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Re: “Oakland City Council Stumbles Again

Yessir, let's just keep-on-hopin' that those jellyfish will grow themselves some spine.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/18/2015 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Anti-Union Shift

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Posted by Editor on 02/18/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The Tipping Point

No matter how one views Oakland's or any other cities' new minimum wage rules, **this** is a fabulous article. Well done, East Bay Express: very well balanced, thoughtful case study that I hope economic analysts across California will include when they do their respective analyses of possible impact stemming from and business responses to the new wage rules.

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Posted by Tony Daysog on 02/18/2015 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Cracks in Richmond's Progressive Unity

"The RPA deserves credit for establishing a political climate where the norm is progressive politics and the city, as a whole, has benefited from their work,"

The East Bay's most corrupt and incompetent civic government, namely Oakland, could learn something from the recent political history in Richmond. Oakland really needs both the equivalent of a progressive political party as well as effective good-government leaders.

One of the best articles I've seen here.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/18/2015 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The Tipping Point

"They need to put their money where their mouth is," Delany said.


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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/18/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Cracks in Richmond's Progressive Unity

Agree that another RPA person is not a good idea.

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Posted by Patricia Kiely on 02/18/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Records Indicate that Gibson McElhaney Used Her Council Office for Personal Gain

"This is a violation of the privacy to which I am entitled." Really? Gibson McElhaney is certainly entitled, but not to privacy in her side windows. Nobody in an urbanized area has an inherent "right to privacy" that precludes being overseen by other structures; a single family home built to code on that lot would also see and be seen from the neighbor's windows. If that condo is allowed per the zoning in place for that neighborhood, then it's allowed. This kind of special-circumstance, privileged and inside-track NIMBYism is infuriating to see coming from the very group that's expected to honorably steer Oakland's development. But not surprising.
Next, what's up that Gibson McElhaney needed to have that letter written for her? It's quite short and makes very few arguments. She couldn't have managed that herself? How embarrassing.
Finally, is 530 32nd St in West Oakland now? That's news.

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Posted by Don Howe on 02/18/2015 at 7:48 AM

Re: “The Collapse of Berkeley Health Center

There is nothing heavy-handed or inaccurate about this article. I worked for this organization from 1996-98 and there is a direct connection between the BACQHC's (formerly Bay Area Black Consortium for Quality Health Care)demise and their operation and treatment if staff back then. As Malcom said, "the chickens have come home to roost". It is a tragedy for the patients and staff.

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Posted by SLJames on 02/18/2015 at 5:33 AM

Re: “The Tipping Point

Interesting that there didn't seem to be any mention of the newly mandated paid sick leave. Did the restaurant employers all know about that requirement?

The city's site with the full minimum wage/sick leave law, faq, and the posters required to be displayed by all employers by March 2, 2015 are

For just the posters

Excellent reporting. (And a refreshing break from gushing restaurant reviews.)

Len Raphael, CPA

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 02/17/2015 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Welcome to Taco Hell

Mebbe the writer didn't know that the East Oakland Cop Shop (Oakland Police Department HQ) is right next door to that Taco Bell.

The poor Po Po didn't get involved. Maybe 911, as usual, had a busy signal.

So much for the City of Oakland's taking care of its Black and Latino citizens.

The privileged hill folks just elected a new mayor who also lives in the hills.

It all figures.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/17/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “The Weed War Undermines Science

Senor "John Thomas" sez:

"It seems you are simply anti-business. So what would be your preferred way of distributing marijuana - through the government?"

Lots of us aren't simply anti-business. We think that the effort to create an industry to produce and distribute a drug from a weed that can grow well virtually anywhere is essentially anti-social and exploitative. This industry rises out of, and is dependent upon, the very destructive Federal War on Drugs. The legacy of the Federal War on Drugs should simply be abolished by legalizing pot. Period. End of story.

Grow your own. Put a seed in a pot on your front porch. Use a vaporizer to save your lungs.

Screw the pot capitalists and screw the governmental drug war lunatics.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/17/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “OPD's War on the Poor Needs to End

If I had a tail light out, I would want to know about it as soon as possible even if it was from a traffic stop. Ussually if its fixed the ticket is reduced.

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Posted by alan stirling detroit on 02/17/2015 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Gotta use PAR to get rid of at least some of the expensive teachers. They need enough money to pay the Do-Nothing-Adminstrators and Fat Cats at Central Office. Every PAR Coach is trying to become one of those high-paid do nothings, so it works out well for them. They help get rid of those expensive teachers and they themselves get to continue doing nothing and make big salaries. Who polices and audits the PAR programs?

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Posted by Stan Glamor on 02/16/2015 at 5:16 PM

Re: “The Lumber Man In Charge of Climate Policy

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Posted by Editor on 02/15/2015 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Same problem with yelp, 20 yrs in business never had bad reviews, Yelp filter all my good reviews and posted the one an only negative review, They call me the same day the negative review posted and wanted me to advertise with them, How can Yelp be in business? Yelp is hurting businesses reputations. Just google yelp, yelp scams, etc thousands of business have the same complaint, how they do this?

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Posted by Tim Chester on 02/15/2015 at 5:54 PM

Re: “OPD's War on the Poor Needs to End

Let me fix the headline: East Bay Express' War on the OPD. OPD is simply in the crosshairs of some folks with an agenda. The Right has Fox News the Bay Area Left has East Bay Express.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 02/15/2015 at 10:44 AM

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

Exciting progress update!

This January, Food Shift launched this program with Andronico’s Community Market, establishing and managing a food donation and waste tracking system for their stores. Already, we are seeing huge strides towards reducing waste, feeding people, and saving money. Food Shift has arranged for 3 weekly pickups in which the food is collected and distributed through St. Vincent de Paul, a soup kitchen in West Oakland. In just the first few weeks of the program, almost 10,000 lbs of food was collected, including melons, apples, oranges, lettuce, granola bars and more. Just yesterday, Andronico’s determined that the quantity of waste in their dumpsters had declined so drastically that the store could reduce their number of garbage and compost pick ups to three days per week, which will save them almost $27,000 each year!

In addition to the social and environmental benefits of food donation, this program is an important step towards demonstrating that its a smart decision to invest in food recovery rather than incur the costs of food disposal. The next phase of the program will be working with stores on waste prevention. Keep up with the program’s progress and impact on Food Shift’s facebook and twitter.

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Posted by Kathryn Werner on 02/14/2015 at 8:00 AM

Re: “OPD's War on the Poor Needs to End

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Posted by Editor on 02/13/2015 at 7:44 PM

Re: “The Collapse of Berkeley Health Center

This article is a long time coming. Gwen Rowe-Lee has long been known for her nepotism, cronyism and double dipping (the latter at AMHI. When they were open one day a week, did she cut her salary by 80%. Totally in it for herself nad family and friends. John Iversen, the longest term AIDS survivor in the East Bay.

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Posted by John Tango Iversen on 02/13/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “The Lumber Man In Charge of Climate Policy

"By removing the forest canopy provided by older trees and thereby generating lots of young tree growth, timber harvests like the one in Albion create drier conditions in forests, and thus a greater likelihood of catastrophic wildfires. The company's practice of spraying roughly 4,000 pounds a year of the herbicide Imazapyr, targeting tan oak trees, which are not as marketable as redwoods and firs, likely also increases the fire danger, if only by leaving swaths of standing dead trees."

1. Perhaps the Forest Stewardship Council could be persuaded to require the companies to physically remove the unwanted tan oak or other species, plus pick up all deadwood contributing to the fire danger, grind/shred locally and lay the mulch in gullies and ravines and against vulnerable hillsides to prevent stormwater runoff and erosion.

2. It would seem the demand for live-harvested "marketable" mature redwood/fir lumber is driven by snobbish desire to have nice-looking floors to show off when the Chairman comes for dinner, etc., meanwhile, as purchasers should be better informed, there are less destructive options such as processed HEMP lumber, or construction methods using hand-labor-refurbished urban lumber SCRAP instead of machined "new" lumber. Purchasers have the power to boycott as unsustainable any lumber product that involves rewarding the killing of any mature tree, and patronize a Creative Reuse woodworking shop instead.

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Posted by Max Wood on 02/13/2015 at 12:26 PM

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