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Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

KPFA Listener Sponsored Radio has been a part of my life since the sixties. I do not want to see it's demise. It appear that hubris and ineptitude are hugely behind this fiasco, as well as cronyism. The bankruptcy ought to have filed some time back; a hue and cry ought to have been broadcast sometime if not years back! What makes Pacifica a separate entity? It has been working as if it is and has no responsibility to KPFA and the other stations it has under its domain. Had attention been brought to this emergency some time back in the form of asking wealthy personality donors who support Pacifica we may have had a chance to pull out of this mess. There are plenty of wealthy entities and/or individual people who may have made a loan to Pacifica who
needed to have been approached. Including creating a marathon fund raising!

Posted by Roberta Llewellyn on 01/03/2018 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

Nola-Green it isnt already better, at least not for the small craft organic grower. They have gotten the shaft in this whole thing and sadly will have to be strictly black market. So the very people that legalization was supposed to protect, will be eliminated.

Posted by Yuba Lover on 01/03/2018 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

Great article, hit everything right on. Some great follow up comments too. Customers fuel businesses, not buildings, and the cry poor, blame everyone else Raiders are gonna be as poor as they claim if the Vegas deal happens. While fans here fought to get this team back, and are fighting to keep them, nobody in Vegas cares. People in Vegas wont pay those prices, and as soon as there is more supply than demand PSLs are done. They wont sell in Vegas, LA, San Diego, and sure as hell not in Oakland. 250million, right, no way. The only people on Vegas that are for this deal are the fake fans the Raiders create and the Vegas good ole boys who are getting paid.
The Greatness of the Raiders is way in the past and the people who made it are gone.

Posted by Cliff Goldberg on 01/03/2018 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

Try lang Davis impersonating generals mark Milley and MG James just #markmilley0

Posted by Sue N George on 01/03/2018 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Former Hawker Fare Chef Opens Funky Elephant in Berkeley

Isn't this just Hainanese Chicken Rice?

Posted by Roy Watts on 01/02/2018 at 11:26 PM

Re: “A T-Shirt Rises Out of East Oakland

GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL JOB

Posted by Ana Sanchez on 01/02/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief's Troubles Resemble Those of Her Past

Excellent investigative reporting. We need a lot more of this kind of work if Oakland is ever to dig itself out of its deep hole of dysfunction. City hall is highly resistant to change or progress of any sort.

What I have questioned regarding the replacement for Sean Whent is why someone with no local knowledge of Oakland's violent crime scenes or of OPD culture was brought in.

I should point out that I was for many years involved with community groups in Oakland pushing both police reform and violent crime reduction. Unpopular former Mayor Ron Dellums was far more progressive in many ways than Libby Schaaf in encouraging these reforms.

The learning curve for someone like Anne Kirkpatrick, and I mean anyone from out-of-town, will be almost impossibly steep and very long-term. It is very unlikely Kirkpatrick or someone like her will stick around long enough to really "get" what goes on here.

Needless to say OPD has some very intelligent and competent senior cops. I don't understand why one of them, with insight into the mysteries of Oakland crime and Oakland policing, could not have become a new chief.

I also wonder whether the problems with Sean Whent could not have been handled with some finesse and his work continued, which I think had some
merit despite mishandling of the recent scandal.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/02/2018 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

Perhaps a group of craft growers could form an association and operate under an umbrella of sorts, pooling expenses and profits. Craft weed is superior, let's face it, so why not have the "Tiffany" of California pot?

Posted by djchrys on 01/02/2018 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

By all accounts, Steve Bearman was a charming and charismatic leader.
Charm and charisma are qualities people flock to for good reason yet if they aren't accompanied by humility and awe/delight in others the spiritualized ego will use and abuse. The energy of vengeance wants to send him to a prison where the inmates would show him the raw brutality of rape sans sacred substances which he turned into poison fueling his activities. My compassion feels sad he missed the divinity of the feminine, in himself and others.
Blessings to all those who were abused under the watchful gaze of a man lost from himself.

Posted by fogbridgesky on 01/02/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

Wow. EB Express, nice writing. What a contrast to slogans.

Posted by Rick94114 on 01/02/2018 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

What a truthful article. Anyone can see Davis for the desperate pauper he is. Del Rio may not have been the best coach and he certainly made some bad decisions but he deserved better treatment than to be fired right after the game. I give Del Rio all the respect for standing at the podium and announcing his own firing with so much dignity and respect. I hope Davis loses the team and the entire stadium deal falls apart. As a long time fan in Oakland I say good riddance to him. Hopefully sometime in the near future we will get another team and a great owner as well

Posted by Nadin333 on 01/02/2018 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

The Vegas move was never about the Raiders or Raider fans. It was about Jerry Jones' desire to get daily fantasy legalized in Nevada, Sheldon Adelson was opposed to this so he had to go. What the casinos want is snowbirds from all other NFL cities to flock to Vegas for three or our day stays to watch their team play the Raiders. So simply put Davis sold out the team his father built as a tourist attraction. Oakland should force them out as soon as possible, making way for the A's (who are staying) to get a stadium done at the coliseum site. What is sad is a once proud fan base reduced to another publicity stunt to keep butts in the seats in Oakland and sell insane PSLs in Vegas. That's all this Gruden nonsense is, desperation to keep the cash flowing from an owner without the sense to run a hot dog cart. The sooner we see the backside of this bozo the better. Lets just hope it doesn't cost Vegas residents fire fighter, teacher, and other public good jobs. The delusional sheep see green grass a realist should see the lights of coming train. NFL owners do not care about cities or people just money. Don't think for one second they will help Nevada at all if this goes south. They will take their ball to the next city willing to sell out its residents This former sheep is woke and over the who scam

Posted by tonyt94044 on 01/02/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Bird & Buffalo to Bring Thai Soul Food to North Oakland

Is having an ampersand in your business name required for opening in Temescal?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/02/2018 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Davis in Desperate Gambler Mode

This franchise is doomed under Mark Davis. At the end of the day, his dad gifted him a football franchise, but never prepared him to be successful. He knows nothing about football, but of more concern is that he knows nothing about the business of football. He can hire people like McKenzie for the backroom organizational duties and coaches like Del Rio or Gruden to run the team on the field. What he can't do is to stumble through the complex business world of modern NFL ownership finances. At the end of the day, compared to the rest of the NFL owners, Davis is poor. His only income of note is from the Raiders. That puts him in a desperate cash flow position when he has to compete with other well capitalized franchises. His actions are clearly those of a man who is both over his head and desperate. His actions of the last three years indicate his desperation. Despite what he said, he never, ever made a sincere effort to make something work in Oakland. No plan of action, no budget, no drawings, no nothing. He spent all of his time whoring around America looking for the best and biggest handout available. Thanks to his partner in crime, greedy Jerry Jones, he fooled other league owners with a phantom plan in Vegas, a city that cannot possibly support the team without a massive influx of visitors. He cannot bring a losing team to town and ever expect to get off the ground. After giving Del Rio a new contract this year, Davis undercut Del Rio's authority by bringing in Marshawn Lynch and giving him a do anything you want card. The team never disciplined Lynch even one time after several on the field and sideline antics that should have been addressed. But Lynch's existence is nothing but Davis throwing a bone to the Oakland fans until he can sneak out of town like the rat that he is. The fact that he never made a public statement after he fired Del Rio is typical. Davis is low budget, low intelligence and low class. When compared to the modern corporate world of billion dollar NFL franchises, Davis is the last remnant of the corner grocery store owner from the 70's. The people of Oakland should be glad to get rid of this clown and I can only wonder why they would continue to send him money. The best case scenario is that Steph Curry and a Black ownership group buy the N. Carolina
Panthers after their lease expires in 2018. The can then move to Oakland and become the Oakland (Black) Panthers. Power to the people!

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/02/2018 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

While market distortions introduced by legalization are certainly a challenge, unrestricted adult use really is what we want to see, in all its many guises and with all of its foreseen and unforeseen effects.
Pot farmers consume land & water, produce certain by-products (fertilizer run off, etc.), and have a product that is consumed by humans, many for a medical reason. All of these things properly come under the regulatory gaze of government, and that will require funding. Hence taxes.
With that said, legislators eager for new tax revenues and mindful of the pent-up demand for legal weed are likely to overplay their hand. This and the other uncertainties of such a large shift in public policy will likely take some time to be worked through. But the difficulties of living freely are still vastly preferable to living in a prison, or in a society anxious to put you in prison.
My advice is take a chill pill from your local dispensary or retail shop, and know that things are already better, and will get more so by and by.

Posted by NOLa-Green on 01/02/2018 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

It could go exactly the way craft beer has gone. INBEV giants and the like buy up the small craft brewers. Wholesale farming corporations could approach these small guys just to eliminate/ consolidate competition.....

Posted by Dan Richardson on 01/02/2018 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The Top 12 Bay Area Music Releases of 2017

Thank you! Lil B loves Sarah Cahill -- great piano music!

Lil B recommends Salami Rose Joe Louis "Zlaty Sauce Nephew" -- Very talented! - Lil B

Posted by Lil B THE BASED GOD on 01/02/2018 at 11:14 AM
Posted by Robert Gammon on 01/02/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

I have to sit out some of the info-war at this point, having tried to provide clarity in the face of propaganda for many years and needing a rest. I will say the statement in this article that the reasons for the crisis have "nothing to do with KPFA" is wrong and is a prime example of the kind of purposefully slanted propaganda that have actively helped to cause this crisis. KPFA has not lived within its own means for years, http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/?p=3064 and as this crisis worsens, there is unfortunately every reason to think that those who actively discouraged listeners from understanding the true issues at the station for years will now have free reign (as they certainly do have their own organized backers, broken away from the network) to continue to bamboozle listeners who believe that Russia "hacked," that the U.S. isn't massively responsible for the middle east disasters (and hence for much of global climate damage) etc. Of course the partisan boards are terrible, but there has been, thanks to the confusion of the name-usurping "save kpfa" gang, no way for most listeners to have heard about the different points of view or real issues over the years to vote in responsible board members. Every board election has been actively "hacked" if you want to call it that, and that is some real hacking you are not going to hear about by the paid morning gang at KPFA. Sure they will titrate in some well-presented stories, and therefore the promotion of their not-too-left of the conservative wing of the Democratic Party point of view will thrive i the new non-Pacifica KPFA. Virginia Browning

Posted by Virginia Browning on 01/01/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Charlie Hallowell Accused of Sex Harassment by 17 Women; New Laws to Protect Workers go into Effect Jan. 1

Same with all the other pervs that Stepped Away after recently being outed. Its a bunch of horse crud!!

Posted by Kari Maltzman on 01/01/2018 at 3:07 PM

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