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Re: “Nyum Bai Looks to Open Brick-and-Mortar in Oakland's Fruitvale Village

There is a wonderful documentary called DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN about this golden era of Cambodian rock n roll. Its an excellent film that will let you know what was going on in the music scene before it was brutally suppressed by Pol Pot, et al.

Posted by Nancy Parker on 12/27/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Far Right's Rise Brings Racist Vandalism to the East Bay

"Every such case locally which I am aware of in which the culprit responsible for "far right" vandalism has been identified, that person turned out to be either a person of color or a mentally disturbed homeless person"

You must be reading fake news, lady. Let's see some proof.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/27/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “What’s Up With Retail?

How can people who work in retail afford to live in the Bay Area? I don't know how people do it. Probably $1000 at minimum for rent, plus expenses. All on $13/hr and having to hear your employer complain that even minimum wage is too much to pay.
Here's a solution: build dormitory housing for laborers, food service, and retail workers like they do in Third World countries because, yep, that's where we are at this point.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/27/2017 at 11:28 AM

Excellent news! I hope the Elbo Room keeps going with their wide-ranging booking policy (dub/experimental/rock/Afrofunk etc). As for The Night Light--I saw some great shows at that place...then it just suddenly fell off the map. Played one of my worst shows there--no promotion, no support, no replies to emails. Now I know why.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/27/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Wholesale Pot Prices Plummet

What a travesty this all is. People who voted "yes" on this will soon be resorting to black market weed because of the insane amount of tax that will be attached to purchases. The black market will thrive, at least until the inevitable corporate pot monopoly leans on Emerald Triangle law enforcement to go after small growers, which they'll do without haste.
We just can't seem to do anything right in California and those that voted "yes" for this couldn't see the writing on the wall under all that pot smoke haze.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/27/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “The Deserving Dozen

Wow! I'm a Kurt Suzuki fan but Mike Heath EASILY. How is King Kong NOT on this list? The BIGGEST snub by FAR is Tony Armas. The A's had the coolest and one of the best outfield trios in Rickey, Dwayne (with his hat falling off on every ball hit to him) and Tony Armas. I see a young fan bias in this.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 12/27/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Alameda County Public Defender Stands Up for Immigrants

Raha Jorjani is definitely a guardian angel. She is caring, compassionate, an amazing human being who is righting the wrongs for so many.

Posted by KC Chhan on 12/27/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Survey: 2 Percent of the US Identifies as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual

Actually, the LGBT LGTB-etc should be more than 2%, I know some bisexuals around me, there are some online communities for LGBT people, BisexualWomen.net is a resource to help bisexual singles meet other bisexual people.

Posted by west on 12/27/2017 at 12:13 AM

Re: “On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

There's obviously an opening available for a reasonably priced (but professionally run) alternate music festival, especially given the half-death of the Austin Psych Fest and the totally terrible dust conditions at Desert Daze. Please let Burger be that place. Get the line shit figured out WELL BEFORE THE CONCERT since Desert Daze didn't. Have enough actual food vendors (not just frilly vegan-friendly junk, real food) available. And have fun. All of these things CAN be done in the same place. Let's have this be that place.

Posted by Spirit on 12/26/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Far Right's Rise Brings Racist Vandalism to the East Bay

Every such case locally which I am aware of in which the culprit responsible for "far right" vandalism has been identified, that person turned out to be either a person of color or a mentally disturbed homeless person. I'm curious, has Scott Morris or anyone else been able to identify any individual responsible for the vandalism at Alchemy Collective Cafe, Hercules Records, Ba-Bite, Edison High School, Otis Elementary, Encinal Junior High, Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley High School, Temple Israel of Alameda, Temple Sinai in Oakland, the Oakland International Container Terminal or at Tesla in Freemont?

Posted by ann poster on 12/26/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “The Top 12 Bay Area Music Releases of 2017

Recommendations appreciated -- Ragana I name-checked there in the intro and I agree that Russell Butler's "I'm Dropping Out of Life" is solid and noteworthy. Will look into Kevin Allen Project!

Posted by Lefebvre_Sam on 12/26/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “We Test Eaze App's Promise of Pot in Ten Minutes

They only carry the best so you never have to worry that your over paying for sticks and leaves. Fastest delivery in the bay. Always get my deliveries in about 20 minutes. Lowest minimums anywhere. Always have deals too. To get $20 off use code " iccefay " or go here eaze.com/share/l/iccefay

Posted by kirbywon13 on 12/26/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The Rise in Tattoo Removal

Thank you for spreading awareness towards tattoo removal and its side-effects. Please keep posting more updates.

Posted by Orchid Cosmetic on 12/25/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “The Top 12 Bay Area Music Releases of 2017

ragana

Posted by Neck Stuffing on 12/25/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Oakland Coliseum Flea Market

Very fun. Music on Sundays.

Posted by David Bell on 12/24/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Far Right's Rise Brings Racist Vandalism to the East Bay

White people in the Bay Area like to think we're in a bubble where things like this don't happen. We've gotta wake up. People of color have known the score the whole time.

Posted by Cygna on 12/23/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

Yes this region overall needs to strictly limit development of open space.

Land with vegetation is our lungs in a region whose air quality is poor.

But pols need to learn that land use and transportation need closely-coordinated planning.

Increasing density near existing public transit (BART, buses) would be a good idea if there were adequate public transit capacity. There is not.

If the region is to continue to grow we will have to invest heavily in additional transportation (NOT car-based).

The social, economic and environmental costs of growth are very high and we have not begun to deal with these costs.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/23/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Someone to Watch Over Me

I knew Exzadrian Van Williams in North County Jail in Oakland California and while I wouldn't be able to recall what he was arrested for then if I were asked, I would say it was something along the lines of forgery or fraud.
I only googled his name to see if he had done something better with his life after prison, and I guess I found the answer.

Posted by Casualguy 939 on 12/23/2017 at 5:45 AM

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

Let's see; In 1978 prop 13 passed rolling taxes back, with a capped rise of 2 percent going forward... Unless the property changes hands (or it belongs to a corporation; In that case, let the games begin).

Once it changes hands, in which case the property get's a complete reassessment to market tax rates. BIG hop in the taxes.

Is any of this racist or classist? I don't think so. Is it right? That goes to the heart of the debate on property tax doesn't it... No answer to that has yet emerged... But it IS a fact, and as a fact, not really debatable.... Unless one is an East Coast developer

The clear implication to this is fairly obvious... The new owner WILL have higher costs associated with owning the property.

So, my question is this: Are the activists proposing that property sales be frozen so that people like Aunti Frances don't experience rises in their rents and/or evictions? What about the experience of the property owner(the one who sold the property)? Are they now, not allowed to sell what they bought and paid for?

As someone else asked, are both the old and new owner somehow required to subsidize Aunti Frances in her choices? Wait! She get's to make choices and have someone subsidize them and they (the property owners) don't?! Why?

Can anyone explain that to me?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/23/2017 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Oakland Finally Builds Housing

The rendering attached to this article is out of date. Luckily it won't be quite this Vader-esque.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 12/22/2017 at 3:21 PM

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