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Re: “The Warriors' Empty Gesture

These sports teams have screwed us for decades.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 02/20/2018 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

My question to everyone is where was this girl mother ???? As she did work for the police department??? Why is her mother taking responsibility for her daughter running the streets selling her self !!!
What kind of Mother is she for allowing her daughter to be running the streets? Her mother is as much to blame for as anyone else! If you're going to have children you have the responsibility to take care of them! Or do you not have children if you can't take care of them! Shame Shame Shame on the mother of this young woman!

Posted by Sick of BS. on 02/19/2018 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Where the Garage Sale Never Ends

Squatters in the house adjacent to me have been selling junk on tables the length of the front of the home where they are squatting for nine days now! If they weren't additionally verbally abusive, damaging my fence with their SIX uncared for dogs, I might have leniency. But they don't care about the people in this neighborhood. They're desperate and here to get whatever they can before the Sheriff finally shows up to evict them. Yes, the owners immediately filed with Oakland courts to evict that was on July 30, 2017. They finally were granted a court date on November 30, 2017, yes FOUR months later where a judge ruled in their favor. Fast forward to today's date Feburary 19, 2018 where the neighborhood and the home owners are STILL WAITING for a Sheriff from Oakland PD to do his job and physically remove these criminals.

Posted by Pilar Bratko on 02/19/2018 at 9:35 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

None of this is new.
I left the Bay area in 1991; in fact I left California altogether. During the Eighties I worked at Clorox in Pleasanton and lived nearby in Dublin. I saw the trends then. One by one, people I worked with relocated from the Eastbay to places they could afford -- places in the San Joaquin Valley like Manteca, Patterson, and Newman. Of course the commute was horrible, but they could afford the rents there and many were able to buy condos or houses. There was also the crime. My wife and I were badly shaken when one of our neighbors -- Ilene Misheloff -- disappeared and was never seen again. Two other little girls were also kidnapped about the same time in Pinole and Hayward. They were also never seen again. A little boy in Berkeley was kidnapped and murdered. I couldn't keep my family in such a dangerous place. I began looking for a job out of state. Eventually I found one in Montana. But I have been following the Bay area news, and all this has come as no surprise.
Anyway, this exodus from the Bay area is nothing new. During the Eighties and Nineties it was the lower middle class, mostly white and Asian. Now the poorer people, many of them black, are also getting pushed out. When this is over, the core cities will be populated by the rich, the yuppies, and the drug dealers. The yuppies will be hanging on by their fingernails and living in studio apartments. The only solution is to go to some other state with a saner society.

Posted by James Castro on 02/18/2018 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

So you think housing in the east bay is expensive and scarce?

I pretty tired of elitist poliiticans such as Ben Bartlett using terms like "depressed exurbs" code word to describe places outside of expensive urban areas where many young families and professionals of color have migrated. These "exburbs" such as Antioch are places people can still realizee the dream of home ownership. Many people of color and others still have this goal. It's "places like Antioch" where communities are slowing transforming, where transit center such as BART are expanding, open space is plentiful. People are not living one on top of the other. Politicians such as Mr. Bartlett need to find a new narrative and stop denigrating Antioch. Call a thing a thing Mr. Bartlett, you are living in a fantasy world..Berkeley is already an elitist community. The only reason poor and working class people can live there is because of rent control otherwise you wouldn't see any brown faces except for some college students and restaurant help.
I'll make sure to not select your name on the ballot.

M Hasan
Antioch resident

Posted by capmama17 on 02/18/2018 at 9:15 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

I wonder if those who are marginally housed or homeless are factored in?

Posted by Sarah Richoux on 02/18/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “How to Use Cannabis to Manage Pain

Wonderful article, thank you.

Posted by Kerribw on 02/17/2018 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Tough Times for Holy Names University

Hi everyone!

I will start with just clarify that all the good and bad I have expressed about Holy Names is solely based on my experience as a "business" student and as a student living in the dorms at Holy Names. I expressed my concerns to both the former president and the head of the business dep. long before I knew doctor Saez. Also, I graduated a long time before Hector and the incident with the student. Jennifer Svoboda, when I attended Holy Names, the nursing program had a strong collaboration/ties with Samuel Merritt, which I believe is the reason why HNU's nursing program was the most competitive programs at HNU at that time.

Next, I did not complain or "talked down" Holy Names and its business program without doing my research and come up with suggestions on how one can improve it. I suggested that the university reintroduce calculus as a part of the business/economics education because of most competitive programs in the bay area such as Stanford, USF, UC Berkeley, Cal State East Bay and more did so. After all, those are the schools one would have to compete with when trying to find a job in the Bay Area. HNU's business program was not cumulative enough and did to a large extent only offer elementary/fundamental courses. The latter was the reason to why I did not qualify myself for any of the MBA programs I wanted to pursue after graduating from HNU. I even tried applying for a first-year business course at a business school in Sweden and was told that the curriculum that I had pursued before was too basic of fundamental to qualify for the course.

I graduated Cum Laude with a 3.69 GPA and would probably have graduated with a 3.7+ GPA (Magna Cum Laude) if I had not added pre-calculus and calculus, which brought it down.
We live in a globalized world, which is why I believe that if one takes on the mission to run an institution, the institution have an obligation to offer a curriculum which does not only qualify for a job within a 2-mile radius of HNU campus but the entire US and even the world.

A college degree is not an entitlement (but the right and possibility to pursue one if one is qualified for it), it is something that has to be earned.

Posted by Hede Gustafsson on 02/17/2018 at 12:21 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

Next will be the de-blackening of East Bay Express - oh wait, they dont have any black staff writers! Guess they compensate in other (obvious) ways.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 02/16/2018 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Tough Times for Holy Names University

Mike Gomez points to another instance of corruption at HNU. There was no "assault." He and his friends threatened me and I defended myself, as allowed by California law. I won a lawsuit against HNU on the basis of "denial of due process." Regarding HNU's kangaroo court that resulted in my dismissal, Superior Court Judge Andrew Steckler pointed out that HNU's evidentiary record was "inadequate, [and] omits pertinent documents, including the evidentiary basis for the SRC's recommendation to dismiss Saez." Judge Steckler added that HNU "improperly limited the scope of the hearing," and "improperly excluded evidence." That's pretty serious stuff.

If you wonder why HNU administrators decided to handle the incident themselves instead of calling the police, as the university's handbooks prescribe, it was because they saw the opportunity to get rid of me, after I called attention to many of the problems with the school's education.

By the way, "Jane Belleville" is probably pseudonym. She clearly does not know me. If she did, he/she would know that I believe that this case has implications pertaining the First Amendment to the Constitution. This is not just about me, but about the thousands of faculty members who should have the right to express their opinions but are instead afraid because they are silenced by administrators' threats. This is also about faculty who work with weak or no due process protections.

Posted by hector saez on 02/16/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Tough Times for Holy Names University

I got my master's degree in the writing program at Holy Names University. The vast majority of my professors went above and beyond the call of duty. They created classes that were engaging and challenging. They met students where they were and helped them develop their skills. They cared about their students and supported them.

I cannot understand why the East Bay Express would publish an article that seems to be supportive of an instructor who actually assaulted a student. Hector Saez admitted to assaulting a student, an assault that is corroborated by video evidence. What would your headline read if the University hadn't fired that man?

I cannot understand how a person who calls himself a reporter could publish a story with so little information. There is a story here, I'm sure, but it is missing from the article. Perhaps Mr. Morris would benefit from an HNU education, where logic, reason, and critical thinking are fostered.

Posted by Blaze Farrar on 02/16/2018 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Holy Toledo! Bill King's Best Calls Live Online

This archive of Bill King calls is a treasure. He was the best, far and away, that any Bay Area team has ever had.

But no serious radio-first A's fan wants them to leave 95.7. Surely you haven't forgotten the desolate landscape of A's radio in the 20 years preceding The Game, changing flagships every year or two or three, usually at the last moment to a crappy signal with limited range. There was one year, I want to say 2007 or so, when the station throttled down its signal strength every night at sunset. I don't care in the slightest what flavor of partisan hack the station employs during the hideous sports talk hours. I do care about finding Ken Korach loud and clear when the goddamn game is on, and 95.7 solved that problem perfectly.

Posted by Yojimbo on 02/15/2018 at 6:45 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Future Climate Will Be Both Dry and Wet

To simply way things like "So, is too late? Yes and no." and "And, of course, we have to stop burning fossil fuels." is a start, but only a start. While it may not be the topic of this article more has to be offered.

As one of the most educated and progressive areas of the country, the communities of the Bay Area need to lead, and commit to making a WWII-level Climate Mobilization happen--an all out national program to replace at least 90% of fossil fuel use with efficiency, wiser lives and clean safe renewable energy in the next 7 years, and the rest quickly after that. We also need to sequester massive amounts of carbon quickly by reforesting the planet and transforming chemical industrial agriculture to small-scale low-meat organic permaculture. The climate crisis is overwhelmingly caused by the rich, so to accomplish those goals we'll need to take strong steps toward political and economic equality--that is, real democracy. This is an enormous task--the most complex difficult thing humans have ever done, but we need to do whatever it takes to accomplish it.

Posted by Jeffrey Cope on 02/15/2018 at 6:12 PM

Re: “So, You Think Housing in the East Bay Is Expensive and Scarce?

Let's see: you cite a developer who stands to get a windfall from 827 as an expert in macro-economics. You cite a SPUR guy but nobody from an organization opposing the bill. It's basically ra ra ra for the real estate industry and a few local capitalists, not noticing the existence of real existing communities.

Lemme guess -- did someone let Gammon back into the building?

Oh, yeah....

Posted by Thomas Lord on 02/15/2018 at 6:05 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

How is it that low income blacks are being pushed out, while low income Latinos are moving in?

Posted by Bob Theis on 02/15/2018 at 5:35 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

Yes, Mr. Blafard, if you can't afford to live here you should move. No one is entitled to live where they work. No one (non-Native Americans) is entitled to live in one particular spot. Sorry to burst your bubble but that's a fact.

Businesses are also not going close down either because there are more people looking for work than positions. There's a this concept you might of heard of called supply and demand. If there is ample supply of low skilled workers than demand for their services, they're not going to get a high salary. I'm willing to be that you're also pro-*illegal* immigration. Guess what, that makes it even worse for the legal residents since they're driving supply up AND are willing to work for a low wage.

There's no privilege involved. It's called personal life choices.

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/15/2018 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

Service workers, whom we depend on to work our restaurants and cafes; custodians for businesses, clerks for grocery and retail stores, etc etc cannot afford to live then what happens? Are people prepared to lose these businesses because they cannot keep workers on $13/hour? And we haven't even started talking about how teachers are struggling to live here. Meanwhile, according to Mr Montague, everyone who can't afford to live here should move. I assume Mr. Montague is 100% self-sufficient...or just can't see beyond his privileged status.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 02/15/2018 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Future Climate Will Be Both Dry and Wet

What can I say? Well written.
When you have a moment, take a drive in the hills. I just did. I'd say 50-70% of the homes have trees and shrubbery dangerously close. (It won't happen to me.) The newly built homes from the previous fire mostly don't.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 02/15/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “#MeToo Sparks Uptick in Sexual Assault Reporting

Oh, great article! Quick correction, though: It's the Family Violence Law Center, not the Family Violence and Justice Center, and it looks like you didn't include their contact information. Here's their website (, their crisis line is 1-800-947-8301, and you can make a donation online at…

Posted by Andrew McGuillicudy on 02/15/2018 at 10:43 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Changing Demographics

Isnt it funny-hip Berkeley and San Francisco push blacks out!

Posted by Vince Hamon on 02/15/2018 at 10:32 AM

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