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Re: “East Bay Oil Terminal Expansion Stokes Fears of Air and Water Pollution

As a Vallejo resident I'd love to know more about how to stop this expansion. I moved here two years ago and already there have been two incidents related to our local refineries. The East Bay needs a contraction of refinery activities, not an expansion.

Posted by Ben Rush on 09/11/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Peralta College Trustees Considering Contract with Arms Industry Lobbyist Known for Anti-Immigration Stance

Business as usual at Peralta. When will we throw these crooks out!

Posted by Leroy on 09/11/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

California Military Department audit, their records retention was not up to snuff.
If 'A' is true, and 'C' is true as well, might 'B' have some truth to it?

Posted by Jeff Sidden on 09/11/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Dumping properly is very expensive, and there is nearly no deterrent to dumping illegally, which is free and easy.

Until that equation shifts, the problem won't improve.

Posted by Jsborn on 09/11/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Chick’n Rice Brings Americanized Thai Street Food to Downtown Berkeley

C'mon breau!!! Your concept comes from Portland (Nong's Khao Man Gai)...not from Thailand. Sack up boy. You respond full frontal in this thread, and I'll come pay and eat at your place. Your spread looks good. If not, I'll just be spreading that you're a fake...on Yelp. That girl in Portland who actually started this fad deserves the credit.

Posted by Shann Chu on 09/11/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

Prop 13, in no small part, is what is strangling the state of California at all levels, starting with the schools. It's also what fuels the insane real estate prices in this state.

I seem to recall a series run in another publication several years ago detailing the tens of millions in lost tax revenue on a single building (yes, I said tens of millions) due to legal shell games.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/11/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Illegal dumping in "The Vibrant and thriving community of Oakland" has been a problem far longer than it has had a problem with visible homeless people.

I seem to recall the refuse from the Ghost Ship fire was also found dumped a few months back (I suspect some sity agency did THAT).

Was THAT issue ever resolved or has EBX resumed blind finger pointing now that it's "award winning" writers have returned from vacation.

I think Ms McElhaney likes to spend money Oakland can ill afford, in this case to create a mass media bully pulpit and EBX stands ready to rubber stamp all she asks for.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/11/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Just possibly searching for the identity of dumpers in the dumpage isn't an effective way to ID them and intervene in their dumping. Just possibly. So that's money down the drain.

I am guessing this is a first step in the anti-dumping legislation announced with some hoopla several years ago. Looks like, as usual, no progress but
money has been thrown.

Wondering whether there is a proven, cost-effective method for IDing dumpers and taking them to court and/or fining them so as to discourge further such activity. Actually there is: inexpensive license-plate-reading
cameras installed at regular dumping sites (all around my neighborhood). These cameras can be wirelessly linked to the internet and computer hard drives. They provide both identification of perpetrators and a clear record of the crime. Why don't we do this? Because it's too simple and straightfoward, because other cities have done it and because the idea was not invented in city hall but came from those verminous critters also known as citizens.

But that's all too straightfoward for Oakland. Appropriate to Oakland would be a psychosocial analysis of the dumping phenomenon: as a clear expression of disdain and contempt for community and government. As an indication of poverty. These kinds of motivations should be amenable to
community-building and educational efforts and to strong leadership from city hall. Mayor and Council members ringing doorbells and talking to the peeps. Not to mention the benefits of real economic development in parts of Oakland. I guess we know why leadership isn't going to do the job either.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/11/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

We have to pass AB 249, California Dark Money Disclosure. We HAVE TO PASS IT. We need to educate the voters on who pays for adds, we need to bring back transparency. This is way overdue. Political Reform.

Posted by Carmel Foster on 09/11/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Chick’n Rice Brings Americanized Thai Street Food to Downtown Berkeley

"Our goal was to create something American fitting," the food will be bland? Americans, especially in the Bay Area, can handle authentic ethnic foods. This isn't the 1950's anymore. C'mon...khao mun gai is not spicy.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/11/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

Glad to see coverage of last Saturday's successful Make It Fair Town Hall in Oakland, although there are important inaccuracies in this article! Reformers are not opponents of Prop. 13 but want to stop certain corporations from weaseling out of paying their fair share of property taxes. And speaking of fairness, the anti-tax California Taxpayers Association saying that homeowners are the greatest beneficiaries of Prop. 13 can't be true since both homeowners and businesses are supposed to pay the same rate (1% of assessed value) in property taxes under current law. It's the homeowners who are burdened with paying for what businesses are not paying!

Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 09/10/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Brooklyn Basin is approved and is underway. It is easily a 7-10 year buildout. BB will provide tremendous stimulus for the area. The naysayers below are NIMBYs and are constantly spewing negative propaganda with no economic realism. Moderate residential rents will continue to remain stable in EastLake due to rent control. However, new construction of new units will increase supply and allow new deeply affordable units as well.. New units + the stadium will bring huge economic impact to an area still saddled with crime and constant trash dumping. All of the CEQA arguments are out the window due to the proximity to the freeway (Air quality); BART, busses, and excellent pedestrian access to downtown and environs. Neighbors and stakeholders should be at the table discussing realistic community benefits with the A's and the City.

Posted by miles helman on 09/10/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

The Peralta site will not create traffic problems as it is very close to LM Bart, bus lines around lake, etc. The East Lake commercial district has been going through a renaissance. Gentrification is a DogWhistle used by NIMBYs. Business owners here are stakeholders and welcome additional big investment. This is a walkable site that will create numerous community benefits, $$ to Laney, access to new field, open up view corridor to the Lake Channel (which one can barely enjoy now), $$ for new low income housing, etc. the Property owners and stakeholders are strongly behind this Proposal. This is almost #fakenews that "several activists were at the Listening Meeting opposing the stadium proposal". That's BS. We were enjoying the Mom/Pop hospitality of La Estrellita and were toasting this great opportunity!

Posted by miles helman on 09/10/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “'Revolutionary Love Is a Beautiful Thing'

FUCK THE POLICE all the way, but it's disgusting that Ramsey was abusing Bella & has continued to torment her since he's been locked up. Can't cover up the ways patriarchal violence & misogynoir are reproduced even in "anti-oppression" movements.

"Ramsey: I'm not guilty
People: we believe you
Bella: he tormented me
People: we don't care. He's a hero."

"Y'all hero, #RamseyOrta, just threatened to send gang members to my house to hurt me and my kid and my 80 year old aunt. He did it on a recorded line over the prison phone. #BeProud"

Posted by lettuce knot on 09/09/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Cannabis for the People

What an excellent article! We need to pave the way for women (and men) of color to succeed in the medical cannabis industry and this piece does an excellent job of contributing to that effort. Let's have much more of the same - especially in the cannabis industry trade mags, which mostly tell the "white boy success stories" of how those privileged few make it to the top.
Kudos to the EB Express and, especially, to De La Rosa et al. - Jude Thilman

Posted by Jude Thilman on 09/09/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools to Host Event on Saturday in Support of Immigrant Students

To be more accurate, the event is a convening for educators by educators. Of course, it is all in the service of students and families. And although Favianna will be the keynote speaker, other experts and educators from the field will be facilitating the workshops. Thanks.

Posted by vietly.g on 09/08/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

O'Malley has sat through testimony NUMEROUS times regarding cops having sex with minors in the sex trade. SHE IGNORES IT!!! This video is from a public safety meeting she was present for back in 2015! this is her talking during that same meeting: she doesn't seem to have ears for anything but her own agenda which isn't about protecting minors, it's about ARRESTING them! As well as protecting the image of police including those who are having sex with people in the sex trade apparently.

Posted by Domina Elle 1 on 09/08/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

A question for all the folks against the Laney site: Do you oppose because you think there's just fundamentally no way to develop there without benefitting the neighborhood and the people that live there? Or is it more that you think it's *possible* to do this in a way that's good for the community -- but you just don't trust that the city and the A's are capable of actually succeeding at that?

I live in the block that will likely be most impacted by the project, E. 8th and 5th/6th. I'm completely torn. On the one hand, I think this is the best site for Oakland as a whole. On the other hand, it'd be a huge shame to see the neighborhood upended. There's life here in a way there just isn't in the SOMA area around AT&T park.

Dear A's: What's your plan to *enhance* the urban fabric of the area? Without a plan that has some serious visionary thinking (and not to mention the relentless political will and dollars to back it up), you're going to *replace* that fabric rather than enhancing it. And none of us neighbors want that.

Posted by S. Matthew on 09/08/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

If Mayor Jerry Brown had of listen to City Manager Robert Bobb back in 2002 (see… ) the Ballpark location decision wouldn't have been an issue.

Downtown Sports Arena have brought "major" development to cities (e.g. Baltimore, Los Angeles, SF, Sacramento) and this would have done the same to Oakland, but Jerry Brown's "political" agenda got in the way. He wanted his 10K Housing Initiative to move forward which just began seeing the light in the last 12 - 18 months.

Posted by Xtian Jax on 09/08/2017 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Coliseum site has existing infrastructure which will be impossible to install from scratch at Peralta. Use the Hegenberger/'tracks' corner for that small neighborhood stadium, and give it a neighborhood charm. Build tiered parking adjacent. Tear down the current ballpark and custom-build a neighborhood on the site. It would be ballpark / parking / a park / grocery / residential (affordable housing) that can be dense and tall, because height is not a factor (how high is Mt. Davis?) Build on the current infrastructure. Rehab the businesses that exist beside the BART walkway - make them accessible from the walkway instead of just ground level. Make it a walkway plaza. You can custom tailor a whole beautiful urban landscape.
But living adjacent to the Peralta site for 23 years, that is seriously crazy. Traffic nightmares like you wouldn't believe, and no off-loading traffic to side streets. Brooklyn Basin"s impact is also not to be discounted.

Posted by Bruce Folck on 09/07/2017 at 9:23 PM

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