Francesca M. Austin 
Member since Nov 11, 2010

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Moved here with my small family for work in late 2008 - after a whole life on the east coast. Love it and want to… More »

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Married, enjoy friendliness of the Bay Area

Updated on October 17, 2015 at 5:58 AM

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Re: “When Weed Isn't Strong Enough

With legalization, as was feared, comes excessive regulation and increased taxation of cannabis. This will push folks in need of high doses of medical cannabis to the black market which will flourish by the underground communication i.e. word of mouth. As well, many who can benefit from doses of CBDs for pain (who do not wish to feel "high") are being priced out because they cannot afford the inflated pricing since January 1. CBDs were never inexpensive and as medicine, we need to lobby to have them covered under insurance to avoid addictive substances for pain control.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/15/2018 at 8:11 AM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

Good to know that this article is mostly NOT true. Thank you commenters.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 09/21/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I hope Lakeshore Colonial won't be next. Shops which have been here many years are ousted and it takes forever for new ownership to get various permits and permissions out of the city to open up something new. Wasn't stream-lining permitting for renovation and new construction on the Mayor's short list when she was elected?

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/17/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Best Model Citizen: Leon 'DNas' Sykes

Mr. Sykes is known also as a frequent poster on NextDoor - interesting to learn the rest of his story. Thanks EBX.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/10/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “The Recline of Movie Civilization: How Bay Area Theaters are Reinventing Themselves in a World of Netflix and Chill

Sounds like this is a "fox watching the henhouse" situation to me.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 07/13/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Degrees Plato Serves Beer Without Borders in Oakland's Laurel Neighborhood

Looks like a must try it soon place to me!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/16/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Restaurant Shuffle on Broadway in Oakland

Is Hayward becoming the new Oakland? Not sure of a rent comparison, but there are certainly empty storefronts on the main drag there which could be occupied by restaurants feeling a squeeze from the high rents of downtown and uptown Oakland. We recently had a fun meal with friends at Buffalo Bills Brewery in downtown Hayward (1082 B Street), not to mention enjoyed their brews and took home a six pack of high octane IPA.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/16/2017 at 7:47 AM

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