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Re: “Oakland Leaders Attribute Drop in Homicides and Shootings to Ceasefire Program

*cough* Gentrification *cough*

Posted by Robert Hope on 01/10/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “After Less Than Two Months, The Pain Shop Closes its Doors

Need to change the name. Pain is bread in French, but its pain in English.

Posted by Berkeley Native on 01/09/2018 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Town Business: Regulating Tenant Move Out Agreements, and a New Library Parcel Tax Proposed

Alphie, I don't like parcel taxes either (for a different reason than you -- because they aren't proportional to property value), but if this were a sales tax proposal, someone else out there would be saying "I'd vote for this if only it were a property tax..."

My view is that if you support what the money will be used for, you should probably support the tax even if it isn't raised in exactly the way you prefer. (Not just you specifically, everyone.) Otherwise services starve while we wait for an impossible level of agreement. And I, for one, hella support our libraries.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 01/09/2018 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Town Business: Regulating Tenant Move Out Agreements, and a New Library Parcel Tax Proposed

Measure Q
Library Parcel Tax Extension was passed and lasts until 2024 - OAKLAND WHAT ARE you doing with the money? I would say we have clearly taxation with VERY poor representation.

Posted by Jo Johnson on 01/09/2018 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Town Business: Regulating Tenant Move Out Agreements, and a New Library Parcel Tax Proposed

So once again the city mismanages it's funds for these ineffective BS pet projects to their buddies and then states services like the library need additional funds. Oakland already has high property taxes and yet we STILL don't get basic reliable services from the city.

No more taxes!!

Posted by Robert Hope on 01/08/2018 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Town Business: Regulating Tenant Move Out Agreements, and a New Library Parcel Tax Proposed

I would not be in favor of a parcel tax because yet again the property owners in Oakland are being asked to subsidize the local services that are used by all residents. I would be in favor of a sales tax increase to support public libraries, that way all residents who do business in Oakland would contribute to the social services.

Posted by alphie noakes on 01/08/2018 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Town Business: Regulating Tenant Move Out Agreements, and a New Library Parcel Tax Proposed

Let's go for Oakland's Libraries guys!

Posted by Russell Mondy on 01/08/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Sessions' Betrayal

Defenestration OR burning at the stake is beginning to look very attractive for this KKK member AND may be we can tie president CROTCH GRABBER and SESSIONS together (wouldn't want to waste good fire wood!

Posted by bucaneer6840 on 01/08/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Get Paid $560 to Vape Cannabis for Five Days Straight

Oh mannn, I missed it?! This sounds like my ideal job right here. Getting paid to vape? Uhm, yes please lol.

Posted by Victor Johnson on 01/08/2018 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Trump to Open California Coast to Oil Drilling; Bay Area Companies Fuel Dow Jones Surge Over 25,000

Did anyone catch this argument for why it makes sense to open up our shores to more oil drilling in which one of the politicians supporting it said something along the lines of: 'the revenue will help the environment.' Which was like when they tried to say that 'killing elephants in big game hunts will help generate revenue that can be used to help conservation efforts.' How stupid do you have to be to believe that? That's like saying selling cigarettes will help improve the health of the masses because the revenue can be used to improve medical care. Seriously, do people actually believe this nonsense?

Posted by Victor Johnson on 01/08/2018 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Monday’s Briefing: California May Become Sanctuary State for Weed; 40% of Bay Area Adults Need a Roommate to Afford Rent

In regards to your first point, I thought California was already like this? I remember when there was a 'rogue cop' working with the feds to help shutdown state approved dispensaries back in the day. I thought we--well, not we cause I don't live in Cali anymore but that's besides the point--already had legislation in place, perhaps not on a state level, maybe just a city level, to prevent our local law enforcement from working against the will of the California residents. I guess not? That's a surprise.

Also, about Trump watching TV and tweeting all day - WHAT IS THAT?! Does this guy not realize he's the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? That's a pretty big job (I'm underselling it), maybe one that he should focus on. After all, he is effectively governing ALL OF US. Apparently he thinks it's more important to get his cable television time in and send some ridiculous tweets publicly bashing anyone that criticizes him with schoolyard name-calling. Funny how his wife is trying to push some sort of anti online bullying agenda while her husband is perhaps the biggest internet bully of them all lol.

Posted by Victor Johnson on 01/08/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Sessions' Betrayal

Why would anybody be surprised by any delusional, out of touch, take us back a half century thing a guy named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions would do? He is not only a red neck racist, he is mentally still in an era that produced public health crap like "reefer madness". This guy thinks marijuana is a gateway drug, when every intelligent aware person knows that alcohol or for Sessions "moonshine", is the biggest gateway drug ever created. This guy is a joke, an embarrassment and hopefully old news when convicted of lying to Congress about Trump and his Russian friends. I am thankful every day that I live in California where we have government, both state and local, who seem to be doing everything they can to insulate us from Trump and the clown car full of idiots he brought to Washington.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/05/2018 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Insurance Policies Canceled in Oakland Hills; California Looks at Tax Changes in Response to Trump Overhaul

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Posted by Samantha Hallenbeck on 01/05/2018 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: BART Cop Kills Man in West Oakland; 4.4 Quake Shakes Berkeley and Oakland

Police (Oakland) say they found a gun where a cop (BART) killed a man, and it's NOT the Bart police shooter's gun.

Can we all spell "throwdown??"

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 01/04/2018 at 8:12 PM

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: “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: “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
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, 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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