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Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Oakland should be so lucky to take a chance on this dump. This location is where I pretend, to stop.

Posted by Aaron Pewtherer on 03/13/2017 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Clearly, EBX has reached the peak of investigative journalism. After all, "The failure to obtain permits could cost the city up to several thousand dollars, depending on how many days the street is obstructed. "

Several thousand, OMG!

And, further, the developer knows other people and even has friends.

This is right up there with the works of Bernstein and Woodward. Maybe they will make a movie - All the Developer's Men. Oops, no, that is taken already by the orange guy who is in DC right now. They will come up with something else for this political thriller.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/12/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

This has been a problem for years, and EBX only cares when they dredge up a Schaaf connection? My lord.

Posted by Diego Canabal on 03/11/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

The permits for sidewalk and street closures were likely required in the conditions of approval as deferred permits, which the contractor is often in charge of procuring before work proceeds. At the time of building permit approval, you cannot be sure of exactly when a sidewalk and street will need to be closed.

Posted by Syd Wayman on 03/11/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

"Protopappas is also a close friend of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Gov. Jerry Brown. He has served as political campaign fundraiser for both."

I think we're not supposed to judge people by their friends. Or their fundraisers.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/11/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Libby runs a tight ship. Can't wait to vote the c*nt out of office.

Posted by Jenni Li on 03/11/2017 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Micheal Brent on 03/10/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

The Darwin doesn't check things like that... he just goes to press

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/10/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I'm so excited for you right now, Jessica. We're all in this with you. Just make sure you're ready for us to spend a lot of time there once you open!

Posted by Michael Orange on 03/10/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

No doubt this is a bad look for the developer (Madison Park). On it's face, it looks like the developer or demolition contractor tried to skirt the fees and the required permit process. At the same time, it is not unbelievable that a demolition contractor might have had to scramble to get barriers to block sidewalks and streets. Also believable is that those barriers came from another job site and the crew failed to remove the signs. My question has more to do with why the City of Oakland Building Department did not review a plan and require the permits for sidewalk and street closures when they initially issued the demolition permit? Additionally, if there is ongoing work on the site (grading, demolition) under permit, why was it that it was neighbors who noticed the signs and not city building inspectors? It may just be been another example of the lack of coordination between city departments (Building and Public Works).

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/10/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

it never seems to matter who is on the board. I would just like them to hold the Dubs feet to the fire. There was a lot of money paid into expanding Oracle in 97. They are obligated, take them to court. They are not going to be tenents much longer.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 03/09/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Another Stingray Sighting in Lake Merritt!

I saw two dead ones today. One seemed older than the other. I also have pics.

Posted by Tanya Reeves Forsberg on 03/09/2017 at 9:09 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I'm not much of a drinker, just the occasional bit of rum or gin. However, I will definitely gladly give you my money as opposed to Bev Mo.

Posted by jeanonyx on 03/09/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Great article Jessica. You are well on your way to exceeding your goal. Stay focused follow your plan and trust that your people will show up for you. #whatawoman #proudbaba #kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/63207…

Posted by Keba Armand Konte on 03/08/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

love the love on this thread! gl with business

Posted by ameanie on 03/08/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I don't know you personally but I am sure happy to hear about your new business. I will definitely patronize your establishment.

Posted by Chanie Lasso on 03/08/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

More mindless drivel designed to fan flames of class warfare. BFD that the subsidized housing does not include a penthouse suite.

What a terrible thought that the "elites" that live there will need to pony up an even greater premium price to get the views. Should we give them more lower floors so that the elites pay less money for a pretty view and drive the total revenue and viability down?

I think Darwin cut his math and economics classes and spent his time learning magical thinking.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/08/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Another EBX article to stir the pot. Who gives a %^@$* where the units are ? If this was any other city in the USA there wouldn't be an option of affordable housing. Please EBX, try to stop fanning the flames.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 03/08/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Chief Talks Cultural Change and Compassion for the Homeless

I would love to see a large ship, i.e. a retired cruise ship, parked in the turning basin and made available as a homeless shelter. The land will always be used up for more and more expensive property development projects, but our waterways could serve as a very good platform for safety and shelter. Who wants to work on that, and fund it?

Posted by Shannon Adkins on 03/08/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

What is the point of enjoying Oakland and working to improve it, when the likes of Reid and McElhaney run it?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 03/08/2017 at 8:45 AM

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