Simon Waddington 
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Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Turns Down Proposal for a Giant Wooden Deck on the Waterfront

From my personal experience of attending dozens of planning commission and City Council meetings for Jack London District projects I concur with the two previous comments. After a project is green lighted it seems like there is little that the City will do to get in the way of the developers, and before then they are falling over themselves to get a developer, any developer who is willing to invest in the City. I really wish they would have held back to wait until there multiple responses for RFPs instead of taking the first one to come along - perhaps with the crunch in SF we are finally getting to that point where developers will be lining up for vacant lots and redevelopment projects here. Then finally we might actually have to listen to hours of "world class this" and "world class that" and think we could be close to getting it - plus projects would actually preserve and enhance our heritage instead of demolishing and paying lip service to it. Alas a lot of that opportunity has already passed for the waterfront, but there is still some room in the hinterlands to develop, preserve and enrich.

Posted by Simon Waddington on 11/01/2015 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Haven to Reboot in Jack London Square

I think this business found out the hard way the dangers of just shutting your doors one day, not making an announcement, not putting a sign up, not updating your website (even today). There's this great thing called social media. Its a great tool to build buzz and excitement around a temporary closure instead of FUD.

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Posted by Simon Waddington on 01/12/2015 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Jack London District

Thanks for using the name Jack London District which is what the community living there uses. It is nice to be recognized as more than just the hinterland to the Square (and lets face it there isn't even a Square there).

Posted by Simon Waddington on 05/14/2012 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Broadway Shuttle to Extend Service to 1 a.m. on Weekends

@Slayer it's running because it was required to be run by conditions set when the Jack London Square redevelopment project was approved. It is paid for party by developers and partly by grants from non-City funded resources so it has no relation to libraries being closed at all.

Posted by moschops on 07/10/2011 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Jack London Square

Great article Rachel. Fascinating to note that for all the tens (if not hundreds) of millions that have been poured into the Square by big name developers and the City it's almost exclusively the independent restaurants, coffee houses and wineries that have made this neighborhood a real destination. As one well known architect and planner said at City Hall "But there's not Square there!". Precisely. Hence it's called the Jack London District by its residents and that's where you need to visit, not Jack London Square.

Posted by moschops on 02/25/2011 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Steve Jobs Defends the Foxconn Factories in Southern China

@ sillgirl1 - all you have is ad-hominem attacks on Mike for sweating too much? That's kind of feeble given the gravity of the message which it sounds like, when right over your head, that's too bad. And yet you say consumerism depends on all of us all over the world... precisely! Mike is calling for you, yes you to do something about it. All you have to do is demand more.

Mike picks on Steve and Apple precisely because he is a self professed lover of Apple products, and Apple fan boy, a drinker of the cool-aid. He examines his and our own souls to see how this love allows us to ignore the trail of tears that has personally touched, literally, on every Apple product that comes our way - and his. He is very clear that 50% of ALL our electronics come from this area where standards are equally as bad.

I know that its a tough ethical dilemma to apply our own Western standards to Chinese labor - we all know in the rural areas of China kids will be laboring in fields form an early age alongside their family, perhaps we imagine 16 hour shifts in a factor is "luxury" to them. However Mike brings the message that having spoken to the workers many want more and they are being prevented from asking for more - non-payment of overtime, CAFO style labor environments, untreated industrial accidents, no-recourse to redress labor issues, complaints leading to blacklisting, etc. etc. Can we really see hi-tech products coming out of this area as anything but "blood silicon" ?

@lawngun - yes it amazes me too and yet most people don't know this, they still think shopping at WalMart is patriotic. So "expose" works like Mike's is still necessary.

@miket - couldn't agree with you more, how could you get any more patriotic than spending an extra buck or two or even 15 to support US workers? Apparently most people don't - all the information about products we get these days is price, price, price so that's what people base their decision on. When GoodGuide recently released environmental and social data on cellphones a lot of people's reactions was "I don't care", the more enlightened ones asked "Why SHOULD I care?" But still, almost no understanding.

Posted by moschops on 02/23/2011 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Oakland's Play for the A's

Here, here and I'd love to know where these vacant lots under 880 are because they are already surface lots and definitely have no where near 10,000 spaces, more like 1,000 if that.

Posted by moschops on 12/07/2010 at 9:24 PM

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