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Re: “No, Governor Brown, You Shut Up

It is incredible to think they can pull this scam off. Assisted by Sen Feinstein and less so by Sen Boxer that are manipulating the Federal policy to eliminate the ability to block the tunnels and circumvent the environmental issues let alone those that affect farmers and the people that rely on the delta. Also a reminder that the stated cost as for the wonderful bridge is no doubt smoke and mirrors. Farmers in the central valley need to plant sustainable crops that require less water

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cynthia Freeman Spencer on 05/13/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Watch Texas’ First Big TV Ad for Pot Decriminalization

As marijuana is a significantly less-harmful and less-addictive alternative to alcohol, if marijuana's legalized like beer and wine then the value of my alcohol stocks will fall. This seems an unnecessary price to pay to prevent 800,000 needless arrests/year and to give people a far safer alternative to alcohol! Just keep buying alcohol and don't think about things like this too much.

2 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Jillian Galloway on 05/13/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Has a Transparency Problem

There's an Oakland resident-led initiative to bring more government transparency via participatory budgeting! We just began collecting signatures last week to put this initiative on the Oakland ballot, and need volunteers to sustain the campaign through 6 months. Learn more and get involved! Check out Community Democracy Project online:
http://communitydemocracyproject.org/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvWQ2xgeGQafTTbZ6HWeynw
https://instagram.com/cdpoakland/

Posted by Talia Alarid on 05/12/2015 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Now every 2nd Friday at The Make-Out Room! The best, first, only retro-2000's dance party in town. The world even?!
http://www.lastnite00s.com

Posted by Jamie Jams on 05/12/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “No, Governor Brown, You Shut Up

Excellent commentary, Robert!

36 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dan Bacher on 05/12/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “California Standardized Tests Spark Backlash in Oakland

I am an East Bay educator and former publisher and I have written an in-depth critique of the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) tests for mathematics. Even if you persevere to get the tests to work the way they were intended--the test content is shockingly bad from a mathematical and educational point of view. If you are interested in my critique, you can find it at www.mathedconsulting.com.

Posted by Steven Rasmussen on 05/12/2015 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Village Implements Unlicensed Patrols

Nice. Another consequence of the city of Oakland having abandoned any pretense of protecting the public safety in the poorer parts of town.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/12/2015 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Watch Texas’ First Big TV Ad for Pot Decriminalization

Whodda thunk Texas could be so far ahead of California, right here on the "left" coast?

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/12/2015 at 6:13 PM

Re: “The High Cost of Driving While Poor

I am not exactly sure what the author's are advocating for- perhaps just a discussion to get the ball rolling. The fines are outrageous- from parking tickets to minor traffic infractions- just outrageous. A "progressive" city like Joakland should have fugured this out but for the fact the progressive, liberal, leftists are addicted to money and they cannot seem to live without the ready cash of FINES, and blindly they are hurting the people they say they support. Ha.
Renrodge says transit is good in Bay Area- are you kidding. Try sometimes looking on googlemaps how long a trip would be if taking public transit- recently I did and a 45 min car trip would have been 4 hrs by public transit. You say bike? with a family ? Some routes are good but BART is a miserable disaster not having planned enough cars and now the main routes are overstuffed and unpleasant.
@smitthee- couldn't agree more- why is it legislators just keep on heaping law after law on us. We are always doing something wrong and there's a fine. Change the law- you know that's more than a full time job and that would be 1 law out of the 1000's controlling our lives. and do I want to spend my life doing it, no thank you.
@JakeRobert Why are the fines so much - for people without insurance- what planet are you on. That is just nonsense. Try not getting stoned just before you write in.

Lubertozzi- really what a crock? Comparing CA of 38 million people to a homgeneous society with about 5 million people and fashioning the same solutions will not work. Good luck with your Bernie Sanders vote.

Redmond- Again why link fines & insurance? and its a $70,000,000 train (look how well the Bay Bridge is working out.)

The East Bay Community Law Center gets its funding from the local &state gov't and from law firms - yes the rich who can afford every manner of tickets and do they serve every californian? No you have to be poor to avail yourself of their services.

Now i agree why criminalize folks for an infraction, but these outrageous fines hurt a really wide swath and authors are correct the poor are probably hurt the most- still I'd like to take a larger view and find a way for more people to be responsible, law abiding and to cut off this funding mechanism for government.

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 05/12/2015 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Weed-Infused Sex Lube Hits Market: Meet, Foria

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Posted by Editor on 05/12/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “California Standardized Tests Spark Backlash in Oakland

Start organizing for NEXT YEAR! REFUSE REFUSE REFUSE!
https://vimeo.com/120619448

Posted by Michael Elliot on 05/12/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Best Use of a Fireplace

lol Very original way to make pizza dude! Definitely very creative to start cooking up your meal with a good ol 'fireplace oven'. I think it would look great as a corner fireplace like this: http://www.ethanolfireplaceshop.com/corner-fireplace-designs

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Posted by Patrick Bradshaw on 05/12/2015 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Gibson McElhaney Paid Substantial Fine for Failing to File Campaign Finance Disclosure Statement

Just in case anyone need to fill out a disclosure statement form, I found a blank form in this link http://pdf.ac/6LK8f. This site PDFfiller also has several related forms that you might find useful.

Posted by Paul Davidson on 05/12/2015 at 7:32 AM

Re: “California Standardized Tests Spark Backlash in Oakland

These standardize tests do reflect the learning styles of ALL students.

Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 05/12/2015 at 5:45 AM

Re: “FDA Warns Seven CBD and Hemp Oil Companies Over Medical Claims

What I find absolutely amazing is that most people are so naive that they actually think Cannabidiol (also known as CBD), was just recently discovered (most would say CBD was discovered by the Stanley brothers in Colorado), the fact is that it was originally discovered back in 1940 by Roger Adams of Urbana, Illinois and the following link to his patent is proof to this claim… that means that the discovery of isolating Cannabidiol (CBD) was originally discovered 75 years ago, which means that it was only rediscovered recently.

http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=02304669&homeurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect2%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFFirst

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Posted by John Uncapher on 05/11/2015 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Inspector General Goes Postal

This is a case of a manager not getting his or her cut.
Karla Corcoran was the first Inspector General for the post office. When she began to question the way contracts were let, they forced her to resign.
Shelley Dreifuss testified to the Senate Committee on Government Affairs on 3/9/2004, that much of the mail processed by independent mail processors is not delivered. These companies were given postal equipment free of charge. Now they are partners and they are replacing postal workers with lower paid employees.
Postal volume figures were inflated to justify the acquisition of additional equipment primarily for the purpose of creating these companies.
My name is Allen Sanford. I was the first Maintenance Craft Director for the American Postal Worker's Union in Oakland California.
I participated in bringing much of the equipment into the building at the Oakland Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Oakland California.
I have filed two "whistle-blower" complaints regarding safety procedures with the Office of Special Council, which have not been responded to.
Every postal rate increase, until automation was implemented, has been based on mail volume figures. The figure were fraudulent. Those figures came from bulk belt systems around the country. The systems had not been operational for over a decade at the time the information was entered into the computers at the completion of automation.
Senator Susan Collins testified before the Postal Rate Commission hearing in 2008, that the contracts that were let by the post office had not been audited or even monitored. This is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black."
Later at the same hearing former Postmaster Potter testified that he recommended to his managers that they award the no-bid, tax-free, contracts to former associates.
Read my book, Going Postal the Story Behind the Forever Stamp.

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Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/11/2015 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Inspector General Goes Postal

Sorry I forgot to mention my name.
My name is Allen Sanford.
I'm the author of "Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?" and "Going Postal, the Story Behind the Forever Stamp". Both books are available as e-books on Amazon.

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Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/11/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Inspector General Goes Postal

In my book and e-book, "Going Postal, The Story Behind The Forever Stamp", on Amazon, I explain that the intention has been to eliminate all full time postal employees.
The only full time employees left once e-commerce is fully adopted, will be managers. Those managers will manipulate the no-bid, tax-free contracts that circulate between the various companies, (in this case real estate), large mass mailers, postal equipment manufacturers, FedEX, UPS, the independent mail processors who were created to assist at the beginning of automation and postal managers.
According to testimony from Senator Susan Collins, none of the contracts have been monitored or audited.
According to former Postmaster John Potter, in testimony given at the same hearing, the contracts are offered to former associates first.
Read my Facebook page, "Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?"

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Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/11/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Initiative Filed

“Craft California” doesn’t permit craft cultivation, in residential buildings. This is a non-starter, for many people in California. The personal cultivation limit of six plants is too low…MANY people will still be breaking the law, under this so-called “legalization” scheme. Sorry...can’t support it, as written.

Posted by Shirley LeGitte on 05/11/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “The High Cost of Driving While Poor

I hate to see the laws enforced unfairly and it think that is the point of this article. I am also offended that private companies are able to capitalize on traffic fines; the photo-enforced red lights and debt collectors for example. No need for the debt collectors, ha, If someone doesn't pay their ticket within a year, take the license away. As a cyclist and person who likes my life, cars are crazy. People don't have the "right" to drive. I think more people should have their licenses revoked, regardless of race or class. Whether I'm in East Oakland or Pleasanton, people often pass aggressively close, otherwise endanger my life, and sometime shout "loser, get a car!" from their windows.The public transit, at least in the Bay Area is good. There is no need for a car. Probably our society would be just fine if we took about half the drivers off the road.

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Posted by rendodge on 05/11/2015 at 10:31 AM

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