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"..hurts the poor". Is this fact or fantasy? It seems to me that soda tax could just as easily benefit the poor, pricing out of their reach toxic products causing diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure and any number of other health problems stemming from obesity. Seems like an excellent way to counter the overwhelming power of those who manufacture such products. We tax cigarettes to help pay for the health care costs of treating smoking-related diseases. Taxing toxic 'foods' seems a logical next step.
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After creating a User/PW, Subscribing to this thread, and posting I see my posting was removed. Strange...
Thanks for nothing. It looks like 81 year old folks are not welcome.
I'm 81 and my wife is 87. We purchased a home in Oakland in 1982, and converted it from a duplex to a 4 plex. We now live in one of the apartments. With rent control as it is we'd be hard pressed to do well financially if we didn't have Social Security checks, such as they are.
Our single unit rents for $1062 and a 2 bedroom apt rents for $1585. Our tenants have nicer furniture than we do. I wonder why?
That isn't inclusionary zoning, although it is indeed a (modest) impact fee. Why it isn't inclusionary: no affordable housing is included within the project.
> Affordable housing wouldn't be part of Oak Knoll's mix because Oakland doesn't have an inclusionary housing ordinance.
We do have inclusionary zoning. You can build a percentage of affordable housing, or pay the fee that goes into the affordable housing impact trust fund.
People have to make their own scenes elsewhere. Richmond, Vallejo, Martinez, Stockton, etc all need artists to come and make their town great. And it's always inevitable. The place where this artist collective was at was once a carpet factory, which provided J-O-B-S for people, not just 14 artists living cheaply. It provided real jobs, so people could buy real homes.
So if you love soda why are you for the soda tax? It only hurts the poor.
If it's clean landfill, why are there signs around the dirt piles indicating a contamination level of greater than 1mg/kg?
The minimum actionable level for PCB contamination is 0.25mg/kg. This indicates it's at least four times more contaminated than "clean commercial fill."
Seems Mr. Neilly didn't remember that the PCB concentrations are actually posted on the piles.
Given people's attitudes these days, it's hard to tell if you're being serious Nick or sarcastic....
Talk about killing the goose that lays golden eggs.
Oakland isn't on an island. There's definitely other locations where these dispensaries would go to forego these ridiculous requirements.
And Mayor Schaaf is where......
Oakland has been at the forefront of this nascent industry and is to be commended.
That being said, the hundreds of millions in investment dollars will quickly look to other, more welcoming municipalities, in which to invest.
It is NOW Oakland's to lose if they don't move quickly to adopt a more welcoming ordinance.
It's not genetrification, and I get that bars come and go. What Oakland DOESN'T need is more hipster bars with "mixologists"! So sick of seeing overpriced cocktails, and food at the "newest, hottest, lame ass" bar.
GO sports bar closing is a serious bummer. It's not about having a dive bar to go to or about gentrification or changing with the times. Oakland is missing a Good quality sports bar with tons of TVs and all the games playing on Sundays. Somewhere where you can order a light beer without a judgemental look. It doesn't need another boring cocktail lounge where I can get a $14 artisanal bourbon in rose petal water. THAT is what we have enough of.
Hate to go all conspiracy here but this story is pretty suspicious to me. Why would someone purchase a business with great reviews, press and reputation and then change the name?
That's either an un-wise business person or the story is not true. Either way I'm bummed. I loved that place.
Yeah. Riled ? Seriously? It sounds like you're talking about... This word completely fails to communicate the serious nature of the situation here. PCBs. If you're okay with PCBs in your backyard, fine. But, I don't think so. I think you'd freak out ! Well, this soil is within, what, 20 yards of the nearest residence. Complete with dogs and children. Oh, the elementary school is one entire block away. Riled? Seriously. Get over yourselves and focus on the facts.
Here is what the Water Board says;
Thanks for bringing this situation to our attention. When I asked my staff about it, they said they have looped back to you this afternoon and indicated that this offsite temporary contaminated soil stockpiling was never authorized by the Water Board, nor has the Water Board yet approved of the reuse of this soil onsite in Emeryville. PCBs remain one of our highest priority pollutants to control, so we plan to drill down on this situation to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Let me know if you have further questions or concerns.
Bruce H. Wolfe, Executive Officer
SF Bay Regional Water Board
1515 Clay St., Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612-1482
510-622-2314 / 510-622-2460 - fax
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