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Re: “Towing for Dollars in Alameda

This company took my car from an unmarked free parking spot when my complex had my vehicle information and the property manager had signed nothing. I paid for about two days worth of parking when my car was towed overnight on a Friday. This business is a joke.

Posted by Georgia Friend on 11/19/2018 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Towing for Dollars in Alameda

The Better Business Bureau is a joke; don't waste your time on them. I'd recommend that each and every resident and guest, towed or not, all get together to file one combined class action 'suit against PPI, demand that the Alameda County District Att'y either file a friend of the court brief (amicus brief) siding with them or else be named in the 'suit, and the State Att'y Gen'l either file an amicus brief siding with them or be named in the 'suit, as well.

Posted by oakraidfaneb1b on 11/19/2018 at 10:03 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

If anyone from the East Bay Express would like more details on my case, please let me know. Im happy to help these idiots lose their contract with OPD.

Posted by Oakland Dad on 11/19/2018 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

Auto Plus Towing illegally towed my car for not showing registration and it cost me $1300 to get it out of impound. When I picked it up, theyd concealed the fact that theyd driven a forklift into the passenger side, damaging the body and bending the frame. The manager on duty named Maria acknowledged that their driver admitted damaging my car and offered to part out some Volvos they had towed to repair the damage as long as I kept it between us. When I pointed out that theyd bent the frame and that I wouldnt let her part out other towed vehicles to repair mine, she then said Now that I think of it, this is pre-existing damage. Luckily, I had a witness who heard everything. Maria insinuated that the police report would be amended to show the pre-existing damage. I quickly filed a complaint with OPD and received a copy of the police report to make sure it wasnt altered.

To this day, APT wont respond to my official complaint against them. They are nothing but scumbag crooks.

Posted by Oakland Dad on 11/19/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

how about the scam of getting your stolen car back ! my son"s car was stolen in Berkeley a few years ago Soon afterward he got a call from Richmond police that it had been found parked on a city street and we had 1 hour to get it. It was impossible to make in time took us 2 hours to get to Richmond police headquarters only to find that they had had the car towed. We got ripped off x2 once by the thief & again by the towing company for close to $400 (& his battery was stolen so we had to rush out to buy one so that extra fees would not be assessed for leaving the car overnight.) I wrote to the Richmond city council about the rip off & got a response from one of the council members who had similar outrage over the same type of event. She contacted me & had the incident recorded in The Contra Costa Times in a letter to the editor. What a scam!!

Posted by Bob Waks on 11/18/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

In the case of tow companies operating without proper licensure and permits, how does this not constitute grand theft auto and extortion? I'm not a lawyer and welcome input from those more educated than me in this area, but why can't the people who had their cars towed press criminal charges against either the company or the tow driver?

Posted by Stefan Oste on 11/17/2018 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

It's appears the ONLY illegalities are from the tow companies!!! These people all filed complaints and got their money returned.

Posted by Paul Merr on 11/16/2018 at 1:14 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

you know what you are doing, I feel for those who get ripped off, But here's the THING WHY RISK IT, People park where it is clearly stated DO NOT PARK HERE YOU WILL BE TOWED. Unless you can't read, then it's on YOU. Ever been cussed out by letting someone know their car will be towed.

Posted by Indrai Kai on 11/15/2018 at 9:35 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

Try parking legally

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/15/2018 at 8:47 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

The actions of PPI sound both legally wrongful and mean spirited.

We should also note that if you park in a stores private lot and then go shopping elsewhere, you are being abusive. This is not ok. If someone parked in my driveway to visit someone else, I would have them towed in a heartbeat.

It takes a lot of nerve to park in someones driveway or block it. So, why is it ok to park in someone elses private lot out of your personal convenience and Ill founded assumption that the behavior is ok?

They had no excuse including it was only going to be for 30 minutes. Sounds like discount city has been abused by freeloaders and chose to do something about it. That is not victimizing of the freeloaders - Discount City is not allowing itself to be victimized.

Posted by Michael Good on 11/14/2018 at 1:30 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

Ive been towed out of the Kentucky Fried Chicken lot illegally.

Posted by Pam Strayer on 11/14/2018 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Debtor's Purgatory

I was unfortunate enough to have Judge Austin to preside over my case in 2017 in a business dispute. He completely ignored the law and the evidence. My attorney was useless. He said the judge could sanction him If he persisted too much on my evidence. He ruled in favor of the defendant who had defrauded me with clear convincing evidence.

My advice to everyone is to stop hiring attorneys because you'll be wasting your money. Recuse judge Austin if he presides over you case, unless your attorney has had previous success with him.

Posted by adamj on 11/09/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Cashing in on Education

First, apologies for the typo on your ID.

Second, either you are confused or he/they have deliberately blurred his membership/activity.

NOW you have "clarified" it West Contra Costa Bond Oversight... However YOUR previous statement led to the sources I cited.

Accuracy and accountability IS what this IS all about.

Your statements don't lead to very much confidence in those regards.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/07/2018 at 12:07 PM

Re: “'What Does the Apocalypse Smell Like?'

The theme of individual death as well as nuclear annihilation is powerful subject matter for the artist. But perhaps it only the artist who can give human answers to these questions as war draws nearer.

Posted by peter mcloughlin on 11/07/2018 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Cashing in on Education

No where in the story does it say that CalBOC was formed in 2004. It says Jungherr has served on the West Contra Costa Unified School District's citizen bond oversight committee since 2004. (That's all in the credential sentence you initially claimed didn't exist.)

And it's Krans...with an S.

Posted by citizenkrans on 11/07/2018 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Debtor's Purgatory

Judges like Steven Austin don't just put litigants into MASSIVE debt, they also steal homes of litigants.

Read about one Orinda couple's nightmare:…

Posted by ReformOurUS on 11/06/2018 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Our November 2018 Election Endorsement Cheat Sheet

Get your numbers right Lea, The figure published by EBX on January 21st of this year is under 2200, not your incorrect 6000+. Nor is it the 9000 seen elsewhere in comments.

I don't know WHERE that number keeps coming from, but I'm beginning to suspect massive sock puppetry on the part of EBX.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/06/2018 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Our November 2018 Election Endorsement Cheat Sheet

NO on 12! We have cage standards. PETA said NO on this.

Posted by Nancy Gee on 11/06/2018 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Cashing in on Education

CitizenKranz, Here's what I see when I visit the web site for the California League of Bond Oversight Committees...

I DO see him listed on the articles of incorporation posted there... In 2008. Since 2004? Oooohhh KAY.

I also see, from looking over their own published history of agenda of conferences, this agency appears to be dedicated to the use of oversight to stifle and form roadblocks to needed fundraising, much like prop 13 was.

In fact I see the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the group behind the most destructive legislation to communities in 35 years, sponsoring the "agency" and figuring prominently in many of those conferences.

Expert? Maybe... On obstruction. On sowing FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) with taxpayers? It sure looks it to me!

And EBX gave THEM a platform?! DO you people check ANYTHING?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/06/2018 at 5:15 PM

Re: “In Emeryville, It's the Future Versus the Past

I don't agree with your recollection of history. I am not a drug addict. There is no evidence of a drug problem .I ran for city council at the request of a few members in the community who wanted to make sure the city had an election for city council. It appeared no one else was going to file. I did not campaign to win and I am not trying to make a comeback. The pro-developer aspect of what you describe can be attributed to former city managers who had control of the council. my problems on the city council arose over disputes with the former city managers and city attorney. They took control of the development process and had three members of the council sustain that control. the financial problems you describe were the result of the recession and an upside down mortgage, the same thing that happened to many others at that time, not to mention a bad tenant and niece who took advantage of me. the news media unfairly seems to focus on a drug problem. I spend almost all my time working in the public interest as a videographer. I closely follow the regional MTC and ABAG. maintain three youtube channels and a web page I record public meetings and events. I did not see the request for an interview. I disagree with your financial assessment of the city, but don't want to argue the point. I think the current anti-business climate is going to hurt the city in the long run. I don't object to a high minimum wage, but do object to having the highest in the nation. The one square mile size of the city makes it real important to be business friendly. the ability to maintain adequate public safety services may depend providing a financial benefit for businesses to be in Emeryville.

Posted by Ken Bukowski-1 on 11/06/2018 at 11:35 AM

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