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Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

What a friggin' greedy devious sleazeball. It is clear he could care less, and no doubt intends to exploit the increasingly heated Oakland rental market for his own personal gain. How "original" (not.). How predictable.

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Posted by Lynn Rogers on 04/22/2015 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Tenants Disrupt Landlords' Conference in Oakland

Sounds like just another way for landlords to collude in price fixing. It's funny that they say techies are the reason for the skyrocketing rental increases when they only make up 5% of the workforce in San Francisco. It's also obvious that they're price fixing when an apartment in East Oakland is only moderately cheaper than an apartment in the Grand Lake/Rockridge area.

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Posted by Matthew Wiseman on 04/22/2015 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Wednesday Must Reads: Amended Vaccine Bill Heads for Vote Today; State Considers Charging Higher Rates to People Who Cut Energy Use

regarding the "anti-vaxxers'" story above: I'd rather those who choose not to pump babies/children with formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, mercury, aluminum, aborted fetal tissue, Thimerosal, bovine albumin....the list goes pro-health people, which is what we are. If you don't understand the dangers of injecting your body or your child's body w/ chemicals then why not give them heroin and cocaine while you are at it. Geez. Three billion dollars awarded to vaccine damaged children (my friend's baby died a day after his vaccines at age 91 days old) is not a vindication that vaccines are safe.

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Posted by Mindy Stone on 04/22/2015 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Remembering Heiko Schrepel, Quintessential Punk

It was great seeing Bill Collins play those songs at the memorial. Truly touching.

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Posted by Erin Harper on 04/22/2015 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Remembering Heiko Schrepel, Quintessential Punk

I love you heiko!!!!!

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Posted by Ashley Howard on 04/22/2015 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Iyasare and the Essence of Umami

The menu quoted on the was $70/person without cocktails and service, That is a bit north of what I consider casual dining (Perhaps Chow or Sidebar).

This sounds divine, but casual dining is not what I might call it.

(but maybe that is just me)

Posted by Gil Batzri on 04/22/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “OneCalifornia Bank

their url is in fact

Posted by Niklas Spitz on 04/22/2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Dildos: The Hole Picture

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Posted by Editor on 04/22/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Living Library

We need 350 volunteers for the Bay Area Book Festival. Sign up for a variety of jobs including working with Lacuna

Posted by Karen Hester on 04/22/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

I think the case can be made that addressing the community's trust in the police should be the city's #1 safety priority, since fighting crime hinges on strong community relations. In that light, and if this article's assertions are true, Ms. Parker is exactly the wrong person for this job at this time.

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Posted by joe chojnacki on 04/22/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

Don't forget that the school district also had a secret deal with urban core to sell them the neighboring 2nd ave parcel where Dewey High and the Paul Robeson building are. Urban core plans on building 3 towers of 100% luxury market rate condos. It's been illegal and our elected officials have been complicit.

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Posted by Mike Hutchinson on 04/22/2015 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Fourth Marijuana-Related Initiative Filed for California 2016 Election

42 pages of deception and boiler plate bullshit.

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Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 04/22/2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Fourth Marijuana-Related Initiative Filed for California 2016 Election

Basically another one written by and for business interests. Continues prohibition, the criminalization of cannabis, denial of individual rights and freedoms.

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Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 04/22/2015 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Well-Connected Billionaire Expands Almond Acreage as Cities Forced to Slash Water Use

Politically very naive perspective. Only the very last sentence reveals any useful information: "subsidized Delta water."

Almonds are a healthy food, not just a snack. The cost of growing almonds, like most food using "subsidized Delta water" is kept purposefully low for political reasons, not only for billionaire investors but also for the public in general which much prefers cheap food to more expensive food. Yep, the Chinese like California almonds just like we insist on Chinese-made iPhones. Cheaper is better, right?

It's all about public policy, subsidizing of certain basic supplies and externalizing of costs like environmental destruction. Politicians get elected by making sure water (as well as gasoline and other stuff) is cheap. Pols stay in office by ignoring environmental constraints like the destruction of the Delta due to overuse of water and little things like climate change because we all prefer to drive rather than take the bus, walk or bike.

Bottom line: don't blame the rich bastard who takes advantage of the same public policies that allow all of us to be wasteful and destructive in our everyday lives. We are the ones who elect people like the environmental moron Jerry Brown. We all need to look in the mirror. We need to think about the fact that water is too cheap and so is gasoline.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/22/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

As the expression goes, there's more than enough blame to go around -- Mayors in succession, City Administrators, Police Chiefs, etc. The real question is how do we put pressure on City leaders to do what is needed to extricate ourselves from this endless outsourcing of taxpayer dollars. We need to invest in local capacity building in order to avoid future interventions, like the DOJ.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rashida Grinage on 04/22/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

It isn't just the City Attorney who has been, to put it mildly, "inattentive." It's also the City Council, the Mayor and the City Administrator. All these folks make or carry out policies which should, and someday must, reform OPD and improve public safety.

And, yes, it's well past time for apologies. It's also well past time for action.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/22/2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

Here is the third letter we have written to Kim, asking him to get his act together -

Jonah Strauss

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Posted by Jonah Strauss on 04/22/2015 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

It will be exciting to watch this play out in court. The highlights will be loss of $5m+ revenue from the sale of the parcel, the developer's retaliatory lawsuit against the city, and the parcel remaining empty dirt for years or even decades. Everyone wins!

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Posted by Ian Rees on 04/22/2015 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Oakland Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal

The City Council of Oakland routinely waives the competitive bidding process.

If you search the Council Agenda Reports online, you will discover that this is done time and time again.

They do this, so they can choose a favored individual or business entity to award a contract to.

The City Charter stipulates a competitive bidding process and what the Council does by waiving this provision is in direct violation of their duties to look after the taxpayer's interest.

The ultimate solution is to not re-elect Council members that violate the City Charter and do what is in their best interest, instead of what is in the best interest of the public they serve.

24 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bobby Darin on 04/22/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

Isn't an apology a little weak? Whether this bumbling stems from incompetence or corruption, it looks like grounds for resignation.

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Posted by joe chojnacki on 04/22/2015 at 9:57 AM

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