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Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

"For the uninitiated, a sideshow is a mischievous ritual." Mischievous?! Innocent parked cars totaled by reckless drivers; people and pets freaked out by gunshots; little children terrified in their home (some of the sideshows were on residential streets). As for OPD, one reason they are ineffective is that City Hall ties their hands.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/27/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Not only is Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program not Working.. If it trades third world REDD carbon credits; climate chaos, violence & land grabs are likely to increase

This article convincingly presents the ineffectiveness of California's Cap and Trade(AB398). But it only begins to present the global suffering, dislocation and acculturation that is likely to be caused by AB398's proposed trading of developing country carbon offset through REDD+ (REDD). REDD is an acronym for a program that stands for the reducing emissions due to deforestation & forest degradation. These destructive forest processes emit around 20% of the worlds green house gases, more than those emitted by all global transportation. One of the REDD program's main methods is to biologically sequester carbon in forests & create carbon credits for sale & trading. The REDD agreement text only requests that REDD participants "address" "tenure issues", "forest governance", "safeguards" and "participation" for marginalized and traditional forest people. Would REDD promoters or Governor Brown sign an agreement that only "addressed" their family's property rights or human rights without the legal requirement to enforce those rights? And what if those supporters also lived in a remote forest in the Amazon, without legal means to enforce those rights?

Jorge Furagaro Kuetgaje, climate coordinator for COICA, the Indigenous People of the Amazon Basin stated, For us to continue to conserve the tropical forests we need to have strong rights to those forests. Death should not be the price we pay for playing our part in preventing the emissions that fuel climate change. For more on REDD Rights abuses see:…

The human rights and land tenure (i.e. land ownership) enforcement record of tropical forested countries is alarming. Global Witness's November 30, 2015 Press release stated, At least 640 land and environmental activists have been killed since the 2009 climate negotiations in Copenhagen - some shot by police during protests, others gunned down by hired assassins."

REDD supporters have found a few communities confident enough in their land ownership and human rights to participate in and support REDD activities, but they are a minuscule minority of the worlds forest people. Those rights makes it practical for them to think long-term about their resources, which is a precondition for biologically sustainable resource management. More attention needs to be given to secure land tenure and human rights as a legal requirement for REDD or other programs promoting environmental resilience in third world forests. The vast majority of forest people need those rights now and will need them even more if exposed to the market forces that AB398's REDD carbon trading would unleash.

?REDD and AB398 supporters, what is the strategy and text that ensures that REDD requires the recognition and enforcement of customary resource ownership and human rights for forest people prior to REDD project funding or carbon offset creation?

Posted by Norman Lippman on 11/27/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

The spectacle and danger remind me of the guerrilla art of Survival Research Laboratories, but sideshows look pretty boring, to be honest. How many times can you watch a car drive in a circle?

Posted by John Seal on 11/27/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “The Wrong Path?

I for one do not thinkk this is a nuanced update but a hit piece on a school that has made major strides in developing a sound, wonderful school culture. I think both the writer and editor missed the mark and failed to look into what has happened at Tech these past twenty years and how it became a go to school. Then again our Broad trained superintendents as well had done this.
To write about black kids who went to the school over twenty years ago in Mr. Hutcninson's case, and Ms. Apara who graduated in 2000, while down playing the young man Antonio Calbo Jackson who was the most real up to date quote you made. He kept it real. In 2000 when I became Assistant Principal we already had a problem where Mr. Wolfe was turning away kids, and Ms. Joe was taking the overflow teaching classes with over 40 kids. We had to establish an honors program under Elisabeth Haugen, and she stood tall. There was a problem in my five years there in the ethnic makeup of the classes, and their location. The classes were nearly all white, Asian a few black and Latin kids, but moreover they were in one part of the campus away from th emajority of the black and brown kids who were in the other wings. Abut ten years ago when Shelagh Andujar was principal some white kids , along with Latin and black kids demanded more AP options so they could be more a part of the school http://culture.So two more teachers learned and adopted the AP curriculum, and they too taught like MS. Wolfe in a Socratic style. Then too the Health Academy (with partnerships with three local hospitals) , the Computer, and other academies were growing and they needed AP options for their kid separate from Paidea. Mary Ann was given the opportunity on more then three occasions to make Paidea an academy, but she was not willing to do that as academies have take kids identified as academically needy in order to qualify for the extra money the state provides academies. She was not willing to do that, as it would have changed th demographic they have now..white, asian students with no academic issues , saying they would have to water down the curriculum. This is in a word bullshit. Mary Hamada proved at Bret Harte in the 90's that by splittng the GATE kids between two teachers and then giving the same two teachers the most at risk kids, that the latters learning increases dramtically as those kids know they are learning"what the smart kids learn". I was one of the two teachers. Yes it is not a call and response Socratic thing you do with the more advanced kids, but there is that and you have to roll up your sleeves and get in there and teach. The article did mention that everything done there is a collaboration between administration and staff, all staff. So Mary Ann's hurt feelings were not based on adminstrative problems but a faculty thing as the faculty voted on new models to push the whole school forward. The thing that changed TEch from "Killa High" and integrated the school was a program developed by Darrick Smith called T.R.Y. umf or (triumph) This stood for "trying to uplift my folks. Originally desinged for young black men soon it was enrolling young black women. In 2000 we were fortuitous that we had an influx of white kids from generational progressive families and these kids enrolled as well. Under Principal Ron Rosenbaum it became a Cal accredited class,as I was the credentialed sponsor. Darrick's curriculum was an adaption of Freire's thoughts on the "Pedagogy of The Oppressed. I mean kids in college have a hard time with Friere's book and here was Darrick not only teaching it but demonstrating how it worked in our society! These kids not only learned but served the school as well with servvice projects. They stood in the foyer every morning and did a salute and pledge about conduct and standards of behavior. Darrick taught as well about hompphobia, and misogny, and racism. It became a moral imperative and every public high school needs a version of it. I think Buld On kind of does this now.
At the same time we fromed a Parent Patrol. Parent volunteers who stood in our hallways at the staircases and observed, while wearing purple and gold do not want to mess up with other kids parents looking on.
Finally I have always admired Mary Ann as an instructor, but was dismayed by the way she quit. She did not resign she quit and deliberately left the program in the lurch, two weeks before school started. Totally unprofessional and was in my mind to cast aspersions toward the administration led by two gifted Co-Principals, Staci Ross-Morrison with a warm calming , vision of what the school should be. The other Co-Principall Josue Diaz is a visionary and public education needs way more like him then these TSA folks who wrok at teaching for two, three years and becme adminstrators and look to cash out. In Josue you have a young Chicano who can get down with the Cholos and who heart is in the sciences so he can talk that talk with the nerds. So this old Bulldog who first entered that front door in September of 1959, is proud of the school, proud of Paidea, Maureen Nixon-Holtan and David DeLeeuw, who built the Health Academy, Emmanuel Onyeador, the Computer Academy honored by th Obama Whitehouse for being one of the oldest, thinks Tech will be fine. Ms. Wolfe should enjoy her retirement, as she put i great work

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/27/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “What's Hot and in Stock

A $72 sweatshirt? Great, I'll run right out and get some for the whole family. [eye roll] Way to miss the mark, EBE.

Posted by Cygna on 11/26/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Whats with the negative, clickbait-y title of this article? Cap and Trade is something we all should support wholeheartedly. Its a tangible step in the right direction and an economicly-friendly solution at that.

The main issue is that corporations were able to lobby their way into exemption. Of which, Jerry Brown had little to nothing to do with.

As an civil engineer who was professionally tracking the development & implementation of AB32 as it affected California utilities & industries - the whole point of this program is to be a proof-of-concept for broader implementation nationally and globally.

California has led the way in environmental laws & regulations for decades and prospered for it - we should be proud!

What can you do to help: encourage CA to take a stronger stance on forcing ALL sectors to participate. These decisions were not made by elected officials and usually with very few folks at the table at the end of the day. We can make a difference!

Posted by Sarah Merrill on 11/25/2017 at 11:05 PM
Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/25/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Savor Oakland Adds Fruitvale Food Tour

I'm very disappointed that you've included Reem's on this tour. There have been ongoing pickets at her cafe, because her facility features a floor to ceiling mural of a convicted terrorist, Rasmea Odeh who planted a bomb in a grocery store that killed 2 and injured 9. Reem Assil's response to the pickets was an orchestrated attack, reported in the local Jewish paper. A 78 year old Holocaust survivor was attacked!…
When physical attacked failed to stop the picket line, she filed restraining orders that were denied by the court. With all the fantastic eateries in our community, surely you could find one that reflects our community values better than Reem's. Thank you.

Posted by Maria Parker on 11/25/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Gayle McLaughlin Wants to Take the East Bay’s Progressive Revolution to Sacramento

Gayle will never win and the state is fortunate if she does not. Richmond has a terrible reputation some of it justified and why do we want that in the state?

Posted by Sandy Tarbet on 11/24/2017 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Ronald Stein's screed reminds me of the Mark Twain quote, "reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." People have been saying California's on its last leg for decades.

Posted by chris gilbert on 11/24/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

From the Environmental Defense Fund Blog
By Erica Morehouse and Katelyn Roedner Sutter

California and Quebec released results today for the November 2017 auction which showed steady prices well above the floor for the second auction in a row. The November auction was also the second in a row to sell out of allowances. Both outcomes are a reflection of the secure market that is now set to run through 2030, and demonstrate that the design features of cap and trade are working as expected to maintain a strong and stable program.

November Auction At-a-Glance

Approximately $862,407,989 raised for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to invest in a number of programs including clean transportation, urban greening, and improving local air quality.

All current vintage allowances were sold of the 79,548,286 offered for sale, including 15,909,657 allowances that were previously unsold in 2016. This is the first auction including held allowances.

Current vintage allowances sold at $15.06, $1.49 above the $13.57 floor price. This is 31 cents higher than the August clearing price.

All future vintage allowances sold of the 9,723,500 offered for sale. These allowances will not be available for compliance use until 2020. For the second auction in a row, future vintage allowances sold out above the floor price, showing strong confidence in the cap-and-trade program after 2020.

Posted by Daniel Carroll on 11/24/2017 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Umber Magazine Provides an Outlet for Creative People of Color

Congrats on the debut of UMBER. Where/how can I get a copy in Atlanta?

Posted by Edwina Owens Elliott on 11/24/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Get Away and Spread Some Cheer

When all the "you must go there" types have gone elsewhere, peace and quiet returns to my neighborhood. Its true beauty reemerges.

Then I find I have gotten away from what is most annoying and irritating about contemporary urban life: the presence of all those fast lane travelers obeying orders to hit the road.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/24/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Hasta Muerte Serves Coffee with a Side of Resistance

I apologize for not making my comment clear Eric Sisneros.

I do not mean to be critical or disrespectful of anyone as individuals, as entrepenures or as millennials. The owner's model of cafe as community meeting spot is great. I live nearby and walk/drive by FV and E27 a dozen times a day for 25 years. My comment doesnt come from judging intent. Im an old head. It comes from my own experience and observations. Too often community is raised against things and nothing more. Ive seen it neighborhood watch groups before. By opening their space to groups, the owners take on a responsibility. Who uses the space and to what ends. Man, stuff is changing so F- ing fast we have grey areas that require extra thought and sensitivity to navigate. People with good intentions need to be especially mindful in order to stay true to those intentions. Its humbling and hard.

BTW anyone old enough to open their own joint aint 'youth', they are the adult citizenry making It happen! i wish them all the best.

Posted by tsp on 11/24/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

A surprising number of comments from Oakland's Nazi population. I much prefer "illegals" to Nazis.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/24/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Davis Dysfunction Dooms Raiders Again

With respect to the fans, the East Bay still says "Good riddance" to the Raiders and league they rode in on.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 11/24/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

I have lived in Oakland for 30 years. I have been the subject of four crimes, all of them minor. None of the criminals were undocumented immigrants; all of them were born in the US. Don't tell me that ICE is protecting me.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 11/24/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Checking ID is one thing; making license plate data available to any registered govt agency, including ones that police us against our will, is another. We are a nation founded on securing citizens against unwarranted police and govt actions.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 11/24/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

The ball park should stay exactly where it is now! at the Oakland Coliseum site. It should be developed similar to LA live. This should've been done years and years and years ago! this is the same problem we have with career politicians not looking out for the best interest of the city! change must come

2018 Ken Houston for Oakland Mayor

Posted by Ken Houston on 11/24/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Davis Dysfunction Dooms Raiders Again

'You are your ownership, youre Mark Davis. Would you let Mark plan your childs picnic this weekend all by himself? I wouldnt. Does he have people around him that know how to bilk the state of Nevada out of $750 million dollars? Yes, congratulations. It is amazing that a place was that desperate and you took advantage. Fantastic. But this isnt making your way on your own, this is other peoples money. Other peoples money doesnt impress me nearly as much as oh you figured it out on your own, look at you all grown up. The amount of people in the Bay Area that are wealthy enough to have bought and kept the Raiders in Oakland but he just refused to sell because the minute he is not personally attached to the Raider brand he will never be asked another question ever again in his life. He desperately needs this for his personal identity. He has nothing else in his life that is going for him that defines him like most other owners do. If he sold the Raiders on Wednesday.. Thursday would be the first day in your life we would never hear or think of Mark Davis again forever.

You are what your owner allows you to be. Your owner looks for flight deals on Southwest. Not a personal attack, just a statement of fact. That this is the operation you are running. I want my CEO to take a limousine and have a helicopter pad. I want them to be the best and brightest at what they do, that has the savvy to figure out how to build a stadium on their own in California it is obviously difficult to do. There are ownership groups who have succeed here because no town in California is giving free stadiums to wealthy owners. Steve Kerr can go to work knowing that the Warriors local move across the bay its not going to be throttled in some local angry PR battle because the owners wont let that happen, they control the conversation. The Raiders are leaving. I dont know who takes their main stage, their this is serious entertainment business to a smaller market, to a smaller town, to a smaller crowd. It doesnt make any sense. ' - Damon Bruce Show 95.7 The Game.

The excuses that the team doesnt have the money are dumb because whose fault is that that the team is the poorest in the league and he is the poorest owner? His and the families fault. If they couldnt take advantage of the popularity of the brand and turn profits from that then they/he really has no business owning the team.

Posted by Jennifer Arbuckle on 11/23/2017 at 6:09 PM

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