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Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Hi Jessica. Congratulations on your business. This sounds like a winner. I own a mobile bartending business in Hayward and would love to partner with you. Please contact me via email - bartenders@pourplanit.com. Michelle

Posted by Michelle Toney on 03/06/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, NUMBER ONE BEST HOSPITAL IN THE NATION, THE MAYO CLINIC whatever health legislation that came with the outgoing administration or barack obama administration, get rid of it, please. period. end of issue. plain and simple, whatever good this legislation had, upgrade it and keep going in a better direction for health. thank you. health can be such an intimate topic, please have some respect. thank you, i prefer the word, service to the word, care. thanks,

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/06/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Victoria: the Planning Commission recently shared that they have approved over 15,000 residential units and yet less then 5% have actually come online.

In fact there are two projects approved and spec'd that are across the street from this project that are just that - approved, unbuilt, and now back up for sale builds.

Heck, THIS PROJECT has been approved since 2008 and McGrath has said numerous times he could've built the originally built project countless times in the years since it's been approved - he just didn't.

Pointing to the amount of time it takes a project to get approved as a means to demonstrate how woefully behind in building we are is shortsighted and wrongheaded.

Posted by Brandie Albright on 03/06/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Victoria,

By the Planning Commissions' own acknowledgement they have approved over 15,000 units and less than 5% of those approved projects have come online.

Saying that the number of units being built has a direct correlation to the number/time it takes them to get approved is incorrect.

Posted by Brandie Albright on 03/06/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Darwin: I appreciate and respect the response! I see now in the agenda for tomorrows city council meeting the Proposed Additions to the DA.

I do think its worth noting that the developer has already agreed to contribute $250,000 to be distributed throughout the community pursuant further negotiations. The developer has also included a $95,000 contribution to the Temescal-Telegraph Business Improvement District for improved lighting along telegraph.

Its also noteworthy that although you characterize the affordable aspect of the project as small, the 45 affordable units total more than $15,000,000 worth of affordable housing.

Posted by David Long on 03/06/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The developer has already agreed to putting the units throughout the building. If they weren't, Kalb wouldn't be proposing making a modification to the development agreement to that effect.

But more importantly, just think of how many more homes we'd have if projects didn't take a year to get approval like this.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 03/06/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Just what we need... More booze

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/06/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Dan Savage: Should You Tell Him or Her That You're Cheating? Or Keep it Secret?

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Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The concessions by the developer seem absolutely miniscule considering the value of the housing he will be allowed to build. I live 3 blocks away and dread seeing a 25 story eyesore plunked down in our neighborhood of 2 and OCCASIONALLY 3 story buildings. I guess nothing talks like money talks. The worst thing about bad architecture is it ends up being around forever. Oakland planning really took a dump with this one!

Posted by jeff kao on 03/06/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

David Long: the developer hasn't offered any of the listed community benefits in this article. Rather, the developer agreed to a small percentage of affordable units and a project labor agreement in 2008.

Almost everything else has been requested by neighbors, the planning commission, city staff, and Councilmember Kalb.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 03/06/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The title of this article is very misleading. Most of the body is dedicated to the very substantial community benefits package the developer has offered, not the seemingly minor controversy over where in the building affordable units are placed.

Posted by David Long on 03/06/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

If the Express is going to continue to commission and print articles by authors who are not identified in its masthead, don't we deserve to know who those writers are? I see that Alice Feller is an MD and psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley. This is really useful information to have in appreciating her reports on the state of healthcare.

Likewise, who are Matt Davis and Teresa Foglia, who often write for the Express on urban issues? They too aren't in your staff list.

Using freelancers is fine. Not identifying their expertise and affiliations is a disservice to both them and your readers.

Posted by travel2165 on 03/05/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 1

What should be recalled about Biffs was its Colossus of Rhodes goofy sign. That was worth preserving, but it was the first thing to go. The other iconic beacon, also on Broadway, was the sign for Daves Coffee Shop. That too just seemed to disappear overnight. Not so strange is the fact that it was purchased by the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art. Both signs had a friendly, folksy zing to them. The friendly, folksy zing seems to be an element in short supply.

Nick Chase, Oakland

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/05/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

It's Seventh Street in West Oakland, not Seventh Avenue. Liked the article!

Posted by Katie Hart on 03/05/2017 at 6:11 AM

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

Glad to see EBX and the ACLU stepping up as they have. Would love to see a lawsuit against the security company and its officers and employees for harassment. Any updates?

Posted by Matthew Elvey on 03/04/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Dan Savage: Should You Tell Him or Her That You're Cheating? Or Keep it Secret?

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Posted by Alena Ivana on 03/03/2017 at 4:14 PM

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

Looks like this website not-so-subtly endorses baby Ben. Look at the front page photo for this article: it shows Ben fully and cuts Kate off so one cannot recognize her. The photo should be recropped or removed. Or put a full presentation of Katie's face and clip Ben's face untl he is unrecognizable. You know, act like journalists and be fair.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 03/03/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Chief Talks Cultural Change and Compassion for the Homeless

This chief will need more than luck. Contrary to the powerful impression I get from SF's new Chief, Kirkpatrick's experience, grasp of the challenge and presence is much less inspiring. She seems like a nice person, but why she is the best candidate escapes me. The Mayor and the press keep lauding her record as being a change agent in previous jobs. That is just not true. The fact is she was hired to be a change agent in Chicago, but was on the job about 6 months before leaving for a better opportunity. She changed nothing in Chicago. In my opinion, like most of the over hyped, inexperienced senior staff hired (City Administrator, Fire Chief) under Mayor Schaaf, her best quality is that she is a woman. From day one after the sex scandal, the Mayor has seemed more concerned about breaking up the "boys club" (her words) in the Police department than hiring the best candidate. Whether Schaaf likes it or not, Police departments are male dominated para military organizations. Oakland is also a complex multi cultural city that has a long history of the community having a strained relationship with Police. In addition, there is a long history of conflict between the Police officers and City administration. The big challenge for a Chief in Oakland has always been to appease the bosses at City Hall, while convincing your street officers that you also have their back. Kirkpatrick seems to be somewhat naive to this history and will have a difficult time with command staff, who are always the defenders of the culture.She will need to kick some butt and fire some folks to actually change the day to day culture. My concern is that her seemingly non confrontational style will never be respected or effective. She may be able to fool Mayor Schaaf, but will that translate to actual change inside the department?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/03/2017 at 3:47 AM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

Good subject. Embarrassing writing style. What are you in high school?

Posted by Tom Limecooler on 03/03/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

I work. I have worked since I was 16. Maybe Mr. Udinsky has made a ton of money every year that he has worked, but I have not. He says people didn't plan adequately. Maybe people could not save because employers don't pay adequate wages. Maybe people can't save because they are saddled with ever increasing college costs and interest rates or by huge increases in their rents. Maybe someone had a life-threatening illness or injury that wiped out their savings. Maybe people got bilked by speculators or by the Wall Street-created recession. Maybe we got laid off because we are too old or too expensive (although they of course don't tell us that). Maybe our employers left the country to get even cheaper labor elsewhere. Maybe natural disasters wiped them out.

There are many factors which may have led to people not being able to purchase health insurance. Please do not assume we were all out there wasting our money. I must rely on Obamacare because after I was laid off none of my current three employers offer health care. I will not be able to buy health insurance on my inadequate wages. Oh and by the way, I do pay for my insurance. Yes, I receive a subsidy but I do pay a significant chunk of my income for insurance.

If you don't want to pay taxes to help your neighbors, how about working to get everyone a decent wage so we can afford to pay for health insurance (mind you, that does not necessarily mean health care). You and I both subsidize every employer who pays minimum wage because those employees are the ones who go to the emergency room and need food stamps.

Posted by Karen Hesse on 03/02/2017 at 9:14 PM

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