Bee Montigue 
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Re: “Secret Staircases to the Past

To the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association and Oakland Urban Paths can be added the new kid on the steps - El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. This volunteer group is making El Cerrito 'path friendly' with its myriad of new additions.

A list and maps of the paths can be found on their website:

Check it out!

Posted by Bee Montigue on 11/03/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Emeryville Is Finally Rethinking Development

First thing Emeryville should do is raze the hideous 50 plus story condo unit and the view blocking eyesores opposite one must see driving toward the Bay Bridge. The utter lack of respect for height limits in harmony with the hills and Bay are a testimony to the stupidity of its former leaders and the greed of developers.

Posted by Bee Montigue on 09/18/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “More Than Just a Day at the Beach

It is refreshing to read a column that veers from the standard narrative that the U.S. requires masses of technical labor from abroad less we lose our position as a high tech leader. As Hightower points out, the elite of "Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Microsoft — don't want to pay the market rate of salaries, benefits, and promotions that good IT employees can command."
The result are careers cut short for American workers and the dreams of the young sacrificed for the profits of industry whose only loyalty is to the almighty dollar.

Posted by Bee Montigue on 09/18/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Visions of Liberty

"Vision of Liberty"? How about an honest caption "Vision of Importing More Poverty". And if this blueprint in the Eastbay Express for killing the middle class by mass immigration doesn't fill your weekly quota for open borders propaganda then head on over to the tear jerker on page 8 - the story of Cambodian Chea Bou where you can cry crocodile tears for another 'victim' of our 'broken immigration system' and another noble immigrant sob story.

Me? I'll take my cue from Bernie Sanders on the open borders champions: "It would make everyone in America poorer."

Posted by Bee Montigue on 08/17/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Man Facing Deportation for Nonviolent Drug Crime

Mr. Bou is a poster child for our "broken immigration system."

Cambodian immigrant Chea Bou marries at 16
Starts family at age 17 with a wife then 16
Fathers 5 children - one involved in gun violence, one in prison and another a dropout
Is convicted of of firearm possession
Is convicted of drug dealing

This man has cost society millions of dollars - education for his kids, cost of criminal justice system, medical costs, and the invisible tax dollars behind the myriad of agencies trying to forestall his repatriation.

Mr. Bou is indeed a poster child for our "broken immigration system" - just one who demonstrates why our laws should be rewritten to prevent more Mr. Bous in the future.

Posted by Bee Montigue on 08/17/2015 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Lost in Translation

It just never seems to end: immigrants are placed on a pedestal of exceptional nobility, capacity and entrepreneurial ability yet always seem to be in need of special costly services - translation, special counselors, subsidized coverage, etc. etc.

"The state currently has fact sheets translated in just thirteen languages…" JUST thirteen? I thought they come here just to work hard, enjoy the American Dream and not be a burden. Why are they expecting American taxpayers to underwrite their presence here? Isn't this the obligation of their own communities?

Ms Truong in particular is part of a class that is infamous for its tax avoidance and unreported tips - nail salons. Why should American taxpayers on top of it be burdened with her endless needs?

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Posted by Bee Montigue on 11/07/2013 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Prescriptions for Poverty

Just maybe the real root cause is mass immigration, much of it illegal. When large numbers of poorly educated people crowd in - often bearing many children like Ms Ruelas - it is a recipe for social problems like those reported.

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Posted by Bee Montigue on 11/07/2013 at 7:34 AM

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