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Re: “City of Richmond Approves Huge Expansion to Medical Cannabis Industry

Bullshit the rich keep getting richer
How is this helping out any minority
How about letting minorities and women own some of these business
And not let the same people keep making more

Posted by King Kalkat on 05/16/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Wait, what?

"citing the need for more evidence that the existing programs arent working..."

If Oakland has one of the highest violence and homicide rates in the nation, isn't that prima facie evidence that existing programs aren't working?

Posted by JP Massar on 05/16/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Ferrell--

I am not sure what a "bread and circuses mentality" is but I think I understand your difficulty in accepting any perspective which may differ from your own. I think the common term for what you are doing is "trolling."

I haven't made any claim regarding my expertise in fire prevention.

I live in a neighborhood which is subject to Fire Department inspections. I know my neighbors and their houses well. For many years I have read and understood the standards for landscape managment as stated in the flier which is distributed
to residents of my neighborhood and other such neighborhoods vulnerable to wildfire.

There is not a single house, among more than 100 nearby houses, which meets the standards defined in the flier. None is even close. Although I cut back my trees and shrubs each year, I don't meet the standards. My inspections each year invariably pass.

Thus this observation: the current system doesn't work. If the flier is to be taken at face value, houses in my neighborhood are quite vulnerable to wildfire. I am quite sure the situation is the same in other neighborhoods in and adjacent to the hills. Residents do not want to remove all the trees and shrubs which are close to one another and close to their houses.

Thus I suggest a redo of the wildfire policy. I do not have the answer and I think a committee of wildfire professionals could possibly come up with a more feasible plan which actually might provide some wildfire protection where the current policy does not.

You have a very hard head Mr. Troll. I hope that some other readers, perhaps some in city hall, will find my suggestions helpful.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/16/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “FBI Hid Surveillance Devices Around Alameda County Courthouse

This is the way the court step auctions always have worked. Bidders agree with each other "Don't drive the price up on me for the property I really want and I won't drive the price up on the property that you really want."
Seams completely reasonable.

Posted by Todd Kollin on 05/16/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Look, I have several of these people in my neighborhood. I view them as an asset... Fruit stand right there on the corner.

But I also ponder, how does she stay stocked? I've seen a fruit truck drop off a load to restock. Where does she come from... Is she labor trafficked? No way to tell and she's not selling sex so no one will ever look into it. I've seen her there when I left in the morning with a small kid... She and the kid are still there when I get home twelve hours later. WTF! That has to be hellish for her AND the kid. At five dollars a bag, how can she possibly be making a living... Only as a part of something much bigger. Wait... she never charged me sales tax. Something bigger, organized (possibly a human traffickers) uses her and her kid as a front to operate a business that neither collects or submits sales tax. And that was a BIG truck. A lot of fruit on it. And I'm betting the bigger thing relies on community outrage over enforcement to fly under the radar.

Hmmm... It MAY not quite so simple and harmless as it looks, eh?

That's ok... Now you feel good. You protected the little guy... While allowing the big, hidden something to thrive at their expense.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/16/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

He probably lives in complete splendor and while tenants live in deplorable conditions. Shameful.

Posted by C. Leonard on 05/16/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

This A$$hole did this to me, I ended up taking him to court. He commited perjury in small claims court, but the judge asked me just to take the check instead.

He filed multiple illegal evictions against me and tried to harass me to move out.

Posted by Nick W on 05/16/2017 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

The police respond to complaints. They are supposed to. No reason to blame them for this when it was us. We operate a non-profit that defends the rights and resources of native born californians. the majority has passed laws to require permits to sell food, and when someone violates those laws they compete unfairly against the people who live and work in this area who do follow the laws. We made the complaint. Blame us if you like, We do not blush or shrink from our task. Serving our constituents is our job.
We are Save Our State, and we make complaints about similar activities every week to serve our community. The police are obligated to respond. Normally it would be the health department, but they are not equipped to confront often hostile people who work under the table. So they pass the job to the cops.
If anyone else needs help with unlicensed, unlawful foreign competition in their communities in this state, we are here to help you

Posted by Davi Rodrigues on 05/16/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “California's Cannabis Rules Are Here, Reminding That Legalization Was Never Going To Be Easy

The Prohibitionists turned obstructionists new weapons are over regulation and over taxation. It's going to take awhile to convince Chicken Little that the sky is not falling.

Posted by Jim Heffner on 05/16/2017 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

That was us! says Christine Miller, ACCE member, fighting for Housing Justice.

Posted by Christine Miller on 05/15/2017 at 7:28 PM

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Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

**LOW-HANGING FRUIT**
Jim Mzt, I agree, the man is violating a noncriminal law, an insignificant ordinance that can be enforceable with a warning or a citation, not an arrest. He was simply low-hanging fruit for the cops to justify an arrest, in my humble opinion.
Does it even occur to you how much time, manhours, tax dollars and effort it takes to arrest and book a person into jail ? Is this a good return on our tax investment to go after low-level infractions, non-violent, non-criminal, non-felony, instead of investigating patterns burglaries, robberies and significant non-violent offenses?
To illustrate my point further, if a cop chooses to let you (a privileged and educated person) off with a warning for speeding or talking on a cellphone when driving, should you insist on being arrested for violating the law? Law enforcement has the discretion to arrest or not to arrest someone based on, OK, will this person be a threat to society for violating the law? Will this person start gravitating into organized business crime because he's selling fruit unlawfully on the sidewalk and not from the back of his car trunk so he can make a quick getaway?
That poor man is hardly a threat to the community. He's relatively poor and uneducated, trying to earn a living the best way he can without being a burden to the rest of us. He probably doesn't even know the law on selling on the sidewalk or if he's unfairly competing with Safeway or the Farmer's Market, jeez.
In all, he was targeted, because he was low-hanging fruit...an easy police report, just add belligerent behavior in writing because it may be just too much "hard work" to deal with other real crimes in the neighborhood. Too bad there wasn't any video for us to evaluate it further in the court of public opinion.

Posted by Shasa B Foster on 05/15/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Interesting that kids selling lemonade on the corner isn't a crime, but someone supporting probably said kids selling fruit that made lemonade is a crime. Maybe he should've sent the kids instead. What thee entire fux is wrong with people?

Posted by Aaronette Leboothang King on 05/15/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

I ride a bus that stops in front of the Bank of America in San Leandro. They usually have a security person in front of the bank. However, most of those who ride the bus are elderly and disabled. I have not seen anyone loitering as there is no place to loiter. What causes loitering are corner and liquor stores. Oakland get a back bone and restore the bus stop.

Posted by Anita Wills on 05/15/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “A New Plan For Oakland’s Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is definitely weighted toward developer interests, a reflection of Mayor Schaaf's open door policy for developers. But to think of Ms. Myres as being a community defender. I witnessed her on occasions to side strongly with developers despite strong neighborhood oppositions. Her support toward developers was even contrary to City policy as laid out in zoning policy. I also found that her "design" comments were shallow and showed a basic lacking in understanding of the principals of Urban Design. Its depressing to think that Ms. Myres is the best Oakland's got.

Posted by Charlie Chan on 05/15/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The Secrets of Vertical Gardening

Loved "like patients to an iv!".

Posted by Wallace Shane Rogers on 05/14/2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

There's a lot murders in Alameda county to waste time arresting a person who is trying selling food to bring food to his family. Anyway is not a crime to sell veggies and fruit, by the way how many strawberry the sheriff's department bring home that day?

Posted by La Vikina on 05/14/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

Fat ass officer was just hungry trying to look for a free meal on behave of the poor Hispanic trying to make a living. Fuck the police!

Posted by James Johnson on 05/14/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Hobart, tell me... Where did you study fire prevention? And what EXACTLY do you propose as a "new approach"?

It's FAR too easy to say "We need something new... You come up with it and we'll take cheap shots, never offering a constructive critique".

Fire prevention professionals presented known to work methodologies to protect people and property. So far, I've seen NO suggested alternatives... Just "We don't like what there is so make something we do like".

BAH! Bread and circuses mentality.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/14/2017 at 1:43 PM

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