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Angus July 22, 2014 at 04:28 pm
My point is: This firm, Communities for a Better Environment ... Where are these people out of? WhoRead More do they represent? Did you vote for them? If you did, I feel sorry for you. You didn't do your homework. These people have no link to Northern California. These people are from Los Angeles. If this is what you want representing you
Patty O'Day July 23, 2014 at 09:46 am
Well, I am for approval as well. And of course, I want it done in the safest, most efficientRead More manner, without causing problems for the environment. I just believe the City of Richmond has been ridiculous in some of their demands. I feel that Chevron is being held captive at times, and if Richmond keeps this up, Chevron could pack up and move to Texas like so many other companies in California.
Robert Anderson July 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Chevron spends a fortune on phony PR, trrying to influence the people of Richmond.
Ken Briggs July 22, 2014 at 10:49 am
get some jobs that will pay , even if you were to make $10.00 an hour it does not pay for rent in aRead More flop house . get some shelters made so that a person can take a shower and help them find work .
Edward July 23, 2014 at 10:14 am
We need low cost and subsidized housing for Seniors and Veterans. The VA has said it has 4 billionRead More dollars for housing for veterans. Where is it? Who knows where to go to get it? Rents have been rising and the Social Security Checks have been falling behind inflation here in the San Francisco Bay Area and in California in General. Now they want to fill the Jails with the homeless? Occupy, where are you?
Leave RI July 23, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Throw some soap and you will find the "occupy parasites"scatter.
Don Gosney July 17, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Of course, there is far more to this story than what the Bay City News is reporting here. ThisRead More story goes back a very long way and is deeply faceted. It’s very easy to point a finger at an individual Councilmember when, in reality there is plenty of blame to go around. There are no innocents in this story. For instance, when the Vice Mayor swears across the room (using the F word) at another Councilmember—and does this in public—that might be perceived as toxic. When the Vice Mayor posts Facebook posts denying her actions—witnessed by so many other people—all while she is supposed to be hearing a budget report that might save the jobs of 75-100 city workers—that might be of concern to the public. And when she sends a toxic email to Charles Smith while she’s hearing another budget report, and includes the N word and twice uses the word “Cracka” to refer to white people, that might seem as toxic, too. But she’s not alone in her actions. As I wrote, there’s plenty of blame to go around. What should concern people is not so much the innocuous proposal delineated in the agenda packet but in what the Vice Mayor has said, and written in newspaper articles, blogs and emails about wanting to deny citizens their right to participate in government meetings for half of a year as punishment for saying something that she or the Mayor disagrees with. Keep in mind that according to their own rules, only the Mayor gets to decide what is disruptive. Just as she did a couple of weeks back, she took exception to the message that one speaker calmly spoke and had him ejected from the Council Chambers. Which was more disruptive—what he said or her reaction to what he said? Just as I pointed out on Tuesday night, the courts may agree with me three to four years down the road that the Mayor had no right to deny me my rights to participate in public meetings, but in the mean time I’ve been ejected from the meetings, cited by the police and possibly punished by a judge (like the previous speaker was). I may win the court settlement later on but in the mean time I’ve been silenced—and all because one person has been given the authority to play God over our freedom of speech. This reminds me so much of what the Republicans started doing a few years back by setting up fenced in “Free Speech Zones” on the other side of town. They placed police around these FSZs and proudly boasted how they were protecting our right to speak.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to include $5 million to build an earthquake warning system. Patch file photo.
SA July 16, 2014 at 11:33 am
Typical Democrat wanting to spend money like Brown’s crazy train. What is an early warningRead More system.. “brace for shock” ? What we need is an early warning system that warns us before a Democrat / Liberal opens his month.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 17, 2014 at 06:54 am
Just another extension of socialist Obama...
Rick Crockett July 19, 2014 at 10:38 am
Wow! Talk about Brown-Obama-Democrat Cronyism. Not only can the system be built and installed forRead More less than $500/node, it already has. I helped with one of the nodes with-in the past four years. The system (requiring less than 25 sq.ft. (donated) can be set up similar to a Home WiFi Security Cam with FTP access. Really it can be automatically monitored and maintained for free through a cooperating University. This is merely a $16 million a year hornswoggle going into the crony's pocket. Its dirtier than greedy profit. All that, lying cheating and stealing on top of it. Republicans in office don't deserve to be there because they do not study and know about the communities they represent or what they have already (and recently) funded. They are not doing their jobs in a two party system. Having formerly worked for the DNC the only thing good I can say about democrats is they at least learn their constituencies well enough to manipulate them.
SA July 15, 2014 at 10:57 am
To Robin: You left out all the men getting tanked at the Farmer’s Market and beating the crapRead More out of their wives … What is up with y’all wanting to kill somebody’s ability to grow a business? Y’all are commies …
Virginia Johnson July 15, 2014 at 03:51 pm
It would just be nice if our California Do Nothing Congress would put their time and efforts intoRead More helping our State with real problems instead of making their constituency feel like they are making a difference with alcohol and marijuana leniency laws. This is not real Government in action.
Virginia Johnson July 15, 2014 at 04:22 pm
p.s. Most of our Federal, State and Local Government Parks do not allow alcohol and that is whereRead More many Farmers Markets are located. How is this going to work out?
Birth control pills. Photo credit: Michelle Mowad
Mike July 1, 2014 at 08:29 pm
Since Swalwell is a dedicated socialist, he believes that the corporation should not make anyRead More decisions, but it is OK for the government to make these decisions.
willie July 2, 2014 at 09:17 am
so if a woman has a miscarriage does she lose a baby or a lump of clay
willie July 2, 2014 at 09:30 am
people that don't like this decision need to move to North Korea. they run the country like YOU wantRead More our country to be run
Average American June 27, 2014 at 08:50 am
Make no mistake about it, they are going to be coming for your guns eventually, just a matter ofRead More time. They will first go for the "Registry" and I think the more informed of us all know that a registry has preceeded almost every gun grab in history. How did that registry work out for the Jews in WW2?
school bus ninja June 27, 2014 at 08:51 am
None of this would have happened if women put out more. Don't be so stingy with the lovin'. JustRead More sayin.
Paul Hamilton July 10, 2014 at 07:21 pm
When you take the Guns away from honest citizens. All you will have are Armed thugs who have no fearRead More of being shot, an armed citizen is a defense against crime. I personally will fight to keep my guns.
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JHouse June 26, 2014 at 10:25 am
does it look as if manufacturing is just fine here? Check this out.Read More http://www.thetrumpet.com/article/2061.31271.80.0/economy/the-death-of-american-manufacturing
glenn bernard June 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Suppose that within a mental evaluation for gun purchase, the citizen reveals a deeply held dislikeRead More and distrust of the Government. Some people would not want this person to be allowed to purchase just for this one "excuse." Suggest everybody focus on getting US corporations to return to the USA (from Asia) for all of their manufacturing. Nothing stops bullets like JOBS!
Nadja Adolf June 26, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Note that this law would NOT have stopped the Isla Vista shooting because the parents did NOT callRead More the local mental health agency as well as the police. Note that by failing to check the California gun registry - available in every patrol car - they would not have even considered issuing such an order because they didn't think there were any firearms in the area - and neither did his parents, apparently. I have a lot of questions regarding this case - and one of them is that given junior had been making violent postings for more than a week or two, why didn't the parents cut off his funds and compel him to return home and be evaluated?
Ruby MacDonald June 23, 2014 at 07:57 am
Hi, Autumn, What are the current unemployment figures for Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara andRead More San Mateo Counties? Thanks.
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Lynn Glover June 25, 2014 at 10:28 am
KMA: what is your point about how old is the S of L? Do you think wise philosophy has an expirationRead More date? Let's hope the sonnet by Lazarus is just as meaningful today as then. And, it's part of what makes the USA exceptionally great in the world and time. Of course, some limitations have to be included. These are embodied in the law. The problem today is that the law is not being enforced primarily because the head of enforcement and his minions want to let in more people who, they would like to believe, are likely to vote for their kind in the future.
M. Manzano July 6, 2014 at 04:48 pm
The Democrats would cease being in control if voter ID passed. They will do everything possible toRead More prevent it.
Madeleine July 6, 2014 at 05:13 pm
M. Manzano: You are so right. There is not one logical reason to be against voter ID, unless youRead More want to vote fraudulently.
Patty O'Day June 18, 2014 at 08:14 am
The County "lends" $6,000,000 to DMC to keep them open for a few more months. Talk aboutRead More throwing money into a deep hole. We taxpayers will be paying off this debt for years and years, even though the hospital will probably declare bankruptcy and close down. This hospital has been so mismanaged for so many years, and yet the County lends this money to them, without making any changes to management that I have seen.
Susan June 18, 2014 at 10:29 am
John Goia won't give it up. Maybe that's good, maybe that's bad; I personally think he needs to letRead More go.
Susan June 18, 2014 at 10:30 am
And did anyone get the phone survey about raising sales tax .5% for the county? obviously rooted inRead More the Drs. Hospital issue.
TPH June 17, 2014 at 09:27 am
The 16th Amendment needs to be repealed and this abusive agency abolished
M. Manzano June 21, 2014 at 09:50 am
Well isn't that nice of the Federal Reserve jackboots still robbing the working class.
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Nick June 16, 2014 at 03:21 pm
KPIX did a report last week about this, citing the affluent population in the North Bay as being oneRead More of the larger culprits of not having their kids vaccinated.
Ross Stapleton-Gray June 16, 2014 at 03:42 pm
I can personally attest that it's also possible to catch pertussis even if you've been vaccinated:Read More our younger daughter developed it after being exposed to a classmate who'd gotten it (despite vaccination) and passed it to me (I'd had a booster in 2013). When her pediatrician examined her she prescribed azithromycin for the whole family, and three of the four of us have been symptomatic (and both my daughter and I tested positive). We're now deemed to be past the infection stage; still in the crappy cough stage... none of us got to the "can barely breathe" stage, but I'm getting headaches from all the coughing.
Susan June 16, 2014 at 06:57 pm
so sorry you are going through this
BART's "Fleet of the Future" train expected to be running in 2017.
Spike H June 15, 2014 at 04:29 pm
How about clean stations and pleasant employees who actually EARN their paycheck?
Fran Haselsteiner June 15, 2014 at 10:25 pm
How about seats?
Ken Briggs June 16, 2014 at 06:50 pm
last car for bikes and more Bart cops at each station
Russell June 11, 2014 at 11:05 am
It appears that some common sense is being applied to this situation now. Hopefully aRead More "stabilize and transport" facility can be sustained on the $100 worth of parcel taxes already in place. This is a good example of how a problem can be solved without throwing new tax dollars at it. On another note, this hospital is currently a very highly rated facility. This has not always been the case. The hospital likes to treat privately insured people like myself but frankly I was concerned about the quality of the care. If only the nurses unions had been as concerned about the quality of care in the past as they are about keeping the doors open.
Brandon June 10, 2014 at 07:03 am
This is exactly why i have stopped riding bart. Too many problems lately
Ken Briggs June 10, 2014 at 08:31 am
so what happen ? What was the real cause of the smoke . Guess BART had better start getting newRead More trains in service NOW .
Becky June 9, 2014 at 06:45 am
Whenever there's a heat wave, it always seems to last longer than the TV news predicts. It wasRead More supposed to cool off today.
JUDE June 8, 2014 at 01:33 pm
THANKS AUTUMN.... TOTALLY UNDERSTAND "RED TAPE".
John R June 8, 2014 at 01:36 pm
why are you typing in all caps?
JUDE June 8, 2014 at 05:11 pm
DID WE LOOSE YOU DAVE?
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Batman June 23, 2014 at 02:55 pm
And what better way to hide his culpability as an inept, characterless father.
Batman June 23, 2014 at 03:50 pm
And exactly what is the definition of "a person in crisis"? The public is already beingRead More brainwashed that the NRA and Tea Party members are all insane, but the inner-city street gangers are A-OK.
Autumn Johnson June 25, 2014 at 08:09 am
Bill that Could Remove Guns from 'People in Crisis' Passes First Hurdle in SenateRead More http://dublin.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/gun-violence-restraining-order-bill-passes-first-hurdle-in-senate
Former Hercules City Manager Nelson Oliva. Patch photo archive.
CHACHA May 31, 2014 at 11:13 am
Nick, dont think so, but hope so, for Hercules sake, LOL! Fyi, my past wife died and all her creditRead More card, hosp/ambulance bills, retail-creditors, etc in her name were wiped-out(forgiven) by creditors once they got/saw proof of death!
Annie R. June 3, 2014 at 10:26 am
I am fascinated by the fact the FBI made notification. Perhaps Oliva can be buried in an orangeRead More jumpsuit. It would be totally fitting.
CHACHA June 3, 2014 at 11:45 am
KUDO"S ANNIE...If not orange-suit, at least a "Black n White/Jailbird-striped suit wouldRead More be appropriate!
Susan May 22, 2014 at 06:52 pm
I don't understand why the uninsured even exist now with the Affordable Care Act. Isn't everyoneRead More supposed to have insurance?
Nick May 23, 2014 at 07:49 am
You can still be uninsured under the ACA, you just pay a fine. But only 10% of the hospital'sRead More patients are uninsured. The bigger problem is that most of the patients have Medicare and Medical, which offer lower reimbursement rates than private health insurance. So the hospital has less money than a hospital with mainly private insurance patients would.
Teresa May 23, 2014 at 03:17 pm
Its the people running the hospital that are bleeding it dry. Some of them travel out of state eachRead More week to see their families, who pays for that? NOT THEM!!! Who pays for their gas, cars, local hotels & food..we do! A couple of them are too good to stay in local hotels so they stay in Emeryville. I could go on and on but what difference will it make until they are all gone nothing will change. We need people from the community running the hospital because those people would care about the hospital and community not people from out of state or out of towners! Sorry for the venting it all just makes me mad!
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Desert Rat June 3, 2014 at 05:45 pm
They should privatize mail service and leave it up to the marketplace to decide how many people wantRead More to use the service. The USPS is an outdated, inefficient, tax wasting model.
Diane Griego June 16, 2014 at 09:47 am
Wow, a homosexual who admitted being attracted and having sex with under age boys thus also aRead More pedophile is being honored with our tax dollars. Why am I not surprised.
Desert Rat June 16, 2014 at 01:48 pm
With what goes on in Washington these days, nothing should surprise anybody.
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Louise B. May 18, 2014 at 08:28 pm
Be prepared for an increase in healthcare provider costs. By the way, it has nothing to do withRead More healthcare insurance.
Eric Andrist May 19, 2014 at 08:58 am
You're very misinformed. Study after study has proven that raising the cap does not raiseRead More healthcare costs. The only thing that will raise costs is if doctors and hospitals continue to be negligent and make errors at the same rate they are now. And I'm not talking about "mistakes." You're right, though, this has nothing to do with healthcare insurance, it has to do with the fabricated scare created in 1975 about doctor's malpractice insurance. http://goo.gl/Zyan5j
John Humphrey May 19, 2014 at 08:27 pm
Healthcare costs will increase because malpractice insurance will go up. The cost of malpracticeRead More insurance is already a contributing factor to the doctor shortage in the US
Desert Rat May 15, 2014 at 06:41 pm
Jim, I was speaking of the winter spare the air days. And, the threshold for being able to burnRead More wood is a farce. Spare the air is just another feel good liberal program to help us all pretend that we actually have an impact on the earth. Someday "Mother Earth" is simply going to shrug a few times and cast off the very minor insignificant irritants that we humans are. So arrogant to think that mankind has this much affect on the environment and the planet.
Jim May 16, 2014 at 08:44 am
Desert. I disagree. One can go to many places where there are no regulations on air quality and seeRead More and feel a difference in the air quality. (Mexico City. L.A. Lost of parts of China) so if I am asked to not set a FIRE or just try to cut down on yard equipment. I will do what I can (within reason) to cut down. Find a friend that has asthma and ask them if they can feel a difference in the air quality on these days.
Desert Rat May 18, 2014 at 07:28 pm
Having lived in Asia, I agree that the air quality can be downright deadly in places that have noRead More rules whatsoever. But, taking away the ability to burn wood in a stove for a small percentage of the populace isn't going to all of a sudden cause dirty air to clear up. The biggest problem we have with our air is usually coming from industrial sources and all our cars, not wood stoves.
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