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Re: “The Bulimic Brain

The article left me feeling dismayed. I'm trying to recover on my own due to the fact of location, and no good resources around in the town I live in.

I'm glad I read the comments as well , the article has some amazing facts but ultimately left me feeling like I'll never be able to lead a normal life . Constantly thinking about my addiction. Thank you commenters , little bit of positivity at the end of a dark glummy tunnel .

Posted by April Love on 03/26/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Skate Or DIY: Why Is It So Damn Hard To Build A Skate Park In Oakland?

A few years back, a group of skateboarders started using a long concrete bench as a ledge in an Emeryville park around the corner from my job. At first I was a annoyed to see them scuffing things up in our brand new park, but then I saw that they were out there every day practicing their skills and filming each other in action.

I realized they were doing exactly what we say we want young people to do: get out in the fresh air and exercise, work together cooperatively, learn discipline, patience, and persistence, be independent. These are kids we should support and encourage with more spaces they can call their own.

Posted by Brenda Carter on 03/19/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Skate Or DIY: Why Is It So Damn Hard To Build A Skate Park In Oakland?

I founded the privately paid for Montclair Mini with help from K Dub, the vice mayor and other departments, in Montclair Park. Sadly, we had many in the community who did not want local skaters to have their own space to skate.
Despite this, we not only have a beautiful wooden halfpipe and we are planning a second phase. Excited to see more parks for the Oakland skate community!

Posted by Ferriel on 03/15/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Skate Or DIY: Why Is It So Damn Hard To Build A Skate Park In Oakland?

There is a legal skate park in this neighborhood already - the opposite end of the neighborhood - but still - Town Park at 18th near Poplar is legal and not that far - particularly if you are on wheels already...

Posted by Tia Barn on 03/14/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

The above citizen is misinformed. Data shows that most undocumented immigrants enter the U.S. for many of the reasons that our ancestors risked immigrating to the U.S.--for opportunities for themselves and their children. The proportion of those being arrested do NOT HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS.
Some of those who are detained are LEGAL RESIDENTS (See Express Article, "Ambushed" by Darwin Bond Graham, Jan. 11-18, 2017 Express. There is no THEY. . . These are working people--holding 2-3 jobs, and Contra Costa made $4.4 million a yuear since 2012 by incarcerating federal immigration detainees--people who are held for long periods in unheated cells. Join the vigil in Richmond TODAY. COUNTER THE HATE WITH INFORMATION--NOT
MISINFORMATION! KY, Oakland, CA. aged 72.

Posted by Ky Nardina on 03/11/2017 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Why Black Students Are Avoiding UC Berkeley

I have 2 sons, graduates of UC Berkeley & Princeton, respectively. An Ivy League education opens doors that a Berkeley education does not. Plus, several of the Ives (& Stanford) offer 'no loan' generous financial packages to all their students, regardless of race.
A black student admitted to one of those schools would have to either be crazy or scared to leave home to not take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity.
As a Cal graduate myself, I can say that Cal has always been very hard on their students. It's like a 'survival test'.
On the other hand, a school like Princeton goes out of their way to provide an encouraging environment for their students.
Cal needs to admit the next level of black students and give them good support. They aren't going to win the top black students in a bidding war with Harvard. Face it.

Posted by sparkytillie on 03/10/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

This well researched article is truly heartbreaking and even more so when you realize that all these unconstitutional shennanigans were happening under our constitutional lawyer president.
I hope folks that read this will support AB6 and SB3. Those bills, because they have a price tag, will have trouble making it through the leg much less getting our stingy governor's signature.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/09/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

I am catching up on these articles now or would have commented sooner. With Fire Dept personnel earning upwards of $350K plus annually, more with benefits and overtime, there is NO excuse for not getting the job of running the department DONE. Some of the city salaries are ridiculously high where others (like teachers) are ridiculously low (and yes I know OUSD is a separate budget but these are city employees of a sort). Something must be done to address this disparity. I fully understand the inherent dangers of fire and police work but enough is enough. No wonder the city doesn't have money for other important projects, paying salaries like these.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

they unlawfully enter the country, then commit crimes, get convicted and want to stay here.
How can there be any question as to the fact they will still be in the country unlawfully?
They have to go back.

Posted by alan stirling detroit on 03/08/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

Joseph Esherick is also credited for Wurster Hall's design, with Vernon DeMars and Don Olsen. Good, playful piece -- those of us who spent years either studying or working in a brutalist building, for me that's Wurster Hall, particularly will appreciate the cognitive dissonance that brutalist structures create in their inhabitants. I love/hate Wurster Hall, and there certainly not enough character spaces for me to tell you the many ways. However it remains the Jungian archetype of architectural building form -- forever imprinted in my subconscious as a beautiful, evocative, leaky, cold space. As I write, I think of all nighters at the drafting board almost three decades ago, and really want an espresso from Strada (Roma). I will be curious to see what happens to Campi's celestial wonder, the old BAMPFA, a seismically challenged structure (google "non-ductile concrete"). Campi took his inspiration for the building from the heavens.

Posted by L. Sullivan on 03/08/2017 at 4:52 AM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

This article could have expanded the conversation about concrete architecture and it's place in the context of the broader american culture. Post war america was all about racism, white privilege and the celebration of engineering as the solution to everything. The booming companies were Bechtel and Kaiser engineering.The architecture had no sensitivity to the natural environment or the experience of people in or around these buildings. Design was seemingly an afterthought. Even Safeway stores were trademarked by the expansive concrete panels around the perimeter. Similarly, in those times, America was building massive concrete freeways that both served the new all white suburbs and destroyed urban communities all across the country to get those folks to work. The TV shows of the day (Leave it to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke, Ozzie and Harriet) were reflective of a world filled with comfortable happy white people. People of color in America were invisible or at least an afterthought. That is not the America of today, whose culture is a mosaic of ethnicity in food, music, fashion and language. I doubt that this type of a design approach to architecture would ever again be embraced or even tolerated.

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/07/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

It's Seventh Street in West Oakland, not Seventh Avenue. Liked the article!

Posted by Katie Hart on 03/05/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

Good subject. Embarrassing writing style. What are you in high school?

Posted by Tom Limecooler on 03/03/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

OK, multiple issues here;
1.) Landlord/tenant disputes amplified by size of his holdings and shady practices.

2.) separate issue of how he got the holdings.

In issue one, there are very clean practices for how to deal with "I didn't get the letter/check". It costs about 3 dollars to send them certified. They have to sign or refuse delivery. No if's ands or buts on deliveries. And an eviction court will crucify them for a refusal. Of course they can claim there was no check, but a photocopy of the check or money order will usually deal with that.

Handing the office manager a letter is sure recipe for disaster, no matter HOW satisfying it is. I grew up very poor. This is how the war with these jerks is won. Let an unbiased, third party be your testimony (the post office). Don't make it your word. I know, your word is good. like it or not, the post office receipt is better.

Issue two; Too many of his co-conspirators have plead guilty. If the prosecution is half on the ball, they flip some of them into testifying against. This looks exactly like what RICO was intended for and can strip him naked.

And onto the third, unmentioned issue. While it MAY not apply here (and I'm not saying it doesn't... No one seems to have done the investigation to follow the money for this set of facts) the absolute largest landlords in the country today are hedge funds. And they've turned rent checks into financial investment instruments.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/28/2017 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Where is the sympathy for the person looking for an apartment, who can afford to pay MARKET rent and can't find one? We go to the market and buy food at the price labelled on the shelves, we buy gas at the pump price, but all of a sudden we want rents to be below the market "for us" because we live there and for no one else. Cities are living things and if they can't organically grow they die.

Posted by stan miller on 02/27/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Something does not compute?? How can they get a sale if the property is this bad? Who would buy it? I have another take. I've bought property with squatters and I call the police and they say it's "a civil matter" and I have to go to court and evict them. Then the squatters or tenants who just stop paying go to Legal Aid and legal aid says they want a JURY trial. My lawyer says a JURY trial will cost $15,000. Then legal aid says, "we want our clients to stay 3 months at no rent, dismiss any back rent and seal the case (so they don't have a record and can do it again). If you are people of good will and not ideologues you should sit down with a landlord who operates in depressed areas (not the techie areas) and see the reality. My buildings are spotless, I have a 24 hour number for emergencies, I have regular maintenance and pest eradication, but have a lot of trouble evicting people who stop paying rent for one reason or another.

Posted by stan miller on 02/27/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Sometimes a foreclosure never gets to a courthouse auction. A guy on our block bought a house with two mortgages and now down in 2005. Soon he let it lapse into default. Then he persuaded the bank to accept a short sale -- which he rigged. He and his real estate agent refused to let anyone see the place and make an offer, except the partner in the scam. He bought it for a pittance, let the guy live in it for several years, and then they sold the house and split the profits. While the guy lived there, he was a complete nuisance to the neighborhood, right up to a federal ATF raid on the marijuana grow in the garage.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 02/27/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Community Fund LLC owns many properties like 408 Tennessee Street in Vallejo California. That particular one they just bought for $225,100 about 5 months ago and they already have it listed for sale for over $450,000. It is filled with squatters who are destroying it and terrorizing the neighbors. The police go about once a week and get them out but they go right back in. The police say the owners are not doing enough to secure the property and that the police aren't the property owners private patrol. The property is in much worse condition and the owners are not concerned at all with the welfare or safety for anyone. The City of Vallejo, other cities, the State of California, and the Federal Government should all document the properties these companies own and ensure they stop allowing the drug dens, prostitution homes, gang member havens etc these alleged racketeering scammers are operating or allowing. It's quite possible they are also collecting money from the drug lords who are also renting rooms out to squatters, prostitutes, etc in many of these properties like this. There should be a huge class action lawsuit by all neighbors of their properties as well. I'd love to be contacted if/when this happens and might be starting one myself if I don't find one soon.

Posted by Scott Brown on 02/27/2017 at 6:21 PM

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