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Re: “Denny’s to Emeryville: Increasing the Minimum Wage Increases Crime

As of several years ago, the Emeryville Denny's was the highest grossing Denny's in Northern California. Quite profitable especially if it still has a bar.

Len Raphael, CPA

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 04/13/2015 at 1:24 AM

Re: “The Bold Italic Quietly Goes Out of Business

sad news indeed.
here's my take in 'An Open Letter to The Bold Italic's Parent Company'

Posted by Yan Budman on 04/13/2015 at 12:51 AM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

The garden idea while the land was in neglect was a great way to beautify the area and serve a need. However, the BOTTOM LINE- That shit don't belong to you. I wish a ________ WOULD try to tell me what to do with what's mine. Like he said {shrug} you can buy it.

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Posted by Anthony Moore on 04/12/2015 at 2:50 PM

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

Time for some legal battles between people who claim they "need" a dog and those of us with REAL disabilities that make it impossible for us to be around barking or violent dogs. (Pit bull nutters love to call their killing machines "emotional support dogs.") I'm currently looking for 100% dog-free condo or mobile home park! I've finally given up after the last ugly battle over "nuisance" barking. I have neurological disabilities, including Hyperekplexia, that make it dangerous for me to be around barking dogs. Half-assed, passive aggressive pseudo-compliance with barking regulations just won't cut it. I need to get away from these people. (This is also the condo complex where I was attacked by a pit next door a couple years ago.) I'm done fighting. All I've ever needed was for the existing CC&Rs to be enforced, but the board and management association refuse to do anything pro-active to keep the violations from happening. (They do respond, eventually, but only after I've been made to suffer drop and myoclonic attacks for three months, not to mention the verbal abuse and threats from the nutter neighbors.) I can find rentals that are 100% dog-free, but I can't afford to rent -- I'm living on a pension now, and I just can't afford to lose my equity. I'm in California, but willing to move to ID, AZ, WY, ND, SD or NM. The most important thing is finding a place that has a 100% No Dogs policy. And, hell yes, I'm willing to fight for it.

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Posted by kell brigan on 04/12/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Lounge 3411

This spot is really kind of a find. It is located in an area you wouldn't think had any type of nightlife. Once you walk inside your eyes immediately adjust to comfort as the staff greets you and the decor grabs you. I walked in on a Saturday night that just happened to be a house night for music. The party was called "Infectious" and it was just that...infectious. These DJ's were really good and the drinks weren't bad either. I plan on returning often.

Posted by Todd Woodbridge on 04/12/2015 at 7:30 AM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

If we had squatters rights for taking over derelict and neglected property we would have owners investing in maintaining them. Also there would be incentive for owners to collaborate with community agriculture groups. Cuba has laws that anyone can farm unused and neglected land and it works. Havana has some of the most productive urban ag on the planet

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Posted by Todd Jersey on 04/10/2015 at 11:48 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

@Alphie Noakes, the literal meaning of gentrification is something very different than the context of community displacement that is inferred when we talk about gentrification.

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Posted by K. Swift on 04/10/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

Here's a link to the fundraiser -

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Posted by K. Swift on 04/10/2015 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Asian Seniors Misled About Lake Merritt Luxury Tower

If this plan is shot down, how will the city of Oakland afford all this affordable housing? Oakland already has more affordable housing than most Bay Area cities and less taxes are generated as a result. Without market-rate development, crime will continue to plague the community due to a derelict police force, the sewers will continue to dump sewage in the bay, and the school system will continue to rank amongst the lowest in the nation. This, among other development opportunities, is a great chance for Oakland to move forward with long-term changes that will benefit the whole community.

It also seems unfair for UrbanCore to be taking the heat for the mislead elderly when it seems that a third party landowner is truly responsible.

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Posted by Arthur Penske on 04/10/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “A Minor Victory Against Gentrification in West Oakland

These community workers volunteered their time and effort to improve the value of his until then nuisance dirt lot toilet. Showing up with machines of war is a peculiar way for the owner to show due gratitude.

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Posted by Lydia Heather Blumberg on 04/10/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Friday Must Reads: New York Police Break NBA Player’s Leg; SoCal Sheriffs Pummel Horseback Rider

Every week these days we are witness to video proof that law enforcement in this country is out of control. It's in small towns and big cities. It's in the south, north, east and west. It is local cops, sheriffs, highway patrol, transit police and marshals. This behavior shown to us by LA sheriffs is appalling. The film shows clearly that the man lay on the ground with hands down when the beating started. It looks like a pack of wild dogs on a piece of meet. The blue line as they like to be called is really a gang who believe they are above the law and that the badge is a license to commit terrorism on black and brown people. I bet you won't see this behavior in Beverly Hills or on the upper east side of NY city. Why, because those communities have money, influence and power and that kind of behavior would not be tolerated. The whole process of who cops are, how they are trained and how they do their jobs needs to be changed. That in hand with a modified criminal justice system that no longer believes that just because a cop says it does not make it true, they need to be accountable for their actions.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 04/10/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Denny’s to Emeryville: Increasing the Minimum Wage Increases Crime

Why would anyone be surprised at an ignorant, uninformed, racist public comment made by a corporate representatives of Denny's? For those of you not of age, remember that Denny's used to be called SAMBO's! They changed the name in the 70's after loud public outrage about the name of their restaurant. The original corporate decision was to ignore the outcry until the noise became too loud and started affecting profits. I might add that the cheap menu items in this restaurant contain mountains of salt and fat which they serve at the expense of their customer base. That illustrates clearly what the corporate culture is for Denny's. Say or do anything to make money, even if a little racism is necessary to make a point that saves money.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 04/10/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Ask Mr. Dad

This post was very helpful to me. I have found that helping my kids through the third grade can be beneficial, but as of the fourth grade, the child needs to learn to be an active independent learner. Sometimes my son has sports practice earlier in the day, and there is a limited time for homework. In those times I will help him to find certain items and help him get the work done so that he does not stay up too late. My observation is that for fifth grade and beyond that independent learning and studying is of primary importance, and the teachers recognize a student who is independent versus one who is spoon fed by the parents. This great article has helped me overcome my desire to over-help as the helicopter parent. It has moved me in the direction of independence and not dependence. Thanks

Posted by Harv Brown on 04/10/2015 at 2:12 PM

Re: “What We Want For Our Children

What a great story. You shared with your child your true LOVE OF MUSIC, not the boring necessity of practice, practice, practice. And by seeing your love of music, he got the message, and his heart strings began to resonate with yours. However, not all parents can have the time to practice Thus, I do not fault those parents who force their children to play an instrument. The benefits of even forced practice can be everlasting. IT SURE BEATS VIDEO GAMES!

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Posted by Harv Brown on 04/10/2015 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Friday Must Reads: New York Police Break NBA Player’s Leg; SoCal Sheriffs Pummel Horseback Rider

Mary so that gives the police the right to beat his a$$ after he has given up? He surrendered and that's when the beating started. How anyone could rationalize that is stunning.

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Posted by Martin Privat on 04/10/2015 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 1, 2015

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Posted by Editor on 04/10/2015 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Friday Must Reads: New York Police Break NBA Player’s Leg; SoCal Sheriffs Pummel Horseback Rider

Uh, the "horseback rider" was a horse thief who had stolen the unfortunate equine after fleeing deputies serving a search warrant in an identity-theft case.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 04/10/2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Updated: War on California Medical Marijuana Will Continue, Justice Department Says

I suggest that to truly understand the root cause of many evils and inequities in our society, including decades of police 'misconduct' cover-ups, it is important to understand two things.
1) The original war on drugs was not waged against 'marijuana', it was implemented to destroy the Hemp Industry and facilitate the PetroChemical Industry. In order to disguise this true intent and gain wide public acceptance, "minorities" were targeted and demonized.
2) Regan's 'War On Drugs' however WAS designed to target, demonize and disenfranchise "minorities", primarily Black and Brown.
I won't attempt to explain or justify this here, especially when others have done so far more convincingly and eloquently than I could hope to. I highly recommend Michelle Alexanders's book "The New Jim Crow". It may not 'surprise' many, but the facts are shocking and damning.

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Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 04/10/2015 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Note to Readers: Why the Express Now Capitalizes Black

Thank you so much! It means a lot

Monika Brooks

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Posted by Monika Brooks on 04/10/2015 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Enter the Dragon

Yah, a great place I agree. Each time we visited on an off night, it was fairly uncrowded and easy to get seating. No doubt Fri and Sat evenings would be different.

Posted by chris juricich on 04/10/2015 at 8:10 AM

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