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

Just what we need... More booze

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/06/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The concessions by the developer seem absolutely miniscule considering the value of the housing he will be allowed to build. I live 3 blocks away and dread seeing a 25 story eyesore plunked down in our neighborhood of 2 and OCCASIONALLY 3 story buildings. I guess nothing talks like money talks. The worst thing about bad architecture is it ends up being around forever. Oakland planning really took a dump with this one!

Posted by jeff kao on 03/06/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

David Long: the developer hasn't offered any of the listed community benefits in this article. Rather, the developer agreed to a small percentage of affordable units and a project labor agreement in 2008.

Almost everything else has been requested by neighbors, the planning commission, city staff, and Councilmember Kalb.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 03/06/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The title of this article is very misleading. Most of the body is dedicated to the very substantial community benefits package the developer has offered, not the seemingly minor controversy over where in the building affordable units are placed.

Posted by David Long on 03/06/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Glad to see EBX and the ACLU stepping up as they have. Would love to see a lawsuit against the security company and its officers and employees for harassment. Any updates?

Posted by Matthew Elvey on 03/04/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Chief Talks Cultural Change and Compassion for the Homeless

This chief will need more than luck. Contrary to the powerful impression I get from SF's new Chief, Kirkpatrick's experience, grasp of the challenge and presence is much less inspiring. She seems like a nice person, but why she is the best candidate escapes me. The Mayor and the press keep lauding her record as being a change agent in previous jobs. That is just not true. The fact is she was hired to be a change agent in Chicago, but was on the job about 6 months before leaving for a better opportunity. She changed nothing in Chicago. In my opinion, like most of the over hyped, inexperienced senior staff hired (City Administrator, Fire Chief) under Mayor Schaaf, her best quality is that she is a woman. From day one after the sex scandal, the Mayor has seemed more concerned about breaking up the "boys club" (her words) in the Police department than hiring the best candidate. Whether Schaaf likes it or not, Police departments are male dominated para military organizations. Oakland is also a complex multi cultural city that has a long history of the community having a strained relationship with Police. In addition, there is a long history of conflict between the Police officers and City administration. The big challenge for a Chief in Oakland has always been to appease the bosses at City Hall, while convincing your street officers that you also have their back. Kirkpatrick seems to be somewhat naive to this history and will have a difficult time with command staff, who are always the defenders of the culture.She will need to kick some butt and fire some folks to actually change the day to day culture. My concern is that her seemingly non confrontational style will never be respected or effective. She may be able to fool Mayor Schaaf, but will that translate to actual change inside the department?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/03/2017 at 3:47 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

Thank God that there is at least one board member with unchallenged ethics, a lawyer for that sterling corporate entity Uber.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/02/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

Once again, leadership is missing in action for the City of Oakland. Councilman Reid, already the noted king of free tickets, to be joined on the JPA by McElhany, currently under investigation for ethics violations. That makes a lot of sense? This woman has previously demonstrated her complete lack of even basic sensibilities when it comes to ethics. That is exactly who the public should NOT want representing them. We seem to have also been blessed with the reappearance of Ygnacio De La Fuente, Mayor Schaaf's former boss, who brought us the bad Raiders financial deal in 1995, as a member of the JPA. Is it just me, but it seems like the old band of incompetence is back together again and have added a shady horn player (McElhaney).

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/02/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Chief Talks Cultural Change and Compassion for the Homeless

Those are good sentiments for a new chief to have.

On the other hand, Chief Kirkpatrick will have a long, steep learning curve. Oakland's problems are deep and longstanding. For 40 years Oakland has had a signficantly higher homicide rate than other cities. Lots of complex reasons why, none of them evident to Oakland's electeds.

And she will be trying to work in the fog of a city with no clear policy guidance on public safety within the severe limits of inadequate resources including personnel, equipment and finance.

The best of luck to the new chief.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/02/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

Pacific Brewing Company fish and chips: 4.5/5

Drake's Dealership fish and chips: 2/5 (fish as thin as a three year old's pinkie)

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/01/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

Quinn's Lighthouse is very good, too.

Posted by Eric A Hughes on 03/01/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

I am from out of state and have a bit of anxiety about going to see Japandroids when I am not high. Can I treated?

Posted by doc benway on 03/01/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Six East Bay Restaurants Where You Can Score Killer Fish and Chips for Lent

An odd and deeply cynical attitude toward the traditional spiritual meaning of Lent. Perhaps simply uninformed by ignorance and the greedy hyperconsumerism of our day.

Eating fish for Lent pointed to the condition of the poor and the appropriate Christian reflection. Fish was poor people's food.

Natcherly, with the advancing extinction of marine life, fish may no longer be considered cheap eats.

It does appear, however, that along with the extinction of species, so too goes compassion.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/01/2017 at 10:08 AM

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

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Posted by Sharon Lim on 02/28/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Courts security must be sworn officers with legal training concerning the scope of their duties. Private security guards have no place in the court house screening process.

Posted by Joan Soo on 02/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Advocates Criticize Alameda Sheriff’s Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement

The law is far from being immoral. Having borders to delineate sovereignty is necessary.

Those ILLEGAL immigrants are here ILLEGALLY. Should we tolerate lying, cheating, and stealing? That's immoral in my book.

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/27/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Advocates Criticize Alameda Sheriff’s Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement

A lot of folks complain that undocumented workers have broken the law. Have you ever considered that slaves in the pre-Civil War South broke the law when they set foot off the plantation? Or that the Surpreme Court ruled that no black person was a citizen, North or South, and could never BE one? The law was immoral then, and it is immoral now. If we benefit from the sweat of another human being's brow, then we must repay him or her. People who pick our crops and hoe our fields and tend our children are being hunted down on our streets and cities and farms. This must stop. Undocumented workers cannot change the laws but We the PEOPLE can, and it is our responsibility as decent people to do so.

Posted by Martha Caroline on 02/26/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Jim Mzt, in this case the public is allowed. Reporters are specifically targeted for removal, even though they "obey the policies or laws that the public must obey." So what justifies removing the reporters?

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 02/26/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Advocates Criticize Alameda Sheriff’s Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement

These protestors should follow the immigration law. If they are not legal residents they have to leave that is the law. The Sheriff Department is doing it's job correctly. UI applaud them for that.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 02/26/2017 at 10:07 AM

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