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Posted by MG Thomas on 10/18/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

Yesssss!!!!!!

Posted by Suzanne Yada on 10/18/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Halloween Costume Swap

Im so excited!!!

Posted by Khyleih on 10/18/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Pacific Steel Casting Is Closing

Pacific Steel Casting has a long troubled history almost entirely it's own making. It has poisoned the air in West Berkeley for decades, was unresponsive to thousands of community complaints about the poor air quality it created, attempted to hide behind it's questionable ties to Mayor Tom Bates, inaction by City Council and the Berkeley Zoning and Adjustment Board, Dion Aroner's public relations firm, and Ignacio De La Fuente's political maneuvers, cheated workers out of pay, failed to modernize and improve worker conditions until it was too late, and cried wolf to get a better financial deal in bankruptcy court. The complete list is long and dirty. What will they leave behind? A wealthy family that took the money and ran when they sold the company to the current owners, hundreds of former workers who are owed back pay from years of company cheating , a polluted site, and a permanent stain on the reputation of Berkeley city government that was in bed with the company and ignored the health of the community, so that could maintain their reputations as power brokers.

Posted by Dr. John on 10/18/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Chris - Thanks for saying whats on the mind of all long-time Warrior supporters. Those of us that are not just fans, but support the team with our tax dollars and attendance through the long dark years. Home run.

Posted by David Peters on 10/18/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “There's a Border Patrol Costume at the Spirit Store in Emeryville

This is a joke right? Pansie liberals. Fyi...these have been sold there for over a decade.

Posted by kozzmo49 on 10/18/2017 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Warehouse Weed Farming in Richmond's Wild West

Richmond Mayor T. King Butt wants to right the wrongs that were done to African Americans during the war years when Blacks were not allowed to live in Richmond.
Consequently, they were forced to live in unincorporated North Richmond. Currently, King Butt wants to annex North Richmond to right those wrongs done to the Black population. However, this is a cover for what he really wants and that is the land for growing cannabis of which Noth Richmond has plenty of because there used to be nurseries there.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 10/17/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Upcoming Restaurant Zys_Oakland to Give Ex-Cons a Second Chance

pro corporate / pro industrial prison complex ? hopefully the old writers got a second chance somewhere . As Oakland becomes gene-monofied , as will its publications and restaurants.

Posted by aaron mcelhatten on 10/17/2017 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Upcoming Restaurant Zys_Oakland to Give Ex-Cons a Second Chance

i miss the old writers and old EBX ..what is this undercurrent of pro corporate world im smelling .. you stink new EBX . im out

Posted by Sh Sh Boba on 10/17/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Karma will teach them just like its teaching the niners and the Raiders....and the bandwagon fans that "love the warriors" will be just like the niners giving away they seat licences and tickets for the trick or treaters next week....great job Chris!!!!

Posted by Lil Bartholo on 10/17/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Unfortunately, the Warriors owners are once again showing that the owners of sports franchises in America are not only arrogant and greedy, but absolutely tone deaf in their relentless search for more and more money. Is it ever enough and will they ever realize that it is the fans that make the whole thing work? The NFL owners are well on their way to killing the golden goose with their greedy desire to add Thursday night football and ultimately expand the schedule. They approved the move of two franchises to an LA market that has shown over and over again that the football team they love is the USC Trojans. I can see the Rams returning, but the insanity of moving the Chargers to an LA market where they have no fans, are not a good team and are playing in a soccer stadium in Carson is mind boggling. At the end of the day, the team the LA fans wanted was the Raiders and they are moving to Las Vegas. Mark Davis has shown nothing but outright disrespect for the City of Oakland and one of the most loyal fan bases anywhere, ever. After appearing in a Super Bowl, Jed York and his ego screwed the 49ers for at least a decade by turning his back on San Francisco and moving into a concrete hot box Santa Clara. The fans of Oakland and the east bay supported the Warriors through at least 20 years of losing and the thanks they get is an announcement of a move to SF as soon as they got a championship team. Not only that, they are trying to screw the city on the way out. I don't know about you, but I believe in karma. It is a powerful energy in the universe that is pervasive in all aspects of the human existence. Yes, even more than money. After a 12-4 record last season and despite Davis trying to placate the fans with the signing of Marshawn Lynch, the departing Raiders all of a sudden can't seem to do anything right. I wonder how much mojo will follow the Warriors to SF? Fan loyalty lasts a lot longer than a maximum 3-5 year run of success any sports franchise can put together. After Curry and Durant decline or depart, will SF give them die hard fans that sell the place out? I seriously doubt it.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/17/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

chirs you sound like an asshole here , chill out . we love the warriors

Posted by Sh Sh Boba on 10/17/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

FYI "Its not even a lot of money for someone like you" is never a persuasive argument, if that is what you are trying to do.

Posted by tonydyk on 10/17/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Another Unnecessary Sports Expense

Scott McKibben was sued along with the Anschutz Entertainment Group for rigging the sale of a newspaper in 2005.

It looks like Mr. McKibben's contract is intended to prevent another potential executive from having any opportunity to uncover what has been done including why O.Co sponsorship of the Coliseum ended in the months before the Raiders announced a move.

Posted by Mari jones on 10/17/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

I guess the Oakland city government could care less, just like they do with the public libraries. Literacy and attending to the more vulnerable members of our society isn't their concern. Why would it be when the tech and real estate industries are more important?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/16/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Another approach that would could more effectively address the issues of gentrification and displacement would be a speculative gains tax imposed at the time of sale on properties that have been acquired and resold within a one or two year period. Consider what effect this might have had on Deutsche Bank, which acquired and then resold about 1,000 foreclosed homes in Oakland. Many of them when to investors looking for a quick buck who then "flipped" the properties.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 10/15/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

I get books for my middle school students from here. It's an invaluable resource for our public school teachers, this will be a huge loss if they dont get a space.

Posted by Haxan Festival on 10/14/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit

Wonderful comic tour de force. I havent laughed this long and this hard at a play for a long time. A stellar cast, a wonderful set, and a thoughtful absurdist text: thank you Berkeley Rep, David Handler, and Tony Taccone.

Posted by Evangeline Brown on 10/14/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

ICE just announced that in response to the new state law, they will start the sweeps again without regard to any collateral damage.

Posted by Dan Waterhouse on 10/14/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

While there is no doubt that there is a citywide need for traffic calming and other traffic safety improvements, I suggest caution in this rush to some vision of a nationwide Scandinavian utopia. American cities are great at jumping on board nationwide trends, especially when they are federally funded, without considering the local context. In fact, Transportation money is flowing right now and local governments are taking as much as they can even when the need for the project is debatable.Here are a couple of cases in point., The Coliseum BART to Oakland Airport tram seems to me to be consistently underutilized. I am sure that the ridership is way below what the so called transit experts predicted. Not only does this system seem to be generally unused, the options that would have allowed local riders to stop at the Wal Mart center or Oakland Hilton were deleted from the project. I guess the special airport people do not want to mix with the neighborhood folks. Moreover, the construction of the infrastructure required demolition of millions of dollars of new improvements from the Hegenberger Road beautification project that was less than 5 years old. That was a huge waste of money. The bike lanes installed along Bancroft Ave have created a traffic gridlock during peak hour traffic.The local residents don't utilize the bike lanes and changing from two to one lane in each direction creates traffic jams and erratic dangerous movements by frustrated drivers. What seems especially problematic is that the right of way along Bancroft is generally wide with large medians that the city cannot properly maintain. Surely some other design option would have have worked better for the community. But that is not how it works, the money was for the bike lanes, so they were going to be installed no matter what. The AC Transit BRT project that is currently under construction will be an absolute deal breaker for local businesses along International Blvd. They will see a new bus line in the middle of the street, one lane of traffic in each direction and no parking to serve their struggling businesses. How are these people supposed to survive? If the physical pattern of development along this corridor provided parking behind commercial buildings or there were municipal lots mid block or at the edges of the district, BRT would make sense. But look around folks, that is not the existing development pattern in East Oakland.Yes, it would be great if nobody had cars and everybody walked and biked for lattes in quaint little urban villages. However, these young transit experts fresh out of grad school with visions of Amsterdam need to be tempered with reality so that the city and the community served can be transitioned and not force fed a vision for them just because there is money to make it happen now.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/14/2017 at 4:41 AM

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