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Re: “The Express Lays Off Six Employees, But the Paper Continues On

I'm really of mixed opinions in all of this. The EBX was the paper that often called bullshit on everybody whether it was greedy corporations, corrupt and incompetent government, AND local activist groups. I believe it was in the Express that I read of BAMN's connection to revolutionary socialist groups who cared little about the causes they protested beyond an avenue to create mayhem. Where the curtain was pulled on Fentons to reveal possible shenanigans around the 2001 fire. About the abuse and malfeasance in Yusef Bay's local empire based around Your Black Muslim Bakery, taking real risks with its readership.

That courage has been gone for years. It seems now it does little to challenge the orthodoxy of local activists, happily parroting their views and claims without serious challenge. It often would've taken little more than a quick search in the engine of your choice.

I'd prefer it stay around, but not in the form it's taken the last decade or so. The solution for conservative propaganda isn't liberal propaganda.

Posted by burnowt on 01/19/2019 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Dogtown Sausage Serves a Hot Dog Worth Fetching

If you want pork go somewhere else. Not everyones vision is your own. Peace.

Posted by Franco Dunn on 01/18/2019 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Middle East Dispute Comes to Alameda

@ ,

Only the simplest of zionist minds would describe someone advocating for peace and cooperation as an "awful human being." None too surprising though, as Zionist fantasies offer very little to working class jews worldwide. The fact that Zionist leader Netanyahu has fully embraced Trumpism, a man whose supporters chant things like "jews will not replace us", will only lead to more violence against jews. Comparisons can be made to the Zionists in the 20s and 30s fanning the flames of Nazism as they sensed an opportunity for their backwards ideology.

Workers in both the U.S. and Israel/Palestine need to embrace their own agency in defeating the capitalist system that depends on nationalist governments to promote imperialism, settler colonialism, racism, religious fundamentalism etc etc. to keep workers divided. The global ruling elite fear nothing more than an unified international workers movement fighting to end the domination of capital.

Until then, I guess we'll see at the next unite the right rally. Get ready to chant you useless tool.

Posted by City Counselor on 01/18/2019 at 3:02 PM

Re: “East Bay Community Energy Wants to Power the Community

01/18/19: EBCE scam: Greener profits? How did this slip under the radar?
Anyone getting one of those EBCE cards late Fall touting lower electric bills and PGE credits is subject to overcharging and the denial of refunds if you are a Tier 1, or, low electric user like myself. A $4 increase on my first EBCE/PGE electric bill due Jan.14.19= almost $50 per year. The EBCE rep had the gall to admit they were "not a match" for me and then refused to issue a refund, referring me to PGE instead-despite the fact they both knew my low usage status before automatically signing me up. He also danced around what EBCE considers to be an "applicable billing cycle date"=greener profits for who??? Is this a pre-bankruptcy backroom deal between EBCE & PGE?

** TIP**Rather than opt-out online on my own, this retired senior biller accepted EBCE's offer to let them process the cancellation over the phone, followed by an email I later received with a confirmation number. AND, in addition to documenting the rep's name, he also provided me a customer service "Interaction Number" verifying details of our conversation. Of course, it may all be bogus, but at least I was hopefully able to add another layer of security. I may revisit the online option if this saga continues too long.

PGE's Spin
I called PGE to get their policy on opting out. They also refused me a refund, citing yada-yada about the PUC with more finger-pointing back to EBCE.
.**As in other comments in this thread, PGE admitted customers were still being billed higher electric charges months after opting out.

** Burden on the vulnerable**
I Timothy 6: 10 states that it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil, not money itself, which flows from God who supplies our needs. I pray that the news agencies make this scam public for the protection of those who can least afford to be violated by corporate greed.
Maxine Butler- Oakland, CA

Posted by Maxine Butler on 01/18/2019 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Open Mic with Alexander McAllister

This open mic also welcomes all musicians and has a tuned piano!

Posted by Rebecca Grove on 01/18/2019 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Octopus Benefit with Sharmi Basu

This will be fantastic!

Posted by Rebecca Grove on 01/18/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “East Bay Community Energy Wants to Power the Community

They transferred customers without their permission then when we opt out continue to bill my electric bill doubled and I cancelled/opted out TWO months ago BUT they continue billing and each side blames the other. I have filed several complaints for two of my clients who have disabilities and medical needs. They are a complete scam.

Posted by Raquel Santiago on 01/18/2019 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Alameda Racism, Charter School Politics, or Something Else?

Yet another piece from this this columist trying to push their own agenda and force a "race war" rather than simply reporting the story, which is the true issue.

Posted by Sheryl Crawford on 01/17/2019 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Dogtown Sausage Serves a Hot Dog Worth Fetching

Actually no they dont need pork

Posted by Fusterclucker on 01/17/2019 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Middle East Dispute Comes to Alameda

Replying to David Spero Rn:
Being an American and a Jew does not grant you a higher authority on Jewish or Israeli matters.
You may be a Jew but none the less an awful human being.
I have no sympathy to those who support another mass killing of Jews.
Shame on you!

Posted by ג׳ון ברסוטי on 01/17/2019 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Middle East Dispute Comes to Alameda

Israel is not beyond criticism. However, false claims such as Israel is an apartheid state or Israel genocide innocent Palestinians, are a gross inversion of reality.
The people above have no credibility to claim they seek justice for Palestine.

Your hypocrisy stands out.
Your hate towards the Jewish State is greater then your love towards life and a lusting peace.

You are doing no favor to the Palestinians supporting the same policies of Iran and Hamas. (A Palestinian terror org.)

The BDS has a single goal in mind align with Hamas and Iran.
The goal is to wipe the State of Israel off the map.
Short and simple.

Posted by ג׳ון ברסוטי on 01/17/2019 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Professional Polluters

Another business started by an immigrant. Way to go, Californians.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 01/17/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Professional Polluters

This illegal dumping must be stopped. It should not be as difficult to prosecute or for citizens to report as it has been. Obviously large scale dumping is more serious but multiple instances of smaller scale dumping both mounts up and amounts to the same polluting crime sooner or later. Glad this slime ball was caught.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 01/17/2019 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Professional Polluters

Thanks to EBX for this great article on this sleazy gentleman.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/17/2019 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Dogtown Sausage Serves a Hot Dog Worth Fetching

A Halal Hot Dog is an affront to a real hot dog. Hot dogs need pork.

Posted by The Omordha on 01/17/2019 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Get Your Money, Murray

"By todays standards, it was fairly mild stuff"

Bruce Maxwell ordered food delivered then, while drunk, pointed a gun in the face of the woman who delivered it. That is not mild stuff by any standards. It is abhorrent and I am glad he's gone.

He proceeded to slash ,219/.300/.281 in AAA last year, so in addition, he sucks. Love the anthem stance though.

Posted by Yojimbo on 01/16/2019 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Get Your Money, Murray

I too applaud Kyler Murray for playing the leverage game to his maximum advantage. Far too often it is the MLB and NFL owners who have the players over a barrel in contract negotiations. I have no personal preference for which sport he should pursue. The kid should do what will make him happy. There is no doubt that baseball offers a longer and healthier career. However, there is no guarantee he will make it to the majors to make the big money. See Michael Jordan and Tim Tebow. A quarterback signed in the first round normally receives a big pay check right away and some guaranteed money. With all that being said, A's fans should not fooled by all the media attention around Kyler Murray. From a baseball tool perspective, he is not Bo Jackson or even Deon Sanders. Murray at maybe 5-10, will at best be a .300 hitting 2nd baseman who can steal bases and score runs. He will not be hitting the ball 500 feet and driving in 125 runs a year. For that reason, I don't think the A's should spend any more money on Murray. Players like him are not one of a kind. What they should be doing is addressing the starting pitching problem. After signing Kris Davis to a one year contract reflective of his talent and production, starting pitching is their biggest weakness. I agree that losing Lucroy at the catching position will be a down grade this year. He provided a solid every day presence behind the plate. Given the transient nature of the starting pitching staff, a solid veteran catcher is a must for a team like the A's. At the end of the day, in my opinion, Billy Beane should be replaced. He is not the guy with the vision and influence with other teams to get the A's to the next level. If the goal is to be competitive every year and go home early in September, he has clearly shown that he can do that. If the A's want to beat teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Astro's in the playoffs, they need to spend more money to build up the talent on the roster. In addition, hire a bright young gun in that general manager position who can wheel and deal with teams with undiscovered talent. The Billy Ball days brought no championships and are way over.

Posted by GPatton on 01/16/2019 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Update: How Hasta Muerte Coffee Successfully Secured Its Building

Well... the collective is people who DID grow up here.
i'd rather buy from these kids than from Starbuck's.

Posted by Suzanne Gamble on 01/16/2019 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Fremont Withholds Records of Fatal Police Shooting of Pregnant Teenager, Despite New Transparency Laws

This article clearly states that it is being withheld pending a federal lawsuit brought on by the family. Once all lawsuits are over, the records can be released (per the norm). Once again EBX is putting the cart before the horse and expecting (quite accurately based upon the public comments) for their readers to jump to conclusions based upon their own bias instead of reading the article themselves.

Posted by VicenteMora on 01/16/2019 at 7:44 AM

Re: “The Express Lays Off Six Employees, But the Paper Continues On

It's a real bummer. I love the Express. Hope everything turns out ok for everyone involved, although a bunch of the stuff Buel did recently bothered me.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 01/16/2019 at 12:38 AM

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