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Re: “At Bombay B's, Indian Food Gets Faster

Why does the "Athenian Deli" get no love? Located in the neighborhood at 2125 Franklin, it has been around since 1977. Recently the menu has added traditional Ethiopian fare. The food is healthy, the prices are very reasonable and the owners have substantially upgraded the decor. It surely deserves a comment when discussing "moderately priced international cuisines" in the uptown neighborhood.

Posted by Charles Schwartz on 06/02/2015 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen Cuts Deal to Include Affordable Housing in Controversial Lake Merritt Tower

How many teachers did that $1.1 million cost Oakland students? How many hours did that $1.1m cost our library system? How much closer is Oakland to declaring bankruptcy? Oakland is affordable. Two working class incomes still buy a house with a yard in Oakland. You can still rent a TWO bedroom apartment for under $1700/month in Oakland. I wish more reps of us people weren't so bad at telling the truth and understanding our city's budget.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/01/2015 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen Cuts Deal to Include Affordable Housing in Controversial Lake Merritt Tower

Guillen may have some concerns about affordable housing, but his proposals are hardly significant in terms of the overall lack of propriety of the project.

Oakland sometimes does a good job of tokenism. This is yet another example.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/01/2015 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

Hi Mr. Moore,

Yes you are correct, Batts is not now in Northern CA because after he mangled the Occupy protests he tried to promote more harsh methods to police Oakland as he felt appropriate, despite Federal and local pressure to be less forceful. He left OPD due to the complaint he was having his hands tied, which "thwarted" in your words aggressive policing measures. I'm glad Oakland let him move on, taking his tactics with him!

Leaving Oakland in 2012, he was in charge of Baltimore's force for over 2 years prior to horrific Freddie Gray rough ride death. If he was not aware of what methods his officers used to deter "threat" during that time - I find that hard to believe.

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Posted by Jeff Winemiller on 06/01/2015 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Chief Justice Seeks Emergency Traffic Court Reform, Jerry Brown Pushes Amnesty Program

Our nation's largest court has already acted to put a lid on the out of control fines. The LA County court will not turn you in to the DMV if you don't respond to a red light camera ticket issued by a city in the county. Or by the MTA. So, you don't lose your license. Hard to believe? Search red light camera no consequence.

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Posted by HenryEast on 06/01/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “The High Cost of Driving While Poor

Our nation's largest court has already acted to put a lid on the out of control fines. The LA County court will not turn you in to the DMV if you don't respond to a red light camera ticket issued by a city in the county. Or by the MTA. Hard to believe? Search red light camera no consequence.

Posted by HenryEast on 06/01/2015 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

I agree with you Mr Windmill but to be fair, Batts wasn't in NorCal during the "rough riders" insidents. I think Batts tried to police but wash thwarted.

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Posted by Anthony Moore on 06/01/2015 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Turning Water into Wine

Well, here I was trying to buy California-produced wine, thinking it was more sustainable than buying wine that has been shipped from another state or continent. What should the sustainably-minded consumer do? Is wine from Washington, Oregon, South America, Australia, Europe more sustainably produced??

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Posted by Keira Williams on 06/01/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

While protesting at night is not my preference, as many parents and their children who would do it during the day, restricting democratic rights to assemble for me harkens back to when martial law was declared in the Philippines in the 70s when more than 3 people constituted a "mob" to be arrested. While this may be an extreme example, I wonder what if if people accepted the curfew as a way of appeasing business yet the first step to restriction more democratic expressions of protest. A cheerleader for the businesses is not a mayor who needs to pull together a divided city and Oaktown has many parts, to all speak English and not all get to go out and protest but agree priorities don't reflect their concerns.

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Posted by Terry Teresita Cataag Bautista on 06/01/2015 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

Cool, I guess. But I long for Art's and a reminder of what Oakland used to be. Good luck Copper Spoon.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 06/01/2015 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

Oakland has long been a deeply-divided city.

Real leadership is all about bringing divided groups together with a common vision. Unfortunately real leadership has long been missing from Oakland's city hall.

Too many of us that vote tend to favor the same politicians who have been around forever and in all that time have never distinguished themselves or accomplished anything substantial to help this city as a whole to move forward.

Libby Schaaf, though no doubt well-intentioned, is at heart a relative conservative, neoliberal pol. Although she loves the spotlight and seems to thrive in it, she's essentially an intellectual lightweight.

Someday Oakland will elect a pol or two with some real leadership, real imagination and real management skills. We just need to hope that this happens sooner rather than later.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/01/2015 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

Kudos to Rachel Lederman and the National Lawyer's Guild for being there for protesters for all these years (like back when I got arrested in 1982 with 1000 others at Livermore Lab protesting its development of nuclear weapons). The Mayor's edict is so disappointing on so many levels and I think Rachel's quote here is prescient: "Banning protest may seem a quick fix, but is not worth the cost to taxpayers or the cost to democracy."

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Posted by Karen Hester on 06/01/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Get Paid $560 to Vape Cannabis for Five Days Straight

me me 215 and willing :)

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Posted by Jordan Emerson on 06/01/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Police Have Killed Nearly 400 People Nationwide This Year; Oakland Council to Vote on Surveillance Restrictions

Thanks to Rand Paul, of all people, for having a spine and standing up. And shame on the elected "representatives" who did not do likewise.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 06/01/2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

I like that you're trying to tell a lawyer she doesn't understand the law, Ian Smith. Real rich. I also think its laughable that you think protests should have permits and papers. You sir, are hilarious.

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Posted by Lester Bangs on 06/01/2015 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Hit-And-Run Epidemic Plagues Oakland

While I surely do not advocate hit and run, I do feel that too many people carelessly walk in the streets. Just because there is a crosswalk does not mean a pedestrian should freely walk in he street. Be cautious, do not assume a driver can see you and please take off your headphones.

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Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 06/01/2015 at 12:33 AM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

I have n idea what anyone in Oakland needs to gripe about. Unemployment rate is low, minimum wage is up, real estate is booming resulting in trickle down economics. It is time we all rally around this mayor and welcome her efforts to make peace in this beautiful city.

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Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 06/01/2015 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

"Protesting" at night and taking to streets is counterproductive and a cover for inciting riot and an open endangerment of citizens' safety. Being in harm's way, and an auto's right of way, unpermitted at night, for any cause is ridiculous.

I do NOT support your view, Ms. Lederman, and refuse to be hostage to this 1st amendment hypocrisy. Have you read the internal bigoted emails of SFPD or followed the results of previous police chief Anthony Batts and his tacit endorsement of "rough riding" - maybe you should target those causes. I personally am cautiously optimistic with OPD and Mayor Schaaf's tactics and applaud a rational solution.

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Posted by Jeff Winemiller on 05/31/2015 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

If you are going to claim that you have the right, or claim you’re being denied your rights, then you should know the laws that allow you to have those rights. If you break the law then your rights become very limited and at that point the police are doing their job. You want them to do their job it's a good thing.

People have the right to gather in public places and voice their opinion as long as it is done peacefully. Unless you are being directed by the police to move the gathering over to an area you have to stay at that public place that you all gathered at. If the group moves then it becomes a march, if everyone is still being peaceful and if not then it's a riot, and a march you need to have a permit. If you don't have the permit then you are breaking the law and the police will step in and order everyone to do something. You have to comply with what they tell you to do because you just broke the law. If you don't then you are breaking another law and whatever might happen from there on the police are doing their job.

If a gathering of people is peaceful, not breaking any laws, and has the proper paperwork when required then you are living your rights to the full extent. Then the police will do what we want them to do, there job. They will leave you alone and will make sure other people leave alone and allow you to voice your opinion. If they don't and decide to stop your protest, that's when they are no longer doing their job. They are breaking the law and denying you of your rights.

That would be a direct example of what you have been protesting about. Giving you proof that what you have been saying and trying to change is true and not just an opinion of some people. Then you would have a legal case and could get things to change.

Going out and breaking the law and then trying to claim that the police are not correctly doing their jobs just shows what you have been saying is not true and so no one should listen to you. But if out there not breaking any laws and support the police when they do their job and deal with those that break the law validates your stance and action in trying to change things because you know when the police are doing their job correctly and how things should be and so when you see things are not that way you know wrong and that is why you are trying to make it right.

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Posted by Ian Smith on 05/31/2015 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Shifting Gears: Oakland's Bicycling Future

Michael, I am the Nurse Practitioner who tended to you at the accident scene. I have often wondered what happened to you and how your recovery was going. It was clear to me you had very serious injuries and would not walk for some time. I will never forget the image of your body flying though the air and hitting the pavement.
I am so gratified to learn of your recovery but also deeply grateful for your bicycle advocacy work. I am a cyclist and I choose to ride to work daily. Your accident was the type that could stop one from cycling forever. I felt myself making the choice again to stay on the road but now with vivid real life knowlege of the dangers.
I have stayed on the road and it appears you have too. Thank you for your service on behalf of cyclists. God bless you in your continued recovery. Keep up the good work. Sincerly Rebecca Faith

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Posted by Rebecca Faith on 05/31/2015 at 6:08 PM

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