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Re: “Ragtime

A powerhouse cast fuels this make-you-cry, make-you-laugh, teach-you-history, musical about the courage to be an upstander for fellow citizens facing injustice and maintaining the courage of our nobler convictions and finding partners in solidarity when nobler notions are unpopular. Moreover, the vocal and instrumental harmonies will positively lift you out of your chair in a comfortable and intimate theatre (with pristine bathrooms). Who could ask for anything more? (as the song goes) :)

Posted by museking on 06/24/2018 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Diapers and Peepers

I just want to point out that infantilism is not purely a sexual fetish. There are many in the abdl community that do not get sexual pleasure from diapers, but instead use them as a form of stress relief, or an escape from their everyday adult lives. Also, as you mentioned, wearing does not always meaning wetting, though many abdls do. Otherwise nice article. Sometimes understanding is the greatest gift we can give one another.

Posted by JayD on 06/24/2018 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Report: Profound Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending Seen in Oakland

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Posted by Richards Norris on 06/24/2018 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Why a Cofounder of Homeroom Now Hosts Free Pasta Friday Dinners

A private event for her friends. Why does this get publicity?

Posted by Cygna on 06/24/2018 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Rehearsal Studios' Booming Business Sends Mixed Message About Local Music

Sam, I think people are reacting to the story as bogus because your hypothesis about OMCs motives is not backed by quotes or facts.

Your article acknowledges two reasonable causes for OMCs change of business model: One, a shift towards home studios in hip-hop, and two, Soundwaves reputation for being dangerous. Romantic as the old days sound to the outsider, its hard to ignore claims like the one about two dead bodies. It seems nave to gloss over Soundwaves safety concerns. My impression is that George prioritized the security of the space at a time when something had to change. A lot of musicians would prefer to rent a rehearsal space that it secure, and one without people hanging out in the hallwaysregardless of the style of music being rehearsed, or who the people hanging out are. (Im curious what Alan means by open door policy, specifically?)

I believe it is misleading not to disclose that you were a current tenant at OMC when the story was published.

While the whiteness of OMC may be unfortunate evidence of a larger trend in Oakland, nothing in your article serves as evidence that this particular shift was intentional or systematic. Is there a correlation between increased rockers and displaced rappers? Probably, yes. But youve implied a discriminatory policy without backing up your suspicion. Anyone could insinuate what the missing part of a story looks like; your responsibility as a journalist is to tell the real story using facts and firsthand accounts.

Even Alan, whose statement came after your article was published, isnt clear about how you got the angle right. There very well could be a story about the predatory lease, or a historical one framed by Alan's stories of the looser Soundwave days. But without the quotes to substantiate either narrative, your Express article is a nostalgic opinion piece written by someone who wasnt around at the time. To pretend otherwise is unethical.

-Adam Keith, tenant, omc

Posted by adamk42 on 06/23/2018 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

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Re: “OP-ED: Our Love for Our Children Will Cause a Revolution

Posted by Kara Hernandez on 06/23/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Local Radio Station KGPC Threatened with Closure Due to Budget Cuts

If only there was some large, wealthy organization rooted in the City of Oakland willing to rent a piece of land from Laney and pump money into the the Peralta Community College District.

Posted by P Hunt on 06/23/2018 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: State Audit Finds UC Inconsistently Handles Sexual Harassment Complaints; Oakland City Council Candidate Alleges He Was Threatened at City Event

Why am I not surprised by an incumbent council member seems to have used hired force (In city employ?) in an attempt to dissuade a competitor and citizen; "Nice little campaign you're running here... Be a real shame if something were to happen"... Wait! Didn't that same incumbent just cost the city tax payers nearly a million dollars for somewhat similar behavior?

OUSD "mis-managed" or misused funds and made up their own accounting rules... Oddly DBG/EBX are near to silent on this VERY long term corruption... We should even try to guess why, should we.

Considering Richmond has been squabbling over Point Molate for over 15 years, don't hold your breath... This is the result when the idea that nothing will happen unless certain constituencies get their beak wet takes hold.

And even the Berkeley homeless have turned racial supremacist!


Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/22/2018 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Unfunny, Misogynist Anti-Superhero Returns in 'Deadpool 2'

I agree this movie fucking sucked!!! STUPID MOVIE FOR STUPID PEOPLE.

Posted by Joe Stone on 06/22/2018 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Report: Profound Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending Seen in Oakland


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Re: “After Eleven Years, Beloved Print Retailer ISSUES Relocates and Downsizes

Great store. Will miss its presence off of Piedmont. Such is life in!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 06/22/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Group Launches Effort to Recall Alameda Councilmember Malia Vella

This is funded by local greedlord Don Lindsey, his sociopath cronies and California Apartment Association. They demand unlimited profit and eviction for no reason other than profit, throwing elders and children onto the streets.

Posted by Tristen Schmidt on 06/22/2018 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Unfunny, Misogynist Anti-Superhero Returns in 'Deadpool 2'

This seems about right for the type of person that believes everything that doesn't actually have a pussy-hat and whines nonstop about 'wage gap' and 'all men are misogynists and should die' is a nazi, yeah.

Posted by poor thing on 06/22/2018 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Did Race Play a Role in a Willard School Incident?

Chief Greenwood violated several laws simultaneously. Section 1983 USC Civil Rights Act- failure to protect ( properly investigate, charge, arrest) a citizen based on suspect classification: race. He also needs to review and comply with criminal law>
The ONLY way the assailant could legally avoid arrest and conviction for assault and some nexus between his gross criminal negligence in his pursiut and possibly his radical uturn on Telegraph- is if ALL ELEMENTS OF The Defense called DEFENSE OF OTHERS IS MET.
The elements of Defense of Others are as follows:
1) There is a REASONABLE AND HONEST BELIEF THAT IMMINENT UNLAWFUL FORCE IS BEING USED AGAINST ANOTHER; 2) To avert harm to the the third person, a person may use and only use LIKE FORCE sufficient to repel or nullify an attack; 3) The person so intervening MUST BE CORRECT.

Observing a male and female having physical contact where the female ended up on the ground- in itself- as one is passing as an observer in traffice- does not as a matter of factual determination for jury appear to constitute a reasonable belief that a reasonable person would arrive at that the girl was in an ongoing- IMMINENT position of peril OR that a felony had just occured in the driver's presence.

There is no indication of the girl screaming or suffering or being chased. There is only a fleeting impression that a girl may have BEEN assaulted and not in any ongoing way. And as it turns out the assailant was wrong- His perception- if genuine- was not reasonable as what he observed in traffic could as easily be construed as lawufl horseplay as unlawful aggressive behavior. He did not have an opportunity or basis to jump to the conclusion he did .. but for the implicit bias of race.

He also did not use LIKE FORCE. His tackling was not similiar force to the tackling he imagined he witnessed ( as a assault) because the force used must be proportionate to what is necessary to repel an presently occuring attack or an attack that is imminent without use of force.

Since the child was RUNNING AWAY and no where near the girl, tackling was a form of force completely unjustified even if he had seen an actual assault so long as he was able to separte the parties or there was a constant distance between the two parties.

Nothing about the observation warrants a reasoanble belief that the chld was a fleeing felon which is the only way that level of force could be justfied

There is also an issue of FORSEEABLITY. Crimally, creating a dangerous traffic condition on a crowded main street forseeably could produce injury to a person being chased by the same person who caused the other vehcile to loose control. If a person is chasing another person without legal basis it is likewise forseeable that the chased person migh avert contact by running into the street. IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THE VEHICLE WHICH PINNED HIS FOOT did so reacting not only the child entering traffic but also the postion or sudden u turn of the truck

The law of torts- in civil law- says we are responsible- liable- for all forseeable results of our unlawful conduct. We are likewise responsible for the HARM done even it that harm was due to sometihing uniques about the victim.plaintiff- such as his level of fear in being chased or any factors which prevented him from avoiding being hit by the truck.

Generally, if I am chasing and trying to assault someone yelling threats of harm to them it is surely forseeable that the person chased will seek the most avaiable means of escape. In this case, that meant that runnning into traffice to avoid assault was forseeable.

In terms of harm, If he suffers extreme physical or emotional damage from the tackle and the chase and the foot injury or any related physical injury, surely that assailant is liable.

Criminally, the same sort of analysis applies- if you unlawfully assault someone because you were not reasonably justified in believing that the person you assaulted was exerting imminent unlawful force against another- and your create a situation where you are placing that person at a high risk for GBI or death ( runnning into traffic ) your are liable for the actual assault and potentially for some kind of gross negligence.

If I chase an African American kid who commited no crime because I think he might have commited a crime or I am bias or prejudiced and grossly distort what I observe and could not objectively ,reasonably be observed by a reasonable person as engaged in the moment in unlawful force against another- down an alley in a dangerous area into a pathway in an area dense with drug dealers carrying guns and protective of their terriorty and the boy gets shot, it would be appropriate to charge the man doing the chasing with the underlying harm done by the gun shot.

So absent a valid defense, which he does not have combined with the refusla to investigate his intention or bias or the hate crime component of this- this guy basically got away potentially with felony assault and the injury caused by the car due to his gross criminal negligence.

Clearly and abundantly, this is a civil rights violation and a complete departure from application of criminal law.

The law in no way sanctions "citizen arrests" based on hunches or impressions or fleeting glimpses of a scene.

Posted by Kim Nemirow on 06/21/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Did Race Play a Role in a Willard School Incident?

Just a curious question: why does Express style capitalize "Black" and leave "white" with a lower-case initial letter, when race is being referred to?

Posted by Sherry Smith on 06/21/2018 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Saving the Coliseum

What is the financial benefit to Oaklander's??? We know the money we have spent!!! If there is no real financial benefit then we need to turn it in to a positive facility ... like HOUSING!!! Where we can get the tax benefits. Housing for teachers, police, even affordable units alone with senior units. Play areas for kids etc. Local shopping should be included. Maybe keep the Arena facility renting it out during Warriors games to be shown on big screens. Fans love to be with fans!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 06/21/2018 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Did Race Play a Role in a Willard School Incident?

They should contact Attorney John Burris to get justice for this young man. The boy was injured by the car becasue of the man's action. If the child had been killed would they still have let him go??? The man was WRONG and his actions and his alone caused the child to be injured. He needs to be sued and jailed for reckless driving and child endangerment!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 06/21/2018 at 3:42 PM

Re: “City of Oakland to Pay $12 Million to Motorcyclist Hit by Police Car

What is OPD's full policy regarding red lights?

Posted by Paul Merr on 06/21/2018 at 3:26 PM

Re: “David West, a Warrior for Justice

Chicago Crime stats for 2017…

Number of police forces in America…


Posted by Paul Merr on 06/21/2018 at 2:53 PM

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