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Re: “McClymonds High Football Team May Miss Playoffs Because of Controversial Student-Transfer Case

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11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 12/05/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Proposed Bullhook Ban in Oakland Stirs Debate Over Jobs Versus Animal Cruelty

For the record, at the 12/2 hearing, Councilmember McElhaney expressed her support for the humane treatment of the elephants regarding the bullhooks. She also stated her concerns about the lack of a full vetting of the fiscal issues related to the ban before voting on the issue. And I agree with her on that point. That said, I have the feeling that Ms. McElhaney will vote for the ban, once she's convinced that the bullhook ban would not negatively impact finances to any worrisome extent. Please don't write her off on this issue!

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Eric Mills
ACTION FOR ANIMALS

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Eric Mills on 12/05/2014 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Two New Bills Filed To Regulate Marijuana in California

Thats all the information that you can give on this? Where are the details?

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Colin Disheroon on 12/05/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Hottest Neighborhood for Singles? West Oakland

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Posted by Carol Wyatt on 12/05/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Proposed Bullhook Ban in Oakland Stirs Debate Over Jobs Versus Animal Cruelty

Oakland is a progressive city and we should not allow the torture of elephants. We can not let the fear of possible financial impacts get in the way of morality. It sounds like the circus is trying to threaten the city. I hope the city council will not give in to the threats.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Lisa Wade on 12/05/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Proposed Bullhook Ban in Oakland Stirs Debate Over Jobs Versus Animal Cruelty

I am truly disappointed in my elected representative, Ms. Gibson-McElhaney, drinking the Feld Kool-Aid and appearing to accept the bogus premise that as long as money is flowing to a favored group, it doesn't matter who suffers for it. Bravo to Councilmembers Gallo and Kalb, and may they prevail.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 12/05/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Proposed Bullhook Ban in Oakland Stirs Debate Over Jobs Versus Animal Cruelty

Threats of unfounded job & revenue loss should never be allowed to trump the real issues here: animal welfare, compassion, ethics and morality. The City Council's Public Safety Committee voted 3:0 (with one abstention) to send this humane proposal to the full Council for discussion and a vote on TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 5:30 P.M., OAKLAND CITY HALL. The public is urged to attend. Note that the Los Angeles City Council recently passed a similar bullhook ban unanimously. Truth be told, there should be a national ban on the use of ALL wild animals in traveling circuses and carnivals, as Colombia and Mexico City have done. But this is a critical first step. Let the City Council hear from you! (NOTE: The proposal is strongly supported by the Oakland Zoo, the East Bay SPCA, Performing Animal Welfare Society, In Defense of Animals, and a host of others.)

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Dist. 1 - Dan Kalb - dkalb@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7001
Dist. 2 - Pat Kernighan - pkernighan@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7002
Dist. 3 - Lynette McElhaney - lmcelhaney@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7003
Dist. 4 - Libby Schaaf - lschaaf@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7004
Dist. 5 - Noel Gallo - ngallo@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7005
Dist. 6 - Desley Brooks - dbrooks@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7006
Dist. 7 - Larry Reid - lreid@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7007
At Large - Rebecca Kaplan - atlarge@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-7008

MAYOR JEAN QUAN - jquan@oaklandnet.com; tel. 510/238-3141

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make those calls, send those e-mails (be civil!), then attend the Tuesday, Dec. 9 hearing at Oakland City Hall. As Woody Allen says, "80% of life is showing up." Please do.

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Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Oakland
email - afa@mcn.org

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Eric Mills on 12/05/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Ask Legalization Nation: Weeding Out Hemp Oil Hustlers.

Funny how the CBD Rich Hemp Oil from these companies won the High Times Cannabis Cup award for 5 years best CBD. HempMeds is the world leader in CBD Rich Hemp Oil. The leader will always have a target on their back!

Posted by Damon D'Amico on 12/04/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Proposed Bullhook Ban in Oakland Stirs Debate Over Jobs Versus Animal Cruelty

I'm all for banning circuses that involve tortured animals. If Feld Entertainment wants to pull the rest of its 'entertainment' from the Coliseum, then that's its damage, not Oakland's. At some point, basic morality needs to trump profit. This is one of those points.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Stephanie Tidwell on 12/04/2014 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Proposed Bullhook Ban in Oakland Stirs Debate Over Jobs Versus Animal Cruelty

The only party to position the ordinance as "jobs versus animal cruelty" is Feld Entertainment the parent company of Ringling Bros. Circus. The ordinance will not take away one job, as it does not prevent the circus from performing in Oakland. The ordinance only bans the use of bullhooks; a weapon that resembles a fireplace poker, and is designed to inflict pain on and instill fear in elephants. The ordinance merely takes the position that Ringling Bros. Circus is welcome but the abuse of elephants is unacceptable and not welcome. However Feld is stating that it can't make elephants perform without using a bullhook on them. And out of vindictiveness, Feld has threatened that if Oakland passes the ban, Feld may not bring any of their shows to Oakland, including Disney on Ice and Monster Truck Jam. By threatening to withhold its shows from Oakland Feld is threatening the jobs of people who rely on them for a living. This attempt by Feld to hold the City of Oakland hostage to its demands establishes that Feld does not give a damn about the City of Oakland and its workers. The owner of Ringling Bros. , Ken Feld, is a billionaire. For Feld to threaten the livelilhood of working class people should not only be considered dispicable it should be considered unacceptable. Many circuses perform without elephants but Feld insist on cruelly beating elephants for its circus shows. And like a spoiled little child Feld has intimated that if the City of Oakland does not play by Feld's rules and allow them to abuse elephants it will take its marbles and leave town. Moreover, if Feld wants to make money Feld needs US cities to hold performances of its shows. How many cities can Feld afford to withhold its shows from before Feld is no longer making money? Accordingly, Feld's threat of pulling all of its shows out of Oakland may be just an empty threat.

27 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Pat Cuviello on 12/04/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Two New Bills Filed To Regulate Marijuana in California

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8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 12/04/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “The Tyranny of Free

Excellent article, Sam Lefebvre. I have long distrusted streaming services like Pandora and its ilk. Now I have concrete reasons for my skepticism. You were wisely linked in an email newsletter from The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, CA. Here's hoping for wide distribution of your writing.

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Posted by Shawn R. Britton on 12/04/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “It's Official: Richmond Progressives Sweep City Council Race, Chevron Is Shut Out

Now if Oakland only could learn something from Richmond's example.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/04/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Hottest Neighborhood for Singles? West Oakland

Pin that big yellow smiley on gentrification.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/04/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Cal Refuses to Pay Berkeley Minimum Wage

We are on the horns of a dilemma. When the public, through the State budget, supported the higher education system in California, tuition and fees were so low that almost anyone in the State could afford to attend. As the public's support waned, UC's only recourse was to raise tuition, the only factor over which it has any control. Until the public again stands-up for higher education support with tax dollars, issues such as under paid workers, highly paid administrators, and high tuition will stay with us.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by John Kaso on 12/04/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Town Kitchen: Food Delivery for a Cause

Gawd I love this place. The past 10 years have been amazing to watch. Viva La Town!

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Posted by Editor on 12/03/2014 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Bluebird Pizzeria: East Coast pizza and down-home hospitality

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2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 12/03/2014 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Cal Refuses to Pay Berkeley Minimum Wage

It is not news that UC is a different jurisdiction from the City of Berkeley. Examples abound, often having to do with the UC police force. That said, it would be nice if the university would stop wrapping itself in the gown for this occasion.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 12/03/2014 at 9:45 AM

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