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Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Employment, employment, employment. Where are the school to work programs? Are Uber self driving cars going increase opportunity or create newly unemployed people? Tech has a responsibility to give back to the communities that they invade. Oakland city government needs to not only incentivize with tax breaks but with mandates for programs to bring students into their networks of education and power.

Posted by jjpowell on 12/27/2016 at 9:04 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I agree the SF bay area is changing at an alarming rate, I am glad there are a few tech programs that are inclusive though :)

Posted by themooctutor on 12/27/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “The High Costs of Outsourcing Police

In the mist of all the problems. Oakland safe street has become a haven for gang stalking. The residents its supposed to protect from these thugs.

Posted by Wilkens Owens III on 12/27/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Mr. Eroster, as I'm sure someone as educated and worldly as you knows, painting people whom you don't know personally with such a broad and belittling brush is not often helpful nor true. Brings to mind "stereotype" and "inflammatory". What change are you hoping to impart by your words? Pointing out the problem is easy, but to suggest realistic solutions? That would be genius and that's what the world and Oakland need now more than ever.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 12/26/2016 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

When a fire chief assertively states that the department does not inspect vacant buildings then you know she is grossly incompetent. Vacant warehouses catch fire on a regular basis. Maybe that's their plan. Urban renewal by strategic fire to remove vacant warehouses. The Ghost Ship warehouse and that block of property is on an Oakland city planning proposal for commercial development. (SF Chronicle)
Maybe the Oakland city government could benefit from a federal investigation for civil rights violations of those killed due to deliberate negligence. The city officials are certainly concealing evidence.

Posted by Glen Mayne on 12/25/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

Does anyone know if it's illegal to publish a guessed, not legitimate psych diagnosis on the patient's documents that are viewed by other, non psych docs? I'm trying to find out if when I go to Kaiser for a flu shot, will I be scrutinized because a therapist, after spending 30 minutes with me, has labeled me in a way that makes people scared and distrustful of me?

Posted by GraceWorks on 12/25/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “CalPERS, CalSTRS, UC Invested in Dakota Access Pipeline Despite Pledges of Sustainability

Really appreciate this article.

Posted by Millie C on 12/22/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

I am an artist, musician and concert producer in Richmond. I believe that art and music are essential to the life of a community and that it's in the City's best interests to be artist friendly. But if there is any lesson to be learned from the Ghost Ship tragedy, it's that we have an obligation to provide safe spaces for the creation and presentation of art and music. There is no music or art event that is worth unknowingly sacrificing ones life for.

I know Mayor Butt and he has personally worked to support music and art Richmond. The City has found significant and possibly immediately dangerous conditions at Burnt Ramen. The city seems open to working with Mykee to get the place open again. He should stop whining and get to work.

Note to Charles Eroster: you are an Internet troll who spews foamy crap. Your idea of a cultural outing is probably a trip to Safeway, or maybe a Trump rally. As for artists "sucking at the tit of government," if you look at the City budget, police and fire safety cost about $92 million. Funding for arts and cultural programs, including the library is $5 million. So STFU.

Posted by Bruce Kaplan on 12/22/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

It's AWESOME when trolls don't use their real names but expose their IP address. Thanks Mr. "Eroster"

Posted by BradDollar on 12/22/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster who are you, and what are you doing making such a large number of comments on EBE? And how are you able to spit out so much misinformation about Burnt Ramen, but have likely never even been there? I have been there numerous times, and I was there a couple weeks ago. No tangled extension cords (in fact I didn't see a single one), no overloaded electrical system (simple solar-powered system), not a single space heater. Making up false information does not make you seem intelligent--in fact it makes you seem like someone who goes around EBE just to troll people. Nothing you say has any merit. Have fun spitting out more comments.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/22/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Wow! They used space heaters?! How could they!!!

Posted by atork on 12/22/2016 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

You are absolutely full of it to claim these people who were living in this low-end warehouse flophouse-with-fingerpainting-activities adult daycare art facility aren't sucking the government tit. That is statistically ridiculous when you look at the numbers of how many people live through dedicated and guiltless government tit-sucking...especially bummy "artist" types. You think it an entitlement...a birthright...so you don't have to actually work to eat and you can be an "artist" and "give" so much to society.

Let me inform you of my theory of why the inspectors were LAUGHING. Because some two weeks after a fire believed to have been caused by overloaded electrical systems these inspectors go inside Burnt Ramen and find SPACE HEATERS plugged into overloaded electrical systems.

This was the mirthless, disbelieving, just-south-of-contemptuous laugh of an authority figure encountering, yet again, the colorfully creative stupidity of anti-authoritarian warehouse dwellers. Like...do they ever learn? (Cynical, mirthless laugh and shake of head)

If you had a fire of tangled extension cords do you know what it would look like? The scorched tangle of cords?

Burnt Ramen.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Again, Charles C. Eroster, you are misinformed. None of the people that live(d) at Burnt Ramen are on food stamps, all of them either own a business, work, and/or go to school. Which is probably more than you do considering all of the free time that I have seen you have. Pretty impressive to have commented more than 70 times in just a few days, you've been busy, busy, with commenting haven't you? In addition, the inspectors that represented the City of Richmond did not say what needed to be fixed. The property is also not a rental, it is owned by an individual that is willing to put the building up-to-code. It would help if you did some research on your part, then perhaps you would not look like an internet troll that is just looking to talk down about people and laugh at them to make yourself feel superior to something. It's kind of sad actually, I feel bad for you. You have nothing better to do with your time. I hope you find a better path than the one that you are walking, nobody deserves to be this miserable. I also hope that when you fall on hard times (because you will, everyone does, it's inevitable) that you will see that it's not always as simple as you make it seem. I hope that you learn some empathy.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Home-owning, tax-paying citizens, when they have something wrong with their housing, along comes an inspector telling them to fix it...and fix it they must!

A tree root has buckled the sidewalk? A crack in the foundation? A window broken by hooligans? Fix it!!! Or pay fines. Or even get evicted.

But these special buttercup-flavored, pierced and tatted up emo snowflakes live "off the radar" in a special place free of regulation, a place de facto tolerated by officialdom because their "art" brings so much to the rest of us...art that can't even keep them off public assistance while the rest of us work real jobs...to pay for their rock and roll lifestyle.

And as for the "actual bathroom," clearly the issue of whether a warehouse is a "house" is bigger than Burnt Ramen (Paid For By Food Stamps) but involves all these "live work fuck" spaces across America and I read even CANADA is cracking down.

Why were the inspectors pointing and LAUGHING? I know exactly why but even the people who saw them laughing are too dangerously dumb to figure it out.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Hey Charles C. Eroster. I've noticed that you are following this story a lot and have posted on other articles. Your hate for Burnt Ramen seems a bit personal. Were you excluded from these types of venues in the past and now have a personal vendetta against them? It seems as if you should probably get your life and job in order and stop wasting your time in the comments section on news websites. You have no clue what you're talking about.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster, my comment regarding "actual bedrooms" etc was in direct response to your comment: "A warehouse is not a "house."" I'm saying that this "warehouse" is actually a house, and was legally built as one. The bedrooms, kitchen, and bathroom were built to city code. Just because it doesn't fit into your definition of a house doesn't mean it isn't an actual house within the law. Work-space on bottom, living-space on top.

The Ghost Ship had a second floor built on rafters, with wooden pallets used to make the stairs leading up to it. Many people that went to the Ghost Ship knew it was very unsafe, and when the fire happened the majority of the people were upstairs. At the Ramen, nobody except tenants were allowed upstairs, and the downstairs was fully concrete with two exits--one a normal size door and the other an extra large door. Wide open space downstairs, absolutely nothing unsafe about it, in fact probably more fire-safe than a regular house.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/21/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

I read "of" a genuine miracle. Pardon my typo.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

"Actual" bedrooms and an "actual" bathroom, you say? How many people share the "actual" bathroom? How do they obtain toilet paper for this trippy communal living situation? By ripping off toilet paper from local businesses in the course of a small purchase?

Oh, wait, I know...food stamps!!! Because these artists are so poor they can't afford real housing, but they bring such "value" to our community that the city must tolerate their dangerous living situations. Which is what seems to have happened at Ghost Ship. So of course they get all kinds of public assistance, and that's how you pay for stuff like toilet paper for the communal "actual" bathroom. With tax dollars wiping spoiled, coddled "full time artist" asses.

So what was the specific reason the city shut it down? Something to do with flammable but pretty crap piled up to the ceilings? Cans of flammable paint left open and sort of sitting next to ashtrays? A communal waterbed blocking an exit? What, pray tell, was the actual reasoning behind the actual evictions of this place that had an "actual bathroom?"

I mean, if this is an "actual" properly zoned luxury warehouse house home living space communal fornicating and defecating area, why in Heaven's good name did the city shut it down?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

For those that are mis informed. The ramen itself is actually zoned for live work. It has been since it was built. It was built as a mixed use building. The city was very animate about shutting this place down. Before you express an opinion. You should know the facts. Because opinions are often loud and unwanted. Where fact is is usually calm and undeniable.

Posted by Shane Saw Sischo on 12/21/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “To Stop Fake News, Liberals and Progressives Need to Kick the Fake-Talk Habit

Not only the fake news but the lack of honest coverage of all candidates running for office ...Media needs to report the facts and the truth and stop acting lime they are the only entities in the know while not disclosing the facts and individuals and letting the readers and public draw their own conclusions!

One reporters opinion does not reflect the opinions of the whole! Biased coverage at the expense of full disclosure and (my favorite word) TRANSPARENCY does not the right to choose to the public!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 12/21/2016 at 12:49 PM

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