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Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

I really hate the noise, and the impact of their excessively loud fireworks shows will be very disruptive to the birdlife, as well as numerous people who live by the lake.

Posted by Mary Dresser on 11/08/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

There's a completed EIR for the existing coliseum area. And how much did the city spend on that area plan they did a couple years ago?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 11/08/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp: I've got a better idea. Let's just nationalize all the assets of the wealthy scum who have assets, and give them to the needy poor.

That will surely fix things and bring about economic equity.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Oakland needs Laney College a lot more than it needs the A's.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Good article.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

The environmental impact reports needed to start three years ago. I agree with this article. If it was located elsewhere than on already compromised wetland margins, it might be easier. Oakland will live without the A's.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

This is really not brain surgery folks. If you have to adopt interim zoning restrictions to limit the economic and social impacts of a new ball park on the existing residents and neighborhood, chances are this is not the right site. It's like taking the antibiotics before the infection arrives.The controls are interim and once removed, there will be a yard sale that will quickly drive up rents and land values in the Eastlake district. That's how the market works and nothing the city can do will change it. Believe me, developers are already cueing up for the assault.The result will be massive displacement of low income residents and the fabric of this neighborhood will be changed forever. Oakland is a city of neighborhoods. Both West Oakland and North Oakland have already been gentrified over the last 20 years. Many lower income people and families who resided in these neighborhoods for nearly a century are now gone. Does Eastlake deserve the same fate? Does every neighborhood need to be invaded by Starbucks, yoga studios and expensive condos?That is not what makes the character of a city rich or diverse. Do not be fooled, the City of Oaklands interim control solution is just a ploy to keep public opposition at bay while the A's can throw a few million dollars at the project and create the kind of political momentum that the neighbors will never be able to stop. The city should be figuring out how to invest, support and retain the special character of Eastlake instead of greasing the rails for it's demise.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 4:03 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

If the price of a stadium is a de facto three-year moratorium on infill housing projects all the way out to 14th and Franklin, screw the stadium.

This smells an awful lot like people who always oppose new housing downtown (hi Naomi!) using the stadium as a pretext to get the building freeze they've always wanted.

Posted by C.J. Garrett on 11/07/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Beane Cult members are mostly more baseball rotisserie players than actual baseball fans...revolving door will always be working as long as Billy Boy is the fantasy A's baseball team.

Posted by Lil Bartholo on 11/07/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Hes at worst the teams third-best hitter and earns the MLB minimum salary. Huh?

According to Baseball Prospectus, Healy in 2017 was the 9th best of the remaining A's hitters. He doesn't have a position in the field where he's not a liability. Moving him now makes perfect sense, while he still might bring something in return.

Posted by mugwump2 on 11/07/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

The "New Oakland" food trucks for the techie/finance trend-oids sell small plates of food for the same price as a dish in a restaurant. Young affluent white people aren't selling this stuff, they're the ones lining up for 30 mins for a craft hot dog on a sustainably sourced wooden stick.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

Can't wait tell she gon...................e.

Min. Edward J. Ailsworth

Posted by Edward J. Ailsworth on 11/06/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

DMV is a corporation and when getting your license you sign away your right granted by the constitution for a privilege , giving the police, DMV , & the court system the authority to take away your privilege . Pull you over , arrest and charge you w a crime ,turning into ridiculous tickets and fines, That end up unpaid cause they want more than you pay for rent in most cases. The people are clueless that they have giving their right away and DMV and our government has gotten away w it for so long and made so much money they want to keep the facade going and they will unless we stop them. People need to educate themselves on this matter so we can stop them from destroying peoples lives , I mean when you take a mans/womans vehicle you take their means of getting to and from where they need to go whether it be a doctor , a job , school , everything we do these days requires a vehicle pretty much unless u live , work , shop, and all ur bills and medical care is in the same vicinity, which just isn't the case for anyone. The police are bullies that intimidate , threaten and physically abuse sometimes kill people because our government trains them to do this to their fellow man! Unless you have money and by money I mean middle class upper middle or the elites of our society your screwed all the lower class folks and people struggling to make it by get railroaded and lose their ability to care for themselves let alone a family cause of a constituted right they trick us into signing away for a privilege !

Posted by Justine Simmons on 11/03/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Going on the Offensive

Is the councilmember who got soundly rejected by the voters in the last election seriously using a blog post by one of his (few remaining) supporters as a rebuttal?

Posted by RodJohnson on 11/03/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

La Placita is the cleanest commercial kitchen I've ever seen. Ms. Otero and her family have done a great service for Oakland.

Posted by HeavyTruth on 11/02/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

Take a peek at Lindey's company Yelp page to see the litany of complaints from his tenants re pest infestations, rent gouging, deposits being taken w/no explanation....and try and square that with comment and fair, moderate people......good luck

Posted by ajadams99 on 11/02/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Port of Oakland Jobs Deal Should Be a Model for Amazon and Other Warehousing Corporations

Thank you. Our city and it's Port should abide by these agreements in letter and spirit.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 11/02/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

This article keeps mentioning "Alameda landlords," but I'd like to point out that the organization "Alamedans In Charge" is heavily non-Alamedan. Of the 18 donors listed on their most recent FPPC Form 460, there are only four individuals who reside in Alameda and who might possibly be Alameda landlords. There are two Alameda-based organizations that manage rental property. The majority of the donors (numbering 12) are businesses or individuals that are not Alamedans. That money came from San Francisco, Hillsborough, Oro Valley, San Jose, Daly City, Union City, Los Gatos, and Palo Alto. Not my definition of "Alamedans."

Posted by Toni Grimm on 11/02/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

First... taco trucks and "roach coaches" owned by Latinos and Asians have been part of the east and west Oakland landscape DECADES before "2001" ( where I first tasted Sriracha back in the 80's as an accompaniment to the egg rolls and wings off the Asian owned roach coaches before it was "discovered" )
and Blacks to a lesser extend have also tried sell also- which brings up a sore point with me. I have no problem with ANYONE hustlin plates. Although I actually work in public health, I believe no one wants to kill their customers so MOST will take the needed precautions. A ServSafe certification goes over most food safety issues and is only $15 (if I recall- I have from last year). My sore point is the unequal enforcement. Most notably are the hot dog vendors who sale RIGHT under BART police noses on the Coliseum walkway and no one says a word as they sale in the open. The blacks who are selling bottled water out of a cooler have to go further down nearer to the Coliseum side of the foot bridge in order not to be hassled. I wonder if I were to set up a cart on the same bridge and sell BBQ plates, would I be hassled? I recall a few years ago, a black guy would sell BBQ on 98th and E.14th and felt the need to display on his truck window, blown up and exaggerated copies of his permits while down the street other brown folks sold everything from tamales, churros and pillows without the need. Again I welcome all the hustle and have even supported many of these carts with my $$. My only gripe, either enforce it equally across the board or leave everyone alone. These vendors offer a vital... yes vital service to the late night hutlas, shift workers, clubbers and anyone craving the munchies on the cheap in areas without many late night epicurean offerings. Let's just allow everyone to sell if this is the route we are going to go

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/01/2017 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

A group of former and current tenants have been/are experiencing similar injustices by Linda Lonay and Mohammad Hooshmand. If you need to get in touch with other tenants that are having similar issues and need advice please email LonaysTenants @ gmail. com
This article has brought so much to light and allows for their tenants to connect and organize. Please reach out!

Posted by Lonays Tenants on 11/01/2017 at 10:29 PM

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