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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

It is unfortunate that such much misinformation gets spread so quickly. instead of seeking out what is truth and what exists that might be helpful.
1. Although Oakland's rent laws are weak they still provide certain protection for tenants against owner abuse, and should be asked about and utilized (Oakland Rent Program (510) 238-3521)..
2. It seems that Mr ALkebulan's unit is a "covered unit", and what the owner is attempting is illegal. The city provides no-coast legal service for these types of issues through East Bay Community Law Center (510-548-4040)..
3. As long as Mr ALkebulan pays the rent and abides by the terms of rent agreement, he has in effect established a "permanent right of occupancy.
An owner cannot just remove a rental unit. There are specific requirement that must be met.
4. The rent law is "silent" on whether a unit is legal or code compliant -- all units where rent is collected are covered units. An owner may be required to make health & safety repairs, and it is only the code inspector who determined if required work will cause "temporary" relocation. If so , the owner must pay the tenants relocation expense -- which would be appx $12,000.
5. The worst comment on the page is the one above which states that "all residents pay for the cost of rent control." To which I will only reply that without even Oakland's' weak rent protections, unmitigated landlord greed would have long assured that no working class household's would currently be able to reside in Oakland.

Continue to stand firm Mr ALkebulan !!.

Posted by James Vann on 11/23/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Many newcomers to Oakland are indeed making their neighborhood better and prettier.

Gorelik Name Meaning: Interesting!!
Jewish (from Belarus): nickname for someone who had had a house fire, from Belorussian gorelyj burnt + the noun suffix -ik.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2013, Oxford University Press

Does he plan to burn down the place for the insurance?

Posted by mamasan41 on 11/23/2017 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

BTW, the new arrivals to Oakland have been making it a more beautiful city. Eugene Gorelik is not one of them.....GIVE ME ACCESS
Gorelik Name Meaning
Jewish (from Belarus): nickname for someone who had had a house fire, from Belorussian gorelyj burnt + the noun suffix -ik.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2013, Oxford University Press

Posted by mamasan41 on 11/23/2017 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

The sign will kill the trees. Remove immediately.

Posted by mamasan41 on 11/23/2017 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Given the huge amount of violent crime in Oakland, and that Highland is where most victims end up, it's a good thing. It helps law enforcement. Something which is anathema to some people.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/22/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Why just Highland? We don't have a license plate reader scanning every plate and sending them to the Department of Homeland Security in the parking lot at the Alta Bates or Eden Medical Center emergency rooms. Why is that? The rabble has a right to be roused.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 11/22/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

By the way, from the photo, the LPR appears to be on hospital property. As the article notes, the Hospital put it in. They know about it, just as they know about the officer at the previously mentioned wards (and main entrance) who take an image of all visitors IDs. Interestingly enough, no one collects ID information at check in to the ER... Where people ACTUALLY SEEK TREATMENT.

Oh wait... Are we saying Mike Katz-Lacabe was unaware of that? Or is it just not as emotionally charged? Fact checking much?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/21/2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Probably for the same reason that all visitors to the maternity and pediatric wards are ID checked and signed in.

This is true of every hospital I've visited in the past 10 years. It's not unique to Highland.

Yet again DBG and EBX engages in rabel rousing demagoguery.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/21/2017 at 9:42 PM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

...and we wonder why the sudden uptick in homeless encampments. Here's just one of the answers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/20/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

So the owner of the hotel can't sell it because people live there? Well, is it that entity's obligation to keep things status quo instead of exercising the right of ownership to do with the property as what is most economically viable? Get government and activists out of private property where it doesn't deal with zoning and usage. Have the City buy the property then if they want to continue having it adorn the streets as a flop house. Might as well.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 11/17/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

Our council members often pass feel-good legislation but don't follow through to make it effective. I can't speak to whether they intend these measures to work or just to look like they've accomplished something but in the end, it doesn't matter. Business as usual continues on.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 11/16/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

this totally sucks, you buy up buildings instead of doing repairs, etc. you sell it out from under people who need to have a roof our their heads. More tent cities anyone.

Posted by Indrai Kai on 11/16/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

Shame on the dysfunctional, probably corrupt, Oakland governance. Rich people should not get to break the law and profit from doing so.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 11/16/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Good the know that the City has a "Code of Conduct" for its employees. But who protects those who do business with the City against arbitrary and harmful behavior by those employees --often driving them out of business? Guess we won't be asking the Auditor to investigate....

Posted by Gay Plair Cobb on 11/16/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

It appears that Roberts is Oakland's version of Harvey Weinstein, or in this case is it Harriet Weinstein?

I find it interesting that city states that they took steps to address the bad behavior of Roberts. I wonder if that included a censure, loss of pay, or suspension from duty for a period of time. Probably not.

I believe the City Council should look into this since it appears that the City Administrator and the director of HR has failed the taxpayers as well as the current and former employees of the Auditor.

Posted by tomroberts on 11/15/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Oakland tragically missed out on an opportunity to elect a thoughtful, competent and ethical Auditor when voters did not support Len Raphael in favor of Roberts.

I never cease to be amazed at how Oakland's supposedly progressive citizens keep electing the same sort of corrupt and incompetent pols to office.

Oakland is in profound need of leaders with the skills and integrity that are so noticeably missing in too much of what goes on in city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/15/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Non-disclosure agreements should not be allowed for settlements with public officials or agencies that are paid for by the government or public agency. The voters need to know the allegations so they can make their decision of who was right or wrong at the ballot box.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/14/2017 at 10:32 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: “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

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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

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