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Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

This is awesome news! My cousin knew Ms Lady Esther well as he was one of her food service vendors. I remember when she died - a very sad day in Oakland. My father, who is now 85 yrs young frequented her restaurant and remembers fondly how kind and Ms. lady Esther was.

Posted by Teresa L. Washington-Evans on 03/15/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

I pray she brings back the stuffed shrimp . I remember my uncle Green Hodges used to clean the restaurant. My oldest daughters baby picture hung in the main area. Those were the days!

Posted by D Mascharney Smith-Franklin on 03/15/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Don't Monkey Around with Kong: Skull Island

Overall, predictable, Once again the 'fair maiden" did what no amount of napalm could accomplish. Alas, my 118 minutes of being young and impressionable are over - back to reality.

Posted by Allene Warren on 03/15/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Police are not there to interpret which laws to enforce. They're there to enforce all laws. These "People" are also draining resources from the people who are here legally.

Are we saying that it's okay to lie, cheat, and steal? Really?? That's what you tell your children, family and friends.

Posted by Robert Hope on 03/15/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Port Chicago 50 Brings History to the Stage

This write up is incorrect and misleading. The explosion led to a work stoppage one month later not prior to the explosion. Do some research. Lance Zenobia

Posted by anonymous134 on 03/15/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

Yes Lord and we thank you

Posted by Marie A Lewis on 03/15/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

@margeret cunningham....."our people"...how about that homeless veteran on the corner that we give a smaller stipend than the the illegal alien gets. Illegal aliens are not "our people"

Posted by Coastrider711 on 03/15/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Enforce the law. Can't pick and choose.....So the murderer of Kate Steinle would not be reported to ICE because Oakland is a sanctuary city....??? Don't make me laugh....solve the crime,protect Americans....OPD takes an oath to defend the Constitution. The lady killed by the 5 time deported, multiple felon,illegal alien driving drunk in Los Angeles would not be apprehended here ,because DUI is a misdemeanor...not really a crime...WTF is wrong with us

Posted by Coastrider711 on 03/15/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Skate Or DIY: Why Is It So Damn Hard To Build A Skate Park In Oakland?

I founded the privately paid for Montclair Mini with help from K Dub, the vice mayor and other departments, in Montclair Park. Sadly, we had many in the community who did not want local skaters to have their own space to skate.
Despite this, we not only have a beautiful wooden halfpipe and we are planning a second phase. Excited to see more parks for the Oakland skate community!

Posted by Ferriel on 03/15/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

The American Steel "Studios" you mentioned recently changed ownership in October 2016. I'd like to point out that the NEW owners of the American Steel building did not acquire the use of the name "American Steel Studios" and their business choices do not represent the artists and other tenants there.
The building itself is now called "American Steel" and the property management company is Ventura Parners, who I'm pretty sure are NOT placing bids on building a border wall. Tenants there do not know the identity of actual owners so don't bother asking.
However, the PREVIOUS OWNER of the building is more likely to be the "bidder" of a border wall since he is a known racist and Trump supporter which is a fact, not my opinion.
He owns half of West Oakland industrial land so, I'm sure you can easily find his name.
But, I strongly suggest you get all your research information straight before bashing the reputation of a collection of underappreciated local artists and fabricators, or the real estate management company that takes care of them.

Posted by Day Pollini on 03/15/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Skate Or DIY: Why Is It So Damn Hard To Build A Skate Park In Oakland?

There is a legal skate park in this neighborhood already - the opposite end of the neighborhood - but still - Town Park at 18th near Poplar is legal and not that far - particularly if you are on wheels already...

Posted by Tia Barn on 03/14/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

American Steel Studios is a collective of some 300 individual artists not a singular business that could or would take on such a project. I think you just got pranked. Better reporting please. And if some artist or business inside Am Steel did agree I would fully support boycotting them.

Posted by Kevin Byall on 03/14/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “A16

Great food, and wine. Large portions. Great place to dine worth every penny.

Posted by Ashruf Martinez on 03/14/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Just points to the need for effective oversight of the police. We have a new chief. Will she do it? Let's see.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/14/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

As a neighbor I could care less about a sidewalk no-one walks on. I am more concerned about the heroin camp under the freeway, now that we have gotten rid of the Alliance problem. I love how you throw about the term "developer" as if it is a four letter word. Good job on uncovering this HUGE conspiracy tied to both the mayor and the governor! Strong work. This Protopappas character MUST be someone to watch out for if he is a "developer" and has friends and connections. He must have used those extensive connections to sidestep this incredible flaunting of the law....wait...is this fake news?

Posted by Dogotwn Neighbor on 03/14/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I'm having trouble buying these two claims:

* That the Dimond's "older residents" (or any patrons, really) who went to McDonald's to get a "simple meal" and take a load off are now flocking to The Veg Hub for $10+ vegan meat analog sandwiches.

* That the typical McDonald's customer "might actually want to eat" the same.

I mean, sure, there may be some folks who would rather eat vegan fake meat than McD's and have been eating Quarter Pounders in despair, waiting desperately for such a place to open in the 'hood... (because for some reason they can't travel outside the Dimond to find the food they really want???). And I'm not defending McD's in any way here. Just saying I find these statements really, REALLY hard to believe. Got any sources, Luke Tsai?

Posted by Jenna Morley on 03/14/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Book Selfie

Correction: The morning photo shoots start at 10 a.m. You're welcome to bring props and as many books as you want. Everyone is invited. Laney Library.

Posted by Laney College Library on 03/14/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

Jerry. How old are you? Have you ever served in the military? Worked as a paramedic? Assisted in a soup kitchen? I hope you provide yourself with the opportunity to engage with the human race as a complete human, to experience him/she/their/it suffering first hand. Your nonchalant critiques are cruel.

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/13/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Town Business: A New Police Headquarters. Does Oakland Have the Money?

The police building is pretty poor, but the roads we need to travel on to get there are even worse. I think our roads are a crime, and I should file a police report sometimes. Oakland tax payers voted to tax themselves for infrastructure improvements. How about the city council discuss putting people to work on the roads to get to the new building before they build the building?

Posted by Clive Scullion on 03/13/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Town Business: A New Police Headquarters. Does Oakland Have the Money?

New OPD headquarters and crime lab might be somewhat of an easier sell to sales and property taxpayers if Oakland could show us that crime is steadily improving (that means fewer crimes!).

Otherwise this looks like yet another typical big financial surprise for the complacent citizenry of Oakland. I won't mention the word "pensions."

Yet there could be some creative thinking.

A new Trump tower where OPD Admin now sits. Forty or fifty stories with a new cop shop just above the retail at street level. Kinda like where developers like to put the affordable housing. Could be a win-win (developers and cops win).

How about including a new cop shop with a new Raiders' stadium project? If we're willing to give them $200 million in infrastructure, they could give us a $200 million cop shop. Could be tourist draw, too. Another win-win.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/13/2017 at 3:59 PM

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