Ruby MacDonald 
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Re: “Nature Vegetarian Restaurant

Nature Vegetarian serves tasty, skillfully prepared and reasonably priced dishes a la the "monk's food" or vegetarian cuisine developed by Chinese chefs thousands of years ago. At last one can enjoy "roast pork" without worrying about the carcinogen content of the pork fat! Vegetables and "seafood" over pan fried, Cantonese noodles were also good. It's also a plus that N. V. is open for dinner in an Oakland neighborhood with mostly daytime only establishments.

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 06/13/2012 at 10:02 AM

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Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

Glad to see coverage of last Saturday's successful Make It Fair Town Hall in Oakland, although there are important inaccuracies in this article! Reformers are not opponents of Prop. 13 but want to stop certain corporations from weaseling out of paying their fair share of property taxes. And speaking of fairness, the anti-tax California Taxpayers Association saying that homeowners are the greatest beneficiaries of Prop. 13 can't be true since both homeowners and businesses are supposed to pay the same rate (1% of assessed value) in property taxes under current law. It's the homeowners who are burdened with paying for what businesses are not paying!

Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 09/10/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “People Over Profits

Good Luck to Restore Oakland Center! Looking forward to patronizing but hope (advertising) efforts are made to dispel perhaps overblown security concerns about Fruitvale. Last year a bunch of us had dinner in a Fruitvale restaurant, after which a security guard near the BART stop cautioned us not to linger after 7pm. Especially as the location of a BART stop, the Fruitvale business district needs to grow and prosper!

Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 02/18/2016 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Sausal Creek: An Oakland Watershed Reborn

Nice job, Laurel! I'll be looking forward to your future articles in the Express which promise to boost appreciation of Oakland by revealing what makes it special.

Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 09/16/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Kau Kau Corner Brings Aloha to Alameda

The rice in genuine spam musubi is not sushi rice -- i.e. not flavored with vinegar-sugar-salt but with salt only.

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 08/05/2015 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Enough with the Environmentally Regressive Policies

The recent actions by the CPUC are not as nonsensical as Mr. Gammon suggests. The change in rate structure to 2, instead of the previous 4, tiers was mandated by AB 237 enacted in 2013 because the original setting of 4 tiers instituted in 2001 to discourage waste by levying much higher charges on high users did not promote conservation and, in fact, resulted in low use customers being subsidized by high use customers. The complexity of setting fair rates and also fostering desirable behavior is compounded by the need to compensate utilities for maintaining their infrastructure by levying a fixed charge irrespective of use and the discounting of rates by law for ratepayers with incomes twice the poverty level or lower. Technological changes such as solar energy competing with fossil fuels also bedevil rate-setters, as does lack of appropriate data to evaluate possible rate formats. The rates in question apply to 3 investor owned utilities (including PG&E), none of which is empowered to decide rates although their opinions are heard, as are those of ratepayers. Also, the changes in rate structure should not affect the amount of revenue collected by the utilities. Is it any wonder that social unrest results when we lack all the facts?

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 07/15/2015 at 10:22 PM

Re: “The Best Movies of 2014

No mention of "The Theory of Everything", "Life Itself"....just shocker, shocker, shocker. Isn't a movie critic supposed to serve all moviegoers? Maybe this one should see "Life Itself" -- very inspiring and thoughtful.

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 01/02/2015 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Board Games That Will Never Leave You Bored

How about some really oldies and cheapies like Scrabble or card games like Old Maid, which is not politically correct but morphed into spinoffs like Fish, or the very old Japanese favorite, Hana Fuda?

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 11/27/2014 at 8:25 AM

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