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Re: “Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

The SPLC is a discredited left wing organization that is no longer recognized as an authority on hate groups. The SPLC has classified the VFW and American Legion as a "hate groups".

A "real" journalist" would visit Oath Keepers.org to find out what the organization's goals are. Would you be a real journalist, please Ms Lynn?

Posted by Edward Kesler on 09/15/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

A redevelopment promoter sez: "Parking is a neanderthal concept. Walking, BART/public transportation, shared rides, it's here."

Any access to 880 or BART is laughable in the light of the fact that both the freeway and the light rail system are well over capacity right now. Not to mention falling apart.

As long as there are more and more cars there will be more and more parking. Despite the attribution of parking to a preindustrial era when the wheel was not widely-understood.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/14/2017 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

They should tear down Golden Gate Fields, and build a new park there with a centerfield view of the GG Bridge.

Posted by Doug Harris on 09/14/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

Why not build on the infrastructure already in place at the Coliseum location? There is plenty of land, and good access to transportation. This area of Oakland could see dramatically economic benefits from thoughtful development which should also include housing for all income levels, and retail. It is possible to do something new and exciting on a tired old site. Let's take something old and re-purpose it to fit new needs and objectives. This is a far less disruptive approach.

Wendy Jung
94606

Posted by Wendy Jung on 09/14/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

This easily falls into the category "In life, a little rain must fall". The large area around the proposed stadium will suffer a loss of character. Homes will disappear, the character of the 'local' community will be irrevocably transformed, residents will be displaced and traffic and parking will require much more patience. On the other hand, growth will abound, new people will bring new ideas, a new Oakland landmark will be created and economic opportunities will be shared. Oakland, like any city, is in a constant state of flux. It cannot thrive without change. We must, not so simply, make this change work for us.

Posted by George L on 09/14/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

I am conflicted like many here in Oakland about loosing another team that adds value to our community. I am more concerned that the natural environment if the estuary is not compromised for profit!

Posted by msealund on 09/14/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

Apparently Gary Patton has never heard of Rent Control. Oakland's Eastlake area is populated with mostly older rent-controlled units. Oakland's rent control Ordinance is as restrictive as Berkeley's and not far behind theTenant protections included in SF's rent ordinance. In addition, this neighborhood has already commenced with a revitalization (not gentrification) several years now. A tenant controlling any kind of space long term, has created his or her own wealth due to the redistribution of this resource resulting from Rent Control. The readers' positive comments above are spot on. Laney can leverage the opportunity to enhance their educational resources. Parking is a neanderthal concept. Walking, BART/public transportation, shared rides, it's here. Self Driving cars next for more transportation efficiency. Remember: Gentrification is a dog whistle for NIMBYs. This is a YIMBY proposal. Kudos to the A's for great community outreach. Let's also stem the proliferation of Fake News as well. The recent community meeting at La Estrallita was overwhelmingly positive.

Posted by miles helman on 09/14/2017 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Organizers Announce Steve Bannon Will Speak at UC Berkeley's 'Free Speech Week'

What the heck is "ableism"?!

Posted by Stephen Owens on 09/13/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

Not building on water's edge is shortsighted - IMO.

Posted by Gregg Maynard on 09/13/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

I couldn't be happier about this. My whole life I've been dragging my family and friends to the Coliseum to watch games. And now they're moving within walking distance. I usually avoid the immediate area. Now I can imagine an area where I might visit frequently for many years to come. Maybe I'm seeing this through green colored lenses, but I see this as a big positive for the community at large. Plus it's privately funded. I know you can't please everyone, but this plan seems like the best option. I think the alternative would include having zero professional sports in a city that currently has three.

Posted by Joe Starkey on 09/13/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Brown Waters Down Sanctuary State Bill; Lawmakers OK Plan to Protect Immigrant Tenants

Jerry Brown and the California legislature continue to move ever to the right on social and environmental policy, at a time when statewide resistance to national insanity is essential for our future. Brown, Democrats and Republicans, corporations and their media pawns need to pay a price, the to remember every day what is at stake. I, for one, will resort to the final solution when my land, air, water, and community are sacrificed for the benefit of greed and political expediency. Brown is a liar, a politically savvy and personally, ethically compromised charlatan, and activists need to make every day of the rest of his opportunistic life miserable.

Posted by earth dweller on 09/13/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Organizers Announce Steve Bannon Will Speak at UC Berkeley's 'Free Speech Week'

You mean KKK/Nazi recruitment week...right, where the folks who fight fascism are labeled as problematic, but the terrorists are allowed a stage???? Fucked up Berkeley!!!

Posted by Bertha Pearl on 09/13/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

While I appreciate some of the optimistic thoughts expressed above, there are too many examples of optimism being leveraged by politics and big money to screw over low income communities. The optimists and the Oakland A's need to tell me why this is so different than what we have seen in the past. At the end of the day, this is not a UC Berkeley urban planning exercise. This is real life and real families will be displaced. No matter what some public relations narrative on the Laney web site proclaims, the site is not in downtown Oakland. Downtown Oakland is not characterized by adjacent one and two story residential neighborhoods like Eastlake and Chinatown. Downtown residential housing is normally high density housing. The recently constructed "new" Yankee Stadium was built over the last large multi purpose park and recreational open space in the Bronx. The politicians and the Yankees told the community not to worry, they would incorporate replacement of those recreational and open space resources into the project.
Not only that, the money the Yankees would pay for the land would contribute to recreation and park programming opportunities for the community. What the citizens of the Bronx got was the NY State legislature adopting a bill writing down the price the Yankees paid for the land. In addition, they got a couple of turfed playing fields on top of the new parking garage for the stadium. The Bronx neighborhood, if anywhere in the country, desperately needed to retain parks with grass, trees, playing fields and open space to provide relief for the otherwise concrete urban environment. What they got was screwed so that millionaires and billionaires could pay $1,500 per ticket to sit in field level boxes with their spoiled ass kids and rich friends to watch the Yankees. The words sounded good on the front end, but the delivery was far from what was promised.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/13/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of all that the A's promise because of the examples that Rob Smith cites and so many others of "redevelopment" that primarily benefit the more affluent, at the expense of those less well-off, across the nation going back many decades.

BUT, I am hopeful in this case. This is not Lew Wolff's A's. The new ownership, to me, has stated their intentions succinctly and so far, are able to back up those good intentions with HUNDREDS of hours of community "listening" meetings. They are transparent with their own business objectives. But they are also very clear and specific about the multifaceted ways they define success. From their letter, Mr. Kaval states that the project must bolster and strengthen Laney College. And it must make sure that the new ballpark as well as any related developments lead to "inclusive and equitable" outcomes in the future. And he goes on to specify what exactly he means by those statements.

I agree with the Mayor that the A's proposal brings great opportunity, on many levels, but also could be a great threat. But they appear to be a partner with integrity and I welcome and support continuing community discussions and negotiations with them to develop a comprehensive plan that brings many more benefits than costs to Oakland.

Most mega development project sponsors are not nearly as authentically sensitive to their community impacts as the A's are. Let's keep an open mind.

Posted by Deni Adaniya on 09/13/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

Development in Oakland, especially near the estuary needs to consider climate change, and the environmental impacts on the migratory birds that use the estuary and Lake Merritt. There also needs to be a consideration of the impact on neighborhoods with more traffic. Lakeshore and Grand Avenues are already so impacted with special events such as marathons and the Warriors Parades that it is impossible to enjoy our neighborhoods from the added noise and crowding where we are sometimes boxed in.
Caroline Kim
94610

Posted by Caroline Kim on 09/13/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Opinion: UC Berkeley Shouldn't Prohibit Right-Wing Speech, Even When It’s Racist and Hateful

Among zealots on either extreme, they share 99.5% of their DNA. Views and values among the extremes though share little to nothing, other than a desire to seek out violent conflicts with the folks who are physically less than 1% different than they are.

Somewhere between the extremes lies a position that aligns with the views that majority of the population can support. All of us with beliefs that lie within the spectrum between the philosophical poles should work to agree on a few things. Support for free speech, zero tolerance for violent protests, and other sensible positions.

Until then, democracy will be messy.

Posted by Mario Blandini on 09/13/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen Lukewarm to A's Laney Ballpark Plan

The A's Stadium would obliterate the neighborhood.

Posted by Gabriel Haaland on 09/13/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

The thing that's being disregarded is that the A's WANT to work with the community. They're trying to engage in a discussion to build the ballpark in the best way possible and to address the community concerns. If a discussion can happen, there's a solution out there that can put the stadium at this site, which is the best for the city of Oakland and the A's franchise.

Posted by drub1112 on 09/13/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

In response to Gary's analysis that the site should not be considered "downtown", this is how Laney College describes itself on its website @ http://http://laney.edu/about/ as:

"Located in the heart of vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, Laney features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big-city university."

Parking at all universities is a major constraint that restricts practical accesss to education. Local neighborhood impacts are inevitable, just as certain gentrification will evolve whether the stadium is built or not. Exclusive to promoting greater access to education and increasing revenues for the system, the parking infrastructure investments in the area that would come with the stadium can only be positive for citizens seeking education.

I prefer Rob's strategy for ensuring the representation of the greater community amidst the inevitable progress that the entire SF Bay Area region is experiencing as the epicenter of innovation and transformation today.

Posted by Mario Blandini on 09/13/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

One thing the A's (and the City, County, and Peralta CCD) could do is include significant tracts of property that would be placed into a community land trust for residential and local commercial uses. It doesn't have to be vacant land; current properties can be purchased (or condemned via eminent domain) and donated to the Oakland Community Land Trust. The only certain way to prevent dislocation through capitalist land market pressure is to take that land off the market. The community land trust is the vehicle for doing that. Stopping the ballpark in this location is not going to prevent market pressure on the surrounding neighborhoods from gentrification; it will just take away one potential source of that pressure. What the ballpark does bring to the table is a lot of private (and public) investment and an opportunity for the community to leverage it to address current and expected market pressure on the neighborhoods.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 09/13/2017 at 9:52 AM

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