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Re: “Anybody Seen Hizzoner?

The election was a year ago. A year! It's as though the Dellums folks literally did nothing prior to inauguration day to prepare to govern. Passing it off on scared City staff and the empty office supply cabinet Jerry left behind is an absurd excuse. Also: while Dellums' staff may in fact include some bright lights, one gets the sense that they too suffer from a lack of direction. With Ron himself rarely on site, there's a vacuum on nearly every issue, where nothing happens until a wave or two of interstaff jujitsu has run its course...if then.

Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2007 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Anybody Seen Hizzoner?

Snap! Also, the police reorg was drawn up by a consultant Brown hired as a parting gift for Dellums. Great article, though - it's nice to read more than one perspective on local politics.

Posted by dto510 on 06/06/2007 at 1:20 PM

Re: “¡ASK A MEXICAN!

I was just bike riding the other day, by a local river. The mexicans were lined up with their families (4-5 unsupervised children mind you) catching dirty river fish for dinner I assume. The kids were running everywhere, in the way of the cyclists. The scary part was that when they ran into you, it was as if the "light" wasn't on. I do question the intellengence factor with certain ethnic groups. Common sense just doesn't seem prevalent. This is something that people just catch on to, and if those their candles aren't burning too bright to begin with, no amount of education or information will change these folks anytime soon, very sad.

Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2007 at 12:15 PM

Re: “¡ASK A MEXICAN!

I was just bike riding the other day, by a local river. The mexicans were lined up with their families (4-5 unsupervised children mind you) catching dirty river fish for dinner I assume. The kids were running everywhere, in the way of the cyclists. The scary part was that when they ran into you, it was as if the "light" wasn't on. I do question the intellengence factor with certain ethnic groups. Common sense just doesn't seem prevalent. This is something that people just catch on to, and if those their candles aren't burning too bright to begin with, no amount of education or information will change these folks anytime soon, very sad.

Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2007 at 12:15 PM

Re: “¡ASK A MEXICAN!

Why do Mexican women have so many children when they aren't even in the country legally, speak no English - despite having lived here several years - have no steady income, no education and no skills besides being able to clean a house not-very-well I might add. I volunteer at an LA hospital and was stunned at women who come in and have a baby, then their "partner/husband/whatever" comes to pick them up with 3 of their other children who are usually all under the age of 4. I literally didn't even know this type of breeding was mathematically possible. From a strictly human rights point of view, I consider this child abuse. They live in the worst, most gang-infested parts of town and their children are usually filthy. Say what you want about being poor because their Mexican and we're all just "so damn racist" but what brain-failure told them they'd get richer having more children?????????? And no, I do NOT see this happening with any other ethnic group. We get a fair amount of Chinese, lots of Russians, and I have no idea if they're here legally or not. Our "clientele" also includes a substantial amount of African-Americans. But the pregnant patients are overwhelmingly hispanic, almost none of whom speak a word of English. How do you have a 4 year old American citizen-child and not learn a word of English in the 4 years since you gave birth to him???? None of those American citizen kids speak any English either - there's another billion in bi-lingual services California will spend over the next 10 years. What the hell is it with Mexicans that they do stupid crap like this over and over and over?????

Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2007 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Has OMI Gone Soft?

Mr. Thompson, I appreciate you shedding light on the current issues at OMI; however, I don’t NOT appreciate the cartoon associated with your article. The sketch that depicts OMI children carrying sniper rifles was completely uncalled for. Firearms have not and will never be part of the curriculum at OMI. The goal of OMI since the day Jerry Brown founded it was to send kids to COLLEGE not to train them how to shoot a gun. The military framework that Mr. Brown designed into OMI was to provide and teach leadership and self-discipline. Regards, Chris Tallerico Richmond, CA

Posted by Anonymous on 05/16/2007 at 10:31 AM

Re: “!Ask a Mexican!

The complaint about the desire for correct pronunciation of many languages and the lack of desire for correct pronunciation of Spanish/Mexican words is absurd. To use one of the examples already provided, do you really think Italians pronounce "bologna" as buh-low-knee? It's all about approximation. Pronouncing "burrito" without trilling the 'r' is prefectly reasonable, given there is no such sound in English. It's not as if anyone would get by pronouncing "Juan" as "jew-an". Well, no one except Lord Byron.

Posted by Anonymous on 05/03/2007 at 9:45 AM

Re: “!ASK A MEXICAN!

Dear Mexican, Like any other white American, I've heard a million times the complaint about how Mexican immigrants are "too lazy" or "too ungrateful" or whatever to learn English. I have a different theory: I think something like 90% of Mexican immigrants learn English almost immediately when they get here, if not before they get here, but they just pretend not to know English because they don't want to be bothered by the gringoes ("cabrones"?). They realize that most white people who want to talk to them probably just want to hassle them or take advantage of them, and they also realize that most white people will also probably just get frustrated and walk away if they can't understand Spanish, so it's just more convenient for the Mexicans to say "No speaka Engles!". I know if I knew Spanish and went to Mexico, I would pretend not to know Spanish so I could secretly eavesdrop on Spanish conversations, unless I like the person I'm talking to or if it is convenient for me in some way to let on that I know Spanish. Is my theory correct?

Posted by Anonymous on 04/28/2007 at 7:10 PM

Re: “!ASK A MEXICAN!

Food For Thought can we/you handle another 911'? Do you want to in your area? "A LINE IN THE SAND" Iraq's Learn Spanish Before Crossing to America!! Senator Mc Caul's Website http://www.house.gov/mccaul/ solution wehirealiens.com boycotts votes personal involvement

Posted by Anonymous on 04/11/2007 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Hit the Road, Jack

Those of us who were displaced two and a half years ago from another Wareham building in Emeryville are following the story of the Zaentz Center. Our building got mold due to defective construction, and Wareham is proposing to build a huge monstrosity right next door, while my family still waits in a hotel to finally return home. The filmmakers have my sympathy. www.warehamsux.com is a website my neighbor developed about our sitation in Emeryville.

Posted by Juanita on 04/05/2007 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Basically we are dealing with a group of people who feel they are smarter and better than everyone else. They think that jocks are stupid idiots who have no rights. Likewise, the protestors are attention hungry megalomaniacs. Any other University would have developed Peoples Park ages ago. Instead there is child prostitution, wholesale of illegal narcotics, and rapes and murders there. How nice. Oh and the Panoramic Hill Association, (which is funding all of this mess) has cut down many trees over the years to enlarge their houses. These people are all very selfish, RICH, and again, megalomaniacs. I went up to the Oak Grove to try and discuss the issues with the tree sitters and was immediately labeled a “stupid jock” who knew nothing and was a “f**king idiot.” They then proceeded to run me out of the grove, a public place. My God, they are acting like they own the place! Whatever happens next, however crazy it will be, will not surprise me. If I have learned anything, despite being as the tree sitters called me, a “f**king idiot,” it is that these people will never stop until Cal football and the University pack up and move to the moon or something. Only then they would say we are polluting space. You simply cannot win with people who truly believe they are always right and we are merely stupid idiots.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/26/2007 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Home, Sweet Hell

As one whose family lived in public housing for many years in New Haven CT, I am grateful for this expose report on the combined Federal/Republican slashes in financial resources for the housing that needs just as much maintenance as our private homes do, but does not get it, thanks to our natioanal priorities lately -- to cut taxes for the rich supporters of the Bush administration and cut any minimal funding for poor families. That's no way to balance our budget; getting out of Iraq would be much more helpful. I hope my grandchildren growing up in Berkeley will be part of a new generation of citizens who will respond to your expose with action for improvement and decent housing for all. Two of them vote now, and another will soon.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/21/2007 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

“Childish?” Wow, ok. So how exactly are we supposed to respond to such a childish article? With maturity? No, these Panoramic Hill types who move next to a stadium and then express outrage over the use of said stadium are the insane ones. This is nothing more than a classic example of the continuing efforts of the City to degrade the sovereignty of the University. They have done a wonderful job of making Cal out to be the bad guy, when in actuality they are. The other great point is the fact that Memorial cannot simply be torn down, so what are we to do with it when we move to Oakland? I have heard rumors that the Panoramic Hill Association plans on turning it into a massive party site, where underage prostitutes and drugs run rampant. I say we send in the National Guard and forcibly remove these residents. Send them to reeducation camps where perhaps they could learn a thing or two. God help us all, God help us all indeed!

Posted by Anonymous on 03/20/2007 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

I've been a Cal football season ticket holder for over ten years and I'm hoping the stadium renovations occur. However, I have to admit that many of the comments by the pro-renovation folk are childlike. Calling the author names and assuming your opinions are the only valid ones is pretty egotistical. We need voices of dissent so that the projects we undertake take all negative impacts into consideration.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2007 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Give UC Berkeley a break. It is 1.2 acres of planted Oaks. The smart thing to do would have been to demand "mitigation", where UC Berkeley buys 5-10 acres of umperiled (i.e. to development) oaks elsewhere (ideally on the edge of an existing East Bay Park) and donates it to the East Bay Park system. That would actually add good habitat to a much larger chunk of intact habitat. This "Oak grove" is pretty low value habitat. This is something that could have been worked on in conjunction with other environmental causes. This maximizes the time and energy of activists. The dumb thing to do was to waste 100% time and effort for months for 1.2 of degraded oak habitat (take a walk in Tilden, then take a walk in the grove if you don't know what I'm talking about). This has tied up the time and energy of dozens of activists. Any victory is a loss if the true goal is to preserve habitat.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/10/2007 at 4:11 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

your humor is fantastic..your wit-outstanding! you have a tremendous amount of self-sustained integrity and therefore you are trustworthy and summarily use honesty as a powerful virtue rather than a political tool.. if you choose to publish a picture that you deem worthy of your own esteem...go for it!! i'm just another hot male who has the hot's for you.....marry me...!!

Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2007 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

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Posted by Anonymous on 03/01/2007 at 8:30 AM

Re: “¡Ask a Mexican!

Hi, This is a comment about last week's letter where the guy wanted to know why Mexican's put their feet on the wall. This is my theory: because all Mexicans have beer bellies and then wear stcked heels, putting the feet on the wall tilts the pelvis inward and relieves pressure on the lower back. Dancing like that surely makes their backs hurt, at least get tired.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/01/2007 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Number of errors in this subjective story. A's stadium was over 30 years old; A's wanted an entirely new and fancy "downtown" stadium in Oakland. It wouldn't have mattered if the Raiders were there or not, as the A's wanted out of there. Oakland refused. So the A's sought the riches of the Silicon Valley, which they probably were really after all along.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/01/2007 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Joan Barnett writes: "The EIR issued in support of this retrofit/development outlines a way to pay for it by having an unlimited number of other "capacity events" at the 62,00 seat stadium. So the stadium becomes no longer alumni's much-beloved Cal Stadium, but a large, commercial venture with possible rock concerts, etc." ------------- Hey Joan, I've not seen the document that refers to the unlimited number of "capacity events" at the 62,000 seat stadium, but I've got to ask you...exactly how many events per year (outside of a measly 6-7 football games) do you think stadiums that hold 62k persons are booked for? By simply perusing ticketmaster's site, it sure doesn't look like many. Giants Stadium (a football stadium serving the NY market) is booked for one concert (The Police) thus far for this year. ONE CONCERT. The LA Coliseum and Rose Bowl currently have NO bookings. So even if they were to use it as a commercial site, the demand simply doesn't exist for an unlimited number of non-football events. Your argument fails to apply logic beyond that of hysteria.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2007 at 12:10 AM

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