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Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

EBX is where the narrative goes to thrive, such story tellers. Pican was the gentrification they wanted to see. The restaurant cost around $1.8m to build and it's always been expensive, from day one. I ate there in 2009 and thought the cost was too high, similar to a high quality place in SF but in a cheaper desolate part of Oakland. Oakland businesses are dieing because Oakland (the City and its political class) only know how to operate in an idealistic vacuum AND milk a good thing until it's dead. It's been doing the same thing for 40+ years with the exact same results. We're only thriving because regional pressure has become so incredibly enormous.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/08/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

I've joined No Uber Oakland and look forward to Oakland residents giving this disgusting company a very cold welcome. With any luck they'll realize they're not wanted here and will sell the building.

Posted by John Seal on 06/08/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Occupy Oakland started out as a semi legitimate protest made up of well meaning and educated people. It ended up as a garbage dump of humanity, with no self policing, filthy campsites, drug abuse, and violent participants. I followed it and visited it for months. I was so grateful when they were gone. This book is just far left propaganda.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

Rats leaving the sinking ship. Oakland can solve its problems by closing half the under attended schools, but won't, due to "community" pressure.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

The City is broke and borrowing money to fix potholes, and these clowns want to hire more highly paid bureaucrats to tell us how to fix something we know how to fix.

More jobs.
Fewer segregated communities. End housing projects and establish zones where those receiving housing assistance can live. (Meaning that everyone does not end up in close proximity in a large poor community, but are spread throughout the city.)

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “DA Files Charges In Ghost Ship Fire, Master Tenant Derick Almena And His No. 2 Max Harris Each Face 39 Years

Good. Almena worked to create a hazardous situation and took advantage of others to line his pocket from it. The other guy was less malicious and more stoned.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Sanchez Contemporary Gallery In Oakland, Where Revolution, Art, And Coffee Collide

Sounds like a wonderful space and an important asset for Bay Area creative.
Gracias Maria and Tim!

Posted by Rebeca Treviño on 06/08/2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

OK, let's be, to use the new buzz phrase, transparent.

Temescal DISTRICT OF OAKLAND, Rockridge DISTRICT OF OAKLAND. Montclair DISTRICT OF OAKLAND. As much as EBX (and many others try to pretend otherwise) These ARE part of Oakland. Only Piedmont can claim to be a separate entity.

Yes, Rockridge IS largely single story ACTIVE real estate and has no place to put new building. Temescal has some space. What there is, is being rehabilitated quickly. West Oakland has a number of empty lots (from recently demolished industrial buildings). East Oakland has some buildings that should be demolished and haven't been (drive down Fruitvale; look south on East 10th, to point at one). I'm sure we can identify others.

Keep in mind, active or not, someone -- NOT Oakland/Alameda county, owns all of these properties. We can't just take what we want. We should have learned this before first grade. It will take large infusions of money that vanished when urban redevelopment funds were sued out of existence. That was a hit nearly as bad as prop 13.

Now, to quote/paraphrase a developer who has recently suffered losses in Oakland, "a building being burned down twice in 12 months, can't be a coincidence". That's a 35 million dollar development. Yes insurance may pay part of it, but it drives up costs for other developers and sure makes 'em gun shy for building in Oakland... Which I'm certain was the intent.

Ms MacElheny, if this isn't YOUR district, your community, it borders it. And as a whole, does anyone really think the community has NO IDEA who did this and why? Or was it to use the words of a long disgraced former POTUS "outside agitators"? You want community engagement? REALLY? Get off your butt and engage the community!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/08/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Rockridge has nowhere to build new housing, and that new building on Broadway just north of 51st is Temescal (next to the Wendy's).

Posted by adrian reynolds on 06/08/2017 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Not to mention they advertise illegal work. After contacting them, they blatantly said it is not their problem they are helping people illegally advertise.

Posted by Brian Heuer on 06/08/2017 at 12:15 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

Separating from ICE as much as possible has
brought about powerful improvements in San
Francisco public safety, as well as community
integrity and solidarity.

I would strongly recommend that Oakland follow suit and go even further than San Francisco in separating itself from ICE.

Eric Brooks

Posted by Eric_Brooks on 06/07/2017 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Were the FAT police holding US flag at Game 2 doing so on City time or even overtime. OMG--let some HS kids do it for free! Did Larry Reid pay for his ticket? I sense a job at Oak Port Authority coming his those cops musta had desk jobs. Aren't their annual physical tests for these porkers??

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 06/07/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Literally Raises A's Flag Over City Hall An Hour After Raiders-To-Vegas Vote

Mayor Libby. question? Were the OPD members looking a bit pregnant holding the US flag at Game 2 on the City Payroll at the time? Or perhaps even Overtime? Why not let some high school kids , even in PAL leaves, do it for free.
Fire pig loving Peggy. No Mo'

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 06/07/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Yes Thom, I know. It can happen. That is part and parcel of running a business. It means the business operator is required to do due diligence, both before renting and during proceedings that may rise... Not just sit on the gluteal muscles and collect checks as fast as is possible like a robber baron... And if your business is built, financially,such that behavior is a need, you did it wrong and the public isn't responsible for that.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

It's about time these agreements stopped being signed in secret. "The hearing uncovered a previously unknown memorandum of understanding between the Oakland police and ICE that allows OPD officers to work in task forces alongside ICE agents". How is that even possible? It may have been signed in secret, but the decision whether or not to continue it will be in public.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 06/07/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Sure legal channels exist. But in California, those legal channels take six months. During which the squatter pays no rent and trashes the place.

Posted by Thom Bray on 06/07/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

"institutional memory"?! That's fine for some dipshit volunteer group. For a public agency it's entirely unacceptable. Are they saying there are NO minutes of meetings they include not just the actions taken, but the debate and discussion? Again, completely unacceptable.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

And while she's at it add to the legislation that any agreements the COP (or any other agency head) wishes to engage in with other agencies be ratified by the city council.

That should put a stop to this for once and all.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Oakland Police Department is apparently still out of control. If a police chief can issue a regulation that's binding on police officers -- "(The) agreement requires OPD officers to follow ICE policies and regulations while participating in task force duties" -- without anyone else supposedly knowing about it until much later, clearly there is no effective civilian oversight.

There should be a blanket ban on any OPD personnel entering into ANY agreements or relationships with the Feds whatsoever, without prior public disclosure and approval from the Oakland City Council. And meaningful disciplinary consequences for anyone who violates that policy. Otherwise the cops will just do whatever they want without any outside accountability.

P.S. to the editors -- This is not a pseudonymous comment. Starchild is my actual name.

Posted by Starchild on 06/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

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