Ambierce Brose 
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Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

Yeah, great place. But also in the early seventies we got Rockridge Cafe (still going) and the Brick Hut, now gone. Not just Mama's. And wasn't there that little place up Fruitvale? with the small counter and huge omelets?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 07/06/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

I agree that Brock Turner appears to be a remorseless pervert. Jane Doe's letter convincingly describes how this wasn't a he said/she said date rape, but a savage attack by someone who happened to be drunk.

And if Turner's arguments were believeable, he wouldn't have convicted beyond a reasonable doubt. He IS a sex criminal, and perhaps a dangerous one, since he fails to recognize his own propensity to act as a predator when drunk (although coherent enough to run away from the scene of the crime and dissemble about it).

But that being said, the equity argument goes both ways. Wouldn't we prefer to see the non privileged get less time, rather than the privileged get more? Is there some range the author would prefer?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 06/09/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1, 2016

@steve tabor
I rather think it was Mr Tabor who is having a hard time leaving junior high behind; bad experience with the football team?

And perhaps no coincidence he refers to the predominately African American athletes in the article as "boys" who need to "grow up."

Sports and entertainment are a diversion. It's Mr Tabor who is taking that too seriously, and setting up false conflict between say enjoying the Dubs and political action. All while casting shade on the thousands of Oaklanders who like a good basketball game. At their local junior high or at the Coliseum.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 06/02/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Memo's Cocina Mexicana


Posted by Ambierce Brose on 05/09/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Oops, almost forgot...Ye Hut is gone too, at least under current management.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 05/04/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

I'm having difficulty understanding the comment about Silicon Valley. Rockridge is rather distant from that and the Pub skews old, like the neighborhood it's in.

Sad but restaurants and bars have come and gone in Rockridge before. Indeed, residents have been rather hostile to them...ask Yoshi's.

Barclay's might do better in a new locale, if they truly do have loyal customers. I can't say that it's likely new folks starting a "new" bar there will be received eagerly. And Barclay's customers can find solace at Ye Hut or George and Walts if they don't follow Barclay's wherever it goes.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 05/04/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “A Missed Opportunity

I'm a huge Magnus fan; he did great work, as did those working with him. And if anything it was a harder task in Richmond; look up the history of the Cowboys there.

But the analysis is a bit odd. Aside from sneer quotes about crime, there are some strange inaccuracies. First, RPD does stop and frisk. Every police agency does. And has done so since like forever. Probably happening as we speak. The key is HOW it's done, and no mention of that.

And I dunno whether Mr. Gammon has inside info on Chief Magnus' thought processes, but Richmond does have a youth curfew, and does enforce it.… Perhaps since then the Chief repudiated that curfew, but it would behoove Mr. Gammon to note that, and why it happened.

And it would have been worth noting that San Jose did employ one of the first chiefs, McNamara, who pioneered community policing hereabouts, clamped down on his own force's misconduct, instituted more diversity in hiring, etc. Yet San Jose has backside mightily. So perhaps more than a good chief is needed.

And finally, I don't see the irony of the Chief decamping to Tucson. Tucson is a solidly liberal college town, not too different from Berkeley. I agree with Mr. Gammon that it's a shame that the Chief didn't bring his skills to other departments near here, but one must also recognize that he did use some of the same tools as many other departments, and that pretending he didn't stop and frisk youth curfew violators, etc, is mythologizing the personality at the expense of the facts.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 12/03/2015 at 12:11 PM

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