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Re: “Monday’s Briefing: At Least Seven Dead in East Bay Freeway Crashes; Number of Starving UC Berkeley Students Soars

With seven killed in crashes, someone's drivers license may be suspended for a month or two.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

Hmmm...the sideshows are both spontaneous and organized via social media. I guess, in Clintonian lingo, it all depends on a particular word.

There are related problems in Oakland having to do with crazy driving all around town, shooting from cars (look for well-ventilated road signs on
Oakland freeway ramps). This kind of stuff happens every day.

From what I hear, the geniuses in city hall have decided that it is unnecessary to have a functional traffic division in the Police Dept. More good thinking downtown, as ever. Priorities.

My prediction: Mayor Schaaf will run for office again on a "home of the sideshow" platform. She can't lose.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland


Posted by mischivias I on 11/28/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

And least I forget, out students are encouraged to think of a career in sports as a way out... Which has about the same odds as winning the lotto.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

Let's NOT let anymore drains on much needed resource back into Oakland.

As previous articles have pointed out, Oakland collects 7 million a year from the Raiders... And spends 8 million while roads go unrepaired, services critical to our most vulnerable citizens go unfunded and our streets are flooded by neo-tribal "activities" of "the dubs" and "Raider Nation".

Good riddance!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

One has to keep in mind that DBG and EBX thrive on the chaos this type of activity represents.

" spontaneously organized festivities "... Isn't that an oxymoron, not unlike " military intelligence "? Especially in the light of this statement:

"But these days, many attendees drive in from the Central Valley, and even as far away as Southern California"

These aren't spontaneous. They well organized and, if in fact attended from as far away as Southern California, well publicized.

All of this shows, yet again, DBG/EBX's poor reporting and selective fact checking in pursuit of supporting the wild west hell hole we know as Oakland...

All the while screaming that OPD and governance is out of control.

Make up your mind. Do you want a rule of law, or the opportunistic anarchy as it exists at all levels in Oakland today?

Rule of law means fair and equal enforcement of all those consumer/renters rights laws you want.

Anarchy means the street mobs and corporate/monied bullies continue to hold sway and rule with an iron fist... flying the finger at us all and saying in effect, catch me if you can... With EBX and DBG cheering them on.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

The City of Oakland and it's pro sports history is coming to a sad end. The Raiders are done more so than when they moved to Los Angeles. I know that the teams history will always be Oakland Raiders. The Raiders in Las Vegas is a bad business decision allowed by a dying corrupt NFL. The Raiders are a replica not an original anymore! The AFL should have never merged with the NFL it did not need to and this is when the trouble was started. for the A's they are a minor league operation in the Major League Baseball scheme. They trade away their talent because they can't afford to win. New stadium is not the reason for this debacle of leadership. And last the Golden State Warriors great team now the identity crisis is the fact that the name Oakland Warriors for which they really are would never be accepted by San Francisco fans because its the only NBA team in the Bay Area. The disregard by the owners is purely financial and the fact that the Warriors have special jerseys celebrating other cultures foreign identities and finally decide to use the town name not very specific and not for the people and city they play in is truly unfortunate.

Posted by Ronald Rollins on 11/28/2017 at 4:33 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

Let's lure the Green Bay Packers into a new stadium. Either that or keep the Raider name and force them to changer their name in LV so we can start a new team under same Raiders name. Also, lets lure the L.A. Clippers to Oakland, then hopefully we can get Curry, Thompson, and KD to join the Oakland Clippers! Yes, a pipe dream I know.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/27/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

Can we please use part of the Oakland Coliseum property for sideshows, stock car races, racing exhibitions, etc., when the Raiders leave? If the city provided a dirt track surrounded by earthen berms, surrounded by bleachers where people could see the action, and participants could show off their skills, maybe that would work. Since sideshow participants would be getting most of what they want, this might be a lot easier on law enforcement, too. LE would only have to make sure no guns or other contraband are brought into the venue. This could be a net moneymaker for Oakland, if people are willing to come from so far away to attend sideshows. If we build it they will come? It wouldn't cost that much to give it a try. I know, insurance. But we insure lots of other things, and this seems like it's here to stay. So make a place for it.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 11/27/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

"For the uninitiated, a sideshow is a mischievous ritual." Mischievous?! Innocent parked cars totaled by reckless drivers; people and pets freaked out by gunshots; little children terrified in their home (some of the sideshows were on residential streets). As for OPD, one reason they are ineffective is that City Hall ties their hands.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/27/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Not only is Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program not Working.. If it trades third world REDD carbon credits; climate chaos, violence & land grabs are likely to increase

This article convincingly presents the ineffectiveness of California's Cap and Trade(AB398). But it only begins to present the global suffering, dislocation and acculturation that is likely to be caused by AB398's proposed trading of developing country carbon offset through REDD+ (REDD). REDD is an acronym for a program that stands for the reducing emissions due to deforestation & forest degradation. These destructive forest processes emit around 20% of the worlds green house gases, more than those emitted by all global transportation. One of the REDD program's main methods is to biologically sequester carbon in forests & create carbon credits for sale & trading. The REDD agreement text only requests that REDD participants "address" "tenure issues", "forest governance", "safeguards" and "participation" for marginalized and traditional forest people. Would REDD promoters or Governor Brown sign an agreement that only "addressed" their family's property rights or human rights without the legal requirement to enforce those rights? And what if those supporters also lived in a remote forest in the Amazon, without legal means to enforce those rights?

Jorge Furagaro Kuetgaje, climate coordinator for COICA, the Indigenous People of the Amazon Basin stated, For us to continue to conserve the tropical forests we need to have strong rights to those forests. Death should not be the price we pay for playing our part in preventing the emissions that fuel climate change. For more on REDD Rights abuses see:…

The human rights and land tenure (i.e. land ownership) enforcement record of tropical forested countries is alarming. Global Witness's November 30, 2015 Press release stated, At least 640 land and environmental activists have been killed since the 2009 climate negotiations in Copenhagen - some shot by police during protests, others gunned down by hired assassins."

REDD supporters have found a few communities confident enough in their land ownership and human rights to participate in and support REDD activities, but they are a minuscule minority of the worlds forest people. Those rights makes it practical for them to think long-term about their resources, which is a precondition for biologically sustainable resource management. More attention needs to be given to secure land tenure and human rights as a legal requirement for REDD or other programs promoting environmental resilience in third world forests. The vast majority of forest people need those rights now and will need them even more if exposed to the market forces that AB398's REDD carbon trading would unleash.

?REDD and AB398 supporters, what is the strategy and text that ensures that REDD requires the recognition and enforcement of customary resource ownership and human rights for forest people prior to REDD project funding or carbon offset creation?

Posted by Norman Lippman on 11/27/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

The spectacle and danger remind me of the guerrilla art of Survival Research Laboratories, but sideshows look pretty boring, to be honest. How many times can you watch a car drive in a circle?

Posted by John Seal on 11/27/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “The Wrong Path?

I for one do not thinkk this is a nuanced update but a hit piece on a school that has made major strides in developing a sound, wonderful school culture. I think both the writer and editor missed the mark and failed to look into what has happened at Tech these past twenty years and how it became a go to school. Then again our Broad trained superintendents as well had done this.
To write about black kids who went to the school over twenty years ago in Mr. Hutcninson's case, and Ms. Apara who graduated in 2000, while down playing the young man Antonio Calbo Jackson who was the most real up to date quote you made. He kept it real. In 2000 when I became Assistant Principal we already had a problem where Mr. Wolfe was turning away kids, and Ms. Joe was taking the overflow teaching classes with over 40 kids. We had to establish an honors program under Elisabeth Haugen, and she stood tall. There was a problem in my five years there in the ethnic makeup of the classes, and their location. The classes were nearly all white, Asian a few black and Latin kids, but moreover they were in one part of the campus away from th emajority of the black and brown kids who were in the other wings. Abut ten years ago when Shelagh Andujar was principal some white kids , along with Latin and black kids demanded more AP options so they could be more a part of the school http://culture.So two more teachers learned and adopted the AP curriculum, and they too taught like MS. Wolfe in a Socratic style. Then too the Health Academy (with partnerships with three local hospitals) , the Computer, and other academies were growing and they needed AP options for their kid separate from Paidea. Mary Ann was given the opportunity on more then three occasions to make Paidea an academy, but she was not willing to do that as academies have take kids identified as academically needy in order to qualify for the extra money the state provides academies. She was not willing to do that, as it would have changed th demographic they have now..white, asian students with no academic issues , saying they would have to water down the curriculum. This is in a word bullshit. Mary Hamada proved at Bret Harte in the 90's that by splittng the GATE kids between two teachers and then giving the same two teachers the most at risk kids, that the latters learning increases dramtically as those kids know they are learning"what the smart kids learn". I was one of the two teachers. Yes it is not a call and response Socratic thing you do with the more advanced kids, but there is that and you have to roll up your sleeves and get in there and teach. The article did mention that everything done there is a collaboration between administration and staff, all staff. So Mary Ann's hurt feelings were not based on adminstrative problems but a faculty thing as the faculty voted on new models to push the whole school forward. The thing that changed TEch from "Killa High" and integrated the school was a program developed by Darrick Smith called T.R.Y. umf or (triumph) This stood for "trying to uplift my folks. Originally desinged for young black men soon it was enrolling young black women. In 2000 we were fortuitous that we had an influx of white kids from generational progressive families and these kids enrolled as well. Under Principal Ron Rosenbaum it became a Cal accredited class,as I was the credentialed sponsor. Darrick's curriculum was an adaption of Freire's thoughts on the "Pedagogy of The Oppressed. I mean kids in college have a hard time with Friere's book and here was Darrick not only teaching it but demonstrating how it worked in our society! These kids not only learned but served the school as well with servvice projects. They stood in the foyer every morning and did a salute and pledge about conduct and standards of behavior. Darrick taught as well about hompphobia, and misogny, and racism. It became a moral imperative and every public high school needs a version of it. I think Buld On kind of does this now.
At the same time we fromed a Parent Patrol. Parent volunteers who stood in our hallways at the staircases and observed, while wearing purple and gold do not want to mess up with other kids parents looking on.
Finally I have always admired Mary Ann as an instructor, but was dismayed by the way she quit. She did not resign she quit and deliberately left the program in the lurch, two weeks before school started. Totally unprofessional and was in my mind to cast aspersions toward the administration led by two gifted Co-Principals, Staci Ross-Morrison with a warm calming , vision of what the school should be. The other Co-Principall Josue Diaz is a visionary and public education needs way more like him then these TSA folks who wrok at teaching for two, three years and becme adminstrators and look to cash out. In Josue you have a young Chicano who can get down with the Cholos and who heart is in the sciences so he can talk that talk with the nerds. So this old Bulldog who first entered that front door in September of 1959, is proud of the school, proud of Paidea, Maureen Nixon-Holtan and David DeLeeuw, who built the Health Academy, Emmanuel Onyeador, the Computer Academy honored by th Obama Whitehouse for being one of the oldest, thinks Tech will be fine. Ms. Wolfe should enjoy her retirement, as she put i great work

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/27/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “What's Hot and in Stock

A $72 sweatshirt? Great, I'll run right out and get some for the whole family. [eye roll] Way to miss the mark, EBE.

Posted by Cygna on 11/26/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Whats with the negative, clickbait-y title of this article? Cap and Trade is something we all should support wholeheartedly. Its a tangible step in the right direction and an economicly-friendly solution at that.

The main issue is that corporations were able to lobby their way into exemption. Of which, Jerry Brown had little to nothing to do with.

As an civil engineer who was professionally tracking the development & implementation of AB32 as it affected California utilities & industries - the whole point of this program is to be a proof-of-concept for broader implementation nationally and globally.

California has led the way in environmental laws & regulations for decades and prospered for it - we should be proud!

What can you do to help: encourage CA to take a stronger stance on forcing ALL sectors to participate. These decisions were not made by elected officials and usually with very few folks at the table at the end of the day. We can make a difference!

Posted by Sarah Merrill on 11/25/2017 at 11:05 PM
Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/25/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Savor Oakland Adds Fruitvale Food Tour

I'm very disappointed that you've included Reem's on this tour. There have been ongoing pickets at her cafe, because her facility features a floor to ceiling mural of a convicted terrorist, Rasmea Odeh who planted a bomb in a grocery store that killed 2 and injured 9. Reem Assil's response to the pickets was an orchestrated attack, reported in the local Jewish paper. A 78 year old Holocaust survivor was attacked!…
When physical attacked failed to stop the picket line, she filed restraining orders that were denied by the court. With all the fantastic eateries in our community, surely you could find one that reflects our community values better than Reem's. Thank you.

Posted by Maria Parker on 11/25/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Gayle McLaughlin Wants to Take the East Bay’s Progressive Revolution to Sacramento

Gayle will never win and the state is fortunate if she does not. Richmond has a terrible reputation some of it justified and why do we want that in the state?

Posted by Sandy Tarbet on 11/24/2017 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Ronald Stein's screed reminds me of the Mark Twain quote, "reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." People have been saying California's on its last leg for decades.

Posted by chris gilbert on 11/24/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

From the Environmental Defense Fund Blog
By Erica Morehouse and Katelyn Roedner Sutter

California and Quebec released results today for the November 2017 auction which showed steady prices well above the floor for the second auction in a row. The November auction was also the second in a row to sell out of allowances. Both outcomes are a reflection of the secure market that is now set to run through 2030, and demonstrate that the design features of cap and trade are working as expected to maintain a strong and stable program.

November Auction At-a-Glance

Approximately $862,407,989 raised for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to invest in a number of programs including clean transportation, urban greening, and improving local air quality.

All current vintage allowances were sold of the 79,548,286 offered for sale, including 15,909,657 allowances that were previously unsold in 2016. This is the first auction including held allowances.

Current vintage allowances sold at $15.06, $1.49 above the $13.57 floor price. This is 31 cents higher than the August clearing price.

All future vintage allowances sold of the 9,723,500 offered for sale. These allowances will not be available for compliance use until 2020. For the second auction in a row, future vintage allowances sold out above the floor price, showing strong confidence in the cap-and-trade program after 2020.

Posted by Daniel Carroll on 11/24/2017 at 4:47 PM

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