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Re: “Oakland Searches for 'Sweet Spot' with Cannabis Tax Rates

Thank you for this article. It was very informative.

Posted by flowerpower on 05/20/2018 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Trump Urges Sessions to Investigate Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; Hs Lordships Is Closing

Warning Muggers, Thieves, Burglars, Rapists and Murderers of their eminent arrest, so as to facilitate their continued presence, is not protecting your community Ma'am. It is tantamount to perdition, I pray that you do not die in this state. Amend you life, your thoughts and seek real reform for yourself. You should be ashamed of yourself for what you have done. Your community surely is...

Posted by George Bourus on 05/19/2018 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Trump Urges Sessions to Investigate Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; Hs Lordships Is Closing

Warning Muggers, Thieves, Burglars, Rapists and Murderers of their eminent arrest, so as to facilitate their continued presence, is not protecting your community mam. It is tantamount to perdition, I pray that you do not die in this state. Amend you life, your thoughts and seek real reform for yourself. You should be ashamed of yourself for what you have done. Your community surely is...

Posted by George Bourus on 05/19/2018 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Newsom and Who Else?

I wish you and others in the media would give more coverage to Alison Hartson's Senatorial campaign. True Progressives are siding heavily with her in part because she's the only viable candidate who refuses to take corporate PAC money. That's a HUGH deal and signals that she cannot be bought and will fight for the People's interests, not corporations.

Posted by John S on 05/19/2018 at 9:25 PM

Re: “In the 15th Assembly District, Six Candidates Appear to Have a Shot at the Top Two Spots

Beckles has an admirable record of achievement in Richmond, CA. But I believe Dan Kalb, an individual of impeccable moral character, will hit the ground with his feet running in the State Legislature. Dan has worked on the Greenhouse gas emissions regulations and labeling in CA. And was the lead environmental advocate on the 33% Renewable energy law. This is invaluable experience both in turns of personal relationships with State Legislators and proven results. There is a terrible homelessness and housing crisis statewide as well as a global warming emergency situation which will only get worse. We live in times like no other that humans have ever faced with human civilization now at peril. These special times call for special traits and a special person. I believe that person is Dan Kalb. He has a proven track record of standing up under tremendous fire and advancing forward.

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 05/19/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race

Just received my 2nd 9x12 color glossy mailer for Wicks in as many days. This one "Paid for by CA Action Committee... David Crane, Mark Heising" looks like a cynical parody of Ms. Wicks herself telling us to vote for her because she worked for Obama. (no mention of HRC campaign consulting) 3 out of the five photos were of her with our former president. The cover picture doesn't show Wicks, but does show former NY congressman Rangel (ethics violator).

Those snazzy mailers you glance at before recycling are not cheap. With postage, design, printing they could cost the better part of a buck x number of likely voters. Minimum of $40,000.

Crane et al. are business people who would not waste their money on a candidate they thought would not listen to them after getting elected.

Posted by Len Raphael on 05/19/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Brown Proposes Spending $96 Million to Fight Wildfires; Audit Shows California Colleges Fail to Disclose Crimes on Campus

It's nice that Kaiser Permanente has a billion dollars for homeless shelters and affordable housing, really it is, (separate stories in Seven Days and SF Chronicle on May 18), but where does it get the money? As a Kaiser patient, I think I can tell you where--from higher copays, splitting up procedures in order to collect multiple copays, reduced services, temps instead of permanent staff, reduced inventories of medical supplies, more automation, non-medical staff screening requests for doctors, strict time limits on doctor visits.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 05/19/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “June Ballot Measure Seeks to Shame Warriors’ Owners and San Francisco Officials

Earl Marty Price

Exactly right!

Posted by Brian Banks on 05/19/2018 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Amoeba Records Opens Its New Berkeley Pot Shop, Hi Fidelity

They need a burger joint next door

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/18/2018 at 7:41 PM

Re: “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race

Come on, EastBayExpress, have some integrity. Near the end of this kiss-up-to-money piece (Buffy's money bribers) you actually state she is the least in favor of charter schools of all candidates. Have you actually interviewed Jovanka Beckles or even Dan Kalb? This is ot journalism, it is advertising. Who bought this article?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 05/18/2018 at 6:07 PM

Re: “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race

Buffy's quotes in this article prove she doesn't know much about local issues/needs. Scott Weiner, Nancy Skinner and other politicians she references are characterized by Buffers as progressive but they are NOT progressives at all. SAying one is a progressive does not make one a progressive, Buffy.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 05/18/2018 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Surprised by Proposed Deal to Sell City-Owned Land to Charter School

Plan fact is that existing institutions have not adjusted to California's charter school law. What the California charter law did without much notice is strip the local school district of its power to control were schools are located.

Charter law created two competing publicly financed education systems with privately managed charter schools having entitlement to locate any where no matter the impact on existing public schools.

Where a school locates, whether public or charter in a City should be determined in a transparent public process such as a hearing by a joint committee of the Oakland City government and the OUSD BEFORE the charter school operator starts buying property to locate their school.

And, the decision to close public or privately managed charter schools should also not be made before the joint committee of OUSD and Oakland City Government Committee have determined if the opening of a new school--public or privately manged charter school--should be opened.

The decision to close public school or privately managed charter schools should include results of a public hearing of the matter before a joint OUSD and Oakland City Government Committee.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 05/18/2018 at 4:29 PM

Re: “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race

So glad you finally tracked down the major sources of funding for Buffy Wicks campaign whom you nevertheless have endorsed. Her plausible deniability of why she is receiving so much money from major charter school proponents, who are also funding the charter school candidate running against Tony Thurmond for state superintendent of schools, is really not believable. All the more reason that voters in AD15 should vote for the corporate free candidate, Jovanka Beckles. Let us not forget that under Obama's education secretary, we saw rapid proliferation of charter schools across the country. And, no surprise, President Obama is supporting Buffy Wicks.
What I am curious about is why you have given so much attention to only one of her opponents in this article, someone with scant experience in political office. The strong record of Jovanka Beckles in Richmond who successfully took on Chevron, and fought for so many other progressive changes in that city, including police reform, is in sharp contrast to both of these opponents.

Posted by Donald Goldmacher on 05/18/2018 at 4:16 PM

Re: “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race

why anybody would cast a vote for this wicky wicked witch is beyond my comprehension. Another loser brought to us by the likes of the so-called progressive dems like Obama, Biden and their ilk. It was Obama's education chief after all, Arnie Duncan, who pushed charters everywhere in this nation.The dems have learned nothing from the 2016 election.

I voted for JOVANKA BECKLES with a clear conscience knowing that she supports free college, free childcare,heathcare for all, complete reform of our horrific prison system, things that truly affect our daily lives. and takes NO CORPORATE FUNDING. Isn't it time we have a true representative of all the people, not someone bought by billionaires and corporation with their own selfish and greedy interest? GO JOVANKA!

Posted by kiki84 on 05/18/2018 at 1:44 PM

Re: “PAC Money Invades 15th District Assembly Race

Thank you for following up on the campaign funding sources and the points of view they represent!

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 05/18/2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Karen Katz Says Her Challenge of Judge Tara Flanagan Should Surprise No One

What a bizarre article and sad bunch of comments. And what's going on with the East Bay Express? This reads like a hit piece on Flanagan, and not a very convincing one. It looks to me like Katz found an old ethics violation (which does seem like the mistake Flanagan claims it to be), then decided to pick at every little detail she could to destroy Flanagan and get herself elected. Katz's nastiness is shocking. And her big ideas for reform belong in a legislative process, not on the bench. Of course actually doing that work is much harder than trashing someone else. Closing the article with a paragraph of advice for judges implies that Flanagan doesn't take these things into account in sentencing. But there is no evidence given. And, when last I checked, this is what all judges do - the very job description for a judge. Although it seems the East Bay Express is Katz's willing co-conspirator, this piece portrays her as deeply vindictive, desperate, toxic, and more than a little confused about what a judge actually does.

Posted by LizWil on 05/18/2018 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Judge Rules in Favor of Oakland Coal Project

In Judge Chhabria Findings of Fact and Conclusions of law he stated:
"Global Warming The hostility toward coal operations in Oakland appears to
stem largely from concern about global warming. To be sure, shipping coal for use in other countries will make some contribution to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, and climate
change is detrimental to public health and safety. But the City's argument that global warming allows it to invoke section 3.4.2 of the development agreement barely merits a response. It is facially ridiculous to suggest
that this one operation resulting in the consumption of coal in other
countries will, in the grand scheme of things, pose a substantial global warming related danger."

I believe the Judge's comments are "facially ridiculous". The contract between OBOT and Oakland would not be for solely one year. And even if it were 5 million metric tons of coal alone, the recent Second Warning to Humanity by issued by Professor Ripple and other colleagues and signed by over 16,000 scientists debunks the Judge's cavalier attitude towards the continued use and sale of fossil fuels. "Mankind is still facing the existential threat of runaway consumption of limited resources by a rapidly growing population, they warn. And "scientists, media influencers and lay citizens" aren't doing enough to fight against it, according to the letter. If the world doesn't act soon, there will be catastrophic biodiversity loss and untold amounts of human misery, they warn." The Warning continues:
""Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out," the letter warns. "We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home." How much clearer must this warning be Judge Chhabria? Oakland City government is doing exactly what over 16,000 scientists are advocating. It is acting to protect Oakland, East Bay residents and all of Californians from the ongoing, worsening effects of global warming due to Arctic meltdown from fossil fuels . Greenhouse gases from fossil fuels account for nearly 80% of increased global warming. A recent LA times articles stated the Arctic meltdown is simultaneously increasing the dangers of extreme rainfall and drought and fire in California. With the tremendous smoke from forest fires Californians and Oaklanders are now experiencing, must coal dust be added to the mix?

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 05/17/2018 at 11:16 PM

Re: “A Bare-Knuckle Fight for Top Cop

The Alameda County District Attorney manages hundreds of attorneys, investigators and other staff. Below is a list of the units in the office, showing the incredible complexity of this job. Pamela Price has NONE, ZERO, experience in ANY of these areas and has NEVER managed any group of professionals. Her experience is in suing public entities for HR violations, with NO criminals experience whatsoever. Here is a quote from her interview with the East Bay Times group...

"I never wanted to be a prosecutor, Price told us. I dont think thats what the people of Alameda County are looking for.

Actually, thats exactly what theyre looking for in their district attorney, someone who has the experience and knowhow to prosecute the truly bad folks and show restraint with those who deserve leniency.

That includes prosecuting misdemeanors. Price said she would only pursue felony cases, which would exclude, for example, cases of drunken driving, car break-ins and some sex crimes.

Its bewildering that someone who wants to be district attorney doesnt even want to consider prosecuting a majority of the cases."

Asset Forfeiture/ Major Narcotics
Child Abduction
Child Sexual Assault
Conviction Integrity
Domestic Violence
Elder/Dependent Adult Protection
Grand Jury Advisor
Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.)
Identity Theft and High Tech Crimes
Law & Motion
Mental Health
Parole Hearing
Public Assistance Fraud
Public Integrity
Recruitment and Development
Sexual Assault
Sexually Violent Predator
Training and Research
Unsolved Crimes/DNA Cold Case Unit
Video Unit

Since the burden of violent crimes fall primarily on "people of color" in this county, it is amazing that EB express and some of these respondents would even consider such an unqualified individual for such a crucial office because of her rhetoric. How about some actual track record in accomplishing
"aggressively act to eradicate the racial disparities that have been decimating communities of color."

Posted by Scott Law on 05/17/2018 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Karen Katz Says Her Challenge of Judge Tara Flanagan Should Surprise No One

I appeared before Flanagan in family court and she was incredibly rude, disrespectful, biased, did not read filings, and her rulings were against all logic - let alone against proper application of the law. She has traumatized and ruined many families during her short time in family court, and now I hear she is doing the same in criminal court after getting kicked out of family court. Read info on - see what people really think of her. She is a truly awful judge, who absolutely deserved to be challenged for her judicial seat. PLEASE VOTE FOR KAREN KATZ!! Alameda county serves better than Flanagan.

Posted by vote out flanagan on 05/17/2018 at 8:35 PM

Re: “In West Oakland, Sweet Maria's Sells Green Coffee Beans for Home Roasters

Very Cool! I began ordering green coffee from Tom And Maria in the '90s sometime when they were in Ohio. I couldn't remember where. And I'm still a customer today. By coincidence, I am wearing my Espresso Monkey T-shirt as i write this note. They are great folks!!

Chattanooga, TN

Posted by JGc on 05/17/2018 at 8:23 PM

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