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Re: “Warriors Pay $786,998 for 2017 Oakland Victory Parade

Did the earlier parade cost get covered? We started asking the city about it as soon as we saw the damage to the new plantings around 12th Street.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 09/28/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “A Tribute to the Bars Where Everyone Knows Your Name

I think the Washington Club should be mentioned here! Great spot!

Posted by Robert Whitehead on 09/28/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: 70% of Bay Area Residents Want More Housing in Cities; Ghost Ship Owner to Get $3.1M Payout

As anyone familiar with the art and science of urban planning knows, you cannot simply build more housing without taking into account, designing and planning finance for all the infrastructure required to support the increased housing. That's the facts folks.

One of the reasons we have a housing shortage, displacement of mostly poorer folks, huge freeway jams and a way-overburdened public transportation system, not to mention bad air and water pollution and a lurking longterm problem with water supply, is that we as a region completely failed to do the urban planning necessary to support the importing into the region of a huge supply of tech workers.

Planning is all about thinking about the future. No amount of partial patchwork attempts to provide a partial "solution" (more housing) will solve the interrelated problems of our region.

One fundamental approach towards dealing with these challenges is to begin to elect real leaders in our cities, towns and counties. Leaders who can actually lead and who are not tied to special interests which exploit a single aspect of growth, like housing, retail and corporate facility development.

We need to be able to get around better. The robocars Silicon Valley wants to sell us ain't the answer. For those who can think historically, robocars came from Big Auto's vision of an automated future developed in the 1950s. We need to look to a real future rather than to be led back to the past.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/28/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Another Unnecessary Sports Expense

Yep, we need to completely reconsitute the coliseum board, and then they need to work with the As to build an appropriate facility there.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 09/28/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “'Cannabis Damages DNA' Claim Debunked By Leading Researcher Ethan Russo

This article is a joke as doesnt states all the bad affects that Cannabis has on brain chemistry.

Posted by Kevin Tsang on 09/28/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Longest-Running Brunch Spots

Good recommendations. La Note, Betty's, and Rick and Ann's are perennial favorites.

I go to Mama's if I feel like being insulted, kind of like Sam Wo used to be.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/28/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Burris is a man who sees the city of Oakland as a target for his financial improvement. He has zero business making ANY recommendations about its behavior.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/28/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Wazwan Indian Cuisine's Staying Power

Good to hear, it's a good place to eat.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/28/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Schaaf Proposes Sanctioned Homeless Camps; Oakland May Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for Legal Pot

Mayor Schaaf has been watching the accounts on TV of all the refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East. I'm sure she envisions time living there to be like her summer camp days when she was a few years younger.

Bottom line: World-style refugee camps aren't a solution. Nor are homeless camps in Oakland. Let's talk about why we are at war in the Middle East and why we have been at war with the poor. That conversation might lead somewhere.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/27/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Of course not Millie... Only government corruption counts.

By the way, where DO you think government corruption starts?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/27/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Conflict of interest wouldn't even be an issue to discuss if the officers had been disciplined and denied their promotions like they should have been.

Posted by Millie C on 09/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

As an Alameda County resident, I am deeply disturbed by this threatening, disparaging and racist behavior by a public representative sitting on an Alameda County public task force. Given that this representative was recommended by Sheriff Ahern, I am concerned that the behavior reinforces a pattern of racism and antiimmigrant policy that I have witnessed emanating from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office: from strongly opposing the California Values Act to publicly supporting the nomination of AG Jeff Sessions. Especially at a time when white supremacy and militarization are so explicit at the highest levels of government in the United States, I am horrified that our county hosts a weapons expo and militarization training event for swat teams from around the world. I hope that the community effort led by Stop Urban Shield succeeds in redirecting resources to deescalation, community preparedness and nonmilitarized emergency response. Bravo for that work, and to all who hold fast to a vision of freedom and justice, on a foundation of love and care for each other.

Posted by Kat Gilje on 09/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “A Scavenger Hunt in Temescal That Aims to Spotlight Small Businesses

I remember that mural the comment above speaks on. TYS are dear friends that do amazing thing within the community of Oakland and SF.

Jena, I couldn't be more proud of you! My dear you are growing and expanding in sooo many ways!! Congratulations on your scavenger hunt! I hope it continues to grow + flourish, touching the lives of people that visit Oakland

Posted by Tomika Iyalla on 09/27/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Very disappointing. Liked going there--very good beer and very few, if any, hipsters

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/27/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Professor Calls for Speeding Up the Drone Arms Race

John Yoo should be in a prison for the mentally deranged. What a sick mind.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/27/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Are Co-ops the Future of a Sustainable Restaurant Industry?

There is a long history of economic thinking (and writing) in support of coops in all areas of production. As more efficient, less exploitative and far-more-democratic than our current corporate capitalism which exploits everyone involved other than investors and millionaire/billionaire senior managers.

There are many cooperative businesses in the US which have produced superior products over the long haul. Ever heard of Lincoln welding gear?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/27/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “A Scavenger Hunt in Temescal That Aims to Spotlight Small Businesses

The Trust Your Struggle mural was on 42nd and Telegraph. And it was proceeded by a Stop the Small Arms Trade mural that only lasted 3 days.

Posted by Desi Mundo on 09/27/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Of course Burris want's that. It would strengthen his case (and payout).

It's not JUST city and county government that's corrupt

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/27/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “New Documentary Focuses on West Oakland’s Blues Legacy

I would very much like to see this film. I was a kid when all of this was going on. But my brother played/plays guitar and is friends with many of these people and one of his friends bought the Continental Club and tried to revive it the 70's. If you are looking for distribution I would very much like to consider working with you just because of the subject matter.
Atron Gregory email: TNTREC@AOL.COM

Posted by Atron Gregory on 09/27/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

The defunding of illegal dumping cleanups is starting to bite. Responses that were slow - the weeks elapsing between reporting each individual pile of trash on and seeing any corrective action - have become even slower. Profuse and stinking heaps of garbage are starting to make some neighborhoods in Oakland resemble Kolkatta during a garbage strike.

Posted by Andrew Werby on 09/26/2017 at 11:59 PM

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