Charlie Pine 
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Re: “Oakland Police and the Great Fruitvale Cannabis Giveaway

Six thousand plants and none of the adjacent tenants nor the building manager smelled them day after day? Ha. We had a neighbor who grew 300 plants in his fairly well sealed garage, harvesting in the wee hours and selling into a wholesale network. You couldn't miss it, and after awhile you couldn't mistake it for occasional or frequent use. OPD, County Sheriffs, and ATF showed up with rifles drawn one day, seized his plants and his rifle.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/14/2019 at 10:51 AM

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What arrogance by these businessmen! The City needs more money, not less, to fund enforcement. We have illegal grow houses all over the flatlands; violent burglary attempts on them; more, not less, street dealing that makes corners off-limits to peaceful neighbors; and open smoking of weed as though there were no controversy over the psycho-physical damage that today's high-powered THC products inflict on teenagers. We were promised that City legalization would come with strict enforcement of the necessary laws and regulations. Keep that tax at 10 percent, and if you must move to another stupid city, good bye!

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/20/2019 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Staffing Versus Services in Oakland

"There is a drive to push kids into college at tax payer expense... Whether it is appropriate or not; Whether the measure passed or not." The purpose of Measure AA and the whole Promise show is not to prepare youth for work; it is to give Schaaf a stage to run for State office. It is the duty of Oakland households to give her $198 a year so she can run for one of those offices. When you get up in the morning, you naturally ask yourself, what I can do for Al Franken today -- oops, what can I do for Libby Schaaf today?

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/01/2019 at 9:23 PM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

Parcel tax proposals require a two-thirds approval for good reason: City government has enormous propaganda advantages when they run a proposal. Renters tend to vote for them because they do not feel directly targeted for a tax increase. *** But Measure AA lost anyway. It just went too far: $198 a year for 30 years. It was a City tax on top of a couple of school district taxes already in effect. And it was put forward while the City has let streets and basic infrastructure fall apart, even after a big tax for that was passed. *** The NAACP in this opinion piece does not care about children and their education - what has it done for the last twenty years while the school district decays into corruption and mismanagement?

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/11/2019 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Arreguin Sees the Light on the Density

The mantra of dense housing near transit hubs has created a disaster at Fruitvale BART. BART took over half a parking lot for a housing project. One wall is about 25 feet from the tracks. How would you like to live in one of those units? Meanwhile, people who live a mile away from BART now have less parking if they drive to the station, infrequent AC Transit bus service to the station, and guess what, most people do not ride a bike to work.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 02/27/2019 at 2:19 PM

Re: “State Threatens Viability of East Bay Green Energy Program

If you want to push solar, legislate that PG&E etc. must take and distribute solar-produced electricity. Why set up a layer of "choice" agencies? EBCE did not address this basic question in the information it sent us; it just enrolled us without asking.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/15/2019 at 5:57 PM

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

Gammon understands news. A couple of the laid-off staff are opinionators who masquerade as journalists. There is a lot to report in Oakland and the east Bay, and we look forward to reading the Express for news.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/14/2019 at 10:22 AM

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