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Re: “The Year of the Vape

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Posted by James Arthur Sullivan on 04/24/2015 at 9:49 PM

Re: “FEMA Approves Funds to Thin Trees in East Bay Hills, Rather than Clear-Cutting

It is amazing how some people have forgotten the Oakland Hills Firestorm - the deaths of humans, the huge number of animals killed, the billions of dollars wasted. It is time to do something and not debate. If one delays too much the Firestorm will reoccur. And we are in a drought.

Apparently the opponents care more about their opinion than human life.

Posted by Howard Matis on 04/24/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Is Jerry Brown Breaking His Prop 1 Campaign Promise?

Wow, thanks for shedding some light on this issue. It's been confusing to wade through the politics.

Posted by MDub on 04/24/2015 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Policing For Profit Rampant in California, Study Finds

I live in Ca. I am 70 and think any goverment agency that does this should have these scumballs should be fired. I fee the same thing about the people killed, beaten or threatened by cops.

Posted by Elmer Fittery on 04/24/2015 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Coliseum City Developer Pushes for $200 Million Public Subsidy; Mandatory Vaccine Bill Moves Forward

First of all, the citizens of Alameda County are still paying for the last great "deal" that brought us Mt Davis 20 years ago. Local politicians have absolutely no chance of convincing the voters of approving the expenditure of public money for this project. Those who try will be publicly skewered and they know it. Secondly, the only public contribution to the project should be the land which the City, Port and Coliseum JPA already control. Thirdly, I do not believe that the funding gap is only 100-200 million dollars. That number is being thrown out as a hook to make you think this dream is somewhere near reality. The real number is probably closer to 400-500 million. Remember that the voter approved public contribution to the goal of building a new 49ers stadium in SF was 100 million dollars. It was not nearly enough to green light the project. As a result, the stadium was built in Santa Clara and that city is still giving away concessions to Jed York. The citizens of Santa Clara are just now finding out what the real cost of that stadium is. The citizens of Oakland should learn from the past and not let incompetent politicians or their hired guns fool them.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 04/24/2015 at 6:02 AM
Posted by Emmanuel Mendoza on 04/23/2015 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Coliseum City Developer Pushes for $200 Million Public Subsidy; Mandatory Vaccine Bill Moves Forward

A mass transit hub should be downtown, not on the edge of the city.

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Posted by Mike Bradley on 04/23/2015 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Santa Cruz Bans Commercial Medical Pot Farming

Cannabis Advocates Alliance is standing up for medical cannabis in Santa Cruz County. If you want to help protect patients in Santa Cruz County, get on their email list at cannabisadvocatesalliance @ gmail or go to their meetings every Wednesday from 7-9pm at 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz CA.

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Posted by Jason Matthys on 04/23/2015 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Coliseum City Developer Pushes for $200 Million Public Subsidy; Mandatory Vaccine Bill Moves Forward

You betcha. No problem for debt-ridden Oakland to come up with another $100 to $200 million. Big developers a major ingredient of Oakland's "secret sauce."

The other big sauce ingredient, violent crime, no problem either.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/23/2015 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Reads: Coliseum City Developer Pushes for $200 Million Public Subsidy; Mandatory Vaccine Bill Moves Forward

That Coliseum proposal actually sounds halfway decent. Spending public money on stadiums is a fool's game , but a massive transit hub would actually be a good investment for the region, even if the teams leave or the stadiums fall idle.

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Posted by Andrew McGuillicudy on 04/23/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Tenants Disrupt Landlords' Conference in Oakland

I apologize in advance. I know "bitter battles" make good news. This just isn't one at all.

The protesters were very friendly and civil. I chatted with a number of them. I (and just about every landlord I know) recognize the need to treat everyone with respect and dignity. They also broke their barricade when we requested they allow Scott's Restaurant's employees to pass so that they could clock-in to their very difficult and necessary jobs. For that, Kudos!

I think we all agree it SHOULD be very difficult (ideally impossible) for a Landlord to unlawfully evict a good, law-abiding tenant. I'm sure any tenant will agree it should be quick (and hopefully easy) to evict a bad, law-breaking tenant.

We all know there will be a bad tenant or two giving the rest of the wonderful tenants a bad name, and a few bad landlords giving the rest of us a bad name. The responsibility of all of us is to ruthlessly pursue and correct those seeking to manipulate the system illegally for their own selfish purposes (regardless of what side they're on).

Among the topics discuss at this "toxic" meeting:
**The need to police our own** Landlords realize the key to Landlord/Tenant harmony is openly disciplining bad landlords so that tenant groups don't have to expose the shameful mess.
**How to evict squatters and drug-dealers**
**recycling systems and strategies**

Not discussed:
**How to circumvent the law to evict a good tenant for profit**

Personally, I can give examples of a few of my recent evictions:
**A minor pimp** We rented to a tenant (that passed all our screening). She left, and her "boyfriend" moved in and began pimping underage women from the unit and property. He had previous convictions for pimping minors (as confirmed by his parole officer--in writing to us). We found suitcases of female, childrens-sized clothing in his garage and unit, and had reports of strangers and very young women going in and out. Heartbreaking. What was more heartbreaking was that this continued for an extra month or two because it was very hard for us to get him out due to the inefficient eviction process.

**identity theft** A professional "tenant" passed screening, and deposit check cleared. A week after moving in, we discovered the "tenant" had stolen ID, checks, etc. from a blameless victim. My gratitude to the DA for prosecuting this case. Unfortunately, the month+ it took us to finally get the tenant out, allowed our unit to serve as a convenient space for this criminal to continue to destroy the credit and life of the victim.

I hope we are all working towards the common goal of stopping illegal evictions and speeding up legal and appropriate evictions.

This is an open invitation. I will speak to anyone, at virtually any time about any of these issues. Unfortunately for Darwin, it will likely result in Landlords and tenants being on the same page, sharing goals and working together. Heaven forbid--not really that news-worthy.

Oh--and I said lots of this to Darwin, but I honestly don't blame him for publishing only what he thought would make the best story...and spelling my name wrong. He's a reporter and these things happen.

Will you sensationalize, battle, and segregate, or will you work towards a mutually beneficial harmony? Best of luck.

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Posted by James Kilpatrick on 04/23/2015 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

Amazing that the City's backroom deal with a developer who's already in hot water with the city of San Francisco for failing to pay back the city not only goes against Oakland's "stated' affordable housing aims but may be against the law.
It may be hella time for leadership in Oakland but it sounds like business as usual at city hall.

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Posted by Lisa Awrey on 04/23/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “A Tiny Pub with Big Appeal

Pricey. Bay area prices slowly killing us.

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Posted by Nikki Simonsen on 04/23/2015 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Fourth Marijuana-Related Initiative Filed for California 2016 Election

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Posted by Editor on 04/23/2015 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Longtime Residents Fight to Bring the Blues Back to West Oakland

Gotta love Ronnie Stewart--super guy worth supporting.
David Hicks

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Posted by David.Hicks on 04/23/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

What a friggin' greedy devious sleazeball. It is clear he could care less, and no doubt intends to exploit the increasingly heated Oakland rental market for his own personal gain. How "original" (not.). How predictable.

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Posted by Lynn Rogers on 04/22/2015 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Tenants Disrupt Landlords' Conference in Oakland

Sounds like just another way for landlords to collude in price fixing. It's funny that they say techies are the reason for the skyrocketing rental increases when they only make up 5% of the workforce in San Francisco. It's also obvious that they're price fixing when an apartment in East Oakland is only moderately cheaper than an apartment in the Grand Lake/Rockridge area.

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Posted by Matthew Wiseman on 04/22/2015 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Wednesday Must Reads: Amended Vaccine Bill Heads for Vote Today; State Considers Charging Higher Rates to People Who Cut Energy Use

regarding the "anti-vaxxers'" story above: I'd rather those who choose not to pump babies/children with formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, mercury, aluminum, aborted fetal tissue, Thimerosal, bovine albumin....the list goes on....as pro-health people, which is what we are. If you don't understand the dangers of injecting your body or your child's body w/ chemicals then why not give them heroin and cocaine while you are at it. Geez. Three billion dollars awarded to vaccine damaged children (my friend's baby died a day after his vaccines at age 91 days old) is not a vindication that vaccines are safe.

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Posted by Mindy Stone on 04/22/2015 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Remembering Heiko Schrepel, Quintessential Punk

It was great seeing Bill Collins play those songs at the memorial. Truly touching.

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Posted by Erin Harper on 04/22/2015 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Remembering Heiko Schrepel, Quintessential Punk

I love you heiko!!!!!

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Posted by Ashley Howard on 04/22/2015 at 10:22 PM

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