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Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

I would have to say that if the City Council is serious about localizing Trump policy issues is to declare their disgust in currying favor to the NRA by his current stance of loosening rules on gun control that contribute to the senseless violence in our streets!

Posted by Shasa B Foster on 06/19/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

My symbolic gesture towards CMs Kalb, Guillen and the rest: find out what is going on in Oakland's meanest streets. Think about it. Do something new to try to protect the most vulnerable among us, our children.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/19/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

Well, glad to see. the Oakland City Council spending time on important things, lol.

They thrive on meaningless drivel that nobody cares about.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/18/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

This article fails to mention that under the JCE section a tenant can sublet to anyone without owner approval and even credit checks. He can even arbitrage the rent for a profit. Also the way the language is written it is a costly endeavor for eviction by the owner that skews all the rights to the tenant. Trying to get someone out under the provisions listed means that another tenant would have to testify. Most tenants won't do that as fearing retribution. The facts about all that JCE entails is sorely lacking in the dialogue. Be fair EBE and show the full picture of what JCE really means and don't just cherry pick a word or phrase.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 06/17/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

Fighting an illegal Alameda eviction now, from Jan, by Mary Ann McMillan, from 1606 Morton St, Apt D, Alameda CA 94501. She was aided unlawfully by Paul Rolleri, Chief of the Alameda Police Dept., and I am fighting them with the help of State Attorney General Xavier Becerra now, closing in on JUSTICE!

Posted by Kevin Storm on 06/17/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

Just to be fair, this was the first lie:

Eric Strimling
June 9 at 5:37pm Alameda
Today 3 paid signature gatherers illegally gathered signatures to overturn all rent regulations in Alameda. All eviction controls, all relocation fees, even the 5% trigger. They were yelling "Help landlords evict drug dealers!" while wandering in the parking lot blocking traffic. Finally, APD was called and they had to go.

Posted by Putman on 06/16/2017 at 4:20 PM

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

The war over Oakland is just an incredible reality-television show to watch. Move out the old (low-income folks) and usher in the new (moneyed folks.) Popcorn and water on hand, watching the show.

Posted by Cassandra Madison on 06/16/2017 at 1:09 PM

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

Greed drives away affordable rents.

Posted by Cassandra Madison on 06/16/2017 at 12:48 PM

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

Alameda already voted on this by accepting L1 and resoundingly rejecting the tenant's union's M1. The city councilmembers who voted for this just spat in the face of Alameda voters. Hopefully they'll be repercussions.

Posted by Native Son on 06/15/2017 at 3:42 PM

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

Its sad. Oakland has adopted such an extreme form of rent control that it has doomed one of the last affordable bay area cities to inevitable gentrification.
It might seem counter intuitive, but its true.
Economist know this. I wish Kaplan had looked into it before she jumped on the rent control band wagon. So much for MIT graduates. Landlords complain that under the present laws, you would be foolish to rent to anyone who might stay longer than 5 years. And instead have to wait for a younger tenant with upward mobilty who is much more likely to move because of job transfers or they decide to buy a house. If you did choose, as an example, to rent to a mother and child they could rent the apt. till the child dies of old age (60-70 years) without the rent ever being adjusted to the market rate. Sounds crazy but true.
Sadly this leaves single moms, seniors, fixed income people, handicapped,etc. with little chance of getting an apt. now.
Maybe gentrificaion is inevitable but why put it on steroids?

Posted by bill h on 06/15/2017 at 1:26 PM

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

Mr. Ferrell,

I know you never met a neo-liberal talking point that you didn't like, but aren't you the teensiest bit suspicious that these developers aren't seeing dollar signs in their eyes at the expense of those who can least afford to lose housing?

Posted by John Seal on 06/15/2017 at 10:54 AM

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

As to Uber gate... While the wheels of justice turn slowly, they do turn surely. The near criminal CEO, Travis Kalanick has been ousted as has the board member trying to walk in his shoes.

While some may be salivating for blood on the walls, I view this as a positive step.

Guilt by association must NOT be allowed. The approximately 12,000 employees shouldn't be penalized because the boss is a jerk.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/14/2017 at 9:16 PM

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

Well, a quick google on Mr Aguilar shows he is yet another out of state, out of bay area academic carpet bagger come to waggle their fingers in our faces and attempt to shame those they don't approve of or pay them off in some way and no real experience in much of anything.

In short, no story here. Ignore him and move along.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/14/2017 at 9:08 PM

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

Who the hell is Orson Aguilar and what office was he elected? Companies, corporations, and small businesses purchase real estate for their own reasons with the ultimate goal to earn a profit or create a return on investment. Zoning is the municipal process in which industries can distinguish where they are welcome and where they are a burden. Zoning is the process, not some community "activism" or whatever that nonsense is called. People are investing,with real money, into Oakland. That's a good thing. As they do, prices will likely rise as demand soars. If you can't afford it-leave or get a higher paying or second job. I fled the suburbs, Antioch, a few years ago, to move to Oakland. Love it. Orson- did you take Economics in high school or college? Nothing personal here, but the demands your group is making on a property owner are wrong.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 06/13/2017 at 10:35 PM

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

He didn't have a complete story so built one of innuendo.

We need a sign "Caution BondGraham ar work"

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/13/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

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Posted by Fred Dizo on 06/12/2017 at 4:29 PM

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

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