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Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

@Vincent, Oakland's rent control specifies you can only raise the rent once per year per the CPI. For any additional rent increases, as of Feb 2017, you are required to petition the rental board for add' increases, with a max of 30% rent increase (this is also based on the cost of the improvement amortized over its useful life).

Tenants have the option not to relocate or decline a landlords request to improve a unit. Tenants cannot not allow a landlord into the unit to perform necessary repairs. But if a tenant obtains a restraining order against the landlord then the landlord's hands are tied.

So if a tenant is in a 1 bedroom Lake Merritt apartment for $625/month and you'd like to replace the windows of the unit, how long will it take to pay off windows which may cost $9,000 for that unit? Don't forget the windows will need to amoritized over a period of possibly 20 years.

Posted by Anika Brown 1 on 03/31/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

Truly a sad day in Oakland. A Chicago outfit, ugh. People coming from everywhere with no love for Oakland just using Oakland like a prostitute.

Posted by C. Leonard on 03/31/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

What is happening to small businesses all over the Bay Area is truly deplorable, immoral, unconscionable, and harmful to the quality of life of the neighborhoods these essential businesses serve. It is most regrettable that businesses have no rights in California beyond their initial lease. In the 60's, the City of Berkeley, in an heroic attempt, enacted commercial rent control to "save" a popular College Ave pharmacy/coffeeshop. The state stepped in and voided Berkeley's action proclaiming that commercial rent control is "preempted" by State law. This horrible situation will not change until small commercial owners come together, organize, and bring mass pressure on the legislature to change the existing law.

Posted by James Vann on 03/31/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “City of Richmond Approves Huge Expansion to Medical Cannabis Industry

This is the right step. It's the high time the authorities changed the laws relating to cannabis to reflect the wishes of many well-informed citizens.
Many people are already using cannabis to ease a wide variety of symptoms and conditions.
Visit for a medical marijuana recommendation in California

Posted by Caroline Paige on 03/31/2017 at 1:12 AM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

Sad news for Oakland. This shop has been a beloved gathering spot for years. We love you, Nate....

Posted by towngurl4eva on 03/30/2017 at 10:39 PM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

I'm sure all the pro-big money, Ayn Rand types love this news. Adams Point looks more and more like a frat/sorority house in Santa Barbara exploded and all the bros and Ohmygerd girls landed there

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

Residents of the nearby 40th street neighborhood as well as the larger community have concerns regarding noise, parking, traffic and the impact on the neighborhood--particularly having a corporate giant in what is now a thriving small business hub at 40th and Broadway.
Please view our petition/comments to the City Planning Commission of Oakland below, and sign if you support us! Deadline is noon April 3rd.

Posted by D. Stasko on 03/30/2017 at 5:08 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

@Anika, that is simply not true. Rent control is NOT stopping landlords from making repairs, greed is.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

The problem is rent control in Oakland.
You cannot just evict someone or move tenants out for repairs ... you have to have Just Cause.
Rent control is allowing tenants to stay in dilapidated housing and preventing property owners to maintain their properties. That's why 1/2 of Oakland looks like a ghetto.
Rent Control + Cheap Rent = Ghetto

Posted by Anika Brown 1 on 03/30/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

So they want to build something like the Midtown Beer garden in Sacramento. They were one of the first Cargo Container usages in the Sacramento Area, They were shut down in having the containers be shown to the public, they had to cover them with ugly siding cause they did not understand the concept.Oh well, it's always packed and features great German Beer and craft beers as well.

Posted by Sean Derfield on 03/30/2017 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

It should be told openly that it took thee Fire Fighters forever to come after being called & it then took them all of 20mins before they started the water process after getting there! How sad on there part & surly the Landlords part! This caused 4 lives to be taken & a doggie!!!!

Posted by Cuteness Owens on 03/29/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

The landlord should be tried and imprisoned. The City is also culpable. But do they care?? Nah... These were vulnerable people who perished. If they were well-off condo dwellers with pots
of money much more would be done. As it is, the City is just slowly getting rid of those they deem "undesirable." The poor, the homeless, artists, working class and middle class people in favor of carpetbaggers and real estate developers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

Oakland does not have a comprehensive, up-to-date public safety plan.

Public safety, and the planning for it, includes having policies that prevent citizens from being injured or killed in a fire.

Oakland's Mayor campaigned with a promise to create a public safety plan in her first 100 days.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/29/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

The Cities and Counties should not allow a property in disrepair be sold! They should levy fines on the owners until the property is fixed. It is not unusual for the City to take control of a slum property and/or put pressure on the owner to repair it.

Posted by Anita Wills on 03/29/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

Condolences to the families. I'd like to see an exception to our unlawful detainer statutes allowing expedited relocation for tenants while landowners bring premises up to health and safety codes. Evictions would appear too lengthy a process.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 03/29/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Uber White Male

MM: The environment itself is an attack on men... And anyone else it touches. Tech is a vicious work environment. The intensity results in what amounts to combat pay... And the "enemy" combatants are often your co-workers... When they aren't angry customers. Everyone is under enormous pressure.

I've spent over 30 years in it. It's not usually been fun but there is a certain adrenaline rush from it. In some ways, it reminds me of what I saw of the financial industry.

It's what I do to pay the bills and I have a certain skill set that makes it a viable living for me. It's JUST a living. I've never hit one of the IPOs, so I never got rich... And likely never will.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/28/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

I was a tenant of Urojas in the spring of 2014. It's a tragic situation. I was physically abused and sexually harrassed by fellow residents and Urojas management. I had tried to take action through the fire department on the numerous hazardous systems and practices, but I managed to find another living situation before I got any response from the City. I agree with the person who pointed out that there is plenty of culpability to go around; it doesn't all belong to the property owner. You are welcome to contact me (by email, please) for a statement.

Posted by Susan Livingston on 03/28/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Uber White Male

MM: "This is another attack on men."


Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/28/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

There are 100s of near blighted or blighted properties in Oakland that are functioning this way (I'm sure)...they lay boarded up all up and down San Pablo Avenue and throughout flatlands in Oakland.

City leadership is letting too many people get a pass, claiming poverty. There are cities in the US with tens of thousands of residents who suffer the same challenges but many of them are taking action to address and arrest this negligence.

Oakland needs the laws that cities like New York and Philadelphia have in place: The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act allowing communities more muscle in holding property-owners responsible for abandoned, dilapidated, blighted or neglected property will allow the city to place a lien against the property owner's assets.

Under these Blight Reclamation laws, when the city identifies a property as neglected, abandoned or blighted, the city code enforcement officer tracks down the owner and prepares official notice of violation. The owner is served notice, usually by personal delivery, certified mail, posting the property or state constable delivery. Once served, the property owner has 20 days to respond by resolving the issue or appealing the violation.

If the property owner does not respond or files an appeal and loses, the city can begin filing citations against the owner in district court.

Each day the violation remains unresolved constitutes a new violation.

The City mails notice of the citations to the property owner. But, if the property owner lives out of the area or in another state, the citations are often ignored, Ackerman said.

Under the current system, the city's only recourse is to place a lien against the property. But a lien against an abandoned, dilapidated property doesn't usually return any money to the city because no one wants to buy it and pay the lien. Under the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Reviatlization Act, , the same steps to identify and serve notice on the property owner are taken, but if the process reaches the point of lien, the encumbrance is placed on all the owner's assets.

"If s/he owns a car, if s/he owns a house in another state, if the property-owner is a corporation, the lien is placed on those assets.

The law also provides for extradition of out-of-state property owners who have been charged with violations of the crimes code. The owner of a seriously dilapidated property that begins falling onto neighboring properties could be charged with risking a catastrophe under the crimes code.

Another provision of the law allows the city to deny permit applications of property owners who are delinquent on tax, water, sewer or garbage bills, or have not addressed previous property code violations.…

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 03/28/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Uber White Male

This is another attack on men. Should any company that has mostly male employees fire all of them and only hire women? Would the Bay Area media celebrate this breaking of the non-existent "glass ceiling"? Most schools and colleges have female employees. Should they immediately fire all of their female employees all in the name of tolerance, equality and diversity?
Tech firms hire people based on ability. Affirmative action doesn't work. You can't just hire people based on what's between their legs. That goes against our values of fair play.

Posted by Marshall Mathers on 03/28/2017 at 4:29 PM

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