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Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

REALLY Walter M?! Withholding paychecks illegally from multiple employees sounds like a witchhunt to you? There is nothing funny about this. Employers who abuse minimum wage employees should be held accountable and fined to discourage this practice. It is simply unacceptable to take advantage of workers who are the lowest paid and often don't speak English well. I will certainly boycott Burma Superstar - it was my favorite restaurant! The food is fabulous - but not at the expense of abusing employees. Important for patrons to know this.

Posted by Margo M on 09/15/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

=v= When Whole Foods opened up in Berkeley so many years ago, they were selling George Killian's Irish Red, which was a microbrewery that had at that point been owned by Coors for some time, and was part of the Coors boycott. Whole Foods attempted to placate the boycotters by pretending that their customers had a preference for the microbrewery before it was Coors.

Branding is garbage, you have to keep track of who owns whom.

(In case it's not clear, Whole Foods had no "customers" in Berkeley before the buyout, nor did George Killian.)

Posted by Jym Dyer on 09/15/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

The whole force needs to be fired. I hope more girls step forward who have been sexually assaulted by police

Posted by Veronyca Mawusi Abena on 09/15/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Underage Sex Scandal Involves Cop Who Possibly Killed His Wife

@Len Raphael. When the Legislative branch of government colludes with the Executive branch to act in a manner or to produce an outcome that is contrary to the people's wishes, that rock solid three-legged stool the Founding Fathers devised effectively is left teetering on one leg.

The police union should be cut off at the knees in the Executive branch shake up after the PD members' suicide, firings and suspensions. It may have been a blessing in disguise that the Council bureaucratically maneuvered to prevent the PD oversight initiative from even being conceived. With the investigation results coming to light now, perhaps the Mayor can invoke some emergency clauses to establish citizens' oversight.

It is surprising that after being under Federal oversight for so many years there is still no oversight by citizens. The Founding Fathers set up the system of government; then in hindsight clarified that the people could overthrow that government if it went rogue, violently if necessary--using a militia comprised of people bearing arms; and finally, they left us with a warning to ALWAYS watch the government like a hawk, because POWER CORRUPTS!

All that... 240 YEARS AGO!!!

And we STILL aren't monitoring the government adequately. Apparently the legislature has been in bed with the police for centuries! Where have the people been? Asleep? At least now they know which members of the Council to give the boot at the next election. If they don't, they have only themselves to blame.

Posted by Pete Pereira on 09/15/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

The OPD and All the other state cop agencies endorsed kabamala already. She isn't going to lift a finger. Obama loves Kamala so don't expect the doj to get in the game either. Decriminalizenow.org

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 09/14/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Richmond Rent Increase and Eviction Moratorium Blocked by Mayor Tom Butt and Two Councilmembers

If you limit rent increases artificially, you will reduce the number of available rental as renting landlords either exit the market or trade out to properties in locales that aren't hostile to landlords. The net result will be to inflate new rental prices and make Richmond less of a value for most renters. If this seems odd to you, look at SF and Berkeley.

Posted by Kurt 1 on 09/14/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

"...And the owners of the craft breweries cry... All the way to the bank. Your point?"

It's about monopoly capitalism. If you can't get your head around it, it might suggest something about the size of your head.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/14/2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

Sounds like a one-sided witch hunt. Looks like their lawyers are having a field day with this one. ha ha ha

No way I would ever want to be a restaurant owner in the San Francisco bay area with all these lawsuits. One of my favorite restaurants in SF, Beetlenut, closed down recently. I wonder if it was because of one of these kinds of lawsuits. I miss their food. :(

Posted by Walter M on 09/14/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

...And the owners of the craft breweries cry... All the way to the bank. Your point?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/14/2016 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

Isn't this the same story repeated again and again in U.S. corporate history? The big fish eat the small fish. Ho hum.

As I recall AB bought its first microbrewery in Seattle (Redhook) about 25 years ago.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/14/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Richmond Police Sex-Crime Scandal Investigation Finds Officers Didn't Break the Law

Not only did we investigate ourselves and found ourselves innocent of any wrongdoing, BUT we now charge the media with the audacity to even bring this to the attention of the citizens we swore to protect. The media violated our rights. Oh, we did give the girl money and buy her a plane ticket. All legit though

Posted by Sarah Makahi on 09/14/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Reem's California: The Power of a Corner Bakery

OMG WE CANNOT WAIT!!!! I started reading this article and said to myself "PLEASE GOD MAKE HER SERVE MANYEESH. And then i read the rest of the article and saw my prayers will be answered. Welcome to the Fruitvale we cannot wait to have you!

Posted by Heather Haxo Phillips Yoga on 09/14/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

I can't believe this a one-time or one victim occurrence. From my research into historic police corruption, involvement with prostitution is endemic.

Posted by Dolly Fine on 09/14/2016 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Richmond Rent Increase and Eviction Moratorium Blocked by Mayor Tom Butt and Two Councilmembers

Middle-of-the-road Alameda passed a rent moratorium . . . twice.

Posted by Tony Daysog on 09/14/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

Blatant organized crime by so many paid to fight that. Why so lack of trust and respect! Evidence of their national criminal organization one right after another. Excuses are nothing but more proof. Police policing themselves is like the Mafia's policing themselves.

Posted by Sharon Rosen on 09/14/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

O'Malley should explain why she can't go ahead and file charges and then request that her witness be extradited back to CA. Especially since the witness apparently bit a guard in self-defense. Even if the guard was not attempting to rape her when she bit him, it was extremely irresponsible of the alleged "treatment center" to allow Guap to go to jail, given that she had been victimized/trafficked by law enforcement. Get the kid back to CA and into treatment with a more reputable provider. And if this needs investigating by an outside agency, the state is no longer outside the scandal.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/14/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

Thanks again for your excellent and continuing coverage on this. What I haven't seen addresses here or anywhere else is any attention on Miss Guapes parents, one of whom works for OPD. These alleged crimes took place when Guape was a minor, which may not imply negligence on the part of her parents, but certainly raises questions. Not to mention how quiet her(Miss Guap') have been in light of the fact that their daughter was raped sex trafficked. Someday perhaps we'll all know the truth, in the mean time keep up the good work.

Posted by Jeffrey D. Cash on 09/14/2016 at 5:57 AM

Re: “There's zero chance the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas (if they do, I'll sport a Mark Davis bowl cut for a week)

Mark Davis says it would bring the raiders together haha that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Raider fans are the most die hard fans in the league that there's ever been. Oakland makes the money they just haven't been good in about 14 years , but its making the move to excellence... Just win baby! I meen oakland makes the money hungry people dealing with the raiders, but these damn people always want more and more can't something not be all about the money for once and keep them in oakland Raider fans want a new stadium ,but if it takes a long time to get they don't care, if they have there team doing good they're going to bring in the money and don't care about bad water plumming in the stadium! We are Raider fans and there just something about having the raiders in oakland and think about the public for once rich people, we Love our team and it won't be the same in any other city i promise you that....it won't be anywhere close to the past Raiders!

Posted by archilles on 09/13/2016 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

Charlie pine is in favor of rapists?

Posted by Sebastian Caspary on 09/13/2016 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

Smells like rotten fish roasting on a dung fire atop a sulfur pit.

Posted by JP Massar on 09/13/2016 at 8:41 PM

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