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Re: “There's zero chance the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas (if they do, I'll sport a Mark Davis bowl cut for a week)

So will you keep your promise and get the hair cut? it's also funny reading these comments of people being so certain the Raiders wouldn't move. You were all wrong.

Posted by Doug Martins on 04/02/2017 at 10:54 PM

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

To be fair AB InBev can do whatever they want, but they should identify them selves, as they can open a local business that never technically need to make money. For this reason I am not a fan of false flag craft breweries as they effectively seal market share from actual homegrown businesses.

The permitting application can be seen here: http://www.berkeleyside.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/OAK063213.pdf
To share your comments on the permitting process contact:
Planner Rebecca Lind at (510)238-3472 or by email: rlind@oaklandnet.com or district 1 councilman Dan Kalb Phone: (510) 238-7001 Email: dkalb@oaklandnet.com addressing Bureau of Planning/Zoning case #: PLN17004 : the proposed beer garden by Golden Road at 320,322, 330, 40th street Oakland.

The public comment period ends tomorrow 4/3/17.

Posted by APD on 04/02/2017 at 12:24 PM

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

I used to have a weekly Spanish group at the cafe and I remember how Justin would accommodate us. I remember being so happy to see myself every Sunday I came. I saw myself in the staff of Coffee with a Beat. When we talk about trauma and loss, this truly represents it. I am hurt, angry, sad. What struck me the most about the article is that Mr. Nate cannot pass this cafe-legacy down to his sons.

Posted by Karessa Larneice on 04/01/2017 at 11:34 PM

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

Fourteen years ago, on the morning of the first day after we moved to Adam's Point, my husband, Joseph, and I walked down Perkins Street and got a coffee at Coffee With a Beat. Nate was the very first person we met in the neighborhood, the first person to make us feel welcome here. Nate, his family, and Coffee With a Beat have been the warm, vibrant center of this neighborhood for 16 years, and I know I'm not the only person around here who is genuinely sickened by this loss. Shame on Laramar Group and the greedy, soul-less companies like it. Shame on them all. What we are losing here is so much more than simply a coffee shop; we are losing the heart of our neighborhood; we are losing part of our family.

Posted by Donna de la Perriere on 04/01/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “West Oakland Fire Survivors Say City's Response Is Unacceptable and Victim Assistance Is Lacking

"Some positions in the fire prevention bureau, including the job of fire marshal and assistant fire marshal, were already funded, going on years. The city's administration simply failed to hire for the jobs."

Sounds a lot like the Trump administration which doesn't think that Secretaries of the various Departments need their regular staffing.

The Department of State for example is 'way understaffed so that some observers think that important diplomatic opportunities may be missed with the result that military action would get more emphasis.

If the Fire Prevention Bureau is short-staffed, an Oakland administration might expect more people could die in fires.

Guess what happened.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/01/2017 at 7:14 PM

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

Who can I contact directly to let them know that I have available housing for victims. I have not been able to get in contact with anybody. If anybody knows anything please let me know 5106863428. Camille

Posted by Ce Ce Ripchrisluvu Williams on 04/01/2017 at 6:11 PM

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

We keep making more people. If we don't keep making more places for them to live, shop, and do business, the non-wealthy will keep getting pushed out. It's not like we don't know how to make more homes or how to make more places for business. We just keep choosing not to. Why do we stop making new buildings? To hurt rich people? It just makes the current landowners richer. The culture of Oakland, the culture of the whole Bay Area, does not come from keeping the same exact buildings everywhere. The culture comes from the people. We keep making more people. We better start making more places for those people to live and work.

Posted by Scott S. on 04/01/2017 at 3:40 PM

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

I'll miss you, Nate. You were always a great stop on my walk around the lake. Replacing camaraderie and neighborly goodwill for corporate greed. It makes me sick.

Posted by Melissa Martin on 04/01/2017 at 1:53 AM

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

Just sent Larimar group a message about what I think they do to our local beloved communities. Heartless and ruthless. Greed.

Posted by Melissa Martin on 04/01/2017 at 1:51 AM

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

I'm so sad to hear this. I didn't go hear often - but I can honestly say it was one of my favorite places in the Bay Area. This is the kind of business that every community needs. This is what every business in every community should feel like. In all of the gentrification stories I hear - this one feels very symbolic of what Oakland's losing.

Posted by nancy feinstein on 04/01/2017 at 12:05 AM

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

I actually revived my debating chops down in what I called pit which was at the lower level of the shop.

There was always a lively discussion going and all people and topics where welcomed.

Besides the lively debates I also was able to lobby and influence some of older cats not only to consider but to actually accept some of things that represented my particular cohort (after slapping them tons of empirical evidence and YouTube videos).

One the things that I was looking forward to with my new work schedule was getting back in pit, this time to brush up on being a wise-ass.

Nate, Joyce, Nate Jr and Justin were more than just family who ran the shop they were family to all who showed up which why they were not just open on Thanksgiving, New Years day and Christmas but they served home cooked holiday meals with all the trimmings free charge so that the Coffee With A Beat Family could do what family does.

The highest and best to all y'all!

GW

Posted by gregory on 03/31/2017 at 11:00 PM

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

As a long time resident of this neighborhood, I am very concerned that there is no oversight of development in a coordinated way- we are very overdue to have an overlay plan. Otherwise, we continue to deal with the same issues and erosion of quality of life on a "one development proposal" at a time. This responsibility is part of our city council members job- that is Dan Kalb. Our block organized around the same issues for the housing now under construction at 4055 Broadway- 47 units with only 26 parking spaces. Over a year ago, we requested that he start working with the neighbors to develop an overlay plan-- i can only say that he made no effort to do so, his communication in general was poor and there was no advocacy on his part on behalf of neighbor concerns.

Posted by Paula Taylor 1 on 03/31/2017 at 7:22 PM

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

Coffee With A Beat has touched many hearts. Young and old, black, asian, white all came together to discuss interests of the day. I loved it because I probably never would have had the good fortune to have met any of the patrons stopping by if it were not for Nate's unique gathering place. My life has been enriched by knowing the kindness of Nate, Joyce and their family. Times have changed. As someone said "It was such a gathering space and costs will prohibit another one like it." I am very grateful for Brian Krans to write this article and get it out so quickly. Stopping by Friday, today, I heard a few people commented on your article and because of it, they made a point to stop by to say how grateful they were to Nate Smith for the memories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw on 03/31/2017 at 6:03 PM

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

This place was a neighborhood institution. Nate is a great guy, a community resource, and an excellent coach at Tech inspiring a lot of young men including my son. There was many a fine rap session with hipsters who made Coffee with a Beat the place to go.

Posted by Mark Gesley on 03/31/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Literally Raises A's Flag Over City Hall An Hour After Raiders-To-Vegas Vote

"No comment from the Mayor on the recent fire."

But a publicly-announced "heartache" about the loss of the Raiders.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/31/2017 at 12:00 PM

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 www.onlinemedicalcard.com 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

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