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Re: “Dan Savage: Senior Moments (AKA Questions from 'Sexagenarians')

After my second marriage ended, I did not date for 5 or so years. I reasoned, "After 30 years of bad sex, why would I want any more?" Then there was a tragic death in our family that laid me low. My cousins encouraged me to think about dating again. Because I respect their judgment, I put myself out there on various dating sites with no luck. Being a smart girl, I find that lots of men find me intimidating. Then I found the right site, and the right man. We had great chemistry and wonderful days together for 6 years. There are lots of ways to enhance your libido even in your 60s. Testosterone creams can enhance orgasms, homone creams for vagina help manage moisture and flesibility of tissue. But mainly, it was so life-affirming to touch someone who delighted in touching me back. That relationship ended but I have been seeing another man for nearly four years now. Give it a try.

Posted by Deborah Lagutaris on 10/13/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Vote No on Oakland School Board $120 per parcel Measure G1. This is the third parcel tax and the worse of all three.

If you read G1 extended text on how Measure G1 funding is allocated between annually between the Board's 37 charter schools with mostly non-union employees, and the District's union employees, you can see the Measure is written to take funding from District employees pay raise and redistribute that pay raise funding to the Board's charter school employees. The language of Measure G1 requires that each year the percentage of G1 funding that funds employees is divided between District and charter employees based on the enrollment of middle school grades 6, 7, 8. Oakland charter friendly School Board keeps approving more and more charter schools. Tomorrow night they will approve a 6 through 8 charter that will reduce the funding that could be offered to District employees in a pay raise if there where the current 20 charter middle schools.

Millions are being released by the Federal government to grow more charters and as the middle school charters grow funding flows to the Board's charter school employees.

In the middle of a teacher shortage it makes no sense to be reducing the pay of Oakland School Teachers and increasing the funding of the Board's charter school employees. But, buried in the text of Measure G1 that is what voters are being asked to vote on by the Oakland School Board.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/12/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Berkeley's City Council Races: A Dozen Progressives and Moderates Vie for Four Seats

"Both Hahn and Murphy support the Downtown Area Plan." Hah! You've got to be kidding. Hahn led the fight AGAINST the Downtown Plan - that's exactly what Measure R was when it got defeated just two years ago. Hahn co-authored it, helped to fund it, and led the fight. Did you vet what these candidates told you?

Posted by Goodkind on 10/12/2016 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

As a member of the Coalition for Police Accountability and the Measure LL campaign, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation for your endorsement. It represents a very thorough understanding of the context and history of the Measure as well as a recognition of the role Measure LL can play in helping to rectify the problems associated with our police department and influence future policy decisions and standards of conduct.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 10/12/2016 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Thai-Style Ice Cream Rolls into Chinatown

"And in Thailand, street vendors hawk something called the ice cream "roll" — a thin layer of ice cream that gets scraped up in a way that forms tight coils roughly the size and shape of a Fruit Roll-Up.

The ice cream rolls, aka "stir-fried" ice cream......."

I ate street vendor food for 17 years when I lived in Thailand, and never saw any such thing as an ice cream roll, or stir fried ice cream!!
Durian, YES!!

Scott Gannon

Posted by Scott Gannon on 10/12/2016 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Hi, this is Nick, the editor at EBX. I want to address a few of the comments:

Re the school board, Richmond, and Contra Costa races, I'm going to paste what I wrote in the introduction of these endorsements: "You’ll notice that there are a few missing endorsements — Oakland school board, Berkeley city council, Richmond city council, BART board. Those will be published online soon and in print next week. (Apologies for the delay; we’re human!)."

Thanks for reading!

Posted by Nick Miller on 10/12/2016 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Why no comment on the Superior Court Judge candidates?
Caroline Kim

Posted by Caroline Kim on 10/12/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

I'm voting no regardless. I can make the decision for myself and my family to drink soda or not. I don't need the City of Oakland to "Look out" for my *best* interest.

Funny that pot is good, soda is bad.

Posted by Robert Hope on 10/12/2016 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

Councilmember Campbell Washington admits the campaign against the grocery tax "is compelling because it appears authentic." She made it a grocery tax and gave it authenticity. The tax would be levied on distributors, who recover increased cost by the prices they charge retailers, who recover increased costs by raising prices on whatever they sell, according to their best judgment of impact on sales. That's how the tax impacts the price of milk, bottled water, diapers, whatever. And Campbell Washington's proposed law sends the tax revenue into the general fund, where, to her delight, it can be spent on anything. No wonder Bernie Sanders opposed this tax when it was proposed in Philadelphia.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

And to add to Ann's comments pertaining to Don Perata, when looking at our underfunded non-police services and crumbling civic and physical infra-structure, a big reason is the Raiders return deal of 1995, which not only constructively evicted the A's and grossly re-muddled the Coliseum, but put the County and City of Oakland on the hook for 12 million a year in Raiders Tax. Shame the Don can't be forced to pay it himself.......Libby's no subsidy/Raiders Tax 2 one thing she is doing right.

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley Mayoral Candidates Debate Who Can Fix the City Council 'Circus'

For the most part I support these progressive candidates and their policy agendas. But the one issue that far-left candidates are totally wrong about—and arguably the most important issue in the Bay Area today—is housing policy.

To please their environmentalist voter bases, progressive politicians generally support heavy restrictions on building, massive levels of environmental review for proposed buildings, etc. Progressive voters love this because it FEELS like they're helping the environment by stopping those big scary construction projects (and evil developers) from trashing the city. But in reality, restricting housing construction in the hub cities only creates more pollution and waste, as people have to move farther away to seek housing, and drive their cars longer distances to their jobs.

Progressive politicians also generally cling to the notion that forcing developers to build affordable housing will lead to them to capitulate and give the city what it needs, rather than just cancelling projects and going somewhere else. Affordable housing is fantastic, but it's such a tiny portion of the overall housing stock that you literally have to win a lottery to get one. It's a band-aid solution, not a real substantive one. What we really need is a streamlining of the planning process and approval of denser buildings throughout the city (and the Bay) so we can start building the 30 years worth of housing we should've built by now, but didn't thanks to 30 years of NIMBYism and obstruction.

We will see if progressive candidates wake up to the fact that their heavily-restricted housing policies are hurting the poor and vulnerable people they're so earnestly trying to help. The data has shown it to be so — now we'll see how long until the ideology catches up.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/12/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Kalb claims "building up size of the force"? The mayor set the number of officers in her budget. Kalb added nothing. Recently, the City turned from slow expansion of OPD to letting it shrink again by attrition. Kalb did not oppose that. *** The major "dysfunctional" element weighing on OPD is a monitor who keeps rating the department not in compliance with goals because that would terminate the multi-million contract imposed by judge Thelton Henderson. Kalb has done nothing about this.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Many people in Vallejo are East Bay transplants and still look to your research, thank you. VALLEJO: These 4 candidates will make a difference and MUST WIN our Vallejo CA local elections. Bob for Mayor; Liat, Mina and Robert for City Council.

~~Bob Sampayan has already served as Council Member and so knows the ropes and the city staff. Like me, he is also passionate about access to healthy food for all. He does so much work behind the scenes: Here is a report that Bob contributed to that was just published.

***Liat Meitzenheimer has served for 20 years on the GVRD. If you love all the great work our parks and recreation department does---just think what she can do as a council member.

~~ Mina Diaz started the Diaz & Loera Centro Latino on her own time. When I sat down for coffee with her, for 3 hours, I learned of her strong moral compass and years of professional experience. She is “retiring” early to get to work for her City.

***Robert H McConnell is just amazing. His experience on the City Council and his voting record alone are enough for me. His years as a lawyer mean: I want McConnell in the room when our city is talking to corporations that want to do business in Vallejo.

All kinds of organizations are endorsing these four. Their combined range of skills and experience make them a dream team.

Posted by Boudicca Hot-toddy Todi on 10/12/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Hmmm . . . in the description of this article, you claim to give your endorsements for many communities, including Richmond. Yet not one Richmond issue is represented; in fact, the entire Contra Costa County has been completely ignored. East Bay Express? Maybe you should change the name to East Bay Elitists, because that is how you behave.

Posted by Ellen Seskin on 10/12/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan is a really excellent council peron, one with a vision for Oakland while attending to the needs of his district. His opponent is backed by the Landlords Association

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 10/12/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Last time I looked, your paper was called the East Bay Express, not the Alameda County Express. I get that endorsements are labor intensive as your editorial board needs to interview all the candidates.

Nonetheless, leaving out Richmond is a serious dereliction of duty. Richmond has the most vibrant progressive electoral organization in the Bay Area, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which could easily take a clear majority of the City Council if either of their candidates, Ben Choi and Melvin Willis, wins in November. There is also a rent control ordinance on the ballot that could easily win

None of that counts to you all. Shame on you.

Posted by Chris Darling on 10/12/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

What about this so-called regressive tax aspect of Proposition HH?

The Big Soda campaign is pushing the line that the 1 cent/oz distributor tax is a regressive tax that unfairly burdens low income folks. Let’s talk about that.

How deeply has Big Soda really thought about the evils of regressive taxing, and based on these principled concerns, what actions have they taken to alleviate disproportionate burdens placed on low income communities that might speak to their bona fides? I obviously doubt that this is a sincere concern of Big Soda, but others, in good faith, may be giving this argument some weight; so let’s look more closely.

Surely the “regressive tax” concern rests on the theory that lower income communities consume and spend on Big Soda at rates that are higher (proportional to total expenses or to total income) than those of higher income communities. If that’s true, then doesn’t it also follow that the damaging effects on health (of which there is no doubt) would be disproportionately greater than the ill effects visited on higher income communities? Shouldn’t that, actually, be the real concern?

Proposition HH is designed to engage market forces to tamp down Big Soda consumption across the board (not to eliminate it), to use money collected, as channeled through the general fund, to run programs that encourage healthy patterns of food and beverage consumption, and to broadly raise awareness of the harm inflicted by massive Big Soda consumption. As Proposition HH has the intended societal impact, to the extent that the distributor tax is "regressive aspect", it will dissipate.

It’s all good. Vote Yes on HH.

Posted by David Cohen on 10/12/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Bummer! But . . . I do appreciate the line you included: "Councilmember Tony Daysog has served Alameda admirably over the years, but . . ." Of course, we might have our difference over the predicate following the "but" : ) But, regardless, I do appreciate what you wrote. All the best. (Still, I'll always be an avid reader of EBX!)

/s/ Tony Daysog

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/12/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

Money isn't everything, Gerry! Voters won't believe the lies if they realize that they're lies. The industry needs to be called out clearly and sharply on the nature of those lies (as I've described).

Whining about being outspent isn't the answer. Smarter counter-advertising might do the trick.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/12/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

So many of these police unions take outrageous positions. And it's particularly troublesome since so many of of the police live outside of Oakland. But that's a reality we have to deal with. The other reality is the department is deeply dysfunctional. Proposition LL provides for a much needed independent oversight. The Oakland police and their union should not be threatened by this. They need to be more sensitive and understanding of the community's needs. . . Not constantly "circling their wagons". I'm voting for LL and for Dan. It's not just this one issue thing he's been a good all-around supervisor.

Posted by Ben kapinski on 10/12/2016 at 11:13 AM

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