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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.
Really excited for this event featuring a post movie discussion with Melina Abdullah who was featured in this documentary.
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!
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!
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...
You might want to check your references before including incorrect information in your articles.... RIO lasers in Santa Clara, which is owned by OptaSense in the UK, actually manufactures semiconductor lasers and has NOT made any bid on the FedBiz website for a border wall.
You hit it right on the head. I assume the film thinks itself quirkily original when it is in fact just plain odd and unsatisfying.
Wrong about the police department. It has 39 vacant sworn officer positions - 5 percent, not 2 percent. Mr. BondGraham makes the same mistake he made last December. The 39 authorized but unfilled positions are listed in the OPD Personnel Distribution Report for the beginning of April. But Mr. BG insists on using a report based on a convoluted definition of vacancy. That report lists some sergeant vacancies but not one police officer vacancy! Not sensible and not true (there are actually 21 officer vacancies), but with Mr BG, ideology trumps facts.
Sounds like time to build on higher ground. In San Francisco we have the opposite situation with most of the "high-value" property at risk of floods and sinking into the landfill mud. How will the wealthy cope? Will they lose their fortunes or sell out in time to beat the tides?
Obey the LAW and Stop selling America to China
The Chron article points out yet another aspect of fire-safety failure in Oakland--recently there have been serious fires in homeless camping areas in Oakland.
It's a double-whammy. More people displaced by gentrification and poor development policy who are also vulnerable to fires when they have to squat on our streets.
Here he goes again... Half written, half done work by the carpet bagger. Here's a real article on the problem:
See how it should be done?
If Radiohead is as revolutionary as they claim to be, why is it cool to charge $100 for the show?
Good thing the eco orgs are joining the lawsuit because Oakland doesn't have the deep pockets to fix it's original screwup on the contract. Stadium conracts, police and fire contracts, garbage contracts, port contracts, is there a pattern here?
In the planning process for the market rate apartment project between 51st and 49th on Bway, my sense is that the developer took the concerns of the neighbors more seriously than city staff or the planning commission. The developer must have been used to citiy governments less desperate than Oakland's for any development, no matter what the shortcomings.
When neighbors (or nimbies depending on you point of view) questioned the need for every unit to have it's own air conditioning system, the Planning Commission blandly referred it back to staff where it remains buried to this day.
When Kaiser took over the old Welfare building across from Tech, one Planning Commissioner kept going on about Kaiser should be required to place a terrance with greenery on the facade. That Commissioner was a landscape architect. Good idea but trivial in the overal picture. (But she was correct: Kaiser's landscaping is awful.)
Forgetabout the Commission, when I first asked about what city planner was assigned to the project, I was told by experienced staff that I must be mistaken because the staffer who I had inquired about was "too inexperienced to be put on such a large project." He was. and he was.
On the Pleasant Valley Safeway project which would be fine if it were in Pleasanton , it wasn't staff or Planning Commissioners that thwarted the united front of nimbies and smart growthers favoring high density mixed use on that site. It was the highest levels of our former Mayor's administration that was too timid to push the owner of the parcels to go mixed use.
The Commission's makeup reflects the overall failure of several City Hall administrations to guide and encourage growth.
So what exactly did they say they were shipping? Or did Oakland even ask? That would have been something the author here should have investigated, o/w a good article, thank you.
That is because you have a group of idiots running the show in Oakland. You get what you vote for, a bunch of wan a be'es
Gary Patton is right that long before our current mayor, the Planning Commission has been stacked with members who depend on development for their livelihood. Hobart Johnson is dead right that much like everything else Oakland city government has done for years is neglect long term planning, be it public safety, schools, public transportation, recreation, or housing. Just take a walk thru Mountain View Cemetery on a weekend and multiply by a 100 the number of people holding picnics on graves, and you'll get an idea of the future impact of the CIty's failure to plan for open space and recreation.
Yes, for the Commissioners to do their volunteer jobs properly, they should be digging into the details of the projects presented to them. My limited experience from attending Commission meetings on the two projects on Bway and 51st is that only a few of the Commissioners make the effort to do that. The others at most seem to have only read the staff report.
You don't have to be an architect or real estate broker to read staff reports. And even many architects are not up to the task of visualizing very large projects. Appointing people outside of the real estate industry, and upgrading city staff qualifications and tightening revolving door employment rules for the staff, would be a better solution for the interests of all residents and businesses, current and future, than filling the Commission with people from the real estate industry, regardless of non-profit or for profit.
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