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Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Reopens Under New Ownership

They best have made some SERIOUS improvements. I hated the grunge vibe the staff had there, many of whom didn't appear to have bathed, and my observation of dirty fingernails of wait staff on multiple occasions was such a turn-off, I stopped going there YEARS ago. For the hipsters of Oakland, I'm sure they just LOVE a spot like this. Like I said - there better be some serious improvements in CLEANLINESS!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

Cheeseboard offers alternatives to the traditional pizza spots. There used to be a ROUND TABLE down the street (might still be there) but that is low-grade pizza for the masses. Dimond Slice will be a huge hit, as people love the artisan pizza, and for many of us with sensitivity to the acid in tomatoes - it's great to have a sauce-less alternative. All hail the Cheeseboard Clones!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Thanks for this coverage. Harris is exposing himself when he talks about structural deficits. I would like to point out that their fiscal guy is Vernon Hal..He was there when I retired in 2005. Ok that is part of the problem but still even under Mr. Hal they were making progress in terms of paying the state debt. That all stopped with Wilson. There is no defending him , nor Harris

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/28/2017 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

We Oaklanders choose sports over college any day. And we choose money above all. That's exactly why we have our act totally together.

Thank you for the greed! It's Oaklandish and All-American.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Thanks to Darwin & the East Bay Express for covering this issue. Up until a couple weeks ago it looked like the cuts to schools were a done deal. The No Cuts to Schools petition helped change the momentum.

Until the Board votes to change plans to cut schools they're still at great risk. Please sign the No Cuts to Schools petition here:…

Please share with your friends & neighbors.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 11/28/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

I like Cheeseboard and their spin -offs... but I see no threat to Oakland Staple Cybelle's across the street :)

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/28/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

YES! Don't bow to billionaire corporate land grabs!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/28/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

Build it now!!! Not sure what the union's fuzz is all about. It's not even up to them to decide. The Peralta board is pro stadium.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/28/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Monday’s Briefing: At Least Seven Dead in East Bay Freeway Crashes; Number of Starving UC Berkeley Students Soars

With seven killed in crashes, someone's drivers license may be suspended for a month or two.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 9:37 AM

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

Hmmm...the sideshows are both spontaneous and organized via social media. I guess, in Clintonian lingo, it all depends on a particular word.

There are related problems in Oakland having to do with crazy driving all around town, shooting from cars (look for well-ventilated road signs on
Oakland freeway ramps). This kind of stuff happens every day.

From what I hear, the geniuses in city hall have decided that it is unnecessary to have a functional traffic division in the Police Dept. More good thinking downtown, as ever. Priorities.

My prediction: Mayor Schaaf will run for office again on a "home of the sideshow" platform. She can't lose.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 9:34 AM

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


Posted by mischivias I on 11/28/2017 at 7:44 AM

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

One has to keep in mind that DBG and EBX thrive on the chaos this type of activity represents.

" spontaneously organized festivities "... Isn't that an oxymoron, not unlike " military intelligence "? Especially in the light of this statement:

"But these days, many attendees drive in from the Central Valley, and even as far away as Southern California"

These aren't spontaneous. They well organized and, if in fact attended from as far away as Southern California, well publicized.

All of this shows, yet again, DBG/EBX's poor reporting and selective fact checking in pursuit of supporting the wild west hell hole we know as Oakland...

All the while screaming that OPD and governance is out of control.

Make up your mind. Do you want a rule of law, or the opportunistic anarchy as it exists at all levels in Oakland today?

Rule of law means fair and equal enforcement of all those consumer/renters rights laws you want.

Anarchy means the street mobs and corporate/monied bullies continue to hold sway and rule with an iron fist... flying the finger at us all and saying in effect, catch me if you can... With EBX and DBG cheering them on.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:34 AM

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

Can we please use part of the Oakland Coliseum property for sideshows, stock car races, racing exhibitions, etc., when the Raiders leave? If the city provided a dirt track surrounded by earthen berms, surrounded by bleachers where people could see the action, and participants could show off their skills, maybe that would work. Since sideshow participants would be getting most of what they want, this might be a lot easier on law enforcement, too. LE would only have to make sure no guns or other contraband are brought into the venue. This could be a net moneymaker for Oakland, if people are willing to come from so far away to attend sideshows. If we build it they will come? It wouldn't cost that much to give it a try. I know, insurance. But we insure lots of other things, and this seems like it's here to stay. So make a place for it.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 11/27/2017 at 6:51 PM

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: “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: “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: “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: “Mama's Royal Cafe Reopens Under New Ownership

Never a favorite. Always found the staff inattentive and the food not great and the cost more than you should have to pay for diner food.

Posted by dadinkel on 11/23/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Reopens Under New Ownership

My favorite place for breakfast years ago.....have moved away and miss this place!

Posted by mamasan41 on 11/23/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Activists Call for Audit of Sheriff Ahern

You really need to investigate Lang Davis born 14 sept 1961 he is a scamming hacker who impersonates the highest ranking military you have on hangouts as it finds a sucker and says it will only talk on that medium. I contacted it yesterday and now there is no record of it ever being sent this scum has made over a million during GFC yet had not a cent of income.

Posted by Sue N George on 11/22/2017 at 5:59 PM

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