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Re: “The Dolphin Dilemma

If you are interested in protesting the deaths of 13 dolphins, 2 orcas, 8 elephants, 2 kangaroos, 10 wallabies, one young giraffe who died in a barn fire, one baby seal lion who was cooked to death when the heater of his class enclosure was turned up too high over night, plus more animals totalling 43 animals since Six Flags took over the park, join Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags at 10:30 on Saturday, Oct. 25. If you can't make it this time, like us on Facebook and keep current for future protests and current write-in protests.

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Posted by Janet Locke on 10/16/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

If Teachers Unions or unions in general exist in this country in 30 years, they will all look back on PAR as part of the shameful Dark Ages in unionism.

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Posted by Steve Cullen on 10/15/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

I am not sorry to hear of dogs being killed. I hate dogs. I used to love dogs, but that was before I was attacked several times by dogs. Small dogs and larger dogs. So, I hope they keep killing them. Dogs are killing machines. It doesn't matter what breed they are. They all have the propensity to kill. Guns don't kill people, dogs kill people.

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Posted by Marie Smith on 10/15/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Same thing happened to me. I felt like it was a scam too.

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Posted by Nancy Nuzzo on 10/13/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp, without a fraction of a doubt, is a scam. It most certainly penalizes those who do not choose to advertise with them. It's now been proven over and over. Being as such, the reviews cannot be trusted. It has now removed my REAL review of a company I work with because they did not advertise with them. This was only done after they decided not to run an advertisement. BOTH of their reviews have been "Hidden" and star rating is gone. Disgusting!

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Posted by Ai Yah Shida on 10/13/2014 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I work with a number of clients who have been damaged severely by a few troubled kids placing false reviews on Yelp, because the industry happens to be something the kids don't like -- therapeutic boarding schools and military schools. To make matters worse, Yelp has prevented hundreds of reviews for those same clients that are positive (from parents who appreciate them for saving the lives of their sons or daughters). Yelp favors the negative reviews to get the business to pay for advertising, since Yelp sales people call and make it appear that if the client pays for advertising, they will have more favorable reviews. This is total extortion. I guess since Yelp was created by a Russian, that is how they do things there, but it should be (and I thought it was!) illegal here in America. Someone please do something about Yelp. It is destroying good businesses and destroying lives.

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Posted by David Bolthouse on 10/12/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

Bob, this is a good write up on the candidates. Altho I don’t think much in terms of right/left, I feel they are a little more knowable.
You illuminated Bryan Parker’s past with a shady healthcare company, about which many probably do not know. But, you did not mention Rebecca Kaplan’s more current lapse of ethics, controlling a PAC to receive funding to support Measure BB and using the funds for her mayoral campaign. When she was caught she supposedly killed it but, according to an article in 8/2 Tribune, only about a third of the funds have gone to the measure’s official campaign. So when I see her ad on TV, I wonder if donors who paid for the ad thought they were supporting Measure BB?
I would say she is not a cheerleader for Oakland, or transportation, but a cheerleader for Rebecca Kaplan!
You can learn more about Kaplan’s record as an elected office at:…
And to view any or all media on the mayoral race check out:

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Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/10/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

Dan Kalb sez: "Joe Tuman is pretty conservative on a number of issues; and Courtney shows more compassion when you really get to know her."

Maybe you really should get to know some more people. I know Tuman personally and have been with him at many community meetings of a small largely uncelebrated organization not respected by the powerful nor by elected officials where he clearly expressed his compassion for Oakland's most victimized minorities, victimized by crime and by governmental neglect.

Tuman is anything but a conservative. If you don't want to talk to him personally maybe you could talk to one of his many students or read one of his several books.

Tuman is no doubt the brightest person running for mayor. He's capable of a wide range of thinking and understanding. I doubt whether your classification schedule for conservative vs liberal would garner any respect from him. Or from me. Tuman, however, is decent enough never to let you know if he thinks you're an idiot.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/09/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

Max Chanowitz sez he wants:

"A focus on good, effective urbanism. Our mayor needs to understand how cities work humanistically AND economically." He adds: "Schaaf seems the best choice in the leading batch."

You're going to have to keep your eyes focused on your choice for Mayor. In my direct experience with her, she just doesn't get it about contemporary urban planning. Sure she supports the redesign of Telegraph Ave. because that's where the political pressure point is. But when a similar road diet/bike and pedestrian emphasis was put together by city planners for a street in her District 4, namely 35th Ave./Redwood Rd., she kiboshed it.

Schaaf, unfortunately, isn't very bright and her instincts are entirely political and risk-averse.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/09/2014 at 1:28 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

My top priorities for any mayoral candidate:

1. Attract more businesses to Oakland, from national chains to local upstarts. This is absolutely essential, and should be practically a freebie thanks to the massive monetary overflow coming in from SF's tech boom. The Town still has an embarrassing number of empty storefronts, and for any of these ambitious plans to pan out financially, we're gonna need that tax revenue.

2. A two-pronged policing surge involving more community outreach AND more heavy-handed enforcement and punishment for the worst cases. Some criminals deserve a second chance, while others are beyond redemption — we can't keep giving them second, third, fourth chances at the expense of everyone else's safety.

3. A focus on good, effective urbanism. This includes more resources devoted to bikes/pedestrians/transit, building more housing, bringing healthy food and shopping to barren neighborhoods, and taking better advantage of the city's natural resources & positioning (build cooler stuff on the waterfront, more aggressive development near West Oakland BART). Our mayor needs to understand how cities work humanistically AND economically.

4. In general, a sense of balance. Some candidates (including the incumbent) are way too willing to cave to the whims of the bleeding-heart fringe (because they shout the loudest), and nothing gets done because of it. The hard-left political ideology that dominates this area leads to missed opportunities. "We shouldn't attract big businesses and develop more housing because that's what the capitalist pigs would want, maaan!" This also involves balancing a healthy amount of gentrification (yes, East Bay Express, gentrification isn't always a bad word) with preserving long-standing communities.

Most of the other issues to me are fluff or dumb political drama.

Tuman was my favorite due to his focus on business (though his car-centric attitude is out of touch with current transportation trends), but the no-snitching anti-police crowd is too strong in Oakland for any of the "more cops" candidates to have much of a chance. Schaaf seems the best choice in the leading batch.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/09/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

The best and most capable candidate running for Mayor wasn't even included in this article. Einstein for Mayor! After living under the Dellum's regime and then Quan and her pro-OPD/anti-people policies, I am CERTAIN a dog can do a better job for ALL of Oakland and not just the top 20 percent of Oakland.

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Posted by Suzanne Gilber on 10/09/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

Gopal Dayaneni,

Oy. It's fixed.

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 10/09/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

I am assuming that it was an editorial error that Dan Siegel was left of the list of 6 or 7 viable candidates in the first paragraph. Seems odd, given that (1) you listed on 5 with one outlier, instead of 6, as the previous sentence suggests; and (2) he is in the title of the piece.

Given primacy and recency, not to mention accuracy, probably worth a correction.

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Posted by Gopal Dayaneni on 10/09/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

Thanks for taking the time to put this very thoughtful analysis together. Oakland voters deserve it.

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Posted by Doug Bloch on 10/08/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

"By the way Hobart, Daily Kos's HQ is based in Berkeley"--John Turner.

I know where Kos lives and that's exactly my point. Berkeley ain't Oakland.

Also there are lots of folks who "live" in Oakland who don't know jack about Oakland pols and politics and don't know jack about important parts of Oakland like Deep East.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/08/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

'Former healthcare industry executive' is pretty much all you need to know about Bryan Parker.

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Posted by John Seal on 10/08/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

By the way Hobart, Daily Kos's HQ is based in Berkeley and is moving to Oakland from what I hear. Quite a few contributors and people who comment as well are based in Oakland.

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Posted by John Turner on 10/08/2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

Dan, I disagree with your assessment that Tuman is conservative on a number of issues but then again your statement offers no explanations as to why so I can only assume that being conservative means Tuman isn't as progressive or as liberal like Dan Siegel (who I actually like). Perhaps you care to explain in further detail?

Also, in reading the Daily Kos article that was cited earlier, the author cites Tuman's crime plan which mentions the following:

"Poverty is at the root of much of Oakland’s crime. We, like the nation, have a growing gap in the income levels of poor and wealthy individuals in our town and a stubborn unemployment problem. We also have residents who lack social mobility, and are unable to move away from poor schools, or run-down neighborhoods. In addition, Oakland is Alameda county’s seat and is the primary place for re-entry felons."

A moderate or conservative would say adding police officers alone and arresting people would be the solution to the crime problem but as the author points out, poverty is a root cause of the issue that needs to be addressed. This doesn't sound like a statement coming from a conservative.

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Posted by John Turner on 10/08/2014 at 7:12 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

Pretty good summary of the seven main candidates--although on the spectrum between 'progressive' and 'moderate' (moderate/conservative), I would definitely list Courtney as 5 and Tuman as 6 (not the other way around). Joe Tuman is pretty conservative on a number of issues; and Courtney shows more compassion when you really get to know her.
Of course, my voting recommendations are Quan (1st), Kaplan (2nd) and Schaaf (3rd).

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Posted by DanKalb on 10/08/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

I have never seen much evidence that crime has anything to do with who is mayor. I realize this goes against the desire of people for mayor-power, but if you look at the stats, there's more relationship with national trends than with who is mayor, for the last several decades. Mayors always take credit when it goes down and try to avoid blame when it goes up, but probably not due to their efforts, either way.

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Posted by Naomi Schiff on 10/08/2014 at 1:24 PM

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