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Re: “Listen to Ah Mer Ah Su's Dreamy, Downcast Ballad "Klonopin"

The Night Light event for those in Oakland

Posted by Arthur Dwyer on 10/19/2016 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of October 19, 2016

I also think that the Board including in its 12 year $120 parcel tax the provision that increase in the Board's middle school charter school enrollment, over and above any District middle school enrollment increases, will trigger a redistribution of District pay raises to fund addition pay raises for mostly non-union Board charter school employees is going to upset Oakland Unified School District employees when they see their pay checks being reduced.

Whomever thought up this redistribution of employees pay raise to charter school employees for Measure G1 should be fired. And, passage of Measure G1 means that this dumb idea will be in place for 12 years.

Anyone want to join me in voting NO on Measure G1 dumb parcel tax?

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/19/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Struggles to Hold Banks Accountable

Once again council has failed in its' fiduciary responsibilities to Oakland's residents. Why isn't our Ethic Commission investigating this obvious failure to perform there sworn duties?

Its' a good that there are a lot of engaged, well wishing Oaklanders pushing our city sure ain't the council.

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 10/19/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

Re the garbage contracts, "cool" is the new "rigged."

Re the police (also firefighters and to an unknown extent public works personnel), it's astonishing that the widely-covered abandonment of New Orleans by police especially in the Katrina aftermath hasn't been taken as a model for what will happen in Oakland in the event of a severe Hayward fault rupture (due any time now, note). Unamazingly, under such circumstances people will prioritize the safety of their own families.

State law, passed by the Legislature in the '70s under union pressure, prohibits cities from enforcing residency requirements for employees, but one would think a simple sense of self-preservation would be enough to motivate the majority of Californians living in major earthquake hazard zones to get that changed.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 10/19/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

A shame we can't keep good spots for long

Posted by Ray L. Hill on 10/19/2016 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

What a blessing it would be.

Posted by Pamela Denise on 10/19/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Do Not Resist This Film

Meet director Craig Atkinson after the 7pm show on Saturday, October 22 at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood.

Posted by Melissa Hatheway on 10/19/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “California Teachers Have Been Financing Evictions


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Posted by Alice Smith on 10/19/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

I'm doing the happy dance right now!

Posted by Ava M Jourdain on 10/19/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Dan Savage: Discusing Trump, Misogyny and Sexual Predators with your Daughter

I was roller skating (metal skates tightened with a key) as a youngster very close to in front of my suburban home in Wakefield MA when a strange man exposed himself to me - I really had no idea what this was and stared. I don't recall him saying anything but he might have. He moved on and I went home. I don't recall whether I told my mother vaguely thinking it might have somehow been "my fault" - my mother was a classic over-reactor and would have gone after him with a baseball bat or worse and made a real scene - which I didn't like to see at the time! Nothing happened or so I thought but I never ever forgot the occurrence. I may have been six or eight when this happened. All this Trump stuff in the headlines is very distasteful to many.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 10/19/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

thank lord Jesus

Posted by Ebd Stingy on 10/19/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

I sure hope this happens. Yaaay!

Posted by Dera R Jones Williams on 10/19/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Proposition 64 Leads in the Polls. But Insiders Say Weed Prohibition's End is No Sure Thing.

I have a medical marijuana cooperative that is mandated by the state and protected by the food and agriculture code. I was approve and was allowed to open by the county of Kern in Bakersfield California if this law passes does that mean I'm grandfather to grow hemp....Louie 6613765890

Posted by Louiesantana on 10/19/2016 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Do Not Resist This Film

Food for thought indeed!

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/19/2016 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Hmm, all that text and only one mention of climate (in the endorsement of Eric Swalwell, who sadly is no position to do much that isn't just rhetorical). I didn't watch all the video, but did the subject even come up?

Surely the critical issue of our time deserved more attention than that?

Posted by Steve Bloom on 10/18/2016 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Marijuana and Election 2016: Grading the Candidates and Measures on Pot-Friendliness

We should all look at all the issues and everyone involved, not just what makes our like (me, myself and I) better off? It's time we act and vote like a country, together on the important things like Justice Reform. Because "No One Belongs In Jail for Marijuana"

Posted by Roseann T. Boffa on 10/18/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

Noel Gallo was the only one who voted against the garbage contract BTW... I think he's a pretty straight shooter.

Posted by Lisa Stallings on 10/17/2016 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

Mayor Schaaf and council continue bankrupting Oakland for decades to come with crappy contracts to cronies. Libby signed Police contract with over a 30% increased cost to City (raises and bennies) over 5 years. Then Council signed fat garbage deal, and now a booming bond ballot (with money for Charters Schools, Developers and the OPD). Libby, the Education Mayor and her Charter School buddy's will have teachers working for fast food wages and on MediCal: while Oakland Police earn 100K a year with fat bennies and pensions.

Libby loves her lobbyists, she plans to ride her "public safety: mass incarceration" "education reform: privatize public education" and "Oakland Renaissance : real estate rip off" right to Sacramento where she can do even more harm. Libby luvs Oakland!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 10/17/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Marijuana and Election 2016: Grading the Candidates and Measures on Pot-Friendliness

If I were going to vote for Trump, I wouldn't do so because of the militant believer Pence. Hemp has been a long hard road in the US, and we don't need to sabotage our attempts now.

Posted by Mick Malkemus on 10/17/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

So Let me get this straight: "Most Oakland cops live in the suburbs of Contra Costa County, or over the hill in towns like Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, and Livermore." If that's true, why are they spending their money (that comes from us) trying to influence elections in Oakland? Is this not like Chinese, Russian, Saudi Arabian sources running ads in favor of one or another party in US elections? How is it the same: foreign investors control increasingly massive investments in US real estate and businesses and wish to have a government in power friendly to their investments, just as the police wish to have legislators elected who support their freedom to operate in the protected environment they currently enjoy.
I have spoken to OPD officers who told me they live outside Oakland for the welfare of their families. I was stunned. What kind of attitude do they bring with them to "serve and protect" residents of a city that is not suited for their families to live in? Is that the attitude we want in our police?
When we see those who we have granted special rights - to use and carry weapons, to arrest and detain those WHOM THEY DETERMINE are violating the law - why would they resist the oversight of their actions by those whom they serve? Finally, the city council of Oakland has taken the first steps toward establishing a neutral body with the power to review police actions. I would suggest that those unwilling to have their actions reviews by those they "protect and defend" are not those who best serve the interests of Oakland.
There are various ramifications that emerge in discussing these issues, such as: what are the rules officers operate under, both written and unwritten; exactly how are officers regulated and reviewed; what is the power dynamic in Oakland that brings about such contentiousness between the police and the government?
But most importantly, why are we giving such power and influence to a group consisting largely of people that don't even live here and who don't fully understand Oakland for what it is?

Posted by Peter Stokes on 10/17/2016 at 12:03 PM

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