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Re: “Town Business: A New Police Headquarters. Does Oakland Have the Money?

New OPD headquarters and crime lab might be somewhat of an easier sell to sales and property taxpayers if Oakland could show us that crime is steadily improving (that means fewer crimes!).

Otherwise this looks like yet another typical big financial surprise for the complacent citizenry of Oakland. I won't mention the word "pensions."

Yet there could be some creative thinking.

A new Trump tower where OPD Admin now sits. Forty or fifty stories with a new cop shop just above the retail at street level. Kinda like where developers like to put the affordable housing. Could be a win-win (developers and cops win).

How about including a new cop shop with a new Raiders' stadium project? If we're willing to give them $200 million in infrastructure, they could give us a $200 million cop shop. Could be tourist draw, too. Another win-win.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/13/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Oakland should be so lucky to take a chance on this dump. This location is where I pretend, to stop.

Posted by Aaron Pewtherer on 03/13/2017 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Repatriation is good for everyone! Glad OPD is going to help.

Posted by John Kracht on 03/12/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Clearly, EBX has reached the peak of investigative journalism. After all, "The failure to obtain permits could cost the city up to several thousand dollars, depending on how many days the street is obstructed. "

Several thousand, OMG!

And, further, the developer knows other people and even has friends.

This is right up there with the works of Bernstein and Woodward. Maybe they will make a movie - All the Developer's Men. Oops, no, that is taken already by the orange guy who is in DC right now. They will come up with something else for this political thriller.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/12/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Togi's Serves Real Mongolian Food

We just had their beef and noodle dish with a cabbage salad for dinner and it was great! The noodles are fresh and peppery and one order fed us both. We ordered take out, and brought it home. Sometimes it just beats cooking after a nice walk!

Posted by Lynn Lazarus on 03/11/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

"Too bad about the religious beliefs"? Next, we'll be hearing the over-used (and much abused) word "hate."

I'm gay, and I'll enjoy the food, even if I can't get married in Rev. Chew's church. I won't resent his beliefs about human sexuality if he won't resent mine.

Would he refuse to serve me if I came in with a boyfriend? If so, he has a problem -- but I somehow doubt that would be the case.

Live and let live.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/11/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Should The Next Oakland Unified Schools Superintendent Be Homegrown?

The charter comments are not based in reality. Can you site your data that supports the anti-charter comments? Close to 1/3 of Oakland public school students attend charters. Growing for sure.

Posted by David Castillo on 03/11/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I was excited that a vegan restaurant was opening in my area, only to find that it was mainly focused on soy soy and more soy based foods. I consider myself a healthy vegan, and all the mentions of salty in your article are another reason I could never eat those types of foods. That being said, they do seem to have a fresh salad bar, which could save a trip to Whole Foods when my fridge is low on the stuff. There are all kinds of vegans, but the fact that they are not killing the animals is a good thing. Too bad about the religious beliefs.

Posted by Nina Chiappa on 03/11/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

This has been a problem for years, and EBX only cares when they dredge up a Schaaf connection? My lord.

Posted by Diego Canabal on 03/11/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

The permits for sidewalk and street closures were likely required in the conditions of approval as deferred permits, which the contractor is often in charge of procuring before work proceeds. At the time of building permit approval, you cannot be sure of exactly when a sidewalk and street will need to be closed.

Posted by Syd Wayman on 03/11/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

"Protopappas is also a close friend of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Gov. Jerry Brown. He has served as political campaign fundraiser for both."

I think we're not supposed to judge people by their friends. Or their fundraisers.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/11/2017 at 8:50 AM

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: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Libby runs a tight ship. Can't wait to vote the c*nt out of office.

Posted by Jenni Li on 03/11/2017 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Micheal Brent on 03/10/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

What sweet irony! If this review is any indication, Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi could take a lesson from Mr. Chew!

This place has evidently succeeded at everything Locol (for all its pretension) claims it's trying to do -- with a vegan angle to boot -- in a neighborhood where it matters.

Talk about poetic (and social) justice!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/10/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

The City absolutely needs to make sure that Oakland Police play NO role in assisting ICE or any other agency that detains our people for deportation. We are a SANCTUARY City, and we have to be sure that means something!

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 03/10/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

The Darwin doesn't check things like that... he just goes to press

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/10/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I'm so excited for you right now, Jessica. We're all in this with you. Just make sure you're ready for us to spend a lot of time there once you open!

Posted by Michael Orange on 03/10/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

It's not just Biff's... The old Kwik Way is threatened. And SpaceBurger just closed for redevelopment. Most of these projects are cheap low-rise apartments or condos. Yes we need housing, but we're losing some of the character of Oakland. Soon it will look like any generic medium-sized city in the US.

Posted by Andrew Danish on 03/10/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

No doubt this is a bad look for the developer (Madison Park). On it's face, it looks like the developer or demolition contractor tried to skirt the fees and the required permit process. At the same time, it is not unbelievable that a demolition contractor might have had to scramble to get barriers to block sidewalks and streets. Also believable is that those barriers came from another job site and the crew failed to remove the signs. My question has more to do with why the City of Oakland Building Department did not review a plan and require the permits for sidewalk and street closures when they initially issued the demolition permit? Additionally, if there is ongoing work on the site (grading, demolition) under permit, why was it that it was neighbors who noticed the signs and not city building inspectors? It may just be been another example of the lack of coordination between city departments (Building and Public Works).

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/10/2017 at 3:26 PM

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