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Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Thanks for all the great food. Haters gonna hate, but I had great food, great drinks and great times there for years. Sure there were misses and a couple of bad service moments, but that's the industry. Thanks for making a great place for POC's and soulful White folks to get their grub on and socialize with style. You can always find a soul shack somewhere. Pican brought Black elegance and power to the center. The food wasn't cheap, but the cultural contribution was enoromous.

Posted by Ted Russell on 06/10/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

The food was overpriced and underwhelming.

Posted by Janey Shapiro on 06/10/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Alameda County DA Targets Alleged Oakland Mortgage Fraud

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Posted by Mr Tiny on 06/10/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

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Posted by Debra Sarver on 06/10/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

A google search for Playt in Hayward turns up zero hits.

Posted by Debra Sarver on 06/10/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

So I thought I would share my experience. I am 20 years old, not an American and am not a resident of California, but I still managed to get a recommendation (in around 5 minutes) and was able to get a delivery on the same day. The ONLY THING you need, is a U.S. Government-issued identification with your picture and date of birth (I used my visa and it worked fine). There will be places that do not accept you and I doubt most walk-in dispensaries will let me in but I don't care as I can order from countless places.

Posted by Prospect Pro on 06/09/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

While I think, as do many others, that there should not be coordination or secret agreements between ICE and OPD, going about establishing police policy in Oakland in a piecemeal way is a very bad idea.

Policing in general in Oakland is a terrible mess. Morale is low among cops, turnover is very high, costs to taxpayers are excessive and crime, especially violent crime is, at an intolerable level. This is not to mention a decade-and-a-half failure to meet Federal-court mandated reforms. A terrible mess.

Working our way out of this mess means developing a vision for what OPD can and must do, given all the existing challenges. A limitied, well-defined, positive vision for policing and public safety in Oakland is an absolute necessity. Specific policy follows but the vision is the critical element.

In terms of vision, Oakland is, essentially, nowhere. We need a holistic, reasonable and practical approach to what OPD must do for public safety.

What we have is a patchwork of many years' reactive efforts to deal with bits and pieces of public safety failure. This is not a useful way to proceed.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/09/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Sorry to hear!

Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 06/08/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Not sure about your analysis of Oakland politics but I CAN tell you the restaurant industry is going through major changes (the outcome of which is up in the air) and full service restaurants are struggling and/or closing throughout the Bay Area.

Posted by Mark Sheff on 06/08/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

I'm so grateful for Rebecca Kaplan's leadership on this!

Posted by jkn912 on 06/08/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

EBX is where the narrative goes to thrive, such story tellers. Pican was the gentrification they wanted to see. The restaurant cost around $1.8m to build and it's always been expensive, from day one. I ate there in 2009 and thought the cost was too high, similar to a high quality place in SF but in a cheaper desolate part of Oakland. Oakland businesses are dieing because Oakland (the City and its political class) only know how to operate in an idealistic vacuum AND milk a good thing until it's dead. It's been doing the same thing for 40+ years with the exact same results. We're only thriving because regional pressure has become so incredibly enormous.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/08/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

The City is broke and borrowing money to fix potholes, and these clowns want to hire more highly paid bureaucrats to tell us how to fix something we know how to fix.

More jobs.
Fewer segregated communities. End housing projects and establish zones where those receiving housing assistance can live. (Meaning that everyone does not end up in close proximity in a large poor community, but are spread throughout the city.)

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

Separating from ICE as much as possible has
brought about powerful improvements in San
Francisco public safety, as well as community
integrity and solidarity.

I would strongly recommend that Oakland follow suit and go even further than San Francisco in separating itself from ICE.

Eric Brooks
SF, CA

Posted by Eric_Brooks on 06/07/2017 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Were the FAT police holding US flag at Game 2 doing so on City time or even overtime. OMG--let some HS kids do it for free! Did Larry Reid pay for his ticket? I sense a job at Oak Port Authority coming his way...al those cops musta had desk jobs. Aren't their annual physical tests for these porkers??

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 06/07/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Literally Raises A's Flag Over City Hall An Hour After Raiders-To-Vegas Vote

Mayor Libby. question? Were the OPD members looking a bit pregnant holding the US flag at Game 2 on the City Payroll at the time? Or perhaps even Overtime? Why not let some high school kids , even in PAL leaves, do it for free.
Fire pig loving Peggy. No Mo'

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 06/07/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

It's about time these agreements stopped being signed in secret. "The hearing uncovered a previously unknown memorandum of understanding between the Oakland police and ICE that allows OPD officers to work in task forces alongside ICE agents". How is that even possible? It may have been signed in secret, but the decision whether or not to continue it will be in public.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 06/07/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

And while she's at it add to the legislation that any agreements the COP (or any other agency head) wishes to engage in with other agencies be ratified by the city council.

That should put a stop to this for once and all.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “City of Albany Expands Ban on Marijuana Businesses, Outdoor Growing

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Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

"Residents have long demanded officials to do more to quell violence, pushing for strategies that rely less on law enforcement and more on community engagement..."

That's what real community policing is all about. Establishing trust between law enforcement and a community which long has been abused by law enforcement. Without trust, the community, understandably, does not
offer the local knowledge which is vital to violent crime prevention.

Real community policing in Oakland would be a long, difficult journey. So we have ineffective groups called NCPCs with beat cops assigned. The beat cops change every few months. Last NCPC meeting I attended, the beat cop and his sergeant took the trouble to explain why they couldn't do anything for us.

City hall in Oakland just doesn't do the long and difficult. City hall likes to spend money on consultants and committees. This lets pols say they are doing something.

They aren't doing something. The violent crime and all its consequences--traumatized families with traumatized kids who can't succeed in school, lack of economic development where it's needed, etc.--will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/07/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “City of Albany Expands Ban on Marijuana Businesses, Outdoor Growing

Their loss! The surrounding cities thank you for the additional tax dollars.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 06/07/2017 at 12:16 PM

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