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Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

How outrageous as overpaid politicians and administrators run amok at CAL and waste billions on pushing paper. Restore these benefits immediately and fire administrators who won't be missed. By the way Cal professors are vastly underpaid relative to administrators. It's a sick system that pays 500k to a politician lawyer to be the head of Cal and allowed an administrator with no particular skills to make 180k plus benefits and hire her boyfriend at over a 100K. It took a near faculty revolt to get admin to fix the problem

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 07/23/2015 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Oakland Auto Dealer Got Big Tax Break

This is another good reason why Redevelopment Agencies were disbanded, it's not the responsibility of city government to be in the lending business, if you want to borrow money, go to a lending institution and put-up your own assets as collateral.

How many of these loans were never paid back and forgiven, which would constitute a gift of public funds.

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Posted by Bob Kray on 07/23/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Reviewed: New Rap by The Jacka & Berner, Snow tha Product, and Ooty Ooo

It's funny seeing the contrast between the lofty, high-minded tone of the review, and the mind-numbingly basic content of the songs linked.

Tell me again about how you used to sell drugs, how you're totally badass and successful now, and what the bitches in the club be like. Definitely haven't heard that song before!

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 07/23/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Breakfast of Champions

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Posted by Editor on 07/23/2015 at 9:35 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

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Posted by Editor on 07/23/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Panel Releases Pot Legalization Recommendations

Sadly, cannabis profiteering will continue according to snake oil hipster Newsom: "we are not promoting and recommending the price of marijuana drop significantly".

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Clark Sullivan on 07/23/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

I had my queer wedding at humanist hall and never would have been able to afford to celebrate anywhere else in the Bay. I've been to dozens of amazing community events here. Even the idea that the city would fine HH for the "nuisance" of holding an event for SF women against rape indicates how screwed up their priorities are. Stop hiding behind bureaucratic indifference, Oakland. Rescind the fine and affirm the importance of community gathering spaces. Pass legislation if you have to.

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Posted by Adele Carpenter on 07/23/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Best Lightning Rod for Marijuana Reform

We at CANNABIS QUAKE take our hats off too all the staff member's at Harborside Health Center, for every minute spent with clients for the purpose of healing and staying healthy,
Thank You Andrew and Steve for the birth and continued awareness of organizations across the nation.
Marlon T Everett CEO

Posted by Marlon Pam Everett on 07/23/2015 at 1:09 AM

Re: “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets Is Provocative

Michael Dunn is in prison for life. He can appeal all he wants. He can yell all he wants. He murdered a 17 year kid. He endangered the lives of the other 3. He's a violent racist that needs to stay in prison. He committed a hate crime and he gotta pay for his actions. He needs to take personal responsibility. Cause even white people got ratchedness about themselves, cause I've seen and experienced it on many occasions. Racism exists, hate exists, and we must not allow white supremacy to run a muck with impunity any longer. No more.

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Posted by Orlando Coombs on 07/22/2015 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

If there is a petition to save the Humanist Hall, where is it and how do I sign it?

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Posted by J.W.T. Meakin on 07/22/2015 at 11:50 PM

Re: “An Alternative to the Tunnels

An excellent article illuminating a huge cost-savings that ought to be implemented now. With no construction involved, its efficacy can be evaluated swiftly - much earlier than any tunnel completion. Even at a cost of $1 billion, it is 1.4% the projected costs of Brown's $67 billion tunnels, a project that will surely have $4.7 Billion in cost overruns if history is any indication, overruns 5 times the entire cost of this approach. With this plan in place, 454,000 acre feet of immediately needed water could begin its flow to high priority uses - perhaps to those now willing to pay higher rates thus offsetting the $1 billion cost. Non-partisan logic says this is a winner.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 07/22/2015 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Immigrants Are Not to Blame

Are we living in an Orwell nightmare that allows this author to write, "In the same breath, one must say that the immigrant community expects no exceptions or favored status but only the same fair and honest treatment entitled to all residents of the United States, including family and community security and 'due process' for all." What doublespeak she has crafted.

Let's at least establish this fact. Undocumented Immigrants (Illegal Aliens) are NOT citizens nor even authorized "residents" of the United States. They are here because they knowingly broke laws by crossing our borders without permission to do so. Most paid criminals to smuggle them across our borders. Otherwise, we might as well all go on delusional drugs and forget about this entire issue, totally opening our country to anyone with no conditions.

Is it beyond the author's ability to recognize why every nation on this planet has borders? Can it be possible that such nations are trying to protect their citizens, who pledge allegiance to laws, pay taxes and defend that nation with their lives? Is it because citizens have thereby earned the expectation that others who have not legally immigrated are not entitled to "the fair and honest treatment entitled to all residents?" Of course it is. The entire premise of this Orwell-like screed is to justify taking the rights of rightful citizens and applying them to those who are not. It is beyond absurd.

Of course, most illegal aliens (calling them what they are) are not repeating criminals after their first crime of illegally crossing our borders. We already know that, so this author doesn't need to use that fact to justify her mantra. What we do know, is that our borders are being crossed illegally, and some of those illegal aliens are criminals - felons who break other laws. We also know that in spite of the billions taxpayers fork out for national protection our borders are still sieves. Worse, when illegal crossings are detected, our federal government refuses to immediately send the people caught back where they came, it feeds and houses them for awhile and then releases them under their own recognizance to dutifully show up at a later hearing, most never showing. Then, it gets worse! Those now freed illegal aliens head straight for any of the 100 or so "sanctuary" cities where they will find protection from federal prosecution. Who drew this monstrous portrait of a nation, in comparison making Edvard Munch's "Scream" seem akin to a "Peanuts" cartoon crafted by Charles Schultz?

Thanks to a renegade San Francisco sheriff, who went even beyond the city's monstrous and irresponsible sanctuary policy (which in of itself defies and violates federal law, while that city still flies the Stars & Stripers on its city hall and its supervisors still pledge allegiance before each of their meetings) - a 5 times deported felon was released upon the streets of San Francisco to murder an innocent "resident" citizen of this nation, Kathryn Steinle. There is absolutely no justification on this planet that can justify the criminality and the defiance of laws bringing about that tragedy - not in this article or anywhere else. Moreover, Kathryn's murder was not the first of its kind in San Francisco. A father and his two sons were also murdered before her - and for the same sanctuary reasons.

The author's use of Donald Trump as a bogeyman is immaterial, as is Trump, himself. We all know his flamboyance and understand he has little to no chance of appearing on a presidential ballot. Nonetheless, his ravings have touched nerves among those who protect illegal immigrants and those who defy and disregard federal laws. Trump will never be a U.S. President, but then neither was Paul Revere, whose warnings were rightfully heeded.

Anyone who advocates unfettered borders and the lack of enforcement of national laws that protect and entitle legal citizens within them, can establish their own nation elsewhere and welcome all - but not here where ours is a nation of laws enacted by the people's representatives, laws which all within our border must obey.

As nice, hard working, pitiful, and downtrodden as most illegal aliens are, the fact is that they are among us without anyone's legally sanctioned permission as would be a squatter taking up residence in one's own backyard. How many reading this article would tolerate such a personal invasion of their own home and property? Speak now

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 07/22/2015 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Who's around there to complain? Is this a set-up to try to get the property for some new million-dollar condos for the Google set?

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Posted by Steven Lavoie on 07/22/2015 at 10:14 PM

Re: “A Burger for the End of Civilization

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Posted by Editor on 07/22/2015 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Best Bookstore for Offbeat Events

So happy to see, E.M. Wolfman's is a fun, great place to visit!!

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Posted by Carol Moss on 07/22/2015 at 8:55 PM

Re: “The Battle for Richmond's Soul

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Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

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Posted by Editor on 07/22/2015 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Senators Challenge DEA to Explain Lack of Marijuana Medical Research

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Posted by Editor on 07/22/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Best Yarn Shop

The BEST yarn shop in THE WORLD. Hands down. . .

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Posted by Gena O'Brien on 07/22/2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Best Tenants Rights Organizers

I have been more impressed with this local campaign than anything that has happened in years in Oakland. Shutting down the City Council meeting seems to have been an effective strategy in gaining time and media attention. It's hard to come from behind and organize neighbors effectively. A million thanks to the City staffer (?) who leaked the memo from City Attorney Barbara Parker that might have killed the sweetheart deal with UrbanCore. So many of the most important City decisions happen in "closed session" and that's a shame for those of us community activists who should at least have a chance to weigh in. Same thing happened with the 5 new Bay Bridge billboards (although we at Scenic East Bay were able to help pull the plug on 2 of them.) Kudos EUJ!

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Posted by Karen Hester on 07/22/2015 at 5:51 PM

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