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Welcome to the farm to fist capitol!
The face of Sacramento, covered in a cream pie.
That's my mayor!
Wow. I have had ulcerative colitis for 30 years. I asked my GI Doctor about this. He said that right now the cost is prohibitive because my insurance company would not pay for the donor testing. How did you do it at home?
Thank you, Nastia, for documenting yet another great loss of authentic culture in Oakland...The article ends with there being only one sure thing: that until market forces change, Oakland's underground scene will also keep going into the ground...Well...there might be one other sure thing:
Oakland has deep roots in organizing!
And that is what we'll need to do to help remind our political leaders that "WHEN there is a will, there IS a way" to preserve our culture, to ensure affordability, and to prevent more displacement.
I lost our shared space when our rent went up 40% and also closed at the end of this July. But for the the past year, our neighborhood artists and business owners have been figuring out how we can create Cultural Arts Districts that might skip street banners and go straight to regulations and incentives that preserve what's unique about Oakland.
We're at the start of forming a city-wide effort to get these policies into place, like cultural zoning overlays and development guidelines for developers who, BTW, don't make much money on ground floor uses anyway, to really do something different to provide opportunity and access to spaces that remain affordable.
Plenty of other cities and states have succeeded. (SOHO and DUMBO are NOT good examples, but Seattle is doing something interesting!)
So 2 THINGS YOU CAN DO: please check out this petition that supports creating a cultural arts district in Uptown and asks the City to create a task force for Cultural Arts Districts for ALL NEIGHBORHOODS in Oakland. The more people who participate and get involved, the more chance we have at moving from policy recommendations to policy ACTION.
The CA Arts Council is going around the state to get input from folks on how to roll out a statewide framework for Cultural Arts Districts! (How about that??) They're coming to Oakland:
Wed, October 5, 2016
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Youth Radio Arts Venue
It's FREE, bring your story and suggestions and register from this page.
We can do this!
Hiroko (from the former 25th St. Collective)
for more info:
I am deeply concerned about what gentrification is doing to our city- the people and our cultures. I manager the Niebyl Proctor Community Library at 6501 Telegraph here in North Oakland. I would like to help with making our spaces available. We are a non-profit and we do charge a fraction of the rental rates around here. Feel free to reach out to us at (510) 595-7417 or (510) 290-5595 ask for Brotha Clark or Mama Cassie.
The bigger issue is where did the businesses go that built the warehouses? yeah, good on artists for moving in and taking advantage of that economic dislocation, but they sure don't employ as many people, and it always leads to the next wave of settlers. We didn't seem to see much bemoaning the loss of the carpet company or other occupants. Different class.
Anyone have a model for supporting arts that doesn't involve this same old cycle?
The building may have been neglected because of a long term plan to sell out but it is just as likely that so-called renter’s protection laws limited the owner’s ability to bring in the money to keep it up. Whether renters pay or not, whether they are “protected” by laws or not, No one is exempt from the rising price of housing – while mortgages MAY stay the same the prices of fees, taxes, utilities, contractors, bookkeepers, etc all rise and squeeze everyone.
Measure JJ will make things even more difficult to keep old properties up driving them into financial distress. Not to worry! Measure KK will allow Oakland to use bond money to buy up these properties and turn them into “affordable housing.” What is much more likely is that financially distressed properties will be sold to the highest bidder after becoming irredeemably dilapidated and they will be destroyed so that new construction can be built which is not subject to rent control – sound familiar? Obviously it is already happening, stricter rent control laws will only accelerate the process.
This cannot stand. Seriously, Oakland, you'll make plenty of money, but don't do it this way proposed. Twenty-five percent ownership and a board seat, please. I counter with 2% and a non-voting board member.
"We are the people falling thru the cracks
Our backs broken from bending over backwards,
We can't go forward
Fallin' behind the finish line
We the People time after time
Find ourselves displaced,
Our future erased
The paper chase out ran us
We the People denied justice......"
Please share OUR story. Art is the connection between the identity and language. Art is the history of a people's culture and ancestors. Artists need to be valued more. The attraction of outsiders to Oakland is due to the cultural spirit of artists that have created a spiritual/creative refuge for unheard voices. Displacing us is an act of spiritual warfare. Silence will not protect you.
Its bull@a!#. What are we going to do when are kids can't afford college and housing. ( wait that's right now...) what about when the jobs don't cover rent....and then they kick people out of homes to make parking spots for people who don't live in the city.
This is happening in Austin as well. Any city that has a well-defined arts 'scene' has seen their creative existence used as a marketing scheme by the city, as a sales perk by real estate agents, and as a 'cool quotient' seal of approval by developers. Developers move in, add housing for the moneyed looking to live in an "edgy" part of town, the property taxes rise and the landlords need to adjust their rents accordingly.
Landlords who had a relaxed attitude towards their renters were often just happy to have steady rent in an unsteady part of town, once the property value goes up, the rent increases. Blaming increasing rents on simple greed is an easy way out.
Look to the city officials who are allowing developers to steer the ship and tax offices that base property taxes on popularity rather than actual value.
Although the internet allows many of us to work at a distance, it's cold comfort for the up and coming artists who have been forced out of the neighborhoods they helped to create in order to preserve their own financial stability.
This happens everywhere on a continuous basis. A great book on the subject is called Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City. This is not the first time artists have faced this crisis of development, and
it's not the last.
Where are the rave displacement mitigation funds we were promised, Kaplan? Where will us second wave gentrifiers drop enough MDMA to kill horse if not in low density warehouses?
Once again, Oakland police dept shows why they can't get from under the leash on them from the infamous riders case. It's a shame those crooked cops/thugs with badges escaped conviction in those cases, but the criminals on the witness stand appeared less credible than the ones with badges.
I know because I worked with ALL of them at one time or another. It's a shame that at least one of them was able to get hired by another department. Indio must've lowered their standards for him.
Anyway, I couldn't agree with previous comments more, aside from opd being a decent place to work. It's OK if you keep your nose clean and spend off time with real friends and family.
COME TO BROOKLYN NY. WHOLE SECTIONS ARE BEING CHANGED. THE PEOPLE WHO HAS FOR YEARS BUILT RELATIONSHIPS A COMMUNITY DISAPPEARING. DE BLASIO BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING...FOR WHO..NOT THE LOWER INCOME. NOT THE DISHWASHER WAITER CASHIER PORTERS. IT TAKES TWO INCOMES TOO MAKE ONE.IF YOU HAVE A CHILD.. THAT'S NOT EVEN ENOUGH...READ ABT THE YOUNG MAN (NYT)THAT LIVES IN A CRAWL SPACE OVER A THEATRICAL BUILDING IN BROOKLYN.
Wow, who could have predicted that Brooks, Reid and Gallo would come up with this plan to grab massive amounts of cash from pot dispensaries? These crooks need to be voted out of office. It shouldn't take anyone even 5 minutes to figure out that their plan is illegal, but thanks to Rob Bonta for keeping a straight face while pointing this out.
Thank you, Ms. Lacabe, for that link and for your analysis of this proposal. Excellent points.
Ddddaaaamn. Sadly this is a trend happening in major cities all across the nation. I wonder what's gonna happen next.
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