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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.
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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.
If you have thoughts about this site, the city is accepting comments on the draft EIR until 4 pm April 11. Address comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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@ 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
The state of California could have saved tens of billions of dollars had they run their bonds and banking through a state bank when the 2008 crash happened.
Getting them to set up a bank will be near impossible as long as we let the banks buy elections.
" .....the state threatening to take money away, and the feds threatening to take money away, and various expenses the city has that it cant afford, and to know that a public bank could solve those problems."
This says it all.
Being the custodian of the assets of others is not the same as gaining a new source of revenue. The inability to distinguish and respect the differences between the two elementary concepts (assets, revenue) has led to many financial disasters/
No doubt, the temptation to plunder a new pot of someone else's money would be irresistible. The pathetic track record of fiscal management of Oakland speaks for itself.
Oakland needs to learn how to manage its own money before it earns the right to manage other people's money. But, abusing the power over other people's money is so much easier. Anyone remember the last banking crisis and how it happened?
gee how the time flies, seems like just yesterday that the stores were in their heyday, but, all good things come to an end. i am sure the city will be glad to see the success of the housing project in any case. when SEARS goes, everything must follow, though.
I agree with all the commenters who have a healthy dose of skepticism. Oakland government seems financially illiterate (and also governance illiterate- like filling potholes, or inspecting buildings for fire safety, the pension crisis coming, the myriad of ways in which Oakland city government has shown its ineptitude. Then there are the ethical challenges Oakland officials have as well. I wouldn't rush in- some things just have to be sorted out prior. Why not make a requirement of Oakland city officials, at least some, to "... have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. "
This really does a lot to show how out of touch the city of berkeley is with their homeless community. One visit to any of these camps and you can immediatly see that any solution to this problem must first include drug and alcohol treatment. Lets make a realistic path to end homelessness, not just build nicer homeless camps.
Thanks to Bartlett we are on a new oath. A path that is real not Rreguins pie in the sky scheme
Koncentration kamp will go empty and that's what pathways. A pathway straight to lockdown a ghetto of undesirables
Who knew there were 12,000 homeless people on Berkeley's streets?
"But for a city with 10 percent of the population on the streets, tiny homes are not space efficient."
Only off by approximately an order of magnitude!
Tiny homes (usagi goya) are a consequence of over population. There are no alternatives when the land has been fully developed.
Tokyo is the Bay Area's future.
@ Christoverre Kohler
I don't recall many homeless in Berkeley when I was a student there in the 1950s. And rent was quite affordable. $135/month split three ways for a brand new 2 bedroom apartment at Ridge and La Loma.
What the hey happened?
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