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Re: “Crucial Local Music of 2014

Feel very disheartened about the lack of female artists on this list. There are many great solo or female fronted acts not mentioned here, very disappointing.

Posted by fever_witch on 12/27/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Be grateful that Delaware North has not yet tried to trademark the actual sites--e.g., Yosemite Falls--as the Pebble Beach Corp. did with the famous "Lone Cypress." The corporation acquired the legal right to the IMAGE of that little tree. Every tourist who stopped for a photo was supposed to pay a fee, and the image could not be used on any sign, painting, stationery--you name it. Local artists immediately collaborated on a large exhibit of images of the cypress. My favorite was the tree constructed of dollar bills.

Posted by Barbara Mountrey on 12/27/2014 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Ridiculous and insulting. I would think that as historical landmarks that are an integral component of our National Parks, the rights should belong to the people, not some corporate pirate trying to kidnap our National Treasures.

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Posted by Jon Bock on 12/27/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I was chased by yelp sales rep many times and i was not convinced to do business with them ! Yet i had started free acount with yelp and we had a good honest review from one of our customer and fallowed by very Dishonest reviews and only telling the part that is not cover the real story that people need to read and Decide on there own ! ? I own Moving Company with excillent reviews online when first i saw the Review on yelp i was not Happy and shock ! I start investigation by calling One of my Manager and asking him about this !? He told me what Happen on the job with this girl Megan who is one of paid reviewer on yelp ! As i found out the guys they called her advance and told her they will be 40 minutes late ! Ad then when they got there asked her if she likes to have extra person to help for very little extra and no pressure as she had a option to say no ! And she said is fine ! And guys start the Move and they had a new Movers trainee on the job on his third Job ! Megans Boyfriend and new Mover start talking about Drougs and party and it got to the point that one of our responsible Mover told the trainee to keep his mouth shout on the job about Drougs and all he needs to Do is to concentrate on the Move and act and work professionally ! AS he did not stop his conversation with customers boyfriend he was not co operating with job discrepancies requierment he got fired on the site and two other Movers continued the work ! My point is if you have reviews allowed on the site you are in charge of !? Have it Done Honest and Dont use the Dishonest people to Do the job ! I guest this Days Many big Companies they Do whatever it takes to Get up in the world !! As it has been displayed on the Movie last year called The Wolf of Wall street ! Very Honest Movie about How some people build there business and rich ! Owner of Vancouver Budget Plus Movers. Thanks for reading !

Posted by Kam Taha on 12/27/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Wake up, it is a dream, cent happen in real life

Posted by Magiselli Moura on 12/27/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

Generally, it is easy for the educated to NOT walk into a tangled web. For someone like LGM, it is clear that her involvement in these questionable transactions was intended. Thus, we see the type of judgement and ethics she operates by and frankly, she is not fit for public office nor deserves public trust. I hope her constituents are smarter in the next election.

Posted by John Blankenship on 12/27/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Satan at his finest. Your President tells us we are the best it's been in regards to racial matters. We have not divided this country but shown the ugly face of Satan. What is money without Jesus. This is another way Satan attacks us to prejudice against each other. Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, as one voice to unite and become brothers to exile Satan/his followers from America. All Christians unite, stand up for your rights to praise Jesus worth all our might. Iam is listening and watching this I know!

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Posted by Steve Hartsfield on 12/27/2014 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

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Posted by sharetolink on 12/27/2014 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Crucial Local Music of 2014

just listened to Once an future and I can tell you its not even a pimple on Fantastic Negrito's ass!

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Posted by Papi Field on 12/26/2014 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Crucial Local Music of 2014

This is disguising, you left out the most relevant artist from the bay, Fantastic Negrito has been demolishing venues and street corners throughout the city for the last 12 months. All other artists on this list are french-fries compared to this dude..........Check this clip
http://youtu.be/d4g2iDT6Qk8

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Posted by Papi Field on 12/26/2014 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

"But that effort is just getting off the ground, with the city earlier this month approving a $1.1 million study on impact fees with the goal of approving the recommendations of that research in early 2016."

So, a year later, and $1.1 mil in consultant's fees, we still don't have a commitment for a decision on impact fees. Why not build some accountability into this splurge, first? And second, why hire someone for $1,000,000 when you can hire a good data analyst for $100K who will do what you say? Third, isn't there already impact fee studies that have been performed for other California cities that might be instructive? Fourth, has anyone reviewed the existing literature to see if such a study could be scaled back or eliminated?

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Posted by Deborah Lagutaris on 12/26/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

If the claims are held up in court, Yosemite should immediately change the names and be done with it, and not be held hostage for years. Let it stand as an example for future concession negotiations.

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Posted by Alai on 12/26/2014 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

They only want the money as they are being told they have to pay Xanterra that much for the contract at the Grand Canyon. Would love to see what would happen if they tried it there.

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Posted by Shannon Baas on 12/26/2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Downtown Oakland's Emerging Art Scene Is Thriving

Yes, this entire neighborhood will "blow up" in the next few years, and it'll be surprising if the galleries and bookstores that made the area so great will survive. Developers, realtors, and landlords don't give a crap about art or books. Only $$$. And the fact that most Oaklanders are in the service industry and make about $9/hr doesn't translate into art buying, which is, face it, a luxury. As a "middle-aged, not-emerging" and financially-strapped artist who lives within two-three blocks of these galleries and bookstores I am overjoyed to see this flowering of DIY culture happening. Art Murmur stopped being about the art several years ago and the galleries there are almost all commercial (won't be showing the majority of work being made in the East Bay). Thankfully most of these storefronts aren't zoned for eateries, otherwise 15th St would turn into another Gourmet Ghetto/Uptown swank. We all know artists are the "antennae of the race," doing all the dirty work before the developers move in. I wish all these gallerists and bookstore owners the best of luck. I will do what I can to support them.

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Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/26/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Top Five Local Albums of 2014

Critical Bay Area Music in 2014 = Madalyn Merkey - Valley Girl

Posted by Apico Alveolar on 12/26/2014 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Crucial Local Music of 2014

Can't believe there was no mention of Once and Future band (Brain EP may 2014). Easily the best thing to come out of the Bay Area in a very long time.

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Posted by Andy Vaughan on 12/26/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Have Prioritized Drug Crimes Over Homicides

I see oakland as a beautiful city run by a group of corrupt council men and women following in the footsteps of those before them. As for opd, shit, they are nothing more than gang members themselves coming from the same hood and streets of the ones they now pursue, I say start from the top and fire everyone and rebuild from the ground up by reforming and revising the whole department , and start making officers accountable for their wrongdoing. They are not above the law.

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Posted by exconvict on 12/26/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “How to Buy a Bike When You Don't Know Jack About Bikes

The very first thing you need to figure out is the kind of bike you want. Road bikes are designed mainly for the purpose of riding on paved streets and going fast. Although mountain bikes have also gained popularity since recent times. These bikes have wide tires and knobby treads designed to handle the rugged trails. Before buying a bike it is always a wise decision to check out some reviews online on the best balance bike available.

Posted by allen brownie on 12/26/2014 at 3:20 AM

Re: “Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

If you live in a cheap place, because it's screwed-up in some significant way... well, someday people are going to try and fix it. If you've made no plan for that, then you're going to be in trouble. Everyone is responsible for anticipating change. Expensive places can go bust, and inexpensive places can see a boom. People need to access how much income their skills can earn them and then focus on a place where those skills can afford them to buy property.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/26/2014 at 1:04 AM

Re: “A Garden Thrives in Berkeley

It is very nice but there is NOT a word mentioning that Susanne Jensen Is the most AMAZING cooking teacher who started the Cooking program in 1999. THere would be NO MEALS without her and her fabulous assistant Marla. It really BOTHERS me when I see articles about cooking programs and Susanne Jensen never gets a word of credit.

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Posted by de on 12/25/2014 at 11:21 PM

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