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Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

I have attended several community events over the years at Humanist Hall which would not have happened but for the affordable space provided by the Fellowship of Humanity. The process for declaring a building a nuisance seems rigged in favor of newcomer nimbys like the folks who live where video was shot from. The video was clearly shot from 426 27th St., which are condos or townhouses built in 2003. It would serve the public interest to prioritize long-standing community groups operating in a commercial district over recently-arrived residents. Those residents could easily see the environment they were moving into. Now they complain but refuse to mediate the dispute. I think they bear the responsibility of accepting the community they joined rather than try to tear it down.

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Posted by Paul Allen on 07/27/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

all you pit bull haters that think they are just vicious killers obviously only get your perspective from what you see in the news. And keep in mind generally 80% of the stuff being show on the news is negative. Here's a quick lesson for you. Pitbulls were originally bred to be nanny dogs. They would watch over infants. They were the original baby moniter. Anyone can train any breed to attack or be vicious...key word there is TRAIN. These dogs are not born vicious they are taught this behavior or they are abused to the point that they finally stand up for themselves. Pit bull are one of the best and loyal breeds there is. It's very disheartening to see such narrow-minded people in this world still.

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Posted by Kody Staubitz on 07/27/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Oakland Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges; Monster El Niño Forming Along West Coast

Even with big new El Niño, there is no guarantee of wetter weather. Only greater likelihood of tropical system weather effects.

With wetter weather in a warmer climate much more risk of flood damage.

A much wetter year won't solve drought problem because of limited storage capacity. Warmer climate also limits critical storage in snowpack.

Bottom line is need to rethink water plan/water policy statewide. Water problems don't disappear with El Niño.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/27/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

Giving out more child mauling pit bulls is not going to solve anything. Put them down

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Posted by James Hassinger on 07/26/2015 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Why Governor Brown Broke His Prop 1 Promise: Big Money Interests Dumped $21.8 Million into the Prop 1 Campaign

Great article Dan! Thank you for writing this. Whatever happened to the 2014 Water Bond who we, the voters passed? Where are the big water projects? If the politicians still have the money, why do they still have it? The drought is happening right now. How long are they going to sit on the money? Is it all being saved for the Delta Tunnels?

Why hasn’t the media followed up on where the $7+ Billion has gone? To everyone reading this, call your local TV station and demand they assign a reporter to ask our elected officials on the record: Where has the money ($7.2 Billion) from the 2014 water bond, props 1 and 2, been applied? If they still have the money, why haven’t they initiated any water projects yet?

Our elected officials have shown they can bypass Environmental Impact Restrictions to build the Downtown Arena for the Sacramento Kings, they can certainly do it for water storage structures. Ask your politicians. Call your representative. Go here to find your representative: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Ask them: “Where has the money ($7.2 Billion) from the 2014 water bond, props 1 and 2, been applied? And demand answers.

The silent majority will be heard.

Ryan

Posted by Ryan Gregory on 07/26/2015 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

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Posted by Editor on 07/26/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Matt, i followed the story as it developed. the $8m in AH benefits you describe weren't part of the original sale and weren't onsite, so they were essentially vaporware. If you look at that neighborhood's income and demographics, it's predominantly low-income and Asian, so adding 300 $3000/month (and up) condos could significantly impact rents by driving up the cost of housing in neighboring units. Also, Parker's memo just happened to concur with the legal opinion of several other experts, including Public Advocates. Then you say,"All that was really accomplished was exacerbating the housing crisis and causing financial injury to a Black developer." It could be argued that not building affordable housing as required by law exacerbates the housing crisis, as does misleading Asian Seniors into thinking that there are AH units in a market-rate development. It could also be argued that the City Council exacerbated the housing crisis by repeatedly ignoring AH requirements and pursuing shady backroom deals. And it could be argued that what was accomplished was exposing disregard for the law by elected officials. As for Johnson being black, i dont see what that has to do with it; it's not like luxury housing units are somehow more affordable for average African Americans. Also, if you check the fine print on their website, UrbanCore has several partners which i dont believe are black-owned firms. It's fairly common in construction to have an ethnic token up front to satisfy minority hiring requirements. The Pentagon Papers reference is cute, but without a government whistleblower, its likely the sale would have been approved despite violating the law. But you want to direct your outrage not at apparent examples of corruption, but at a muckraking journalist. Interesting priorities.

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 07/26/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

LANDLORDS need to stop banning pets from their properties. This would enable many people to have pets or keep the dogs they already have.

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Posted by Soma Kaplan Cassady on 07/26/2015 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Thomas Lo is a real estate developer with connections to Community Development in Oakland...

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Thomas-Lo/203861…

http://www.zoominfo.com/c/East-Bay-Asian-L…

Humanist Hall has been in operation since 1935. It is an invaluable resource for alternative and low income people and organizations. This is OUTRAGEOUS POLITICAL WARFARE FROM DEVELOPERS. And ...why would the City allow a residential development to be 1) on that totally commercial block of 27th St. and 2) located next to a Community Center known to hold numerous public events?

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Posted by Sandy Sanders on 07/26/2015 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

It's a shame when our shelters become pit bull sanctuaries run by nutters. I will not do business w a shelter that promotes pit bulls.

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Posted by Mark Adrian on 07/26/2015 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

Pitbulls aren't dangerous breeds, only dangerous people that breed them. And what a negative and hateful thing to say when these lives are at risk. Smh....

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Posted by Renata Olczakova on 07/26/2015 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

You cannot adopt your way out of this over breeding problem. These dangerous breeds will be placed in homes and someone will be attacked. I hope when that happens this shelter will be sued as they should be.

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Posted by Dennis Baker on 07/26/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

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Posted by Editor on 07/25/2015 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Ridiculous charge. What the city should be concerned with is whether it is structurally and fire safe.

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Posted by Len Raphael on 07/25/2015 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

"An action plan prepared by the Oakland Department of Housing & Community Development's Strategic Initiatives Unit and PolicyLink, recommends establishing a new comprehensive public lands policy for Oakland that would emphasize affordable housing development on more than just “surplus lands,” including redevelopment properties. "

Oakland city staffers often come up with practical progressive suggestions for policy.

Which are as often ignored by the Council and the Mayor.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/25/2015 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Before we can figure out our choices on to whom and how much we want to sell the properties held by the Redevelopment Successor Agencie(s) we're going to need to do for the Successor Agencies what 99.999% of us avoided doing for the +60 years of California Redevelopment Agencies: understand the state laws controlling them and understand their finances. Not obvious to me, for example, how much of the proceeds from selling those properties will be needed to pay back the 450Mill of existing Redevelopment bond obligations. Not obvious to me that any money left over after bond repayment won't have to go back to Jerry Brown.

The Housing Equity Road Map states that it's recommendations have been vetted by experts, but didn't give any detail on that.

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Posted by Len Raphael on 07/24/2015 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

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Posted by Editor on 07/24/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Matt_Chambers, the original RFP for the 12th Street Remainder Parcel, and the developer's original proposal, and updated plans until June 2015 (http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/ar…) were for a completely market rate project with no affordable housing on site, and no in-lieu fee.

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Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 07/24/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

Call Nathan Winograd, he lives there and he knows of 17 million homes just begging for pets.

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Posted by Harve Morgan on 07/24/2015 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Really Darwin? "where a developer and the city wanted to build a luxury apartment tower with no consideration for affordable housing". So what do you call the EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS in affordable housing consideration in the E 12th St deal? You egotistically think you and those self-righteous "housing advocates" won and that is absolutely not the case. You took one legal opinion from Barbara Parker and acted like it was the release of the Pentagon Papers, and that is not the case. All that was really accomplished was exacerbating the housing crisis and causing financial injury to a Black developer. Good job to you Darwin!

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 07/24/2015 at 3:22 PM

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