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Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Charter schools are businesses. Local public schools are not. That is the problem with charters. They should not exist. Period. They are a shadow system that only drains resources.

Posted by Eetma A-zole on 05/25/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

Next week: "Berkeley to ban blunt wrap packages and condoms."

Posted by Gerry Singfeld on 05/25/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Eastlake Music Festival at Lake Merritt

Tacky toss off remark about Dolores Park. Detracts from the story. Ugh.

Posted by S. Taylor on 05/25/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

Best Non-Profit/ RYSE Center
Best shop/ Rich City Rides
Best place to learn art/ Richmond Art Center

Posted by LaVonda Vaughn on 05/25/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

Best shop/ RICHMOND RIDES
Best Non-Profit/ RYSE CENTER
Best place to learn art/ RICHMOND ART CENTER

Posted by LaVonda Vaughn on 05/25/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Doesn't the American Indian School system in Oakland have the best results in graduation/placement? Must be doing something right. Their high school is rated #1 IIRC.

Too bad the parents don't appreciate that.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/25/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I won't go into the absurd comment above about OO folks participating at OSF. It's completely wacko and does not dignify response.

But, Darwin... please. "It never became anything more than a clusterfuck of the Bay Area activist lefts usual suspects." Really? This comment is just as wacko. We were there. The leading folks, the young people who had the skills and intent to model direct democracy general assemblies and model egalitarian community (including feeding homeless every day), were not the usual anything in the Bay Area. And from what i have seen, they have moved on to live lives modeled on principles of sustainable living, both privately and publicly. Of course there were many Bay Area activists there, that were working before and after for many of the same objectives, that still exist today. But why call them "suspects" as if they are criminals or losers or whatever diss makes others feel superior?

If there is ultimately anything that stopped OO as well as Occupy at every other city, it is the unwillingness for the masses, siting behind their Blue Pill TV minds, to admit their compliance to self-administering ecocide sold to them by 1% Empire. That they are not yet mentally prepared to abandon the luxury and conveniences of consumer culture that war empire sells them and take over policy decisions with direct democracy. That real community means mutual aid for all or none. That a truly meaningful life means spending more time participating in self-organizing localized sustainability with neighbors, than Neo-serfing some 1%er's profit pyramid scheme.

It probably didn't help matters that mayor Quan's authority complex was jilted by not being allowed to jump in front of the speaking queue. But the worst player, aside from Politic1%an PoLice is probably the one with all the peer powerwash, the Media. They did their very best to paint every event after the Quan huff-up, as violent, illegal, filthy, public health problem, etc., making it impossible for anyone behind the screens of not being there, to empathize with the difficulty of confronting a system rigged to crush any presence of egalitarian community asserting a self-governing presence against 1% empire. As is nearly every against-the-system protest that makes airtime.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 05/25/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

This "hit" piece on Mike King's book stinks! I think I will put edition of the EBE on the bottom of my chicken coop where it can get the kind of validation it deserves.

Clearly DBG wasn't there to experience what Mike and thousands of others experienced on a daily or weekly basis. "Six years ago, did the people really occupy their town squares to break bread with the dispossessed, and talk about radically refashioning the economy and political system from the ground up?

They did, and they mostly lost. And it wasnt the riot cops who beat them. " What a narrow-minded, clueless response to an exercise in understanding T.A.Z. (Temp. Autonomous Zone), how direct democracy works, consensus decision making, skill sharing, teach-in's, food gardening, art making, info distribution, media making.... just disgraceful that DBG felt the need to shit on a beautiful authentic Occupy....unlike that sanitized event in SF where an event tent with steel 3 sink cleaning station w/ organic food delivered from rich "supporters of the cause" (ha ha) to the campers in Herman plaza. what a joke that was.

Posted by M S on 05/25/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

As far as I can see there is no need for a plastic straw and take out cup manufacturers will have to adapt. Maybe people can be compelled to bring their own cups? And while we are at it also ban single use plastic bottles NOW.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 05/25/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Okkon Japanese Street Food Serves It How You Like It

Link for the restaurant/pop-up doesn't work.

Posted by dp on 05/25/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “New Data Shows Significant Rise In Homelessness In Alameda County, According to Biannual 'Point In Time' Count

Point of fact: biannual means twice yearly. References should be to a biennial count, meaning every other year.

Posted by Rob Jaques on 05/25/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

You're surprised a corporate (charter) run school is not transparent, non-responsive and corrupt? Somehow, because it's run by and for native Americans makes it immune to human corruption?

Gimme a break.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/25/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

The magic of straws went when they started to paper-wrap them so snuggly that we couldn't blow the wrapper across the room.
The greater issue, of course, is plastic wrapping and packaging..of all kinds. Those who recycle can see clearly just how much this fossil-based wonder adds to the trash (or, IS the trash).

Posted by Phil Allen on 05/25/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

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Posted by Flora Rufer on 05/25/2017 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

When will this Nation outlaw one of the biggest and most worrisome problem this Nation faces today. The doubled @ssed liberal,that liberal not only has there own biology @ss (but) they also think as if there head is up there biological @ss. This has over the last 8 years caused numerous problems in the California area. Please reply on how to stop this major problem.

Posted by Carl Mertz on 05/25/2017 at 7:36 AM

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