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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???…

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

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

There is actually a definition of a conflict; it is not a she said/he said affair. Here it is (…).

It focuses on personal financial interest; not whether a person has previously exercised their rights of free speech and association.

Posted by Justin Horner on 02/02/2017 at 1:54 PM

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

At the end of the day, all cities in the entire bay area should be approving high density housing at BART stations. After all of these years, it is time to stop allowing residents in surrounding single family neighborhoods to control the political discussion based on density, height and affordability. With that being said, the urban design challenge for the developer is to smoothly integrate the height and scale of the proposal as much as possible so that those adjacent neighborhoods are not overwhelmed. Additionally, it is not unreasonable to require these projects to dig deeper in terms of affordability as a trade off to additional heights and densities. To provide only 10% of these units at 80% of median income, in my opinion is not enough. 80% of median in this case is nearly $100,000 a year for a family 3 or 4. Providing some percentage of the units to residents earning as low as 50% of median income seems more appropriate to me. Building height next to the freeway is not a problem, but the project could do a better job stepping down the mass of the buildings to the scale of the neighborhood.

Posted by Gary Patton on 02/02/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “On the Closing of Hawker Fare

I suggest a conference specifically geared to local restaurants in the medium price & affordable price ranges to help them buy rather than rent. That way they can transcend rent increases & property ownership changes. They would be the owners.

There are several organizations specializing in these type of programs. We've got to help them target & meet restaurants.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/02/2017 at 1:51 PM

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

Dense housing doesn't need to be so, well in a word, ugly

Posted by Emily S Howard on 02/02/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

I can't delete Uber. Because I never installed Uber. Because Uber was obviously, from day one, composed of and patronized by sociopathic douches. But sure, I'm glad to see everyone else finally realizing this.

Posted by Jef Poskanzer on 02/02/2017 at 1:29 PM

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

A protest isn't a license to destroy stuff. It's actually an attempt to create something. In this case, the stuff that happened is now overshadowing the actual protest and the thing being protested. Jesus - we really need to get this shit right or hate speech and hate crimes will be able to claim oppression, which is the very thing that gave birth to Trump in the first place.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 02/02/2017 at 12:46 PM

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

I was present for this hearing and counted 42 public comments in support of the project, and only 15 in opposition. The overwhelming majority of the public speakers present at the hearing approve of this project, but someone reading this article would assume that virtually all the speakers were opposed. It's regrettable that East Bay Express took this lazy "planning commission vs. the public" approach to covering this project.

Posted by Tony Albert on 02/02/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

The author of this story definitely doesn't know anything about running a business or how it impacts the local community when they setup shop there.
Stay ignorant my friend.

Posted by Robert Hope on 02/02/2017 at 12:39 PM

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

The violence that broke out was despicable. There is no excuse for people to do that, no matter how disgusting the speaker and no matter how disgusting the words out of his mouth were.

So, ironic that this is the home of the free speech movement. Free speech is OK as long as it is in agreement with you. How hypocritical can you get?

No doubt about it:
- this Milo person is disgusting
- the violence that broke out was more disgusting
- the police needed to do something to control and disperse the violent mob and stop them from creating more harm. That is not palatable but it is also the way it has to be- they were doing their jobs.

It is really pathetic when the liberals get violent to suppress free speech. It is not about taking sides - that behavior is unacceptable.

Oh, and Trump continues to be an a**hole, as usual.....Sad.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/02/2017 at 11:56 AM

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

This is a pretty lopsided article. The vast majority of community voices were in favor of the proposal last night. I applaud the commission for approving it and hope the Council does the same.

Posted by Dominic R Lucchesi on 02/02/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Congresswoman Barbara Lee: We Must Keep Fighting For Reforms to End Gun Violence

translation: I will fight the fight while I whine and dine off from taxpayers for almost the last 20 years

Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/02/2017 at 11:26 AM

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

Unanimous approval by the planning commission is far from the reality that Darwin wishes to present: one in which a large number of homes were met with staunch opposition from The Locals.

The number of people who spoke last night tallied up to 46 in favor, 14 against. Get a grip.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 02/02/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Major Paint-Manufacturing Corporations Still Owe Oakland More Than $100 Million Over Lead

Why are interim controls allowed to cover lead such as regular paint, when treatment of lead is available for the same low cost as a can of paint??

Posted by Paul Barthel on 02/02/2017 at 10:53 AM

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