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Re: “Letters for the Week of August 27, 2014

@James Fenton - The solution is clearly for you to move to the soulless wasteland known as Walnut Creek. Nothing out there anyway.

Posted by JJ Noire on 08/28/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

The real issue is fairness. As bad as Oakland's Rent Law is, it must be applied equitably for everyone, in all situations. In Mr Sherman's case, the two instances are totally unrelated. Owners never fail to point out when a tenant misses a deadline -- even by minutes -- and therefore lose their right to protest even the most exhoribant rent increase. Owners also know that given tenants lack of knowledge and awareness of Oakland's arcane rent law, it is owners responsibility to provide to tenants an information sheet -- provided by the City. Owners also know that the Rent Board is notoriously ignorant and ineffective in analyzing and properly applying the law's provisions, and regularly take advantage of this weakness. Exemption of a covered unit from the Rent Law is forever, and therefore an extremely serious determination. Exemptions are not automatic, but must be applied for, and the total burden is on the owner to prove that the building meets all the qualifications for exemption. In the Sherman case, both the Hearing Officer and the Rent Board failed in their 'due diligence' obligations, and consequently, performed a terrible injustice both to Mr Sherman and the City's Rent Program.

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Posted by James Vann on 08/28/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Broken Promises of Oakland Foods Co

FWIW, I happened to drive by there yesterday and they have a sign up that they now accept WIC. With luck that will enable more people to shop there and maybe bring back some of the jobs; the delay in the paperwork processing has, by many accounts, kept a lot of would-be shoppers away.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 08/28/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Transparency's Unlikely Foe

Unions in general have long been considered a force for progress, but they are becoming just another special interest group. They support dumb, wasteful projects like the Central Subway in San Francisco and the high-speed rail project just because they provide jobs for their members, not because they are good way to invest taxpayers' money. And they will also abuse CEQA when they think it serves their interests:
http://unionwatch.org/petaluma-city-counci…

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 08/28/2014 at 12:00 PM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

Yes, the ORB process was flawed and Moroz seems pretty unethical, but when you get a $15k rent discount, not due to substandard conditions, but thanks to a simple technicality... expect your landlord to hate your guts. They provided you a service at a fair rate for twenty-five years, and you went and effed them on a technicality. So guess what -you effed yourself. Use that free $15k to go buy something pretty.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/28/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Bloom and Doom

Fascinating.

Posted by Brian S Jolenga on 08/28/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

One hopes Mr. Schoonmaker advised his client of the probability of these consequences as he encouraged said client to hold up landlords who had treated him well for a big payday. Otherwise, the bar association might do well to take an interest here.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 08/28/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “All You Can Handle

I detest fast food and fast food restaurants, but I have a secret passion for McDonald's hash browns. It's embarassing, but now I don't feel quite so bad.

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Posted by Michele Nelson on 08/27/2014 at 11:38 PM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

The tenant made his bed by trying to take advantage of a loophole, now he can lie in it.

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Posted by Kyle Hislar on 08/27/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Washington's Legal Weed Market Gaining Momentum; $38 Grams in Vancouver

WA state officials have admitted that their cap on cultivation will result in a supply only 25% of (estimated) demand; combine that with a ridiculously high tax burden, and the "black" market isn't going anywhere anytime soon, especially with not allowing for personal growing outside of medical. Welcome to "prohibition lite".

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Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/27/2014 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Obamacare and Immigration

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Posted by Editor on 08/27/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Just Say Yes: Marijuana Use Radically Cuts Deaths from Pill Overdoses

There's also another way to interpret these findings; starting with the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission report of 1894, it has been established that denial of access to cannabis promotes use of other, more dangerous psychoactives, like alcohol (the real "gateway effect"). So it may be that people using opioids for "recreation" are substituting a safer, less debilitating - and probably cheaper - alternative, cannabis. Either way, it's a win-win from a public health and safety standpoint; too bad cannabis prohibition isn't about public health or safety ... !

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Posted by Miles Monroe on 08/27/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Transparency's Unlikely Foe

Thank you for bringing this to light.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 08/27/2014 at 9:52 AM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

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Posted by Editor on 08/27/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control

The landlords raised rent in accordance with allowable increases. From a cost perspective, the effect on the tenant's rent is the same whether they informed the tenant with the exact paperwork the rent board wants them to use or not. He didn't want the increases, saw an opportunity, and tried to extract payment from them. Once the tenant filed his case on the technicalities, they had no alternative but to protect themselves and get into the details of how the regulations all work. This would lead them to discover the possibility for exclusion from rent control, which they filed for and received from the Board. Had he simply asked them for the proper rent increase paperwork in the first place, he would most likely have gotten it. But he went adversarial, even though he was not being gouged. It is interesting that while this article explains the rent was not being raised more than it should have been, it still manages to portray the landlords in an unfavorable light. A bias in the premise, perhaps?

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Posted by Tim Frank on 08/27/2014 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Magic in the Moonlight

I musn't, tired of everything about him and his phony characters.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 08/26/2014 at 11:41 PM

Re: “An Oakland Chef Makes His Reality TV Debut

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Posted by Editor on 08/26/2014 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brick Buildings Fared Badly in Napa Quake; 75% of Oakland Residents Back Minimum Wage Hike

This is a clear reminder that there always is the BIG ONE just around the corner and we don't know when or where it is going to strike!

We have to be prepared and make sure to keep an earthquake kit in our home, car, and office. Water, Food, Good Shoes, and several hundred dollars cash are just a few essentials !! I put together my own kit years ago that I update once a year, throwing out expired items.

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If you don't want to build a kit yourself, I recommend checking out this company Preppi. They make awesome earthquake kits with everything you need for 72-hours after a quake.

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Posted by lindsey watson on 08/26/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Video: Fox News Astonished that Boots Riley is a Communist

Cleveland's Fox 8 ≠ "Fox News"

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Posted by Harlan Dietz on 08/26/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

My father is 90, mother 85. They got a call from service champ master out of oakland ca. To clean their vents. They had told my mother and even myself it would be 40 dollars, no hidden charges. My mother called and said they had her write a check for 675 dollars. She wrote 4 checks before she even got it almost right. Then also signed them up for a 10 yr maintence agreement????
Be ware of this company.

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Posted by Diana Heller on 08/26/2014 at 1:51 PM

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