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Re: “Rebel in the Rye Is Airless and Suffocating

Enduring masterpiece??

Enduring the way cigarettes are an enduring symbol of rebellion for imaginationless youths who desperately want to stand out but lack the talent and brains to do so. Same with CitR.

Posted by Martin Warner on 09/15/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

Tracy - you're hilarious. You link to Mother Jones and Al Jazeera (among others) both of which are as anti-American as can be. The term "right-wing extremist" is yet another one of those terms made up by the LibProg MSM trying to put down traditional Americans. While Antifa and BLM go around rioting, destroying public and private property and attacking law-abiding citizens exercising their Constitutional Rights, there has been NO such violence from the Oath Keepers, Threepers/III%'rs, or any of the rest of the conservative last line of defense. I CAN tell you however - if Antifa makes good on their pledge to start a civil/race war in November they WILL be shut down. Oh, and by the way: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/08/the-splc-smear-machine-is-being-funded-by-liberal-billionaires-why

Posted by Marc Medina on 09/15/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

Extreme? How many violent acts are they responsible for?

None.

Anti-government? Maybe, but that'd include the Trump government, too. So I think that means they're not a "right wing" group.

Libertarian, maybe.

Also, I remember them going to BLM protests... to keep looters out of stores.

They went to the Charlottesville protest... to stand between the racists and Antifa when the POLICE would NOT.

Posted by Jerry Ma on 09/15/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

The SPLC is nothing more than a discredited progressive Alt-left extremist organization. No credibility whatsoever. On the other hand, the Oathkeepers are a very credible constitutional organization...something that the anti-American, neo-communist and establishment progressives abhor.

Posted by jeffrey_hatwig on 09/15/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

The SPLC is nothing more than a bunch liberal assholes that classified BLM as a good organization. But a group like the oathkeepers that care about the constitution bad have there wires screwed up and should investigated for the offshore bank accounts

Posted by Joseph DAmbrosio on 09/15/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Turmoil Returns for Charter Schools

American Indian Public High is able to manipulate their test scores by essentially shedding the students it doesn't want. Other charters do this to game the system, but American Indian is one of the worst offenders. Between grades 9 and 12, more than half of the students leave the school. The school then uses the remaining 12th grade cohort to derive all of their manipulated statistics, such as test scores and graduation rates. The reality is that the school chooses the students, not the other way around.

Posted by Oakland_mom on 09/15/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

Sources from splc to back up that claim about vfw and American legion?

Posted by Eric Schmidt on 09/15/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

The SPLC is a discredited left wing organization that is no longer recognized as an authority on hate groups. The SPLC has classified the VFW and American Legion as a "hate groups".

A "real" journalist" would visit Oath Keepers.org to find out what the organization's goals are. Would you be a real journalist, please Ms Lynn?

Posted by Edward Kesler on 09/15/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Callousness to Inequality Is Dooming Climate Change Progress

In the 80s and 90s, OCAW union leader Tony Mazzochi called for the creation of a "Worker Superfund," which would provide training and other workforce support for workers displaced by environmental reasons. Congress did create something similar for workers displaced by NAFTA, but it was less ambitious than what Mazzochi was calling for. It would probably be useful to locate new clean energy jobs near where workers are displaced in order to facilitate a workable program of getting displaced workers new jobs. However, these displaced workers (and those who claim to support them in the voting booth) and the unions who support or represent them have to step up, too. West Virginia should be making major efforts to transition its economy to clean energy, yet folks there are continuing to demand new coal jobs.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 09/15/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on the Potential Site for the A's New Stadium, and on Prop 13

What is the problem/issue with the current Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for use by the A's, please:) Why do the A's want to change locations, please?
Cheers,
Gordon Hopkins

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 09/15/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

Has anyone studied how much more likely black people are to use force against the police ? I see bias here. Lovelle Mixon left a nasty legacy and he sure as hell was not the only one.

Posted by Kevin Smith on 09/15/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

A redevelopment promoter sez: "Parking is a neanderthal concept. Walking, BART/public transportation, shared rides, it's here."

Any access to 880 or BART is laughable in the light of the fact that both the freeway and the light rail system are well over capacity right now. Not to mention falling apart.

As long as there are more and more cars there will be more and more parking. Despite the attribution of parking to a preindustrial era when the wheel was not widely-understood.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/14/2017 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Catered To You's Fish Sandwich Focus of New Short Film

I first heard about Catered To You when it was featured in the East Bay Express and my mouth watered. Seeing the short film made me empathize even more with Ms. Teena's plight. I hope her business can remain in Oakland, at least until I can get over there to check out her fish sandwich!

Posted by Joycelyn Fields on 09/14/2017 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Turmoil Returns for Charter Schools

American Indian teaches to the tests, that is how they get high test scores. Students do not have a life like rich kids in better neighbor hoods, its home work on weekends , holidays and summer. No LIFE. how do i know, they advised COVA charter school how to raise their test scores and my daughter suffered for a year of that!!!

Posted by marlese carroll on 09/14/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “The Force Fails to Tell the Real Story About OPD

Aw shucks.

Probably a few of us were hoping to shine some light on the "riddle, wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma" that the Oakland Police Department has been for so very long.

We've long accepted that city hall has little interest in what goes on
inside OPD so long as they avoid major scandals.

I guess we won't find out at the movies, either.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/14/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

They should tear down Golden Gate Fields, and build a new park there with a centerfield view of the GG Bridge.

Posted by Doug Harris on 09/14/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “The Force Fails to Tell the Real Story About OPD

Seems like OPD may have had a high degree of editorial control in this documentary, in exchange for the access they provided the filmmaking team.

Posted by Doug Harris on 09/14/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

Why not build on the infrastructure already in place at the Coliseum location? There is plenty of land, and good access to transportation. This area of Oakland could see dramatically economic benefits from thoughtful development which should also include housing for all income levels, and retail. It is possible to do something new and exciting on a tired old site. Let's take something old and re-purpose it to fit new needs and objectives. This is a far less disruptive approach.

Wendy Jung
94606

Posted by Wendy Jung on 09/14/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Some Oakland Landlords Are Using a Legal Loophole to Exempt Housing from Rent Control

Long-term, low and especially fixed income renters need some form of protection, absolutely. But flat or 1% increased rent is unreasonable.

Inflation is more than that. On top of inflation, landlords' expenses often increase more than 1% a year, particularly as old buildings age and require expensive maintenance and renovation. And property taxes in Oakland are out of control (with nearly no exemption for owner occupied, but that's another story...!). Renters who pay less in real dollars each year for an apartment...that's a reason there's so much housing deterioration in Oakland.

Should a building be permanently exempted due to substantial renovation? No--"permanent" is surprising. But I urge us to be careful thinking that all rent control is good.

What happens under draconian rent control laws is that Landlords turn to AirBnb and developers don't want to invest in new housing. Overreaching rent control laws directly contribute to a housing shortage, particularly new affordable housing. We should strive for a balance, and it's not one that assumes "landlords are all evil and have really low expenses". We should try create incentives for landlords to invest in housing while not pricing existing renters out of their homes.

Posted by Jsborn on 09/14/2017 at 8:49 AM

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