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Re: “UC Berkeley Suspends Controversial Israel-Palestine Course Amid Complaints

Suppression of the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech.

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 09/17/2016 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

One cannot help wondering why so many people are living in homeless camps when there are hundreds of unoccupied housing units abutting the former Navy base in Alameda, CA. I took a photo, yesterday, Sept 17, 2016. Over a hundred of them, entire neighborhoods, just sitting there, empty, for over a decade.

Yes, these are special needs individuals, some with criminal records and drug problems, but if we are the "strongest and richest nation on earth," we can prove it by attacking the problem instead of running from it. It is a management challenge and a money challenge. If we can go to the moon and beyond, we certainly should be able to do this.

Posted by Monty J Heying on 09/17/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Suspends Controversial Israel-Palestine Course Amid Complaints

Just what every university needs- student taught courses especially courses built on political biases. Another embrrassment brought to UCB by Hatem Bazian.

Posted by Gary Fouse on 09/17/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

Las Vegas can do whatever they want to throw money at Davis. At the end of the day, that is not the real issue. No matter what Vegas casino crooks like Sheldon Adelson think, the ultimate question is as follows. Do the modern, corporate, billionaire NFL owners want a franchise partner in the gambling business, in a city known for morally questionable activities (gambling, prostitution), where pretty much anything goes. These owners are obsessed with the value of their NFL shield and my bet is that allowing Davis to move here is a much larger hurdle than naive and desperate Davis thinks it is. My bet is that the NFL owners do not want their young, rich players rolling into Vegas every weekend wandering the strip and various other venues in their free time. Nothing but bad can come from this situation. NFL security will constantly be under pressure to control an unmanageable situation. In addition, the Raider players will constantly be tempted by savory characters and situations that could lead to constant rumors about point shaving and extortion. That is not the front page story that makes the NFL brand stronger moving forward. At the same time, Oakland is in the hottest economic market in the country and the 49ers are trending down. The NFL owners will not be in favor of losing a storied NFL franchise (Oakland Raiders) in a major market in the country. Mark Davis does not represent current NFL ownership. They are corporate, fiscally sophisticated and insanely wealthy. Davis is a picture of the past. He is rough around the edges, unsophisticated, simple and broke. The NFL press conference last year, where the owners awarded the Rams first position in LA, was a great snapshot. The Rams ownership appeared to be corporate and well healed, adorned in expensive designer suits. Davis looked like he crawled out of a trailer and had on a pin stripe suit that he must have purchased from Eastmont Mall in 1975. Al Davis did not raise Mark in the NFL executive culture as Jerry Jones is doing with his sons in Dallas. Mark is an outsider with few friends and has no juice with the majority of the NFL executives. My bet is that like Major League baseball told Lew Wolff, they will vote no on a Raider request to move to Vegas for the good of shield. They will also tell Davis once again to stay in Oakland and make it happen.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/17/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Dan Savage: How Can Sex Worker Clients Fight to Legalize Sex Work?

In response to Amy Luna Manderino: I would ask her to cite a single peer-led sex worker organization that supports the so-called "Nordic model".

The Global Network of Sex Worker Projects -- the international alliance of such peer-led sex worker groups -- has consistently condemned Sweden's "sex purchase" law and its clones in other countries, with research showing how it has led to increased harms to sex workers and others.

Meanwhile, a group of us have heeded the call started by Maggie McNeill and echoed here by Dan Savage, and begun CoSWAC - Clients of Sex Workers Allied for Change. We invite everyone to check out our site:

Posted by Desmond Ravenstone on 09/17/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Attorneys Travel to Florida to Help Celeste Guap, Victim of Bay Area Police Sex-Crime Scandal

Whoever wants the FBI to come in on this should know that FBI is tainted in this.
They have used their agents in sting operations while lying to public and the jury in the court about their involvement in many cases including the one with Agent, Chuck Esposito, who was running a cyber squad in the bay area. They know what goes on in various police departments in the bay area, and they have turned a blind eye. There is no on who can police the police departments that is so tainted and corrupt.

Posted by View Fromabove on 09/16/2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Suspends Controversial Israel-Palestine Course Amid Complaints

The U.S. govt has committed approx. $5 billion in assistance to the Palestinians, who are among the world's largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid. But, I suppose boycotting Terrorist backed groups/countries (Palestinian Hamas, or Iran) is not in the "interests" of the extremist wing of the Left.
Academia is basically being hijacked by those that wish to colonize thought and intimidate based on a pathological focus, and BDS is another outlet for rebelling against the big, bad authority figure - Israel, and/or the U.S. Those interested in “Settler colonialism” can look no further than their own property, which is occupied land of the American Indian. For that matter, why not focus on practically every other country that has, or is currently, experiencing a level of conflict, dispute, or occupation between tribes over land? Then again, the Left has a penchant for romanticizing the 'other' ethnicity, and Israel/U.S. is an easy target for the rebel's without a cause.

Posted by Rik LD on 09/16/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Suspends Controversial Israel-Palestine Course Amid Complaints

So many years after the free speech movement and we are still here?

Posted by Don Macleay on 09/16/2016 at 3:40 PM

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

Without the extensive and excellent reporting by East Bay Express, the public would still be in the dark about this horrific abuse of power by law enforcement and its agencies.
The way in which this young girl was exploited and basically passed around by the very same folks who have sworn to serve and protect the public against those of this ilk is an example of the worst and most dangerous kinds of people to have in the criminal justice system. They will do anything including sacrificing the life of this young girl/woman to protect their own. And they have the gaul to ask why there is so little respect for their profession. There will be justice in this case...perhaps from a higher power...but there will be justice . This is just wrong people, just wrong.

Posted by Saige on 09/16/2016 at 11:59 AM

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

"The LIES behind the TRUTH, and the TRUTH behind those LIES....." -- said best by Don Asmussen - the BAD REPORTER.

Posted by Walter M on 09/16/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “At Burma Bear, the Barbecue Comes with a Side of Burmese Garlic Noodles

Wow! This place sounds amazing. And I definitely remember those kinds of barbecues!

Posted by Lillian Hsu on 09/15/2016 at 6:48 PM

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

I too am absolutely appalled and disappointed by these allegations and have to take them very seriously as Asian Law Caucus, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and Centro Legal de la Raza would only file a class action suit if the charged have credibility. I too will be boycotting Burma Superstar unless they are exonerated. Eating there would turn my stomach as we have labor laws for a reason as immigrants and non-English speakers are often the ones oppressed in these restaurants. I know Burma is making a LOT of $ which makes this case even more unfortunate and sad.

Posted by Karen Hester on 09/15/2016 at 6:18 PM

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

'The state Victims Compensation Program Board denied a records request by the Express, which sought general information about when and how local police agencies are allowed to request funds.'
Why would this be? Why would such a request be denied?
And, wasn't there a suicide associated with this 'case', too? I'm really confused. Why can't paperwork be filed? And salaries? Are these men still collecting their salaries? And really? Richmond? You are going to get all pouty and whiny because you don't like the line of questioning. Please do NOT stop reporting on this sordid tale.

Posted by Annemarie Vaughan on 09/15/2016 at 3:53 PM

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.

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

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