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Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

"Worthington announced that he forged an alliance with fellow progressive council colleague and already-announced mayoral hopefully Jesse Arreguín." Think you mean "hopeful" here.

Posted by Michael Baker on 07/27/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Oakland Designer's Ugly Donald Trump Coloring Book Raises Thousands for Immigrants

Trump deserves to be treated as a buffoon and as a serious danger. Congrats to Joey Yang for covering the buffoon angle so well!

Posted by Will Leben 1 on 07/27/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

Writing in Bernie is a great strategy for electing Donald-is that your goal?

Posted by ed gerber on 07/27/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

The map does not show the fault running through the UC Berkeley stadium. It appears further west than I've seen on other maps. Is this an accurate depiction of the fault location.

Posted by jvla2 on 07/27/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

The map of the Hayward Fault doesn't seem to be loading properly or is inaccurate. The fault generally follows Highway 13 and then along the backside of the Berkeley Campus, including, as mentioned, through Memorial Stadium. But the fault is pictured several miles away from all that.

Posted by Gregory 'gar' Russell on 07/27/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

There's a much more pressing problem in our own back yard: the Bay Area's many live animal food markets. California annually imports some TWO MILLION non-native American bullfrogs for human consumption (commercially-raised). Plus an additional 300,000 to 400,000 non-native freshwater turtles, all taken from the wild in states East of the Rockies, depleting local populations. These markets are common in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Los Angeles, mostly in various "Chinatowns." Often illegally released into they wild, they prey upon and displace our native species.

Worse, the majority of the bullfrogs (60+ %) test positive for the dreaded chytrid fungus (Batrachrochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd), which has caused the extinctions of 200+ species of frogs and other amphibians worldwide in recent years.

ALL of the market frogs & turtles are diseased and/or parasitized, though it is ILLEGAL to sell such products: E. coli, pasturella, salmonella, blood parasite, giardia, et al. Many of the animals are stacked four and five deep, often without food or water, and butchered while fully conscious.

Now THERE's an issue where the Berkeley and Oakland City Councils could REALLY make a difference. Follow the money.

x
Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Oakland

Posted by Eric Mills on 07/27/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

IT'S TOO BAD YOU CAN'T TELL WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE IS GOING TO HAPPEN

Posted by Jean Blake Fleming on 07/27/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

Let's march out the Elephant in the room here! The City of Oakland gets a huge "franchise fee" (estimated by some to be up to $25 million) from its granting of exclusive rights to companies for their collecting solid waste and recyclables. Such a fee cannot pertain to recycling companies (like Alliance) whose recyclables are not collected by them, but brought to them by individuals (whether in shopping carts or trucks). Oakland's "franchised" collectors charge their clients by volume, and every piece of recyclable material not being collected by them (but by others) cuts the revenue those franchised collectors can charge their clients. This also probably affects the revenue percentage based franchise fees collected by Oakland from their franchised collectors - reducing the city's revenues. The Alliance Recycling outdated website states it collected 15,600 Tons of recyclables in 2008. Imagine how much volume that 15.6 tons removed from the franchised collector's revenue streams, and how they must be complaining about that lost revenue to a city government that is also losing revenue from its reduced franchise fees as a result. The city of Oakland is squarely in bed with those big businesses it granted exclusive collection rights to. One look at the Alliance Recycling location on Peralta Street will confirm that street is packed with industries - it is nobody's idea of a residential or gentile neighborhood setting. Oakland has laws against the illegal collection of recyclables (such as raiding waste bins of such), so rather than expensively policing such violations, it chooses to shut down the recycling company. This is less about sidewalk blocking or nuisances and more about a conspiracy between Oakland and its franchised collectors to do what in anybody else's viewpoint would be the illegal restraint of trade. The elephant in the room here is holding a bundle of money in its trunk, and that money is headed straight for Oakland and its exclusive franchised collectors.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 07/27/2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

We can only write-in Bernie's name if there are 55 electors filed. Keep in mind that those disqualified in the primary and independents will be voting in the General Election.

Anyone interested in becoming an elector for Bernie?

Only those names written on the ballot at the General Election for President of the United States, for which a group of 55 Presidential Electors pledge their votes to that write-in candidate, shall be counted as votes.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/june-7-2016-presidential-primary-election/qualifications-running-office/

November 8, 2016, General Election
Summary of Qualifications and Requirements:

Presidential Elector - Independent Candidates (PDF)

Presidential Elector - Write-In Candidates (PDF):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9SQmm-iXRGtblJHZ2tFT2FMQjg/view?usp=sharing

In nearly every state, the candidate who gets the most votes wins the "electoral votes" for that state, and gets that number of voters (or "electors") in the "Electoral College." http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/electoral-college/

Posted by Donald Switlick 1 on 07/27/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “3rd Annual Fresh Jamz on the Lake

Awesome!! Can't wait!!

Posted by Dj Odiaka on 07/27/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

Just to be clear: what I meant by "Goldilocks" was that the rent ordinance adopted by Council in March and that we recently placed on the November ballot rests neatly in between the rent control activists' initiative ("too strong") and the California Apartment Association's initiative ("too weak") -- our ordinance, as Goldilocks would say, is "not too strong, not too weak, but something in between that's just right." Thanks! : )

/s/ tony
tdaysog@alamedaca.gov

Posted by Tony Daysog on 07/27/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Oakland Cell Phone Surveillance Vote Postponed to Improve Privacy Protections

What are the penalties for police violating the policy, or using the surveillance equipment to spy on people without justification? If they can still use the gear to wrongfully invade our privacy and no one is held accountable, that's not acceptable.

Posted by Starchild on 07/27/2016 at 12:21 AM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

Super unfortunate and unjust. If the reason for closing is theft and compromised-hygiene in the nearby area, I imagine the city could think of more clever and useful means of regulation and maintenance than simply closing Alliance.

What if Alliance needed to see proof of purchase or ownership for certain metals (fancy copper and lead; BBQs, etc.) , and not for others (cans, bottles, old scrap)? Or something similar?

What if the city helped set up a homeless outreach clinic in the vicinity? Teamed up with the Berkeley Suitcase Clinic, create an Oakland buddy project. With a restroom or two? Or teamed with UC Berkeley's Haas Business School or School of Social Welfare to find a more just solution?

Instead of shutting down these humans' means for sustenance, they could put in some more energy and time and find ways to reach a compromise.

Posted by William Renauld on 07/26/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Best of the East Bay 2016

There's no list here. What gives east bay express. Very misleading

Posted by Jack Blangy on 07/26/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

I am glad to hear that Rashidah Grinage and Pamela Drake of the Coalition are still positive about the likely benefits of the prospective Police Commission.

It is a sad fact that the realization of the Commission is coming at possibly the worst possible time with the Police Officers Association with its hackles up so the process is fraught with a great deal of mistrust. And of course the Mayor is concerned above all with protecting her administrative power. The Council is having to do a lot of work in a very short period of time in their characteristic reactive "last minute" mode rather than in an extended process of democratic outreach and reflection and planning ahead. This sort of policymaking, although typical of Oakland, isn't guaranteed to produce the best possible outcomes.

Although I have for many years supported a Police Commission for Oakland, these days I am also feeling very sympathetic with our cops because of the revolving door of the Chiefs, the ongoing low morale and constant high level of attrition and the Mayor's utter irrationality and incompetence.

I'm also very concerned about the citizens who don't have nearly the level of police service they need and deserve, and who at the same time bear the high dollar costs of our department due to lawsuits and constant turnover. All this in a time when there is no evident leadership or vision for the future.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/25/2016 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

Pamela is correct. Does the Commission still have 'teeth?' It may not have wisdom teeth, but it still has molars. The most important accomplishment of the measure is that it cuts the City Administrator out of the disciplinary process. This is a major reform. Although the Coalition is not getting everything we wanted, placing this item on the ballot is a significant step in what will be an ongoing process to bring the Oakland community into the process of how it is policed and will strengthen the ability to hold accountable officers who abuse their authority, racially profile and violate Department policy. The glass is not full, but it is more full than empty. No doubt there will be more work needed in the future, but make no mistake: this is a victory that should be celebrated and the work will soon begin to ensure a win in November!

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/25/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

I can't wait for a branch group of Direct Action in Mumbai to take exception to Americans devouring cows.

Do something real people.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/25/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “En Plein Air

Address correction: The Alley is located at 2309 Encinal Ave. Alameda, CA, 94501

Posted by TheAlleyAlameda on 07/25/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

Wow. How many more teeth will get pulled out of this thing by Tuesday?

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 07/25/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

Eucalyptus are no more flammable than our native chaparral. They do not crowd out or poison other plants. WHat you see are old plantations, where they were planted densely. A little thinning, as I've seen in bits of Tilden Park, creates a more natural open forest. I quit the Sierra Club because of its ignorant tree-hating. Read the facts at sutroforest.com/eucalyptus-myths

Posted by Robert ANderson on 07/25/2016 at 12:35 PM

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