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Maybe a soft-pedaled anarchist perspective shouldn't dominate EBX pages so much? Only a minority of readers engage with it.
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It's Darwin lining up for his next outsider rant. Take a few moments and google him to figure out his POV. Privileged out of state type who feels justified to waggle his finger at the natives.
What a nutty article.
Idiot. We should be so lucky to have Uber here.
The real question is why re these homeless here? Laziness. Put them to work and give them vouchers to pay for low income housing in Richmond. Sound good?
Did any of you visit The Promise Land Village?The park was not a park, it's a grassy area under a freeway with a basketball court and a dog park. . The Village was bringing much needed support to a community of people. You could get a hot meal and a cup of hot coffee, use the bathroom, take a hot shower, talk with the community, get services assistance and medical care, all volunteer. Every encampment in Oakland deserves porta potties and washing stations. It costs under $500 a month to provide these basic necessities. The whole city would feel lifted if driving around people saw these basic services provided on the street. Taxpayers, I believe, would feel good about how their money was being spent. Did you know many homeless people hold down jobs? We don't have a housing crisis in Oakland. The City explained there are 3000 properties city owned being strangled by liens. What we have is a HUMANITY CRISIS. We don't care about each other. Every person brought into this world deserves love, shelter, food, clothes- a chance. We can't ignore the history that has brought us here, and we can't let that history stop us from moving forward with grace and intelligence. We have the skills to meet everyone's needs. Money is an excuse. We all need to look into our own hearts and support loving solutions that force the community to take responsibility for everything around them including those people who find themselves at this time addicted to drugs, homeless, living on poverty, or marginalized for any reason. This is just the beginning. Housing and dignity for all of Oakland will be a reality! #feedthepeople #asiansforblacklives #housinganddignityforall
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Unfortunately, this was not a city issue at all. As tenants of the state of CA we the people of the city of Oakland had a simple choice. Have the park or have nothing. Caltrans does not mess around. So Oakland could not either. All the residents can come join us on Northgate Ave. We welcome all comers and have a large supportive community focused on positive change.
I'm sure this is going to have a HUGE impact.
The City owned parcel at Oak Knoll is in the southeast corner of of the site adjacent to an existing single family neighborhood. Historically, Oak Knoll was in a Redevelopment District and the city's intent was always to have the affordable housing obligation from this site be satisfied with the developers obligation helping finance actual construction of affordable units off site. As I recall, the Oak Knoll redevelopment area was combined with the MacArthur Redevelopment area to facilitate that construction in a more appropriate area. I mean more appropriate in terms of site constraints of this hillside parcel, compatibility with surrounding mixed uses and availability of transit and services for future occupants of the affordable units that Oak Knoll does not offer. Having a policy about affordability above I-580 is a noble goal. However, each site still has to be evaluated on it's own merit.This city parcel is not a great site for affordable housing. The portion of the proposed development that may be more suitable would be in the flatter portion of the site where multiple family or senior housing is proposed by the developer. That would require a land exchange or commitment from the developer to satisfy all or part of the requirement on site as opposed to paying an in lieu fee.This option would still place affordable housing on a somewhat isolated site with difficult public transit and service options.
$300K per year for the new Chief, OK.
Spending is the best entertainment, if you've got the cash. I guess city hall has got the cash, just like I do.
The complete relevant city document includes even more entertaining spending. When (not if) the new Chief takes a powder from Oakland, she gets a year's pay in consolation. That's a nice pleasure hit for city hall to anticipate. You need to plan for the future!
Not to wander too far off topic, the document which supposedly is devoted to the required spending for the new Chief mentions a couple more ka-chings, one real and one potential. There was a headhunter consultant hired to help city hall spend the $300K for the Chief. There is no amount specified for this joyful advice but I'm willing to bet that it's signficantly more than the $50K pocket change I like to carry for homeless requests streetside and waitperson/bartender tipping restaurantside.
Last, there's a tiny paragraph in the document upping the potential pay for the City Administrator to $325K. That is good planning by city hall for future spending joy!
Oakland, the town with the happiest city hall! My town!
Good work, Abel!!
@Matthew: Concillors and their staff can work on more than one problem at a time, ya know
Abel, you should be more worry about the Ghost Ship fire
Many people submitted letters of opposition including a petition with over 100 names. Unfortunately not everyone can attend these meetings. Some need to be home to care for family or are at work.
To clarify, the name of the documentary referenced in the article is TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui (Telosmovie.com). The film chronicles Tssui's ultimately fruitless quest to build a structure in Mount Shasta and does a great job of capturing Tssui's eccentricity as well as his unshakeable perseverance. Highly recommended.
We always have to question who the vandals are. Often, they are undercover police from one agency or another, deliberately damaging the reputation of the genuine protestors. The so-called anarchists who show up at nearly every demo are probably a prime example. Newspapers like the Express should be more aware of this and report it.
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