This West Oakland establishment is steeped in history. Decades back, Motown greats from B.B. King to Marvin Gaye passed through its doors. These days the venue hosts metal bands on Thursday nights, plus occasional comedy acts and DJs.
A lawsuit against an Oakland apartment building owner sheds light on tactics real estate investors use to remove tenants in rent-controlled units — including aggressive evictions and exorbitant rent increases.
For years, Dan Borenstein, an influential columnist and editorial page writer for the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times, has claimed that public employee pensions are strangling local governments. The problem is: He's wrong.