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Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

In fact this landlord should be subsidized for providing affordable housing...
In January the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption program was to go into affect...
This program would subsidize landlords for losses incurred, such as maintenance cost, taxes and fees...
Jerry Brown is withholding the applications for this program from seniors along with the $331 million that he owes homeowners who were cheated out of their properties because of his complicity with the banks and MERS during his tenure as Attorney General...
Read the full story on my Facebook pages titled Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?
Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/14/2016 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Unless Mr. Martin's home was built after 1979, these rent increases are patently illegal.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 05/13/2016 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Were it not for the criminal actions of the banks that created the foreclosures, Mr. Marr would not have had the business opportunity that he had....
As Attorney General, Jerry Brown permitted MERS and associates in conjunction with the banks, Judges, lawyers and Henry Paulson, permitted the illegal activity of the banks that resulted in the $25 billion settlement agreement of 2012...
Brown is currently withholding $331 million from the settlement agreement...
At the time that Wells Fargo and other banks were conducting predatory lending in California, Brown shut down the AG's office and represented those who were invested in MERS against Wells Fargo in court....
Read Facebook pages titled, Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?

Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/11/2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

And this is America? Even the little pests act like T. Rex, devouring anyone in their path. And our elected officials? They know all too well that justice delayed is justice denied. So, the "legal process" grinds on at glacial pace, leaving the injured with no recourse. Worse, the government--elected officials, judiciary, and bureaucrats have learned how to draw out the process to the point that may just succumb under the wheels of Corporate Greed and Opportunistic Predation. Welcome to Amerika---Death to Fair and Balanced!

Posted by Franklin Graham on 05/11/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

Thank you for sharing this view from inside the RNC event. It will be interesting to see how the Republican Party reinvents itself after their Trump fueled funeral pyre burns to embers. I'm hoping a third and fourth party emerges to dampen the echo chambers in our dual party political system.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 05/09/2016 at 12:09 AM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

Three pages huh... I grew up in the bay area. This writer reminds me of a delusional younger me. Kinda like the Churchill quote: If you are young and not a liberal you are heartless, if you are older and not conservative you have no brains. (I butchered it... however, point made).

Personally couldn't make it past the first page and a summary of the end. I see this is the "News and Opinion" section; So I will not jerk your chain, like you have done mine, and let you know this comment is purely opinion.

Political science used to be a sport with the general American public, granted many many years ago. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.....and apparently, journalism was included in the downfall of healthy discussion.

A unconscious pseudo-intellectual post 1984 use of language and a pathetic grasp of the human condition, at any point of time, is all this author has conveyed to me... Typical veiled unconsciously righteous "indignant", disenfranchised and moral-less cynical captain planet MTV brainwashed bay area "yout" mindset. I know because, again, that used to be me.

Using new age words created by intellectuals who contribute nothing to society, but their bitching and "management ability".

No conclusion drawn, just negative "feelings" and no optimism is what you project.

This opinion was more tangible than words such as "Hate".... whiners....

Good Day

Posted by Karlan Mitchell on 05/05/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Exorcising 'El Maligno': How Bay Area Protesters Co-Opted Trump's Speech

"(Later, eggs found different targets, in the form of cops.)"

"In another confrontation, a masked protester snatched an American flag from a handful of young Trump supporters and lit it on fire. This move spurred debate among activists about the wisdom of certain tactics."

Shame on the EBX for the puff piece cowardice exemplified above.

This is black block narcissism, pure and simple. It is nasty, violent, and selfish It harms only the left. Like smashing and looting small businesses in Oakland it is found gold in the street for the right.

Posted by Sherman Kassof on 05/05/2016 at 12:20 AM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

This writer sees nothing but his own limited narcissism. Trump has completely upset and unraveled the Democrats, Progressives, Socialists and Communists, all Hillary and Sanders supporters. He is bringing to the Republican Party a new wave of members. These are the ordinary Americans that have been left behind by the Socialists that run the Democratic Party. Sure there are goofy things going on with Trump. But there are worse things going on with Obama, Hillary and Sanders.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 05/04/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “My Lunch with Donald Trump: Behind The Scenes at the Presumptive GOP Nominee's Bay Area Visit

THANK YOU, Mr. Miller for writing this piece.....I watched the protest and goings on here in Sacramento, and of course, they said NOTHING about how stupid the NAZI D*CKHEAD trump looked when speaking; as a matter of fact, I've pointed out time and time again to people that (1) His supporters remind me of the German people in 1939, just before Krystalnaught; (2) What's worse is that the even look MORE like the Bhund rallies in 1940 here in America; and (3) the NAZI D*CKHEAD trump looks more and more like HITLER to me and other people, and yet, the american media says NOTHING about his ranting and raving about those of other faiths, other races or other mindsets that he wants to either put into Ghettos, mark with some sort of "badge", or other NAZI-like fool don't hear ANYTHING about that; but the american media goes on and on about this and that when it comes to the aforementioned NAZI.....ANYTHING but the things that bozo has SAID........but, i digress. It IS good to see a reporter put out just what REALLY is the truth about this jack*s NAZI, and I for one thank you for it.

Posted by Phillip Roberts on 05/04/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Exploiting Inmates

This kind of theft is the sort of conduct, theft and overt abuse of the weak, that prisoners are locked up for.

Posted by Sherman Kassof on 04/28/2016 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Access Denied

Eric Friedman kicked me off next door for standing up for the homeless and calling out racism on the site. I think if a website wants to be a community resource then there should be some sort of standards of membership - not just that snotty Eric Friedman doesn't like to be called out on his privilege. You shouldn't have to politely tolerate hate speech against the poor and non-whites to be able to monitor what is going on on NextDoor. Friedman is going to wind up costing Nirav Tolia a lot of money.

Posted by Lindsey Urbina on 04/28/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Access Denied

Well, all of those bogus "crime" reports were not useful anyway, and needed to go, along with the racist gossip environment they spawned.

I am proud of Oakland ND conversations on homelessness. Every time some busybody got "concerned" about homeless persons there were replies about services referrals and compassion that stopped the conversation from going the way the Berkeley ones seem to be going.

It is very true that "Leads" on Next Door are the biggest problem they have. No one knows how/why they are chosen, and even after they got more in my neighborhood, they are overwhelmingly white and generaly not long term residents. Fortunately, they seem to be pretty hands off and transparent in my neighborhood, it's just so tone deaf to not have any community leaders of color as leads. It is a thankless job, however, and I do know that persons of color have been asked and declined the "privilege."

Posted by Janet Jonas on 04/28/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Access Denied

"Many debates on Nextdoor about homeless people revolve around what to do about Berkeley's homeless problem, but the debates rarely include input from homeless community members themselves."

This reflects my experience on Nextdoor. Not all posts about the homeless are negative, but the homeless are excluded from all posts. I hope Nextdoor can address the situation to better include all of our neighbors, not just the ones with roofs over their heads.

Posted by Anne Torrence on 04/27/2016 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Access Denied

Being a taxpayer or not being a taxpayer has nothing to do with Next Door, a privately owned entity that is positioning itself to make huge sums of money. Private websites have nothing to do with rights. And since when do rights only accrue to taxpayers? All humans have rights and human rights are never dependent on whether or not someone pays taxes.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 04/27/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Access Denied

If the U.S. Post Office, through their agent a postal carrier/worker, recognized Mr Zint's address, it was not up to Mr. Friedman to unilaterally declare he had no legal address. And it was not up to ND either.

Boundaries, rules, respect: ND is not overflowing with it.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 04/27/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Access Denied

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

Posted by Editor on 04/27/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Access Denied

I got kicked off Next Door, and yes, I have a real address that Next Door verified, because I complained about bias by lead Eric Friedman. I admit I am only guessing. I only know that Next Door won't let me use Next Door anymore and I did complain explicitly about Mr. Friedman's, to me, shockingly overt bias. He would declare conversations over if he disagreed with comments being posted and he would allow nasty, and always anti-homeless, dialogues to go on and on as long as he agreed with the nasty put-downs of the homeless.

Since my city has its own account, denying me access is outrageous.

I complained about another lead, a woman lead for Downtown Berkeley. I forget her name.

I think ND should be more transparent about how they select leads. The power of censorship is great and ND leads have it and, imho, have, in some instances, used it recklessly and abusively.

And I'd still like to get back on. I am an active community member. I wrote to ND to ask why I was banned and got no answer. They just ignored me.

As far as Mr. Friedman receiving threats, on a snarky subreddit called BerkeleySNide, he claimed that someone had tried to get him kicked off subreddit and blamed me. I had demanded that subreddit force him to remove his disclosure of my real name and other private details about me, which is against reddit rules. If there was any discussion of booting him for disclosing real names, it did not come from me. I complained about his behavior, asked to have my private details removed (which they were) but it never occurred to me to ask to have him removed.

Additionally, Mr. Friedman disclosed the real life identities of other people besides me, on the subreddit BerkeleySNide but he zealously guards his privacy. He would identify writing tics on Next Door and go over to BerkeleySNide on reddit and out people which, as I have already indicated, violates subreddits rules. Reddit is all about privacy and, if people choose, fleeting identities. IF someone cheats and outs people while guarding their own privacy, well, it's just wrong.

I'd like to read about the details of Mr. Friedman's alleged threats. It was my experience with Mr. Friedman that he could dish out really nasty stuff but if someone merely disagreed with him, he perceived disagreement as a threat. What kind of threats? Did he report these threats to the police?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 04/27/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Access Denied

Oh Barbara! Nobody says it's ok to attack them, but it's still not one of our rights to use a website. We earn that privilege by being tax paying citizens who save up to purchase our computer, our internet access, our physical addresses.

Posted by Rory Borealis on 04/27/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Access Denied

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

Posted by Editor on 04/27/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Access Denied

Why do people think using a website is a right rather than a privilege?

Posted by Rory Borealis on 04/27/2016 at 11:13 AM

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