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Re: “Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus 4/29-30: A Prairie Homo Companion

These guys are artistic and fun...can't wait for this weekend's concerts!

Posted by Alison Stripling on 04/26/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Velocipede Tours

I had a great time on a beer tour last week. Definitely recommend.

Posted by Josh Rau on 04/26/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus 4/29-30: A Prairie Homo Companion

Love hearing The Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus perform! They're so amazing & they're voices are so angelic, and not to mention hilarious! It's a must see for everyone :)

Posted by Donna Naomi on 04/25/2017 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Queer Camp!" Family Camp

I love Queer Camp!

I attended a few years ago to one of the first weekend camps that was held. I found myself in a wonderful balance of childhood activities like lanyards and tie-dye along with adult discussion sessions around family connections, self worth & cultural diversity. Hiking and dancing, music and singing, so many chances to be creative and to find my true self.

I highly recommend attending Queer Camp, regardless of your age and orientation. It's a welcoming place for all people.

Posted by Meredith Slater on 04/21/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Ellen Driscoll Theater

Really excited for this event featuring a post movie discussion with Melina Abdullah who was featured in this documentary.

Posted by Tara Kaiser on 04/20/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Nominate your East Bay Favorites for a Best Of Award!

Catahoula Coffee Roasters is one of the best things to happen to Richmond in a long time. The coffee is great and the owner, Timber, is the best! He is always doing things for the neighborhoods and community. Who has a customers appreciation day every year!

Posted by Jan Mignone on 04/12/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Peralta Community Garden

Super-nice people!

Posted by Chuck Becker on 04/05/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Back Room

Great intimate venue with a hip big city vibe and great sound system - almost went 4 stars for lack of drinks, but actually that makes it even cooler - bring exactly whatever you want to drink! Pro tip: bring a small cooler and consider offering the band a drink!

Posted by Xeno David Rasmusson on 03/30/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Hey Girl! Bingo!

Such Fun!

Posted by Rosenblum Cellars on 03/30/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Fruitvale BART Bike Station

The owner is Narrow minded and he doesn't know how to attract customers. I mercy on them. I went the last time for a clip and they did not have anything. Instead of that they were trying to sell me their own things. They are too expensive as well that's why they don't have a lot of people. If they don't change their tactic, at the end they will be forced to close their bike shop...

Posted by Bob George Neofytos on 04/12/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Claerence you are close but missed the boat on this. Marduk was cancelled because a group made death threats on the employees and owners of the venue if Marduk were allowed to play there. This was based on allegations of them being nazi sympathizers, white supremacists, and having anti immigration beliefs.

From my understanding there were no death threats made in anticipation of the rappers concerts and it was more about people getting into fights, which happens at all kinds of places where large amounts of people are drinking and partying

Posted by Damien Starr on 04/26/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Interesting how this article complete leaves out how the Swedish heavy-metal band Marduk, had to recently cancel their show. I guess this doesnt fit in with the author's narrative?

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

"Housing-policy experts say the steady drip of conversions is eliminating affordable rental housing in Oakland." Really? "Housing policy experts" say eliminating rent control inventory is eliminating affordable rental housing? Such insight.

Amazing EBX cant find any "housing policy experts" that say increasing housing supply will have downward pressure on rents. We can blame Oakland officials all we want, but when you try to do two opposing things - constrain market rate housing supply while also keeping rents affordable, you're going to have a byzantine set of laws such as purchasing conversion credits that are going to constantly need revision because of the meteoric rise of market value housing due to constrained supply.

If you bought $1k worth of Apple stock 10 years ago thats worth $10k now, would you sell it to a friend in a private sale for only $1500? No, you would sell it on the market for what its worth. Its called realizing the value of an investment.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Welcome to the Shmoplife

Dope article. Bay Area stand up. - 1130Worldwide.com

Posted by 1130 WorldWide on 04/26/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Fire Department Still Seriously Under-Staffed

The problems with the Oakland Fire Department is much deeper than the numbers. The critical issue is lack of qualified experience at top management levels and in other critical areas of the department. This was clearly evident when for almost 2 weeks after the Ghost Ship fire last year, the Fire Chief (Reed) made no public statements and deferred to her Deputy Chiefs to respond to questions at news briefings. The reason was that Reed was hired because of her former colleague at the City of San Jose, Deanna Santana, who was the City Administrator under Mayor Jean Quan. Once again friendships and relationships seem to trump training and experience at the top levels of management in Oakland. Reed was a numbers cruncher in San Jose, responsible for the budget. She was woefully lacking in field operation experience. She was also lacking in professional attitude and demeanor when she lost her cool at a public meeting when challenged by the public about her staffs performance in the north hills area. She should have never been hired for this job. More importantly, there has for years been a serious internal lack of technical expertise qualified to administer codes related to fire suppression systems, hazardous waste and plan checking for new development. Since at least the year 2000, there has only been one or two people on staff to manage those important program areas. All firefighters want to respond to calls in the field, wash the truck, go to Safeway, lift weights and look good in uniform. Somehow very few in Oakland seem willing or required to put in the hours of study and training in the more complex technical areas of fire safety. Change has to come from the top and the focus needs to be on more than just numbers.

Posted by Gary Patton on 04/26/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Oakland lacks an effect policy for protecting and increasing affordable rental housing.

Oakland officials are not responsive to citizens's requests for help.

That's Oakland in a nutshell, baby!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

This is a typical Oakland tale: city hall (Mayor and her staff) completely out of touch with the community. Police Department with no practical or effective idea of how to deal with gang and individual violence.

Solution is intelligent and competent leadership in Oakland. Which has for a very very long time seemed an impossibility.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

Unless the press continues to ask the hard questions, nothing will be resolved. This has been going on since before MG Baldwin. Go beyond the information the PR person gives any reporter. It's as bad, or worse, as the listed comments in this site.

Posted by littleone on 04/26/2017 at 5:01 AM

Re: “Oakland Must Re-Imagine Code Enforcement As Advocate For Community Health and Safety

Once again the problem in Oakland is much less a computer system problem as it is a people problem. A new expensive program with a fancy acronym, headed by yet another high paid manager and trying to do all things for all people may not be the panacea suggested by the author of this article. For staff, the mission will be confusing when you combine life safety goals with commensurate goals of avoiding displacement of tenants and reducing costs for owners. Those goals will inevitably be in conflict. When that occurs, which goals are the priority in decision making will be problematic, inconsistent and ultimately political. At the end of the day, "code enforcement" includes zoning codes, building codes, fire codes and housing codes. In addition to looking at different things when inspecting a property, the people who perform each task have different backgrounds, education and training. The current situation is that those people do not communicate with each other in any meaningful way in order to identify problem properties and jointly coordinate mitigation plans. If they did, the recent tragedies, where all facets of code enforcement had knowledge, could never happen. In most cities, there are internal systems of communication that make code enforcement happen every day. Oakland's Building Department has budgeted and spent millions over the last 20 years promising high tech solutions to this inspection problem and nothing has changed. Why will it be different this time? What really has to change is the current inexperienced leadership, especially at the top of the food chain. There has to also be a retraining of staff so that they realize how the work they do is connected organizationally and systems set up to facilitate internal communications. It's not the system, it's the culture!

Posted by Gary Patton on 04/25/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

Wow sounds like to me, quite a few TOP RANKED EMPLOYEES!!! NEW & OVER LOOKED THE WELL BEING OF OUR CHILDREN & OAKLANDERS.. HMMM & SHE'S PUSHING FOR ANOTHER TERM. NOT

Posted by Anitra Corbin on 04/25/2017 at 6:44 PM

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