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Re: “When Landlords Harass Tenants

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Posted by Editor on 04/01/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Putting Citizens in Charge of Police Complaints

Although OPOA declined comment for this piece, they are busy trying to persuade City Council members that moving forward to implement this policy may cause delays in NSA compliance. Of course, neither Judge Henderson (stated at NSA status conference in March 2011) nor OPD Chief Whent agree with that prediction.
So , who you gonna believe?

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Posted by Rashida Grinage on 04/01/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Putting Citizens in Charge of Police Complaints

Interesting that over the years the blame for ineffective complaint processing falls on the shoulders of the Oakland Police Officers Association, the City Administrator and federal Compliance Director Frazier.

None of these people have the fundamental responsibility to make or enforce Oakland city policy. Those responsibilities lie with the electeds, the City Council and the Mayor.

Blame for all these years of failure falls directly on the shoulders of our elected officials.

When Oakland voters have had the opportunity to bring in change via electing some honest and competent Council Members and Mayor, we have steadfastly refused to do so.

Thus the ultimate responsibility for Oakland's ongoing police reform problems lies with us. No one else.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/01/2015 at 3:15 PM

Re: “When Landlords Harass Tenants

Wow, reading this makes me very grateful for my landlords, who are socially responsible and care about the safety of their tenants--I guess it also helps that they live in our building. If the owner occupied 374 41st street, would he willingly subject himself to living amongst this construction and debris? He'd probably check himself into a hotel or a rental--so why not provide the same safe alternative for your tenants? The right thing to do is not always immediately profitable, but cutting corners and breaking the law don't make for a viable business either. "Matthew Barnes," this is not about "poor tenants" not being able to afford rent (inferring that "poor tenants" are not entitled to safe living conditions) It is about property owners following the law. If one wants to circumvent regulations in place because they hinder profit, maybe their business is best suited for a less regulated state or country.

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Posted by marieisabel on 04/01/2015 at 9:46 AM

Re: “When Landlords Harass Tenants

I don't know about Oakland but where I live it is not acceptable to force tenants to live in a construction zone that results in a loss of use of the property without compensation. They're not only requiring these tenants to live without the amenities and full use they're paying for, they're making them fund capital the improvements that offset capital gains and increase the owners' equity. And they're exposing them to environmental hazards. Never mind that these repairs were probably deferred to save a buck in the first place. Lead and asbestos exposure are not a joke. My partner lived in a crappy duplex here that the owner had barely improved in his long history of ownership. There was exposed friable asbestos pipe wrap in the basement, illegal plumbing tie ins, and the chipping lead paint on the slowly collapsing porch poisoned the downstairs tenant's dog. The downstairs tenants had a hole clear through the siding and a shattered window throughout the winter. Is anyone supposed to be sympathetic to owners when they then make your life hell because years of deferred repairs become such major issues as to make the place further uninhabitable? If you don't want to pay for the significant cost of these renos as a landlord you should buy something else. I'm a homeowner and a landlord, by the way, and I understand the obligations. Further I recognize that actual human beings have to live with what I do and don't do.

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Posted by CJ Weiland on 04/01/2015 at 8:27 AM

Re: “The Breakdown of West Oakland Medical Care

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Posted by Editor on 04/01/2015 at 12:19 AM

Re: “When Landlords Harass Tenants

^ I have a feeling "Matthew Barnes" is Martin Higgins.

The facts of this case are too stark to say it's the whiny tenants' fault.

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Posted by Suzanne Yada on 03/31/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “When Landlords Harass Tenants

Dontcha just hate it when folks improve buildings? Oh, wah, where are the poor tenants gonna come up with more dough?

Crap. If you can't afford the rent, move somewhere you CAN afford.

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Posted by matthew.barnes.79069 on 03/31/2015 at 7:35 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

You can still buy a 3 bed / 1 bath house for under $250k in Oakland.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 03/31/2015 at 6:27 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

Jeff, The A's ball park at 19th st between San Pablo and Telegraph was real. The site plan and architectural renderings are in the archives at the City of Oakland. The Fox theatre was behind the right field fence with outdoor dining overlooking the outfield. It was a great opportunity lost when Jerry Brown sold the city down the river by cutting a deal to Forest City developers to build the apartments that stand there today. It not only cost the city a ballpark, it caused the last strong leader for the city, Robert Bobb, to pack his bags and leave town. There has been no professional leadership in City Hall since.

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Posted by Gary Patton on 03/31/2015 at 2:20 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

What $3,150 rents for a one-bedroom apartment will do to the rents in this neighborhood - a trend that will eventually make all apartments unaffordable for working class people and forcing their mass exodus - is reason enough to secure this piece of land for the development of affordable mixed income apartments rather than high-end apartments only.

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Posted by Pamela Norton on 03/31/2015 at 8:53 AM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

I am unclear on the concept of not allowing Urban Core to develop this property because of difficulties at a project in SF. It is not unusual for a developer to have had financial or legal troubles- look at the process of getting a building built. How many other complaints are against them? Have they successfully completed other projects (I have no idea how they have performed in other projects or even their defense of this action). If you remember or know the Fillmore project - it was a very tough project from the outset.

If this is a standard ( a zero tolerance policy for deficiencies/shortfalls legal issues, etc.) that one is adopting there will be very few developers available to compete for development and Oakland will realize less gains. Furthermore is Oakland government so squeaky clean? On these very pages there have been scandal after scandal of Oakland officials including Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Desley Brooks, deals like the Raiders deal, ad infinitum. In this case it's a private entity who has a dispute with CCSF, and there is a penalty to repay- the article cites the shrtfall to be $1.59MM and $498K.
I just don't know enough about Urban Core to absolutely exclude them from developing the site.

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 03/29/2015 at 12:54 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

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Posted by Editor on 03/28/2015 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Who's Jacking Up Housing Prices in West Oakland?

I have owned property in the Oakland Hills and lived there for 15 years before selling and moving on. It is sad to see the comments that point to the economic effects of the tech society on neighborhoods. It is encouraging however, in that the old houses in run down drug infested areas will be vanishing. If this keeps happening, perhaps the changes will usher in a new awareness that education is the key to a better life. Maybe then the young people now looking to be former gangsters turned Rap stars, will feel an urgency to get a degree. Who knows what great things will come from that?

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Posted by Stephen Jones on 03/28/2015 at 8:07 AM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

I support a shorter tower that is more to-scale, with some of the land being converted to public park. It should be developed by a different developer however, one that has paid its debts. If Urban Core owes SF $5.5 million, but then spends $5mil on land in Oakland, that is money they dont have.

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Posted by Segue Fischlin III on 03/27/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

@Mary
I am unclear on how you view this as developer welfare- is the nearly $5MM for the parcel not enough? Do you not agree that the city needs the money for the budget as cited in the article? Are you aware that property taxes and real estate transfer taxes make up about 20% of OAK's budget for this year. How do you propose the city look after resident's interests with no money or do you have alternative ways/ideas of getting money? No disrespect I am just curious.

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Posted by Jeff Diver on 03/26/2015 at 1:25 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

More housing in Oakland, no matter which type, I'm all for it. Happy homeowner near Lake Merritt!

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Posted by James Ashburn on 03/25/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

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Posted by Editor on 03/25/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

Oakland needs more people with disposable income in Downtown and along the Eastlake neighborhood. As an example of Oakland's lack of a sufficient General Fund, Lake Merritt has one full time gardner for 54 acres of parkland. The Measure DD improvements suffer because of the lack of maintenance. All one has to do is walk around the Lake and Lakeside Park and see all of the differed maintenance with the garbage cans with no doors, overfilled garbage cans, a broken fenced off plays structure in the "beach" area, rotted docks falling into the Lake, rusted cyclone fencing around the Oakland Lawn Bowling Club, graffiti on benches, graffiti on walls and on the bases of the necklace of lights lamp posts, overgrown weed filled "lawns," etc. Either the people trying to keep Oakland poor go out and volunteer to keep the city clean and well maintained, or support projects which will grow Oakland's General Fund and increase services to maintain the city. You can't have it both ways.

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Posted by E. Gonsalves on 03/25/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “A Parcel for the People?

Oakland needs all types of housing. Just because a neighborhood makes only $38,000 in household income doesn't mean the people in the area don't want to strive to improve their situations and eventually make more money. This idea that a neighborhood has to always stay poor is a disservice to those who live in the neighborhood and to Oakland in general.

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Posted by E. Gonsalves on 03/25/2015 at 6:09 PM

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