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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feature

Re: “Trapped Part Two: The Vicious Cycle of Trauma

My husband (at the time), Michael Jay Bentley, did not get a second chance. Michael Flemming will never know the trauma he caused to Mike Bentley's family & friends. He had a 10 year old step son (my son) who was devastated by Mike's death. He couldn't have loved him anymore if he had been his biological father. Mike and I only got to cewebrate 6 wedding anniversaries together. We were married 6 years and 11 days. Michael Flemming's choices brought devastation to a LOT of people. Does he ever think about that? How can Flemming ever pay back what he has taken away? Some years in prison? I think not. I'm going to let the Lord decide what to do with Flemming, eventually.

Shirley 'Used to be Bentley'

Posted by Shirley Carnahan Mahana on 09/26/2018 at 12:22 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

At least something is happening in Oakland in the way of development.
That is a good thing. After having lived here for 40 years, I know the homeless situation is easily remedied by using the same tactics that virtually all of the surrounding communities have used, - SETTING BOUNDARIES !!!

Posted by Jerry Howe on 09/23/2018 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

NO BE -- no one is there or don't be there

Posted by Alan Lopez on 09/23/2018 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Even before gentrification was even issue the names of Oakland neighborhoods were changing .. for example in the late 1980s the section of Oakland where the 20s Sts intersects with the 20s aves was called the rolling 20s then in the mid 90s it was called the twomps which eventually evolved into the murder dubs ... names of neighborhoods have always evolved but dumb people stay looking for a reason to complain

Posted by Aquis Bryant on 09/22/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Seven Longtime Oakland Residents Share Their Thoughts on Gentrification

Thank you for telling it like it is Mr. Bryant. The "I got here first" attitude of some locals is really obnoxious, not just in Oakland but in many places. Is everyone just supposed to stay where they were born forever? Is culture never supposed to change?

I understand change is uncomfortable and we need to do everything we can to make sure everyone's needs are met, but the truth is we are all competing for limited resources and you have to grow and evolve as things change or someone else will figure out a way to take those resources from you.

Also, those "Oakland Native" shirts are very strange and confrontational. Is the point of these shirts to "other" newcomers? Is it an invitation to ask you questions about the city? It's not clear.

Posted by Nicholas Scribner on 09/21/2018 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

TS, slow your roll and read.

The article says (as quoted by you): "White flight, in which white residents fled urban centers for suburbs, was another phenomenon that set the stage for the urban gentrification we see today."

Then you write: "How is that gentrification?"

Um. The article explicitly said it set the stage for gentrification. It did not, in fact, say that white flight was such.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 09/21/2018 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

Im not reading anything in this article that explains how a new ballpark is not going to increase gentrification.

The Access plan involves paying upfront, which doesnt seem like a great way to make the tickets more affordable (starting at $240)- Id rather walk up, thanks.

I know folks love Kaval, but hes not an owner, hes a smooth talking front office guy.

The As have always had community partnerships. Remember the Haas family?

This is a fluff piece with no real discussion of how a new ballpark will affect the immediate community, for better or for worse, or Oakland as a whole.

Posted by Joan Brown on 09/21/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

"White flight, in which white residents fled urban centers for suburbs, was another phenomenon that set the stage for the urban gentrification we see today."

How is that gentrification? You offered no further examination or explanation, and in fact, what you are describing in that paragraph is the exact OPPOSITE of all of your other examples of gentrification, so how do you explain that as an example of gentrification?

Posted by TS Edison on 09/21/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

gentrification isn't always bad. i feel safer living in oakland (east of lake) than i have for the past 36 years. Houses are nicely kept, streets aren't as dirty. Its nice to be able to walk around the neighborhood and not worried about being mugged or shot. Yes, some will get displaced. but if you can't afford to live in prime area then you just have to move further away. thats just how supply and demand works. Stricter rent control will decrease the likelihood of investors.

Posted by Jeff San on 09/21/2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Living in Santa Fe for almost 10 years (and Oakland/East Bay in general since 1980), I love how the articles casts *re-using traditional names* as gentrification. Some here have bristled at the 'NOBE' designation. It annoys me, but I'm not making a federal case out of it.

But I love how this article casts using traditional names as gentrification, and coming up with new ones as gentrification. The only legitimate names are gang names. Thanks, EBX.

Posted by burnowt on 09/21/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

I've gone to A's games for years and characterizing these vendors as a vital part of the gameday experience is BS. I appreciate their situation, but I'd much rather they handled their business in a place that didn't slow down people just trying to go home. I'm fine with the vendors maybe taking up space on the very wide plaza area between the stadium and the walkway. But it is a stampede situation just waiting to happen with them where they are now.

The Express of late has gotten into the habit of conflating everything with a race/gentrification issues. Knee jerk contrarianism isn't insight. If people are ever hurt or killed in a stampede on that rather narrow walkway, guess who will be there blaming the City and A's for not addressing earlier concerns about the issue?

Posted by burnowt on 09/21/2018 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

Paul, Oakraidfanb, you're both absolutely correct.

What EBX divisively and exploitatively likes characterize as "anti-gentrification" is really no-change, urban nimby-ism attempting to protect itself with accusations of racism.

Yes, Barbecue Beck was way over the top and it definitely represents a culture clash... Calling on authority figures IS a norm in many places outside Oakland. Oakland on the other hand has long been the wild west where rules don't apply; We don't snitch and handle our own business... All too often with gunfire in the streets with no regard for bystanders.

How soon EBX and it's reporters forget the young black boy hit by a stray bullet that came through the wall of his house in one of these incidents. But they will happily help remind us of the man found in a car, reported used in a violent crime, who had a hand gun in open view and was shot... And howl for justice for him.

Was the shooting of that young boy ever solved? Where is EBX and it's resources for him?

The Raiders, A's, Warriors and the rest's of the professional sports megaliths have been a drain on the insufficient and precious resources Oakland has for decades.

While the players and owners grow fat on the backs of Oakland, we grow poor and poorer. While EBX and it's political backers play Boss Hogg, to their crony's, Oakland suffers.

A pox on the all

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/21/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

So can i bring my vertical smoker and sell BBQ plates on the ramp too on the under? How long would I last? Either enforce the law or not. I'm not mad at those trying to make a buck. They're playing the game within what has been allowed. That's hustle. BUT it is NOT safe on the ramp to impede the flow( musicians, (mostly) counterfeit apparel and knock off electronics (Disclaimer: BOTH of which I've bought from- I'm guilty too)- LET alone unregulated rigged-up carts with propane tanks on a crowded ramp. We're not even talking about any safety permits or anything. We seem to wink-wink and turn our head- particularly with the hot dog vendors as they are mainly"immigrants trying to make a buck so leave them alone". Again ask, so can I sell BBQ plates on the ramp also? I promise it's hella good. BUT we all know the answer to that...

Posted by Anthony Moore on 09/21/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

As both an A's and Raiders season ticket holder, may I say that I have tried to complain about the crowded BART ramp during post-game Raider games. It is a FIRE HAZARD. Plain and simple. It has nothing to do with hustle. But the Raiders, the Oakland Fire Department, the Oakland Police Department, the Alameda County Sheriff, nor BART have done anything to alleviate the FIRE HAZARD that the vendors blocking the BART ramp represent. I was at the old Candlestick Park during the October 17, 1989 Earthquake. I was in Castro Valley during the October, 1991 Oakland Firestorm. I was in LA at a Broncos-Raiders playoff game, eight days before the January 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake. If you are in or near a disaster area like those, you need egress, access, and exit space. One would think that with the recent Santa Rosa & Napa Fires, that one would learn to make certain that narrow, crowded areas have sufficient space, and are not FIRE HAZARDS. After the deadly Oakland Warehouse Fire, when the hell will Oakland learn? The A's fan who made the complaint is absolutely correct and on point with his comment. Now, will someone responsible please do something about a FIRE HAZARD which has now been in place since September 1995, please? Thank you. A's/Raider fan.

Posted by oakraidfaneb1b on 09/20/2018 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

"various forces a shortage of new housing, severely lagging affordable housing construction, financial predation by banks and the real estate industry, and widening income inequality"

...add a strong anti-development bent by local governments, nimbyism, rampant speculation, and foreign money laundering

Posted by David Lubertozzi on 09/20/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Excellent article! I don't have to repeat all the praise from the eloquent commenters above. I will also just say thank you, Ms. Chang.

To the confused person also above: The racism is not in the disease itself but in the lack of response to it in this country. it's a national disgrace that goes back centuries.

Posted by flyingobject on 09/20/2018 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

Ernest Montague on 09/20/2018 at 10:59 AM - Good thing the folks in charge of the for-profit housing market have such a good grasp of basic economics or we might have a huge market melt-down requiring government intervention with enormous public capital at stake...oh, wait a minute. Nevermind!

Posted by Bruce Schmiechen on 09/20/2018 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

Just as an FYI, 60% of the housing in Vienna Austria is "social", i.e. either sponsored by the government or non-profits. And it's for folks across the income spectrum, with rents geared to reasonable % of income so costs may increase incrementally with income, but no pricing out. Having this much housing that isn't part of the market also keeps rents, etc down in the private housing sector.

There are alternatives, including partnered home ownership via land trusts as noted in the article, to housing models dominated completely by the market.

Posted by Bruce Schmiechen on 09/20/2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

Paul Merr gets the kudos for the best remarks here. Don't stick your hand out and complain, stick your mind out and learn.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/20/2018 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Maxwell Park named after it's developer John P. Maxwell. He built his home at 2625 Maxwell Ave. The only home in that area that sits on a double lot. Nice styling!!! Check it out via Google maps. Traveling the area you can find large concrete markers, staking out Maxwell Park boundaries.

Posted by Paul Merr on 09/20/2018 at 12:43 PM

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