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Re: “Bay Area Law Enforcement and Media Failed a Survivor of Sexual Exploitation.

Everything but the mic drop.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 09/28/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 28, 2016

Why the **** are we allowing the legalization of recreational marijuana to be smoked??? When we are trying to reduce cancer rates and other diseases linked to tobacco and marijuana use. OF course there are always fools who are reckless with their health. Sure grandpa may have smoked for 200 hundred years--but he had emphysema and was reduced to a very small world around him. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SUFFER LIKE HE AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS DID SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DISRESPECTED WHAT WAS A SACRED ELEMENT OF OUR ABORIGINEE'S CULTURE THAT WAS NOT DONE ON A RECREATIONAL BASIS. WHY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL WARMING BY ADDING MORE UNNECESSARY CO2 TO THE ATMOSPHERE SMOKING AND HEATING UP OUR PLANET? Recreational use of any substance that is intended for medication is an inappropriate use and inappropriate behavior.

I have nothing against the use of marijuana for medical uses--when the delivery system is not burned or smoked, chewed but as a health care worker --I see medical marijuana as a positive thing in medicine. That said Recreational use of drugs leads to people not being in control of their lives they are driven by the drug of their recreational choice--we see this most easily in tobacco smokers where they will defend the right to smoke and fight you over it and they do not know that they often smell bad and cannot find the pleasure of good taste of foods they eat like those who are not inappropriate in such matters.

Lets helped stop global warming world wide by stop unnecessarily contributing CO2 to the world's atmosphere--we were not designed to smoke to begin with or use tobacco et al. We can save billions of dollars by not smoking or using other delivery systems and be much healthier.

Posted by ludwig on 09/28/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Will Revenue From Legalizing Marijuana and Passing Proposition 64 Mostly Go To Police?

Thank you, Mr. Downs, for this straightforward and concise response to all the wack disinformation and fear-mongering from weed dealers collaborating with the cops and others to prolong the monsterous crime against humanity that is cannabis prohibition while hypocritically hiding behind patients in order to line their own pockets free from regulation, taxes, and especially competition from legitimate businesses.

Maybe next you could likewise eviscerate the “Big Marijuana” bogeyman being pushed by, coincidentally(!), *both* the weed dealers and cops, etc.; you know, the “corporate takeover” of the industry that hasn’t happened in Colorado or Washington, and isn’t happening in Oregon or Alaska, despite none of those states’ regulatory regimes including the protections for small cannabis businesses found in Prop 64, like no grow licenses over an acre until 2023 …

Posted by Miles Monroe on 09/28/2016 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

I appreciate Luke's reviews and articles, not that I always agree with him. If the point of this article was to expose "whitewashed" ethnic cuisine, perhaps he shouldn't have used Asians (hapa Korean guy and Japanese woman) cooking kebabs as an example. Just about every country/culture has it's version of kebabs or meat on a stick. And yes that includes Europeans/white people: Greeks, Italians, Serbs, Russians, etc... You know parts of Europe were once parts of the Ottoman, and Persian empires, and that influenced the cuisine. I get the whitewashing complaint. I'm a white guy, but I was annoyed when they cast Tilda Swinton (still a great actress) to play 'The Ancient One' in 'Doctor Strange'. But as far as "cooking other peoples' food goes": If I'm having dinner in a Korea town restaurant, frankly I don't give a shit if the cook is Mexican, as long as the food tastes good. But that's never a complaint, only when a gringo cooks ethnic food does it become "cultural appropriation". It seems that term has become a default negative in the minds of some of my fellow liberals. I suppose I shouldn't celebrate lunar new year with my Asian family, because it's cultural appropriation. Give me a break. People migrate, cultures and cuisines mix. Having said all that, If white rock star chefs insist on opening these ethnic restaurants, I prefer they at least employ some Thai (as an example) cooks and staff. When I go to a Chinese restaurant, and there's a white waitress who can't speak a word of Chinese, I'm not going to trust the food.

Posted by Brian Rogers on 09/28/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I agree with the last comment. Fuck Prime 100%. RIP T Mack and Craig.

Posted by blaseblase on 09/28/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

Can the Feds get a hold of you mj license and deny you a firearm

Posted by ANeed2know on 09/27/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

property owners who illegally raise the rent will not be stopped by more laws - they already don't care what the laws are. It will still be on their renters to report the abuses, as it is now. This law may not be designed to punish law-abiding property owners but that is the effect.
Instead of Oakland collecting higher fees for more laws, why don't they enforce the ones they already have?

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 09/27/2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I appreciate the value of your article, but have to take issue that Prime Gallery is named among artist collectives that "threw late-night events without attracting law-enforcement attention." They're characterized as this underground venue that was nurturing of a diverse community, and portrayed as victims of neighbors who watched them as though under a telescope.

This is a gross misrepresentation of this particular scene, which was comprised of teens and early 20 somethings that would leave shattered liquor bottles for blocks around. Kids from the parties would tag on residences, local businesses, and neighborhood murals. In less than a year, the small gatherings had escalated into weekly block parties that would prevent traffic from passing and would bring cops well into the morning hours. Neighbors confronted them several times, particularly after gun shots were fired.

It is true that eventually they were removed from the space. Tragically, this was not before their August eviction party culminated in the murders of two young men. Prime Gallery should not be portrayed as a loss to Oakland's art and music culture - it was an inevitable explosion that was not diffused in time.

Posted by Long Memory on 09/26/2016 at 11:26 PM

Re: “A People-Focused Solution

Very nice and informative article here. I was searching for the same form some time ago and found a great service with a huge forms library. By the way, if anyone is facing a problem of filling FL 12.928, I've found a template here http://pdf.ac/2KTAwL. You also can esign the form and fax it.

Posted by verline_manahan on 09/26/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Craft Beer Keeps Growing, And Corporate Beer Keeps Swallowing Up Independent Breweries

So far, AB InBev hasn't messed up my favorite Goose Island brews since buying them in 2011.

Posted by Bob Koelle on 09/26/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

To the Editor and EBX Readers:
The headline and entire premise of the story are based on incorrect information.
The story reports that the Court’s order requires “city leaders” including the Mayor, City Attorney and City Administrator to report to the District Attorney reasonable suspicion that an officer committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.
However, that is not true.
As you can see from a quick reading of the relevant section of the order (it’s only two sentences), the requirement doesn’t apply to or even mention the Mayor, City Attorney or City Administrator, nor does it apply to the Court-appointed Monitor/Compliance Director or plaintiffs’ attorneys John Burris and James Chanin.
I’m writing for the sole purpose of fact checking so your readers know that the whole story is based on a misreading or perhaps a misrepresentation of the order.
Here is the entire section:
“OPD shall develop a policy to report, as soon as possible, evidence of criminal misconduct by a member/employee to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for their review and collaboration. Said report to the District Attorney shall be made when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the member/employee has been involved in a felony or serious misdemeanor.”
Your reporters only quote the second sentence, so readers don’t know that the first sentence disproves Mr. Chanin’s accusations against “city leaders” right out of the gate.
The Court order is unambiguous that the police department reports to the DA when investigators have reasonable suspicion that an officer has committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.
I ask that you correct the inaccurate language in the story that states “the decree required … city leaders to notify the district attorney.”
And at a minimum the story should note that the actual language of the order contradicts Mr. Chanin’s accusations against the City Attorney and other city leaders.

Alex Katz
Chief of Staff
Oakland City Attorney's Office

Posted by Alex Katz on 09/26/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

what happened with the tenants who did not make it out alive was the apt complex held accountable were there any settlements. my sister just recently died from an apt fire. insurance trying to dispose of the building which I am fighting them on and want to take criminal chargesa against
them

Posted by Karen D Marsh Brabham on 09/23/2016 at 2:41 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sweeping Plan for Parking

Oakland is definitely on the right track but based on some of the comments, it will take a while for folks to understand the approach. When I travel from my place in the Jack London District to downtown Berkeley or the UC campus I use public transit or park in one of the public garages. Yes, it is more expensive to park on the street. That's the idea! We do need to find more ways to get folks to/from BART. Easy for me to walk to Broadway and tale the free shuttle. All of the developers flocking to downtown Berkeley should be required to contribute to this service so it can be expanded. And it won't hurt folks to walk a few blocks. In fact, it's good exercise! Parking must also be "unbundled" from new development so it's not necessary to pay for a parking space that you might not use. The price we pay to provide "housing" for our car vehicles is absurd.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 09/22/2016 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

In the 80's the City of Atlanta gave empty schools to non-profit organizations. Many artist hubs are still in these buildings today.

Posted by Elena Ronquillo on 09/22/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Repeal Prop 13 and vote YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Seeks to Tighten Rent Control Rules

VOTE YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Seeks to Tighten Rent Control Rules

Newer landlords complaining about tenant protections and 'subsidies' should take a look at Prop 13.

It's time to repeal Prop 13, and give money back to our schools and infrastructure.
https://www.thenation.com/article/have-california-voters-finally-had-enough-of-prop-13/

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Danny Haber has a history of doing this to renters:

http://www.antievictionmap.com/danny-haber-and-alon-gutman/

In 2015, Housing activists awarded them as Eviction Profiteers Of The Year

The Negev follows failed sublettors such as Campus.com in their sharing/scalping approach to "communal" living. First using AirBnb, and later developing their own website, they take living spaces from some of the poorest residents of SRO hotels, as well as artists in Live/Work spaces, and plant tech workers in bunk beds in their place. Willing to break the law until stopped, they have been sued repeatedly by displaced tenants. The winds of the Negev are hot, and fires have been involved in displacing tenants at two of their managed properties. They have moved into Oakland as owners of the Travellers Hotel, and manager/sublettors of other properties.

The Graywood, 3308 Mission Street After Dipak Patel turned over management to the Negev Boys, the hotel burnt in a fire, along with the other buildings around it.

Mission Local

http://archives.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/residents-moving-out-of-violation-plagued-sf-tech-communes/Content?oid=2915078

http://mashable.com/2014/11/19/negev-co-op-lawsuit-san-francisco/#w0pcNo8KsOq2

1919 Market, Oakland - Live/work tenants were displaced in two days with help from Oakland City Building Department just after Haber’s 1919 Bayside LLC took over as property manager. Haber demolished the building without a demolition permit.

The Travellers Hotel, 392 11th St, Oakland - Tenants were offered buy-outs and some moved out when hotel was turned into a construction zone as rooms were remade into apartments. Elevator was taken out of commission in 6 story hotel that houses disabled residents.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

VOTE YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.


WHO is behind the campaign?

The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters is made up of a coalition of community-based groups as diverse as Oakland:

Oakland Tenants Union
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
ACCE Action (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment)
EBASE (East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy)
APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network)
EBHO (East Bay Housing Organizations)
PolicyLink
California Nurses Association (CNA)
SEIU 1021

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Renter protection laws had nothing to do with the 'numerous festering code violations'. The landlords and the City of Oakland chose to ignore code violations. Now the City of Oakland chooses to ignore the scope of work exceeding the permits that were pulled. This is not an isolated issue.

Oakland Bldg Department has a history of ignoring code violations as soon as any permits are pulled. It's as though they are unaware of the Federal, State, and local laws they are responsible for enforcing.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:51 AM

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