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Re: “The Musical Reinvention of Dax Pierson

Thank you EBX for this profile. I worked with Dax back in the days before his accident. Super awesome guy. I'm so happy to hear that he's still creating. It's exciting to see how technology is opening up new opportunities for people with disabilities to create. This made my day.

Posted by Rachel Campos de Ivanov on 06/18/2019 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Flint’s BBQ Is Coming Back to the Town

I loved Flints BBQ on E 14th...I used to come from East Palo Alto every other weekend and sometimes during the week just for the Hot link dinners and Fanta red cream sodas... 1 dinner for my aunt and 2 for me...1 of my dinners would be gone before i got to 880... sometimes I would be so greedy I'd eat all 3 before I got to 880 and turn around and go back to get another one for my aunt... Flints had the best hot links I've ever had...the only place that has homemade links somewhat close is Everett and Jones...the BBQ sauce don't even come close to Flints...when Flints bring back the homemade hot links I'll be be with a feelin'...

Posted by DUB MO on 06/18/2019 at 4:11 PM

Re: “How the California Environmental Quality Act Fails the Environment

I agree with Messrs. Kantz and Patton on most points; I find the first commenter may not understand the process or the complexity of it. That said I have a couple of additional points.
1. I have seen in almost every case that in California polluters want to clean up the problem and move on. A consultancy is hired to perform a site investigation, site assessment, feasibility study and a report on findings and recommendations. It is not uncommon for the client to be appalled at the cost to implement a CEQA confirming clean up. The question becomes I had no idea it would cost this much. Can it be done cheaper and still meet the guidelines?
2. The engineers hired are licensed and registered in the state of California. They have worked hard and studied long hours to achieve this status. They are loath to throw that away. Thus, that condition counter balances the extent to which the PE is willing to compromise CEQA or any other environmental regulation.
3. The State does not have the resources to provide investigative services. The polluter, having created the problem, is the most logical party to foot the bill. The law was written to prevent the polluter from walking away from a problem. However, large companies, such has PG&E, have done exactly that and the state has no power to prevent it.
4. Regulators are paid and assigned to review the proposed remedy and provide guidance. They also frequently set up a Community Advisory Board to review the problem and comment on its impact on their community. So some funding is available.
5. DTSC maintains an enormous database of all parcel conditions in the state. It is open and readily available to anyone for review. All environmental documents written and submitted to DTSC are stored there. It makes review of past problems easy to research and gives a complete picture of what clean up will entail.

Posted by dale on 06/18/2019 at 3:58 PM

Re: “OP-ED: The Alameda County Civil Grand Jury Is an Important Watchdog, but Its Members Are Almost Always Too Old, White, and Wealthy

I have submitted issues to the Grand Jury twice in three years and each time, my concerns have met with support, investigations and write ups. The Grand Jury is the hammer needed to ensure that waste, corruption and mismanagement are handled. Jurors do an amazing job and their findings are heard and listened to by staff and elected officials. It is too bad that it requires a Grand Jury to move the ball but this is the price of the game.

Posted by William Yragui on 06/18/2019 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Eating Mushrooms Isn’t Like Smoking a Joint

Adrienne: Dan Mitchell, the writer, here. First, yes, I'm looking into the DMT, etc. issue right now in fact, so thanks for that.

As far as the "babysitter" thing. I sort of agree, but *some* people definitely need someone around, especially the first time. Shrooms can be very unpredictable, and everything depends on (besides the particular shrooms being used) the individual and the environment. That's the only point I really wanted to make. I've seen people freak out on them, and it's not pretty.

The person who said they shouldn't be used for partying sees them as a healing plant, period. And I respect his view, which I think is valid. On the other other hand, I only ever used them purely for fun -- i.e., partying. Also valid!

Thanks for reading, and for weighing in. If you want to discuss further:

Posted by Dan Mitchell on 06/18/2019 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Flint’s BBQ Is Coming Back to the Town

I hope she's bringing back their link sandwich/dinner, which was my favorite items on the menu. I love a good homemade link and I look forward to Flints arrival..

Posted by Kathleen Wade Caston on 06/18/2019 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Tuesday's Briefing: Oakland declares impasse in labor negotiations with unions; Kaiser to build $900 million downtown headquarters

It is great news that Kaiser is consolidating smaller satellite offices to construct corporate headquarters in Oakland. We all saw Mayor Schaaf preening before the cameras as she is clearly looking to enhance her political legacy. However, where is the leadership in City Hall when it comes to land use and planning for the City? When completed, this will be the tallest building in downtown Oakland. All of that is great, but like the proposed new A's ballpark at Howard Terminal, this is the wrong site. Ironically, after missing the opportunity to build a new ballpark behind the Fox theater to anchor the Uptown district 20 years ago, a medical office tower is now proposed to do the same thing. However, there is one major problem. How does a Kaiser office tower with 7,000 employees contribute to the long term economic health and vibrancy of an entertainment, restaurant and arts district like Uptown? The answer is that it does not. Despite former Mayor Jerry Brown and at feckless City Council blowing the Fox theater ballpark opportunity, Uptown has come a long way as one of Oakland's signature destination districts. The proposed site is at the northern edge of Uptown and the correct land use would be some mixed use combination of office, residential and entertainment/restaurant uses on the ground floor. In addition, good urban design would dictate that the tallest office tower in the city be built either in the Central Business district or at Lake Merritt, not on W. Grand and Telegraph. As planning and land use issues like this project and the A's ballpark have surfaced over the last few years in Oakland, there has been a total lack of leadership from Planning Director William Gilchrist. He has been totally invisible to the public, hiding somewhere behind the politicians who would approve anything anywhere in order to promote their personal legacies. When a city is faced with major land use issues like this project and the A's stadium, it is critical that we hear from the land use professionals. We should not allow politicians to dominate the public narrative. They have no expertise or experience in planning and land use and are driven by a political perspective that changes with the wind. That has been obvious when it comes to the new A's stadium. Schaaf and the other City Council members have allowed the A's representative (Dave Kaval) to dominate the public space and inappropriately turn the process into a beauty contest. Hey Gilchrist, it is time to come out from behind the Mayors skirt and take a public position. Your role is more than to process permits. It is to provide land use planning expertise and leadership in a publicly visible way. That's why you get the big bucks, it is time to earn your keep.

Posted by GPatton on 06/18/2019 at 6:55 AM

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