Michael Good 
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Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

The actions of PPI sound both legally wrongful and mean spirited.

We should also note that if you park in a stores private lot and then go shopping elsewhere, you are being abusive. This is not ok. If someone parked in my driveway to visit someone else, I would have them towed in a heartbeat.

It takes a lot of nerve to park in someones driveway or block it. So, why is it ok to park in someone elses private lot out of your personal convenience and Ill founded assumption that the behavior is ok?

They had no excuse including it was only going to be for 30 minutes. Sounds like discount city has been abused by freeloaders and chose to do something about it. That is not victimizing of the freeloaders - Discount City is not allowing itself to be victimized.

Posted by Michael Good on 11/14/2018 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Opinion: Why I’m Voting for Cat Brooks for Mayor of Oakland

Brooks is about as qualified to do a good job leading a city as Trump is to be president. She also is quite good at stirring up her niche base with their nutty biases.

Hates cops and now pretends it is not true. Executive ? Uh huh, right.

Libby S has not done a great job but is starting to hit her stride. Too much worrying about pleasing everyone which pleases no one. But, the choice is obvious unless you are into fantasy and not reality.

Not a chance - Brooks would flush this City down the drain.

Posted by Michael Good on 11/01/2018 at 2:53 PM

Re: “The Hideaway's Generic Bar Food

Definitely a review that is more harsh than seen in the past. The writers usually strive to be very balanced - naming the good and the not so good. In the quest for balance, however, you can end up with a distorted review that does not tell you if the place is actually "worth visiting, stay away, or you must go."

Rather than harsh, maybe this one should be viewed as just plain honest and straightforward. I know I am not going to try it. The biggest miss to me is the author seems to hold Barney's up as some sort of great standard one should strive to reach. I don't think so - Barney's is just OK. So, this place must be really bad! And, the implied Barney's endorsement is not a confidence builder in reviewer judgement.

Reviews here have never been up to snuff since Luke left. I no longer look at them to seek and rely upon the opinion as much as I am just interested in what is new in the area.

I will be interested in future reviews from this author to see how he treats a place he think is good or great (assuming that is possible). That will be telling.

Posted by Michael Good on 09/28/2018 at 7:41 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Plans to Ban Homeless from Camping Around Lake Merritt

David Welsh:

Sorry, but Mahatma Ghandi died in 1948 - so not much was said by Ghandi in 2016. However, and perhaps amazingly, someone else used the same Ghandi quote and even said "A famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi springs to mind here." And, as amazingly, that was written on Sept. 15, 2016.

https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/true-me…

Alternatively, you did a cut and paste not knowing or caring how silly/shameless it looks.

BTW, the term White Elephant usually refers to a possession (think of an old knick knack in the house that is hopelessly out of style) that one wants to get rid of, perhaps at a White Elephant sale. "Elephant in the room" is often used to call out an item that no one wants to discuss.

Yes, I agree with you that homelessness is a terrible problem in our society. If it was easy to fix, it would be fixed by now. It is terribly complicated and a terrible problem.

I am not sure if I buy the comparison to prison expenses. I, personally, would rather keep murderers and other violent people off the streets, stopping them from further endangering all of us, at least as much as I would like the homeless to get more help. Who is imprisoned and for what crimes, etc. is also terribly complicated.

Regarding the Home Depot incident - take a walk (if you have no fear for your safety) or drive by the back of the Home Depot in Emeryville. It is a mess of tents and crap all over the place. Home Depot is trying to run a business and they, apparently, have focus on preventing the adjacent homeless encampment from spreading and encroaching on their parking lot. Do you really blame them for trying to maintain a safe and sanitary environment for their customers? Was it really such a terrible mistake, especially given the proximity of a large homeless encampment, for them to be concerned about someone sleeping a car in their lot?

So, the problems are well known, as was Ghandi. I don't have a solution but I do believe, as I said, this endeavor by the City is a start.

Posted by Michael Good on 09/13/2018 at 8:02 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Plans to Ban Homeless from Camping Around Lake Merritt

This is a start. Although hard for some to acknowledge - these encampments are public hazards - sanitation and safety. Another fire today!

Parks are for the sharing of beautiful outdoor space - not dirty, inhospitable campgrounds that decreases the use and enjoyment by the general public.

The argument about not enough shelters is rhetorical. When they are full, we can talk about it. I dont want go there - I would rather live in the park is not OK. We need to make progress in assisting the needy AND we need to follow the laws that enable a safe and clean community.

Posted by Michael Good on 09/11/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Berkeley Police Officers Threaten to Resign and Disband SWAT Unit If Council Doesn't Allow Participation in Urban Shield

Darwin stirred things up by writing about the controversy. Sadly, the tradition continues - East Bay Express "News" is not news, not even close. No followup, no conclusion, no report out on how the Council dealt with the issue and what happened at the meeting. Fire it up and leave others to concern themselves with facts and conclusions. That ain't news - that is s**t stirring.

The facts of the matter - The council voted to go ahead with the training.

You are welcome.

Posted by Michael Good on 08/06/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Protesters Mourn Nia Wilson and Rally in Opposition to the Broader Reality of Violence Against Black Bodies

I guess it sells newspapers (not that East Bay Express necessarily qualifies as one), but it seems DBG stokes the flames as best he can - he made sure to portray this killing as yet another racial hate crime.

"Although police say Cowell's motive is still unknown, the mood at yesterday's vigil and protest was that it was most likely a hate crime."

Sounds like Trump when he says "it might be this or it might be that" or "some people say" or "someone told me" and then says things to stir up his base of haters.

This killer, who sadly and sickeningly, committed this terrible act is schizophrenic and bipolar.

Mr. Allums certainly was the voice of reason here. Ironic that the crowd had little interest in listening to one so close to the victim and went off on their accusatory tirade because they "knew" the cause of this tragedy.

But this article is about insinuations and accusations first, investigative journalism perhaps later, facts much later. Good job, DBH, stir it up good.

Posted by Michael Good on 07/27/2018 at 3:03 PM

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