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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “Oakland A's Minority Owners Purchase Downtown SRO After Previous Landlord Evicted Low-Income Tenants

Good article highlighting a problem in SRO housing units.
If the City passed a moratorium on SRO conversions until December 2018, then I assume the investor is betting on the longer term and won't attempt to convert before then?
Also I'm curious why the city only passed a moratorium for such a short time period? Seems like this is a textbook example why the moratorium is needed for a longer period.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 06/12/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Oakland A's Minority Owners Purchase Downtown SRO After Previous Landlord Evicted Low-Income Tenants

I'm not sure why the relationship to the A's is so important here.

Posted by AndrewOakland on 06/10/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

This is a historic problem. Read Dostoevsky crime and punishment. Are we on the verge of a revolution? I think not. Individual's with one rental property who have never abused the relationship of landlord and tenant should not have to pay four months rent, real estate fees, capital gains taxes to sell their property if it's their nest egg. It's another government grab for power. Renters have the same power owners have, the freedom to buy land in America. If they didn't exercise the discipline it takes they should not be able to reap the reward the owners sowed. This country voted for slavery, that Chinese could work the RR and not be considered American's and in Germany they voted to kill the jews. Just because the majority votes doesn't make it legal or right. Of course those without money will often vote to take from those who have if they can get away with it but it's not Constitutional or right it most case landlords are controlled by competition. Landlords need to challenge the rent control ordinances in court. That is also a part of America.

Posted by Marc Babin on 06/10/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

Several months ago a top OUSD fiscal administrators was asked by a member of one of the oversight committees why a public agency of that size doesn't have even one internal auditor. His response was that OUSD doesn't need to waste money hiring even one internal auditor because it has an outside cpa firm audit their books.

At best, that demonstrates a scary ignorance of the function of external cpa audits, which can only be relied upon to detect massive fraud and never relied upon to detect waste and expense account fiddling which can be quite large in an environment without oversight.

Most of the elected board is still MIA about the absence of competent accounting management at OUSD. Not a peep from even the head of the OUSD volunteer audit committee, former City of Oakland City Administrator.

The organizations such as GO Oakland Public Schools surely knew the situation also.

OUSD HQ is a banana republic. People who knew that kept their mouths shut just tried to work with it as best they could.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/09/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

If you are a renter and don't like your neighbor upstairs or down the hall, don't go crying to your landlord - just sayin'

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 06/08/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

GREAT!!!!!!I was hoping the restaurant would get extended lease. I do not think our hood needs yet another tech-driven tap room. Sequoia keeps it real, and it is family owned as well. Which reminds me that I am feeling a bit peckish...Got go get me some GOAT!

Posted by Max Dee on 06/08/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

GREAT! I love this place and was hoping the potential buyer would have a change of heart. I do not think our hood needed another tech driven brew/taproom. Whew!!!! Gotta go get me some goat!!!!!

Posted by Max Dee on 06/08/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

Why have so many talented and highly skilled people left?

Because of OUSD's insistence of trying to be Alameda County's social services agency. Progressive spending. It's for the kids. Eye roll. They deserve all the bad things that happen to them. Only the kids are innocent. A bunch of asshat, the whole lot of them.

Posted by Barry wanderlust on 06/08/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Oakland has a privacy committee? Does this committee care about the privacy of crime victims being intentionally endangered by the DA and police releasing their personal information, address, phone, names of their family and friends, along with pages and pages of falsified homicide reports containing crimes not even committed by these innocent people, but crime committed by third parties now attached to criminal records searches of innocent victims of crime into google searches for their small businesses and professional lives?www.karmawon.wordpress.com Stop the aggression and cyber terrorism against Innocent women if you want your city reputation to improve https://karmawon.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/…

Posted by karma wonitall on 06/08/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

I'd like to try this place, but the reviews online are terrible.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/08/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

Rats leaving the sinking ship. Oakland can solve its problems by closing half the under attended schools, but won't, due to "community" pressure.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “DA Files Charges In Ghost Ship Fire, Master Tenant Derick Almena And His No. 2 Max Harris Each Face 39 Years

Good. Almena worked to create a hazardous situation and took advantage of others to line his pocket from it. The other guy was less malicious and more stoned.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Yes Thom, I know. It can happen. That is part and parcel of running a business. It means the business operator is required to do due diligence, both before renting and during proceedings that may rise... Not just sit on the gluteal muscles and collect checks as fast as is possible like a robber baron... And if your business is built, financially,such that behavior is a need, you did it wrong and the public isn't responsible for that.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Sure legal channels exist. But in California, those legal channels take six months. During which the squatter pays no rent and trashes the place.

Posted by Thom Bray on 06/07/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

"institutional memory"?! That's fine for some dipshit volunteer group. For a public agency it's entirely unacceptable. Are they saying there are NO minutes of meetings they include not just the actions taken, but the debate and discussion? Again, completely unacceptable.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Oakland Police Department is apparently still out of control. If a police chief can issue a regulation that's binding on police officers -- "(The) agreement requires OPD officers to follow ICE policies and regulations while participating in task force duties" -- without anyone else supposedly knowing about it until much later, clearly there is no effective civilian oversight.

There should be a blanket ban on any OPD personnel entering into ANY agreements or relationships with the Feds whatsoever, without prior public disclosure and approval from the Oakland City Council. And meaningful disciplinary consequences for anyone who violates that policy. Otherwise the cops will just do whatever they want without any outside accountability.

P.S. to the editors -- This is not a pseudonymous comment. Starchild is my actual name.

Posted by Starchild on 06/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Of course they'll threaten to litigate. That's their right. And they'll get knocked down.

When it comes to collecting signatures for a ballot measure, they seem to forget the vast majority of residents are in fact renters and exactly the concerns this measure addresses.

Sorry guys, no easy outs. You want to operate a business, then learn how to do so within the law, else you're just another kind of gangster.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

Congratulations Miliki - your pepe fish head soup - ee de sweet-o! Ben & Sarah

Posted by Ben Wolf 1 on 06/07/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

Isn't this old news? I had breakfast at Miliki months ago and an employee told me then, that the landlord had told them they could stay.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 06/07/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Gee, I'd really hoped that "public safety" had something to do with preventing drive-by shootings, muggings, car jackings and other typical Oakland inconveniences.

Is someone really in charge of "public safety" (whatever that might mean
in Oakland)?

Does Oakland really not have a "public safety" policy which has to do with
the violence and social dysfunction which somehow dominates so much of Oakland?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/06/2017 at 6:23 PM

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