gains by hijacking the theme of hemp legalization rather than building a real company.

Posted by Alan Brochstein on 06/25/2016 at 4:51 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Seems like Ms. Shaaf's who worked for Ignacio, and later Brown, adminstration is an extension of Jerry's. Deeply disappointing to those whose children attended school with her. It seems we get the same old, same old in the admin office, and this whole deal is deeply unpopular with the people who live in this town. It is especially bad as Phil Tagami has done good work here and benefitted a great deal from city coffers, has such contempt for us all. Poor Oaktown, every one gets over on this town, and our fellow citizens always have to settle for less. I hope to live long enough to see an administration that can change the paradigm.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 06/24/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Major Pot Company Hit With Six Counts of Securities Fraud

HEMP is not POT! This is not used like cannabis. The gov't may have classified it in the same category but more states are legalizing as it is used for materials used in clothing and fibers as a food additive. As to the breaking of SEC rules that is yet to be proven i a court of law.

Posted by Norman Baraz on 06/24/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

This has been going on a long time. What gets me is if there was a DEEP investigation into ALL policing agencies, we would be under marshal law. The whole USA. Our sheriffs dept. is a mess as well. Also
I was so surprised to hear our Mayor identify the race of the "racist texters".....racism has no color! We all have them in our family. PERIOD!

Posted by Robin Gail Hayes on 06/24/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Hearing is at 5 pm Monday. The staff report, proposed ordinance, and the supporting attachments are up now: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/government/o/Ci…

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 06/24/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

The Oakland city administrator's plan to contain the OPD scandal by going after the whistle blowers reeks of desperation. Schaaf reportedly was not concerned about years of OPD misconduct until scandal erupted on her watch, and Landreth's plan guarantees that OPD misconduct will continue. We need an INDEPENDENT police commission: the city council is inept and often laughable, and Brooks and McElhaney have reportedly committed official misconduct themselves.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 06/24/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I mean, seriously, if 2-Sh$rt had rhymed lay some pipe with your game is tight, wouldn't his fans be ...underwhelmed?

Posted by Chen Kai Wen on 06/24/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

fan of Eddie, but let's be fair about his disses to SF: Him and Tony Bordain the same: is there any more overrated city in the world than NYC? Cam'ron is his fave rapper? Really? Why?

Posted by Chen Kai Wen on 06/24/2016 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Major Pot Company Hit With Six Counts of Securities Fraud

Back up.today. ... seems the scam is really people trying to bring down.pot companies. Using shares to purchase or cut deals is pretty smart. Wait five years and then open your mouth

Posted by fuvkyou on 06/24/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “This Weekend's Top Seven Events

what? Burger Boogaloo not in top 7?

Posted by marty bauer on 06/24/2016 at 7:29 AM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

EGH's comment says it all. A measly 6% profit and they think she's still greedy and underpaying her staff. EGH, you're so EBX it makes me sad. She's not greedy at all. Housing "activists" and good old fashion NIMBYs have created a perfect storm of housing development obstruction in time when tens of thousands of people are flocking here for really high paying jobs. That's why her employees can't afford rent anymore!

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/24/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Claudia Cappio follows Jerry's orders...He wants the coal here and Claudia was put in place as the Assist. City Admin. to run that department and make it happen....Claudia is Jerry's designated liar and will say what he wants her to say.....Bets used to be taken by staff when she was head of CEDA as to what lies she would tell at council meetings to sell what ever projects that Jerry wanted pushed....Jerry is running Oakland for his developer buddies at the expense of the citizens of Oakland. Claudia Cappio knows exactly what she is doing and I can guarantee it is not for Oakland's benefit!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 06/23/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Perhaps it's time for Rebecca Kaplan to step in as Mayor, once and for all!

Posted by John Dill on 06/23/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Vivian, there are a lot of Black Cops, but not a lot in command. She has not chosen to share the race of the White Cops under investigation, and she shouldn't have the Black Cops. It doesn't matter what others do or say, they are not elected officials or the Mayor.

Posted by John Dill on 06/23/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

It's a real problem.

My partner's been running a small family-style catering business in the South Bay for a dozen years. We keep our prices moderate, we get top reviews from our clients, and it's still a constant struggle.

Customers want full-service catering for McDonald's prices, because their budgets are tight. Commercial rents are skyrocketing right alongside residential rent & home prices. Our two paid staff are almost family, they've been with us for a decade. We'd love to give them more money & more hours, and we can't.

The only reason my partner can keep our prices as reasonable as they are and keep the paid staff we do is because my partner and I bought houses before the last real estate bubble, limiting our housing expenses, he works incredibly hard, and I don't take any salary for the work I do.

All but the very top income brackets are being squeezed hard by the Bay Area economy, so the labor issues in food service are not a simple matter of raising wages, they are a complicated issue of managing income to cost-of-living ratios, (especially housing costs).

Posted by FiliaVallis on 06/23/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

Bay Area restaurants are not experience a "labor shortage". Bay Area restaurant workers are experiencing a salary shortage. I guarantee that if you paid workers more, there would be no "shortage".

Posted by egh on 06/23/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Residents Complain AC Transit Turning Downtown Oakland Park Into De Facto Bus Terminal

AC Transit provides a much needed service to the community. Bus drivers need a place where they can take a break and use a restroom too. Do residents want them to go in the bushes or on the street instead? Shorestein Pit is not a solution for this problem either. When these resident car drivers' cars break down, they will wish they had public transportation nearby.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 06/23/2016 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

If the City Council votes yes on this outrageous plan to export coal, they are complicit in the crime of planetary ecocide due to global warming. That is an issue that needs no further study. 97% of scientists agree that global warming is real and it has already caused many problems including floods, droughts, greater severity in storms, and it will lead to all of our coastlines going underwater due to rising sea levels. The primary cause of this climate catastrophe, they all agree, is burning fossil fuels, of which coal is the worst.

That alone should be the beginning and end of discussion on this plan. That it has a chance, even in the face of overwhelming evidence referenced above about global warming, is a tribute to madness of public policy discussion in Oakland. I wish I could say that madness about climate change was confined to Oakland. Sadly, it is replicated throughout nearly all of our nation's and the world's communities.

Posted by Chris Darling on 06/23/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

This is just another example of a diversion technique from the Assistant City Administrator(Claudia Cappio). First of all, ESA was never qualified to complete a study focused on the community health and safety impacts of coal on the community. They were not hired based on expertise but on personal relationships with her. Several months ago, at the last minute, the community exposed ESA and uncovered an extremely weak coal related report they prepared in another city, Somehow Cappio never thought to review any of their previous work on the subject? Now Cappio wants to avoid giving the public and the City Council ample time to examine the new submittal. Again, the lack of transparency and sloppy staff work is concerning. Schaaf appointed Cappio to her high paid position and touted her as her "Development Czar". For the Mayor, this coal issue is an embarrassing mess along with the E12th St affordable housing project and Coliseum City/Raider debacle. As Dr. Phil would say, how is that working out for you?

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/23/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Why are they jumping on the Mayor? I heard a news report several days ago in which John Burris stated that the source of the offensive messages was an African-American police officer.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 06/23/2016 at 1:53 PM

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