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Re: “Oakland's Sweeping Plan for Parking

Great another policy that makes it harder to have a family live in Oakland. So on top of schools that nobody wants to go to combined with an overwhelmed public safety;now we'll penalize families who dare to patronize local businesses and contribute to to sales tax revenues.. Seventy dollar meter tickets(fiscal emergency-special case remember),broken car windows, and broken city admin, all encouraging you to shop in Emeryville. Berkeley as a model? It's practically illegal to park there. When was the last time you saw a city service decrease prices after an increase? Market prices equals penalize you for living here, shopping here, having a family here. Let me spell it out-there are no school buses here-you pretty much need to drive your kids around here if they are in school here.

Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 10/30/2015 at 2:37 AM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

Hi. I have played drums at Lake Merritt in the past and many other venues as well. It is my observation that by the time someone is ready to confront the source of the sounds, they have basically already snapped. Percussion cuts into the consciousness and is hard to block out. Maybe it was the same guy that threatened to "sue" us one Sunday afternoon.
Battery, if that's what happened is not really what everyone on this thread is here to be correct about.
I have been at Mosswood Park with Theo and crew pointing their sound system at 11 out of 10 towards three different groups of drummers including master drummer CK Ladzepko of Ghana.
Great, play your drums at full blast at city council and get us all kicked off the Lake.

Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 09/30/2015 at 11:58 AM

Re: “The Lumber Man In Charge of Climate Policy

So, are you in favor of paying the Fishers to preserve the forest? Or should the Fishers be compelled to donate it so that Robert can retain his co chair of the little known cabinet level position?
Is it your position that the sustainable yield plans are insufficient or are not being complied with?

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Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 02/12/2015 at 5:13 PM

Re: “The Weed War Undermines Science

I have a problem with your opening comment which lumps the people you don't like all together under a flawed assumption. That is, that "Science" is a static state of knowledge of what is true, good, and known to be right- by you, the author.
You then go on to interview an authority on the issue of academic and scientific freedom from institutional bias. True science, one might say, an evolving body of evidence. Evidence that could in some future time provide fodder for your opponents no matter what the source or motivation. Is this what you seek to protect?
And if it is; is protecting intellectual and health freedom is only pertinent to your pet issues?

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Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 02/12/2015 at 11:58 AM

Re: “BART Should Drop $70,000 Fine Against Protesters

Is there no irony in supporting free speech and civil disobedience; while simultaneously arguing against "personal belief" exemptions? Perhaps it is simply an example of bias?
Thimerasol is a red herring; elimination of this ingredient does little to settle debate. Provided, that is, that you do not get your CDC press releases second hand from the LA Times, The Chronicle, or third hand from the East Bay Express.
Measles cases spike on a five year cycle, no matter what.

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Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 01/29/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “It's Time to Raise the State Gas Tax

If what goes up must come down, why do taxes never go down? Forty cents a gallon in state, much less federal taxes, and there is no money for roads? Maybe a citation of the current revenue generated and how it is spent could illuminate this discussion.
Jerry Brown is my frickin' hero because his temporary increase in taxes is not going to be permanent.
Use tax? Is there no regressive tax policy that you will not endorse? How about charging parents a per child fee for their public education? After all there's not enough money to fix the schools either.

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Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 01/29/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “BART Should Drop $70,000 Fine Against Protesters

Ahh... Science and the LA Times as the source. I didn't realize that the LA times is a peer reviewed journal. I guess I should check the Chronicle to see if there is any more science available.
Is there no irony or even bias in the exception for civil disobedience on the one hand; while in the case of "personal belief" it should be disallowed?

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Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 01/28/2015 at 9:51 PM

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