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Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Why is this Eastbay news and and this:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

Isn't?

Again, I'm not fan, but somehow BindGraham seems to look for the MOST divisive issues he can find without regard to relevance or, so it seems, full disclosure of the story; picking and choosing what parts to trumpet.

EBX, get rid of BondGraham. Get a REAL reporter, not a FOX wannabe.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/03/2017 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

> I would like every settlement to disappear, but he has every right to support them.

Ernest Montague, it's not illegal for a US citizen to financially support Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but it's also not illegal for a newspaper to publicize this who a US citizen gives their money to.

> There are more than one Islamic organizations in the US with ties to terror groups.

Their links should be publicized too.

Posted by Felix Dzerzhinsky on 05/03/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Isn't Zimmerman and company a major campaign backer of our local politicians?

Is this more Libbyest real estate cronyism?

I know Libby prefers fashion statements, to political statements, but does she have anything to say here? Since the Ghost Ship fire and Raider's retreat, our mayor's gone into hiding. What happened to transparency and secret sauce? Mayor up Libby!

Great reporting. Thanks!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 05/03/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Zimmerman supports Israel and illegal settlements. I was not aware that was illegal in the US. Can anyone help me out with the law? If not, then it's his business and right to spend his money as he wishes. I would like every settlement to disappear, but he has every right to support them. There are more than one Islamic organizations in the US with ties to terror groups.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/03/2017 at 7:37 AM
Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 05/02/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

I guess the City of Oakland learned nothing from the E 12th street housing development debacle several years ago. Here we go again with exclusive deals and ignoring state laws that outline a specific process for disposing of public land. The E 12th street project turned out okay, but only after a major expenditure of time, energy and money by the developer, the city and the neighborhood. Why can't the City just do it right the first time? There are mixed opinions about Israels intrusion into the west bank. Given Oakland's proclivity to take positions on national and international policy issues, it is ok for the city council to have that discussion. However, there should be no mixed opinions about the need to follow the correct and legal process. If you don't, it will never turn out right.

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/02/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

From Costa Hawkins: (ii) A condominium dwelling or unit that has not been sold separately by the subdivider to a bona fide purchaser for value. The initial rent amount of the unit for purposes of this chapter shall be the lawful rent in effect on May 7, 2001, unless the rent amount is governed by a different provision of this chapter. However, if a condominium dwelling or unit meets the criteria of paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (a), or if all the dwellings or units except one have been sold separately by the subdivider to bona fide purchasers for value, and the subdivider has occupied that remaining unsold condominium dwelling or unit as his or her principal residence for at least one year after the subdivision occurred, then subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) shall apply to that unsold condominium dwelling or unit.

The apartment/condo is still rent controlled, until it sells. If you read all of Costa Hawkins you will see that it doesn't break rent control with every condo or single family homes. A subdivistion is five or more units. Find a good lawyer.

Posted by Michael Stangl on 05/01/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Well the responses listed here explain why we are in this crisis. I lost my rental home in Oakland in 2015 after having lived there problem-free for 17 years. The landlord had promised me he would never sell in 2013 when my husband passed. In March 2015 he sent me an email saying he was coming over with a real estate agent in two days. When I expressed obvious shock and confusion, he first tried to say he had told me about this already and then when I said that was not the case, tried the "oh, I must have told your husband about it, but not you"- possibly the worst and stupidest lie I've ever been told. The house was immediately shown and sold to a young wealthy tech couple in their early 20's who worked in SF and just wanted to be near the BART. I had to move by late May. I got conflicting advice from City of Oakland Rent Adjustment Board and others - some said I had rights being over 60 and having lived there over 10 years would require a year's advance notice of the landlord selling, other attorneys I spoke to said I had no rights at all in a single family home. For two months I frantically searched all corners of the east bay - running into massive competition with other renters offering higher rents to landlords, flirting with landlords, you name it. I finally found a 2 bedroom cottage in Lafayette, successfully advocated for my two senior indoor only cats to be admitted, and signed a year's lease June 1. On July 3, I received a letter saying the Lafayette property had sold and all the buildings and many of the trees, were going to be torn down and rebuilt.
So without being fully unpacked, and already having had to give up my washer/dryer, piano, dining room table and chairs, and many, many other things, I moved again in October 2015. This time I bought an affordable condo further out in Walnut Creek. I have a 45 minute commute in the am (BART parking fills up way before I start work in Berkeley) and usually wait until 7pm before attempting the return home. I am most definitely a displaced Oaklander but I have come to appreciate that at least no one can sell me or price me out, and the City of Oakland is truly not invested in protecting ANY renter. Even the idea that a landlord give advance notice (vs 2 days) to a long-term renter is outside the scope of the greed mentality.

Posted by JeanetteSarmiento1 on 04/30/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The Secret Sidewalk May Not Be Secret Much Longer

I used to go to the secret sidewalk as a teenager, in the mid-eighties. I went once during the day, but it was a nighttime party hangout spot that couldn't be beaten. It was rare that my friends and I would meet anyone else on the sidewalk, although one night, the word had gotten out, and a full blown party was happening. For the most part, we crossed the tracks, climbed up to the bridge,and headed east.We followed the rules of the sidewalk: Never straight, always foreward, never sideways, and sometimes in reverse. We would smoke a bowl with Buddha (a white figure, spraypainted on a large rock), and once we passed the jail (a metal barrier, to keep cows off the sidewalk, I think), we would enter the valley, near the end of the sidewalk, and sit down hanging our feet off the side, and party. We sometimes went to the end of the sidewalk, but mostly stopped where the Troll (the only homeless person we knew of, living in a tiny, low space under the sidewalk) was. He rarely talked to us, and never took the drugs and alcohol offered to him. If we were really lucky, a train would come, lighting up the whole valley, and rumbling loudly until disappearing into the tunnel underneath and near where we were sitting. Good times.

Posted by Phoenix Mueller on 04/30/2017 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Yeah, Iam Rhiannon, Berkeley has a loophole. It sounds as if it's a bait and switch scam and it SHOULD be closed... But I'm not a resident of Berkeley. I AM a resident of Oakland. Do keep in mind, HUGE swaths of Berkeley's rental units are occupied by students. Yeah, they are residents, but are also... Transient. Here for a few years and then gone.

Oakland on the other hand, has a bread and circuses and temper tantrum mentality... If the populace can't demand other pay for what they want, they tie it up so thoroughly the developers go away and no one get's housing.

Witness the proposed construction for the MacArthur transit village... Potentially about 400 new housing unit are now completely stalled. Not because there isn't low income housing reserved, but what is reserved is all on the lower levels.

Do you think that encourages needed new development?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/28/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Berkeley has a loophole in its condominium conversion ordinance that allows new high density rental housing to convert to condos as long as they do it before any units are rented. At least 90% of the projects approved as rentals in the past several years were never intended as rentals, and have been converted to condominiums. Most of these projects were granted a 35% density bonus in return for 5-10% below market rate rentals, but were not required to 1) put all units, low-income and market rate, on sale to the public; and 2) increase the percentage of moderate income units available. Instead they are being allowed to "condo" some while renting out the required below market rate units.

At least Oakland isn't that sneaky.

Posted by Iam Rhiannon on 04/28/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Oh, Ernest Montague, what happens when all the thousands of people you and others depend on (teachers, service workers--you probably like to buy a coffee or eat in a restaurant, right?--non-profit workers, culture workers, laborers, skilled blue collar, etc etc) can't afford to live here? Probably never crossed your mind. Glad to see at least YOU have benefited, which is really all that matters

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 04/27/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Supply and demand. Overpopulation.

For the foreseeable future, because of overpopulation, it will not be possible for working class Americans in the California Bay Area to own, or even rent, a home (as envisioned by most Americans, and as defined by Vincent J Cannato in "A Home of One's Own," and as was the case in the first half of the last century, before California's population passed the tipping point).

The "housing problem" will not be "resolved," even when we have millions living in usagi goya ("rabbit hutches").

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 04/27/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

This article sure makes a mountain out of a mole hill. Even with the present laws its is actully very expensive and tricky to convert an apartment building into condos.

Posted by bill h on 04/27/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

The City of Oakland has no legal nor moral mandate to accommodate everyone.

I lived in SF for years. I always wanted to buy a house there, but could never quite afford it. I moved to Oakland thirty years ago because I could afford a house here. That's life. It's not designed to make sure that all of us receive special treatment. If you can't afford Oakland, move. It didn't hurt me when I could not buy in SF. It was good for me.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/27/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Berkeley Police Basically MIA At Saturday's Violent Pro-Trump Vs. AntiFa Brawl

If you throw M80s at a dog in Berkeley, they would arrest you. Apparently, the berkley police think conservatives are not even dogs.

How the police are unable to stop 40 or so 150lb scrawny thugs from assaulting people is nothing short of shocking.

Is someone threw an m80 at you in the commission of a crime, you would have the right to defend yourself using whatever means you can.

It is assault, nothing less.

BTW, the police didn't search antifa. You can watch them march right threw the barriers without going through the checkpoints.

Posted by Jack Crow on 04/26/2017 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Even efforts to build new housing in Oakland will be met with NIMBYs screaming "it changes the Oakland I grew up in"... Effectively demanding no changes here while the entire state, as a desirable place to live and work, is flooded with new bodies.

I know... Take a page from Trumps book and build a wall! Yeah, right.

Now that the drug fever has passed, how about a real solution... Like building new units? Naaaa.... Never gonna happen. The bread and circuses crowd has learned how to VERY effectively block ANY new development unless they are able extort a piece of the action from the people who invested in blighted and largely dilapidated property in risky parts of town with the idea of actually having them be more than death traps. As Clarence C. Johnson said, it's called realizing the value of the investment.

Even those who bought 50 years ago are allowed to do that... Aren't they? No? why not? Explain it to me.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/26/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

"Housing-policy experts say the steady drip of conversions is eliminating affordable rental housing in Oakland." Really? "Housing policy experts" say eliminating rent control inventory is eliminating affordable rental housing? Such insight.

Amazing EBX cant find any "housing policy experts" that say increasing housing supply will have downward pressure on rents. We can blame Oakland officials all we want, but when you try to do two opposing things - constrain market rate housing supply while also keeping rents affordable, you're going to have a byzantine set of laws such as purchasing conversion credits that are going to constantly need revision because of the meteoric rise of market value housing due to constrained supply.

If you bought $1k worth of Apple stock 10 years ago thats worth $10k now, would you sell it to a friend in a private sale for only $1500? No, you would sell it on the market for what its worth. Its called realizing the value of an investment.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Oakland lacks an effect policy for protecting and increasing affordable rental housing.

Oakland officials are not responsive to citizens's requests for help.

That's Oakland in a nutshell, baby!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

Unless the press continues to ask the hard questions, nothing will be resolved. This has been going on since before MG Baldwin. Go beyond the information the PR person gives any reporter. It's as bad, or worse, as the listed comments in this site.

Posted by littleone on 04/26/2017 at 5:01 AM

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