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Re: “What’s Up With Retail?

The holdout power of land is powerful indeed. The reality is, all taxes come out of rents which ultimately settle in land prices. Taxing the unimproved value of land encourages land's highest, best usage and ensure no land is idly wasted, as so often happens today when landlords attempt to hold out longer than business owners, or push them outward from urban cores into lower cost areas, contributing to urban sprawl and costly expansions of public infrastructure.

Posted by Joe McCarthy on 01/04/2018 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Terror or Entrapment?

The sad truth is that the FBI creates more US terrorists than ISIS does. They can't catch the real ones, so they find poor, dumb, mentally unstable young men and entrap them.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/04/2018 at 9:25 AM

Re: “A New Place to Gamble?

How much money do u have to give the police or the city to turn their heads the other way when they drive down 105 th Ave and east 14 th streets. And when the casino in San Pablo pays the mayor of Oakland to shut them down how much does the mayor get and how long before the city starts ignoring the cafas agian and when they do is the payoff the same as before or does it go up like inflation . Oh I'm sorry did I front u off , I'm thinking that's the case cause here we are 2018 and there still ripping people off from 10 am till 4 am 7 days a week over at 105 and east 14 street. Congrats to all the people who are exploiting the people in the surrounding neighbor hoods for as much money as they can get and rushing over there to lose 1000 s a day . Don't mind the fact that kids go hungry at nite as a parent rushes off to the web instead of going to the food Mart for dinner . Indispikable business . Bet you won't publish this one. Yours truly Ronnie Deane now what

Posted by Ronnie Deane on 01/03/2018 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

Glad I'm not the only one ready to dump the Traitors. I'll be out there until they leave though. I can only hope they win a ring and Davis gets booed off the stage at the parade.

Posted by Jesse Adams on 01/03/2018 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Lil B Talks Black Ken, Influence, and Never Leaving the Bay Area

the bay loves lil b !!

Posted by Nafis BI on 01/03/2018 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

Yuba Lover: Your "craft growers", plus the dispensaries and patients they served, were *already* protected by the CUA; that's why, aside from federal enforcement, they have been (more or less, depending on how weed-friendly their locality) freely operating all these years.

The people Prop 64 was mainly intended to protect were the thousands of weed consumers, disproportionately black and brown, who lacked the security from arrest and prosecution afforded by the medical cannabis system; and for them, and *all* of us--not just your penny-ante weed dealer pals--things truly are already considerably better!

Posted by Miles Monroe on 01/03/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief's Troubles Resemble Those of Her Past

This was all known before she took the job, she is! Oakland just refuses to get it right. OPD is riddled with corruption...but the so-called good cops won't stand up against it. Why would they risk those sweet salaries and pensions for the good of the community?
The Mayor will just pass the problems off to the next unfortunate

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/03/2018 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

After 30+ years viewing the Raiders drama from my perch in Oakland, there are 3 recurring, dooming patterns: relocation fever, post relocation losing jinx and $ destruction via seat license-based financial plans.. At least this time, the team (vs.) the City of Oakland & Alameda County , (thanks Don Perata) will be on the fiscal hook when the PSL scheme fails and no baseball team will be constructively evicted from its playing venue. Meanwhile I think of the Raiders tax City or County is still paying @ every City/County budget season. I still hope City/County will find way to block/condition move to Raiders paying off the tax, but article implies that Raiders, again, have no money......

Posted by Mary Vail on 01/03/2018 at 8:52 AM

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

KPFA Listener Sponsored Radio has been a part of my life since the sixties. I do not want to see it's demise. It appear that hubris and ineptitude are hugely behind this fiasco, as well as cronyism. The bankruptcy ought to have filed some time back; a hue and cry ought to have been broadcast sometime if not years back! What makes Pacifica a separate entity? It has been working as if it is and has no responsibility to KPFA and the other stations it has under its domain. Had attention been brought to this emergency some time back in the form of asking wealthy personality donors who support Pacifica we may have had a chance to pull out of this mess. There are plenty of wealthy entities and/or individual people who may have made a loan to Pacifica who
needed to have been approached. Including creating a marathon fund raising!

Posted by Roberta Llewellyn on 01/03/2018 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

Nola-Green it isnt already better, at least not for the small craft organic grower. They have gotten the shaft in this whole thing and sadly will have to be strictly black market. So the very people that legalization was supposed to protect, will be eliminated.

Posted by Yuba Lover on 01/03/2018 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

Great article, hit everything right on. Some great follow up comments too. Customers fuel businesses, not buildings, and the cry poor, blame everyone else Raiders are gonna be as poor as they claim if the Vegas deal happens. While fans here fought to get this team back, and are fighting to keep them, nobody in Vegas cares. People in Vegas wont pay those prices, and as soon as there is more supply than demand PSLs are done. They wont sell in Vegas, LA, San Diego, and sure as hell not in Oakland. 250million, right, no way. The only people on Vegas that are for this deal are the fake fans the Raiders create and the Vegas good ole boys who are getting paid.
The Greatness of the Raiders is way in the past and the people who made it are gone.

Posted by Cliff Goldberg on 01/03/2018 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

Try lang Davis impersonating generals mark Milley and MG James just #markmilley0

Posted by Sue N George on 01/03/2018 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Former Hawker Fare Chef Opens Funky Elephant in Berkeley

Isn't this just Hainanese Chicken Rice?

Posted by Roy Watts on 01/02/2018 at 11:26 PM

Re: “A T-Shirt Rises Out of East Oakland


Posted by Ana Sanchez on 01/02/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief's Troubles Resemble Those of Her Past

Excellent investigative reporting. We need a lot more of this kind of work if Oakland is ever to dig itself out of its deep hole of dysfunction. City hall is highly resistant to change or progress of any sort.

What I have questioned regarding the replacement for Sean Whent is why someone with no local knowledge of Oakland's violent crime scenes or of OPD culture was brought in.

I should point out that I was for many years involved with community groups in Oakland pushing both police reform and violent crime reduction. Unpopular former Mayor Ron Dellums was far more progressive in many ways than Libby Schaaf in encouraging these reforms.

The learning curve for someone like Anne Kirkpatrick, and I mean anyone from out-of-town, will be almost impossibly steep and very long-term. It is very unlikely Kirkpatrick or someone like her will stick around long enough to really "get" what goes on here.

Needless to say OPD has some very intelligent and competent senior cops. I don't understand why one of them, with insight into the mysteries of Oakland crime and Oakland policing, could not have become a new chief.

I also wonder whether the problems with Sean Whent could not have been handled with some finesse and his work continued, which I think had some
merit despite mishandling of the recent scandal.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/02/2018 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

Perhaps a group of craft growers could form an association and operate under an umbrella of sorts, pooling expenses and profits. Craft weed is superior, let's face it, so why not have the "Tiffany" of California pot?

Posted by djchrys on 01/02/2018 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

By all accounts, Steve Bearman was a charming and charismatic leader.
Charm and charisma are qualities people flock to for good reason yet if they aren't accompanied by humility and awe/delight in others the spiritualized ego will use and abuse. The energy of vengeance wants to send him to a prison where the inmates would show him the raw brutality of rape sans sacred substances which he turned into poison fueling his activities. My compassion feels sad he missed the divinity of the feminine, in himself and others.
Blessings to all those who were abused under the watchful gaze of a man lost from himself.

Posted by fogbridgesky on 01/02/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

Wow. EB Express, nice writing. What a contrast to slogans.

Posted by Rick94114 on 01/02/2018 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

What a truthful article. Anyone can see Davis for the desperate pauper he is. Del Rio may not have been the best coach and he certainly made some bad decisions but he deserved better treatment than to be fired right after the game. I give Del Rio all the respect for standing at the podium and announcing his own firing with so much dignity and respect. I hope Davis loses the team and the entire stadium deal falls apart. As a long time fan in Oakland I say good riddance to him. Hopefully sometime in the near future we will get another team and a great owner as well

Posted by Nadin333 on 01/02/2018 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

The Vegas move was never about the Raiders or Raider fans. It was about Jerry Jones' desire to get daily fantasy legalized in Nevada, Sheldon Adelson was opposed to this so he had to go. What the casinos want is snowbirds from all other NFL cities to flock to Vegas for three or our day stays to watch their team play the Raiders. So simply put Davis sold out the team his father built as a tourist attraction. Oakland should force them out as soon as possible, making way for the A's (who are staying) to get a stadium done at the coliseum site. What is sad is a once proud fan base reduced to another publicity stunt to keep butts in the seats in Oakland and sell insane PSLs in Vegas. That's all this Gruden nonsense is, desperation to keep the cash flowing from an owner without the sense to run a hot dog cart. The sooner we see the backside of this bozo the better. Lets just hope it doesn't cost Vegas residents fire fighter, teacher, and other public good jobs. The delusional sheep see green grass a realist should see the lights of coming train. NFL owners do not care about cities or people just money. Don't think for one second they will help Nevada at all if this goes south. They will take their ball to the next city willing to sell out its residents This former sheep is woke and over the who scam

Posted by tonyt94044 on 01/02/2018 at 3:49 PM

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