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Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

There is no doubt that poor and low income neighborhoods in America have always been impacted by injustice and unequal treatment when it comes to nuisance land uses that create dangerous environmental impacts. Lack of political power and lack of concern and sensitivity for the welfare of these neighborhoods (racism) by politicians are most assuredly to blame. Both West Oakland and East Oakland have long histories of industrial land uses interspersed in and around residential neighborhoods. As the factories and warehouses which once provided jobs for residents of these neighborhoods began to disappear in the later part of last century, awareness of environmental issues began to increase. Remaining on many of these sites are the dormant remnants of previous industry. There are storage tanks, lubricants, oils, solvents, paints, and contaminants of all kind.While I understand the concern about the Neptune Society, the fact is that they prevailed in court because they followed the zoning and environmental laws in existence at the time they chose to locate a site in East Oakland. Because of political pressure, the City then tried to retroactively deny their permit, which is illegal.There is also the "poltergeist" factor of a crematorium, which nobody wants to live next to, but many choose as an alternative for deceased love ones. Neighbors should be concerned about the impacts of remaining industrial uses whose operations are grandfathered from modern air and soil monitoring requirements. In addition, there are regional ambient environmental impacts from freeways filled with diesel trucks servicing the Port of Oakland and stuck on I-880 in traffic. There are diesel powered container ships sitting at the Port for days until they can offload their cargo. There is a prevailing southeast wind blowing contaminants over East Oakland 24 hours a day. These impacts are real whether or not the Neptune Society locates in East Oakland. They are also a much more dangerous threat to short and long term public health. It is good that people are mobilizing to protect their neighborhood, but the Neptune lesson is that neighborhoods need to focus on areas where they can actually make a difference. If neighbors want to affect change, make the City amend the General Plan and Zoning laws, which were the real problem in this case, not environmental racism by individual decision makers.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Don't expect much push back from the City of Oakland in terms of protecting sensitive environmental habitats. If Cappio is involved, the impact will be down played and developers will always be able to find a way to move forward. Several decades ago, under her watch in the City of Emeryville, a paved parking lot was constructed over Native American burial grounds. If that is her concept of appropriate mitigation of a significant unavoidable impact, the birds at Lake Merritt are doomed. They should start packing their bags immediately.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

"team that does not black mail a small city"

The Raiders broke ground in Vegas this week.

You must be thinking of them, because the A's are *paying for their own ballpark*.

Next uninformed kneejerk reaction?

Posted by jq7925 on 11/14/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Honestly, they should have come to San Jose instead of Oakland (or Sacramento.) It would be much better received here for two reasons:

1) The South Bay lacks the culture of NIMBY-ism that Oakland and SF have, but more importantly:

2) SAN JOSE HAS NO GOOD BREWERIES. A Golden Road would be a step up from everything here. (This isn't the case in Oakland, SF, or Sacramento.)

Posted by batmanpopfigure on 11/14/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “A New Richmond Neighborhood

The NRMAC does not reflect or fully represent the entire North Richmond community. There is not a single Latino or Asian person on the NRMAC and their participation and membership has been minimal at best. Annexation is long over due and the former gatekeepers can no longer justify their positions other than to help the transition to the New North Richmond. The modicum of power they obtain from having an advisory position is not worth the community's potential for improvement by being part of the Richmond and not just another Contra Costa County step child.

Posted by Andres Soto on 11/14/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: OUSD Overspent by Millions on Admin and Consultants; Half of Bay Area Renters Are ‘Economically Burdened’

RE: OUSD... Follow the money connections. Those consultants and administrators? Who are the connected to? Who did they contribute to.

Welcome to the Tammany Hall.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/14/2017 at 2:58 AM

Re: “Despite Canceled Hearing, Oakland Councilmembers Still Plan to Talk About Controversial ICE Raid

So... Hoffer filed an internal affairs complaint (potentially a criminal investigation), and somehow expected that to occur in public? Are ANY criminal investigations conducted in public?

I have an extremely difficult time thinking this official failed to consider this or was so clueless as to expect it.

What this LOOKS like is transparency theater (appearing to be transparent while preforming actions that will in fact obscure what's going on)... With EBX and DBG as either dupes or complicit in the cover up by encouraging the activities that trigger confidential handling.

Innocent until proven guilty... Not in the court of EBX.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/14/2017 at 2:54 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

Somewhere there's sanity -- in that vast middle ground between ubiquitous tent cities and $13 cocktails. Meanwhile, give us back our parking spaces. Those gnat racks that have replaced them are a solution in search of a problem.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

Somewhere there's still sanity - in that vast middle area between homeless encampments and $13 cocktails. As for those gnat racks? Give us back our parking spaces!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:24 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp, I assume you're being sarcastic. In response: No one's looking to take the shirt off your back. What we want as a public asset is that pile of shirts you were planning to rent to those with nothing to wear.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

"Selling Laney College and its surrounding property off to build a stadium"

Okay, seriously now, where the F*CK do you people keep getting "Sell Laney to build a ballpark"?

THEY AREN'T TALKING ABOUT LANEY.

They want to move the Peralta Admin Center (and they will buy PCCD the new location), they'll cleanup the toxic plumes underneath that Peralta is so far behind on dealing with or even *monitoring* that penalties in the millions will rack up soon, and build a ballpark *not even on the same side of the estuary* as Laney.

"He is also interested in developing the area in order to increase rents and drive out low income communities of color."

B

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Where is your backup for this allegation?

Don't bother answering, YOU DON"T HAVE ONE.

Posted by jq7925 on 11/13/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Despite Canceled Hearing, Oakland Councilmembers Still Plan to Talk About Controversial ICE Raid

Oakland should roll out the red carpet for ICE and the DEA. Enough is enough!

Posted by Rennata Wilson on 11/13/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “West Oakland Finally Gets a Black Panther Mural

"It's the first Black Panther Party mural in Oakland to be painted by Black people."

Who painted the now-razed pink shed on Mandela with illustrations of Olympic medal winners Tommy Smith and John Carlos, which read "It only takes a pair of gloves," and later, "Born with insight, raised with a fist"?

Posted by David Kurtz on 11/13/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Despite Canceled Hearing, Oakland Councilmembers Still Plan to Talk About Controversial ICE Raid

"Mayor Libby Schaaf has come out in support of Kirkpatrick, saying she's "met with Chief Kirkpatrick and has "not seen anything that calls into question the chiefs truthfulness or integrity."

Schaaf is the perfect person to rely upon regarding problems of "truthfulness or integrity."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/13/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

Like, I can't even fathom the small minded stupidity of the phrase, "$13 cocktails are the beginning of the end"

Is that a joke? Have you ever left the Bay area? You can still get a $5 jack and coke at Heart & Dagger my dude, don't worry.

Toss some of those gentrifying ass bike share bikes into the lake on your walk over there too like a proud Oaklander.

Posted by turnfresh on 11/13/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

You fuckin townies are the dirt worst. $13 cocktails are killing Oakland, high rise housing is killing Oakland, techies are killing Oakland ect...ect...

Grow up, this town sucks and only new nightlife, new housing, new business will improve it. Or maybe if you're lucky the "hero arsonist" will bike in and burn down all these new places so the tent cities can thrive.

Posted by turnfresh on 11/13/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Why Are So Many Rays Dying In Lake Merritt, And Sharks At The Berkeley Aquatic Park?

Ernest Montague has no idea what he is speaking of in regards to the chronic mass epizootic die off of sharks, rays, skates and fish in San Francisco Bay area (San Mateo, Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland in particular).

Tide gates and storm water run off (not 'fresh water') are the vectors for this chronic problem and conflict of interests in conservation, research and public awareness.

Lean more, contact Pelagic Shark Research Foundation: mobile 831 600 5214, dispatch 831 459 9346 and/or Email psrf@pelagic.org

I would be happy to discuss this issue with Ernest or anyone else genuinely interested or concerned with the environment and SF Bay wildlife.
Thank you.
Cordially,
Sean
PSRF
Since 1990

Check out our PELAGIC SHARK RESEARCH FOUNDATION Facebook page to view video and photo documentations, interviews and more.
Thanks again, have great Thanksgiving everyone.

p.s. Excellent Report by Eastbay Express !!! Keep up the good work.

Posted by Sean R. van Sommeran on 11/13/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

Here's a great idea: keep the A's at the Coliseum. Soooo many problems solved.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

This is for the "New Oakland," Steven.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/13/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: OUSD Overspent by Millions on Admin and Consultants; Half of Bay Area Renters Are ‘Economically Burdened’

Screwed doesnt begin to describe it. Squeezed between a ravenous charter machine that just wants to cannibalize the district and turn it into a NOLA of the West, and a comically wasteful and aimless leadership group. Look at similar sized districts in CA and other large metro areas. Usually management layer is only 2 levels deep before you get to real work done. Here in Oakland you will see a top layer and a host of acolytes getting easy six figure salaries doing nothing but passing the buck to the grunts at the bottom. Then you have silos in each dept that just look to 'survive' the 2 year superintendent cycle. Nothing really gets done and money gets wasted in ethereal projects and relocations that overall have little impact on the teachers and students. Contractor management and ethics are a joke, with little oversight on funds being spent on dubious projects. Antwan Wilson exemplified this... He came to fertile soil for him and his cronies. But we blame the guy that left and not ourselves for exposing ourselves to such risk... Really the elected officials have been incompetent at best, negligent for sure and some of them may be compromised by political donors. The level of negligence at the union level is also worth noting. No one holds the ultimate fault in this situation, but in order to survive OUSD is going to need a new political pact with the whole city that focuses on long term (50-100 year plan) survivability and a more robust ethical bent on the district bylaws. For too long the board has been utilized as a political springboard and I think in the current political climate the system is ripe for hijacking and misuse. There is great talent in OUSD, and great impetus for serving all students, and bridging gaps for the underserved, it just hurts to see all that good energy negated and thrown away by longstanding inneficiencies and political stagnation.

Posted by oaklanders in exile on 11/13/2017 at 8:55 AM

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