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Posted by Rick Tillman on 06/29/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Living Downstairs, or Lying?: Advocates Say Oakland Landlords Pretending to Reside in Apartments so as to Evict Tenants

Angel Halo Medina, you are right that mold is a Health code issue and must be taken care of. This does not change the fact that mold abatement is expensive and someone has to pay. In the case of prop 13, however you are wrong. It does not mean low property taxes. Maybe it helped back in the 80's when it was new, but it is a state law that has nothing to do with local ordinances. Every parcel tax and most bonds you vote for raise property taxes. Last year our property tax bill was almost $8000. That did not include the raise that will be applied because of measure KK - $70 per $100k of assessed value means a rise of $700 per year for a million dollar property. So the idea that prop 13 means property taxes are low is the myth. Do your research, better yet, walk a mile in the shoes of a property owner before you judge.

Posted by INC on 06/29/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

They now have extraction methods that take out pesticides. Everything else dies in co2 extraction. So the product will fly

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Posted by Matt McLaughlin on 06/29/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

vape pen materials will be tested as well Mr Smith. They cannot recycle to a non tested product. The regulations will separate the skilled growers who dont use pesticides from the less skilled wgo use them as a crutch. Protection of people from inhalable pesticides will clean up this industry. Do you realize that there is no synthetic pesticide that is approved for inhalation? eating and inhaling are two different pathways and the body has few ways to filter an inhaled toxin.

Posted by Thomas Blank on 06/29/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

The article asks where the weed that fails testing will go. It will probably be turned into hash oil and sold in vape pens for 10x the price. Companies like tetra labs are already doing this in California, and they are quite open about their use of "unsaleable" buds. I believe they use micron filtration to remove all biological contaminants from fungal spores, insects, etc. and then further dewax and refine the oil until it is almost pure cannabinoid. Interesting stuff indeed.

Posted by Mulligan Smith on 06/29/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “How Serious is the Wild Fire Threat in the Oakland Hills?

This is not an issue of flats vs. hills (or shouldn't be). My residence almost burned in 1991, and I don't live in the Hills - embers blowing from the east almost took it out.

The Wildfire District 'lost' its reauthorization vote because it was 'only' able to muster 65% of the vote. The requirement for a two-thirds 'super-majority' for tax assessments is absurd, and the State Constitution should be amended to remove it.

Posted by John Seal on 06/29/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “On Garage Rock's Masked Conservatism and Regressive Politics

'Garage rock' is conservative insofar as its adherents and practitioners reject most post-70's advances in technology and changes in popular culture. It is no more inherently 'politically conservative' than any other style of music. John Lydon likes Donald Trump; Mo Tucker is a Tea Partier; Johnny Ramone was a rock-ribbed Republican, yet we would not and should not condemn punk rock or the New York experimental music scene of the late 1960s because people with 'regressive politics' were 'allowed' to participate.

Posted by John Seal on 06/29/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed That Fails the Lab?

I think quality control is needed just like any industry. Without putting regulations into place, no one will ever know the true quality of their cannabis. They've already started implementing Quanta technology on cannabis all over the west coast to remove negative side effects like paranoia anxiety red eye etc... I'm hoping that these types of innovations will not only provide better product, but change the "stoner stereotype" on people who use cannabis.

Posted by Jackson Potters on 06/29/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Burger After Parties!

Eli's used to be Home of the West Coast Blues. Now it's this? My Town is gone, been gone... I'm just in denial. Thinking anything can be done about any of it...
Oh well. Have fun, white kids.

Posted by Andy Nelsen 1 on 06/29/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Public Defender Says Arraignments at New Alameda County Courthouse in Dublin Denies Access to Courts for Low-Income People-of-Color

Although I can see both sides to this conversation, what I find missing from the discussion is the fact that the new Dublin location is more convenient for the Judges, lawyers, court clerks and Sheriff department staff. I would suggest that those are the people who live in Pleasanton, Dublin,San Ramon, Dublin, Livermore and even the central valley.Those are the folks whose commutes disappear altogether or become demonstrably shorter with the opening of a Dublin court facility. I find it hard to believe that the inmates are the ones upset because they have to get up at 3 a.m. and go on a bus ride to Oakland or Hayward. It is probably a welcome relief to the monotony of incarceration. It seems unfair that if the majority of those arrested and the majority county population is more centralized, that all of the arraignments should happen in Dublin. The only city in the county farther east than Dublin is Livermore. Although Dublin is serviced by BART, the station is not convenient to the courthouse and public bus transit in this suburban city is not a dependable alternative. At least the county should consider having the workload split with the Hayward courthouse to give inmate families a chance to show support. The criminal justice system is already stacked against poor black and brown people. This just seems like piling on.

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Posted by Derek Wayne on 06/28/2017 at 9:38 PM

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

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Posted by George Richard on 06/28/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Huge hole in your Reporting!!!
The following passage was cut and pasted directly out of the Swanson report, it clearly states the City Attorney herself knew "In November 2015", yet no where in your reporting do you ask "why didn't Parker tell the DA, Mayor, Monitor, or Administrator in the 6 months? please answer or investigate this key dangling mystery.

Swanson Report
"In November 2015, the City Attorney herself raised concerns with Chief Whent that the alleged officer sexual misconduct regarding Ms. Abuslin might be part of a larger culture of tolerance for sexual misconduct within the Department. Chief Whent disagreed and suggested the larger problem had to do with drinking and rookie recruitment. Despite having this conversation with the City Attorney, Chief Whent still did not inform the Mayor, the City Administrator, or the Monitor of the sexual misconduct allegations."

Posted by Saleem on 06/28/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

This double-talking POS Mayor Arrogant just came up with a proposal (latest issue of Berkeleside) to demolish People's Park and turn it into housing

Posted by Ace Backwords on 06/28/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

We are advised to focus on "the nearly $100 million the City has had to pay on police misconduct settlements and Court losses since the NSA went into effect." Indeed, why did the City capitulate to an NSA when none of the so-called Riders police were ever convicted? Why does city attorney Barbara Parker get to accept the maximum legal campaign donation from attorney John Burris and then tell the city council again and again to pay out settlements to him and his clients without ever fighting his extortions in a courtroom? And how much money was paid like this: "A lady I knew bragged that her brother had been selling drugs on West Oakland streets since he was 16. His jaw was broken by a rival dealer, but he blamed OPD and got a nice little settlement to expand his operations." (… )

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/28/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Hopefully Tony Serra will reveal the true criminal enterprise that politics in the city of Oakland have become over the past 30 years in his presentation as he represents his client in the "Ghost Ship" fire case.
The homelessness issue in Oakland is part of a plan. Were it not for the 8,000 homeless people being herded from place to place in Oakland, there wouldn't be a need for a police commission.
The City of Oakland could get enough money from Wells Fargo to solve all of it's problems but the conflicts of interest run so deep that Libby Schaaf would be putting her political career at risk to pressure the bank for the money to resolve the problem...
The story is on Facebook pages titled, Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?
There is also a book titled "Ghost Ship, Eliminating Poverty In America"
My name is Allen Sanford...

Posted by Allen Sanford on 06/28/2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Instead of focusing on the Monitoring costs...try the nearly $100 million the City has had to pay on police misconduct settlements and Court losses since the NSA went into effect.....for police conduct that too often has amounted to both violations of the law and the terms of the NSA. Breaking the law to enforce the law does not make us szfer, nor does keeping and promoting cops that break the law, to buy momentary political peace with the OPOA.

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/28/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Ms. Grinage wrings her hands over the cost of federal oversight. Well, court-appointed monitor Robert Warshaw rakes in millions of dollars year after year by never finding Oakland in compliance. He always finds something, about as important as not tieing shoelaces per regulation. A simple remedy to prevent this abuse is a one-year limit on holding the monitoring contract; then if needed, someone else gets the contract. But Ms. Grinage hasn't called for this reform, because she has a personal grudge against OPD. And the City hasn't the guts to push for this rule, appealing over Henderson if necessary.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/28/2017 at 2:12 PM

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

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