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Re: “Santa Rita Inmate Suffocated From Restraints Used by Deputies

I was housed there with Juan (may Allah bless his spirit) and there needs to be a thorough investigation into the Santa Rita jail. From the scorching hot infamous BEANS and "meat sauce" that we're expected to scarf down and accept the painful burns from the overcooking the dinner trays endured.The month it takes to see a nurse for even psychological issues. The misclassification of inmates who have psych problems and end up housed with gp and ultimate pose a threat to the rest of the population is becoming more and more of a potentially dangerous issue. Santa Rita is in violation of numerous laws and rules and unfortunately there are multiple situations that fall under the same category as that of my friend Dejuan Armstrong. Santa Rita sheriff's office and medical staff are unscrupulous in their tactics and don't mind forging documents to benefit their motives however so it be in their best interest.If possible I'd like to be able to make known to the public what is most oftentimes muted outside of the walls of the institution. I can be contacted @ (510)707-9371 Tyrone D. Mollett

Posted by Baba TrapKing on 07/15/2019 at 6:43 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

Also, I think the city of Berkeley should look into the feasibility of banning the release of intestinal gas. Perhaps a bond issue could be floated to provide public dispensaries for Bean-O or similar products.

It's worth looking into!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2019 at 12:38 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

I dunno, but I like cooking with gas. Makes better food for reasons known only to those who actually cook I guess. Readers of this rag must dine out or order in a lot. Judging from the content and ads.

Why not ban SUVs? Going to much smaller cars and bicycles makes more sense to me than messing with the environmental damage caused by my woking and baking.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2019 at 12:31 PM

Re: “This Is Not An Emergency — It's Just Oakland 911

The City government under two different Mayors and multiple City Administrators on several occasions have promised us vast improvements in 911 call answering time (not response time). They alternate excuses between not having the money to replace their systems and not being able to hire dispatchers.

Just because there has been civic amnesia from the massive dismantling of local journalism, multiple City Auditors who ignore it, and a vast turnover of residents, don't let the City officials act like this something new.

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/14/2019 at 7:48 PM

Re: “The Next Generation of Cell Towers Has a Next Generation of Deregulation

I'd like to get a copy of that sign to make yard signs in our area- Fairfax,Ca
let me know how to do that- thanks
Valeri Hood Fairfax, Ca

Posted by democracy is coming on 07/13/2019 at 2:53 PM

Re: “This Is Not An Emergency — It's Just Oakland 911

Actually, TDD access to 911 services is mandated by federal law. The mandate was demanded by deaf/hard of hearing advocates. So it's not a "choice" on the part of the city. It's an absolute requirement. Given the costs associated with provisioning SMS access (and a complete redesign/rebuild of the 911 call center to accommodate it) and lack of funds in Oakland, it's not surprising that SMS isn't supported here (or much of anyplace else for that matter).

I need to point out, the answering system that Dr Heilicser claimed is "unheard of", isn't some "Rube Goldberg", home brew invention "thunk up in Oakland" but a system commercially provisioned by a service equipment provider. That statement is disingenuous at best if he has really been working with 911 systems for 35 years and show that yet again EBX fails miserably at fact checking.

While having the latest technology in emergency services is a wonder thought, so are unicorns, elves, and small fuzzy animals for all... And not very practical.

Until EVERYONE pays their fair share (taxes), there just isn't money for all of the neat thing we want. I don't know of anyone who works for free; Doesn't want a decent wage.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/12/2019 at 10:07 PM

Re: “The Next Generation of Cell Towers Has a Next Generation of Deregulation

...And there is the battle cry of the entrenched, entitled and WILLFULLY IGNORANT.


The same "local control" that fed jim crow, feeds no housing, rampant crony politics and the anti-vax contingent.

And EBX beating the drum loudly and long.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/12/2019 at 9:49 PM

Re: “This Is Not An Emergency — It's Just Oakland 911

Thanks Mr. Lazarus for bringing this issue up. Perhaps it could be progressive to bring this service up to a higher standard and the services following Fire, police, EMS, etc. up to a higher standard. Is this an Oakland value? Do we have to live our past of bad service, an Oakland tradition?

Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/12/2019 at 7:00 PM

Re: “The Next Generation of Cell Towers Has a Next Generation of Deregulation

I agree Camille Sauve. But the Feds and Telecoms can sue the city if they deny applications outside of the FCC rules hemming us all in based on aesthetics. Almost all of the activists I know are working on all fronts - change the Fed Law, fight the FCC rulings, educate on RF health risks, and try and affect what we can on the local ordinance and standards. We would love the City of Oakland to join San Jose, Portland and all the other cities and states who are suing the FCC for preemption over local governance.

Posted by Johanna Finney on 07/12/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The Next Generation of Cell Towers Has a Next Generation of Deregulation

By focusing on the aesthetics of cell towers it allows industry and government to to better conceal these towers and is, in my opinion, is NOT where activists should be concentrating their time and energy. These FCC orders should be challenged and cities and counties country wide with lawsuits. Having something that is possibly carcinogenic and linked to other illnesses, as many studies are indicating, should NEVER be allowed to go up in our communities. Competitiveness and faster download speeds are poor excuses to install these towers over health concerns. Industry executives running through revolving doors of government is not a democracy, but a corportocracy, and needs be fought tooth and nail!

Posted by Camille Sauve on 07/11/2019 at 7:31 AM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

Easy solution. Install a LNG storage tank and have it delivered like they do in the hinterlands.

Posted by John Rudisill on 07/10/2019 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The Next Generation of Cell Towers Has a Next Generation of Deregulation

Thanks for fixing the photo tag!

Posted by Johanna Finney on 07/10/2019 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Richmond's Keller Beach is a Hidden Gem. But You Might Not Want to Swim There

The traffic light metaphor/symbol at the plaza on the way to the beach has a red light, which Camryn mentions of course. What you need to know is that when it turns red, the Supervisor of Miller KNox Park / Keller Beach closes the beach. The Rangers go out there and put up barricades with signs that say Beach Closed. That's serious. What Camryn is describing in the article is a day when the traffic light sign is displaying yellow. I'm not saying that's not a problem; but people should be aware of the alternative = red = CLOSED!
Camryn noticed that there weren't too many people at the beach; and the sign was showing yellow. Think about it -- you can't ask the people who are not at the beach why they are NOT at the beach. Richmond's kind of a small town; word gets around.
I've been living across the street from Keller's Beach for decades. I can count on one hand the number of times the beach has ever been closed.
The water would not be described as "murky". That definitely sounds bad; and the water ain't bad. This isn't the Caribbean. One thing you should be aware of is that Keller Beach and the adjoining beach at Kozy Kove are the last stronghold San Francisco Bay eelgrass, which is making a remarkable comeback. So you wade out into the Bay there and it's a bit like a swamp! But that's cool. The Bay as a marine habitat is doing not-so-bad. When I moved here in 1970 the Bay was in bad shape.

Posted by Richard Katz on 07/09/2019 at 7:44 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

Where is the electrical generation capacity going to come from to supply these additional needs? Who's going to build the additional long-distance electrical transmission lines we've needed just for the existing demand, much less a much greater demand for this kind of thing?

Posted by Mustafa Sensayuma on 07/09/2019 at 10:50 AM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

Yes Iam 24% of your electricity comes from renewable only because you time shift you usage using neighboring states to take you excessive power generated when not needed and you use conventional power from neighboring states when your renewable are not on line. I propose we cut all out side power connections and see how you like dark nights and solar system being shutdown during mid day because the power they generate is not needed. Last renewable are not renewable, they never recapture the conventional power it took to produce them. Solar the loss is about 25% without subsidizes for the purchase and use to hide this, it would come rapidly obvious what a lose lose "renewables " are. The useful idiots in the world think "renewable " some how will solve the worlds poser problem rather that it adds to it. Teenage logic is all I see with renewables worship.

Posted by Mark Luhman on 07/07/2019 at 3:01 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

-------- well, bravo, berkeley for doing the right thing . . .

Posted by Wayne Phillips on 07/06/2019 at 6:27 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

For the most part, I must agree with Bruce - this harebrained scheme seems custom-tailored for those who fall for green-sounding ideas, regardless of their lack of sense in real world scenarios. Once again, California & especially Berkeley are on the vanguard of reducing the public's freedom in the name of "saving the planet". Why would you mandate something that all right-thinking (or is it left-thinking?) Berkeley people would do anyway, right?

When the 100% renewable dream collapses, due to inconvenient realities, folks in these new buildings will be forced to pay more to cook and heat their homes than those who have other options available. Of course, politicians will, at that point, likely play shell games (perhaps reclassifying what is "renewable"), or provide subsidies to avert well-deserved criticism.

Posted by Jim Mellander on 07/06/2019 at 12:01 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

Coffae, I am well aware of the uses of gas fired peakers and/or mainline gas fired generation plants. I am also well aware that BURNING ANYTHING releases CO2. So does breathing. Please do us all a favor and stop that.

I'm also well aware of the capabilities of renewables (wind/pv... The sierra club doesn't like hydro). Residential PV really doesn't scale well in urban environments; Just look to Berkeley to see the complaints of new higher density building shading existing PV installations. So that's kind of elitist too isn't it? Hell, ANY individual renewables are elitist... You have to own the property to install/operate it. Shall we now discuss storage? "Utility scale" batteries are literal bombs. Converting excess energy in something resembling a flexible manner has to become reality or we shut off the world after dark. Somehow I doubt you're willing to do that to your life.

But this isn't about peaker/mainline power generation is it? This is about gas stoves and ovens (clothes dryers?) vs all electric appliances. All electric appliances are like the old PG&E ads from the 60's and THAT WAS and is and elitist proposition.

Nor does the idea of all electric appliances take into account the additional energy used to bring such equipment up to operating temperatures. Be it "grandma's old heating element" or induction gear, it take more time and energy to bring the heat up... So it's significantly less effective because of that.

Your emotional arguments tell me the only wishful thinking going on here is yours.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/05/2019 at 7:01 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

Of course we can only assume that ALL members of the Berkeley City Council have already eliminated 98% of all animal products from their own diets.
Because we all know about the significant amount of green house gases produced in raising and sustaining such animals.
Switching to a plant based diet a very easy personal step to help the planet.
So... as they ponder making everyone eliminate natural gas, they ALL, no doubt, have already taken the easy personal step of changing their diets to 98% animal free.
Thus showing their commitment to the environment in their own lives.

No burgers, no hot dogs, no dairy, no cheese, ...
Berkeley City Council members have already eliminated these items to show their sincerity.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 07/04/2019 at 2:20 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

When electricity is your only choice, watch the rates for it skyrocket even more. Take away your choices and feed the monopoly.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 07/04/2019 at 1:47 PM

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