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

"Raiders and the NFL would cover $500 million of the stadium's $1.9 billion price tag, with private investors coming up with $650 million and the public forking over the rest. "


Raiders give $500M, Nevada contribution specifically *limited* to $750m, *Sands/Majestic* covers all the rest, including overruns.

Tax Increment Financing demands from Sands/Majestic (to recoup investments) were eliminated last week, with the quid-pro-quo being Sheldon Adelson agreeing to buy ±5% of the Raiders for $100M (if plan is approved by Nevada & NFL).

Posted by jq7925 on 09/13/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Weed Talk at OMCA Saturday: "Perspectives on Legalizing Marijuana"

one more gen

Posted by bigmikky42 on 09/13/2016 at 10:58 AM

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

What a disgrace. We allow this kind of greed and corruption in this great nation. I don't even live there but from what I've read, it's appalling. May be a nice apartment, but I'd rather live in dangerous freedom, than a controlled dictatorship. I always thought this country was capitalism based. Now I see the real truth. We live in a oligarchy controlled by greedy, corrupt, apathy limited people, who could care less if you live or die. Live on the street or in their apartments. It doesn't matter to them. We are all just replaceable numbers who line their pockets. Absolutely zero apathy for mankind in any way. God forgive you all. Because ultimately, it's harder for a rich person to enter heaven, than it is to pass a camel through the eye of a needle. This property manager and owner are below scum.

Posted by Windle 67 on 09/13/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Tickets On Sale Now for 'Route 64': A Special Marijuana Legalization Discussion and Event

I would love to be a panelist at this event so I could answer any questions about Prop. 64 vs Prop. 215! We already have the most federally conforming law (Prop. 215) in the nation and we don't want to lose it with a new law (Prop. 64) that blatantly fly's in the face of federal law! California has purposefully mislead and misguided us ALL in the way Prop. 215 is supposed to be followed and how the industry is supposed to be being run. It's really simple folks, only two entities are allowed under current state law (Prop. 215) which are a "collective" or a "cooperative" so that there is NO "sale" or "profit" ever occurring. The "grey area" was created by smart lawyers, lawmakers and corporate interest who knew that if SB 420 didn't specifically say "sales" and "profiteering" was or wasn't lawful then they could push individuals and organization who don't know any better into forming other entities that are unlawful. Yes, this is how our great state is able to "sales" tax a controlled substance and therefore "profit" from such as well by collecting money from unlawful business activities! Now our lawmakers and the corporate profiteers want to cover up this travesty of justice and the fleecing of millions of tax dollars from medical patients and NOW make it legal at a state level (MCRSA & Prop. 64) to "sell" and "profit" from pot and potheads as they call us and refer to us repeatedly. Well we have news for them now, we are not going to let this "cannabis conspiracy" continue and we will fight to keep our rights to grow and use this plant as we see fit! We will not sit back and watch our Rights go away as easily as they think we will once everyone knows and see's the truth about what's been going on here in California and why! I would gladly debate anyone especially Mr. Newsom on these facts and hopefully open the eyes of those who don't know the truth behind this double whammy (MCRSA & Prop. 64) and why we must vote NO on Prop. 64 and repeal the recent legislature trying to turn Prop. 215 upside down without voter approval!

Sincerely Concerned,

Dave Armstrong
Founder & Managing Member of MediMarts
A Closed-Loop California Collective for more info

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 09/13/2016 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

I hate to say it, but bring on the feds. I don't think this can be unraveled by ANY agency in the bay area.

The FBI cleared San Pablo Avenue and now it's time to take on International

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/13/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

What keeps the DA from charging--then requiring the witness to return for the prosecution? One would think there is an abundance of evidence for filing.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 09/12/2016 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Town Business: Diversifying the Police; Honoring Bessie Coleman; Taxing Uber Drivers

"According to the city's most recent recruitment report...18 percent of [cops] are Black, while 40 percent of OPD officers are white. Only 12 percent of Oakland's cops are women."

Oakland community groups have long been pressing hard for a police department that looks more like Oakland. To essentially deaf ears in city hall, however.

The problem of hiring mostly locals to be cops here is complex and legally challenging.

On the other hand a more diverse police department is definitely possible, with more like 50% female cops we could see real changes in community acceptance and improved police ethics.

Don't hold your breath. Change in Oakland comes very slowly, if ever.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/12/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “This Weekend's Top Six Events

Hate to break it to ya Sarah, but 68 ain't that old.
You think musicians dry up and die at 65 or something?
Nice store, but that comment was just weird.

Posted by Christopher Ford on 09/12/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

I want the Oakland Raiders to win and keep selling tickets as this minimizes the risk to Oakland and Alameda county taxpayers footing the bill from the last “deal” made by the Raiders.
The Raiders are an Athletic Entertainment industry, I personally have no interest in their entertainment and even less so in supporting them financially to stay in Oakland.

So let’s just suppose that some (idiot) decides to build a $1.5 billion stadium in Oakland for the Raiders. As I see it for football it will be used for 8 days each year (nine if they make playoffs). How much revenue can 8 football days bring into this prosperous city and county? We have a dearth of hotels and you can be sure all the TV and NFL executives will fill out the delux SF hotels. Yes there are local vendors who can “clean up” during a game but with overpriced crappy food and parking rates that would cause a banker to blush, there are better ways to use the existing complexes.

I say No to any public funding of Raider maintenance but accommodation and encouragement to stay are fine. I suggest the mangers of the complex look to music and other events to fill the existing stadium and coliseum with customers on a regular basis. Make Oakland a real venue destination, not a sports destination.

The Raider support base is not particularly in Oakland, but in all the surrounding communities. The Raider Entertainment Industry has shown previously that is has no local loyalty and clearly they are planning to move again. Fact is you can see the games far better on your HD home screens now than you can at a game!

The NFL is a very well run business organization. They know that they have a huge audience and they will do what it takes to maintain and grow that audience. Loyalty to fans, non-existent here, this only occurs in Green Bay WI where their team is a publically owned non-profit franchise.

Posted by John Maguire on 09/12/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

Seems to me like someone wanted to make sure she would not be available to testify before a Grand Jury that might be convened by any prosecutor seeking indictments expanding the breadth of those police officers potentially facing criminal charges.I can't think of any other reason to place her beyond usual subpoena range.

Posted by Raymond Guiducci on 09/12/2016 at 3:20 AM

Re: “Acupuncture for Detox

This program is the prison industrial complex incarnated. They profit and get awarded BIG government contracts essentially profiting of the pain, trauma, and vulnerability of both recently released parolees as well as homeless folks and people highly dependent on housing/social services.

People celebrate the carwash, a little inside info on it from a former participant they are mandatory for compliance in the program and the workers are not paid for their labor). To me free labor that others profit off of is not truly recovery, but maybe I just have a different definition then them. Just some helpful info for all of those under the false belief that they are truly making these participants lives better by supporting it.

Also, the housing is terrible and overpriced even by Bay Area standards (they stack four bunkbeds in about a150ft. sq. room for close to $800/month). Being in such close quarters doesn't allow for the space or silence that I have seen help myself and countless others dealing with substance abuse/mental health disorders.

If possible, it usually isn't a choice for participants, AVOID THIS PROGRAM AT ALL COSTS!
JB -Former Participant 2013-2014

Posted by bhcs participant on 09/12/2016 at 1:32 AM

Re: “Burma Superstar Kitchen Staff Sue Bay Area Chain Over Wage Violations

A 2-1 decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals bars businesses from sharing tips given to waiters, bartenders and other staff with back-of-house employees such as dishwashers and cooks. I think that's important to note when sharing potentially inflammatory information like this:

"Many of these issues concern the disparity in pay between front-of-house and back-of-house employees, as generally only FOH employees benefit from tips — an issue that disproportionately affects people of color given that they are more likely to work in the kitchen."

Posted by Julie Chendes on 09/11/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

And cut all the 'sex trafficking' money. Its a huge distraction and a waste of tax payer money.

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Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 09/10/2016 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

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Posted by Cassy Jeong on 09/10/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

This is really disappointing especially hearing that he is still so passionate about making food. I wonder if he could go through Kiva local to help fund his start up. With so many people who loved his food, his generous heart and charitable intentions I'd be he'd make money in no time. Just a thought... maybe Luke you can pass on the idea to Tony?

Posted by Kai Tokugawa on 09/10/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Disagree with Eric. Legalizing prostitution, among other benefits, would make it far easier to enforce anti-trafficking laws. Overnight, a large segment of the industry would police itself and cooperate with authorities. They have the contacts and exposure to know about trafficking, and an legitimate incentive to suppress it.

This is true for a large number of the illegal activities that now flourish in the shadows.

Posted by Robert T on 09/10/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

@Winemiller: Remember how Quan exaggerated the number of highly paid OPD officers by a factor of ten? Remember how she said 95 percent of all violent crime was in five police beats of the city? If anyone is unqualified to chatter about history in these short comments, it is the Jean Quan machine - of which you are a proud part.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/10/2016 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

Let's not rewrite history. The police staffing levels were reduced by vote of the majority of the council after the 2008 economic downturn because the police officers union refused to consider a reduction in pay as other city unions were taking to keep as many of their colleagues employed as possible—even at reduced wages. It was keep staff at reduced wages or cut staff. The goal for everyone—including the mayor—was to bring back as many officers as possible as the economy improved. I'm not seeing a list of how long each accused officer had been working for OPD, and certainly you're not going to blame Jean Quan for all the other officers from other agencies, are you? And are you saying diversity = criminal behavior? That's an ugly accusation.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/09/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Alameda County Prosecutor Can't Charge Seven Cops in East Bay Sex Crime Case Because Victim Sent to Florida by Richmond Police

It appears that several of the five OPD officers to be charged were hired during former mayor Jean Quan's pre-election rush to add staff to OPD after she had spent years shrinking the force - because the staffing level was an issue in the approaching mayoral election. Quan pushed for "diversity" in recruitment; that was more important for her than qualification to become an officer. Quan lost her re-election bid, but her legacy of throwing public safety under the boat for political purposes takes its toll on us again and again.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/09/2016 at 9:35 PM

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