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Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

This is great, Oakland Chinatown needs some new life. Its dirty and impossible to walk in several sidewalks, very unsafe! We also need chinatown to stay open late at night,everything closes at 7p, it's ridiculous. I hope this is the first of many changes coming to Oakland Chinatown.

Posted by Riley C on 08/02/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “A Cafe Oasis in Deep East Oakland

5395 Bancroft Ave at Fairfax. Can't wait to visit!

Posted by Ia Hernandez on 08/02/2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Critical to a useful understanding of what is at issue here is the high number of killings of civilians by cops in the USA as compared to Europe. When the numbers are adjusted to eliminate the effects of racism, our cops still kill many more civilians than the Europeans.

USA policies regarding cops and lethal force are locally-mandated. In Europe use of lethal force is determined by national policy and the policies are significantly more stringent than here. Policies in Europe for example allow shooting to disable rather than to kill or mandate alternatives to shootings which are allowed here.

Bottom line is that our shooting policies and the trainings that support the policies need drastic revision if we want fewer civilian killings here. Efforts must be local because policing policies are local.

Theoretically police killings could be reduced locally via several different approaches. One would be Oakland's developing a public safety plan which incorporates a much higher threshold for use of lethal force. Oakland's electeds have shown no interest in developing such a plan and although the Mayor promised a new public safety plan during her campaign (to be delivered within the first 100 days) she apparently has not acted on her promise.

Another would be a new lethal force policy to be developed by a new Police Commission if it is supported by Oakland voters in the fall. Given Oakland's history of getting things done, if the voters do support a new Commission, it will be several years before it is up and running and years beyond that before the development of a new lethal force policy.

I advise not holding one's breath.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/02/2016 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Stay Gold Deli Is West Oakland's New Neighborhood Delicatessen

I'm less than enthused by a picture of a meatball sub — probably 800 calories or more — on a half loaf of unappetizing white bread, for $8 (plus tax = closer to $9).

Posted by Robert Paege on 08/02/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Miles, you hit the nail on the head.

But let's not talk about facts, we have people who are running scurred.

I suggest to you LEOs who have a problem with the commitment that perhaps you are better suited to a less stressful work environment, maybe tasting pies is the job for your ilk.

Posted by M3g4d37h on 08/02/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

Where is Renee in Season 5. Seems she's been replaced.

Posted by French Angel on 08/02/2016 at 4:23 AM

Re: “The Best Marijuana Strains of Summer 2015

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Posted by Artemis2318 on 08/01/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

This is terrible! 1. To pressure an agency to cancel a training they have never attended, and 2. To fold to public pressure and cancel training that may be beneficial to the officers who choose to exactly what's wrong with this country. I'm disappointed all the way around. Now, the being said, where do we go from here? Maybe opening the training class up for some members of the public (or select members of these activist groups) to attend might be a option moving forward. No matter what line of work you're in, training (in any capacity) is an integral part of being successful.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 08/01/2016 at 6:23 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

I write about the Hayward Fault a lot, and from the geologist's professional viewpoint the signs of creep are indeed "marvelous." See a few examples from Oakland at…

Posted by Andrew Alden on 08/01/2016 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

FYI -- I am still voting for the Police Commission Measure

I was proud to stand together with a broad coalition of community, and make the motion in support of the requested Amendment, to have all Commissioners appointed independently. I believe this was the right way to go, to maximize public trust and reduce fear of political influence. Although it didn't pass, I wanted to say that I will still be voting for the Police Commission Measure this fall. I have great appreciation for the grassroots organizers who have been working on this for years, and for the significant progress the Measure represents. It contains important steps forward -- including on the specific issue debated here -- because without the ballot Measure, the Mayor gets to appoint 100% of Commissioners. So moving to a majority of community-appointed Commissioners (in this case, 4 out of 7) would make a difference. In addition, other issues, such as to better deal with use of force, racial profiling problems, handling crowds and more, also make it worth supporting.

Rebecca Kaplan

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 08/01/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Las Vegas Now A Bust for Most California Medical Pot Patients

That's "fewer than 100,000 cards" since *the program began* in 2004; since 2014 less than 10,000 cards, which are generally valid for only a year, have been issued ...
Although obtaining one can be a hassle and expensive [], they are worth the trouble, as they offer the closest thing to a "bar to prosecution"--vs merely an "admissible defense" from a doctor's rec--for patients and caregivers: If a police officer detains a cardholder for having weed, the cop must, by law, call the phone number on the county–issued Medical Marijuana Identification card and recite its ID number. If the card is real, the officer must release the cardholder. Under California law, police can't even ask an MMI cardholder questions about the marijuana in his or her possession. In fact, an officer faces a misdemeanor if he doesn't respect the MMI card, due to provisions of medical privacy mandated by the federal HIPAA law and supported by state Senate Bill 420.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/01/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

I saw the documentary on PBS, IT WAS HEARTBREAKING!!!, How can people in the USA, live & suffer? Where are the homeless advocates, the drug task force, where is the help."Save this company".Im sorry but they are the connection too any to less than none income,for the poor people!!
smh. The company is a green based company, that provides a income to poor and indigent people. I LIVE IN Georgia, I was in utter shock to see the community complaining, but not offering any concrete prevention!!!
Instead of complaing join forces, apply for community improvement grants, green based environmental grants for the company and community!!
Hell no one wants crime or vagrants but wheres the help @least Alliance Metals are helping .What is the community doing as a whole to promote a steller community; prevent homelessness, other than complaining?
Please set up a online patition too stop the closing, Bring in city officials to obtain green grants it's a green company .City officials not the police to assist in setting up a greenspace environmental grant for the company to assist in the clean up the environment around the facilityand bridging relationships with community leaders!!!I cant say that enough.DAH ITS A RECYCLING CENTER, THE GOVERNMENT WILL AID YOU TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNITY, AIR QUALITY, GREENSPACE, FOR THE COMPANY AND COMMUNITY SURROUNDING THE COMPANY!!!Where are the LEADERS city councilman, the new female mayor, the congressman of that district. CLEARLY HAS FAILED AND FAILED BIG TIME. This is a shame and Tragedy for humans whom are clearly addicted and need help are barely, merly existing in this manner, help the poor people ,I'm outraged!!!!!

Posted by IsawthisonPBS on 08/01/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

This cancellation is extremely disappointing and ins the response of a spineless police administrator cowtowing to political pressure.
I am a retired LEO, but when active I took courses from Lt. Col Grossman twice in my career. Once as a detective, the other as a police sergeant assigned to school in an inner-city.
Both courses/ seminars dealt with being PREPARED for a situation where one is put in the situation where force may have to be used and stopping the threat to save lives of others - especially school shooting situations.
He encourages officers and school staff to open their eyes to the problems around them, namely in respect to preventing youth violence.
Awareness and preparation was the curriculum that spanned a variety of topics of vital importance to LEOs— proper breathing, surviving gunshot wounds, dealing with survivor guilt following a gun battle, and violence among and against children
It sounds as if Susan Harmon was uninformed and focusing on the "Killology" name.
"Denial kills twice"

Posted by Richard Paloma on 08/01/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

Keep in mind there will still be room in the prisons & Rehab centers for those whom have substance abuse problems. And then those that fall outside of societies norms will end up in either place. The fact that nicotine, alcohol & various hospital errors kill a large number of people each yr ( CDC REPORT FOR '14 most current stats). No 1 that I've seen can tell me why Methamphetamine is a sched 2 drug? Cannabis needs to be made available to those whom need it(in this instance a medical avenue) its also apparent that the folks who currently grow for medical receivers need to continue & to educate the general public. Its quite scary in the fact that the govt could stomp in at any time & destroy what those who are in the production end of this business model. If the govt was really wanting to help us, they would make nicotine illegal. Instead of subsidizing the tobacco farmer lets retool their industry to aid them in the growing of medicinal cannabis. The govt does not oversee the making of supplements, which have also done its fair share of harm to the public(also CDC stats) there has to be a reasonable ground for all to share in. The problem is the 'reasonable' heading. Vote out those that do not follow the wishes of the constituents. Its already started, it needs to continue. My expectations for reasonable medical care have at times been very cruel & unusual; all in the name of m3dical practise. I just wish my physician had the ability to Rx cannabis: I have no idea if i would benefit or be harmed by its use and various components? I do know as a spinal cord injured person; I want & need a better way to address my neurological problems along w/pain-discomfort created by a spinal cord injury. Not asking for the world, just a desire to be actively involved in this world.

Posted by Jon S. Adams on 08/01/2016 at 9:15 AM

Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida — Again

I am so sick of these old codgers being jealous of young people and hoarding beach properties to keep young people out and bashing marijuana users. If they want to live in an anti marijuana place, then they should move to some redneck corn fart state up north. Florida is the tropics and meant to smoke marijuana in. Furthermore, state leaders are complete morons by keeping it illegal, because they would make huge amounts of tax dollars if they legalized it. People don't give a shit what these old codgers do to rid of marijuana, it will always be in Florida and people will always be smoking it. Florida state leaders either legalize it and make tax dollars or who fucking cares. Millions in Florida are toking it up right now and laughing at them.

Posted by Adam Horton on 08/01/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of July 27, 2016

Not sure how to send a "letter to the editor" so am doing it here. How about an article exposing the real money behind the so called "Grocery Tax" which is being heavily advertised as hurting small markets in underserved neighborhoods. Is this proposed tax only on sugary sodas or ALL bottled drinks containing sugar? Does it also tax actual food, fresh and canned? If it taxes soda only, who is paying the people featured in the TV and print advertisements? Are they real store owners or actors - the voters would like more clarification of this since we are being bombarded about a grocery tax which may not even tax groceries!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/01/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Here is a source page where you may get accurate fault trace files (KML), etc.

Posted by hudnut on 07/31/2016 at 11:39 PM

Re: “The Needle vs. the Damage Done

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Posted by Portia Petterson on 07/31/2016 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

It's disappointing to read that people like Linda Arnold pressured the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office into dropping a class that could save deputies' lives, all without having seen the Bulletproof class in the first place. Then there is someone like Rashida Grinage praising her for doing so. People, ignorance is nothing to be proud of.

Miles Monroe, you are correct in that law enforcement is a dangerous job and not for everyone. With people like Linda Arnold and Rashida Grinage, it likely just got a little more dangerous for them. As Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) we know what we signed up for and what we're getting ourselves into. We don't complain about risking our lives in order to ensure the safety of yours. However, there is a war out there if you haven't noticed and LEOs need all the tools available to them to win the fight. It may not be pretty, but no one wants to fight a war they cannot win. And, if we don't win, you don't go safely home at night either...

I plan on bringing this article up this week on our LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show. I'll post a link when it's published.

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 07/31/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida — Again

i have spent most of my life living in the worst nieghborhoods in tampa,fl. through this time i have helped many poor and impoversed people, many mentally ill people, and many people who just can't get it anywhere. i remain poor too with little to none assets also but my joy and reward has been knowing that i have helped such people. i have bipolar schitzo effective dissorder for the past 18 years of my life and no matter what any doctor politician or the lying wealthy, marijuana helps us too. in their ignorance they will say mentally ill people won't be included for medical use. mentally i'll people account for a very large amount of pharmacudical drugs which do help for the benefit of the mentally ill. mentally ill people struggle and are bassically outcasts of society and trully have no voice in this matter either. their lives are filled extremely with derision and too much emotional pain also. marijuana has helped us all with this pain and it frees our minds bodies and souls. mostly they can barely afford it. so i dedicated the last 22 years of my life to help my fellow poor and ailling brothers and sisters in my community. i have no finnantial gain from it all, but i am still poor also. i am rich in the fact that i have helped all who i have through 3 dollars five dollars and the occasional ten dollars. too many injustices against the poor from the oppressive wealthy. there will be a revolution against these injustices because one day we won't take it anymore. our american ancesters revolted against slavery and houndred of years earlier revolted against the spanish english an other nations that still exist to this day. in europe we fought against the oppressors and people of power. africa pronounced slavery for thousands of years. we must fight back and fight these present day injustices and we must regain what we know as human beings to be right and fight against wrong or we are just as guillty as the oppressors themselves. we as americans just look the other way like people who witness murder and say nothing at all. how long will these injustices remain? untill we the people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE STAND UP AND DO WHAT IS MORRALLY RIGHT AND RID OUR FUTURE OF THESE REOCCURRING WAYS. HISTORRY DOES REPEAT ITSELF AND INSTEAD WE MAKE NO CHANGE. NUFF SAID NUFF RESPECT AND WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. I SMELL BULLSHIT AND THE COFFEE IS OVERWATERED AND OVER PRICED. AMERICA FUCK YOU AND YOUR BULLSHIT SMELLING COFFEE TOO. YOU ARE ALL PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOW WE MUST STAND UP AND BE A PART OF THE SOLLUTION AND THIS GOES BEYOND MARIJUANA. MOST OF YOU COWARDS WOULD MOST LIKELY WALK AWAY IF YOU SAW A WOMAN BEING BEAT AND SAY NOTHING EXCEPT LETS GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE. SOONER THEN LATER I AM GOING TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE TOO. ITS A SHAME PEOPLE SAY AND DO NOTHING. TO ME THAT IS THE GREATEST INJUSTICE OF ALL. GOOD PEOPLE SEE WRONG AND TRY TO MAKE IT RIGHTAND IF THEY MUST THEY FIGHT. BAD PEOPLE SEE WRONG AND DO NOTHING AT ALL, THE TRUE DEFFINITION OF A COWARD. THE REMAINING QUESTION IS UP TO US ALL. WHICH SIDE ARE YOU? THE LIVING COWARD OR THE DYING HERO. I WOULD RATHER BE A FREE DEAD MAN IN MY GRAVE THEN A LIVING SLAVE WAITING FOR NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JOSEPH KULCINSKI SIGNED SEALED AND APPROVED. PLEASE STAND UP BECAUSE WE ARE AMERICANS AND LET US PROVE THAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JOSEPH KULCINSKI on 07/31/2016 at 8:51 AM

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