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Re: “Business as Usual in Oakland City Hall

Measure X needs to be repealed. While Jerry Brown may have had the background and experience to run a city, those who have followed in the Mayors office (Dellums, Quan, Schaaf) clearly have not. I am not attacking Schaaf, but she illustrates the problem that Measure X created. Whatever your background, it only takes a majority of about 30% of the population who vote to win a Mayoral election. That is clearly not a mandate. Additionally, winning the Mayor race does not in any way mean that you are qualified or have the experience to run a city. Schaaf illustrates the problem on all levels. She has made poor decisions in trying to solve issues she has faced early in her term. She has not acted based on experience or training, only emotion. She has apparently relied on bad advice from interim and newly hired staff in the administrators office. The cumulative experience of all involved seems to be the City of Emeryville. When did Emeryville become the panacea of municipal government in action? It is not. All she has done is hired inexperienced friends who are more concerned with their salaries and her image and who she is not afraid to be candid with about her lack of ability to truly lead this city. I do not believe that after a national recruitment for an administrator and no recruitment for several other top positions, the best candidates in the pool all come from Emeryville. How do you in good faith ignore the advice of the City Attorney and proceed with light speed to make a backroom deal to sell public land for a project that the citizens strongly oppose and that violates the law. How in her mind could that ever end well? City Hall has become a place where it is more important to have friends than it is to be a qualified, experienced professional public servant. Measure X needs to go. A City Council/City Manager form of government is how Oakland should be structured. The Council can set policy and the City Manager can run the day to day business of the city without the Mayor in the way. This system will get Oakland better staff in leadership positions and provide the structural checks and balances that are necessary in a complex city like Oakland.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/12/2015 at 6:15 AM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Can President Obama do a executive order to change Marijuana from a schedule 1 drug by himself? Or does the FDA & Congress have to also approve the change.

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Posted by Kim Paluch Moore on 07/11/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “A Tectonic Shift for Marijuana

How can you tax sales on a non profit corp? They are donations. Perhaps a class action/group lawsuit would succeed in giving back to operators. They will definitely need to end the non profit and not for profit concept, because it is not reasonable to tax someone whose business model is to not make a profit.

Posted by Jereme Fishel on 07/11/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

It's Nixon's War on Drugs that is Breaking Americas Back,His Antiquated values,are outdated,and all laws prohibiting the use of Marijuana,Should be over-turned,and set cannibus free.

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Posted by Mark Bilsland on 07/11/2015 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Low-Income Tenants to be Directly Displaced by Development in El Cerrito

I am so sorry about what's happening. I have experienced something similar. My landlady had sold the house to an all cash buyer who wants to open a business on the first floor. We were even willing to pay the same price for the right to purchase as tenants but the realtor tipped them off and the other bidder paid all cash without contingencies on Memorial Day when nothing was opened for me. We got a notice to vacate in 30 days and we had no place to go and they knew it! They said it was, "Just business." We were friends with the landlady's handlers. We were never late for rent and fixed up the house ourselves and never asked for any repairs even though the house really needed them. The winter months were intolerable! Now they are treating us like they are doing us a big favor. We didn't do anything wrong so they can't do anything until we are good and ready to relocate. The funny thing is, we didn't even plan on staying forever anyway but they jumped the gun and shot themselves in the foot! Sometimes you just have to let people do wrong. Believe me, they will because greed produces unbearable anxiety. It will eat them up before it eats you up.

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Posted by Sarah Lin on 07/10/2015 at 6:51 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Half of these comments should be their own articles so I can share them on Facebook. As it is, I can only share this article and hope others read the comments.

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Posted by Perry Schwab on 07/10/2015 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

The most violent states in the union are Republican strongholds: Alaska, New Mexico, Nevada, and Tennessee.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 07/10/2015 at 4:40 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

repeal all cannabis prohibition......return this plant to all peoples of the earth...and let no govt. corp. or entity of any kind interfere with the utilization of cannabis for the benifit of humankind. As the peoples of the earth see fit. peace to all..........cannabis is good medicine!

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Posted by Brian Collins on 07/10/2015 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

I agree in general about your analysis of crime and illegal immigration...in general.

The problem you need to address is in the specifics: a guy who should never have been here (US or SF) killed someone.

What is overlooked is that SF seems to be filled with incompetent bureaucrats. We don't even get to any failures of SF or federal immigration rules because of the massive ineptitude of how this was handled, and it cuts close to a problem SF apparently wants to overlook: the mere existence of an ancient warrant for a bullshit crime.

As a lawyer I know EXACTLY why the DA would not prosecute that crime: it's because the dude's speedy trial rights had been violated. It's not a close case. So, why the F did SF have a warrant out for a completely unenforceable crime? why pay to transport the guy here? Even in Trumpville USA, without ANY sanctuary laws, it was idiocy to put a detainer on the guy and bring him here...only to dismiss charges.

Unfortunately, this shit happens all the time. Like overdue fines, broken windows "crimes" and other nonsense, garbage warrants like these (often issued in absentia against folks who've been deported after FTAs, BTW) are a means the criminal justice system uses to justify itself, screw poor people, and keep certain classes on a leash or incarcerated beyond any usefulness. THAT's the big issue here; that warrant could've precipitated this even if he was in custody on something besides an immigration detainer.

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Posted by Ambierce Brose on 07/09/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Banks Tighten Loan Requirements

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Posted by Editor on 07/09/2015 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Letters for the week of July 8, 2015

Thanks to Gary Pattton for expressing my and my family's feelings exactly. Only hope the Warrior owners are reading the Express.

Allene Warren
Oakland

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Posted by Allene Warren on 07/09/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

To add to my previous comment, when you take your absurdly biased, indoctrinated glasses off, read some ACTUAL statistics from ACTUAL unbiased sources (e.g. government stats from the FBI, DHS, any news sources that isn't "superliberalbias.org" like your one above, etc.) about ONLY ILLEGAL immigrants, not your ridiculous, false, misleading wrong inferences (both factually and morally). There are almost too many stats/articles to cite:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/30/illegal-immigrants-released-custody-committed-1000/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement#Investigative_programs

And finally, you're still completely MISSING the main point, which is that ANY additional crime should have never happened to begin with! Let's just say for the sake of argument that all ILLEGAL immigrants commit crime at HALF the rate of US citizens (which they don't). It STILL wouldn't matter. Seriously, think about what you're saying: "Hey, US citizens in total committed 1,000 murders last year. So if we let in ILLEGAL immigrants, and they 'only' committed 999 ADDITIONAL murders in the US, well then let em all in! All is fine and dandy! We'd rather have 1,999 murders than 1,000! But if it was 2,001 murders instead, where illegal immigrants were responsible for 1,001 of those, THEN we might have a problem." SMH. The total lack of any logic or rational thought is stunning.

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Posted by Michael Fernandez on 07/09/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Robert, I'm sorry, but it's clear that you are absolutely hopeless. Where do I begin? First, you use an absurdly BIASED source in "www.immigrationpolicy.org." Are you serious??

Second, you (via your biased site) putting "unlawful entry" in quotes just proves how blindingly biased you are, and how you obviously want open borders. "Unlawful entry" is unlawful, whether you put it in quotes or not--ie it's against the law! Don't like it? Then vote for politicians who also want open borders like you, or move to a country that already has an open border policy (and oh btw, FEW countries are as lax as the US--including not only places like Europe, but also, ironically, Mexico and other Latin American countries, despite how people like you assert that somehow the US is so brutal and unforgiving with immigration policy).

Second, that point is completely IRRELEVANT anyway. Again, it's baffling that you somehow don't even understand your own premise, let alone make a cogent argument about the issue.

As for your second point, as others have already stated, you conveniently GROUP in all of the LEGAL immigrants ("foreign born) with all of the ILLEGAL immigrants. I don't contest the stats about ALL legal foreign nationals. What's beyond ridiculous is how you then jump to falsely infer a bogus "conclusion" that "therefore all ILLEGAL immigrants aren't committing crimes." Are you kidding me? Is this a joke to you? Where did you go to school? Do you not have any sense of logic whatsoever? Do you just enjoy making misleading and false arguments that can be dismantled by anyone who actually thinks?

Speaking of, sadly you're far from the only liberal doing this nonsense--and in the process deliberately misleading people--despite the fact that NO ONE here has any issues with legal immigrants, including my own grandparents who came here LEGALLY.

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Posted by Michael Fernandez on 07/09/2015 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Hacking the Racial Divide

Another Story of the many positive things taking place in the black community. Black Techs in the technology field get a boost up and move forward in life, thats beautiful.

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Posted by Orlando Coombs on 07/09/2015 at 3:26 AM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting people to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, break up their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” --John Erlichman

Prohibition of marijuana is a premise built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011 a study at the University of Colorado found that, in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities have dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan--while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too.

In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as "the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving", which "is arguably a positive thing". Despite occasional accidents, eagerly reported by police-blotter ‘journalists’ as ‘marijuana-related’, a mix of substances was often involved. Alcohol, most likely, and/or prescription drugs, nicotine, caffeine, meth, cocaine, heroin, and a trace of the marijuana passed at a party last week. However, on the whole, as revealed in big-time, insurance-industry stats, within the broad swath of mature, experienced consumers, slower and more cautious driving shows up in significant numbers. A recent Federal study has reached the same conclusion. And legalization should improve those numbers further.

No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It's the most benign 'substance' in history. Most people—and particularly patients who medicate with marijuana--use it in place of prescription drugs or alcohol.

Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuro-protectant which actually encourages brain-cell growth. Research in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries has discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.

Drugs are man-made, cooked up in labs, for the sake of patents and the profits gained by them. Often useful, but typically burdened with cautionary notes and lists of side effects as long as one's arm. 'The works of Man are flawed.'

Marijuana is a medicinal herb, the most benign and versatile in history. “Cannabis” in Latin, and “kaneh bosm” in the old Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. Why despair? Consider the current medical term for cannabis sativa: a “mood elevator”. . . as opposed to antidepressants, which ‘flatten out’ emotions, leaving patients numb to both depression and joy.

The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. But Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.

Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kaneh bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.

I am appalled at the number of 'Christian' politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated by most of the world’s major religions.

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Posted by william.clark.3150 on 07/08/2015 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Crime is at it's lowest. Really? Wonder why every house in my middle class Hayward neighborhood has an alarm system installed, including mine after I getting robbed a dozen years ago?

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Posted by Donald Sandri 1 on 07/08/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Harvesting the Wind

Here is another story for East Bay Express........"In 2008, the legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens poured money into wind farms as part of his highly touted "Pickens Plan," ...........


In Minnesota where Pickens was defeated, I helped to educate the public and rally them against wind energy. The reason Goodhue County, MN won against Pickens was because they knew that these turbines would definitely slaughter off the local raptor and bat populations. They were unified and had a "take-no-prisoners" attitude about wind farm accountability. They were going to protect their wildlife and they were not going to rely on the industry's rigged studies.


Here is a quote from one of the many emails I sent advising the concerned citizens of Goodhue County............. "For decades the wind industry has enjoyed "voluntary regulations" and because of these voluntary regulations this industry will say anything and they can get away with it. They will use bogus research to lie about the coming impacts and if communities let them in the door, they will then conduct rigged studies and use them to lie about turbine mortality.

Just kill the rigging process and you will kill these wind farms. Any communities that require that wind farm approval be based upon permanent accountability with absolute mortality thresholds will not have to worry about a project being built.

With accountability there will be no rigged population studies, rigged yearly mortality studies, and no rigged cumulative impacts studies.

Most of all demand that turbines be monitored with 24 hour surveillance cameras. This will expose real mortality numbers and stop the culling of carcasses from the industry's rigged studies."

Posted by Jim Wiegand on 07/08/2015 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Harvesting the Wind

Here is more on the business of renewable energy. In fact you folks at East Bay Express should do a story on it................. Burning wood for energy is highly polluting and yet it is labeled as renewable energy. Like the highly destructive wind industry, the Biomass burning energy industry also receives very generous Production Tax Credits.

Power plants burning wood and other forms of biomass emit about 3,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour — an emissions rate that is approximately fifty percent higher than that of a coal-fired power plant. Wood burning power plants also add to climate change because the wood harvested exposes soils directly to sunlight.

In fact just a few days ago fourteen conservation groups urged the White House to eliminate biomass energy — the large-scale burning of wood to create electricity — as a means of compliance under the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” which will regulate carbon pollution from power plants.

Posted by Jim Wiegand on 07/08/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Harvesting the Wind

Funny a story like this gets printed when the wind industry as we know it today should not even exist because of the fraud being used to help it prosper.

I suggest Mr Miller and Mr Anschutz watch the video "Cheeseburgers and the wind industry". Then with their vast financial reserves help get the Interior Department to release the exact (verifiable) locations where the 31,000 eagles sent to the Denver Eagle Repository since 1997 were found and shipped from. This has not has never been disclosed even though the USFWS did disclose that wind farms were a primary source of the eagle carcasses sent to the Denver Eagle Repository.

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 07/08/2015 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Violent Crime

Paul Bosko and Michael Fernandez,

According to research compiled by the Immigration Policy Center, the reason that there is a disparate percentage of undocumented immigrants in federal prison is because they've been prosecuted for immigration violations -- not violent crime:

"Many of the immigrants in federal prison are being criminally charged with an immigration violation and nothing more. In other words, they may be in federal prison even though they have not committed a violent crime or even a property crime. Their only crime might be entering the country without permission. The federal government has chosen to prosecute more and more unauthorized immigrants for “unlawful entry” rather than simply deporting them, which means that they end up in federal prison."

http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-fact…

In addition, according to the California Public Policy Institute, the incarceration rate for foreign born people in the state is far lower (less than half) than that of native-born citizens. Same link as above.

Again, there's no evidence that undocumented immigrants are committing violent crimes at a higher rate than US-born citizens. In fact, the opposite is true.

Once more from the Immigration Policy Center (same link as above):

"[I]mmigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the undocumented, regardless of their country of origin or level of education."

Here's an NBC story on the same issue:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Despite-Rhetoric-in-Francisco-Sanchez-Pier-14-Case-Immigrants-Do-Not-Commit-More-Crimes-Immigrant-Center-312581171.html

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 07/08/2015 at 11:15 AM

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