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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

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

We still call it "Pusan Market"

Posted by Richard Chen on 03/29/2017 at 2:21 PM

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

Oakland does not have a comprehensive, up-to-date public safety plan.

Public safety, and the planning for it, includes having policies that prevent citizens from being injured or killed in a fire.

Oakland's Mayor campaigned with a promise to create a public safety plan in her first 100 days.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/29/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The East Bay’s Lao Restaurant Community Embraces Its ‘Lao-ness’

Laotian food is amazing --herbal, fresh, pungent, spicy, complex. I've had it in Laos, Thailand, and here. Vientiane Kitchen is my favorite place in the Bay Area. The mok ba there is delicious as is their sai ooa

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “The Curious History of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Veggie Combo

Thank you for having a list of unique dishes available. As much as I love Ethiopian food I found that restaurants tend to offer the same dishes. It all tastes and looks the same. Some of it better than others of course. Cafe Colucci puts various hummus-like toppings on their salads, which taste fantastic. I think if Ethiopian restaurants would offer more unique, non-typical dishes I would eat there more often. Bay Area diners are adventurous! Take advantage of this!.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/29/2017 at 2:05 PM

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

For those interesting in commenting on this application, write to Zoning Case Planner Rebecca Lind at rlind@oaklandnet.com before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.

Please note that the intrusion of national corporate interests into competition with truly locally owned microbreweries, while a legitimate concern, is an issue that the zoning codes do *not* address and staff cannot take into consideration in their decision making. Other cities (i.e., San Francisco) have some controls on chain businesses, but while several neighborhoods have been raising this issue since the 1980s, there has to date not been action from Oakland's city council on this issue.

Concerned neighbors need to talk about the design (Ick! Cheezy use of shipping containers, and the most garish colors of the '80s in the proposed paint job!), and neighborhood impacts: noise from customers; noise from operations, including end of the day cleanup of outside areas (blowers or other mechanical means?); hours of operations; traffic; parking (peak staff is projected to be 32! They are not saying how many customers can fit in!); time and frequency of garbage pickup (what kind of garbage is generated by 1) the restaurant function and 2) the brewing? I have no familiarity with the brewing process. Are there spent hops like grape skins from winemaking? What volume? Do they smell?); frequency and hours for recycling pick up; alcohol control where there is such a short fence, outdoor alcohol, and a major bus transfer point in front for Oakland Tech High School students; litter control for the block; where deliveries will be made and what hours; how they will keep people from dropping off/picking up customers in the bus stop; and any other impacts you can think of.

These concerns can all be addressed in Conditions of Approval for the project. As to the chain business issue? Tell your councilmember you want controls in the zoning codes.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 03/29/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “In Praise of Oakland’s Koreana Plaza

Man you all are giving up all the Towns stuff, and now you got a chump from Hayward giving it up too. Oh Lawd why do we get all these losers?? That is the coolest place for a quick lunch, fresh fish, and good soups..the ramen comment is cool but the parking lot is going to be far worse, and that part of Tele has those stupid bike lanes so it drags through there...us neighbors love Koreana Plaza!!

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 03/29/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Thank you Luke!

Posted by Tim Huey on 03/29/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

No! You have been great and we need more voices like yours. For you food from non-European origins wasn't "exotic" and you demonstrated a true connection and appreciation of real peoples' food. You will be missed.

Posted by Sherri Rita on 03/29/2017 at 12:26 PM

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

The Cities and Counties should not allow a property in disrepair be sold! They should levy fines on the owners until the property is fixed. It is not unusual for the City to take control of a slum property and/or put pressure on the owner to repair it.

Posted by Anita Wills on 03/29/2017 at 12:13 PM

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

If you have thoughts about this site, the city is accepting comments on the draft EIR until 4 pm April 11. Address comments to pvollmann@oaklandnet.com

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 03/29/2017 at 11:23 AM

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

Condolences to the families. I'd like to see an exception to our unlawful detainer statutes allowing expedited relocation for tenants while landowners bring premises up to health and safety codes. Evictions would appear too lengthy a process.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 03/29/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Curious History of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Veggie Combo

Excellent article. I've been enjoying the combo platters but now I understand the cultural significance of the offerings.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 03/29/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Always a pleasure to read your reviews and discover new places with you. Good luck with your new position and keep on eatin'!!

Posted by Jim Richardson on 03/29/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Good luck, Luke. Reading your reviews each week has become something I greatly look forward to.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/29/2017 at 12:23 AM

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