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Re: “Smart & Final’s Old Oakland Location Closes

The only store that people around the neighborhood counted on for groceries and bulk or baking items. Now this is no true grocery store in the vicinity and it is quite sad. I remember the second to last day where none of the workers were happy and the cashier we had was not pleasant to be around, but with empathy, the workers were not happy they lost their jobs for a reason they had no control over.

Posted by Lena Liu on 12/13/2019 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

Further proof that Tagami is a sleazebag only interested in short-term gain for himself. His business interests may be perfectly legal, but they are unethical, immoral, and dangerous.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 12/13/2019 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Kaplan pitches using cruise ship to house homeless; Oakland approves tax cut for cannabis

As far as Kaplan goes, I commend her concern.

Unfortunately, the homeless inhabitants would be living in housing if they had money, which they don't, so it's not going to be affordable, unless that means free.

Free for them, not for the taxpayers, who will have to pay for the ship, the docking, the sewage disposal, the electricity, and the 20 man police shift daily requirement. One thing you can count on in homeless housing is that police will be needed.

I'll pass, thanks.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/12/2019 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Richard Jewell: More food for thought from cinema's champion of outsiders.

Eastwood is a genius. He was as an actor, and continues to be so as a director. I'm pleased that the author of the article didn't choose to denigrate him (much) for his politics and instead chose to recognize him for his brilliance.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/12/2019 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Unions Join Companies to Oppose Richmond Coal Ban

Japan to oppose new or expanded coal-fired power plants in blow to Australian exports…

Posted by Paul Merr on 12/12/2019 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Unions Join Companies to Oppose Richmond Coal Ban

I do not live in Richmond but as a Oakland resident I say NO COAL IN THE BAY AREA!!! Tell your elected officials if they do not vote for no coal ... you'll vote them out and vote in no coal people!!! The health of residents supersedes ANY business issues!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 12/12/2019 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

Good article. Never liked Phil, but always like his shotgun standoff of the Occupy thugs.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/12/2019 at 1:45 PM

Re: “What's Behind the Decline of the West Coast's Herring?
Quote: “ This week, scientists unveiled a study that makes clever use of the fish DNA preserved in the battered, smeared books to reconstruct how wild Skeena salmon have fared over the past century. The conclusion is sobering: Declines have been more precipitous and widespread than previously understood, with the river’s 13 major wild sockeye salmon populations plummeting by 56% to 99% over the period from 1913 to 2014.
Quote: "What we found was those populations with historically the largest body size have declined the most, which suggests that fisheries selectivity is the most probable driver," Price said. He said there are likely other contributing factors, but selective gill-netting for larger fish appears to be the best explanation.”

Posted by fred hawkshaw on 12/12/2019 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Unions Join Companies to Oppose Richmond Coal Ban

Thank you Jean Tepperman for this clear exposition of the political currents around the coal ban. It makes me wonder whether any of these workers opposing the ban have children. Can they all be anti-science and not realize that our civilization and human life are in peril unless we stop using coal and oil for energy and transportation? They are hanging on to the sinking ship of coal.

Posted by tangolindygirl on 12/12/2019 at 10:09 AM

Re: “San Leandro Performing Arts Center

Truly a unique and wonderful experience.

Posted by Benny Valles on 12/11/2019 at 3:58 PM

Re: “A New Music Venue Is Coming to the California Hotel

My name is Paul Tillman Smith ,Executive Director of the Oakland non profit Bay Area Jazz Society, i am a drummer. I was still in High School when i started playing at the California Hotel. There i performed with Big Momma Thornton, Guitarists Billy Soul, Eddie Foster and Carl "Rockin" Robinson among many others. I never will forget the pretty ladies that were walking around right their on 35th st and San Pablo. I was very young like 16 years old and one of those pretty girls passed the word on that she liked me a lot, scared me to death. I had thought that pretty woman was too fine to be out there like that or any lady for that matter. I honed my writing skills from those early experiences at the Hotel. I also had started writing lyrics and melodies at 15 on my piano. I hope Angela Wellman will allow me to participate in some of the projects forthcoming. Anyway please feel free to visit my website at

Posted by Bajazzs on 12/11/2019 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

Great article. Phil is a man of integrity and his projects have ALL benefited the City.

Posted by Ray Leon on 12/11/2019 at 2:44 PM

Re: “What's Behind the Decline of the West Coast's Herring?

And then again, something similar happened in Pacific sardine fishery in the 60s...

The claim of over fishing was made, the fishery shutdown from 1967 to 1986 when it rebounded and again there is a decline. It turns out there is a natural ebb and flow to that population.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/11/2019 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Unions Join Companies to Oppose Richmond Coal Ban

How many of those union workers LIVE in Richmond, I posit VERY few. So the city is supposed to preserve union jobs for those who likely don't live in the area against the residents who have to endure the after effect. I have no problem with industry. I am not part of the anti-Chevron et al faction in Richmond but we must hold these companies accountable to be good neighbors.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 12/11/2019 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Egypt Theatre Arts Center

So how do you even find old photos and clips if you use too be a student

Posted by ree on 12/08/2019 at 7:55 PM

Re: “The Problems With Bioplastics

I am involved in a project to introduce 100% compostable produce packaging in the coming months. We have spent considerable time attempting to understand what is possible and where the "state of the nation" is today on compostable vs. recyclable vs. everything goes to the landfill...
We have decided to stay in wood based packaging - non-P-Fas fiber trays and flow wrap built from cellulose. The cost is considerable vs. plastic.. more than 28% higher packaging cost vs. plastic...
Will the public care... will they step up and support??

Posted by Fair Earth Farms on 12/08/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Time to Fight Coal in Oakland Is Now

So important for everyone in the bay area to understand this issue. We need to put the health and wellbeing of our communities above the profits of a few greedy coal executives

Posted by Michael Bakal on 12/07/2019 at 5:12 PM

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