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Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Renter protection laws had nothing to do with the 'numerous festering code violations'. The landlords and the City of Oakland chose to ignore code violations. Now the City of Oakland chooses to ignore the scope of work exceeding the permits that were pulled. This is not an isolated issue.

Oakland Bldg Department has a history of ignoring code violations as soon as any permits are pulled. It's as though they are unaware of the Federal, State, and local laws they are responsible for enforcing.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The Future of Feces

Wow. I have had ulcerative colitis for 30 years. I asked my GI Doctor about this. He said that right now the cost is prohibitive because my insurance company would not pay for the donor testing. How did you do it at home?

Posted by Claire G on 09/21/2016 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Thank you, Nastia, for documenting yet another great loss of authentic culture in Oakland...The article ends with there being only one sure thing: that until market forces change, Oakland's underground scene will also keep going into the ground...Well...there might be one other sure thing:

Oakland has deep roots in organizing!

And that is what we'll need to do to help remind our political leaders that "WHEN there is a will, there IS a way" to preserve our culture, to ensure affordability, and to prevent more displacement.

I lost our shared space when our rent went up 40% and also closed at the end of this July. But for the the past year, our neighborhood artists and business owners have been figuring out how we can create Cultural Arts Districts that might skip street banners and go straight to regulations and incentives that preserve what's unique about Oakland.

We're at the start of forming a city-wide effort to get these policies into place, like cultural zoning overlays and development guidelines for developers who, BTW, don't make much money on ground floor uses anyway, to really do something different to provide opportunity and access to spaces that remain affordable.

Plenty of other cities and states have succeeded. (SOHO and DUMBO are NOT good examples, but Seattle is doing something interesting!)

So 2 THINGS YOU CAN DO: please check out this petition that supports creating a cultural arts district in Uptown and asks the City to create a task force for Cultural Arts Districts for ALL NEIGHBORHOODS in Oakland. The more people who participate and get involved, the more chance we have at moving from policy recommendations to policy ACTION.…


The CA Arts Council is going around the state to get input from folks on how to roll out a statewide framework for Cultural Arts Districts! (How about that??) They're coming to Oakland:

Wed, October 5, 2016
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Youth Radio Arts Venue
1719 Broadway
Oakland, CA

It's FREE, bring your story and suggestions and register from this page.…

We can do this!

Hiroko (from the former 25th St. Collective)
for more info:

Posted by HirokoKurihara on 09/21/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I am deeply concerned about what gentrification is doing to our city- the people and our cultures. I manager the Niebyl Proctor Community Library at 6501 Telegraph here in North Oakland. I would like to help with making our spaces available. We are a non-profit and we do charge a fraction of the rental rates around here. Feel free to reach out to us at (510) 595-7417 or (510) 290-5595 ask for Brotha Clark or Mama Cassie.

Posted by Cassandra Lopez on 09/21/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

NB: warehouses.

The bigger issue is where did the businesses go that built the warehouses? yeah, good on artists for moving in and taking advantage of that economic dislocation, but they sure don't employ as many people, and it always leads to the next wave of settlers. We didn't seem to see much bemoaning the loss of the carpet company or other occupants. Different class.

Anyone have a model for supporting arts that doesn't involve this same old cycle?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 09/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

The building may have been neglected because of a long term plan to sell out but it is just as likely that so-called renter’s protection laws limited the owner’s ability to bring in the money to keep it up. Whether renters pay or not, whether they are “protected” by laws or not, No one is exempt from the rising price of housing – while mortgages MAY stay the same the prices of fees, taxes, utilities, contractors, bookkeepers, etc all rise and squeeze everyone.
Measure JJ will make things even more difficult to keep old properties up driving them into financial distress. Not to worry! Measure KK will allow Oakland to use bond money to buy up these properties and turn them into “affordable housing.” What is much more likely is that financially distressed properties will be sold to the highest bidder after becoming irredeemably dilapidated and they will be destroyed so that new construction can be built which is not subject to rent control – sound familiar? Obviously it is already happening, stricter rent control laws will only accelerate the process.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 09/21/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

"We are the people falling thru the cracks
Our backs broken from bending over backwards,
We can't go forward
Fallin' behind the finish line
We the People time after time
Find ourselves displaced,
Our future erased
The paper chase out ran us
We the People denied justice......"…

Please share OUR story. Art is the connection between the identity and language. Art is the history of a people's culture and ancestors. Artists need to be valued more. The attraction of outsiders to Oakland is due to the cultural spirit of artists that have created a spiritual/creative refuge for unheard voices. Displacing us is an act of spiritual warfare. Silence will not protect you.

Posted by T.K. Butler on 09/21/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Its bull@a!#. What are we going to do when are kids can't afford college and housing. ( wait that's right now...) what about when the jobs don't cover rent....and then they kick people out of homes to make parking spots for people who don't live in the city.

Posted by Diallo McLinn on 09/21/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

This is happening in Austin as well. Any city that has a well-defined arts 'scene' has seen their creative existence used as a marketing scheme by the city, as a sales perk by real estate agents, and as a 'cool quotient' seal of approval by developers. Developers move in, add housing for the moneyed looking to live in an "edgy" part of town, the property taxes rise and the landlords need to adjust their rents accordingly.

Landlords who had a relaxed attitude towards their renters were often just happy to have steady rent in an unsteady part of town, once the property value goes up, the rent increases. Blaming increasing rents on simple greed is an easy way out.
Look to the city officials who are allowing developers to steer the ship and tax offices that base property taxes on popularity rather than actual value.

Although the internet allows many of us to work at a distance, it's cold comfort for the up and coming artists who have been forced out of the neighborhoods they helped to create in order to preserve their own financial stability.

This happens everywhere on a continuous basis. A great book on the subject is called Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City. This is not the first time artists have faced this crisis of development, and
it's not the last.

Posted by Elle Green on 09/21/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Where are the rave displacement mitigation funds we were promised, Kaplan? Where will us second wave gentrifiers drop enough MDMA to kill horse if not in low density warehouses?

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 09/21/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Once again, Oakland police dept shows why they can't get from under the leash on them from the infamous riders case. It's a shame those crooked cops/thugs with badges escaped conviction in those cases, but the criminals on the witness stand appeared less credible than the ones with badges.
I know because I worked with ALL of them at one time or another. It's a shame that at least one of them was able to get hired by another department. Indio must've lowered their standards for him.
Anyway, I couldn't agree with previous comments more, aside from opd being a decent place to work. It's OK if you keep your nose clean and spend off time with real friends and family.

Posted by Charlie 2 on 09/21/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture


Posted by Oceanview on 09/21/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Prop. 64 and Oakland's Pot Cash Grab, Stadium Subsidies and More

Wow, who could have predicted that Brooks, Reid and Gallo would come up with this plan to grab massive amounts of cash from pot dispensaries? These crooks need to be voted out of office. It shouldn't take anyone even 5 minutes to figure out that their plan is illegal, but thanks to Rob Bonta for keeping a straight face while pointing this out.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/21/2016 at 3:36 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Ddddaaaamn. Sadly this is a trend happening in major cities all across the nation. I wonder what's gonna happen next.

Posted by Guerrilla Davis on 09/21/2016 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

is there any way to keep track of "craft" beers that are owned by the beeropoly?

Posted by marty bauer on 09/19/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

One cannot help wondering why so many people are living in homeless camps when there are hundreds of unoccupied housing units abutting the former Navy base in Alameda, CA. I took a photo, yesterday, Sept 17, 2016. Over a hundred of them, entire neighborhoods, just sitting there, empty, for over a decade.

Yes, these are special needs individuals, some with criminal records and drug problems, but if we are the "strongest and richest nation on earth," we can prove it by attacking the problem instead of running from it. It is a management challenge and a money challenge. If we can go to the moon and beyond, we certainly should be able to do this.

Posted by Monty J Heying on 09/17/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Just Vegas, Baby?: What Are the Odds that the Oakland Raiders Move to Sin City?

Las Vegas can do whatever they want to throw money at Davis. At the end of the day, that is not the real issue. No matter what Vegas casino crooks like Sheldon Adelson think, the ultimate question is as follows. Do the modern, corporate, billionaire NFL owners want a franchise partner in the gambling business, in a city known for morally questionable activities (gambling, prostitution), where pretty much anything goes. These owners are obsessed with the value of their NFL shield and my bet is that allowing Davis to move here is a much larger hurdle than naive and desperate Davis thinks it is. My bet is that the NFL owners do not want their young, rich players rolling into Vegas every weekend wandering the strip and various other venues in their free time. Nothing but bad can come from this situation. NFL security will constantly be under pressure to control an unmanageable situation. In addition, the Raider players will constantly be tempted by savory characters and situations that could lead to constant rumors about point shaving and extortion. That is not the front page story that makes the NFL brand stronger moving forward. At the same time, Oakland is in the hottest economic market in the country and the 49ers are trending down. The NFL owners will not be in favor of losing a storied NFL franchise (Oakland Raiders) in a major market in the country. Mark Davis does not represent current NFL ownership. They are corporate, fiscally sophisticated and insanely wealthy. Davis is a picture of the past. He is rough around the edges, unsophisticated, simple and broke. The NFL press conference last year, where the owners awarded the Rams first position in LA, was a great snapshot. The Rams ownership appeared to be corporate and well healed, adorned in expensive designer suits. Davis looked like he crawled out of a trailer and had on a pin stripe suit that he must have purchased from Eastmont Mall in 1975. Al Davis did not raise Mark in the NFL executive culture as Jerry Jones is doing with his sons in Dallas. Mark is an outsider with few friends and has no juice with the majority of the NFL executives. My bet is that like Major League baseball told Lew Wolff, they will vote no on a Raider request to move to Vegas for the good of shield. They will also tell Davis once again to stay in Oakland and make it happen.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/17/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

Without the extensive and excellent reporting by East Bay Express, the public would still be in the dark about this horrific abuse of power by law enforcement and its agencies.
The way in which this young girl was exploited and basically passed around by the very same folks who have sworn to serve and protect the public against those of this ilk is an example of the worst and most dangerous kinds of people to have in the criminal justice system. They will do anything including sacrificing the life of this young girl/woman to protect their own. And they have the gaul to ask why there is so little respect for their profession. There will be justice in this case...perhaps from a higher power...but there will be justice . This is just wrong people, just wrong.

Posted by Saige on 09/16/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

'The state Victims Compensation Program Board denied a records request by the Express, which sought general information about when and how local police agencies are allowed to request funds.'
Why would this be? Why would such a request be denied?
And, wasn't there a suicide associated with this 'case', too? I'm really confused. Why can't paperwork be filed? And salaries? Are these men still collecting their salaries? And really? Richmond? You are going to get all pouty and whiny because you don't like the line of questioning. Please do NOT stop reporting on this sordid tale.

Posted by Annemarie Vaughan on 09/15/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

=v= When Whole Foods opened up in Berkeley so many years ago, they were selling George Killian's Irish Red, which was a microbrewery that had at that point been owned by Coors for some time, and was part of the Coors boycott. Whole Foods attempted to placate the boycotters by pretending that their customers had a preference for the microbrewery before it was Coors.

Branding is garbage, you have to keep track of who owns whom.

(In case it's not clear, Whole Foods had no "customers" in Berkeley before the buyout, nor did George Killian.)

Posted by Jym Dyer on 09/15/2016 at 10:35 AM

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