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Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

All the trailers for this film left me in a semi-coma. To even remotely compare this film/these actors with Jacques Demy or Umbrellas of Cherbourg (or for that matter, Catherine Deneuve!) is insulting at best. Not only is the singing and dancing VERY crappy but the actors themselves are boring to watch. Eating a dinner of pre-chewed and regurgitated food is more like it.

Posted by Jeanette Sarmiento on 12/14/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

The IFDA is created by our local governments. It issues bonds, spends the money, then pays back the bondholders from property taxes. It assumes that there will be lots of new construction and therefore lots of new property tax income. But if there's not enough new income to pay back the bondholders, the likely outcome isn't bankruptcy, it's renegotiation of the pay back terms, stretching them out so that ourlocal governments can afford the payments. In other words, we'll be on the hook for them and, god knows, probably for the seat licenses as well.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 12/14/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

Your estimate on those warehouses is WAY HIGH. The one that burned had an assessed value of a mere 43k and it looks like one of the bigger and more valuable buildings.

Assume 100,000 per building times ten. A mere 1 million to divide 36 ways!!! Not including a coupke of injured people.

Your numbers or mine may be off. We need sone actual figures to make this discussion more productive. But I assert 5 million per building is way way high.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/14/2016 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

The mayor says. "Oaklanders can rest assured that our government will continue to protect all its residents and defend our progressive values." She needs a good long look in the mirror. Scores died in an unsafe warehouse turned into apartments and artists' center, just 500 feet from a firehouse. Why and how? Basic municipal duties for safe building codes was not a priority while clamoring to be among world leaders on climate change. Abject failure in governing.

Posted by Willard Helander on 12/14/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

let's assume a market value of 5 million per warehouse, open market value, crappy or not. Not an unreasonable figure.

We can now postulate 50 million. Lawyers get paid FIRST, not after the plaintiff. Doesn't leave "much" for the families. No, it doesn't, less than a million per. But lawyers don't really care.

As to protected by the corporate veil, no problem. The corporation get's sued, not Mr Ng. Value is still vested in the corporation and the property still goes. Separate corporation per building is stupid. It increases tax liabilities to the state and city.

But this isn't a discussion about one particular property holder, it's the general concept that one who owns one or more properties can be held liable for the actions of the lessee and unless s/he is a complete idiot had better make sure it's being run correctly in the light of what happened at ghost ship. Same as if you loan you car to someone. You can and WILL be held liable if they do something stupid with your car and they have no assets. This is why you have insurance. Of course, if you didn't assure they had insurance your insurance run's for the hills leaving you naked.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/14/2016 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

The property owner--Chor Ng--owns about 10 buildings. Ok, let's assume those assets are vulnerable to lawsuit...not parceled into separate corporations behind unpiercable corporate veils. Let's assume.

Take the value of 10 somewhat crappy buildings divided among 36 victims minus 30 or 40 percent to the lawyers.

Guess what? It isn't much money. A lawyer might even hesitate to take the case, wondering if he will actually get paid. One need hardly add...but I will...many of the victims had little earning capacity so that reduces damages for the loss of life...though that is more than offset by enormous pain and suffering so it's a wash.

The pressing question that could change this equation of NOT ENOUGH VALUE IN CHOR NG'S ASSETS...

What insurance policies, if any, covered those buildings?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/13/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

Unfortunately lawyers look at the fire as a bonanza too. The operator *may* be what is known as judgment proof... But property owner isn't and CAN ultimately be held liable at tremendous costs.

Calling for the property owner to NOT assure the property is being operated correctly is just not real or reasonable. The inspections should proceed. Evictions are a whole different issue and have to be addressed differently.

Those are probably being done by the operators or the property owner may be vacating the lease issued to the operator. For all intents and purposes the landlord is the lease holder. If the lease holder is operating the property under condition other than the ones s/he stated in the contract... Now we come to the insurance company... Which then vacates any liability insurance the owner holds.

Unicorns and elf pee are wonderful, but just because we don't like these things, doesn't mean they go away. In the wild, I can plug my ears, shout LA LA LA LA LA YOU don't exist, but the lion will still eat me.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/13/2016 at 10:26 PM
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Re: “Best Car Repair

An honest mechanic with integrity like you mentioned in the last paragraph is worth their weight in gold! At my wrecker service we've had the unfortunate situation of recommending a couple bad mechanics which in turn makes our business look bad. So it's safe to say it's just something we are a lot more careful and picky and choosy with anymore!

Posted by Little Rockie on 12/13/2016 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Caltrans Is Violating Homeless People's Constitutional Rights

Doesn't seem very cost effective Caltrans! Fresno had an identical policy and it resulted in a ~$1.5 million settlement in favor of the homeless plantiffs,
https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/legal-dock…

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Re: “A Year of Development, Displacement, and Inaction

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Posted by Sheral Pual on 12/13/2016 at 2:39 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Our Community, From the Former Residents of the Recently Closed LoBot Gallery in West Oakland

Francesco writes: "I know a manager at one of the local Bank of America branches who is always looking for young people who want a start in the banking and finance industry. Why not stop in and inquire?.... Then you could do your artwork at night."

That means assuming that what B of A does is more worthwhile than what artists do, and must be assigned higher priority -- with creativity relegated to whatever time's left over. However, such values can also be seen as those of a warped corporate system that's increasingly totalitarian as it crowds out other options (and demands more and more of our time and attention).

Under the circumstances, it's no wonder that people start looking for workarounds -- some more viable than others. I might suggest driving for Lyft or Uber rather than working at B of A, but there are problems with that as well. Unfortunately, all the alternatives are makeshift.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 12/13/2016 at 12:38 AM

Re: “The Art of Canvassing

JLEV, I definitely see your point. However, like all employees, we canvassers bring in more money than it costs to pay us, making us beneficial assets to our organizations. Being in oceans saving whales is true activism no doubt, but funds need to be raised to send that boat out there. The reason our organizations pay us to be put there is because people don't donate online. They just don't. However they do give on the street when "harassed" as you put it. We give people the push to part ways with some cash and help an issue they feel passionate about but aren't motivated enough to become a part of in their free time. If no one "harassed" people on the streets people would cling to their money and these organizations would have no budget and the Japanese whalers would be killing whales. We ask for monthly donations so we can budget out campaigns. Just like people who get jobs need a guaranteed monthly income to budget their expenses. Also you seem to have a problem with giving a canvasser your credit card but ok with giving it to the orgs website, where the same people get hijack it. I'm unclear how giving me your card on the street is different to giving it to they barista in Starbucks 25 ft away from me under a roof.

Posted by ckelley72 on 12/12/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Coal Terminal Developer Suing City of Oakland, Seeking to Overturn Ban on Fossil Fuel Exports

Seriously? Oakland DID THIS DUMB THING?

Oakland is going to pay this man a fortune in our tax dollars.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/12/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Here. Everybody can read her resume here.

http://www2.oaklandnet.com/government/o/OFD/a/ourTeam/index.htm

Yes, she was a captain at one point, but she rose beyond that. But please note the three awards listed, as follows:
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Chief Reed has received many awards during her professional career, including the NAACP Henry Gage Senior Excellence in Leadership Award, the IABPFF Black Chief Officers Committee Metro Lifetime Achievement Award and the Martin Luther King Associations Public Safety and Service Award.
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Each of the three awards listed is a "diversity" award. It's not an award for brilliance or competence, but an award for being "diverse" and rising to a prominent position. Also, note her education, as follows:

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She holds an Associate in General Education Degree from Evergreen Valley College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University.

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Evergreen Valley College? Are you serious? Mountain State University? And the so-called "National University?" Does that last one even have actual bricks and mortar?

More "diversity" achievements listed here:
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Chief Reed serves on the Black Chief Officers Committee of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters on the California Fire Chiefs Cultural Diversity Committee and is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
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More emphasis on "diversity."

Is there a damn Let's Make Sure Every Building Is Actually In The Fire Department Database And Gets Inspected More Often Than Once Every Thirty Years Committee?

I guess not.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/12/2016 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction

Regarding homelessness...why homeless people choose to be in a particular area is much more complicated than saying anybody homeless in Oakland got evicted from housing in Oakland. That is balony.

And hell yes...homeless congregate near some places where there are resources. Some cities quietly buy them a bus ticket out of town..it is called "Greyhound therapy."

A place like Fargo, North Dakota actually sees seasonal homeless people...more homeless people in summer but they go someplace warmer in winter...not like they are taking a vacation but for pure survival.

You go to any hip and artsy business section near a large campus and homeless are always there scoring meals and change. How? Were they all evicted from places around campus? No. They congregated near resources.

There is no housing crisis in the Bay Area or anywhere in the US. Can't afford housing in the Bay Area? I can't afford to live in Beverly Hills, though i would like to...do I have a "housing crisis"?

You know what i call gentrification in Oakland?

Progress.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/12/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

The City and County have not done their due diligence on Fortress Investment Group. They have a bad history with sports events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the recent taking Milwaukee and Wisconsin hostage for public subsidies for the Milwaukee Bucks new basketball arena. See the story: http://mortgageflimflam.com/

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 12/12/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

as usual-sports win over arts and music-the safety of artists, musicians etc should be paramount. a rarely used stadium is a total waste of taxpayer dollars.
I've never seen one of these deals work as planned-cities and counties get left holding the bag. don't do it Oakland!
let vegas can have 'em
sickens me.

Posted by marty bauer on 12/12/2016 at 1:31 PM

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