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Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

I'm dissapointed in OX. Once upon a time you were a person whom I admired for their integrity. I understand it is a paycheck. But putting in work to shut down a venue like the Metro, in gentrified times like these, is pretty low.
Remember when there was no place to play at all in the East Bay? So bands had to play at UC co-ops and house parties. (not that those were not legendary shows).
I know you remember when Oakland was different. Don't be one of those guys that continues to turn it into San Francisco East.

Posted by Russ D on 06/21/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

I love the Metro. I have friends who've done shows there... but everyone in this story is fibbing. Oakland is a rude place with a lot of bullies that then hide behind some sad "Oh, me, I'm so put upon(sniffle)" story, because they're also highly skilled manipulators. So Oakland is just a live and let live city? Well, only if you're the type of person that can function inside a running clothes dryer -for the rest of us it's discomfort, inconvenience and ear plugs. The Metro is way too loud, the neighbor is being way too aggressive and Ben Delaney might be getting a summons for that libelous statement. Odd that after all the recent examples of city inspectors failing to see violations (REPORTED IN THIS VERY BLOG), EBX would then cite a city inspector not finding a violation as back-up for the Metro's claims. City inspectors rarely find a violation when reported by a citizen. They don't want the hassle of it all as evident in that I found *1* citation issued in 2014 for a citizen reported building code violation. Y'all should read the reports... it's really sad seeing some grandmother that figures out how to make a legit complaint online about a bully neighbor and then read the city inspector concluded "no violation found". OMG, their findings mean nothing. Anyway, if you love polemics more than facts or solutions -you're reading the right blog. I hope all these fibbers wipe off the crocodile tears and find real solutions to coexist.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/21/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Paley sounds like a pompous, self-entitled ass. And Orlando Xavier, way to turn your back on your community. Performing surveillance for Paley makes you a "snitch". You're the definition of a sellout.

Posted by PunksDead on 06/21/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Invoking the Ghost Ship tragedy to further their agenda is about the lowest, scummiest thing one could do. How much of a loser do you have to be to capitalize off the pain and suffering of others just so you could put on some half baked, wannabe TED Talks? Disgusting.

Posted by chaki on 06/21/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Seems to me like this Brad guy could've taken all the money he has spent trying to shut the Metro down, and sound proofed his own venue. It is clear to me that he is trying to eliminate competition. This seems so Draconian. I thought that there were laws against this.

Posted by Liana Smith on 06/21/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Thank you for this excellent reporting. I'd prefer some vitriol aimed at Paley and Ox, but then, you can't have everything. The Metro is an excellent venue, the Deans have operated it fairly for years, putting their sweat and blood into it. The staff is great. They don't treat you like cattle. I've never seeb better security at a "legit" venue.

Posted by Todd M on 06/21/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Are the Golden State Warriors a Dynasty? Obviously.

Did anyone else find the cover of this week's issue a bit... racist? You have two light-skinned African-Americans at the bottom, in the front, looking calm and civilized. Behind them, two dark-skinned men, waving their arms, with wide-open mouths showing white, kind of sharp-looking teeth. The one on the right looks just like King Kong. I don't happen to be African-American myself, so maybe it's not for me to complain, but it made me quite uncomfortable.

Posted by Michael Stoler on 06/19/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

Is this the same city council that was found by the Alameda grand jury to have routinely violated open meeting laws?

Pot, kettle. Kettle, pot.

And now about the community that has repeated re-elected these people, fed by stories like this.

BAH!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/19/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Are the Golden State Warriors a Dynasty? Obviously.

. So, perhaps the more pressing dilemma is whether the teams Big Four will make the sacrifices to stick together in the coming years, as Oakland passes its legacy team off to that city on the other side of the bay.


Yes they will.

Posted by jo pac on 06/19/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

I would have to say that if the City Council is serious about localizing Trump policy issues is to declare their disgust in currying favor to the NRA by his current stance of loosening rules on gun control that contribute to the senseless violence in our streets!

Posted by Shasa B Foster on 06/19/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

My symbolic gesture towards CMs Kalb, Guillen and the rest: find out what is going on in Oakland's meanest streets. Think about it. Do something new to try to protect the most vulnerable among us, our children.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/19/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

Well, glad to see. the Oakland City Council spending time on important things, lol.

They thrive on meaningless drivel that nobody cares about.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/18/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

This article fails to mention that under the JCE section a tenant can sublet to anyone without owner approval and even credit checks. He can even arbitrage the rent for a profit. Also the way the language is written it is a costly endeavor for eviction by the owner that skews all the rights to the tenant. Trying to get someone out under the provisions listed means that another tenant would have to testify. Most tenants won't do that as fearing retribution. The facts about all that JCE entails is sorely lacking in the dialogue. Be fair EBE and show the full picture of what JCE really means and don't just cherry pick a word or phrase.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 06/17/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

Fighting an illegal Alameda eviction now, from Jan, by Mary Ann McMillan, from 1606 Morton St, Apt D, Alameda CA 94501. She was aided unlawfully by Paul Rolleri, Chief of the Alameda Police Dept., and I am fighting them with the help of State Attorney General Xavier Becerra now, closing in on JUSTICE!

Posted by Kevin Storm on 06/17/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

Just to be fair, this was the first lie:

Eric Strimling
June 9 at 5:37pm Alameda
Today 3 paid signature gatherers illegally gathered signatures to overturn all rent regulations in Alameda. All eviction controls, all relocation fees, even the 5% trigger. They were yelling "Help landlords evict drug dealers!" while wandering in the parking lot blocking traffic. Finally, APD was called and they had to go.

Posted by Putman on 06/16/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Oakland A's Minority Owners Purchase Downtown SRO After Previous Landlord Evicted Low-Income Tenants

The war over Oakland is just an incredible reality-television show to watch. Move out the old (low-income folks) and usher in the new (moneyed folks.) Popcorn and water on hand, watching the show.

Posted by Cassandra Madison on 06/16/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Gentrification and the closure of Picán

Greed drives away affordable rents.

Posted by Cassandra Madison on 06/16/2017 at 12:48 PM

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

Alameda already voted on this by accepting L1 and resoundingly rejecting the tenant's union's M1. The city councilmembers who voted for this just spat in the face of Alameda voters. Hopefully they'll be repercussions.

Posted by Native Son on 06/15/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Gentrification and the closure of Picán

Its sad. Oakland has adopted such an extreme form of rent control that it has doomed one of the last affordable bay area cities to inevitable gentrification.
It might seem counter intuitive, but its true.
Economist know this. I wish Kaplan had looked into it before she jumped on the rent control band wagon. So much for MIT graduates. Landlords complain that under the present laws, you would be foolish to rent to anyone who might stay longer than 5 years. And instead have to wait for a younger tenant with upward mobilty who is much more likely to move because of job transfers or they decide to buy a house. If you did choose, as an example, to rent to a mother and child they could rent the apt. till the child dies of old age (60-70 years) without the rent ever being adjusted to the market rate. Sounds crazy but true.
Sadly this leaves single moms, seniors, fixed income people, handicapped,etc. with little chance of getting an apt. now.
Maybe gentrificaion is inevitable but why put it on steroids?

Posted by bill h on 06/15/2017 at 1:26 PM

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