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Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Darwin BondGraham and East Bay Express

Re: Fearing Displacement

In your article of August 2, 2016, you reported that Asian Health Services was among those “listed as groups that support the project (W12) without additional community benefits.”

No one representing Asian Health Services has ever said we support W12 without any community benefits. In fact, we confirmed from the source (Martin Group) that “I never said that those groups had offered support for the project” and apologized for “misrepresentations that occurred in the news article.”.

Patients and community residents in Chinatown are at risk of being displaced. Chinatown sits between two BART stations and is adjacent to Downtown Oakland. The population within a half mile radius of Chinatown and the Lake Merritt BART Station is 88.8% Asian, 77.7% renters, and 39.2% below poverty. 70% are low income making less than $30,000 annually. (2010 Decennial Census).

Asian Health Services is actively engaged in the Chinatown Coalition which is finalizing its platform for Community Benefits. Since 2001, our community efforts to improve pedestrian safety, affordable housing, cultural preservation, parks and open space, and economic vitality have been integral to our health agenda. Furthermore, these issues and priorities were drawn from extensive community engagement and patient input.

Posted by Sherry Hirota on 08/04/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: On Oakland's Police Commission Ballot Initiative and 2016 City Council Races

The only major loss on the police commission charter amendment was Mayor having 3 direct appointments-----As I told the Council, in SF in the 1990's we all thought we'd be getting beyond days where every Commission vote was heavily influenced by SFPOA and then found splitting appointments between multiple elected officials didn't change that at all.----Post the 1997 change, we got a better and more diverse Commission, but still one unduly influenced by politics and particularly the SFPOA. So for me its not about 'the community' picking commissioners , or preserving the powers of the Mayor, or who is Mayor, it's about firewall between OPOA pressure and Commissioners. Time will tell if 2/3's of a loaf on the appointments issue will be enough

Posted by Mary Vail on 08/03/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

EBE states, "Oakland landlords can raise rents however much they want, even if the increase violates the city's rent-control law." this is true if said landlord doesn't care about the law. Typically piling more laws on doesn't affect people who are already breaking it, New laws only affect those who try to follow it. Oakland does need to educate its renters and property owners on the ways of existing rent control laws before piling on more. It works if you work it.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 08/03/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “BART's Lead Negotiator Has a History of Illegal Behavior

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Posted by Lavone Minyard on 08/03/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Victoria, perhaps if you read my comment more thoroughly, you will observe no criticism of development, per se. You will notice instead that I refer to the new developments as "welcomed." The impact fees you mention (the first application of such fees by the way) are meager and a minor offset for the many negative impacts of development (Berkeley and Emeryville collect $29,000 for each new unit constructed). At the current construction estimate, the $2.3M will produce about 4.5 affordable housing units.

Vincent states the issue much more concretely -- Oakland's overwhelming need is housing that current residents who are being displaced in droves can afford. Not one current resident will be able to afford the new apartments, which developers construct for maximum profit -- as is their right. But since the Feds no longer support housing for the least able, it is the city that carries the responsibility of assuring housing availability for all incomes. As part of the right to negatively impact the city with new construction, it is only equitable that developers must contribute to ameliorating the city's extreme housing need.

Posted by James Vann on 08/03/2016 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

I don't see how new MARKET RATE housing is going to benefit the community. Sure there will be housing, but there are hundreds of families in Chinatown who needs AFFORDABLE housing.

There are people who have lived here for generations, who were born here, that NEEDS housing. While most of these market rate housing projects are certainly being made to attract and provide for those moving in, those who have lived here all their lives are going to be forced to leave as the thousands of families who have already been forced to leave.

I have worked in Chinatown for a decade and I fear that all these new housing developments will end up pushing out residents of Chinatown and ultimately the people that is Chinatown.

And we are not in this for ourselves, we are in this for our community and for our Chinatown.

Posted by Vincent Saephan on 08/03/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

@Hobart Johnson: Excellent points, well stated.
@Chip DeBlock: Your statement "there is a war out there" perfectly and succinctly highlights the fundamental problem: the attitude, mentality, and perception by law enforcement.
No sir, there is *not* a "war" out there, there is a *community*, populated not by enemies, in *any* proportion, only *citizens* who are, let us not forget, *innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*, and who it is your responsibility to "serve and protect", not defend yourself from. If you want to play "Army Man", join the military, preferably one of another country, because ours has made more than enough enemies through the promiscuous use of force as it is.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/03/2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

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Posted by Jamese Victoriano on 08/03/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

James, this project is paying a $2,300,000 impact fee that goes into the affordable housing trust fund.

To argue that this project doesn't contribute to affordability is an outright lie. Shameful.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 08/03/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Bike East Bay = the storm troopers of East Bay gentrification

They really need to be closed!

Posted by Sam Lowry on 08/03/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

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Posted by Tonithy on 08/03/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

To Dave Campbell, and leaders of Bike East Bay, Asian Health Services, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

It is extremely discouraging to witness respected community organizations falling prey to the "divide and conquer" tactics so effectively employed by developers whose primary objective is "self-enrichment," not enrichment of the life and culture of existing communities, their residents, and contributions to ameliorate the displacement crisis currently dismantling the Oakland we all love and desperately want to preserve.

Any Oakland organization that ignores the critical need for inclusion of affordable housing among their concerns in relation to the bubble of welcomed new developments is in effect helping to fuel the displacement crisis and destruction of our beautiful city.

Since the City has failed to do its job in making "community benefits agreements" mandatory on all developments, stakeholder organizations must join with community residents who have invested their lives in Oakland, and must unite on a program of demands to developers for the good of the entire neighborhood, not just the self-described individual interests of each various organization. To do otherwise plays directly into the schemes of outside developers, and is a sure recipe for the destruction of Oakland and its memorable neighborhoods.

Posted by James Vann on 08/03/2016 at 12:41 PM

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Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

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Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

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Posted by JessiLew on 08/03/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Housing is a public benefit, Lailan. Building more housing provides:

- More income tax for the city
- More property tax for the city
- More people engaging in local commerce
- More people creating art and culture
- A much reduced commute for people who would otherwise be pushed out to the suburbs
- More neighbors to make Oakland even more cosmopolitan and diverse

But most importantly, it provides homes for people who need homes.

These project-by-project negotiation arrangements only serve to starve the beast. It discourages investment in your neighborhood you purport to protect. It funnels money that could be spent on even more housing into your pockets. It makes it exorbitantly expensive to build in Oakland which is directly passed down to renters as higher rents.

You are why Oakland is expensive, Lailan.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 08/03/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

I live in Chinatown and totally support what Ms. Huen is trying to do. You have to balance progress with responsibility to the people that it affects. And please refrain from the dog-whistle of "petty crime" to advance the project. Chinatown is currently great. Can it be better? Sure. But don't make it sound that the place is a wasteland that needs this development to make it "safer". Have some respect.

Posted by Francis Calpotura on 08/03/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The Time is Now Closing Party at Naming Gallery

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Re: “The Time is Now Closing Party at Naming Gallery

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Posted by Emily Howe on 08/03/2016 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Bike East Bay has talked with the developer of this project and we support more infill projects Like this one that bring needed housing to Oakland. We also support the level of bike parking provided in the project and appreciate the project's support of safe and attractive bicycling options in Chinatown. That said, we are still waiting to hear more about the measures the project will include to promote alternative transportation and how local schools will be accommodated before lending our full support.

Dave Campbell
Advocacy Director
Bike East Bay

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 08/03/2016 at 7:02 AM

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