Michele Ocla 
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Re: “Kaplan Stumbles Out of the Gate

One wonders why the fixation on Kaplan, whether she is the "frontrunner" or just another city hall screwup?

There are several people running for mayor who have interesting things to say about how Oakland might become the city it ought to be.

Why not spend some time exploring a progressive future for Oakland rather than continuing an obsession with the status quo?

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/25/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Where Modern Gastronomy and Paleo Dining Meet

One problem with the "paleo" diet is that we don't have any cookbooks from that era lying around to tell us exactly what people did eat. Or just how diverse the diets were among different paleo cultures. Most of the discussion is pure fantasy.

There is scientific information available which suggests that in paleo times calorie intake was critical for development, physical and cognitive, and for simple survival. Only in much more recent times when agriculture (and the "horrific" eating of grains and legumes) was well-established and nutrient density high enough could human cultures evolve and produce what we now refer to as civilization. Those paleo chappies weren't capable of becoming computer nerds.

It's critical to understand that humans have indeed evolved since the paleo era to be able to make use of new foods. F'rinstance with domestication of milk-producing animals humans evolved the ability to digest lactose as adults. There are many genetic variations which give this ability telling us that this adaptation was selected many times during evolution.

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/25/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Opinion: It’s Time for Civilian Oversight of OPD

Actually OPD has always had civilian oversight--the Council, the Mayor and the City Administrator.

The problem has not been structural, but rather functional. The civilian overseers of OPD have not been up to the task assigned to them.

What kind of assurance will we have that yet another bureaucratic salad-tossing will improve on our miserable record of incompetent oversight? Especially in light of the fact that the proposed law retains final decision-making regarding budget, policies, major initiatives with the current group of electeds who have failed us all these years?

For me the bottom line is that we need a whole new breed of Council members, Mayor and City Administrator.

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/23/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Kaplan Disbands Shady Ballot Measure Campaign; East Bay Cities May Collaborate on Minimum Wage Hike

Oh my doodness. Our greatest (if you smoke pot or wear a baseball cap backwards), smartest (over a million dollars of college degrees) and best-loved (because she loves everyone, or is that Libby Schaaf who loves everyone?--I get confused sometimes) would-be mayor swims in the same polluted waters as others who abide at Frank Ogawa Plaza!

All I can say is that it's a very good thing most of our electeds are so busy with their would-be-mayor campaigns. That gives us some hope that there will be fewer-than-usual stupid initiatives for them to spend their time on between now and November. Just working hard to defang Kalb's ethics initiative will be plenty to do downtown for the rest of the season.

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/23/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Is Key to Limiting NSA Surveillance

An up-to-date alternative view to Greenwald's POV, for them what's seriously interested in this topic and skeptical of our friendly tech billionaires:

"I don’t think society should have to rely on hi-tech billionaires to support our interests in the halls of Washington. Corporate pressure is not the solution. Corporate pressure is the problem."

Fuller discussion here: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/19/an-…

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/19/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

"Eventually there will be a public backlash so large..."

That backlash will come from a public which, on average, consumes 44 gallons of soft drinks per year? That's a big slurpy per capita every day.

Look up the data on cookies, candy, french fries, boxes of mac and cheese etc. It's the same.

GMOs? Most people have no idea what they are.

Corporate power isn't so easily defeated, sorry to have to tell you.

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/18/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Services to Face Major Reform Following Euthanasia Controversies, Chronic Vacancies

I'm all in favor of better treatment for animals. I have dogs.

But I have to say, with regard to our City Council, where are their priorities? They've got a reorganization plan for taking care of animals, but where is their police/social services reorganization plan for human beings?

One dead dog seemed to spur a lot of action. How many dead humans found on the pavement will spur the Council to write a major crime prevention plan?

And Kaplan along with Schaaf are both running for mayor in the fall. They are promising action on crime prevention if and when they are elected. Believe this and I have an investment for you in a new bridge about to be built between Oakland and downtown S.F.

What's wrong with doing something right now about dead people on our pavements?

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/18/2014 at 3:09 PM

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