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Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

There really is a huge difference between being liberal and being progressive

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Posted by Judy Belcher on 11/13/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Pleasures of the Flesh-Free

you could eat here, but why would you when nature vegetarian is down the street and light years better without the weird supreme master cult.

Posted by Mike Thorn on 11/13/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

Yes, Linda Maio beat the MORE progressive candidate. One has to wonder -- what are your criteria for measuring who is progressive? There are many of us who don't agree with your analysis. After seeing your endorsements, I wrote to the editor to ask about that -- to ask how you determined that Jacquelyn McCormick was the least progressive of the candidates for District 8. Rather than write back to me, you sent my message to her and asked her to respond, which she kindly did. I then wrote to you again to say, please don't pass the buck. Your endorsements carry weight. If you are making endorsements based on who you believe is most or least progressive, be responsible about it and lay out your criteria for all to see. I have not received a response to my second message to you. Even better than a private response would be public transparency about your reasoning.

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Posted by Christina Tuccillo on 11/13/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Clove & Hoof’s Opening, Hang Ten Boiler’s New Location, and Cocktails on Tap in Emeryville

When will the already-played-out trend of naming hip new bars/restaurants "Something & Something" finally die?

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 11/13/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers

It seems to me that legalized and heavily regulated prostitution is the best way forward to protect the sex workers & their clients, and push the shady exploitative pimps out of the game and into jail cells where they belong. All the resources saved on routine stings and arrests can be put towards more aggressively attacking the real problem: underage prostitution & exploitation.

Unfortunately that sounds really scary to most people's sensibilities (even more so than legalizing drugs), so it's probably a long way off. I hope that the greater public will eventually realize that using a prohibition approach on the "world's oldest profession" is a futile waste of money — it's gonna happen one way or another, might as well make it safe instead of dangerous.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 11/13/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Now Closed: Vo’s in Uptown Oakland

Vietnamese sandwiches at City Center would be a hit.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 11/13/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

Progressive religious community OCO affiliated Washington D.C. political action committee pumped $250,000 into little noted Oakland School Board Measure N that began with $160,000 left over unspent from Measure J bond measure. Not clear why so much money was pumped into Measure N when there was no organized opposition and why religious community would be willing to spend so much money when public schools are competition for religious schools.

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Posted by Jim Mordecai on 11/12/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

Desley Brooks win is a real disappointment. She's been missing in action, nothing to celebrate!

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Posted by Jaklyn Brookman on 11/12/2014 at 9:45 PM

Re: “The Age of Fear and Disillusionment


Posted by Alan Lopez on 11/12/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers

how is sex workers anonymous going to help??? can it redistribute wealth?

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Posted by Lindsay Anne on 11/12/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Wednesday Must Reads: Bay Bridge Bike Path in Jeopardy; Kaiser Nurses Enter Second Day of Strike


H. Chapot - Oakland Ca.

Every few weeks the local papers publish another weepy story about the Bay Bridge bike lane, its costs and delays. But the answer for the west side bike path is right under our noses, or rather, right under the road bed. Bridge authorities feed the media estimates approaching half a billion dollars, a price tag that guarantees it won't be built in my lifetime.

Yet, I will ride to San Francisco from my home in Oakland someday, and unless the motoring public gives up a lane, the only good answer is to hang the bike path underneath the roadbed in an industrial sized catwalk, like a theater flyloft, built from high tech lightweight modular materials. Though my first choice would be a ribbon pathway high above the upper deck flying through the towers, I've decided the under the roadbed is the only real answer.

Besides being economical and fast, this design has other advantages; no exhaust fumes in your face like the east side, protection from the rain and wind, the pathway deck could be perforated steel so you could see the water below, and the whole thing could be wrapped in artistic cyclone fencing to prevent littering and suicide. The need for wind fairings or deck replacement disappear.

They'll argue that the shipping channel would be obstructed, but there is plenty of room in he superstructure and unless the Port of Oakland buys more monster cranes from China, finding ten feet of headroom would be easy. Even a boxy tube attached alongside the lower deck on the north side is better than any current design.

I must address a few side issues; coupling bikes with service vehicles is a very, very bad idea, anyone who endorses the cantilevered design is agreeing to have the path closed any time the bridge district needs it closed. That local bike coalitions agreed to roadbed replacement as part of the project is a huge fail, it justifies the half billion dollar price scare. Plus, the "cantilevered" plan will not hold crowds during major events like the Blue Angels or America's Cup.

My idea is the cheapest, the easiest to build and would overcome Bridge authority and bike-hater intransigence. Instead of ten years for a faulty cantilevered path, we could have this one in two.

(I would also like to point out that my plan does not harm the architectural beauty of this great bridge).

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 11/12/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “A New War on Smoking

The problem is then "WHERE do we put them once collected?" Cigarette butts are toxic, so not safe for landfills either. Long term solutions must include reducing smoking all together, so that there are fewer butts to dispose of.

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Posted by Denice Dennis on 11/12/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: “The Fight for Emeryville's Future

> Under the current system, Emeryville collects only $0.55 for every
> $1,000 of worth of real estate sold in the city.

I thought rich people were against socialism.

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Posted by John Grabowski on 11/12/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

Linda Maio beat a MORE progressive candidate. Trying to jam every race into your "progressives win" jar is a bit over the top.

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Posted by JP Massar on 11/12/2014 at 2:07 PM

Re: “A New War on Smoking

A solution may be to put a "bounty" of one cent for each cigarettes to be paid out by any retail vendor in the State. The legislature could pass an additional 20-cent per pack tax and call it what it is: TAX YOUR BUTT . The admin costs could be funded by the existing 25-cent per pack tax.

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Posted by Patrick Ted Ferraro on 11/12/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “East Bay Progressives Dominated the Election

It seems like you're twisting your kaleidoscope pretty aggressively in order to see what you want, and "confirm" your own predictions. Libby Schaaf is suddenly "progressive" now that she's won? And you're contrasting her to Joe Tuman? That's weird: in your own political guide to the race, you put the two of them right next to each other. You acknowledged her "middle ground" and her political history with Ignacio De La Fuente and Jerry Brown (hardly lefties). You acknowledged her slight turn towards the left was only recent. So now she's a "progressive"? Kinda looks like you're deflecting attention from the fact that your annointed progressives--Kaplan, Quan, and Seigel--got their asses kicked. And Tuman's finish is actually proof of that: courtesy of ranked choice voting, we can correctly surmise that many of his second place votes are locked away on the ballots for Libby, never to be counted. After all, their positions were virtually indistinguishable until about 4 months before the vote, when Libby started her tack.

Don't feel too bad, though. Jumping on bandwagons is perfectly normal.

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Posted by Michael.Wilson on 11/12/2014 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers

Hmm if you people in Oakland are trying to save kids, why is is nobody is doing anything for the 1.2 million homeless teenagers in the US. Hmm perhaps you think all these teens should be rescued and send to foster homes, where 12% of all foster children were raped last year.

All the research shows that 97% of underage sex workers say "they don't have pimps and they are homeless with no other way to make money"…

So this legislation that they CLAIM won;t be used to displace sex workers but will be used to force hotel owners into throwing them out, is called DISPLACEMENT. Any hotel owner can already throw anyone out and they don;t even have to give a reason or a refund, so I doubt any hotel operator is going to allow a minor to work as a prostitute on their premises, thus showing the real goal here is to run all the prostitutes out of Oakland.

Asking the public to profile who they think might be a prostitute is nonsense. Do you think prostitutes look any different than ordinary women? How does the public tell at a "quick glance" whether some one is a swinger, stripper, a nun or a prostitute?

Then we will have more sex workers and teenagers that are living in the streets, and guess what they will still be doing sex work and it will then be a eye sore, and a real nuisance.

I am sure there are tons of people in Oakland that live next door to a drunk slut who parades drunk men in and out of her home for causal FREE sex, are we going to pass legislation to address this nuisance too? So if I bring men in and out of my home for free sex it is not a nuisance but if I am being paid for sex it is?

It is also nonsense that business fail do to prostitution, do you have any clue how much money prostitutes out into the economy? They pay for hotels or incall locations, they spend money in the local business, hair + nail salons, they hire local website designers, drivers, taxi's etc. (Did I mention that anyone a sex worker hires is classified as a trafficker/pimp but US law, yet when Walmart hires help they are called employees)

So do we want all the hotels in Oakland shut down and boarded up as I am sure that won't be helpful to other local businesses?

So what legislation and polices is Oakland going to out in place to reduce poverty and provide REAL DIRECT services to these teens and trafficking victims. Where is the long term housing, jobs that pays living wage, a higher education without student loan debt and non judgmental + compassion health care and mental health services. Every Trafficking NGO we have contacted say that they don't have any of the services we listed above, so all they do is dump victims into public shelters, as if this will change the person plight in life. This is what we call "rescue pimps" and FAKE SERVICES, as they are profiting off creating trafficking hysteria, and all the board members of these NGO are making huge salaries and the rest of the money goes to "creating awareness about trafficking" Quite frankly I think even the Indians in the rain forest have heard about trafficking by now. I challenge everyone to go to and look up the tax returns of these NGO's and see where the money comes and goes to.

Perhaps Oakland should be more concerned about the cops that rape children. and working on how they are going to start REPAIRING the broken relationship that they have with the community.







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Posted by Bella Robinson on 11/12/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Veg 388: A Vegetarian Pop-Up with a Modern Edge

Delicious vegan food is one reason why the number of vegans has doubled in less than 3 years. Here's a video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice:

Join the revolution!…

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Posted by Jim Corcoran on 11/12/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers

They are doing this because of the epidemic of underage prostitutes being expoloited by pimps in this town. These are parents and teachers trying to save their kids. I can help - but no one is calling me for help. These days there's more money in having a problem. But if anyone does want help that works - they can reach me at

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Posted by Jody Williams on 11/12/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

There is something we can do about non-native wild turkeys. We can eat them. They are delicious. Hunting them with shotguns is problematic in the hills of Montclair, but bagging one with a bow is safe assuming a safe backstop.

Create a scientific based hunting season with bag limits that reflect carrying capacity of the land. Have hunters participate in a lottery for tags. Close some East Bay Regional Park lands where the birds roost and have a four day hunt in fall and spring. Use the revenue from tags for habitat protection and conservation as practiced by Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and the American Turkey Federation.

We all "hunt" . Most folks leave the killing to others.


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Posted by michael.sagehorn on 11/11/2014 at 11:27 PM

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