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Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

I'm not seeing a way to respond to a specific comment, but thanks back to you, Brandie, for correcting me and adding detail to the community benefits complications - the comments to this post are exploring the issues around this project in considerably more depth than the post managed to. I do want to add, though, that I think this project all by itself, with no additional concessions, will end up being a significant community benefit. But if any significant chunk of money gets extracted from the developer, I'd like it to go to significantly subsidized retail rents aimed at local businesses and a full-service grocery store.

Posted by Don Howe on 02/03/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Oh come on EBX. You know who the organizers of this are. They're anarchists more interested in a fight than making a real difference. They ran this camp unilaterally in a way that was deliberately hostile to the neighbors that use the park and purposely started a fight with the city. I'm personally sick of these so called "activists" that considers community to mean only the people that belong to their social clique and skew the facts to serve their agenda. By the way most of the people living in the tents seemed to be activists and not the local homeless.

Posted by amy badore on 02/03/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

A number of urban rail systems--Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Washington--have high rise buildings at a number of stations along their lines.

Posted by Nathan Landau on 02/03/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

The delicious stench of Oakland's Mayor's "Secret Sauce" again arises along with another developmental gift for our beautiful city.

They say that Oakland uses more fermented fish sauce in its real estate development recipes than even Bangkok. We can all be so proud.

I love the fragrance of the arms-length relationships with the project of our Planning Commissioners.

Judging simply from the smell, the handful of below-market-rate apartments will make a huge dent in our housing afforablility problem, way beyond their token numbers.

Looking forward to reading about all the formerly-unemployed young Oaklanders who will be able to support their families very well with their high-paying new jobs. Their refrigerators will surely be well-stocked with enough fermented fish sauce for every meal.

Last, but not least, Oakland's new "Trump Tower" will fit perfectly into the neighborhood. It will truly be a fragrant addition to that part of town.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/03/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

Commenters seem to think that the raw number of pro vs con speakers at the meeting are indicative of the community? The only thing it represents is the fringe BARF crowd, who attempt to skew reality in 2 minute regurgitations.

Posted by Jake Justice on 02/03/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Lizard Is a Rat

Damb Danny always hit me as solid and loyal to the core. Of course I didn't learn about this stuff till after the trials and all this was over, I'm just glad he didn't turn on me... He told me once that I was the downest dude he ever met and I was the only person he knew that followed his word when given every time.. couple months later I read this article.... Damb......

Posted by Jeremy wright on 02/03/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

At 80% the median income for households. That is hardly affordable. Specifically because low income households usually only make about 60-70% of the median income. I as a builder who lives in Oakland. Would like to see the 90 units at 60%. That way the families that will be priced out of the surrounding area due to value increases can actually, what's the word, oh yeah, afford housing.

Posted by Shane Saw Sischo on 02/03/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Goodness gracious me. I support the homeless in my neighborhood because not only do they help make the environs safer, by and large, keeping an eye out for strange criminals, suspicious activity and what not, they are also the only genuinely friendly people on my block, the rest of the houses and even some prime begging real estate having been gentrified by hostile, bitter, and suspicious children of afffluence, who cannot be bothered to make eye contact when passing another human being on the street, let alone demean themselves with the smallest of courtesies, like a friendly nod or wave hello. I have lived in Oakland my entire life, and if you can't suffer the folks who lived here and built up this city before you, whether they dwell indoors or out, I will happily direct you to the Caldecott tunnel

Posted by Danny James on 02/02/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

How can the children and community enjoy safe parks, when the majority of them are being overrun by what has now been refered as Homeless? Kids and adults alike should feel safe at public parks and im sad too say, thats just not possible with the hoarding of trash and the urine & feces odor over powering the parks and then the needles and other unhealthy materisls left laying around, not good... and lets be honest some of the adults at our parks allday and night watching kids as they play makes me uncomfortable as a parent. If you get my drift. Lets ju add t be serious, this is not a good look and im sad to say it well only g r ow worset if nothing is done to detour it. I dont have all the answers but, allowing our parks to be taken over by individuals who've burn down all there bridges or are not reachable or understan d ing enough to know parks are for kids and nieghbors to enjoy and parks have rules, and 1 rule is the parks close at 10 pm. There not to be used by anyone 24/7... id like to know what happened to the park rangers and how about letting the park staff go back to gardening and park maitenance & beautification, and not cleaning up continuously behind what has been labeled homeless incampments.... Hello there parks

Posted by david (dawuad) dickens on 02/02/2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

Thanks Don, and the community benefits are tricky in this - what the developer COMMITTED to is around $300k - some of which has already been performed (street lights and an already determined $25k to Mosswood Park) What staff and Councilman Kalb SUGGESTED are $1.1 million. Unfortunately, the Commission moved this forward without adding the condition that the developers actually DO the things prescribed by Council and by Staff - which is a serious problem and leaves the developer able to not do them now.

Posted by Brandie Albright on 02/02/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Hawker Fare Aims to Go Out With a Bang

Please, please, please, come back! How about the Fruitvale area?

Posted by Walter McDowell on 02/02/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

I was there too (and spoke in favor of the tower, as I've done in the past.) Brandie Albright raised a few other points as well; why just report on this one? If Tom Limon's immediate and direct response to this request for recusal was accurate, then no: he has no conflict of interest. Albright, by the way, is a huge asset to the community and my neighbor; we may disagree on this project but her input isn't served well by this post, which appears to have cherrypicked the most potentially inflammatory statement (and the most readily refuted, at least in legal terms.) That was spotty and incomplete reporting. Over here in your utterly failed reporting column: ANY of the comments by ANY of the 46 people who spoke in favor of the project, including representatives of multiple unions, East Bay Forward, and the Greenbelt Alliance. You also forgot to note some (oh wait: I mean any) of the community benefits coming from the developers; was it half a million bucks for Mosswood Park improvements? Check your notes and get back to us on that OK? Then go find a current rendering of the building; the one you're using has been revised and (to my eye) significantly improved in the places it counts. I will look at this building every morning when I leave my house, and I can hardly wait.

Posted by Don Howe on 02/02/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

Way more of the public comments were in favor of the project. As they should be really. 400 units of housing without displacing a single resident.

Posted by AndrewOakland on 02/02/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Youngdahl makes even less sense than usual with this editorial. As any one can see from thinking about it, and reading the story below, UBER providing rides WITHOUT surge pricing SUPPORTS the protesters by giving them a means to get to JFK. If you wanted to get to JFK from NYC and back with regular taxis on strike how would you do it???

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gri…

And as noted by other letter writes, the diatribe to block UBER from moving to downtown is even more ridiculous. There hasn't been a major company
moving to Oakland since Pandora, and now they are laying off. Think very high salaries, benefits and community donations - they don't come from pizza shacks, coffee houses and tattoo parlors.

Posted by Scott Law on 02/02/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Scary there got to be a better way all that energy wasted cause it's easy to build a child's clubhouse, use energy to join with the city for clean living. Damn so sad.

Posted by Shelly Deluigi Coburn on 02/02/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

Deau Hickey: if that was the case then why was he elected POTUS?

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

Matthew Lee: It is obvious to all with an open mind that Barbara Lee can speak for herself! Just because a minority of people used violence and destroyed property does not mean that the protest was not legimate. By any such analysis, your Trump could claim the support of all Americans - since only a minority voted for him; but the truth is, most people abhor him as well as people like you who close your eyes as he makes a fool himself, the idiots who voted for and support him, and most of all our country.

Posted by Deau Hickey on 02/02/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Police, City Clear Out 'The Village' Homeless Encampment in North Oakland

Oakland please clear out another homeless encampment @ E 12th Ave. and 14th Ave. It's so disgusting and such a health hazard.

Thank you.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Trump Threatens UC Berkeley's Federal Funding After Milo Yiannopoulos Protest

There is a difference between free speech and hate speech. I applaud and support peaceful protest to the speaking engagement by this extreme right wing hater. However, what we saw again last night was the work of the professional anarchists who unfortunately reside in our midst. These are the same folks who are determined to tear up downtown Oakland every time there is a political issue at the top of the news cycle. I would surmise that these are mostly well off young white kids determined to destroy the same system that has provided them with an easy life with many options. At some point after their youthful exuberance passes, they will take off the hoodies, get haircuts, enroll in law school or take over the family business. What concerned me as I observed the news coverage, was the behavior of the UC Berkeley campus or City of Berkeley Police. I saw the anarchists boldly bashing in the windows of the building and setting fires. The reaction of the Police was to cower in the corner and allow this behavior to continue unchallenged. The news reporters stated they were allowing this out of control activity because they wanted to avoid personal injuries that would result from confrontation. Really? I could never imagine a scenario anywhere in this country when a group of black or brown kids in hoodies would be allowed to willfully vandalize and destroy public property and set fires because the police decided to not engage them in the name of public safety. There would be a battalion of cops with smoke bombs, batons, tanks and assault weapons taking on this "mob" in hand to hand combat. I guess white privelege also extends to professional anarchists.

Posted by Gary Patton on 02/02/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

This is profoundly irresponsible and transparently vindictive journalism. The author cites criticisms about an unpaid board membership at OBA representing a "conflict of interest" without following up. If there is some institutional definition of such a conflict over and above a financial stake in the project, where does this logically end? Would I be barred from ever serving on the Planning Commission if I had a discount membership with SPUR?

Please clarify what constitutes a conflict of interest, and if the allegations against Commissioner Limon are even remotely valid.

Posted by Diego Canabal on 02/02/2017 at 1:56 PM

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