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Re: “Alameda Adds Just-Cause Protections for Section 8 Renters

While I support some tenant protections and due process, I also think that taking away a property owners basic civil rights to own and operate an apartment complex (within the law) will result in the exact scenerio outlined in the above comment. Landlords will simply walk away from creating any new units

Posted by Jeff Wayne on 09/17/2019 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Alameda Adds Just-Cause Protections for Section 8 Renters

In Alameda the "do-gooders" have done it again. While claiming to help the little guy, they end up hurting all little guys. Why? Because their overly vexatious eviction rules will discourage future construction of new housing, or the improvement of old housing. A normal landlord or investor would run away from purchasing or building in an area with vexatious rental laws. The "do-gooders" will develop a fixed class of renters with a low rent apartment, and who plan to stay there forever. As a result, those units are effectively taken off of the housing market forever. Fewer units available leads to an increase in the rent of the few units available to new tenants. This is basic Economics 1, but the "do-gooders" claim to be intelligent and educated, when they are not in reality. Then, when the "do-gooders" cause the number of available units to decrease, they call for the construction of public housing. When the public housing becomes crime ridden and infested, they call for some other form of government interference. Their desire for more government leads to expensive, difficult bureaucracy that raises everyone's cost in the long run. When will they ever learn?

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 09/12/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Kaplan Calls for Audit of Schaaf's Education Initiative

Kaplan is more about helping herself than helping Oakland. She reminds me of another ego driven councilman, De La Fuente, whos incompetence left oakland with lots of debt with nothing to show for it.

Posted by bill h on 09/05/2019 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Kaplan Calls for Audit of Schaaf's Education Initiative

What makes me sick with regards to our city leaders ... it's all about taxing property owners ... while not providing services to us. Lack of clean streets, pot holes, going over board for homeless people. It is inhumane to allow people to sleep on streets in filth. Those that need medical help should get it and the state of CA should provide those funds. This is a state issue not just a local issue. Many of the homeless are not from CA. They are bused here from other states. It's time they are relocated to their original home were they have families to help care for them.

Posted by Paul Merr on 09/05/2019 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Kaplan Calls for Audit of Schaaf's Education Initiative

Kaplan really seems like she's still bitter about losing the mayoral election and is trying to sabotage her rival however she can. Reminds me a bit of the way Trump is blindly trying to undo everything Obama did!

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 09/04/2019 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Kaplan Calls for Audit of Schaaf's Education Initiative

How can a news item on Oakland Promise be written without mentioning the parcel tax that Schaaf pushed to give O.P. public funds, one of the biggest and longest-run parcel taxes in Oakland history? It is no excuse that Kaplan, with an amazing ability to think small, ducks this issue while making a fuss about some office space. The tax is also tied up in litigation over the city council's decision to declare the measure approved despite its failure to get the required number of votes to pass.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/03/2019 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Alameda Councilmember Withdraws Claim for Reimbursal of Legal Expenses

Sad to learn that Shake Shack, which pays poorly and offers long working hours, & few benefits is coming to Oakland...I will skip purchasing anything from them....pass it on!

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 08/24/2019 at 3:02 PM

Re: “East Bay Land Rush for Swalwell’s Seat in Congress

i'm with Swalwell all the way he's proven time and time again that there are some moderate left of center democrats on domestic social issues who can also be fair when it comes to all things Israel. the latest example being H. Resolution 246

Posted by DavidHolsey on 08/04/2019 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Peralta College District's Mind-Boggling Mismanagement Revealed

Gosh, what a shock.
I mean, each of the past 3 chancellors has had the essential required ability to hold and complete the job of fiscal management.
As does the current "in house" interim replacement.
Its a mystery as to how things could have gone wrong.
Oh well, lets choose another candidate from our "wide cast" net we use for qualified candidates.
Of course we want the best....of those that fulfill our requirements.
You know, someone who can also use a $7.00 Casio calculator at least once a year to keep sharp on fiscal matters.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 08/01/2019 at 2:06 PM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

If you're in Oakland District 7, or nearby, please come by the climate equity workshop this Wed (July 24) to give feedback on an array of City actions. Affordable housing is on list of topics for visioning and voting.…

Posted by djaber on 07/22/2019 at 2:57 PM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

"The article says that these will be large quarter acre lots when the facts are that the lots will be 10,000 sq ft on average"

10,000 square feet is equal to 0.23 acres.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 07/18/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

Unfortunately, in the times we live in, it is easy to misrepresent reality in a media headline that garners public attention, but at it's core really is fake news. This article is a great example of that affliction. The writer proclaims that the City of Hayward City Council prioritizes large estates. That could not be farther from the truth. If the person who wrote this article would have spent any time at all in Hayward, especially in the Downtown transit village, along the Mission Blvd corridor and around BART stations, he would see that Hayward is doing a better job than most east bay cities in the development of high density affordable and work force housing. The article says that these will be large quarter acre lots when the facts are that the lots will be 10,000 sq ft on average, after a substantial open space dedication, development of a public trail and improvements to existing neighborhood infrastructure. If the author of this article looked at the recently completed Downtown Specific Plan he would find not a City Council priority for large estate lots, but a real philosophical commitment to affordable and high density housing. There is no question that more high density and affordable housing should be built in the bay area. However, it is not appropriate everywhere. The Cal Trans parcels that are the subject of this article have limited vehicular and public transit access, poor access to commercial services and are located within the context of an existing single family residential neighborhood. To force high density housing into this site would be extremely poor planning. One size does not fit all and the City Council has a responsibility to provide housing at all affordability levels. That policy is in the General Plan. Perhaps the author should take a look at housing policy documents before writing a headline that is both untrue and unfair. I realize that EBX has recently reduced staff and cutback in other areas because of budget issues. However, your long time readers will be sorely disappointed if your paper is reduced to flashy headlines and sloppy reporting that twists the truth to fit the headline, instead of the reporting on a complex issue with a contextualized discussion that is warranted.

Posted by GPatton on 07/18/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

God Bless all the families involved in this housing crisis. Especially my brother and his family. May there be better & safer & affordable communities for all. Shame on Corporate Big Pocket America for putting families out of affordable homes in safe neighborhoods. Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy. This seems to be an epidemic across America. A similar situation is in my neighborhood. Affordable housing is mostly needed and in nice & safe communities.

Posted by Gretchen Smilde on 07/18/2019 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Go Big. Be Bold. Go Home. Eric Swalwell Ends Quixotic Campaign.

Swalwell's big mistake was opening his mouth & demonstrating to the entire country that he is nothing but an empty suit. Good riddance!

Posted by Jim Mellander on 07/11/2019 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

yes they still at it the Spanish Inquisition is to steal the indigenous peoples birthright in their land Under the Christian black codes we our moors

Posted by H D WAY on 06/19/2019 at 4:26 AM

Re: “Rainbow Flag Flap Unfurls Across East Bay

There is a long-overlooked issue with flag display, whether outside public buildings or from other flagpoles: Official flags are often flown where they have no real relevance. In Dublin's case, the city flag is dreadful, so a bit more colorful relief is sought. As with the Emeryville case, the national and state flags are flown to remind us of something or other, but city halls are municipal structures, and official flags should announce this clearly. Instead, we have patriotic and Golden State overkill ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 06/06/2019 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Oakland and Alameda Boost Protections for Renters

Kinda late, I'm inclined to think.

It's a good test for "better late than never."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/03/2019 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Hayward Rescinds Cannabis Permit, Investigates Two Others

Everything about BART has gotten so unfriendly, no wonder ridership is down. They took out 1/4 of the seats, a big deal for an old man like me. They no longer go to SFO from CasVal, so I no longer use them when traveling. Prices have gone up, again. Security is almost nil, panhandling and outright crazies are common. . Tons of parking out in Dublin and Pleasanton, almost none in CasVal unless you arrive before 7 am Yet we keep giving them more and more tax money. .

Posted by Rick Kelly on 05/16/2019 at 4:38 PM
Posted by Alex Juvion on 04/23/2019 at 10:17 PM

Re: “East Bay Land Rush for Swalwell’s Seat in Congress

Swalwell giving up his seat... What a fantasy?
As sure as night follows day, in December Swalwell will be down at the county courthouse filling out papers to run for his congressional seat.
I mean, the odds are 99 to 1 that he will again run to hold his seat.
Treating the electorate like rubes with all his talk about running for president with no going back... rubbish.
"Burn the boats, Swalwell said, name-checking what Spanish conquistador Hernn Corts did when he invaded the Aztec Empire in 1519. They stormed the land. And he had them burn the ships behind them so there was no looking back."
BTW wonderful analogy to use... European invader taking over the local culture and killing thousands of residents... Ooops...
Note to self... next time choose a better story to express your narrative.

Anyway... Swalwell still in his seat 3 years from now...guaranteed.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 04/18/2019 at 11:37 AM

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