Victoria Ashley 
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Re: “Bay Area Medical Pot Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

On Vallejo -- "to ask the city council for a total of $260,000 over two years".

They are asking for at least $500,000 total just to pay for the two legal positions for two years. That would not include the police costs. Anyone who wants to watch the video of the latest council meeting (3/24) in which 100 cannabis supporters showed up and around 50 spoke at the meeting which lasted until midnight, can go here --…

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Posted by Victoria Ashley on 03/25/2015 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Updated: Undercover CHP Officer Points Gun at Journalists and Protesters in Oakland

The best coverage of this is by KTVU --

"Two CHP officers, both dressed as civilians and wearing bandanas over their faces, were walking with the group when the demonstrators started pointing at them yelling, "Hey, they're undercover, they're cops!" Oakland police Lt. Chris Bolton wrote on Twitter Thursday that the officer was assigned to the CHP and was not an Oakland police officer. One Berkeley resident, Dylan, who declined to give his last name, said he pulled off the officer's bandana.

The two CHP officers started to walk away, but the protesters persisted, screaming at the two undercover cops. One of the officers pushed a protester aside. The man responded by pushing back and then the officer tackled him to the ground, handcuffing him.

The crowd, incensed, began to gather around them. The second officer pulled out his gun and pointed it at the crowd. More officers quickly arrived and dispersed the crowd.

"I'm a white man, and I pulled off (the officer's) mask, but they punched a black man," Dylan said. "He got arrested."…

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Posted by Victoria Ashley on 12/11/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Rolls Back the Domain Awareness Center

FYI, there will be an informational event this Sunday --

Green Sunday (3/9):
Technology, Race and Civil Liberties: The Case of Oakland’s “Domain Awareness Center”
Presented by the Oakland Privacy Working Group
Sunday, March 9th, 2014, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland…

Thanks to the EBEx for the best coverage of the situation in our local newspapers.

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Posted by Victoria Ashley on 03/05/2014 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Why We Oppose the Oakland Spy Center

Thank you for writing and publishing this -- so important and a great summary of the points.

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Posted by Victoria Ashley on 02/26/2014 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Fatal BART Crash Provided Strong Evidence that Unions Were Right

Great piece, much appreciated!

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Posted by Victoria Ashley on 10/21/2013 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Endorsements Part II: Vote Bates, Capitelli, and Moore and Yes on Measures R and T

Bates?? No thanks. I'd vote for Kriss or Khalil over Bates

Are you aware of the situation with Synthetic Biology? Berkeley is set to become the world center for "synthetic biology".

Berkeley Scholar Raises Alarm on Synthetic Biology…

T – Berkeley West Berkeley Project – No , No , No!…

Faced with massive community opposition and the certainty of a successful referendum, the Mayor and Council majority placed this developer’s dream that up-zones and builds-out large chunks of West Berkeley directly on the ballot. The proposal benefits a few big property owners with no up-front community benefits. It creates significant environmental impacts that can’t be mitigated, including on traffic, air quality, and views to the hills. The measure does not include protections for Aquatic Park, despite the efforts of the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Citizens for an East Shore State Park (CESP) and Aquatic Park EGRET.

West Berkeley is a thriving community of residents, artisans, light industry and small business. It was protected as such when the West Berkeley Plan was passed through a genuinely participatory community process. Recent changes to the West Berkeley zoning laws provide additional flexibility, and there is ample room to build and develop within the existing laws. Large parcels can be developed under the existing Development Agreement process by which Bayer was developed. That process includes significant community input and participation.

Claims that development under this measure will be limited are false. While only ten parcels qualify at this time, and only six can be developed in the first ten years, the City Council is empowered to change the terms of this measure once it is passed, and nothing prevents a future Council from altering the terms of parcel eligibility to allow an unlimited number of parcels to be developed in a new and intensive manner.

There are great many things West Berkeley does need, and this measure won’t provide any of them. Protect what we do have. Vote No on Measure T!

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Posted by Victoria Ashley on 10/18/2012 at 5:12 PM

Re: “East Bay Express Endorsements on June 8

Wow, I can't believe this great little paper would endorse the Proposition (14) which is designed to destroy small parties in the state -- they literally will never be able to run on a November ballot. I can only assume you haven't looked into it very closely. Why would we want zero challenges to the corporate-owned parties? Why would we want to eliminate the only parties which refuse corporate money, stand for Peace and Justice, and are grassroots?

From Mike Feinstien:
"In California there are only two ways that parties stay on the ballot. One is to receive at least 2% in a general election every four years for a statewide office like Governor or Secretary of State. But under Prop 14, minor parties won’t be on the general election ballot for statewide office, so they can’t retain party status that way.

The other method is to have a certain threshold number of voter registrations. But if this were the only method today, both the Libertarians and the Peace & Freedom Party would already be off the ballot and the Greens would be threatened with the same.

***Had Prop 14’s authors intended to honor California’s political diversity, they would’ve reduced the registration threshold so these kinds of parties could reasonably stay on the ballot.*** By leaving the threshold where it is and eliminating their ability to qualify on the general election ballot, Prop 14’s sponsors are going for the jugular to entirely eliminate minor parties in the state."

I urge you to reconsider your endorsement of this Prop and look more closely at the info. See:

East Bay Express will join Prop. 14 backers -- the LA Times, The Sacramento Bee, The SF Chron, the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Police Chiefs Association, and the California chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Opponents include: SF Bay Guardian, California NAACP, California League of Conservation Voters, the ACLU (Southern and Northern CA), Libertarian, Green and Peace and Freedom Parties, Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, Sandre Swanson, Mark Leno, Lori Hancock, Cindy Sheehan . . .

Which side are you on?

Posted by Victronix on 05/27/2010 at 9:39 AM

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