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Re: “Why Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

Same people that complains about gentrification will occupy themselves with how they are being "victimized" when in fact they have been benefiting from rent control, section 8, food stamps, EBT, cash for clunkers, free medicaid, etc. while hard working taxpayers gets nothing and are called gentrifiers when they can afford a house at the threshold of the ghetto.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/15/2014 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Can I Recycle That?

Good article on recycling, we need more of people to participate.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/15/2014 at 11:00 PM

Re: “A Rough Time for Quan

I am running for Mayor of Oakland 2014. I am a self-made millionaire combat veteran with journalistic integrity. I'll rescue Oakland. Look at my plans at

http://oaklandwiki.org/Peter_Y._Liu

If voters have questions that needs to be answered, email peteryliu@aim.com

Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/15/2014 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Blight for Profit

Good article, but it's a pity that you didn't interview my neighbor, Ken Katz, who is the one who has pushed for a solution to this citywide blight. By the way, we have a big problem with the bins on Lakeshore, and, no, USAgain does not clean up the bins or the area around them, nor does anyone answer the 800 number.

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Posted by Pamela Drake on 04/15/2014 at 10:38 PM

Re: “A Rough Time for Quan

Jean Quan came to my house about 4 weekends ago under the guise of promoting a upcoming forum about crime.
Anyway, she goes on telling about how the city's budget is balanced and that there will be a surplus this year.

So I ask her how she can declare a surplus, when while riding my bike I now have to contend with giant slabs of pavement missing everywhere I go.
Not just cracks and small holes, but deep jagged openings with the edges of missing asphalt being a sharp 3 and 4 inches in depth. Wheel destroying chasms.
Hospital sending cliffs for any biker. Holes that destroy automobile suspensions and alignment.

The street are decaying weekly. I can actually see the continued destruction from week to week. Giant holes are opening up every week that goes by.

Then Jean Quan has the temerity to come to my door talking about a balanced budget. Like a family that hasn't been to the dentist for 4 years, telling everyone their household budget is balanced.

She and her top aide, Sandre Swanson, gave out sweetheart contracts to city workers while the postponed infrastructure falls a decade in arrears for standard maintenance.
Who does she think she if fooling with her talk of a "balanced budget"?

I see her "balanced budget" every day on my decrepit streets.
She is ONLY concerned about just getting by for the next 6 months.

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Posted by Dan de'Data on 04/15/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Why Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

Here's a radical thought: instead of training people how to oppose gentrification through the planning process why not train them to do the jobs that are driving gentrification? Gentrification is what happens when there's a mismatch between the high skill/high pay jobs being created by the Bay Area economy and the low skill/low pay of existing residents in those neighborhoods. Everything I read in the local news on gentrification seems geared towards using rent control and other devices to keep the existing residents in place but poor rather than training them. There really are only three options: skill up in science/healthcare/finance and participate in the Bay Area's growing economy; don't skill up, stay put and stay poor while the price of everything rises around you; or move out to a lower cost area. Sorry to be blunt but I'm not seeing a fourth.

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Posted by Jon Shepherd on 04/15/2014 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: AC Transit Official Charged with Stealing Church Funds; Oakland Parks Consider Selling Naming Rights to Raise Money

Snowden has more balls than Obama, honest, truthful and is a worldwide hero. Obama is a worldwide embarrassment, dishonest pathological liar. Democrats love Obama, will readily vote Obama for a third term as King, he takes from the hard working people and gives freebies to illegal aliens and deadbeats.

Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/15/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: AC Transit Official Charged with Stealing Church Funds; Oakland Parks Consider Selling Naming Rights to Raise Money

Joaquin Miller Park becomes Miller High Life Park. No, wait, no one drinks Miller High Life any more; we drink microbrews. Linden Street Park. Wait, some of my neighbors drink only Corona.

I can't wait for the City Council meetings where the out-of-control beer heads go, well, head-to-head. Or is it toe-to-toe?

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 04/15/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Tom, It would be more appropriate to characterize your statement about the 1955 study as simply being wrong. Nowhere in the 1955 study which you reference is the type of oyster being grown described.

Jane, Congress could have acted on your voluminous speeches and letters numerous times over the years and allowed the oyster farm to exist as they did the cattle ranches and dairy farms. They consciously, with full awareness, chose not to. In fact, what they chose to do was give the Secretary the discretion to decide what to do, not tell him to issue a permit as proposed by Feinstein. California's position is clearly spelled out in their lease with DBOC - it ends when the Federal permit ends.

As for the Potomac, as mentioned to Tom, Drakes Estero in not Chesapeake Bay.

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Posted by Jules Michel on 04/15/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

04-09-2014 NOAA “OYSTERS could REMOVE ALL NITROGEN Polluting Potomac if 40% river bed cultivates shellfish”


Oyster aquaculture could significantly improve Potomac River estuary water quality

April 9, 2014

Oyster aquaculture in the Potomac River estuary could result in significant improvements to water quality, according to a new NOAA and U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Aquatic Geochemistry.

All of the nitrogen currently polluting the Potomac River estuary could be removed if 40 percent of its river bed were used for shellfish cultivation, according to the joint study. The researchers determined that a combination of aquaculture and restored oyster reefs may provide even larger overall ecosystem benefits. Oysters, who feed by filtering, can clean an enormous volume of water of algae which can cause poor water quality.

The study is based on data modeling and an ecosystem-wide scientific evaluation, which examined how activities in the watershed affected the river estuary’s water quality. The research team evaluated nitrogen flows from the Potomac River headwaters and the nutrient-related water quality conditions of the estuary, called eutrophication.

Eutrophication takes place when a body of water becomes enriched in dissolved nutrients that stimulate the growth of aquatic plants, causing nuisance algal blooms. These blooms often result in the depletion of dissolved oxygen and the loss of seagrasses.

The team sought to assess how shellfish aquaculture – specifically oyster aquaculture — could be used to remove nutrients directly from the water, complementing traditional land-based measures.

Although the estuary bottom area needed to grow oysters to remove the nutrients exists, it is unlikely that such a management measure would be implemented because of conflicting uses. However, a smaller area could still provide great benefits if aquaculture leases were approved. According to the study, if only 15 to 20 percent of the bottom was cultivated it could remove almost half of the incoming nutrients.

“Our study looked to see just how much impact oyster aquaculture could have in restoring some balance to the system,” said Suzanne Bricker, Ph.D., physical scientist in NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the paper’s lead author. “Eutrophication conditions in the Potomac River estuary are representative of conditions found in the Chesapeake Bay and many other U.S. estuaries. Historically, waters of the Potomac and other Chesapeake region estuaries were filtered by oysters, but as their populations declined so did their filtration capabilities. This resulted in increased concentrations of nutrients and related water quality concerns, such as algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen.

“The most expedient way to reduce eutrophication in the Potomac River estuary would be to continue reducing land-based nutrients complemented by a combination of aquaculture and restored oyster reefs. The resulting combination could provide significant removal of nutrients and eutrophication impacts directly from the water column, and offer innovative solutions to long-term persistent water quality problems.”

This alternative approach to water quality management has the potential to address legacy pollution, provide a marketable seafood product if there are no other contaminant issues that would prevent human consumption, and enhance local economies with additional income to growers through the possible development of a program — similar to those being considered in other parts of the country — where growers would be paid for the water cleaning services done by their oysters.

Flowing into the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River is the fourth largest river on the Atlantic coast, with more than six million people living in its watershed. The NOAA and USGS research about human influences on water quality found that the effects of high nutrient levels have not changed overall since the early 1990s. There are, however, some signs of improvement, such as decreased nitrogen loads from the watershed, increased dissolved oxygen and decreased algal blooms in the upper estuary, and continued regrowth of seagrasses.

While scientists have seen signs of improvement, they remain concerned with eutrophication. Dissolved oxygen, a key measure of water quality, is something fish and other aquatic species can’t survive without.

Atmospheric deposition — where gases and particles are released into the atmosphere from combustion of fossil fuels and return to the land as contaminants — also plays a role in polluting the estuary.

“Less attention has been paid to monitoring the effects of atmospheric deposition in headwater streams now that acidic emissions have declined because of the Clean Air Act and Amendments going into effect,” said Karen Rice, Ph.D., USGS research hydrologist. “Nevertheless, monitoring of forested, headwater streams that reflect changes in atmospheric inputs should be continued, if not expanded, so that changes in stream-water quality as related to atmospheric deposition can be tracked.”

The researchers believe the results of the study may be useful on a broad basis, as there are other river-dominated estuaries in the Chesapeake region and elsewhere along the U.S. coastline that could support shellfish aquaculture.

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For more on this go to:

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/2…

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Posted by Jane Gyorgy on 04/15/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

11-06-75 Documents show EAC founder Jerry Friedman Supported Oyster Farm

This quote is taken from the letter submitted to ”Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Chairman of the Senate Parks and Recreation Subcommittee”

made a part of the record for ”Hearings on Point Reyes Wilderness Legislation, Before the Subcommittee on Parks and Recreation of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-Fourth Congress, 2d Session”

letter addressed to Hon. J. Bennett Johnston, Chairman, Parks and Recreation Subcommittee, Washington, D.C.

found on page 356, in his opening paragraph (emphasis added for clarity):

Mr. Chariman: My name is Jerry Friedman. I am a resident of West Marin and am
◾serving my second term as Chairman of the Marin County Planning Commission
◾During the past four months I have been representing Congressman John Burton on all matters relevant to the House counterpart of S. 2472 H.R. 8003.
◾Today I am here representing the following: ◾Marin Conservation League
◾Tomales Bay Association
◾Inverness Association
◾ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF WEST MARIN
◾League of Women Voters
◾Bay Area: ◾Environmental Forum, Marin & Sonoma branches
◾Assemblyman Michael Wornum



(continued at the top of page 357:)

” These organizations not only support S. 2472, but they wholeheartedly endorse the wilderness recommendations of the GGNRA Citizens Advisory Commission….”

“3. All the organizations have deep and serious concerns over the lack of protection presently afforded to the tidal zone at Point Reyes. Such areas as Drake’s and Limantour Estero along with the seal rookery at Double Point deserve wilderness status. The State’s interests in these areas has been minimal with the exception of Limantour Estero which is a Research Natural Area, and we note little activity by the State in the area of patrol or marine resource monitoring during the past years. We accordingly hope that the tidal zone will be managed as wilderness area and we find this approach consistent with the State’s reservation of fishing and mineral rights. We wish to note the following points in this regard:

A. S. 2472 would allow the continued use and operation of Johnson’s Oyster Company in Drake’s Estero.”

E. We note nothing in the law which precludes the Congress from designating the tidal zone as wilderness despite the reservation of fishing and mineral rights….”

Page 358:

“….It is rare that so many organizations have agreed upon wilderness legislation for a given area. It is also unusual that such wilderness status DOES NOT IN ANY WAY INTERFERE WITH THE MANNER IN WHICH THE PUBLIC PRESENTLY USES THAT PARK….”

This is followed in the record on page 358 – 361 by the following:

“STATEMENT OF JOHN MITCHELL, SUBCOMMITTEE ON WILDERNESS, [GGNRA] CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMISSION….a fifteen-person Commission appointed in January 1975 by the Secretary of the Interior in accordance with the law establishing the Recreation Area….”

“….The balancing of the various interests represented by our recommendations was derived from a series of public hearings and subcommittee task force meetings. The compromises presented have won acceptance from representatives of each sector of the public that expressed concern. It is therefore hoped that the entire recommendation can be included in the legislation and the Committee report, so that the special provisions necessary at Point Reyes are firmly established. In that way, future administrative decisions can be assured of being in consonance with the principles and the details recommended.

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Statement of Frank C. Boerger,

Chairman, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Citizen’s Advisory Commission

15 person Commission appointed in January 1975 by Secretary of Interior in accordance with the law establishing the Recreation Area.

“….The balancing of the various interests represented by our recommendations was derived from a series of public hearings and subcommittee task force meetings. The compromises presented have won acceptance from representatives of each sector of the public that expressed concern….”

DESCRIPTION OF THE RECOMMENDED WILDERNESS AREA

“….An important factor in considering wilderness for the seashore was the intent of the commission that desirable existing uses be allowed to continue…..”

“….Two wilderness units are recommended for the northern half of the Seashore. They are separated by an area that includes the “pastoral zone” (designated in the enabling legislation to continue to accommodate ranching activities) and the access roads that serve most of the Seashore’s popular beaches. The first unit includes…Drakes and Limantour Esteros, and the lands that connect those features.”

NONCONFORMING USES

“Two activities presently carried on within the seashore existed prior to its establishment as a park and have since been considered desirable by both the public and park managers. Because they both entail use of motorized equipment, specific provision should be made in wilderness legislation to allow the following uses to continue unrestrained by wilderness designation:

1 Ranching operations on that portion of the “pastoral zone” that falls within the proposed wilderness…..

2 Operation of Johnson’s Oyster Farm including the use of motorboats and the repair and construction of oyster racks and other activities in conformance with the terms of the existing 1,000 acre lease from the State of California.”

NOTE:

The final bill designated Drakes Estero as only “potential wilderness”.

The Interior Department told Congress that Drakes Estero could not be full wilderness until California gave up its rights there–which it has NOT done.

For more on this click on or copy and paste the link below into your web browser:

http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/1976/12/31…

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Posted by Jane Gyorgy on 04/15/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Martinez To Ban Outdoor Medical Marijuana Growing This Week

Going way, way back to the 6-plant threshold in SB 420, the question is what's reasonable? Not just in terms of medical need, btw, but also what's reasonable in terms of land-use and cultivation regulations. There's almost a sense of entitlement that attends the widespread use and abuse of 99-plant recs and grower's "licenses," but we're learning very quickly that our neighbors and elected leaders have had enough.

Happily, sort of, Martinez can learn from Fresno's example. Don't accept half-measures that can turn into complete bans a year or two down the road. Demand reasonable regulations and compliance with state planning and environmental laws. The more you speak up now, the better it helps your case in court later if it comes to that. http://fresnocannabis.org/suit-targets-med…

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Posted by Bud Green on 04/15/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Thank you Environmental Action Committee for putting Mother Earth 1st!

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Posted by Sandra Harris on 04/15/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Jules, How would you characterize the National Park Services' attempts to take a 1955 study ON A DIFFERENT TYPE OF OYSTER IN JAPAN and attribute it to Drakes Estero?
That would fit my description of desperation.

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Posted by Tom Kent on 04/15/2014 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Tom, As I said, you do your "profession" a disservice spinning this as you do. Your fantasy of oysters saving Drakes Estero from your perceived tsunami of sludge only shows the desperation which exists within your ranks. The only thing people supported was allowing a ROU to run to its end, after which the contiguous marine wilderness congress created as law would be completed. A marine wilderness without one family's commercial operation sitting in the middle of it.

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Posted by Jules Michel on 04/14/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Bay Bridge Scandals Deepen; Quan Wrong About Dubai Prince and Coliseum City

How do you get something like that wrong?! Did you have a conversation with one of the wealthiest people on earth or not? And if so, how could you not recall a pertinent detail like, oh... I dunno, WHETHER OR NOT THE GUY WAS INTO THE DEAL?!?!?!

Unreal

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Posted by Justin McRoberts on 04/14/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Jules, I support the Feds whole heartedly when they make an environmental decision based on solid science, like they have with the Chesapeake Bay. The problem with their decision in this case is they are choosing the wrong battlefield, the wrong ally and the wrong opponent. Usually that doesn't work out to well.
True, Drakes Bay is not the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake doesn’t have an impending disaster, like the sludge and filth filled tsunami sea bearing down upon our shores. When it does hit, will you and Ms. Trainer be out there 24 hours a day filtering these pristine waters? Let’s see, if Drakes Bay Oyster Farm has 6 million oysters out there, that’s 6 million x 50 gallons of water filtered A DAY! I seriously doubt you and Ms. Trainer can keep up with the oysters. Sadly, a group of environmentalists, although well meaning, has chosen the wrong battle against the wrong opponent, and definitely at the wrong time!
Which in itself is strange... Because ... as long as we are on the subject of time…
Documents and testimony show Park Service, the Sierra Club, EVEN Ms. Trainer’s ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE of West Marin, AND every other interested environmental and civic group were overwhelmingly in favor of the oyster farm in the 1960’s and 70’s and intended that the the oyster farm stay. So this “A deal is a deal” narrative is COMPLETELY fabricated for the occasion.
Additionally, in 1998-99 the Park Service even had architectural renderings done of a new oyster educational center and cannery. Why would they want to spend all that money just to take it down because a “deal is a deal”?
Why is the West Marin Environmental Action Committee flipping their original position?

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Posted by Tom Kent on 04/14/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “'Weed Wars' Patient Update: Jason and Jayden

Blessings to you and your work.

Posted by Gretchen Netzlaw on 04/14/2014 at 7:29 PM

Re: “State Fines Tosco $400,000 for the Fatal Martinez Refinery Explosion

The nuematic saw didn't cause fire...the decision to open a flange further down the line..which was above the hot oil pumps...caused the fire..I Anthony creggett was at lunch inside control room..when this flange was opened ...they assumed ...i was operator that instructed..this decision ....tosco always knew it was not me...can you say fall guy...

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Posted by Anthony Creggett on 04/14/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Oculus

This movie was badass

Posted by Guillermo Bosque Mendoza on 04/14/2014 at 5:15 PM

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