Ken Ott 
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Re: “California Water Officials Made the Drought Worse

This reminds me of the Enron situation, but this time around water. If the facts in this story are true, Gov Brown and DWR flushed us (NorCal) down the river for paltry campaign donations from LA and Central Valley Big Ag.

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Posted by Ken Ott on 03/28/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “The Dumpling of Champions

i believe there are good dumplings to be had in EL SOBRANTE of all places. yes.

please review:…

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Posted by Ken Ott on 09/19/2013 at 11:12 PM

Re: “The Incompetent Recall

Dear Mr Gammon,

You dismiss the Recall Mayor Quan Now effort because of a 10-year-old election-law reporting penalty incurred by the group's lawyer, and use as one of your chief sources against the recall James Vann, a Quan supporter.

You conveniently fail to mention that Mr. Vann himself was forced to pay a substantial penalty to the Fair Political Practices Commission in 1995 for some very serious offenses as part of a political campaign.

James E. Vann (1995) FPPC No. SI-90/813 [Enforcement decision].

81004 - Numerous counts, 84211(f) - Numerous counts, 84300(a) - Numerous counts

As treasurer, Mr. Vann failed to properly itemize on a campaign statement the campaign’s receipt of over $60,000 in contributions. He also illegally accepted cash contributions of $100 or more. The campaign also failed to diligently ascertain the true source of thirty-eight $1,000 contributions.
James Vann was fined $10,625.

But you’re the one who believes a penalty from a decade ago is relevant to today’s recall. I don’t.

To be clear: The big error in the recall application process was made by the City, not by the recall movement, when officials failed at the time of application to tell Gene Hazzard to correctly republish his Notice. At that early stage, he could easily have republished it without discarding the signatures of the people who have now since signed, and without confusing potential future signers.

Even a month ago, when this issue was brought to their attention, the City still had a chance to either make Gene Hazzard republish or ask the court for a ruling on how to proceed without significant impact on the voters who support a recall.

Instead the City froze and did nothing. Now it may make the decision to take no position on the legal issue of publication.

That will only compound the confusion created by the City’s original error. This is now a familiar response of our City officials to tough situations.

The competence of the recall participants is irrelevant to the question of the competence of Mayor Quan. But it’s a slick way to distract voters from that very real question.

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Posted by Ken Ott on 01/22/2012 at 2:59 PM

Re: “B-Dama: Down-Home Izakaya

I enjoyed everything about the restaurant except the seats. These are not four-hour seats. Other than that bravo! Great down-home Japanese, similar to its sister shop Geta.

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Posted by Ken Ott on 01/22/2012 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Organic Co-op Lowers Standards

I will stop buying Petaluma Farms/Judy's Family/Rock Island/Organic Valley eggs from now on. I've been buying them all this time without having checked them out, which is hard for a regular joe to do.

Props to EBX, the Alexandres and all the farmers market egg sellers out there! True free range eggs are indeed healthier and yummier. Seeing the chickens roaming on my friends' ranch and tasting the eggs confirmed it.

Just say no to industrial organic.

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Posted by k150c4bc on 05/23/2011 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Imprisoned, Rehabilitated, Unemployed

I think even ex-felons deserve a chance if they are really rehabilitated. Jobs should go to people who are best qualified.

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Posted by k150c4bc on 05/13/2011 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Using Trees to Curb Pollution

Thanks Nate for covering Urban Releaf -- not really sure why EBX omitted mention of them from the front cover Oakland Overgrown article. Ah well.

Keep up the great work Urban Releaf! They do tree maintenance too, not just tree planting.

Posted by k150c4bc on 05/13/2011 at 6:55 PM

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