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Re: “Building a Prison-to-School Pipeline

you guys are freaking awesome.

Posted by Tanvi Mongia on 06/27/2016 at 3:58 AM

Re: “Experts, Grand Jury Ding City of Berkeley's 'Ridiculous' Email Policy

I see the problem as a lot deeper than email. At the base of it all is the 4 or 8 year replacement of elected officials who then have the power to replace department heads and other appointed employees of the [city, county, state] that they have been elected to run.
They and their appointed employees may or may not have any knowledge about the systems they are assuming the control of, and all too often, new administrators come in with "better" ideas of how to accomplish the work of the government that may involve thousands of employees and effect hundreds of thousands of people - think of Flint, Michigan.
These "executives" are responsible for determining policies, such as department email retention policy, but they may have little or no understanding of the workings of email and what the labyrinthine implications of retaining it involve, either technically or legally.
And then once these elected or appointed officials move on, what is their responsibility for the policies they have been responsible for enforcing?
The discussion of corporate and government responsibility for actions that have been taken by the organization is not taking place publicly in the manner it should. Email is one increasingly obvious manifestation of it, but, as usual, only the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by Peter Stokes on 06/26/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Ali Winston, and Darwin BondGraham, are real journalists and have been for a good long time. And the East Bay Express is a real newspaper, printing the truth researched and written by Winston and BondGraham.

So, Mr. Boom, if the way a newspaper is folded means that much to you, and you need to have your "news" created and vetted by multiple layers of government and corporate control, by all means choose that one (or five, or more). But remember the truth is somewhere else.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 06/26/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Experts, Grand Jury Ding City of Berkeley's 'Ridiculous' Email Policy

I'm disappointed that the EBE would use the hackneyed corporate media label for Clinton's "E-mail-gate". It was a crime for which she and all the civil-
servants who carried it out should be prosecuted, not just the usual bogus
right-wing nonsense.

Bill Michel
Redwood City, CA

Posted by Bill Michel on 06/26/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

there is alot of responsibility in being a serviceman/women, we defend and protect, while most just sit on their fat ass and reap the rewards!

Posted by JL Brown Jr on 06/26/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I dont give a damn about him or his ideas, I am a strong supporter of the Bill or rights, all of them. I served 23 yrs in the military, and if I could afford a assault weapon I would have one, but I cant, so I keep a AR15

Posted by JL Brown Jr on 06/26/2016 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Spent $72K Closing 162 Homeless Camps in 2015

Due to the inability of Libby Schaff's city government to do anything about the homeless under freeway 880 and highway 24 . they have now started to store discarded refuse from taxpayers on the sidewalk. I pay close to $500.00 in storage fees to storage goods that I need to survive in small business. These people think nothing of storing all of their belongings on the public sidewalk, making it impossible to pass, comingling with their garbage.
Has the Police Department and Libby Schaff lost their sense of decorum.
What in earth is going on ?
I believe that Libby has no idea of how to deal with this problem.
What it takes is some blunt decision making and enforcement like you have in Alameda, San Leandro , Emeryville and El Cerrito, along with Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette and Walnut Creek.

Posted by Jerry Howe on 06/26/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “The Economics of a $16 Cup of Coffee

About half-a-century ago advertising agencies came up with the same principle: "sell the sizzle not the steak."

Folks in Oakland who like coffee should look at local coffee importer Sweet Maria's website. You can buy green coffee from all over the world there, roast it at home and have a fine cup at a lower cost than buying grocery store coffee.

One of the major problems with commercially-produced coffee is that it is 'way over-roasted so that it has nothing other than the taste of burnt beans. Then you add milk, sugar and other flavorings to make it palatable.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/26/2016 at 10:34 AM

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

Hemp is not pot you fucktard of an author. People like you are the reason that it's more difficult than it should be to differentiate the two. I expected more of someone who writes for a marijuana journal. Bruce Perlowin is a dick.

Posted by Corvus on 06/26/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Underage-Sex Scandal Made Its Way onto Facebook and Instagram

It really is a heartbreaking story, because the young woman doesn't even seem to realize how much she was used, even when she was underage. She still maintains that she was or is friends with these people.

Posted by Trampas Graham on 06/26/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Eight Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Films to Break Through the Blockbuster Blues

Other than "What we do in the shadows" was a horrible film about self absorbed... Oh wait, it's a metaphor about millennials. Of course our writes found it exciting. Bleh!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/25/2016 at 10:40 PM

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

Interesting quote from Troy Dayton. It appears that he is available on the Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN) for (paid) phone calls. A good way to get direct advice:

Posted by Roger Lucas on 06/25/2016 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Pups

As an East Bay native of, straight persuasion, never stop fighting for what you KNOW is right. Once people know they can run you over on any inequality issue, they will keep running you over, do not let reason by replaced by fear . No pasaran!
Gordon Hopkins

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 06/25/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years


I must disagree. Perhaps you had a bad day, as all businesses have, but in the 23 years I've been coming to Barclays it has always been family friendly. I started as a patron and started bringing my daughters with me. They were always treated with respect. Both started working there as their first jobs, and my younger daughter, who started as a hostess at 15 now is assistant manager and orders the beer. There is not a day goes by that there is not a stroller in the pub or on the patio. The proposed "theme" pub, with a full bar, will alienate many of these families who feel comfortable coming here. It will be a true loss for Rockridge.

Posted by rmdownward on 06/25/2016 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Any official who supports this coal terminal is on my no list.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 06/25/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Experts, Grand Jury Ding City of Berkeley's 'Ridiculous' Email Policy

The technology issues can be solved easily once a mandate has been given to preserve all public emails. Cities could even use Gmail if they like the functionality.
Any official who says in 2016 that they are not willing and able to preserve all their electronic communications is unelectable in my view.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 06/25/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Best of the East Bay 2015

Keter is absolutely my vote for #1 Hair Salon!!
Rachael Adler

Posted by Rachael Adler on 06/25/2016 at 1:41 PM

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

This is just another shinning example of corporate greed and them taking advantage of ignorant people mislead and misguided by their own government! Until federal law says you can "sell" and "profit" from cannabis, marijuana or hemp then NO one can without the potential of federal prosecution and 10 years to life in federal prison! Just ask all those sitting in federal prison now which these wolves in sheeps clothing (hemp) will soon join!

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 06/25/2016 at 7:32 AM

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

This company is the epitome of a penny stock scam. I have been watching these jokers for more than three years, and the behavior of Bruce Perlowin and his cronies is disgusting. What a shame to see them seek ill-gotten gains by hijacking the theme of hemp legalization rather than building a real company.

Posted by Alan Brochstein on 06/25/2016 at 4:51 AM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Senor Boom-Boom knows not of what he writes: "Same story as reported by a real journalist, not a muckraker."

Senor: Although "muckraker" may seem to be a nasty term to the journalistically uninitiated, its meaning is laudatory.

To wit: "The term muckraker was used in the Progressive Era to characterize reform-minded American journalists ...the modern term is investigative journalism, and investigative journalists today are often informally called "muckrakers."

The story as stated here is just that: investigative journalism or muckraking.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/24/2016 at 9:58 PM

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