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Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

The Trumpization of America marches on with money and homogenization and privilege as the themes. Keep 'em out if they're different. Keep out their amazing talents that truly made America great. More white bread please. Make American White again. And I'm a white baby boomer who brags about Oaktown and our amazing diversity of people and food. Sad, Boring. Tears.

Posted by Alan J Miller on 02/01/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

meanwhile, Lyft donated $1 million to ACLU-I've always been a lyft user and will continue to do so-bring them to Oakland!

Posted by marty bauer on 02/01/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Kudos to EBX for exposing Uber for what they really are. When Uber first came on the scene, everyone jumped on their bandwagon, touting them as an example of the "new economy". I have never seen such outright media spin of the facts. The facts are that Uber from it's inception, has continually shown that their business model is based on greed, lies and a refusal to follow rules others in their industry are forced to follow. Despite the rogue business activities, Uber was embraced by many, including Mayor Libby Schaaf, desperate to have positive headlines of any kind during her struggling early term as Mayor. The facts on the ground say that Uber was getting rich on the backs of hard working cab drivers and their own employees. Yes Uber, I said employees. Despite Uber insisting that they are a car service, they own no cars and are not legally liable for insuring their drivers or customers. Uber is not and never was a sustainable business model. They are now paying millions of dollars in fines and settlements all over the country and have been banned in several cities around the world. No wonder they support Trump, who believes that all regulations are bad for business. Oakland should stand for livable wages, public safety and competitive business practices for all those in the same industry. Once again Mayor Schaaf your ready, shoot, aim style of decision making is exposed.

Posted by Gary Patton on 02/01/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?

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Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

I used to work a block away from HF, and I ate there something like 3x a week for a year+, because it was f'ing spectacular. Not only was the food great, but the staff was great as well.

In the waning days of the job I had in Uptown, things were rough. Emotionally draining. Utterly, soul-crushingly miserable. I was walking, dejected, back to the parking lot at the end of a long day, and A came jogging out of the place and said, "Hang on." He went back inside & made me an ice cream cone. I may have teared up a little.

There are a lot of things I loved about Hawker Fare. The style of the place. The people. The great food. Sometimes a bit out of my comfort zone. Always interesting. I was proud that place was Oakland.

And as long as I live, I'll never forget that ice cream cone.

Posted by Seppo Helava on 01/31/2017 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Luke

I am a big fan of your writing and your palate. I lost count of the number of restaurants that you have alerted me to. Thanks.

I was ecstatic that you visited our newest restaurant in the village, and even more ecstatic that you like the place. We do too.

I am a business owner in Montclair and a Hills resident, and I find your typification of my business district and my neighborhood as 'lilywhite' to be demeaning, inaccurate and quite frankly, racist, short sighted and insensitive.

In fact, I showed your review to several people, who all questioned your use of the word "lily white."

In the Montclair business district, I see owners and employees of every color and background; in my residential neighborhood, I see the same mix.

Yes, the population of African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans is less than in West and East Oakland, the San Antonio district and Chinatown/KoBe, but that is due to the high cost of housing more than any other factor, and is a sad statement on our institutionally racist society, not of any individual neighborhood.

Still on my block in the Hills - 150 families - there are families of every race.

A retraction would be nice.

Cordially,
Jeff Diamond, president Montclair Village Association

Posted by Jeff Diamond on 01/31/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

Passing of an OakAsian institution. I'm a white guy so don't know my Asian cuisine as well as natives who've lived it, but I'm putting this right up there with the disappearance of some other OakAsian moderately priced institutions...like the old V's on Webster and Bun Mam Soc Trang near 14th Ave.

(http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatTheFork/…)

Correct me if I'm wrong Luke, as your live and work this stuff.

There are certainly still a few hidden gems at reasonable prices. But these three were as good as anything in NYC. And unfortunately this is one white guy who doesn't have the money to follow V's back to Southeast Asia...

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/31/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

People who live in Montclair today didn't choose the restaurants that are in the village. Rents are incredibly high, there's little available retail space due to too many realtors on the ground floor, and that is what determines who can stay, who can't come in. People who live in Montclair eat in restaurants all over Oakland. Don't equate white with non-adventurous eating.

Posted by Susan Weiner on 01/31/2017 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Olis Simmons sucks millions of dollars from the City of Oakland for her Youth Uprising agency - where she brought in the filthy misogynist rapper Too Short as a "career counselor," hired a "dance instructor" who was caught molesting a subteen girl, and farmed out teens for E-40's rap video in praise of reckless driving. Oh, by the way, she is an incompetent, overpaid manager. No wonder Jean Quan launched her 2010 mayoral campaign from Simmons's Youth Uprising facilities. ... The Express gave Simmons a pass for years, even defending the same anti-social rappers that she foisted on the children. Now that Simmons' opportunism led her to tie up with a vulture capitalist of education, we finally get light on a bit of her plunder.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/30/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland City Council Fights Trump Immigration Ban; Police Monitor Contracts Come Back; 2017-19 City Budget

some of that money should be going to fix Oakland problems. Like putting more police on the street, fixing housing or feeding the homeless there.

Misleading click bait title on FB EBE like page btw.

Posted by Lisa Rowe on 01/30/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Dan Savage: Should You Tell Him or Her That You're Cheating? Or Keep it Secret?

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Re: “Visions of Liberty

Poor I'm Alright Bee, down with a severe case of the bitter and twisted's, bless :D

Posted by Sian Obermaier on 01/30/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Weed-Infused Sex Lube Hits Market: Meet, Foria

when will it be sold in Washington state? it is legal now

Posted by tlrice on 01/28/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Gray Area, Leading Ghost Ship Fire-Relief Fundraiser, Hasn't Distributed a Dime

Josette Melchor - grayarea.org
For years She has given all of Her energy, passion, and creativity to assist artists and/or create safe spaces for them to realize their visions. She always has rented spaces that were dilapidated and forgotten and brings them back to a beaming glory. San Francisco is blessed to have Her, and the many that She befriends, employs, and respects! She will do what She says She will do. She is not only looking to the past of the ones lost, but to the future so this tragedy never happens again. You have handled this fund with business savvy, grace and class all the while going through loss yourself. The critics should be silent and gracious. There is documented contact with the person that was interviewed in this article- so again a little fact checking needs to be the norm not the exception!

Posted by Tamara Melchor on 01/28/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Poll: White, Affluent Oaklanders Happiest. Black Residents Least Happy. And Everyone's Freaked Out By Housing Crisis.

The differentiation between information and opinion seems to be non-existent. Analysis seems to be something that EBX does not want or need for its writings.

Exactly what analysis was performed to determine that "Everyone's Freaked Out By Housing Crisis" (article title) given the fact that 29% identified housing costs/affordability as the number 1 priority and 10% identified it as the number 2 priority.

So, for 61% of the respondents, housing costs/affordability was, at best, the 3rd highest priority. Therefore "everyone is freaked out?"

Oh, and zero of the survey that was performed and analyzed identified root cause. But, the author, without any apparent reasoning, determined that "happiness" differences were rooted in "racial segregation, redlining, deindustrialization, job discrimination, the drug war, and most recently the foreclosure crisis."

Well done EBX. It is horrible enough that Trump has his own set of "alternative facts."

Posted by Michael Good on 01/28/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Go ahead and march. As a buyer of the Saturday edition, you have my permission (not that you'd have to ask..).

Posted by Phil Allen on 01/28/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Oakland's Toxic Lead Contamination Isn't in the Water. It's in the Buildings and Dirt, and It's Bad.

I also wanted to add, what about the fact the Alameda Naval Air Station is a Superfund site (nothing super about that...). According to the EPA web site,

"All liquid industrial wastewaters generated at the site prior to 1974 were discharged untreated into Seaplane Lagoon and the Oakland Inner Harbor."

https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0902731

Posted by Molly Stenhouse on 01/28/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Poll: White, Affluent Oaklanders Happiest. Black Residents Least Happy. And Everyone's Freaked Out By Housing Crisis.

"White people with college educations and six-figure incomes who live in North Oakland and around Lake Merritt are "most happy" with the city's quality of life."

Stupendous insight!

"All Oaklanders are willing to pay higher taxes to support better services, almost across the board."

Maybe all such Oaklanders don't understand that a third of the fixed high housing costs they complain about go to pay property taxes. In addition Oakland/Alameda County is hardly modest regarding sales and other taxes and fees.

On the other hand there are significant areas in which Oakland's services amount to so little, and the need is sufficiently high, that people will give even more. Should I point out public safety?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/28/2017 at 11:20 AM

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