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Re: “Laney or Bust!

Considering Ernest Montague's history of right-wing, pro-OPD/pro-gun/anti-Antifa comments, it is odd indeed to see him siding with the environment. Perhaps he's a Giants fan.

Posted by John Seal on 11/08/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

I really hate the noise, and the impact of their excessively loud fireworks shows will be very disruptive to the birdlife, as well as numerous people who live by the lake.

Posted by Mary Dresser on 11/08/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Council Approves Giant Oak Knoll Project, But Without Affordable Housing or a Project Labor Agreement for Most Construction Workers

The Oak Knoll development is the biggest and most diverse mixed use development Oakland has seen in modern times. The project will include a small commercial component as well as multiple family development and a range of single family products. It makes sense to include a provision that some affordable housing be developed here. Oak Knoll was originally it's own Redevelopment district and had an obligation to generate affordable housing either on site or elsewhere in a Redevelopment district. The City now has an affordable housing in lieu fee option on the books and as I understand the article, future developers will have to comply with that ordinance. The fire safety issue seems dubious. There are existing fire stations on 98th ave below the site (above MacArthur blvd) and on Skyline blvd above the site. The development will have non combustible roofing materials, new infrastructure will include new fire hydrants. Additionally, there are no wild land open space interface issues as exists in the Ridgemont development just north of the site off Campus drive. If there is any issue that the City Council continues to miss, it is the widening and realignment of 73rd Ave between I-580 and MacArthur blvd. Development of townhouses at Leona Quarry and Oak Knoll should have resulted in construction of this much needed public improvement. The new residents purchasing these homes had the potential to stimulate economic development opportunities along MacArthur blvd and return it to it's former life as an important commercial service corridor for residents of this part of East Oakland. But once again, there is no vision or leadership in City Hall. The dollars from these new residents will now be spent in San Leandro and the MacArthur corridor will continue to be a wasteland.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

There's a completed EIR for the existing coliseum area. And how much did the city spend on that area plan they did a couple years ago?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 11/08/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp: I've got a better idea. Let's just nationalize all the assets of the wealthy scum who have assets, and give them to the needy poor.

That will surely fix things and bring about economic equity.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Oakland needs Laney College a lot more than it needs the A's.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Good article.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

The environmental impact reports needed to start three years ago. I agree with this article. If it was located elsewhere than on already compromised wetland margins, it might be easier. Oakland will live without the A's.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Air Force Failed to Block Shooter From Buying Guns; Almena Says Ghost Ship Owner Shares Blame

Almena created a fire trap there and rented it out to naive and deluded tenants who had no idea of personal safety. He is directly responsible for their deaths. I have no love for the owner, but he didn't rent the warehouse as living space. Almena did.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

This is really not brain surgery folks. If you have to adopt interim zoning restrictions to limit the economic and social impacts of a new ball park on the existing residents and neighborhood, chances are this is not the right site. It's like taking the antibiotics before the infection arrives.The controls are interim and once removed, there will be a yard sale that will quickly drive up rents and land values in the Eastlake district. That's how the market works and nothing the city can do will change it. Believe me, developers are already cueing up for the assault.The result will be massive displacement of low income residents and the fabric of this neighborhood will be changed forever. Oakland is a city of neighborhoods. Both West Oakland and North Oakland have already been gentrified over the last 20 years. Many lower income people and families who resided in these neighborhoods for nearly a century are now gone. Does Eastlake deserve the same fate? Does every neighborhood need to be invaded by Starbucks, yoga studios and expensive condos?That is not what makes the character of a city rich or diverse. Do not be fooled, the City of Oaklands interim control solution is just a ploy to keep public opposition at bay while the A's can throw a few million dollars at the project and create the kind of political momentum that the neighbors will never be able to stop. The city should be figuring out how to invest, support and retain the special character of Eastlake instead of greasing the rails for it's demise.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 4:03 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

If the price of a stadium is a de facto three-year moratorium on infill housing projects all the way out to 14th and Franklin, screw the stadium.

This smells an awful lot like people who always oppose new housing downtown (hi Naomi!) using the stadium as a pretext to get the building freeze they've always wanted.

Posted by C.J. Garrett on 11/07/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, a Political Newcomer, Enters State Assembly Race

I dont appreciate this person ^ impugning the reputation of my good friend, Ben Bartlett. I attended law school at UC Hastings with him and we became close. I got to know his parents and his wife. They are all good people.

If Ben is what you call him, he would take his law degree from a top-notch law school and go work at a blue-chip law firm. He has that choice. Instead, he chooses to serve the people of Berkeley. You see, he loves Berkeley and its people down to his core. He told me this. Thats why he fights for Berkeley residents and its most vulnerable community, the homeless community.

Im a high level consultant in the CA State Senate Rules Committee. Ive been in the legislature since 2007, right after undergrad at UC Davis. I have legislative experience before and after law school, close to 10 years. The legislature is like a family built upon a thousand relationships. Ive built those connections over the years. No one should doubt Bens ability to get things done in Sacramento because hell have me with him every step of the way.

- Harrison

(The software edits out my apostrophes)

Posted by RyanMikal on 11/07/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Beane Cult members are mostly more baseball rotisserie players than actual baseball fans...revolving door will always be working as long as Billy Boy is the fantasy A's baseball team.

Posted by Lil Bartholo on 11/07/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Nextdoor Lead Silences Police Complaints

NextDoor Promotes Cyber Bullying and Hate Crimes

Next-door allowed my neighbors to cyber bully me online and use the site for public shaming. They allowed them to post my personal information leading to the endangerment of me and my children.
A neighbor posted false complaints on the site to publically shame a person they think they saw in a car on the road doing something they did not approve of and then posted the description with license plate number of the car.
Within a few days of hateful messages and public shaming. An original post was made by Mona Smothers, Christian Valley Park on Nov 2 in Crime & Safety to Christian Valley Park She listed a description of my car and listed my license plate to make false allegations of a dangerous hateful nature online.

This is considered public shaming and against the rules. After she posted my license plate number online and started false accusations creating a hateful conversations and public shaming about activities in a car.
I had people following my car and yelling at me and my kids in public for something I had NO IDEA about because this neighbor created such a hateful post it created a situation where people would see my car and stalk me or yell at me for things she accused someone in my car of doing online. These people have made me and my kids a target in the neighborhood with their claims and false accusations by posting my person information online. I did not know about the post until some stranger approached me and my children because he saw the post made with the false accusations and my license plate listed in her post. They identified me by the license plate number posted. They approached me and my kids about it inappropriately because they saw my license plate number posted online and now know where we live.
Creating now a dangerous situation for me and my family. I am now a target because my license plate is out there with someones angry post making false accusations and my kids are subjected hate or opinions.
This is not allowed according to the rules of Next-door but they did nothing to help my family and instead continue to allow the cyber bullying and hate crimes to continue online.
I am now a target of hate because of the posted license plate online with self-righteous opinions identifying me, my car and can be followed home or anywhere I go now. T

This is a dangerous world and a license plate or identifying factors in false accusations can be harmful to the safety of our families in our neighborhood. Public shaming on any social network is NOT allowed and the world outside of Next-door is a dangerous place.
Next door did nothing to correct this issue, and then froze my account for complaining about the abuse, public shaming and illegal posts made by the neighbor posting my personal information online. They allowed me and my children to be harmed and stalked and cyber bullied. They are bad people and should be shut down so nobody else gets hurt or is victimized by them. I take cyber bullying very seriously and NEXT DOOR did nothing to help my family.

Posted by Legal Angel on 11/07/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Hes at worst the teams third-best hitter and earns the MLB minimum salary. Huh?

According to Baseball Prospectus, Healy in 2017 was the 9th best of the remaining A's hitters. He doesn't have a position in the field where he's not a liability. Moving him now makes perfect sense, while he still might bring something in return.

Posted by mugwump2 on 11/07/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “MasterGuild Chamber Music Concert

Jeremy Constant, violin

Nancy Ellis, viola

Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello

Roy Bogas, piano


BEETHOVEN Sonata in A Major, Opus 30, No. 1

BRAHMS Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Opus 99

SCHUMANN Quartet for Piano and Strings in E Flat Major

Posted by Keila Diehl on 11/07/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements

As we've seen for decades, OPD is above the law. Get used to it. Even the feds can't do anything about it.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Honey Butter Fried Chicken, 4505 Burgers & BBQ Hold Delivery Pop-ups in East Bay

More trendy food items for the New Oaklanders who apparently have so much excess cash they can frequent white foodie takes on soul food...yet African Americans are getting pushed out of Oakland and the real soul food places close. Yeah, let's celebrate gentrification.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Town Business: Housing, Homelessness, and Tenant Protections Dominate Oakland Council's Agenda

I think homeless lives matter too, but what's the point in featuring a crumpled Steel Reserve can in the lead photo? Is to highlight the need for substance abuse programs for the homeless or to demonize them as layabout winos?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

The "New Oakland" food trucks for the techie/finance trend-oids sell small plates of food for the same price as a dish in a restaurant. Young affluent white people aren't selling this stuff, they're the ones lining up for 30 mins for a craft hot dog on a sustainably sourced wooden stick.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:05 AM

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