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Re: “Wazwan Indian Cuisine's Staying Power

Good to hear, it's a good place to eat.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/28/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Schaaf Proposes Sanctioned Homeless Camps; Oakland May Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for Legal Pot

Mayor Schaaf has been watching the accounts on TV of all the refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East. I'm sure she envisions time living there to be like her summer camp days when she was a few years younger.

Bottom line: World-style refugee camps aren't a solution. Nor are homeless camps in Oakland. Let's talk about why we are at war in the Middle East and why we have been at war with the poor. That conversation might lead somewhere.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/27/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Of course not Millie... Only government corruption counts.

By the way, where DO you think government corruption starts?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/27/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Conflict of interest wouldn't even be an issue to discuss if the officers had been disciplined and denied their promotions like they should have been.

Posted by Millie C on 09/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

As an Alameda County resident, I am deeply disturbed by this threatening, disparaging and racist behavior by a public representative sitting on an Alameda County public task force. Given that this representative was recommended by Sheriff Ahern, I am concerned that the behavior reinforces a pattern of racism and antiimmigrant policy that I have witnessed emanating from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office: from strongly opposing the California Values Act to publicly supporting the nomination of AG Jeff Sessions. Especially at a time when white supremacy and militarization are so explicit at the highest levels of government in the United States, I am horrified that our county hosts a weapons expo and militarization training event for swat teams from around the world. I hope that the community effort led by Stop Urban Shield succeeds in redirecting resources to deescalation, community preparedness and nonmilitarized emergency response. Bravo for that work, and to all who hold fast to a vision of freedom and justice, on a foundation of love and care for each other.

Posted by Kat Gilje on 09/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “A Scavenger Hunt in Temescal That Aims to Spotlight Small Businesses

I remember that mural the comment above speaks on. TYS are dear friends that do amazing thing within the community of Oakland and SF.

Jena, I couldn't be more proud of you! My dear you are growing and expanding in sooo many ways!! Congratulations on your scavenger hunt! I hope it continues to grow + flourish, touching the lives of people that visit Oakland

Posted by Tomika Iyalla on 09/27/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Very disappointing. Liked going there--very good beer and very few, if any, hipsters

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/27/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Professor Calls for Speeding Up the Drone Arms Race

John Yoo should be in a prison for the mentally deranged. What a sick mind.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/27/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Are Co-ops the Future of a Sustainable Restaurant Industry?

There is a long history of economic thinking (and writing) in support of coops in all areas of production. As more efficient, less exploitative and far-more-democratic than our current corporate capitalism which exploits everyone involved other than investors and millionaire/billionaire senior managers.

There are many cooperative businesses in the US which have produced superior products over the long haul. Ever heard of Lincoln welding gear?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/27/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “A Scavenger Hunt in Temescal That Aims to Spotlight Small Businesses

The Trust Your Struggle mural was on 42nd and Telegraph. And it was proceeded by a Stop the Small Arms Trade mural that only lasted 3 days.

Posted by Desi Mundo on 09/27/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Of course Burris want's that. It would strengthen his case (and payout).

It's not JUST city and county government that's corrupt

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/27/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “New Documentary Focuses on West Oakland’s Blues Legacy

I would very much like to see this film. I was a kid when all of this was going on. But my brother played/plays guitar and is friends with many of these people and one of his friends bought the Continental Club and tried to revive it the 70's. If you are looking for distribution I would very much like to consider working with you just because of the subject matter.
Atron Gregory email: TNTREC@AOL.COM

Posted by Atron Gregory on 09/27/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

The defunding of illegal dumping cleanups is starting to bite. Responses that were slow - the weeks elapsing between reporting each individual pile of trash on seeclickfix.com and seeing any corrective action - have become even slower. Profuse and stinking heaps of garbage are starting to make some neighborhoods in Oakland resemble Kolkatta during a garbage strike.

Posted by Andrew Werby on 09/26/2017 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

I am certain this is only a fraction of the kind of dehumanization, bigotry and racism that goes on with the involved parties, especially w/in Urban Shield. Militarization of our communities does not and will not address violence. Violence prevention programs need to be funded and implemented in the Alameda County, not Urban Shield. Go to PreventionInstitute.org for more information.

Posted by Հասմիկ Գեղամյան on 09/26/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Chief Kirkpatrick has repeatedly stated that bad culture trumps good policy,every time every time. Lois and Holmgren are not just part of the bad culture, but the leaders of it. Holmgren, I believe, is one of the third rail untouchables in OPD who makes sure that fellow officers (and himself, of course) will never be disciplined. The agrument that Whent was protecting former Chief Whent (very much not part of the OPD bad culture inner circle) is fantasy. Swanson report is done, but hope investigative journalists will keep digging to determine whether or not threats to Whent by other OPD employees caused Whent to act as he did, i.e., Whent tried to push scandal under the rug because the real powers told him 'make it go away or else'. --Rather than Whent wanting to conceal the scandal to hasten day that OPD would be found in compliance with the NSA. The passage in the City's filing stating that OPD has addressed the poor investigations with holding 'reflection sessions' is, well, a joke, revealing and disturbing.

Posted by Mary Vail on 09/26/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Are Co-ops the Future of a Sustainable Restaurant Industry?

Richard Wolff, a well-known economist, speaks eloquently of what he calls "democracy in the workplace" (aka communal businesses) as a solution to our failed capitalist system. He comes to the Bay Area to speak several times a year and he can be heard at 10 AM Fridays on KPFA's Letters & Politics show. I find his insight into our current economic state quite illuminating, and I particularly like the things he has to say about coops.

Posted by Peter Stokes on 09/26/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

I attended the task force meeting that Grant references in his email and cannot understand how he came up with these biased conclusions about what transpired there. People from the Stop Urban Shield Coalition and others present engaged respectfully and with complete clarity. As offensive as I find Grant's comments to be, I am also grateful that he has shown his hand . This hateful, bigoted email exchange is proof positive that the Grant and others are not qualified to serve on a task force convened for the purpose of exploring the effects of Urban Shield on impacted communities. Additionally, the fact that he did not express his opinions while in the meeting so that they could be open to dialog, but rather sent them via email after the fact is further indication that he is unwilling to engage with others who may not share his biased opinions. The task force came to the correct conclusion-- they are not qualified to make decisions about how Urban Shield affects vulnerable communities.

Posted by Carol Robison on 09/26/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

If the purpose of Urban Shield really is to provide a "whole community" solution to keep communities safe in the face of threats, Grant's comments just show how out of touch and out of line Urban Shield has become. I stood in solidarity with my friends, colleagues and neighbors at the last Stop Urban Shield Rally and far from terroristic behavior, the people gathered there showed Alameda County what it looks like when a community comes together to support, educate and help one another. It was the people Grant identified at "terrorists" who walked to Lake Merritt for a community resource fair to teach skills that community members will need in the event of a threat. Given it is your neighbor who is most likely going to be right there to help you when you most need it, these skills are crucial. Stop Urban Shield participants taught me more about support and care for our neighbors then a weapons expo showing off the latest assault weapons will ever offer. Maybe instead of calling all of us terrorists, Grant and Alameda County leaders could listen to Stop Urban Shield leaders to know what it looks like to be community to one another. That is what we need more of. Forget the assault weapons, name calling, racist responses and insults. Stop Urban Shield is showing us a different way. Far from terrorism, Stop Urban Shield is not just protesting but offering real solutions. Instead of insults maybe Grant and others will listen instead.

Posted by Diane Weible on 09/26/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Besides the obvious conflict of interest, Buriss: i agree with Buriss and Chanin on this one. How is it that Lois and Holmgren get a pass on this bungled investigation. They initially attempted to protect Whent, until the playboy bunny, Holly Hart went rogue. Lois, who for years was Whent's henchman and also kissed his ass, changed sides and became Warshaw's new toy. Holmgren is just plan incompetent. He has been involved in several high profile cases where he seems to slither away. Kirkpatrick we demand you hold these bozo's accountable.

Posted by Daffy_Duck on 09/26/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Besides the conflict of interest in the case: Burris representing Guap. I agree with Chanin and Buriss on this one. How is it that Lois and Holmgren get a pass on this bungled investigation. The Three Stooges would have done a better job. Instead, these heroes decided to protect Whent, until news broke after the playboy bunny went rogue, Holly Hart. Lois climbed his way to the top by kissing Whent's ass and being his "go to guy." Holmgren is just plain incompetent and has been involved in several high profile cases but always seems to get by. Kirkpatrick you can do better then these bozo's, we demand you hold them accountable!

Posted by Daffy_Duck on 09/26/2017 at 2:14 PM

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