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Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

This is very concerning, however there are many people focused on working on solutions that reimagine the way we relate to our ocean ecosystems. Concerned California citizens have been partnering with Greenwave.org and CA Fish and Wildlife to strategize on how to successfully permit and implement restorative ocean enterprises that restore kelp forests through actively seeding native varieties of kelp to help repopulate kelp forests. Please reach out to support Greenwave.org's work and sponsor this CA initiative.

Erin Axelrod
Sonoma County, CA

Posted by Erin Axelrod on 12/03/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Robert, everyone already knows Almena shoulders the primary responsibility, so I don't understand the source of your fervor. Regarding Harris, I'm sure you have the resources to dig a little deeper than what went into the sentiment you're expressing here. There are pretty significant differences -- just ask community members. Remember that the DA has a PR goal, and charges may have to change after deposition this week.

The article comes off as pretty mainstream in its reactionary tone, which was the standard MSM approach a year ago. Your Oakland Magazine article (January?) was along similar lines, though I can see you've toned it down since then.

You've got the tacit agreement thing between tenants/landlords/City described accurately, and you are certainly correct that tenants who build out non-conforming spaces -- typically with owner permission -- have historically taken great pride in their work and in its long term safety and stability. That was nice to see acknowledged in print after all these months.

Regarding the building department, you are a little misinformed, which is surprising coming from the editor of the Express. That is most clear here:

"But requiring city employees to determine which spaces are clearly dangerous and need to be shut down like the Ghost Ship and which ones only present minor hazards that need to be fixed is not so simple. Such a protocol, if it were established, also could expose the city to further liability, especially if people were to die in a fire in a warehouse that the city had deemed to be not that bad."

While technically true, this last sentence is fearmongering, no better than internet whackos who call for widespread evictions. Warehouse & non-conforming unit safety advocates have been meeting with select City officials for many months to design an appropriate path forward, one that is hardly touched upon in the Anniversary Report and in the Mayor and Administrator's rhetoric. Both parties share the same concern for life safety, and recognize that there are very few (if any) spaces left like Ghost Ship since the community did its own cleanup in the first half of 2017.

There are clear and simple ways to define what is and is not a life safety hazard. And contrary to Rich Fielding's historical approach, a collection of common code violations does not necessarily equal a life safety hazard. I look forward to seeing a hierarchy of compliance priorities in the future -- such as that used by community safety organizations -- adopted by Code Enforcement. There is no reason that such a practice would increase liability, as imminent life safety hazards do indeed require temporary relocation for repairs. Even in highly problematic cases where tenants can not be moved, such as 2551 San Pablo, the City can always order a 24-hour fire watch (which I believe would have saved that building).

If you need to worry about it, worry instead about the hazards that Code Enforcement is often careless about attending to, namely the pervasive violations in conventional multifamily housing available to low-income folks. You'd be alarmed at the callous approach of inspectors. From water damage and mold to uneven floors and shoddy electrical work, there are many violations that landowners are allowed to explain away or never be cited for -- provided, of course, that the tenants are poor and typically people of color.

Posted by Jonah Strauss 1 on 12/03/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Who the heck writes these articles these days? What generation are these writers mostly derived from? What happened to writing articles of actual substance, and not just repeating 3 things, 6 different ways, in order to be able to hit the word count necessary, to look like a real news article?

Posted by Nicole Celli on 12/03/2017 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Members of OUSD school board should do whats decent and resign. They each have failed to fulfill what they were elected to do. Saying youre sorry is nothing but sorry.

Posted by GinaJ on 12/02/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Ippudo's Legendary Ramen Hits Berkeley

Review pretty spot on. Ramen good but not great. Buns tasty but way overpriced, as was everything. Add in Berkeleys overpriced street parking and with tax and tip I wound up paying almost $35 for a simple lunch of ramen ... and thats without the absurd $2 charge for the usually included egg. Not worth the wait or the money

Posted by Alan J Miller on 12/02/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “The Miseducation of Hopie

Del the funky homosapien smokes meth. He used to abuse this woman name STAR, who had hopes and dreams of making just ONE single with Del...del would get her high on meth and date rape her.


Thats your mentor hopie?

How would you deal with that in law?

Posted by Shanksta Shank on 12/02/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The Miseducation of Hopie

I think hes hell fake, nothing about what she did wasnt FULLY invested and funded by family members and 6 fingers is far too secretive...you dont produce $5000 + videos, editedprofessionally just by the fling of it....Shes a phony artist...MONEY TALKS letting BULLSHIT strut its walk....stupid pompous bitch, every filipino girl gets raped or abused. I used to have a super mentally FUCKED filipino girl that was like OBSESSED with pleasing me like a king, I had tio work with her with a therapist to teach her that her body and selling it was the lowest of the low and shes now hired by a company that protcts such women from their past.

Hopie aint shit, shes a poser and fake. And Del? Thats a bitchmade brat nigga who sits bitch, eating candy, commanding "A brother (wigger) named Heorgy" White emcee who is such a cunt he thinks that by being dels driver, crack buyer, or in general felatio helper is going to keep his depressing, baldin at 30 life happy....fuyck him...also death to bukue one, that shitty rapper is such a joke and s a sham to skateboarding and hiph op and Dels invovement is so fake claimeing his crackhead ass is "iller than most?" that nigger is so ugly I want to kill him because hes stanger than the fucking alien from stranger things. Not like magical. Hes just a meth head black trash. Nothing special about him. He cant even play a G chord on guitar...didnt even release any good music with bukue one, well bukue is like pathetic so no wonder, but him having hopie the dumb filipino contrived fake buttflut say he was her mentor? SO FAKE. Del is gonna get his jack cracked and if I see him on stage trying to pretend like hes some wonder in front of REAL musicians and a composer as gay as dn the auto TRADITOTOR...Ill make sure I peg him with a full bottle of "NEWTONS folly{" Give that biting ass, poser, super insecure, smelly, rat faced, zombie looking nigga some bate.....Whats up del....Neo nikolas says your a bitchass nigga and will battle you anywhere anytime nigga, whats up. Spark on says your a bitchass nigga. PEACE says your a bitchass nigga. saafir says your a bitch ass nigga. Even Opio said your a dumb meth head and your career is over. Matt kelley says your a fucking loser.

Posted by Shanksta Shank on 12/02/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Second floor was built out of redwood springboard floor by previous tenants. Same for roof. Was not designed for the building.

Could have had ceramics in there and sprinklers everywhere. Since it was an electrical fire, it would have still went up.

Derrick "rigged" the electrical because it was actually causing problems before.

This article is semantics.

Posted by Marcavius on 12/01/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

This penalizes ;low income, l who are dependent on public transportationI. I wonder how much the bank invests in the community

Posted by Aram Attarian on 12/01/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

It would, among other problem, fill parking spots for a substantial distance around Laney., especially weekday games. The city picks up the tab for lsecurity,parking ,Auto ingress and regressThey haven't explained in any detail how it would benefit the surrounding community. The jobs claim is a bait and switch.; the construction jobs are temporary. The stadium jobs will be minimum wage, part time with no benefits and mostly filled with unskilled labor which means no new jobs for those collecting unemployment and skilled workers ;like

Posted by Aram Attarian on 12/01/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

It would, among other problem, would fill parking spots for a substantial distance around Laney., especially weekday games. They haven't explained in any detail how it would benefit the local community. The jobs claim is a bait and switch. The construction jobs are basically temporary. The stadium jobs will be minimum wage, part time with no benefits and will be mostly filled with unskilled labor which means no new jobs for those collecting unemployment.

Posted by Aram Attarian on 12/01/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

The Sixth Great Extinction. We're probably not that far down the list.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/01/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Any person, entity, anyone who could have stopped this ship from sailing bears responsibility. Fail after fail. This includes PG&E.

Posted by Andy Kershaw on 12/01/2017 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Well if I walked into a restaurant with Hitlers pic on the wall or similar who killed innocent Jews. It would not matter how good the food is! I would not support it!

Posted by Patrick Weiss on 11/30/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Reem's Serves Arab Delights for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

A woman of color opening her own business and exposing the US to Arab culture through comfort foods should be an inspiring story. Instead, Reem has twisted her opportunity and hard work into a shrine to a confessed terrorist murderer. Does the blood of Rasmea Odeh's victims matter less than a tasty treat to Express editors and readers?

Posted by Leibochips on 11/30/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Wazwan Indian Cuisine's Staying Power

Thanks a lot moron Mark Stefan, for ruining the Public Market, way to go.

Posted by jesse james on 11/30/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Thanks to EB Express for their in depth coverage.

Here's a link to the No Cuts to Schools petition that is helping turn the tide against cutting funds to our schools & students, helping to create awareness & helping School Board members know the level of of opposition to these proposed school cuts:

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petition…

Please get the word out by email & social media to your friends, neighbors & family.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 11/30/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

Nature has it's own ability to recover but sometimes we need to help them to heal or recover.
We all need to harvest or remove purple urchins as many as possible and migrate starfishes and implement seaweed seed on to the bottom of the rocks.

Posted by Sungsik Joo on 11/30/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Alameda County Superior Court Reverses License Suspensions for Nearly 54,000 Drivers Who Couldn't Afford to Pay Traffic Fines

This is honorable to reverse those suspensions on poor people who cannot pay the high fines and fees. Suspending licenses for failure-to-pay is the same as putting the people in Debtors Prisons. But using Debtors Prisons is a despicable practice that civilized societies ended over a century ago.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

Posted by James Walker on 11/30/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

I think every Oakland citizen should refuse to pay city taxes until our schools and police force are properly, fully and responsibly funded and managed.

Posted by Dayvid Jones on 11/30/2017 at 7:41 AM

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