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Re: “Living Downstairs, or Lying?: Advocates Say Oakland Landlords Pretending to Reside in Apartments so as to Evict Tenants

So they live in this apartment for 7 years on $1100 a month and they think they've been mis-treated? I would like to meet the landlord who can afford expensive repairs for mold and down-spouts on so little income and still pay property taxes and all the other fees, oh and lets not forget the fee to the rent board which more than DOUBLED this year!
It is sad that people are getting priced out of their homes but rents are not the only thing going up and up. Housing is really expensive and no laws or "protections" change that fact. Sooner or later, someone has to pay up.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 06/22/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Plans for a 'New' Oakland Are Taking Shape, but Existing Residents Are Demanding More Equitable Development

Specific plans generally allow development that Comports with the plan to bypAss costly, risky and time consuming CEQA studies. Community (and the City, if they care to) are wise to insist that this boon to developers not be granted without significant give-back.

Posted by Andy Nelsen 1 on 06/22/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “The 'Green Rush' Went Next Level at Last Week's Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in Oakland

I am the anonymous reporter who asked Fox the question why he called cannabis a drug ..... Karla Gottschalk https://www.linkedin.com/in/karla-gottschalk-2234b527/

Posted by Sharla Delacroix on 06/22/2017 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Protests, Arrests After Berkeley Approves Contentious Urban Shield Program

The political forces that you would like to know more about are not involved with traditional politics. You won't see them on TV and their faces will never be shown in the media. Neither will you hear of them on a radio interview, or a talk show for that matter. You wont find them serving the community, nor will you find them on any ballet. And even though they have managed to collect the most root of all evil (Money) still you won't see them on the top 10 richest list. That said, why is it that with the latest worlds top 10 richest list coming out we see Bill Gates as #1 with 88 billion, yet the Rothschild's have accounted for some 350 billion, and the Rockefeller's amassed some 340 Billion? The system is such that people this rich actually have indirect control down to as low as the community level. And their system is so brilliant that it could not have been created by humans alone. Im afraid these people have what has been traditionally referred to as the Devil, on their side. That's not to say that they are unbeatable though. : )

Posted by caliwebman on 06/22/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Gentrification and the closure of Picán

it is true that such things as greed and gentrification do a lot to contribute to the drive of rent control in areas like oakland and richmond. but, since the whole issue of housing contributes to the drive of rent control also, the land lords should be required to allow a certain number or amount of units for 'affordable units' within a building without regard to whether the potential tenant is senior citizen, afdc, handicapped, low income, disabled, etc. the labels should cease. there should be affordable units in the buildings or complexes and not just a few, but forty or fifty percent of the units affordable. this would be a good drive for the control of rent. make the units available, period. to do this, make them affordable without the labels.

Posted by Estella Davis on 06/22/2017 at 6:32 PM

Re: “The Year of the Food Court

swans, the walmart of yesteryears. still going strong.

Posted by Estella Davis on 06/22/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

DIVERSITY means people with different points of view, backgrounds, lives etc. Unfortunately, as evident in Nat's comment, in Oakland it seems to means be like me, act like me, do what I do or shut heck up hater. Sucks so many people look at this situation as good vs evil instead of that everyone is living in the grey area and needs to work this out. I love the Metro, but they're in the wrong, too.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/22/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Do we detect Schaaf's fine hand in this new way to steal public monies? Just asking.

Posted by Steve Redmond on 06/22/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Leavening the Resistance: Reem's Brings Traditional Arab Bakery to Oakland's Fruitvale

It didn't take long for the Terrorist sympathizers and their Ilk, to SPIN the story!! You just have to love these POS in justifying the mural!! But its not to be unexpected!! Reem's is located in Oakland, CA. Near Berkeley, U of C....a hotbed of the Radical-Left and their Lap-dogs!!
We complained about the Mural, NOT because Odeh's a TERRORIST, that was CONVICTED of MURDERING Civilians and BRAGGED about it, but because We are "Racists and Islamophobes"!!LOLOL!!! (Yep, that's what they are saying!!)
Continue to go to Reem's page and BLITZ IT!!!
ANY business that displays such a despicable character, a CONVICTED MURDERING TERRORIST, has no place in a civilized society or community in the United States of America.

Posted by Eli Freedman on 06/22/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Dear Mark Kraft: you obviously don't know very much about code compliance. A cabaret license is the exact license nightclubs are required to get.

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 06/22/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commanders Who Buried Sex-Crime Scandal Investigation Were Later Promoted

I'm convinced that OPD's 'Deep State' is simply waiting out Judge Henderson, who is 83 years old. His death or retirement will mark the end of the Department's wheel-spinning efforts to 'look busy', after which they will return to their normal state of being corrupt as f**k and proud of it.

Posted by John Seal on 06/22/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Shame on that Xavier guy as well, an absolute traitor and sell-out of the highest caliber. How can you be surprised that your scene friends have ostracized you when you've betrayed them in the most literal way possible? Shame that the charlatan Paley and his dirty money have corrupted another former member of Oakland's REAL creative community.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 06/22/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Brad Paley: yet another douchey money mogul with an over-inflated ego that thinks he can buy his way to "cool", and deserves to steamroll over any of the pesky Little People that get in the way of his Genius Vision. How many of these insufferable guys are there in the Bay Area, trying to ruin the fun for the rest of us? It never ends!

His vision for those knockoff TED talk "lecture parties" sound like a smug nightmare, I can only imagine how arrogant and self-congratulatory the crowd there might be! Paley, my boy, don't you know there's already a great venue for rich, pompous, self-described "Intellectuals" to jerk each other off over how Smart and Important they are? It's called San Francisco! Kindly fuck off to the other side of the Bay and leave our Metro alone.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 06/22/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

And yet the residents continually vote for the same people who are screwing them over..... how progressive!

Posted by Robert Hope on 06/22/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Does anyone know why The Metro left their old 3rd street space? Was it rent? Seems like the isolation of the old space was a bit better to me. And just to put it out there, it really broke my heart when the metro blacked out the ricky henderson mural. That mural meant so much to so many people and was the only mural on 3rd street. Nevertheless, i hope the metro remains open, for the sake of oakland punk/metal community.

Posted by Adan Ortega on 06/22/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Protests, Arrests After Berkeley Approves Contentious Urban Shield Program

What this Council meeting demonstrated beyond all doubt was that public comments at Berkeley City Council meetings are merely a form of false empowerment. Council members pretend to listen, or listen for comments supporting their positions, but comments against their predetermined positions are totally ignored. This meeting had 400+ people showing up and nearly all were against the militarization of police. In the 3-4 hours of public comment, only two people voiced support for police militarization. As with the previous Bates Council, the fix was in, the vote predetermined. Berkeley public meetings are a farce. It will take a major effort on the Council's part regain the public trust and demonstrate they are actually a representative body who listens.

I'd like to know more about the political forces that determine how the Council arrives at their predetermined votes. Who are the lobbyists who have the Council's ears? Are Council members so dependent on staff bureaucracy that staff can dictate how to vote? Or are there political groups whose influence the Council fears more than the voting public. In this most recent case it seems clear that Council members that voted for police militarization do not have the courage to stand up to the police prison industrial complex. One of the primary lobbying groups for this growth industry is the Police Officers Association (POA). One question to ask our Council members is how much are they influenced by fear of POA money and influence. What political calculation are they making?

Police lobbying groups have far too much influence on government. (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/the-per…) They promote a culture of police secrecy and impunity, rallying to protect officers in scandal after scandal. A representative scandal is the recent sex crime scandal in Oakland. (https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oak…) If we are ever to reform our police and create less repressive community policing that is answerable to the public, we must deal with this lobbying force. This lobbying is driven by investor interest in growing the police-prison industrial complex. That complex now imprisons citizens at more than 5 times the rate of the rest of the world. (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/world/am…) Perhaps it is time to take a look at police lobbyists and who funds them.

Posted by James McFadden on 06/22/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Commanders Who Buried Sex-Crime Scandal Investigation Were Later Promoted

Well, look on the bright side. Our new Department of Violence Prevention is going to hire a few new overpaid city employees who will propose a range of feel-good projects that will need still more funding. Then all of them will be ineffective against such a profoundly corrupt police and city leadership. Oh, did I say bright side? Oakland is deader and less hopeful than ever.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 06/22/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Passes Divisive Proposal to Establish Violence Prevention Department

It seems to me that the sharks in the city's political machines are frantic to grab the increased city budget made possible by our real estate boom. A project like this useless department will produce a number of high-paying jobs with ridiculous expenses for things like crime-fighting conferences in Tahiti. Oakland has become more shameful than ever.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 06/22/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Passes Divisive Proposal to Establish Violence Prevention Department

Mr. Montague is clearly unaware of the massive reduction in violence in Richmond achieved over a five year period from 2005 to 2010 that they accomplished by NOT utilizing any of his recommendations.

Posted by j! on 06/22/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Commanders Who Buried Sex-Crime Scandal Investigation Were Later Promoted

No surprise here. Mayor Schaaf and the City Administrator are on many levels over their heads in leading this city. It was obvious that Schaaf was more focused on the photo op of feigned outrage at the cops boys club out of control than she was about actually finding out what happened. When the warehouse fire came along, it was easy to pivot her attention because that was the story on the front pages. Her inexperience was evident because she did not understand that when you are at the top of the food chain as Mayor, you have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. The City Administrator has yet to demonstrate anything other than her ability to walk in a straight line behind Schaaf to the podium at news conferences. Even after this case, the ghost ship fire, the other warehouse fire on San Pablo and chaos in leadership in the Fire dept, Landreth's silence is deafening. Now there is a new Police Chief and so far she has shown the public absolutely nothing to demonstrate her competence or leadership. It looks like leadership in City Hall is now a girls club, which would be fine if they were qualified and competent. That does not seem to be the case.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/22/2017 at 8:34 AM

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