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Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

The "settlements" are Jewish communities in the West Bank. They are not illegal according to Eugene Rostow who penned the agreement after the 1967 war. Certain anti-Semitic groups like the BDS and International Solidarity Movement keep saying the word "illegal" to muddy the waters. The settlements are in dispute pending a final peace settlement. These same clowns always say Israel is also illegal when it was founded legally through the United Nations. This article is political claptrap and designed to intimidate a donor to Israel. Yes, some countries like to repeat the misuse of the word illegal but some of them also excuse terrorism against Jews and other Israelis. The East Bay Express is pandering to political radicals who want Israel dismantled by any means. To read about the truth of this movement in the Bay Area visit this link. The "settlements' are not illegal nor is it so to donate money to help them. See this article:

Posted by Lee Kaplan on 09/24/2018 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Anaviv’s Table Brings Farm-to-Table Dining in an Intimate Richmond Setting

I wonder how long this will be around ?
This restaurant scene is getting to be ridiculous.

Posted by Jerry Howe on 09/23/2018 at 10:33 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

At least something is happening in Oakland in the way of development.
That is a good thing. After having lived here for 40 years, I know the homeless situation is easily remedied by using the same tactics that virtually all of the surrounding communities have used, - SETTING BOUNDARIES !!!

Posted by Jerry Howe on 09/23/2018 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Fire at 'The Village' Homeless Camp in East Oakland Displaces 37

At least the trash , junk, and filth that these people accumulate and store out in the open was eliminated. No, i do not like seeing the slum like conditions of Kolkata when I drive to work. We have no caste system in this country, and therefore , it should not exist. Boundaries need to be set with these people.

Posted by Jerry Howe on 09/23/2018 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Opinion: We Must Stand for Choice

Buffy Wicks has a long track record of working for Progressive policies, such as Health Care for All, which is one of the most important issues facing the CA Assembly.

Buffy is a natural positive leader, who unites people. Buffy Wicks works well with others, which is why Barack Obama put Buffy on his Team in the White House.

Buffy Wicks is a smart, positive, warm, caring person, who has a remarkable ability to reach out to average people and listen to their issues and communicate effectively. She is responsible and responsive.

2 to 1, Voters gave Buffy Wicks their vote in the Primary, where she surpassed all of her opponents, even in their own districts where they were elected. In the end, it is the voters who decide who they believe can work effectively with CA State Leaders like future Governor Gavin Newsom (who endorsed Buffy Wicks) and members of the CA Assembly and Senate to bring political power and prestige to the district that runs from Oakland to Hercules.

AD15 is a complex district with many complex issues. AD15 needs someone who will work COLLABORATIVELY with others to get legislation passed to benefit the district and the state. Buffy Wicks will be most effective at collaborating to bring the most benefit to the district and the state of California. That's why voters overwhelmingly voted for Buffy Wicks for their Assemblywoman.

Posted by Carolyn Phinney on 09/23/2018 at 1:06 PM
Posted by Kevin333 on 09/23/2018 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

NO BE -- no one is there or don't be there

Posted by Alan Lopez on 09/23/2018 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The Uptones: The East Bay's Seminal Ska Band

Wow blast from the past. We were fixtures at Uptones gigs in high school... and now we are all middle aged.

Looking forward to introducing my kiddo to their tunes (and the much tamer mosh pit) at Memorial park.
Amanda, Berkeley

Posted by AHowell on 09/23/2018 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Taj Reid Found Guilty of Rigging State Construction Contracts and Accepting Bribes

Hey Taj is my manager at SFO airport working for McGee Air Services

Posted by lalalalove on 09/22/2018 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Even before gentrification was even issue the names of Oakland neighborhoods were changing .. for example in the late 1980s the section of Oakland where the 20s Sts intersects with the 20s aves was called the rolling 20s then in the mid 90s it was called the twomps which eventually evolved into the murder dubs ... names of neighborhoods have always evolved but dumb people stay looking for a reason to complain

Posted by Aquis Bryant on 09/22/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Is Most Urgent of Michael Moore’s Films

Uh, she has not yet been elected.
"newly elected U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez"

Posted by JP Massar on 09/22/2018 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

SOBA ICHI is not the first Japanese/Asian to have hand-pulled/prepared noodles. They go extinct because it is not efficient. There should be moratorium against bldg owners taking over the lease and resuming basically same business of the evicted tenant. In short while they will sell it to someone at a premium, as FuseBox owner probably got nothing when they got evicted. Ejnoy while you can. Yes, my bill came in over $100 for 3!

Posted by wiseguy on 09/22/2018 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Opinion: We Must Stand for Choice

Buffy Wicks will do anything to protect Costa-Hawkins, including writing her own puff pieces that play well in soft left, middle or upper-class neighbourhoods. Anyone who rents should vote for Jovanka Beckles.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 09/21/2018 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Seven Longtime Oakland Residents Share Their Thoughts on Gentrification

Thank you for telling it like it is Mr. Bryant. The "I got here first" attitude of some locals is really obnoxious, not just in Oakland but in many places. Is everyone just supposed to stay where they were born forever? Is culture never supposed to change?

I understand change is uncomfortable and we need to do everything we can to make sure everyone's needs are met, but the truth is we are all competing for limited resources and you have to grow and evolve as things change or someone else will figure out a way to take those resources from you.

Also, those "Oakland Native" shirts are very strange and confrontational. Is the point of these shirts to "other" newcomers? Is it an invitation to ask you questions about the city? It's not clear.

Posted by Nicholas Scribner on 09/21/2018 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

TS, slow your roll and read.

The article says (as quoted by you): "White flight, in which white residents fled urban centers for suburbs, was another phenomenon that set the stage for the urban gentrification we see today."

Then you write: "How is that gentrification?"

Um. The article explicitly said it set the stage for gentrification. It did not, in fact, say that white flight was such.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 09/21/2018 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

Im not reading anything in this article that explains how a new ballpark is not going to increase gentrification.

The Access plan involves paying upfront, which doesnt seem like a great way to make the tickets more affordable (starting at $240)- Id rather walk up, thanks.

I know folks love Kaval, but hes not an owner, hes a smooth talking front office guy.

The As have always had community partnerships. Remember the Haas family?

This is a fluff piece with no real discussion of how a new ballpark will affect the immediate community, for better or for worse, or Oakland as a whole.

Posted by Joan Brown on 09/21/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

"White flight, in which white residents fled urban centers for suburbs, was another phenomenon that set the stage for the urban gentrification we see today."

How is that gentrification? You offered no further examination or explanation, and in fact, what you are describing in that paragraph is the exact OPPOSITE of all of your other examples of gentrification, so how do you explain that as an example of gentrification?

Posted by TS Edison on 09/21/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Oakland Housing Authority Residents Sue to Overturn Anti-Loitering Ordinance

I am deeply confused by the OHA's statement. Surely their property is public, not private? And how do they define the 'general public', who are not allowed to gather at the publicly-owned 'private' housing they maintain?

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 09/21/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Opinion: We Must Stand for Choice

Jovanka Beckles is a mean spirited, holier than thou far left person, who has accomplished nothing but divisiveness on the Richmond City Council. She is so far inferior a candidate that it is remarkable anyone would support her. See this piece in Berkeleyside, just to get a flavor of Beckles and her way of dealing with people.…

Posted by John Henderson on 09/21/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

gentrification isn't always bad. i feel safer living in oakland (east of lake) than i have for the past 36 years. Houses are nicely kept, streets aren't as dirty. Its nice to be able to walk around the neighborhood and not worried about being mugged or shot. Yes, some will get displaced. but if you can't afford to live in prime area then you just have to move further away. thats just how supply and demand works. Stricter rent control will decrease the likelihood of investors.

Posted by Jeff San on 09/21/2018 at 12:00 PM

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