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Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

No one is going to miss you Barbara there.

Posted by Robert Hope on 01/15/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

She's right on the nose with everything.

Posted by Donnell Moses on 01/15/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Issues Order Intended to Improve Safety of Unpermitted Housing While Avoiding Displacement

Bill H raises the salient equation: Who pays for rehabilitating Oakland?

I suggest we take our cue from commonsense (and Tom Paine, while we're at it (Agrarian Justice)).

Land values belong to the community, not to those who nominally own one and another plots of nature. Tax land values heavily, and the owners of land will get that land into use quickly. The rent for the structure will pay for the rehabilitation; meanwhile the land value rents won't go to the mere landlord, they'll be a pass-through from renter through landlord and back to the community where they'll pay for streets, fire protection, and other social services. Renters will get what they pay for: safe, secure housing and work space (the building rent) AND public infrastructure (the land value rent).

And, all that rehabilitating of Oakland's buildings will employ scads of people!

Posted by David Giesen on 01/15/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

I send her all our Aloha from Hawaii!!!

Posted by Terry Aguiar on 01/14/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

Henry Wade
Still holding out hope? Well stop. It's over! The liberals are parched and dying as they claw through an unending desert of denial. And for the next four years, the Hand of God will be dry.So you may want to save a precious swallow or two.

Posted by Henry Wade on 01/13/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

Questions:

-What if the building is hazardously noncompliant with building codes b/c of the actions of the tenant, and the tenant is unresponsive to requests by the land-lord? Do they still get paid to leave? (If not, great way to extort).

-What if the tenant is richer than the landlord? (Even greater way to distort).

-What happens in the case of commercial warehouses that are zoned commercial (no variances) and a tenant illegally subleases. When & if the landlord finds this out, will the subtenants still be given protection, and the landlord still forced to pay illegal tenants to move?

I'm guessing/hoping not, but given our reactionary City and how general the article is written it makes it sound like no matter the condition all tenants will be protected, even if they're illegal and even if it violates zoning.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/13/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Barbara Lee is extremely disillusioned on the subject of Russia interfering with the election. The entire intelligence community report is nothing more than baseless accusations and conjecture at best. There is no hard evidence of Russia interfering. No recorded conversations from the Kremlin to hackers and no digital forensics released on the hacking. The report even says and I quote
"Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.
They assess that russia interfered. This is not the same standard as proof that they interfered. This is more "weapons of mass destruction" fairtale like stories to mislead the public and make us less resistant to a future confrontation with Russia.
Oh and those sr intelligence serve at the pleasure of the president and they are non elected officials who do and are not suppose to make policy.

Posted by WOakcitizen on 01/13/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Barbara Lee boycotts for me!

Posted by admittedidealist on 01/13/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Well, JIM MZT
Rep. B. Lee is courageous person with a moral compass to distinguish between corruption and lies

Posted by cinderella on 01/12/2017 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Issues Order Intended to Improve Safety of Unpermitted Housing While Avoiding Displacement

The reason people live in improvised in law apts and warehouses is because it's cheap and that's all they can afford. The warehouses are only fire traps when you have huge parties in them.
I don't know how the city of Oakland thinks the owners of these properties can afford to bring them in compliance without raising the rents on the existing tenants. The owners are small time not the full time developers with lots of capital. My guess is once they get red flagged by the city and get a few 100-200 thousand dollar bids from contractors they'll just board up the place.
Another big big problem is the Oakland building department. Thy are EXTREMLY difficult and expensive to work with. If you haven't learned personally find out what they're all about by researching past EBX issues concerning the tiny fence a man tried to build on Yosemite St. off Broadway.

Posted by bill h on 01/12/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

I agree with Steve. Once again in Oakland, it's ready, shoot, aim. The goal is not to make it comfortable for tenants living in dangerous, illegal, non permitted living spaces to relocate. The goal should be to make spaces where people live safe, as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The path to compliance depends on the goal. Having owners pay people to move out of illegal housing does not provide owner incentive or focus capital on solving the safety problems. Moreover, this proposal does not absolve the city of it"s legal exposure should someone else be killed. That exposure is brought on by it's incompetence and failure to inspect and require compliance with building and fire codes after having knowledge of violations. At the end of the day, it will be the City, with it's deep pockets, not the property owners who will ultimately pay the price of forthcoming lawsuits.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/12/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Her absence will be celebrated. She is a piece of s--t.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 01/12/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Issues Order Intended to Improve Safety of Unpermitted Housing While Avoiding Displacement

Those bullet points need a copyedit. Are they Schaaf's or the Express transcription? Neener-neener readers want to know...

Posted by Jonathan King on 01/12/2017 at 12:11 AM

Re: “Anne Kirkpatrick Picked to Lead Oakland Police. Here's What We Know About Her.

I saw that in your link to the Chicago questionnaire (thank you for it). That Kirkpatrick attributes Broken Windows theory to Bratton's success is troublesome (if not outright wrong) based on the exhaustive study by UC Berkeley Professor Zimring.

I could not read your link to the WSJ article without a subscription. That Bratton is associated with it or supports it does not mean he used it. Regardless it is not just whether one supports a theory generally, but how one applies it. As Bratton said before on a separate but related topic, the key is whether it's done constitutionally that is important.

Recall that besides ushering modern policing in with Compstat (created by Jack Maple), which uses the statistics of crime hot spots and not subjective, biased policing, Bratton did more to clean up LAPD than any other Chief before him (including firing top commanders... not exactly popular at the time within the department).

Zimring also documents that the decrease in crime in NYC under Bratton actually decreased the # of people sent to jail. And thus a decrease in long-term criminalization.

Bratton is not the buggy man that many on the far left fear. Indeed his conscience as a moderate willing to do things constitutionally, and actively engage the African American community, is one of the reasons he parted ways with Giuliani.

Back to the original point, there is no way Oakland can institute Broken Windows anyway...it simply doesn't have the manpower.

Hotspot Policing with effective Compstat is a goal that can be achieved...along with Constitutional policing under the reform efforts, and supported by holistic Ceasefire.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/11/2017 at 8:58 PM

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)

The NFL, MLB, and NBA will never allow a franchise to move to Las Vegas. If the MLB will never reinstate Pete Rose for gambling, what makes anyone think a major sports team would have a green light around some of our country's most corrupt gambler's ? Too risky, and I don't mean just player gambling involvement. Just the fact that Vegas draws a criminal element which could gain inside access to said franchise. It doesn't make sense on any front.

Posted by Keith S. Hermann on 01/11/2017 at 8:13 PM
Posted by Homeless Gouch on 01/11/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

i cried all day and night my people are suffering. and in each day i see people in jai mata sunlight kingdom, i wonder if this goddess could be the goddess of earth. the way thousands of people going to her kingdom for solutions to their problems that's how thousands of people on the internet... and lots of people sharing their testimonies and people praise her they call names some call her the mother of love. before i contact her for help, i didn't believe at the first place...i said it's can't be that it is a scam but when i fought with my husband and we were being separated for almost a year and that, she told me after i told her my problems that alone, gives me the proves i need for contacting her. when she talks, she talks like the way my mother would talk to me with that alone makes me to love so very much...i see the mother of love in her because anytime i am talking to with her i feel like a child receiving advise from the mother feel so safe with her i had to go up to my mail to review her email SUNLIGHTMATA@GMAIL.COM. then i save it on my phone so anywhere i can always mail her....now, my question to you maybe if you have already contacted her or you want to contact her what is that problem that you think it is finish there is no solution to it? what is it?? well, i am gladly and boldly to tell you that there is a solution to it and that. there is no problem with a solution. contact her on her email i assure you, you will get the solution to your problem in the jai sunlight kingdom
thanks to you goddess sunlight for you goodness
willas mills"

Posted by Angela Nat on 01/11/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

Kaplan, RU NUTS!!! $8,000!!! That will cause more rentals to be sold, removed from the housing markets!!! The city council needs to get real. I found two vacant lots for sale, both about $5,000 sqft. on not so great steets. One selling for $448,888.00 & the other $1,100,000.00!!! That is the reality in Oakland & the Bay Area!!! If you are looking for affordable lots or housing look to other states!!! Oh, those lots at one time would have sold for around $20,000 tops!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 01/11/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Gunfight on Broadway Interrupts Oakland Council Committee Meeting

There has to be video of the shooting with all the cell phones in the area. A car licence plate etc.

Posted by Paul Merr on 01/11/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Gunfight on Broadway Interrupts Oakland Council Committee Meeting

Years of incidents like this one are one reason why Clorox moved 700 employees out of its downtown building a few years ago. Hey, burglaries in the neighborhoods are fine, but this downtown stuff is bad for business! Oakland - one of the half dozen most crime-plagued cities in the country. (P.S.: The Oakland poverty rate is the same or less than many much safer cities.)

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/10/2017 at 8:40 PM

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