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Re: “Tie Points

potential for violence and slut shaming seems like a reactionary and alarmist take on hetero sexual dynamics. isn't getting pregnant or an std a bigger consideration with women?

Posted by Alan Lopez on 06/25/2019 at 8:06 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

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Re: “California's Massive Pot Bust

Thom, this paragraph is right there in the story. It's fairly long and hard to miss. Is your issue that I should have measured it by county, or....?


And thanks to the fact that local governments get to decide whether cannabis can be sold within their borders, about 80 percent of the state's cities and towns are not served by a cannabis shop. As a result, only 600 or so retail shops are operating in California. In Colorado, which has about one-sixth of California's population, there are about 560 shops up and running.

Posted by Dan Mitchell on 06/25/2019 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Updated: Dark Money Group Paid for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's Inauguration Festivities

The problem is not that this dark money group exists, it is that silent political campaign financing is not against the law. In addition, this particular group of characters who provide support for Mayor Schaaf are the same folks who had favored access to City Hall during the Brown administration as Mayor. Apparently, in almost 20 years, nothing has really changed. This has always been my primary concern with Libby Schaaf. She owes her political existence to her historic ties to Brown and her former boss, ex city council member and Port Commissioner Ignacio De La Fuente. It should be no surprise that the folks behind those two are also propping her up. Oakland will never move forward unless there is change in the back rooms of City Hall. 20 years of the same group of people influencing policy in the Mayors office is enough.

Posted by GPatton on 06/25/2019 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Lost My Virginity Last Night

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Posted by Manas Wilson on 06/24/2019 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Updated: Dark Money Group Paid for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's Inauguration Festivities

I am appalled by the huge number of really tall buildings going up downtown.
Today, I could barely get through on Webster St. because new building on both sides of the street. Downtown is losing its character in addition to the wonderful residents that make this town diverse....

Posted by Sue Yascolt on 06/24/2019 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Point Reyes Ranchers Create Lobbying Group to Weaken Protections for Public Lands

Can Mr. Bennett provide some sort of proof of this "promise to the ranchers" that he speaks of? I haven't been able to find it. Seriously? Anyone?

Posted by Michael Cosley on 06/23/2019 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Flint’s BBQ Is Coming Back to the Town

We would drive from Chico to eat at Flints and get to go orders to take home. Even the plain sliced bread tasted better there!

Posted by Frederick from Chico on 06/23/2019 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Borrowing Bay Water in Alameda

I wish the degree warmer was expanded on . Is it Celsius or Fahrenheit? Will it remain low during winter when bay is 40 and in summer when it gets almost 60 ? The plan to warm the oceans for data seems like another free lunch for the tech industry.

Posted by Aaron Mcelhatten 1 on 06/22/2019 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

Dudes. Get real. Many property taxes are low. RE evaluation does not happen here. People stay in homes forever. Ranches take up tons of space. No room for people to spread out like in connecticut. Let builders build high rises. Build a burj in california. Build 20. Solve the housing shortage.

Posted by Tom Waters on 06/22/2019 at 12:14 AM

Re: “California's Massive Pot Bust

This " news " article forgot to mention the number one reason the
" LEGAL LIES " ....market is hurting ......is its only available in 30 of the 58 counties in CA.......I know most never look at the whole issue....but its not rocket science if you want to bolster sales.....is first the product must be available .....


But it isnt ......

Posted by Thom Herb on 06/21/2019 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Flint’s BBQ Is Coming Back to the Town

Please keep me posted best bbq of my childhood

Posted by Andre Johnson on 06/21/2019 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Oakland's Grand Lake Kitchen to Expand to Dimond District

We were there last night everything from appetizer to desert what fantastic. The service was as good as their food. I really recommend them. One one my best restaurant experience.

Posted by Nahid Rad on 06/21/2019 at 8:34 AM

Re: “The Musical Reinvention of Dax Pierson

This is a great article! Thank you for sharing this with us!

Posted by Gary Turner on 06/20/2019 at 10:07 PM

Re: “The Problem With Recycling

It would be great if this comment list could become a much needed logical and scientific investigation of the basics of recycling. No such thing has ever publicly existed because recycling is simply accepted and urged on a tired and uncaring public by zealots and taken for granted by the public because some minimal reuse can be seen.
It's simple: if you design products for discard, and provide the social institutions for discard, they will be discarded. If you design for reuse, and provide the social institutions for reuse, they will be reused. HOWEVER, if you design for discard and then attempt reuse, you will fail. As we have failed.
Aluminum cans (the favorite model of the recyclers): These have a reported three month cycle from creation to disposal. One-half of all cans end up in dumps every three months. Run the math for four three-month cycles per year and 15/16ths of all the cans created in January are in the dump by December. Some model!
Glass bottles: the highest reuse modality for all products is the function that they were laboriously created for, not their simple, cheap materials. Glass materials are just silica, or sand, the cheapest of all earth's bounty. The way to use containers is to REFILL them, not smash them. Smashing into cullet means carrying heavy silica around in large trucks to a distant factory, then expending all the same fuel to melt it as would have been needed for raw material silica. It's an insane idea, with no environmental benefit. But refilling containers that never need to be trucked around and melted, saves all of the fuel that made them initially. It's a HUGE benefit. Deposits are a bad idea because it breaks the train of history. If a consumer empties a wine bottle and rinses it, he KNOWS it is clean and can refill it. If a distributor gets in a deposit bottle HE DOES NOT KNOW its history so must treat it like it's severely contaminated and clean it with harsh chemicals (sodium hydroxide is the cleaner of choice) which then end up as unnecessary chemical pollution. Refilling by the original user requires no such harsh treatment. Let's have a discussion about how to effect such easy refilling.
Join me in weighing the pluses and minuses of various ways to reuse all of society's goods, but let's not stick to personal consumption. We also need to discuss buildings, cars, airplanes, streets and industrial equipment some day.

Posted by Zerowaster on 06/20/2019 at 4:39 PM

Re: “How the California Environmental Quality Act Fails the Environment

In addition I would like to add (can't seem to edit my comment).
Regulators walk a thin line. although they strive to protect the environment, if they push polluters too hard, the industry, such as developers and the chemical industries, pushes back very hard.
Regulators are not well paid. They join the various agencies out of desire to do good for human health and the environment. They are a most committed and dedicated bunch of good folks.

Posted by dale on 06/20/2019 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Pride Comedy Night at Freight & Salvage

This statement is wrong: "right here at the Freight & Salvage on Saturday June 22". It is at the Freight on Sunday June 23

Posted by Ed on 06/20/2019 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Borrowing Bay Water in Alameda

Steve Tavares ... great article well written with deep in-depth information that seems quite necessary what with all the distractions going on in this country . thanks much

Sue/Oakland

Posted by nocalgal on 06/20/2019 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Borrowing Bay Water in Alameda

I was at Alameda Beach with my granddaughter the other day and the water was warmer than I can ever remember (been going for over 40 years) ... its also mid June ... I was sorry I did not have my thermometer with me ..

Then I remembered the Pacific off Golden Gate is warmer this year resulting in less food for whales .. and that there has been a die off of many more whales this year along the West Coast than in many years .. connection ... ??

And isn't there a whale in Alameda Point area (still there??) .. was it looking for food as it came into the bay ...

So 10,000 gallons of water per minute = 600,000 gallons per hour =
14,400,000 per 24 hour period .. Thats a LOT of water .. i don't care if its cooling your servers .. I care about what happens when you are dumping 14 million gallons daily of slightly warmer (really just 1/2 degree ??) every day for many years into our bay ...

Here's a suggestion Put on SOLAR panels ... buy lots of battery backup .. talk to Elon .. cover your parking lot .. or all the parking lots in Alameda with solar panels .. but leave the Bay alone .. there are a lot of animals that live and depend on that ..

Sue/Oakland

Posted by nocalgal on 06/20/2019 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Outsourcing Perpetuates Economic Inequality

Most states' standard attempt to reduce outsourcing and independent contractor abuse is to figure out ways to redefine workers as employees. But that's ineffective. It just pushes more workers into temp agencies' greedy embrace and into other, more clever deceptions, with the results we see in places like UC.

A better response would be to make independent contracting and outsourcing more expensive by bringing them up to the level of employees. For instance, governments could set firm parameters for outsourced and independent contractor work with sustainable and equitable pay rates, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, termination, venue and choice of law, co-employers, and more. They could just limit the use of temp agencies and co-employers. They could enroll all workers in the 3 standard worker benefits (unemployment, disability, workers comp); some independent contractors are already enrolled in them by law.

Simply making a worker an employee is not the fix it's supposed to be. Government has to be smarter than that.

Posted by MikeE on 06/20/2019 at 10:45 AM

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