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Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I love the black businesses. We need more. Growing up in Oakland I have watched them wither away. I'm glad yours is a beautiful bud. Hoping it blossoms into bouquet of bountiful blessings for you and yours.

Posted by getlow judson on 03/07/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Why is none of the money dedicated to transit improvements?? The very existence of this building derives from our recognition that we need to get more people using transit. So why not dedicate the impact fees to improving car-free access to Macarthur BART?

Neighborhood shuttles, enhanced bike facilities, expanded bike/ped access: any of these would help.

Posted by joe chojnacki on 03/07/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Also, Trying to "jam" them into the bottom quarter? Would they have more space if they were "jammed" in the top quarter? The units have the same amount of space no matter where they are in the building, quit trying to imply that the affordable units are somehow substandard or smaller because of the location within the building. Affordability is a premium, views are premium. Whether you like it or not, more expensive units are subsidizing the affordable ones, the way it should be.

Could have easily been the headline, "Developer insists affordable units having most convenient access to BART"

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 03/06/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “'Sanctuary State' Bill Moves Forward in California Senate

So all those that support what de Leon is advocating is willing to take the chance that your sisters, daughters, mothers, and/or grandmothers could possibly fall victim to these felons once released from prison to rape or be molested? Our communities are suffering enough with legal citizens committing terrible crimes onto our communities. Do you really think these felons are worth it? If any American were to do such a thing outside our country he or she would rot in prison.

Posted by Teresa Hinojosa on 03/06/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Hi Jessica. Congratulations on your business. This sounds like a winner. I own a mobile bartending business in Hayward and would love to partner with you. Please contact me via email - bartenders@pourplanit.com. Michelle

Posted by Michelle Toney on 03/06/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Victoria: the Planning Commission recently shared that they have approved over 15,000 residential units and yet less then 5% have actually come online.

In fact there are two projects approved and spec'd that are across the street from this project that are just that - approved, unbuilt, and now back up for sale builds.

Heck, THIS PROJECT has been approved since 2008 and McGrath has said numerous times he could've built the originally built project countless times in the years since it's been approved - he just didn't.

Pointing to the amount of time it takes a project to get approved as a means to demonstrate how woefully behind in building we are is shortsighted and wrongheaded.

Posted by Brandie Albright on 03/06/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Victoria,

By the Planning Commissions' own acknowledgement they have approved over 15,000 units and less than 5% of those approved projects have come online.

Saying that the number of units being built has a direct correlation to the number/time it takes them to get approved is incorrect.

Posted by Brandie Albright on 03/06/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Darwin: I appreciate and respect the response! I see now in the agenda for tomorrows city council meeting the Proposed Additions to the DA.

I do think its worth noting that the developer has already agreed to contribute $250,000 to be distributed throughout the community pursuant further negotiations. The developer has also included a $95,000 contribution to the Temescal-Telegraph Business Improvement District for improved lighting along telegraph.

Its also noteworthy that although you characterize the affordable aspect of the project as small, the 45 affordable units total more than $15,000,000 worth of affordable housing.

Posted by David Long on 03/06/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The developer has already agreed to putting the units throughout the building. If they weren't, Kalb wouldn't be proposing making a modification to the development agreement to that effect.

But more importantly, just think of how many more homes we'd have if projects didn't take a year to get approval like this.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 03/06/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Just what we need... More booze

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/06/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The concessions by the developer seem absolutely miniscule considering the value of the housing he will be allowed to build. I live 3 blocks away and dread seeing a 25 story eyesore plunked down in our neighborhood of 2 and OCCASIONALLY 3 story buildings. I guess nothing talks like money talks. The worst thing about bad architecture is it ends up being around forever. Oakland planning really took a dump with this one!

Posted by jeff kao on 03/06/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

David Long: the developer hasn't offered any of the listed community benefits in this article. Rather, the developer agreed to a small percentage of affordable units and a project labor agreement in 2008.

Almost everything else has been requested by neighbors, the planning commission, city staff, and Councilmember Kalb.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 03/06/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The title of this article is very misleading. Most of the body is dedicated to the very substantial community benefits package the developer has offered, not the seemingly minor controversy over where in the building affordable units are placed.

Posted by David Long on 03/06/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Glad to see EBX and the ACLU stepping up as they have. Would love to see a lawsuit against the security company and its officers and employees for harassment. Any updates?

Posted by Matthew Elvey on 03/04/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Chief Talks Cultural Change and Compassion for the Homeless

This chief will need more than luck. Contrary to the powerful impression I get from SF's new Chief, Kirkpatrick's experience, grasp of the challenge and presence is much less inspiring. She seems like a nice person, but why she is the best candidate escapes me. The Mayor and the press keep lauding her record as being a change agent in previous jobs. That is just not true. The fact is she was hired to be a change agent in Chicago, but was on the job about 6 months before leaving for a better opportunity. She changed nothing in Chicago. In my opinion, like most of the over hyped, inexperienced senior staff hired (City Administrator, Fire Chief) under Mayor Schaaf, her best quality is that she is a woman. From day one after the sex scandal, the Mayor has seemed more concerned about breaking up the "boys club" (her words) in the Police department than hiring the best candidate. Whether Schaaf likes it or not, Police departments are male dominated para military organizations. Oakland is also a complex multi cultural city that has a long history of the community having a strained relationship with Police. In addition, there is a long history of conflict between the Police officers and City administration. The big challenge for a Chief in Oakland has always been to appease the bosses at City Hall, while convincing your street officers that you also have their back. Kirkpatrick seems to be somewhat naive to this history and will have a difficult time with command staff, who are always the defenders of the culture.She will need to kick some butt and fire some folks to actually change the day to day culture. My concern is that her seemingly non confrontational style will never be respected or effective. She may be able to fool Mayor Schaaf, but will that translate to actual change inside the department?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/03/2017 at 3:47 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

Thank God that there is at least one board member with unchallenged ethics, a lawyer for that sterling corporate entity Uber.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/02/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

Once again, leadership is missing in action for the City of Oakland. Councilman Reid, already the noted king of free tickets, to be joined on the JPA by McElhany, currently under investigation for ethics violations. That makes a lot of sense? This woman has previously demonstrated her complete lack of even basic sensibilities when it comes to ethics. That is exactly who the public should NOT want representing them. We seem to have also been blessed with the reappearance of Ygnacio De La Fuente, Mayor Schaaf's former boss, who brought us the bad Raiders financial deal in 1995, as a member of the JPA. Is it just me, but it seems like the old band of incompetence is back together again and have added a shady horn player (McElhaney).

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/02/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Chief Talks Cultural Change and Compassion for the Homeless

Those are good sentiments for a new chief to have.

On the other hand, Chief Kirkpatrick will have a long, steep learning curve. Oakland's problems are deep and longstanding. For 40 years Oakland has had a signficantly higher homicide rate than other cities. Lots of complex reasons why, none of them evident to Oakland's electeds.

And she will be trying to work in the fog of a city with no clear policy guidance on public safety within the severe limits of inadequate resources including personnel, equipment and finance.

The best of luck to the new chief.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/02/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

Pacific Brewing Company fish and chips: 4.5/5

Drake's Dealership fish and chips: 2/5 (fish as thin as a three year old's pinkie)

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/01/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

Quinn's Lighthouse is very good, too.

Posted by Eric A Hughes on 03/01/2017 at 11:44 AM

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