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Re: “The Time to Fight Coal in Oakland Is Now

Although the writer did not bring up the fraudulent carbon dioxide sequestration argument, it is important for readers to understand the sources and meaning of that propaganda by the coal industry. There are three main routes proposed to tie up carbon dioxide that is being produced in prodigious quantities by burning coal and other fossil fuels.
1. React it with lime (calcium oxide)
2. React it with amines.
3. Store it in underground caverns.
Here are the realities:
1. There is no calcium oxide minerals that have not already reacted with carbon dioxide to form calcium carbonate. These take the form of chalk, limestone minerals and marble for example. In order to turn these into calcium oxide, they must be heated white hot by burning even more fuel which releases their carbon dioxide into the air. Then the cooled calcium oxide can react with new carbon dioxide. I assume the stupidity of this plan is obvious to all.
2. Amines cost lots of money. Ethylamine is over $1 per kilogram. How much money would it take to buy enough of this chemical to tie up a billion tons a month of carbon dioxide, which is probably many thousands times current production. More than you want to spend I'm sure.
3. Caverns. There are no such giant caverns all around the world that can be guaranteed not to leak. In order to get enough carbon dioxide in one of them, the pressure needs to be raised to several atmospheres. How do you prevent any cover from not just blowing up? You don't know? Neither does anyone else.
For every year that a gullible public (including politicians who should know better) allows coal to be burned based on these phony arguments, the industry makes billions of dollars in profit. For a few million dollars in research support to make their phony stories sound reasonable, the industry banks billions every year. What a great investment for them. Don't fall for it!

Posted by Zerowaster on 12/05/2019 at 4:52 PM

Re: “The Time to Fight Coal in Oakland Is Now

Bravo!

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 12/05/2019 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

and my final word is that for the Piedmont USD to be so highly self-sufficient, depending solely on taxes and fund raising to provide education for the community, such a great ideal to have reached, but overall there are no policies and procedures, no standards...I worked at night so no one would tell us anything...I came from a Native American Reservation, I expecting to see standards of excellence, that the education process would be utterly professional...it was unprofessional, mostly friendly, not too stern and this is what results, overworked janitors; teachers being supervisors especially librarians, injured workers having no choice but to work (I still love Piedmont, and give my loyalty so it grieves to have to have written this as I knew I would have to eventually...) for being highly paid professionals, there is absolutely no accountability...zero..every school within District knows that my work will never be exceeded that I place cleanliness as paramount to providing a positive, distraction free learning environment...the "New Albany" clique has to be broken up...either that go charter school to regain that professionalism instead of that coddling behavior substituting for leadership...they avoided me because I was pointing out broken stuff and was trying to fix stuff that was broken.
My testimony in support of Mr. Ken Mockel...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/05/2019 at 2:02 PM

Re: “California Considers Yet Another Label Requirement for Cannabis

Dude, don't bogart the meatloaf!

Posted by Mike Elwin on 12/05/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence

NO COAL IN OAKLAND!!!!! EVER!!! MILE LONG TRAINS FILLED WITH THIS FILTHY PRODUCT MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN OAKLAND!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 12/05/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

Randall Booker and his merry Staff of thugs have to go...before his administration, there was never any issues that weren't this insane where you have janitors actually pointing their failing as administrators, you cannot keep throwing money that doesn't belong as your failures...he is RACIST...if I can find a lawyer to take on Piedmont...hahahahahahaha you are next PUSD....you have to be straightened out, the Southern Planation slavery model failed in the Civil War, why are you instituting in a school district, that you don't belong to, you just work there, you probably won't anymore...and another thing...I see wrong with the school district...the lack of computer programming and related technology are being deprived from the students as that money is all squirreled into administrative salaries....
PIEDMONT MUST GO CHARTER SCHOOL WHILE IT STILL CAN and KICK OUT ALL THE HALF A$$ Teachers in the DIstrict...you know who you are...can't use even program a computer, you need to go...
I FULLY SUPPORT MOCKEL!!!!

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/05/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Harris Pulls the Plug on Presidential Campaign

As for Harris running her campaign with integrity. Sure. OK. Right. Uh huh. Her campaign, that began with her rude "look at me" third rate performance in the Kavanaugh hearings, NEVER was run with integrity. Consider who this woman is, if you can. There is no place for her in presidential politics or the White House. She is damn lucky she made it to the Senate. Harris is pretty much a nothing burger who has ambled her way up the slimy political ladder and is way over her level of competence already.

Posted by Ken White on 12/05/2019 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I'll witness to all the arbitrary decision-making as well...administration and teaching sometimes thought they were janitors...like i said I was so overworked and was also suffering extreme pain from pinched nerve from a bad fall on campus...I had a librarian decide to become the lunch lady and allowed eating in the library...the student fed snacks and food to the printers, hid books so they rotted, stenching up the place...I said you are overworking me, i said this to administration..they are eating everywhere...stinking up the place...remember the 10's building (serious safety issues there, that one room that one english challenged janitor messed up badly, smelled like old bandage and old cast and the students had to suffer than room..I remarked to administration to change the carpet...but.....

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I forgot to add I worked at Wildwood for several years as a substitute and Classified staff until I was promoted up and out to the Middle School....I remember this one time, I found a teacher's keys...and in front of Principal Cramer and the main secretary, the teacher really hugged me, thanking me profusely..she lost them in an odd spot..she never did hug me again like that...like I said there are no policies and procedures describing staff relationships with each other, with the public and with the students...I read Ponoma Custodial Handbook which described all those situations and how to deal with them...they like stink school though...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I was used to work as PHS Assistant Custodian two years ago, but suffered extreme workplace accident and was thrown under the bus by PHS Principal Booker and HR Randlett...they could have put me on disability, instead they extincted me out, two years in workers comp claim...wish me luck...they could have hired me as head custodian and most of these issues would be subsumed into a rigid training schedule that we were discussing(head custodian and I)...we thought I was going to get hired...evidently they don't like Native Americans...
the Reason why this controversies is because we had no formal training on interactions with the student, staff and public...I have years and years of experience with lousy teachers that end up on our reservation and fail their trust responsibilities to the students and school...I tried to suggest that we copy Ponoma Unified School District Custodian Handbook which described all these issues that always result in controversy...however I pointed out during vaping incident in the lower 30s' that resulted the hiring more psychologists and counselors, I said the reason why the students vape in that restroom, not anywhere else in the campus, is because it was very stinky so they use the vape to mask the stench (in fact, most of the school is stench...I tried my hardest to keep as much of the campus clean as possible, I know my leaving was smelt dearly by staff and students that were in my area{I cleaned my restrooms daily so clean that students would always thank me}), as it was improperly maintained as the head custodian retired, he'd kept it clean and we didn't have any extra substitutes, because upper management had issues with the former PHS head custodian...we were overworked...they owe us, the other night janitor and I for the work...
my point is for all the money spent on salaries, there is very little contact with the administration and staff...only when controversies arise...therefore all the issues that are being experienced and suffered by Mr. Mockel who I know very well, has been thrown under the bus by administration's failure to deal with the elephant in the room...
No formal policies and procedures, just given a broom and let go...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence

At the end of the day, it appears from this article that the only Oakland persons with integrity on this coal issue are Margaret Gordon and Marshawn Lynch. McConnell, Bridges, Benjamin, Abrahms and Tagami all seem more than willing to trade their integrity for money. This is the ugly truth of politics whether it is local or national. It is an unfortunate reflection of the current state of the national culture. People like the ones named above have influenced decision makers inside Oakland City Hall for at least the last 20 years. Their time is up and I am glad to see the new City Council members continue to draw a line in the sand when it comes to this coal issue. The short and long term health and safety of citizens in West Oakland is way more important than the dirty money opportunity for this caste of characters.

Posted by GPatton on 12/04/2019 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

Full disclosure, I am Kens older brother. I do not pretend to know all that is behind what is an ongoing dispute between Ken and the PUSD. I do know the type of person Ken is, he is an individual who will go out of his way to help others. I also know how my mother spoke of how well Ken was liked by the staff at Beach School and Wildwood School before this displute. I also know that it is suspicious that all of these accusations occurred near the time that Ken was to become eligible for retirement.

Posted by dennism on 12/01/2019 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

My Uncle Ken is one of my favorite people. Uncle Ken has not only been there for me but for my two kids.
It’s disappointing the School District spends tax payer money to retaliate against such a good man.

Posted by ldahl on 11/28/2019 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

Ken Mockel is my uncle and he's at the top
of my list of one of the most helpful and thoughtful people I know. Ken has always been here for our Family.
Uncle Ken has helped me especially when I was growing up and was always there to help me without any judgement and not only me but my two kids who always say how much they care about their Uncle Ken who lends an ear if they ever need advise and spends time with them either explaining how something works or how to deal with things in life.
Its unfortunate the School District spent the tax payers money to retaliate against such a good man.

Posted by ldahl on 11/28/2019 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I've known Ken Mockel my entire life and during this time I've known him to be helpful, always going above and beyond, reliable, caring, loving, respectful, reliable. Ken would give anyone the shirt off his back and then invite them to BBQ dinner. The world can never have enough good Samaritans and Ken is a compassionate person who unselfishly helps others.

Posted by Shannon Taylor 1 on 11/28/2019 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Perata May Be Indicted Soon

Yes Don, I DID graduate from high school.
Did you ever get a real job, or are you still a politician?
Jim Piver

Posted by Daryl Lect on 11/27/2019 at 1:05 AM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

Family
CAN SOMEBODY RECONCILE THE FACTS WITH THE PERSON?
Flora Wellman
Jack London's mother, Flora Wellman, was the fifth and youngest child of Pennsylvania Canal builder Marshall Wellman and his first wife, Eleanor Garrett Jones. Marshall Wellman was descended from Thomas Wellman, an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.[7] Flora left Ohio and moved to the Pacific coast when her father remarried after her mother died. In San Francisco, Flora worked as a music teacher and spiritualist, claiming to channel the spirit of a Sauk chief, Black Hawk.[8]

Biographer Clarice Stasz and others believe London's father was astrologer William Chaney.[9] Flora Wellman was living with Chaney in San Francisco when she became pregnant. Whether Wellman and Chaney were legally married is unknown. Stasz notes that in his memoirs, Chaney refers to London's mother Flora Wellman as having been his "wife"; he also cites an advertisement in which Flora called herself "Florence Wellman Chaney".[citation needed]

According to Flora Wellman's account, as recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle of June 4, 1875, Chaney demanded that she have an abortion. When she refused, he disclaimed responsibility for the child. In desperation, she shot herself. She was not seriously wounded, but she was temporarily deranged. After giving birth, Flora turned the baby over for care to Virginia Prentiss, an African-American woman and former slave. She was a major maternal figure throughout London's life. Late in 1876, Flora Wellman married John London, a partially disabled Civil War veteran, and brought her baby John, later known as Jack, to live with the newly married couple. The family moved around the San Francisco Bay Area before settling in Oakland, where London completed public grade school.

Posted by yornoc on 11/25/2019 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Climate Change and Social Change

Thank you for this Jean Tepperman! As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. I hope everyone will go to oakland2030.com, read the City's draft plan and comment on the deficiencies pointed out in this comprehensive article.

Posted by tangolindygirl on 11/23/2019 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I know Ken and he is one of the sweetest guys Ive ever met. He is harmless and loves kids, often watching his grandkids on a regular basis.

I really hope and pray PUSD makes an effort to clear his name. For those teachers that thought convos went on too long, practice asking for boundaries directly. This education will help you pass it on to the students you are teaching.

Posted by Stephanie Pattison on 11/23/2019 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

CITY LOSES THIRD ATTEMPT TO DISMISS POINT MOLATE LAWSUIT

After slightly changing the language of the Pt Molate closed-door Settlement Agreement, and getting the City Council votes (4 -3), the City’s lawyers filed a “Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.” They requested the court rule in their favor in the Brown Act lawsuit based on the City’s defense without a hearing. The Court Denied the City’s Motion.

This is the City’s third attempt to have the court dismiss the Brown Act lawsuit filed against them by SPRAWLDF, Citizens for Eastshore Parks and four Richmond residents, Paul, Carman, Toni Sustak, Jim Hanson and Pam Stello, for approving the settlement behind closed doors.

More taxpayer money wasted due to the direction of the City’s legal staff and Mayor Butt and Council members Choi, Bates and Johnson’s support for the backroom agreement and its very costly and risky plan for Pt Molate.

Please join us, the Pt Molate Alliance, ptmolatealliance.org, in the fight against this backroom deal and for a legitimate public process and an open call for developers for this spectacular public resource.

If enough people speak out, the Council can change course. They can renegotiate the settlement and hold a comprehensive and inclusive public process and open requests for development plans.

Please write to Council members Ben Choi, Demnlus Johnson, and Nat Bates and urge them to reject the backroom deal and the SunCal plan and renegotiate the settlement.

Please thank Council members Eduardo Martinez, Melvin Willis and Jael Myrick for standing up for Richmond, the environment, and Richmond families and youth today and future generations: https://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/149/Biographies-Terms.

Questions? info@ptmolatealliance.org. Follow us on FB, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you.

Pam Stello
Pt Molate Alliance Co-Chair

Posted by Pam Stello on 11/22/2019 at 12:43 PM

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