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Re: “New Year's Eve Guide: 16 Ways to Tell 2016 to Screw Off

Lets just hope all those folks who take your advice to go out and obliterate brain cells wholesale (when exactly did blackout drinking become a good thing?) don't drive. Be safe out there, OK?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Got to give EBX full props for talking out of both sides of it's figurative neck...

"Breaking the Law

Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney either thinks she's above the law, or she's so disorganized she can't even comply with her own city's rules."

And at the same time deifying the arts community for the same behavior.

You can't make this up!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

It's not like this is first time they've been told to vacate. Burnt Ramen has been shutdown before in the past. They leave and then creep back until they get caught again.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “The Most Inspiring Art in Oakland and the East Bay in 2016

How do I unsee this "inspiring art"?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “To Stop Fake News, Liberals and Progressives Need to Kick the Fake-Talk Habit

Here us a prime example of "fake talk" you can run out and investigate immediately. Derick Ion Almena's attorney says his client is in danger of being "scapegoated" because Oakland fears liability and "multi-million" dollar lawsuits. But as an attorney, Mr. Sera obviously is aware that a city is protected by a highly-specific, dead-on applicable section of the California Tort Claims Act which bars liability arising from a failure to inspect buildings.

Why isn't anybody smart enough in the media to point this out and ask a follow up question? Why is the media just allowing Mr. Sera to talk about an imaginary "multi-million" dollar lawsuit against the city which doesn't appear legally possible? Somebody in the media...grow a brain and ask a grown up question.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

A warehouse is not a "house." Thank God the grown-ups have been called in to enforce basic norms of modern American civilization.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Michael Blade on 12/20/2016 at 2:57 PM

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

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Posted by Elizabeth Obec on 12/20/2016 at 2:24 AM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

When somebody in American society is functioning comfortably with "no visible means of support" you have to wonder how they pull off this miracle of walking on financial water. Do they have a trust fund? A lucrative but undeclared source of income like custom-made dollhouse furniture?

But usually the answer is one of three things: selling drugs. Selling sex. Or various forms of public assistance...but in that let us include living with and sponging off parents.

Alex Ghassan was an "up and coming film maker" who moved all over the country and had two children--at least two, "daughters"--so how did he live? What is the average income of an "up and coming" film maker? HOW DID HE SUPPORT HIS ROCK AND ROLL LIFESTYLE?

How much child support did he die owing?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Can you provide a link to an article with the facts you are citing?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Was Operator of Oakland Warehouse Fire Venue 'Warned' of Safety Issues, 'Illegal' Construction, Danger?

Shelly Mack, I would urge you to preserve all emails, text messages, photos, documents from that time period. Including stuff like credit card statements which may help you remember. I have watched your interviews and you have been a great source of information.

You said you called police on that place...can you say when? What was said? Can you prove those calls with phone logs?

Preserve everything!!! This is not just a criminal incident but actual human history. I hope you are making yourself available to the prosecutor.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Chief Reed was hired by her former BFF, ex-Oakland city administrator Deana Santana, who later apologized to the OFD for hiring her. How in the heck does one earn the enmity of just about every member of the OFD, too. She simply doesn't to care about the OFD, and she does not know anything about being a fire chief and thus the de-facto leader of the OFD. Fact is if Chief Reed weren't a black woman, she would have been fired a long time ago. So much for "diversity." I'd take Trump over her any day.
Keyser Soze.

Posted by Keyser Soze on 12/19/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

How about what needs to happen is grow up and get a real job in a place you can afford to live? Stop whining about your art, your venues, your safe spaces...get a job that pays for a safe roof over your head,snowflakes.

Btw, EDM Digest just wrote that Chor Ng's property portfolio is worth 5 million total. Take that and divide by 36...give the lawyers 30 or 40 percent...

Guess what? Unless ONE LAW FIRM can manage to represent all 36 victims, there is no viable lawsuit here. City has immunity under California Tort Claims Act for any damages arising out of failure to inspect a building.

It would really be a strange day in California when 36 people die horribly in a fire and no lawyers want to sue anybody. But do the math.

Unless there is a game-changing insurance policy here. Haven't heard of any, yet.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Where to buy Christmas Tamales in the East Bay

good you did not give up any of our Eastside spots.The ones you mentioned are all good...but

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 12/19/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

It"s like ducklings looking right at a feral cat and not recognizing danger. These little artistic buttercups can't recognize the reality of fire hazzards.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction

Why is there a troll in here? Don't feed the troll.

Posted by splob on 12/19/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

"Strauss has experienced firsthand how tragedy can lead to eviction. In March 2015, the building that housed his home and recording studio burnt down, resulting in the deaths of two tenants that lived at the live-work space above his abode. The Building and Planning Department red-tagged his entire building after the fire, even though he believes that the location was habitable " - And this guy wants a "total moratorium" on red and yellow tagging? Are you kidding me? I'm all in favor of working to ensure that there are affordable options, but the building codes are there for a reason. Get real Mr. Strauss....

Posted by J.F. Parmer on 12/19/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Boyhood

Wow. I obviously missed something. I read all the glowing reviews and maybe my expectations were unrealistic. The concept is interesting and novel, but I can honestly say I can't remember being more bored. The kids just don't offer any charisma or acting ability.

Posted by Russ Roberge on 12/17/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

@Phil Wolff
A victim of his own contribution to gentrification, you mean? There's always a beginning to every process. People tend to think gentrification begins with and ends with tech workers and condos.
Obviously it begins with punks, artists, and """community""" cafes.

Posted by Tibby Isherwood on 12/17/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Fine. Give us a link to the second-in-command's resume and let's all look at his "stuff" too. What kind of stuff?

Benevolent Fire Department Committee For Expressive Art To Promote Progressive Values...Committee To Stamp Out Sexist Posters In Fire Hall Gear Lockers...

What kind of dumb "stuff" are you talking about on the second-in-command's resume? More of that politically correct crap?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/17/2016 at 3:26 PM

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