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Re: “The Great Cannabis Crash of 2019

Nail on the head... but, of it was predicted in 2016 at StopProp64 on Facebook. The the politicians knew full well 64 was a scam, to allow big money to take over, which is why they promoted it, in direct contradicion to the recommendations of Newsom's Blue Ribbon Panel, and all the market protections afforded by the intelligently legislated medical law freshly passed by the assembly. Blame Kamala Harris for breaking her oath and sworn duty as AG by changing the ballot name of the Control, Tax, and Regulate Cannabis Act to Legalize Marijuana, a move clearly designed to sway voters. Her proximity to Willie Brown, and his to Harborside, cannot go overlooked.

Posted by Nerd Borg on 01/17/2020 at 6:48 PM

Re: “The Great Cannabis Crash of 2019

Corporate weed (mostly) sucks.

Posted by Warren Bobrow on 01/17/2020 at 7:44 AM

Re: “The Great Cannabis Crash of 2019

I predicted this crash several years ago when I realised weed prices will drop with factory farming. I predict prices will go way lower as more farms come on line.

Posted by clara cat on 01/16/2020 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The Great Cannabis Crash of 2019

If you saw the news about Eaze tonight I think you’d probably find this article spot on

Posted by swamy on 01/16/2020 at 9:27 PM

Re: “The Great Cannabis Crash of 2019

This is false reporting unfortunately. Many companies named as shutting their doors in this article, in fact are not going out of business. All companies named in this article should have been fact checked with before making statements about their current standing. I wanted to say great article too, and then found out that it wasn't factual, which is truly, truly unfortunate. Please reprint and repost and reshare updated factual information.

Posted by Margaret44 on 01/16/2020 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Towing for Dollars in Alameda

What is happening now? One of my clients lives there and has been towed twice. When he moved him he told them that he needed two parking spots and they said no problem. They will not let him pay for a parking spot.l They will not alert him about towing.

Posted by Deborah Lagutaris on 01/16/2020 at 10:09 AM

Re: “The Great Cannabis Crash of 2019

Great article!

Posted by Ian Sharp on 01/15/2020 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

We got our first bad reviews in September of 2019, when we kicked 6 aggressively bad behaving 'salespersons' from Pro Fashion Hair, out of our bed & breakfast. 75 positive reviews.. 3 years of a 5 star operation.. never heard boo from Yelp. The 'salespeople' went on attack mode, and wrote 4 malicious attacks on our persons (not reviews of the business actually) and posted staged photos of 'flying insects'. Yelp not only featured each review and photo, the sales calls from Yelp agents began in earnest... (We declined)

Posted by Mandeley on 01/12/2020 at 7:51 PM

Re: “California's Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next One?)

The statement by one commentator that “90 percent of out-migrating salmon are eaten by non-native species such as striped bass” is not supported by scientific data. See Dr. Peter Moyle’s 1/12/20 blog on the UC Davis website on striped bass in the delta.

Posted by David Roche on 01/12/2020 at 5:41 PM

Re: “California's Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next One?)

Congratulations to Mr. Bland on one of the best articles I've seen on this issue! I would point out that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which manages the Hetch Hetchy Water System, has been one of the biggest opponents of improving instream flows, despite the strong environmental ethic of their constituents. Folks can learn more at

Peter Drekmeier
Tuolumne River Trust

Posted by Peter Drekmeier on 01/09/2020 at 11:06 AM

Re: “California's Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next One?)

Fish vs farmer or even fisherman vs farmer ignores the fact that Delta farmers are dealing with increased salinity in soils there because of the shortage of fresh water flowing through the Delta. So, it's also (Delta) farmer vs (San Joaquin Valley / Westlands) farmer. Of course the latter are more numerous and wealthier (think the 'Pom Wonderful' billionaire Resnicks).

Posted by chris gilbert on 01/09/2020 at 8:41 AM

Re: “California's Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next One?)

Kudos for an excellent overview of the impacts that our state’s historic economic development and population growth has had on our native salmonids. This is a sobering and balanced summary. We can’t undo many of the past decisions, but we can push for enforcement of the laws protecting California’s natural resources. Ensuring sufficient water to critical spawning habitat and to floodplains for juvenile rearing of salmon and steelhead is one small step in the right direction.

Dave Roche
Diablo Valley Fly Fishing Club
Conservation Committee

Posted by David Roche on 01/08/2020 at 11:37 AM

Re: “California's Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next One?)

Mr. Bland wrote one of the more balanced essays on the use of water in California. Even so it sounded to me like a story of fish farmer verses crop farmer. And there are a few other things worth mentioning. San Joaquin River salmon restoration could have been accomplished decades ago if the NRDC lawsuit would have allowed some flexibility. Unlike other rivers in the Central Valley the San Joaquin’s course doesn’t follow a canyon for most of its length. The historical flow path of the river changed annually depending on hydrologic conditions. The flow would emerge from the Sierra Nevada down a canyon but then the river would spread out across a plain. The water there was much shallower and the temperatures under natural conditions would prohibit salmon from reaching the mountains some years. During some droughts before dams were built the San Joaquin River wouldn’t produce enough water for salmon. Restoring the river to its “natural” conditions was an iffy prospect to start with as there is no longer a flood plain for the various channels to flow through. Had the proponents in the lawsuit allowed a trench to be dug through the shallow area, trees planted along its sides to provide shade and help keep the water cool there is a very good case to be made we’d have achieved a sustainable route for migrating salmon.

While predation was touched upon in the essay the fact that 90 percent of the out-migrating juvenile salmon are eaten by non-native predators such as striped bass should cause some concern. The bass sport fishing industry has successfully blocked raising the limits on one of salmon’s greatest current threats.

The renewed Central Valley Project contract that Westlands Water District is negotiating with the US Bureau of Reclamation is the exact same contract being offered to every other CVP water contractor as a result of a law signed by former President Obama; which kind of dilutes the theory Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is playing favorites.

And finally it is the timing of the flows that matter most. On average 10 million acre feet above and beyond all the water required for habitat and saltwater control, known as the X2 line, flows out to sea annually. During wet years it could be many times that. Plans to use sand filters during high-flow times could prevent all entrainment of fish in the Delta pumping plants and even fish eggs and larva for a fraction of the cost of high speed rail from Merced to Bakersfield or tunnels under the Delta.

I submit there is enough water for all of our needs. It’s just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Once folks can agree to that maybe we can find other areas of agreement and start working together for the common good.

Posted by Don Wright on 01/08/2020 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

Phil is doing the right thing. Nothing wrong with coal exports from Oakland. Millions of tons move through the ports of Richmond, Stockton- and let’s not forget Long Beach. All export the same source of coal. So why not Oakland. It will not harm the residents/ and it will create some local jobs. Phil’s facility will be the state of the art. Cleaner than all the others. This coal will move for years to Asia and why be so naive to give it to other ports. Even Vancouver Canada Will take this coal - and that’s not environmentally smart as much longer rail haul. Why don’t the powers to be study the facts instead of just thinking about keeping their political seat ??

Posted by localnews on 01/05/2020 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

My business has been extorted for years by this bogus company called Yelp. They are a business killer unless you pay the monthly fees. They bury all the positive reviews and show mostly the negative reviews until you pay the monthly fees in the hundreds. I would love to join a class action suit, but they seem not to be touchable. They have those liberal West Coast courts on there side, everyone seems to loss who goes up against them. If anyone starts a a suit please contact me @

Posted by on 01/01/2020 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Maybe it is time for customers who write reviews to look around and see what other social media they can rate and publish. I do it because I truly enjoy food, experiences and the restaurants that try and go the extra. If I think this info is being manipulated, I might need to rethink my relationship to Yelp.

Posted by Elizabeth Norton on 01/01/2020 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

If there were 10 more Phil tagamis Oakland would have already turned around. Get well soon!

Posted by booberry on 12/29/2019 at 10:56 PM

Re: “The Birds and the Border

"In the past year alone, almost a million migrants have arrived at the U.S. southern border, most of them fleeing violence, disaster, and economic crisis in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador."

Of course we should just let them all enter. That would solve the problem. Then with that success in hand they could inform their family and relatives who could also enter and reunite without the interference of excessive physical and procedural barriers.
Currently over 20% of the population of El Salvador live in the USA.
No reason that percentage couldn't be duplicated for all the nations of Central America. After all many people in those other nations are beset with violence, domestic spousal abuse, and poor economies. Good reasons to head north to escape such conditions.
Despite objections that this would only increase the problem of cities with homeless, such as the 60,000 un-housed in Los Angeles, there is no data indicating that a extra million poor immigrants coming across the border each year would impact those homeless resident's prospects for housing, medical care, and services.
California leaders should plan for a increased flow as soon as the current severe restrictions are lifted when the power in Washington is altered by next year's election.
Surely California's budget surplus could easily handle the resettlement of a extra 250,000 arrivals each year. Time for action to facilitate the process.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 12/22/2019 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

To Dimitri PD Thompson (and those so oriented)......


It is so easy to criticize those that get things done-it is an armchair disease and there are far too many so afflicted.

Sit in your chair, do nothing, and you will not be in the public eye getting harangued.

Get up, get active, change the world, and there is always a crew or 3 who will laser focus on the minuses, while the pluses go conveniently begging for attention.

The Human Review: fair and balanced? HA!

If only there was a Fair Witnesses' Grand Score Board we could look up a given mover-n'-shaker's score on. If only.

Thanks for providing another side of the story Messr Thompson.

Good stuff that! :)

Posted by LT2012 on 12/19/2019 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

Phil Tagami single handedly brought more funds and resources to this city than many people.

Let's see.. score board never lies.
Just to mention a few, I know about:

1. "Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal project has been amassing funding and approvals first and foremost a $242 million state grant. Hundreds of permits have been approved, extensive public meetings have been held, and its environmental impact statement has been examined by the city council and the port. "During that tolling period no one filed a lawsuit.." where were all the opinions and disputes since this is all publicity listed info since 2013? Where all bulk commodity transport is approved by toughest Environmental laws in the World and from many State and Federal commissions.
Not to mention a jobs, jobs, jobs created by the Port of Oakland development.

2. Fox Theater renovation that revitalized whole Telegraph street - it was a No-Go area 18 years ago as well as most of the downtown. Fox is a reason why we have so many other bars and restaurants downtown. A vibrant area for community, again jobs, small businesses. And - so many great concerts are held there.
We would all avoid a Telegraph street, if wasn't for his vision and persistence to see this project materialized.

3. Rotunda building renovation as a City jewel business center, today. Including most luxury Ume Yoga studio (in a whole Bay Area) on the bottom.

4. Phil's personal help and investments in a many Food & Beverage businesses and ventures in Oakland bars and restaurants.

5. Thousand of jobs and family's that live with prosperity, thanks to all the above.

6. Phil's generosity to many homeless I've personally witnessed, over a ye
So, be serious and maybe ask yourself how much did you do for Oakland? How many jobs you created? How many other self made businesses people you know, did the same for Oakland? Any above can't be disputed as well as lack of the competence/accountability for the of numerous City offical bad decisions in a past 20 years that I live in Oakland.

Celebrate Phil, don't hate. Learn the facts. Phil is a self made businessman who was born and raised here, loves Oakland and most importantly - showed that love in numerous financial ways that very few did and does.
Just my opinion as I respect any others. But please learn the facts. Thank you, Phil.
Quote of the year(about City officials):
"You don't bring a loosing ticket to the winners window"

Posted by Dimitri PD Thompson on 12/19/2019 at 3:44 PM

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