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and the house or cards came tumbling
down, and p.t. barnum smiled
At Charlie Pine:
You say: "Prof. Auerbach might know law, but he clearly does not understand the first thing about comparative price elasticities, taught to students in micro-economics class."
Given that he is the former chair of UC Berkeley's economics department, was deputy chief of staff on the U.S. Joint Committee of Taxation, was the President of the National Tax Association, and has a Ph.D in economics from Harvard, I think he might know something about price elasticity.
Aside from his credentials, you didn't refute Prof. Auerbach's point: if store owners could raise the prices of other goods to make more profit, why didn't they do this regardless of the soda tax?
What's happening to Oakland's Chinatown? I was there about 2 months ago and it looked shabby, rundown and on its way to oblivion....Why?
My issue with this article is that there are several great black chefs in Oakland that own restaurant's, popups, trucks or are caterers and no one EVER asks us what we think about all of these restaurants that also have a play on soul food too. Where do the African American Chefs come into play or EVEN get recognized!
Growing up in a setting of poverty and hopelessness can torture a person's psyche and make them feel like there's no way out but violence. But poverty didn't force these kids to pocket their pistols when heading out to the party. They made that decision. This was no accident.
This isn't a case of robbing a store to feed a starving family. This isn't a case of desperation or necessity. This is a case of hot-headed kids with guns they shouldn't have, whose value for human life has been crushed so low that being "disrespected" (or whatever other bullshit happened in that argument) is enough cause for them to murder without a second thought.
The gun-packing kids could probably be considered victims on a societal level and their social setting certainly helped to corrupt them this way—but there is also an inner evil here that must be considered if we ever hope to expunge it and end this random violence.
I couldn't help but notice that street repairs in my already-adequately-paved neighborhood near Lake Merritt are ongoing, while West Grand Ave. is like the surface of the freaking moon, nearly shaking apart the bus I take to work every day.
Could it be that there's a resource allocation problem? Are "nicer" neighborhoods with more lobbying power grabbing more of the money away from the torn-up neighborhoods that actually need it? It sure looks like it from here.
"Renderings" means pretty pictures designed to fool people into thinking there's a real plan.
I appreciate comments by Alexis and Fremont here. The issue of usurping other people's cultural heritage and profiting - both egotistically and materially - by assimilating elements for the appreciation of higher class people makes me sad, even as a middle class white man from the Fruitvale. Yet, while I highly value origin and history, I also am burdened with a tongue schooled in locally-grown, grass-fed, sustainable, bla bla, the value of which I cherish supporting in my defiance of industrial corporate food production. The race issue in Tsai's article is symptomatic of our shared American problem rooted in wealth differences, wealth is glamorized, envied, disdained, yet tacitly accepted. While I feel conflicted about Ramen Shop/Tacubayu/Comal/etc, I also can appreciate the audience that has enabled this creative and disciplined expression of food. While I lament the influx of bearded gentry into our Bay oasis, I cherish the educated/artistic/activist culture that existed before and laid the groundwork for appreciation of values in food.
"Moore, on the other hand, said he only hopes that The Kebabery might act as a kind of gateway for the type of customer who will drive out of their way to dine at a Russell Moore restaurant, but might never set foot in any of the Bay Area's many excellent traditional kebab restaurants."
This is exactly the problem isn't it? That is exactly what's going to happen because he is making a "low/dirty" cuisine "safe" for white palettes. And the presence of his restaurant in this neighborhood is making a "low/dirty" neighborhood safe for people who would have never set foot there. He clearly has no interest in catering to the traditionally working class, primarily colored residents in this neighborhood. Rather, he is another person looking to capitalize on the comparatively lower rents in North/West Oakland because he knows that his upper class white clientele will follow. And when they do, they will have the same "epiphany" that West Oakland is actually not as bad as they thought it was and that it's "actually pretty cool and gritty". More hip restaurants by popular chefs and coffee shops will come (as if there aren't enough) and people with money will follow along with higher rents, continuing the rampent spread of gentrification in West Oakland.
In Moores case, The Kebabery itself isn't the problem. It's the location, and the lie that he is telling himself and the community that his intention is to contribute to the the existing neighborhood. Unless we're talking truly accessible price points and a truly welcoming and unpretentious vibe, I will continue to see this as exploitative.
HELLO WOW another new restaurant, so many coming in to West Oakland,and no local people will get jobs, or afford to eat. Over the years I've tried to get to know people and try for a job--no luck. a few weeks ago, that guy from NY was right--'what's next ? more outsiders, so locals lose out
The City of Oakland has Wells Fargo in court for predatory lending...
Jerry Brown permitted the banks to engage in this criminal activity while he was Attorney General...
Brown cut city services while he was Mayor of Oakland and put Oakland in a deeper hole with the refinance of the predatory loan that the city had made with Goldman Sachs the year before he became Mayor...
At the same time that the bank was engaged in stealing homes in Oakland, they were engaged in a relationship with El Chapo Guzman's drug cartel...
The relationship generated $378 billion over an 18 month period...
Wells has been allowed to keep the profits from the predatory lending as well as from the relationship with Guzman.
All of the other banks have been given the same preferential treatment. this is why there is such a disparity in wealth and income in America...
Wells Fargo should be force to give Oakland $378 billion!!!
Read Facebook for the rest of this story,
"Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?"
Regards, Allen Sanford
What a great article that says it all. All you left out was the example of how Paula Dean appropriated recipes, and labor and a false identity to create her empire.
I've been saying it for years.....The U. S. has been held hostage, to the collective juvenile ego of American white people while they've been learning how to cook. Yes that's what we've been witness to....white people learning to cook. (Remember before this 'movement', white households ate, canned foods and frozen dinners.)
Yes, white people learning about food from growing it to preparing it; white people learning about spices and how they flavor and enhance meats and vegetables, white people discovering the foods of other cultures...oh I could go on, but the thing that gets me, is how the white mind, in it's inherent arrogance, now wishes to proclaim it's supremacy in the realm of food growing and cooking ~ When in fact, they are the last participant to the party. They are just now learning things, that Black, Latino, and Asian, and native indigenous people have KNOWN FOREVER...
Yet as always...they appropriate, and then create systems of hierarchy, awarding prizes, titles and fame upon themselves for things the learned from others ( IE: All the food and cooking networks and popular TV type cook-off programs TV).
The last element in their game is the commercializing of food and cooking. Exploiting it for profit. Food ...people !!! Earth's ultimate givingness. Nutrition, fuel, emotional fulfillment for the bodies of Earth's animals - 4 and 2 legged. Talking heads in the industry give us ridiculous creative labeling on menus and at Farmer's Markets about the source of a bean. And foodies spout off these descriptions and name-drop them like a designer label groupie.
These new to the kitchen, white chefs/cooks - professional and at home ~ never realize the fools that they look like to all the rest of humanity. Like the awkward child/man on the old Mad TV show, that demanded attention, as he spastically jumped up and down, crying out, "Look what I can do!!"
We, who bear the knowledge in our genes, souls and family legacies just shake our heads, and roll our eyes while we add a pinch and retreat to the memory of the way Grandma prepared it, ....as we just 'stir on'....
When lose or tie Raider till I die! It doesn't matter where they go, they can go to Pluto, and I'm still a diehard Raider fan!
"But don't count Oakland out just yet."
As usual, the rhetoric assumes that the city needs to play the game as defined by the Raiders. Reality is the other way around. If the Raiders leave, the city is fine. Oakland doesn't need to negotiate, and we don't need to offer any public money to support the team. Mark Davis is like a tenant who doesn't pay rent and then threatens to move out. The city doesn't net anything from the team being here, but for some reason we always talk about ponying up big bucks to keep them from leaving.
McKibben says Oakland might not materialize. He means that an Oakland subsidy might not materialize. That's as it should be.
I support the soda tax, but am concerned that there's absolutely no discernible public presence of the advocates for it. I live in a poor, majority black neighborhood in north Oakland, and once or twice a week I get an expensive mailer from the beverage association, showing a small grocer, always a salt-of-the-earth nonwhite merchant, stating that he or she will be hurt by a "tax on groceries" if this law passes. If the advocates are being outspent by hundreds of thousands of dollars, why isn't there a pro-tax campaign to write letters to the editor, or op-ed pieces, or equal time rebuttals on TV and radio, none of which costs anything? There ought to be a public education campaign to the small grocers in poor areas, pointing out the damage those products do to their customers.
NO, NO, NO!!!!! LET CAPITALISM REIGN !!! NO ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING!!! NO CITY HAS EVER HELP ME TO BUY & OWN PROPERTY!!!
Planting Justice has been my favorite organization for years. It is true they are real. Their contribution to the community and society at large is massive. Keep up the good work Planting Justice.
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First - realize this is a rendering of what a stadium COULD look like, not actual plans or paid-for development
Second - the price here or there doesn't amount to a hill of beans. No one needs to outspend anyone. It all comes down to;
Third - Vegas is voting on $550-$690 million THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID BY THE RAIDERS. More income stays in Davis' pocket - most state 65% of all revenue generated goes to the Raiders.
Fourth - the best plan put forward by Oakland so far is to FINANCE 100% OF THE COST AND THE RAIDERS AND STADIUM REVENUE CAN PAY IT BACK. Less money going into Davis' pocket. The ONE thing no one has heard is what % of revenue the Raiders get to keep. And guess what - the NFL shares revenue. You not only have to convince Davis, you have to convince the NFL. The league will not let them play there for next to nothing. It doesn't matter if Oakland would produce more revenue than Vegas, if the league doesn't get much of it.
So far, there is hope on a plan that works well for Oakland...but no one else.
Right now, I do not trust any proposal originating from the Mayor's Office. Any property owner, who is not residing or registered to vote in Oakland will not be able to vote for or against this proposal. Further, I have little or no confidence in any internal City of Oakland accounting practices or capabilities. And to make matters even worse, there is no input from the City of Oakland City Auditors Office. Essentially, renters who are registered to vote can vote but property owners cannot. This is the worst proposal I have seen in years. I would urge a NO vote on this or any other tax proposal bearing the support and approval of the Oakland City Council.
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