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Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I disagree with East Bay Express endorsement of Measure N: "Our only concern about Measure N is that some of the funds would go to privately run charter schools. But we think that tradeoff is worth making in order to help students in the city's cash-strapped public high schools."

Here's why it is a bad deal. No other school district in the Bay is taxing its property owners to fund "privately run charter schools". Measure N lasts ten years and for ten years charter school operators will have millions of reasons to start a charter school in Oakland and get some of the $12-13 million a year generated by the Measure N tax.

As more charters come for the Oakland Measure N money the amount of money going to Oakland public schools will become ever decreasing amount of the Measure N funding.

Measure N is a bad deal. Vote No on Measure N's charter school tax.

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Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/15/2014 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I officially disown you East Bay Express. You endorse Schaaf?? I mean, you do remember she worked for Del la Fuente and is a Brown crony, far from progress, her list of donors reads like a who is who of developers who'd love to sell off Oakland to the highest bidders. I guess a politician who does "special favors" for her friends with taxpayer money/services is acceptable to you.

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Posted by surely hamilton on 10/15/2014 at 1:09 AM

Re: “It's All About the BART Strike

RR knew that Hock would worsen relationships with the workers but he thought management should look toug-he should take more responsibility for what followed.

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Posted by Pamela Drake on 10/14/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Berkeley Measures Test Popularity of Council Majority

How can you possibly discuss Measure R without discussing the Civic Center zoning overlay provision, one of its most important components?

Not to do so shows an utter lack of journalistic integrity.

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Posted by JP Massar on 10/14/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “It's All About the BART Strike

There is no BART in Alameda. Who the hell would vote for a BART Board candidate from Alameda? Raburn is right. Tam is just looking for a new job. Vote Raburn.

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Posted by Mary McFarlane on 10/14/2014 at 10:32 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

the point is this: The passing of an institution like the Guardian warrants more than a passing glance. Given the City's current unprecedented wealth (per std. metrics), can one really argue that there is not a place for an albeit out of date pub like the Guardian, preserved amidst the platinum Bugatti's and $10M penthouses?

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Posted by Bennett Hall on 10/14/2014 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

Take note, EBX. You want to keep peddling your Animal Farm politics and the same, tired rich-people-are-evil narrative (under the guise of "investigative" journalism), then your headlines will get the reaction you want from the people you're targeting, but nobody will actually read any of your pieces.

Readers who appreciate true investigative journalism, with the patience to get through an entire article, will realize that most of your "investigative" pieces have gaping holes in your story that may make the "victim" seem less than sympathetic (your pieces always have a "victim", lets call them "Sad-face"). If I want propaganda, I'll turn on Fox News.

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Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 10/14/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

This was the endgame all along. And reading the smarmy, barely concealed triumphalism over at the SF WEAKly, that bastion of investigative social calendaring posing as a real newspaper - is both nauseating and infuriating. All that aside, to kill the archives and try to wipe the Guardian from the face of the earth by killing access to the archives on the same day that a-hole Zuehls killed the paper without notice is just despicable. But sadly unsurprising from the man who said that "providing the highest quality journalism for our readers along with superior results for our advertisers, is my sole priority." What a joke. What "journalism"?

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Posted by Rob Gerson on 10/14/2014 at 6:57 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

This was the endgame all along. Read the barely concealed triumphalist bullshit over at that bastion of cutting edge social calendaring posing as a "news" paper, the SF WEAKly. Its alternately nauseating and infuriating all at the same time. And to close access to the archives is just despicable. But unsurprising from the man who said "superior results for our advertisers, is my sole priority." What a piece of s%^t. Bruce WHY DID YOU EVER SELL???

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Posted by Rob Gerson on 10/14/2014 at 6:49 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

It’s sad indeed that the Guardian’s staff was treated in such a cruel and cavalier fashion. But they should be used to that by now given the Guardian’s execrable history of employee relations and vicious union busting.

The death of the Guardian is nothing to mourn about. For most if its life it was a Pravda-like bore featuring bad writing and ossified thinking, particularly on nutty “house issues” such as city control of electricity distribution. A few of us tried (I wrote for the paper off and on from 1977-1997) to inject more lively and diverse content but the paper was never interested in good writing or independent thinking.

Most of the blame for its failings belongs to its psychopathic bully publisher and founder, the hateful Bruce Brugmann. In the end the crazy-like-a-fox Brugmann proved his true colors, cashing in and selling the paper for the highest price to idiot buyers. In more recent years, GuardianSpeak was maintained by mini Brug Brugs such as editor Steve Jones. As its longest serving editor, Tim Redmond has a lot to answer for, particularly his spineless relationship with Brugmann.

For years few people have paid much attention to the Bay Boredom and with the internet’s ascendancy, to which the Boredom never adjusted, the newspaper’s need to exist evaporated.

The emperor never did have any clothes and now he’s just another newspaper corpse moldering in his grave, naked unloved unmourned.

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Posted by David Israels on 10/14/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

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Posted by Editor on 10/14/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: Seismologists Warn of East Bay Quake; Oakland Mayoral Candidates Stump for Measure Z

Measure Z is indeed the rebirth of Measure Y, a failed program which does not deserve reincarnation. No, Measure Z is not a significant improvement. The problem's that however bad Z is, if it doesn't pass, Oakland will do all sorts of even more destructive things because the establishment simply cannot do money responsibly. And three of the leading Mayor candidates have been doing the same old things in city hall for a very long time.

Sorry but we're really stuck on this one.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/14/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

Gee I thought the amazing pot industry could keep all of the altweeklies thriving. Too bad.

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Posted by Lisa Tsering on 10/14/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

THe SFBG shut down their web archives as well.

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Posted by Clark Sullivan on 10/14/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “The San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close After 48 Years

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Posted by Editor on 10/14/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Chevron Pumps $3 Million Into Richmond Campaigns; Kaplan Returns Illegal Donations from Lew Wolff

Does California use 1500 gallons of water to grow corn to produce 1 gallon of GMO corn fuel ethanol? Does California water providers check for ethanol in the supply water for public consumption? Should California request a waiver of the “Wallet Flushing” ethanol mandate so fuel ethanol ozone is in federal EPA compliance?



The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collects $billions$ using “Wallet Flushing” car tax. Is it time for CA AG Kamala Harris BP ethanol fuel waiver conversation?

Posted by Charlie Peters on 10/14/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Chevron Pumps $3 Million Into Richmond Campaigns; Kaplan Returns Illegal Donations from Lew Wolff

Does California use 1500 gallons of water to grow corn to produce 1 gallon of GMO corn fuel ethanol? Does California water providers check for ethanol in the supply water for public consumption? Should California request a waiver of the “Wallet Flushing” ethanol mandate so fuel ethanol ozone is in federal EPA compliance?



The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collects $billions$ using “Wallet Flushing” car tax. Is it time for CA AG Kamala Harris BP ethanol fuel waiver conversation?

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Posted by Charlie Peters on 10/14/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Young Black Males 21 Times More Likely to be Killed by Police

This data is extremely misleading without context.

Here is some context:
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/stats_at-a_glance/hr_age-race.html

Non-police involved homicides, the rate is about 20 times higher for Black youth than White.

Heres a bunch more context:
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/stats_at-a_glance/hr_age-race.html

Why would we expect police to shoot at Blacks and Whites at the same rate given that, overall, Blacks commit more murder and other violent crime than Whites?

What is the political incentive of providing misleading out-of-context statistics that make cops seem more biased than they actually are?

There already is real evidence of real racism in the system - Blacks receive higher conviction rates and longer sentences FOR THE SAME CRIME than Whites do. That can not be explained by anything but racism. But making up false bias where there is none does nothing to stop real racism from occurring, it just undermines the credibility of activists.

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Posted by Bakari Kafele on 10/14/2014 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Chevron Pumps $3 Million Into Richmond Campaigns; Kaplan Returns Illegal Donations from Lew Wolff

Nat Bates is a corrupt and dirty politician. His words are bought and paid for by chevron.

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Posted by Piper Ramsey on 10/14/2014 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Same thing happened to me. I felt like it was a scam too.

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Posted by Nancy Nuzzo on 10/13/2014 at 4:43 PM

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