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

Thanks for posting my blog, Paul. Been chronicling this for longer than I can remember. The Empire State lease is more like something that happened to WBAI than something it is culpable for. Signed by national management, not the NY folks, in 2005. National knew that it went up 9% a year for 15 years straight. KPFA could not have afforded to pay $600K a year extra to broadcast either, and would also have defaulted on that lease had they been saddled with it.

The stats on Chapter 11 bankruptcy are not good. 85% of organizations that go in do not get out. They collapse. The administrative and attorney fees will be a million dollars or more. There are lots of bankruptcy attorneys around and they'll be lots of attorneys fees if there's a bankruptcy.

There's a good possibility a bankruptcy filing can be avoided (and if it can be than it should be) with a 2-3 year loan secured by LA real estate that would be interest only to give a few years to reorganize while removing the threat of collections activity by paying off the judgment. That's the better way. Hopefully, it will work out.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 12/28/2017 at 4:41 PM

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

Pacifica needs to contact a very experienced bankruptcy lawyer ASAP to discuss a Chapter 11 reorganization, from which it (and KPFA) could emerge in good shape notwithstanding what is going on in NYC.

Posted by Suzanne L. Weakley on 12/28/2017 at 3:55 PM

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

I believe in miracles but one logical solution is to sell BAIs license since they are the ones most culpable for the debt. Full disclosure I am a fill in jazz music producer and host.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 12/28/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “San Leandro's Baked East Bay Launches Mobile Bakery

Keziah's creations are mucho delicious! I travel from the valley to get my fix. Lol. Once you taste it, youll want to have more. I like pairing it with a good hot coffee mmm goood! Keep on rollin the dough Keziah

Posted by Lio Hufana on 12/28/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

"huh... $10 to $19.... per gram"

$80 a ounce... $2.85 per gram... just over the border in Medford Oregon.…

Wait until full production farms get going... The stuff will be as cheap as kale.
The party is over... Look for state taxes to keep the retail price up, while the wholesale market crashes.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 12/28/2017 at 12:37 PM
Posted by Paul Burton 1 on 12/28/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

When it is a public health crisis, the city should have jurisdiction to supersede the public's Nimby outcry and build/provide cost effective affordable housing through the use of available land and properties, or to enter into agreements with housing developers to address the crisis and manage the city's resources. The city has an obligation to maintain public order and public safety, and dealing with homelessness through permanent affordable housing falls into that category.

Posted by lwest on 12/28/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ Violence Costs City $3.75 Million; GOP Tax Plan Strips Affordable Housing Funds

Hopefully the civil penalties bankrupt her. And hopefully the City of Oakland can go after her.

In practice, the City will do nothing, nor will the Alameda County DA.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/28/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Molly’s Game: Poker Face

We loved Molly's Game. Based on a true story. The audience clapped at the end. Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE
88% liked it Average Rating: 4.1/5

Posted by Carolyn Burd on 12/28/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Systems That Oppress Women Create Dangerous Circumstances for Girls of Color

But not one mention of how pornography goes hand in hand with sexual assault and trafficking.

Posted by Deborah Moates West on 12/28/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Legislature OKs Criminal Justice Reform Bills

What good does this do for those who have already been victimized by these sentencing enhancements? This legislation begs for retroactive application. But the courts won't apply it even though it seems implicit within the bill. Law makers did not specifically state that it should apply to anyone who is currently the victim of this failed policy. That means taxpayers are still on the hook for 3 more years of providing the cost of housing for inmates better let out. Why? We have a massive failure of leadership on virtually every level of humane society brought on by the lack of understanding of what it means to be human. The state and its machinery do not serve its people. If it did they would take this good piece of legislation and apply it across the board immediately! We the people need to get together and redefine the role of state and federal government because we are being cheated every single day by this dysfunctional organization of crooks and liars that claim to be leaders with our interests at heart. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Posted by Klaus Pfeiffer on 12/28/2017 at 2:46 AM

Re: “Legislature OKs Criminal Justice Reform Bills

This is a great way to stop filing our prisons with non violent offenders who are in reality merely giving people what they want. Did our nation learn nothing from the era of prohibition? The war on drugs has been a massive failure. The war on drugs has been an exceedingly costly attempt to legislate morality again. We citizens of the United States of America supposedly have the right to pursue happiness. How is this possible when a small faction of narrow minded busy bodies are some how able to circumvent our right through the manipulation of our so called representative government? Now that by some miracle worthless laws have been modified to not be so horrendous It becomes apparent that the state, although admitting fault and applying a fix, fails to make this fix apply to people it has already incarcerated! This is the epitome of stupidity. The state continues to astound me as to the depth of its' inhumanity and cruelty to those who are in most need of compassion and understanding. The very essence of intent of this bill is totally ignored if not implemented retroactively. It is another example of the one way thinking of our so called justice system. I guess if you're invested in prisons for profit you win even if you lose.

Posted by Klaus Pfeiffer on 12/28/2017 at 2:30 AM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

its not just the unqualified staff at the animal services that is killing the dogs as if its the thing to do, its the oakland police along with many many others police departments that dont want folks owning pit bulls, due to the fact that it makes it harder for the officers to illegally enter your house when your not home. possibly to bring their prostitutes there for a lunch time quicky, since they are running their own prostitution ring. the pinole police kidnapped and killed all 7 of our family of beautiful dogs, just so they could enter illegally and still keep the little bit of asses they have left . not like oakland police, they just toss around t6he same girl.

Posted by tami simpson on 12/28/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Closing the Books

Look at the data 2016:

OUSD 3rd to 11th grade test score in math only 25% of OUSD students meet or exceed math standards. 75% of OUSD students from 3rd grade up don't met the grade standard in math. The problem is bigger than books!…

OUSD and Oakland teachers continue to race to the bottom. OUSD bought a rotten Common Core Math Curriculum roughly 10 years ago, which promised digital multi-media support. It was an expensive failed dirty deal. The text failed and frustrated from day one. Our children were in 3rd grade, we had to hire a math tutor because we couldn't figure out the problems. She wrote out "proofs' for unsolvable problems, and we kept her to teach our children around the failed textbooks, and a math moron teacher. We transferred our children out of OUSD into a charter school in the 6th grade, to get away from the math melt-down, and gross mismanagement. The Charter School had a textbook, a teacher who knew math, and a cross grade curriculum. They also had an OUSD math recovery program: testing, tutoring, and 3 to 6 weeks of summer school based on math skills needs.

OUSD does not teach math, you need a consistent program and to give practice and build skills. Some teachers may teach math, but there is no managed monitored program. Learning math requires a consistency and coordination across grades. OUSD has crappy textbooks bought in an insider deal during a corporate reform effort. Teachers and the District continue to fail student at an alarming rate, and there is no plan to slow the failure from teachers or OUSD's bloated management. The haven't just given up books they've given up educating.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 12/27/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, a Political Newcomer, Enters State Assembly Race

Please, do not vote for Jovanka Beckles just because she is black. Vote for this guy instead if you must vote by race only. I hear this guy is an ass, but I know Jovanka is crooked. Vote to cut your losses.

Posted by David McDermid on 12/27/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “What’s Up With Retail?

Two destructive forces at work have produced these socially, economically and environmentally destructive outcomes: unregulated monopoly capitalism and its chief operating poiitical operating modes which prevent any useful coordinated regional planning for housing, transportation and infrastructure.

High tech dominates our economy, offshores its riches, discriminates against folks with brown skins, pays few taxes and externalizes the costs of housing its workers so that much of our middle class loses. Exploitative rentiers, landowners of every sort, do what they can do.

It's a mystery only to the economically ignorant and, of course, the totally bought-and-sold political class. Neoliberalism has put real liberalism in the graveyard.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/27/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Feeling the Squeeze

In 1968, my grandfathers two generations SF old business was faced with a challenge- the City wanted to demo the building he rented for 20 plus years. He bought a building and land on Folsom and Beale- South of Market, a wasteland then.Owning your own building- either as a home or business owner prompts better business decisions. People dont like your food, hire a different chef, but dont lose your livelihood.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 12/27/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ Violence Costs City $3.75 Million; GOP Tax Plan Strips Affordable Housing Funds

Regarding Desley Brooks and the city's required payment on her behalf: this is in keeping with standard operating practice in city hall.

Our Councilmembers (Desley is "mine" although I wish she were not) do a lot of very expensive official business on "behalf" of Oakland citizens.

We undoubtedly could spend our money better and possibly solve our many serious problems like homicides, inequality, federal control of the cops, inadequate support for families and thus kids failing in school, etc.

We'd simply have to elect a better quality of pol to inhabit city hall. From Mayor on down. But somehow we can't do that.

Desley has been in office for 15 years.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/27/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Nyum Bai Looks to Open Brick-and-Mortar in Oakland's Fruitvale Village

There is a wonderful documentary called DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN about this golden era of Cambodian rock n roll. Its an excellent film that will let you know what was going on in the music scene before it was brutally suppressed by Pol Pot, et al.

Posted by Nancy Parker on 12/27/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Far Right's Rise Brings Racist Vandalism to the East Bay

"Every such case locally which I am aware of in which the culprit responsible for "far right" vandalism has been identified, that person turned out to be either a person of color or a mentally disturbed homeless person"

You must be reading fake news, lady. Let's see some proof.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/27/2017 at 11:29 AM

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