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Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

I love her calling the criticism abusive. She sold out and doesn't want to be called on it, so we are the aggressor. Nice defense.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/18/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What this article does not say is that Richmond reduced its homicide rate by more than 70%. If they can do it, Oakland can also. Since there is absolutely no credible evidence that any community in the country has reduced homicides or crime by increasing the size of its police department, why continue to fall for this fallacy. People, even the Federal Justice Department in reports recognizes that our broken, biased, unaccountable criminal justice system, including cops, CONTRIBUTES to sustain and increase crime. Unlike the Mayor and her administration, Reid and McElhaney are trying.

Posted by Wilson Riles on 05/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

'Many view Golden Road as yet another gentrifying force out-of-towners parachuting into town simply to cash in on Oakland's trendiness and tech-worker, market-rate-condo clientele"

Says the author (and editor), who just recently moved into town himself, and figures he will establish his bonafides with the "development is bad" audience. I cant stand InBev (and wont drink any of their products) but there are bigger fish to fry in Oakland.

If the author cared more about Oakland maybe he would be less concerned with trying to establish his own credibility with the activist crowd and more time encouraging his writers to tackle real issues affecting Oaklanders.

An entire complex was burned down in Emeryville/Oakland border (for the second time), under suspicious circumstances. Guess you wont be reporting on that at all. Luckily there's the East Bay Times that still takes reporting seriously.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

GR is a tool in InBev's Disneyfication of craft beer -- that's the truth about the matter: http://wearebrewstuds.com/features/craft-beer-dear-oakland-just-say-no-golden-road-brewing/

Posted by Jeremy Fultz on 05/18/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Sounds like Plan B. Problem is we never got a Plan A.

One major longterm police issue has been staffing. Many Oakland public safety critics think that having about 25% more cops could make a difference. Yet, as far as I know, we lose nearly 10% of our cops each year--a very high attrition rate. Hard to maintain staffing levels at that rate. Expensive. Inefficient.

Reducing attrition no doubt has to do with police morale. Would that be handled under Plan A or Plan B?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

I am just gonna drop a line saying that if you wish to get detailed data about Oakland and support it with numbers then you should take a peek here:
http://www.city-data.com/city/Oakland-California.html
although I am not sure they have fire safety statistics but maybe I didn't dig deep enough. Anyways I second Mr Hall in that matter.

Posted by Margaret Jefferson on 05/18/2017 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Ms. Gill, you can't claim to be independent if you aren't. Calling you out isn't "fake news." You sound like an Orange Cheeto follower. And pleeeease, no one is criticizing you because you're a businesswoman (really??). No one wants Bud Lite disguised as an IPA. No one wants drunken, overgrown frat boys pissing in a residential neighborhood. No one wants the increase in traffic and the loss of street parking. No one wants your corporate controlled beer. We like and support LOCAL craft brewers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/17/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

This is rich. A neighborhood full of gentrification doesn't like another entity coming in and gentrifying them.

Posted by dluffydog1801 on 05/17/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Make Oakland Now! actually suspended its support for this measure before it went to the Finance & Management and Public Safety Committees, so advising both Public Safety and Council before its meeting last night. http://tiny.cc/oq77ky

Posted by Bruce Nye on 05/17/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What? Another commission/ department to "study"an urgent problem? Perhaps energy and resources could be better utilized in making a serious attempt to get to the root of violent crime. Forming departments is taking the road of least resistence.

Posted by Tyron C. Jordan on 05/16/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

While Oakland has one of the highest per capita violence rate in the country and something needs to be done, has this been done anyplace else? Is there any evidence that additional bureaucracy will be a solution or is this just theater to facilitate feeding money to council members pet projects.

We certainly need to stop the bullets flying.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/16/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Wait, what?

"citing the need for more evidence that the existing programs arent working..."

If Oakland has one of the highest violence and homicide rates in the nation, isn't that prima facie evidence that existing programs aren't working?

Posted by JP Massar on 05/16/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Ferrell--

I am not sure what a "bread and circuses mentality" is but I think I understand your difficulty in accepting any perspective which may differ from your own. I think the common term for what you are doing is "trolling."

I haven't made any claim regarding my expertise in fire prevention.

I live in a neighborhood which is subject to Fire Department inspections. I know my neighbors and their houses well. For many years I have read and understood the standards for landscape managment as stated in the flier which is distributed
to residents of my neighborhood and other such neighborhoods vulnerable to wildfire.

There is not a single house, among more than 100 nearby houses, which meets the standards defined in the flier. None is even close. Although I cut back my trees and shrubs each year, I don't meet the standards. My inspections each year invariably pass.

Thus this observation: the current system doesn't work. If the flier is to be taken at face value, houses in my neighborhood are quite vulnerable to wildfire. I am quite sure the situation is the same in other neighborhoods in and adjacent to the hills. Residents do not want to remove all the trees and shrubs which are close to one another and close to their houses.

Thus I suggest a redo of the wildfire policy. I do not have the answer and I think a committee of wildfire professionals could possibly come up with a more feasible plan which actually might provide some wildfire protection where the current policy does not.

You have a very hard head Mr. Troll. I hope that some other readers, perhaps some in city hall, will find my suggestions helpful.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/16/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Hobart, tell me... Where did you study fire prevention? And what EXACTLY do you propose as a "new approach"?

It's FAR too easy to say "We need something new... You come up with it and we'll take cheap shots, never offering a constructive critique".

Fire prevention professionals presented known to work methodologies to protect people and property. So far, I've seen NO suggested alternatives... Just "We don't like what there is so make something we do like".

BAH! Bread and circuses mentality.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/14/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Yes the landscape control specified in the city's flier sent to those in the wildfire zone would no doubt be effective in reducing fire vulnerability.
That is not at issue.

The problem is that the actual implementation of such landscape control is not realistic. That means simply not possible. Thus, if Oakland is to be proactive in reducing vulnerabilty to wildfire, a new approach is needed.

Reality is the critical factor in much of Oakland's governance failure. When government fails, elected officials are, legally and rationally, those who need to shoulder the responsibility.

What happened in the fire in '91 is actually not relevant to protecting Oakland from wildfire in the future. For one thing there is the possiblity, even the likelihood, of ongoing very dry years and very wet years. Unless of course one's disbelief in global climate change is strong enough to affect weather patterns.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

Uhhh... Actually, they policies reflect a knowledge of what happens when vegetation is allowed to grow unchecked, resulting in a wild fire like the one in '91... Approximately 1.5 billion in destroyed property (over 2800 single family homes, over 400 apartments and condos) , loss of life (25 killed, 150 injured) and screams that the city is responsible.

Point in fact, it may have been called the Oakland Hills fire, but it was Berkeley FD that screwed the pooch on that one.

And again, home owner acting as if nothing they do effects anyone else (But I like the wild look).

Yes, OFD has a records problem... Very like the one that allowed Ghost Ship to kill over 30 people. Why? Plain and simple; The city doesn't have the revenue it needs.

When I see that Oakland collects 7 million annually for Raiders games and spends 8 million to support those games, I see red.

I see over the last 20 years, 20 million dollars for "civic pride"... And pot holes in the streets, record keeping undone, past and current city council members jockeying to be next pocket Boss Tweed in Oakland, pretending to be shocked that legislation they themselves wrote is ACTUALLY implemented as they wrote it...

"Oh MY what a scandal!" trumpets the EBX sock puppet, "Fire the Mayor!"

Oh PUHLEASE!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/14/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

The standards (as defined in the OFD flier mailed out each year) for houses in the potential fire area are impossible to meet without clearcutting all shrubs and trees around many thousands of houses.

The firemen and women who have to do the inspections have an overwhelming task. They are not arborists and even if they were very sophisticated in landscape analysis regarding fire potential, they have not nearly the personnel or the time to do the job.

Bottom line is that the legislation, like so much public policy in Oakland, reflects a Council and a Mayor absolutely out-of-touch with reality. The burden on both homeowners and the Fire Department is quite impractical and is absolutely ineffective.

The whole project needs a redo, with a clear idea about how much time and energy the Fire Department can devote to such a project and with a focus on eliminating only the the most important kinds of vulnerabilities to the spread of wildfire.

Will the redo be done? Like all the other needs we have for real problem-solving by city hall, we're strictly out-of-luck.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/13/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

I'd guess the city contracted with a third party to share revenue. If so, the third party would have no interest in fairness. Does anyone know?

Clearly few keep documents needed to prove whether who is in error beyond a year. Any fine not noticed to homeowner within a year should be invalid.

Allan Feinstein

Posted by Allan Feinstein on 05/13/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

I also got evicted on Christmas Day from my sweet Nob Hill flat, rent controlled with dirt cheap rent, when a new owner bought the place. I was devastated and inconsolable for weeks as I faced the daunting rental market. I ended up finding a great studio in rockridge area, at market rent but I could afford it. the landlord, Ed Lantz, didn't gouge me on the rent and eventually even mentored me on buying my own property. Things can seem terrible but if you can let go and open yourself to something new, you might find it Jahahara, take a deep breath, get what you can from the landlord, and move on. I think it would probably be worse continuing to struggle with him. As great as lake Merritt is, the world is full of so many other great places.

Posted by renterlandlord on 05/13/2017 at 7:16 AM

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