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Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

Are the below market rate (BMR) units the writers have referenced at a specific % of the Area Median Income (AMI) or are they just income restricted units at various rates? Based on the numbers and percentages the writers listed (2015 - 33% or 215 units; 2014 - 82% or 586 units; 2013 - 93% or 548 units; 2012 - 82% or 371 units; a total of 1,720 built units are "considered affordable" of the 2,407 units completed), it would appear that 71.5% of the units built/completed in Oakland since 2012 are "considered affordable". That is a supermajority of units (1,720/2,407 = 71.5%) recently added to the Oakland housing stock are income restricted Below Market Rate units.

There is an obvious need for income restricted affordable housing. There is also a need/demand for non restricted units. More BMR units will not prevent or alleviate displacement. The super majority of tenants being displaced do not qualify for BMR units at 60% or below AMI. The housing issue we face and the impetus for displacements is that people who make too much to qualify for those 1,700+ income restricted units can't find a place to rent. Point blank, there just isn't enough supply of apartments, so the demand for existing units continues to increase and so do rents. If we (Oaklanders) want more housing for people making 80%-120% of AMI (the teachers, the public servants, the recent college grads, and a lot of just regular folks), we need to increase the number of apartments available so that we don't have 50 people bidding on that one available apartment in Adams Point, East Lake, Lake Shore, Grand /Lake, Telegraph (Uptown to Berkeley), Mosswood, Diamond, Jingletown, etc. Less new apartments equals more demand and more rent for the few apartments we have.

Posted by Ray Connell on 12/24/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Labor's Positive Progress

You failed to mention the groundbreaking organizing of shuttle drivers for companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. Teamsters Local 853, under the leadership of Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise, in alliance with Silicon Valley Rising, received world wide recognition for raising the wages, benefits and working conditions for hundreds of shuttle bus drivers who transport high tech employees back and forth to work.

Posted by Terry Post on 12/24/2015 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Labor's Positive Progress

Good article overall, but missing was a mention of all the labor activity on campuses, from adjunct organizing in private higher ed to big ongoing contract fights (CSU system, UC Lecturers, and CCSF) and resistance to attempts to close CCSF (AFT 2121 there and the Save CCSF Coalition). Other campus workers (grads, service and clericals, etc.) have also had big fights and won some. Labor, in many forms, is alive and well on campuses and needs to be treated like the "real" workers and unions they are.

Posted by Joe Berry on 12/24/2015 at 1:47 AM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

No one on here commenting about "Black on Black crime" actually cares about Black people. Y'all have nothing to say until you're inconvenienced by the realities this movement is exposing. I know that immediately pointing fingers at Black folks for community violence is really all you can think to say, but really, the argument is like, really old. And it's bullshit to suggest folks haven't been working to address violence within our communities. You don't see it because you don't care.

Posted by Michal Jones on 12/23/2015 at 8:12 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement is a hoax. If they really cared about black lives they would focus on the enormous amount of black on black crime that leads to black on black death. The only remedy which our society has for this in the short run is more police presence, more harsh police enforcement, and more effort by police to smoke out the black criminal element. Thus far the Black Lives Matter movement has eroded the police presence, and eroded police power, creating a vacuum in the black community that only encourages more black on black violence, and more black on black death. Again, the Black Lives Matter movement is a political movement only, a hoax, which disguises their true political agenda.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 12/23/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

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Posted by Editor on 12/23/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

Darwin, care to report on the economics of affordable housing development? How about just the economics of housing development in general? Do you honestly believe the economics of housing development in Oakland are the same as they are in Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, and Union City? Let's say you do. So Oakland has the resources of these neighboring cities? Oakland residents contribute equal per capita tax revenue as they do in Berkeley or Emeryville or San Leandro? How about sales tax revenue... billions of our retail dollars aren't lost every year to neighboring cities? The percentage of subsidized households in Oakland is equal or less to what you'll find in Union City or Fremont? How about Oakland's school ratings and crime rate -those are similar to what you'll find in Albany or Fremont? If you answered yes to any one of those questions, then you're not fit to be reporting on this topic. If you answered no to any of them, then you just blew a hole in your premise Oakland can do exactly what its richer, safer neighbors can do.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 12/23/2015 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

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Posted by Editor on 12/23/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

Hopefully we can all look forward to days when the "Black Lives Matter" protests will live only in yellowed newspaper clippings, along with articles about the Black Panthers, Weather Underground, Symbionese Liberation Army, KKK and The Unabomber. Surely there will be a day in our future when all races assimilate to become a nation of citizens who work in harmony rather than striving for divisiveness.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 12/23/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The Growth of Black Lives Matter

I caught a program this morning that featured a focus group and one of the issues discussed was "Black lives matter" A black woman spoke up regarding the subject and said the following and I will paraphrase. " Why is it that black lives matter only when a white cop shoots a black person and not when 80% of all black murders are black on black crime?"

Posted by Donald Sandri 1 on 12/23/2015 at 12:40 PM

Re: “A Toy for Every Kind of Kid

Toys really essential and important for our kids; most probably toys are helpful to keep engage our baby with different and distract their attention from crying towards playing. Therefore parents are using toys as the most important weapon to handle their kids.

Posted by Andrew Reeves on 12/23/2015 at 4:04 AM

Re: “Eat This Gift

Finally, FINALLY a charcuterie that's the real thing. Right here in Alameda at Barons meats. Apparently in business for a while already, without me knowing about it ,even though I visit the Market Place weekly. I guess I had just given up hope of ever finding a charcuterie with really delicious meats this side of the Atlantic. I still did not trust my luck , so Dave ( owner? ) let me taste a few items and everything I tasted I bought. I have been back regularly and still can not believe my luck. Earlier today I shopped $80.- worth of Dave's delicious meats as a Christmas surprise for my 94 year old European mother. The rabbit rillettes are to die for, his headcheese one of the best I ever tasted , the Speck and the Leberkaes , the pates .... I could go on and on.
Thank you Barons Meats for adding this to your services.

Posted by siri jordan on 12/18/2015 at 11:21 PM

Re: “DJing Essentials for Your Holiday Wish List

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Posted by Editor on 12/18/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “The Best Gifts for Pet Lovers

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Posted by Munish Jaitly on 12/15/2015 at 10:26 PM

Re: “The Bay Area's Best Dog-Friendly Getaways

Great! arrangement for both the family members and pets. I think this is the best place to enjoy with the family friends and pet friends at the same hotel with all the luxurious facilities.

Posted by Barbara Jhon Gary on 12/10/2015 at 9:41 PM

Re: “A Party for the Ages

I love this event! Its so different than everyday life. Ive been going for several years. Still waiting on my email invite :P hope to come again this year!

Posted by Anna Wagner on 12/10/2015 at 12:00 AM

Re: “A Party for the Ages

I love this party. I've been going for years.its already herd again, Only a couple weeks a way

Posted by Renee Outlaw on 12/06/2015 at 1:36 AM

Re: “How to Smoke Weed

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Posted by Editor on 11/29/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “It's Plaid or Nature

I took a walk in the park. However the idea of supporting our local small business and artists is really a good idea. I grew up in a suburb that only had chain stores, we are blessed in Oakland and Berkeley with cool stores locally owned, and even if it costs more it is money well spent me thinks.

Posted by Clive Scullion on 11/27/2015 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Family-Friendly Getaways 2015

Good choices. Also try camping at Hendy Woods State park in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino. Not too far away and you have the entire Mendocino Coast to explore. Also much wine tasting most of which is still free. Good restaurants too.

Posted by Kurt Schoeneman on 11/25/2015 at 3:14 PM

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