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Comment Archives: stories: Special Sections: Best of the East Bay 2017: Goods & Services

Re: “Best Cannabis Dispensary

Real talk: Harborside is the best. Back when I lived in Cali, nothing compared. I hit up all the clubs and never found anything close to as legit as Harborside in Oakland. Huge selection, tons of security, high grade, low grade, mid grade, extracts, strains galore, and more edibles than I could ever eat. They literally have it all. And to top it off, their owners are awesome dudes. Super nice and super professional. I was literally standing in line one day while my back was acting up (back pains) and one of the owners, who is actually the dude with the ponytails you always see on TV, saw me, somehow noticed what was going on with me, and offered me a back massage. They are THE BEST. Much love for Harborside. I thought SR71 was going to be a lot better than they were, hardly a comparison to what HS has to offer. And when you're done, you can jet over to Quiznos on your way out. How cool is that? 5th and Embarcadero everyone, that's where it's at. Just watch out for the shady characters that chill across the street at that sketchy motel lol.

Posted by Victor Johnson on 01/08/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Best Glass

Uhm no, im exaxtly the person who names my bongs and take extreme care in choosing the perfect one. Well, when i went into Big Als one morning (no one else even in store), i was rudely told to leave bc "i wasnt buying anything." ofcourse i told them im just rly picky but walked out anyways. As i was leaving the manager even made a joke about my pajama pants i was wearing. Very unprofessional and just nasty. Been telling everyone to stay away ever since.

Posted by Echo Smith on 06/21/2017 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Best Car Repair

There is nothing more frustrating than to encounter any sort of car related issue in some remote area. But one can easily avoid these type of incidents if he develops a habit of inspecting a car on a regular basis. Many people of tight budgets often neglect to have their car on a routine basis check. They often prefer a poor service center to solve the issues related to their car by saving some amount of money in repairing. But they are usually unknown to the consequence what they are going to face in future. Low quality service indicates more trouble which results in wasting more money in repair. So, it is always better to choose the best service center for car repair which may initially cost more but it assures you by providing a high quality repair service to your car which also helps to save a lot money from your pocket in future. Coming to my case, initially I was consulting with cheap mechanics for troubleshooting my BMW issues. But I realized that it was not profitable for me. Then I sent my BMW to best BMW service center in Orange County. From that day on wards I used to prefer that service center for solving any issues related to my car.

Posted by Cole Gray on 03/02/2017 at 2:48 AM

Re: “Best Medical Cannabis Delivery Service

I concur. Stayed at the Claremont on my birthday and had CRAFT deliver. Just quality at every turn, from phone operator to delivery guy to medicine, I coulkdn't be happier. Very glad I did the research..these folks are legitimate & serious about their reputaition...makes me wanna move back to Berkeley!! :)

Posted by Colin Douglass on 01/17/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Best Car Repair

An honest mechanic with integrity like you mentioned in the last paragraph is worth their weight in gold! At my wrecker service we've had the unfortunate situation of recommending a couple bad mechanics which in turn makes our business look bad. So it's safe to say it's just something we are a lot more careful and picky and choosy with anymore!

Posted by Little Rockie on 12/13/2016 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Best Place to Buy and Rent Board Games

Awesome post thanks for sharing this.

Posted by Sana Khan Sana on 11/19/2016 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Best Car Repair

Sunnyside Automotive is the premier used car dealership Idaho Falls, Idaho. At sunnyside autos you will find the perfect pre-owned vehicle to best fit your needs, budget and lifestyle.

Posted by ab lobo on 09/21/2016 at 12:28 AM

Re: “Best Car Repair

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Posted by ab lobo on 09/21/2016 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Best of the East Bay 2016: Shopping & Services Writers' Picks

You have to be a Berkeley resident to use the BPL Tool Library. If you live in Oakland, you can rely on the larger (5000 items) tool lending library at the Temescal Branch!

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Posted by erin sanders on 07/22/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Most Reasonable Veterinary Services

I can't believe I've never posted here about Brent before. I don't even know what to say. He's nice, he's knowledgeable, his prices are reasonable, my pets love him, I love him. He's not just our vet. He's a wonderful friend. I really love this man. He's been our vet for over 30 years, and I've never once thought of going elsewhere. He has a six week waiting period for new clients, but once you're in, you're in - and can get him within a couple of days. Did I say yet that I love this man?

Posted by Ellen Seskin on 02/15/2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Best Grocery Store to Be Bougie on a Budget

I think finding the best store for you is a matter of opinion. I really like to eat lunch meat, so I look for a store that has the best lunch meat in town. Something that is consistent all the way around is customer service. If a store treats you right, then that is a good place to go to and build relationships for the future.

Posted by McCall Hazelson on 01/20/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Best Use of Social Media

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Posted by Editor on 12/19/2015 at 1:15 AM

Re: “Best Car Repair

car repair is the most and foremost work of the car owners and they must be remained adhere to the the manual given by the car manufacturers and they must take their car to the nearby trusted car repairing center so that their car will remain in the uppermost condition forever and the driver will not face any hurdle in future. Like we eat everyday, car repair has become the inherent part of our life. For more information about car repair you can go to

Posted by Charles Smith111 on 11/26/2015 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Best Head Shop

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Posted by Editor on 09/16/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Ellen, no I am not committed to trying to deter you or other TNR practitioners. Given that you erroneously think that what you are doing is ‘balanced’ and that you ‘respect all life’ that would be a waste of my time.

But, as you can see, this is a public comment area underneath an article. I am presenting the realities of TNR for those who do not know about this practice or for those who are on the fence. Perhaps then others will investigate further and make an informed decision rather than just accept TNR at face value. You can read, comment, respond, or not do so. But, if I see something that warrants a response, I will respond.

You have absolutely no scientific/peer-reviewed proof that some ‘massive spay-neuter’ efforts have helped the ecosystem. That is patently false given that TNR does not reduce populations, well-fed cats continue to hunt, and felids are the definitive host for Toxoplasma gondii. Free-ranging cats, fixed or not, continue to be a leading cause of wildlife mortality through predation and disease transmission.

In fact, what you say is practically insulting to every scientist in related fields. So many TNR people act like they are ecologists. Ask ecologists what they think about TNR and free-ranging cats. They aren’t jumping for joy. The method is a scourge on the environment – right down to water quality.

You appear to be confused regarding the definition of euthanasia and why euthanasia is done. Euthanasia, by definition, is a good death. Euthanasia is done not only to end immediate suffering, but as a wildlife management tool and to manage shelter numbers. Killing is synonymous to violence. The deaths that these cats meet on the streets are often tragic. They are not typically dying of old age.

Like many TNR advocates, you did not respond by citing a paper to substantiate your claims, and you completely ignored the non-lethal suggestions I mentioned, probably because those methods actually require responsibility and oversight – not just re-dumping cats back to the streets and tossing food.

You view this as positive – others do not.

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Posted by Eden Green on 07/26/2015 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Eden is clearly committed to trying to deter those of us who have a balanced approach to life. We treat all animals with respect, whether wild or domestic.

He does not comprehend, or show an interest in understanding that massive spay/neuter and care of cats in our Oakland neighborhoods, has helped the neighborhoods, the ecosystem, and the cats. He keeps using the word "euthanize" instead of "kill" in the Trap/remove/euthanize. It is not "euthanasia" to remove healthy cats from their home and kill them, simply because some people want to hold them responsible for destruction of wildlife.

Eden, surely you know we love what we do, and are going to continue. Does it make you happy to continue to rant on here about everyone? I can't fathom going on a site that promotes killing feral cats, and doing more than saying my peace, and leaving. Actually, the fact that EBX is honoring a grass roots group doing something positive, makes it all the more sad, that you would take all this time to try to make people who are helping animals and their community, try to feel they are doing the wrong thing. Your negativity and inability to recognize what people are actually doing, is pretty sad, and is not helping anything.

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Posted by Ellen Lynch on 07/26/2015 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Maggie, you mention feelings and beliefs and that is part of the problem. You do not seem to understand or appreciate the lack of scientific evidence for what you claim to be true. I am guessing you will not bother to consider these papers, but I will post them anyway. If TNR truly had a population impact, don’t you realize conservation groups would jump for joy? Fewer cats would mean less predation and less feces spreading Tg to wildlife, but that is NOT the result of TNR. Unless you fix a very high percentage of the cats within a geographical area (not a colony) EVERY year, you are wasting your time.

I would love to be a hindrance to TNR, but no Maggie, I am not. TNR is taking place thanks to huge funding sources like PetSmart Charities, Best Friends, HSUS, and others. All that money that could have been better spent.

Unless you took a census of those neighborhoods/zip codes before and after, you don’t know. Many TNR groups erroneously base ‘success’ on reduced intake at shelters and reduced rates of euthanasia. Neither is a sound indicator regarding population reduction. Of course there is less intake and euthanasia – the cats are being re-routed and re-dumped outside.

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Posted by Eden Green on 07/24/2015 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Lizzard, what you describe seems to be colonies - not ‘the population of cats in Oakland’ and there is a difference.

There is a cost – our natural resources, folks needing PEP due to rabies exposure, damaged property.

Actually, there are people who will trap for removal. The problem is that no-kill efforts have been systematically taking away the rights of landowners to do so. Ear-tipped cats are put right back. Shelters won’t accept cats. Sometimes people are threatened or harassed or their traps are stolen or damaged. People have a right to have unwanted domestic animals removed from their properties. But, that is increasingly harder and harder to do if they are cats.

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Posted by Eden Green on 07/24/2015 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group


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Posted by Eden Green on 07/24/2015 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Best Volunteer Animal Rescue Group

Two papers in the Journal Zoonoses and Public Health:

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Posted by Eden Green on 07/24/2015 at 10:14 PM

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