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Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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

Hello already! Told ya so... Back in 2012.....https://youtu.be/F3t6WN4479Y

Law makers, victim based service providers, the public and the media were All warned this would be one of the unintended consequences of these bad laws. And you all ignored the wisdom of whores! Why? Because useless politicians like Kamala Harris and Nancy omalley and the nonprofit all stood to profit off the criminalization of our labor! Non profits like BAYWAR and MISSEY and the rest of you victim pimps. You have nobody to blame but yourselves. May the damag you and the 78% of California voters caused so many be on your karma, I hope it's a bitch.

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Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by William Gerald Pruitt on 09/28/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

You work at Penrose and still wrote this article? And put your industry peers on blast? Super lame, dude

Posted by OaklandAlways on 09/28/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

I am wondering why the neighbors complained in the first place? Was the fence seen as a nuisance by others the community? If so, why?

Posted by Drew Young on 09/28/2016 at 7:51 PM

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

Everything but the mic drop.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/28/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

Hey Pilar, it is Cory from 355. I just wanted to clarify a few things in your article. Firstly, before opening as 355 the space was most recently known as Miss Ivy's I believe, Big Al's being sometime before that. The reason I am not entirely certain is that the business was actually abandoned long before we opened over six years ago. The article, I'm sure unintentionally, makes it sound as though my bosses came in and bought it out from under someone, which simply isn't the case. By the time they came along it had been shuttered for many years. It should also be noted, that they aren't some out-of-towners, or new money, that came in and swooped it up. Patrick has lived in the Bay Area since he was 18 (for the sake of his pride I won't say exactly how long that is, but trust me, it has been a minute) and Travis was born and raised in Oakland. I don't think this would fall under the category of "gentrification" as much as two guys fulfilling a dream in an empty space. As someone who has bartended in Oakland for the past thirteen years, I know the area has changed quite a bit. I remember working at Radio and being pretty much the only game in town. That being said, I think we have to be careful of just labeling all progress as bad or gentrifying. It doesn't factor in that, as with all change, some is good and well intentioned. I would like to think that we at 355 fall into that category. I'm sure you think of your job at Penrose in the same light. And hey! We have Hennessey at 355! :)

Posted by Ann Ayers on 09/28/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “A Glutton's Guide to Hayward

No mention of Val's, an 'American diner'?

Posted by Phil Allen on 09/28/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Oakland has rational rules about building private structures or fences within a certain distance of creeks as part of its Creek Protection Ordinance. Since that ordinance was never referenced in this story, I don't know how to assess what happened on this process. But I suspect it was not as irrational from the city's side as it is made out to be.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/28/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 28, 2016

Why the **** are we allowing the legalization of recreational marijuana to be smoked??? When we are trying to reduce cancer rates and other diseases linked to tobacco and marijuana use. OF course there are always fools who are reckless with their health. Sure grandpa may have smoked for 200 hundred years--but he had emphysema and was reduced to a very small world around him. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SUFFER LIKE HE AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS DID SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DISRESPECTED WHAT WAS A SACRED ELEMENT OF OUR ABORIGINEE'S CULTURE THAT WAS NOT DONE ON A RECREATIONAL BASIS. WHY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL WARMING BY ADDING MORE UNNECESSARY CO2 TO THE ATMOSPHERE SMOKING AND HEATING UP OUR PLANET? Recreational use of any substance that is intended for medication is an inappropriate use and inappropriate behavior.

I have nothing against the use of marijuana for medical uses--when the delivery system is not burned or smoked, chewed but as a health care worker --I see medical marijuana as a positive thing in medicine. That said Recreational use of drugs leads to people not being in control of their lives they are driven by the drug of their recreational choice--we see this most easily in tobacco smokers where they will defend the right to smoke and fight you over it and they do not know that they often smell bad and cannot find the pleasure of good taste of foods they eat like those who are not inappropriate in such matters.

Lets helped stop global warming world wide by stop unnecessarily contributing CO2 to the world's atmosphere--we were not designed to smoke to begin with or use tobacco et al. We can save billions of dollars by not smoking or using other delivery systems and be much healthier.

Posted by ludwig on 09/28/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Savor Filipino Comes to Oakland

Great article. Thank you

Posted by Pearl Parmelee on 09/28/2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

The Kingfish always set the standard for dive bars for me, a lot of real characters hung out there. Once awhile, as I remember it, the Cal Sororiety women would all swoop in at once - I recall the old guys saying "geez, these preppy Cal girls all got fat butts now, Don't they?" I used to get a kick out of that. It's was true, 80's era preppy girls all had fat butts, they didn't work out like they do now.

Posted by Richard Woulfe on 09/28/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Veggie Lee in Hayward Goes Beyond Standard Chinese Vegetarian Fare

Yes, count me in! Margaret and I had a great banquet style cabbage dish at a fancy Peking duck place in Beijing...one of my most memorable food memories from China. Would love to try this fancy cabbage thing.

Posted by Lillian Hsu on 09/28/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

The thing not mentioned about the reopened publik house is that Scott worked in that neighborhood, on that same block none the less, since 1994. That he's been serving that neighborhood from the coffee shops to the neighborhood gastropubs for the majority of his adult life and had patroned Ye Olde Hut since the day he arrived in Oakland as a 22 year old dropped off after making a cross country move with the money in his pockets. Scott is exactly who the tired old bar owners should be turning their businesses over to because he isn't some tech douche gentrification piece of shit.. He opened that space with love and adiration and the utmost respect for that bar and the glory he wanted to bring back to make it the place it was when he stepped in there (when you pilar were in kindergarten and have no concept of), a lively fun approachable neighborhood watering hole with quality drinks and friendly faces.

Posted by Xanadujulie on 09/28/2016 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Will Revenue From Legalizing Marijuana and Passing Proposition 64 Mostly Go To Police?

Thank you, Mr. Downs, for this straightforward and concise response to all the wack disinformation and fear-mongering from weed dealers collaborating with the cops and others to prolong the monsterous crime against humanity that is cannabis prohibition while hypocritically hiding behind patients in order to line their own pockets free from regulation, taxes, and especially competition from legitimate businesses.

Maybe next you could likewise eviscerate the “Big Marijuana” bogeyman being pushed by, coincidentally(!), *both* the weed dealers and cops, etc.; you know, the “corporate takeover” of the industry that hasn’t happened in Colorado or Washington, and isn’t happening in Oregon or Alaska, despite none of those states’ regulatory regimes including the protections for small cannabis businesses found in Prop 64, like no grow licenses over an acre until 2023 …

Posted by Miles Monroe on 09/28/2016 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

Need more divey sports bars!

Posted by Christina Salcedo on 09/28/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Yet another fine example of Oakland city department wasted money, and another reason to say no to measure KK when they say they need more money to maintain infrastructure. When they can stop wasting the money they already have taken from us taxpayers, we will perhaps consider if they should be allowed more.

Posted by oak2sfo on 09/28/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Dan Savage: Should You Tell Him or Her That Your Cheating? Or Keep it Secret?

'Your' Cheating? Really EBX? Are copy editors extinct?

Posted by Tom Cushing on 09/28/2016 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by mildred on 09/28/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Poor Mr Harkinson, caught in the web of idiots at the City of Oakland. Two years of staff time, multiple departments in conflict with each other and at the end of the day, no path provided to a solution. Nobody has the balls or intelligence to make the right decision, so the public just gets passed off between departments. The bottom line concern for the City should have been to make sure that the situation is safe for the public and nobody falls into the creek. That was Mr Harkinsons concern and why he replaced the fence in the first place. Instead, the City is stuck in confusion about permits, revenue and liability. First of all, a 3 foot, split rail fence does not require a building permit. But it does require an encroachment permit because it is in the public right of way. Instead of the City being concerned about the long term deep pocket liability of somebody being seriously injured or dead from falling into the creek and filing a major lawsuit, they focus on the liability of the fence itself. The simple solution was for the city to replace the fence themselves and find the money somewhere in the creek improvement budget. Or allow Mr Hutchinson's fence to be considered as a replacement of the previous fence that had no permits. At the end of the day, the public interest is not in the permits, it is in the safety along this portion of the creek. Two years wasted on something this simple and at least that long and no decision on a simple bust stop relocation at 30th and Telegraph. These idiots are not capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. Things that happen in most cities as routine items are a big deal in Oakland because the multi layered management staff is incompetent and there is no leadership. How many other simple things around town are not being resolved. Does anybody down there see the illegal dumping and potholes? I guess if you cannot charge anybody fees for permits, it's not that important.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/28/2016 at 11:19 AM

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