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Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I appreciate the value of your article, but have to take issue that Prime Gallery is named among artist collectives that "threw late-night events without attracting law-enforcement attention." They're characterized as this underground venue that was nurturing of a diverse community, and portrayed as victims of neighbors who watched them as though under a telescope.

This is a gross misrepresentation of this particular scene, which was comprised of teens and early 20 somethings that would leave shattered liquor bottles for blocks around. Kids from the parties would tag on residences, local businesses, and neighborhood murals. In less than a year, the small gatherings had escalated into weekly block parties that would prevent traffic from passing and would bring cops well into the morning hours. Neighbors confronted them several times, particularly after gun shots were fired.

It is true that eventually they were removed from the space. Tragically, this was not before their August eviction party culminated in the murders of two young men. Prime Gallery should not be portrayed as a loss to Oakland's art and music culture - it was an inevitable explosion that was not diffused in time.

Posted by Long Memory on 09/26/2016 at 11:26 PM

Re: “A People-Focused Solution

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Posted by verline_manahan on 09/26/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

So far, AB InBev hasn't messed up my favorite Goose Island brews since buying them in 2011.

Posted by Bob Koelle on 09/26/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

To the Editor and EBX Readers:
The headline and entire premise of the story are based on incorrect information.
The story reports that the Court’s order requires “city leaders” including the Mayor, City Attorney and City Administrator to report to the District Attorney reasonable suspicion that an officer committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.
However, that is not true.
As you can see from a quick reading of the relevant section of the order (it’s only two sentences), the requirement doesn’t apply to or even mention the Mayor, City Attorney or City Administrator, nor does it apply to the Court-appointed Monitor/Compliance Director or plaintiffs’ attorneys John Burris and James Chanin.
I’m writing for the sole purpose of fact checking so your readers know that the whole story is based on a misreading or perhaps a misrepresentation of the order.
Here is the entire section:
“OPD shall develop a policy to report, as soon as possible, evidence of criminal misconduct by a member/employee to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for their review and collaboration. Said report to the District Attorney shall be made when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the member/employee has been involved in a felony or serious misdemeanor.”
Your reporters only quote the second sentence, so readers don’t know that the first sentence disproves Mr. Chanin’s accusations against “city leaders” right out of the gate.
The Court order is unambiguous that the police department reports to the DA when investigators have reasonable suspicion that an officer has committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.
I ask that you correct the inaccurate language in the story that states “the decree required … city leaders to notify the district attorney.”
And at a minimum the story should note that the actual language of the order contradicts Mr. Chanin’s accusations against the City Attorney and other city leaders.

Alex Katz
Chief of Staff
Oakland City Attorney's Office

Posted by Alex Katz on 09/26/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

what happened with the tenants who did not make it out alive was the apt complex held accountable were there any settlements. my sister just recently died from an apt fire. insurance trying to dispose of the building which I am fighting them on and want to take criminal chargesa against
them

Posted by Karen D Marsh Brabham on 09/23/2016 at 2:41 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sweeping Plan for Parking

Oakland is definitely on the right track but based on some of the comments, it will take a while for folks to understand the approach. When I travel from my place in the Jack London District to downtown Berkeley or the UC campus I use public transit or park in one of the public garages. Yes, it is more expensive to park on the street. That's the idea! We do need to find more ways to get folks to/from BART. Easy for me to walk to Broadway and tale the free shuttle. All of the developers flocking to downtown Berkeley should be required to contribute to this service so it can be expanded. And it won't hurt folks to walk a few blocks. In fact, it's good exercise! Parking must also be "unbundled" from new development so it's not necessary to pay for a parking space that you might not use. The price we pay to provide "housing" for our car vehicles is absurd.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 09/22/2016 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

In the 80's the City of Atlanta gave empty schools to non-profit organizations. Many artist hubs are still in these buildings today.

Posted by Elena Ronquillo on 09/22/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Repeal Prop 13 and vote YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Seeks to Tighten Rent Control Rules

VOTE YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Seeks to Tighten Rent Control Rules

Newer landlords complaining about tenant protections and 'subsidies' should take a look at Prop 13.

It's time to repeal Prop 13, and give money back to our schools and infrastructure.
https://www.thenation.com/article/have-california-voters-finally-had-enough-of-prop-13/

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Danny Haber has a history of doing this to renters:

http://www.antievictionmap.com/danny-haber-and-alon-gutman/

In 2015, Housing activists awarded them as Eviction Profiteers Of The Year

The Negev follows failed sublettors such as Campus.com in their sharing/scalping approach to "communal" living. First using AirBnb, and later developing their own website, they take living spaces from some of the poorest residents of SRO hotels, as well as artists in Live/Work spaces, and plant tech workers in bunk beds in their place. Willing to break the law until stopped, they have been sued repeatedly by displaced tenants. The winds of the Negev are hot, and fires have been involved in displacing tenants at two of their managed properties. They have moved into Oakland as owners of the Travellers Hotel, and manager/sublettors of other properties.

The Graywood, 3308 Mission Street After Dipak Patel turned over management to the Negev Boys, the hotel burnt in a fire, along with the other buildings around it.

Mission Local

http://archives.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/residents-moving-out-of-violation-plagued-sf-tech-communes/Content?oid=2915078

http://mashable.com/2014/11/19/negev-co-op-lawsuit-san-francisco/#w0pcNo8KsOq2

1919 Market, Oakland - Live/work tenants were displaced in two days with help from Oakland City Building Department just after Haber’s 1919 Bayside LLC took over as property manager. Haber demolished the building without a demolition permit.

The Travellers Hotel, 392 11th St, Oakland - Tenants were offered buy-outs and some moved out when hotel was turned into a construction zone as rooms were remade into apartments. Elevator was taken out of commission in 6 story hotel that houses disabled residents.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

VOTE YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.


WHO is behind the campaign?

The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters is made up of a coalition of community-based groups as diverse as Oakland:

Oakland Tenants Union
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
ACCE Action (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment)
EBASE (East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy)
APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network)
EBHO (East Bay Housing Organizations)
PolicyLink
California Nurses Association (CNA)
SEIU 1021

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Renter protection laws had nothing to do with the 'numerous festering code violations'. The landlords and the City of Oakland chose to ignore code violations. Now the City of Oakland chooses to ignore the scope of work exceeding the permits that were pulled. This is not an isolated issue.

Oakland Bldg Department has a history of ignoring code violations as soon as any permits are pulled. It's as though they are unaware of the Federal, State, and local laws they are responsible for enforcing.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The Future of Feces

Wow. I have had ulcerative colitis for 30 years. I asked my GI Doctor about this. He said that right now the cost is prohibitive because my insurance company would not pay for the donor testing. How did you do it at home?

Posted by Claire G on 09/21/2016 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Thank you, Nastia, for documenting yet another great loss of authentic culture in Oakland...The article ends with there being only one sure thing: that until market forces change, Oakland's underground scene will also keep going into the ground...Well...there might be one other sure thing:

Oakland has deep roots in organizing!

And that is what we'll need to do to help remind our political leaders that "WHEN there is a will, there IS a way" to preserve our culture, to ensure affordability, and to prevent more displacement.

I lost our shared space when our rent went up 40% and also closed at the end of this July. But for the the past year, our neighborhood artists and business owners have been figuring out how we can create Cultural Arts Districts that might skip street banners and go straight to regulations and incentives that preserve what's unique about Oakland.

We're at the start of forming a city-wide effort to get these policies into place, like cultural zoning overlays and development guidelines for developers who, BTW, don't make much money on ground floor uses anyway, to really do something different to provide opportunity and access to spaces that remain affordable.

Plenty of other cities and states have succeeded. (SOHO and DUMBO are NOT good examples, but Seattle is doing something interesting!)

So 2 THINGS YOU CAN DO: please check out this petition that supports creating a cultural arts district in Uptown and asks the City to create a task force for Cultural Arts Districts for ALL NEIGHBORHOODS in Oakland. The more people who participate and get involved, the more chance we have at moving from policy recommendations to policy ACTION.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLS…

THEN:

The CA Arts Council is going around the state to get input from folks on how to roll out a statewide framework for Cultural Arts Districts! (How about that??) They're coming to Oakland:

Wed, October 5, 2016
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Youth Radio Arts Venue
1719 Broadway
Oakland, CA

It's FREE, bring your story and suggestions and register from this page.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-ar…

We can do this!

Hiroko (from the former 25th St. Collective)
for more info:

OaklandCulture@betterbayarea.org

Posted by HirokoKurihara on 09/21/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I am deeply concerned about what gentrification is doing to our city- the people and our cultures. I manager the Niebyl Proctor Community Library at 6501 Telegraph here in North Oakland. I would like to help with making our spaces available. We are a non-profit and we do charge a fraction of the rental rates around here. Feel free to reach out to us at (510) 595-7417 or (510) 290-5595 ask for Brotha Clark or Mama Cassie.

Posted by Cassandra Lopez on 09/21/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

NB: warehouses.

The bigger issue is where did the businesses go that built the warehouses? yeah, good on artists for moving in and taking advantage of that economic dislocation, but they sure don't employ as many people, and it always leads to the next wave of settlers. We didn't seem to see much bemoaning the loss of the carpet company or other occupants. Different class.

Anyone have a model for supporting arts that doesn't involve this same old cycle?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 09/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

The building may have been neglected because of a long term plan to sell out but it is just as likely that so-called renter’s protection laws limited the owner’s ability to bring in the money to keep it up. Whether renters pay or not, whether they are “protected” by laws or not, No one is exempt from the rising price of housing – while mortgages MAY stay the same the prices of fees, taxes, utilities, contractors, bookkeepers, etc all rise and squeeze everyone.
Measure JJ will make things even more difficult to keep old properties up driving them into financial distress. Not to worry! Measure KK will allow Oakland to use bond money to buy up these properties and turn them into “affordable housing.” What is much more likely is that financially distressed properties will be sold to the highest bidder after becoming irredeemably dilapidated and they will be destroyed so that new construction can be built which is not subject to rent control – sound familiar? Obviously it is already happening, stricter rent control laws will only accelerate the process.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 09/21/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

"We are the people falling thru the cracks
Our backs broken from bending over backwards,
We can't go forward
Fallin' behind the finish line
We the People time after time
Find ourselves displaced,
Misplaced,
Our future erased
The paper chase out ran us
We the People denied justice......"
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbi…

Please share OUR story. Art is the connection between the identity and language. Art is the history of a people's culture and ancestors. Artists need to be valued more. The attraction of outsiders to Oakland is due to the cultural spirit of artists that have created a spiritual/creative refuge for unheard voices. Displacing us is an act of spiritual warfare. Silence will not protect you.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WzTn-Wn1tvA

Posted by T.K. Butler on 09/21/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Its bull@a!#. What are we going to do when are kids can't afford college and housing. ( wait that's right now...) what about when the jobs don't cover rent....and then they kick people out of homes to make parking spots for people who don't live in the city.

Posted by Diallo McLinn on 09/21/2016 at 10:50 AM

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