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There is no question that this historically significant building should not be demolished. A concrete cap as a solution to site contamination is a 50 year old, cheap fix that should not be an option in this case. If any company in America has the resources to save the building and clean up the site, it is General Electric. In addition, the potential importance of this building's retention to a long neglected neighborhood is also significant. Given new investment by AC Transit of the BRT project along International Blvd, adaptive reuse of this iconic building is a rare opportunity. Beyond that, I am confused by the City process and question why this is before the Planning Commission without any replacement project to consider. In order to demolish the building, I believe that local codes require that the replacement use of the site is a factor to be considered prior to issuance of a demolition permit. Beyond that, demolition of this important building would be a significant impact under CEQA. In order to approve the EIR, the city will need to adopt an SOC (Statement of Overriding Consideration). In order to adopt the SOC, the city will need to find that the public benefit of approving the "project" (demolition of the building) outweighs the benefit of retaining the resource. I don't know how you can make that finding without evaluating some reuse of the site. Without a replacement project to consider, the city and GE would be open to legal challenge of the environmental document.
Dispensaries should be definitely set up to support the medicinal cannabis patients who use, and benefit from, this wonderful plant.
At www.onlinemedicalcard.com, we want change for patients who continue to suffer unnecessarily without the benefit of this efficacious medicine due to inability to access it. Contact us today for a medical marijuana recommendation in California.
Updating Alameda County's laws won't be easy but it's time the authorities changed the laws relating to cannabis to reflect the wishes of many well-informed citizens.
Many people are already using cannabis to ease a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. At www.onlinemedicalcard.com we want change for patients who continue to suffer unnecessarily without the benefit of this efficacious medicine due to the fear of prosecution or the inability to access it. Contact us today for a medical marijuana recommendation in California.
The design of this proposal does not fit into the feel and the look of this neighborhood.
Shipping containers should not be allowed to house a business of this size,
especially a brewery and a restaurant.
The proposal looks cheap and industrial, not a good fit in our area.
There will be a big impact in our neighborhood because of the noise
that a brewery of this size will bring. There will be noise from operating the
brewery and the restaurant, from constant day & night deliveries, noise from the need to
clean the facility, inside and out. Customers will no doubt cause late
night noise to the surrounding residences, as the present restaurants/bars
in the area already do. Parking for residents will be severely impacted, we have
been terribly impacted with the restaurants already here.We recently had an armed car high jacking,
we believe caused because the driver could not find parking!
There will be noise from the added trash and recycling pick-up that this business. will cause. This establishment will cause there to be an awful smell in the area from the beer brewing process. Outdoor alcohol will be available and Tech HS
is just 2 blocks away, as are 2 other schools, and
Thunder Road, the drug re-hab
residence is DOWN THE BLOCK from this proposed business.
Does this make sense? Does it?
We do not need more alcohol served
in our small area here on/near 40th Street/Manila Ave. There are several businesses
in the area already serving alcohol and food. The noise, litter problems,
& parking problems from these business is bad enough! Our quality of life
in this area is being further degraded due to these concerns.
Planners should not permit this type of business in this spot in the Temescal.
Enough is enough. Friends, write to Rebecca Lind at firstname.lastname@example.org. before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.
referring case #PLN17004 and tell her YOUR concerns for such an awful business made of shipping containers in our neighborhood.
Ellen Gierson, Oakland
a close neighbor of this disastrous project
can't say we are not experiencing change in the east bay. we have moved from a 'melting pot' to a 'medical pot'. apparently, cannabis is not all bad.
One correction -- the building that remains on the site is NOT the old KGO studio building. Check out the discussion in the Oakland Now Facebook group, especially the Sanborn map excerpt posted in this comment.
Sadly most people who talk about solving the homeless problem know little about its cause. 90% of the time its drug abuse and mental instability. Which is different than just lack of affordable housing.
For those interesting in commenting on this application, write to Zoning Case Planner Rebecca Lind at email@example.com before 4:00 pm on Monday, April 3.
Please note that the intrusion of national corporate interests into competition with truly locally owned microbreweries, while a legitimate concern, is an issue that the zoning codes do *not* address and staff cannot take into consideration in their decision making. Other cities (i.e., San Francisco) have some controls on chain businesses, but while several neighborhoods have been raising this issue since the 1980s, there has to date not been action from Oakland's city council on this issue.
Concerned neighbors need to talk about the design (Ick! Cheezy use of shipping containers, and the most garish colors of the '80s in the proposed paint job!), and neighborhood impacts: noise from customers; noise from operations, including end of the day cleanup of outside areas (blowers or other mechanical means?); hours of operations; traffic; parking (peak staff is projected to be 32! They are not saying how many customers can fit in!); time and frequency of garbage pickup (what kind of garbage is generated by 1) the restaurant function and 2) the brewing? I have no familiarity with the brewing process. Are there spent hops like grape skins from winemaking? What volume? Do they smell?); frequency and hours for recycling pick up; alcohol control where there is such a short fence, outdoor alcohol, and a major bus transfer point in front for Oakland Tech High School students; litter control for the block; where deliveries will be made and what hours; how they will keep people from dropping off/picking up customers in the bus stop; and any other impacts you can think of.
These concerns can all be addressed in Conditions of Approval for the project. As to the chain business issue? Tell your councilmember you want controls in the zoning codes.
If you have thoughts about this site, the city is accepting comments on the draft EIR until 4 pm April 11. Address comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
More socialism and more failure. Nobel intentions. Socialism and radical environmentalism and rampant, unchecked criminality in Oakland only have made things very bad for businesses and residents. In order to attract good companies, you first have to clean up this ultra violent city. Businesses will come back when it is safe to do so. Ultra tolerance is hurting Oakland. Fighting the imaginary "Man" doesn't work.
The article left me feeling dismayed. I'm trying to recover on my own due to the fact of location, and no good resources around in the town I live in.
I'm glad I read the comments as well , the article has some amazing facts but ultimately left me feeling like I'll never be able to lead a normal life . Constantly thinking about my addiction. Thank you commenters , little bit of positivity at the end of a dark glummy tunnel .
Thanks for the information provided. Politics is a quite dirty thing and ordinary people cant even imagine how much money is regularly invested in political campaigns. All the candidates want to look like fair and honest people but most of them have something to hide and quite often they lie about where they get the money for their campaigns. There are many people living through http://quickandeasyloanservice.com/ while millions of dollars are invested every year to make somebody rich even richer.
@ Erik Kengaard
Well, yes, quite a lot has changed since the 1950's. Not just Berkeley, for that matter.
I didn't come to Berkeley until the end of the 1960's. I was a teenager and only had the contents of what I carried in my backpack, having immediately preferred Berkeley to the mean streets of LA. We didn't even have the term "homeless youth" then, but retroactively that would apparently apply.
However, back then, it was pragmatically possible to meet and mix things up with quite a lot of people, which also led directly to joining households and at a affordable rate even for one in my position then. This same premise also often led directly to various work, gigs, and other pursuits. Same held true in any number of other cities, towns, whatever of the time. Imagine that. And no "case management".
A typical stance for those that make their living inserting themselves between people and homes is to "adv ocate" for various "services" [theirs, of course] instead or as concommitant. The demonstrated Housing First successes have manifestly proven otherwise,while the dubious "services" have perpetuated and/or worsened homelessness for quite a long time now.
And just what requires New Constructions to do Housing First? Nothing.
Timothy Counts: Do you have any sources and math to back that up?
And, regardless, the State of California is far more skilled at budget and spending management than Oakland. So, there is no comparison of management risk.
I'm a California native. My grandparents and parents here came out of the dust bowl... Picked fruit and cotton in central valley when they got here... Did what they had to, to survive. Okies had to deal with sundown towns too. This what people did. I'm baffled at what goes on now. People seem willing to live in what is effectively a cave to avoid change.
Please, someone explain this to me.
Local police departments are not obliged to enforce federal immigration laws for good reasons. One, it makes the job of keeping the community safe much harder, because witnesses to crimes who are undocumented are afraid to come forward. Many families in Oakland and around the country have mixed immigration status, by the way. Two, honoring ICE detainees is expensive, because it requires keeping people in jail beyond after they've served their time in state custody. Three, under federal immigration law, ICE detainers are requests, not orders, and local police are also not obliged to deputize their officers as immigration agents. Kate Steinle's death was a heartbreaking tragedy, no question about that, and so it's understandable that people feel passionately about it, and are dismayed that the man responsible was released by San Francisco. He should never have been transferred to SF in the first place, because of his prior deportation orders, but one bizarre tragedy should not dictate policy. In fact, studies show that immigrants as a group commit far fewer crimes than American citizens. I am speaking as an expert here; I am an immigration attorney.
The state of California could have saved tens of billions of dollars had they run their bonds and banking through a state bank when the 2008 crash happened.
Getting them to set up a bank will be near impossible as long as we let the banks buy elections.
" .....the state threatening to take money away, and the feds threatening to take money away, and various expenses the city has that it cant afford, and to know that a public bank could solve those problems."
This says it all.
Being the custodian of the assets of others is not the same as gaining a new source of revenue. The inability to distinguish and respect the differences between the two elementary concepts (assets, revenue) has led to many financial disasters/
No doubt, the temptation to plunder a new pot of someone else's money would be irresistible. The pathetic track record of fiscal management of Oakland speaks for itself.
Oakland needs to learn how to manage its own money before it earns the right to manage other people's money. But, abusing the power over other people's money is so much easier. Anyone remember the last banking crisis and how it happened?
gee how the time flies, seems like just yesterday that the stores were in their heyday, but, all good things come to an end. i am sure the city will be glad to see the success of the housing project in any case. when SEARS goes, everything must follow, though.
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