Lisa Hire 
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Re: “The Express' November 2018 Endorsement Guide

I am disappointed with your no endorsement on District 15. Wickes has a solid understanding of the complexities of the issues facing Californians. Beckles has proven that she does not work with others, including the public. Her policies have been poorly researched and badly executed, including rent control which is so heavy handed that landlords are simply putting their units on Airbnb, which Richmond does not regulate. I can give you a tour of my neighborhood where at least three buildings have Airbnb units. Beckles does not pay attention during council meetings, playing with her phone until she can make a long winded, self-aggrandizing statement on the matter. She can not handle questioning or criticism, blocking any resident who dares challenge her on Twitter, therefore preventing residents from following her statements in real time. Since she wont agree to meet with residents, social media is one of the only ways of communicating with her. Such censorship is illegal, as a federal judge has already stated about Trump. Instead of addressing her critics, she claims that they are being racist or homophobic. Also, Richmond voters overwhelming voted against her in the primary. A few non-scientific polls have Wickes way ahead, with Beckles and neither receiving 5-10%.

Posted by Lisa Hire on 10/18/2018 at 1:10 PM

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

I could add many facts to support my belief that Jack London was not a racist, but his daughter Joan offers one story worth sharing. In her book, "Jack London and his Daughters", she recalled happily playing with a black girl named Annie in West Oakland. One day, white boys called her names for playing with a black girl and for being at Jennie Prentiss's home. She yelled that Jennie was not black as she ran into Jennie's kitchen. She recalled that she did not see Jennie as black, and different from her, until that moment. Jennie comforted her and gave her some cookies. She ended the story by telling that she went back to her friend "-Annie, who was also black, beloved Annie who was my friend." I grew up in Kern Co among a lot of racists, and I know that racists teach young children their hatred. Joan (1901 - 1971) graduated from Cal and worked as a researcher and director of publications for the CA State Federation of Labor. She coauthored "So Shall Ye Reap: The Story of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Movement. She credited her father for encouraging her lifelong commitment to worker rights.

Posted by Lisa Hire on 09/21/2017 at 5:56 PM

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