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Re: “Turning Housing into Hotels

I'm 81 and my wife is 87. We purchased a home in Oakland in 1982, and converted it from a duplex to a 4 plex. We now live in one of the apartments. With rent control as it is we'd be hard pressed to do well financially if we didn't have Social Security checks, such as they are.

Our single unit rents for $1062 and a 2 bedroom apt rents for $1585. Our tenants have nicer furniture than we do. I wonder why?

Posted by Paul Smith on 10/03/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Town Business: Late Grand Jury Response; Oak Knoll

That isn't inclusionary zoning, although it is indeed a (modest) impact fee. Why it isn't inclusionary: no affordable housing is included within the project.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/03/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Town Business: Late Grand Jury Response; Oak Knoll

> Affordable housing wouldn't be part of Oak Knoll's mix because Oakland doesn't have an inclusionary housing ordinance.

We do have inclusionary zoning. You can build a percentage of affordable housing, or pay the fee that goes into the affordable housing impact trust fund.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/03/2016 at 8:44 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

People have to make their own scenes elsewhere. Richmond, Vallejo, Martinez, Stockton, etc all need artists to come and make their town great. And it's always inevitable. The place where this artist collective was at was once a carpet factory, which provided J-O-B-S for people, not just 14 artists living cheaply. It provided real jobs, so people could buy real homes.

Posted by Jane Smith 1 on 10/02/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Four East Bay Sodas Perfect for Sipping — or Pairing with Ice Cream for Floats

So if you love soda why are you for the soda tax? It only hurts the poor.

Posted by Jane Smith 1 on 10/02/2016 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

If it's clean landfill, why are there signs around the dirt piles indicating a contamination level of greater than 1mg/kg?

The minimum actionable level for PCB contamination is 0.25mg/kg. This indicates it's at least four times more contaminated than "clean commercial fill."

Seems Mr. Neilly didn't remember that the PCB concentrations are actually posted on the piles.

Posted by Edie Sellers 1 on 10/02/2016 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Dear Oakland Leaders Who Want to Get Into the Weed Biz: Why Stop at Marijuana?

Given people's attitudes these days, it's hard to tell if you're being serious Nick or sarcastic....

Posted by Robert Hope on 10/02/2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

Talk about killing the goose that lays golden eggs.

Oakland isn't on an island. There's definitely other locations where these dispensaries would go to forego these ridiculous requirements.

And Mayor Schaaf is where......

Posted by Robert Hope on 10/02/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

Oakland has been at the forefront of this nascent industry and is to be commended.
That being said, the hundreds of millions in investment dollars will quickly look to other, more welcoming municipalities, in which to invest.
It is NOW Oakland's to lose if they don't move quickly to adopt a more welcoming ordinance.

Dane Douglas

Posted by Dane Douglas on 10/02/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

It's not genetrification, and I get that bars come and go. What Oakland DOESN'T need is more hipster bars with "mixologists"! So sick of seeing overpriced cocktails, and food at the "newest, hottest, lame ass" bar.

Posted by fabbertin on 10/01/2016 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

GO sports bar closing is a serious bummer. It's not about having a dive bar to go to or about gentrification or changing with the times. Oakland is missing a Good quality sports bar with tons of TVs and all the games playing on Sundays. Somewhere where you can order a light beer without a judgemental look. It doesn't need another boring cocktail lounge where I can get a $14 artisanal bourbon in rose petal water. THAT is what we have enough of.

Posted by cardo on 10/01/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

Hate to go all conspiracy here but this story is pretty suspicious to me. Why would someone purchase a business with great reviews, press and reputation and then change the name?

That's either an un-wise business person or the story is not true. Either way I'm bummed. I loved that place.

Posted by pastaparty on 10/01/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

Yeah. Riled ? Seriously? It sounds like you're talking about... This word completely fails to communicate the serious nature of the situation here. PCBs. If you're okay with PCBs in your backyard, fine. But, I don't think so. I think you'd freak out ! Well, this soil is within, what, 20 yards of the nearest residence. Complete with dogs and children. Oh, the elementary school is one entire block away. Riled? Seriously. Get over yourselves and focus on the facts.

Posted by Norma Wallace on 09/30/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

Here is what the Water Board says;


Thanks for bringing this situation to our attention. When I asked my staff about it, they said they have looped back to you this afternoon and indicated that this offsite temporary contaminated soil stockpiling was never authorized by the Water Board, nor has the Water Board yet approved of the reuse of this soil onsite in Emeryville. PCBs remain one of our highest priority pollutants to control, so we plan to drill down on this situation to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Let me know if you have further questions or concerns.


Bruce H. Wolfe, Executive Officer
SF Bay Regional Water Board
1515 Clay St., Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612-1482

510-622-2314 / 510-622-2460 - fax

Posted by Tom Butt on 09/30/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “A Glutton's Guide to Hayward

Val's is known nationwide. Great to see these lesser known eateries get some acknowledgment.

Posted by Donna1 Iam on 09/30/2016 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

FWIW Kim's Backyard was closed by Kim because she was retiring. After she retired the bar was vacant for months until we finally heard it was bought. Source: live across the street, frequented there for long time.

Posted by Leon Rou on 09/30/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

p.s. the name "rockridge improvement club" is intended to be ironic. it's actually the original name for the space, which was initially occupied by a pro-prohibition group when it was built in 1912.

Posted by Julia Johari on 09/30/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Oakland's Dive Bar Aficionados Adapt to the City's Changing Bar Scene

Someone who moves in a working class area from an outside neighborhood with a pocket full of cash and no ties to the current community, is contributing to gentrification. Scott Ayers is not. The owners of "Ye Olde Hut" weren't pushed out - they wanted to sell. The appearance of the bar hasn't changed at all other than him having literally two weeks to replace all the floors, by law, because they were ROTTING - he would not have been allowed to open if he didn't do it. For anyone who actually went to the Hut recently, the Ping Pong table was actually taken out before they closed - I don't know if this is true, but I heard it required a cabaret license, which the bar does not have. He sells craft cocktails that, while not usually my thing, are extremely tasty and created by local Oakland bartenders who have been around forever. They're not doing anything that they weren't already doing at other spots in Oakland. You can also get a Miller High Life + a shot for $5, as well as Zachary's Pizza, which already exists around the corner. Scott has been working in the service industry, literally across the street from this bar since 1994, and living from paycheck to paycheck for the past 15 years! Knowing how tough things have been for him with recent unemployment, and the struggle to survive in the bay area in general, as a friend, I'm extremely proud of him for opening this bar!

Posted by Julia Johari on 09/30/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

If it's true, Peggy should fire ETC and make an apology. That's just poor work.

Posted by DM Jaeger on 09/30/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair

We had been married for a while and things were OK, I was in love with her, she was crazy about me, but later on everything changed and by complicated exterior circumstances which did not have to do with us, we decided to pause for a while, but still remain friends. But in the end, she started getting cold: she treated me as if she did not know me, she acted too immature to the point where she did not even say hi to me when we bumped into each other (we had the same circle of friends). Of course, it hurt so badly, I wanted to kill her. Then out of nowhere she disappeared. I wrote her for her birthday and she replied little. Some of my “friends” saw she had left and started going cold with me too, as if it was my fault that she had left. The few that were still my close friends and still hers, told me she had moved on, that it was best not to make contact with her. Then out of the blue some months later she reappeared, but still acting like a douche. I was suffering emotionally of course, because we had never even had a divorce, it was just supposed to be a pause, so I did not know how to react, what to feel, what to do… anyway, she kept coming over and over on the weekends, and I had to deal with my “friends” who the moment they saw her, immediately left me and went over to her. Eventually, I decided to give up trying to restore anything with her as she was showing no signs of wanting me back, and started healing. Around four months after we had ended our relationship, I find out she is with another guy! That’s when I knew I had not gotten over her, because I cried, I was mad, it was just a feeling of “oh, poor me”. I could not stand losing her to some other guy, I decided to go diabolical (i.e. via spell). I got involved with a lot of fraudulent so-called spell casters on the internet who ripped me off my money without getting a result as to what I wanted. I almost lost my sanity. Just as I almost was giving up, one faithful morning, I received a mail from one of the spell castes I had applied for spell with but never got a reply all along. He made me to understand that he could not attend to all his costumers then because it was that time of the year for his annual fellowship with his ancestors for the renewal of his spiritual and supernatural gift. I told him not to worry about the spell anymore, that I was done with all of them fake spell casters. He assured me of his 100% genuine work of this gift which he possessed. I decided to give it a try. After spending about 2500 USD (which was due to my inability to provide a whole lot of materials which he needed for the spell process), I am happy to announce to the world that I have gotten back my wife and we are expecting our first baby. All thanks to Dr. Kene Dilli. All you out there tired of all these fraudsters that call themselves spell casters (seeking to rip were they have not sown) and you require legitimate spell for whatsoever purpose, contact Dr. Kene Dilli on his email address; kenedillitemples AT yahoo DOT com.RE-WRITE THE EMAIL ADDRESS IN IT’S STANDARD FORM.

Posted by Darwin Nero on 09/30/2016 at 11:24 AM

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