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Wire April 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Dave, Urbanism, a park, plastic making oil all in oneRead More video.***http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P3aUANOYOI
novato 3per April 14, 2014 at 07:17 pm
Word is this guy was illegal when he came to the US but was given "relief" by anRead More immigration judge after apprehension by INS for lesser crimes in the 90's. His green card will be revoked if convicted of these charges, but if he is allowed to plea to a lesser charge all bets are off.
Giorgio C. April 13, 2014 at 10:43 am
Carl, This piece you wrote hits close to home. I lost a dear friend to theRead More drugs/incarceration/drugs cycle. He was a user, not a dealer. He didn't use/drink and drive, so he wasn't a threat to society . All his life, he was medicating himself. I knew him as a kid in grade school right up until he passed at age 48, on his birthday. I watched him cry as I tried to take a bottle of vodka out of his hands. At one point along his painful journey, someone in the system discovered he was clinically depressed, something that ran in his family. His final lock-up was with some really bad dudes which scared the hell out of my friend, and demoralized him even further. This beautiful person was not only battling a nightmare of drugs, but also the additional nightmare of being treated like a criminal. He was not a criminal. He was a sick person who needed help. He often talked about the real prison being the one inside of him. That is the one he was seeking to be free from. My last conversation with him was between a sheet of glass, using the prison phone. He tried to remain positive, even helping some of the inmates with their physical and spiritual conditioning and even dietary improvements. In this one facility, he was like a spiritual guru. I still have the letters he sent me, complete with smiley faces. Then they sent him to some facility much harder, down near the Mexican border. Imagine this, that when he got out of jail, part of his terms of probation was to be drug-free, otherwise return to jail. This situation needs to be handled via a risk-assessment approach, but instead, is handled from a morality-assesment approach. The police officers (morality enforcers) are often the kinds of folks who in addition to simply doing their job enforcing the law, are of the mindset that these people like my friend were bad people. Some officers are compassionate, but it is my observation that many are not. The truly bad folks are the dealers. Some dealers do not even touch the stuff themselves, that for them, it is simply about their financial gain. They are cold and uncaring and prey on the weak. I know everyone will say to hit the user hard, as this will slow the drug pipeline, but I have to disagree. Hit the dealers harder. I lost a friend. His family lost a sibling, a son, a brother, and an uncle. But we still have plenty of dealers, yes?
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 09:22 am
Giorgio C.: Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 02:29 pm
"I just signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown: Provide Judges the ability to send convictedRead More drug addicts to treatment centers, instead of prison." https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpetitions.moveon.org%2Fsign%2Fsave-money-save-people.fb40%3Fsource%3Ds.fb.ty%26r_by%3D8112017
novato 3per April 12, 2014 at 03:03 pm
These guys were not likely running the whole operation. Human trafficking is increasingly run byRead More large transnational gangs. A growing problem in our community.
Hopkin April 12, 2014 at 03:35 pm
I am shocked and appalled. Almost as much as I will be when they are back on the streets andRead More arrested for something else later this year.
Bubba six pack April 13, 2014 at 07:55 am
If Jerome can get arrested for going to the city council to present a legal referendum, requiringRead More the city to follow the federal law on immigration enforcement, can't we at least deport these guys? These thugs are laughing at us, because they know the chicks on the city council don't want to pay their gardeners more, even at the cost of thugs on the street.
Snow April 12, 2014 at 11:05 am
Beau Behan---"He sees himself as a romantic Rudolph Valentino type, but realizes you probablyRead More don't." My "nix"- funny guys beat out romantic one trick ponies- every time.
Beau Behan April 12, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Hey Snow, I cannot agree more with you. Definitely, being funny sizzles.
Beau Behan April 12, 2014 at 03:15 pm
Hey Robert, Also, be prepared because you might just find yourself suddenly dancing salsa as youRead More exit out of the auditorium. ¡Ay, caramba!
Softball game near New York City skyscrapers
Wire April 13, 2014 at 09:48 pm
Dave, A University of California graduate, report: Bay Bridge rusting in critical areas AssociatedRead More Press Posted: 04/13/2014 10:31:12 AM PDT2 Comments | Updated: about 11 hours ago SACRAMENTO -- Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting. The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that the findings have alarmed engineering experts who say the rust could have long-term implications for the new span. The $6.5 billion bridge has an unusual design: A single cable comprised of 137 steel strands loops over a tower and under the bridge. That cable is secured inside chambers designed to keep out water and marine air to prevent corrosion. The newspaper says rust has been found inside one of the chambers where the suspension cable is attached. Engineering experts tell the newspaper the corrosion is significant because it makes the rods and the cable strands vulnerable to cracking. Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon says there is no concern about corrosion. ------ Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com It's a marvel looking bridge built by Urbanism graduates working for the State government. How sad, Wire been right all the time what a waste of MTA funds. Took 12 years to build the old one took under four years. Thanks for the rant!
Wire April 14, 2014 at 05:39 pm
Dave, nudity Goes Legal In Munich 'Urban Naked Zones' I like that.****Read More http://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2014/04/14/nudity-goes-legal-in-munich/
novato 3per April 10, 2014 at 07:10 am
A timely post .
TAS April 11, 2014 at 07:37 am
Couple of things: it's "cap and trade" not "cap and tax". There's a bigRead More difference. Do some research. California was advised by experts to implement cap and tax which could actually work. But instead CARB decided on cap and trade, which has been tried and failed in other places, most notably the EU. Secondly, current California law requires that money generated from cap and trade must be spent on projects to reduce CO2 emissions and the money cannot be put into the general fund. So of course building HSR to get cars off the road is an eligible expenditure. Also, with China and India emitting exponentially more CO2 every year, California's cap and trade program will make no difference to climate change. But a lot of companies, most notably PG+E and the oil drilling companies (supposedly to remain competitive), will make windfall profits because CARB chose to give free carbon credits to them, which they can turn around and sell at a profit. The entire scheme is nothing more than a way to make some people richer while doing nothing to combat global warming.
Hopkin April 11, 2014 at 02:40 pm
I wrote a letter to PG&E asking for a donation of one (just one) carbon credit but they ignoredRead More me.
Hopkin April 11, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Deuce, we are getting a gasoline tax to subsidize their return trips!
Hopkin April 11, 2014 at 01:31 pm
P.S. I'm being facetious on this whole topic because otherwise you are called racist.
Deuce April 11, 2014 at 02:07 pm
Sorry Hopkin. I completely misunderstood your post. I agree with you.