chris gilbert 
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Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Ronald Stein's screed reminds me of the Mark Twain quote, "reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." People have been saying California's on its last leg for decades.

Posted by chris gilbert on 11/24/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

Could be an opportunity to finally get Calif. on single-payer. It's been bandied about for decades. It may finally be time. Many small economies than ours already have it: Canada, Taiwan, many European countries. We are the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world. If smaller countries can do it, we can, although we still have to "pay our dues" to the U.S. as a whole which takes a chunk of change.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/01/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Fump Truck: The Women's March in Oakland Felt Like A New Beginning

I'm not sure that feeling good about a "new beginning" is going to cut it. While Obama seemed to be a "new beginning" it was actually just the Democratic party treading water while the Republicans continued their take-over of local and state politics so that redistricting and voter disenfranchisement could give the election to Trump while he lost by 3 million. We can continue to gather in feel-good events or we can start organizing -- hard work, not necessarily feel-good -- to try to take back the election process.

Play is play and work is work and I'm not sure they should be conflated: play is defined in one dictionary as: "to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose." When 'play' ends everyone goes home. Work is what's needed now.

Posted by chris gilbert on 01/25/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

How much money is being spent on this project? With people losing their homes, record numbers on food stamps, stagnant wages, and we're talking about trees. Misplaced priorities. Spend the money where it's needed most.

Posted by chris gilbert on 07/09/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “A Look Ahead in Politics

Bates is supporting Skinner and Hancock Swanson?! That should make for some interesting pillow talk.

Posted by chris gilbert on 12/27/2015 at 8:08 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

However this turns out, their reputations are shot. Who's going to donate to such a non-profit that makes profits using shady characters on enterprises that go against their stated mission. What a mess.

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Posted by chris gilbert on 12/23/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Chain Pharmacy Wars

re: "Kurt Beleck, vice president of operations at Agree Realty, said the Solano Avenue site needs a corporate developer for several reasons. "There's a huge missed opportunity if this thing gets killed because certain people feel they're speaking for the entirety of the community."

So he speaks for the entire community? I see only one or two people showing up at meetings in favor of this project, apart from the paid Walgreens and Agree employees. Those against it have produced a petition of 2,800 signatures, scores of supporters at meetings, hundreds of emails to the Council, Planning Commission, ZAB. The guy lives in a cloud.

And what is this "missed opportunity"? The opportunity to buy things at Walgreens??? Come on. We've got better things to do.

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Posted by chris gilbert on 03/29/2014 at 9:10 PM

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