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Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

She seems like a cool fresh artist to check out. Dope article.

Posted by Tonithy on 08/03/2016 at 1:22 PM

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

To Dave Campbell, and leaders of Bike East Bay, Asian Health Services, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

It is extremely discouraging to witness respected community organizations falling prey to the "divide and conquer" tactics so effectively employed by developers whose primary objective is "self-enrichment," not enrichment of the life and culture of existing communities, their residents, and contributions to ameliorate the displacement crisis currently dismantling the Oakland we all love and desperately want to preserve.

Any Oakland organization that ignores the critical need for inclusion of affordable housing among their concerns in relation to the bubble of welcomed new developments is in effect helping to fuel the displacement crisis and destruction of our beautiful city.

Since the City has failed to do its job in making "community benefits agreements" mandatory on all developments, stakeholder organizations must join with community residents who have invested their lives in Oakland, and must unite on a program of demands to developers for the good of the entire neighborhood, not just the self-described individual interests of each various organization. To do otherwise plays directly into the schemes of outside developers, and is a sure recipe for the destruction of Oakland and its memorable neighborhoods.

Posted by James Vann on 08/03/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Spellling, Kohinoorgasm, Collander Release Show

thank you so much for promoting our event!! I want to add an edit that this event is also wheelchair accessible. please read more info here:

Posted by Alli Yates on 08/03/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

Epic do your thing Boss....

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Posted by Hooky on 08/03/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

Sis wow!!!

Posted by JessiLew on 08/03/2016 at 11:31 AM

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

Housing is a public benefit, Lailan. Building more housing provides:

- More income tax for the city
- More property tax for the city
- More people engaging in local commerce
- More people creating art and culture
- A much reduced commute for people who would otherwise be pushed out to the suburbs
- More neighbors to make Oakland even more cosmopolitan and diverse

But most importantly, it provides homes for people who need homes.

These project-by-project negotiation arrangements only serve to starve the beast. It discourages investment in your neighborhood you purport to protect. It funnels money that could be spent on even more housing into your pockets. It makes it exorbitantly expensive to build in Oakland which is directly passed down to renters as higher rents.

You are why Oakland is expensive, Lailan.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 08/03/2016 at 11:18 AM

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

I live in Chinatown and totally support what Ms. Huen is trying to do. You have to balance progress with responsibility to the people that it affects. And please refrain from the dog-whistle of "petty crime" to advance the project. Chinatown is currently great. Can it be better? Sure. But don't make it sound that the place is a wasteland that needs this development to make it "safer". Have some respect.

Posted by Francis Calpotura on 08/03/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The Time is Now Closing Party at Naming Gallery

Double yaaas!

Posted by Maggie Howe Amiano on 08/03/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Time is Now Closing Party at Naming Gallery


Posted by Emily Howe on 08/03/2016 at 7:30 AM

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

Bike East Bay has talked with the developer of this project and we support more infill projects Like this one that bring needed housing to Oakland. We also support the level of bike parking provided in the project and appreciate the project's support of safe and attractive bicycling options in Chinatown. That said, we are still waiting to hear more about the measures the project will include to promote alternative transportation and how local schools will be accommodated before lending our full support.

Dave Campbell
Advocacy Director
Bike East Bay

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 08/03/2016 at 7:02 AM
Posted by Asa Dodsworth on 08/03/2016 at 1:12 AM

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

This is good . No cards from other states should be allowed at all! Especially California where anybody can get a medical card for just about any reason. You can even say "I need to use marijuana or else I'll be sad" it's a joke.
It's the same as going to Mexico , getting a prescription then expecting America to fill end .

Posted by farmerbob on 08/02/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: On Oakland's Police Commission Ballot Initiative and 2016 City Council Races

Thanks, Darwin, for pointing out the very substantial change in police accountability offered by the potential police commission. The glass is certainly much more than half full and much will depend on Oakland residents applying to be commissioners who will bring diligence, fairness and commitment to delivering results for the Oakland community.
We also need to appreciate that the vote was unanimous to place this measure on the ballot -- something that did not seem likely only weeks ago. Special thanks to Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, the principal authors, Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks who supported the Coalition's call that all 7 commissioners be appointed by the selection panel instead of only 4, and Lynette McElhaney who became our 4th sponsor at the time of the vote.
We look forward to informing Oakland voters about the merits of this proposal so that we prevail in November! Folks who want to help should visit the Coalition's website: and click on 'volunteer.'

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 08/02/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Study Finds that Bay Area Restaurants Have the Largest Race-Based Pay Gap in the Country

Isn't it also possible that more FOH employees at Kingston 11 are POC because their ethnicity matches that of the cuisine? Is that a reasonable consideration in hiring? (Genuine, not rhetorical, question.)

Come to think of it, do Asian servers (at Asian restaurants) count as POC? If so, I'm a bit surprised that Bay Area restaurants scored so low on equality. ;-)

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/02/2016 at 8:53 PM

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

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