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Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

Clarification of my preceding comment:

I enthusiastically support the creation of sanctioned campgrounds ("safe havens") as an alternative to encampments on our streets for the (temporarily or permanently) nomadic local population -- in conjunction with a crash program to build permanent, low-income housing. The point is to remain focused on housing and land-use issues, and not become mired in other (dubious) agendas.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

The OPD admit they lied to the public. Who will be held accountable? How can we be expected to trust the police after they lie? I was happy to hear the OPD helped stop human sex trafficking. I thought they did something good for once. Guess not.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

40 campers? Are they kidding? The objective should be to get massive numbers of campers off the sidewalks -- where they don't belong (and where there should be Zero Tolerance enforcement of health and safety codes). Ultimately, the goal should be to build massive amounts of low-income housing.

So-called "services"? Lance Caruthers, himself a camper, speaking without the patronizing and politicized (and self-serving!) attitude of social workers, politicians, and "homeless advocates," hits the nail on the head: "'They wanna keep track of our whereabouts.' 24-hour management and controlled access, which will likely involve fences and sign-ins, though no curfews, is infantilizing."

It's also costly, which in turn, limits "safe refuge" to a tiny proportion of the huge population in need of a place to camp, and siphons off precious funds needed to build brick-and mortar housing.

The mentally ill and substance users have long been with us, but this is a HOUSING crisis! "Transition"? Build it, and those in need will come -- and at that point, let them build their OWN lives.

The "services" our citizens need -- housed and unhoused alike -- don't require a social work degree or a paid bureaucracy. On all sides, they're called common decency and mutual respect.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

City Council members should each provide their front yards for homeless encampments. And, they should promote the use.

This will, of course, provide more space for the homeless to settle in. The encampments will be as geographically diverse as our council. Perhaps we can even accelerate the immigration from areas less friendly to homeless.

The council members will also be able to personally experience the impact these encampments have on safety, sanitation, and the ability of community merchants to conduct business. It sets an example of leadership to the rest of the community and demonstrates true commitment to "Love Life."

Posted by Michael Good on 10/21/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

The City of Oakland is a criminal enterprise!
https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…
Regards,
Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 10/19/2017 at 7:05 AM

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

BRUCE AND REBECCA

ON MY MIND TODAY IS THE FACT THAT CALTRANS WORKERS CAME TODAY A DAY EARLIER THAN USUAL ...,
AND WHAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST IS HOW THEY TORE OUR HOUSE CAMP TENT UP AND MADE A BIGGER MESS THAN WAS THERE TO START WITH ALSO THE FACT THAT THEY PICKED AND CHOOSE WHAT THEY TOOK .
AMONG THE THINGS THEY TOOK WERE OUR FOOD LOCKERS , ALL OF OUR CLEAN LAUNDRY AND CLOTHES , MY WEAPONS 3 LONG GUNS , 6 LAPTOPS , OUR SOLAR PANELS , HONDA GENERATOR , BATTERY CHARGER , WIRE FEED WELDER AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS , AND THINGS I'M SURE WE WILL FIGURE OUT LATER AS WE REALIZE THAT THEY TOOK THEM,
THEY DESTROYED THREE TENTS AND MADE A HUGE MESS THAT LOOKS WORSE THEN ANYTHING WE EVER HAD , WE MAKE A POINT OF OUR CAMP BEING CLEAN AND NEAT AT ALL TIMES AND THAT OUR TRASH IS HAULED OFF ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR THE SIMPLE FACT THAT OUR CAMP IS HIGH VISIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC AND EVEN THOUGH WE ARE HOMELESS WE STILL RESPECT OUR LIVING SPACE AND THOSE THAT HAVE TO SEE IT , BEING HOMELESS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO LIVE LIKE A SLOB , AND WE DON'T..............
THEY DID LEAVE SEVERAL ORANGE TRASH BAGS OF TRASH THAT WE HAD PICKED UP FROM AROUND THE AREA THAT WE STAY THAT CAME FROM THE PUBLIC THAT EXITS THE FREEWAY NEAR US AND FEELS IT'S ALRIGHT TO THROUGH THEIR TRASH OUT THE WINDOWS OF THEIR CARS AS THEY PHONE IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE HOMELESS THAT ARE JUST TRYING TO STAY UNDER THE RADAR OF THE PUBLIC HIT SQUAD THAT THEMSELVES ARE ONLY MISSING 1 PAYCHECK AWAY FROM JOINING US.
ALSO THEY TOOK OUR BED CLEAN BEDDING, SLEEPING BAGS. NOW I'M SURE THEY HAD A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT THE WEATHER WAS GOING TO BE LIKE TONIGHT, AND AS YOU CAN TELL IT'S TRYING TO RAIN AND IS CONSIDERABLY COLDER TONIGHT THAN IT HAS BEEN ,
I HAVE TO GO NOW AND FIGURE OUT HOW I'M GOING TO KEEP MY LOVE REBECCA AND I WARM TONIGHT..

Posted by Bruce Nix on 10/19/2017 at 12:34 AM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

I guess the Oakland city government could care less, just like they do with the public libraries. Literacy and attending to the more vulnerable members of our society isn't their concern. Why would it be when the tech and real estate industries are more important?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/16/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Another approach that would could more effectively address the issues of gentrification and displacement would be a speculative gains tax imposed at the time of sale on properties that have been acquired and resold within a one or two year period. Consider what effect this might have had on Deutsche Bank, which acquired and then resold about 1,000 foreclosed homes in Oakland. Many of them when to investors looking for a quick buck who then "flipped" the properties.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 10/15/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

I get books for my middle school students from here. It's an invaluable resource for our public school teachers, this will be a huge loss if they dont get a space.

Posted by Haxan Festival on 10/14/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

Hi Bruce,

No, that's incorrect. Police Chief Kirkpatrick did state that she gave erroneous information to the OPD Public Information Officer and that information was disseminated by OPD and then later deleted. There were never any warrants or allegations of sexual trafficking, as OPD has confirmed.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 10/12/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Linda Lonay was my landlord and deserves any negative press coming her way. When I lived in her place, it became infested by mice. When I complained, her and her husband simply dropped off mouse traps. After my roommate and I killed/disposed all of the mice, the master tenant moved out. She then proceeded to raise our rent by nearly $1,000/month, WAY above what that place was worth. This was actually highly illegal, as our communications would have legally qualified me as a tenant not a sub tenant. Still, the place was in such poor condition, infested by mold (which her and her husband just told me to "open the window to avoid" and didn't fix it), and in such a horrible neighborhood (crackheads EVERYWHERE) that I wanted to just avoid conflict and move out of there. All of the tenants who moved into the complex after me were white, Asian, Indian, or tech workers. Her and her husband are racist, greedy people. I was very happy to see this article, and hope they get what they deserve! Definitely rent from Linda Lonay and Muhammed Hooshmand if you want to pay $3300/month for a moldy 2 bedroom on 34th and Market in West Oakland!

Posted by Andrew Levin on 10/12/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

Sorry Ms Rosenberg,

Per this statement:

Among the issues raised by Hofer:
On the day of the raid, the OPD issued a notification saying ICE was carrying out a "sex trafficking" operation involving "juveniles."

But there is no evidence that the raid was conducted pursuant to any sex trafficking allegations. OPD later deleted the notification and issued a different one stating it was a "human trafficking" investigation instead.

In this article:
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/a…

There was in fact said statement made. You have alleged it was OPDs imagination with no supporting information.

The rest of your statement is seems accurate. There was no sex trafficking, but that SEEMS to be what they were told and what they reported.

I did in fact read the much earlier article. It does seem that OPD was manipulated by ICE, at least from the perspective of an arm chair quarterback.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/12/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

There wasn't any sex trafficking alleged. OPD has acknowledged providing false information to the TV stations. The sex trafficking was a figment of OPD's imagination. It's not possible to be held responsible for condoning something that never existed in the first place. With regard to non-sexual trafficking, there were no victims, the non-juvenile (age 20) taken from the house was returned to it BY ICE, and the young man (age 25) arrested has been charged with nothing but being undocumented seven weeks later. The only thing OPD could be seen as doing is not participating in a civil immigration arrest. Both Oakland's sanctuary policy and OPD's own internal policy stat that OPD does not and should not participate in civil immigration arrests. It doesn't require any armchair quarterbacking. Getting the facts is neither demagoguery nor divisiveness. It's how you ascertain what actually happened apart from various people's representations of what happened.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 10/12/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

I'm LMAO at Oakland. As Chip Johnson said: "Everything in Oakland is a fight." (He said that from his new home far away.)

This Chief was appointed as the liberal dream chief. Female, sensitive, aware of diversity, open to social justice, and so on. The wolves have already circled her. Nobody in their right mind will ever run for this job.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/12/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Some Oakland Landlords Are Using a Legal Loophole to Exempt Housing from Rent Control

One of the tenants asks where to go to get clarification about the law. That is exactly what a lawyer does. Also, the law says that the landlord must substantially rehabilitate the unit it wishes to exempt. Rehabilitate, gpby its definition, means a great deal more than doing maintenance. If a building needs expensive maintenance, it only means that the landlord has not been maintaining the building up to this point or that the building needs something expensive like a new roof or heating system. However, just because something is expensive does not mean that it is part of a rehabilitation of the building. Buildings need new roofs periodically. This is the cost of doing business. Similarly, appliances occasionally need to be replaced or updated. Just because the landlord did not plan ahead to bank money for a major necessary expenditure or did not do it's due diligence of foreseeable immediate costs when purchasing a building, the landlord should not be allowed to game the system to get the tenant to pay exhorbitant rents. While I agree that rent increases should keep in step with inflation and not be limited too artificially, a landlord should have to truly rehabilitate a property that is otherwise "broken" (if such an exemption is going to exist at all) before s/he is allowed to jettison rent control. So, if you want to fight a landlord who is wrongfully seeking exemption from rent control, go talk to a reputable lawyer.

Posted by priorattorney on 10/12/2017 at 2:32 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

I share the concerns about blurred lines. I'm also concerned that accurately reporting shortly after the action, the information available to the Chief at the time of the report (and it DOES seem ICE may have been... Less than truthful. That's sarcasm, for the sarcasm impaired) is considered by EBX and the Oakland Privacy commission to be grounds for an internal affairs complaint. It sort of looks like a witch hunt.

It's very easy to armchair quarterback three weeks later; Especially when a known Oakland hot button issues and are used to spur action. "Sex trafficking condoned by OPD" may well have been seen has she NOT supplied the officers.

EBX, DBG, figure out which side you're playing on. It's clear to me this is purest demagoguery and does nothing but further divide the community and further aid and abet ICE.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/11/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

Most people have no idea how important EBCBP has been for children, there is no comparable organization in the East Bay. Every once in awhile there will be a media story about some group that gave away 100 dictionaries or whatever, ok great, but nothing compared to the many thousands of books they give away every month, really high quality books, with almost no media attention. I spent years bringing their books and others to the kids living in Oakland's homeless shelters, the kids were always so happy and excited.

Posted by Todd Pratum on 10/11/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Call the police for help..... not a chance.
Don't need them shooting at me. If you got bad meal from a restaurant you would not go back. Boycott the police. They are about violence and fear. It's that simple.

Posted by glenn Scott on 10/07/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Tom : Respectfully disagree, . We have a progressive tax already-income tax. Why burden a property owner with a larger cost to support city services when most public administration research indicates higher income property owners use far less municipal services? That City of Oakland needs to re-focus its municipal serves to include fire, police, water, waste collection, and staffing and up-keep of recreation-parks, fields, and our estuary lake.

Don't buy the argument that if you choose to invest in a home in Oakland you should be stuck with financing projects and programs that rarely impact you or your family.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/06/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

The transfer fee should be a percentage of the appreciation not the sale price. After all, apprection depends on how well the city is managed in terms of: safety, schools, streets, parks, etc. The city needs a piece of that appreciation to maintain progress. Furthermore, It is our culture of fairness that the fee be progressive.

Posted by B Tom Smith on 10/06/2017 at 4:11 AM

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