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Re: “Jet Martinez Brings a Floral Green Flash to Downtown Oakland

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Re: “Jet Martinez Brings a Floral Green Flash to Downtown Oakland

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Posted by Jono Schneider on 10/19/2017 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Major league sports always hose Oakland. The City Council encourages them and lets them.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/19/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Hella Black Brunch Fosters Community Around Food

Thanks for this! Folks, feel free to use our HBB Friends & Family discount code: HBBHARV20

Posted by Carrie Y. T. Kholi on 10/19/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Jailed, Barred from Possessing Sticks and Other Weapons

Wow so all of you aholes are looking to have him put into jail? Why? Are you jealous of him- hes good looking, built, takes care of himself and is super protective of the people he cares about. Hes not a coward- I know for fact- as I had to stop a scuffle between him and another kid that was running his mouth. I wonder how many of you have actually talked to him? I have- Id trust him with my life but if you dont ever speak to him- youll never really know a thing about him. Kyle is grown up- and not a bully- or a coward.

Posted by Tara Louise Ziehl on 10/19/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Hella Black Brunch Fosters Community Around Food

Saturday will be October 21, not 20.

Posted by Stev Taal on 10/19/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Let's keep kicking Oakland in the teeth.

Posted by Joe Zahner on 10/19/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Hello Emily. Iam from Seattle WA. And I've had & worked at bagel bakeries. Emily you have one good product.and Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. ( Go girl go.) Follow your dream. Art Burnett. Seattle WA.

Posted by Art Burnett on 10/19/2017 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Ethics Commissioner Accuses Officials of Abusing Access to Free Warriors and Raiders Tickets

Of course they do. And this has been going on forever. There should be NO free tickets, if the council wants to investigate, they can pay for a cheap ticket and be reimbursed. This is just graft as it is.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/19/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Overland Country Bar and World Ground Cafe Shut Their Doors

Sorry to hear about World Ground. The owners have always been workers and spent long hours trying to make it go.

They hoped the area would be developed more, it wasn't.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/19/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Pacific Steel Casting Is Closing

Pacific Steel Casting has a long troubled history almost entirely it's own making. It has poisoned the air in West Berkeley for decades, was unresponsive to thousands of community complaints about the poor air quality it created, attempted to hide behind it's questionable ties to Mayor Tom Bates, inaction by City Council and the Berkeley Zoning and Adjustment Board, Dion Aroner's public relations firm, and Ignacio De La Fuente's political maneuvers, cheated workers out of pay, failed to modernize and improve worker conditions until it was too late, and cried wolf to get a better financial deal in bankruptcy court. The complete list is long and dirty. What will they leave behind? A wealthy family that took the money and ran when they sold the company to the current owners, hundreds of former workers who are owed back pay from years of company cheating , a polluted site, and a permanent stain on the reputation of Berkeley city government that was in bed with the company and ignored the health of the community, so that could maintain their reputations as power brokers.

Posted by Dr. John on 10/18/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “There's a Border Patrol Costume at the Spirit Store in Emeryville

This is a joke right? Pansie liberals. Fyi...these have been sold there for over a decade.

Posted by kozzmo49 on 10/18/2017 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Upcoming Restaurant Zys_Oakland to Give Ex-Cons a Second Chance

pro corporate / pro industrial prison complex ? hopefully the old writers got a second chance somewhere . As Oakland becomes gene-monofied , as will its publications and restaurants.

Posted by aaron mcelhatten on 10/17/2017 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Upcoming Restaurant Zys_Oakland to Give Ex-Cons a Second Chance

i miss the old writers and old EBX ..what is this undercurrent of pro corporate world im smelling .. you stink new EBX . im out

Posted by Sh Sh Boba on 10/17/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

ICE just announced that in response to the new state law, they will start the sweeps again without regard to any collateral damage.

Posted by Dan Waterhouse on 10/14/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

While there is no doubt that there is a citywide need for traffic calming and other traffic safety improvements, I suggest caution in this rush to some vision of a nationwide Scandinavian utopia. American cities are great at jumping on board nationwide trends, especially when they are federally funded, without considering the local context. In fact, Transportation money is flowing right now and local governments are taking as much as they can even when the need for the project is debatable.Here are a couple of cases in point., The Coliseum BART to Oakland Airport tram seems to me to be consistently underutilized. I am sure that the ridership is way below what the so called transit experts predicted. Not only does this system seem to be generally unused, the options that would have allowed local riders to stop at the Wal Mart center or Oakland Hilton were deleted from the project. I guess the special airport people do not want to mix with the neighborhood folks. Moreover, the construction of the infrastructure required demolition of millions of dollars of new improvements from the Hegenberger Road beautification project that was less than 5 years old. That was a huge waste of money. The bike lanes installed along Bancroft Ave have created a traffic gridlock during peak hour traffic.The local residents don't utilize the bike lanes and changing from two to one lane in each direction creates traffic jams and erratic dangerous movements by frustrated drivers. What seems especially problematic is that the right of way along Bancroft is generally wide with large medians that the city cannot properly maintain. Surely some other design option would have have worked better for the community. But that is not how it works, the money was for the bike lanes, so they were going to be installed no matter what. The AC Transit BRT project that is currently under construction will be an absolute deal breaker for local businesses along International Blvd. They will see a new bus line in the middle of the street, one lane of traffic in each direction and no parking to serve their struggling businesses. How are these people supposed to survive? If the physical pattern of development along this corridor provided parking behind commercial buildings or there were municipal lots mid block or at the edges of the district, BRT would make sense. But look around folks, that is not the existing development pattern in East Oakland.Yes, it would be great if nobody had cars and everybody walked and biked for lattes in quaint little urban villages. However, these young transit experts fresh out of grad school with visions of Amsterdam need to be tempered with reality so that the city and the community served can be transitioned and not force fed a vision for them just because there is money to make it happen now.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/14/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Schaaf employee: "OakDOT has road safety projects in the works across the city, including the area of 8th and Fallon streets in West Oakland, Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district, the BRT project connecting East Oakland to the Lake Merritt area, and both 69th Avenue and 98th Avenue in East Oakland."

These are small, token projects at best. No more than PR to foster a developer-backed reelection campaign for a Mayor who needs abundant uninformed "progressive" support.

Oakland is, and will remain, outside the token PR-oriented low-cost "road safety" gestures in a few areas, an urban environment which could not be more hostile to people not in cars. On foot, on a bicycle or in a wheelchair.

The largest population of adults riding bicycles on an everyday basis because they cannot afford or do not have access to cars, is along E. 14th Street where there are absolutely no street-design protections for those not in cars. Many neighborhoods want traffic calming measures but OakDOT's ears and doors are closed and locked against them.

Oakland remains, as always, 50 years behind much of the rest of the country in supporting livable urban environments. In the 1970s the Berkeley instituted a low-cost, but effective, program for traffic calming in many neighborhoods. The political uproar was, expectedly, immense. City council members' seats were challenged by hordes of car potatoes.

In European and U.S. cities where more livable urban environments have been established, the political and economic cost has been significant. No low-cost, politically-driven gesture can make a city more livable or environmentally-sustainable.

Mayor Schaaf employee Maher should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/13/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Chilli Padi, the East Bay's Only Malaysian Restaurant, Closes

I hate the new economy. Of course, it's just a more ruthless version of the old economy, with the added bonus of destroying everything that is real.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 10/13/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

Jonny, Yes to your first question. Regarding status, here's a bit more:

an illegal immigrant, illegal alien or undocumented alien is person who is residing on a non-temporary basis in a country where s/he has no legal right to reside. It is a non-citizen who has entered a country through irregular migration,[2] for example entered illegally, or an alien who entered a country legally but who has fallen "out of status",[3] or a descendant of one.
a legal alien is a non-citizen who is legally permitted to remain in a country. This is a very broad category which includes tourists, guest workers, legal permanent residents and student visa resident aliens.
a nonresident alien is a non-citizen who is visiting a country, for example as a tourist, on business, entertainers, sportspeople or in the country to receive medical treatment.
a resident alien is a non-citizen who has permanent resident status in a country.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/13/2017 at 2:14 PM

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