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Sam-profit is good. The only obligation of a business is to obey the law-health codes, minimum wage requirements, and pay taxes to the minimum levels needed and make a return for their investors. Their menu, their locations, and their slogans is their own business, not the damn government's or these elusive "communities" people proclaim. I'm a teacher- don't eat out much, but like simple and low priced food.
Housing is not a right. It's an economic commodity-bought, traded, sold, or leased. It's done so with capital-land. However you choose to participate in "housing" you are engaging in an economic exchange.
The only real successful housing programs involving the government have VA/FHA loan guarantees with people with some successful credit history. Everything else-impact fees, mitigation, etc. just adds more unneeded costs to the housing.
If you can't afford Oakland-just move or get a second job. Also, there are other communities here in California and in 49 other states far more affordable.
As a homeowner in Oakland I welcome the increased value of both my land and my dwelling. There's no windfall anything. We made an investment and the value grew.
My home is "affordable" because of educational and economic decisions made long ago. Don't rent-ever or only so long as you have to OR move to a community where housing is "affordable" to your income.
Any high school student taking economics soon learns that as a function of capital , land prices will rise with increased demand. Acknowledge that as the viability of living in a diverse and city with opportunity that Oakland resonates with people with larger incomes, rents, home prices, and yes rents will go up. I'd prefer that than the shell of the Oakland I worked in during late 1980's and 1990's with mindless murder and drug wars in North and West Oakland
Ms. Eng nails it perfectly. Create a child friendly Oakland, create a better Oakland.
Robert Gammon...of all the idiot editorials and columns you have pushed it over the top.
Police officers every day risk their lives in enforcing the laws that the both local communities and the State legislature make. Every time a police officer is killed doing the dirty work of politicians, it makes perfect sense to ensure their funeral is public, grand, and celebrates how the "thin blue line" keeps us from anarchy.
This officer was a good man and a dad. He was killed in cold blood by a man who knew he would be imprisoned. How dare you suggest that celebrating the life of a man committed to all that's right with police work be degraded.
When police officers are killed or are injured I want the self-centered people of the Bay Area to be inconvenienced, delayed, and made more uncomfortable even more so when a funeral of an officer is held. Turn off your damn cell phones and recognize that officers who wear blue are men and women of honor.
Robert Gammon...You are a much better writer than what you produced this week. Hope you can reflect and do better.
If welfare is for food for poor people and grocery stores accept the cards, why do welfare recipients need cash? Likely for ciggeretes and alcohol.
Section 8 housing, Obama cell phones, and now complaining about access to cash! When will this entitlement culture end?
How can you make a deductive leap between an investment in a profitable industry (firearms) to a brutal killing? Oh I forgot-it's the East Bay Express logic.
Companies that make firearms are posting record profits in part because folks fear the inability of government to maintain order and protect public safety. As a teacher I expect and demand that my pension fund managers seek to expand my own investments in my monthly pension contributions.
Until the time when thieves, robbers, and murdering thugs are despised and hunted down by society's leaders and punished severely, many people will seek to defend themselves and buy weapons. If the firearms industry is profitable, I would rather have my pension fund capitalize on its earnings.
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