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Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

Paratransit was mandated by the ADA, so it ought to be operated by a governmental agency. Clearly the private sector is not up to the job. And why is it being run by a foreign company anyway? How about investigating giving the contract to Lyft?

Posted by jvla2 on 07/27/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

That's why you have a lease agreement, not month to month.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/27/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Mr. Mitchell- I'm with you. You own it- you decide who you can trust to meet their rent payment. It's not complicated. It's business. As more folks recognize that renting puts you at the mercy and discretion of a building owner in a rising real estate market, at some point you either have to change your housing situation to a homeowner OR move.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/27/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Well Mr. Blafard, All the emotional rants I now see are just you with your panties in a knot. Of course if you want to be saved by socialism it just goes to show what little initiative you have. Now if you are a struggling writer or some such thing is it up to a property owner to subsidize your rent? Apparently that is where you are!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/27/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

I worked in the Radiology dept some years ago. I observed, in horror, as the elderly and disabled waited, sometimes hours, after their CT and/or Ultrasounds scans. In many cases they hadn't had anything to eat or drink, because of the prep for the test. I would call paratransit on a regular basis to confirm patient pick up. It was a nightmare for me to get someone from paratransit on the phione.. A much bigger nightmare for those just trying to get home.

Posted by Kalliope Bellesis on 07/27/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

I think you all are missing the elephant in the room- the landlord days she wants YOUNG professionals. Age discrimination is illegal.

Posted by Kimba Anderson on 07/27/2017 at 2:02 AM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Mike Mitchell, your comments are abhorrent. The landlord is basing her decisions on what jobs people have, rather than the fact that they already have a job that covers the rent as it stands. This is illegal, but not to you apparently. Every comment you bleat on EBX reeks of right-wing, Ayn Randian buffoonery to the highest degree. You should consider yourself part of the problem, not the solution. Meritocracy, my ass. You must also believe in the American Dream and the just and fair Invisible Hand! All outdated and disproven concepts.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/26/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Mr. Blafard, so ignorant in your assumptions. What is written about property control coming from the activists is true and that's that!.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/26/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

A couple things occur to me;

1.) The young lady we refer to as Celeste Guape has been consistently referred to as a teen... Does this simply that she was 18 or 19? Or was she younger?

If the former, it seems that an attempt at emotional button pressing is being employed to make her seem both younger and to absolve her of any responsibility in the situation while inflaming an already intolerable situation within the OPD. If the later, then the situation is far worse. It then becomes, at a minimum, statutory rape.

EBX, the young ladies lawyer(s) and the system in general seem to be avoiding that designation.

Given the general tendency the reporter has demonstrated to inflammatory language in regards to this issue, I can only conclude the reason for anyone NOT calling this statutory rape or child sexual abuse is that she WAS in fact a young adult (over the age of consent) making disciplinary action FAR more difficult within a legal framework (always keeping in mind the core of the complaint against OPD is UNLAWFUL activity) than had she in fact been a minor (As has been consistently implied).

2.) Returning to the idea of UNLAWFUL activity as core to the complaint (or denial of contractual or legal rights) by part of ANY government agency (OPD, city council or those otherwise functionally a part of city, county, state or federal governance at ANY level); Surely this is NOT being advocated by the author... Nor inciting mob mentality... Is it?

There MAY well be legal issues (read as UNLAWFUL issues) with the "suggestions" presented... And I suspect that EBX is well aware of them and has chosen not to mention them in favor of incitement, especially given the possibilities of point one.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/25/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

I just "love" all the references to "communism" and "Marxism" in these comments. Kevin Smith's four comments on EBX are anti-affordable housing. He either doesn't live in Oakland or he's a landlord. Mike Mitchell, another deranged right winger who hates the working class. Keep it in yer pants, boys. Your Ayn Randian vision of America is on the losing end of history.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/25/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

How do we contact Robert Warshaw to let him know that we want him to:

deny promotions, discipline and demote the two high-ranking officers who mishandled the departments internal investigation of the Celeste Guap sex-crimes scandal.

Posted by Kin Folkz on 07/25/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

One might suppose that compiance director Warshaw would defer to the new Police Chief and her bosses, the Mayor and her City Administrator. This would imply that there is a well-thought-through plan for OPD reform.

Warshaw is simply out-of-touch, he doesn't know that city hall has no plan
at all for OPD reform.

We all know this, don't we? Or maybe we don't so we keep the same incompetents in city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/25/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

I lost any faith in OPD's will to punish powerful alpha cops within OPD when (January 2016) Holmgren tried to discourage the victims of home invasion (by intoxicated cops) from pursuing a criminal complaint---and nothing happened to him. As long as such OPD officers are viewed by OPD brass, the Court and fellow officers as being the disciplinary third rail and politically untouchable there will be no accountability, bad acts will recur, there will be no cultural or practice reform and no full NSA compliance. The statute of limitations for discipline of anyone for actions and in-actions may have run, but there's no statute of limitations for overturning a promotion........

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/24/2017 at 9:00 PM
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Posted by Sam Spade on 07/24/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

They have that property at the agreed price and as long as the prospective tenant has reasonable credit, a sufficient job and no criminal history they are absolutely entitled to be living there. It is discriminatory, I love how all these Trumpers cry "communism and Marxism when it comes to property and money even though according to their own "boy" Russia is our ally. Stupid. Hypocritical. Typical.

Posted by Patty Lagana on 07/24/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

The owner of the property has every right to say who can or can not live in her building. Some folks who took too many sociology courses are the one's thinking that private property is the cause of income inequality (Marx!) well it's not true. What is true is that many (not all) people have made bad choices or no choices in life and are now stuck thinking that a minimum wage job, a struggling artist position, or especially the lack of education makes no difference and they are entitled to live where they want for the price they want to pay. That is true if they have the money. All this garbage about housing rights is nonsense. No one has to the right to live where they please if they can't afford the rent. America has always been the land of meritocracy and still is!!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/23/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

As long as tenants pay the rent, it's none of the landlady's business what they do.

Posted by Monique Luz Koller on 07/23/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

'The landlord appears to be actively trying to change the demographics of West Oakland, Chala said.'

To me, possibly the central point of the article. Consider as well: this neighborhood under discussion was part of the Black Panther heartland 50 years ago. There are still many families here, mostly black, who grew up with those breakfast programs and that leadership regarding collective care. At present, this neighborhood is a public health disaster; as other EBX articles have gestured towards, the homeless tent cities ringing the underpasses here mark a level of destitution and social war that is all the more violent and tragic for the ever exceeding bling and glitter of the Draymond-techie wealth cabal that are the most visible.

In short, this article describes the symptom of processes intricately connected to the displacement and suffering caused by capitalism. Lonay has poorly covered her tracks, as have mayor Schaaf and co., who are in a get rich quick dive, and are the most ignorant about possible changes, for better or for worse. For example, there is still plenty of popular will here regarding people being more important than money. And if the landlords trip up too much they might spark a set of occupations or eviction defenses that remind a lot of people how justified the public would be in seizing these properties back from the class that only recently seized them from us.

Posted by Mrs Sabate on 07/23/2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

If housing is a human "right", even people with more money have a right to said housing. It's still a money talks, BS walks world. And always will be, in spite of delusional communist wet dreams.

Posted by Kevin Smith on 07/21/2017 at 9:44 PM

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