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Re: “The Killer Inside Me

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Posted by james cassandra on 04/19/2019 at 8:17 PM

Re: “The CBD Industrial Complex

And a Carls Jr in Colorado is introducing a CBD infused burger called the Rocky Mountain High... No, regulation isn't necessary at all.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/18/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “East Bay Land Rush for Swalwell’s Seat in Congress

Swalwell giving up his seat... What a fantasy?
As sure as night follows day, in December Swalwell will be down at the county courthouse filling out papers to run for his congressional seat.
I mean, the odds are 99 to 1 that he will again run to hold his seat.
Treating the electorate like rubes with all his talk about running for president with no going back... rubbish.
"Burn the boats, Swalwell said, name-checking what Spanish conquistador Hernn Corts did when he invaded the Aztec Empire in 1519. They stormed the land. And he had them burn the ships behind them so there was no looking back."
BTW wonderful analogy to use... European invader taking over the local culture and killing thousands of residents... Ooops...
Note to self... next time choose a better story to express your narrative.

Anyway... Swalwell still in his seat 3 years from now...guaranteed.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 04/18/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “The CBD Industrial Complex

More regulation is not necessarily better for consumers, as witness the clusterf*** that California's regulations have made of the cannabis industry. Sensible regulations are however in order to assure ingredients are labeled properly and prevent harmful adulterants. CBD products that are purchased through California's regulated cannabis market are properly tested; those sold in health food stores from the interstate hemp oil market are not.
One other thing to look for: undecarboxylated CBD acid, or CBDA, may be as much or more effective than CBD for some conditions even at lower dosages. It's not clear whether some hemp oil products have CBDA or CBD. Once again, however, products tested through California's licensed cannabis system will properly distinguish CBD from CBDA.

Posted by on 04/18/2019 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The CBD Industrial Complex

Good primer. Thanks.

Posted by Ken White on 04/18/2019 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Alameda Council Turns Left

Amazing. Just start doing good! Tax the property owners until they bleed, like in Oakland. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/18/2019 at 8:07 AM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

I am not a representative of the real estate industry, nor a wealthy man making profits from real estate. I am a thirty year homeowner who has seen his property tax bill increase at almost 6% yearly average, over thirty years. That's with Prop. 13 supposedly protecting us. This law is clearly illegal, and allowing the majority to tax the minority is a horrendous idea.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/18/2019 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Alameda Council Turns Left

Alameda voters need to think long and hard about why they moved here, and look out for politicians who want to change the very things that make this a true community, not just another boring suburb.

Posted by Celeste Fountain on 04/17/2019 at 1:46 PM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

The relationship between EBX and truth has been tenuous at best for a very long time. The level of "journalism" and the journalistic standards exhibited by the publication is so poor that it may as well be one of the Hearst publications of the era of the Spanish American war (Remember the Maine!).

Law has no place at EBX, allowing them to scream for implementation of a measures that did not pass, preferring instead, mob rule.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/15/2019 at 2:34 PM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

Does the EBX now have a policy of allowing editorial content without identifying the author of the material? Who wrote this?

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 04/14/2019 at 6:48 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

you get mugged anywhere, so don't make it seem like displacing people of color cleared that issue up. Just say you don't want to live next to a bunch of poor people of color and go. I for one think Oakland has turned its back on its people for, once again, profit and low-key racist reasons. IF YOU CAN'T LIVE IN AN AREA WITH PREDOMINATELY PEOPLE OF COLOR, YOU NEED TO MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE! No one living here for 40 + years should have to leave their house because you have money. Nobody cares, go about your business.

Posted by Sunday Alexandria-Avise Simon on 04/12/2019 at 5:00 PM

Re: “East Bay Homeless Campers Accuse Caltrans of Illegally Confiscating and Destroying Valuable Property — and Even Family Heirlooms

well. i was in a tent on w. MacArthur Blvd where CalTrans has no juristiction. someone was spraying my back wall of my tent nightly which was milky white that when dry turned a neon green color.
i now have serious lung problems with a spot on my brain.
i am dying. i hate CalTrans as much as my late husband did.
i will never forgive them.
and strangely you will still see me daily helping addicts resolve their staph and abcesses without hospitalization. it isnt right to cost the community all around because these people cant check their temper. my goal is to save the hospitals enough money so they will take a better look at us and call down an audit of every single low income apartment in oakland ...HUD included. we can end this homeless issue if we audit every housing coordinator in the state of california
we are a force together. we the poverty stricken do not lie. we are here for eachother. let us show you how we can save the state alot of money.
these stories are symptoms. of a cancer infestation in positions of authority.
make them stand down. or we can just keep pissing and moaning about eachother. that is getting boring.
we.the poverty sticken really could give a shit about complaining.
or hell compinsate me for my liquified lungs.
p.s. i never inhaled tabacco.

Posted by Jackie Caylor on 04/11/2019 at 7:05 PM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

Parcel tax proposals require a two-thirds approval for good reason: City government has enormous propaganda advantages when they run a proposal. Renters tend to vote for them because they do not feel directly targeted for a tax increase. *** But Measure AA lost anyway. It just went too far: $198 a year for 30 years. It was a City tax on top of a couple of school district taxes already in effect. And it was put forward while the City has let streets and basic infrastructure fall apart, even after a big tax for that was passed. *** The NAACP in this opinion piece does not care about children and their education - what has it done for the last twenty years while the school district decays into corruption and mismanagement?

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/11/2019 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Green Law Clears Grey Area: Can Cannabis Stores Thrive in Alameda?

I'm not sure why we need more than 1. We have a great source right over the Park Street bridge and they deliver to Alameda. I'm really not sure what the city council is thinking anymore. This is a non issue. I'd understand a need for cannabis dispensaries in Alameda if we didn't already have 2 within 5 miles of us in Oakland.

Posted by AlamedaFutures on 04/11/2019 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Sweeping Protections for Alameda Renters Likely Coming Soon

There's no need for just cause protections for renters in Alameda. Trying to evict a tenant in Alameda for just causes like Unlawful Detainer (Unpaid Rent) is already very difficult for landlords to win, so this would just make it impossible. If the goal is to shut down the rental market, create more section 8 apartments, and blight all over the city, then by all means keep letting the city council overreach and push rent increases below 5% and make evictions impossible. You'll effect home values and businesses here too. People that can't do basic math and don't understand economics should not by making policy.

Posted by AlamedaFutures on 04/11/2019 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

I have never voted against a tax measure until AA and am uncomfortable in my vote being allied with the JarvisGann no tax ever lobby. That said, AA contains flaws, which have only been compounded by the proponents and City Hall's post election machinations.

My pre-election reasons for voting against AA (and I did nothing to campaign against it) :

1) A large amount of the revenue is guaranteed to go to one charity, Oakland Promise. That means every Oakland homeowner, when paying the tax, is also making a forced contribution to Oakland Promise. Can you imagine the outrage or concern if, City or community, put a parcel tax on the ballot for disaster recovery with 30% (or more) set aside for the Red Cross? a violence prevention parcel tax with a like set aside for one community organization that does violence prevention work?

No problem for me that such tax revenue ultimately goes in part to community/charitable organizations chosen by an oversight Board Problem to guarantee/favor one in particular.-----That's the process used for Measures Y and Z.

2) 30 years? Too long. Again, a periodic sunset and renewal, like used for Measures Y and Z and the Alameda County Health System funding measure.

3) Oversight Board powers too weak and language allows plenty of opportunities for folks associated with Oakland Promise to basically run the spending allocations.

4) Two wrongs don't make a right or breaking the law to enforce the law or supporting a good cause in an arguably unlawful process is harmful--both the language of AA and the post-election machinations are poster child for this.

5) It's time to go back to the ballot in 2020 with a Measure that has stronger fiscal oversight, no preference for Oakland Promise, a more reasonable duration.

Mary Vail

Posted by Mary Vail on 04/11/2019 at 11:30 AM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

Lets be clear here: Measure AA lost on a fair and open election in which there was more than enough information for the voting public to choose. Now the losing side wishes to usurp the results by changing the rules after the election disappointed them.

As a voter I find it reprehensible and down-right crooked that the governing bodies of this city now threaten to bypass the election results to implement their own will. Such actions are an assault on the voters and undermine the trust of the citizens. Hardly 'progressive values'.

Often I have heard people state they no longer bother to vote because, 'Politicians are all liars and it doesn't matter anyway. They'll always do what they want.'

Well, Oakland pols, you are on the verge of proving those naysayers correct. Do your job. Listen to the Oakland City Attorney. Stand for the rule of law and respect the result of this last election.

Posted by Jean Dillon on 04/11/2019 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisors to Reconsider Banning Some Rodeo Events

RE the potholes. I ride all over Oakland; the side roads in the hills are way bad. They're often worse than what I've seen in the flats. Check out Escher Drive, for instance. And, no, I don't live in the hills.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 04/11/2019 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Green Law Clears Grey Area: Can Cannabis Stores Thrive in Alameda?

I dont know why we need four !. Lets just start with 1 or 2. And hurry Thank you

Posted by Tammy Schenker on 04/10/2019 at 10:44 AM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

How misleading this letter is. All of the ballot materials, including the opinion of the Oakland City Attorney, made it clear that Measure AA , like all City-sponsored parcel tax measures, required 2/3 to pass. Measure AA did not receive the required 2/3, and its failure was a done deal until the City Council made the unprecedented moving of the goal posts after the game was over. Now the City is being sued in Alameda County Superior Court, and it is up to a judge to decide Measure AA's fate. The supporters of Measure AA repeatedly have failed to identify themselves on social media. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, however, are all Oakland residents and property owners who willingly identify themselves as such.

Contrary to the author's claims, Measure AA was not a citizen led initiative.
Rather, it was drafted by Libby Schaaf and co-signed by other politicos, in City Hall. City Hall staffers spent hundreds of hours lobbying well heeled donors to support it. The idea that it was a group of citizens who were behind this measure is a crock. If that is so, why won't those "citizens" identify themselves?

What is at issue now is not the virtues of Measure AA. Rather, it is whether the City will collect the tax prior to a judge ruling if they can or can't. This vote will take place at the next City Council meeting on April 16. If the City starts to collect the tax and spend the money, and a judge rules against the City (which is inevitable) will the taxpayers ever get their money back? Given our City officials' known lack of integrity and ethics, and past misspending of taxpayer dollars, the answer is likely no.

Citizens who support democracy, the rule of law, and integrity in our government officials should all be appalled by the attempt to collect taxes under a measure that clearly failed at the ballot box. Come to the City Council meeting on April 16 and tell the Council NOT to collect the tax.

Posted by MarleenLee on 04/09/2019 at 7:59 PM

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