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Re: “Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Charged with Possession of Leaded Stick by Alameda District Attorney

Jury nullification! Leftists must HANG.

Posted by Nunyer Binnis on 08/19/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Charged with Possession of Leaded Stick by Alameda District Attorney

I see DBG is yet again attempting to incite the populace by raising the focus on these repugnant people and their ideologies.

I can't say ignoring them is a solution either but playing to their desire for publicity and emphasizing "how dangerous" they are gives them exactly what they want.

MOST irresponsible DBG!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/18/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

Let's keep in mind these "peaceful" conservatives arrive armed and armored, ready for battle and looking to provoke one.

I don't think we can call antifa or those in the press who support them much better.

While repugnant and evil, the Klan and American Nazi party have marched and been largely ignored for decades. I'm not sure if that allowed them to grow or if ignoring them caused withering. I do understand the concern about the recent ascendance of their ideology under all of it's names; It frightening and all too reminiscent of 1939.

I think the ONLY reply to them is the video, found in numerous places, called "Don't Be A Sucker". I'd post a link to in on the internet archive, but I'm not sure it's allowed.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/18/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

This is such spin, people who support free speech & are conservative are not all so called white,racist or there for a "BRAWL"! Remember if the police are not protecting conservatives from marching in support or against something & constantly allow the alt left to harassed or even attack, thats the real problem! I feel all sides are being infiltrated by radicals who want each side to look bad at the expense of good people! I grew up when people agreed to disagree no matter what you heard or felt you do NOT attack or harass people! I was at the inauguration, it was not fair the way we were treated & some are using all the violence from the last admin to now to push there own agendas and its making life unbearable for conservatives which Has terrible consequences for all!

Posted by Wendell Tucker on 08/18/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Paradise Park Cafe Brings All-Day Dining to Oakland

My boyfriend and I were invited to the grand opening. We ordered the Paradise Salad which I found to be delicious . Ingredients were a wonderful curry tumeric lightly fried chick pea squares, sliced whole pea shoots, grilled asparagus, carrots, radish,and lettuce with a lemon vinagarette. Simply amazing and incredibly fresh. We also had the burger which came with long thin onion rings, tomato and lettuce with a spicy aoili which was requested I strongly disagree with the article that this place has unremarkable food although the editor of this article historically seems to shy away from California contemporary

Posted by Everitt Leifermann on 08/18/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I hope Lakeshore Colonial won't be next. Shops which have been here many years are ousted and it takes forever for new ownership to get various permits and permissions out of the city to open up something new. Wasn't stream-lining permitting for renovation and new construction on the Mayor's short list when she was elected?

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/17/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Assist Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in Early Morning Arrest

In addition to the Nixle statement that David Howard posted here, more relevant details are in the East Bay Times. 1) A federal spokesperson said, "It's not an immigration enforcement action. This is a criminal investigation." 2) A woman at the house owns two janitorial businesses, and agents investigated whether she exploits people. 3) This woman's 21-year-old daughter who also lives at the house said that after initially being aggressive, the federal agents were "really nice and we were treated respectfully." -- All relevant details that writer Darwin "Disregard the Facts" omits.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/16/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Assist Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in Early Morning Arrest

Folks on Nixle got this alert:

Today, August 16, 2017, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) served a federal criminal search warrant in connection with human sex trafficking of juveniles in our city ( 700 block of 27th Street).
HSI is conducting a criminal investigation, not a civil immigration or deportation action. This branch focuses on Transnational Gangs, Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling, Child Exploitation and Narcotic Enforcement.

Yesterday, HSI headquarters in San Francisco contacted Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick and requested two police officers to assist with traffic control. Chief Kirkpatrick gave strict instructions to the commander and officers that they may not assist HSI with any enforcement efforts. The officers only role was that of traffic control and neighborhood safety.

Although the Oakland Police Department no longer has a contract (MOU) to actively participate in investigations with HSI, the Department may assist our local, state, and federal agencies when requested as it pertains to traffic control, community safety and officer safety.

Posted by David Howard on 08/16/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

Lincoln, himself, said he would free
no slaves, if he could conquer the
South without them. There were race
riots and blacks were lynched on
Broadway, in the middle of the Civil
War. Clearly, Lincoln only freed the
slaves as a means to end the war. Such
are the words and actions, of a
conqueror. The First thing the Egyptians,
Romans, Ottomans, English, Communists,
Nazis and Yankees did when conquering
new territory was tear down the native
idols, destroy the native culture and
supplant it with their own.

Yankee kids see their parents' rent to
own homes siphoned off by the fraud of
Wall Street. They see their parents
financially enslaved only to have their
life's earnings drained by Wall Street
games. They look around their tenements
and know the prosperity they're sold
is the mirage of a Ponzi scheme.

Would you expect Wall Street to accept
the blame for the constant failure of
their culture and routine collapse
of their economy? When Yankees brainwash
children in those indoctrination centers
they laughingly call schools, and the
rote singsong of liberty, freedom,
justice and prosperity fail against
the back drop of segregated slum
reality, what else can they fill their
kids' heads with, but hatred of the
South and all things Southern? Already
brow beaten and frustrated Long before
they drop out, where do Yankees send
their young Taliban in training to
vent their anger? South, to purge their
disillusionment on tarnished chunks of
bronze and tattered bits of colored
cloth.

No more than the Civil War, these
statues have little to do with
slavery. They represent nothing
more than the continued defiance
of a conquered people and zone of
occupation. Just like their Commie
and Nazi brethren, the Yankee Empire
cannot abide defiance. Every time
the South shows any signs of economic
or political independence; when
cotton was king, when oil rained in
Texas, today, the young Taliban march
South, to exert Yankee dominance,
and impose Yankee rule. After
Reconstruction and the fifties invasion,
ever so, the South did and will rise,
again, and, some day, live free of
the YSA.

Posted by Jaddy Baddy on 08/16/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

How can advocating violence be legal? That's definitely not what free speech is about, bros. Oh, also, fuck these guys.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/15/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “White Nationalists Plan Yet Another Brawl in Berkeley

The Empathy Tent will be there again in SF and Berkeley to offer listening, facilitated dialogue, empathy circle facilitation and mediation. We come to listen to everyone and all sides. Everyone is welcome. We invite you to come by the tent and talk about whatever you want. There are no limitations on what you can talk about or say. You talk and we will gladly listen. http://EmpathyTent.com

By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively - a never-ending process
Johan Galtung

Posted by Edwin Rutsch on 08/14/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I work and live near this block. Does anyone get the sense the landlords are overreaching a bit? I recently looked at a lease in the same building as Donut Savant, they wanted 3.25/sqft-month for class A commercial a few floors up. Market rate in SF is high 40s/low 50s per year. Given how much churn is going on, on this block (Henry's just closed and the smoke shop a few months back, and now this) I'm having a hard time seeing who's going to absorb all this space.

Posted by David Albrecht on 08/12/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Oops! No burritos at Cholita Linda. Guess sometimes one has to settle for tacos.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/12/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Interesting observations, Nate and Linda! Forage Kitchen on 25th St. may be a variant of the sort of cooperative/shared space Linda suggests. Swan's Market may another model. (For struggling new businesses, pop-ups are yet another.) As for burritos, Cholita Linda seems to be doing well up in Temescal, despite the ostensible horrors of gentrification.

Then, too, consider all the wonderful ethnic (Asian and Latino) places east of the lake -- businesses in varying degrees of maturity... Again, methinks the author doth protesteth too much.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/12/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I think the argument is that donuts and burritos always had slim margins of profit and at today's current market rate there is no way such a business can survive in Oakland. Savant will close as well within a few years time if not sooner, we are saturated with choices of how to spend our money and the food industry is suffering as a whole because of it. There is NO money in the food industry. Throw in market value rents and forget it, the top end profit at a restaurant is about 10%, so let's do the math. Rent is $7000. Sell $70,000 in burritos per month just to pay rent, not taxes, not labor, not bills, just rent. Yeah there is a line out the door at Happy Burrito, is there a line worth $70k? They need about 4k per day in sales to make ends meet. Every restaurant I know that appears successful in the eyes of customers is struggling behind the scenes.

Posted by Nate B on 08/12/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Once again the lack of will and political courage allowed the biggest housing bubble in history to evolve without strong policies in place for affordable housing. Back in 2005, the Oakland City Council had a chance to adopt policies to address this issue, but ultimately did nothing and kicked the can down the road. As a result, only a pitiful few affordable units will be built in this current cycle. Moreover, the lack of citywide policies to address this issue has left the community to it's own resources to slow down the invasion of the privileged through gentrification. Unfortunately, negative tactics such as burning down new developments before new residents can move in are a direct result of this failure in leadership. Some are convinced that the system is rigged and nobody is listening to the cries for affordability and pleas to retain the soul of this city. The need to require affordable housing along with all the fancy new developments should be shouted from the rafters by the Mayor, City Administrator and most of all the Planning Director. Instead, we had a previous Planning Director (Rachael Flynn) sit on a ULI panel and proclaim that there was no housing crisis in Oakland. How out of touch can you be? I did not hear the Mayor or even one City Council person condemn that statement as ridiculous. All we get on this issue is silence from the top and more invasion of the high tech, high paid new residents. Oakland residents have a long history of direct action against an unfair system. We should not expect that to change as long as those who are supposed to lead are derelict in their duties.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Small businesses need to unite and buy their own building. Put funds together for a tenants in common situation. There are buildings too expensive for an individual, but would work wonderfully for as collective.

Posted by Linda Fong on 08/12/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Statistics are SUCH an interesting thing... And SO easily used to deceive. Especially when only single metrics of the data are quoted. I'd expect a PhD to understand and question that use, as the author of this article is.

I'd want to know what the higest, lowest, mean, the median (they ARE very different metrics) are and what the first and third quartile look like.

That set of numbers will very accurately describe what the data actually is, not just what one might want to paint it to be.

More subtle DBG, but still slanted. Nice try.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/11/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Didn't know Donut Savant might be on the way out, too. I agree about supporting local businesses, and generally do so myself. (Will likely try out Grocery Cafe tonight!) Ike's has other branches locally, but it's no McDonald's (and for that matter, appears to be owned by people "of color" [i.e. immigrants from the Middle East]).

My basic beef is with complaints about "gentrification" and "displacement" that are, in effect, demands to Keep Oakland Poor. Prosperity and innovation should not be seen as enemies -- through astronomical commercial rents certainly are. So far, however, most of the new Uptown spots appear to be local, so the notion that everyone's being driven out but the chains (what chains? where?) may be misleading or, at the very least, highly premature.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/11/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Donut Savant is in a site that has been for sale too, and has some building permits. Small businesses are having a hard time continuing to operate. It would be great to not have the place paved solid with franchises and chains. Support locally-owned businesses.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 08/11/2017 at 3:34 PM

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