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The American Steel "Studios" you mentioned recently changed ownership in October 2016. I'd like to point out that the NEW owners of the American Steel building did not acquire the use of the name "American Steel Studios" and their business choices do not represent the artists and other tenants there.
The building itself is now called "American Steel" and the property management company is Ventura Parners, who I'm pretty sure are NOT placing bids on building a border wall. Tenants there do not know the identity of actual owners so don't bother asking.
However, the PREVIOUS OWNER of the building is more likely to be the "bidder" of a border wall since he is a known racist and Trump supporter which is a fact, not my opinion.
He owns half of West Oakland industrial land so, I'm sure you can easily find his name.
But, I strongly suggest you get all your research information straight before bashing the reputation of a collection of underappreciated local artists and fabricators, or the real estate management company that takes care of them.
American Steel Studios is a collective of some 300 individual artists not a singular business that could or would take on such a project. I think you just got pranked. Better reporting please. And if some artist or business inside Am Steel did agree I would fully support boycotting them.
As a neighbor I could care less about a sidewalk no-one walks on. I am more concerned about the heroin camp under the freeway, now that we have gotten rid of the Alliance problem. I love how you throw about the term "developer" as if it is a four letter word. Good job on uncovering this HUGE conspiracy tied to both the mayor and the governor! Strong work. This Protopappas character MUST be someone to watch out for if he is a "developer" and has friends and connections. He must have used those extensive connections to sidestep this incredible flaunting of the law....wait...is this fake news?
The police building is pretty poor, but the roads we need to travel on to get there are even worse. I think our roads are a crime, and I should file a police report sometimes. Oakland tax payers voted to tax themselves for infrastructure improvements. How about the city council discuss putting people to work on the roads to get to the new building before they build the building?
New OPD headquarters and crime lab might be somewhat of an easier sell to sales and property taxpayers if Oakland could show us that crime is steadily improving (that means fewer crimes!).
Otherwise this looks like yet another typical big financial surprise for the complacent citizenry of Oakland. I won't mention the word "pensions."
Yet there could be some creative thinking.
A new Trump tower where OPD Admin now sits. Forty or fifty stories with a new cop shop just above the retail at street level. Kinda like where developers like to put the affordable housing. Could be a win-win (developers and cops win).
How about including a new cop shop with a new Raiders' stadium project? If we're willing to give them $200 million in infrastructure, they could give us a $200 million cop shop. Could be tourist draw, too. Another win-win.
Oakland should be so lucky to take a chance on this dump. This location is where I pretend, to stop.
Clearly, EBX has reached the peak of investigative journalism. After all, "The failure to obtain permits could cost the city up to several thousand dollars, depending on how many days the street is obstructed. "
Several thousand, OMG!
And, further, the developer knows other people and even has friends.
This is right up there with the works of Bernstein and Woodward. Maybe they will make a movie - All the Developer's Men. Oops, no, that is taken already by the orange guy who is in DC right now. They will come up with something else for this political thriller.
This has been a problem for years, and EBX only cares when they dredge up a Schaaf connection? My lord.
The permits for sidewalk and street closures were likely required in the conditions of approval as deferred permits, which the contractor is often in charge of procuring before work proceeds. At the time of building permit approval, you cannot be sure of exactly when a sidewalk and street will need to be closed.
"Protopappas is also a close friend of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Gov. Jerry Brown. He has served as political campaign fundraiser for both."
I think we're not supposed to judge people by their friends. Or their fundraisers.
Libby runs a tight ship. Can't wait to vote the c*nt out of office.
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The Darwin doesn't check things like that... he just goes to press
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No doubt this is a bad look for the developer (Madison Park). On it's face, it looks like the developer or demolition contractor tried to skirt the fees and the required permit process. At the same time, it is not unbelievable that a demolition contractor might have had to scramble to get barriers to block sidewalks and streets. Also believable is that those barriers came from another job site and the crew failed to remove the signs. My question has more to do with why the City of Oakland Building Department did not review a plan and require the permits for sidewalk and street closures when they initially issued the demolition permit? Additionally, if there is ongoing work on the site (grading, demolition) under permit, why was it that it was neighbors who noticed the signs and not city building inspectors? It may just be been another example of the lack of coordination between city departments (Building and Public Works).
it never seems to matter who is on the board. I would just like them to hold the Dubs feet to the fire. There was a lot of money paid into expanding Oracle in 97. They are obligated, take them to court. They are not going to be tenents much longer.
I saw two dead ones today. One seemed older than the other. I also have pics.
I'm not much of a drinker, just the occasional bit of rum or gin. However, I will definitely gladly give you my money as opposed to Bev Mo.
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love the love on this thread! gl with business
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