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Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

Good, those places were overpriced and pretentious and the coffee was sludge.

Posted by Nancy DE on 02/24/2017 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

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Posted by Carolina Sander on 02/23/2017 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland's Fruitvale: Taco Pioneers

The best. Ate there today.

Posted by Jason Traeger on 02/23/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Jack London earned a reputation early on as the "Boy Socialist" and for the most part he was all talk. He was in favor of women's sufferage but was patriarchal toward the two women who were his wives. Later, he lived the life of a gentleman farmer at Beauty Ranch. He was like most people whose actions fall short of their words.

Posted by Patrick Carroll on 02/23/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

Garry Ovalbach...I can understand your concern as a property owner, but dumping the houseless population off in another city is not a solution...it's simply handing what you consider a problem off to someone else. Do you think the same thing you complain about won't also be the concerns of homeowners in Richmond as well. Do you assume that Richmond doesn't have it's own houseless population to deal with? This is a much more complex issue than just moving them to another town. Let's not forget that these are human beings.

Posted by N. Patterson on 02/23/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

10th St. bridge is being rebuilt, and the aperture much widened. Now the main barrier is the 7th St. bridge, at the floodgates. County-operated, the idea was to prevent a recurrence of disastrous floods such as 1962-- https://localwiki.org/oakland/Lake_Merritt…. I believe the plan is a kayak-able bypass waterway there. The last obstacle is the railroad tracks. It's possible the re-opened channel may only be navigable at low tide. See--http://www.waterfrontaction.org/map/dd_cha…

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 02/23/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “El Huarache Azteca

Family owned restaurant from Oakland who bring a unique taste of Mexico City Cuisine. This restaurant has stayed true to its ingredients and Mexican Recipes. Huitlacoche quesadillas and the green pozole are among my favorite dishes. Weekends are a must for their smoke lamb.

Posted by Mayra Chavez- Saavedra on 02/23/2017 at 12:35 PM
Posted by Robert Hope on 02/23/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “VKTMS

Great show awesome bands!

Posted by John Binkov on 02/23/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Peña's Bakery Is The Bread of Life in Oakland's Fruitvale

Best pan dulce mexicano in the world. I've been enjoying their bread for many years. My kids are grown and still love their pan dulce. You can go to any other pan dulce store and see the same type pan, but it doesn't taste the same. Thank you Panaderia Pea for not giving up. I comend you on your excellent service! See you Sunday! thanks you for staying within our community. Saludos a toda la familia

Posted by Irma Jauregui on 02/22/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Nice article. As long as the trash gates under the 10th St. bridge remain in operation, the lake will never be able to host all the aquatic life that resides in the Bay. On the other hand, we're probably going to have a pollution problem, if we remove the trash gates.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 02/22/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Claiming Jack London was a "champagne socialist" is to be completely ignorant of the man. Learn about him rather than spout and expose your ignorance.

Posted by Michelle Teall on 02/22/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Thank you Annalee Allen for finding the funding for a new plaque and arranging the redefication ceremony.

Jack continues to be an inspiration. Readers, do you know that Jack was a co-founder of the venable California Writers Club, calwriters.org?

The question is: was he a founder or an "honorary" founder? Records describe him as both.

Posted by Linda L. Brown on 02/22/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

Ever notice that you never see a beautiful picture of Biff's as it looked the last year it was open in any of these articles about how beautiful it was?

That's because they don't exist. The only beautiful picture of it in circulation is an architects drawing that doesn't look anything like the actual building looked.

It was only slightly more distinctive than a Pizza Hut, because it was basically just a round Pizza Hut.

Now, in it's place, there will be homes for hundreds of people. Given the recent restaurant boom, Oakland needs this much more than it needs a restored diner.

Posted by Maẍ Ållstädt on 02/22/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

"Maybe it's unkind for me, a restaurant critic, to disparage the food of the ill and allergy-ridden."

I take offense at your article. The shepherd's pie is delicious and so is everything else. This restaurant deserves nothing but praise for bringing good food to those who cannot go to most other cafes and restaurants. For months, this was the only place where the food did not hurt me. Shame on you for discrediting them and their efforts just based on your personal tastes.

Posted by Yekaterina Satanina on 02/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

A lot of people do not understand the ins & outs of schooling in this country and many of our educational leaders will tell different stories to look good rather than to truly support children and their communities. I was employed at CPA upon its commencement in 2015. I was attracted by their petition and written commitment to the Castlemont community. What attracted me was the following: For awhile, I've been noticing how both OUSD and charter organizations focus on recruiting Latino communities while continually marginalizing African American children. This to me is an intentional strategy. It is my observation that the entire district let alone the Bay Area continues to practice pervasive attitudes towards our Black students. I am Afro Latina and can speak to both sides of the story. Castlemont's vision was truly inspiring. However, what was the challenge was the poorly skilled leadership and roll-out of this program. It feels to me that many educational leaders go into positions of authority for the status quo and not necessarily to lead and inspire. This is what was observed while there. When I was hired, I had the skills necessary to do what I was hired for. We had a staff that was so committed and so driven to support these students. However, speaking for the primary academy in 2015 there were 2 out of 5 teachers who had experience as teachers but were previously released by OUSD. This means they did not pass their evaluations at that district. The other three teachers never stepped foot in a classroom. Of the three teachers only one had just completed her credentialing program. The other was enrolled in Teach For America and the other did not even have an emergency permit to teach in a class. My responsibility was to coach all of these teachers as a Dean of Instruction. However, there was NO principal or Dean of Students at the primary academy to address the plethora of students being kicked out of their classrooms by the same teachers. So, I spent most of my time either substituting in a class or restoring normalcy in the office as I counseled students, parents and teachers to support them in keeping students in the classroom. The leader whom I worked for made the decision to pull the principal out and have him only lead the junior academy. She thought for some reason I would juggle both. There were also some power struggles observed between the two. At this time I was also a member with New Leaaders for New Schools and my coach of the time flatly stated that I would not survive if things did change quickly. Things didn't change and I made the decision to leave. I learned a few months later the CJA closed. I also learned through others that the leader I was working for was known for poor leadership skills. I learned in the summer that NONE of the previously employed staff was returning. So, how did this happen to a predominantly Black school in Castlemont? How is it that Education for Change, Aspire, Vincent Academy and others survive? What can be learned by what happened? How about this new school OUSD is about to unleash next year to support language immersion? I would take a very close look at what recruitment strategies are being. I would also look at how similar Open Enrollment rhetoric has really looked like in other cities. Anyone committed to both Black and Brown students should always see both sides of the story. Ignorance is no longer tolerable.

Posted by Adelfa Chala on 02/22/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Police Did Not Arrest East Oakland Shooter Despite Two Earlier Gunfire Incidents In A Week At His Home

I imagine the dude would be in jail or dead if he was black!

Posted by Carlos Muecke on 02/22/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Larb Thai Food & Tapas

went a few weeks ago In Feb.2107...3 of agreed....except for the papaya salad & the grilled pork intestine which was decent all the other dishes were too sweet & or other wise unappealing. Made me a bit wary of Tsai's taste references. Bangkok boat noodles with well done pork liver which as you imagine was texturally offal! The pork hock entree had very little overcooked stringy meat. sorry but Won't return..sweet family though good luck to them

Posted by Bob Waks 1 on 02/22/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Bay Area Might Adopt World’s First Regional Oil-Refinery Emissions Caps

Thank you Will for another important piece. Now with the document shredding scandal, how long will the board tolerate this type of behavior? Bunger and Broadbent must go!

Posted by Andres Soto on 02/22/2017 at 3:32 PM

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