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Re: “The Serious Jokes of Victor Vazquez aka Kool A.D.

This article is v on-point.

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Posted by Trevor Neeley on 12/31/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Fails to File Campaign Reports

George Carlin Sumed it all Up!

The Best of George Carlin: Exposing our government and fall of humanity one joke at a time

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Posted by Dennis English on 12/31/2014 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Poised to Dampen the New Year

"Both new Mayor Libby Schaaf and Anne Campbell Washington have previously been on the inside of the workings of the City Council and understand the importance of strong leadership. "

Welcome to Oakland. Hope you enjoy your visit.

While you were elsewhere Schaaf and Washington together have put in about 30 years in city hall. Working hard keeping business as usual. To expect something new from them is, to say the least, naive.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/31/2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Where to Eat on New Year’s Day

The Grease Box in North Oakland is open for brunch on New Years Day.

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Posted by Brook Vanderford on 12/31/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

It is interesting to see that tenant rights have been increased, and property owners rights have been decreased. If a tenant can get away with not paying rent for over 4 months, and is taken to court and the judge gives the tenant another 5 months without paying rent before having to move, then I would say something is extremely wrong with either the judge or the city. I am all for tenant rights, and do not want to see owner exploit tenants, but we should all look at reality sometimes to make sure we do not go overboard.

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Posted by Antoine Pirson on 12/31/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Fails to File Campaign Reports

Ms. Gibson McElhaney activities outlined in this article, and the previous one, represents moral hazard plain and simple. That's why our elected officials should be held to the same standards as the rest of the public in order to run for office. However where is the outrage? Our city council members are voting on matter of public funding, voting on private and public contracts etc. yet they lie, steal and can't keep their own finances in order.

Although it is discouraging that the City of Oakland never does anything to punish or hold these people accountable at least SOME newspaper media ( i.e you ) are exposing things like this. Far be it for our local news media or newspapers to do any similar investigative reporting! They are too busy chasing down non local stories like the 2 year old child who shot his mother in a Walmart in the Mid-West. Yeah we really need to know non local information like this…

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Posted by Linda Forde on 12/31/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Fails to File Campaign Reports

Ethics? Oakland's Council is scheduled to get around to it sometime soon. We voted overwhelmingly for a new "more effective" Ethics Commission recently as I recall.

Probably, say in the next two or three years, Council will get around to putting it all together.

Or maybe not.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/31/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Dr. Alfred Runte, author of National Parks, The American Experience (now in a 4th edition), and Yosemite, The Embattled WIlderness, which examined the attempt to balance environmental preservation and human recreation and enjoyment in the park, disagrees with Delaware North's position.

“DNC’s insistence that it owns intellectual property rights to the place names of Yosemite is ludicrous. This is nothing more than a ‘poison pill’ meant to discourage other bidders," said Dr. Runte, who is a contributing writer to the Traveler. "I cannot imagine why the National Park Service is playing along, but then, most in the Park Service don’t know the history, either. It’s in my Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness, if they would care to read it. Even then, they should not have to read it here.

"The rights of concessionaires do not extend to the place names of our national parks. If the Park Service is allowing that suddenly these place names are private property, the managers responsible should resign. Nor should Delaware North ever be allowed to bid on a park contract again," said the historian.

Park officials have not indicated whether they will challenge DNC's claim beyond giving other companies the option to rename buildings and places in Yosemite if they were to win the next concessions contract, rather than paying DNC $51 million.

However, in a possibly related move, the Park Service at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, where a new concessions contract is up for bid, is allowing the next concessionaire to "develop a cohesive, marketable brand" for the concessions operation, but specifically states that "(T)he Service will not consider any name changes as intellectual property of the Concessioner."

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Posted by Tim Howe on 12/31/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

IMHO, Delaware North shouldn't be allowed to bid on any concessions contracts with the NPS, period.

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Posted by Tim Howe on 12/31/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Poised to Dampen the New Year

McElhaney likes the sound of her own voice too much to be council president. She takes up more time talking in meetings than all the other councilmen and making her president will just make this worse.

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Posted by Jenny Johnson on 12/31/2014 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Poised to Dampen the New Year

Both new Mayor Libby Schaaf and Anne Campbell Washington have previously been on the inside of the workings of the City Council and understand the importance of strong leadership. Regarding Ms Gibson McElhaney, if it waddles and quacks, chances are it is a duck. She has apparently already shown that personal integrity and transparency may not be high on her list of qualities. After two Mayors who were arguably less than fully engaged in leading the city forward, Schaaf has an opportunity to correct the ship. It is important that the City Council, even with new members have their act together.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 12/31/2014 at 3:16 AM

Re: “Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

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Posted by Editor on 12/30/2014 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Poised to Dampen the New Year

Mr. Schwartz,

The Express has no beef with Ms. Gibson McElhaney. But failure to file campaign finance reports is a violation of both state and City of Oakland laws.

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 12/30/2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Poised to Dampen the New Year

So is anyone going to reveal who in the EBE has been burned by Gibson McElhaney? What is motivating the targeting of her? Per the Winston/Graham endless novel on her management efforts with her affordable housing non-profit, she is clearly not violating anything nor accused of illegal activity for her professional endeavors. This is one more jab by a poorly respected team of "journalists"

Kalb is a great guy. Gibson McElhaney's leadership style is better suited for the collaborative efforts needed for Council President.

Kaplan doesn't work hard enough. Serving as president requires actual hours in City Hall.

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Posted by Mel Schwartz on 12/30/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “The Power of No

I'm down!

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Posted by Mary O'Neal on 12/30/2014 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Blackball Universe YouTag Party

Definitely checking this out

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Posted by Papi Field on 12/30/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Downtown Oakland's Emerging Art Scene Is Thriving

Vincent, your perspective gets way too much time in the media today. Adapt or perish, it's a story as old as time. The galleries are there because the rent is CHEAP, because policies and bad planning created an economic desert in Downtown Oakland. Oakland use to be a tourist destination with destination hotels and restaurants. Up until the very early 70's Downtown Oakland was the third largest retail sales district in the State of California. If these galleries don't plan for rising rents they contribute to creating, then they will die -their cheap rent advantage wasted. Be happy our downtown is starting to recover and pay for the services that so many depend on. Have a Happy New Year, or try.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/30/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “The Fixation that Gripped Local Musicians in 2014

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Posted by Editor on 12/29/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

Oakland pays out so much tax-payer money for various studies along with tax payer money for excessive force settlements, bike accidents due to pot holes, falls due to broken sidewalks, 5 million dollar parking fee give aways to Lew Wolff, etc.

How many streets could be paved for the 1.1 million dollars spent on this study? How many gardeners could have been hired to maintain all city parks, including Lake Merritt, for the millions spent on accidents due to the many pot holes on Oakland's streets?

Oakland could use the outrages amount of money designated for this "study" in a much more cost effective way which would then end up saving the city huge amounts of money in the long-term.

How about a little less money for studies and give aways to billionaires like A's ownerLew Wolff, and more money for roads, bike lanes, beautifying and maintaining street medians, maintaining Lake Merritt and other city parks, keeping the streets and medians free of litter and making facade improvements for struggling small businesses.

Oakland needs to use its scarce resources in an effective and responsible manner to fix the basics. Let's start by paving the streets and fixing the infrastructure before our streets resemble the dirt roads in some impoverished third world countries.

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Posted by E. Gonsalves on 12/29/2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

The hypocrisy of this article is overwhelmingly burgeoning. Not only does the EBX ignore the non profit efforts by LGM, but tries to demonize her as a greedy profiteer... this is a futile attempt at making a big deal over nothing. The EBX claims to be a newspaper that "is a local alternative to mainstream media ... that exposes wrongdoing and gives a voice to the voiceless" so I suppose accepting advertising money from the largest purveyors of gentrification from Chevron to overpriced restaurants and cafes for hipsters and the capitalist class is justified, how exactly? Cut the bull, the EBX does more to uplift and facilitate gentrification than LGM will ever be able to do with a few house flips a year. Also in the same light, EBX posting Black Lives Matter full page spreads doesnt "make-up" for the dozens of "local" businesses who have displaced residents and reinforce an egregious cost of living- then come advertise on your Weekly.

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Posted by jared donas on 12/29/2014 at 8:47 AM

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