Liz Lee 
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Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

What a great article that says it all. All you left out was the example of how Paula Dean appropriated recipes, and labor and a false identity to create her empire.

I've been saying it for years.....The U. S. has been held hostage, to the collective juvenile ego of American white people while they've been learning how to cook. Yes that's what we've been witness to....white people learning to cook. (Remember before this 'movement', white households ate, canned foods and frozen dinners.)

Yes, white people learning about food from growing it to preparing it; white people learning about spices and how they flavor and enhance meats and vegetables, white people discovering the foods of other cultures...oh I could go on, but the thing that gets me, is how the white mind, in it's inherent arrogance, now wishes to proclaim it's supremacy in the realm of food growing and cooking ~ When in fact, they are the last participant to the party. They are just now learning things, that Black, Latino, and Asian, and native indigenous people have KNOWN FOREVER...

Yet as always...they appropriate, and then create systems of hierarchy, awarding prizes, titles and fame upon themselves for things the learned from others ( IE: All the food and cooking networks and popular TV type cook-off programs TV).

The last element in their game is the commercializing of food and cooking. Exploiting it for profit. Food ...people !!! Earth's ultimate givingness. Nutrition, fuel, emotional fulfillment for the bodies of Earth's animals - 4 and 2 legged. Talking heads in the industry give us ridiculous creative labeling on menus and at Farmer's Markets about the source of a bean. And foodies spout off these descriptions and name-drop them like a designer label groupie.

These new to the kitchen, white chefs/cooks - professional and at home ~ never realize the fools that they look like to all the rest of humanity. Like the awkward child/man on the old Mad TV show, that demanded attention, as he spastically jumped up and down, crying out, "Look what I can do!!"

We, who bear the knowledge in our genes, souls and family legacies just shake our heads, and roll our eyes while we add a pinch and retreat to the memory of the way Grandma prepared it, we just 'stir on'....

Posted by Liz Lee on 08/25/2016 at 12:39 AM

Re: “More Oakland Homes Turning into Hotels

That's a great big 'if' Mr. Johnson. In the meantime, citizens need immediate help. Just think about all those that have been displaced because of the way Oakland's city government is negligent. We are due immediate compensation for the effects their lack of enforcement have wrought on hundreds of families. We also need something to make them make an immediate about face, and give us the governance which Oakland laws call for, and our taxes pay for in their salaries.

Posted by Liz Lee on 03/03/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “More Oakland Homes Turning into Hotels

Darwin Bond-Graham deserves a Pulitzer Prize for the research and information he makes available to the public, about how the many deeply troubling housing issues here in Oakland are handled.

Once again, he has brought together all the treads, thought hidden in the horrendous knot which entangle the property at 840 55th St. For more than two years, this building has been involved in ignored complaints against both owners by the tenants. 840 serves as a shining example of an ongoing saga depicting City ineptitude, as well as what's WRONG with the manner in which City government is responding to the housing needs of Oakland's citizens.

What I see, is that the citizens would not be facing some of these problems, IF Oakland's City Departments were doing their job. Laws have been passed to protect renters and home owners alike. However, when through absence of enforcement, private sweetheart agreements, negligence and sheer ignorance, City officials and staff do not do their job, citizens are left at the whim of predators, and bullies in the form of real estate investors and their attorneys.

We need a class action lawsuit against the City of Oakland.

Posted by Liz Lee on 03/02/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Jacking Up Rents in Oakland

The City of Oakland has an important meeting June 9, 2015, The Housing Equity Roadmap. Info on it below.

Right now there is a particularly nasty consciousness encroaching on, and stalking Oakland's residential market, as evidenced by the new property owner at 840 55th St. Weak enforcement and regulation of Oakland's housing and condo conversion laws make our neighborhoods a prime target for predators with no appreciation whatsoever for the valued community which has been, and the present community that's attracted by the harmonious economic and ethnic diversity that creates the Oakland ethic.

At least, that's how I feel.​​

Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap. There has been a date change and we will be taking the Roadmap to City Council Community Economic Development Committee on June 9th rather than May 26th. The meeting will be from 1:30-4 in Hearing Room 1.
You can see the Roadmap tables and demographic maps better on PolicyLink’s website link:

Posted by Liz Lee on 06/07/2015 at 12:17 AM

Re: “Jacking Up Rents in Oakland

For all interested, mark your calendars: The tenants in the article have an Appeal Hearing before the Rent Adjustment Board on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 10 am. The location is 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Ste #5313, Oakland, CA 94612. The hearing is public, and will continue from day to day until completed. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Posted by Liz Lee on 05/21/2015 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Jacking Up Rents in Oakland

I just want to thank Darwin Bond Graham for doing this story on our situation. The article is really well balanced, contains a lot of the very convoluted facts, and as we'd hoped has sparked a lot of conversation about the issues we raised. Since the article we've received support and suggestions from Just Cause, the Oakland Tenants Union and the Santa Fe (CAN) Community Ass. of Neighbors. We'll keep readers posted on developments, and our Rent Adjustment Board Hearing Date in case you'd like to attend.

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Posted by Liz Lee on 05/21/2015 at 12:37 PM

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