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Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

Whoa! Mr. Gosney, two thousand jobs left Richmond? What are you referring to? The empty promises by Jim Levine for jobs at a rotten casino? One third of the electorate voted for her, really? I guess you could say that about most council members elected to the city council couldn't you, even Nat Bates.

Mayor McLaughlin never took money from the card clubs. She did not solicit money from them. But what about Corky Booze? He got support from the card clubs for his campaign in the form of campaign dollars.

Mayor McLaughlin is the best thing that has ever happened to Richmond. You don't understand worker-owned businesses (I happen to work in one), only huge mega corporations that take local money, but farm it out of the locality. I know you support Chevron. How many jobs does Chevron provide to Richmond residents? I believe out of 1200 jobs at the Richmond refinery, only six to ten percent of those employees live in Richmond.

Richmond is doing the best it's ever done. If anyone has driven jobs out of Richmond, it's Chevron because people are afraid the refinery may blow, and with good reason. The fire last year sent up more than smoke signals, and it reduced our property values.

And, the meetings are not efficient because of one particular city council member, that being Corky Booze, not Mayor McLaughlin, and it's done on purpose to make her look bad.

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Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 07/23/2013 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Best Urban Oasis

I love this emphasis on the amazing and fruitful work so many people are doing in Richmond. Thanks for noticing East Bay!

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Posted by Erica Milsom on 07/23/2013 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Best Politician Against All Odds

Broad support? She only garnered the support of about 1/3 of those people who voted.

Smear campaigns? Is it a smear to tell the people what she herself filed in state documents about her mental issues that prevented her from holding a job; about her Chief of Staff who--with her signatures attached--embezzled in the neighborhood of $100,000 from the City of Richmond; that she wanted to control the City’s finances even though she couldn’t handle her own personal finances ($126,000 remaining in her bankruptcy)?

Refused to accept corporate campaign dollars? Did she say anything at all when the card clubs spent gazillions of dollars in independent expenditures to get her elected?

Not one to seek publicity? You have to be kidding. We’re talking about the same person aren’t we? I’m talking about the one that shows up uninvited at events and insists on a seat on the podium and insists on microphone time. I’m talking about the one who shows up for an Occupy walk from Richmond to Oakland and then gets back in her car after the TV cameras leave.

Advocates for new jobs? How many businesses have left Richmond since she and her people took control of Richmond? Nearly 2,000? And the jobs she’s brought in--how many of them have been small workers cooperatives with only a couple of employees?

Had you awarded her with something having to do with her being a mayor, that would be one thing but you’re praising her for being the consummate politician--not much of an honor these days where being labeled a politician is not much better than being labeled a one percenter.

Even as Mayor, she leaves so much to be desired. In five years as Mayor she still hasn’t learned how to run an efficient meeting. Meetings routinely run over leaving a third of the agenda held over to future meetings yet she spends an inordinate amount of time in ‘Presentations' awarding someone for the strangest of things. [We had a special presentation praising people for drinking water.]

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Posted by DonGosney on 07/23/2013 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Most Unexpected Patch of Greenery

The path between 7701 and 7705 Potrero Ave. in El Cerrito does indeed lead to "one of the most unexpected and glorious unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay." But wait, there is still more. Over the past year, the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers have been building Motorcycle Hill Trail which connects this vista to the streets below. A sign on a stately eucalyptus tree marks the trail which derives its name from a time in the 1920s when daredevils raced up the hill on their motorbikes. Now hikers can enjoy the walk up or down sometimes even accompanied by the resident red-tailed hawk soaring overhead.

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Posted by Elcy Trailtrekker on 07/22/2013 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Readers Say the Darndest Things: Arts and Culture


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Posted by Joel Robinow on 07/18/2013 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Best Fundraiser on Four Wheels

great news guys!

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Posted by Chris Griffith on 07/18/2013 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Readers Say the Darndest Things: Arts and Culture

A long time ago I woke up to a timer which clicked on KPFA at the precise moment a lady kicked off her show with Indian Love Call; Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. She sang along, trilling so prettily in the background. Every weekday morning at 5:00 AM I woke up just like that.

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Posted by Niki Tim Bowden on 07/18/2013 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Best Fundraiser on Four Wheels

Yep!!! John the Baker n Leasa Catera make a hell of a team!!
Another good year with a serious RECORD breaking turnout including our first batch of female BAD ASS BABES
Thanx for the shout out

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Posted by Leasa Catera on 07/17/2013 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Categories We Didn't Think Of: Goods and Services

Nice, my suggestion makes it, nothing like a shameless plug.

Posted by PT Lovern on 07/17/2013 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Most Effusively Charismatic Food Vendor

Really? And where are his permits? The ones the rest of us have to pay for!

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Posted by carolyncreokitch on 07/17/2013 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Best Beard

Here's a cut out image of my beard:, useful for doing things like photoshopping it onto cats:

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Posted by Max Ogden on 07/17/2013 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Categories We Didn't Think Of: Goods and Services

Best affordable acupuncture: Oakland Acupuncture Project

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Posted by Linda Foust on 06/17/2013 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Categories We Didn't Think Of: Arts and Culture

Best acupuncture: Oakland Acupuncture Project

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Posted by Linda Foust on 06/17/2013 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Categories We Didn't Think Of: Arts and Culture

What a great public service you do with this!

Posted by dhcases on 06/12/2013 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Best Retirement Community

Why does the word "retirement" always make me think of eavestrough in Calgary???

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Posted by Michael Jefferies on 05/22/2013 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Best Place to Practice Your Spanish: Mejor ... uh ... ¿cómo se dice?

? Como pronunciar la palabra Pelicano? Mi nombre es Thomas Bircham, I am a 74 year young student. My real question is, is there an accent over the i that I can't see? Thanks Tom.

Posted by Thomas Patrick Bircham on 03/08/2013 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Best Moles in Forty Years

Just ask for more chips

Posted by Page Schorer on 12/15/2012 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Best Kids Karate Instructor

Pat Morita was a great guy for the Karate Kid series, I have the first two on Blu-Ray. The name Mr. Miyagi is one of the founders of Goju Ryu. A new Pleasanton karate school ( is opening up in January 2013; it will have much of the same spirit of karate Mr. Miyagi embraced in the movies. We will strive to maintain the highest principles of karatedo.

Karate begins and end with respect. Train you body, mind, and spirit. Never give up. Keep trying. Try your best to improve who you were yesterday. This is karatedo. :)

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Posted by Sanjit Mandal on 12/12/2012 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Best Places to See Holiday Lights

Don't leave out the Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round in the Berkeley hills. They have their annual Christmas Fantasy with a beautiful display on the lawn highlighted by the enormous tree just outside of the building. Inside you will find several Christmas trees, each with its own theme. The ornaments are for sale so show up early before they all go away. Santa Claus makes his appearance every night, except for Wednesdays between 6:30 and 8:00. The carousel is also decorated and makes its rounds to the tunes of classic and new Christmas carols. The Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round is open every night from 5:30 til 8:80 through December 23.

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Posted by Eddy Aguirre on 12/02/2012 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Best Indian Food

by chance, I ended up in this restaurant and ordered some items not common in Indian restaurants. They were excellent. I wasn't expecting anything nearly that good. Ajanta is still my favorite, but its more upscale and Spice Hut is bring the kids....

Posted by david hicks on 09/20/2012 at 5:44 AM

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