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Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

@Phil Wolff
A victim of his own contribution to gentrification, you mean? There's always a beginning to every process. People tend to think gentrification begins with and ends with tech workers and condos.
Obviously it begins with punks, artists, and """community""" cafes.

Posted by Tibby Isherwood on 12/17/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Fine. Give us a link to the second-in-command's resume and let's all look at his "stuff" too. What kind of stuff?

Benevolent Fire Department Committee For Expressive Art To Promote Progressive Values...Committee To Stamp Out Sexist Posters In Fire Hall Gear Lockers...

What kind of dumb "stuff" are you talking about on the second-in-command's resume? More of that politically correct crap?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/17/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “NBC Paid for Ghost Ship Operator Derick Almena's Hotel Room During Exclusive Interview

You're seriously going to tell me that of 35 adults who showed up for a rave at an illegally-converted warehouse full of drugs and layers of bad lifestyle choices, you don't believe many of them used public assistance to support themselves? And then fudged when reporting income? This is not wild speculation, this is how your the world routinely works. Public assistance supports people being bums and bumming around, partying, doing drugs, claiming to be "artists" and talking about the great and noble contributions made by "artists" to the "culture."

We see the contribution, here. Thirty-six dead. And the grown-ups cleaning up the mess.

It will all come out, you know, when there are lawsuits and calculations are performed about the yearly income (and therefore economic value) of each of these 35 adult lives. It will come out how they made a living. As for the minor, he is a special case, and God rest his soul.

Also, many of the victims were students--some were students pretty much all their life, into their 30s and they'd never actually started "grown up" pay-the-bills careers, so that's ANOTHER form of social welfare in the form of student loans and grants. The fire happened a couple weeks from finals...and where were they? Not doing homework, that's for sure.

There are so many abdications of responsibility here. Layers of abdication of responsibility. By authorities in multiple agencies and the fire chief in particular, who was obviously hired on the basis of "diversity" instead of actual competence or there would have been a damned working database of buildings. By the landlord. By Derrick and his wife. And yes, by everybody who entered that building to party or live there, making conscious choices to risk safety in favor of a night of fun or a place to "crash," and live cheaply, while living in a place that, economically, they can't afford but, oh, it's just so FUN, FUN, FUN. And who pays for the fun? Tax payers.

You are afraid to examine the tough issues. Afraid of what you might find. Thankfully, all over the country the authorities are waking up and doing something about unsafe "art and living" spaces to prevent another "Ghost Ship" situation. Part of the examination of the issues here must include the question: HOW DO YOU AFFORD YOUR ROCK AND ROLL LIFESTYLE?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/17/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Blame Jerry Brown's ballot Measure X changing the politics in Oakland to a strong mayor type of government vs a strong council/city manager. The citizens voted it in. And being a retired firefighter, I know so many upper management chief positions held by chiefs with online degrees and lots of them are fire chiefs. I wander what Chief Hoffman's resume says. I also wander why the fire station that was a couple blocks away never did any area familiarization to know what was in their first due area. This building certainly would have been on a "let's go pre-plan this building" list. So yes, the buck stops with the fire chief but there's blame to go around throughout the department and Reed's resume is just like most fire chiefs with a bunch of "stuff". Also being a fire inspector in Oakland as recent as summer 2015, there isn't enough inspectors for a city that size, they are the lowest paid in the Bay Area so folks leave for better pay, they are not sworn (civilianized) and are in a totally different union than the firefighters which is something the union gave up years ago and has created a obvious rift between BFP and the union because there is NO relationship. So the feeling IS that the bureau of fire prevention is the red headed step child of the fire department and has major problems (why I left). So we will hear the union go after Chief Reed and protect their own even though the union is just as much at fault. Having been in a firefighter union I know the attitudes the line guys have when it comes to certain jobs like pre-planning. They'd rather sit in the fire stations until that bell rings. So the finger pointing is in high gear, so high that we are analyzing a fire chiefs resume. Well don't stop with hers, let's see her second in commands resume. He's in bed with the union anyway and I'm sure that he can't wait till Reed is gone so he can get the spot and put his union cronies in position. That's what happens at the top. Real talk.

Posted by Kaytux on 12/17/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

A semantic quibble...

You can have a waiting list for new employees when you pay enough. They'd be lined up with applications if you paid 2x, 3x, or 4x the minimum wage and keep each working a full 40 hour week. They'd be able to live well in Oakland.

Sadly, this would force you to boost the cost of already expensive meals beyond where you're competitive.

But it's not really that you can't afford to pay your workforce, it's that the cost of housing (which is an indirect cost you pay through wages) has risen too high. You're a business victim of Bay Area gentrification.

Posted by Phil Wolff on 12/17/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

This is so sad. I love this place. It's always packed, I had no idea it could be losing money.

Posted by BostonMeow on 12/17/2016 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

Or one might use a term from public administration. A "window of opportunity." Public policy proposals and implementation languish until everybody pays attention due to some catastophe. Then what we needed all along finally happens...in this case, an overdue crackdown upon firetrap "art and living" spaces all over the country.

There is no "moral panic." There is an actual long-ignored problem. Or to put it another way:

Your "safe spaces" aren't safe.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/16/2016 at 7:24 PM

Re: “NBC Paid for Ghost Ship Operator Derick Almena's Hotel Room During Exclusive Interview

Charles, people like you sure make me hope hell exists. You'll only mourn 1 of 36 just because they were a minor/not on public assistance? How twisted can you be? You also have no reason to believe they are on public assistance.. why jump to that random conclusion and use it to justify your total heartlessness? What a total nut job. You clearly have more important things to worry about. And guess what? Doing all of that while on public assistance is legal in California... if you don't like it, move to another state! I can guarantee no one will miss you, though I'd feel bad for any more people exposed to your toxic existence.

Posted by jerry s sienfeld on 12/16/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Low-Income Residents Thrive at 'Homefulness,' An East Oakland Affordable-Housing Hub That Does Things a Bit Differently

Love the conceptual reality. The program seems to evoke a sense of self worth that cannot be mandated by government charity regardless of it's noble intentions. Well done, Laura. Well done, Tiny.

Posted by Jerry Newberry on 12/16/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Can I Recycle That?

I appreciate the information on what can be recycled and what should be. I agree with what some others have said about how we need to get more people involved in this type of stuff. I feel like there are so many things that should be recycled and so many things like, hazardous waste, that shouldn't just be thrown in a recycle bin. http://www.ohanaenviron.com/material_equipment.html

Posted by Ben Allen on 12/16/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Musicians Unite For Ghost Ship Fire Benefit At Fox Theater

And still, the former residents have received almost none of the funds raised by any organization or individual. They are all still homeless, living on couches or in cars, without basic medications, eyeglasses, etc. While the issue of safe spaces and accessible housing for artists is vitally important, can we not forget these individuals when we are raising funds for the victims. I know we are all victims of this fire, in a sense, but it's time to get these folks some help.

Posted by Elizabeth von der Ahe on 12/16/2016 at 10:04 AM
Posted by Justin Beck on 12/16/2016 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction

You really don't want to look squarely at my main point and address it or argue with it, do you?

Housing costs aren't at the root of homelessness but mental illness and substance abuse are. And the homeless go where they will. If you go up to 100 percent of the homeless in Oakland and ask them why they are in Oakland, you won't have 100 percent of them say, "Well, because I used to have a home in Oakland but...damn...housing costs went up. Now I stick around here out of sheer habit, I guess."

Homeless congregate near easy scores. Shelters. Soup kitchens. Places to sleep where they won't get rousted. But most of all...liberal types who hand them money to buy drugs and booze. They talj to each other and trade tips...

New Orleans... best drink specials and people buy you drinks.

Seattle...so many soup kitchens. Work on a boat a few months then you can coast 9 months out of the year.

Minneapolis...won't check to see if you are collecting food stamps at the same time in Illinois.

Oakland...make up any crazy story and they BELIEVE you. Not a military vet to be found anywhere so when you claim to be a vet nobody has a clue how to check.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/15/2016 at 7:50 PM
Posted by Garrett Alan on 12/15/2016 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Low-Income Residents Thrive at 'Homefulness,' An East Oakland Affordable-Housing Hub That Does Things a Bit Differently

This is a great story. So good to hear that people are finding solutions that work and making them happen.

Posted by Sebra Leaves on 12/15/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

Eroster: It seems this news source isn't interested in following up on such info, on the residents or lease-holders. Just the owners and city officials. As they said quite clearly: "This is how the Express will appropriate its investigative and news-gathering resources: by going after those with power."


Eroster: Yes. Yes. Yes, your diatribes and wild accusations are exactly that, because they are not backed by solid evidence. They distract from the hard facts that incriminate Mr Almena. Accusations backed by evidence vs accusations backed by wild guesses. Both may be true.

Posted by Amelie Love on 12/15/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

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Posted by Kelly McGrath on 12/15/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

How do you believe rental law applies here?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/15/2016 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

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