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Re: “Improving Lake Merritt

This project is a complete waste of taxpayers money. The crappy renovation looks less appealing than before. A few addition grass patches and plants took 200 million.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 06/11/2014 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Slow to Okay More Public Urban Gardens

During the 30s and 40s many Oakland families had large gardens, fruit trees, rabbits and chickens. There was very limited "welfare" in those days. How times have changed.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Erik Kengaard on 06/06/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Slow to Okay More Public Urban Gardens

I strongly support efforts to increase farming in Oakland as a major part of our focus on food justice. As mayor I will expedite the approval process and help identify publicly and privately owned land that can be used for food production. Dan Siegel

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Posted by Dan Siegel on 06/04/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Slow to Okay More Public Urban Gardens

Not talking about totally repealing the Charter prohibition of outsourcing. But it should be changed to allow outsourcing to volunteers and non-profits.

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 06/03/2014 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Slow to Okay More Public Urban Gardens

Welcome to trying to get anything done that involves the City when you don't have influence at City Hall. What Brunner and Nadel did was not much different from what Brooks and Reid did but Auditor Ruby accused them of violating separation of Council and Administration. You often can't get anywhere without the backing of a Council Member.

No mention of it, but I'm surprised none of the food groups ran into another obstacle: City Charter and union contract prohibition on outsourcing any services that can be done by City employees and requiring that the workers all be paid union scale and benefits. That doesn't work so well when a PTA wants to remove a small section of school yard asphalt and put in a garden but are not allowed to do so because OUSD doesn't have employees available and the PT A can't pay union scale to volunteers to do the work.

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 06/03/2014 at 8:49 PM

Re: “EBMUD May Block Wild and Scenic Status for the Mokelumne

Thanks for your report on this- its something the mainstream media all but ignores these days.

Posted by Linda Forde on 06/03/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “EBMUD May Block Wild and Scenic Status for the Mokelumne

The EBMUD board learned the wrong lesson from conservationists' successful 2009 lawsuit protecting the Mokelumne from the proposed expansion of Pardee Reservoir. Some of them think the lesson was never to "get ahead" of the water agencies in foothill counties, who care little about the Mokelumne River. The real lesson was this: EBMUD should be a leader in conservation, efficiency and Mokelumne River protection.

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Posted by Katherine Evatt on 05/30/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “EBMUD May Block Wild and Scenic Status for the Mokelumne

Great news, today the Senate passed SB1199, I am hopeful that we'll get a bill to the Governor's desk this session but if not it will be back. I am running for Ward 3 of EBMUD in part because there should never have had a 4-2-1 vote to oppose wild and scenic, the best protection we have for our water source. More than that I'm running because EBMUD should be the undisputed national leader in showing what it means to be a steward of a precious water supply. Visit my site to learn more http://www.young4ebmud.org

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Posted by Marguerite Young on 05/29/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “EBMUD May Block Wild and Scenic Status for the Mokelumne

Amen to that. Replacing the EBMUD obstructionists can get much better water and conservation policy. The two actually go hand in hand and are not at loggerheads (no pun intended. We are blessed with many knowledgeable scientist/environmentalists who would be far better than what sits on the EBMUD now. If only they will run.

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 05/29/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “EBMUD May Block Wild and Scenic Status for the Mokelumne

Thanks for explaining this issue in full. We need to vote out 20 year EBMUD director Katy Foulkes and replace her with someone who understands water policy and conservation efforts, Marguerite Young, http://www.young4ebmud.org.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Karen Hester on 05/28/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Dianne Feinstein Targets Tule Elk

Ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore only want elk placed back in their designated wilderness for people to enjoy them. The elk in this seashore have 20,600 acres designated for them. Elk are affecting the 24 remaining organic dairies and grass fed beef ranches left in the seashore. Ranchers do not want elk killed, only placed back humanely and safely. Ranching has happened in the seashore for over 150 years and sustainable practices are still in place today. The ranchers are what made this seashore for people to enjoy.

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Posted by Nichola Spaletta on 05/26/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

I suspect that the reason that Andronico's has such a food waste program is because of their prices--waay too expensive for most folks other than those who never need to look at their bank statements.

Good quality, sure--and odd that when occasionally shopping there it takes me awhile to find the items I might choose to pay for--expensive items, naturally, are at eye level, cheaper stuff down on the bottom. H ey, no problem.

Maybe if the store actually adjusted how much food they actually made in-house or the amount of produce they ordered, they'd have less waste. Just a thought, i could be wrong,

Posted by chris juricich on 05/09/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

This is a really exciting opportunity for Food Shift that I know will inspire change and create a new movement in the food system. Food Shift has a great opportunity to win free advertising space throughout the Bay Area's public transit (BART) system! By voting, you will allow them to increase awareness about the social and environmental impacts of wasted food and help create change. Vote here http://bit.ly/1q1RKcV and spread the word. Every vote counts!

Posted by Andrea Doral on 05/02/2014 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

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Posted by Editor on 05/01/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

The large amount of food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. There is no single cure, or silver bullet for food waste reduction therefore, we should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of perishable food items close to their expiration on supermarket shelves causes waste.
The consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior might be one of the weakest links of the fresh food supply chain.
The new open GS1 DataBar standard enables applications that encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill.
The “End Grocery Waste” application, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint. You can look this application up at EndGroceryWaste.com

Rod,
Chicago, IL

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Posted by Rod Averbuch on 04/30/2014 at 6:42 AM

Re: “How Fracking Causes Earthquakes

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Posted by Editor on 04/19/2014 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Global Warming Also Triggers Military Conflict

And, of course, human evil, intolerance, corruption, etc are the real causes of civil wars in Africa: Not the effect of global warm!!!! Absurd!!

Posted by Pepe Masai on 04/04/2014 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Global Warming Also Triggers Military Conflict

It is the most stupid tesis never exposed around the world about causes of civil wars in Africa... No, my God!! Misery and famine is a consequence of wars, not the contrary!!

Posted by Pepe Masai on 04/04/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Targeting Rural and Suburban Development

Could the threat to the Smith River and surrounding redwoods be related to Koch Brothers' takeover of logging companies in and around Ft. Bragg? Former company employees residing in Ft. Bragg and facing loss of health insurance said in September that KB's intentions were unclear but Mr. Gammon's article may be filling in the dots.

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 03/27/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “How Fracking Causes Earthquakes

Looks like some people are waking up. The Las Angeles Times wrote the city council wants the city, state and federal groups to look at whether fracturing and other forms of gas stimulation caused the 4.4 earthquake on Monday. I wonder how the holding ponds filled with polluted water has affected our waterfowl on other animals.

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Posted by Phillip Moya on 03/19/2014 at 11:26 PM

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