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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"No comment from the Mayor on the recent fire."
But a publicly-announced "heartache" about the loss of the Raiders.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
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Sad news for Oakland. This shop has been a beloved gathering spot for years. We love you, Nate....
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
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.
@Anika, that is simply not true. Rent control is NOT stopping landlords from making repairs, greed is.
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
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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