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Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

@Vincent, Oakland's rent control specifies you can only raise the rent once per year per the CPI. For any additional rent increases, as of Feb 2017, you are required to petition the rental board for add' increases, with a max of 30% rent increase (this is also based on the cost of the improvement amortized over its useful life).

Tenants have the option not to relocate or decline a landlords request to improve a unit. Tenants cannot not allow a landlord into the unit to perform necessary repairs. But if a tenant obtains a restraining order against the landlord then the landlord's hands are tied.

So if a tenant is in a 1 bedroom Lake Merritt apartment for $625/month and you'd like to replace the windows of the unit, how long will it take to pay off windows which may cost $9,000 for that unit? Don't forget the windows will need to amoritized over a period of possibly 20 years.

Posted by Anika Brown 1 on 03/31/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

Truly a sad day in Oakland. A Chicago outfit, ugh. People coming from everywhere with no love for Oakland just using Oakland like a prostitute.

Posted by C. Leonard on 03/31/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

What is happening to small businesses all over the Bay Area is truly deplorable, immoral, unconscionable, and harmful to the quality of life of the neighborhoods these essential businesses serve. It is most regrettable that businesses have no rights in California beyond their initial lease. In the 60's, the City of Berkeley, in an heroic attempt, enacted commercial rent control to "save" a popular College Ave pharmacy/coffeeshop. The state stepped in and voided Berkeley's action proclaiming that commercial rent control is "preempted" by State law. This horrible situation will not change until small commercial owners come together, organize, and bring mass pressure on the legislature to change the existing law.

Posted by James Vann on 03/31/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “What to Do When ICE Raids Your Restaurant

Hey Vinnie, you just proved my points. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Rich Davis on 03/31/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Over and over again, it is the same old story. The City of Oakland illustrates it's incompetence and a determination to go to great lengths to deal with shady characters. Jabari Herbert is a decent guy, but has been around about 20 years, always promising development deals with the City of Oakland, but never putting anything in the ground. His only role appears to be as a middle man using his relationships and the process to maintain a permanent income source. Again, Council member McElheney appears to have no ethical boundaries. Her apparent relationship with Kim, a man previously convicted of insider trading and other questionable financial deals is shameful. This time folks, while she focused on interceding in a questionable real estate deal with Kim and her friends, people who lived in his substandard and knowingly dangerous property died. When will this madness stop?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/31/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “City of Richmond Approves Huge Expansion to Medical Cannabis Industry

This is the right step. It's the high 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.
Visit for a medical marijuana recommendation in California

Posted by Caroline Paige on 03/31/2017 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland's Most Delicious Neighborhood

Good going, Luke! It's also worth pointing out that there's good food in Chinatown after midnight -- especially at New Gold Medal and Shooting Star.

And has anyone else noticed (once beyond the stink) how similar durian tastes to marzipan??? Talk about East/West fusion!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/31/2017 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Your reviews have always been spot-on, and your net widely cast. You'll be missed! Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/30/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Corrupt financial dealings are bad enough.

A government which fails to provide for the public safety because it is too busy doing fishy deals really needs to be taken down.

Didn't we create and fund a Public Ethics Commission a couple of years ago? What is that august body up to?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/30/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

Sad news for Oakland. This shop has been a beloved gathering spot for years. We love you, Nate....

Posted by towngurl4eva on 03/30/2017 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Yes, thank you, Darwin. Once again, documents reveal totally corrupt City of Oakland officials 1) enriching private citizens at public expense, and 2) aiding and abetting the operation of a large apartment building without legally required fire safety equipment, leading to 4 deaths.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/30/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “The Back Room

Great intimate venue with a hip big city vibe and great sound system - almost went 4 stars for lack of drinks, but actually that makes it even cooler - bring exactly whatever you want to drink! Pro tip: bring a small cooler and consider offering the band a drink!

Posted by Xeno David Rasmusson on 03/30/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Public Banks and pot will solve all our problems! Whose smoking what?

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 03/30/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “The Beat Won’t Go On: Chicago Landlord Evicts Coffee With A Beat, Longtime Adams Point Shops

I'm sure all the pro-big money, Ayn Rand types love this news. Adams Point looks more and more like a frat/sorority house in Santa Barbara exploded and all the bros and Ohmygerd girls landed there

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

Residents of the nearby 40th street neighborhood as well as the larger community have concerns regarding noise, parking, traffic and the impact on the neighborhood--particularly having a corporate giant in what is now a thriving small business hub at 40th and Broadway.
Please view our petition/comments to the City Planning Commission of Oakland below, and sign if you support us! Deadline is noon April 3rd.

Posted by D. Stasko on 03/30/2017 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Nyum Bai Wants to Expand Your Vocabulary of Asian Noodle Soups

Sounds delicious. Too bad it's in Emeryville, the most ill-planned mall-town in California.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

I don't care if GE wants to tear down the building. Make them clean up their mess. Keep them in court until they do. People should be able to be safe anywhere on the property, after GE is gone. A concrete cap is GE's way of disparaging Oakland and leaving pollution to float through the aquafer. GE's final "screw you!"

Posted by Joan Soo on 03/30/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “What to Do When ICE Raids Your Restaurant

Hey Rich, what imaginary world are you living in? ICE just shot and killed a man in Chicago the other day. There are numerous reports of ICE enforcing Dump's inane and ridiculous command. Why not do something called an internet search? And why shouldn't citizens or sensible politicians bash the current regime? Dump and his swamp creatures are the source of some of the most disgusting and assbackwards policy changes in US history.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “AB InBev’s Corporate Craft Brand Isn’t Coming to Oakland To Make Beer Buddies. It’s Coming To Dominate.

Most beer drinkers in the Bay Area will support a locally owned shop rather than some nasty corporate conglomerate. Of course the ex-frat and sorority newcomer/carperbaggers will flock to it like they flock to Chipotle over real Mexican food. They can have it. This just means less obnoxious behavior in beer pubs for the rest of us. Feel sorry for the neighbors. As we know the City of Oakland doesn't give a sh*t about people who live here, only about $$$ for their political campaigns and their real estate cronies like slumlord scumbag Keith Kim.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

@Anika, that is simply not true. Rent control is NOT stopping landlords from making repairs, greed is.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:45 PM

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