Karen Hester 
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Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

I too am absolutely appalled and disappointed by these allegations and have to take them very seriously as Asian Law Caucus, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and Centro Legal de la Raza would only file a class action suit if the charged have credibility. I too will be boycotting Burma Superstar unless they are exonerated. Eating there would turn my stomach as we have labor laws for a reason as immigrants and non-English speakers are often the ones oppressed in these restaurants. I know Burma is making a LOT of $ which makes this case even more unfortunate and sad.

Posted by Karen Hester on 09/15/2016 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

Agreed very interesting piece and why I think it's critical that old and new neighborhood restaurants that are the real deal owned by folks from that culture get supported. Aztecali is my latest fave for what they are doing--serving high quality food at a reasonable price but here are so many others as well all over Oaktown. Koryo at 44th and Telegraph (sushi and udon noodles etc) is another--not pretentious with boxes stored in the restaurant and a fish tank and it's even in the Temescal--hope it never changes one iota. .Thanks Luke for trying to keep them coming and making sure they are on our radar.

Posted by Karen Hester on 06/08/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Nick,
As someone who read 7 Days A Week religiously to know what was really going on, especially at Oakland City Hall, I congratulate you for having the sense to come back to the Bay and I hope you will continue exposing the incompetence that is unfortunately such a fabric of life in Oakland. In particular, Darwin Graham Bond's reporting on housing and the lack of affordability is a topic worthy of intense scrutiny and coverage of 2 important developments in the Temescal (tower at MacArthur BART/meeting on May 11th) and May 18th Planning Commission meeting re: 51st and Telegraph project are critical in the story. Will North Oakland provide the high density and reduced parking that most progressive folks think are vital? Or will the City keep making developers tear their hair out and look elsewhere? Thanks for the email share as well. I like your style.

Posted by Karen Hester on 05/06/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

Bob, hate to see you go as Seven Days is the way I get my day going, much more stimulating than the proverbial cup of coffee. I have to say, without the Express in the last year, we may have never known all the shenanigans around the E 12th St parcel fiasco and today's piece on Redefining What Affordable Housing means in Oaktown is the kind of journalism I hope will continue without you. I am so very grateful for the cover story the Express did on Oakland's mobile food policy and the lack of permits for food trucks to pull that caused then food writer Jon Birdall to describe me as "calculating or clueless!" I happen to know where you're headed and wish you'd also replace Chip Johnson with a column for the Chron but maybe that is truly dreaming. Blessings on you.

Posted by Karen Hester on 03/23/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Your Friendly Neighborhood Taqueria

Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Now the secret is out and that can only be a good thing as I'd like to see Aztecali enjoy much success!

Posted by Karen Hester on 03/10/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “In Praise of Old Restaurants

As Upper Broadway has begun to take off with True Burger, Underwood Cafe, Blue Bottle as well as the golden oldies like Mama's Royal, I think Genova should consider moving its factory to a cheaper rent location and build out the factory with a full-service deli. Of course, it would take a lot of $ to build it all out but with its own parking lot and lots more housing now going in along Broadway, it seems like a smart move.

Posted by Karen Hester on 02/24/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

Appreciate all the excellent printing I did with Inkworks over 25 years, especially the Berkeley Earth Day poster and so many years of La Peña's calendar. Looking forward to the party and seeing the crew.

Posted by Karen Hester on 02/10/2016 at 4:37 PM

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