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Re: “Take a Tour of Oakland's Most Impressive Murals

You could also check out (and add to) this immense list of murals on OaklandWiki: https://localwiki.org/oakland/Murals. There are over 500 murals on here, all collected by members of the community.

The majority of them are mapped- click the map, a neighborhood, and go!

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Posted by Lauren Briskin on 02/27/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

@Patrick Monk

>>>"to describe the legislation passed in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon as 'winning' is problematic at best. If by 'winning' he meant to say it 'passed', fair enough, but who and what was won. The legislation he refers to basically perpetuates prohibition and continues the criminalization of cannabis."

Gaia save us from the "true believers." To deny we are winning and finally putting the prohibition beast down is flabbergasting, ego-driven mule-headedness. - While the rest of the country emerges from the madness, your group will continue to live in a self-constructed prison.

It would be funny if you weren't creating such a drag on reform. - If I were on the prohibition side, I would say, "Thanks, for this great commercial. We couldn't have done it better ourselves." Then plaster it across the media, undoing decades of hard fought struggle to dispel the destructive stereotypes the world's largest propaganda campaign has churned out to demonize and marginalize millions of good Americans.

With friends like these....

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Posted by John Thomas on 02/27/2015 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Berkeley High Retaliation Case Results in State Complaint Against School District

So proud of Brian Crowell for standing up for what he believes in. Go Brian!

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Posted by Lucianna M. Sanson on 02/27/2015 at 12:05 AM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

This has caused quite a tempest in our little 'tea' cup. I'm attaching a link to my comment on the original, but will include a couple more on this post by Mr Downs. I personally find his implication that Mr Jolson might be 'an undercover police officer' distasteful from one who apparently presents himself as a 'professional' journalist, but then he may not be one. Also to describe the legislation passed in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon as 'winning' is problematic at best. If by 'winning' he meant to say it 'passed', fair enough, but who and what was won. The legislation he refers to basically perpetuates prohibition and continues the criminalization of cannabis. Not the kind of win that any of us looking for real reform of cannabis prohibition and the protection of individual rights are fighting for. Can't the paper find someone better equipped to cover this complex issue. Just my 2c.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/patrick-mon…

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 02/26/2015 at 11:58 PM

Re: “The Battle Over Teachers' Seniority Rights

Perhaps this is why Oakland is the capital of CA charter schools. It makes OUSD look like clowns when signs are up in schools just as parents are visiting to enroll for 2015/16 that teachers are participating in a labor action (at the expense of the kids.) Say goodbye to even more of your precious charges OEA and the $ that follow. Just think what a strike would do. This follows the ebonics scandal, the district going BK, Tony Smith sent packing, the abysmal graduation rates. The thing that can save you is to limit the competition and that doesn't seem very American or democratic.

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 02/26/2015 at 10:53 PM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

What's the big deal? This is only one brief video ORIGINALLY MADE FOR HASHBAR TV, not the mainstream.
There are many more videos from various other supporters and volunteers of the CCHI. Made by a wide variety of people who come from many different backgrounds, and have different target audiences. This particular video is targeted to the Venice beach cannabis patients and recreational users who bring a small fortune to the local economy.
All of us are working on different ways to get the details of the California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative/CCHI (OFFICIAL Jack Herer Initiative) out to the public.
Many of us, myself included, strongly believe that if the mainstream were to read the initiative that they too would support it! It only makes sense...
No other legalization movement would protect California's Cannabis industry from being taken over by Monsanto and other large corporations.
No other legalization movement would free the non-violent cannabis "offenders" thus freeing up already limited resources.
No other legalization movement would reopen the hemp industry!
Hemp! Hemp can literally save the planet! We can become free of our dependence on foreign oil by de-criminalizing hemp! With hemp farming legal the US can become a nation of production again! No longer would we be slaves to our political enemies due to our need for their imported products! ANYTHING, from home's to cars to meals and thousands of purposes in between can be made out of HEMP!
Don't ignore the FACT that the CCHI is the first current legalization movement to have a video on television. Remember, even "bad" publicity is good publicity...
CCHI AND NOTHING LESS!!!

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Posted by Dov Sniderman on 02/26/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

I agree with the author. When I first saw this video, I couldn't believe it. It looked like aggressive, homeless people blowing pot in the viewer's face.

I thought - "This must be a sneaky anti-legalization ad paid by Sheldon Adelson." - I still wonder.

Responsible reform groups should condemn this action and work to make sure it isn't repeated.

Posted by John Thomas on 02/26/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “The Battle Over Teachers' Seniority Rights

Our kids deserve the best teachers we can find, and who better to choose them than school communities and school leaders? Also, can you imagine working in a job where your boss and community didn't want you there? Sounds terrible for everyone involved.

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Posted by Andrew Garland on 02/26/2015 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Take a Tour of Oakland's Most Impressive Murals

Or you can visit the Community Rejuvenation Project's mural map of the East Bay (est. 2010) here: http://bit.ly/18s4vw1. CRP offers mural tours of its work as well. Visit our website at www.CRPBayArea.org

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Posted by Community Rejuvenation Project on 02/26/2015 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

I lived a block from Baggy's By the Bay in the late 70s. I've visited as recently as three years ago. Yeah, this is the ultimate dive. But what about that piano bar near Grand Lake theater. Don't forget Kip's, Berkeley, a 50s student dive, still diving.

Posted by Ted Friedman on 02/26/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Berkeley High Retaliation Case Results in State Complaint Against School District

He is not alone. There are many others who were retaliated against for raising ocncerns about RTI, ULYSS, ignoring 1s and 2s to raise the scores of 3s in attempts to move API.

District leaders nationally are a corrupt bunch.

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Posted by Richard Sugerman on 02/26/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Schaaf Hires Emeryville City Manager Sabrina Landreth to Be Oakland’s City Administrator

Landreth appeared to be an efficient and articulate budget analyst back when she worked for Dan Lindheim who was Ron Dellum's City Administrator. She spoke well at public meetings and was significantly more forthcoming with information than Lindheim himself who seemed never to have numbers available, suggesting that he needed to sort out the possible political consequences before letting go of any info.

Important to keep in mind that Emeryville, where Landreth has been working recently, is a city of 10,000 with far fewer and less complex social and economic problems than in Oakland where there are 400,000 of us and 30,000 kids living under the poverty level.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/26/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Oakland City Councilmembers Want Repeal of State Welfare Rule that Restricts Aid to Families with Newborns

"Oakland has significant pockets of deep poverty,”

And how! Oakland, in the heart of the most vibrant regional economy in the country, has signficantly more poor folks and struggling families proportionally than California as a whole.

New CM Campbell Washington and CM Brooks are doing the right thing but they should look very hard at the depth of Oakland's real needs and come up with much, much more to address the problems of poverty and inequality.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/26/2015 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Celebrating the Albany Bulb's Most Memorable People and Art

No question, what happened to the folks at the bulb should be memorialized. Shame on the perpetrators who attacked the homeless for committing the crime of living on a dump.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 02/26/2015 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

#11 has been the site of two (2) well-documented gang-initiated or gang-involved shootings, one in 2008, the other in 2012. See here:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/09/26/bar-shooting-suspect-killed-by-hayward-police-identified-as-gang-member/
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/6-alleged-gang-members-arrested-in-Hayward-bar-3269608.php

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Posted by Wills Wilde on 02/26/2015 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Communitē Table Is a Welcome Addition to Oakland's Laurel District

I can't wait to try Michele's new venture. I have had the opportunity to sample her delicious food at Pouet and the former Gulf Coast Oyster Bar, and her cooking rocks!

Posted by Alison Negrin on 02/26/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Drowning California's History

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Posted by Editor on 02/26/2015 at 9:53 AM
Posted by Mickey Martin on 02/26/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Drowning California's History

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Posted by Editor on 02/26/2015 at 8:01 AM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

Everyone is a Critic. The State of Ca. is Huge! All you have done is taken an outside look and made judging statements about some True Hearted People. Who are working for Free on Something they believe in. We are diverse group from all over California!
CCHI has had difficulty raising funds because this initiative is for the people, DOES NOT take Cultivation rights away, like other States have done. It Does not Exploit the Plant or its People. There is no Monetary Advantage or Monopoly created for a Big Corporation with CCHI, so there is no incentive for Corporations to Monetarily participate- other then it being a Morally/economically right choice for California.
I like that CCHI distinguishes numbers between non commercial and commercial grows. It has taken into account the unique web of patients/people and how they cultivate and heal together up and down this State. It addresses the Ma and Pop and the Corp. grower.
Mr. Downs your article Comes across as a Esoteric Asshole.
You make raising millions of dollars sound like a mole hill or some insignificant hurdle.

“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.”

― Eve Ensler

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Posted by Jeff Jonaitis on 02/26/2015 at 3:37 AM

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