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This is profoundly irresponsible and transparently vindictive journalism. The author cites criticisms about an unpaid board membership at OBA representing a "conflict of interest" without following up. If there is some institutional definition of such a conflict over and above a financial stake in the project, where does this logically end? Would I be barred from ever serving on the Planning Commission if I had a discount membership with SPUR?
Please clarify what constitutes a conflict of interest, and if the allegations against Commissioner Limon are even remotely valid.
There is actually a definition of a conflict; it is not a she said/he said affair. Here it is (http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/conflicts-of-…).
It focuses on personal financial interest; not whether a person has previously exercised their rights of free speech and association.
At the end of the day, all cities in the entire bay area should be approving high density housing at BART stations. After all of these years, it is time to stop allowing residents in surrounding single family neighborhoods to control the political discussion based on density, height and affordability. With that being said, the urban design challenge for the developer is to smoothly integrate the height and scale of the proposal as much as possible so that those adjacent neighborhoods are not overwhelmed. Additionally, it is not unreasonable to require these projects to dig deeper in terms of affordability as a trade off to additional heights and densities. To provide only 10% of these units at 80% of median income, in my opinion is not enough. 80% of median in this case is nearly $100,000 a year for a family 3 or 4. Providing some percentage of the units to residents earning as low as 50% of median income seems more appropriate to me. Building height next to the freeway is not a problem, but the project could do a better job stepping down the mass of the buildings to the scale of the neighborhood.
Dense housing doesn't need to be so, well in a word, ugly
A protest isn't a license to destroy stuff. It's actually an attempt to create something. In this case, the stuff that happened is now overshadowing the actual protest and the thing being protested. Jesus - we really need to get this shit right or hate speech and hate crimes will be able to claim oppression, which is the very thing that gave birth to Trump in the first place.
I was present for this hearing and counted 42 public comments in support of the project, and only 15 in opposition. The overwhelming majority of the public speakers present at the hearing approve of this project, but someone reading this article would assume that virtually all the speakers were opposed. It's regrettable that East Bay Express took this lazy "planning commission vs. the public" approach to covering this project.
The violence that broke out was despicable. There is no excuse for people to do that, no matter how disgusting the speaker and no matter how disgusting the words out of his mouth were.
So, ironic that this is the home of the free speech movement. Free speech is OK as long as it is in agreement with you. How hypocritical can you get?
No doubt about it:
- this Milo person is disgusting
- the violence that broke out was more disgusting
- the police needed to do something to control and disperse the violent mob and stop them from creating more harm. That is not palatable but it is also the way it has to be- they were doing their jobs.
It is really pathetic when the liberals get violent to suppress free speech. It is not about taking sides - that behavior is unacceptable.
Oh, and Trump continues to be an a**hole, as usual.....Sad.
This is a pretty lopsided article. The vast majority of community voices were in favor of the proposal last night. I applaud the commission for approving it and hope the Council does the same.
Unanimous approval by the planning commission is far from the reality that Darwin wishes to present: one in which a large number of homes were met with staunch opposition from The Locals.
The number of people who spoke last night tallied up to 46 in favor, 14 against. Get a grip.
Emily Wheeler 1: Violence and damaging properties is not free, your presence is a big threat.
Hate speech is not free. Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter for harassment. His presence is a threat.
So Barbara Lee condones the beating and pepper spraying of people?
CA will soon be left out.
How many illegals have actually assisted with Law Enforcement to solve any crimes? Inquiring minds want to know...
Surely it is time for Phil to move forward and work on his project without wasting time and money on this stupid litigation. It is obvious that coal is on the way out as an energy source. China has realized that particulates in the air are making their cities toxic. Considering that he is a dedicated scuba diver who loves clear waters, Phil is paradoxically unwise on this issue. The almighty dollar is not a good reason to poison us nor our planet.
Agree with the first three commenters...and also a white boomer "gentrifier." I chose Oakland because I love it. Mostly its diversity and food scene. I don't want another San Francisco, as cool as it is to have the city across the bay accessible.
The Trumpization of America marches on with money and homogenization and privilege as the themes. Keep 'em out if they're different. Keep out their amazing talents that truly made America great. More white bread please. Make American White again. And I'm a white baby boomer who brags about Oaktown and our amazing diversity of people and food. Sad, Boring. Tears.
I used to work a block away from HF, and I ate there something like 3x a week for a year+, because it was f'ing spectacular. Not only was the food great, but the staff was great as well.
In the waning days of the job I had in Uptown, things were rough. Emotionally draining. Utterly, soul-crushingly miserable. I was walking, dejected, back to the parking lot at the end of a long day, and A came jogging out of the place and said, "Hang on." He went back inside & made me an ice cream cone. I may have teared up a little.
There are a lot of things I loved about Hawker Fare. The style of the place. The people. The great food. Sometimes a bit out of my comfort zone. Always interesting. I was proud that place was Oakland.
And as long as I live, I'll never forget that ice cream cone.
Passing of an OakAsian institution. I'm a white guy so don't know my Asian cuisine as well as natives who've lived it, but I'm putting this right up there with the disappearance of some other OakAsian moderately priced institutions...like the old V's on Webster and Bun Mam Soc Trang near 14th Ave.
Correct me if I'm wrong Luke, as your live and work this stuff.
There are certainly still a few hidden gems at reasonable prices. But these three were as good as anything in NYC. And unfortunately this is one white guy who doesn't have the money to follow V's back to Southeast Asia...
some of that money should be going to fix Oakland problems. Like putting more police on the street, fixing housing or feeding the homeless there.
Misleading click bait title on FB EBE like page btw.
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