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Once again the problem in Oakland is much less a computer system problem as it is a people problem. A new expensive program with a fancy acronym, headed by yet another high paid manager and trying to do all things for all people may not be the panacea suggested by the author of this article. For staff, the mission will be confusing when you combine life safety goals with commensurate goals of avoiding displacement of tenants and reducing costs for owners. Those goals will inevitably be in conflict. When that occurs, which goals are the priority in decision making will be problematic, inconsistent and ultimately political. At the end of the day, "code enforcement" includes zoning codes, building codes, fire codes and housing codes. In addition to looking at different things when inspecting a property, the people who perform each task have different backgrounds, education and training. The current situation is that those people do not communicate with each other in any meaningful way in order to identify problem properties and jointly coordinate mitigation plans. If they did, the recent tragedies, where all facets of code enforcement had knowledge, could never happen. In most cities, there are internal systems of communication that make code enforcement happen every day. Oakland's Building Department has budgeted and spent millions over the last 20 years promising high tech solutions to this inspection problem and nothing has changed. Why will it be different this time? What really has to change is the current inexperienced leadership, especially at the top of the food chain. There has to also be a retraining of staff so that they realize how the work they do is connected organizationally and systems set up to facilitate internal communications. It's not the system, it's the culture!
Wow sounds like to me, quite a few TOP RANKED EMPLOYEES!!! NEW & OVER LOOKED THE WELL BEING OF OUR CHILDREN & OAKLANDERS.. HMMM & SHE'S PUSHING FOR ANOTHER TERM. NOT
No re-imagination of code enforcement is necessary for rental properties.
A person renting out a property isn't a low income individual. Certainly a company isn't. If either category can't or won't maintain the property so as to make it habitable by the code, they need to divest, either voluntarily or be forced.
Cases like Ghostship and the halfway "halfway house" cannot be tolerated.
Sounds like time to build on higher ground. In San Francisco we have the opposite situation with most of the "high-value" property at risk of floods and sinking into the landfill mud. How will the wealthy cope? Will they lose their fortunes or sell out in time to beat the tides?
I'm no fan of cops. I am a fan or process.
Were the accused in this anyone BUT, law enforcement Burris would be screaming at the top of his lungs to close off an investigation conducted in this manner.
Please note, I said accused. Innocent until proven guilty? And you don't get to go fishing to prove guilt; else the riders would still be in operation.
Yes, the Oakland low lands are screwed... So are Long Island, Martinez, Concord and Miami Beach (all of Florida for that matter, but is THAT a loss, really?).
Rising sea level WILL effect everyone not just "the most vulnerable" (jeeze! what an emotionally manipulative string to pull). It won't matter if you have money or privilege or not. Everyone get's screwed. Blatantly manipulative attempts like this cost credibility. They don't motivate anyone.
And please do notice, I say will, not if.
Alameda County uses 'Kangaroo Courts' to protect the $fruit$ of Political Corruption.
Despite the likelihood of rising sea levels affecting low-lying neighborhoods in far fewer than 100 years, planning ahead is hardly a task for which Oakland's government is prepared.
Looking ahead even one year regarding serious social and environmental problems would be most unusual for Oakland.
Of course our pols do look ahead at their coming elections. Within a few months of being elected, our current Mayor was busily raising money for her next campaign. Her out-of-town developer sponsors are taking no chances.
"Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible....by the end of the century".... Hmm... that is some 83 years from now.
I'm sure that the disadvantaged residents of those neighborhoods would place this important concern at about #147 on their list of potential problems they will have over the next 60 years.
Heck by that time nearly ALL of those neighborhoods will have been gentrified and re-gentrified... Thus the number of poor in those neighborhoods will be reduced to near zero.,
It will be entirely a upper middle class or wealthy person's problem, not affecting more than a handful of poor people.
As far as poor people go this rising sea level in Oakland neighborhoods is a non issue for decades to come.
Jean, here in the East Bay we don't say "the 880" and "the 580." That's so L.A.
Excellent article. Tepperman's research on the hazards to the East Bay's most vulnerable communities is as disturbing as it is excellent. Luckily, there are many activists like Margaret Gordon and Brian Beveridge in these communities, aware of the threats and working to build sustainability. But it will take all of us in the East Bay to prepare for what's coming.
I'm sure the money will be paid back.
As I have been saying since the '70s, it's time to dike & lock the Golden Gate, protecting infrastructure & property all the way to Sacramento. The water from the Delta should be canaled back to the southland (not tunnels). It's cheaper and easier on the environment. Homeland Security should be on board as it protects our Bay from nefarious activity. Historically, the Bay was fresh until about 8000 years ago, when the fading Ice Age caused enough ocean rise to wipe out the waterfall (comparable to Niagara) and made the Bay what it is today. email@example.com
It's a plot! O, wait, Alameda is worse.
Sound like it would be less expensive and less traumatizing if the government just provides everyone with a new non atmosphere polluting electric car.
Flashbang grenades? Get a grip. They were throwing firecrackers. You think they couldn't get a pepsi can in but they could get grenades past the cops?
I think BPD did good. Free speech lives, those who got hurt in the melee came for the melee and less likelyhood that the city will face lawsuits. I believe the people of Berkeley approve.
Because that's their job.
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