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Re: “Town Business: Housing Emergency; Biff's Demolition; “Love Life”; Pop Tax

Professor Know-nothing: 'Where is [sic] "1,000 evictions a month" coming from... no one who uses that number can cite the source. There's a 1000% chance it's a made up number.'

Nope, P. K-n., you're 1000% ignorant.

Oakland has a Housing and Community Development Office in which Connie Taylor is Manager of the Rent Adjustment Section which deals with evictions among other matters.

The city of Oakland historically has tracked limited eviction information. There are many illegal evictions which are not counted by any agency.

Between 2007 and 2013 estimates of eviction notices filed with the Rent Adjustment Section steadily increased from 8848 to 13394. 2014 was the first year Oakland actually counted each notice--former years were estimates based on three months evictions in a given year. For 2014 the city counted 10,910 eviction notices.

Professor Know-nothing should give Ms Taylor a phone call or email her. Her contact information is on the city website.

Report back to us and we'll see if we can improve your grade to D minus.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/04/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Town Business: Housing Emergency; Biff's Demolition; “Love Life”; Pop Tax

Where is "1,000 evictions a month" coming from... no one who uses that number can cite the source. There's a 1000% chance it's a made up number.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/04/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

That is so disappointing. There are already a falafel shop a half a block away. I would have much preferred Cholita Linda. One question though, why can't they lease the other space on the opposite side of Peets? Isn't it about the same size?

Posted by Abigail Kaster on 04/04/2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Say Mayor Bates’ Housing Plan is a “Blueprint for Gentrification”

The purpose of the affordable housing impact fee is (ostensibly) to mitigate the need for additional low-income workforce housing created by new high-income residents. Existing Berkeley houses are commonly renovated and resold for 2x+ the value to new high-income residents. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Posted by Ian Rees on 04/04/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Say Mayor Bates’ Housing Plan is a “Blueprint for Gentrification”

Regarding the previous two comments, I am sure there is consensus in the region that Prop 13 distorts the housing market far more than any of these fees or taxes.

Posted by Diego Canabal on 04/04/2016 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Town Business: Housing Emergency; Biff's Demolition; “Love Life”; Pop Tax

Attempting "to fill the block with dense housing and retail, and to de-emphasize parking and automobiles" is not an instance of "catering to the lifestyles of high-income urban workers" - it is "catering" i.e. adapting to the increasing amounts of people who do not drive, and who want to live close to jobs in the Bay Area. Dense development is one of the most important tools we have to fight climate change, reducing emissions by encouraging walkable communities and less gas-guzzling commutes. Mr. Bond-Graham's absurd equivalency shows just how short-sighted he is when it comes to the nuances of urban policy and environmental sustainability..

Posted by Diego Canabal on 04/04/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Cholita Linda Won’t Be Coming to Lakeshore Avenue After All

I would prefer the fish tacos!!

Posted by James Ashburn on 04/04/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Say Mayor Bates’ Housing Plan is a “Blueprint for Gentrification”

Transfer taxes are designed to exact revenue on sales of existing houses, and often the new owners pay increased property taxes. Impact fees on new construction are higher to compensate for the increased cost to government of servicing additional residents. Neither form of taxation distorts the housing market.

Posted by Becky O'Malley on 04/04/2016 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Town Business: Housing Emergency; Biff's Demolition; “Love Life”; Pop Tax

has there been any investigation into how Berkeley is using it's soda tax?
I bet a big gulp there isn't good data there.
Are they really using it for education? how are residents getting this education? bottom line, where is the money spent?
I'm all for a healthy populace, but until i see how the money is getting spent, i'm not voting for it.

Posted by marvin berry on 04/04/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Say Mayor Bates’ Housing Plan is a “Blueprint for Gentrification”

No one pays an impact fee to buy & remodel an existing older home. Perhaps someone should consider how this distorts the housing market.

Posted by Ian Rees on 04/04/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Town Business: Housing Emergency; Biff's Demolition; “Love Life”; Pop Tax

Units built after 1983 are exempt from rent control by Oakland's rent control ordinance. That was a date that was decided locally. Costa Hawkins prevents cities from expanding rent control to units that were previously covered by such an exemption. In cities such as Richmond and Alameda, which never implemented rent control, Costa Hawkins allows buildings constructed up to 1995.

Posted by Ian Rees on 04/04/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Town Business: Housing Emergency; Biff's Demolition; “Love Life”; Pop Tax

Since when is 56% not already a firm majority?

Posted by JP Massar on 04/04/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Ohio Could Have Medical Marijuana by November

I need info on being a signature gatherer. My wife and I both are interested

Posted by Timothy Bryant on 04/03/2016 at 3:57 AM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

So how does the NIH explain the studies it's already done?
It was already tried by Nixon to show the harmful effects of cannabis and not only didn't they find any, but discovered benefits!
Research summit? Or ignorance speech?!

Posted by maria huneycutt on 04/03/2016 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

Please consider the following as a front page article on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -

The Transcendental Meditation program has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 20 years for soldiers with PTSD.

Kindly watch and share with all -

"PTSD and Transcendental Meditation - David George, Infantryman" (2:34;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ki4c-XkYsM / excellent!)

and

"Transcendental Meditation Improves Performance at Military University" (5:12;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIH0913lQe0 )

Also see, "Use a Treatment for PTSD That Actually Works" in The Hill, Washington DC

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/262340-use-a-treatment-for-ptsd-that-actually-works

and

"Transcendental Meditation May Reduce PTSD Symptoms, Medication in Active-Duty Personnel" in EurekAlert (01/11/16)

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/mcog-tmm011116.php

Thanks!

Bill @ BillsArtBox.com

P.S. Please visit http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org/ for more information.

Note: Results are available for long-standing PTSD symptoms, as well, including for Vietnam Veterans.

Also, see the dramatic effects for Domestic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for women and children, and for PTSD for "First Responders", at http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/#video=6gM_sXiUPvo (5:24)

Also, from http://www.army.mil/ :

"Transcendental Meditation - a Path to Healing"

"Doctors promised him through medication and hard work he could potentially heal over the course of years, but since transcendental meditation he has moved much closer to achieving his recovery in months."

Posted by Bill Torrington on 04/02/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Ohio Could Have Medical Marijuana by November

This is a great list of conditions, I don't see "arthritis" exclusively named, but would qualify under the chronic pain, debilitating, wasting et.el. statement.

Posted by Victoria Khan on 04/02/2016 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

Hey Doc Where do you get your knowledge about what the medical marijuana industry wants? Somehow I don't think you actually know anybody in the medical marijuana industry. I don't think you're psychic. I do think you might be psychotic with your antisocial anti-pot nonsensicle rambling. The facts are that in states where medical marijuana is legal opioid overdose deaths have gone down 25%. Cannabis is used when used for medicine for over 5 Thousand Years of recorded history. Those 95000 years of empirical data have I have proved the efficacy of cannabis Beyond any reasonable doubt

Posted by Jim Stamm on 04/01/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “The Express Announces Nick Miller as Incoming Editor

Great news! Another bespectacled white guy to tell us what's good for minorities!

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 04/01/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Buy Curious: Fashionable Flicks, Fresh-Air Styles, & Dropping Stylish Slang

nice...

http://www.angelmstyle.com/

Posted by Er Mahendra Pingale on 03/31/2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “The Express Announces Nick Miller as Incoming Editor

I hope new editor Nick Miller takes a much greater interest than the outgoing editor in the corrupt and dysfunctional politics in Oakland's city hall. Oakland badly needs strong progressive voices to take on an inbred and incompetent establishment.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/31/2016 at 3:57 PM

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