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Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Where is the info on the federal judge ordering Richmond to build at least 670 units as part of the lawsuit settlement?

Posted by Eric Doziér on 11/14/2019 at 6:39 AM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Tom Butt is no advocate of the Bay or the less fortunate - Sick and tired of selfish bureaucrats who are more than happy to toss the future health of our planet under the bus for immediate monetary gain - who gives them right?

Posted by JMHSRV on 11/13/2019 at 9:33 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

I'd like to correct one of my quotes in this very thorough and well-researched article. I mentioned a new waterfront development in Pt. Richmond that I implied wasn't selling well. My information came mostly from agent hearsay and I hadn't done a recent market analysis on that development prior to speaking with the reporter. I've since heard from a homeowner there who says their property has increased in price by $400K over the past year and the project is filling up, which is great news for that community. I stand corrected and want to apologize to the homeowners and the developer of Waterline since I seem to have mischaracterized the situation over there. On the other hand, I've had many years to consider all the angles at Pt. Molate, starting with several years sitting on the City of Richmond's Point Molate Citizens Advisory Committee. I stand by my professional opinion that the combination of hazards, climate change exigencies, inaccessible location/lack of amenities and costs for infrastructure (and the opportunity cost of not concentrating development where it's really needed) make Pt. Molate an unsuitable location for housing. The real benefit to the city would be to develop and preserve the land as a community resource as so many Richmond residents have said they want.

Posted by Toni Hanna on 11/13/2019 at 8:41 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Building 2000 luxury townhomes at Point Molate will ultimately be infeasible due to the exorbitant cost of infrastructure and the likely exorbitant cost of homeowners insurance at this location with such limited access in case of wild fire, earthquake or refinery explosion.
And even if such a project were built, it would likely be a net drain on the city's budget, with any property and sales tax revenue overshadowed by both partial infrastructure costs the developer will try to foist upon the city, as well as the ongoing high cost of providing police and fire services to residents in this remote location with limited accessibility.
The Community Plan is the way to go, and bring Ohlone people whose ancestors actually lived on this land into the conversation and decision making!

Posted by Marilyn Langlois1 on 11/13/2019 at 2:16 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Jeannette and Charles, excellent astute comments on an excellent astute article--Thank you so much!

Posted by Dorothy Gilbert on 11/13/2019 at 1:08 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Excellent article!

Besides the "old white people" who spoke to the council (btw, five people spoke at the 3:00 council meeting before closed session), there were at least a dozen people holding signs stating "save our Point Molate", and "keep public land in public hands", etc.

There are youth groups of color who are against this plan, They could not make it to the council meeting to speak out. Tom Butt has to stop being a bully. After all, he is an old white person himself, and he is bringing old white men from outside of Richmond to profit off of our public land.

Nat Bates should learn more about sustainable jobs. Construction jobs are not sustainable, and most of those jobs go to people living outside of Richmond. We need a plan for Point Molate that incorporates sustainable jobs for people that live in Richmond. By stating that the" speakers were not from Richmond, didn't care about Richmond, and didn't pay taxes in Richmond", was a low blow which started the "riot" as Tom Butt called it. The Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990 didn't include housing as economic development.

Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 11/13/2019 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Richmond has always been corrupt. This article is another example of politicians pushing through a housing deal that harms both the community and the environment.
The people fighting this abomination need everyone on board to fight these political opportunists who continue to lie and obfuscate regardless of horrible consequences to the environment and danger people living that Point Molate would face should there be an earthquake and/or explosions at Chevron.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 11/13/2019 at 8:01 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Jerry- are you insinuating that all of the minorities that apply to the Alameda
Fire department have bad characters and are ignorant? You area stuck in the past with the good ol' boys!

Posted by Lilongas on 11/11/2019 at 8:00 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Look, I'm sure there are diversity problems in the fire department just like almost any department. I'm a woman, I'm asian, and no this isn't news. But for you to put a spotlight on this issue (esp about a postcard from February?) in the VERY WAKE of another massive California fire where people are absolutely depending on these people to save their lives and homes, actually made me pretty sick to my stomach. Really poor timing. Not even conclusive or solutions-oriented. Didn't even interview any of the minority firemen about their thoughts. I was honestly really surprised to find this on your front page.

Posted by Nomura on 11/08/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Content of your character, not the color of your skin. Let me see, who said that? How often so many people have forgotten what Dr. King admonished. This article should investigate whether or not the hiring criteria are biased. Do we not want the most highly qualified people to become firefighters, without regard to the color or the skin, ethnic origin, etc.? This article has a particular point of view prior to writing. What are the characteristics of the hiring process that are biased? Are these appropriate characteristics to become a firefighter? Could this person save his comrade in a dangerous situation where lives are on the line? Does this person know enough about fire science to determine what is possibly safe when entering a burning building? Does the person have prior experience fighting fires, such as forest fires? These are the criteria which should matter. Then the admonition of Dr. Martin Luther King would be recognized.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/07/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Maybe it's a Great time to look at offering hiring the released inmates that fight fires along side the 61% non hispanic caucasian firefighters... they've had on the job training and might Really like the opportunity... with real Pay... food for thought and law changes !

Posted by Maikani on 11/07/2019 at 8:01 AM

Re: “The Stink in East Oakland

I suggest AB&I plant trees, bamboo, etc around perimeter of the property where feasible. Trees and plants filter out pollutants,particulates in air, regulate temperature, provide shade and improve the livability of the surrounding area.

Posted by Brown&Green Thumb on 11/04/2019 at 12:43 PM

Re: “The Stink in East Oakland

I live a couple miles east, and I smell the foundry at least once a week. People who actually live here know exactly what Im talking about. Im glad this serious issue is finally getting some attention.

Posted by S.Law on 11/01/2019 at 9:54 PM

Re: “The Stink in East Oakland

"show an average life expectancy of 72.7 in East Oakland and 82.7 in the Berkeley hills."
I guess that shows the true facts. Exactly the same cross section of people, yet one group lives 10 years longer.
I'm sure it has nothing to do with income, education, medical care, or other lifestyle habits... or because of loss of life due to early violent loss of life.
No.. the good doctor's facts are the true picture.
However, members of my family have lived in the hill area just above the Laurel district (like the good doctor) for over 113 years, and no one has died earlier than age 86. Odd.. I guess we just have exceptional genes.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 10/31/2019 at 9:51 PM

Re: “The Stink in East Oakland

Bravo to the sheroes and heroes in East Oakland fighting against AB&I, the corrupt BAAQMD and the politicians who are their enablers. Bravo also to the good Dr. Rupa for understanding, caring and doing something about the blatant environmental racism that runs rampant in the Bay Area! Thanks to Jean for covering these critical stories.

Posted by Andres Soto on 10/31/2019 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Stink in East Oakland

So let's see here... We have a heavy industry that is now and has been operating for quite some time (foundries don't just spring up over night) lawfully. It's in a long term industrial district. It has been industrial for a VERY long time. It's one of the few operations in Oakland that provides good jobs at decent wages. It recycles materials for use in it's processes.

And someone who lives at a minimum of 3 (direct line of sight to the hills) miles away is complaining of the smell? I live within that range, and I gotta tell ya, I have NEVER known it was even there!

Somethings smells here... And I don't think it's the foundry.

And we "hope" something green and better will come along if we run them out of town?! Yeah... Someone will invest to bring that to town when somewhere down the road they'll get run out too.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/31/2019 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Why Do Oakland Police Dismiss So Many Rape Cases?

Could it be, Mary, that you have taken over the old EBX mantle of throwing innuendo without ANY hard evidence? Your article clearly outlines many reasons that ODP, with limited resources, faced with less than "enthusiastic" victim cooperation, might opt to close the case. Even the people right next to the victims acknowledge the difficulty in successfully prosecuting rape cases and a tendency for victims to "get over it" rather to live in the event.

ANY time "statistics" (simple "nose counts" most of the time) are applied as a metric in this type of thing (and yes rape IS a serious issue), playing the metric happens. But real math is a lot harder than just clicking off counts and scolding when you don't like how they add up.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/25/2019 at 4:37 PM

Re: “The Most Dangerous Place in Alameda County

I was an inmate for just 2 days there. Charges were dropped and was brought in for a misunderstanding by police. What I experienced was inhumane. Im a type 1 diabetic and require blood sugar testing, insulin shots, and food to keep blood sugar up. I spent an entire day with no medical care. It doesnt take long for me to pass out and without medication can go into a coma. They kept the jail so cold I was constantly shaking. Vomit, blood, food, and hair covered the cement floor of the holding cell that I was in from 48 hours. A woman in the cell with me had a feeding tube and was not fed by the nurse all day until we had repeated scream and kick at the door to get a officer to get mad enough to come over while she was passing out. I was afraid for my life. I am not a criminal and met others who were arrested by the mistake of police officers. I was horrified to find out that there are thousands of people in custody there and Im sure a good handful are innocent. Major reform needs to happen in this jail. NO ONE should be treated like this. Jail should be for reform not for torture and death at the hands of power tripping officers. There should never be jails with thousands of people, there should multiple, smaller jails. Just the overcrowding and lack of staff can get someone that is innocent or someone with a nonviolent misdemeanor killed. Officer negligence can kill. I wouldn't believe one word that comes out of this jail by employees. The only blatant criminals I saw in there were the police. Also, I supported law enforcement before this...but not anymore.

Posted by Anon89 on 10/23/2019 at 5:37 PM

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