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Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

OK, multiple issues here;
1.) Landlord/tenant disputes amplified by size of his holdings and shady practices.

2.) separate issue of how he got the holdings.

In issue one, there are very clean practices for how to deal with "I didn't get the letter/check". It costs about 3 dollars to send them certified. They have to sign or refuse delivery. No if's ands or buts on deliveries. And an eviction court will crucify them for a refusal. Of course they can claim there was no check, but a photocopy of the check or money order will usually deal with that.

Handing the office manager a letter is sure recipe for disaster, no matter HOW satisfying it is. I grew up very poor. This is how the war with these jerks is won. Let an unbiased, third party be your testimony (the post office). Don't make it your word. I know, your word is good. like it or not, the post office receipt is better.

Issue two; Too many of his co-conspirators have plead guilty. If the prosecution is half on the ball, they flip some of them into testifying against. This looks exactly like what RICO was intended for and can strip him naked.

And onto the third, unmentioned issue. While it MAY not apply here (and I'm not saying it doesn't... No one seems to have done the investigation to follow the money for this set of facts) the absolute largest landlords in the country today are hedge funds. And they've turned rent checks into financial investment instruments.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/28/2017 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Where is the sympathy for the person looking for an apartment, who can afford to pay MARKET rent and can't find one? We go to the market and buy food at the price labelled on the shelves, we buy gas at the pump price, but all of a sudden we want rents to be below the market "for us" because we live there and for no one else. Cities are living things and if they can't organically grow they die.

Posted by stan miller on 02/27/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Something does not compute?? How can they get a sale if the property is this bad? Who would buy it? I have another take. I've bought property with squatters and I call the police and they say it's "a civil matter" and I have to go to court and evict them. Then the squatters or tenants who just stop paying go to Legal Aid and legal aid says they want a JURY trial. My lawyer says a JURY trial will cost $15,000. Then legal aid says, "we want our clients to stay 3 months at no rent, dismiss any back rent and seal the case (so they don't have a record and can do it again). If you are people of good will and not ideologues you should sit down with a landlord who operates in depressed areas (not the techie areas) and see the reality. My buildings are spotless, I have a 24 hour number for emergencies, I have regular maintenance and pest eradication, but have a lot of trouble evicting people who stop paying rent for one reason or another.

Posted by stan miller on 02/27/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Sometimes a foreclosure never gets to a courthouse auction. A guy on our block bought a house with two mortgages and now down in 2005. Soon he let it lapse into default. Then he persuaded the bank to accept a short sale -- which he rigged. He and his real estate agent refused to let anyone see the place and make an offer, except the partner in the scam. He bought it for a pittance, let the guy live in it for several years, and then they sold the house and split the profits. While the guy lived there, he was a complete nuisance to the neighborhood, right up to a federal ATF raid on the marijuana grow in the garage.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 02/27/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Community Fund LLC owns many properties like 408 Tennessee Street in Vallejo California. That particular one they just bought for $225,100 about 5 months ago and they already have it listed for sale for over $450,000. It is filled with squatters who are destroying it and terrorizing the neighbors. The police go about once a week and get them out but they go right back in. The police say the owners are not doing enough to secure the property and that the police aren't the property owners private patrol. The property is in much worse condition and the owners are not concerned at all with the welfare or safety for anyone. The City of Vallejo, other cities, the State of California, and the Federal Government should all document the properties these companies own and ensure they stop allowing the drug dens, prostitution homes, gang member havens etc these alleged racketeering scammers are operating or allowing. It's quite possible they are also collecting money from the drug lords who are also renting rooms out to squatters, prostitutes, etc in many of these properties like this. There should be a huge class action lawsuit by all neighbors of their properties as well. I'd love to be contacted if/when this happens and might be starting one myself if I don't find one soon.

Posted by Scott Brown on 02/27/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Courts security must be sworn officers with legal training concerning the scope of their duties. Private security guards have no place in the court house screening process.

Posted by Joan Soo on 02/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Advocates Criticize Alameda Sheriff’s Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement

The law is far from being immoral. Having borders to delineate sovereignty is necessary.

Those ILLEGAL immigrants are here ILLEGALLY. Should we tolerate lying, cheating, and stealing? That's immoral in my book.

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/27/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Advocates Criticize Alameda Sheriff’s Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement

A lot of folks complain that undocumented workers have broken the law. Have you ever considered that slaves in the pre-Civil War South broke the law when they set foot off the plantation? Or that the Surpreme Court ruled that no black person was a citizen, North or South, and could never BE one? The law was immoral then, and it is immoral now. If we benefit from the sweat of another human being's brow, then we must repay him or her. People who pick our crops and hoe our fields and tend our children are being hunted down on our streets and cities and farms. This must stop. Undocumented workers cannot change the laws but We the PEOPLE can, and it is our responsibility as decent people to do so.

Posted by Martha Caroline on 02/26/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

We can continue to build nice tall, generic buildings if that's what people really want, but a restored Biff's would have been a hit with the new Millenials as architect Roy notes. We've seen a resurgience in bowling at the Plank, and restored Kwik Way/.Merritt, which someone will probably try to raze again soon. That leaves the classic Alley on Grand which has become a hit with Millenials despite it's run down state. And that's exactly what pepole want; not another expensive skyscraper. Oakland has had a rebirth of modern ,, trendy restaurants , which is great , but lets not let the town loses its old soul. Thank god for the Paraount and Fox theaters https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7299998174811532615#editor/target=post;postID=4427836600293029248;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=link

Posted by Burt Kaufman on 02/26/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Jim Mzt, in this case the public is allowed. Reporters are specifically targeted for removal, even though they "obey the policies or laws that the public must obey." So what justifies removing the reporters?

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 02/26/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Advocates Criticize Alameda Sheriff’s Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement

These protestors should follow the immigration law. If they are not legal residents they have to leave that is the law. The Sheriff Department is doing it's job correctly. UI applaud them for that.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 02/26/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

We need to make some changes to the so called rights of the press. They should have to obey the policies or laws that the public must obey. They don't get a free pass to anything only to what that are allowed.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 02/26/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Another Stingray Sighting in Lake Merritt!

I have seen 4 dead ones in Lake Merritt this past week. I am wondering what is up. It was weird seeing one dead, thought it might of been washed in. but Four? Anyone have any Ideas why this has happened ?

Posted by Miranda Ferrer on 02/26/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Thank you very much for your post

Posted by xiaogou on 02/26/2017 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Maggie Smith Triumphs Again in 'The Lady in the Van'

I've been a bit dissatisfied with many films of late, but it looks like Kelly and I share similar tastes, so I'll check this one out.

Posted by Jennifer Fairclough on 02/26/2017 at 1:52 AM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

I wish I'd read this review before I tried to sit through the film. It was the second-worst film I'd ever seen, behind the abysmal Riding in Cars with Boys. Dull, lifeless, painful, dreary doesn't seem to explain it well enough.
I imagine it's actually quite difficult to make a movie both simultaneously boring AND confusing, but Manchester by the Sea did it. That alone deserves some kind of award. I got through about 80% of it before switching it off.
Like I said, I wish I'd seen this review first. I want my 90 minutes back.

Posted by Jennifer Fairclough on 02/26/2017 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

I have knee problems that prevent me from working sometimes and i also take pills for depression (i hate the pills, rather smoke cannibis) but I live in indiana how can i get a medical card? Please someone point me to the knowlegeable place or person. I stopped smoming recently just because the police have been cracking down here bad SOMEONE HELP!!

Posted by Terrence B on 02/25/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Taqueria El Paisa@.com Serves the Best Tacos in Town

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Posted by Clau CruzGutierrez on 02/25/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

Ben Gould has no experience but school and is in his early twenties. Kate Harrison has worked in government for at least twenty years. She is also invited as a consultant around the world as governments try to improve their system of governance. Kate managed the SF entire court system for years.

This kid, Ben, tells completely different speeches depending on his audience. He's a classic flip flopper: he says progressive things to progressive audience and conservative things to real estate interests.

We need honesty and ingegrity. Kate has it and Ben's wildly divergent campaign speeches suggests he'll say anything to win, which indicates a lack of integrity.

Interesting that you only have his campaign donations through 2016. He is said to be raking in real estate money and he has been seen meeting with Tom Bates, our finally-gone bad mayor.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 02/25/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

Let's face facts. I knew Biff's as a kid long, long ago. Even then it was kind of seedy and run down. By the time it shut down in '96, it was more than tired.

Euphoric recall is wonderful, but it's also a fantasy... Today being driven by what I think of as carpet baggers... People who came here long after the glory days of the east bay, ignoring the blight that it became and to an extent still suffers from... Boarded building, out of control city administration and rampant crime in the streets.

I don't see anyone complaining about the loss of the Merritt Bakery. It was open 7/24 had great inexpensive food... and tended to catch fire from time to time.

It's time to rebuild Oakland, not worship a long gone past.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/25/2017 at 10:55 AM

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