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Giorgio C. April 17, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Zakhary Mallett needs to fire General Manager Grace Crunican. If he doesn't, it will appear that heRead More doesn't give a damn about the average working stiff, myself included. Put the union stuff aside. Just focus on what happened. Two workers were killed as a result of unsafe practices as confirmed by OSHA. These unsafe practices were previously raised as a problem. BART's defense was that the user, us, wouldn't tolerate the resultant delays from safer practices. How cowardly is that, that BART places the blame on the rider? The General Manager is responsible for the safety of their employees. The risk assessment data predicted this tragedy. Safety comes first, but not with this BART management. I do not know if Director Mallett has ever worked a job that included some level of risk. He really needs to put himself in the shoes of the average worker (union or not), and then find a new GM.
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)
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.
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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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Joe Smith April 12, 2014 at 05:15 am
Disaster survivors in particular are in jeopardy, although the general public needs to have accessRead More to fundamental insurance consumer protection from the start. No matter how fair insurance companies imagine themselves to be, they have a separate interest, self-interest. The more they pay, the less they keep. Disaster survivors need all the help they can get and consumer protection is the missing link. How strong is your peer support program? www.DisasterPrepared.net/peersupport
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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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Matt Zukowski April 1, 2014 at 09:48 am
I'm not a resident, but I live in Tacoma and contributed to opposing the indoor vaping ban. The bigRead More argument was bars. Bars going smoke-free resulted in a ton of people smoking outdoors which is a bit of a problem in your quitting and meeting friends. The indoor e-cigarette ban in bars would put these smokers in harms way, the risk of relapse, second hand smoke, and coming home with that odor that can totally trigger a relapse. I know first hand quitting cigarettes in favor of e-cigarettes the year of my class reunion how difficult it was to resist cigarettes. Vaping in the bar provides intensive for smokers to not smoke, and it can provide good solid income to the bar and address their concern about losing money when people are outside where they can't be served. The ban in Seattle is largely ignored. So no, there should be no ban what so ever. Property owners can decide for themselves whether to permit it or not. Family restaurants are likely to opt out, where adult establishments can permit it. It's not a public health issue since we allow nicotine use indoors in the form of FDA approved spray products and insecticides which are exempt under Prop 65. We allow fog machines at hundreds of watts where e-cigarettes are 5-10 watts. We allow Glade-Plugins which are a good deal more toxic than e-cigarettes.
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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 (-_-)
Chris Marshalk February 24, 2014 at 08:32 pm
We have lift off and it's only going to get better.
Rachel DiFranco February 26, 2014 at 10:14 am
We are proud to have so many electric vehicle owners in our City!
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