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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Seven Days

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Given the recent representation Oaklanders' received from Ms. Rachel "There is no affordability crisis" Flynn, Director of Housing & Planning and Libby "Let's appointment an eviction specialist as tenant advocate" Schaff, Mayor of Oakland it seems pretty clear that the folks in power are failing to prioritize and enact policies that would preserve Oakland's "secret sauce." I would also like to suggest that that "sauce" is 99% cultural capital that has been built up by and sustained by Oakland's economically and ethnically diverse, working class residents and only 1% actual financial investment in Oakland by private and state monies but to hear our leaders tell it its the other way around. Thank you for voicing these concerns so succinctly. Just one peeve...hella lot = hell of a lot, lot..maybe "hella sauce"...if you have to.

Posted by Chanty Nok on 10/14/2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

That is what I love about our Liberal Bay Area Writers. We celebrate and cherish diversity.

But.....if they don't look like us, earn like us, like what we like, want what we want, then we don't welcome them here.

Oh, and you really think that people (young/old, white or not) really want to move into areas being "gentrified" if they are wealthy and have lots of disposable income? Really? It is just people looking for housing that is affordable to them. They just happen to be able to afford more. Shame on them.

We would not want them here. They are different than us. We are too busy promoting diversity. The East Bay is liberal and conservatives try to maintain the status quo but we had better not let anything change around here.

Geez, listen to yourself.................

Posted by Michael Good on 10/14/2015 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

"This city has a hella lot to offer." Thanks for that, Bob.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 10/13/2015 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Still Missing in Action

I agree with the above. Things change. Got to keep up with it. This ain't no backwater burg - it's a place where prices go up. Luckily, opportunities have been created that allow those who take advantage of them to meet the rising costs. You get a choice - complain on behalf of all the victims of circumstance you can identify, or get with it. It's one or the other-not time enough to do both. Consider - some former cab drivers drive for UBER now and some of their kids are software engineers.

Posted by Tim Frank on 10/07/2015 at 4:33 PM

Re: “California Water Officials Made the Drought Worse

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Posted by Editor on 10/06/2015 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Still Missing in Action

Why is EBX so against progress? If Uber did not go in there, what is the alternative? To sit empty? Also, rents are higher because property taxes have gone up along with water just to name a few. I feel like EBX should report more balanced news.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 10/05/2015 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Still Missing in Action

"Uber has so far created a profitable business that is wildly popular..."

Nope. Uber has had only losses. Look it up.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/30/2015 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Still Missing in Action

Again, EBX is out of touch and contradicting its own message. All of a sudden when rooms are being rented out to temporary visitors on AirBNB, EBX cares about housing inventory? If EBX wants more inventory they could very easily support housing, for which EBX only supports affordable housing. And who will subsidize that affordable housing? Not wealthier new residents who have cars, because EBX wants to eliminate parking spaces as well. Not developers E12th St Parcel, because EBX opposes that as well.

In fact you will find EBX arguing every detail about why specific housing projects should not be built, but you will never find them actually advocating to build new housing. So sorry if I'm not buying the "inventory" argument.

And as far as the sustainability of Ubers business ? Ubers is capitalizing on an inefficiency created by the corrupt and monopolistic system of taxi medallions. The medallion lawsuit boils down to limiting # of Ubers on the road, in order to maintain their monopoly. It wont work, because the public has voted with their dollars, and removing Uber would be take away an affordable service that people depend on.

Uber has so far created a profitable business that is wildly popular, affordable, and most importantly provides an important service that the public relies on. EBX "business" is to capitalize on the fears of poor people of color, by pandering, grandstanding, and posturing for clickbait headlines all in the name of "progressive" journalism.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 09/30/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “California's Missing Climate Hawk

There appears to be a misreading about the 50% figure. If the State of California gets, say 20%, of its energy from renewable sources, increasing renewable energy by 50% would mean a 30% mix, not 50% percent. So the calculations William H. Thompson showed us above could be even less of an impact than what he is describing.

One more important point, is that renewable doesn't mean CO2 emission-free. All renewables, even wind mills, involve a manufacturing process that has used fossil fuels in the production, transportation and erection of the parts and assembly.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 09/14/2015 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

Hobart Johnson thinks that proof is the cutting and pasting of someone's else's intimidation tactic of a long list of professional organizations who may or may not have made a statement (whatever that statement is) on humanities role or contribution to planetary climate change.

We may have a contribution to global warming but there is no proof that we are the predominate cause of global warming by our burning of fossil fuels. None of those organizations can prove such a claim. Do you even know that the glacier in Alaska that Obama recently visited receded the fastest during the mid 1800s? We weren't burning that much fossil fuel then. Ice core data from Antartica have shown that earth has gone through major global warming periods at the frequency of about 120,000 years. These records go back about 800,000 years. When you look at the cycle you will see that we are at or nearly at the warming peak of one of those cycles. These are inconvenient facts for the Chicken Little alarmists.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 09/14/2015 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

Google is staffing up for production of their self driving car. These are like light rail but can use the existing infrastructure. Oakland would be smart to attract this type of technology to its city center.

Posted by Will Roscoe on 09/14/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

According to the FBI Oakland now ranks right behind Detroit, in the number 2 position of most dangerous cities in America. It has steadily creeped up from 5th place to 4th place to 3rd place and now 2nd. How about a series of "in-depth" articles addressing this disgrace.

Posted by Mary Vigilanti on 09/10/2015 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

"There is no proof that our burning of fossil fuels is causing climate change."

List of major American and European scientific organizations which affirm that climate change is the result of human activity follows. Check whichever one you like for details you may find interesting.

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Anthropological Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of State Climatologists (AASC)
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Fisheries Society
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Institute of Physics
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
American Public Health Association
American Quaternary Association
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Agronomy
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Plant Biologists
American Statistical Association
Association of Ecosystem Research Centers
Canadian Association of Physicists
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
Canadian Geophysical Union
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Canadian Society of Soil Science
Canadian Society of Zoologists
Caribbean Academy of Sciences views
Center for International Forestry Research
Environmental Protection Agency
European Academy of Sciences and Arts
European Federation of Geologists
European Geosciences Union
European Physical Society
European Science Foundation
Federation of American Scientists
French Academy of Sciences
Geological Society of America
Geological Society of London
Georgian Academy of Sciences
German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina
Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand
Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
InterAcademy Council
International Alliance of Research Universities
International Arctic Science Committee
International Association for Great Lakes Research
International Council for Science
International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences
International Research Institute for Climate and Society
International Union for Quaternary Research
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics
Kosovo Academy of Sciences and Arts
Latin American Academy of Sciences
Latvian Academy of Sciences
Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology
Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts
National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, Argentina
National Academy of Sciences, United States of America
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
National Association of State Foresters
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Research Council
National Science Foundation
Natural England
Natural Environment Research Council, UK
Natural Science Collections Alliance
New York Academy of Sciences
Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences
Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters
Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Organization of Biological Field Stations
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Polish Academy of Sciences
Romanian Academy
Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium
Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Spain
Royal Astronomical Society, UK
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
Royal Irish Academy
Royal Meteorological Society (UK)
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Scientific Society of Jordan
Royal Society of Canada
Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
Royal Society of the United Kingdom
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Russian Academy of Sciences
Science and Technology, Australia
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Society for Ecological Restoration International
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society of American Foresters
Society of Biology (UK)
Society of Systematic Biologists
Soil Science Society of America
The Wildlife Society (international)
Turkish Academy of Sciences
Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Forestry Congress
World Health Organization
World Meteorological Organization

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/10/2015 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

Great opinion article. The City needs a 25 year strategic plan focused on sustainable living.

In the short term, as for automobiles, make more parking spaces for quick auto rentals, like City Car Share and place, all over the city, numerous electric-car charging stations.

Oakland City, get on with the big green plan, we are far behind the curve. Be a leader.

Posted by B Tom Smith on 09/10/2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

"You want to encourage pedestrian activity and biking. But when you build parking, you induce driving."

That has got to be one of the most ridiculous comments in this article.

The costs of car ownership are so enormous that having an available parking space is a small part of the equation.

I've lived in downtown Oakland for 30 years, and during a tough financial time I went a decade without any type of automobile or motorcycle. Having a parking spot wasn't a concern, but not having a parking spot is a big concern when you can afford a car. I would not pay market rate for a condo that didn't include a parking space.

There are more than enough housing units in downtown area that do not have parking. Our streets are full of parked cars already. We don't need any new projects that don't include adequate parking.

I used to work construction before I retired. When I didn't need to bring my car I left it at home and took my bicycle or walked. But there were many job sites that I had to use my car to get to.

There is no proof that our burning of fossil fuels is causing climate change. Pick a glacier that is receeding and I'll show you that it was already receeding before we were burning any significant amount of these fuels.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 09/10/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

"Street cars...Yes, for those who don't know, check out some historic photos of downtown Oakland in the 1800's and early 1900's."

Street cars are called "light rail." Until the 1950s the lower deck of the Bay Bridge was dedicated to the Key System light rail line which connected S.F. and Oakland. Until the '50s there was a light rail network throughout much of Oakland not to mention much of the rest of the populated Bay Area.

In the 50s a confederation of automobile and related companies bought up most of the light rail systems in California and closed them down, thus to grow the car biz and the bus biz.

To go back will take a lot of political will. Climate change may be a motivator when more people become convinced of the related problems like no snow, very hot summers and inadequate water supplies.

There is a particular problem with mass understanding of the amount of subsidy given to the private automobile. It amounts to something like three or four dollars per dollar spent by the auto owner. It's on the order of $15 to 20K per annum. Per car.

Light rail is an expensive start-up (to do it again) but in the long run it's far cheaper than the car.

A last point--the self-driving car is not the answer.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/10/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

Stephen, they used to be called street cars. Yes, for those who don't know, check out some historic photos of downtown Oakland in the 1800's and early 1900's. Street car lines ran up and down Broadway, Piedmont Ave and Telegraph all the way to CAL. How far we have not come!

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/10/2015 at 3:47 AM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

I see this publication is affiliated with the hoax and change agenda. Without C02 plants die. Without Plants photosynthesis produces no oxygen. No Oxygen vertebrates Die but the Progressive Liberal Dolts continue to Hoax to change to what. A Anaerobic bacteria species or fungal species to rule the earth ? Cleon's ?

Posted by Jeff Benedict on 09/09/2015 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

Does anyone in the woebegone Oakland political community ever suggest fixed rail lines to provide alternative transportation to residents and visitors? It's not just San Francisco and Manhattan where one can find such civic development, Long Beach did the same thing years ago. And every town of any size has one in Germany.

It needn't be a city-wide grid, just a few lines, say one from Jack London Square, up Broadway to the Temescal area; and another from downtown to Lakeshore, circling Lake Merritt on its return. Such lines are no panacea for the mess we've gotten ourselves into--with whole communities built on the necessity for private transportation to supply basic needs--but it might be sufficient to dramatically reduce daily traffic and encourage residents to shop locally, without the added expense and annoyance of paying to park in town vs free parking at box stores and shopping centers.

Posted by Stephen Shuttleworth on 09/09/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Sticks to Backward Thinking

You should publish the whereabouts of the empty parking garages near BART. I'm sure lots of people would like to know where they are.

Posted by Sebra Leaves on 09/09/2015 at 11:45 AM

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