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I am a neighbor of this park and am so disappointed that a safe space for people to heal and thrive was closed down, without any replacement. That is such illogical and short sighted civic policy. The village never prevented anyone from using the park. The village was not a scary place; it was the kind of place where if you were walking by you would want to stop in and see what was happening. People were seated in circles having discussions and building tiny homes in the background. It was a friendly space. I am apalled by the bigotry against the poor in this City. This could be a workable solution.
"For West Oakland, the overall rate of asthma emergency department(ED)
visits is almost two times the Alameda County rate. For West Oakland zip
codes 94607, 94608, 94609, and 94612, the overall rate of asthma ED visits
is 1014.6 per 100,000 residents; the Alameda County rate is 531.8 per 100,000. The asthma ED visit rate for children (0 4 year olds) is 1224.3 per
100,000 compared to the Alameda County rate of 929.0 per 100,000.
Source: CAPE Unit, Alameda County Public Health Department/ Health
Care Services Agency with data from California Office of Statewide Health
Planning and Development (OSHPD), 2011 2013."
So I can tell that folks writing about access to the park don't live in the neighborhood. Although some folks make use of the basketball courts, it's really not like Mosswood Park (a much quieter and more family-friendly green space that's, what, a 10-15 minute walk away from there?). Same is true for the patch of green nearby on 34th -- housed residents rarely use that park. It's our unhoused neighbors who have been in there anyway. The city DID have an opportunity to work w/ community members to bring the encampment up to code but instead they sent out DOZENS OF COPS to make sure that unhoused people were displaced, AGAIN, and did NOTHING to help those folks find a better place to live.
Don, I can tell you with some degree of certainty having been involved in the negotiations- those two things will not be a part of this project
I agree. Oakland's basic city services are still underfunded. Not just police, but also Parks & Rec ($200 million in needed repairs), Pothole Repair & Street Repaving ($300 million in needed funds), Fire Inspectors, reopening closed Libraries, Traffic Safety, lack of School Crossing Guards for children, safe After School programs, etc. etc. etc. People are literally dying while Oakland aggressively engages in national politics but doesn't solve important local problems & provide important local services.
I'm not seeing a way to respond to a specific comment, but thanks back to you, Brandie, for correcting me and adding detail to the community benefits complications - the comments to this post are exploring the issues around this project in considerably more depth than the post managed to. I do want to add, though, that I think this project all by itself, with no additional concessions, will end up being a significant community benefit. But if any significant chunk of money gets extracted from the developer, I'd like it to go to significantly subsidized retail rents aimed at local businesses and a full-service grocery store.
Oh come on EBX. You know who the organizers of this are. They're anarchists more interested in a fight than making a real difference. They ran this camp unilaterally in a way that was deliberately hostile to the neighbors that use the park and purposely started a fight with the city. I'm personally sick of these so called "activists" that considers community to mean only the people that belong to their social clique and skew the facts to serve their agenda. By the way most of the people living in the tents seemed to be activists and not the local homeless.
A number of urban rail systems--Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Washington--have high rise buildings at a number of stations along their lines.
The delicious stench of Oakland's Mayor's "Secret Sauce" again arises along with another developmental gift for our beautiful city.
They say that Oakland uses more fermented fish sauce in its real estate development recipes than even Bangkok. We can all be so proud.
I love the fragrance of the arms-length relationships with the project of our Planning Commissioners.
Judging simply from the smell, the handful of below-market-rate apartments will make a huge dent in our housing afforablility problem, way beyond their token numbers.
Looking forward to reading about all the formerly-unemployed young Oaklanders who will be able to support their families very well with their high-paying new jobs. Their refrigerators will surely be well-stocked with enough fermented fish sauce for every meal.
Last, but not least, Oakland's new "Trump Tower" will fit perfectly into the neighborhood. It will truly be a fragrant addition to that part of town.
Commenters seem to think that the raw number of pro vs con speakers at the meeting are indicative of the community? The only thing it represents is the fringe BARF crowd, who attempt to skew reality in 2 minute regurgitations.
Damb Danny always hit me as solid and loyal to the core. Of course I didn't learn about this stuff till after the trials and all this was over, I'm just glad he didn't turn on me... He told me once that I was the downest dude he ever met and I was the only person he knew that followed his word when given every time.. couple months later I read this article.... Damb......
At 80% the median income for households. That is hardly affordable. Specifically because low income households usually only make about 60-70% of the median income. I as a builder who lives in Oakland. Would like to see the 90 units at 60%. That way the families that will be priced out of the surrounding area due to value increases can actually, what's the word, oh yeah, afford housing.
Goodness gracious me. I support the homeless in my neighborhood because not only do they help make the environs safer, by and large, keeping an eye out for strange criminals, suspicious activity and what not, they are also the only genuinely friendly people on my block, the rest of the houses and even some prime begging real estate having been gentrified by hostile, bitter, and suspicious children of afffluence, who cannot be bothered to make eye contact when passing another human being on the street, let alone demean themselves with the smallest of courtesies, like a friendly nod or wave hello. I have lived in Oakland my entire life, and if you can't suffer the folks who lived here and built up this city before you, whether they dwell indoors or out, I will happily direct you to the Caldecott tunnel
How can the children and community enjoy safe parks, when the majority of them are being overrun by what has now been refered as Homeless? Kids and adults alike should feel safe at public parks and im sad too say, thats just not possible with the hoarding of trash and the urine & feces odor over powering the parks and then the needles and other unhealthy materisls left laying around, not good... and lets be honest some of the adults at our parks allday and night watching kids as they play makes me uncomfortable as a parent. If you get my drift. Lets ju add t be serious, this is not a good look and im sad to say it well only g r ow worset if nothing is done to detour it. I dont have all the answers but, allowing our parks to be taken over by individuals who've burn down all there bridges or are not reachable or understan d ing enough to know parks are for kids and nieghbors to enjoy and parks have rules, and 1 rule is the parks close at 10 pm. There not to be used by anyone 24/7... id like to know what happened to the park rangers and how about letting the park staff go back to gardening and park maitenance & beautification, and not cleaning up continuously behind what has been labeled homeless incampments.... Hello there parks
Thanks Don, and the community benefits are tricky in this - what the developer COMMITTED to is around $300k - some of which has already been performed (street lights and an already determined $25k to Mosswood Park) What staff and Councilman Kalb SUGGESTED are $1.1 million. Unfortunately, the Commission moved this forward without adding the condition that the developers actually DO the things prescribed by Council and by Staff - which is a serious problem and leaves the developer able to not do them now.
Please, please, please, come back! How about the Fruitvale area?
I was there too (and spoke in favor of the tower, as I've done in the past.) Brandie Albright raised a few other points as well; why just report on this one? If Tom Limon's immediate and direct response to this request for recusal was accurate, then no: he has no conflict of interest. Albright, by the way, is a huge asset to the community and my neighbor; we may disagree on this project but her input isn't served well by this post, which appears to have cherrypicked the most potentially inflammatory statement (and the most readily refuted, at least in legal terms.) That was spotty and incomplete reporting. Over here in your utterly failed reporting column: ANY of the comments by ANY of the 46 people who spoke in favor of the project, including representatives of multiple unions, East Bay Forward, and the Greenbelt Alliance. You also forgot to note some (oh wait: I mean any) of the community benefits coming from the developers; was it half a million bucks for Mosswood Park improvements? Check your notes and get back to us on that OK? Then go find a current rendering of the building; the one you're using has been revised and (to my eye) significantly improved in the places it counts. I will look at this building every morning when I leave my house, and I can hardly wait.
Way more of the public comments were in favor of the project. As they should be really. 400 units of housing without displacing a single resident.
Youngdahl makes even less sense than usual with this editorial. As any one can see from thinking about it, and reading the story below, UBER providing rides WITHOUT surge pricing SUPPORTS the protesters by giving them a means to get to JFK. If you wanted to get to JFK from NYC and back with regular taxis on strike how would you do it???
And as noted by other letter writes, the diatribe to block UBER from moving to downtown is even more ridiculous. There hasn't been a major company
moving to Oakland since Pandora, and now they are laying off. Think very high salaries, benefits and community donations - they don't come from pizza shacks, coffee houses and tattoo parlors.
Scary there got to be a better way all that energy wasted cause it's easy to build a child's clubhouse, use energy to join with the city for clean living. Damn so sad.
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