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Re: “ISSUES

The best source I've found anywhere in the East Bay for specialty magazines including fashion, home decor, travel, music, etc. , including many European and foreign language publications.

Posted by Gus Walbolt on 12/14/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Where to Buy Legal Weed in the East Bay on Jan. 1

I agree with Mr. Mondy--people serving jail time for selling pot should be released and given jobs in the new, corporate controlled industry that it will soon become

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/14/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Sad, sad news. Best of luck to Jena and the crew!!!!!

Posted by Drew Padilla on 12/14/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

Hate cannot describe the feelings I have towards Steve Bearman. It makes me sick that he could operate in this world for this long at this level. Even though I realize it is not their fault, I am angry at people I know who were complicit. I'm annoyed at the people who praised and bowed to him despite intuitively knowing these secrets. Get your heads on straight, get them out of the clouds. We need to talk openly about these issues and not laugh them off or pray them away. I am so glad this day has come. I hope you cut off my old best friend you coerced away from her friends, so she can have the decency to move the fuck on. I hope you go to jail for a very, very long time, pay back every penny you took, perform community service alone in a room somewhere where you cannot have contact with people, and have to get so much psychotherapy that you live in severe debt when you're out of jail. I never liked you, you never deserved my best friend.

Posted by Margaret1738 on 12/14/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

Please look closely at another group in San Francisco "The Welcomed Consensus" waiting for the day when their secrets are exposed as well... www.WelcomedConsensus.com

Posted by Rebecca 1 on 12/14/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

I used to be a student until it became too expensive, said Natalia Morphy, 25, who dropped out of SF State last spring and became a dog walker. The upper echelons of society are making it harder and harder for people to educate themselves and make it to the 1 per cent.

https://www.ft.com/content/1997ca6a-107c-1…

Natalia, your dream of almost joining the 1% will soon be realized AND you get to contribute to the homeless problem. Don't worry, neoliberal/Randians like Ernest Montague will wave his pom-poms in full support.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/14/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Gary Oldman Surpasses Himself in Darkest Hour

Churchill was, beyond a doubt, the most important human being of the twentieth Century. He, and he alone provided the moral and emotional impetus that led England to hold off the Nazi menace long enough for America to get into the war and contribute to the effort.

Russia supplied the most lives and the war would have been lost without them. America supplied the money and equipment.

Churchill supplied the leadership that started the allied resistance.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/14/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “A's Ballpark Proposal at Laney College Abruptly Scrapped

This is great news for the people of Oakland, the poor, Laney, and Lake Merritt. It's bad news for the A's and their wealthy supporters. Suck it up boys. Oakland doesn't need your noise, traffic and drunken behavior in downtown Oakland.

Keep it at the Coliseum.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/14/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

So someone, please, instruct me on why a landlord has a deep moral obligation to rent their property at minimal rents for the lifespan of the tenant. I'd love to know.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/14/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Plan to Ship Coal Through Oakland Was Years in the Making

Thank you for clarifying the City's main argument that it has the legal right to protect the health and safety of Oakland's residents. Asthma rates are high enough in West Oakland without adding coal dust.

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 12/14/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “For a Lesson in Vietnamese Eats, Head to The Temple Club

I guess every restaurant that employs Mexican cooks is practicing cultural appropriation. Come on!

Posted by Debra Sarver on 12/14/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Opinion: Keep Cuts Away From Oakland Classrooms

Here's a list I came up with a few weeks ago:

Off the top of my head I can come with $20 million dollars of savings for the school district. Instead of taking $5.6 million from schools and firing over 150 workers to save $15 million, if I was on the school board this would be the plan I'd submit and push to improve our school district's finances. I'll call it plan B.

1. Cancel the lease at 1000 Broadway. $6 million/year.
Since the administration building was (intentionally) flooded in 2013, OUSD has leased office space downtown. It's a luxury we can't afford. All of the central staff can be housed at the schools that the district says are underutilized. This will have the added bonus of making school closures unnecessary. It will also leave less schools available to be turned into charters under prop 39 which will help our enrollment numbers and thus help us get more money from the state.

2. Have the state paid off the debt that they incurred but we are still paying on. $4 million/year.
During the 2003-2009 state takeover, OUSD borrowed money from the state and one condition of the loan was that the state appointed a state administrator who had sole control over our school district. When the state was in charge they ran up our debt (to the state), which are still paying off. That debt has now been sold to Goldman Sachs and other investors. The state no longer owns the debt so they can't just forgive it, but they could pay it off, especially since they're the ones who created it. We are still under partial state oversight so the district pays over $100,000/year to a state administrator has to approve every budget. The oversight also contains triggers to put us back under full state control, one trigger is not having at least a 2% reserve. We won't regain full control of our public school system until the debt is entirely paid off.

3. Stop bussing students from Glenview to Santa Fe. $1.2 million/year.
This school is the only school that gets buses. It's unfair that such an expensive service is only given to one school.

4. Stop paying for Oakland Promise. $2.5 million/year.
Oakland Promise pledges to support our kids yet they charge our school district millions of dollars a year. Oakland Promise should do the right thing and use the money they raise to provide all services to OUSD for free.

5. Stop paying the Oakland Public Education Fund for services. $4 million/year.
The school district pays the Ed Fund to provide a variety of services. The Ed Fund also runs Oakland Promise and they should do the right thing also and use the money they raise to provide all services to OUSD for free. The Ed Fund is also closely connected to GO, they were both started by the Rogers Foundation and the Ed Fund is funded by the same groups that funded most of our school board members' elections.

6. Cancel all contracts with companies connected to the same groups that funded school board members' elections. Start with 3 companies connected to New Schools Venture Fund, Amplify, Revolution Foods, and Education Resource Strategies. $1.5 million/year.
New schools venture fund and its offshoot educate78 are one of the biggest funders of GO and have been the lead investor in many of the companies that the school board now hire to provide services. Most of these services are unnecessary and were done through a no bid process. Companies and groups that funded the election of the school board should not be given millions of dollars worth of contracts. Is this even legal? The total cost of the questionable contracts is unknown.

7. Raise the oversight fee OUSD charges charter schools to the allowable maximum. $1 million/year.
We should be charging charter schools the maximum level that we're allowed, especially since they don't even help pay on our debt from the state. Currently we charge 1%, but we could charge 3%.

8. Put a moratorium on new charter schools. Unknown millions/year.
Charter schools are the main factor creating our budget problems. Oakland has the highest rate of charters in California. For every 100 students that go to a charter school our public schools lose over $1 millions in funding. Oakland needs a moratorium on new charters so we can have time to develop a plan to create a public education system that best serves our communities. Oakland needs to join a growing number of groups like Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Journey For Justice, #WeChoose, Florida Democratic Party, and now Richmond CA, in passing a charter school moratorium resolution.

These 8 actions could create well over $20 million of savings in OUSD's budget without taking any money from schools or firing staff. It's enough to cover the school board's proposed cuts plus put extra millions back into our schools. Many of these actions will produce multi year savings and could by themselves fix any structural deficit. Add an outside audit, a school board that takes their job seriously, strong internal controls, and an authentic and transparent 2017-18 budget process and we can fix a lot of the problems. The school board is choosing to cut the funding at all of our schools and fire 150-300 central office employees, even though there are other options. Please come to the school board meeting on November 27th to let the school board and superintendent know that their plan to take money from our schools is unacceptable.
#FailureByDesign
#WeChoose
#CharterSchoolsAreNotPublicSchools

Posted by Mike Hutchinson on 12/14/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

You want to know what you can do to "make things right," Steven? ROT IN JAIL, where you absolutely belong.

Posted by Floodlight on 12/14/2017 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

Steven is related to my oldest friend, so I've encountered him several times over the decades I've known my friend. Rape/molestation survivors can sense a predator, which Steven is. I ALWAYS KNEW. I ALWAYS felt disgust toward this person. And sadly, I have been proven 100% right. I am sickened and disgusted beyond belief with this arrogant, selfish, delusional rapist. I'm nauseated with these accounts, knowing exactly exactly exactly what he looked like and sounded like when he was violating these women's boundaries and bodies. Because all rapists are the same. Steven, you are exactly the piece of shit my intuition always knew you were.

Posted by Floodlight on 12/14/2017 at 12:26 AM

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