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Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

There is actually a definition of a conflict; it is not a she said/he said affair. Here it is (http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/conflicts-of-…).

It focuses on personal financial interest; not whether a person has previously exercised their rights of free speech and association.

Posted by Justin Horner on 02/02/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

At the end of the day, all cities in the entire bay area should be approving high density housing at BART stations. After all of these years, it is time to stop allowing residents in surrounding single family neighborhoods to control the political discussion based on density, height and affordability. With that being said, the urban design challenge for the developer is to smoothly integrate the height and scale of the proposal as much as possible so that those adjacent neighborhoods are not overwhelmed. Additionally, it is not unreasonable to require these projects to dig deeper in terms of affordability as a trade off to additional heights and densities. To provide only 10% of these units at 80% of median income, in my opinion is not enough. 80% of median in this case is nearly $100,000 a year for a family 3 or 4. Providing some percentage of the units to residents earning as low as 50% of median income seems more appropriate to me. Building height next to the freeway is not a problem, but the project could do a better job stepping down the mass of the buildings to the scale of the neighborhood.

Posted by Gary Patton on 02/02/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “On the Closing of Hawker Fare

I suggest a conference specifically geared to local restaurants in the medium price & affordable price ranges to help them buy rather than rent. That way they can transcend rent increases & property ownership changes. They would be the owners.

There are several organizations specializing in these type of programs. We've got to help them target & meet restaurants.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/02/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

Dense housing doesn't need to be so, well in a word, ugly

Posted by Emily S Howard on 02/02/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

I can't delete Uber. Because I never installed Uber. Because Uber was obviously, from day one, composed of and patronized by sociopathic douches. But sure, I'm glad to see everyone else finally realizing this.

Posted by Jef Poskanzer on 02/02/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

A protest isn't a license to destroy stuff. It's actually an attempt to create something. In this case, the stuff that happened is now overshadowing the actual protest and the thing being protested. Jesus - we really need to get this shit right or hate speech and hate crimes will be able to claim oppression, which is the very thing that gave birth to Trump in the first place.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 02/02/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

I was present for this hearing and counted 42 public comments in support of the project, and only 15 in opposition. The overwhelming majority of the public speakers present at the hearing approve of this project, but someone reading this article would assume that virtually all the speakers were opposed. It's regrettable that East Bay Express took this lazy "planning commission vs. the public" approach to covering this project.

Posted by Tony Albert on 02/02/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

The author of this story definitely doesn't know anything about running a business or how it impacts the local community when they setup shop there.
Stay ignorant my friend.

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/02/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

The violence that broke out was despicable. There is no excuse for people to do that, no matter how disgusting the speaker and no matter how disgusting the words out of his mouth were.

So, ironic that this is the home of the free speech movement. Free speech is OK as long as it is in agreement with you. How hypocritical can you get?

No doubt about it:
- this Milo person is disgusting
- the violence that broke out was more disgusting
- the police needed to do something to control and disperse the violent mob and stop them from creating more harm. That is not palatable but it is also the way it has to be- they were doing their jobs.

It is really pathetic when the liberals get violent to suppress free speech. It is not about taking sides - that behavior is unacceptable.

Oh, and Trump continues to be an a**hole, as usual.....Sad.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/02/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

This is a pretty lopsided article. The vast majority of community voices were in favor of the proposal last night. I applaud the commission for approving it and hope the Council does the same.

Posted by Dominic R Lucchesi on 02/02/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Congresswoman Barbara Lee: We Must Keep Fighting For Reforms to End Gun Violence

translation: I will fight the fight while I whine and dine off from taxpayers for almost the last 20 years

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

Unanimous approval by the planning commission is far from the reality that Darwin wishes to present: one in which a large number of homes were met with staunch opposition from The Locals.

The number of people who spoke last night tallied up to 46 in favor, 14 against. Get a grip.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 02/02/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Major Paint-Manufacturing Corporations Still Owe Oakland More Than $100 Million Over Lead

Why are interim controls allowed to cover lead such as regular paint, when treatment of lead is available for the same low cost as a can of paint?? Ecobondlbp.com

Posted by Paul Barthel on 02/02/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

Emily Wheeler 1: Violence and damaging properties is not free, your presence is a big threat.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

Hate speech is not free. Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter for harassment. His presence is a threat.

Posted by Emily Wheeler 1 on 02/02/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Congresswoman Barbara Lee Discusses Trump's First Week As President

Barbara Lee has always been all talk but yet no action. What has she ever accomplish during her tenure as congresswoman? NOTHING

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

So Barbara Lee condones the beating and pepper spraying of people?

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 9:37 AM
Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “'Sanctuary State' Bill Moves Forward in California Senate

CA will soon be left out.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “The Room

Finished written and directed produced movie, rich and famous
Tommy Wiseau 1
Kelly Vance ZERO

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:36 PM

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