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Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

How would people feel if a homeless encampment moved in their backyard? Many homeowners who live in the area pay property taxes and have done their best to make this part of Oakland appear better. While homelessness needs to be addressed, this is not the solution. I have proposed to the city to put these people to work and pay them with vouchers which pays for their rent. It would be best to move them to Richmond where there is ample space. Problem solved.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/08/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Will Thousands of East Bay Patients, Workers Lose Coverage, Jobs Due To Trump's 'Obamacare' Repeal?

My understanding is that Obamacare is a FAKE, and that President Obama misrepresented Obamacare. It is almost entirely an extension of Medicaid, which probably covered the gentleman who is the main subject of this article. Medicaid will remain around even if Obamacare is eliminated.

But a lot of people are really worried. They have not taken care of themselves and their families, and obtained employment with medical benefits. They have not planned ahead. We should ask people to take responsibility for their own lives and not expect to be dependent on others, asking others to shoulder their burden.

A society of dependent people is not a strong society. As the working population ages, as the baby boomers age, there will be less of those contributing and more of those who are living off of the government. That spells bankruptcy for government programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Of course, accidents and emergencies happen, and these have always been covered by Medicaid.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 02/08/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Clears Out The Village Homeless Encampment

Oakland has a case pending in court against Wells Fargo for predatory lending.
During the period that Wells was conducting the predatory lending they were engaged in an 18 month relationship with El Chapo Guzman's drug cartel...
Guzman is now in jail in New York. It will be interesting to see if they will allow him to testify in open court due to his knowledge of the "shadow banking" industry...
The relationship generated $378 billion and was facilitated by then Attorney General Jerry Brown...Read, https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…
Regards, Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 02/08/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

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Posted by Rishi Kapoor on 02/08/2017 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Maybe a soft-pedaled anarchist perspective shouldn't dominate EBX pages so much? Only a minority of readers engage with it.

Posted by MorganJones on 02/08/2017 at 2:22 AM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

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Posted by Uwalaka Grant on 02/07/2017 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Finally Build Some Affordable Housing in the Hills — or Will Leaders Squander the Opportunity?

It's Darwin lining up for his next outsider rant. Take a few moments and google him to figure out his POV. Privileged out of state type who feels justified to waggle his finger at the natives.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/07/2017 at 7:53 PM
Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Idiot. We should be so lucky to have Uber here.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

The real question is why re these homeless here? Laziness. Put them to work and give them vouchers to pay for low income housing in Richmond. Sound good?

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Did any of you visit The Promise Land Village?The park was not a park, it's a grassy area under a freeway with a basketball court and a dog park. . The Village was bringing much needed support to a community of people. You could get a hot meal and a cup of hot coffee, use the bathroom, take a hot shower, talk with the community, get services assistance and medical care, all volunteer. Every encampment in Oakland deserves porta potties and washing stations. It costs under $500 a month to provide these basic necessities. The whole city would feel lifted if driving around people saw these basic services provided on the street. Taxpayers, I believe, would feel good about how their money was being spent. Did you know many homeless people hold down jobs? We don't have a housing crisis in Oakland. The City explained there are 3000 properties city owned being strangled by liens. What we have is a HUMANITY CRISIS. We don't care about each other. Every person brought into this world deserves love, shelter, food, clothes- a chance. We can't ignore the history that has brought us here, and we can't let that history stop us from moving forward with grace and intelligence. We have the skills to meet everyone's needs. Money is an excuse. We all need to look into our own hearts and support loving solutions that force the community to take responsibility for everything around them including those people who find themselves at this time addicted to drugs, homeless, living on poverty, or marginalized for any reason. This is just the beginning. Housing and dignity for all of Oakland will be a reality! #feedthepeople #asiansforblacklives #housinganddignityforall

Posted by Mary Weather on 02/07/2017 at 10:45 AM

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Posted by Julet Welson on 02/07/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Unfortunately, this was not a city issue at all. As tenants of the state of CA we the people of the city of Oakland had a simple choice. Have the park or have nothing. Caltrans does not mess around. So Oakland could not either. All the residents can come join us on Northgate Ave. We welcome all comers and have a large supportive community focused on positive change.

Posted by Nate Moon on 02/06/2017 at 9:45 PM
Posted by Robert Hope on 02/06/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Become First City To Boycott Companies That Work On Trump's Border Wall

I'm sure this is going to have a HUGE impact.

/s

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/06/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Town Business: Affordable Housing in the Hills; $300,000 Police Chief; Cell Phone Surveillance Policy

The City owned parcel at Oak Knoll is in the southeast corner of of the site adjacent to an existing single family neighborhood. Historically, Oak Knoll was in a Redevelopment District and the city's intent was always to have the affordable housing obligation from this site be satisfied with the developers obligation helping finance actual construction of affordable units off site. As I recall, the Oak Knoll redevelopment area was combined with the MacArthur Redevelopment area to facilitate that construction in a more appropriate area. I mean more appropriate in terms of site constraints of this hillside parcel, compatibility with surrounding mixed uses and availability of transit and services for future occupants of the affordable units that Oak Knoll does not offer. Having a policy about affordability above I-580 is a noble goal. However, each site still has to be evaluated on it's own merit.This city parcel is not a great site for affordable housing. The portion of the proposed development that may be more suitable would be in the flatter portion of the site where multiple family or senior housing is proposed by the developer. That would require a land exchange or commitment from the developer to satisfy all or part of the requirement on site as opposed to paying an in lieu fee.This option would still place affordable housing on a somewhat isolated site with difficult public transit and service options.

Posted by Gary Patton on 02/06/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Town Business: Affordable Housing in the Hills; $300,000 Police Chief; Cell Phone Surveillance Policy

$300K per year for the new Chief, OK.

Spending is the best entertainment, if you've got the cash. I guess city hall has got the cash, just like I do.

The complete relevant city document includes even more entertaining spending. When (not if) the new Chief takes a powder from Oakland, she gets a year's pay in consolation. That's a nice pleasure hit for city hall to anticipate. You need to plan for the future!

Not to wander too far off topic, the document which supposedly is devoted to the required spending for the new Chief mentions a couple more ka-chings, one real and one potential. There was a headhunter consultant hired to help city hall spend the $300K for the Chief. There is no amount specified for this joyful advice but I'm willing to bet that it's signficantly more than the $50K pocket change I like to carry for homeless requests streetside and waitperson/bartender tipping restaurantside.

Last, there's a tiny paragraph in the document upping the potential pay for the City Administrator to $325K. That is good planning by city hall for future spending joy!

Oakland, the town with the happiest city hall! My town!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/06/2017 at 10:58 AM
Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 02/05/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Become First City To Boycott Companies That Work On Trump's Border Wall

@Matthew: Concillors and their staff can work on more than one problem at a time, ya know

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 02/05/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Become First City To Boycott Companies That Work On Trump's Border Wall

Abel, you should be more worry about the Ghost Ship fire

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/05/2017 at 11:47 AM

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