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Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

From Costa Hawkins: (ii) A condominium dwelling or unit that has not been sold separately by the subdivider to a bona fide purchaser for value. The initial rent amount of the unit for purposes of this chapter shall be the lawful rent in effect on May 7, 2001, unless the rent amount is governed by a different provision of this chapter. However, if a condominium dwelling or unit meets the criteria of paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (a), or if all the dwellings or units except one have been sold separately by the subdivider to bona fide purchasers for value, and the subdivider has occupied that remaining unsold condominium dwelling or unit as his or her principal residence for at least one year after the subdivision occurred, then subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) shall apply to that unsold condominium dwelling or unit.

The apartment/condo is still rent controlled, until it sells. If you read all of Costa Hawkins you will see that it doesn't break rent control with every condo or single family homes. A subdivistion is five or more units. Find a good lawyer.

Posted by Michael Stangl on 05/01/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I lived in Marin where MCE started. The organization proved us with clean energy then and now that I live in Walnut Creek, I'm extremely happy that MCE's the great services are continuing here

Please consider MCE,it will be one of the best decisions the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors could make

Marcia McLean

Posted by Marcia McLean on 05/01/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

So much winning going on in The Bay! Author has ADD...and...has been smoking since age 12?

I just can't understand it!

Posted by Biz Markie's Dingleberry on 05/01/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I'm a resident of unincorporated Contra Costa County - I live 100ft. away from the City of Richmond, but solar is unaffordable on my roof because of the miserable incentives from PG&E. I want my community to have access to locally produced clean energy - it doesn't make sense to wait and wait and wait when we have a proven system working now. Let's join Richmond and get to work.

Posted by Matt 1 on 05/01/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

I don't think Schaaf has ever offered a vision of where she thinks Oakland should go. Her budget proposal does suggests priorities which seem to go along with what we know about her political base of support and her campaign funding.

More planners to serve more development. This makes sense since Schaaf's backers are largely developers.

No funds for affordable housing. Maybe there will be some "affordable" units in the new developments.

Potholes in streets seem to be a big deal, especially for the commuters who travel through Oakland towards their jobs, or their homes, elsewhere. Personally, I prefer the potholes to the commuters.

No funding for Shotspotter. We were hoping for an extension into our neighborhood where we get more drive-by shooters than we really can enjoy.

More cops and firefighters. Maybe a good idea, but we seem not to be able to fill existing, already-funded, and perhaps critical, Fire Department slots as it is. More cops has been the mantra of the folks who live on the hill, including Schaaf, for at least a decade, but more seems to be both difficult and not-too-effective. Maybe with a good public safety scheme we could do more with less rather than vice-versa.

I don't know for sure, but my impression has been that Headstart as a nationwide effort has been quite successful. Oakland's poorest and most violence-affected kids no doubt need this kind of support.

Oakland's structural financial deficits having to do with pensions have long been a big challenge which no elected here has wanted to take on. Admittedly a really difficult challenge, so when a Mayor and the Council can only say "feh!" we really can't blame them. Better to deal with the real world of excess soda consumption and the dangers of flavored smokes.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/01/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Gluten-Free Rush

Chef Nate Barrystein has just taken over managing The Oasis Food Market on Telegraph. Good things and many gluten free halal dishes will be there.

Posted by Nate Barrystein on 04/30/2017 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

You might ask why get all riled up before Mayor Schaaf has officially submitted her budget, just based on comments by two council members.

When you have two council members like Brooks and Washington who often disagree on measures, saying the same thing, it's a safe bet that the Mayor was testing the political waters to see how much of the soda tax revenue she could divert to fill the budget black hole.

If we wait for a formal budget proposal to evaluate before speaking up, the horse trading between council members and the Mayor will already be set in concrete.

Posted by Len Raphael on 04/30/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Here is the Budget language
In November 2016 Oaklanders passed Measure HH by 61 percent imposing a one-cent per ounce general
tax on the distribution of sugar sweetened beverages. The tax must be deposited in the Citys general fund.
The Measure also requires Oakland establish a Community Advisory Board to advise the City Council on
how best to support education and prevention programs. As this Board has yet to be established, the
budget includes several new investments that are consistent with the goals of the measure. These total
more than $3.5 million in expenditures. Additionally, the FY 2018-19 budget will reserve an additional $1
million, so that recommendations of the Advisory Board may be considered during the mid-cycle budget
process. We look forward to hearing from these community members on their ideas for how Oakland can
best prevent the negative health impacts of consuming sugar sweetened beverages and enhance the overall
health of our children. We are especially committed to working with our community partners in fighting
against the epidemics of childhood obesity and diabetes.

Posted by ed gerber on 04/30/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Well the responses listed here explain why we are in this crisis. I lost my rental home in Oakland in 2015 after having lived there problem-free for 17 years. The landlord had promised me he would never sell in 2013 when my husband passed. In March 2015 he sent me an email saying he was coming over with a real estate agent in two days. When I expressed obvious shock and confusion, he first tried to say he had told me about this already and then when I said that was not the case, tried the "oh, I must have told your husband about it, but not you"- possibly the worst and stupidest lie I've ever been told. The house was immediately shown and sold to a young wealthy tech couple in their early 20's who worked in SF and just wanted to be near the BART. I had to move by late May. I got conflicting advice from City of Oakland Rent Adjustment Board and others - some said I had rights being over 60 and having lived there over 10 years would require a year's advance notice of the landlord selling, other attorneys I spoke to said I had no rights at all in a single family home. For two months I frantically searched all corners of the east bay - running into massive competition with other renters offering higher rents to landlords, flirting with landlords, you name it. I finally found a 2 bedroom cottage in Lafayette, successfully advocated for my two senior indoor only cats to be admitted, and signed a year's lease June 1. On July 3, I received a letter saying the Lafayette property had sold and all the buildings and many of the trees, were going to be torn down and rebuilt.
So without being fully unpacked, and already having had to give up my washer/dryer, piano, dining room table and chairs, and many, many other things, I moved again in October 2015. This time I bought an affordable condo further out in Walnut Creek. I have a 45 minute commute in the am (BART parking fills up way before I start work in Berkeley) and usually wait until 7pm before attempting the return home. I am most definitely a displaced Oaklander but I have come to appreciate that at least no one can sell me or price me out, and the City of Oakland is truly not invested in protecting ANY renter. Even the idea that a landlord give advance notice (vs 2 days) to a long-term renter is outside the scope of the greed mentality.

Posted by JeanetteSarmiento1 on 04/30/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The Secret Sidewalk May Not Be Secret Much Longer

I used to go to the secret sidewalk as a teenager, in the mid-eighties. I went once during the day, but it was a nighttime party hangout spot that couldn't be beaten. It was rare that my friends and I would meet anyone else on the sidewalk, although one night, the word had gotten out, and a full blown party was happening. For the most part, we crossed the tracks, climbed up to the bridge,and headed east.We followed the rules of the sidewalk: Never straight, always foreward, never sideways, and sometimes in reverse. We would smoke a bowl with Buddha (a white figure, spraypainted on a large rock), and once we passed the jail (a metal barrier, to keep cows off the sidewalk, I think), we would enter the valley, near the end of the sidewalk, and sit down hanging our feet off the side, and party. We sometimes went to the end of the sidewalk, but mostly stopped where the Troll (the only homeless person we knew of, living in a tiny, low space under the sidewalk) was. He rarely talked to us, and never took the drugs and alcohol offered to him. If we were really lucky, a train would come, lighting up the whole valley, and rumbling loudly until disappearing into the tunnel underneath and near where we were sitting. Good times.

Posted by Phoenix Mueller on 04/30/2017 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

There has not been a sudden, unexpected worsening in city finances from the start of the soda tax election campaign in 2016 to now to justify any emergency need to divert expected soda tax revenue to any other purpose. The City's budget office has consistently projected large deficits in each of the 5 year projections they have published ever since they were required to do so by Council several years ago.

Posted by Len Raphael on 04/30/2017 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

This article be like: OPD say hip-hop shows require more security (which costs money), also: whine.

Why doesn't this article address whether there is higher prevalence of violence/crimes at hip-hop shows? Is the data tainted because police unfairly target these shows or is the data unfavorable to the artcile's conceit?

It seems the police are claiming their research shows these events require more security so why isn't this central claim investigated? Isn't there someone who can speak to why the officers/department don't want to comment?

Only the comments provided some context as to why the police might do this besides discrimination (to what end?).

Posted by Hiram Delco on 04/29/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Campbell Washington wrote the measure as a tax with the proceeds going into the general fund. She knows the general fund is general, not fenced for specific uses. She and Kaplan and other councilmembers now try to shift the blame onto Schaaf. This is a puppet show for those voters who drank the Kool-Aid promises of the tax.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/29/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

How about we find out the details of the budget rather than jump to conclusions like we do so often with false news. I am so surprised that ACW is jumping on this bandwagon. Please let us know what has been done to set up the committee AND details before throwing someone under the bus so we tax payers can have the correct information with which to respond.

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Posted by MVelasco on 04/29/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Can't wait to vote her out of office.

Posted by John Michaels Grabowski on 04/29/2017 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Tenants Sue Landlord and Housing Nonprofits Over Deadly West Oakland Fire

The writer speculates if no definitive statements are being made to confirm the articles claims.

Posted by Napola on 04/28/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Yeah, Iam Rhiannon, Berkeley has a loophole. It sounds as if it's a bait and switch scam and it SHOULD be closed... But I'm not a resident of Berkeley. I AM a resident of Oakland. Do keep in mind, HUGE swaths of Berkeley's rental units are occupied by students. Yeah, they are residents, but are also... Transient. Here for a few years and then gone.

Oakland on the other hand, has a bread and circuses and temper tantrum mentality... If the populace can't demand other pay for what they want, they tie it up so thoroughly the developers go away and no one get's housing.

Witness the proposed construction for the MacArthur transit village... Potentially about 400 new housing unit are now completely stalled. Not because there isn't low income housing reserved, but what is reserved is all on the lower levels.

Do you think that encourages needed new development?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/28/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

This will not go unanswered. Our neighborhood campaigned for this tax on behalf of the children of Oakland. How dare Schaaf try to divert the funds. She'll pay at the ballot box!

Posted by C. Leonard on 04/28/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

While these members of the city council are decrying the alleged use of the funds, I would ask what EXACTLY the city council (in general, these member in particular) has done in regards to setting up the advisory board?

It's really easy to sit back and take pot shots while take NO responsibility using vague language.

As I recall the bill called for the city to form the advisory council. That would seem to me to mean the city council as well as the Mayors office.

It seems to me both Ms Washington and Ms Brooks have been EXTREMELY visible on a number of high profile issues, and now it seems only on those high profile issues... While seemingly ignoring the absolutely essential, day to day issues for the city of Oakland.

I will hold my outrage until the actual proposed budget is released so I can see exactly what the proposed expenditures are.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/28/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Please folks, is anyone really surprised by this "Shaft" us again tactic? Distasteful, disingenuous, disgusting and so, so dirty!

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 04/28/2017 at 5:09 PM

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