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Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye


Posted by j4christ2016 on 06/30/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “'Therapy for a Vampire,' This Year's Finest Freudian Horror Comedy

I saw this last weekend based on this review; the movie was a funny and enjoyable time. Great for dates!

Posted by Lisa Emily on 06/30/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “After Fifty Years, Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant Says Goodbye

Great food, truly awful, terrible, no good, very bad service. It was time for them to move on - their hearts weren't in it anymore.

Posted by Maude Dibbets on 06/30/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “California Set for Historic Vote on Cannabis Legalization

Everyone country wide should chip in a few bucks to AUMA. I did. It's easy and quick. You don't even need to punch in a credit card number, just use PayPal. Visit their website. I'm not affiliated with the group and I don't even live in California.

Posted by Hortpro69 on 06/30/2016 at 6:17 AM

Re: “California Set for Historic Vote on Cannabis Legalization

"They have the money and we have the facts" states the anti legalization coalition. They forgot to add "they have the will of the people in a free democracy".

Posted by Hortpro69 on 06/30/2016 at 6:13 AM

Re: “When Landlords Target Tenants in Rent-Controlled Buildings

It really tans the hide off my tendons every time some average thinking so in so who lifts their laurels to post the most unimaginative, ineffective default retorts to this huge problem of greed in the landlord business to suggest that people simply move out if they don't like what the landlord is doing.

These lame suggestions serve as proof why things are in the mess they are. it's because people that say that stuff are doing nothing to make the world a better place because doing something to take a stand is a concept that simply does not compute for the complacent members of society fixed to a routine. Those who rather give their kids 5 bucks to donate to the bake sale than roll up their sleeves and bake a cake from scratch is who I am talking about. Anyone and take the easy road and so often that's where the traffic is bumper to bumper, but if everyone did that we would be even worse off than we are now.

These armchair quarterbacks fail to see what is so blatantly obvious which is that some people may actually like what they have going on many levels such as the schools are close, they have the best view in the world, or they can walk to work or a host of many other good reasons why they don't want to move, nor should they have to. Landlords need to quit crying broke when if they know what they are doing and live right they would not be broke. Landlord & Tenant is Business nothing less. Money hungry landlords in the landlord business should worry more about how they are going to finagle their way past Gods judgment to get beyond the pearly gates when they die. They should watch Shindler's list and gain a new perspective. Money is the root of the rich mans evil and the wanna be rich mans evil -period.

PEOPLE MUST use the laws given to us and FIGHT! People should make it a priority to learn everything they can about the rent laws that apply to them whether they live in an apartment, house or anyplace else they rent, especially if they are living someplace for the long haul. Folks should also prepare and make and keep up a rental file of everything to do with their tenancy, the building and all interactions with resident managers and make it their business to observe and document and acquire as much information as they can from a variety of sources and that includes the tenants that live in the building too. Get to know your neighbors..

When opportunity for such things arise then jump on them. Stay in the KNOW and you won't have to say I DON'T KNOW, and that way you don't fall into the same ideology as No. 4 down from the top of this comment section Bianca Goodnight. She suggest such people should run away rather than live in fear, but she misses the boat on the knowledge is power, and how being an empowered renter does the job of warding off fear in the first place. So that way one can think straight when there comes a battle ahead. My hats off to the lady in the news article who fought for what she wanted and WON. That's proof anyone can do the same.

People should also get familiar with the best of the best in the way of tenant lawyers in the area, like when they don't need one. Do some homework (you have the world at you finger tips) Find some good ones and schedule some time for a free consult and introduce yourself when you don't need legal help and see what they are all about. Get friendly with the secretary(s), wear something that might compel a compliment or give them one. Say or do something at the consultation that is likely NOT to be forgotten that they will remember you by (leave behind something and see if they call you or if it was not noticed you call them and when they retrieve it then YOU have just built a lasting memory.. Then follow up and send some thank you cookies for good measure while thanking them for taking the time to see and meet with you at a time you need nothing at all but are still a potential client. If the ladies running the office who are the right hands of the lawyer remember you THEN if you ever call for help then those ladies won't forget you and they will remind the Boss who you are if he forgot. You won't get the brush off, you will get help you need.

Follow up with more appreciation during the annual holidays with a card that has your photo and some little phrase to aid them to remember you by. The fact you came to predetermine your future lawyer is a great one for starters, who could forget that in a business that serves a 99.99% at time of need client base? Believe me should SHTF someday you will thank yourself if you have done your preparation, when you call that lawyer down the road YOU WILL BE HELPED WITH BELLS & WHISTLES!

People should always keep a little money put away for a rainy day legal defense fund especially if they rent. Assume you will have a problem and let it grow. That way should anything happen like happened in this article then YOU are prepared to call YOUR go to lawyer and be able to plop down a retainer and present your case file that should contain 3 important elements for him. 1. What happened to you in writing 2. Why it should not be happening to you (with facts to support that) and 3. What you want the lawyer to get for YOU. Start with having the problem disappear (such as some bogus notice telling you to move out for some reason like renovations to justify huge rent hikes) There is nothing like a friendly letter from your legal eagle sent to some rogue landlord or their self interested management company that asserts your rights on paper with a legal letterhead at the top that requires those shameless BOLD ONES who tried to kick you out of a rent controlled area apartment to now tell their story to a qualified legal advocate and lets see how far their shenanigans fly then. All because they thought you were IGNORANT of the LAW and now you have the right guy tell them what time it is and just watch them back off. What else can they do but back off! They sure can't talk to you anymore, they have to go through you lawyer, HA HA HA that’s what you do MS Goodnight the #4 commenter (step up your game and then maybe you can offer some real advice if you want to see your name in print)

If you are prepared and you can help the lawyer help you then you lessen the likelihood that when peril strikes you aren't coming unglued at the seems in a clueless quandary of what to do, and who to call. Lawyers have enough on their plate than play Annie Sullivan to a horde of blind, deaf and dumb victims at time of need and no money to spend. May GOD grant us all the seventy to know we can change the things we can NOT accept, give us courage to take responsibility to preserve our rights and withstand the powers that be, and give us the wisdom to discern the difference between wishful thinking and knowing when we have been truly unjustifiably wronged... AMEN That's all I'm saying.

Posted by Calli Camalli on 06/30/2016 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Liba Falafel Takes Its Food Truck Off the Road

As a falafel fiend (and alternative press newshound) living in the "financially innovative" CARTOPIA of Portland, Ore aka Po'Town, I appreciate the coverage of brave Gail Lillian's attempt to make a go of both her LIBA Falafel food cart and her brick & mortar restaurant. However, reporter Luke Tsai is way off-base to jump on the national Chamber of Commerce line that LABOR SHORTAGES are causing U.S. businesses to suffer. THERE IS NO LABOR SHORTAGE for any type of job in our diverse U.S.

Up here in Po'town one of our otherwise admirable alternative weeklies, namely the PORTLAND MERCURY (sister indie of Seattle's alt weekly THE STRANGER) also ran a food feature this week by Andrea Damewood trying to explain the latest "financial innovation" of 'Pop-ups' in the restaurant biz by blaming this phantom LABOR SHORTAGE. Damewood explains:

"The result is a ballooning number of pop-ups, carts, and other low-cost entries into the food scene, like Cho's hybrid restaurant Han Oak, or Mae, chef Maya Lovelace's twice-weekly Southern feast run out of the back of Northeast Portland's Old Salt Marketplace."

A Commenter using the moniker GB1 weighed in before me briefly noting:
"The only labor shortage described in the article is line cooks. There are many people looking for work in this city, the easy solution is to train your own line cooks, which restaurants used to do."

My own reply to GB1's concise analysis and response to the national canard of any actual U.S. LABOR SHORTAGE is as follows:

GB1's Comment above about there being NO LABOR SHORTAGE, however, NO LINE COOK training anymore seems about right. Yet, it begs the question: With all the culinary academies turning out graduates, and not much access to start-up capital available, how low is the pay being offered to line cooks?

Not only can nobody live on $9.25 per hour minimum wage in Po'town, but with the remedy we've chosen of phasing in the climb to $15.00 per hour being years away, no current or new venture seems likely to survive to see what a $15.00 minimum wage will mean in 2022, or whenever the few states phasing in token minimum wage increases take effect.

Unlike Seattle, where with the sensible exception of businesses with fewer than 50 employees their $15.00 minimum wage enacted 4 years ago has created more money circulation on the city's streets (unlike the FEDERAL RESERVE's QUANTITATIVE EASING or QE I and II that only fed the banks and other lenders who did not improve cash circulation on Main Street, only on Wall Street). Even the PUGET BUSINESS JOURNAL which cried Cassandra in greeting Seattle-Tacoma Socialist Alternative council member Kshama Sawant when she and her fellow labor activists launched the $15.00 NOW! minimum wage movement, the same PUGET BUSINESS JOURNAL went back after 2 years to study the results and headlined their own admission of error in screaming there'd be a mass exodus of locally-owned businesses from Seattle by declaring "APOCALYPSE NOT."

Moreover, this week's EAST BAY EXPRESS down in Oakland-Berkeley-Richmond-Albany-El Cerrito-Emeryville etc ran the same scare tactic of floating the ridiculous claim of a LABOR SHORTAGE in explaining why food carts are not the low-overhead remedy to the boom\bust cycle of commercial real estate markets. THE EB EXPRESS' reporter Luke Tsai used long-time Oakland food cart and restaurant entrepreneur Gail Lillian as his illustration of why a LABOR SHORTAGE was forcing her to close her popular LIBA FALAFEL food cart. See:…

I support alternative weeklies that try to broaden coverage, but both the MERCURY & EB EXPRESS could use a BUSINESS section that broadens the discussion of failed local businesses to the wider trends of the 1/10th of 1% that can access capital to start up businesses without resorting to Kickstarter friends in shifting the risk of a new venture. Even the mainstream business community, so slow to recognize the Reagan-Bush-Norquist-Wanniski SUPPLY SIDE HOAX, TRICKLE DOWN FALLACIES and the laughable LAFFER CURVE (you can buy used LAFFER CURVES on Ebay autographed by Ted Koppel of ABC's NIGHTLINE which lent Arthur Laffer the credibility to sway even DNC legislators) are, with the possible exception of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback coming around to acknowledge the snake-oil about WHO REALLY CREATES JOBS and who should be able to shift costs & risks to the public while keeping all the profits. Why even SUPPLY SIDERS (except for Gov. Brownback and the GOP field of unfettered capital dreams) are facing the contradiction of cutting costs of LABOR so much over 40 years of Stag-flation on worker wages that DEMAND has dried up because there is no money left for working folks to spend.

All those GLOBAL TRADE DEALS never did create a middle class demanding anything but high-tech weaponry (our last surplus trading export) in kleptocracies or slave-labor states like Mexico and China. DEMAND has never been made up to counter our TRADE DEFICITS from where the NIKE's and other off-shore labor-seekers have gone in shredding our hard-earned Social Contract and reasonable tariff and trade barriers that once made U.S. internal markets, diversified manufacturing base and the growing middle class the envy of the world.

(Creative Commons) Mitch Ritter
Lay-Low Studios, Ore-Wa
Nike-Town, Intel-Land LLC
Pheudal Phiephdom of Phil, Ka-ching
In Anti-Trust PERP-E-tuity Throughout the Universe

Posted by Mitch Ritter on 06/29/2016 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: A Coffee Box, a Sicilian Spinoff, and ‘Broffee’

"“Craft coffee drinks” — whatever that means" Luke, you might want to sit down, because this bit of truth I'm about to tell you is clearly going to rock your world: Luke, you're a food critic.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/29/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Town Business: Housing ‘State of Emergency’

I'm a victim of this bubble, pushing me out of Oakland. If I hadn't fallen in love, it would have pushed me completely out of the bay area.

Fuck the rich who have no conscious and push out so many. And fuck the city council. Wholey ineffective with no respect for their constituents. Oakland is now just a lighter version of San Francisco. Just not much lighter.

Posted by Augie Sanchez on 06/29/2016 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Why does the Mayor continue to spend and give away tax payers money like bottled water at a family bbq? Example, paying a private investigator to find out what city employees are talking, really?
She didn't, nor a guy that the city was paying $330.000 a year in salary apply for a $2 million grant that would help get many youth off the streets, including hanging out in Dt Oakland with nothing to do but shot and kill innocent people, unacceptable!!😠

Posted by El Abdul Muhammed on 06/29/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

This is the link to our youth site… to buy our products

Posted by max cadji on 06/29/2016 at 7:15 PM

Re: “New Oakland-Made Saurkraut Takes Shots at Uber, Mayor

Ahh Luke. We send you so many positive press releases about our youth programs, our work to distribute food grown at Castlemont High School, our Double EBT work and you just love to write about controversial things. Did you highlight our kraut that pays for fruit trees to planted in Southern Madagascar by a sister collective? Or that the products contain produce grown by youth and small farmers of color? How about posting a link to our sites to buy our youth products to help us employee youth. Nope, how sad :(

Posted by max cadji on 06/29/2016 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Daily Planet Stung By Alleged Fraud

Mr. Norgren, the wanted tax fraud scoundrel, has been arrested by the US Attorneys office in the PI and has been extradited to the US. He now awaits a court hearing in Federal Court under Judge Ryo on July 5, 2016 in Oakland, CA . For more information contact Special Agent Andres Gonzales at the IRS. Finally he's been nabbed and awaits justice.

Posted by Henry339 on 06/29/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

If you read the Federal Monitors reports through the years, you will find numerous criticisms of OPD Internal Affairs poor and biased work product. For years I have referred to IA as a civilian complaint laundromat and as to internal investigations, an "Officer Justification Unit". For years , it has been apparent to me that for the entire term of the NSA, rank and file officers have resisted complying with the NSA's edicts and reforms. Now we know that resistance extends also to supervisors and high ranking management of the department. Worse, the forms of resistance go well beyond the handling of internal investigations and civilian's complaints against officers to how OPD officers and supervisors investigate crime (they don't like you or the crime you are reporting, they do nothing or do a cover up) to opposing or undermining the City's public safety policies (e.g., the war on sex trafficking). A large swath of OPD officers and supervisors obviously have no intention of ever operating in accord with the NSA's terms or the numerous OPD policies and rules re-written for compliance with the NSA. Their collective conduct goes beyond resistance to defiance of the NSA process and the Federal Court's authority. That long term employees and supervisors have been involved in misconduct/cover-up's and schemes to prevent discipline of officers who engage in misconduct means the problem won't be fixed, as some suggest, by a receivership for screening, training and hiring only. OPD remains a broken law-breaking organization and must be a miserable if not frightening place to work for (particularly) female officers and oficers who try their best to follow the rules.

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/29/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Esther Traugot's Funeral for Bees

It is unfortunately a popular myth perpetuated by the EcoActivist left that the honey bee is dying or in danger. Since 2006, when the number of commercial colonies was at 2.1 million, and when the meaningless term CCD - Colony Collapse Disorder was coined, there has been a 50% increase in the number of colonies to approx 3 million. The four important metrics in the industry are all up - number of colonies - pounds per colony - total pounds and price per pound - all up significantly. The losses that are being reported are mostly from Newbees, newbeekeepers - who by the way - fewer than 10% stay active in beekeeping for more than three years.

Steven Lechner
Busy Bee Farm
Larkspur, Colorado

Member - Colorado Professional Beekeepers Association

Posted by Steven Lechner on 06/29/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

How is it that we still are not hearing anything at all about Guap's mother amidst all of this, who is an OPD dispatcher?

Posted by Sherri Rita on 06/29/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

So what is the current status of the Faeth/Turner incident? Did the Cortez family press charges? Is there a lawsuit or criminal charges against Faeth or Turner?

Posted by Tommy Katz on 06/29/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Major Pot Company Hit With Six Counts of Securities Fraud

@fuvkyou, Also illegal because without proper accounting they could be diluting value out of the company for themselves and essentially stealing from investors.

Posted by Robert Bierma on 06/29/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Boxing Night at 16th Street Station in West Oakland

Really, Oakland!
The hip-hop reviitalization of west Oakland is way cool, but boxing?
This cruel pastime of slaveowners:
showing off their prized, brawny breeds!
Get real!

OK, I understand making it our own.
But is boxing the legacy we want to hold up as our heritage?
I think not.
Long live Mohammed Ali!
Put boxing to rest in the history books.

Posted by Diane Scott on 06/29/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

"We need better training and selecting for promotion Sgt's and above brass in OPD."

We also need better-qualified politicians who carry the ultimate authority for what OPD does.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/29/2016 at 9:31 AM

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