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Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Something does not compute?? How can they get a sale if the property is this bad? Who would buy it? I have another take. I've bought property with squatters and I call the police and they say it's "a civil matter" and I have to go to court and evict them. Then the squatters or tenants who just stop paying go to Legal Aid and legal aid says they want a JURY trial. My lawyer says a JURY trial will cost $15,000. Then legal aid says, "we want our clients to stay 3 months at no rent, dismiss any back rent and seal the case (so they don't have a record and can do it again). If you are people of good will and not ideologues you should sit down with a landlord who operates in depressed areas (not the techie areas) and see the reality. My buildings are spotless, I have a 24 hour number for emergencies, I have regular maintenance and pest eradication, but have a lot of trouble evicting people who stop paying rent for one reason or another.

Posted by stan miller on 02/27/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Sometimes a foreclosure never gets to a courthouse auction. A guy on our block bought a house with two mortgages and now down in 2005. Soon he let it lapse into default. Then he persuaded the bank to accept a short sale -- which he rigged. He and his real estate agent refused to let anyone see the place and make an offer, except the partner in the scam. He bought it for a pittance, let the guy live in it for several years, and then they sold the house and split the profits. While the guy lived there, he was a complete nuisance to the neighborhood, right up to a federal ATF raid on the marijuana grow in the garage.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 02/27/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Community Fund LLC owns many properties like 408 Tennessee Street in Vallejo California. That particular one they just bought for $225,100 about 5 months ago and they already have it listed for sale for over $450,000. It is filled with squatters who are destroying it and terrorizing the neighbors. The police go about once a week and get them out but they go right back in. The police say the owners are not doing enough to secure the property and that the police aren't the property owners private patrol. The property is in much worse condition and the owners are not concerned at all with the welfare or safety for anyone. The City of Vallejo, other cities, the State of California, and the Federal Government should all document the properties these companies own and ensure they stop allowing the drug dens, prostitution homes, gang member havens etc these alleged racketeering scammers are operating or allowing. It's quite possible they are also collecting money from the drug lords who are also renting rooms out to squatters, prostitutes, etc in many of these properties like this. There should be a huge class action lawsuit by all neighbors of their properties as well. I'd love to be contacted if/when this happens and might be starting one myself if I don't find one soon.

Posted by Scott Brown on 02/27/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

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Posted by Carolina Sander on 02/23/2017 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Hazy IPAs: The Good, The Bad, And The Juicy

Moonraker, Cellarmaker, Alvarado Street - juice monsters!

Posted by hopkitty on 02/20/2017 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Benoit-Casper Brewing Co. Leads the Craft-Beer Surge in Richmond

Excellent Beers, great hospitality.

Posted by Ed Chainey on 02/19/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Hazy IPAs: The Good, The Bad, And The Juicy

Fieldwork Overripe

Posted by mcarb on 02/11/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Did An Oakland Cop Kill His Wife?

Wait, it's "mishandling evidence" to have a typist transcribe recorded interviews with a suspect? Unless Gannt is a terrific typist, someone else definitely should have transcribed the tapes. And no matter who transcribed them, the transcript could contain errors. So presumably the tapes are still available, because THEY, not the transcript, are the "evidence."

As for the rest of these allegations, everyone knows OPD is totally corrupt and that the City and the DA allowed or enabled this corruption for many years.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 02/10/2017 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Benoit-Casper Brewing Co. Leads the Craft-Beer Surge in Richmond

Definitely adding Benoit-Casper to my next Bay Area itinerary.

Posted by Pesky on 02/10/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Hazy IPAs: The Good, The Bad, And The Juicy

Fieldworks Pulp?

Posted by B.Lucas on 02/09/2017 at 3:05 PM
Posted by Steven Majoros on 02/08/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Architect Eugene Tssui Might Be the Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

To clarify, the name of the documentary referenced in the article is TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui (Telosmovie.com). The film chronicles Tssui's ultimately fruitless quest to build a structure in Mount Shasta and does a great job of capturing Tssui's eccentricity as well as his unshakeable perseverance. Highly recommended.

Posted by Daniel Baum on 02/05/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Lizard Is a Rat

Damb Danny always hit me as solid and loyal to the core. Of course I didn't learn about this stuff till after the trials and all this was over, I'm just glad he didn't turn on me... He told me once that I was the downest dude he ever met and I was the only person he knew that followed his word when given every time.. couple months later I read this article.... Damb......

Posted by Jeremy wright on 02/03/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Architect Eugene Tssui Might Be the Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

--"When Tssui first drew up his plans for the Ultima Tower in 1991, he estimated that the project would cost $150 billion and would take 25 years to complete. What public official would want to make that pitch to the people? "

That's no problem, he should talk to Gov. Jerry Brown.
He already sold a similar project to the people... its called California High Speed Rail. Jerry's "high-speed" rail could run from termite-mound to termite-mound. Just 40 of them could house the entire population of California...(a 21st Century version of the California Missions)

Posted by Dan de'Data on 02/01/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I guess the threshold for deportation cooperation should be raised really really high. What should we raise it to? Armed bank robbery, rape, arson of a residence? Apparently some people think multiple "minor" crimes are not enough to allow cooperation with ICE.
If I was undocumented I'd be unusually careful about obeying the law.
How hard is that to do.... I don't know, but I've gone 60+ years without an arrest. I guess its not that difficult.
BTW, according to the data in the most recent ICE annual report, if you are one of the 11 million undocumented, and you have not been convicted of a serious crime, your chances of being deported from the "interior" (25 or more miles from the border) of the USA, are in any given year, one in 700.
Yes, the data shows only one person in 700 gets deported as long as they have not been convicted of a serious crime.
Meaning for most who don't commit crimes, their chances of being deported during a entire 35 year working career, are about 1 in 20.
Essentially next to zero deportations unless you are involved in criminal activity.
Say what you want, that is what the data shows.
No need for most undocumented to be "living in the shadows" like we hear about in the news. Those living a crime free life, are all but free from deportation.
I seriously doubt even Trump is going to be deporting them.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 01/25/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I wonder if all these people railing against "illegals" and "criminals" in Contra Costa would like their drunk uncle JimBob shipped backed to Germany for reaching HIS fourth DUI. Let's just revoke birthright citizenship altogether and if you mess up, we send you "back" to whatever is closest to being your most recent homeland. Sounds fair, right?

The coordination of ICE and Contra Costa County Sheriff's office and probation offices are about nothing but moving bodies for profit. The county is raking in millions and filling jail cells by destroying families and stealing chances from people.

Those of you who choose not to see that are just the willing dupes aiding and abetting.

Posted by Mercy Garetz on 01/17/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

@Charlie Pine. maaan, i can't believe you are still at it. This is literally the same argument you were making in 2005. Ok, so let's say a video shot on a closed lot features Youth Uprising turf dancers glorifying Oakland's youth-created cultural expression, and that video was also promoted by a major corporation, who got it aired on MTV, which led to entertainment careers and continued job opportunities for those dancers, and brought the local rap scene out of a sales and name recognition slump it had been in for 8 years. If an elected official came up with such a scheme, it would be called a landmark economic development initiative.
Should we forget that the military sponsors professional sports, or that big banks invest in private prisons? How are we holding Youth UpRising--whose mission is to create economic opportunity for underserved populations--accountable, but not Warner Brothers or Viacom? you should know as well as anyone there was a proposal to legalize what you call "reckless driving" put forth by the D6 Councilmember which was quickly rejected by the rest of the Council.
So, E-40 could have just as easily been promoting legal driving had a Council vote gone the other way. In other words, the criminalization of youth is not a justification for the criminalization of youth, it's a justification for bloated law enforcement spending instead of social services, and so-called public safety policies which take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the general fund, where they are spent disproportionately, i.e., not spread evenly throughout the city.
So, what happens if we take performance money out of these artists' and dancers' pockets? Do we make any dent whatsoever in curbing illegal activity? if anything, we create more illicit crime, because we've now eliminated a pathway to a career, or at least steady and gainful employment, for kids who are already at a disadvantage.
After all this time, Charlie, it's difficult to believe that you don't see the larger picture of how culture--yes, even youth culture--is an economic driver. The city's own website says so.
If you're suggesting that youth should work minimum wage jobs and turn down the chance to be in a major rap video because you disagree with its subject matter, well that just sounds mean and short-sighted.
I dont think anyone has ever proven a direct correlation between suggestive lyrics and actual actions--shout out to the First Amendment, homie--and besides, what we actually saw following the release of this video was a bunch of YouTube tributes showing suburban youth hilariously attempting to "ghost-ride" their parent's Volvos on near-empty suburban streets.
If that's a cause for alarm, then maybe its time to admit you have an adverse reaction to anything cultural which is black-created and youth-oriented. Which makes you a bigger part of the problem than one now-legendary rap video.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 01/17/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I missed the first two pages of this article. Is this author really defending three criminals? AND questioning "why in the world would local law enforcement work with ICE?" for these cases: Kim who has committed armed robbery and found with stolen goods over ten years later (who knows what else he's done in the last ten years); Jones who has put numerous other lives at risk by getting arrested for driving under the influence FOUR times (who knows how many times he's really driven under the influence and not caught); and Smith for Domestic violence.

And its law enforcement who is doing something wrong. Riiiiiiiightttt.........

Posted by JODY SMITH on 01/15/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

What a shame that this reporter would write something this far from the truth. Media is the reason why there is so much hate being spread especially to our law enforcement personnel. Anything for ratings, right? No matter how incorrect and one-sided the story is.

The Actual Law for anyone reading this article:
An alien who overstays becomes an illegal alien and is deportable. If the alien overstays a by more than 180 days, but less than one year, and then departs the United States voluntarily, he is barred from reentering the United States for a period of three years. If he leaves after having been in the country illegally for one year or more, then the alien is barred from reentering for ten years.33 It is inaccurate to label as "law-abiding" a person who fails to uphold their end of an agreement to visit the United States on a temporary basis and chooses to remain in the country illegally.

It looks like Smith overstayed her visa for give or take 10 years. And there is nothing wrong with that, right? But when local law enforcement works with ICE to follow the laws of the land, then there is something wrong with that.

This speaks loads to the type of report this is.

The officers did nothing wrong.

Posted by JODY SMITH on 01/15/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I'm sad from reading this story. I'm glad you mentioned the fact that in the last 8 years many people have been deported and the administration is not friendly to immigrants. Racial profiling seems to be alive and well in this country that really isn't so great! #StrictlyMyOpinion

Posted by Suzi Corby Foster on 01/12/2017 at 8:41 AM

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