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Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

@Anthony Moore Who cares where he filmed the video -- it glorifies reckless driving and promoted "hyphy" as an Oakland cultural expression, on our streets where we have to drive, too. It was especially shameful that Youth UpRising steered impressionable youth the wrong way when YU put its members into that video. But then, E-40 lives in a gated development in Danville.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/10/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

@Charlie Pine... I think the video you are referring to was filmed on a closed lot at the old 7th Street Train station.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 01/10/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

This "victim" culture and mentality is a ticket to nowhere.... Whine and cry your life away, while others improve their lives and community all around and in spite of you. Oakland "natives" need to protect themselves. They have no more right to housing in Oakland than the other 7 billion people on the planet

Posted by Kevin Smith on 01/08/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

I have been told by individuals who used to work in JFHQ that the State Surgeon's Office case workers work for a private company, not the Cal Guard.
The way the SSO is run, you'd think they are ALL government employees. Has anyone ever tried calling the SSO? They seem to never be in, they don't return calls, they were a malignant tumor on me until 'they' decided how they could kick me out.
There are internal reports from the Guard that they are/were not in compliance with records management laws. Go figure. If you ever had some involvement with the SSO, your records went missing, were falsified, or they claimed that the MEB/PEB selection sheet went missing in transit while being mailed.
My original case manager was Lomboy, he told me he was let go in Fall 2012, how is it that he was still signing things off in the files for the MND cases that the SSO had open on me?
The SSO had also closed out a case, done, fin, zum ende. Why did they string me on as if it was still open?
And this is already TL;dr my unit....oh boy.

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Posted by Jeff Sidden on 01/08/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Unified School District Reaffirms Sanctuary City Status

Get to these people later. First up, the criminal illegal alien multiple felons running around lose on our streets, being shielded by cities and local law enforcement. Such perversion seems to be one of Obama's favorite things. They must all go immediately, rounded up dead or alive. Then each successive priority of illegality must be dealt with seriously and in accordance with the law. Sorry, but the big immigration con job, on which so many earn their daily bread, is about to end. Lights out.

Posted by Ken White on 01/07/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

I recently applied for a Global Entry Pass in San Diego.My interview at the border office was going fine until the agent asked if I used Marijuana.In recent years I had a medical marijuana card but last year I did not renew because I found a source and did not need one.I told the agent that I did smoke at one time for a back problem but I had stopped.He told me that in 1973 I was busted for having a pipe and even though the charges were dropped the problem was my Medical Marijuana Cards and he doubted I would be approved.So beware the Feds know.

Posted by Bk kirwan on 01/06/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Do The Oakland Raiders Have A Leg To Stand On This Postseason? Bet On It.

Nick Miller! My, my, you have come a long way since the "Choakland" article. Those on the bandwagon will be happy to help you aboard! ;) Odds might be against our Raiders but we always battle. Looking forward to playing New England in the snow.

Posted by Neal Adams on 01/06/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

"bosses get complementary everything" - In literate accounts, they get everything complimentary.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/06/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

Great read! I appreciate your intertwined game and journalism writing style.

Posted by Yasmin Rodiño on 01/06/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

Omitted from this puff piece: Youth Uprising, a City-sponsored agency, brokered its youth members to E-40 for a rap video that praised reckless driving on Oakland streets ("hyphy").

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/05/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Michael Sagehorn,
"If gentrification improves the quality of life..." I must ask for whom? Quality of life is not improved if you have to choose between rent and food.

The reason so many black people live in urban areas with poor quality housing is the long history of redlining. Read The Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. And there is still significant prejudice in non-governmental employment, exacerbated by poor quality education in poor neighborhoods in Oakland, limiting the ability of blacks and other people of color to adjust to skyrocketing rents. There's an old adage in ecology that applies here: when environmental factors change, organisms can acclimate, move or die; species can adapt, move or die. As gentrification changes the environment, long-time residents have to acclimate, move to Antioch or other far-flung suburbs of Berkeley/Oakland/SF, or die from being increasingly crowded into substandard housing.

Posted by Sandy Bredt on 01/05/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

thanks for letting me know you "giggled" while interviewing a subject. now I know how seriously to take you. tee hee.

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 01/05/2017 at 8:31 AM
Posted by dugnang on 01/04/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Look at all the great conversation that's happening on this thread! This is what needs to continue...communication among all of us, neighbors and friends, about how to maintain the gifts this city offers, and hopefully lift up the areas that are stuggling. I moved to Oakland in 2013 and would probably be considered a "gentrifier," by current standards. But I chose Oakland because of its diversity, primarily. I don't wanna live where everyone looks the same. I want to be culturally stimulated in my daily life, which I am in my beloved Oakown - where I live and work. I was fortunate enough to buy a home here and I try to spend my dollars locally, wherever and whenever possible. But I don't want Oakland to become the next San Francisco. And without these conversations, I worry that it will.

Posted by Alison Mundy on 01/04/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I'm Caucasian and after over 30 years in Downtown Oakland in a rent controlled 500 square foot studio my wife of ten years and I are gone, living in a suburb of Atlanta in a new home of 2,400 square feet in an upscale suburban neighborhood. I would have liked to have stayed in California but the whole state is just too expensive for my retirement budget (or even my working days budget). Seeing all the homeless and bumy characters and those who drop trash on the streets despite trash cans nearby (seen to be mostly black people for some reason) and the vandals (seen as mostly white people) helped my decision to leave California. I'll miss my other family most of all, but I won't miss the many negatives like poor quality housing and neighborhoods on a working persons budget.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 12/30/2016 at 5:19 AM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I empathize with many of the points that you raise in your article, Tigray, although I think you can still greet strangers on the street. Maybe moreso now.

Posted by Brian Dowey on 12/29/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

To be more specific about the very much more diverse Asian population, it has gone from less than 3% to over 16%. I'm just toggling back and forth on my phone. I meant to include specific stats for all. You can go to the census for all the breakdown.

Posted by Danielle Thys on 12/29/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I appreciate this article and as a lifelong Oakland resident for over a half century, would like to also point out that Oakland's population has actually become much more diverse since I was a kid. I was born in the mid 60's, when Oakland was more than 73% white. That number is now roughly 34%. So while the black population dropped by 25% from its spike in the 80's and 90's, I still see a very diverse, inclusive population thriving here. The Hispanic population has increased from 6% to over 25% in the same time period. And if you take a longer view, the black population has increased from 12% to 28% since my older siblings were born. The Asian population has also grown steadily. Change is inevitable, and it's sad to lose institutions you grew up thinking would last forever. But I would hope the focus would be on multiculturalism, diversity and inclusivity as we move forward together as residents of Oakland.

Posted by Danielle Thys on 12/29/2016 at 3:12 PM

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