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Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

When it is a public health crisis, the city should have jurisdiction to supersede the public's Nimby outcry and build/provide cost effective affordable housing through the use of available land and properties, or to enter into agreements with housing developers to address the crisis and manage the city's resources. The city has an obligation to maintain public order and public safety, and dealing with homelessness through permanent affordable housing falls into that category.

Posted by lwest on 12/28/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ Violence Costs City $3.75 Million; GOP Tax Plan Strips Affordable Housing Funds

Hopefully the civil penalties bankrupt her. And hopefully the City of Oakland can go after her.

In practice, the City will do nothing, nor will the Alameda County DA.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/28/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Molly’s Game: Poker Face

We loved Molly's Game. Based on a true story. The audience clapped at the end. Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE
88% liked it Average Rating: 4.1/5

Posted by Carolyn Burd on 12/28/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Systems That Oppress Women Create Dangerous Circumstances for Girls of Color

But not one mention of how pornography goes hand in hand with sexual assault and trafficking.

Posted by Deborah Moates West on 12/28/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Legislature OKs Criminal Justice Reform Bills

What good does this do for those who have already been victimized by these sentencing enhancements? This legislation begs for retroactive application. But the courts won't apply it even though it seems implicit within the bill. Law makers did not specifically state that it should apply to anyone who is currently the victim of this failed policy. That means taxpayers are still on the hook for 3 more years of providing the cost of housing for inmates better let out. Why? We have a massive failure of leadership on virtually every level of humane society brought on by the lack of understanding of what it means to be human. The state and its machinery do not serve its people. If it did they would take this good piece of legislation and apply it across the board immediately! We the people need to get together and redefine the role of state and federal government because we are being cheated every single day by this dysfunctional organization of crooks and liars that claim to be leaders with our interests at heart. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Posted by Klaus Pfeiffer on 12/28/2017 at 2:46 AM

Re: “Legislature OKs Criminal Justice Reform Bills

This is a great way to stop filing our prisons with non violent offenders who are in reality merely giving people what they want. Did our nation learn nothing from the era of prohibition? The war on drugs has been a massive failure. The war on drugs has been an exceedingly costly attempt to legislate morality again. We citizens of the United States of America supposedly have the right to pursue happiness. How is this possible when a small faction of narrow minded busy bodies are some how able to circumvent our right through the manipulation of our so called representative government? Now that by some miracle worthless laws have been modified to not be so horrendous It becomes apparent that the state, although admitting fault and applying a fix, fails to make this fix apply to people it has already incarcerated! This is the epitome of stupidity. The state continues to astound me as to the depth of its' inhumanity and cruelty to those who are in most need of compassion and understanding. The very essence of intent of this bill is totally ignored if not implemented retroactively. It is another example of the one way thinking of our so called justice system. I guess if you're invested in prisons for profit you win even if you lose.

Posted by Klaus Pfeiffer on 12/28/2017 at 2:30 AM

Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

its not just the unqualified staff at the animal services that is killing the dogs as if its the thing to do, its the oakland police along with many many others police departments that dont want folks owning pit bulls, due to the fact that it makes it harder for the officers to illegally enter your house when your not home. possibly to bring their prostitutes there for a lunch time quicky, since they are running their own prostitution ring. the pinole police kidnapped and killed all 7 of our family of beautiful dogs, just so they could enter illegally and still keep the little bit of asses they have left . not like oakland police, they just toss around t6he same girl.

Posted by tami simpson on 12/28/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Closing the Books

Look at the data 2016:

OUSD 3rd to 11th grade test score in math only 25% of OUSD students meet or exceed math standards. 75% of OUSD students from 3rd grade up don't met the grade standard in math. The problem is bigger than books!

https://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/sb2016/ViewRepor…

OUSD and Oakland teachers continue to race to the bottom. OUSD bought a rotten Common Core Math Curriculum roughly 10 years ago, which promised digital multi-media support. It was an expensive failed dirty deal. The text failed and frustrated from day one. Our children were in 3rd grade, we had to hire a math tutor because we couldn't figure out the problems. She wrote out "proofs' for unsolvable problems, and we kept her to teach our children around the failed textbooks, and a math moron teacher. We transferred our children out of OUSD into a charter school in the 6th grade, to get away from the math melt-down, and gross mismanagement. The Charter School had a textbook, a teacher who knew math, and a cross grade curriculum. They also had an OUSD math recovery program: testing, tutoring, and 3 to 6 weeks of summer school based on math skills needs.

OUSD does not teach math, you need a consistent program and to give practice and build skills. Some teachers may teach math, but there is no managed monitored program. Learning math requires a consistency and coordination across grades. OUSD has crappy textbooks bought in an insider deal during a corporate reform effort. Teachers and the District continue to fail student at an alarming rate, and there is no plan to slow the failure from teachers or OUSD's bloated management. The haven't just given up books they've given up educating.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 12/27/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, a Political Newcomer, Enters State Assembly Race

Please, do not vote for Jovanka Beckles just because she is black. Vote for this guy instead if you must vote by race only. I hear this guy is an ass, but I know Jovanka is crooked. Vote to cut your losses.

Posted by David McDermid on 12/27/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “What’s Up With Retail?

Two destructive forces at work have produced these socially, economically and environmentally destructive outcomes: unregulated monopoly capitalism and its chief operating poiitical operating modes which prevent any useful coordinated regional planning for housing, transportation and infrastructure.

High tech dominates our economy, offshores its riches, discriminates against folks with brown skins, pays few taxes and externalizes the costs of housing its workers so that much of our middle class loses. Exploitative rentiers, landowners of every sort, do what they can do.

It's a mystery only to the economically ignorant and, of course, the totally bought-and-sold political class. Neoliberalism has put real liberalism in the graveyard.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/27/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Feeling the Squeeze

In 1968, my grandfathers two generations SF old business was faced with a challenge- the City wanted to demo the building he rented for 20 plus years. He bought a building and land on Folsom and Beale- South of Market, a wasteland then.Owning your own building- either as a home or business owner prompts better business decisions. People dont like your food, hire a different chef, but dont lose your livelihood.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 12/27/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ Violence Costs City $3.75 Million; GOP Tax Plan Strips Affordable Housing Funds

Regarding Desley Brooks and the city's required payment on her behalf: this is in keeping with standard operating practice in city hall.

Our Councilmembers (Desley is "mine" although I wish she were not) do a lot of very expensive official business on "behalf" of Oakland citizens.

We undoubtedly could spend our money better and possibly solve our many serious problems like homicides, inequality, federal control of the cops, inadequate support for families and thus kids failing in school, etc.

We'd simply have to elect a better quality of pol to inhabit city hall. From Mayor on down. But somehow we can't do that.

Desley has been in office for 15 years.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/27/2017 at 12:18 PM

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

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