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Re: “Berkeley City Council Bans Natural Gas Hookups in New Construction

HOW STUPID!!!!

This ordinance will cause deaths ... why??? My daughters home caught on fire do to an electrical stove. They were in the mist of cooking diner when the electricity went off. It stayed off for more than an hour. They got hungry and left to get diner. When they came back the electricity had come on and the food on the stove started a fire. Yes, they forgot to turn off the stove & remove the food. How many others will make the same mistake??? Never would have happened with a gas stove!!!

Plus now residents will pay far more in utility bills than with gas.

Posted by Paul Merr on 07/19/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

>> Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy<< PLEASE...
Yes lie has changed in Oakland. The majority of people in Oakland are not by a long shot wealthy. They are accumulating wealth through homeownership.
However that has come overtime many years of continual ownership.

Back to the article. The author has a list of accomplishments & titles ... so she is well educated. I say ... RELOCATE!!! It sounds like Utah would be a good fit.
My problem with the homeless is two different sets of treatment for them and other citizens. I can liter without being ticketed nor urinate anywhere.
No matter how many Affordable units are built for the 4,000. There will over time be another 4,000 needed. How in the world do we keep up with the demand? Who pays for all this? Where is the land for all these units? Utah has vast spaces of buildable land. Not so in Oakland. We are maxed out, unless we build UP!!! Again who pays.

There are far more affordable ares in America than the Bay Area. Stockton & other outlining areas have plenty of land for growth. Again RELOCATE!!! You can even buy homes or build with no money down grants from our USDA programs. They'll even help pay the mortgages. But you won't go there ... because you want to stay here in Oakland. That is the problem ... homeless think they have rights they don't have. Hey, I want to live in Piedmont ... you think they'll go for this crap???

You are aware of the Ghost Ship fire? That could have happened in your community then you would be suing the City. There are laws that we must abide by in order to insure your homeless community members are safe.

Your desire to be in a homeless situation is your choice. Affordable homes can be had in places like Ohio for as little as $30,000. Or Detroit under $10,000. Here is a link to homes some for sale at $1,000!!!
I do wish you well ... https://buildingdetroit.org/properties/

Posted by Paul Merr on 07/19/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Bans Natural Gas Hookups in New Construction

Let's see... High rise building blocked in Berkeley due to shading of existing single family PV installations -- No high density building. Check. Cheap home energy blocked by legislation. -- Check

Taking bets someone has stock in utilities that benefit from this legislation.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/19/2019 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Herpes: To Disclose Or Not

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Posted by Blessing Quincy on 07/19/2019 at 4:28 AM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

In W. Oakland, youth on rented scooters mug people. As a disabled person, I am tired of scooters blocking sidewalks, and having to dodge scooters and cyclists on the sidewalk. At least the sidewalks will be safe during Burning Man, when W. Oakland is hipster free!

Posted by Holly Harwood on 07/18/2019 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Three Oakland Businesses on Creating a New Workplace Culture

remember, whether or not a customer gets flagged as a sexual harasser at this restaurant is largely subjective and depends on how they're perceived by the restaurant staff. a young attractive man will probably be a lot less likely to be flagged than one who is unattractive and old. also totally harmless interactions from a genuinely innocent customer could potentially still be perceived as sexual harassment by the staff, especially considering the prevalence of outrage culture and third wave feminism in society today. This means that men are more likely to be discriminated against at this supposedly all-inclusive restaurant and men who would never dream of sexually harassing anyone could still end up being wrongfully branded as creeps, humiliated and have their reputations soiled. People who are discriminated against at this restaurant as a result of this emotional and illogical policy will receive a lower quality of service and that isn't ok. I don't know why anyone would support a restaurant that actively engages in such discriminatory, emotion-driven practices that aren't rooted in reality. It's one thing to flag a customer who is clearly sexually harassing your staff in violation of existing sexual harassment laws, it's an entirely different story to trust your employee's gut feelings alone and brand anyone they don't like as a creep, whether or not they actually did anything inappropriate.

Posted by dg41510 on 07/18/2019 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

Tell me how these companies are enforcing rules. Seriously, how?

Lyft has it written right on their scooters - so clearly that I, someone who's never even gotten on one can see it - that you need to stay off the sidewalk and yet these people come racing down the sidewalk on scooters with zero regard for people (and dogs walking on them).

They're not going to make any real attempt to keep people off the sidewalk on these things until lawsuits start popping up. (Or, a scooter rider hits the wrong person on the sidewalk and gets their ass whooped - or worse - and the media takes notice.)

Posted by Ashley McCartney on 07/18/2019 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Let me start by saying that not all homeless encampments are the same. I wish the solution to the homeless problem we have an open was as easy as set forth in the article. Unfortunately is not as clear-cut as stated. For the most part when you have the homeless encampment in a given area, the crime increases in that area, fire hazards increase, sanitary condition get worse, is not only not safe for the residents of the encampment, but is not safe for the residents of the neighborhood . You have small and large businesses have in the deal with the increased crime, ranging from auto smash and grab, shoplifting, burglaries, and more serious crimes. I have lived in Oakland for 60+ years, i should be able to shop in my neighborhood, should be able to park my car in Oakland without having the windows smashed, of the work on a public sidewalk without having the dodge people using the sidewalk as their restrooms. I understand that not everyone in these encampments chooses this lifestyle. Some do most of them don't. Oakland needs to do something so that the majority of the people that live in Oakland or visit open can walk around Oakland in a safe clean environment.

Posted by WHM on 07/18/2019 at 12:32 PM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

"The article says that these will be large quarter acre lots when the facts are that the lots will be 10,000 sq ft on average"

10,000 square feet is equal to 0.23 acres.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 07/18/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Bans Natural Gas Hookups in New Construction

PG&E: aren't they the ones whose transmission lines caused the death of all those people in Paradise, California. So this is what you think is a better substitute. Also, they own 2 gas fired plants that generate electricity.

Posted by Murray Nightingale on 07/18/2019 at 11:54 AM

Re: “At Cam Anh, Banh Mi Dreams Come True

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Posted by D. Marie on 07/18/2019 at 11:12 AM

Re: “At Cam Anh, Banh Mi Dreams Come True

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Posted by Bob Waks on 07/18/2019 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Homelessness is un-American. The governments (federal on down) have not yet figured out how to solve the physical dilemma without appearing so themselves.
There is also the very obvious fact that current and future numbers of our exceptional specie are unsustainable in concentrated areas. If we were spread out evenly, there'd be 100 people for each square mile ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 07/18/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

Unfortunately, in the times we live in, it is easy to misrepresent reality in a media headline that garners public attention, but at it's core really is fake news. This article is a great example of that affliction. The writer proclaims that the City of Hayward City Council prioritizes large estates. That could not be farther from the truth. If the person who wrote this article would have spent any time at all in Hayward, especially in the Downtown transit village, along the Mission Blvd corridor and around BART stations, he would see that Hayward is doing a better job than most east bay cities in the development of high density affordable and work force housing. The article says that these will be large quarter acre lots when the facts are that the lots will be 10,000 sq ft on average, after a substantial open space dedication, development of a public trail and improvements to existing neighborhood infrastructure. If the author of this article looked at the recently completed Downtown Specific Plan he would find not a City Council priority for large estate lots, but a real philosophical commitment to affordable and high density housing. There is no question that more high density and affordable housing should be built in the bay area. However, it is not appropriate everywhere. The Cal Trans parcels that are the subject of this article have limited vehicular and public transit access, poor access to commercial services and are located within the context of an existing single family residential neighborhood. To force high density housing into this site would be extremely poor planning. One size does not fit all and the City Council has a responsibility to provide housing at all affordability levels. That policy is in the General Plan. Perhaps the author should take a look at housing policy documents before writing a headline that is both untrue and unfair. I realize that EBX has recently reduced staff and cutback in other areas because of budget issues. However, your long time readers will be sorely disappointed if your paper is reduced to flashy headlines and sloppy reporting that twists the truth to fit the headline, instead of the reporting on a complex issue with a contextualized discussion that is warranted.

Posted by GPatton on 07/18/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

God Bless all the families involved in this housing crisis. Especially my brother and his family. May there be better & safer & affordable communities for all. Shame on Corporate Big Pocket America for putting families out of affordable homes in safe neighborhoods. Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy. This seems to be an epidemic across America. A similar situation is in my neighborhood. Affordable housing is mostly needed and in nice & safe communities.

Posted by Gretchen Smilde on 07/18/2019 at 8:05 AM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

God Bless all the families involved in this housing crisis. Especially my brother and his family. May there be better & safer & affordable communities for all. Shame on Corporate Big Pocket America for putting families out of affordable homes in safe neighborhoods. Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy. This seems to be an epidemic across America. A similar situation is in my neighborhood. Affordable housing is mostly needed and in nice & safe communities.

Posted by Gretchen Smilde on 07/18/2019 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Herpes: To Disclose Or Not

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Re: “Herpes: To Disclose Or Not

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Posted by Rose Sharon on 07/17/2019 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

Prove to us that the companies are actually enforcing the policies that keep pedestrians, the disabled members of the community, and the riders safe. Laws and EULAs and policies have yet to curb the bad behavior of selfish riders who consistently ride the sidewalks, park obstructively, and expect the right of way to be ceded whenever they want it to be. Prove that the companies are making real efforts to deal with this behavior and maybe you'll end up with something other than a dystopian transportation nightmare.

Posted by Pedestrians First on 07/17/2019 at 3:19 PM

Re: “At Cam Anh, Banh Mi Dreams Come True

Fantastic story. So happy for her, and for me, as I loved Cam Huong!

Posted by Jesse Adams on 07/17/2019 at 3:16 PM

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