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Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Please discuss school board candidates.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/12/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

The soda industry will defeat HH, more money spent and voters will believe their ads and TV commercials.

Posted by Gerry Pong on 10/12/2016 at 8:58 AM
Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Why was I not invited to participate in the interview for the At Large for Oakland City Council? Nancy Sidebotham, Candidate for City Council At Large, Oakland.

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 10/11/2016 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Candidates Vying for Oakland School Board Seats Defined by Positions on Charter Schools

Parents United for Public Schools' full endorsements, as well as full candidate questionnaires, can be found here:

Posted by Ann Swinburn on 10/11/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

Why don't proponents of the measure feature store owners who say they'll compensate for the tax by raising prices on soda alone -- that the tax won't affect the cost of other groceries? They can even point out that it's the soda industry itself that would benefit by pressuring grocers to shift the tax onto other items.

This is a no-brainer. Proponents of the measure should respond directly to the attacks with such a clear presentation.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/11/2016 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Candidates Vying for Oakland School Board Seats Defined by Positions on Charter Schools

Good report, I consider it fair.
I feel correctly quoted.

There are basically two slates:

The local school slate led up by the four Oakland Justice coalition candidates, including me (

The privatization / Eli Broad, outside money friends group mostly defined by GO Public Schools endorsed and funded incumbents.
(With a couple exceptions of course)

Glad to see some of this incredible money and influence in the press. This has been the big story in our schools for a couple elections now. The big difference is that we now have a challenger from the pro public school side in every district in contention. If 3 of the 4 win, we have a new board majority free of GO control, where as they currently helped elect 6 of the 7 incumbents.

What I felt deserves to be added is the consistent 15 year erosion of racial integration caused by charter and charter style school choice. KQED did a good recent series on the subject:…

Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

And vote Yes on Measure X if you live in Contra Costa County, or have a friend or coworker who lives there. It relieves congestion, smoothes traffic on busy streets, repaves streets and expands transit, walking and bicycling.

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 10/11/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Thank you Ann Normura. You've nailed it!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/11/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Trafficking Victims Protection Act – Bill Clinton’s Connection to underage sex ring

Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by

Hillary Clinton is hoping that Bill Clinton's pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein is gone for good — as the filthy financier is reportedly advised to disappear through Election Day! New York City's Daily News reports that Epstein has been told to "lay low and say nothing" as a new book is released about the convicted sex offender. But that still leaves Hillary fearing how much "Filthy Rich" will expose about her own husband's trips to Epstein's private Orgy Island!

I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said well he owes me a favor,’ one unidentified woman said in the lawsuit, which was filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court

Moreover Epstein was invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010 amongst 400 other guests, demonstrating his close friendship with the Clinton family.1) Bill Clinton: Clinton took 17 trips with Epstein including 10 to Pedophile Island…
According to court records, Clinton “frequently flew” with Epstein aboard the investor’s private jet from 2002 to 2005, the year news of the police investigation of Epstein was first reported…while Clinton was never deposed, lawyers obtained Epstein’s computerized phone directory, which included “e-mail addresses for Clinton along with 21 phone numbers for him, including those for his assistant (Doug Band),” according to a court filing.

Some of the most shocking allegations against Epstein surfaced only after the conclusion of an FBI probe, in civil suits brought by his victims: for example, the claim that three 12-year-old French girls were delivered to him as a birthday present. But the feds did identify roughly 40 young women, most of them underage at the time, who described being lured to Epstein’s Palm Beach home on the pretense of giving a “massage” for money, then pressured into various sex acts, as well as the “Balkan sex slave” Epstein allegedly boasted of purchasing from her family when she was just 14.

JAMES PATTERSON’S New Book “FILTHY RICH” exposes Jeffrey Epstein’s connection to Bill Clinton & more powerful elites.

Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein could face new criminal charges if lawyers for his alleged former teen “sex slaves” succeed in an unusual effort to overturn a 2008 plea deal that gave him house arrest, despite accusations he pimped the girls out to his rich and powerful friends

The 23-page letter, written by high-powered lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt, was apparently part of an ultimately successful bid to negotiate a plea deal before Epstein could be tried for using underage girls in a sex ring based in Palm Beach, Fla., and his private island estate on the 72-acre Virgin Islands home dubbed “Orgy Island.” Epstein spent 13 months in prison and home detention after agreeing to a plea deal in which he admitted to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.

"Mr. Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative, which is described as a project 'bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” read the July 2007 letter to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Florida. “Focuses of this initiative include poverty, climate change, global health, and religious and ethnic conflicts.”

Posted by Jay Beswick on 10/11/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Libby is trying to build a political machine; she came up with Ignacio De LaFuente, a leading Peratista, in the Perata political machine. Libby excels at campaigning and sucks at leading, so she's trying to stack the deck with Council Members who owe their offices to her, developer friends, the Chamber of Commerce, the Charter Lobby, and her signature pseudo-science, dog-whistling, racist public safety agenda. Mayor Schaaf staunchly maintains that she isn't a racist because she supports schools and scholarships and has albums of selfies with Oakland's Black youth. Like Ignacio, her mentor, she campaigns on fear of Black criminals & anarchists, home security, a police state and restorative justice; as her pals the police, lobbyists, private security, her neighbors and the Chamber of Commerce profile, harass ,arrest, imprison, shoot, and kill Black and Brown people.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 10/09/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Unmasking The Art of Living

I am not here to defend or attack the foundation or the author of the mentioned blog. I will attack the statement that 'the foundation has only helped people and harmed no one'.

This foundation is responsible for destroying as many families as it has possibly touched.

In the olden days, women feared if their men decided to follow Buddhism full-time, thereby abandoning their families and social obligations in their entirety.

The Buddha never asked anyone to renounce their day to day lives – he simply pointed a way that made each living moment seem richer and free of ‘dukha’ (pain). Yet, while some people got this message, and used Buddhist practices (mindful practices) to enrich their day to day lives, MOST people actually used Buddha’s teachings to ESCAPE from their day to day life!

The same can be said for Art of Living followers! They are looking for an ESCAPE from their everyday lives. I know several well-employed people who quit their jobs in the prime of their careers to ‘follow their heart’ full-time. I know several people who routinely leave their kids at home (near abandoned) so they can attend a 3 day silence course!

They claim that their guru ‘calls out’ to their inner being –and it is not a call that they can easily reject. Yet, they feel no remorse in rejecting the call of their family or their immediate work-family, in the pursuit of this ‘fake’ inner call. It is FAKE, because no real guru will ask you to abandon everything to follow him or her. It is only the devotee that has this interpretation of the guru’s teachings.

I am YET to meet an AOL follower who is able to successfully balance their family and work life with their AOL responsibilities - which is ironical, because that is EXACTLY what the art of living is supposed to teach you ! And I hope your response to this will not be 'Well, this is not true because I know so many people who DO balance everything'....You may have met such people, but I repeat, I am YET to meet ONE such person -after having interacted with a few hundred AOL followers.

Posted by AV on 10/09/2016 at 8:15 AM

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

Why is it that people who don't own property can vote on how to spend the money of those of us that do? Talk about injustice..

Posted by H Johnson on 10/08/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

I've lived in Oakland for 30 years and seen its ebb and flow.

Posted by Silvia Sykes on 10/07/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Question Silvia Sykes what District do you live in? and how long have you lived in Oakland?

Posted by Son of Oakland on 10/07/2016 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Turning Housing into Hotels

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Re: “Proposition 64 Leads in the Polls. But Insiders Say Weed Prohibition's End is No Sure Thing.

Prop 64 is not legalization. Real liberals are voting against it.


Posted by Blake Beagelsmith on 10/06/2016 at 8:38 AM

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