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Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

How are they still in business ? The way they go about taking cars is wrong, its . Illegal and they are giving the real towing companys a bad name. They are not all like these clowns am talking about the companys that hold contracts with the Chp. And are inspected on a regular basis both trucks and equipment and all paper work and files in the offices of the legit few that dont operate in that manner. They are ripping off the people that live in the same town that they operate out of, karma is a bitch and when your viewed as a public enemy nobody in that Community will have your back when you need them to Surprised they havent been burnt down yet or worse When your car has been taken and your things have been stolen out of it thats the same as it being stolen and it makes you feel violated ,and on top of that you have to pay a ransom to get your car back that your most likely making. A payment on every month anyway this company and his fathers company up north need to get right or get out of town they are not providing any solutions only making money from the problems they have Created And yes its not only happing in Oakland. But also in some town where his father runs the same type of shady business getting fat from ripping off another Community and they. Think they have some kind of Uncontested Authority That makes them able to get away with this and talk down to people. His customers his forced to be his customer
Its crazy. If you are always worried about your car not being where you left it. I can tell you a few thing that may help you not be an easy target. For these jacker punks . Let me know if you want to know what they are. I will post back with an answer.

Posted by Kaden Chavier on 09/18/2019 at 2:51 PM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

We did not fire all our employees a few months ago, Cygna. After my wife and dedicated our entire life's savings to the mission of preserving local journalism, we reluctantly laid off several employees because we could no longer afford a staff of that size.

If we could afford to employ more people, wed be overjoyed to do so. Instead, the two of us now edit five publications by ourselves. Back in 2007, I presided over an editorial staff of 18 people at the Express alone, and it was a hell of a lot more fun than it is now put out five publications with an editorial staff of just five people. But we do our best, and still believe in the cause.

The economic challenges facing our industry are very real, and AB 5 exacerbates them.

Posted by Stephen Buel 1 on 09/18/2019 at 11:05 AM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

In the final version of AB5, journalists have an exemption if they jump through a couple of hoops. Hoops that no one else has to jump through. And they can't do it more than 35 times a year. A limit no one else has. And which prevents publications from developing long-term relations with a freelancer. Weekly columns, for instance, have to run more than 35 times a year.

There's another way out for writers, and everyone else, for that matter. It's to set up your freelancing business with all the paraphernalia of a business, which sounds like a good way to go but it's not gonna work. Freelancers just aren't businesslike.

And there's more. Certain other writers have blanket exemptions, but not all writers. Graphic designers have blanket exemptions, but not interior designers. And so on.

It's driving customers crazy. Freelancers of all kinds are already seeing markets dry up because it's just too complicated for their customers to follow. KQED announced it won't be using freelancers anymore. A writer in San Diego lost an Arizona market. And so on.

And there's yet more. Copyright is the lifeblood of freelancing, and being classed an employee takes all copyright away. Employees don't own what they create for their bosses. The bosses own them.

By taking copyright from freelancers-turned-employees, AB5 is undermining all self-employed workers who rely on copyrights and patent rights for a living. Even though copyright is called out in the US Constitution as vital to the national interest. Only for the bosses, though, I guess.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 09/18/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

Fine words from a paper that fired all its employees a few months ago.

Posted by Cygna on 09/18/2019 at 2:09 AM

Re: “Dredging the Carquinez to Accommodate Oil

I appreciate Tepperman's insightful report on the Army Corps of Engineers project to deepen the Carquinez Strait, accommodating oil supertankers. The Army Corps claim that the project will also give us environmental benefits is laughable. Deepening this channel two or three feet will damage the health of the Bay and its marine life as toxic pollutants are stirred up and increased numbers of tankers collide with marine mammals. If nothing is done to stop the dredging, which is surely linked to the development of petroleum infrastructure to process tar sands oil and even coal shipments, then I fear there will be no stopping climate catastrophes.

Posted by Candy Wright on 09/17/2019 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Alameda Adds Just-Cause Protections for Section 8 Renters

While I support some tenant protections and due process, I also think that taking away a property owners basic civil rights to own and operate an apartment complex (within the law) will result in the exact scenerio outlined in the above comment. Landlords will simply walk away from creating any new units

Posted by Jeff Wayne on 09/17/2019 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Illegal Vapes are Killing People. Blame the 'Legal Market'

Car smoke kills more than cigarettes.
Cigarettes kill more than vaporizors.

Posted by commonterry on 09/16/2019 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Significant Skinner, Bonta bills pass the Legislature; Kaplan says don't buy Warriors tickets

Be Grounded like Greta
Or
Fly in the jet set on destruction with Trump.

End the racist oil war of terror

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/9/16/sau…

Posted by commonterry on 09/16/2019 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Illegal Vapes are Killing People. Blame the 'Legal Market'

Prohibition is what is allowing this and nothing else! Bathtub gin was dangerous also!

Posted by Steve Tuck on 09/14/2019 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Dredging the Carquinez to Accommodate Oil

Thank you Jean Tepperman for once again exposing a public action going in the exact opposite direction to saving civilization as we know it from the Climate Crisis.

Posted by tangolindygirl on 09/13/2019 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Significant Skinner, Bonta bills pass the Legislature; Kaplan says don't buy Warriors tickets

DId hell just freeze? I agree with Ms Kaplan! How did that happen?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/12/2019 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Dredging the Carquinez to Accommodate Oil

Stop eating food.
Stop breathing.
Stop using cars or busses or electricity.
Because of fish? Because of carbon dioxide?
Come-on, don't be stupid!

Every year, the spring runoff brings far more sediment to the bay than this dredging will cause. These environmentalists would kill us all off to reduce population if they could get people behind it. "It's for the fish!"

OK, let's have volunteers to off yourself....I'm waiting!

Posted by Diane Scott on 09/12/2019 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Alameda Adds Just-Cause Protections for Section 8 Renters

In Alameda the "do-gooders" have done it again. While claiming to help the little guy, they end up hurting all little guys. Why? Because their overly vexatious eviction rules will discourage future construction of new housing, or the improvement of old housing. A normal landlord or investor would run away from purchasing or building in an area with vexatious rental laws. The "do-gooders" will develop a fixed class of renters with a low rent apartment, and who plan to stay there forever. As a result, those units are effectively taken off of the housing market forever. Fewer units available leads to an increase in the rent of the few units available to new tenants. This is basic Economics 1, but the "do-gooders" claim to be intelligent and educated, when they are not in reality. Then, when the "do-gooders" cause the number of available units to decrease, they call for the construction of public housing. When the public housing becomes crime ridden and infested, they call for some other form of government interference. Their desire for more government leads to expensive, difficult bureaucracy that raises everyone's cost in the long run. When will they ever learn?

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 09/12/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Finding the Lost American JazzBook

The genre of jazz songs is revived by The Lost American Jazzbook. It's about time!

Posted by SIL on 09/10/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “The Trouble With Cannabis Vapes

Just maybe state and local govts should have gone slower legalizing marijuana. No one reads the warning signs at the dispensaries that say the products have not been tested for safety or effectiveness any more than tobacco users read the warnings on tobacco packages.

Posted by Len Raphael on 09/08/2019 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Caffeine vs THC: The Double Standards of Addiction

I'm a addict I attend AA and CA I really want to start my 12 steps to recovery after all I'm 68 days clean and sober. BUT no one will take me through the steps until I stop smoking weed only Bush not skunk so totally natural I might add, even though in a hour and a half meeting they will drink 2/3/4 cups of coffee!!!! I'm so confused as they are both conciderd as addictive drugs. How can this be right? Thanks for reading,
Steph

Posted by jeffordstephanie@gmail.com on 09/07/2019 at 5:41 PM

Re: “City of Emeryville to Sue Wareham

I seem everyone should best gun safe the court decision

Posted by Laracraft Lara on 09/07/2019 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Yes, I'm a Dominatrix

If anyone knows a Domme/Mistress willing to take me under their legs please please let me know 669-206-7381. R.L

Posted by Licsubmit on 09/07/2019 at 3:51 AM

Re: “Friday's Briefing: Ghost Ship verdict yields an acquittal and mistrial; Lebron James backs Skinner’s NCAA bill

Despite the consistent posturing of local politicians and prosecutors, several recent high profile legal cases illustrate for me that in the bay area, when cases go to a jury, they usually get it right. The examples are the Zarate case in SF, where an illegal immigrant was over charged and ultimately acquitted of murder and the Ghost Ship trial yesterday. For some reason, the Alameda County district attorney (Nancy O'malley) failed to hold the owner of the Ghost Ship warehouse property or the City of Oakland liable in any way for the death of 36 artists in this tragic fire. Instead, she pulled out all stops to charge the property manager and his assistant for the deaths and tried to put them away for life. What she should have done was to charge them with criminal negligence, which requires a lower level of proof to get a conviction. Upon review of the facts in the case, the jury obviously saw that the wrong people were on trial and that the charges were a reach from a legal perspective. The owner of the property is ultimately responsible for all activities occurring upon his or her property. Secondly, the City of Oakland and it's representatives had been at the Ghost Ship site and in the building on many occasions in the years prior to the fire. In fact, members of the Fire Department had actually attended some of the illegal parties held there. Despite constructive knowledge of the many life safety issues related to the use and occupancy of the warehouse, at no time did the City of Oakland issue the owner a list of violations and directions to correct or cease to occupy the property. The primary power granted to local agencies by the State is the duty to insure public safety. The fact that nobody in the Fire Department, Police Department or Planning and Building Department put the owner on notice and prevented this tragedy from happening is just plain negligence. I don't know what Mayor Schaaf and O'malley have in common, but both failed the public miserably in this case. For Schaaf to issue a public statement after the jury verdict congratulating city employees for their professionalism is not only tone deaf, but outright disgusting. It once again illustrates the lack of leadership in the City of Oakland. I only hope that the aggrieved relatives of those killed in this tragedy can find some relief in the civil cases, because the criminal cases were totally bungled by incompetence at the highest levels.

Posted by GPatton on 09/06/2019 at 3:44 PM

Re: “The Trouble With Cannabis Vapes

Wow!!! Acute lethal lung disease sounds, well, kind of bad. We won't know for 20 years what the long-term chronic problems will be. These are hugely popular products with teens, who want a no smell high at home or school. Maybe we should put down the pot a minute; instead of inventing new ingestion routes and waiting for new diseases and disorders. This industry is experimenting on teens; we wouldn't let big pharma act this way.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 09/05/2019 at 8:43 PM

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