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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: “Izakaya-style Shinmai Opens Tonight in Oakland

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Posted by Maria Joao on 07/22/2017 at 4:33 PM

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

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

Lonay paid $160,000 in 2011 and if their rent was nearly $2,000 or is $2,000 now, she nearly has the place paid off. It was owned by the bank then and however much she repaired it, the place is still sounding in disrepair. She cares only for getting back what she paid and then will sell it for three or four times what she paid without repairing anything.

Posted by SJD on 07/21/2017 at 5:26 PM

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

When [the unit] was rented, the economy was in the toilet: you were the best applicants, Lonay wrote in an email to her renters. Since the recession, people have put their lives back on track and moved on[.]

What the hell is wrong with this miniature monster Leona Helmsley? Was she raised in a barn? Her parents raised her to talk about people this way?

Posted by Noah Zimmerman on 07/21/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “MOTIVE

Our hours are 11AM to 6PM, Tuesday to Saturday. The opening reception for MOTIVE is on Friday, August 4, 6-9PM.

We hope you can make it to the exhibition!

Posted by Lonnie Lee on 07/21/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Kainbigan Team's New Restaurant Craft & Spoon Opens Next Week in Uptown Oakland

Well that sucks, congrats and good luck but I don't think we needed another fru fru kale place, especially when good Filipino food was hard to find - gotta serve the gentrifiers though

Posted by Joseph Adams on 07/21/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

I understand folks here aren't too familiar with facts but blacks and hispanics do commit a disproportionate amount of crime. They also on average have lower IQs. Which means they're incapable of learning and need to be disciplined like children.

Ha.

Posted by George Rockwell on 07/21/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

This is a public facing program that ignores half of the city. Cost is a function of design and target customer. How about modeling to higher utilization rates in affluent areas in order to subsidize a few smaller stations in east Oakland. You could also sell group passes at discounted rates to drive adoption. And the safety argument doesn't make sense. People ride bikes all of the time. 15 yrs from now we will question why low income residents in Oakland have higher obesity rates and transportation costs.

Posted by Markeze Bryant on 07/20/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “'The Black Woman is God' Opens at SOMArts

Of course it ends a few days before I reach San Fran...

Posted by Bro Ham on 07/20/2017 at 9:01 PM

Re: “How to Fix the Police

My bad. It's Walden Pond books that will have Norm's books for sale on sight where he will be signing them.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/20/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “How to Fix the Police

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Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/20/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

To garry ovalbach and charlie pine, you're wrong. There are many Oaklanders who will not call the police because they have been abused by police in the past. And that, exactly, is the point--we cannot trust the police to be even-handed and honest. They simply are not trustworthy. Nor, now, is our mayor.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 07/20/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

We should remember that every time we push back against the police, they get meaner. They're not going to admit to anything.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 07/20/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Craig & MacGregor & Friends

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Posted by Doug McKechnie on 07/20/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

The people who design plan and programs to accelerate our ascent to Amsterdam are totally out of touch with the needs and desires of neighborhoods of color. They have no clue and actually dismiss the fact that not everybody in the world leads their lives by smart phones, laptops, Starbucks and Uber. They don't understand that when they have those obligatory "community meetings" in deep East Oakland, turnout may be sparse because some folks have 2 or 3 jobs and get up early because they work for low pay. Some folks have no child care options. Some folks are too busy just keeping the lights on and food on the table. Some folks lack adequate safe transportation. Spending 2 or 3 evening hours during the week at a meeting about a bicycle program is just not a life priority. In some neighborhoods, adults who use bikes fall into 2 main groups. Group one are the folks you see riding to low paying jobs in the early mornings every day. Group two are the guys who provide underground retail opportunities in the neighborhoods. In some places, hardly anyone rides bikes because they are seen as a pleasant recreational option. Some people don't have an extra $5 a day for a bike ride. If you want an effective program, you need to talk to the people and figure out what works for them. You can't force fee your pinhead utopian dreams into their daily reality.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/20/2017 at 4:41 AM
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