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Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Interesting. My last response seems to have been removed. It was neither anonymous or pseudonymous

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Vivian, I've lived in Oakland for over 20 years now and I'm born and bred in the east bay a long time ago. I saw Oakland when it had a functioning downtown (only now reviving). I saw crony politicians line their pockets when BART construction was allowed to strangle downtown, just as it did in Richmond. I watched Don Perata and others spend much needed city dollars to line the pockets of the owners of the Raiders in the name of "civic pride".

Let's see... There was a gun battle downtown, just outside city hall a few weeks back, mid-day no less. Working girls are obvious on international even after the "Celest Guape"/OPD debacle. There was also the mysterious fire at an almost completed development just off of West MacArthur a few months back. The city council member who used city resource to tamper with development s/he didn't like. That all sounds VERY lawful to me.

And yes it IS better. San Pablo avenue is no longer infested with drug dealers 24/7. I hear fewer gun shots now. There is development going on all over the place in spite the obstructionist activity of "social justice warriors" who are against any improvements that don't solve all problems perfectly the first time out or don't directly serve some neighborhood or other.

And Dave D, you're absolutely correct, no housing built does make gentrification worse not better. Yes, like it or not, supply and demand ARE a factor that can't be ignored or wished away.

Cars, per se, aren't the problem. Gas guzzling SUVs, monster trucks and what I like to refer to as land yachts are. Relatively cheap status symbols.

Replace them with bikes I hear you say and bike lanes. I dare you to safely carry the kids that way... Or transport groceries. I did that for a while too.

Unless we choose to go to densities that people seem to find unacceptable, it just doesn't work. Oddly those status symbols, at least in Oakland, seem to be more in the hands of people of color. so now we have another problem... The replacement of those working vehicles has a significant impact negative impact on the very population we're trying to help!

Transit, great idea. Show me the money to build AND maintain it. I pay my taxes, I'm sure you pay yours. Many don't and that most especially includes those pseudo citizens, corporations, who play property transfer games to avoid paying their fair share.

I know I don't have a whole lot of answers. I have a pretty good idea going after the latest administration is probably not the best idea.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Oakland is a "lawless abandoned zone"? When did Bruce last look around Oakland? There's residential development underway in many parts of Oakland, crime rates are down, and the population citywide is higher than ever. The problem is that the increase in real estate prices is leaving many existing residents "out in the cold".

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 02/15/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Wheres the water going to come from for all new residents/growth? I never hear it mentioned in any of these proposals.

Posted by bill h on 02/15/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

What are the reasons for the redactions in these police reports?

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 02/15/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

bart has more than enough capacity, they
have to learn longer trains, an extra 2-3 cars per train would solve many
problems, teach the public new ideas,
just don't remove seats for more standee's, maybe bart's hysterical board
should be forced to ride their wet dream, STANDING UP

Posted by bandit on 02/15/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Court-Appointed Attorney Taking Over Oakland Mayor’s Investigation of Mishandled OPD Sex-Scandal Case

The decdes old issue with the scandalous sexual play on & off duty with California Law Enforcement is across the board. Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department & infamous on & off duty play. Sheriff Hall "Chrous Practice" in the 1980's. Richmond Police. San Pablo Police. Santa Cruz. CHP. Colusa Sheriff Departments.

And just how can I do I know ? I was involved as a mistress, girlfriend, lay of choice, piece of #!/. And what happened after I finally found self esteem ? I was the only one punished. Some was reported back then however most was silenced. Especially the drunking escapades involving SWAT team members, not taking calls due to other priorities, and perjury laden cases.

Posted by Jessica Ramey-Gillam on 02/15/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

great piece on where the fire stands in history on a personal level, but also in oakland's history. also simultaneously prompts us to think about how we can do better in the city of oakland.

Posted by jMO on 02/15/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Almodóvar Redeems Himself with Julieta

Not a single scene, in all its crayon box beauty, was believable. I had read other reviews that called it a melodrama but even then I was not prepared for how false this movie , supposedly delineating a woman's life (topic for another time-directors who supposedly make women's movies because we're such a distinct species ...remember Woody Allen?) and her guilt over, what, being mildly pissed that her husband had been bedding her friend all along and even though she knew that from the get.
I was also prepared for a bleak flick given the topic was the estrangement of a beloved daughter. But it was not believable so I simply didn't care. When it ended abruptly, I was just glad to go home to my warm house after sitting in a cold theater watching time pass.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 02/15/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

"The Bay Areas previous mega-projects, such as BARTs Transbay Tube and the federal highway systems, delivered access to top jobs, good schools, and healthy neighborhoods for predominantly white, affluent suburbanites."

What a load of bull. The Transbay Tube provides access to jobs for all people, regardless of skin color. BART has several stops in predominantly ethnic communities like West Oakland, Fruitvale, East Oakland, and Richmond. To say otherwise is to perpetuate alternative facts. Even suburban extensions to places like Pittsburg/Bay Point do a good job of serving non-white passengers.

The federal highway system allowed white flight, where people could live in suburban communities far from their jobs in the city. The suburbs provided the good schools and healthy neighborhoods, not the highways themselves. Nice try, though.

Building no housing at all makes gentrification worse than building new housing does. The basic economic concept of supply and demand applies whether you believe in it or not. So do we want transit-accessible gentrification, or do we want car-oriented gentrification that makes it even more difficult for displaced people to access their jobs and schools? I'll take the former, please.

Posted by Dave D on 02/15/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

Geeee Whiz! We need housing. Lets make a piece of real estate into a useless shaking of fingers in the face of "the man". Ghost ship was operation before Mayor Schaaf came into office and by all reports for at least 3 administrations; complete with reported incidents that were not acted upon.

Call that corruption if you like, but also recall the "communities" efforts to stop investigations (slow to a halt) of other existing similar situations, fully supported by certain members of the city council supported by by the "community".

This isn't about about corrupt politics (of which there is much) but of a bunch of spoiled, over grown children wanting to deflect responsibility from themselves.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Attorney Taking Over Oakland Mayor’s Investigation of Mishandled OPD Sex-Scandal Case

The more that I learn about the disorder and just plain incompetence of the Trump administration, the more I see parallels with Oakland's city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/15/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

The plain and simple fact is the Oakland has been a lawless abandoned zone since the residential flight to the suburbs... That jobs mostly didn't follow.

Now it costs too much to live that far out and there is an awareness of the impact on the environment of doing that, so people want to live closer in. That means people won't tolerate the chaos that it has been.

The privileged crypto-anarachists who moved here and want no change are pitching well voiced arguments cast as social justice to obstruct needed change and improvements.


By the way, lives DO matter. What doesn't matter is who is doing the shooting. It needs to STOP!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “New Documents Reveal Oakland Officials Were Aware of Ghost Ship’s Numerous Problems: Raves, Kidnapping, Battery, Assault, And More

Interesting... Oakland Warehouse Coalition wants the city to "slow down" and at the same time is embarrassed by the total inaction Ghost Ship represents.

I don't think you can really have it both ways. I suspect, and can't prove, that a less targeted audit of this type of situation will show the the "community" is incapable of the self policing and presents a significant liability to the larger community of the tax payers and more general residents of the city of Oakland.

In the article, we have a quote from Matt Hummel telling of responses to Mothers Cookies by OPD... Regular enough that he was assigned to show them around. This would seem, in and of itself, to indicate a problem... Regular OPD visits in response to complaints?! Were this a "regular" multi-tenet dwelling the city has taken very direct steps to clear the problem in the past.

Oh wait... these are "artists"... "Eccentrics"... Part of the "culture" of Oakland and we need to protect them and their way of life. Part and parcel of the lawless wild west/abandoned zone that Oakland has been and are hell bent keeping it that way.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/15/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

I appreciate the local perspective on a situation that has been highly politicized. The sad thing is that people died in this tragedy. The why and the how and the what to do next may never be answered because the solution is not simple. Many voices must continue to be heard. Thank you for this balanced article.

Posted by SweetG on 02/15/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “'A Modern Day Ruin': A Writer On His Visits to the Ghost Ship Site

The Ghost Ship should for ever stand as a testament to the incompetence and corruption throughout the city of Oakland from citizens who lacked the common sense to report and demand compliance to the most basic of building standards to govt officials from the mayors office to police, fire and building inspection departments and their employees.
Ps - have you nothing better to do - really ?

Posted by Declan on 02/14/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

You should also talk to Lateefah Simon. Racial equity is her day job!

Posted by Ian Monroe on 02/14/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Nonprofit Sues Coca-Cola, 'Big Soda' Lobbyist Group Over 'Following The Tobacco Playbook'

Great campaign by the Praxis Project, although given the power of advertising in the United States, it's difficult to curb the deceptiveness of ads. Free speech in this country has for the most part become the freedom to engage in commercial speech. Last year, for example, ad revenues totaled about $320 billion -- nearly 60% of what we spend on public schools K-12.

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 02/14/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents Call on CalPERS to Divest

Absolutely agree with all positions opposing continued funding of DAPL(and any other fossil fuel infrastructure investments)for all the reasons mentioned.
To those who say staying invested is more powerful in terms of changing their activities, I say on the contrary: Divesting until such time as the company complies with the wishes of its investors(the people ofCALpers)will be a much more powerful way to effect changes that leaves the way open to reinvest.
Secondly, it is the money of the people of CALpers. They get to decide whether the place they invest it meets their ethical and moral standards. Anything else is placing profits over people and life. Get busy finding and funding Green Infrastructure to look at long term benefits, which are not necessarily measured in dollars, to the people who recive CALpers.

Diana Richardson

Posted by Diana Richardson on 02/14/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “High-Level City Staff Knew of Police Sex Crimes Months Before Oakland Mayor Says She Was Informed

Do you crypto-anarchists really think the mayor is aware of every action going on at every level? Why is this article significant?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/14/2017 at 8:07 AM

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