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mr magoo April 17, 2014 at 09:04 pm
$210K is light for deaths on a system that should have very mature operating procedures by now. I'dRead More say heads need to roll before the civil suits start. All of BART needs a swift kick - here''s the chance to R&R management.
mr magoo April 17, 2014 at 09:04 pm
Remove and Replace (not the other R&R)
Ken Briggs April 18, 2014 at 09:10 am
get rid of Grace and all the others that screwed up while the strike was on , but who is the onesRead More that are paying for the fines ? that right it is the folks that use bart . while the two were out on the tracks , the ones that were out running around in the bart cars should of been smarter than what they were , how is it they got off ? the workers were out doing a job while bart was on strike so someone screwed up , who nwas it besides Grace and that no good mr hock .
Kyoko Takayama April 15, 2014 at 02:49 pm
We are at Castro Valley Library 4-7PM today to help enrollment. Please finish your CoveredCARead More enrollment today. Medi-Cal and Special enrollment https://www.coveredca.com/coverage-basics/special-enrollment/ will continue.
Joe Pereira April 11, 2014 at 01:37 pm
Ms. Crunican's TCOE for 2012 was $419,661. Give me a freakin break. Even the hottest hooker in theRead More world doesn't make that kind of cash!!! Public agencies need salary caps for exempt employees!
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Kyoko Takayama April 12, 2014 at 07:05 am
The deadline applies to those who use Insurance Agent as well. If you had a problem with calling orRead More creating an account on Mar 31, you need to see agents or enrollment counselors to complete your applications by Apr 15 midnight.
lubov mazur April 13, 2014 at 01:39 am
According to my agent you can still enroll if you go through an agent. Same goes for people outsideRead More the country who return after March 31.
Kyoko Takayama April 15, 2014 at 02:55 pm
If you are Medi-Cal eligible or have a life eventRead More https://www.coveredca.com/coverage-basics/special-enrollment/ you can keep enrolling. However CoveredCA Open Enrollment period will close today. Finish it if you started it, and we can help you at Castro Valley Library 4-7PM today.
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geordie April 10, 2014 at 01:18 am
Wow, look at the right wing steaming in here. Missing the point too. The problem is there aren't anyRead More liberal politicians, they are all right wing fundamentalist no holds barred send the jobs to China conservatives. Conservative used to mean careful and forward thinking, now it means asset stripping and any way to make a buck is fine so long as nobody else makes anything. What a sad state of affairs when nobody thinks anyone else is worthy of support. Funny thing is these so called conservatives are usually the poor people, misled and rabid supporters of their abusers.
John Negley April 10, 2014 at 01:43 pm
How this turned into a gay agenda conversation I have no idea, but I will give my 2 cents since itRead More seems people are missing a bit of perspective. It is a civil rights issue. Our constitution is supposed to protect the rights of all people, including minorities. If you substituted the word gay for black in any of your posts, how would it sound? Don't tell me it is any different because it is not at all. We are talking about the equal rights of a minority group, all people in our society should be free from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views. Were African Americans being intolerant when they "whined" that they were not allowed to do many things, including interracial marriage? It is no different, it is people's rights in this free country. People are allowed to have their views, but if they conflict with the basic core that our country was founded on, freedom and liberty for ALL, then yes, that person should be labeled as intolerant of others civil rights. I hope you can understand that it is on a completely different level than calling a politician a name. It is not a liberal, gay agenda, it is an American one and I will stand up for any group that is being oppressed in our country based on race or in this case sexual orientation.
Nadja Adolf April 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Can you tell me how in the world Mr. Yee's agreeing to smuggle in rocket launchers in for money wasRead More him doing something for free? Nothing like agreeing to help his buddies in the Phillipines raise money for their rebel army.
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dorthy manser April 9, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Thank you, Amy. I've also had a very hard time figuring out how to confront this issue. It isRead More difficult when it becomes apparent that it just isn't nonsense anymore, it's dangerous nonsense. People will literally die if the anti-vaxx crowd is successful at convincing people not to vaccinate their kids. Potentially a lot of people. When you combine that with the stupidity, outright lies and paranoia displayed by celebrity spokes-people like Jenny McCarthy it becomes really hard to maintain ones composure (oops, I just lost mine). I suppose it's best to treat everyone as one would treat a good friend who is skeptical of modern medicine and scared for their children. As far as the black helicopter people go, I'm not sure what can be done to convince them, since they invariably believe that any data not conforming to their beliefs must the due to a conspiracy of some kind. I've known a lot of publicly funded scientists over the years, and the idea that they could all somehow be conspiring to harm public health in order to enrich corporations is ludicrous and insulting. Part of the problem is that as a result of reasonable skepticism of expert opinion, many people have decided that there is no such thing. Or, even worse, they pick people who have zero expertise but who are good at manipulating their fears. So now we have a huge population of scientifically illiterate people who no longer trust doctors, but are willing to put all their faith in internet scam artists like the "Health Ranger". This can't end well.
Lisbeth Allen April 9, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Costco makes millions off of supplements. Flip through their monthly magazine. Every other page isRead More some supplement for which people have no need. Not only are we a nation of consumers, we are a nation of gullible consumers.
Edward April 9, 2014 at 09:44 pm
I received my case of measels in 1967 in the ARMY at Fort Sill, Oaklahoma. When they startedRead More offering for my children I chose the imunization for them and now Public Schools Require them in California. Home Schooling by anti-vaxx parents will be the first ones to catch the bugs from "out of state" or "out of country" (Like UC Berkley with 14,000 of them) anti-vaxx or could not get the Vaxx.. TB is on the rise from the "out of county" rich kids at our colleges also. TB was eradicated in the U.S. 30 years ago but now it is back and we no longer give imunizations for it.
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Rob Sorensen April 5, 2014 at 01:28 pm
I'm some what Libertarian but my reasons are logical. First, I had a relative who was hospitalizedRead More for "significant" cannibus useage. It's not for people with depression issues. Second, those who need a "medical" therapy can get it now. Third, it's still too disruptive an issue for neighborhood public safety given ALL the evidence. Other than that, smoke away at will Esoteric One.
Summer Hemphill April 6, 2014 at 11:08 pm
It's no longer a matter of whether marijuana will be legalized in California (that's inevitable atRead More this point) only a matter of when. Repudiated prohibitionist propaganda,anecdotal horror stories,specious & baseless conjecture & bold-faced lies no longer dupe the majority of Californians. Make no mistake while these anti-marijuana zealots may now be a small yet vocal minority they aren't going away & will say & do any vile thing in their effort to deceive & obstruct their more intelligent neighbors. California is now & has been awash in marijuana (it's our largest agricultural commodity) for years & millions enjoy it's myriad benefits daily,but surprisingly the state has yet to be terrorized by the pot crazed zombies we've been warned about for decades. Anybody who wants to use marijuana is doing so now,have been & will continue to do so regardless of it's illegality & continuing to arrest them just breeds contempt for the our legal system & those in law enforcement. Marijuana is far safer than alcohol or tobacco as the tens of millions of Americans with first hand knowledge of the subject would be happy to tell the hysterically misinformed naysayers if they were actually interested in the truth. Unfortunately these ignorant cretins have been lying to us for so long about marijuana that our children no longer believe them when they tell them of the dangers of drugs that are actually addictive & deadly like meth,coke & heroin. People use marijuana & drive now & teenagers presently & historically have had better access to marijuana than alcohol,yet there is absolutely no evidence that legalization will exacerbate either of these problems. Instead of continuing to waste billions of tax dollars & wasting our limited law enforcement resources making criminals out of tens of thousands of our other wise law-abiding relatives,friends & neighbors it's "high time" we start to tax & regulate the sale & use of marijuana instead. 55% of Alameda County voters favored legalization in 2010 & you can rest assured that number has greatly increased since then. Our Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski our Congressman Mike Honda & our Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom all favor legalization & like it or not marijuana will be legal in Newark sooner than most think. The only people still opposed to legalization are hapless & sniveling losers & when the final votes are counted the only question will be how big a losers they really are. Volunteer to circulate the petitions,educate those ignorant of the truth & encourage everyone you know to stop the insanity of continued marijuana prohibition by doing your part to make the legalization of marijuana a reality in 2014. LEGALIZE IT !!!
Teddy April 9, 2014 at 09:02 am
Esoteric Knowledge likes to type but should keep the hate to himself.
CBS News caught images of Yee being escorted into a federal courthouse on March 26, 2014 following his arrest on corruption charges.
Ken Briggs March 29, 2014 at 03:49 am
yes but what is she doing now ? did she finish her rehab that she was doing ?
Nadja Adolf March 29, 2014 at 04:51 am
I don't think she was doing rehab, unless you call running for the district 10 senate seat a form ofRead More rehab. Meanwhile, with Yee out of the Secretary of State race, we could wind up with Alex Padilla. Padilla, of course, had a lobbyist illegally throw him a fundraiser and has refused to return the ill-gotten contributions. Padilla’s biggest claim to fame, however, is that he wants to pass a law allowing for the warrantless use of drones by law enforcement.
timothy March 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm
She is probably also vacationing and living the high life
Nadja Adolf March 19, 2014 at 06:39 pm
Gray water, unless sanitized, contains a high level of bacteria, including E. coli. The idea thatRead More one use it except on food plants is dangerous, as the next owner of the house may put their vegetable garden right where you happily contaminated the soil. There is also the matter of salts poisoning the soil from detergents and other products. A simpler approach is to plant only indigenous plants. I water my front yard twice every summer. Indigenous plants do not deal well with drip irrigation - so once a month in the summer I walk outside, set the hose to rain mode, and wet down the leaves, this requires about 10 minutes. My fruit trees and vegetable garden are on drip watering - but my shade tree is deep watered about once every two weeks or so. According to the water district we use about 2/3 of the amount of water used by the average household with our lot size - and that number has gone down since we tracked, found, and resolved a plumbing leak. The first thing everyone should do is turn off all the water using appliances, faucets, etc. and watch the water meter. If it moves, you have a leak. Check it over an hour, marking any changes.
Barbara Kroczak March 20, 2014 at 02:53 pm
"Lawns and other landscaping may be watered no more than one day per week during the fall,Read More spring, and winter, and no more than two days per week during the summer. " When exactly is summer officially?
Jack Torrance March 25, 2014 at 09:48 am
Summer begins on June 21st Barbara.
Emily March 14, 2014 at 11:12 am
Discrete: individually separate and distinct. Discreet: careful and circumspect in one's speech orRead More actions, esp. in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage. Somebody needs to stop using spellchecker only and do a decent copyedit.
Kristen Pierre March 17, 2014 at 06:42 am
But there is hardly any data, or wireless service on bart, the app wont work (-_-)
Sherry Nikzat applied for a seat on Newark's Planning Commission in January 2014.  Photo courtesy of Sherry Nikzat
Nadja Adolf January 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm
Given that Ms. Nitzkat, who seems like a nice enough person, has no idea that the Dumbarton RailRead More project is on indefinite hold, and that there is no plan for it to stop in Newark (recent indications are that if it is ever built that it would not stop before the train station in Fremont), I am a bit concerned about her support for the alleged TOD - a development that will not even receive bus service from AC Transit without a city subsidy (read the statements from AC Transit that have been submitted regarding the TOD.) My concern is that we will have yet another person in the bureaucracy who does not deal with the real issues and relies on an idealized vision that does not coincide with reality. Please note that AC Transit appears to be *reducing* service to Newark at this time; coupled with their expectation that any service to the proposed TOD will require city funding, I am not sure the city has the funds to provide transit. If there is no transit, traffic will be beyond horrendous. Even with transit, the projections for the TOD foresee gridlock as a result of the increased traffic.
lewis2 January 30, 2014 at 10:09 am
Interesting responses. Her replies sound like the same old party line. She says she has read theRead More new master plan. Did she read the 100’s and 100’s and 100’s of pages submitted by other involved agencies outlining all the flaws, problems and reasons why the master plan doesn’t meet the necessary requirements to be useful and workable? The City is overlooking the most obvious “Transit Orientated” area in the City. Down near the vicinity of the Post Office, where Sycamore meets Central Avenue, there are several developable vacant lots as well as several vacant business, ie., the old Trench Plate building and land is for sale and could be used for high density housing. The palate company takes up a large lot that could become a parking lot for a train station. Do a land switch for the pallet company, move them to Area 2. Build high density housing on the vacant parcels. Zone everything else residential so that as business leave, their land can be converted to more housing. Every passenger train that goes through Newark passes the Pallet Co. lot. A station there could give Newark access to the Capitals, Altamont Express and Coast Starlight. A station on Area 2 has zero chance of seeing any train for a long time and probably never. We don’t need a “business as usual” appointment by the Mayor. We need to get some people in this position that think for themselves, read ALL the reports and are willing to shoot down all these bad plans the City keeps putting forward. Current members of the Planning Commission just vote for what ever the Planning Department puts in front of them. Maybe we should elect the Planning Commission members. We might just get some new ideas and direction from those that don’t just play “follow the leader”. Dean Lewis
Jacob M. March 1, 2014 at 07:39 am
All for naught...she didn't get the position.
Melinda Pickens is a candidate for an open seat on Newark's Planning Commission.  Photo credit:  Alex Morales
James Nelson January 28, 2014 at 08:19 pm
I'd be REAL surprised if Nagy chose the Teacher out of the group of candidates. He's going to lookRead More for the one Candidate who is more than willing to play his "game" and kiss his ass. Anyone whose ideals don't match his own are automatically ignored. No offense to the Teacher, I'm sure she's great, anyone who can survive three decades in a School setting, without killing a little bastard or two is a total professional. LOL.
April January 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Melinda, if you don't get appointed, run for Mayor next time.
Rob Sorensen January 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Don't neglect the School Brd either as you'd have valuable insights for boot strapping teachers inRead More The Common Core.
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