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Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

For those interesting in commenting on this application, write to Zoning Case Planner Rebecca Lind at before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.

Please note that the intrusion of national corporate interests into competition with truly locally owned microbreweries, while a legitimate concern, is an issue that the zoning codes do *not* address and staff cannot take into consideration in their decision making. Other cities (i.e., San Francisco) have some controls on chain businesses, but while several neighborhoods have been raising this issue since the 1980s, there has to date not been action from Oakland's city council on this issue.

Concerned neighbors need to talk about the design (Ick! Cheezy use of shipping containers, and the most garish colors of the '80s in the proposed paint job!), and neighborhood impacts: noise from customers; noise from operations, including end of the day cleanup of outside areas (blowers or other mechanical means?); hours of operations; traffic; parking (peak staff is projected to be 32! They are not saying how many customers can fit in!); time and frequency of garbage pickup (what kind of garbage is generated by 1) the restaurant function and 2) the brewing? I have no familiarity with the brewing process. Are there spent hops like grape skins from winemaking? What volume? Do they smell?); frequency and hours for recycling pick up; alcohol control where there is such a short fence, outdoor alcohol, and a major bus transfer point in front for Oakland Tech High School students; litter control for the block; where deliveries will be made and what hours; how they will keep people from dropping off/picking up customers in the bus stop; and any other impacts you can think of.

These concerns can all be addressed in Conditions of Approval for the project. As to the chain business issue? Tell your councilmember you want controls in the zoning codes.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 03/29/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Trafficking Victims Protection Act – Bill Clinton’s Connection to underage sex ring

Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by

Hillary Clinton is hoping that Bill Clinton's pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein is gone for good — as the filthy financier is reportedly advised to disappear through Election Day! New York City's Daily News reports that Epstein has been told to "lay low and say nothing" as a new book is released about the convicted sex offender. But that still leaves Hillary fearing how much "Filthy Rich" will expose about her own husband's trips to Epstein's private Orgy Island!

I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said well he owes me a favor,’ one unidentified woman said in the lawsuit, which was filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court

Moreover Epstein was invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010 amongst 400 other guests, demonstrating his close friendship with the Clinton family.1) Bill Clinton: Clinton took 17 trips with Epstein including 10 to Pedophile Island…
According to court records, Clinton “frequently flew” with Epstein aboard the investor’s private jet from 2002 to 2005, the year news of the police investigation of Epstein was first reported…while Clinton was never deposed, lawyers obtained Epstein’s computerized phone directory, which included “e-mail addresses for Clinton along with 21 phone numbers for him, including those for his assistant (Doug Band),” according to a court filing.

Some of the most shocking allegations against Epstein surfaced only after the conclusion of an FBI probe, in civil suits brought by his victims: for example, the claim that three 12-year-old French girls were delivered to him as a birthday present. But the feds did identify roughly 40 young women, most of them underage at the time, who described being lured to Epstein’s Palm Beach home on the pretense of giving a “massage” for money, then pressured into various sex acts, as well as the “Balkan sex slave” Epstein allegedly boasted of purchasing from her family when she was just 14.

JAMES PATTERSON’S New Book “FILTHY RICH” exposes Jeffrey Epstein’s connection to Bill Clinton & more powerful elites.

Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein could face new criminal charges if lawyers for his alleged former teen “sex slaves” succeed in an unusual effort to overturn a 2008 plea deal that gave him house arrest, despite accusations he pimped the girls out to his rich and powerful friends

The 23-page letter, written by high-powered lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt, was apparently part of an ultimately successful bid to negotiate a plea deal before Epstein could be tried for using underage girls in a sex ring based in Palm Beach, Fla., and his private island estate on the 72-acre Virgin Islands home dubbed “Orgy Island.” Epstein spent 13 months in prison and home detention after agreeing to a plea deal in which he admitted to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.

"Mr. Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative, which is described as a project 'bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” read the July 2007 letter to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Florida. “Focuses of this initiative include poverty, climate change, global health, and religious and ethnic conflicts.”

Posted by Jay Beswick on 10/11/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Hello already! Told ya so... Back in 2012.....

Law makers, victim based service providers, the public and the media were All warned this would be one of the unintended consequences of these bad laws. And you all ignored the wisdom of whores! Why? Because useless politicians like Kamala Harris and Nancy omalley and the nonprofit all stood to profit off the criminalization of our labor! Non profits like BAYWAR and MISSEY and the rest of you victim pimps. You have nobody to blame but yourselves. May the damag you and the 78% of California voters caused so many be on your karma, I hope it's a bitch.

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 09/28/2016 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Everything but the mic drop.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/28/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Why Private Security Patrols Are Not the Answer

Thank you for this interesting discussion. I'd like to add to anyone who's still reading this that, if there are going to be security guards hired by neighborhood associations, they should really be in uniforms and have some kind of signs on their patrol cars.

Unmarked private patrols are, at least as far as my peace of mind is concerned, worse than nothing. I live a few blocks away from where Larry Ward was shot by an SV3 guard, and I understand that this is not an issue that's easy to discuss, but having various SUVs with tinted windows following me at a distance when I go for a walk doesn't contribute to a sense of safety in the community. I hope that these cars belong to paid security guards, but without clearly marked patrol vehicles, it's impossible to distinguish the behavior of a vigilant observe-and-report type from the behavior of an aspiring rapist.

To be fair to SV3, they do clearly mark their cars, and I very much appreciate that. If the theory is that the obvious presence of security is a deterrent, it just makes sense to make that presence as obvious as possible, and also obeying local laws regarding security guards making their identity clear.

It seems clear that there's a certain defensiveness and secretive attitude on the part of the neighbors who are taking these steps, perhaps because they anticipate a negative response from our more outrage-prone fellow Oaklanders? I've had a lot of trouble getting anyone to be candid or direct about who's hiring, paying, and overseeing these guards, even after speaking directly with several such security officers (in Brentwood, the Dimond, and Temescal, among other neighborhoods.)

It's tempting to circle the wagons when one feels under siege, but furtiveness and secrecy are the enemies of public trust and civil society... Come on, HOAs and neighborhood watches: take a stand in the name of transparency and give your employees permission to disclose basic facts like who pays them, and for what. In the absence of transparency, people will tend to assume the worst.

Posted by Claire Bresnahan on 02/02/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Why Private Security Patrols Are Not the Answer

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Posted by Sean Torres on 12/09/2015 at 3:36 AM

Re: “Why Private Security Patrols Are Not the Answer

These guidelines represent a logical and sensible approach to the deployment of security patrols. Local regulations can also limit the use of armed personnel, for example off West Africa, so security patrols can never be a universal answer to.

Posted by Jayavarshani on 08/12/2015 at 3:22 AM

Re: “It's Time for Civilian Oversight of OPD

There are many good reasons to support this very modest ballot proposal, that won't cost the city any additional overhead costs, most of which were given in the article.

To me a sufficient reason to get this on the ballot and approve the amendment is to start the work to gain the "hearts and minds" of many residents who won't cooperate with OPD because they don't trust them to police them fairly, let alone to protect them if they do cooperate. (as in snitches and stiches)

As much as affluent likely to vote voters demand more police, the City will not have the money to hire substantially higher number of police without ignoring looming retirement and infrastructure debts; cutting vital services; or competing with OUSD for yet another much higher parcel tax.

Oakland can't hire enough police or buy enough surveillance equipment to compensate for the lack of cooperation from residents.

OPD has to break out from its feeble attempts to occupy the many "hot spots" of Oakland and instead earn the trust of residents.

Only then can OPD efficiently deter crime before it happens and improve it's abysmal investigation closure rate.

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 06/27/2014 at 1:02 AM

Re: “It's Time for Civilian Oversight of OPD

Well Mr. Powers, I don't know if we know each other but based on your comment, some one has given you some very false information about me. OPD fabricated, lied, and conspired a case against me and wrongly seperated me from my earned employment! There is not ONE piece of evidence of theft OR untrulthfullness on my part. Just the opposite, I was fired because I REFUSED to author an untruthful Police Report at the order of my then supervisor Sgt. Delgadillio, amoung other things.

I challange you or ANYONE else to discuss this item in ANY open public forum, I'll even let you choose the place. Don't throw stones and hide your hand. Let's step into the light together!!!

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Posted by Robert Oliver on 06/26/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “It's Time for Civilian Oversight of OPD

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Posted by Editor on 06/25/2014 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Trigonometry Or Empathy?

"By sending your children to your neighborhood public school, you are helping them by giving them the chance to develop empathy and navigational skills."

Gee and all this time I thought by sending your children to public school, you were simultaneously dooming them to limited post-high school options while silently affirming the stupidity of Prop. 13 where most folks who have lived in the Bay for 15 years or longer are simply not contributing their fare share to public education.

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Posted by Bob Mulrooney on 06/16/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Trigonometry Or Empathy?

I was raised in a small town in Montana in the 70's. I did not notice it at the time, but there was a black girl in my class and an Hispanic boy. It wasn't until years later that I realized this. We all loved playing together and we did not even know what prejudice was (let alone racism).

If you look at the diversity and empathy, I do not see how there is any connection. Diversity is not necessary to empathy. When I was a kid, we had empathy without noticing the differences between us.

Of course, we were all poor. So, I suppose our racial diversity was greater than our class diversity. Maybe the author is using race as a proxy for class. Now, class is where people could use more empathy, and not just from one side.

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Posted by Gary Baker on 06/13/2014 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Trigonometry Or Empathy?

Kevin, alas, no. Thanks to various machinations over the years, the state pays schools for butts in seats. (The taxpaying parents of private school kids are paying into that fund just as much as people who send their kids there.) Not whether the brains attached to those butts are learning anything. This is called ADA (average daily attendance) and is a source of institutional obsession, including the all-important obsession with making sure absences are "excused" because then the school gets paid. The whole debacle has resulted in a whole lot of energy being put into confining kids who don't want to learn, and letting them wreak havoc with those who do.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 06/13/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Trigonometry Or Empathy?

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Posted by Editor on 06/13/2014 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Trigonometry Or Empathy?

Doesn't more kids in private school mean more dollars per student available in the public school system? If so, shouldn't we encourage those that can afford it to send their kids to private? BTW I think that kids in private can be just as empathetic as those in public.

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Posted by Kevin Long on 06/12/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Trigonometry Or Empathy?

Kudos to Ms. Schafer for reporting her experience and perspective. In my experience, Tech has some excellent teachers and it is indeed possible to get a great education there. It would be even better if the classroom behavior she describes were effectively eliminated; it is not a valuable experience to see one's peers get away with that nonsense and be able to adversely affect your education that way.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 06/12/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Trigonometry Or Empathy?

I am tired of being lectured by school board members that if I don't submit my child to the public school system, I am somehow creating a scenario where "everyone loses".
Maybe they could demonstrate their commitment to public schooling by driving their kids from the North Pole of Oakland to one of the schools that are less Euro-American? You know; one of the schools where the PTA doesn't raise multiple thousands of dollars to supplement the curriculum.
Where is the evidence that Oakland Public Schools are improving significantly?
Is it that white parents are willing to send their kids to Tech?

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 06/12/2014 at 8:01 AM

Re: “A's Fans Caught in Middle, Again

Pity the taxpayer. To be an A's fan you can live here or not, you can go to the games or not; but as an Alemeda county resident and or an Oakland resident we're stuck with whatever bad deal is imposed. Why should this be any different than the bad Raiders deal, the $5million dispute described above, the Warriors deal that may cost $62 million, the $2Billion pension/healthcare shortfall, the OPD settlement deals, the Goldman Sachs swap deal.

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 05/01/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “A's Fans Caught in Middle, Again

Actually Mr. Ferrier, I am too young for physical newspapers. I use news websites like the one we're on now to save trees. "Ton of leverage", you got be kidding. Must be fantasy land with two sites for a stadium and imaginery funding from Dubai prince. =)

I like the current Oakland Coliseum as it is, convenient near BART, even though its got plumbing issues...but even new big stadiums would have some structual shortfalls inherent in upkeep with Earthquakes, natural wind and water damage.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 04/30/2014 at 4:03 PM

Re: “A's Fans Caught in Middle, Again

Actually Mr. Liu, the city has a Tom of leverage. The A's have been legally blocked from leaving Oakland. And local business people have proposed viable strategies to build stadiums on two different sites. The city has never been in a better position to get the A's to stay.

Before you comment on an issue you obviously don't understand, pick up a newspaper.

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Posted by Rob Ferrier on 04/30/2014 at 8:32 AM

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