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Re: “Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?

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Posted by Sonia Henry on 03/31/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

See http://oaklandheritage.org/historic-ge-building.html for a sample letter and more info from Oakland Heritage Alliance

Posted by Daniel Levy on 03/31/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Over and over again, it is the same old story. The City of Oakland illustrates it's incompetence and a determination to go to great lengths to deal with shady characters. Jabari Herbert is a decent guy, but has been around about 20 years, always promising development deals with the City of Oakland, but never putting anything in the ground. His only role appears to be as a middle man using his relationships and the process to maintain a permanent income source. Again, Council member McElheney appears to have no ethical boundaries. Her apparent relationship with Kim, a man previously convicted of insider trading and other questionable financial deals is shameful. This time folks, while she focused on interceding in a questionable real estate deal with Kim and her friends, people who lived in his substandard and knowingly dangerous property died. When will this madness stop?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/31/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Corrupt financial dealings are bad enough.

A government which fails to provide for the public safety because it is too busy doing fishy deals really needs to be taken down.

Didn't we create and fund a Public Ethics Commission a couple of years ago? What is that august body up to?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/30/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Yes, thank you, Darwin. Once again, documents reveal totally corrupt City of Oakland officials 1) enriching private citizens at public expense, and 2) aiding and abetting the operation of a large apartment building without legally required fire safety equipment, leading to 4 deaths.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/30/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Public Banks and pot will solve all our problems! Whose smoking what?

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 03/30/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

I don't care if GE wants to tear down the building. Make them clean up their mess. Keep them in court until they do. People should be able to be safe anywhere on the property, after GE is gone. A concrete cap is GE's way of disparaging Oakland and leaving pollution to float through the aquafer. GE's final "screw you!"

Posted by Joan Soo on 03/30/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

Most beer drinkers in the Bay Area will support a locally owned shop rather than some nasty corporate conglomerate. Of course the ex-frat and sorority newcomer/carperbaggers will flock to it like they flock to Chipotle over real Mexican food. They can have it. This just means less obnoxious behavior in beer pubs for the rest of us. Feel sorry for the neighbors. As we know the City of Oakland doesn't give a sh*t about people who live here, only about $$$ for their political campaigns and their real estate cronies like slumlord scumbag Keith Kim.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Thank you Darwin!
I knew it---the city is culpable. But do the victims of this fire have any recourse? When do the lawsuits begin? The Oakland city government is a nest of vipers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

Good work Nick. ABInBev's history of despicable business practices is remarkable. There Southern CA distributors were fined just last month for pay-to-play draft beer placements.

Posted by Sayre Piotrkowski on 03/30/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

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.

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/30/2017 at 4:25 AM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

The design of this proposal does not fit into the feel and the look of this neighborhood.
Shipping containers should not be allowed to house a business of this size,
especially a brewery and a restaurant.
The proposal looks cheap and industrial, not a good fit in our area.
There will be a big impact in our neighborhood because of the noise
that a brewery of this size will bring. There will be noise from operating the
brewery and the restaurant, from constant day & night deliveries, noise from the need to
clean the facility, inside and out. Customers will no doubt cause late
night noise to the surrounding residences, as the present restaurants/bars
in the area already do. Parking for residents will be severely impacted, we have
been terribly impacted with the restaurants already here.We recently had an armed car high jacking,
we believe caused because the driver could not find parking!
There will be noise from the added trash and recycling pick-up that this business. will cause. This establishment will cause there to be an awful smell in the area from the beer brewing process. Outdoor alcohol will be available and Tech HS
is just 2 blocks away, as are 2 other schools, and
Thunder Road, the drug re-hab
residence is DOWN THE BLOCK from this proposed business.
Does this make sense? Does it?
NO!
We do not need more alcohol served
in our small area here on/near 40th Street/Manila Ave. There are several businesses
in the area already serving alcohol and food. The noise, litter problems,
& parking problems from these business is bad enough! Our quality of life
in this area is being further degraded due to these concerns.
Planners should not permit this type of business in this spot in the Temescal.
Enough is enough. Friends, write to Rebecca Lind at rlind@oaklandnet.com. before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.
referring case #PLN17004 and tell her YOUR concerns for such an awful business made of shipping containers in our neighborhood.
Ellen Gierson, Oakland
a close neighbor of this disastrous project

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 03/29/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

can't say we are not experiencing change in the east bay. we have moved from a 'melting pot' to a 'medical pot'. apparently, cannabis is not all bad.

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/29/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4389238429…

Posted by Neal A. Parish on 03/29/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

Sadly most people who talk about solving the homeless problem know little about its cause. 90% of the time its drug abuse and mental instability. Which is different than just lack of affordable housing.

Posted by bill h on 03/29/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

For those interesting in commenting on this application, write to Zoning Case Planner Rebecca Lind at rlind@oaklandnet.com before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.

Please note that the intrusion of national corporate interests into competition with truly locally owned microbreweries, while a legitimate concern, is an issue that the zoning codes do *not* address and staff cannot take into consideration in their decision making. Other cities (i.e., San Francisco) have some controls on chain businesses, but while several neighborhoods have been raising this issue since the 1980s, there has to date not been action from Oakland's city council on this issue.

Concerned neighbors need to talk about the design (Ick! Cheezy use of shipping containers, and the most garish colors of the '80s in the proposed paint job!), and neighborhood impacts: noise from customers; noise from operations, including end of the day cleanup of outside areas (blowers or other mechanical means?); hours of operations; traffic; parking (peak staff is projected to be 32! They are not saying how many customers can fit in!); time and frequency of garbage pickup (what kind of garbage is generated by 1) the restaurant function and 2) the brewing? I have no familiarity with the brewing process. Are there spent hops like grape skins from winemaking? What volume? Do they smell?); frequency and hours for recycling pick up; alcohol control where there is such a short fence, outdoor alcohol, and a major bus transfer point in front for Oakland Tech High School students; litter control for the block; where deliveries will be made and what hours; how they will keep people from dropping off/picking up customers in the bus stop; and any other impacts you can think of.

These concerns can all be addressed in Conditions of Approval for the project. As to the chain business issue? Tell your councilmember you want controls in the zoning codes.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 03/29/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

If you have thoughts about this site, the city is accepting comments on the draft EIR until 4 pm April 11. Address comments to pvollmann@oaklandnet.com

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 03/29/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

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.

Posted by Marshall Mathers on 03/28/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “The Bulimic Brain

The article left me feeling dismayed. I'm trying to recover on my own due to the fact of location, and no good resources around in the town I live in.

I'm glad I read the comments as well , the article has some amazing facts but ultimately left me feeling like I'll never be able to lead a normal life . Constantly thinking about my addiction. Thank you commenters , little bit of positivity at the end of a dark glummy tunnel .

Posted by April Love on 03/26/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

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Posted by Diana Sparks on 03/26/2017 at 6:15 AM

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