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"We've always been at war with EBALDC."
(Also, nearly all groceries are sales tax exempt; it's probably not the biggest source of tax leakage to Emeryville.)
No matter what the condition of the lot, they don't have the right to take property that does not belong to them. Allowing this leads the way to someone taking over your home/land because they want it for themselves. I'm sure these squatters would not like if I drove off in their car (supposing they actually own one) or if I took over their home for myself. This is pure and simple trespass and disturbing the city allows it.
Oh I miss bagels. And like this guy, close is not good enough. If these are as good as the review, I want some! Please expand, offer online buying and shipping, so a southern girl can get some! I'll order some right away!
I resent the owners of Genova playing on the sentiments of residents this way because they're too cheap to pay higher rent and they chose not to convert the building they own on Bway and 47th to full retail.
This is not the same as residential tenants getting forced to move by rent hikes. That is a brutal economic and social situation that needs our urgent attention and that of our elected officials. Genova's closing is not.
The same owners had plenty of chances to buy a property on Telegraph before this for relatively cheap but chose to invest their money elsewhere. If they want us to believe they can't afford the higher rent or pay the paltry Oakland minimum wage and sick leave benefit, then they should show us their financials.
The only injustice here is to the employees, many of whom are too old and unskilled, to get a decent replacement job.
I've been a customer for 35 years. I'll need to find a new source for ravioli and Bruno's peppers, but I'll manage somehow.
Len Raphael, CPA
Sad to hear they're permanently closed. So far, this is the best Vietnamese restaurant, with the best Bun Mam dish (from SF to SJ).
Ditto was Zach wrote above! The food is excellent! Hearty servings, beautifully prepared, and the price can't be beat for such high quality, delicious food. The kids are friendly and quite professional. It's a great program all around!
I can confirm from multiple experiences that the food is, in fact, delicious.
I've always felt really sad when landmarks and long-standing establishments get abolished or closed down because of things like this . I'm late to read this is but I hope it went well.
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I tried to go there today, and was so sad to see it empty. I am visiting from Chicago, and make a point of going there since my nephew brought me there a few years back when he was a student in the area. I don't have the heart to tell him-- other family members that visited it just LOVED the place. We had no idea it was such a landmark. I'll be here for awhile longer and will try the kwik way menu, but it was such a great place-- perfect for the space.
Same kind of stuff is happening in Chicago, as TIFF funds are given away to expensive grocery companies to put in a grocery store, in a so called "blighted" area , that so happens to be 3 blocks from the busiest Amtrak and Metra stations in our Downtown area. It's a blatant misuse of funds-- at the corporate to pol level- so depressing.
Cici Beckett, Chicago
This sounds like a wonderful way for the Oakland community to come together to build solidarity and success for released people of incarceration.
This is awesome. The Kitchen of Champions program at the Oakland St. Vincent de Paul provides clean tech and chef's training and certificates, and there is a partnership between Canticle Farms and Planting Justice on food security, restorative justice and prison re-entry. Good partners to leverage what look to be considerable resources. Good work! I'm happy to help :)
Really sad. I loved this place and the family was amazing.
"After that, Reiff will write a draft of the actual ordinance, which he hopes will be ready to be reviewed by the planning commission in late April or May. From there, the law would need to be discussed at two city council meetings before getting passed into law." This is Oakland city council speak for "don't hold your breath."
Thanks for good reporting on this issue. Unfortunately Portland's mobile food scene just got the news that the areas in downtown where they have been setting up on a semi-permanent basis will be new mixed use developments and they will need to revise the regulations to be able to sell in the public right of way, much as Oakland's proposed new regulations promise. See http://www.foodcartsportland.com. Changes like this mean that we need to get it right in Oakland more than ever, especially since these regulations might not ever be looked at again for 10 years. A blanket ban on alcohol sales at food pods (which SF and other cities do not have) is ridiculously restrictive. A compromise might be that any food pod that has been operating successfully without complaints for 6 months could apply to sell beer and wine. Those applications could be considered on a case by case basis, as the police dept and ABC already do at present for events. Also, the Latham Square restriction in downtown. Based on reaction to a failed food pod there years ago when a couple of local restaurants were threatened by a once a week lunch pod. I’m sure the Downtown BID weighed in with this overly restrictive clause. The seating and large walk-by traffic is exactly the reason why this is a perfect location for an individual truck or group pod once a week. Don’t let 2 sandwich shops who need to get their own game up preclude this perfect location for the next 10 years.
I live in Asheville NC (Western North Carolina Smokey Blue Ridge Mts) and there isn't a decent gluten free bagel anywhere, oddly enough. This community is a GREAT TOWN for your product. What are the chances of getting is here? or ordering online?
I worked at Genova for a few years in my early 20's. Julio and Dominic taught me, and the rest of the younger folks on the staff, work ethic that we would need to succeed. Keep Genova open. It's neighborhood andOakland staple.
I closed TOUCH storefront in Montclair Village after 9 years. I served on the Montclair Village Adsociation and advocated in making rent rates publicly posted to assure that tenants paid fair rates.
There are so few landlords that own the commercial properties in the village which makes it difficult to negotiate. Many of them had inherited the property and don't even live in California. a their interests are only in collecting rents.
I pressed to have the association create a page on the website that not only listed vacancies, but included current rent fees along with needed desirable businesses to help the village and its businesses.
Montclair shopping districts lacks efficient public transportation deterring to attract non-driving folks from other Oakland neighborhoods to seek employment or shop the district.
Small businesses are losing
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