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@Matthew: Concillors and their staff can work on more than one problem at a time, ya know
Abel, you should be more worry about the Ghost Ship fire
Many people submitted letters of opposition including a petition with over 100 names. Unfortunately not everyone can attend these meetings. Some need to be home to care for family or are at work.
To clarify, the name of the documentary referenced in the article is TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui (Telosmovie.com). The film chronicles Tssui's ultimately fruitless quest to build a structure in Mount Shasta and does a great job of capturing Tssui's eccentricity as well as his unshakeable perseverance. Highly recommended.
We always have to question who the vandals are. Often, they are undercover police from one agency or another, deliberately damaging the reputation of the genuine protestors. The so-called anarchists who show up at nearly every demo are probably a prime example. Newspapers like the Express should be more aware of this and report it.
Well Solomon, I can't speak for all of the "crazy" homeowners here, but let me attempt to respond to your comments myself. I do not have a "poisonous" attitude towards the homeless. I do however have a strong dislike for our ineffective and inept City of Oakland Administration. Time and time again, their inability and unwillingness to say "no," make hard decisions, or desire not to offend anyone, has cost the TAX PAYER (i.e. HOMEOWNER, businessOWNER) money. Whether it's the sure lawsuits from the Ghostship fire, the original Raider coliseum lease, an OPD sex scandal, whatever, I'm tired of being on the hook for the financial liability. Specific to this article, the dwellings were unsanctioned, and definitely not built to code. With Oakland's track record, it was a disasterfu%& waiting to happen. Based on all the other encampments popping up around the City, the encampment probably would of gone overlooked had people not started building structures. Like COME TF ON!!! Building a dwelling on government property?!!! So yes, I'm ecstatic this crap got torn down before something happened. And no, I don't hate the homeless, but I refuse to condone anything that's going to put me on the hook for the payout when the AVOIDABLE disaster strikes.
Now as a TAXPAYER, perhaps I wouldn't have so much of a problem if I was getting the services MY TAXES entitled me to. Perhaps I wouldn't have so much of a problem if the City's tolerance to these encampments and "eye-sores" was spread evenly throughout the Districts. Let this crap happen in Temescal, or Montclair...oh but wait, it wouldn't!!! Can't get OPD to respond to jack (because they're too "busy"), public works can't clean up the blight and illegal dumping (because they're too "busy"), parking enforcement keeps driving by obviously abandoned and uninhabited cars (because they're too "busy" - and won't call a tow truck)...the list goes on and on. But because I'm a HOMEOWNER, I'm expected to suck it all up? I hate making assumptions, but Solomon, I'm going to make one about you (and please correct me if I'm wrong)...I'd venture to say you don't live in the vicinity of an Oakland homeless encampment. The trash, the noise, the human waste, the smells, the car break-ins, the blight, it's unacceptable.
Any who, that's all I have to say about that.
Unfortunately, this is what the City of Oakland gets for continuing to do business with this character, who acts as if he is entitled to Oakland's public land and resources, and expects to be given public money for his projects. This lawsuit is being funded by big coal and their investors to force this on the residents of Oakland. This is an important fight that is less about the few permanent jobs it could generate, but more about the agenda of corporations to take over public resources for their interests.
I notice that a lot of these comments seem to be homeowners that have a poisonous attitude against homeless people. I understand that property is expensive, but why does that make you hate homeless people? It doesn't even make any sense. You people are crazy. People are homeless for a lot of complicated reasons, you can't assume anything except that these people are down on their luck. And you have no empathy because you pay property tax and they don't? Maybe the problem is that you are paying too many taxes and are placing too much financial value on your home. It sounds more like a prison to me. Maybe you are jealous because homeless people seem to be free of that. You pay a lot of taxes, but now why doesn't any of that go to homeless services? Hm? Did you ever think of that? Where does all that money go to? It's not helping you, it's not helping them. Who is gaining from all that tax influx?
This was excellent. Thank you for your article.
Nice to find another broth, quite different from pha & many others, but absolutely delicious.
To the bleeding hearts that wanted the park to stay open, screw off. I live in the neighborhood. I own in the neighborhood. Born and raised in Oakland. But for some reason that means I was supposed to be born and bred empathetic, sympathetic, and tolerant to this bullcrap. I pay my taxes (and I'm talking HIGH ASS PROPERTY TAXES), but can't get an ounce of service around this joint. I'm sick of the "hold people accountable, but just not us/them" mentality. That POS housing was not up to code. Bout time the City of Oakland did something with a sense of urgency. Doesn't matter if it was an under used park, it's a city park. I saw people shooting hoops or playing with their dogs enough to say "somebody used that park." All you guys this the park is a great idea until the city and the tax payers have to assume liability for some avoidable disaster. I'm tired of this rhetoric. You love the homeless and the filth that comes along with it, move them into your house. Onto your property. Good job police, thanks for tearing that crap down.
I am glad I don't live any where near that Mathew guy or the David guy... I find it all overwhelming that people who have lived in that area all their life are suddenly criminals and drug addicts..... Geesh, I would hate to meet their misinformed children, who appears to go to the local schools... and god forbid I actually meet him or David myself.... what complete TWAT's !! x 2
When you BUY an expensive house in an area you want, do NOT expect to get rid of locals that you make homeless you heartless twats.... Is this another example of money going to waste ??? and when I mean waste I mean to shit heads who think they can buy what they want !!!
I am a neighbor of this park and am so disappointed that a safe space for people to heal and thrive was closed down, without any replacement. That is such illogical and short sighted civic policy. The village never prevented anyone from using the park. The village was not a scary place; it was the kind of place where if you were walking by you would want to stop in and see what was happening. People were seated in circles having discussions and building tiny homes in the background. It was a friendly space. I am apalled by the bigotry against the poor in this City. This could be a workable solution.
"For West Oakland, the overall rate of asthma emergency department(ED)
visits is almost two times the Alameda County rate. For West Oakland zip
codes 94607, 94608, 94609, and 94612, the overall rate of asthma ED visits
is 1014.6 per 100,000 residents; the Alameda County rate is 531.8 per 100,000. The asthma ED visit rate for children (0 4 year olds) is 1224.3 per
100,000 compared to the Alameda County rate of 929.0 per 100,000.
Source: CAPE Unit, Alameda County Public Health Department/ Health
Care Services Agency with data from California Office of Statewide Health
Planning and Development (OSHPD), 2011 2013."
So I can tell that folks writing about access to the park don't live in the neighborhood. Although some folks make use of the basketball courts, it's really not like Mosswood Park (a much quieter and more family-friendly green space that's, what, a 10-15 minute walk away from there?). Same is true for the patch of green nearby on 34th -- housed residents rarely use that park. It's our unhoused neighbors who have been in there anyway. The city DID have an opportunity to work w/ community members to bring the encampment up to code but instead they sent out DOZENS OF COPS to make sure that unhoused people were displaced, AGAIN, and did NOTHING to help those folks find a better place to live.
Don, I can tell you with some degree of certainty having been involved in the negotiations- those two things will not be a part of this project
I agree. Oakland's basic city services are still underfunded. Not just police, but also Parks & Rec ($200 million in needed repairs), Pothole Repair & Street Repaving ($300 million in needed funds), Fire Inspectors, reopening closed Libraries, Traffic Safety, lack of School Crossing Guards for children, safe After School programs, etc. etc. etc. People are literally dying while Oakland aggressively engages in national politics but doesn't solve important local problems & provide important local services.
I'm not seeing a way to respond to a specific comment, but thanks back to you, Brandie, for correcting me and adding detail to the community benefits complications - the comments to this post are exploring the issues around this project in considerably more depth than the post managed to. I do want to add, though, that I think this project all by itself, with no additional concessions, will end up being a significant community benefit. But if any significant chunk of money gets extracted from the developer, I'd like it to go to significantly subsidized retail rents aimed at local businesses and a full-service grocery store.
Oh come on EBX. You know who the organizers of this are. They're anarchists more interested in a fight than making a real difference. They ran this camp unilaterally in a way that was deliberately hostile to the neighbors that use the park and purposely started a fight with the city. I'm personally sick of these so called "activists" that considers community to mean only the people that belong to their social clique and skew the facts to serve their agenda. By the way most of the people living in the tents seemed to be activists and not the local homeless.
A number of urban rail systems--Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Washington--have high rise buildings at a number of stations along their lines.
The delicious stench of Oakland's Mayor's "Secret Sauce" again arises along with another developmental gift for our beautiful city.
They say that Oakland uses more fermented fish sauce in its real estate development recipes than even Bangkok. We can all be so proud.
I love the fragrance of the arms-length relationships with the project of our Planning Commissioners.
Judging simply from the smell, the handful of below-market-rate apartments will make a huge dent in our housing afforablility problem, way beyond their token numbers.
Looking forward to reading about all the formerly-unemployed young Oaklanders who will be able to support their families very well with their high-paying new jobs. Their refrigerators will surely be well-stocked with enough fermented fish sauce for every meal.
Last, but not least, Oakland's new "Trump Tower" will fit perfectly into the neighborhood. It will truly be a fragrant addition to that part of town.
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