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Re: “East Bay Lawyer Makes Domestic Abusers Pay

Tia, your fans would love an update on your recent cases and fundraising! It is a shame that corrupt court officers like Alison Urdan have quasi-judicial immunity, as their abuse has caused as much or more damage to families as the batterers. That is a different fight, one that will require legislative changes.

Posted by Margaret Dubin on 02/21/2019 at 8:22 PM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

God forbid people be allowed to improve their property.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 02/18/2019 at 9:29 AM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

The city conducted a survey back in January of 2017 and planning staff was tasked with coming back to City Council with revised ordinances around Air BNB regulation. Evidently, based on the chart on the city's webpage about short term rental regulation (see below), not one thing has been done since January of 2017.

Contact Laura Kaminski, acting strategic planner for the city, to voice your concerns:

Laura Kaminski
Planner IV
Email Address:
Phone Number: 510-238-6809

For more information about current regulations for Short Term Residential Rentals, contact the Zoning Line at 510-238-3911.

The city's policy on short term rentals can be found on this page:…

Posted by D. Stasko on 02/16/2019 at 11:43 PM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

If hes citing the Ellis act to evict the current residents, he cant legally re-rent those units at any price. Apparently, using it as an Airbnb is also illegal. I also strongly doubt this Piedmont resident is planning on moving into the house himself. So, what is his intention? Below-market rent is still better than no rent. Unless, perhaps, he does have something else in mind! Hhmmmm... Nothing here, but pure greed

Posted by Lindsey S on 02/16/2019 at 9:32 AM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

From what I understand, the residents of the Big Haus should organize close-by neighbors and have them involved in the process. Most neighbors would hate to have an Air BnB near or next door to them. The new owner is already engaged in the practice of Air BnB rentals and therefore shows a pattern. The rentals can become nuisances. Overflow of trash, not enough parking, late night rebel rousing, etc. Neighbors tend to be more lenient when you have residents doing this, as opposed to overnight guests. Plus, if the Air BnB's are not legal, the neighbors can also go to their district council member, maybe even attend city council meetings. Get the proper laws and codes that prohibit or limit the amount of permits in a specific neighborhood. Saw this happen in San Leandro. The nearby residents organized when someone bought a large house in a residential neighborhood. The owner of the house renovated it and added a huge amount of bunk beds to fit more people into one room. They contacted their local council member, found the proper laws and codes, then forced the city to act. He is now selling because he cannot rent out as Air BnB.

Posted by Aaron Stephen on 02/15/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

Whitney Moses is a beloved friend of mine, and doesnt have a dishonest bone in her body. When I was last living in Oakland I was only a few blocks away from the blue house and enjoyed attending barbecues and concerts in the backyard, and I was able to connect with a wonderful community and make friends.

The cost of living in the Bay Area is cruel. I spent the first 21 years of my life there, and when I left I always intended to go back, because it feels like home. Thats impossible. People who have lived there for decades and who make up the beautiful, diverse local population are being driven away by greed, and those who are doing the evicting appear to do so with indifference to the harm they are inflicting.

Posted by Sofia Benbahmed on 02/14/2019 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

To be clear, this building had been passed down for generations. Prior to it being sold, the previous owners were only making money off of it. When the new owner made the decision to buy the building, he did so KNOWING it was full and that everyone there had been paying a rent that was under market value. He made the decision knowing full well that everyone there has been there and did not intend to leave. That does not fall on the tenants to up their rent so he can see a profit. It was a dumb investment on his part.

Posted by Kelly Landmine on 02/14/2019 at 10:53 AM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

Rent control clearly forces a landlord to subsidize a tenant's rent. It is not based upon the tenant's level of income, it discourages people from moving, prevents new people [especially students and the young] from moving into the area, and shifts a social welfare policy from the taxpayers as a whole to the much smaller group of landlords. By eliminating "banking" [delaying permitted increases to the future] it forces landlords each year to raise rents by the maximum they are allowed. Since landlords can not recover the full cost of repairs/improvements, it discourages fixing properties.

Posted by George Shers on 02/14/2019 at 8:40 AM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

I wish somebody offered me me $20k to move.

Posted by bill h on 02/14/2019 at 7:44 AM

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Posted by callao50 on 02/14/2019 at 6:16 AM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

Offering to pay more rent would do nothing to keep this predatory purchaser from creating more mini-hotels, because what one earns from renting on a per-night basis is still far more than anyone can afford to pay on a monthly basis.

Posted by Cygna on 02/13/2019 at 6:34 PM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

More Oaklanders forced out of Oakland for people who don't live here or give two hoots about Oakland.

Posted by C. Leonard on 02/13/2019 at 3:55 PM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

Like everything in Oakland, they passed a law no one bothers to enforce. All the voters and politicians care about is the gesture, not the realities.


Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/13/2019 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

The difference between the actual value of the rental unit and the market rate charged is literal cash paid to the landlord by the tenant. Nowhere in this equation is the property owner getting screwed over.

Posted by shortformayhem on 02/13/2019 at 1:03 PM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

Maybe the tenants should approach the new landlord with an offer to pay rent that is closer to today's market rental rate. After all, the rental rate from 15 years ago does not do much to help cover today's purchase price of the property (aka investment). That should lead to a compromise that works for both sides. It also comes to show how mounting burdens on landlords steers them towards removing units from the market or turning to a less risky/restrictive short-term rental.

Also, as important as art is to the community, we cannot expect property owners to subside it (if you think about it, the difference between market rate and the amount paid under rent control, is essentially cash given to the tenant by the landlord). If we want to enable art and have it subsidized by way of lower-than-market rent, we should all pitch in (essentially raise some tax to community members for that purpose).

Posted by Bardo on 02/13/2019 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

The city must begin to regulate short term rentals.

Posted by Leah Simon-Weisberg on 02/13/2019 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Aisha Wahab Made History

We are proud of her victory and I am glad we voted for her and made her win...congratulations...

Posted by Nazir Abid on 02/12/2019 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Amazon Works Hard to Keep Secrets

Mad Sam:

If you actually read the article, you would see that this is an agreement, voluntarily signed by both UC and Amazon. No one forced UC to sign anything.

And, any censorship of UC records is actually performed by UC. Amazon is contractually entitled to notice so that they can be given an opportunity to legally resist information release, not to legally enforce censorship. The courts would then determine whether or not the information can be protected.

As a private entity, they do not control the pen of the public entity. If you want to be ticked off, be ticked off at UC - they willingly signed the agreement and they are the ones that would receive information requests. There was no gun to their head.

Regarding the comment about being a troll under the pay of Amazon - um...., no, how silly. I just do not see evil under every rock lifted by EBX. Ad hominem attacks are, sadly, typical in all too many EBX comments. They are one of the weakest forms of argument out there - attempting to prove a point by (fictional - even worse) character attack.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/12/2019 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Amazon Works Hard to Keep Secrets

"Protecting trade secrets," "student safety," LOL! One would think with all its riches Amazon would hire better trolls! It is clear corruption for a company to be granted such power over public information about itself.

It is corrupt because Amazon has no right to censor pubic information, which by definition is not a "trade secret," nor "intellectual property.' It is public information! And if anything public safety, and the UC Berkley student body at large, is harmed by allowing a private entity control public information to its own benefit.

Here is another clear case of corporate abuse of the public. If there is anything that cries out for heavy regulation and high tax rates, it is exactly this kind of behavior.

Posted by Mad Sam on 02/11/2019 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Amazon Works Hard to Keep Secrets

Terrible idea for a company to want to protect trade secrets and intellectual property. Get over it and stop trying to insinuate nefarious intent.

Perhaps there is something in it for UC?

Geez, it is not Watergate or Russian collusion.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/08/2019 at 11:26 AM

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