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Re: “Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement Brings Fillmore Flavors to the East Bay

Good stuff. Definitely hope she can open in the Fillmore. So much loss there.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 01/23/2019 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The Hotsy Totsy Club

Taco truck is the 7 days a week and they open at 3 M-Th and 12 Fr-Su.

Posted by womantis on 01/23/2019 at 11:41 AM

Re: “When Landlords Lie

Im a little late on reading this article. I would like to publicly ask Jamin Horn for the Money he still owes me from 2010.
Do unto others as you would have them do on to you.
Zia M.

Posted by Kezia Martinis on 01/23/2019 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Major Pot Company Hit With Six Counts of Securities Fraud

@Alan Brochstein, its YOU who are the actual King Of Scams. Alan Brochstein has been exposed. You promote pump and dump stocks to inexperienced investors that result in massive losses. You use your CFA credentialing as a platform to entrust unknowing investors new to the MMJ industry and offers stock advice and actually never makes any of the trades, or takes the risk. Brochstein describes it as "paper trades" and uses this to manipulate investors where he may have undisclosed financial interests in the companies he promotes. Paper Trades or Model Portfolios thereafter placing a disclaimer stating theyre not investment advice are simply your way of creating like a child creates model airplanes. Theyre not intended to fly. Thankfully they say this on the box or some 10 year old might attempt to fly them or even more analogous start their own airline. Why invest when naive, childish people will put their hard earned money in your model portfolio not intended for investment. Brochstein is a trust fund baby whom washed out of every NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX and Commodities Exchange analyst job before he landed in the cesspool of the OTC, exactly where he belongs. How well did his model portfolios do last year? Poor enough that he now concentrates on reporting bought deals, money raises and basically anything that can be found in any companies quarterly or year end Q. Basically repeating what EDGAR and SEDAR demand be reported for free and then having the audacity to charge for it.
What is the eventual outcome? One is these "listed:" companies so far--Cronos, Tilray, Aurora, Aphria will be diluting the floats for years to come.

Brochstein advertises his service as a tool to keep novice investors from buying the wrong stocks, but it has recently been discovered that that couldn't be further from the truth.

The stock he suggested as an investment more than any other was halted by the SEC for being precisely the type of stock that he pledged to help investors avoid. trade recommendations routinely result in losses of 50% or more.

It has been discovered that the 420Investor service wanted to "promote" one company to his subscribers the way he did a company that was eventually suspended by the SEC, and when that company "rejected" the service's advances, Alan Brochstein and the 420Investor service began to attack that company, presumably in an effort to get them back for not entertaining his offers to "promote" them.

It should be fairly obvious that the negativity toward this specific company is based on irrational emotionalism resulting from the company's refusal to be promoted by the service. Especially when we consider that the 420Investor service spent over a year promoting a company that was in FAR worse shape than it and was ultimately HALTED by the SEC, resulting in the service's "recommended" portfolio sustaining 80% losses.

Brochstein, youre a scamme withs no skin in the game, you give advice about investing in the sector, charge for it, thereafter placing a disclaimer on your site saying youre not giving investment advice.

BOYCOTT ALAN BROCHSTEIN, 420Investor and Do not give him your hard earned money.

Posted by Dr. Thomas Bradley on 01/22/2019 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?

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Posted by Victor Nice on 01/22/2019 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sewer Problems Still Stink

By 2020, the City of Oakland will $25 millions in "RED" for the first time in a very long time in the department's history! PLUS rate payer in Oakland will be paying 15%-30% more in the coming years and Every year thereafter. This is ALL thanks to the 25% local worker requirement that eliminated most of the competition down to 1 to 2 bidders for city jobs now...........ALL other cities have only 10%. This ordinance only give the a few drops of the millions extra spent to a few local workers and the majority of the $$$$$$$ to the contractor themselves, making them millionaires...!!

Posted by smokinggun001 on 01/22/2019 at 8:05 AM

Re: “East Oakland Dump Sites Allow Residents to Legally Trash Bulk Items

I am handicap and. Can't move out 3 bedroom apt. of bedbug treated furniture. I need help. Should I call 7 on my side to get results.

Posted by Gilda Green on 01/22/2019 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Professional Polluters

Sadly, everyone who thinks you can come to a historically poor and black community to set up shop and take a crap on people is typically how people treat West Oakland.

We finally are seeing the community come together with folks who have lived here for generations, like Mrs. Johnson. To live next door to polluters and bad actors like this is outrageous. They have been mistreating the commminity for a long time. Santos moves in and thinks we dont give a damn. Sorry but this aint so.

As a black woman who has lived here before it became popular to move here along with many families from all demographics that also have, we keep seeing the people using race to plea pity for their treatment yet they come into the community with mistreatment and violating as their business.

If Santos came to the community and didnt introduce himself by polluting and telling my neighbors and friends to send him the bill for the filth he was spewing, he wouldnt have gotten slammed by a community already fed up with this treatment. Weve survived others long before him and tired of the poor air quality and mistreatment. Whether its No Coal or Santos, We are Sick and Tired of this treatment and as a community we need to kick anyones ass that thinks that this looks like a good place to take a dump and begins to do so.

Time to end that.

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 01/19/2019 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: PG&E’s Woes Threaten Climate Change Fight; Big Storm Could Dump 6.5 Feet of Snow in Sierra

PG&E is very close to zero carbon electricity in 2019. As 1 million customers were switched to EBCE, the basis (total Kwh sold) decreased so the existing renewables contracts will result in a higher % of renewables. Right? So, not sure what the LA Times reporter was talking about.

Posted by Greg San Martin on 01/19/2019 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy


Posted by Byron Angelo Lague on 01/19/2019 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Professional Polluters

Disregarding the previous guys idiotic comment Ms. Austin is right. It takes too many peoples and too many agencies time and resources to stop this kind of illegal activity. If Contra Costa and Alameda counties even communicated about these Santos and Lucero operations, and the obvious connections, then how do you not find the landowner liable for renting property to a known illegal operation? Richmond locked him out of his facilities, and Oakland asked him to leave multiple times?

Where to next for Santos? Hell just move on to the next county and keep accepting debris and waste by undercutting businesses that dispose legitimately.

Posted by ARK510 on 01/19/2019 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The Express Lays Off Six Employees, But the Paper Continues On

I'm really of mixed opinions in all of this. The EBX was the paper that often called bullshit on everybody whether it was greedy corporations, corrupt and incompetent government, AND local activist groups. I believe it was in the Express that I read of BAMN's connection to revolutionary socialist groups who cared little about the causes they protested beyond an avenue to create mayhem. Where the curtain was pulled on Fentons to reveal possible shenanigans around the 2001 fire. About the abuse and malfeasance in Yusef Bay's local empire based around Your Black Muslim Bakery, taking real risks with its readership.

That courage has been gone for years. It seems now it does little to challenge the orthodoxy of local activists, happily parroting their views and claims without serious challenge. It often would've taken little more than a quick search in the engine of your choice.

I'd prefer it stay around, but not in the form it's taken the last decade or so. The solution for conservative propaganda isn't liberal propaganda.

Posted by burnowt on 01/19/2019 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Dogtown Sausage Serves a Hot Dog Worth Fetching

If you want pork go somewhere else. Not everyones vision is your own. Peace.

Posted by Franco Dunn on 01/18/2019 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Middle East Dispute Comes to Alameda

@ ,

Only the simplest of zionist minds would describe someone advocating for peace and cooperation as an "awful human being." None too surprising though, as Zionist fantasies offer very little to working class jews worldwide. The fact that Zionist leader Netanyahu has fully embraced Trumpism, a man whose supporters chant things like "jews will not replace us", will only lead to more violence against jews. Comparisons can be made to the Zionists in the 20s and 30s fanning the flames of Nazism as they sensed an opportunity for their backwards ideology.

Workers in both the U.S. and Israel/Palestine need to embrace their own agency in defeating the capitalist system that depends on nationalist governments to promote imperialism, settler colonialism, racism, religious fundamentalism etc etc. to keep workers divided. The global ruling elite fear nothing more than an unified international workers movement fighting to end the domination of capital.

Until then, I guess we'll see at the next unite the right rally. Get ready to chant you useless tool.

Posted by City Counselor on 01/18/2019 at 3:02 PM

Re: “East Bay Community Energy Wants to Power the Community

01/18/19: EBCE scam: Greener profits? How did this slip under the radar?
Anyone getting one of those EBCE cards late Fall touting lower electric bills and PGE credits is subject to overcharging and the denial of refunds if you are a Tier 1, or, low electric user like myself. A $4 increase on my first EBCE/PGE electric bill due Jan.14.19= almost $50 per year. The EBCE rep had the gall to admit they were "not a match" for me and then refused to issue a refund, referring me to PGE instead-despite the fact they both knew my low usage status before automatically signing me up. He also danced around what EBCE considers to be an "applicable billing cycle date"=greener profits for who??? Is this a pre-bankruptcy backroom deal between EBCE & PGE?

** TIP**Rather than opt-out online on my own, this retired senior biller accepted EBCE's offer to let them process the cancellation over the phone, followed by an email I later received with a confirmation number. AND, in addition to documenting the rep's name, he also provided me a customer service "Interaction Number" verifying details of our conversation. Of course, it may all be bogus, but at least I was hopefully able to add another layer of security. I may revisit the online option if this saga continues too long.

PGE's Spin
I called PGE to get their policy on opting out. They also refused me a refund, citing yada-yada about the PUC with more finger-pointing back to EBCE.
.**As in other comments in this thread, PGE admitted customers were still being billed higher electric charges months after opting out.

** Burden on the vulnerable**
I Timothy 6: 10 states that it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil, not money itself, which flows from God who supplies our needs. I pray that the news agencies make this scam public for the protection of those who can least afford to be violated by corporate greed.
Maxine Butler- Oakland, CA

Posted by Maxine Butler on 01/18/2019 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Open Mic with Alexander McAllister

This open mic also welcomes all musicians and has a tuned piano!

Posted by Rebecca Grove on 01/18/2019 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Octopus Benefit with Sharmi Basu

This will be fantastic!

Posted by Rebecca Grove on 01/18/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “East Bay Community Energy Wants to Power the Community

They transferred customers without their permission then when we opt out continue to bill my electric bill doubled and I cancelled/opted out TWO months ago BUT they continue billing and each side blames the other. I have filed several complaints for two of my clients who have disabilities and medical needs. They are a complete scam.

Posted by Raquel Santiago on 01/18/2019 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Alameda Racism, Charter School Politics, or Something Else?

Yet another piece from this this columist trying to push their own agenda and force a "race war" rather than simply reporting the story, which is the true issue.

Posted by Sheryl Crawford on 01/17/2019 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Dogtown Sausage Serves a Hot Dog Worth Fetching

Actually no they dont need pork

Posted by Fusterclucker on 01/17/2019 at 8:34 PM

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