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Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

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Posted by Editor on 08/21/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Indicted Pot Union Ex-Official Dan Rush Says He Will Be Vindicated

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Posted by Editor on 08/21/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “California NAACP Files Road Rules For California Cannabis Legalization in 2016

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Posted by Editor on 08/21/2015 at 6:08 AM

Re: “East Bay Law School, Inc.

510 839-2004
Investor to reopen East Bay Law School

Posted by GUERRA GLO on 08/21/2015 at 2:18 AM

Re: “East Bay Law School, Inc.

Open back the doors to East Bay Law School

Posted by GUERRA GLO on 08/21/2015 at 2:16 AM

Re: “East Bay Law School, Inc.

We need to reopen the doors to East Bay Law School in Oakland, CA
Any lawyer who might be interested please look up how to open up a law school.
e-mail me
gloriaguerra2015@hotmail.com

Posted by GUERRA GLO on 08/21/2015 at 2:15 AM

Re: “East Bay Law School, Inc.

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Posted by GUERRA GLO on 08/21/2015 at 2:09 AM

Re: “Banking on Coal in Oakland

I was quoted in this excellent Express article, and have submitted the following letter to the editor to clarify one of my quoted comments:

Many thanks to Darwin BondGraham for his excellent investigative journalism delving into the prospect of Utah coal coming to Oakland. With diligence and deep research he has made a significant contribution to our understanding of this issue.

I would like to clarify my comments quoted in the article. When I said that the coalition of groups here in Oakland is “going after every funding stream possible to make sure coal doesn't come to our city," I did not mean that we are seeking to cancel or curtail any public funding for the export terminal project itself. Every organization I am aware of in the Coal Free Oakland Campaign has tremendous respect and support for the hard-won union and community benefits that were built into the project’s design and agreements.

Instead, we want to make sure that public funding is not used to finance or facilitate the export of coal from Oakland, if necessary by attaching conditions or restrictions on the use of public funds. We are trying to do surgery on the project to remove coal as an acceptable export commodity, not kill the project itself. While we strongly support the economic development that the export terminal could bring to Oakland, we are determined that coal (and other fossil fuels) will not be allowed to intensify the pollution of West Oakland or further contribute to climate disruption.

We are outraged that Phil Tagami would assemble hundreds of millions of dollars of public funding, give repeated public assurances that coal would not be considered for export, and then apparently negotiate a secret deal with Utah or Kentucky coal companies to handle millions of tons of coal per year. The pending deal reserves forty-nine percent of the capacity of the future terminal for Utah coal, in exchange for the $53 million investment.

With respect to the toxic threat that coal represents for workers at the port and the surrounding community, Oakland City Council will hold a hearing on Monday, September 21st to hear testimony and receive evidence on this question. If the evidence justifies it (and we believe it does), our City Council has the power to ban coal from traveling through or being exported from Oakland. We encourage readers to attend that City Council hearing.

Sincerely, Aaron Reaven
350 Bay Area

Posted by Aaron Reaven on 08/20/2015 at 9:48 PM

Re: “California NAACP Files Road Rules For California Cannabis Legalization in 2016

It may be a "watershed moment" for the very conservative NAACP but historically it's decades late in the game after many hundreds of thousands of Black people have been the real targets of the war on "drugs."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/20/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Banking on Coal in Oakland

Flipping Tagami. Why am I NOT surprised? He is so crooked he has to screw his pants on in the morning.

Posted by Maureen Forys on 08/20/2015 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Indicted Pot Union Ex-Official Dan Rush Says He Will Be Vindicated

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Posted by Editor on 08/20/2015 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Banking on Coal in Oakland

CORRECTION: Minority shares, not controlling shares.

Posted by joe chojnacki on 08/20/2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Let Media Watch Body-Cam Footage of Fatal Incidents, But Refuse to Publicly Release Videos

Matt_Chambers,

I'm not sure what you're talking about with respect to your allegation that I am perpetuating "a completely false rumor" regarding the death of Mr. Wilks.

Could you be more specific? If I misstated any facts I'll make a correction.

Having not personally seen the video yet, which I plan to do, I can't report the details you seem to be asking for. Besides, this blog post isn't about what is in the videos, or the incidents themselves. But when I see the videos I'll report what's in them. Until then I will choose to keep my descriptions of the incidents as minimal as possible and not rely on hearsay from any of the parties.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 08/20/2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Banking on Coal in Oakland

"Arch Coal", I thought to myself, "Where have I heard of that?" Turns out in a fascinating national news story that's grabbed my attention. George Soros, left-leaning billionaire who has funded Democratic and liberal candidates, as well as robust anti-coal campaigns, recently bought controlling shares in both Arch Coal and Peabody Coal (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chro…).
I find this turn of events fascinating in itself: is he pouncing on an opportunity to profit from a sector he helped to depress because he believes it's undervalued, hypocritically profiting from an industry he has castigated? Or is he using the low valuation as an opportunity to acquire and destroy the two largest publically-owned coal companies in the country, and considering the purchase price philanthropic spending required to achieve his personal goal of getting the US off of coal?
A gripping national question with huge implications for the health of the environment, the transition of the US energy sector, and the state of Soros' soul - now with a strong Oakland connection.

Posted by joe chojnacki on 08/20/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Inside California's Historic Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill

More evidence of the involvement of selfish interests that are only in this for their own profits at the exclusion of patients and any semblance of fair play. Crony Capitalism is a good way to put it. A good example of why CA has not been able to pass another initiative regarding cannabis - infighting! The interests of the Owners, Growers, Patients and Aficionados are all in one way or another opposed to one another and as such easy prey for the prohibitionists, private prison groups, and law enforcement's low hanging fruit lovers.

Posted by John Grace on 08/20/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Indicted Pot Union Ex-Official Dan Rush Says He Will Be Vindicated

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Posted by Editor on 08/20/2015 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Going Country at Overland

If you have met Paul Hayward you will know that hospitality is what will entice people back to Overland. The food will be inventive and delicious but the welcome and the overall experience will make Overland a cornerstone of the burgeoning Jack London square and surrounding area. I first met Paul in 2008 and again in 2014, his warmth and charm will win you over and put you at the ease you normally associate with family. Get down to this bar and witness it for yourself, then tell your friends... you will be a part of History.

Posted by Phil Craig on 08/20/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Let Media Watch Body-Cam Footage of Fatal Incidents, But Refuse to Publicly Release Videos

Darwin BondGraham, you feel OPD shouldn't have excluded you, but then you go and exclude key known facts about Mr. Wilks' death, and perpetuate a completely false rumor about Mr Wilks' death. Interesting. I only read your articles to learn the latest false narrative

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/20/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Raw-G's Sangre Songs

Hella fresh!!

Posted by Cesar Gomez on 08/20/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Encuentro

I count this restaurant as one of the best in the bay. I am not vegan but simply love their food. Fresh, delicious, and served by a knowledgeable staff.

Posted by Carol BAde on 08/20/2015 at 10:24 AM

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