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Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Any person, entity, anyone who could have stopped this ship from sailing bears responsibility. Fail after fail. This includes PG&E.

Posted by Andy Kershaw on 12/01/2017 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Well if I walked into a restaurant with Hitlers pic on the wall or similar who killed innocent Jews. It would not matter how good the food is! I would not support it!

Posted by Patrick Weiss on 11/30/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

A woman of color opening her own business and exposing the US to Arab culture through comfort foods should be an inspiring story. Instead, Reem has twisted her opportunity and hard work into a shrine to a confessed terrorist murderer. Does the blood of Rasmea Odeh's victims matter less than a tasty treat to Express editors and readers?

Posted by Leibochips on 11/30/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Wazwan Indian Cuisine's Staying Power

Thanks a lot moron Mark Stefan, for ruining the Public Market, way to go.

Posted by jesse james on 11/30/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Thanks to EB Express for their in depth coverage.

Here's a link to the No Cuts to Schools petition that is helping turn the tide against cutting funds to our schools & students, helping to create awareness & helping School Board members know the level of of opposition to these proposed school cuts:

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petition…

Please get the word out by email & social media to your friends, neighbors & family.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 11/30/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

Nature has it's own ability to recover but sometimes we need to help them to heal or recover.
We all need to harvest or remove purple urchins as many as possible and migrate starfishes and implement seaweed seed on to the bottom of the rocks.

Posted by Sungsik Joo on 11/30/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Alameda County Superior Court Reverses License Suspensions for Nearly 54,000 Drivers Who Couldn't Afford to Pay Traffic Fines

This is honorable to reverse those suspensions on poor people who cannot pay the high fines and fees. Suspending licenses for failure-to-pay is the same as putting the people in Debtors Prisons. But using Debtors Prisons is a despicable practice that civilized societies ended over a century ago.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

Posted by James Walker on 11/30/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

I think every Oakland citizen should refuse to pay city taxes until our schools and police force are properly, fully and responsibly funded and managed.

Posted by Dayvid Jones on 11/30/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

As a abalone diver who's been diving over 25 years I've never seen it so bad. Places I've dove for years are now a Barron waste land of urchins . This is a problem that I believe can be repaired. Bull kelp seed will lay dormant for years and grows fast. We as the stewards of our oceans must take action. Instead of taking your abalone and getting out take a bag of urchins. Fish and game could aslo put some of our tax dollars to work and hire these out of work urchins divers to clean up and harvest these purple urchins. The starfish are coming back slowly but it's up to us to fix this. A hand full of urchin divers could clean up a cove in a day and within a matter of weeks the kelp will start to return. We divers need to press Fish and Game to allocate money for the clean up of our ocean. 10 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the total collapse of one of the last great wild abalone populations in the world. I call on every sportman and woman to take action and put pressure on the fish and game to fix this. It can be done if we take action now . Let's not wait on fish and Game to do nothing which we all know will happen. Sometimes nature needs a little help. Starfish are coming back but without a effort to rid some of these coves of urchins there is no way the Starfish alone can solve this by themselves!! The time for action is now so please get involved and let's make sure your kids kids have the opertunity to enjoy one of natures greatest delicacys !!

Posted by Donald Gates on 11/30/2017 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

The living conditions that lead to the establishment of the Ghost Ship should not have been.
The living conditions which lead to the establishment of the Ghost Ship resulted from the collaboration between Jerry Brown, Henry Paulson and Steve Mnuchin.
The collaboration between these three men, has resulted in one third of the homeless people in America now living in California.
The collaboration between these three men, allowed MERS and associates to put 67 million illegally generated mortgage transactions into the system.
The collaboration of these three men, are what resulted in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire and the fire on San Pablo in Oakland, that have resulted in the deaths of 40 people.
THE CITY OF OAKLAND IS A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE!!!
My name is Allen Sanford and here is the proof, if you choose to know the truth!!!
https://www.facebok.com/RealEstateFraudOrG…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 11/30/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

When we held peaceful protests and vigils at Reems to honor the young victims, Leon Kanner and Edward Joffe, of the brutal 1969 supermarket bombing by Rasmea Odeh and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a well-known terrorist organization, Reem Assil repeatedly attempted to silence us. Local security and the Oakland Police Department asked us to leave over and over again. When she couldnt stop us this way, she filed lawsuits against some of the protesters. But we knew our First Amendment Rights and wouldnt be silenced and prevailed. Apparently, Assil only cares to protect free speech if it agrees with her own views. Reem Assil chooses to express her free speech right by having a giant mural of Rasmea Odeh convicted murderer of two high school students on the wall of her cafe. How can she expect anyone who knows the truth to stay silent as she chooses to honor a vicious killer and dishonor the two young men we remember today and will continue to remember? It is a cruel thing she has done and it is a message of hatred and violence.

Posted by Susan George on 11/30/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

I would love to go enjoy the food and the sense of community she says she wants to create. But I cannot and I do not understand how anyone of good conscience can. The mural on the wall is of a person who is responsible for the murders of two young men, a woman who is a convicted terrorist and who denies an entire people their right to self-determination in the land in which they are an indigenous people. This is the antithesis of creating community and goodwill. Once the owner takes down the offensive mural, I will look forward to visiting the restaurant.

Posted by Alan Edelstein on 11/30/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Look forward to patronizing Rheem's. The food sounds wonderful as does the entire atmosphere!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 11/29/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Youd have to go to a lot of effort to miss Reems warm welcome. Maybe some people didnt catch the memo about the Jewish high holiday dinner she hosted, along with countless community gatherings for causes and peoples across the beautiful spectrum of our bay. The food may be amazing, but its the inclusive community that makes Reems irresistible.

Posted by Emily Katz on 11/29/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

Alot of the officials/employees shutting down spaces might belong to unions. You should talk to the boards of the unions and the Labor Council and get them to pass a resolution supporting unpermitted live-work spaces.

Posted by Gary Gregerson on 11/29/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

OK, listen up snowflakes. I'm one of the few, the proud. Not JUST a California native, but born and bred right here in the East Bay.

Over the past few weeks I've gotten sick to death of hearing how you can't afford to live in the urban areas of the Bay Area.

As a child, I lived here without questioning much of anything. In my teens my family moved because it had become too expensive and to be frank, they were crackers (yes, THAT kind of crackers). I barely made it out of high school. I wasn't cool. I never had a "posse" and no one had my back. I didn't go to college; I wasn't good at much of anything. Just too damned dumb to quit.

As a young adult, there was NO WAY I'd try to raise my kids in the urban areas... It was both too expensive AND too dangerous, unless it was one of the enclaves and then it was monstrously expensive and even more out of the question.

Bottom line, there is NO right to live in any particular place. The Okies (my parents) found that out. They found out about "sundown towns" too... Just like the other people who came to California found.

The kids are grown. I've been through more life changes than I like. I did things and was someone no one would be proud of. I made it out and I'm better now; Not good, but better.

Oakland is better now too; Not good, but better. It's going to continue to get better too and not because it will stay as it is, but because of change... And a LOT has to change.

I love to live in Oakland and here in my home, the Bay Area.

It got bad. Now it's better. It could only do that because it had to change and it did change. Just like I had to. It's gonna suck for a while. Embrace the suck.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/29/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Hard not to lose appetite when staring at the smiling face of a convicted terrorist all over a wall. I walked out before ordering anything after seeing this atrocity.

Posted by Howard Oggman on 11/29/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

"Reem Assil wants her bakery to feel warm, welcoming, and distinctly Arab. "

Yet she decorates a wall with a mural of a confessed killer and terrorist (who thankfully was deported). Hardly "warm and welcoming" to anyone, at least anyone that I can think of.

It screams of hypocrisy. How could anyone patronize such a place?

Posted by Robby Brodsky on 11/29/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Not sure anybody with a conscience could enjoy any delights while staring at a mural of a convicted murderer. If this is Ms. Reems idea of a role model, this community has bigger problems than gastronomy. If Reems wants to actually build bridges and feed the people, perhaps being sensitive to an entire group who is deeply hurt and offended by her bizarre mural, would go a long way.
Would you eat with a mural of Osama bin Laden being glorified?

Posted by Ma Sha on 11/29/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Its important to know a bit about Reem Assil's "inspiring back story". Reem's bakery is decorated with a floor to ceiling mural of a confessed terrorist- Rasmea Odeh, who killed 2 young men and injured 9 others when the bomb she placed in a grocery store blew up. Jewish community elders have been picketing the store regularly- and they have been physically attacked by Reem's staff and patrons. The local Jewish paper reported the incident. When the elders continued their vigils, Reem filed restraining orders, in an effort to deprive them of their rights of free assembly and free speech, but these were denied by the court. If you reject violence and believe in freedom of expression, you'll avoid Reem's. The ambiance will leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

Posted by Maria Parker on 11/29/2017 at 6:55 PM

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