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Re: “State Sen. Nancy Skinner: Latest Fatal Oakland Fire Was 'Preventable'

The Cities and Counties should not allow a property in disrepair be sold! They should levy fines on the owners until the property is fixed. It is not unusual for the City to take control of a slum property and/or put pressure on the owner to repair it.

Posted by Anita Wills on 03/29/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

If you have thoughts about this site, the city is accepting comments on the draft EIR until 4 pm April 11. Address comments to

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 03/29/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

Condolences to the families. I'd like to see an exception to our unlawful detainer statutes allowing expedited relocation for tenants while landowners bring premises up to health and safety codes. Evictions would appear too lengthy a process.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 03/29/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Curious History of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Veggie Combo

Excellent article. I've been enjoying the combo platters but now I understand the cultural significance of the offerings.

Posted by Gabrielle Wilson on 03/29/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Always a pleasure to read your reviews and discover new places with you. Good luck with your new position and keep on eatin'!!

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Posted by Jim Richardson on 03/29/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Good luck, Luke. Reading your reviews each week has become something I greatly look forward to.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/29/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Uber White Male

MM: The environment itself is an attack on men... And anyone else it touches. Tech is a vicious work environment. The intensity results in what amounts to combat pay... And the "enemy" combatants are often your co-workers... When they aren't angry customers. Everyone is under enormous pressure.

I've spent over 30 years in it. It's not usually been fun but there is a certain adrenaline rush from it. In some ways, it reminds me of what I saw of the financial industry.

It's what I do to pay the bills and I have a certain skill set that makes it a viable living for me. It's JUST a living. I've never hit one of the IPOs, so I never got rich... And likely never will.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/28/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

I was a tenant of Urojas in the spring of 2014. It's a tragic situation. I was physically abused and sexually harrassed by fellow residents and Urojas management. I had tried to take action through the fire department on the numerous hazardous systems and practices, but I managed to find another living situation before I got any response from the City. I agree with the person who pointed out that there is plenty of culpability to go around; it doesn't all belong to the property owner. You are welcome to contact me (by email, please) for a statement.

Posted by Susan Livingston on 03/28/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Uber White Male

MM: "This is another attack on men."


Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/28/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

There are 100s of near blighted or blighted properties in Oakland that are functioning this way (I'm sure)...they lay boarded up all up and down San Pablo Avenue and throughout flatlands in Oakland.

City leadership is letting too many people get a pass, claiming poverty. There are cities in the US with tens of thousands of residents who suffer the same challenges but many of them are taking action to address and arrest this negligence.

Oakland needs the laws that cities like New York and Philadelphia have in place: The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act allowing communities more muscle in holding property-owners responsible for abandoned, dilapidated, blighted or neglected property will allow the city to place a lien against the property owner's assets.

Under these Blight Reclamation laws, when the city identifies a property as neglected, abandoned or blighted, the city code enforcement officer tracks down the owner and prepares official notice of violation. The owner is served notice, usually by personal delivery, certified mail, posting the property or state constable delivery. Once served, the property owner has 20 days to respond by resolving the issue or appealing the violation.

If the property owner does not respond or files an appeal and loses, the city can begin filing citations against the owner in district court.

Each day the violation remains unresolved constitutes a new violation.

The City mails notice of the citations to the property owner. But, if the property owner lives out of the area or in another state, the citations are often ignored, Ackerman said.

Under the current system, the city's only recourse is to place a lien against the property. But a lien against an abandoned, dilapidated property doesn't usually return any money to the city because no one wants to buy it and pay the lien. Under the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Reviatlization Act, , the same steps to identify and serve notice on the property owner are taken, but if the process reaches the point of lien, the encumbrance is placed on all the owner's assets.

"If s/he owns a car, if s/he owns a house in another state, if the property-owner is a corporation, the lien is placed on those assets.

The law also provides for extradition of out-of-state property owners who have been charged with violations of the crimes code. The owner of a seriously dilapidated property that begins falling onto neighboring properties could be charged with risking a catastrophe under the crimes code.

Another provision of the law allows the city to deny permit applications of property owners who are delinquent on tax, water, sewer or garbage bills, or have not addressed previous property code violations.…

Posted by Carol Wyatt on 03/28/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

More socialism and more failure. Nobel intentions. Socialism and radical environmentalism and rampant, unchecked criminality in Oakland only have made things very bad for businesses and residents. In order to attract good companies, you first have to clean up this ultra violent city. Businesses will come back when it is safe to do so. Ultra tolerance is hurting Oakland. Fighting the imaginary "Man" doesn't work.

Posted by Marshall Mathers on 03/28/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Uber White Male

This is another attack on men. Should any company that has mostly male employees fire all of them and only hire women? Would the Bay Area media celebrate this breaking of the non-existent "glass ceiling"? Most schools and colleges have female employees. Should they immediately fire all of their female employees all in the name of tolerance, equality and diversity?
Tech firms hire people based on ability. Affirmative action doesn't work. You can't just hire people based on what's between their legs. That goes against our values of fair play.

Posted by Marshall Mathers on 03/28/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Literally Raises A's Flag Over City Hall An Hour After Raiders-To-Vegas Vote

No comment from the Mayor on the recent fire.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/28/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

Another slumlord able to keep collecting the rent even after the City acknowledged the complaints. The City is as culpable as the slumlord. No comment from the Mayor, only her disappointment about some football team moving away. Needless and senseless deaths are nothing in comparison to millionaires throwing a ball around.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/28/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

The plans are ill conceived and don't consider the noise and traffic this will bring to the neighborhood. Neighbors and long-term area residents are organizing around this issue. It's not a fit for the site or for Temescal.

Posted by Diana Stasko on 03/28/2017 at 2:48 PM
Posted by Maddy Streicek on 03/28/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

Ilona Sturm,

When this article was published, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office hadn't yet identified the two victims located in the building. Now the number has grown to four victims. One has been identified as Edwarn Anderson. The other three haven't been identified yet.

The Chronicle just published a story about Mr. Anderson:…

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 03/28/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Literally Raises A's Flag Over City Hall An Hour After Raiders-To-Vegas Vote

Some of us would prefer that Mayor Schaaf raise an Oakland flag over city hall.

Yes, the Mayor used to be a sports team cheerleader at Skyline High.

Now, however, she is a grown-up, with a job with lot of responsibilities not
yet accepted adequately: homicide reduction; property crime reduction; police department disorganization; fire safety; lack of jobs; lack of public school family support sufficient for students to succeed; no doubt a few more non-sports-related problems.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/28/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

What is going on in Oakland and can be done about it? Wasn't Ghost Ship enough of a warning?

Posted by Laura L. Post on 03/27/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants

What about the two dead? They appear to be very incidental to the story. Do we care who they are?

Posted by Ilona Sturm on 03/27/2017 at 8:10 PM

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