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Re: “Comal Next Door Offers Solid Taqueria Fare in Downtown Berkeley

Comal serves Mexican food for gringos; so does Picante.

Posted by MikeE on 06/14/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Member Rebecca Kaplan Endorses Cat Brooks

Isn't Brooks the one who wants to cut the police budget in half?

Posted by MikeE on 06/10/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Police Union Money Flooded the East Bay's District Attorneys' Races

Justice isn't blind. Her eyes have been poked out by police.

Posted by MikeE on 06/07/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Kenzie Smith and Onsayo Abram Launch Nonprofit ‘2 Brothers at the Lake’

Sorry, too busy running for Parks Commissioner.

Posted by MikeE on 06/07/2018 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Et tu, Chucky?

The endless whining of sports fans is topped only by the endless whining of god fans--"Why have you forsaken me?"

Posted by MikeE on 01/10/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Broken Pipes, Broken System

Councilwoman Annie Campbell Washington says her only duty when constituents ask for help is to refer them to someone else--kick the can down the road, in other words. That's a lousy politician, I'd say.

Posted by MikeE on 01/10/2018 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Have a Chance to Prove They're Not NIMBYs

This is not going to make the neighborhoods happy.

Wander through most any residential neighborhood in the flats, from El Cerrito to East Oakland, and you'll find block after block of pleasant, mostly well-cared-for older homes rich in character and variety while showing only one or two common architectural styles.

Then you run into an eyesore apartment building, probably from the post-WWII era. Usually cheaply built, out of character with the rest of the neighborhood, a profit-driven investment for non-resident owners. "What a shame," you say. "It doesn't fit in at all, does it. The rest of the block is so pretty."

City staff can't force a builder to respect a neighborhood; only an open political process can. Berkeley's City Council and affordable housing advocates just gave up on open processes. "But it's for a good cause!" It always is ...

Posted by MikeE on 12/06/2017 at 5:28 PM

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