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Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

And more depth to the situation, all of which BondGraham somehow managed to miss:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

And this person is an award winning journalist?!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/01/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

The real issue here is that municipalities, regions, states and even the nation establish Public Banks to serve the needs of the 99%. The usual pro-business anti-socialist, pro-capitalists protect their pyramid scheme turf because they stand to loose their privilege to wealth and may have to actually compete with talent equally enabled. The US banking system is a private system enforced by a government controlled by Bankster1%. This is why we now face crisis upon crisis as the 1% just cannot get the idea that a truly free market enabled to EVERYONE equally policed by the people's government can establish a fair system with nominal loan and savings interest for EVERYONE. Money is the property of the people, created through OUR authority allowing banks to manufacture it 10x+ held assets. It is now time we assume this authority for the 99%, under the scrutiny of the people for people. The profits are rolled back into more loans and savings interest securing the Public Commons with a future.

Oh and now we must hear the whining R1%CH and their sycophant wanna bees protecting profit turf with the usual ungrounded fear-mongering and cries of "socialism". Socialism? Like fully self-funded SS and Medicare (no matter what they say this is a fact)? Yes... and let's get on it!

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 03/31/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

...And while BondGraham is busy chasing the property owner and attempting to incite class conflict, the Chronicle has unearthed documents indicating the fire department urged the closure of the the building... And were ignored.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakl…

While Oakland (politicians AND general community) have pursued "civic pride" in the form of million dollar subsidies to sports teams and other boondoggles, basic services have gone unfunded, roads unmaintained and schools are under funded.

Blaming a mayor elected in the last year while long term city council members go nearly unmentioned and unwatched is disingenuous at best, but totally expected from this tabloid style reporter.

The fact that the community has re-elected these council members repeatedly is incredible to me and even more incredible EBX never mentions it.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/31/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

See http://oaklandheritage.org/historic-ge-building.html for a sample letter and more info from Oakland Heritage Alliance

Posted by Daniel Levy on 03/31/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Over and over again, it is the same old story. The City of Oakland illustrates it's incompetence and a determination to go to great lengths to deal with shady characters. Jabari Herbert is a decent guy, but has been around about 20 years, always promising development deals with the City of Oakland, but never putting anything in the ground. His only role appears to be as a middle man using his relationships and the process to maintain a permanent income source. Again, Council member McElheney appears to have no ethical boundaries. Her apparent relationship with Kim, a man previously convicted of insider trading and other questionable financial deals is shameful. This time folks, while she focused on interceding in a questionable real estate deal with Kim and her friends, people who lived in his substandard and knowingly dangerous property died. When will this madness stop?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/31/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Corrupt financial dealings are bad enough.

A government which fails to provide for the public safety because it is too busy doing fishy deals really needs to be taken down.

Didn't we create and fund a Public Ethics Commission a couple of years ago? What is that august body up to?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/30/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Yes, thank you, Darwin. Once again, documents reveal totally corrupt City of Oakland officials 1) enriching private citizens at public expense, and 2) aiding and abetting the operation of a large apartment building without legally required fire safety equipment, leading to 4 deaths.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/30/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Public Banks and pot will solve all our problems! Whose smoking what?

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 03/30/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

I don't care if GE wants to tear down the building. Make them clean up their mess. Keep them in court until they do. People should be able to be safe anywhere on the property, after GE is gone. A concrete cap is GE's way of disparaging Oakland and leaving pollution to float through the aquafer. GE's final "screw you!"

Posted by Joan Soo on 03/30/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Thank you Darwin!
I knew it---the city is culpable. But do the victims of this fire have any recourse? When do the lawsuits begin? The Oakland city government is a nest of vipers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

There is no question that this historically significant building should not be demolished. A concrete cap as a solution to site contamination is a 50 year old, cheap fix that should not be an option in this case. If any company in America has the resources to save the building and clean up the site, it is General Electric. In addition, the potential importance of this building's retention to a long neglected neighborhood is also significant. Given new investment by AC Transit of the BRT project along International Blvd, adaptive reuse of this iconic building is a rare opportunity. Beyond that, I am confused by the City process and question why this is before the Planning Commission without any replacement project to consider. In order to demolish the building, I believe that local codes require that the replacement use of the site is a factor to be considered prior to issuance of a demolition permit. Beyond that, demolition of this important building would be a significant impact under CEQA. In order to approve the EIR, the city will need to adopt an SOC (Statement of Overriding Consideration). In order to adopt the SOC, the city will need to find that the public benefit of approving the "project" (demolition of the building) outweighs the benefit of retaining the resource. I don't know how you can make that finding without evaluating some reuse of the site. Without a replacement project to consider, the city and GE would be open to legal challenge of the environmental document.

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/30/2017 at 4:25 AM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

One correction -- the building that remains on the site is NOT the old KGO studio building. Check out the discussion in the Oakland Now Facebook group, especially the Sanborn map excerpt posted in this comment.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4389238429…

Posted by Neal A. Parish on 03/29/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

If you have thoughts about this site, the city is accepting comments on the draft EIR until 4 pm April 11. Address comments to pvollmann@oaklandnet.com

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 03/29/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

More socialism and more failure. Nobel intentions. Socialism and radical environmentalism and rampant, unchecked criminality in Oakland only have made things very bad for businesses and residents. In order to attract good companies, you first have to clean up this ultra violent city. Businesses will come back when it is safe to do so. Ultra tolerance is hurting Oakland. Fighting the imaginary "Man" doesn't work.

Posted by Marshall Mathers on 03/28/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Thanks for the information provided. Politics is a quite dirty thing and ordinary people cant even imagine how much money is regularly invested in political campaigns. All the candidates want to look like fair and honest people but most of them have something to hide and quite often they lie about where they get the money for their campaigns. There are many people living through http://quickandeasyloanservice.com/ while millions of dollars are invested every year to make somebody rich even richer.

Posted by Diana Sparks on 03/26/2017 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Erik Kengaard

Well, yes, quite a lot has changed since the 1950's. Not just Berkeley, for that matter.

I didn't come to Berkeley until the end of the 1960's. I was a teenager and only had the contents of what I carried in my backpack, having immediately preferred Berkeley to the mean streets of LA. We didn't even have the term "homeless youth" then, but retroactively that would apparently apply.

However, back then, it was pragmatically possible to meet and mix things up with quite a lot of people, which also led directly to joining households and at a affordable rate even for one in my position then. This same premise also often led directly to various work, gigs, and other pursuits. Same held true in any number of other cities, towns, whatever of the time. Imagine that. And no "case management".

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/24/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

A typical stance for those that make their living inserting themselves between people and homes is to "adv ocate" for various "services" [theirs, of course] instead or as concommitant. The demonstrated Housing First successes have manifestly proven otherwise,while the dubious "services" have perpetuated and/or worsened homelessness for quite a long time now.

And just what requires New Constructions to do Housing First? Nothing.

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/24/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Timothy Counts: Do you have any sources and math to back that up?

And, regardless, the State of California is far more skilled at budget and spending management than Oakland. So, there is no comparison of management risk.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/24/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “The Old Mervyn's Headquarters in Hayward Underscores a Lack of Resources to Address the City's Homelessness Crisis

I'm a California native. My grandparents and parents here came out of the dust bowl... Picked fruit and cotton in central valley when they got here... Did what they had to, to survive. Okies had to deal with sundown towns too. This what people did. I'm baffled at what goes on now. People seem willing to live in what is effectively a cave to avoid change.

Please, someone explain this to me.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/24/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Local police departments are not obliged to enforce federal immigration laws for good reasons. One, it makes the job of keeping the community safe much harder, because witnesses to crimes who are undocumented are afraid to come forward. Many families in Oakland and around the country have mixed immigration status, by the way. Two, honoring ICE detainees is expensive, because it requires keeping people in jail beyond after they've served their time in state custody. Three, under federal immigration law, ICE detainers are requests, not orders, and local police are also not obliged to deputize their officers as immigration agents. Kate Steinle's death was a heartbreaking tragedy, no question about that, and so it's understandable that people feel passionately about it, and are dismayed that the man responsible was released by San Francisco. He should never have been transferred to SF in the first place, because of his prior deportation orders, but one bizarre tragedy should not dictate policy. In fact, studies show that immigrants as a group commit far fewer crimes than American citizens. I am speaking as an expert here; I am an immigration attorney.

Posted by Nora P on 03/24/2017 at 5:25 PM

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