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Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

@Anika, that is simply not true. Rent control is NOT stopping landlords from making repairs, greed is.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Thank you Darwin!
I knew it---the city is culpable. But do the victims of this fire have any recourse? When do the lawsuits begin? The Oakland city government is a nest of vipers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Best of luck in your new ventures! Thanks for the wealth of tips, including so many curiosity piquers in this final issue, and for putting so many deserving businesses in the spotlight.

Posted by hyperbowler on 03/30/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland's Most Delicious Neighborhood

Luke, you have just broken the seal! I have always wanted to see a comprehensive guide to Oakland Chinatown for both restaurants and the markets. I've been putting a list together myself but I think a project like that would need a full team. Are you interested in putting one together?

Posted by Sim Peyron on 03/30/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

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

Posted by Anika Brown 1 on 03/30/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “What to Do When ICE Raids Your Restaurant

Key, to date there has been no ice raid or other enforcement. The media and politicians are creating histeria around this issue. Sure find a few cases across the US and make it sound like every neighborhood is involved. The politicians should work on solving the problem instead of exploiting it or just bashing the current regime.

Posted by Rich Davis on 03/30/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

Good work Nick. ABInBev's history of despicable business practices is remarkable. There Southern CA distributors were fined just last month for pay-to-play draft beer placements.

Posted by Sayre Piotrkowski on 03/30/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

There is no question that this historically significant building should not be demolished. A concrete cap as a solution to site contamination is a 50 year old, cheap fix that should not be an option in this case. If any company in America has the resources to save the building and clean up the site, it is General Electric. In addition, the potential importance of this building's retention to a long neglected neighborhood is also significant. Given new investment by AC Transit of the BRT project along International Blvd, adaptive reuse of this iconic building is a rare opportunity. Beyond that, I am confused by the City process and question why this is before the Planning Commission without any replacement project to consider. In order to demolish the building, I believe that local codes require that the replacement use of the site is a factor to be considered prior to issuance of a demolition permit. Beyond that, demolition of this important building would be a significant impact under CEQA. In order to approve the EIR, the city will need to adopt an SOC (Statement of Overriding Consideration). In order to adopt the SOC, the city will need to find that the public benefit of approving the "project" (demolition of the building) outweighs the benefit of retaining the resource. I don't know how you can make that finding without evaluating some reuse of the site. Without a replacement project to consider, the city and GE would be open to legal challenge of the environmental document.

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/30/2017 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Home Decorating for the Transient

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Posted by Matthew Norton on 03/30/2017 at 2:39 AM

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

Thank you for highlighting one of the gems of Oakland (and well deserved). We shop there weekly. The owners have done a lot of work to revitalized that part of town.

Posted by GK on 03/30/2017 at 1:13 AM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

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.
http://beergardensacramento.com/

Posted by Sean Derfield on 03/30/2017 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Oh goodness you will be missed!
Best of luck with your new gig!
Where can a bay area native with a master's in creative writing and a deep love of all things epicurean apply for your position?

Posted by Jessica Stone on 03/30/2017 at 12:29 AM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

The design of this proposal does not fit into the feel and the look of this neighborhood.
Shipping containers should not be allowed to house a business of this size,
especially a brewery and a restaurant.
The proposal looks cheap and industrial, not a good fit in our area.
There will be a big impact in our neighborhood because of the noise
that a brewery of this size will bring. There will be noise from operating the
brewery and the restaurant, from constant day & night deliveries, noise from the need to
clean the facility, inside and out. Customers will no doubt cause late
night noise to the surrounding residences, as the present restaurants/bars
in the area already do. Parking for residents will be severely impacted, we have
been terribly impacted with the restaurants already here.We recently had an armed car high jacking,
we believe caused because the driver could not find parking!
There will be noise from the added trash and recycling pick-up that this business. will cause. This establishment will cause there to be an awful smell in the area from the beer brewing process. Outdoor alcohol will be available and Tech HS
is just 2 blocks away, as are 2 other schools, and
Thunder Road, the drug re-hab
residence is DOWN THE BLOCK from this proposed business.
Does this make sense? Does it?
NO!
We do not need more alcohol served
in our small area here on/near 40th Street/Manila Ave. There are several businesses
in the area already serving alcohol and food. The noise, litter problems,
& parking problems from these business is bad enough! Our quality of life
in this area is being further degraded due to these concerns.
Planners should not permit this type of business in this spot in the Temescal.
Enough is enough. Friends, write to Rebecca Lind at rlind@oaklandnet.com. before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.
referring case #PLN17004 and tell her YOUR concerns for such an awful business made of shipping containers in our neighborhood.
Ellen Gierson, Oakland
a close neighbor of this disastrous project

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 03/29/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Leavening the Resistance: Reem's Brings Traditional Arab Bakery to Oakland's Fruitvale

Looking forward to visiting you and J at your shop! Congratulations!

Posted by Nick Yapor-Cox 1 on 03/29/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

can't say we are not experiencing change in the east bay. we have moved from a 'melting pot' to a 'medical pot'. apparently, cannabis is not all bad.

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/29/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “The Anti-Sheep Mentality of Alameda's Mama Papa Lithuania

Ok, this is a good write up. I'll add here, the restaurant is cozy, the staff are kind, and the food is quite delicious. If you have an opportunity to go, then make sure you do.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/29/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

One correction -- the building that remains on the site is NOT the old KGO studio building. Check out the discussion in the Oakland Now Facebook group, especially the Sanborn map excerpt posted in this comment.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4389238429…

Posted by Neal A. Parish on 03/29/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

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!!!!

Posted by Cuteness Owens on 03/29/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

Sadly most people who talk about solving the homeless problem know little about its cause. 90% of the time its drug abuse and mental instability. Which is different than just lack of affordable housing.

Posted by bill h on 03/29/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

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.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:28 PM

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