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Re: “A New Music Venue Is Coming to the California Hotel

My favorite place to
Go during the 50s and 60s! Sunday afternoons MAMBO sessions with the late Carlos Federico, a young Pete Escovedo! A fantastic place to be! Lots of famous musicians came through its portals! There was the Restuarant and Zanzibar also!

Posted by Joyce Jenkins on 08/15/2018 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Bicycle Advocates Decry Arrest of Najari “Naj” Smith

"noise coming from the stereo trailing on a cart behind Smiths bicycle." You see these all around Oakland - and, unfortunately, hear them at full blast, too. Don't have the dough to trick out a boom car? Don't worry, there is another way to disrespect people around you.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/15/2018 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Bicycle Advocates Decry Arrest of Najari “Naj” Smith

Had no idea that being without "proper identification" (whatever that is) is a criminal act that could subject you to arrest.

Posted by Jeanette Juniel on 08/15/2018 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Unified Moves to Save Gülen Movement Charter School

I disagree that this article is repetitive, it gives a much deeper insight into the illegal relationship with Gulenist Vendor "Accord", and more insights on the board members, and the Gulenists Uniform company (Self Dealings) that is supplying all the west coast schools.
To refresh everyone's memory in July 2014 A Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles County ORDERED Bay Tech's sister school to severe ties with Accord for essentially double billing of duplicate services that Magnolia was already conducting.
Kairat can be a Turkish name, also Kyrgzstan is a Turkic nation, as are the rest of the Central Asian country, this is the mongolian roots of true Turkish people,, many of what you are seeing with the Gulen Movement are Bulgarian Turks - Turkified under the Ottoman empire and descendants of Janissaries taken from Turkey. If you don't know what a "Janissary" is you should research it as much of this manipulation of the worlds youth (namely young men) is based on the old Ottoman Janissary programs. Central Asia is where the CIA started the orginal Gulen Turkish Schools after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 to gain access to natural resources and commodities away from Russia and China.
This article was well written and researched, it is the tip of the iceberg. The Gulenists now are breaking up into factions and inner bickering. Many have sued their employers (the Gulen Schools) for back pay, unfair termination, and more. Instead of allowing this school board to deflect their attention to Hayri as the bad guy "that he changed the contract or some other nonsense" the fact is this board is set up with no controls, no 1 principal or board member should have access to money without controls in place of majority board members signing off. This is the elephant in the room don't let these Gulenists deflect attention to Hayri., Its a dead end road he will not be prosecuted nor ordered to return the funds he embezzled. So don't get sidetracked with their lack of accountability.
Demirkol "Please Never Ask that One" referring to the Gulen associations is more of the same organized crime. Do you people think that anyone in an organized crime family admits to this? They have been taught to lie, cajole, bribe, be charming, cunning, divert, market, slander, smear, etc.,, since they were young boys in their Turkish Lighthouse Boarding schools (Dershanes) separated from their families - they live, die, breathe and eat to serve Gulen's $50 Billion empire, watch it crumble from the inside out and distrust sit in. This OUSD is playing a stupid game trying to salvage this school, their student body is barely 200 they would be better off ordering closure of the school and liquidate any assets (equipment, etc.,) to off-set their deficeit. Watch as this school starts to have equipment missing or the other Gulenists trick they will act like a school break in and turn it into Insurance for cash pay off. My guess is they are siphoning off of MERF (Magnolia Educational Research Foundation) who also has a majority Turkish Board despite the last overpaid CEO/ Superintendent Caprice Young (Salary $250,000) who tried to make the school appear more "American" by firing Turkish Teachers. Caprice Young was the founding CEO of CCSA who also put their Attorneys and Marketing firm behind slavaging the troubled low performing Magnolia Science Academy. OUSD you are letting this group get off cheap. Pull the plug now or you will regret it later. This is a sinking ship of deceit.

Posted by Frank Esekoglu on 08/15/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Oakland's BayTech Charter School Violated Multiple State Laws

Jim has a valid point in reference to the OUSD appointing a board member to oversee this sh*t storm. David Castillo may very well be the "fox in the hen house" or the Caprice Young band aid effect. This window dressing on the Titanic are more of the same - and what this school needs is a strong 3rd party audit going back as far as the Statue of Limitations allows for prosecution of embezzlement, corruption, unfair business practices, self dealings and other markers of the "typical" Gulen organized crime. This money laundering of American Educational Money has to stop and will be stopped. However lets hope it's not when they have successfully bankrupted American School Districts.
To "John" above, why would Sharon H. or any other concerned American Citizen that has spent 10 + years gathering damming information on this group be having to give funds to get a substantially truthful article written. Maybe you are thinking of all the media manipulation that Gulenists do in the USA paying off New York Times with Ads and fake messages from Hocaeffendi himself. Not everyone has to buy news, TRUTH has no price its the absolute remedy to the Gulen mess is stating the facts, with backup data and witnesses. Gulenists will lose as Truth is something they have a loose relationship with since they were little boys being brought up in Gulen Lighthouses (dershanes) away from their mothers who would wipe their mouth out with soap if lying. "Don't spit in the wind" John Kaz you know this Turkish expression lying out of lies isn't the answer.
Hayri has embezzled money because of loose financial controls, I have personally served on many non-profit boards, NEVER does 1 person have access to money. Several meetings as a board member were spent signing off on statements and approving payments.
The elephant in the room is the Gulen School Board Members are trying to place the blame on the ex Principal. Yet the blame lies with weak financial controls, lack of transparency, poor academic performance et al just the usual cookie cutter predictable events at a Gulenist operated charter school.

Posted by Frank Esekoglu on 08/15/2018 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Oakland's BayTech Charter School Violated Multiple State Laws

Hmmm. I wonder if earning a profit is ok when it is masked as school fund raising for a senior trip??

Posted by Philly A's on 08/15/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Oakland's BayTech Charter School Violated Multiple State Laws

There is an old 60 Minutes episode about the Imam. Should be available on YouTube. He preaches that his followers should seek wealth. California's charter law does not contain any sort of protections for the tax payer. Smart (unscrupulous) people can take public money and make huge private profits with virtually zero investment risk. In my town a charter school finance company leased a $3 million dollar strip mall and charges the school (tax payers) $25 million. The way the law is now, it's perfectly legal and perfectly shameful.

Posted by Sayrs Morris on 08/15/2018 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Best Do-Gooder Business Owner: Menbere "Menbe" Aklilu

Good for her!!! I seldom get excited about the leftist heroes that the EBX touts, but love ones who actually love humanity and give freely, rather than harp, yell, protest, engage in angry diatribes, and commit violence in the name of peace.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 08/15/2018 at 10:50 AM

Re: “With New Fellowship, Mamacitas Cafe Opens Its Doors for Women, Non-Binary Folks

"What this means" is in the very first sentence of the article:

"Mamacitas Cafe is about to launch a paid fellowship for young women and non-binary individuals who want to become future food leaders."

Anyone can work there, anyone can eat there. They are sponsoring a fellowship for specific disenfranchised groups.

Posted by Bumpen Prole on 08/15/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Best Journalist-Turned-Historian

Impressive and well- deserved tribute to this passionate lover of all things Oakland.

Posted by Claudia Viloria on 08/15/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

Come on, the long time locals of West Oakland didn't eat at fuse box either, no matter what the price point was. Fuse box was just as gentrifying as Soba Ichi is.

Posted by Heel Spur Warrior on 08/15/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “German War Flick 'The Captain' Asks Tough Questions

Yawn. This movie has been made in Germany 100 times. Germans have indulged in an auto da fe of self flagellation over the last 72 years. Only the far right remains intransigent, and like any political extreme, you aren't going to change their minds, or the minds of the far left. The vast majority of German understand WWII, what happened, and are both horrified and saddened by it.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 08/15/2018 at 9:28 AM

Re: “With New Fellowship, Mamacitas Cafe Opens Its Doors for Women, Non-Binary Folks

I'm not sure what this means. Does that mean that employees will only be women or "non binary"? I'm pretty sure that discriminating on the basis of gender is illegal. Maybe only for some people.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 08/15/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Disappeared in Death

Josh stole the money from a friend and was on the run with a gun for protection....

Posted by amos anon on 08/15/2018 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Oakland Unified Moves to Save Gülen Movement Charter School


I have worked at Baytech for years and your articles are very biased...You should have portrayed issues in a neutral and unbiased manner, regardless of your opinion or personal beliefs. Apparently you haven't put at least a little effort into your work. If you just bothered to read Baytech's agendas that were posted on Baytech's website, you would see that Board members voted to cut ties with Accord on 1/10/2017(let me help you since you are having hard time to read stuff. It is action item 4). So, apparently board members are the ones who cut ties with Accord, not Mr. Hayri. That means that there is no retaliation at all. Also, I am very curious how you know that all the board members are Turkish? As far as I know, Kairat is not a Turkish name. You could have asked him if he was Turkish(Yeah, it requires some effort). According to your previous article, Mr. Hayri left the country right after the board opened an investigation. Have you ever asked him why he left the U.S suddenly if everything was a false accusation? I worked with Mr. Hayri and he was a liar. He deceived many people...

P.S: If I were you, I would at least change the image you used for this article. 99% of this article is repeating the previous ones.

Posted by Nichol on 08/15/2018 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Big Al's Smoke and Gifts

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I am a man of faith and I believe that when HOPE is lost ALS wins. Believe you can beat this disease naturally and have faith that nothing is bigger than God.

Posted by HOWELL JOE on 08/15/2018 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Oakland's BayTech Charter School Violated Multiple State Laws

This was just one of the numberous ways a profit was made by the leader of this school.

Posted by Salinas California on 08/14/2018 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Review: The White Elitism of BottleRock Napa Valley

Just the Napa Valley location alone tends to attract only white people. And not in a good way. I have numerous east bay friends of color who won't go up there since the racist feeling in the community is rather blatant. Oh, the exception is if you are Latino and you can work for them. Otherwise my African American friends, many musicians, simply don't want to go up there.

Posted by Sandra Davenport on 08/14/2018 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Review: The White Elitism of BottleRock Napa Valley

You are my favorite EBX writer, thanks again for always keeping it real and writing from OUR perspective.

Posted by jesse james on 08/13/2018 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Sports Page

Great hang out! Drop in and experience a grown folks bar from 1p-6p...or so. The cocktails are average price for Oakland but the bartenders are friendly and attentive. Place a buck or two in the juke box and finger pop to the blues and old school tunes with the grown folks.

Posted by Captain220 on 08/13/2018 at 6:36 PM

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