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Re: “Toxic Incense

One has to wonder why any intelligent person would think that burning incense would purify the air. The article on the other hand only dealt with stick/cone/coil incense---what about resins? What are in resin incenses?

It'd be nice if we could get beyond this RedState BlueState---if you say nice things about A you must be against B mentality. Why doesn't incense get any scrutiny? I burn a lot of it (with open windows, unless I'm going out and want to stink up the place for the even better---after burn olfactory experience) so it really would be nice to know what's in it.

What would organic mean, in incense? If an organically produced compound produced benzene, say... I've found that some resins seem to be full of water---they put out the charcoal before they've even started burning---and of course, you're burning charcoal indoors...

Is my incense going to kill me before the wine does? Or will I be coughing up blood on a respirator as I die of liver cancer?

Would somebody please get me a glass of wine, I mean, I'm dying so what do you care---and please, light some incense---your perfume is making me nauseous.

Posted by Paul Tominac on 08/31/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Well what do you expect. The cops investigating themselves is always a failed approach.

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 08/31/2016 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

O.Malley is a loser with perception of her incompetence being extremely high. Time to file charges and get off her duff or give it to State AG for prosecution. Damn shame that some bad apples tarnish all OPD officers and the DA is in another world as it drags its feet.

Posted by Steve Redmond on 08/31/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

The way they threw Sgt Gantt under the bus is another example of how dirty they are. Gantt has always been a outstanding cop who served the city well. Other officers/investigators just abhor the way he gets his cases solved and is so often in the spotlight as a result. I'm really surprised they haven't tried other things in an attempt to bring him down, professionally or physically.
Most of the cops at OPD can not be trusted and you have to be extra careful about who you communicate with in leadership as well. Speak up against certain cops involved in wrongdoing and those cops will be tipped off while you now have to watch YOUR back from suspects on the street as well as other officers. Whent's departure was long over due and had those rookies been around a bit longer they would've been protected and possibly saved by the blue code.
I along with many others in and outside OPD will not be surprised when there are no charges filed in the Guap case. By the way, O'Brien's suicide was prompted by the guilt of his wife's death as well as his relationship with Guap. Regardless of what the DA says, remember, OPD was at the scene first (take that several ways). He killed his wife and a certain detective was on the verge of getting him to break or confess util he was swiftly pulled off the case

Posted by marv on 08/31/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

OPD has always been terrible when it came to covering up for officers.
While I was there, I gave statements against 2 officers whom I witnessed beating a handcuffed suspect....with their batons. For the next few weeks dispatch had to assign units to back me on calls during certain shifts. Dirty cops backed by dirty administration. Leaving OPD was one of the best moves I've made for my career, sanity and life

Posted by marv on 08/31/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

If OPD Officers (including high ranking officers) participated in a cover-up of the information implicating other officers in unlawful sex trafficking activities, those officers should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. Period.

Posted by Pamela Y. Price on 08/31/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

If there is a full investigation of this matter, Oakland may end up with ZERO police on the streets - except possibly the female officers. Perhaps this is why there has been no action taken?

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/31/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

O'Malley has failed to take action against police brutality in Alameda County. She has, however, prosecuted victims of such brutality. If there is enough outrage, she might choose a low-level police officer or two as sacrificial lambs for a slap on the wrist, but only because of her political ambitions (rumors are that she wants to be appointed Attorney General by Governor Brown).

In any case, this case goes beyond Oakland and Alameda County, as officers from Richmond and San Francisco were involved. I'm not sure that the Attorney General, whose main interest is to get elected to the Senate and keep the law enforcement unions on her side, would conduct a fair investigation, but it is the responsibility of her office to do so. It's outrageous that she has washed her hands on this case.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 08/31/2016 at 9:41 AM

Re: “JP Morgan Chase's Home Loans in Oakland Mostly Went to White and Wealthy Residents

Great article here! This suggests that Chase may have made some effort to live up to the city counsel's urging them to make more loans to under-served communities.By the way, my children needed OPM OF-306 last month and saw a great service that hosts a searchable forms database . If others require OPM OF-306 too , here's "http://pdf.ac/7VzAfS".

Posted by Leanna Lauber 1 on 08/27/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

@Charlie Pine

Could you provide links to the Berkeley studies please? Your description suggests they only looked at the price-change of soda (i.e. half the tax showed up in price increase of soda), rather than any other goods.

Also, with regard to personal attacks, I cited the prof's credentials in response to your claim that he "might know law, but he clearly does not understand the first thing about comparative price elasticities." You said he doesn't know economics, I responded by showing that he does. I did not introduce the tactic of personal attacks.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 08/25/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

Bonds are public debt, plain and simple. While they are a legitimate source of revenue for needed new infrastructure projects, cities and states need to plan for maintenace costs using revenue, not MORE DEBT.
As for Mayor Schaaf's plan for affordable housing. She wants to use rent control and more rent control to push small property owners (buildings with 1 to 4 units) into financial distress and then take them over as "NOAH's" (See Schaaf's "Housing Blueprint") using funds from measures A1 and KK (more bonds). Can the City really handle all the expenses associated with owning old buildings - the lead paint, galvanized plumbing, knob-and-tube wiring, not to mention buildings aquired due to financial distress will not be in great shape in many other ways.
Schaaf's plan will push Oakland deeper into debt and saddle it with old buildings (newer construction is not rent controlled per state law). Oakland needs more housing. Not to push small property owners out of business.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 08/25/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

@ Tommy Katz: The grocer compares whether he will lose less revenue if he a) raises the price of a quart of soda 32 cents or b) raises the price of that bottle 12 cents, the price of diapers 17 cents, etc. Two studies of Berkeley sugared beverage prices found that about half the tax showed up in the prices of those beverages. *** As for ad hominem argument, you introduced that tactic by citing the professor's credentials.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/25/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

@charlie Pine

It seems like you'd rather make ad hominem attacks than address the issues.

The micro-economics here aren't challenging: changing the marginal cost of one good (sugary drinks) won't impact the price that a retailer charges for another good (e.g. produce).

For an illustration of this, look at cigarette prices: the cost of a pack of cigarettes has skyrocketed as states impose more taxes on cigarettes. The price of Tic-tacs and other goods sold at gas stations (or other cigarette retailers) didn't change when cigarette taxes were implemented.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 08/25/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

@Tommy Katz: You're right, the professor might well know about price elasticity - in which case he simply threw out fog because he favors this tax on the poor. Maybe that is his lawyer side in action. As for the argument about why wasn't the price raised before the tax, the tax would changes the grocer's calculations of price and net revenue - go study it if you're interested.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/25/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

At Charlie Pine:

You say: "Prof. Auerbach might know law, but he clearly does not understand the first thing about comparative price elasticities, taught to students in micro-economics class."

Given that he is the former chair of UC Berkeley's economics department, was deputy chief of staff on the U.S. Joint Committee of Taxation, was the President of the National Tax Association, and has a Ph.D in economics from Harvard, I think he might know something about price elasticity.

Aside from his credentials, you didn't refute Prof. Auerbach's point: if store owners could raise the prices of other goods to make more profit, why didn't they do this regardless of the soda tax?

Posted by Tommy Katz on 08/25/2016 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

I couldn't help but notice that street repairs in my already-adequately-paved neighborhood near Lake Merritt are ongoing, while West Grand Ave. is like the surface of the freaking moon, nearly shaking apart the bus I take to work every day.

Could it be that there's a resource allocation problem? Are "nicer" neighborhoods with more lobbying power grabbing more of the money away from the torn-up neighborhoods that actually need it? It sure looks like it from here.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 08/25/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

The City of Oakland has Wells Fargo in court for predatory lending...
Jerry Brown permitted the banks to engage in this criminal activity while he was Attorney General...
Brown cut city services while he was Mayor of Oakland and put Oakland in a deeper hole with the refinance of the predatory loan that the city had made with Goldman Sachs the year before he became Mayor...
At the same time that the bank was engaged in stealing homes in Oakland, they were engaged in a relationship with El Chapo Guzman's drug cartel...
The relationship generated $378 billion over an 18 month period...
Wells has been allowed to keep the profits from the predatory lending as well as from the relationship with Guzman.
All of the other banks have been given the same preferential treatment. this is why there is such a disparity in wealth and income in America...
Wells Fargo should be force to give Oakland $378 billion!!!
Read Facebook for the rest of this story,
"Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?"
Regards, Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 08/25/2016 at 5:11 AM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

I support the soda tax, but am concerned that there's absolutely no discernible public presence of the advocates for it. I live in a poor, majority black neighborhood in north Oakland, and once or twice a week I get an expensive mailer from the beverage association, showing a small grocer, always a salt-of-the-earth nonwhite merchant, stating that he or she will be hurt by a "tax on groceries" if this law passes. If the advocates are being outspent by hundreds of thousands of dollars, why isn't there a pro-tax campaign to write letters to the editor, or op-ed pieces, or equal time rebuttals on TV and radio, none of which costs anything? There ought to be a public education campaign to the small grocers in poor areas, pointing out the damage those products do to their customers.
Laura Ingram

Posted by Laura Ingram on 08/24/2016 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

NO, NO, NO!!!!! LET CAPITALISM REIGN !!! NO ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING!!! NO CITY HAS EVER HELP ME TO BUY & OWN PROPERTY!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 08/24/2016 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

Right now, I do not trust any proposal originating from the Mayor's Office. Any property owner, who is not residing or registered to vote in Oakland will not be able to vote for or against this proposal. Further, I have little or no confidence in any internal City of Oakland accounting practices or capabilities. And to make matters even worse, there is no input from the City of Oakland City Auditors Office. Essentially, renters who are registered to vote can vote but property owners cannot. This is the worst proposal I have seen in years. I would urge a NO vote on this or any other tax proposal bearing the support and approval of the Oakland City Council.

Posted by Dennis the Menace on 08/24/2016 at 8:19 PM

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