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Re: “Where's the Outrage? In Detroit.

Thanks for Kelly Vance's insightful discussion of this important movie. I lived in Detroit that summer, and it is sad to see how many of the problems of that era persist in the U.S. today. This is by far one of the most intelligent reviews of Ms. Bigelow's harrowing account of what can happen when a sadistic policeman misuses his power over our citizenry.

Posted by Shelley Diekman on 08/21/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Mapping Oakland's Fires

OK, the fires cluster where code violations are rampant. what does that suggest?

Solutions anyone?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/21/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

The plain and simple fact is that people are pouring into the bay area. The reasons are irrelevant but many. I'm a Bay Area native. Born in Richmond. I raised my kids further east... cities in the bay ring were dangerous and undesirable then. Now, that's been offset by the costs and awareness of what living so far out does to the environment.

This WILL continue. As long as the residents play NIMBY, "NO CHANGES TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD!!!", prices will rise. Screaming "it's not fair" will NOT solve the issue of no housing stock. Bitching about developers profiting from the situation won't help either. Come up with a solution people. Stop burning down and blocking new development. There is no solution that will be fast for decades of this behavior.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/21/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Best of the East Bay 2017: Food & Drink Writers' Picks

You do know Kingfish used to be Soul Brother's Cafe?

Posted by Aaronette Leboothang King on 08/21/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Izakaya-style Shinmai Opens Tonight in Oakland

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Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

It seems 99% of people are animal lovers. Animals in cars, in stores, in restaurants, etc. Not fair to people that have allergies to animals. Try finding an apt animal free now. Almost impossible! People always think just because they love animals that you do and let them jump on you. I am fed up with the barking, dog doo, smell, etc from the animals and I am living in an expensive apartment building. I have been looking for a smoke free, animal free nice apt but can't find one anywhere. People with animals have all the rights.

Posted by sandyleec on 08/20/2017 at 9:10 AM

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: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

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Posted by TonyMutu on 08/17/2017 at 10:16 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: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Why only comments from union types and supporters? Why no comments from Robert Fellner himself? He is easily found and user friendly. What happened to objective journalism? Annika, you should do a follow up?

Posted by ahb1027@yahoo.com on 08/16/2017 at 10:16 PM

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: “Best Model Citizen: Leon 'DNas' Sykes

Leon Sykes for Oakland City Council D2! For the people

Posted by Doriscane on 08/16/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Best Model Citizen: Leon 'DNas' Sykes

Leon Sykes for Oakland City Council District 2! For the people

Posted by Doriscane on 08/16/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

Ive been volunteering at Oakland Animal Services for the past five months and have experienced such a different portrayal of the shelter than what's depicted in your article. Dogs are cared for with compassion, by not only the staff, but by the many volunteers. In fact, I believe in this organization so much that I drive across the bridge from Marin just to help out. I am surprised by the comment that stated OAS doesn't give pit bulls a fair chance. If you look on the OAS Facebook page or Instagram, you'll see many pit bulls being promoted, and if you come to the shelter in person, you'll see quite a few up for adoption. Their lower adoption rate isn't due to the shelter, but the stigma attached to the breed. Our new foster coordinator has been very responsive to the needs of the dogs, especially those who take longer to find their forever homes. Additionally, OAS is an open admissions shelter which means that they take in all animals, unlike other organizations that can be selective. I would encourage people to come to the shelter, or to one of OAS's off-site adoption events to see for themselves. Maybe they'll be compelled to volunteer, or perhaps even fall in love with a pit bull!

Posted by marjorie bukowski on 08/16/2017 at 2:07 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

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