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"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
TOO much business ?!? That's been a commercial block for decades. Vida's fish was on the corner for many years attracting people from all over Oakland. Wow. Heck the building across the street used to be a large Safeway store. TOO much business ?!??
Oakland just loves to close down small businesses. Just sad.
Way to punish success. They may have brought a lot of traffic, but nothing else really brings people all the way from SF to that block.
Another business potentially closing down thanks to the increase of the minimum wage in Oakland which Oakland voters are the ones to be blamed.
When ever in the bay area, I make my way here to eat. Hope it doesn't get pushed out.
I'm 65 years old, I remember my Noni taking me many times to the Genova delicatessen. One of my earliest memories was the pungent smell of salami and cheese. Also, playing on the sawdust floor! First Bancheros closes, now Genova, che triste.
I used to work at Genova as a young adult. Dominic and Julio taught me, and the other staff, work ethic that most businesses wouldn't have the patience or time to offer. This is bad for the neighborhood and Oakland as a whole. Keep Genova open!
In a different interview the manager states that due to the recent jump in minimum wage Genova can not afford any other increases in overhead. But this interview only says that higher rent will force them to close. If they are spread so thin by the new minimum wage that they can't absorb any other increases it seems unlikely they'll survive for long, even if the landlord decides to not raise their rent. Hope they can figure out a solution.
This is atrocious! We must fight!
I'm third generation Oakland and have been going to Genova since 1958. I still travel to Oakland to get ravs and a sandwich from my favorite deli from my home in Woodland. The greedy real estate folks are destroying the East Bay bit by bit. Hope common sense resurfaces at some point.
I've been patronizing Genoa for over 50 years. I grew up in that area and moved away almost 30 years ago. Live in clovis now and I make regular trips to the bay area just to go to this deli. THIS IS A TRAVESTY!!!
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