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Comment Archives: stories: Special Sections: Year in Review

Re: “Upgrade: 2014 Year in Sports

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Posted by Editor on 03/08/2016 at 2:57 AM

Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

Good

Posted by Harry Peter on 02/29/2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

As a mother that has lost a son to inter-communal violence, I know that the work that I am doing towards changing the conditions in our communities is an important part of the over all work for the future of my children and grand-children. Yes we have violence and crime in our community, and there is plenty of work being done. Currently and over the years there have been plenty of marches, events, programs, actions, forums, protests and conversations about it. ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ is addressing the crime and corruption directed against Black People, the legal lynchings called police murder that are happening according to a report released by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement #Every28Hours or more. That is the work, actions, marches, events, protests, forums, convenings and conversations taking place related to #BlackLivesMatter. Let's continue to talk about inter-communal violence and crime within the context of the conditions that create them and creating solutions, just as #BlackLivesMatter does. I'm very interested in when the white community will begin to talk about the enormous amount of 'white on white' crime that takes place all across the United States. Talk about that.

Posted by Ayanna Davis on 01/04/2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

Stopped by the other day to take a fresh look for the first time in a few months - there is also still a great butcher with reasonable meat/sausage prices (and some dynamite looking spare rib racks) in the back on the right. I ate here when it was "just" Swan's and in the beginning of its turnaround, dined with visiting friends at Cosecha. Definitely a destination for families since there is something for everyone. Way to go Oakland!

From Oakland CA

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 12/29/2015 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Top Fifteen Local Releases of 2015

I notice that no local Jazz, Classical, Latin, Roots, Improv or "World" music releases made your list of Favorite Local Records from 2015. Maybe the list should be titled Our Favorite Local Pop/Hip-Hop/Electronica Releases of 2015. Or maybe the rest of us should just try harder.

John Schott Actual Trio

Posted by John Schott on 12/29/2015 at 12:45 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

whenever i have visitors i do exactly that - sending them to the swans market as a starting point. it does not hurt that the surrounding blocks are beautifully restored. old oakland is turning into a gem!

Posted by Christian Petke on 12/28/2015 at 9:10 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

Yay! So proud of all the restaurants in Old Oakland!

Posted by Kerri Lee Johnson on 12/28/2015 at 7:08 PM

Re: “A Look Ahead in Politics

Bates is supporting Skinner and Hancock Swanson?! That should make for some interesting pillow talk.

Posted by chris gilbert on 12/27/2015 at 8:08 PM

Re: “A Look Ahead in Politics

In order for failed state assembly candidate, who was soundly defeated by the current incumbent Tony Thurmond, Elizabeth Echols to run for Wengraf's council seat in Berkeley, as this article hints Echols might do, Echols would have to have moved from her home in Oakland into Berkeley. When Echols ran a lackluster campaign against Tony, she lived in Oakland. She seemed to think being rich was the only qualification she needed to win elected office, never mind her complete lack of any elected experience. She still has no elected experience and no history of political activism here in Berkeley. On what basis could she think herself qualified to rep a district in Berkeley when she has been living in Oakland?!! If she is thinking of moving to Berkeley and running for Wengraf's seat, she's the same misguided, entitled, rich princess that ran against Tony. It would be a cake walk to defeat her.

Echols seemed to think all she had to do to campaign was fund her own endless mailers but even her ugly use of smear mailers couldn't win her the majority in her hometown. Tony won by 12 to 13% up in Contra Costa County but he also beat her handily in her former home town, Berkeley. She lived in Oakland when she ran for state assembly. She's rich enough to be able to move to Berkeley. Has she? or will she in time to file to run?

So, has Echols moved to Berkeley? And what does she offer voters? She did not offer voters any substance when she ran for state assembly. After her abysmal run for state assembly, most political activists figured Echols was toast. But she is rich and I guess she might still be fantasizing money can buy her an elected job.

I hope she has moved into Wengraf's district and runs. That would make it much easier to get a progressive elected to replace Wenfrag and shift the voting imbalance on our city council. I would personally canvass every house in Wengraf's district if Echols were running. She was easy for Tony to defeat and she would be easy for just about anyone to defeat . .. but she does have to live in Berkeley! The script for my door-knocking talking points writes itself . . . . .

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 12/27/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

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Posted by Editor on 12/25/2015 at 2:32 PM

Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

Are the below market rate (BMR) units the writers have referenced at a specific % of the Area Median Income (AMI) or are they just income restricted units at various rates? Based on the numbers and percentages the writers listed (2015 - 33% or 215 units; 2014 - 82% or 586 units; 2013 - 93% or 548 units; 2012 - 82% or 371 units; a total of 1,720 built units are "considered affordable" of the 2,407 units completed), it would appear that 71.5% of the units built/completed in Oakland since 2012 are "considered affordable". That is a supermajority of units (1,720/2,407 = 71.5%) recently added to the Oakland housing stock are income restricted Below Market Rate units.

There is an obvious need for income restricted affordable housing. There is also a need/demand for non restricted units. More BMR units will not prevent or alleviate displacement. The super majority of tenants being displaced do not qualify for BMR units at 60% or below AMI. The housing issue we face and the impetus for displacements is that people who make too much to qualify for those 1,700+ income restricted units can't find a place to rent. Point blank, there just isn't enough supply of apartments, so the demand for existing units continues to increase and so do rents. If we (Oaklanders) want more housing for people making 80%-120% of AMI (the teachers, the public servants, the recent college grads, and a lot of just regular folks), we need to increase the number of apartments available so that we don't have 50 people bidding on that one available apartment in Adams Point, East Lake, Lake Shore, Grand /Lake, Telegraph (Uptown to Berkeley), Mosswood, Diamond, Jingletown, etc. Less new apartments equals more demand and more rent for the few apartments we have.

Posted by Ray Connell on 12/24/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Labor's Positive Progress

You failed to mention the groundbreaking organizing of shuttle drivers for companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. Teamsters Local 853, under the leadership of Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise, in alliance with Silicon Valley Rising, received world wide recognition for raising the wages, benefits and working conditions for hundreds of shuttle bus drivers who transport high tech employees back and forth to work.

Posted by Terry Post on 12/24/2015 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Labor's Positive Progress

Good article overall, but missing was a mention of all the labor activity on campuses, from adjunct organizing in private higher ed to big ongoing contract fights (CSU system, UC Lecturers, and CCSF) and resistance to attempts to close CCSF (AFT 2121 there and the Save CCSF Coalition). Other campus workers (grads, service and clericals, etc.) have also had big fights and won some. Labor, in many forms, is alive and well on campuses and needs to be treated like the "real" workers and unions they are.

Posted by Joe Berry on 12/24/2015 at 1:47 AM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

No one on here commenting about "Black on Black crime" actually cares about Black people. Y'all have nothing to say until you're inconvenienced by the realities this movement is exposing. I know that immediately pointing fingers at Black folks for community violence is really all you can think to say, but really, the argument is like, really old. And it's bullshit to suggest folks haven't been working to address violence within our communities. You don't see it because you don't care.

Posted by Michal Jones on 12/23/2015 at 8:12 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement is a hoax. If they really cared about black lives they would focus on the enormous amount of black on black crime that leads to black on black death. The only remedy which our society has for this in the short run is more police presence, more harsh police enforcement, and more effort by police to smoke out the black criminal element. Thus far the Black Lives Matter movement has eroded the police presence, and eroded police power, creating a vacuum in the black community that only encourages more black on black violence, and more black on black death. Again, the Black Lives Matter movement is a political movement only, a hoax, which disguises their true political agenda.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 12/23/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

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Posted by Editor on 12/23/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

Darwin, care to report on the economics of affordable housing development? How about just the economics of housing development in general? Do you honestly believe the economics of housing development in Oakland are the same as they are in Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, and Union City? Let's say you do. So Oakland has the resources of these neighboring cities? Oakland residents contribute equal per capita tax revenue as they do in Berkeley or Emeryville or San Leandro? How about sales tax revenue... billions of our retail dollars aren't lost every year to neighboring cities? The percentage of subsidized households in Oakland is equal or less to what you'll find in Union City or Fremont? How about Oakland's school ratings and crime rate -those are similar to what you'll find in Albany or Fremont? If you answered yes to any one of those questions, then you're not fit to be reporting on this topic. If you answered no to any of them, then you just blew a hole in your premise Oakland can do exactly what its richer, safer neighbors can do.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/23/2015 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

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Posted by Editor on 12/23/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

Hopefully we can all look forward to days when the "Black Lives Matter" protests will live only in yellowed newspaper clippings, along with articles about the Black Panthers, Weather Underground, Symbionese Liberation Army, KKK and The Unabomber. Surely there will be a day in our future when all races assimilate to become a nation of citizens who work in harmony rather than striving for divisiveness.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 12/23/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

I caught a program this morning that featured a focus group and one of the issues discussed was "Black lives matter" A black woman spoke up regarding the subject and said the following and I will paraphrase. " Why is it that black lives matter only when a white cop shoots a black person and not when 80% of all black murders are black on black crime?"

Posted by Donald Sandri 1 on 12/23/2015 at 12:40 PM

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