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Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Erik Kengaard

Well, yes, quite a lot has changed since the 1950's. Not just Berkeley, for that matter.

I didn't come to Berkeley until the end of the 1960's. I was a teenager and only had the contents of what I carried in my backpack, having immediately preferred Berkeley to the mean streets of LA. We didn't even have the term "homeless youth" then, but retroactively that would apparently apply.

However, back then, it was pragmatically possible to meet and mix things up with quite a lot of people, which also led directly to joining households and at a affordable rate even for one in my position then. This same premise also often led directly to various work, gigs, and other pursuits. Same held true in any number of other cities, towns, whatever of the time. Imagine that. And no "case management".

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/24/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

A typical stance for those that make their living inserting themselves between people and homes is to "adv ocate" for various "services" [theirs, of course] instead or as concommitant. The demonstrated Housing First successes have manifestly proven otherwise,while the dubious "services" have perpetuated and/or worsened homelessness for quite a long time now.

And just what requires New Constructions to do Housing First? Nothing.

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/24/2017 at 9:40 PM

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

I'm excited for the development this can bring to the neighborhood! Of course we hope for more small local shops, but having an anchor like that as an attraction is a great start!

Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 03/24/2017 at 9:14 PM

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

Timothy Counts: Do you have any sources and math to back that up?

And, regardless, the State of California is far more skilled at budget and spending management than Oakland. So, there is no comparison of management risk.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/24/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “The Old Mervyn's Headquarters in Hayward Underscores a Lack of Resources to Address the City's Homelessness Crisis

I'm a California native. My grandparents and parents here came out of the dust bowl... Picked fruit and cotton in central valley when they got here... Did what they had to, to survive. Okies had to deal with sundown towns too. This what people did. I'm baffled at what goes on now. People seem willing to live in what is effectively a cave to avoid change.

Please, someone explain this to me.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/24/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Local police departments are not obliged to enforce federal immigration laws for good reasons. One, it makes the job of keeping the community safe much harder, because witnesses to crimes who are undocumented are afraid to come forward. Many families in Oakland and around the country have mixed immigration status, by the way. Two, honoring ICE detainees is expensive, because it requires keeping people in jail beyond after they've served their time in state custody. Three, under federal immigration law, ICE detainers are requests, not orders, and local police are also not obliged to deputize their officers as immigration agents. Kate Steinle's death was a heartbreaking tragedy, no question about that, and so it's understandable that people feel passionately about it, and are dismayed that the man responsible was released by San Francisco. He should never have been transferred to SF in the first place, because of his prior deportation orders, but one bizarre tragedy should not dictate policy. In fact, studies show that immigrants as a group commit far fewer crimes than American citizens. I am speaking as an expert here; I am an immigration attorney.

Posted by Nora P on 03/24/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Terrence Malick's Song to Song, aka Blah Blah Land

Pretty sure Malick's films are, at this point. made for him and him alone.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/24/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Richmond Sues President Trump Over Threat To Cut Off Funds To Sanctuary Cities

Hopefully Richmond's share of funds go to my city.

Posted by Vivia Lee on 03/24/2017 at 2:42 PM

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

The state of California could have saved tens of billions of dollars had they run their bonds and banking through a state bank when the 2008 crash happened.
Getting them to set up a bank will be near impossible as long as we let the banks buy elections.

Posted by Timothy Counts on 03/24/2017 at 2:22 PM

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

" .....the state threatening to take money away, and the feds threatening to take money away, and various expenses the city has that it cant afford, and to know that a public bank could solve those problems."

This says it all.

Being the custodian of the assets of others is not the same as gaining a new source of revenue. The inability to distinguish and respect the differences between the two elementary concepts (assets, revenue) has led to many financial disasters/

No doubt, the temptation to plunder a new pot of someone else's money would be irresistible. The pathetic track record of fiscal management of Oakland speaks for itself.

Oakland needs to learn how to manage its own money before it earns the right to manage other people's money. But, abusing the power over other people's money is so much easier. Anyone remember the last banking crisis and how it happened?

Posted by Michael Good on 03/24/2017 at 6:40 AM

Re: “The Old Mervyn's Headquarters in Hayward Underscores a Lack of Resources to Address the City's Homelessness Crisis

gee how the time flies, seems like just yesterday that the stores were in their heyday, but, all good things come to an end. i am sure the city will be glad to see the success of the housing project in any case. when SEARS goes, everything must follow, though.

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/23/2017 at 7:16 PM

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

I agree with all the commenters who have a healthy dose of skepticism. Oakland government seems financially illiterate (and also governance illiterate- like filling potholes, or inspecting buildings for fire safety, the pension crisis coming, the myriad of ways in which Oakland city government has shown its ineptitude. Then there are the ethical challenges Oakland officials have as well. I wouldn't rush in- some things just have to be sorted out prior. Why not make a requirement of Oakland city officials, at least some, to "... have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. "

Posted by Jeff Diver on 03/23/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Students Inspire Legislation That Would Make California Colleges Provide Abortion Pill On Campus

This is a common sense approach. Like most good ideas, it's so obvious in retrospect.

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 03/23/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

This really does a lot to show how out of touch the city of berkeley is with their homeless community. One visit to any of these camps and you can immediatly see that any solution to this problem must first include drug and alcohol treatment. Lets make a realistic path to end homelessness, not just build nicer homeless camps.

Posted by Robert Murphy on 03/23/2017 at 5:50 AM

Re: “In Oakland, a Tale of Two Breakfast Sandwiches

Aleppo chili oil huh? It must not be fresh since Aleppo hasn't been exporting their chilis in quite some time. Food writing is such pretentious crap...

Posted by Emilio da Costa on 03/22/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Thanks to Bartlett we are on a new oath. A path that is real not Rreguins pie in the sky scheme

Koncentration kamp will go empty and that's what pathways. A pathway straight to lockdown a ghetto of undesirables

Posted by Sam Spade on 03/22/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

The realities underlying the immigration debate are that we have more than enough people, more than enough imported poor people (see The Characteristics of Unauthorized Immigrants in California, Los Angeles County, and the United States by Karina Fortuny et al; the February 9, 2006 report by the California Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) on efficacy of border police; the Analysis of the California 2001-02 Budget Bill by the LAO), and more than enough imported criminals (read about Jamiel Shaw, Kate Steinle, Juan Francisco De Luna Vasquez, ); consider the disproportionate medicare fraud, food stamp fraud, and mortgage fraud by recent arrivals from cultures in which crime and fraud are normal - look up Glendale medicare fraud. Look up HHS OIG Most Wanted.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

George Rockwell has a valid point. We should also implement the visa entry exit system that was legislated years ago. It has been 17 years since the entry-exit system was first enacted in the 1996 immigration bill.

However. the forces for easy entry are wealthy and powerful. Look up Gelbaum and the Sierra Club. Look up Clinton, Huang, andJames Riady.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Who knew there were 12,000 homeless people on Berkeley's streets?

"But for a city with 10 percent of the population on the streets, tiny homes are not space efficient."

Only off by approximately an order of magnitude!

Posted by JP Massar on 03/22/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Candace

Tiny homes (usagi goya) are a consequence of over population. There are no alternatives when the land has been fully developed.

Tokyo is the Bay Area's future.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:26 PM

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