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Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida — Again

I asked Mel Sembler The night before last, why he thought an 85-year-old man should be shaping the future of the state of Florida?, And he replied smugly "because I can " he and his evil wife Betty must be stopped they must be put in their place we must not let 85-year-old oxygenarians shape the future of this great state! People rise up against these evil people.

Posted by John G. Ziesing on 07/04/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

That's a great news..

Posted by Jean Marc Begue on 07/04/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Coffee Box, a Sicilian Spinoff, and ‘Broffee’

Matt, I've never found Luke wanting as a food critic, and I suspect that he knows the meaning and significance of "craft coffee drinks."

Here's a hint -- in this case, regarding "artisanal bottled water":

http://www.scoutingny.com/the-best-bottled…

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 07/03/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

The auma is bad and I have 100,000 people voting no based on my opinion

Posted by oakland420 on 07/03/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

As this sordid affair plays out, there are many other equally important issues languishing in Oakland.

One such issue is the ever increasing incidents of illegal dumping. On many occasions I have contacted the Mayor's Office to give greater attention to this issue. To this day, I have received no response from Mayor Libby Schaaf. Various individuals I have spoken with inform me that Mayor Schaaf has actually thwarted community efforts to deal with this pandemic issue.

If Mayor Schaaf cannot or will not address this issue, perhaps Oaklanders need a mayor who will. Citizens of Oakland have suffered too long from mayors who get elected and proceed to do
nothing to improve the quality of life. We deserve and should demand better.

Posted by Dennis the Menace on 07/03/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

wow . throughout all of this, nobody in oakland government referred guap to services? smh

Posted by demotro polis on 07/03/2016 at 12:50 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

While this is going on, the efforts to combat illegal dumping in Oakland languishes while Mayor Schaaf basically ignores this pandemic problem.

Perhaps the duties of this office are beyond Mayor Schaaf's willingness and capabilities to fulfill the needs of the good people of Oakland.

Posted by Dennis Wanken on 07/03/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

Obvious Tong was working during visit at the Guap estate. Was Hill on-duty during visiting? Obviously also Guap received Hill's message (904 in OPD 9 codes) and stopped texting Hill concerning coming over for sex. But why after being so spy like did Hill thank her? I guess he is a polite child molester! Is Tong still working everyday with school age children and "mentoring" the Explorer Post??

So many unanswered questions!! More to come I hope...

Posted by John Spartan on 07/02/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Landlord Being Sued for Allegedly Pushing Out SRO Tenants

This is a very bad landlord. He took out all our belongings without notice. We are using law to protect ourselves. He has a Chinese Wife that's why he believes that he understands our Chinese don't know how to use the law to help ourselves. But don't forget that this is in the USA not in China. We will win the case and we will see.

Posted by Lily Lin on 07/02/2016 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

Brown seems very concerned....??? Does he want an "atta boy" for referring her to social services?? Can't hide behind Magnus there Brown, this is on your watch...how are YOU going to handle this??

Posted by John Spartan on 07/02/2016 at 9:57 PM
Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 07/02/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

East bay Express should get an award for breaking this story; you guys are putting the Chronicle and Mercury news to shame.

Posted by John-Paul de Veer on 07/02/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Eases Rules on Secondary Units to Add New Rental Housing

Why is the City of Oakland ordering a friend to demolish their illegal in law bedroom unit?
It is built in their townhouse condo basement and is constructed to code.
It's been there for 25 years and was reported by a neighbor. This 16 x16 room has been home to numerous students and teachers over the years.
I'm stunned to learn there is no other option than to demolish the living space.
Can anyone explain the logic?😠

Posted by changes on 07/02/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “California Set for Historic Vote on Cannabis Legalization

"That’s not true."

Great to see a newspaper actively refereeing a debate and educating its readership instead of just transcribing quotes. I'm new to the area and extremely very by the EBE.

Posted by Dan Meyer on 07/02/2016 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Q-and-A: 'Dogtown Redemption' Recycling and Homelessness Documentary Will Have West Oakland Debut This Saturday

Some of the folks like me a retired OUSD administrator save our soda cans. I go down there twice a year, get my little $30 bucks worth. I have interacted with the shopping cart folks and most are just so very interesting. Yea a bunch do drugs and bunch do not. I went to chidcare down the street at the Old Clawson school.This was in the late 40's as i started elementary school in 1949 at Durant. I remember when all the black firemen were on Magnolia, in what the white firefighters called the "coon " wagon. Some of our chiefs sarted there in the 40's, and I know Burl Smith who grewup on 34th, served as a Tuskeggee airmen started there. his mom and dad were our neighbors. I feel bad for the newbies there who have no answer for the homeless, the disposessed who are veterans of both that neighborhood, yea I still call it Clawson not the dope dealers Dogtown appellation . For the life of me, I cannot understand why these mostly white new folks have such disdain for the area they have moved into and do not want to know the history of a neighborhood destroyed by 580. I think it is obscene that these folks have no where to go, theese gleaners who clean up our scraps . That folks in my town are so ignorant of history of an area they do not know that in Anglo culture we have always had gleaners as thats what these folks are. So where are they to go..All the way down Peralta? What plan have these new folks fomr adding to the area instead of just living there? do they particiapte with the kids at neighboring Popular Park, or he veggie garden across from alliance? Man my town is losing it's soul.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 07/01/2016 at 11:08 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

Tommy---I do not know what if anything DA O'Malley is doing about prosecuting OPD officers Faeth and Turner; I wouldn't hold my breath. Just that recent articles imply that the Cortez family has filed claim (precursor to civil suit) against City/OPD. Lastly, little if anything can be known at this point about OPD's investigation of the two officers, because of the Peace Officrers Bill of Rights, as expanded by 2006 decision of CA Supreme Court in Copley Press vs. Superior Court. The law and the Copley decision shield from public disclosure police personnel records, police/complaint boards/police commission proceedings in public complaints and disciplinary matters, even when a complaint is sustained, the officers/PD/City is sued and loses or settles. Legislation to modify that law (SB 1286) was held in committee in May, because State Senate leadership did not want a floor vote on the issue, given police union's money and endorsement leverage in primary and general elections. The only reason Oakland residents know anything about OPD's handling---or avoiding handling ----OPD officer misconduct---- is because of the Riders lawsuit and ensuing Court oversight and the investigative reporters at the Express and the East Bay Times/former Oakland Tribune.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/01/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Stopping a Climate Change and Pollution Nightmare in the East Bay

Thank you for writing about the attempt to limit carbon and other emissions by refineries. Author and climate activist, Bill McKibben, has said that negotiating with basic physics is a losing proposition. He means that no matter what we do, adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere will make things worse. Worse means more droughts, floods, fires, rising sea level that could put large parts of the Bay Area (and all coastal zones) underwater and the possibility of huge famines due to water shortages and changing weather patterns.

Given how bad things already are and certain to become worse, anything that reduces carbon emissions more quickly is the right thing to do. The "logical and reasonable" arguments of government bureaucrats and fossil fuel company representatives should be ignored as the baloney it is. I urge everybody reading this story to contact the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors and urge them to make sure that the caps on refinery emissions are enforced. If one of the directors is your county or city representative, contact them. If not, choose one or more and contact them anyway. Link to Board Members and contact information: http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-the-air-distri…

Posted by Chris Darling on 07/01/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Assemble Offers a Timid Salute to American History

The food was as described bland for the price. Burger & Fries with Club Soda ( no refill) was $18 + some change before tip. I ate at the bar. I did not think the food was worth the money. But then I am 67 and do not know who the target market is.

Posted by Ed Jr Shelden on 07/01/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

They put OPD Capt. John Lois in charge of the investigation .. What a joke !! I was an Oakland Cop for more than 15 yrs and knew John very well. He had a reputation of stopping all the prostitutes on his beat and getting very "handsy" during his "pat down" searches. How fitting that they chose him

Posted by opd131 on 07/01/2016 at 12:14 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

The photograph on the label was stolen, without credit or compensation, from freelance photographer Chris Duffey, a longtime contributor to Oakland Magazine and the East Bay Express. A representative of Phat Beets declined to cease using the photo when informed that it was stolen. So much for the ethics and good works of Phat Beets Produce, I guess.

Posted by Stephen Buel on 07/01/2016 at 10:47 AM

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