William H. Thompson 
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Re: “Can Businesses Afford to Stay Politically Neutral?

Is this article a veiled call to have Yelp add the political persuasion of every business to its reviews? The "sanctuary" of the voting booths in every polling place is there for good reason - but too many liberals, who fiercely guard the concept of their personal privacy - now call for businesses to publicly "confess" all. As this is written, the CA liberals call a for mass boycott of In-And-Out-Burger at the revelation that firm made a political donation. What difference does it make if the blacksmith perfectly fits horseshoes to the horse of a liberal or conservative, when those are the best shoes that horse can wear? The only difference is political manipulation, or pandering - as the case may be. This article and its subject matter deserve to be a chapter in "Animal Farm."

Posted by William H. Thompson on 08/30/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “East Bay Community Energy Wants to Power the Community

It seems every PG&E statement comes packed with notices of rate increase hearings. The 2018 average CA rate per KWA is 16.8 cents (up 14% from 2017). In Louisiana that 2018 average rate is 9.8 cents (40% lower). In spite of all this "community" gobbledygook, which - in spite of this valiant reporter's attempt to explain the EBCE Plan - Californians are paying some of the highest rates in the nation (only 14 states pay higher). It's time to fix that.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 07/05/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

The premise of this article is so flawed, it defies description. It promotes the concept that illegal immigrants who have committed crimes are somehow "sacred cows" with higher rights than actual U.S. citizens. It implies that cooperation among law enforcement agencies to rid this country of such criminals is a crime. Kim, for example, was given his chance when pardoned after his conviction of a Georgia hold-up - and then he did another crime! He had better learn Korean, because that is where he should immediately be deported to. The reporter has made the case for just such law enforcement agency cooperation - no matter how many tears this article might precipitate from liberals who refuse to respect the personal consequences of law and order.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 01/11/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

Let's march out the Elephant in the room here! The City of Oakland gets a huge "franchise fee" (estimated by some to be up to $25 million) from its granting of exclusive rights to companies for their collecting solid waste and recyclables. Such a fee cannot pertain to recycling companies (like Alliance) whose recyclables are not collected by them, but brought to them by individuals (whether in shopping carts or trucks). Oakland's "franchised" collectors charge their clients by volume, and every piece of recyclable material not being collected by them (but by others) cuts the revenue those franchised collectors can charge their clients. This also probably affects the revenue percentage based franchise fees collected by Oakland from their franchised collectors - reducing the city's revenues. The Alliance Recycling outdated website states it collected 15,600 Tons of recyclables in 2008. Imagine how much volume that 15.6 tons removed from the franchised collector's revenue streams, and how they must be complaining about that lost revenue to a city government that is also losing revenue from its reduced franchise fees as a result. The city of Oakland is squarely in bed with those big businesses it granted exclusive collection rights to. One look at the Alliance Recycling location on Peralta Street will confirm that street is packed with industries - it is nobody's idea of a residential or gentile neighborhood setting. Oakland has laws against the illegal collection of recyclables (such as raiding waste bins of such), so rather than expensively policing such violations, it chooses to shut down the recycling company. This is less about sidewalk blocking or nuisances and more about a conspiracy between Oakland and its franchised collectors to do what in anybody else's viewpoint would be the illegal restraint of trade. The elephant in the room here is holding a bundle of money in its trunk, and that money is headed straight for Oakland and its exclusive franchised collectors.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 07/27/2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Actually, Brock Turner Did Deserve Prison for the Stanford Sexual Assault

Did I just read this here, rather than some permissive screed about how the Stanford "swimming star" rapist will now turn his life around? Bravo, East Bay Express! The guy did the same crime that could have been perpetrated by a monster of any other education, race or financial status - so his time behind bars should be not one day less of a "severe impact" than others because of how a judge sees him. The ruling is truly an insult to the victim - and every citizen, besides.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 06/08/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Approves Ballot Measure to Tax Landlords and Create Affordable Housing Fund

So Berkeley City Council members, concerned about the cost of residential rental rates in their city, just endorsed a ballot measure that will result in every residential renter paying MORE rent, as the tax is passed on in their future rental rates. Who but the Berkeley City Council could come up with a more perfect torture device for renters and a way to discourage the building of more rental housing in that city? Perhaps those who endorse this scheme will next propose taxing and taking every red cent of residential rental income so they can then decide if it is "fair" in their opinion of giving any portion of it back to the owners of those rental units. After all, in their minds, they are the supreme arbiters of what is "fair."

Posted by William H. Thompson on 06/08/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Benicia Oil-by-Rail Battle Hinges on Legal Controversy

Maybe Valero should simply find a location where it can do business without people who throw up barriers. Valero could tear the entire refinery down, bulldoze the land and sell if off for another one of Benicia's residential projects that drain the city's treasury to support schools, fire protection, sewage, water, and policing. All the refinery taxes paid to that city would be gone. College student Jaime Gonzalez could then graduate and get a job at McDonald's.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 04/13/2016 at 5:42 PM

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