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Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

This is really not brain surgery folks. If you have to adopt interim zoning restrictions to limit the economic and social impacts of a new ball park on the existing residents and neighborhood, chances are this is not the right site. It's like taking the antibiotics before the infection arrives.The controls are interim and once removed, there will be a yard sale that will quickly drive up rents and land values in the Eastlake district. That's how the market works and nothing the city can do will change it. Believe me, developers are already cueing up for the assault.The result will be massive displacement of low income residents and the fabric of this neighborhood will be changed forever. Oakland is a city of neighborhoods. Both West Oakland and North Oakland have already been gentrified over the last 20 years. Many lower income people and families who resided in these neighborhoods for nearly a century are now gone. Does Eastlake deserve the same fate? Does every neighborhood need to be invaded by Starbucks, yoga studios and expensive condos?That is not what makes the character of a city rich or diverse. Do not be fooled, the City of Oaklands interim control solution is just a ploy to keep public opposition at bay while the A's can throw a few million dollars at the project and create the kind of political momentum that the neighbors will never be able to stop. The city should be figuring out how to invest, support and retain the special character of Eastlake instead of greasing the rails for it's demise.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 4:03 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

If the price of a stadium is a de facto three-year moratorium on infill housing projects all the way out to 14th and Franklin, screw the stadium.

This smells an awful lot like people who always oppose new housing downtown (hi Naomi!) using the stadium as a pretext to get the building freeze they've always wanted.

Posted by C.J. Garrett on 11/07/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Beane Cult members are mostly more baseball rotisserie players than actual baseball fans...revolving door will always be working as long as Billy Boy is the fantasy A's baseball team.

Posted by Lil Bartholo on 11/07/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Hes at worst the teams third-best hitter and earns the MLB minimum salary. Huh?

According to Baseball Prospectus, Healy in 2017 was the 9th best of the remaining A's hitters. He doesn't have a position in the field where he's not a liability. Moving him now makes perfect sense, while he still might bring something in return.

Posted by mugwump2 on 11/07/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

The "New Oakland" food trucks for the techie/finance trend-oids sell small plates of food for the same price as a dish in a restaurant. Young affluent white people aren't selling this stuff, they're the ones lining up for 30 mins for a craft hot dog on a sustainably sourced wooden stick.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

Can't wait tell she gon...................e.

Min. Edward J. Ailsworth

Posted by Edward J. Ailsworth on 11/06/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

DMV is a corporation and when getting your license you sign away your right granted by the constitution for a privilege , giving the police, DMV , & the court system the authority to take away your privilege . Pull you over , arrest and charge you w a crime ,turning into ridiculous tickets and fines, That end up unpaid cause they want more than you pay for rent in most cases. The people are clueless that they have giving their right away and DMV and our government has gotten away w it for so long and made so much money they want to keep the facade going and they will unless we stop them. People need to educate themselves on this matter so we can stop them from destroying peoples lives , I mean when you take a mans/womans vehicle you take their means of getting to and from where they need to go whether it be a doctor , a job , school , everything we do these days requires a vehicle pretty much unless u live , work , shop, and all ur bills and medical care is in the same vicinity, which just isn't the case for anyone. The police are bullies that intimidate , threaten and physically abuse sometimes kill people because our government trains them to do this to their fellow man! Unless you have money and by money I mean middle class upper middle or the elites of our society your screwed all the lower class folks and people struggling to make it by get railroaded and lose their ability to care for themselves let alone a family cause of a constituted right they trick us into signing away for a privilege !

Posted by Justine Simmons on 11/03/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Going on the Offensive

Is the councilmember who got soundly rejected by the voters in the last election seriously using a blog post by one of his (few remaining) supporters as a rebuttal?

Posted by RodJohnson on 11/03/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

La Placita is the cleanest commercial kitchen I've ever seen. Ms. Otero and her family have done a great service for Oakland.

Posted by HeavyTruth on 11/02/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

Take a peek at Lindey's company Yelp page to see the litany of complaints from his tenants re pest infestations, rent gouging, deposits being taken w/no explanation....and try and square that with comment and fair, moderate people......good luck

Posted by ajadams99 on 11/02/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Port of Oakland Jobs Deal Should Be a Model for Amazon and Other Warehousing Corporations

Thank you. Our city and it's Port should abide by these agreements in letter and spirit.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 11/02/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

This article keeps mentioning "Alameda landlords," but I'd like to point out that the organization "Alamedans In Charge" is heavily non-Alamedan. Of the 18 donors listed on their most recent FPPC Form 460, there are only four individuals who reside in Alameda and who might possibly be Alameda landlords. There are two Alameda-based organizations that manage rental property. The majority of the donors (numbering 12) are businesses or individuals that are not Alamedans. That money came from San Francisco, Hillsborough, Oro Valley, San Jose, Daly City, Union City, Los Gatos, and Palo Alto. Not my definition of "Alamedans."

Posted by Toni Grimm on 11/02/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

First... taco trucks and "roach coaches" owned by Latinos and Asians have been part of the east and west Oakland landscape DECADES before "2001" ( where I first tasted Sriracha back in the 80's as an accompaniment to the egg rolls and wings off the Asian owned roach coaches before it was "discovered" )
and Blacks to a lesser extend have also tried sell also- which brings up a sore point with me. I have no problem with ANYONE hustlin plates. Although I actually work in public health, I believe no one wants to kill their customers so MOST will take the needed precautions. A ServSafe certification goes over most food safety issues and is only $15 (if I recall- I have from last year). My sore point is the unequal enforcement. Most notably are the hot dog vendors who sale RIGHT under BART police noses on the Coliseum walkway and no one says a word as they sale in the open. The blacks who are selling bottled water out of a cooler have to go further down nearer to the Coliseum side of the foot bridge in order not to be hassled. I wonder if I were to set up a cart on the same bridge and sell BBQ plates, would I be hassled? I recall a few years ago, a black guy would sell BBQ on 98th and E.14th and felt the need to display on his truck window, blown up and exaggerated copies of his permits while down the street other brown folks sold everything from tamales, churros and pillows without the need. Again I welcome all the hustle and have even supported many of these carts with my $$. My only gripe, either enforce it equally across the board or leave everyone alone. These vendors offer a vital... yes vital service to the late night hutlas, shift workers, clubbers and anyone craving the munchies on the cheap in areas without many late night epicurean offerings. Let's just allow everyone to sell if this is the route we are going to go

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/01/2017 at 10:55 PM

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

A group of former and current tenants have been/are experiencing similar injustices by Linda Lonay and Mohammad Hooshmand. If you need to get in touch with other tenants that are having similar issues and need advice please email LonaysTenants @ gmail. com
This article has brought so much to light and allows for their tenants to connect and organize. Please reach out!

Posted by Lonays Tenants on 11/01/2017 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

The Landlord's here to visit
They're blasting disco down below
Says, "I'm doubling up the rent
'Cause the building's condemned
You're gonna help me buy City Hall

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/01/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

How to regulate the food truck phenomenon while trying not to create too much of a competitive disadvantage for local restaurants is a complicated and difficult dance. Several things about how Oakland has fared in this arena are clear. First, what is obvious to Oakland residents and what was illustrated in the Ghost Ship fire, the City has no resources or any idea how to enforce the rules that are on the books. Long time vendors know this and no matter what the ordinance requires, they creatively avoid compliance with the program. Secondly and once again in America, the rules change when white folks decide they want to participate. Heroin was an "urban " (code for Black and Brown) law enforcement problem until white kids started overdosing. Now, it is a public health crisis deserving public funding for intervention and counseling. Selling marijuana was grounds for long prison terms until it was decided that it really was an undiscovered economic opportunity. The laws were changed and now white venture capitalists are making money hand over fist from the cultivation, distribution and sale of weed. The cab industry has been supplanted by Uber and Lyft, who basically do not follow any industry rules to ensure public safety and call it an example of the "new economy". In fact, they do not even own, maintain or insure riders or any vehicles. They even claim that the people who work for them are not even employees. AirBnB is a company who provides transient habitation, but do not own any hotels. Similarly, food trucks were an interesting Mexican cultural nuisance until white chefs and others saw an alternative to paying expensive rents. Now, lawmakers scurry around trying to find ways for them to operate because they are now a "thing" seen as essential to a cool hipster urban experience. Oakland should try to keep the rules as simple as possible because detailed regulations require a level of resources for enforcement and tracking that they just don't have.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/01/2017 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Mr. Sagehorn, you're right. It's not a "conspiracy" -- but has it ever occurred to you that most people don't have something called a "portfolio," and can't afford to be players in the game you describe? People should be free to play the game, but survival shouldn't be dependent on it: when it is, that's its own form of totalitarianism (the hegemony of Ownership). For vast numbers of people, true economic freedom comes down to freedom FROM economic need -- not the privilege of gambling on property if they so choose.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/30/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Michael, my point is that City would get higher tax revenues from many other types of businesses than the HQ of a transportation company. While I think the Oakland business tax structure should be an even playing that doesn't tax one type of business differently from another, that ain't gonna happen.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/30/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Bred in Abuse

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Posted by Theresa Munoz on 10/30/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “NFL Owners Are Failing Miserably — and Often

The attitude and behavior of the NFL owners reflects the general current state of American culture. Instead of letting Trumps divisive tweets change the whole conversation into being about the flag and a stupid song, the owner of the Houston Texas along with the other owners just showed everybody who they really are.They are a group of greedy, arrogant, racist old white men whose behavior and actions are usually just plain stupid. That combination pervades our politics, private businesses and public institutions. Despite the orange tinged national example of regressive social consciousness from the White House, the fact is that in the real world, it is 2017, not 1957. Women and people of color are not going back to a world where white males can do and say whatever they want without consequence. If the NFL owners do not change the way they do business, they will surely kill the golden goose. Attendance numbers and TV ratings are down this year. Families are starting to steer young kids away from playing football because of potential long term CTE impacts. High schools all over the country this year do not have enough participation to field varsity teams. Instead of being transparent about CTE and examining alternative methods of pain management for players, the owners like the cigarette industry in the past and global warming deniers, continue to claim ignorance as the best defense. Instead of providing a backstop for loyal fans in San Diego and Oakland to get stadiums built, they allow two storied franchises to leave town, in hopes of some fantasy windfall of dollars in the future. The attendance in Los Angeles for the Rams and Chargers is pathetic. The Raiders were supposed to be vaulting to the top of the league in time for the big move to Las Vegas. However, they now look like a long shot for the playoffs this year. If they do not win in Oakland before their departure, they will be playing to empty seats in Las Vegas. Just look at how they allowed Jed York and his greedy arrogance to screw up the 49er franchise. The same fate will befall the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/30/2017 at 4:03 PM

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