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Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

Questions:

-What if the building is hazardously noncompliant with building codes b/c of the actions of the tenant, and the tenant is unresponsive to requests by the land-lord? Do they still get paid to leave? (If not, great way to extort).

-What if the tenant is richer than the landlord? (Even greater way to distort).

-What happens in the case of commercial warehouses that are zoned commercial (no variances) and a tenant illegally subleases. When & if the landlord finds this out, will the subtenants still be given protection, and the landlord still forced to pay illegal tenants to move?

I'm guessing/hoping not, but given our reactionary City and how general the article is written it makes it sound like no matter the condition all tenants will be protected, even if they're illegal and even if it violates zoning.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/13/2017 at 2:42 PM

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Posted by James russell on 01/13/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

I am very sad, for Jim is one of the reasons Amoeba remains the best place I have worked for. Jim was always so interested in my music - Renaissance and Baroque lutes, unhip despite early music's self-appointed acronym - when I knew little of his, beside "experimental," and the high regard accorded him by classical musicians. Jim's was the all-inclusive mindset that every artist should strive for.
- Franklin Lei, Library Technical Services, UC Berkeley

Posted by Franklin C. Lei on 01/13/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Bro ALkebulan get an attorney and renters insurance fast!!!

Posted by HuNia Vinnetta Bradley on 01/13/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Barbara Lee is extremely disillusioned on the subject of Russia interfering with the election. The entire intelligence community report is nothing more than baseless accusations and conjecture at best. There is no hard evidence of Russia interfering. No recorded conversations from the Kremlin to hackers and no digital forensics released on the hacking. The report even says and I quote
"Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.
They assess that russia interfered. This is not the same standard as proof that they interfered. This is more "weapons of mass destruction" fairtale like stories to mislead the public and make us less resistant to a future confrontation with Russia.
Oh and those sr intelligence serve at the pleasure of the president and they are non elected officials who do and are not suppose to make policy.

Posted by WOakcitizen on 01/13/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Barbara Lee boycotts for me!

Posted by admittedidealist on 01/13/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Well, JIM MZT
Rep. B. Lee is courageous person with a moral compass to distinguish between corruption and lies

Posted by cinderella on 01/12/2017 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Issues Order Intended to Improve Safety of Unpermitted Housing While Avoiding Displacement

The reason people live in improvised in law apts and warehouses is because it's cheap and that's all they can afford. The warehouses are only fire traps when you have huge parties in them.
I don't know how the city of Oakland thinks the owners of these properties can afford to bring them in compliance without raising the rents on the existing tenants. The owners are small time not the full time developers with lots of capital. My guess is once they get red flagged by the city and get a few 100-200 thousand dollar bids from contractors they'll just board up the place.
Another big big problem is the Oakland building department. Thy are EXTREMLY difficult and expensive to work with. If you haven't learned personally find out what they're all about by researching past EBX issues concerning the tiny fence a man tried to build on Yosemite St. off Broadway.

Posted by bill h on 01/12/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

I agree with Steve. Once again in Oakland, it's ready, shoot, aim. The goal is not to make it comfortable for tenants living in dangerous, illegal, non permitted living spaces to relocate. The goal should be to make spaces where people live safe, as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The path to compliance depends on the goal. Having owners pay people to move out of illegal housing does not provide owner incentive or focus capital on solving the safety problems. Moreover, this proposal does not absolve the city of it"s legal exposure should someone else be killed. That exposure is brought on by it's incompetence and failure to inspect and require compliance with building and fire codes after having knowledge of violations. At the end of the day, it will be the City, with it's deep pockets, not the property owners who will ultimately pay the price of forthcoming lawsuits.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/12/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Her absence will be celebrated. She is a piece of s--t.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 01/12/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Well, golly. If only we knew all it took was a nicely worded editorial to stop vandals from using well-meaning protests as cover for their crimes.

The really simple thing for protest organizers to do is to set a concrete end time for a protest/rally in the late afternoon, about an hour before sunset. By doing so, you'll have had the publicity you wanted: During the day you do have that impact of a civic action stopping business as usual. By being during the day, you can have more people participate, like seniors and children. You'll have finished in time to make the national news on the east coast. You'll give local west coast stations plenty of time to organize a report, for papers to cover it for the morning news. You'll have well-lit images for the cover stories and news leads.

Nothing good happens when protests go into the night -- it's too dark to get a good picture for the news, you won't get into the news until tomorrow, by which time the narrative from the vandalism may become the focus. Less regular citizens can participate (work/school/child obligations the next day). The only thing it does is give vandals and looters both crowds and the cover of darkness to perpetrate their crimes.

Posted by Kai Chang on 01/12/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

The right to protest is written into the constitution of the United States. Clearly it is an important part of what is considered democracy.

Cat Brooks has stated that she does not support and has actually taken a stand against the unnecessary vandalism of small businesses and stores during the demonstrations while supporting the people's right to resist.

Posted by Mama Ayanna Mashama on 01/12/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Don't protest.

Organize.

Posted by David Madole on 01/12/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I'm sad from reading this story. I'm glad you mentioned the fact that in the last 8 years many people have been deported and the administration is not friendly to immigrants. Racial profiling seems to be alive and well in this country that really isn't so great! #StrictlyMyOpinion

Posted by Suzi Corby Foster on 01/12/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Wanted to say something slick and profound but can't come up with anything other than: Stop intentionally fucking up shit in downtown AND Oakland. Many OAKLAND businesses like mine are Owner Operated. It hurts us but the glass, security, insurance, and remediation companies make money when we don't. It takes time to recover after all this. Shit I gotta sale Triple the amount of Vibrators and Dildos to makeup for the proximity of destruction. You can't keep going up and down with momentum like this.

There is no recovery fund set aside by the City. There is nothing but the pumping of your arms to get going again. Feels like you need silicone lube just to feel at ease to do business here.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 01/12/2017 at 5:31 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Issues Order Intended to Improve Safety of Unpermitted Housing While Avoiding Displacement

Those bullet points need a copyedit. Are they Schaaf's or the Express transcription? Neener-neener readers want to know...

Posted by Jonathan King on 01/12/2017 at 12:11 AM

Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

Jim was a sweet and kind soul. I am still reeling from this news and seeing this wonderful tribute in the paper finally released the floodgates. I just didn't want to believe that he could be gone. so sudden. So soon. His music was way out there, but also quite poignant and beautiful. And I actually think he might be amused that a piece of advertising spam is the first comment on here. He would find it ironic, I think.
But he was much more to me than the nice record guy at Amoeba. He was my boyfriend for five years and I will always love him. We remained friends after our break up and he helped me a great deal in the last several years. He was a source of great support in my chronic incurable illness. Doping things for me that I could not do for myself. This was not something he shared with anyone. He didn't need to be lauded for being a compassionate person. He just was.
Jim and I made a wonderful couple of pieces of music together; which we were going to release but I had been dragging my feet about. Being ill, I had little energy to devote to finishing the design of the cover and procrastinated. I really wish I hadn't; as now we'll never get the chance to release it together. But maybe I can find a way, as a tribute to him, to still do it.
If his passing has taught me anything, it is not to wait.
This isn't very eloquent, but I find that I have lost my eloquence with the sadness I feel at the world losing someone who was truly a good person in every sense of the word. The world lost a musician but many of us lost a dear friend. I imagine Jim is dancing with Baron Samedi, ( one of the Voodoo deities of death that he is dressed up as in the image above,) wherever he is now. I can imagine they would have a grand old time.

Posted by Jwlhyfer Karnstien de Winter on 01/11/2017 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

I support you, Ms. Brooks, and I support the APTP! See you there, in peace and unity!

Posted by Bethany Meyer on 01/11/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

I ask the OPD and their covert operators to not seed demonstrations with provocateurs who are the ones who start the violence and then quickly disappear, letting the cops assault nonviolent protestors.

The vandalism that has plagued Oakland protests has been virtually always started by some white thugs, then blacks are attacks by the cops. And sometimes the cops attack nonwhites, of course. But the provocateurs are hired thugs. Not the demonstrators.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 01/11/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Anne Kirkpatrick Picked to Lead Oakland Police. Here's What We Know About Her.

I saw that in your link to the Chicago questionnaire (thank you for it). That Kirkpatrick attributes Broken Windows theory to Bratton's success is troublesome (if not outright wrong) based on the exhaustive study by UC Berkeley Professor Zimring.

I could not read your link to the WSJ article without a subscription. That Bratton is associated with it or supports it does not mean he used it. Regardless it is not just whether one supports a theory generally, but how one applies it. As Bratton said before on a separate but related topic, the key is whether it's done constitutionally that is important.

Recall that besides ushering modern policing in with Compstat (created by Jack Maple), which uses the statistics of crime hot spots and not subjective, biased policing, Bratton did more to clean up LAPD than any other Chief before him (including firing top commanders... not exactly popular at the time within the department).

Zimring also documents that the decrease in crime in NYC under Bratton actually decreased the # of people sent to jail. And thus a decrease in long-term criminalization.

Bratton is not the buggy man that many on the far left fear. Indeed his conscience as a moderate willing to do things constitutionally, and actively engage the African American community, is one of the reasons he parted ways with Giuliani.

Back to the original point, there is no way Oakland can institute Broken Windows anyway...it simply doesn't have the manpower.

Hotspot Policing with effective Compstat is a goal that can be achieved...along with Constitutional policing under the reform efforts, and supported by holistic Ceasefire.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 01/11/2017 at 8:58 PM

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