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Re: “Was Operator of Oakland Warehouse Fire Venue 'Warned' of Safety Issues, 'Illegal' Construction, Danger?

Shelly Mack, I would urge you to preserve all emails, text messages, photos, documents from that time period. Including stuff like credit card statements which may help you remember. I have watched your interviews and you have been a great source of information.

You said you called police on that place...can you say when? What was said? Can you prove those calls with phone logs?

Preserve everything!!! This is not just a criminal incident but actual human history. I hope you are making yourself available to the prosecutor.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

How about what needs to happen is grow up and get a real job in a place you can afford to live? Stop whining about your art, your venues, your safe spaces...get a job that pays for a safe roof over your head,snowflakes.

Btw, EDM Digest just wrote that Chor Ng's property portfolio is worth 5 million total. Take that and divide by 36...give the lawyers 30 or 40 percent...

Guess what? Unless ONE LAW FIRM can manage to represent all 36 victims, there is no viable lawsuit here. City has immunity under California Tort Claims Act for any damages arising out of failure to inspect a building.

It would really be a strange day in California when 36 people die horribly in a fire and no lawyers want to sue anybody. But do the math.

Unless there is a game-changing insurance policy here. Haven't heard of any, yet.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Where to buy Christmas Tamales in the East Bay

good you did not give up any of our Eastside spots.The ones you mentioned are all good...but

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 12/19/2016 at 6:53 PM

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: “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 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

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

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Posted by Mayor Vargas 2 on 12/15/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland vs. ICE

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Posted by Mayor Vargas 2 on 12/15/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Jack's Oyster Bar Shutters in Jack London Square

Thanks for calling the neighboring business for the scoop, Luke, Your journalistic duty has been fulfilled.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/14/2016 at 9:58 PM

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

The IFDA is created by our local governments. It issues bonds, spends the money, then pays back the bondholders from property taxes. It assumes that there will be lots of new construction and therefore lots of new property tax income. But if there's not enough new income to pay back the bondholders, the likely outcome isn't bankruptcy, it's renegotiation of the pay back terms, stretching them out so that ourlocal governments can afford the payments. In other words, we'll be on the hook for them and, god knows, probably for the seat licenses as well.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 12/14/2016 at 10:41 AM
Posted by Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas on 12/13/2016 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Caltrans Is Violating Homeless People's Constitutional Rights

Doesn't seem very cost effective Caltrans! Fresno had an identical policy and it resulted in a ~$1.5 million settlement in favor of the homeless plantiffs,
https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/legal-dock…

Posted by Chantrea Nok on 12/13/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Coal Terminal Developer Suing City of Oakland, Seeking to Overturn Ban on Fossil Fuel Exports

Seriously? Oakland DID THIS DUMB THING?

Oakland is going to pay this man a fortune in our tax dollars.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/12/2016 at 7:11 PM

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

The City and County have not done their due diligence on Fortress Investment Group. They have a bad history with sports events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the recent taking Milwaukee and Wisconsin hostage for public subsidies for the Milwaukee Bucks new basketball arena. See the story: http://mortgageflimflam.com/

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 12/12/2016 at 3:19 PM

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

as usual-sports win over arts and music-the safety of artists, musicians etc should be paramount. a rarely used stadium is a total waste of taxpayer dollars.
I've never seen one of these deals work as planned-cities and counties get left holding the bag. don't do it Oakland!
let vegas can have 'em
sickens me.

Posted by marty bauer on 12/12/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Couple In Charge of Ghost Ship Lost Kids to Child Protective Services While Living in Oakland Warehouse

When are the media going to dig deep enough to find out if any insurance company had a policy on that warehouse owned by Chor Ng? And did Chor Ng have all her buildings under one corporate umbrella, or was each a separate situation?

Like...questions that get asked by responsible grown ups, instead of tributes about the different kinds of music and how people FEEL about this.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/12/2016 at 6:45 AM

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

Get the Raiders to cough up the $95m that's owed onnthe existing facility... it's owed thanks to the earlier enticementbyo bring the team back and to satisfy Al Davis's desire for luxury boxes that didn't sell and didn't generate revenue... andvthe Coliseum WAS NEVER ABLE to host a Super Bowl because even with all that was spent, the capacity was insufficient for the NFL to allow Oakland to host.

Posted by Larry Medina on 12/11/2016 at 4:52 PM

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

NOT ONE DIME for the Raiders. Fund the Public Works Department instead! Unlike City Council, PW actually does something useful. Use "surplus" public land to provide housing for middle income people, and keep building until rents become reasonable again. Oakland streets ruin cars and kill bicyclists and pedestrians; our median strips feature dead bushes, weeds, and garbage. The homeless are forced to camp under overpasses, with zero city amenities provided. Trees have not been trimmed in years, and some parks have had little or no attention for just as long. OPD tells us to "download a report," and complains of understaffing while apparently staffed sufficiently to abuse its authority. We need City Government to focus on providing BASIC CITY SERVICES. Let the Raiders go.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 12/11/2016 at 2:30 PM

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

Neither of the financing structures would expose the general fund. The district is set up so that it can issue the bonds to finance infrastructure (i disagree with your take that the stadium isn't considered a public works project here, but that is immaterial). If the project fails, the district declares the bankruptcy not the city. The city and county would fund the district staff and admin costs and then the district would become a self-financing entity. Private issue bonds are also issued by other than the city and county so that party would be responsible for them if the project financials don't support repayment of the principal and interest. The interest rates for these debt issues will be higher than for the city and county, but this project must be a money-maker for the private investment group to want any part of it. The city and county would be stupid not to take it for the development alone. The costs to secure the site should the Raiders and A's move would be as much as the investment they're being asked to make here. The difference is they get some political points and a stadium which produces additional city revenue and creates additional jobs in the area. The math on stadia is traditionally based on a much more hefty investment by the city and county.

As for why folks still discuss Mt. Davis, I can only assume a lack of formal economics training and education as those are considered sunk costs. The city and county will be on he hook for them whether the Raiders are using the stadium/land or not. So is it disingenuous to add those costs to this project. Those costs are due either way. The difference here is that they can be due and the city receiving revenue from use of the stadium or they can be due with absolutely zero offsetting revenue.

The only real question is whether or not the group is trying to get Mark Davis to sell them part of the team as a condition.

Posted by coachglove on 12/10/2016 at 9:29 PM

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