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Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

Bill H., if you get the average $1200/ month SS insurance which you paid for, how can you pay $1000/month for rent and live? Oh, you say, rent a room in someone else's home?OK so $700-1000: no space to work, cook, have privacy, have any things (they are often looking for college students who come with a suitcase!, often you can't have visitors, age biases are there, too. And 3 floor walk-ups, not so great for seniors/ disabled... and usually no comfort companions. Up to $3000 move in charge. Rentals only open briefly during spring- mid summer, then gone to the captive students who will pay what is asked and then sleep 2-3 to a room. So, yes, then you are homeless... So WHO doesn't understand the problem, Bill? Housing First is the way to address the mental health and drug (self-medication) use issues, which are as often the RESULT of high stress, insufficient good food and other resources, minimal community support. Basically: lack of stability from which to re-create a life.

Posted by Dk Konietzko on 05/06/2017 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Mr. Jerry Udanski, the Venezuelan economy is oil dependent and hence the drop in oil prices has devastated their economy. You are a relative newbie to Oakland, BTW. Some of us who subscribe are born and raised in the East Bay which makes me a native, hint can you name the First Raider playing field:)? Do you know what large international food chain started in Oakland:)?? Cheers Harbor Bay Isle anyone:)??

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 05/05/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Posted by Carlos Ellison on 05/04/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools’ Special Education Reading Clinic May Close Due to Budget Cuts

Meanwhile in Berkeley, lawsuits are filed against the district for failing to teach students with learning disabilities how to read: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170502006972/en/Students-Reading-Disorders-Sue-Berkeley-Unified-School

With the reading clinic, Oakland has a program in place that complies with California A.B. 1369, that requires school districts provide dyslexic students with an evidence-based, multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured, and sequential approach to instruction.

Instead of expanding the reading clinic program and avoiding future litigation, OUSD decides to eliminate the program.

If only this wasn't so typical of Oakland School leadership.

Posted by ooo111000 on 05/04/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Excellent commentary Mr. Udinsky..

What a shameless piece of reporting expounding anti Israeli propaganda ad nauseam. Give me a break.

Posted by Linda Forde on 05/04/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

This article is a shameless hit piece, not journalism. The issue has to do with whether the proposed project is worthwhile for Oakland. If you are going to question the background of all investors, then you should always go into the backgtround of investors. However, this so called journalist happens to favor one political agenda over another. So approving projects for Oakland should be a political decision and not an economic decision. This is how Venezuela has become a disaster of a country. If Oakland is guided by this type of so called journalism propaganda, Oakland will follow Venezuela to the bottom of the economic junkpile.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 05/04/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

From your article"Portfolio Development Properties, a Walnut Creek-based company, over the terms of the propertys sale. Portfolio approached Oakland last November with an unsolicited proposal to build a drive-thru Starbucks on the empty lot at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and 73rd Avenue. The city didnt seek proposals from other developers." 73rd and Bancroft is part of the old GM/Chevvy plant and probably cannot be used for housing due to contamination, but a Gentrification like a Starbuck's drive through can be, nascent gentrification, why Walnut Creek AND unsolicited, dont't we have Oakland real estate folk of the same of better caliber?? How about a Soul Food diner??

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 05/04/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

SF Bay Area is an absolute nightmare for renters. I feel very badly for people who are getting evicted. A once affordable region, we are now only affordable to the wealthy and those who have bought houses years ago. The people who make our lives possible have few affordable places to live.

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 05/03/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Why is this Eastbay news and and this:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

Isn't?

Again, I'm not fan, but somehow BindGraham seems to look for the MOST divisive issues he can find without regard to relevance or, so it seems, full disclosure of the story; picking and choosing what parts to trumpet.

EBX, get rid of BondGraham. Get a REAL reporter, not a FOX wannabe.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/03/2017 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

> I would like every settlement to disappear, but he has every right to support them.

Ernest Montague, it's not illegal for a US citizen to financially support Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but it's also not illegal for a newspaper to publicize this who a US citizen gives their money to.

> There are more than one Islamic organizations in the US with ties to terror groups.

Their links should be publicized too.

Posted by Felix Dzerzhinsky on 05/03/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Isn't Zimmerman and company a major campaign backer of our local politicians?

Is this more Libbyest real estate cronyism?

I know Libby prefers fashion statements, to political statements, but does she have anything to say here? Since the Ghost Ship fire and Raider's retreat, our mayor's gone into hiding. What happened to transparency and secret sauce? Mayor up Libby!

Great reporting. Thanks!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 05/03/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Zimmerman supports Israel and illegal settlements. I was not aware that was illegal in the US. Can anyone help me out with the law? If not, then it's his business and right to spend his money as he wishes. I would like every settlement to disappear, but he has every right to support them. There are more than one Islamic organizations in the US with ties to terror groups.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/03/2017 at 7:37 AM
Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 05/02/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

I guess the City of Oakland learned nothing from the E 12th street housing development debacle several years ago. Here we go again with exclusive deals and ignoring state laws that outline a specific process for disposing of public land. The E 12th street project turned out okay, but only after a major expenditure of time, energy and money by the developer, the city and the neighborhood. Why can't the City just do it right the first time? There are mixed opinions about Israels intrusion into the west bank. Given Oakland's proclivity to take positions on national and international policy issues, it is ok for the city council to have that discussion. However, there should be no mixed opinions about the need to follow the correct and legal process. If you don't, it will never turn out right.

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/02/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Good questions Hiram Delco. Why didn't the article present well researched FACTS vs a whine?

I will also note the comments present more including from a worker pointing out that, anecdotally, there is more to be concerned about around hip hop shows.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/01/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

As a Berkeley resident, I look forward to when East Bay Community Energy starts offering Alameda County dwellers affordable renewable energy. Serving Alameda County is a big project: it seems that EBCE would do best to focus on getting up and running, rather than competing for customers in other counties.

Posted by Miriam Walter on 05/01/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I would hope that the Contra Costa County Supervisors make the fiscally prudent and logical local governmental choice by joining with fellow Contra Costa County cities who already selected MCE as the clean energy agency to represent them. Why not go with an agency with a demonstrated track record of success?

Posted by Marcy Kates on 05/01/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

From Costa Hawkins: (ii) A condominium dwelling or unit that has not been sold separately by the subdivider to a bona fide purchaser for value. The initial rent amount of the unit for purposes of this chapter shall be the lawful rent in effect on May 7, 2001, unless the rent amount is governed by a different provision of this chapter. However, if a condominium dwelling or unit meets the criteria of paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (a), or if all the dwellings or units except one have been sold separately by the subdivider to bona fide purchasers for value, and the subdivider has occupied that remaining unsold condominium dwelling or unit as his or her principal residence for at least one year after the subdivision occurred, then subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) shall apply to that unsold condominium dwelling or unit.

The apartment/condo is still rent controlled, until it sells. If you read all of Costa Hawkins you will see that it doesn't break rent control with every condo or single family homes. A subdivistion is five or more units. Find a good lawyer.

Posted by Michael Stangl on 05/01/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I lived in Marin where MCE started. The organization proved us with clean energy then and now that I live in Walnut Creek, I'm extremely happy that MCE's the great services are continuing here

Please consider MCE,it will be one of the best decisions the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors could make

Marcia McLean

Posted by Marcia McLean on 05/01/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I'm a resident of unincorporated Contra Costa County - I live 100ft. away from the City of Richmond, but solar is unaffordable on my roof because of the miserable incentives from PG&E. I want my community to have access to locally produced clean energy - it doesn't make sense to wait and wait and wait when we have a proven system working now. Let's join Richmond and get to work.

Posted by Matt 1 on 05/01/2017 at 10:05 AM

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