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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

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

To the bleeding hearts that wanted the park to stay open, screw off. I live in the neighborhood. I own in the neighborhood. Born and raised in Oakland. But for some reason that means I was supposed to be born and bred empathetic, sympathetic, and tolerant to this bullcrap. I pay my taxes (and I'm talking HIGH ASS PROPERTY TAXES), but can't get an ounce of service around this joint. I'm sick of the "hold people accountable, but just not us/them" mentality. That POS housing was not up to code. Bout time the City of Oakland did something with a sense of urgency. Doesn't matter if it was an under used park, it's a city park. I saw people shooting hoops or playing with their dogs enough to say "somebody used that park." All you guys this the park is a great idea until the city and the tax payers have to assume liability for some avoidable disaster. I'm tired of this rhetoric. You love the homeless and the filth that comes along with it, move them into your house. Onto your property. Good job police, thanks for tearing that crap down.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 02/04/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “AMF Southshore Lanes

Hello My name is Joyce Bellot:
I was at your Bowling Alley 1/27/17 where I hosted a party for my daughter and friends. The party was for some people with unique mental, physical, and emotional challenges. The total group was 15 people , they had a wonderful time! Your Host Monica K and Brady checked in frequently with me to see if everything was going well, and when there were problems they were right on hand to fix or resolve issues! So hats off to South Shore Lanes for helping me to provide such a fun memorable event for my daughter and friends! Your staff was very friendly and fun! I won"t hesitate
to use your facility again.


Sincerely


Joyce Bellot

Posted by Joyce Lee-Bellot on 02/04/2017 at 11:09 AM

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

I am glad I don't live any where near that Mathew guy or the David guy... I find it all overwhelming that people who have lived in that area all their life are suddenly criminals and drug addicts..... Geesh, I would hate to meet their misinformed children, who appears to go to the local schools... and god forbid I actually meet him or David myself.... what complete TWAT's !! x 2
When you BUY an expensive house in an area you want, do NOT expect to get rid of locals that you make homeless you heartless twats.... Is this another example of money going to waste ??? and when I mean waste I mean to shit heads who think they can buy what they want !!!

Posted by Dor Wilson on 02/04/2017 at 3:22 AM

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

I am a neighbor of this park and am so disappointed that a safe space for people to heal and thrive was closed down, without any replacement. That is such illogical and short sighted civic policy. The village never prevented anyone from using the park. The village was not a scary place; it was the kind of place where if you were walking by you would want to stop in and see what was happening. People were seated in circles having discussions and building tiny homes in the background. It was a friendly space. I am apalled by the bigotry against the poor in this City. This could be a workable solution.

Posted by Vanessa Norton on 02/03/2017 at 9:46 PM

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

"For West Oakland, the overall rate of asthma emergency department(ED)
visits is almost two times the Alameda County rate. For West Oakland zip
codes 94607, 94608, 94609, and 94612, the overall rate of asthma ED visits
is 1014.6 per 100,000 residents; the Alameda County rate is 531.8 per 100,000. The asthma ED visit rate for children (0 4 year olds) is 1224.3 per
100,000 compared to the Alameda County rate of 929.0 per 100,000.
Source: CAPE Unit, Alameda County Public Health Department/ Health
Care Services Agency with data from California Office of Statewide Health
Planning and Development (OSHPD), 2011 2013."

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 02/03/2017 at 2:16 PM

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

So I can tell that folks writing about access to the park don't live in the neighborhood. Although some folks make use of the basketball courts, it's really not like Mosswood Park (a much quieter and more family-friendly green space that's, what, a 10-15 minute walk away from there?). Same is true for the patch of green nearby on 34th -- housed residents rarely use that park. It's our unhoused neighbors who have been in there anyway. The city DID have an opportunity to work w/ community members to bring the encampment up to code but instead they sent out DOZENS OF COPS to make sure that unhoused people were displaced, AGAIN, and did NOTHING to help those folks find a better place to live.

Posted by Tierra Allen on 02/03/2017 at 1:52 PM

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

Don, I can tell you with some degree of certainty having been involved in the negotiations- those two things will not be a part of this project

Posted by Brandie Albright on 02/03/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland City Council Fights Trump Immigration Ban; Police Monitor Contracts Come Back; 2017-19 City Budget

I agree. Oakland's basic city services are still underfunded. Not just police, but also Parks & Rec ($200 million in needed repairs), Pothole Repair & Street Repaving ($300 million in needed funds), Fire Inspectors, reopening closed Libraries, Traffic Safety, lack of School Crossing Guards for children, safe After School programs, etc. etc. etc. People are literally dying while Oakland aggressively engages in national politics but doesn't solve important local problems & provide important local services.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/03/2017 at 12:19 PM

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