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Re: “Letters for the Week of January 25, 2016

Regarding the "My Voice Matters" article, these women are directimg their frustrations at the wrong person. They should be addressing their letters to our own US Senator, Dianne Feinstein. I use the term "senator" loosely, because for this past critical year, Feinstein has been missing in action.

I actually wrote her to inquire if she was still alive, because she was nowhere to be found on the camapaign trail to stump for our first female candidate running for the highest office of the land. She is the senior senator representing the most populated state in the nation, and she decides to take a powder for the entire 2017 election.

California is supposed to be leading the nation for progressive causes, and we have an 83 year old senator who has absolutely ZERO interest in representing our interests. She is just riding out the gravytrain until her retirement in 2018, but these next two years are critical to the survival of our nation. Can we really afford a do-nothing Trump lackey who intends to rubber-stamp every pick he submits for both his cabinet and the US Supreme Court? That is EXACTLY what she intends to do. Go along to get along seems to be her guiding philosophy.

Feinstein has been milking the assassination of Harvey Milk for way too long. That unfortunate event was a gift to her and she's made a lucrative career out of it. It's time for her to step aside and let Gavin Newsom assume her duties as our voice in Washington. She obviously is no longer up for the challenge. It's the right thing to do for both California and our nation. Dianne, please step aside and let someone who is physically up for the challenge speak for California.


Mark Romankiw
Oakland CA

Posted by MarkRomankiw on 01/25/2017 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of December 14, 2016

I asked Schaaf via FB, if she raised the issue of racist mascots with any NFL owners. No response. I concur, she is a liar and hires worse: Peggy Moore.
Where does the buck stop? (from one who spent 12 years in iffy warehouse spaces in Berkeley and Emeryville for my band. The buck did not stop with Jerry Brown-Ron Dellums and hopefully one-termer Schaaf. Anyone remember when Brown deigned to attend a Council meeting to vote against a 10% low income set aside in buildings seeking height or other zoning variances? At the time, Emeryville and Berkeley had 20% low income set asides. A reason I can afford to live in Arreguin country. We have taken Berkeley back from Bates and his billionaire developer friends. I guess that $$ goes to Skinner and Schaaf now>
Libby Schaaf: Fire the lying, violent, opportunist Peggy Moore before she incorporates you into her game. John Iversen

looks like a great Xpress issue!

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 12/14/2016 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of October 19, 2016

I also think that the Board including in its 12 year $120 parcel tax the provision that increase in the Board's middle school charter school enrollment, over and above any District middle school enrollment increases, will trigger a redistribution of District pay raises to fund addition pay raises for mostly non-union Board charter school employees is going to upset Oakland Unified School District employees when they see their pay checks being reduced.

Whomever thought up this redistribution of employees pay raise to charter school employees for Measure G1 should be fired. And, passage of Measure G1 means that this dumb idea will be in place for 12 years.

Anyone want to join me in voting NO on Measure G1 dumb parcel tax?

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/19/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 28, 2016

Why the **** are we allowing the legalization of recreational marijuana to be smoked??? When we are trying to reduce cancer rates and other diseases linked to tobacco and marijuana use. OF course there are always fools who are reckless with their health. Sure grandpa may have smoked for 200 hundred years--but he had emphysema and was reduced to a very small world around him. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SUFFER LIKE HE AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS DID SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DISRESPECTED WHAT WAS A SACRED ELEMENT OF OUR ABORIGINEE'S CULTURE THAT WAS NOT DONE ON A RECREATIONAL BASIS. WHY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL WARMING BY ADDING MORE UNNECESSARY CO2 TO THE ATMOSPHERE SMOKING AND HEATING UP OUR PLANET? Recreational use of any substance that is intended for medication is an inappropriate use and inappropriate behavior.

I have nothing against the use of marijuana for medical uses--when the delivery system is not burned or smoked, chewed but as a health care worker --I see medical marijuana as a positive thing in medicine. That said Recreational use of drugs leads to people not being in control of their lives they are driven by the drug of their recreational choice--we see this most easily in tobacco smokers where they will defend the right to smoke and fight you over it and they do not know that they often smell bad and cannot find the pleasure of good taste of foods they eat like those who are not inappropriate in such matters.

Lets helped stop global warming world wide by stop unnecessarily contributing CO2 to the world's atmosphere--we were not designed to smoke to begin with or use tobacco et al. We can save billions of dollars by not smoking or using other delivery systems and be much healthier.

Posted by ludwig on 09/28/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of July 27, 2016

Not sure how to send a "letter to the editor" so am doing it here. How about an article exposing the real money behind the so called "Grocery Tax" which is being heavily advertised as hurting small markets in underserved neighborhoods. Is this proposed tax only on sugary sodas or ALL bottled drinks containing sugar? Does it also tax actual food, fresh and canned? If it taxes soda only, who is paying the people featured in the TV and print advertisements? Are they real store owners or actors - the voters would like more clarification of this since we are being bombarded about a grocery tax which may not even tax groceries!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/01/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1, 2016

@steve tabor
I rather think it was Mr Tabor who is having a hard time leaving junior high behind; bad experience with the football team?

And perhaps no coincidence he refers to the predominately African American athletes in the article as "boys" who need to "grow up."

Sports and entertainment are a diversion. It's Mr Tabor who is taking that too seriously, and setting up false conflict between say enjoying the Dubs and political action. All while casting shade on the thousands of Oaklanders who like a good basketball game. At their local junior high or at the Coliseum.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 06/02/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1, 2016

@steve tabor
Thank you very much for such a thoughtful and well written letter. I am a 68 year old man who gave up my own addiction to "sports" when I turned 50. One day, I realized the utter stupidity of deciding what I could plan for a Sunday only after hearing whether "my" team was at home or away.

I still shoot hoops, but I never watch. In fact, I'm seldom aware of which sport is even in season--one of the blessings/curses of retirement.

Thanks again; it's nice to know that my antipathy to professional sports is shared by others.

Posted by Stephen Shuttleworth on 06/01/2016 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 23, 2016

Re-Barton response

As a homeowner in Oakland I welcome the increased value of both my land and my dwelling. There's no windfall anything. We made an investment and the value grew.

My home is "affordable" because of educational and economic decisions made long ago. Don't rent-ever or only so long as you have to OR move to a community where housing is "affordable" to your income.

Any high school student taking economics soon learns that as a function of capital , land prices will rise with increased demand. Acknowledge that as the viability of living in a diverse and city with opportunity that Oakland resonates with people with larger incomes, rents, home prices, and yes rents will go up. I'd prefer that than the shell of the Oakland I worked in during late 1980's and 1990's with mindless murder and drug wars in North and West Oakland

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 03/24/2016 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of February 10, 2016

Ms. Eng nails it perfectly. Create a child friendly Oakland, create a better Oakland.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 02/10/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Letters for the week of December 16-22

In response to Erik Kengaard, I respectfully disagree. There may not be enough "developable land" for large structures but there are certainly MANY empty lots, even in my small neighborhood - there is a large empty lot at Lakeshore and MacArthur as well as a smaller one left from an abandoned building project from the recession on Wesley and MacArthur. These two lots are more than large enough for a small apartment complex. I surely have driven by vacant lots in West Oakland although I can't pinpoint them in this comment. Regarding the two on MacArthur, surely there could be a constructive project in both - right now, the smaller one is overgrown and unused and the larger one is a parking lot, currently locked and not used.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 12/30/2015 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Letters for the week of December 16-22

The problem arises from government policies that discourage the construction of new housing? No, the problem arises from overpopulation. There is no developable land left in Oakland.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 12/30/2015 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 16

Mr Elliott brave of you to respond to east bay express accusing them of not contacting you??? I noticed you didn't respond to any of their accusations----I am one of the backyard neighbors who has to put up with all the noise and partying which goes on at 1001 winsor...last night at 3am i called the police as i was tired of listening to ghostbusters being sung over and over again...we are fed up...quit breaking the law, we want our quiet residential neighborhood back...not your party central!!!! you are an insult to our lovely neighborhood!!!!!

Posted by Susan Elliott on 10/04/2015 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 16

@ Cris Castro This is a "non-apology". Please work to inform yourself on the genocide that occurred on this soil. Read "Indigenous Peoples History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. Educate yourself on the oppression affecting native communities today and get involved in social justice issues. You will then be prepared to write a "real apology". It will go something like this: "I acknowledge the Native American genocide committed by my ancestors, and through which I continue to benefit from in our white supremacy system. I dedicate my life to understanding this truth and work to end the cycle of violence my European American community perpetrates on indigenous peoples. I am so sorry for what my ancestors did."

Posted by Molly Batchelder on 10/03/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 2, 2015

Although there are no articles in this issue on bicyclists and motorists, I'd like to comment on my observations as both of these.

Bicyclists need to fear auto, bus and truck drivers. Either the motorists don't know the new law which requires keeping three feet between their vehicles and bicyclists (or road bike paths) or they choose to be arrogant and think the road ONLY belongs to them.

The other observation is that many bicyclists don't care about their brains and won't wear helmets.

Why these seeming divergent observations? If a motorist hits you (I've been hit twice in downtown Oakland) because s/he can't share the road properly, and your head hits the pavement; you will have brain damage or die.

BTW the motorists who don't like when bicyclists don't obey the laws need to know that statistically (ratio!) more cars kill people than bicyclists.

Posted by Emily Montan on 09/03/2015 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 12, 2015

Michael, a tenant living in a rent controlled one bedroom apartment ( $1,000.00 under market) recently purchased a new Mercedes and had his girl friend move in with him (she will pay half of the current rent) so he can save for a house. The inequity is that this person does not warrant having his rent subsidized and people that are economically deserving don't always receive that opportunity. Rent subsidy might be better distributed like food stamps, aid to dependent children or unemployment benefits. There ought to be a social benefit and not just a lucky happenstance that allows the indiscriminate distribution of benefits.

Posted by Lee Weber on 08/12/2015 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 5, 2015

If you walk into the eucalyptus forests of the East Bay hills and just look, and listen, you'll know instantly these trees are thriving, thank you very much. In fact, they may fare much better than oaks and bays in surviving the CA droughts.

Abundant bird sounds, salamanders under the duff, and 10" of annual fog drop rain is created by these naturalized forest, thriving in CA for about 150 years.

All the demonizing of eucalyptus trees that tars them as "weeds" and worse, as "gasoline trees" that are a threat to our safety, ignore fire science, climate science, and common sense.

The current plan to cut down HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of them will actually CREATE A FIRE HAZARD by turning living forest canopy, which produces cooling shade, into dead wood (logs and wood chips), left on the ground, not removed from the hills.

Please folks, don't believe all the myths and misinformation that would have you hate and fear...trees. Eucalyptus are, after all, trees, offering all the myriad benefits trees of all species do, no matter their country of origin.

READ MORE ABOUT the roots of this environmentally devastating campaign that would be the largest SF Bay Area deforestation in 100 years:…

Posted by Jack Gescheidt on 08/07/2015 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 5, 2015

Considering the massive amounts of lies and misinformation being spread by the EBRP, UC, Monsanto, Libby Schaaf, and all who will benefit from clear-cutting half a million of our East Bay hills trees, to be followed by massive herbiciding for decades (EBRPs actually called the poison Garlon "Garland" in a response to a concerned citizen), Mr. Booker's comment sounds like one more in a pile. Ask the eagles and hawks and other raptors why they need and prefer Eucalyptus to nest in.

The Eucs are doing just fine. Our native oaks and bays have Sudden Oak Death, and the poor redwoods along Hwy 13 are dying. (Cal Trans has ignored requests for thirty years to stop the Hedera Canariensis from smothering our trees, but instead they are on a massive healthy tree-killing campaign, as can be seen on the east side, between Redwood Road and Park Blvd. Meanwhile, 40 huge and healthy redwoods have been killed in little Dimond Park, for no apparent reason, so it's not just Eucs being targeted.……………

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Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 08/06/2015 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 5, 2015

Response to Mr. Booker: Claims that eucalyptus trees are dying of drought and are infested with insects are just two of many story-lines spun by native plant advocates to support their demands that our urban forest be destroyed. The drought is hard on all plants and trees. If it were capable of singling at a single species of tree, it wouldn’t be blue gum eucalyptus. Mr. Booker cites a book by C.H. Sellers which was published in 1910. We have learned a lot since 1910, about eucalyptus and many other things. R.G. Florence published his comprehensive book about eucalyptus in 2000. He reports that our species of eucalyptus (blue gum) is very drought resistant, which is consistent with the fact that it thrives all over the world in many places that are much hotter and dryer than the Bay Area.

The tortoise beetle was introduced by native plant fanatics for the purpose of killing eucalyptus in California according to an entomologist at UC Riverside. But like many of the uninformed choices made by native plant advocates, the tortoise beetle does not kill eucalyptus trees.

Finally, Mr. Booker does not take into consideration that our tall non-native trees are condensing fog moisture which has been measured in San Francisco’s eucalyptus forest at 16 inches per year and 10 inches per year in the East Bay.

So many stories, all fabricated by people who are committed to returning our forests to grassland and scrub. One wonders where people find the time and energy to hate trees.

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Posted by Millie Trees on 08/06/2015 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Letters for the week of July 8, 2015

Thanks to Gary Pattton for expressing my and my family's feelings exactly. Only hope the Warrior owners are reading the Express.

Allene Warren

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Posted by Allene Warren on 07/09/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Letters for the week of June 24, 2015

What comes next, preventive detention? If the elected officials think for one minute that predicting where crime will break out, is the next step to identify persons who might commit a crime and put them in jail, rather than risk that they could commit a crime? Any rational person will tell you that prediction is akin to tea leaf reading, ande ouiji boards. Where will all this lead, just go and watch the classic film, Fahrenheit 451, then tell me it can't happen here.

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Posted by Franklin Graham on 06/27/2015 at 10:08 AM

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