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Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

My heart is once again happy!

Posted by Finesse Robinson on 12/24/2016 at 8:00 AM
Posted by Jason Nino Parker on 12/23/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Survivors, Close Friends of Ghost Ship Fire Victims Deliver Letter to Oakland Mayor, Demand Urgent Moratorium on Evictions

Can anyone explain the difference between a crackdown and an uptick? Can a journalist pleaae focus on the gap betwwen mayoral rhetoric and actual numbers? We'll wait, hopefully indoors.

Posted by JVerne on 12/23/2016 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Oaxanukkah

Shalom, Matt:
As they say over here: Kol ha Cavod, ( all honors to you)! For making such an innovative menu in your restaurant. As a native San Franciscan and Berkeley alum, I wish we had known about you and had time to visit your restaurant when we spent a week visiting my brother in his nursing home in San Rafael. Unfortunately, he died two months later. And meantime, we returned to Beersheba, Israel, where we live.
Ethel Weintraub (ewtaliaw@gmail. com)

Posted by Ethel Weintraub on 12/23/2016 at 1:55 AM

Re: “CalPERS, CalSTRS, UC Invested in Dakota Access Pipeline Despite Pledges of Sustainability

Really appreciate this article.

Posted by Millie C on 12/22/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

I am an artist, musician and concert producer in Richmond. I believe that art and music are essential to the life of a community and that it's in the City's best interests to be artist friendly. But if there is any lesson to be learned from the Ghost Ship tragedy, it's that we have an obligation to provide safe spaces for the creation and presentation of art and music. There is no music or art event that is worth unknowingly sacrificing ones life for.

I know Mayor Butt and he has personally worked to support music and art Richmond. The City has found significant and possibly immediately dangerous conditions at Burnt Ramen. The city seems open to working with Mykee to get the place open again. He should stop whining and get to work.

Note to Charles Eroster: you are an Internet troll who spews foamy crap. Your idea of a cultural outing is probably a trip to Safeway, or maybe a Trump rally. As for artists "sucking at the tit of government," if you look at the City budget, police and fire safety cost about $92 million. Funding for arts and cultural programs, including the library is $5 million. So STFU.

Posted by Bruce Kaplan on 12/22/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Going Country at Overland

Overland has a completely new menu with a few of the old items improved.
I think it is worth a trip by your reviewers and customers who haven't been in a while.. to check out the great menu by Geoff Deetz, an OG of the Oakland food scene.

Posted by Cricket Deetz on 12/22/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

It's AWESOME when trolls don't use their real names but expose their IP address. Thanks Mr. "Eroster"

Posted by BradDollar on 12/22/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster who are you, and what are you doing making such a large number of comments on EBE? And how are you able to spit out so much misinformation about Burnt Ramen, but have likely never even been there? I have been there numerous times, and I was there a couple weeks ago. No tangled extension cords (in fact I didn't see a single one), no overloaded electrical system (simple solar-powered system), not a single space heater. Making up false information does not make you seem intelligent--in fact it makes you seem like someone who goes around EBE just to troll people. Nothing you say has any merit. Have fun spitting out more comments.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/22/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Wow! They used space heaters?! How could they!!!

Posted by atork on 12/22/2016 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Actual Cafe and Victory Burger to Close on December 23

You know who contributes the most to gentrification? People who BEGIN the process by finding an empty warehouse and turning it into something artsy. That is where it all starts. That is the point of "sensitive dependence upon initial conditions" in chaos theory.

But once gentrification starts is hard to stop. The East Bay Area was too far gone long ago. Ghost Ship marks the point of R.I.P. where people who live for the funk suddenly wake up and realize funk is highly flammable. Time to get a day job like a citizen or move to a city with funk you can afford. Yes, you kicked off the whole gentrification process somehow. The local real estate is now worth billions. The yuppies frolic in wealth.

Now you are evicted. Leave.

Yes, the ugly and ungrateful final stage of gentrification. The funky people throw up their hands, curse, and leave.

You know there is a robotics industry just starting to jell in Boston? Ten years from now who knows what could happen? And if trade actually kicks off with Cuba despite many obstacles and bumps ahead...maybe someplace in Florida is the next big thing...maybe Havana is the next big thing. But it sure ain't Oakland anymore.

There is an amazing amount of depressed real estate left over in Florida from the collapse of the housing market and Hurricane Katrina. Food for thought.


Things have a beginning, middle and just have to move on if you are lucky enough to live through the changes. And you, remember that cool little place we used to go? Sigh. Then you find the next cool little place. You kick off the next big thing.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

You are absolutely full of it to claim these people who were living in this low-end warehouse flophouse-with-fingerpainting-activities adult daycare art facility aren't sucking the government tit. That is statistically ridiculous when you look at the numbers of how many people live through dedicated and guiltless government tit-sucking...especially bummy "artist" types. You think it an entitlement...a you don't have to actually work to eat and you can be an "artist" and "give" so much to society.

Let me inform you of my theory of why the inspectors were LAUGHING. Because some two weeks after a fire believed to have been caused by overloaded electrical systems these inspectors go inside Burnt Ramen and find SPACE HEATERS plugged into overloaded electrical systems.

This was the mirthless, disbelieving, just-south-of-contemptuous laugh of an authority figure encountering, yet again, the colorfully creative stupidity of anti-authoritarian warehouse dwellers. they ever learn? (Cynical, mirthless laugh and shake of head)

If you had a fire of tangled extension cords do you know what it would look like? The scorched tangle of cords?

Burnt Ramen.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

I was writing creatively and saying HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT those inspectors found in that den of finger-painting space cadet government cheese eaters, so be careful what you wish for before you demand release of information from the inspection. Who knows what kind of wierd fire hazards turned up...if the Ghost Ship is any indication with its mannequin hands reaching from the ceiling...pirate ship gang plank stairwell and let us not forget...

Condom chew toys.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Again, Charles C. Eroster, you are misinformed. None of the people that live(d) at Burnt Ramen are on food stamps, all of them either own a business, work, and/or go to school. Which is probably more than you do considering all of the free time that I have seen you have. Pretty impressive to have commented more than 70 times in just a few days, you've been busy, busy, with commenting haven't you? In addition, the inspectors that represented the City of Richmond did not say what needed to be fixed. The property is also not a rental, it is owned by an individual that is willing to put the building up-to-code. It would help if you did some research on your part, then perhaps you would not look like an internet troll that is just looking to talk down about people and laugh at them to make yourself feel superior to something. It's kind of sad actually, I feel bad for you. You have nothing better to do with your time. I hope you find a better path than the one that you are walking, nobody deserves to be this miserable. I also hope that when you fall on hard times (because you will, everyone does, it's inevitable) that you will see that it's not always as simple as you make it seem. I hope that you learn some empathy.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Home-owning, tax-paying citizens, when they have something wrong with their housing, along comes an inspector telling them to fix it...and fix it they must!

A tree root has buckled the sidewalk? A crack in the foundation? A window broken by hooligans? Fix it!!! Or pay fines. Or even get evicted.

But these special buttercup-flavored, pierced and tatted up emo snowflakes live "off the radar" in a special place free of regulation, a place de facto tolerated by officialdom because their "art" brings so much to the rest of that can't even keep them off public assistance while the rest of us work real pay for their rock and roll lifestyle.

And as for the "actual bathroom," clearly the issue of whether a warehouse is a "house" is bigger than Burnt Ramen (Paid For By Food Stamps) but involves all these "live work fuck" spaces across America and I read even CANADA is cracking down.

Why were the inspectors pointing and LAUGHING? I know exactly why but even the people who saw them laughing are too dangerously dumb to figure it out.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

As a Roadie, security, and member of the community most easily described as 'punk', nationwide, as well as part of the underground/outsider arts community, and having lived in similar places, roughly 35 years now- and having volunteered at Burnt Ramen in the past- I just want to say that places like this have long provided safe haven and a sense of family to people who may not get it anywhere else. And when people say that Burnt Ramen saved their lives, it's not an exaggeration; these places are put together by people for people who's eclectic personalities are drawn together. This isn't a 'scene' that people get into, or even a lifestyle we choose. That may sound phoney and pretentious to some, but it certainly isn't meant to- and my point is: I've seen too many lives lost to suicide and addiction and have witnessed first hand these little communities save people from that crap. The streets are rough, and many of us don't survive them. It's not for you to judge whether blow up dolls are art or not, or what's a visual joke. What's misunderstood is often persecuted throughout history. This is a case where an accident- a tragedy in Oakland happened, and now politicians are 'cleaning up' neighborhoods in the guise of safety. But this is a straight attack in the name of gentrification. We are not your enemies. In fact, in many instances, we are there where a cracked house, or shooting gallery could have been. Better than being homeless- which is where many will end up.

Posted by Hammerin Josh Hanke on 12/21/2016 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

Conglomeration of blow up sex dolls? What on earth is Charles talking about?

Posted by Julia Johari on 12/21/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Hey Charles C. Eroster. I've noticed that you are following this story a lot and have posted on other articles. Your hate for Burnt Ramen seems a bit personal. Were you excluded from these types of venues in the past and now have a personal vendetta against them? It seems as if you should probably get your life and job in order and stop wasting your time in the comments section on news websites. You have no clue what you're talking about.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster, my comment regarding "actual bedrooms" etc was in direct response to your comment: "A warehouse is not a "house."" I'm saying that this "warehouse" is actually a house, and was legally built as one. The bedrooms, kitchen, and bathroom were built to city code. Just because it doesn't fit into your definition of a house doesn't mean it isn't an actual house within the law. Work-space on bottom, living-space on top.

The Ghost Ship had a second floor built on rafters, with wooden pallets used to make the stairs leading up to it. Many people that went to the Ghost Ship knew it was very unsafe, and when the fire happened the majority of the people were upstairs. At the Ramen, nobody except tenants were allowed upstairs, and the downstairs was fully concrete with two exits--one a normal size door and the other an extra large door. Wide open space downstairs, absolutely nothing unsafe about it, in fact probably more fire-safe than a regular house.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/21/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

I read "of" a genuine miracle. Pardon my typo.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 4:04 PM

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