Robert Gammon 
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Re: “Oakland Can't Afford to Wait

Mr. McGuinness,

See our previous story on the mayor's plans for more details:

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/ar…

Also, see the city's home page for the complete mayor's Housing Cabinet report:
http://www2.oaklandnet.com/

Posted by Robert Gammon on 03/16/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Berkeley Shows How It's Done

Matt Chambers,

On the contrary, there are major differences between the Harold Way project in Berkeley and the East 12th Street deal in Oakland earlier this year. First and foremost, the City of Oakland's proposed sale of the East 12th Street parcel was unlawful (which is why I opposed it) -- as confirmed by City Attorney Barbara Parker's legal opinion on the deal.

Secondly, the East 12th Street deal involved public land, while Harold Way only involved private land. As a result, Berkeley actually had less leverage over the Harold Way developer. It could not, for example, require that affordable housing be built on site. By contrast, the City of Oakland owns East 12th Street, and thus has the power to require that any project on the site include affordable housing. In fact, state law even requires Oakland to prioritize affordable housing on the property.

Finally, there are now at least five development teams vying for East 12th Street -- including a team that includes the originally proposed developer, Urban Core, and an affordable housing developer that want to jointly build a project on the site. In other words, the scuttling of the deal earlier this year likely will result in a much better project for Oakland.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 12/17/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Study: Oakland's Housing Affordability Crisis Is the Worst Among Major US Cities

Mr. Penske,

I can tell you that as the editor of the Express, I have long been an advocate of smart growth -- defined as dense urban development along major transit lines. Here are three in-depth features on the topic that pretty much sum up my position:

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/your…

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/how-…

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/berk…

Having said that, I also advocate for more affordable housing in the current affordability crisis and for more funding streams to pay for it.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 12/10/2015 at 3:13 PM

Re: “A Missed Opportunity

"Richmond does have a youth curfew."
It's a daytime curfew -- essentially an anti-truancy provision, not a tough-on-crime law. Daytime curfews are a means of keeping kids in school, and are often embraced by progressives, especially when the kids are taken to a community youth center -- as they are in Richmond -- rather than being arrested. Even Richmond's then-progressive mayor, Gayle McLaughlin, wholeheartedly supported it.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 12/03/2015 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

Catherine Montalbo,

Here is the Express' official statement from earlier this year about capitalizing Black:

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/ar…

Posted by Robert Gammon on 10/07/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Sausal Creek: An Oakland Watershed Reborn

Fixed, Michelle Kreig. Thanks.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 09/17/2015 at 8:47 AM
Posted by Robert Gammon on 08/06/2015 at 3:01 PM

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