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Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

The author fails to mention Uber has reduced it's planned workforce in Oakland by 2700 jobs, or 90%. Uber didn't specify why, but most people speculate it's the large number of demands made by the community.

The idea of forcing Uber to "hire and train Oakland residents for those high-paying tech jobs" is a ridiculous burden to place on a company that is free to locate elsewhere. There are tons of "techies" who live in Oakland and commute to tech companies on the peninsula, preventing Uber from locating here will not stop the gentrification.

Posted by Oakland_Native on 06/06/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

In previous eras, people moving en masse would trigger development to ease housing pressure. That's not happening now anywhere near where it needs to, because wealthy homeowners are trying to preserve their wealth and the racial / economic / age makeup of their neighborhoods by blocking new development, and landlords want to preserve scarcity for their assets and have maximum leverage over their tenants. Development is isolated to the few neighborhoods where stuff can get built instead of spread to all neighborhoods. (Rockridge has its own nice BART station and is super low-density around that. Same with North Berkeley. Why is that?)

Every market rate condo built for "tech bros" means one older apartment building the "tech bro" doesn't move into instead, and one tenant that isn't at risk of getting displaced. People are being displaced despite new development because *that new development still isn't enough.* You can't just put a wall around the city and you can't just keep playing musical chairs with the same amount of chairs.

Building public housing, affordable housing, fixing the MID, fixing Prop13, repealing Costa-Hawkins, enacting stronger rent control and anti-eviction measures are all super super important, and we need to also start talking about a vacancy tax on residential and commercial spaces to prevent large real estate holders from just camping on vacant properties to preserve scarcity, but there need to be places for everyone to live - even the "tech bros."

"Tech" is not blameless and Uber certainly is problematic for a million other reasons and I think deserves plenty of discussion as to whether they're who we want as an anchor tenant in Oakland. But they aren't /causing/ displacement - homeowners and landlords are.

Posted by Jason Braatz on 06/06/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Give it up. I HATE Uber, but anything that brings much needed cash into this town need to be considered.

Those condos were going up long before Uber bought the Sears building. One has to understand how long it takes to get a construction projects under way. It's not weeks or just a couple of months. Sometimes years.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/06/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

"Uber can start by making sure Uptown Station does not become Gentrification Station. " It has already happened. I live 3 blocks from the Sears Bldg and already the neighborhood has shifted to enticing tech (etc) workers. There are already several massive condo bldgs going up in the surrounding areas (i.e. UNaffordable housing). These are basically for Uber employees and all the other tech companies that will be moving in. As a non-profit worker I couldn't afford to move into my own apartment bldg now (which is mostly run-down). Thank goodness for that evil rent control. How dare I keep $$ out of my long-suffering millionaire landlord's pocket! I know, I know I'm supposed to be a programmer, or in finance, real estate, banking, law, etc etc making $100 K or more a year instead of trying to do good for the community. It's all my fault for not jumping on the start-up bro bandwagon. Please Ayn Rand, save me!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/06/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Berkeley Looks to Tackle Gender Wage Gap, End Pay Discrimination Against Women

Please be very careful with these statistics. The article says "African-American women are paid 63 cents..." Did you make sure to compare African-American women in the same jobs with the same training and experience as white or asian woman, or versus black men and white men? The devil is in the details for these comparisons.

I believe much of the pay difference between men and women comes from occupation choices, experience, and training. It was good to see the article point out the minimal pay gap for nurses, professors, and teachers. If occupation and education are the dominant factors, regulations to limit salary visibility will do little to reduce the aggregate (all men vs. all women) pay gap.

Posted by Pete Smoot on 06/05/2017 at 9:37 PM

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

Kralj is a nostalgic dude who has obviously chosen to keep his bread buttered by an RRBC account. The Bistro Fest has become the antithesis to this new aromatic, juicy IPA world (that many top local brewers show no real interest in) and for that, a high door charge? More people have commented on that in 2017 than previous years. I don't think so.

Posted by Jack Meyhoff on 06/05/2017 at 7:30 PM

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

Actually, mayor Schaaf, slumlords get away with murder in Oakland. Your remark attempts to wave away the fact that the City refused to act on clear information presented to its officials again and again.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/05/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “City of Oakland ‘Bulldozer’ Hit A Homeless Man While He Was Sleeping In A Tent

hi my name is Sarah Menefee and i'm the homeless pages editor for the national independent monthly newspaper The People's Tribine []. I would like to seek permission to use the photograph by Nick Miller showing the bulldozer crushing the encampment. I'm not sure how else to contact the photographer besides this. If somebody could send me better contact information that would be wonderful, to talk about permission and terms.

Posted by Sarah Menefee on 06/05/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

As I said before, HARM reduction is simply a variant on the mantra from the loan officers of the financial crash, IBG-UBG (I be gone, you be gone), AKA kick it down the road for someone else to deal with.

Real adult.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

"Grownups have to make life happen even when wishes don't come true."

Precisely! That's what makes harm reduction the adult approach!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/03/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

Mr Halberstadt, we then share similar backgrounds.

As a born and bred East Bay native, I've seen what NIMBY brings, "get it out of my face" does and HARM reduction's only result is all too often to stop short of real solutions, leaving the wound to continue to fester.

I prefer real solutions. References to fantasy accounts are at best "feel good" substitutes. Why not say instead to pray the problems away? Bah!

Those band-aids all can make breathing room possible, but that room HAS to be used, not become "out of sight, out of mind, it's not a problem". This last has been the history and there is no reason not to believe, the fact going forward.

And this is where you and I fundamentally differ... What is vs what I think it should be.

As I said before Unicorns, Elves, Fairies and money trees are wonderful... For children.

Grownups have to make life happen even when wishes don't come true.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 9:25 AM

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

Is the Chief of Police, Anne Kirkpatrick, a direct report to Tim Birch, an "analyst"? I find information on him elsewhere that calls him "Police Services Manager". Accurate? If so, why was he answering questions about agreements signed by the former C.O.P. and making apologies vs the Chief? Why was he even present?

The reason I checked is because I saw other articles on EBX regarding Mr Birch as an IT specialist dealing with communications technology. In that role, he has NO role in police policy so it struck me odd he was responding to policy questions for this commission.

I was under the impression the C.O.P. reported to at a minimum to the city manager, if not the mayor.

Was this "theater" so the commission could say it held a hearing... Withoutthe public realizing it meaningless? Or is this commission so clueless they had no idea he had nothing to do with these policies, if which case the question rises, should these individuals even be at the table? Which Tammany Hall rats appointed them?

And why do I have to ask these questions vs the "award winning" EBX reporters who don't seem to fact check ANYTHING!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis


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Posted by Marcin Grzebski on 06/03/2017 at 2:14 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

Mr. Ferrell, I have my own experience (with homelessness and substance use); I've left both behind, and I still have a life (one not mired in "recovery") -- no thanks to the practitioners (and often cult-like programs) you celebrate, however well-intentioned they may be. (For an alternate perspective, please read [or view] "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" or "A Scanner Darkly.")

In any event, as I've already noted, any purported solution (regarding mental illness and substance use) is sure to be controversial -- if the implicit issues can ever be settled, and if truly effective and universally accepted 'treatment' even exists.

That's all beside the point, however.

We face an immediate crisis -- specifically involving the street encampments that have recently been mushrooming in our neighborhoods, and the catastrophic depletion and displacement of low-income (and specifically SRO) housing. This is new -- and it's the situation we immediately need to address.

As you yourself acknowledge, at best "some have to work at recovery for years to achieve basic stability." What are we supposed to do in the meantime -- even assuming such an approach is destined ever to have widespread success? Given the urgency of the current situation, let's address the encampments as such, and ameliorate the shortage (and loss) of low-income housing as fully and quickly as is competently possible.

Ironically, we agree on much regarding the political situation that's exacerbated the current problem, and that's kept us from addressing the crisis we face. Unfortunately, the perspective you promote is yet another part of the problem -- contributing to the current self-seeking and paralysis -- rather than a solution.

In that context, everything I've written and proposed here falls clearly and straightforwardly under the rubric of harm reduction -- of addressing the crisis at hand. That's where we need to start.

We may need to focus on the hardest cases later -- if, indeed, they're truly amenable to "professional" interventions, or prove to have any viable solution at all.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/02/2017 at 11:22 PM

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

It's a good thing our Federal Government isn't this inept. Oh. Wait.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/02/2017 at 7:52 PM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

Having visited all but five major league baseball cities I cannot see why a downtown site for the new A's stadium cannot be decided upon. Actually the Fox Oakland Theatre area would be best---new hotels, restaurants, cafes and sports bars would follow as shown in Denver, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and even San Francisco have demonstrated. However, if the Laney College location is picked that would suffice---it has worked before as that exact location housed Frank Youell Field for the Oakland Raiders (1962-65) with 21,000 fans per game attending. And that was before BART was even in the picture. Let us get the decision confirmed and underway sooner rather than later.

Posted by Lee Kessler on 06/02/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

charlie pine thinks this article is about his suspicion and undocumented claim that 'homeless residents engage in arson attacks, too'

in fact, charlie, this article is about the known fact (not your speculation) that homeless residents HAVE BEEN TARGETED BY ARSON

if you have proof that someone has started a fire, maybe you should provide that . otherwise, keep your speculation to yourself

Posted by demotro polis on 06/02/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “City of Oakland ‘Bulldozer’ Hit A Homeless Man While He Was Sleeping In A Tent

robert hope is clearly clueless about poverty . of course houseless people are houseless because they don't have money for rent, and because oakland allows greedy landlords to push people out so they can increase rents for outsiders to replace local residents . pay attention : many people are houseless as a direct result of illegal foreclosures or what should be illegal rent spikes

meanwhile, someone step up to represent this man . he should be able to afford to buy a house with a fraction of the cash he should collect from this incident . if we, the people, can't control our city government and workers, we, the people will have our taxes used for payouts in lawsuits and 'settlements' for situations like this along with rapist and otherwise abusive and murderous police

Posted by demotro polis on 06/02/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “City of Oakland ‘Bulldozer’ Hit A Homeless Man While He Was Sleeping In A Tent

Nanci, I pay for my garbage to be removed so there's an expectation that it will be done.

Are these people paying to have their garbage removed? Shake your head no. You, I, and the rest of the city are paying for their garbage to be removed.

Posted by Robert Hope on 06/02/2017 at 2:16 PM

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