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

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.

Posted by Diallo McLinn on 09/21/2016 at 10:50 AM

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

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.

Posted by Elle Green on 09/21/2016 at 10:29 AM

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

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?

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 09/21/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

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.

Posted by Charlie 2 on 09/21/2016 at 8:42 AM

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


Posted by Oceanview on 09/21/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Prop. 64 and Oakland's Pot Cash Grab, Stadium Subsidies and More

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.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/21/2016 at 3:36 AM

Re: “Sex Worker Advocates Say Oakland's Prostitution Snitch Web Site Does More Harm Than Good

Thank you, Ms. Lacabe, for that link and for your analysis of this proposal. Excellent points.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/21/2016 at 3:28 AM

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

Ddddaaaamn. Sadly this is a trend happening in major cities all across the nation. I wonder what's gonna happen next.

Posted by Guerrilla Davis on 09/21/2016 at 3:08 AM

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Re: “Sex Worker Advocates Say Oakland's Prostitution Snitch Web Site Does More Harm Than Good

Is this even legal? Don't you need proof of solicitation? The potential for abuse and false claims seems high, and there doesn't appear to be any way to determine that solicitation has in fact happened. John stings usually involve decoys who can arrest once money is offered for sex. But this program has civil rights red flags all over it, since observers will probably not be in a position to hear verbal exchanges, and even then it would be hearsay. i get that Oakland is the #2 place for sex trafficking in the country, and OPD is understaffed, but did Schaaf and O'Malley just come up with this on their own, without CSEC orgs co-signing? And the timing seems a little convenient, considering that just last week, O'Malley held a press conference to announce she was filing charges in the police sex scandal which actually couldnt be filed because of witness tampering by the police. This article does a decent job of pointing out that the program could endanger women, and it's clear we need better solutions, such as a way to target more pimps, not to mention a top to bottom, thorough scouring of police predators who exploit sex workers. Guap surely cant be the only minor who has had intimate encounters with OPD and other departments. If we cant rely on the police to uphold the law and public safety, now we are supposed to put our trust in anonymous snitches? I can smell the lawsuits already...

Posted by Eric Arnold on 09/20/2016 at 9:24 PM

Re: “No on 60

This obviously does not apply to Mr. Small Hands, but it does to the Orange Buffoon, Mr. Smallfinger:

Posted by Nicholas Sher on 09/20/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

typical redneck city council...greedy illegal, oakland> no nazi off oakland or your sins will come back to you.

Posted by Michael Gilchrease on 09/20/2016 at 1:25 PM
Posted by Griff 1 on 09/19/2016 at 11:23 PM
Posted by Ron B 1 on 09/19/2016 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Thirteen Unlucky Observations from Oakland Raiders Disappointing Home Loss to Atlanta

As bad as our Defence played (typical zone coverage that is wait till they catch then Try to tackle) the real problem that has to be addressed is the officiating of bad or lack of good calls that are game changers. Is it just me or are we playing against the NFL!

AL is dead... Leave us play.

Posted by Ron B 1 on 09/19/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Thirteen Unlucky Observations from Oakland Raiders Disappointing Home Loss to Atlanta

Another ref cannot look at the game and see that Amari Cooper was pushed out it was an illegal contact so that is why he went out of bounds so the place should have stand instead the referees screwed up and I can see his butt from a hole in the ground the referees should be fine just like the players when they make bad calls they should have to pay for it or even if they have reviews of it you should be able to review that

Posted by ice Isaac on 09/19/2016 at 3:44 PM

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

is there any way to keep track of "craft" beers that are owned by the beeropoly?

Posted by marty bauer on 09/19/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Thirteen Unlucky Observations from Oakland Raiders Disappointing Home Loss to Atlanta

JDR is in a unique position. He must realize that Norton Jr is not cutting it AT ALL. And Musgrave is doing the same thing he did last year in being WAY TOO DAMN CONSERVATIVE.
Again, the entire first half was a bunch of runs through the guards and dink passes. He didn't call one pass beyond the sticks until the second half!
On third and 9, Carr would pass to a RB or WR who was 3 or 4 yards dowfield!
Just like last year, he NEVER attempts to stretch the defense! Thus, hardly any points in the first half! Just like last year!
Its only when they are behind does he call for Cooper or Crabtree to make long grabs!

I'm so sick of it. We'll be around 4- 7 before Del Rio or Davis decides to scrap our OC and DC and start over. Just watch.....

Posted by Corey Bayless on 09/19/2016 at 4:14 AM

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