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Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

I think every Oakland citizen should refuse to pay city taxes until our schools and police force are properly, fully and responsibly funded and managed.

Posted by Dayvid Jones on 11/30/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

As a abalone diver who's been diving over 25 years I've never seen it so bad. Places I've dove for years are now a Barron waste land of urchins . This is a problem that I believe can be repaired. Bull kelp seed will lay dormant for years and grows fast. We as the stewards of our oceans must take action. Instead of taking your abalone and getting out take a bag of urchins. Fish and game could aslo put some of our tax dollars to work and hire these out of work urchins divers to clean up and harvest these purple urchins. The starfish are coming back slowly but it's up to us to fix this. A hand full of urchin divers could clean up a cove in a day and within a matter of weeks the kelp will start to return. We divers need to press Fish and Game to allocate money for the clean up of our ocean. 10 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the total collapse of one of the last great wild abalone populations in the world. I call on every sportman and woman to take action and put pressure on the fish and game to fix this. It can be done if we take action now . Let's not wait on fish and Game to do nothing which we all know will happen. Sometimes nature needs a little help. Starfish are coming back but without a effort to rid some of these coves of urchins there is no way the Starfish alone can solve this by themselves!! The time for action is now so please get involved and let's make sure your kids kids have the opertunity to enjoy one of natures greatest delicacys !!

Posted by Donald Gates on 11/30/2017 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

The living conditions that lead to the establishment of the Ghost Ship should not have been.
The living conditions which lead to the establishment of the Ghost Ship resulted from the collaboration between Jerry Brown, Henry Paulson and Steve Mnuchin.
The collaboration between these three men, has resulted in one third of the homeless people in America now living in California.
The collaboration between these three men, allowed MERS and associates to put 67 million illegally generated mortgage transactions into the system.
The collaboration of these three men, are what resulted in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire and the fire on San Pablo in Oakland, that have resulted in the deaths of 40 people.
My name is Allen Sanford and here is the proof, if you choose to know the truth!!!…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 11/30/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

When we held peaceful protests and vigils at Reems to honor the young victims, Leon Kanner and Edward Joffe, of the brutal 1969 supermarket bombing by Rasmea Odeh and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a well-known terrorist organization, Reem Assil repeatedly attempted to silence us. Local security and the Oakland Police Department asked us to leave over and over again. When she couldnt stop us this way, she filed lawsuits against some of the protesters. But we knew our First Amendment Rights and wouldnt be silenced and prevailed. Apparently, Assil only cares to protect free speech if it agrees with her own views. Reem Assil chooses to express her free speech right by having a giant mural of Rasmea Odeh convicted murderer of two high school students on the wall of her cafe. How can she expect anyone who knows the truth to stay silent as she chooses to honor a vicious killer and dishonor the two young men we remember today and will continue to remember? It is a cruel thing she has done and it is a message of hatred and violence.

Posted by Susan George on 11/30/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

I would love to go enjoy the food and the sense of community she says she wants to create. But I cannot and I do not understand how anyone of good conscience can. The mural on the wall is of a person who is responsible for the murders of two young men, a woman who is a convicted terrorist and who denies an entire people their right to self-determination in the land in which they are an indigenous people. This is the antithesis of creating community and goodwill. Once the owner takes down the offensive mural, I will look forward to visiting the restaurant.

Posted by Alan Edelstein on 11/30/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Look forward to patronizing Rheem's. The food sounds wonderful as does the entire atmosphere!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 11/29/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Youd have to go to a lot of effort to miss Reems warm welcome. Maybe some people didnt catch the memo about the Jewish high holiday dinner she hosted, along with countless community gatherings for causes and peoples across the beautiful spectrum of our bay. The food may be amazing, but its the inclusive community that makes Reems irresistible.

Posted by Emily Katz on 11/29/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

Alot of the officials/employees shutting down spaces might belong to unions. You should talk to the boards of the unions and the Labor Council and get them to pass a resolution supporting unpermitted live-work spaces.

Posted by Gary Gregerson on 11/29/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

OK, listen up snowflakes. I'm one of the few, the proud. Not JUST a California native, but born and bred right here in the East Bay.

Over the past few weeks I've gotten sick to death of hearing how you can't afford to live in the urban areas of the Bay Area.

As a child, I lived here without questioning much of anything. In my teens my family moved because it had become too expensive and to be frank, they were crackers (yes, THAT kind of crackers). I barely made it out of high school. I wasn't cool. I never had a "posse" and no one had my back. I didn't go to college; I wasn't good at much of anything. Just too damned dumb to quit.

As a young adult, there was NO WAY I'd try to raise my kids in the urban areas... It was both too expensive AND too dangerous, unless it was one of the enclaves and then it was monstrously expensive and even more out of the question.

Bottom line, there is NO right to live in any particular place. The Okies (my parents) found that out. They found out about "sundown towns" too... Just like the other people who came to California found.

The kids are grown. I've been through more life changes than I like. I did things and was someone no one would be proud of. I made it out and I'm better now; Not good, but better.

Oakland is better now too; Not good, but better. It's going to continue to get better too and not because it will stay as it is, but because of change... And a LOT has to change.

I love to live in Oakland and here in my home, the Bay Area.

It got bad. Now it's better. It could only do that because it had to change and it did change. Just like I had to. It's gonna suck for a while. Embrace the suck.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/29/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Hard not to lose appetite when staring at the smiling face of a convicted terrorist all over a wall. I walked out before ordering anything after seeing this atrocity.

Posted by Howard Oggman on 11/29/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

"Reem Assil wants her bakery to feel warm, welcoming, and distinctly Arab. "

Yet she decorates a wall with a mural of a confessed killer and terrorist (who thankfully was deported). Hardly "warm and welcoming" to anyone, at least anyone that I can think of.

It screams of hypocrisy. How could anyone patronize such a place?

Posted by Robby Brodsky on 11/29/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Not sure anybody with a conscience could enjoy any delights while staring at a mural of a convicted murderer. If this is Ms. Reems idea of a role model, this community has bigger problems than gastronomy. If Reems wants to actually build bridges and feed the people, perhaps being sensitive to an entire group who is deeply hurt and offended by her bizarre mural, would go a long way.
Would you eat with a mural of Osama bin Laden being glorified?

Posted by Ma Sha on 11/29/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Its important to know a bit about Reem Assil's "inspiring back story". Reem's bakery is decorated with a floor to ceiling mural of a confessed terrorist- Rasmea Odeh, who killed 2 young men and injured 9 others when the bomb she placed in a grocery store blew up. Jewish community elders have been picketing the store regularly- and they have been physically attacked by Reem's staff and patrons. The local Jewish paper reported the incident. When the elders continued their vigils, Reem filed restraining orders, in an effort to deprive them of their rights of free assembly and free speech, but these were denied by the court. If you reject violence and believe in freedom of expression, you'll avoid Reem's. The ambiance will leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

Posted by Maria Parker on 11/29/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Hard to believe you would run an article praising a business that glorifies a confessed and convicted terrorist murderer who was deported from the U.S. for lying about her background. This is your idea of a noteworthy asset to our community? Gosh. Interesting concept of journalism.

Posted by James Sinkinson on 11/29/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Perhaps your readers haven't read about Rasmea Odeh. She is a member of a terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a convicted murderer who in 1969 killed two students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, when a bomb she planted exploded in a Jerusalem supermarket. She then lied about this when immigrating to the US. She was recently stripped of her US citizenship and expelled. Reem has clearly indicated that for her, "social justice" includes acts of murder.
Reem's food may be delicious, but I will never be able to enjoy it while sitting under a looming paean to a murderer. Just as I'm sure that Reem would never patronize a restaurant that had a giant mural of the Israeli terrorist Baruch Goldstein (nor would I). Nor would the Express give such a restaurant a review that whitewashed the implicit hate speech on the wall.

Posted by Michael Harris on 11/29/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

There is no right to make as much noise as you want. There is a right to play drums. If the park closes at dusk, the right goes with it.

I am there 3-4 days a week, and find the drumming usually appropriate and occasionally annoying. I am pretty sure that if I lived next to it and heard it constantly I would find it much more annoying.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/29/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

This has nothing at all to do with race. Suggesting that is so unbelievably stupid and immature

your skin color does not give you an excuse to cause excessive noise. excessive noise is not only a nuisance, its an actual health hazard. the east bay times wrote a detailed article about it 7 years ago. you should give it a read

your skin color does not give you an excuse to do anything that any other person of any other race can't do

the law applies to you just as much as it applies to anyone else, whether you are black, white, or purple

it does not matter what color your skin is

it does not matter what your ethnicity is

you are required to follow the same laws as everyone else

if making noise is against the law and you still do it

dont be surprised when you get cited

dont cry "racism!" because it has nothing to do with your race



Posted by followtherules on 11/29/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

Phil Sammet is diving in or near Fort Ross? Isn't that area closed? That location was decimated several years ago from a red tide and no wonder he saw no abalone there. Not a fair representation of the healthier populations further north. The kelp growth has actually increased this year from last in the spots we dive in northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino counties. No question about the urchins though. Everywhere except the isolated rock outcroppings where the abalone have clustered in big numbers and the urchins can't migrate across the sand. Those isolated areas also have abundant kelp growth again.

Posted by Scott E. on 11/29/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The best street food in US

Posted by Iman ZK on 11/29/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

Hopefully they will keep evicting until all the substandard and dangerous habitats are closed. We don't need another Ghost Ship.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/29/2017 at 3:00 PM

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