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Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

How many times do we need to be told something by the law enforcement establishment -- "the car drove aggressively at the officer" -- that turns out to be a complete coverup lie until the public will stop trusting them altogether? I'm well past that, personally.

Posted by Matt S on 05/12/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

And we need more cops on the beat to keep us safe from those people who dare to
1 make a living
2 deliver produce straight to the consumer

Cops are concerned about safeways profits ?
Or catching the low hanging fruit

Posted by Patti Rich on 05/12/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Town Business: Marijuana Is the Most Common Bust Oakland Cops Make When They Search Someone

What ever happened to Measure Z?

Posted by Kathy Beffa on 05/12/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Clearly the Sheriff has far too many deputies if all they have to do is arrest people for selling fruit. Perhaps a few retirees could not be replaced and the money used to hire immigration defense lawyers for the County, oh Board of Supervisors?

Posted by JP Massar on 05/12/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “After Anheuser-Busch Buyout Of Wicked Weed, Is It Time To Retire The Term 'Craft Beer'?

I haven't purchased a lagunitas since they sold their souls to hynie kin

Posted by marty bauer on 05/12/2017 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

These inspections where voted down by the voters a few years ago and yet the City continuous to inspect. Instead of abiding by the majority vote and halting this program which in reality serves no real purpose! The City does not maintain the City owned public lands, EBRP does not maintain theirs, CalTrans, etc etc!!!

How soon we forget who allowed the fire which started the Firestorm to get out of hand due to lack of training and expertise! Same almost happened last year off Keller till public phone calls reminded the OFD that they should get their --- back up to the site and monitor it!

This is discriminatory in nature by the City and the Fire Department. It is time that a Property Owners Association be formed, to represent the property owners throughout Oakland, with an elected board that can then represent the facts, educate and give political clout to the ones the City sees fit to gauge consistently. Because Oakland can't get it's act together and attract sales tax base businesses to fill the coffers in a cash strapped government we, the property owners, are expected to pay and pay while the different city departments do nothing and Oakland is depicted as a city from the third world!

It is also time to revisit all the Property tax assessments that Oakland property owners have been asked to pay over these many years and yet receive no services in return. The City is in a mess and the Leadership has not a clue, yet keeps coming up with "new" programs that return nothing to the City but line pockets of a few at our expense!

Oakland needs to be audited by an outside agency to find out where all our monies are going! The Oakland Fire Department has been flush with money from the many grants and millions given from monies voted on my voters, believing that things will change! The fire department does the footwork by going door to door to sell the various Measures that have been on the ballot over the years and reap in a fine share of the proceeds as their reward!!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 05/11/2017 at 9:19 PM
Posted by Russell Ward on 05/11/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

This is what you should do when you make a mistake, Campbell Washington said about the departments new plan

What they should do is compensate citizens for the systemic time-burn created by their errors and omissions. Only then will there be real change, as presently there are no consequences to their issuing false fines and fees. A citizen not having to pay an unjust fee or fine that they never should have charged in the first is hardly a win.

Here's a thought - work with your community and educate them on fire safety - and communicate clearly what the rules are. I am shocking how many up here are enraged, confused or stressed about this matter

Meanwhile - the City cannot fill pot holes, resolve homeless camps or illegal dumping or clean up their own lots, and we do not see them "fining themselves" do we? Instead we see their acting CEOs (Chief Excuse Officers) providing various "messaging" about why they cannot or will not fix things.

Posted by Bennett Hall on 05/11/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “After Anheuser-Busch Buyout Of Wicked Weed, Is It Time To Retire The Term 'Craft Beer'?

I despise the Bay Area's "hoppier than thou" approach to beer, but even more annoyed when something I love is bought by InBev - Goose Island's purchase in 2011 broke my heart.

Posted by Bob Koelle on 05/11/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “A New Plan For Oakland’s Planning Commission

"We want an Oakland for all. Currently, planning commissioners are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by City Council, our elected representatives.

"Too often, these nomination decisions are made behind closed doors and benefit both their personal friends and political donors."

Well put. Oakland needs to elect a Mayor and Council Members who serve the ordinary people of Oakland, all of them, not just the wealthy and priviledged, out-of-towners and transplants. Those folks can take care of
themselves, and do.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/11/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Flower Full Moon Art and Yoga Workshop

This workshop is a 21/2 hour exercise to help you find your intuitive process and to understand it better. Dont be too serious. Be light and playful. Two of the eight aspects of a creative person is playfulness and no fear to investigate. Dont hold back. Just relax and enjoy this process. Just have fun!

Posted by Cindy Male on 05/11/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

+Mitchell Halberstadt
So what about nearly every israeli PM to date ? aren't they "an embarrassment to you, as a Jew" ? you should be getting used to it by now !
But apart from that, why are entities - people - not supposed to take a position on issues ? - particularly mass murder and mega-theft.
So Zimmerman's "little operation" supports the extreme right - what's new there ?
You sound such a well-intentioned guy.

Posted by Gerard Gilbert Vaughan on 05/11/2017 at 3:51 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Energy and Climate Scientist Backs Students' Call for University to Divest from Fossil Fuel Corporations

This is such good news. What with the Fukoshima ongoing horror quietly out of the spotlight, and the rate of thinning of the Polar ice, it seems it's past high time to get serious with these greedy imbeciles and their darling President TrUmp.

Posted by Gerard Gilbert Vaughan on 05/11/2017 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

This article is another fantastic piece of journalism by Darwin Bondgraham. After winning a Polk award earlier this year, Bondgraham continues to inform Oakland/East Bay residents with writing that reflects humanity and mindfulness (not simple robot reporting).

Do East Bay residents want to know whether a local city government is making deals with a developer who is actively contributing large sums of money to efforts that undermine the security of Israel and Palestine and break international law? Why yes, they do!

Is this information relevant to all of us who want to know how and where our local community has an impact globally? You bet.

Should our local governments be making investments and property deals with individuals or organizations involved in efforts such as this? No, they should not. And thank you Darwin Bondgraham for informing us of this.

The settlement movement: is illegal, makes Israel less safe, makes Palestine less safe, and makes us all, in this hyper-connected world, less safe.

Investments are not simply business decisions they are connected to ethics and politics. Anyone getting upset at a journalist making ethical connections (and not reporting like a robot) echos the bully club of the Donald administration and their attack on reporters and news they dont want exposed.

Thanks for connecting the dots Darwin.

Posted by ZWEEN WORKS on 05/10/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Posted by Austin Gift 1 on 05/10/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Neighbors Along One Fruitvale Street Are Organizing to Stop a Controversial Eviction

Simon-Weisberg is right: the city needs to do more! This article is great, and reads like a crime story ... but what is the city doing to stop this criminal preying on innocent renters. This landlord is committing fraud.

Posted by ZWEEN WORKS on 05/10/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

I don't think Oakland ought to be taking a position on the Israeli settlements -- but I'm disturbed that Zimmerman has contributed money to David Horowitz, a right-wing bigot that I consider an embarrassment to me as a Jew.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 05/09/2017 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Neighbors Along One Fruitvale Street Are Organizing to Stop a Controversial Eviction

Hi Tate! We'd love your support! We just started this FB page where we will post updates and upcoming actions!
https://www.facebook.com/No-Evictions-on-E…

Posted by Luz Calvo on 05/09/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Neighbors Along One Fruitvale Street Are Organizing to Stop a Controversial Eviction

I live in the neighborhood and want to get involved. Any tips?

Posted by Tate Jawdat on 05/09/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Oakland's Daol Tofu Offers Variety And Comfort By Way Of Korea

The seafood tofu stew was better at Casserole House, and is also superior at Bowl'd BBQ. We judged Daol's to be equal but not better than Gangnam Tofu. Daol's seafood pancake is too fluffy and bland; it actually is better held overnight for the flavors to blend.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 05/09/2017 at 9:52 AM

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