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Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Candace

Tiny homes (usagi goya) are a consequence of over population. There are no alternatives when the land has been fully developed.

Tokyo is the Bay Area's future.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Christoverre Kohler

I don't recall many homeless in Berkeley when I was a student there in the 1950s. And rent was quite affordable. $135/month split three ways for a brand new 2 bedroom apartment at Ridge and La Loma.

What the hey happened?

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:23 PM

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

Of course Oakland leaderswon't be able to handle a public bank, just look at how they're handling our potholes!

Posted by Ellen.Gierson on 03/22/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

What about only the tip, just for a second, just to see what it feels like?

Kidding aside, isn't this a more healthy way to explore a relationship?

If Uber wants to follow the Warriors over to SF, let them try and ride the coattails of success.

They might find Oakland offers a place to live and work that's better suited to keeping it real. I'm just saying. San Francisco can get a bit caught up, it's in the history books if you look.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/22/2017 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Berkeley, National Embarrassment?

About this 'Wall' business, and the illegals it is supposed to keep out: Sweep it aside for a moment and riddle me this--Why is there NEVER a discussion about what is required to become a LEGAL immigrant? What do these wretches have to do that they haven't or won't,.. present a fortune in fees, fill out forms in legible English, grease the right consular/embassy palms (as if..), and wait, and wait, and wait, like in 'Casablanca'? This aspect really should be admitted as evidence.. for the source of the problem. Well, one source, the other being US' Monrovian foreign policy..

Posted by Phil Allen on 03/22/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Berkeley, National Embarrassment?

I agree George needs a hug and Micheal comes off as an angry troll. Your not helping the liberal cause spewing venom. You make us sound as bad as the otherside dude. Open your mind and your ass will follow.

Posted by bill h on 03/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Lousy idea - kennel homeless people in sheds?

Other places have been markedly succeeding with the Housing First approach, which provides people real homes like other people have. That can restore then OUT of this kind of underclass that this plan would more permanently condemn them to.

Mayor Tom Bates said Berkeley has been receiving mutli-MILLION$ of dollars EVERY YEAR ostensibly to "help the homeless". But try to find a cogent line-item budget for just HOW all that money's been spent.

There's little to no excuse for why Berkeley has NOT already been using the PROVEN "Housing First" way.

http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/housi…

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/22/2017 at 4:50 PM

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

I want Wall Street's role in the overall global economy to be less than it is today. It would be great to eliminate them from Oakland altogether.

However, Oakland has frequent management and corruption problems and may not be capable of managing a bank. If Wall Street isn't held accountable why would the Oakland bank be any different?

Posted by Vince Rubino on 03/22/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

the gig economy is independent contracting that really doesn't benefit you. All the expenses fall on the driver, taxes, upkeep, etc. After putting 100,000 miles on a 2014 Avalon a part time driver for Uber will soon need a new car while still paying for the old one.
"I'm Making Only $2.64 an Hour Working as an Uber Driver" "Takele Gobena makes well below minimum wage and says he has no health coverage if injured."
http://www.alternet.org/labor/im-making-only-264-hour-working-uber-driver

Posted by Betty Gleason on 03/22/2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Micro pads sound like an excellent step for Berkeley. But a regional alliance could also be formed to plan for housing so that a coordinated approach can be taken.

I wonder if proponents of tiny homes are taking into account utility hookups and earthquake engineering which will require a set foundation. Adding those items in will make them as expensive as any other type of construction on a per square foot basis.

Posted by Candace Hyde-wang on 03/22/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

How is the gig economy rubbish ? As a second job (not Uber or Lyft ride sharing), the "gig economy" EASILY, without much of a sweat puts an extra $400-$500 a week in my pocket. I know what I got into and am ABSOLUTELY satisfied with the arrangement.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 03/22/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Berkeley, National Embarrassment?

George needs a hug.

Posted by Julia Allen on 03/22/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

Good riddance to bad, unethical, gig economy rubbish.

Posted by John Seal on 03/22/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Berkeley, National Embarrassment?

george rockwell has the problem all bigots and fools suffer...
belief in his own stunted humanity and lack of informed real world solutions... racist and jingoist with a touch of sexist nonsense for distraction... a black female, namely Rep. Barbara Lee has been the voice for reason and justifiable restraint from hatred and war mongering just for one prominent example... george rockwell has not made any convincing points to justify his ignorance... george rockwell is a constant embarrassment to any sentient being...

Posted by michel chavaniac on 03/22/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

Our community in action:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goose_Th…

Posted by Michael Good on 03/22/2017 at 12:00 PM

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

I totally agree with Clarence C. Johnson. Did NOT understand the brouhaha about where in the building the affordable units were located. I'd like to point out some advantages of living on lower floors: Residents of the lower floors will spend less time waiting for elevators, will possibly be able to walk the stairs to and from their apartments whenever they want to, and will be able to get in and out a lot faster than residents of the upper floors. Upper floor residents will have better views. Life is a trade-off.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/22/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff's Letter Supporting Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions Draws Criticism From Immigration and Civil Rights Advocates

Good for Ahern, he is following the law...I know that is odd for the "progressives" but for law abiding people it is refreshing. Next thing the "progressives" will want to empty the jail as most of them are political prisoners. Thank you for protecting us from criminals.

Posted by Rich Davis on 03/22/2017 at 8:32 AM

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

@Berkeleyhills- a credit union functions as a customer to an existing bank, and thus doesn't go outside the "Wall Street" establishment

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/22/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Students Inspire Legislation That Would Make California Colleges Provide Abortion Pill On Campus

What happened to pulling out and shooting a load on the face? Washing face vs flushing out offspring, hmmm...

Posted by George Rockwell on 03/22/2017 at 12:00 AM
Posted by Berkeleyhills on 03/21/2017 at 8:55 PM

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