Judith Rathbone 
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Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Abel Guillen didn't live in District 2 for years the way Andrew Park has. I don't see how you can overlook that. People need representatives who actually know them.

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Posted by Judith Rathbone on 10/17/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Welcome Back, PieTisserie

Pies have gotten unbearably expensive - that is, upscale, gourmet, lovely ingredients pies - and thus a motivation to make one's own. However, we want to encourage local entrepreneurs and their business ventures - but how much will we be willing to pay for a wonderful pie?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Judith Rathbone on 06/17/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Are Foreclosure Cases Rigged?

The inability of judges to understand the complexities of the housing crisis has been testimony to the fact that they are often moved from courtroom to courtroom, specialty to specialty, assignment to assignment without having complete exposure to the area of law. Their backgrounds as lawyers (and not always, if they have been elected rather than appointed) is presumed adequate for the purpose, but it is not. Take a look at the courtrooms and specialties of the judges in Alameda County over the past ten years, just as an example, and look for the elusive explanations for reassignment from courtroom to courtroom. This is a democratic society and any decision should be an open one. Continuity should be a priority if depth in the law is to be achieved. A judge's skill set and training should also be public knowledge. More research needs to be done on judicial decision-making and made available to the public so that the courts are undressed. Then the courts would join the other institutions in our society that have been analyzed through the lens of social media. Tweet your court case outcomes for the edification of others?

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Judith Rathbone on 05/14/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Slow Type

I don't need the pressure to get it right the first time. I loved all my typewriters but once word processors got here, then computers, I never looked back. I did hold on to my first Selectric for a very long time - did some typing projects for hire to pay it off - but would never want the inability to self-correct, improve, revise as I go - isn't that what writing is really all about? I admit I just wrote this without needing to make changes - but how often does that happen?

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Posted by Judith Rathbone on 05/12/2014 at 5:50 PM

Re: “The Great Contradiction of 2014

It would be great if the folks who figured out how to make the crime statistics in Oakland more comprehensible could do the same with the City of Oakland's finances, so that we citizens could monitor their spending on a monthly basis.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Judith Rathbone on 04/25/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The Failure of Berkeley's Living Wage Law

I could not get the Express to permit me to correct the word contrast and make it contract.

Posted by Judith Rathbone on 04/25/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “The Failure of Berkeley's Living Wage Law

In my experience, many people believe that there is corruption at virtually every level of our government. The City of Berkeley clearly has provided the opportunity for LAZ Parking to do right by their employees, to clear up their record for the apparently small number of people involved, and thus to be eligible for a large, lucrative contract. Anyone with common sense would take care of this immediately if they wished to avoid negative publicity and compete fairly for a contrast. The mystery is why LAZ (are they missing a Y from their name) Parking has not taken care of the matter; if they have good business sense, they should.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Judith Rathbone on 04/25/2014 at 10:11 AM

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