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Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

Another one of life's lessons: all verbal orders must be written!
Very informative interview with an experienced and talented musician.

Posted by touchy on 04/14/2010 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

Good interview: good questions and good responses. East Bay Express should be commended for printing the interview in, what appears to be, an uncensored version. Very refreshing to see journalism of this nature.

Posted by Bill Pepperell on 04/14/2010 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

Super interview. Look forward to the new album with East Bay and The Killer Smiles.

Posted by cleemckenzie on 04/14/2010 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Five Green Firms to Watch

I'm leasing a solar system from Sungevity and can tell you it's a no-brainer for any homeowner in CA. To celebrate Earth Day, I'm telling everyone I know to get an iquote from Sungevity. Since it costs the same or less as paying PG&E, what are you waiting for?

Posted by Erica David on 03/31/2010 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Employee Breaks Are a Growth Area in the Law

It is 10. Bad reporter!

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Posted by myohmy on 03/12/2010 at 1:02 AM

Re: “Ask East Bay Ray

Ray i saw you guys play the ritz niteclub in ny mid eighties, then ran away to the west coast to wait for reagan and thatcher to blow up the world....which didn't happen quite yet. Now i am a wanna be yuppie and middle aged father of a 5 y.o.; do you find that being part of the dead kennedy's has given you a perspective that makes you more positive or negative about the future. rft

Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 03/11/2010 at 10:26 AM

Re: “A Path to College Through Business

This is a very well done article. I have seen BUILD grow and transform the lives of young people in the Oakland Community. Bravo Suzanne McKechnie Klahr. Thanks for helping to make Oakland an even better place to live!!!

Posted by Melodie on 03/02/2010 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Use Your Checkbook and Your Trash Can

Glad to see that you corrected the "vend diagram" typo.

Posted by reader1 on 03/01/2010 at 2:27 PM

Re: “An Oakland Icon May Close

The real reason no one goes in there is because the food and the bakery item are horrible. The cheapest ingredients equal crappy food. Ever heard of butter? Yeah, neither have your pastries. A better managed team and a menu revamp would have people parking blocks away to eat at this prime location.

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Posted by Drunker on 02/26/2010 at 10:15 AM

Re: “An Oakland Icon May Close

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Posted by East Bay Express Editor on 02/25/2010 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake

I get the boom stereo and modified engine noise probs in my SoCal neighborhood and it's not any Pot Club; it's mostly the neighbors.

As far as the pot clubs; they should monitor the outside and deny sales to those acting in an inconsiderate manner. Head shops used to tell you they wouldn't sell you a certain type of powder accesory if you asked for them in any way other than "snuff" accessories.

I think the actions of jerks are across the board; though stoners (and even legit med users) can certainly fit that category.

If they can patrol the lots of bars and nightclubs, they can try to provide some abatement here as well.

Hope you get it resolved.

Ultimate solution is not making it a closet industry and zone it for more appropriate commercial spaces.

Posted by LanceThruster on 02/15/2010 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake

Considering how heavily young children are now medicated to get them to comply with an educational system that increasingly resembles thirteen years of filling out 1040s, I'd venture to guess the neighborhood third graders are higher than the BPG members. It's the fancy French school, too: these parents have some uncompromisingly lofty ambitions for their 8 year olds.

Pass the Adderal; the class war continues.

Posted by ImisstheBeast on 02/14/2010 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake

This could be an opportunity to enhance the broader appeal of what culitivation of Marijuana has engendered, a greater knowledge of plants and how to grow them under a variety of conditions. This is a science fair waiting to happen, as it should be viewed. The requisite skills needed to cultivate marijuana are indeed a gateway itself, but not for recreation purposes necessarily, but for developing survival skills in an urban environment.

There could be enormous benefits as well as a devillification of marijuana users if a comprehensive plan could be developed. It is give and take and if anyone who has ever responsibly used pot, its not hard to be civil about almost anything.

Berkely has always been ahead of things, but this could be another breakthrough the rest of the country needs. Why not put a store in the middle of city-center somewhere surrounded by schools and cops. It should be a public institute to be studied and developed. Composting and community gardening and a variety of useful relationships can be learned and taught at the very center to include a range of plant growth and settings, edible or ornamental.

Give it a whirl, wont U?

Posted by Oaklandish on 02/11/2010 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Employee Breaks Are a Growth Area in the Law

Always thought it was a guaranteed 10 minute break.

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Posted by HRpro7 on 02/08/2010 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake

: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake”
I and my wife had the misfortune of renting a cottage on Wallace St. that directly abutted the east property line of the BMG. We were plagued by the disrespect shown by its clients to their residential neighbors.

If you want to draw your own conclusions, we invite you to linger on the sidewalk in front of BPG for a hour or so. Do so during their business hours after dark, and imagine yourselves as neighbors. Listen to all the guys revving up their twin-OHC muscle engine cars, usually with glass-pack mufflers (designed to make noise). Listen as they sit in their cars for five minutes with their engines idling. Listen to the maddening aplified low frequency noise entering the sound space from the trunk-installed sub-woofers of "boom cars." Listen to the cross-parking lot shouted conversations of clients.

Lastly, think "aesthetics." Do you want to have in your community a facility with a concertina wire protected chain-link fence? Do you want to share space with an enterprize, the outside of which, rife with galvanized garbage can planters, resembles nothing so much as the parking lot of a "reptile-farm" or of a tractor-haul arena along some rural southern highway.

For years, the residents of West Berkeley, to no avail, having been trying to get rid of its chronic air pollution that comes from Pacific Steel. Let BPG move next to PS, forming a tidy package of offensive air, noise, & aesthetic insult.

Peter Hubbard
West Berkeley

Posted by peterhubbard on 02/06/2010 at 2:42 PM

Re: “How to Raise Money But Not Break the Bank

Does this mean that you can't give people shares of your startup before you IPO? For example, if you offer someone a 10% share in exchange for doing some work for you, have you just sold them a security?

Posted by fnord on 02/03/2010 at 5:28 PM

Re: “How to Raise Money But Not Break the Bank

You mentioned Crowdfunding as an option in the article. If your interested in crowdfunding and crowdsourcing you should definetly check out It’s a crowdfunding site that has had a lot of successes in the past and recently opened up its platform to support business ventures.


Posted by DanielJ on 01/31/2010 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake

I live in Berkeley and am a member of the club. I firmly believe that this article portrays an unrealistic danger associated with the BPG. The club is excellent at running a civil, respectable facility. Right now, the dispensary is operating only a few blocks from where it would like to move, so THEY ARE ALREADY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. The BPG is one of the best of neighbors, since they give back hundreds of thousands of dollars in charity to numerous Berkeley organizations. Don't believe the hype, we are a lucky community to have the BPG.

Posted by Sarah Clark on 01/30/2010 at 9:12 AM

Re: “How to Raise Money But Not Break the Bank

Great strategies to raise money. Subscriptions and Pre-sells are excellent ways.

But you can also raise money by asking for specially structured loans. I believe you could structure a loan to be pseudo equity without running afoul of the low. You could structure the loan with very low or totally deferred interest, a very advantageous (to the business owner) payment schedule and also as non-recourse so, like equity, if the business goes out of business, you are not liable for the debt. With this type of loan you would have to offer a way above average interest rate for it to be appealing to investors. But, while you should check with your attorney, I do believe this could work without having to register with the SEC.

James Todd

Posted by jtodd on 01/27/2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake

As the Executive Director for Beverly Hills, cancer survivor and legal cannabis patient, I am filled with mixed emotions about this ordinance. I am the first person to stand up for the rights of patients, however, there have obviously been some people in Los Angeles abusing the system. Each day we receive hundreds of emails and phone calls asking for guidance on the latest regulations. The legal system is confusing at best. Recently I testified before City Council to clarify the need for CLEAR, CONCISE and CONSISTENT legislation. In my personal life, I am faced with serious health issues that could cost my life due to my inability to qualify for a liver transplant. Does it matter that I have never smoked a cigarette or done drugs of any kind in my life? Apparently not. I used legal medicinal cannabis during my cancer treatment. While cannabis has saved my life thus far, prohibiting the growth, spread and metastisizing of the tumors throughout my system, I recently learned that the mere fact that I used Cannabis as an alternative health treatment could disqualify me for a life-saving organ transplant. My hope and prayers are that the cannabis medicine that I use daily will keep me alive until the laws can change. I am not alone. Patients like me die each and every day, but the mainstream media does not report that news. At what point will the general public and mainstream media care about this injustice? Meanwhile, I hope that others will join me in the fight for clarification and legalization for medicinal cannabis and the responsible adult use of marijuana.

Cheryl Shuman
Executive Director
Beverly Hills
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Posted by NORML90210 on 01/26/2010 at 7:31 PM

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