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Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

This has been a problem for years, and EBX only cares when they dredge up a Schaaf connection? My lord.

Posted by Diego Canabal on 03/11/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

The permits for sidewalk and street closures were likely required in the conditions of approval as deferred permits, which the contractor is often in charge of procuring before work proceeds. At the time of building permit approval, you cannot be sure of exactly when a sidewalk and street will need to be closed.

Posted by Syd Wayman on 03/11/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

"Protopappas is also a close friend of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Gov. Jerry Brown. He has served as political campaign fundraiser for both."

I think we're not supposed to judge people by their friends. Or their fundraisers.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/11/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

The above citizen is misinformed. Data shows that most undocumented immigrants enter the U.S. for many of the reasons that our ancestors risked immigrating to the U.S.--for opportunities for themselves and their children. The proportion of those being arrested do NOT HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS.
Some of those who are detained are LEGAL RESIDENTS (See Express Article, "Ambushed" by Darwin Bond Graham, Jan. 11-18, 2017 Express. There is no THEY. . . These are working people--holding 2-3 jobs, and Contra Costa made $4.4 million a yuear since 2012 by incarcerating federal immigration detainees--people who are held for long periods in unheated cells. Join the vigil in Richmond TODAY. COUNTER THE HATE WITH INFORMATION--NOT
MISINFORMATION! KY, Oakland, CA. aged 72.

Posted by Ky Nardina on 03/11/2017 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Libby runs a tight ship. Can't wait to vote the c*nt out of office.

Posted by Jenni Li on 03/11/2017 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Micheal Brent on 03/10/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

What sweet irony! If this review is any indication, Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi could take a lesson from Mr. Chew!

This place has evidently succeeded at everything Locol (for all its pretension) claims it's trying to do -- with a vegan angle to boot -- in a neighborhood where it matters.

Talk about poetic (and social) justice!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 03/10/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

The City absolutely needs to make sure that Oakland Police play NO role in assisting ICE or any other agency that detains our people for deportation. We are a SANCTUARY City, and we have to be sure that means something!

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 03/10/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

The Darwin doesn't check things like that... he just goes to press

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/10/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I'm so excited for you right now, Jessica. We're all in this with you. Just make sure you're ready for us to spend a lot of time there once you open!

Posted by Michael Orange on 03/10/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Biff’s Coffee Shop In Oakland Was Googie Glory

It's not just Biff's... The old Kwik Way is threatened. And SpaceBurger just closed for redevelopment. Most of these projects are cheap low-rise apartments or condos. Yes we need housing, but we're losing some of the character of Oakland. Soon it will look like any generic medium-sized city in the US.

Posted by Andrew Danish on 03/10/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

No doubt this is a bad look for the developer (Madison Park). On it's face, it looks like the developer or demolition contractor tried to skirt the fees and the required permit process. At the same time, it is not unbelievable that a demolition contractor might have had to scramble to get barriers to block sidewalks and streets. Also believable is that those barriers came from another job site and the crew failed to remove the signs. My question has more to do with why the City of Oakland Building Department did not review a plan and require the permits for sidewalk and street closures when they initially issued the demolition permit? Additionally, if there is ongoing work on the site (grading, demolition) under permit, why was it that it was neighbors who noticed the signs and not city building inspectors? It may just be been another example of the lack of coordination between city departments (Building and Public Works).

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/10/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Someone needs to talk to all those folks with fancy titles who hang out in city hall about OPD, the Oakland Police Department, which is, in fact, an actual, official, Department of the city government of the city of Oakland.

Thus whatever OPD does is fundamentally the responsibility of those elected folks with fancy titles.

If the fancy-titled electeds don't know what OPD does, then what the hell are those folks doing?

Some things they are not doing is providing for the public safety, insuring ethical behavior in OPD and making sure OPD reforms mandated nearly 15 years ago are fully implemented. Not to mention being responsible for whatever OPD does with regard to protecting Oaklanders from ICE and whatever Trump comes up with.

Maybe we need a new city commission like the new Police Commission. This new commission would oversee what the fancy-titled electeds in city hall do with all their time.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/10/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

Jerry, and other people that fall for these right wind talking points, are ultimately spending a lot more money than they would be if we had a better welfare state. They'd rather be spiteful about those in dire straits than realize how much of their tax dollars go to making the rich richer, and how little those rich people pay.

Posted by Magnu on 03/10/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I'm so excited for Chef Chew he's a great brother and also help me expand my business by giving me a chance to work with him. Thanks for a healthy opinions in the neighborhood

Posted by Veronyca Mawusi Abena on 03/10/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Why Black Students Are Avoiding UC Berkeley

I have 2 sons, graduates of UC Berkeley & Princeton, respectively. An Ivy League education opens doors that a Berkeley education does not. Plus, several of the Ives (& Stanford) offer 'no loan' generous financial packages to all their students, regardless of race.
A black student admitted to one of those schools would have to either be crazy or scared to leave home to not take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity.
As a Cal graduate myself, I can say that Cal has always been very hard on their students. It's like a 'survival test'.
On the other hand, a school like Princeton goes out of their way to provide an encouraging environment for their students.
Cal needs to admit the next level of black students and give them good support. They aren't going to win the top black students in a bidding war with Harvard. Face it.

Posted by sparkytillie on 03/10/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “ILoveMakonnen at SuperbFest 2017

wow amazing verbages, an immaculate control of the written form

Posted by Ethan Lee on 03/09/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

I agree with Pamela Drake. We need more clarity here.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 03/09/2017 at 11:20 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Replaces Longstanding Coliseum-Oracle Board Members With Uber Lawyer, McElhaney

it never seems to matter who is on the board. I would just like them to hold the Dubs feet to the fire. There was a lot of money paid into expanding Oracle in 97. They are obligated, take them to court. They are not going to be tenents much longer.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 03/09/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Another Stingray Sighting in Lake Merritt!

I saw two dead ones today. One seemed older than the other. I also have pics.

Posted by Tanya Reeves Forsberg on 03/09/2017 at 9:09 PM

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