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Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Idiot. We should be so lucky to have Uber here.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

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?

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 02/07/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

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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Re: “Cat-sturbating

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Posted by Julet Welson on 02/07/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

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.

Posted by Nate Moon on 02/06/2017 at 9:45 PM
Posted by Robert Hope on 02/06/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Become First City To Boycott Companies That Work On Trump's Border Wall

I'm sure this is going to have a HUGE impact.

/s

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/06/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Town Business: Affordable Housing in the Hills; $300,000 Police Chief; Cell Phone Surveillance Policy

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.

Posted by Gary Patton on 02/06/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Town Business: Affordable Housing in the Hills; $300,000 Police Chief; Cell Phone Surveillance Policy

$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!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/06/2017 at 10:58 AM
Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 02/05/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Become First City To Boycott Companies That Work On Trump's Border Wall

@Matthew: Concillors and their staff can work on more than one problem at a time, ya know

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 02/05/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Become First City To Boycott Companies That Work On Trump's Border Wall

Abel, you should be more worry about the Ghost Ship fire

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/05/2017 at 11:47 AM

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

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.

Posted by Charlie Chan on 02/05/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Architect Eugene Tssui Might Be the Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

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.

Posted by Daniel Baum on 02/05/2017 at 10:16 AM

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

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.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 02/05/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Well Solomon, I can't speak for all of the "crazy" homeowners here, but let me attempt to respond to your comments myself. I do not have a "poisonous" attitude towards the homeless. I do however have a strong dislike for our ineffective and inept City of Oakland Administration. Time and time again, their inability and unwillingness to say "no," make hard decisions, or desire not to offend anyone, has cost the TAX PAYER (i.e. HOMEOWNER, businessOWNER) money. Whether it's the sure lawsuits from the Ghostship fire, the original Raider coliseum lease, an OPD sex scandal, whatever, I'm tired of being on the hook for the financial liability. Specific to this article, the dwellings were unsanctioned, and definitely not built to code. With Oakland's track record, it was a disasterfu%& waiting to happen. Based on all the other encampments popping up around the City, the encampment probably would of gone overlooked had people not started building structures. Like COME TF ON!!! Building a dwelling on government property?!!! So yes, I'm ecstatic this crap got torn down before something happened. And no, I don't hate the homeless, but I refuse to condone anything that's going to put me on the hook for the payout when the AVOIDABLE disaster strikes.

Now as a TAXPAYER, perhaps I wouldn't have so much of a problem if I was getting the services MY TAXES entitled me to. Perhaps I wouldn't have so much of a problem if the City's tolerance to these encampments and "eye-sores" was spread evenly throughout the Districts. Let this crap happen in Temescal, or Montclair...oh but wait, it wouldn't!!! Can't get OPD to respond to jack (because they're too "busy"), public works can't clean up the blight and illegal dumping (because they're too "busy"), parking enforcement keeps driving by obviously abandoned and uninhabited cars (because they're too "busy" - and won't call a tow truck)...the list goes on and on. But because I'm a HOMEOWNER, I'm expected to suck it all up? I hate making assumptions, but Solomon, I'm going to make one about you (and please correct me if I'm wrong)...I'd venture to say you don't live in the vicinity of an Oakland homeless encampment. The trash, the noise, the human waste, the smells, the car break-ins, the blight, it's unacceptable.

Any who, that's all I have to say about that.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 02/04/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Asks Judge to Throw Out Coal Lawsuit

Unfortunately, this is what the City of Oakland gets for continuing to do business with this character, who acts as if he is entitled to Oakland's public land and resources, and expects to be given public money for his projects. This lawsuit is being funded by big coal and their investors to force this on the residents of Oakland. This is an important fight that is less about the few permanent jobs it could generate, but more about the agenda of corporations to take over public resources for their interests.

Posted by Momasaid Momasaid on 02/04/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

I notice that a lot of these comments seem to be homeowners that have a poisonous attitude against homeless people. I understand that property is expensive, but why does that make you hate homeless people? It doesn't even make any sense. You people are crazy. People are homeless for a lot of complicated reasons, you can't assume anything except that these people are down on their luck. And you have no empathy because you pay property tax and they don't? Maybe the problem is that you are paying too many taxes and are placing too much financial value on your home. It sounds more like a prison to me. Maybe you are jealous because homeless people seem to be free of that. You pay a lot of taxes, but now why doesn't any of that go to homeless services? Hm? Did you ever think of that? Where does all that money go to? It's not helping you, it's not helping them. Who is gaining from all that tax influx?

Posted by Solomon Russell on 02/04/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Nyum Bai: Cambodian Street Noodles Find a Home in an Emeryville Food Court

This was excellent. Thank you for your article.

Nice to find another broth, quite different from pha & many others, but absolutely delicious.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/04/2017 at 4:35 PM

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