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Re: “Major Pot Company Hit With Six Counts of Securities Fraud

Back ... seems the scam is really people trying to bring down.pot companies. Using shares to purchase or cut deals is pretty smart. Wait five years and then open your mouth

Posted by fuvkyou on 06/24/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “This Weekend's Top Seven Events

what? Burger Boogaloo not in top 7?

Posted by marty bauer on 06/24/2016 at 7:29 AM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

EGH's comment says it all. A measly 6% profit and they think she's still greedy and underpaying her staff. EGH, you're so EBX it makes me sad. She's not greedy at all. Housing "activists" and good old fashion NIMBYs have created a perfect storm of housing development obstruction in time when tens of thousands of people are flocking here for really high paying jobs. That's why her employees can't afford rent anymore!

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/24/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

Claudia Cappio follows Jerry's orders...He wants the coal here and Claudia was put in place as the Assist. City Admin. to run that department and make it happen....Claudia is Jerry's designated liar and will say what he wants her to say.....Bets used to be taken by staff when she was head of CEDA as to what lies she would tell at council meetings to sell what ever projects that Jerry wanted pushed....Jerry is running Oakland for his developer buddies at the expense of the citizens of Oakland. Claudia Cappio knows exactly what she is doing and I can guarantee it is not for Oakland's benefit!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 06/23/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

The "women in charge movement?" What century did that comment emanate from, Mr. Patton? I didn't vote for Ms. Schaaf, whom I refuse to refer to as Libby, but I don't find fault with her as a woman or for the fact that she named the militaristic, occupying army culture that allows a majority male force to pass around a girl and brutalize with impunity, for what it is.
No one mayor nor police chief made this mess, although Jerry Brown can be said to be more responsible for the Riders than anyone, and no one person could possibly know how to fix it. By the way, what's your manly solution?

Posted by Pamela Drake on 06/23/2016 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Perhaps it's time for Rebecca Kaplan to step in as Mayor, once and for all!

Posted by John Dill on 06/23/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Vivian, there are a lot of Black Cops, but not a lot in command. She has not chosen to share the race of the White Cops under investigation, and she shouldn't have the Black Cops. It doesn't matter what others do or say, they are not elected officials or the Mayor.

Posted by John Dill on 06/23/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

It's a real problem.

My partner's been running a small family-style catering business in the South Bay for a dozen years. We keep our prices moderate, we get top reviews from our clients, and it's still a constant struggle.

Customers want full-service catering for McDonald's prices, because their budgets are tight. Commercial rents are skyrocketing right alongside residential rent & home prices. Our two paid staff are almost family, they've been with us for a decade. We'd love to give them more money & more hours, and we can't.

The only reason my partner can keep our prices as reasonable as they are and keep the paid staff we do is because my partner and I bought houses before the last real estate bubble, limiting our housing expenses, he works incredibly hard, and I don't take any salary for the work I do.

All but the very top income brackets are being squeezed hard by the Bay Area economy, so the labor issues in food service are not a simple matter of raising wages, they are a complicated issue of managing income to cost-of-living ratios, (especially housing costs).

Posted by FiliaVallis on 06/23/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “After a Seven-Year Run, Liba Falafel Is Taking Its Food Truck Out of Commission

Bay Area restaurants are not experience a "labor shortage". Bay Area restaurant workers are experiencing a salary shortage. I guarantee that if you paid workers more, there would be no "shortage".

Posted by egh on 06/23/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Residents Complain AC Transit Turning Downtown Oakland Park Into De Facto Bus Terminal

AC Transit provides a much needed service to the community. Bus drivers need a place where they can take a break and use a restroom too. Do residents want them to go in the bushes or on the street instead? Shorestein Pit is not a solution for this problem either. When these resident car drivers' cars break down, they will wish they had public transportation nearby.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 06/23/2016 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

If the City Council votes yes on this outrageous plan to export coal, they are complicit in the crime of planetary ecocide due to global warming. That is an issue that needs no further study. 97% of scientists agree that global warming is real and it has already caused many problems including floods, droughts, greater severity in storms, and it will lead to all of our coastlines going underwater due to rising sea levels. The primary cause of this climate catastrophe, they all agree, is burning fossil fuels, of which coal is the worst.

That alone should be the beginning and end of discussion on this plan. That it has a chance, even in the face of overwhelming evidence referenced above about global warming, is a tribute to madness of public policy discussion in Oakland. I wish I could say that madness about climate change was confined to Oakland. Sadly, it is replicated throughout nearly all of our nation's and the world's communities.

Posted by Chris Darling on 06/23/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

This is just another example of a diversion technique from the Assistant City Administrator(Claudia Cappio). First of all, ESA was never qualified to complete a study focused on the community health and safety impacts of coal on the community. They were not hired based on expertise but on personal relationships with her. Several months ago, at the last minute, the community exposed ESA and uncovered an extremely weak coal related report they prepared in another city, Somehow Cappio never thought to review any of their previous work on the subject? Now Cappio wants to avoid giving the public and the City Council ample time to examine the new submittal. Again, the lack of transparency and sloppy staff work is concerning. Schaaf appointed Cappio to her high paid position and touted her as her "Development Czar". For the Mayor, this coal issue is an embarrassing mess along with the E12th St affordable housing project and Coliseum City/Raider debacle. As Dr. Phil would say, how is that working out for you?

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/23/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Why are they jumping on the Mayor? I heard a news report several days ago in which John Burris stated that the source of the offensive messages was an African-American police officer.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 06/23/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal Vote Days Away — But City Still Hasn’t Released Crucial Study

"The firm hired to do the report is working until the last minute in order to reach the strongest possible conclusions."

Why would I even imagine that the firm, which consults mainly to the extraction industry, is working hard to outfox any possible health or climate change challenges?

Why would I even imagine that giving environmentalists the shortest possible time to analyze and respond to the report isn't really all about transparency and democratic participation?

Could be that I'm kinda familiar with how city hall works.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/23/2016 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The Economics of a $16 Cup of Coffee

Obscene first world pricing or not, if coffee was grown commercially in California it would cost as much for 12 ounces as you pay for a good glass of red wine in a 6 ounce cup. Get accustomed to paying more for coffee as the coffee producing world (read: dveloping world) develops and wants what we have had for decades. Namely, a living wage.

Posted by David Evans on 06/23/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Schaaf just digs in deeper and deeper.

Clearly she has no idea about how to deal with a troubled, poorly-managed, low-morale police department in a city beset with violent crime.

She has no understanding of the intent of the restrictions against public disclosure of personal information or administrative personnel matters for public safety employees.

Ever deeper.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/23/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Investigating leaks? Wait! When did reporting a crime become a crime?

Posted by David.Hicks on 06/23/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Comedy Central Clowned the Oakland Police Department Last Night

that title explains their hatred towards the OPD, what a shame.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 06/23/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “An East Bay Queer Artist-of-Color on Orlando's Horrific Nightclub Shooting

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Posted by godsmokie on 06/23/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “#LibbyLeaks: Oakland Mayor Launches Investigation Against City and Police Whistleblowers

Hey Libby, the latest trend and laws clearly trend toward encouraging and protecting whistleblowers, not singling them out for ridicule and punishment. Once again you are so over your head, you are running out of oxygen. Men have always said that one of the down sides of the women in charge movement is that they tend to react first on emotion and not logic in crisis. Your responses to this OPD leadership issues both publicly and privately give credence to that assertion. I do not know whether that position is true or not, but you seem to be publicly angry and more focused on ending the "macho male" environment than taking the appropriate time vetting your decisions and following the law. You do even more damage by these knee jerk 2 day solutions that keep piling up. You also lend credence to those folks who women have been trying to disprove for years.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/23/2016 at 8:41 AM

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