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Re: “'Turn It Around' Looks Back at East Bay Punk

This is why we all have 24-hour donut shops now. Thanks Green Day!

Posted by Marc Arsenault on 05/24/2017 at 11:37 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

As a San Francisco Occupier, I did feel like a toxic cloud drifted in from Oakland. I dreaded their participation in our events and was sad to see the pig baiting and anarcho-nihilism spread to our side of the bay. (And no, it was not just black people.) I never had much interest in seeing windows indiscrimitorily smashed, and trying to squat a building that the cops have already surrounded is a recipe for chaos.
If fact, we did reach many of the homeless and formerly incarcerated and others who had no previous experience with the left, as well as "the usual suspects." But this contained its own problems. Different people had different worldviews, different ways of communicating, different ways of, um, resolving conflicts. One hundred percent consensus works, if it works at all, among a small group of friends who all share the same general activist philosophy and goals. Occupy never had that. It's meeting tried the patients of seasoned activists. Others simply could not abide by the process at all. And, while some people submitted to the grueling process, others simply declared their actions "autonomous" and did what they wanted, and somehow this was OK. But in the end, it was the difference between those who thought that untargeted smashy smashy was a legitimate strategy and those who did not that killed the movement. That issue, sadly, has not been resolved.
Occupy SF, the only one I really spent a lot of time in, was a beautiful moment, but not a sustainable one. Hopefully, we, and other activists and would be activists, can learn from our successes, and our failures.

Posted by Ethan Davidson on 05/24/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Ladnar seems unaware that footage exists of the board president saying he was free to come back the very next day.

Also, Ladnar seems unaware that one can both be pushed out and quit.

Also, you claim he used Mimi to get his message out, which is very untrue.

Posted by ghost of AIMS on 05/24/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

The American Indian Model School Board Meeting on May 16, 2017, the Board Members announced Dr. Perry can come back and reinstated his position as Head of the School. The Board Present Steven Leung said, " He can come back to school tomorrow." The word reinstated is not reapply!!!! If you don't know this word, please look it up in the dictionary. We have video to support the above statement. Thank you!

Posted by Fran Lau on 05/24/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Doctor Perry "QUIT!" He wasn't pushed out! When given the opportunity to reapply for his job, he said "no!"
He also used Mimi Pham to get his message out to teachers and parents after he had QUIT.

Posted by ladnar on 05/24/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

If superintendent and board collude in corrupt behavior, then change in one leadership position will not bring the sought-after change.

Also, have the parents and teachers articulated what different policies and procedures look like?

Are there individuals trusted enough by both parties to serve as arbitrators to achieve agreement on both short and long term goals?

Finally, let's remember that education is a noble pursuit. Our children depend on us to provide it; our society depends upon an educated citizenry.

David Barany

Posted by David Barany on 05/24/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

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Posted by Henderson Elizabeth on 05/24/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “California Teachers Have Been Financing Evictions


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Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

I respect the fact that you have challenged Trump. He is a despicable thing.

Posted by Gwen Steadman on 05/24/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

This is about whether private management is corrupt as charters are publicly funded privately managed schools. The idea that private is better or less corrupt than public has not been the historic situation with the American Indian Schools. In fact the history of American Indian is associated with corruption.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 05/24/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Potent article! As a member of a Northern California Nonprofit, I get to see first-hand how kids with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) benefit from summer camp. Many of them have never been camping. The majority of them are Oakland residents. But most of them live in the concrete jungle and rarely get that feel of the outdoors. Gratefully, many of them are veterans now.

Secondly, I continue to work with an organization that was created to educate and encourage children of color to learn about the critical relationship between insects and human beings and about ecosystems and diversity of landscapes usually in parks. Sadly, the vast majority of the beneficiaries are not children of color because many of them have limited access for the reasons you mentioned.

Lastly, I send a monthly Wellness Flyer to churches on health matters that disproportionately affect the African-American community. In it, I usually find opportunities to mention sunshine, mountains, vista points... Yet I ask the question, when did so many African-Americans become Vitamin D deficient? BCHO

Posted by Julie Dunbar on 05/24/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Aren't public schools supposed to be corrupt?

Posted by Beeb on 05/24/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

SO... After carefully reading the post by Ms Kaplan on 5/1/2017 (well after the statutory time limit for the mayor to appoint), we should note the council MAY fill the vacancy.. And since they are so outraged there is no advisory board should have at a bare minimum submitted suggestions. Ultimately, the council had and does have final say over any appointment made to this board.

This would seem to indicate the the council bears substantial responsibility... Including the author of the measure (and vice mayor).

Self serving Tammany Hall methods as usual.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/24/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

No George, it's about anti-intellectualism, out of control corporations and dumbed down marketing.
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Posted by Jack Moseley on 05/24/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “California Teachers Have Been Financing Evictions

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Posted by PATRICIA CHANDLER on 05/24/2017 at 4:27 AM

Re: “For Colored Girls … at Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

Thank you for spreading the word! - Sais

Posted by Mellea Hill on 05/23/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

Not mentioned:
Sarah Chavez-Yoell's cop husband has killed an unarmed man, hit a teenager with his car, and beat up a West Oakland Recreation Director. I'm sure she'll be impartial in this role.

Posted by Pink Elephant on 05/23/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Town Business: Landlords Defeat Bill to Preserve Oakland's SROs and Mayor Schaaf Will 'Set Aside' Soda Tax Revenue

Todd, assuming you're employed. Do you 1) ask to be paid lower than your skills worth? 2) if you can live off of $2,000 a month do you tell your employer to stop paying you more?

Somehow, I don't think you do.

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/23/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

I've only seen some of the film Idiocracy but isn't it a farce on "progressivism"?

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/23/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

Jim Mzt, you ever see Idiocracy? It's about you.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/23/2017 at 9:47 AM

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