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Re: “Planners Look to Enhance Transit on San Pablo Avenue

The Bike East Bay's spokesman stated that vehicles using San Pablo Ave for commuting have another option, which is I-80. Somehow he seems not to have noticed that this option is a parking lot at a stand still almost 24 hours a day. Moreover, it is San Pablo ave that is the option to I-80, not the other way around. The elimination of parking in favor of bike lanes and bus lanes will destroy small neighborhood businesses along San Pablo ave. The City of Berkeley was correct to oppose and not implement the AC Transit BRT lane that will surely impact neighborhood businesses in Oakland along International Blvd. We are in an era where Transportation planners are trying to outdo each other in a rush to implement transportation concepts learned in graduate school. Everybody is in the fast lane to Amsterdam. There is no reality check which balances those noble concepts with the existing physical infrastructure, regional jobs/housing patterns and the culture of California and how people actually live in the Bay Area. Telegraph Ave in Oakland is currently a mess. There are bike lanes next to the curb and cars parked in what was a travel lane for the last 75 years. The remaining travel lane in each direction is shared by buses and cars who are never sure where to turn into driveways. In addition. there are unmarked ramps and loading platforms in the right of way. At the end of the day it is dangerous for everybody. I really feel sorry for those who are visually impaired. Environmentally sustainable transportation goals are a good thing, but there has to be a transition period. During the transition, you have to educate the public to change behaviors and invest in creating buy in for the vision you want to achieve. If you just go build it without balancing the history and reality on the ground, it will never be embraced by the public and in the short term, it is bad public policy.

Posted by GPatton on 04/23/2019 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Wall Street Comes to Alameda

My best friend died in a fire there. 20 years ago. The only code violations in 6 years were broken sprinklers - fire sprinklers?

Posted by Amanda Smulevitz on 04/21/2019 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Alameda Council Turns Left

Amazing. Just start doing good! Tax the property owners until they bleed, like in Oakland. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/18/2019 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Alameda Council Turns Left

Alameda voters need to think long and hard about why they moved here, and look out for politicians who want to change the very things that make this a true community, not just another boring suburb.

Posted by Celeste Fountain on 04/17/2019 at 1:46 PM

Re: “East Bay Homeless Campers Accuse Caltrans of Illegally Confiscating and Destroying Valuable Property — and Even Family Heirlooms

well. i was in a tent on w. MacArthur Blvd where CalTrans has no juristiction. someone was spraying my back wall of my tent nightly which was milky white that when dry turned a neon green color.
i now have serious lung problems with a spot on my brain.
i am dying. i hate CalTrans as much as my late husband did.
i will never forgive them.
and strangely you will still see me daily helping addicts resolve their staph and abcesses without hospitalization. it isnt right to cost the community all around because these people cant check their temper. my goal is to save the hospitals enough money so they will take a better look at us and call down an audit of every single low income apartment in oakland ...HUD included. we can end this homeless issue if we audit every housing coordinator in the state of california
we are a force together. we the poverty stricken do not lie. we are here for eachother. let us show you how we can save the state alot of money.
these stories are symptoms. of a cancer infestation in positions of authority.
make them stand down. or we can just keep pissing and moaning about eachother. that is getting boring.
we.the poverty sticken really could give a shit about complaining.
or hell compinsate me for my liquified lungs.
p.s. i never inhaled tabacco.

Posted by Jackie Caylor on 04/11/2019 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Green Law Clears Grey Area: Can Cannabis Stores Thrive in Alameda?

I'm not sure why we need more than 1. We have a great source right over the Park Street bridge and they deliver to Alameda. I'm really not sure what the city council is thinking anymore. This is a non issue. I'd understand a need for cannabis dispensaries in Alameda if we didn't already have 2 within 5 miles of us in Oakland.

Posted by AlamedaFutures on 04/11/2019 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Green Law Clears Grey Area: Can Cannabis Stores Thrive in Alameda?

I dont know why we need four !. Lets just start with 1 or 2. And hurry Thank you

Posted by Tammy Schenker on 04/10/2019 at 10:44 AM

Re: “West Oakland's Food Desert Remains

Visited my grandparents' former home in South Los Angeles last week. Stopped by the local grocery store that used to sell overpriced rotting produce. Was delighted to see it is now a chain grocery selling beautiful produce at market prices. But I acknowledge the cost to the local residents. The area is beginning to revitalize. Housing prices are rising. Sad that fresh produce means long-time residents will soon be pushed out.

Posted by Shari H on 04/05/2019 at 8:31 AM

Re: “More Questions Than Answers in Richmond Police Shooting

Presumably it was the City of Richmond (and thus its taxpayers) who settled the dog-bites-man lawsuit, not RPD.

Posted by JP Massar on 03/30/2019 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Foes of Richmond Coal Back For Another Try

Are folks in Richmond and Oakland working together to develop the information base necessary to prove that the storage and transport of coal is dangerous to those who live and work nearby? And, of course, coal is also bad for the environment because of both extraction methods and the impact of carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 03/28/2019 at 8:50 PM

Re: “More Questions Than Answers in Richmond Police Shooting

This article is to say the least very disturbing. Then too, to have the Community Police Review Commission w/o three members... What is going on here? Incompetence? vindictiveness?

Posted by Ritchie Cook on 03/28/2019 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

If you can't afford to live in Oakland MOVE!!! It's just that simple!!! No one has exclusivity to live in Oakland. Many people commute for over an hour to pass through Oakland to jobs in San Francisco. They wanted an affordable home in a safe area thus they bought way out.

Posted by Paul Merr on 03/28/2019 at 1:42 PM

Re: “More Questions Than Answers in Richmond Police Shooting

Thank you Andres Soto for your comments and for the great community work you have done and continue to do for Richmond residents! And thank YOU Holly for pointing to the language AND to the fact, that children cannot be sex workers but are sexual abuse victims...

Posted by Jacqueline Th on 03/28/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “More Questions Than Answers in Richmond Police Shooting

12 year olds cant be street sex workers; they are sex trafficked youth. This paper did extensive reporting on this situation and EBX journalists won awards for it. Please focus on the framing and language.

Richmond deserves transparent police leadership committed to progressive community centered public service.

Posted by Holly Joan on 03/28/2019 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Housing Crisis Averted in San Leandro?

With abnormally high housing and rent costs, this problem will keep persisting around the Bay Area. I'm glad I no longer live there. Please don't wreck one of the few affordable places in the Bay. Someone not having health insurance and having to pay more than their income should not be acceptable anywhere that calls itself developed.

Posted by DebraJohnson on 03/27/2019 at 3:43 PM

Re: “More Questions Than Answers in Richmond Police Shooting

Thank you John Geluardi, once again, for reminding us of the incompetence and corruption that continues to flourish as if Bill Lindsey were still City Manager.

This story confirms the sense around city hall that the new leadership is hands off - outta sight, outta mind. This is allowing little fiefdoms and insider maneuvering to go on in front of Mayor Butt's and the rest of the council's noses.

Let's all hope the council can collectively put pressure on Martinez to hold Brown accountable, otherwise this will get even worse.

A few additional questions:
Who are the other officers involved in this Blue Wall?
How many said they turned off the body cams and now have body cam footage?
How deep will DA Diana Becton dig to find the truth in this case?
Will the council demand to see the evidence to support the chief's version of events vs. the "new" information?
Is this why Mayor Butt is trying to pack the Community Police Review Commission with a former staff member and an anti-immigrant Tejana candidate recruited by the Richmond Police Officers Association?

This is a sad turn of events for Richmond. It is past due for the council to stand up to the thugs in the RPOA and RPD!

Posted by Andres Soto on 03/27/2019 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Berkeley Pledges Support and Funding for Worker Co-ops

Thanks for this great article! Im wondering who we should contact if we are looking for Technical and practical support in starting a co-op in Berkeley ? We have an already existing successful business and are not in need of a loan. We are in need of much guidance and understanding on how to get started and follow through with a co-op model.


Katrina Reams

Posted by Katrina Reams on 03/25/2019 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Foes of Richmond Coal Back For Another Try

How wonderful for Richmond residents if we could discontinue having coal in our community! Thank you to everyone who is working so hard on behalf of this goal.

Posted by Lisa Park on 03/23/2019 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Foes of Richmond Coal Back For Another Try

right on eduardo. jean, and janet!!!

Posted by Michael Barglow on 03/22/2019 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Foes of Richmond Coal Back For Another Try

Richmond should not have to bear the burden of a desperate mining industry. Thank you Eduardo Martinez and others who are champions for Richmond!

Posted by Andrea Weber 1 on 03/22/2019 at 8:19 AM

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