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

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Posted by Oliver Sabine on 12/29/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

Stoners are very loyal otherwise we would have lost the war on Pot...
We will only support our pot heroes be they biker gangs or cartels. Those who were against pot should never profit...
Use profits to help those of us that have suffered for the cause.

Watch for the Sacred Tokin Stone coming to your area.
Sacred stone and marijuana together what a match.

Posted by Doug Pederson on 12/26/2016 at 8:34 AM
Posted by Lynette Gailord on 12/24/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

My heart is once again happy!

Posted by Finesse Robinson on 12/24/2016 at 8:00 AM
Posted by Jason Nino Parker on 12/23/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Survivors, Close Friends of Ghost Ship Fire Victims Deliver Letter to Oakland Mayor, Demand Urgent Moratorium on Evictions

Can anyone explain the difference between a crackdown and an uptick? Can a journalist pleaae focus on the gap betwwen mayoral rhetoric and actual numbers? We'll wait, hopefully indoors.

Posted by JVerne on 12/23/2016 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

You know who contributes the most to gentrification? People who BEGIN the process by finding an empty warehouse and turning it into something artsy. That is where it all starts. That is the point of "sensitive dependence upon initial conditions" in chaos theory.

But once gentrification starts is hard to stop. The East Bay Area was too far gone long ago. Ghost Ship marks the point of R.I.P. where people who live for the funk suddenly wake up and realize funk is highly flammable. Time to get a day job like a citizen or move to a city with funk you can afford. Yes, you kicked off the whole gentrification process somehow. The local real estate is now worth billions. The yuppies frolic in wealth.

Now you are evicted. Leave.

Yes, the ugly and ungrateful final stage of gentrification. The funky people throw up their hands, curse, and leave.

You know there is a robotics industry just starting to jell in Boston? Ten years from now who knows what could happen? And if trade actually kicks off with Cuba despite many obstacles and bumps ahead...maybe someplace in Florida is the next big thing...maybe Havana is the next big thing. But it sure ain't Oakland anymore.

There is an amazing amount of depressed real estate left over in Florida from the collapse of the housing market and Hurricane Katrina. Food for thought.


Things have a beginning, middle and just have to move on if you are lucky enough to live through the changes. And you, remember that cool little place we used to go? Sigh. Then you find the next cool little place. You kick off the next big thing.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

I was writing creatively and saying HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT those inspectors found in that den of finger-painting space cadet government cheese eaters, so be careful what you wish for before you demand release of information from the inspection. Who knows what kind of wierd fire hazards turned up...if the Ghost Ship is any indication with its mannequin hands reaching from the ceiling...pirate ship gang plank stairwell and let us not forget...

Condom chew toys.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

As a Roadie, security, and member of the community most easily described as 'punk', nationwide, as well as part of the underground/outsider arts community, and having lived in similar places, roughly 35 years now- and having volunteered at Burnt Ramen in the past- I just want to say that places like this have long provided safe haven and a sense of family to people who may not get it anywhere else. And when people say that Burnt Ramen saved their lives, it's not an exaggeration; these places are put together by people for people who's eclectic personalities are drawn together. This isn't a 'scene' that people get into, or even a lifestyle we choose. That may sound phoney and pretentious to some, but it certainly isn't meant to- and my point is: I've seen too many lives lost to suicide and addiction and have witnessed first hand these little communities save people from that crap. The streets are rough, and many of us don't survive them. It's not for you to judge whether blow up dolls are art or not, or what's a visual joke. What's misunderstood is often persecuted throughout history. This is a case where an accident- a tragedy in Oakland happened, and now politicians are 'cleaning up' neighborhoods in the guise of safety. But this is a straight attack in the name of gentrification. We are not your enemies. In fact, in many instances, we are there where a cracked house, or shooting gallery could have been. Better than being homeless- which is where many will end up.

Posted by Hammerin Josh Hanke on 12/21/2016 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

Conglomeration of blow up sex dolls? What on earth is Charles talking about?

Posted by Julia Johari on 12/21/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

But would you WANT those documents released? What on earth might be in those documents?

Um, Item #1, some kind of (this is hard to describe, see attached photo) conglomeration of blow up sex dolls with paint and attached ornaments, can't speculate about the artistic meaning but it is highly flammable and partially blocking the exit.

Item #2, piles of bedding, apparently waiting to be laundered, starting to grow black mold, health hazard.

Item #3...just see attached photo. Do not circulate photo, circulation of this photo may violate state laws.

And so forth and so forth.

Before you level criticism of information not being released, ask yourself if you really WANT what you're asking for?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Jack's Oyster Bar Shutters in Jack London Square

sad to see it close but the prices were too high for the amount of food you get.

Posted by Jeff San on 12/21/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

Tom Butt says he wants to "make sure the building is safe and code-conforming".

These are not the same things, and neither of these goals required Butt to send code enforcement to summarily evict people from their home at Christmas.

The City of Richmond won't release documents detailing exactly why this building, which has been inhabited safely for many years, can no longer be inhabited. This makes Tom Butt's statements about his motives highly suspect.

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

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Posted by Michael Blade on 12/20/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

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Re: “Was Operator of Oakland Warehouse Fire Venue 'Warned' of Safety Issues, 'Illegal' Construction, Danger?

Shelly Mack, I would urge you to preserve all emails, text messages, photos, documents from that time period. Including stuff like credit card statements which may help you remember. I have watched your interviews and you have been a great source of information.

You said you called police on that place...can you say when? What was said? Can you prove those calls with phone logs?

Preserve everything!!! This is not just a criminal incident but actual human history. I hope you are making yourself available to the prosecutor.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

How about what needs to happen is grow up and get a real job in a place you can afford to live? Stop whining about your art, your venues, your safe spaces...get a job that pays for a safe roof over your head,snowflakes.

Btw, EDM Digest just wrote that Chor Ng's property portfolio is worth 5 million total. Take that and divide by 36...give the lawyers 30 or 40 percent...

Guess what? Unless ONE LAW FIRM can manage to represent all 36 victims, there is no viable lawsuit here. City has immunity under California Tort Claims Act for any damages arising out of failure to inspect a building.

It would really be a strange day in California when 36 people die horribly in a fire and no lawyers want to sue anybody. But do the math.

Unless there is a game-changing insurance policy here. Haven't heard of any, yet.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Where to buy Christmas Tamales in the East Bay

good you did not give up any of our Eastside spots.The ones you mentioned are all good...but

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 12/19/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

@Phil Wolff
A victim of his own contribution to gentrification, you mean? There's always a beginning to every process. People tend to think gentrification begins with and ends with tech workers and condos.
Obviously it begins with punks, artists, and """community""" cafes.

Posted by Tibby Isherwood on 12/17/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

A semantic quibble...

You can have a waiting list for new employees when you pay enough. They'd be lined up with applications if you paid 2x, 3x, or 4x the minimum wage and keep each working a full 40 hour week. They'd be able to live well in Oakland.

Sadly, this would force you to boost the cost of already expensive meals beyond where you're competitive.

But it's not really that you can't afford to pay your workforce, it's that the cost of housing (which is an indirect cost you pay through wages) has risen too high. You're a business victim of Bay Area gentrification.

Posted by Phil Wolff on 12/17/2016 at 1:35 PM

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