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Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Uber to Sell Oakland Sears Building for $220M; Dungeness Crab Season May Be in Peril Again

Before Uber gets attention, and Oakland gets more attention for rising real estate prices, it's important to ask how many millions that Uber has poured into the old building. It was gutted and huge construction and retrofit has been going on for close to two years.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/02/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Uber to Sell Oakland Sears Building for $220M; Dungeness Crab Season May Be in Peril Again

Obamacare sabotaged itself. Obama sabotaged healthcare. As the years progress the amount of subsidy required from the Federal Government has increased, with no end in sight. Obama could not get the funds from Congress. So he got the funds through executive order. Trump merely stopped the un-constitutional executive order. It would be great if the editors of this magazine could state things honestly and accurately.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/02/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “West Oakland Finally Gets a Black Panther Mural

Long overdue! Great work! Great article!

Posted by Chinue X on 11/02/2017 at 8:27 AM

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

Re: “Berkeley Police Reforms Delayed After Mayor Arreguin Weakens Plan to Curb Racial Profiling and Police Misconduct

Most thought the BPD would never have jumbo pepper spray to use on protestors . . but now they do. Jesse Arrequin is a shameful disgrace. What he and Hahn did, gutting the police reform measures, is regressive, not at all progressive and disgraceful. Shame on them. Jesse seems to have gotten in bed with the police since getting elected and his actions as mayor suggest his pride and public image matter more to him than the people he claimed he wanted to work for. He seems so eager to tap dance for the police union and the Berkeley city manager, a conservative who cannot be trusted. Shame on Jesse, Hahn, dee the city manager and, most of all, our new chief pig/cop. Why on earth would Arreguin and Hahn gut fairly modest police oversight, why do they try to gut efforts to address racial discrimination by BPD? What is wrong with them?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 11/01/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Maker's Common Is a Restaurant Truly for the People

To clarify, that delicious fried chicken dish for $19 easily feeds 2 people as a main course if you've shared a small appetizer first (and perhaps 1 person could eat the whole thing if you haven't eaten all day).

Posted by Marites Abueg on 11/01/2017 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Berkeley Police Reforms Delayed After Mayor Arreguin Weakens Plan to Curb Racial Profiling and Police Misconduct

Berkeley police do not (and hopefully will never) possess Tasers.

Posted by JP Massar on 11/01/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Too bad, we enjoyed having our annual mixer there and I personally enjoyed going there. Sort of tucked away from the rush of the rest of Oakland. Wish they would just relocate and not close completely.

Posted by Allison Martin on 11/01/2017 at 2:49 PM

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

The Landlord's here to visit
They're blasting disco down below
Says, "I'm doubling up the rent
'Cause the building's condemned
You're gonna help me buy City Hall

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/01/2017 at 8:54 AM

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

How to regulate the food truck phenomenon while trying not to create too much of a competitive disadvantage for local restaurants is a complicated and difficult dance. Several things about how Oakland has fared in this arena are clear. First, what is obvious to Oakland residents and what was illustrated in the Ghost Ship fire, the City has no resources or any idea how to enforce the rules that are on the books. Long time vendors know this and no matter what the ordinance requires, they creatively avoid compliance with the program. Secondly and once again in America, the rules change when white folks decide they want to participate. Heroin was an "urban " (code for Black and Brown) law enforcement problem until white kids started overdosing. Now, it is a public health crisis deserving public funding for intervention and counseling. Selling marijuana was grounds for long prison terms until it was decided that it really was an undiscovered economic opportunity. The laws were changed and now white venture capitalists are making money hand over fist from the cultivation, distribution and sale of weed. The cab industry has been supplanted by Uber and Lyft, who basically do not follow any industry rules to ensure public safety and call it an example of the "new economy". In fact, they do not even own, maintain or insure riders or any vehicles. They even claim that the people who work for them are not even employees. AirBnB is a company who provides transient habitation, but do not own any hotels. Similarly, food trucks were an interesting Mexican cultural nuisance until white chefs and others saw an alternative to paying expensive rents. Now, lawmakers scurry around trying to find ways for them to operate because they are now a "thing" seen as essential to a cool hipster urban experience. Oakland should try to keep the rules as simple as possible because detailed regulations require a level of resources for enforcement and tracking that they just don't have.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/01/2017 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Beefs with City, Calls for 'No More Homeless Camps,' with Halloween Decorations

You know Gene, if you hate Oakland so much why not sell (at a handsome profit) and move to Danville or Pleasanton where people are more in line with your beliefs and politics? I'm sure you can have Trump parties while your wife blows up her credit cards at Stoneridge Mall.

Posted by Erickson on 10/31/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Mr. Sagehorn, you're right. It's not a "conspiracy" -- but has it ever occurred to you that most people don't have something called a "portfolio," and can't afford to be players in the game you describe? People should be free to play the game, but survival shouldn't be dependent on it: when it is, that's its own form of totalitarianism (the hegemony of Ownership). For vast numbers of people, true economic freedom comes down to freedom FROM economic need -- not the privilege of gambling on property if they so choose.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/30/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Ippudo's Legendary Ramen Hits Berkeley

This review is spot-on in pretty much every detail -- but can't we ever have a ramen review without that seemingly obligatory, oh-so-cutesy (and all-too-overworked and tired) word "SLURP"?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/30/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Michael, my point is that City would get higher tax revenues from many other types of businesses than the HQ of a transportation company. While I think the Oakland business tax structure should be an even playing that doesn't tax one type of business differently from another, that ain't gonna happen.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/30/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Bred in Abuse

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Posted by Theresa Munoz on 10/30/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “NFL Owners Are Failing Miserably — and Often

The attitude and behavior of the NFL owners reflects the general current state of American culture. Instead of letting Trumps divisive tweets change the whole conversation into being about the flag and a stupid song, the owner of the Houston Texas along with the other owners just showed everybody who they really are.They are a group of greedy, arrogant, racist old white men whose behavior and actions are usually just plain stupid. That combination pervades our politics, private businesses and public institutions. Despite the orange tinged national example of regressive social consciousness from the White House, the fact is that in the real world, it is 2017, not 1957. Women and people of color are not going back to a world where white males can do and say whatever they want without consequence. If the NFL owners do not change the way they do business, they will surely kill the golden goose. Attendance numbers and TV ratings are down this year. Families are starting to steer young kids away from playing football because of potential long term CTE impacts. High schools all over the country this year do not have enough participation to field varsity teams. Instead of being transparent about CTE and examining alternative methods of pain management for players, the owners like the cigarette industry in the past and global warming deniers, continue to claim ignorance as the best defense. Instead of providing a backstop for loyal fans in San Diego and Oakland to get stadiums built, they allow two storied franchises to leave town, in hopes of some fantasy windfall of dollars in the future. The attendance in Los Angeles for the Rams and Chargers is pathetic. The Raiders were supposed to be vaulting to the top of the league in time for the big move to Las Vegas. However, they now look like a long shot for the playoffs this year. If they do not win in Oakland before their departure, they will be playing to empty seats in Las Vegas. Just look at how they allowed Jed York and his greedy arrogance to screw up the 49er franchise. The same fate will befall the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/30/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Beefs with City, Calls for 'No More Homeless Camps,' with Halloween Decorations

Awesome! Finally an Oakland /pol/itican that I can support!

Posted by Adrian on 10/30/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Beefs with City, Calls for 'No More Homeless Camps,' with Halloween Decorations

I wish the City of Oakland would enforce their ordinances about signs against this jerk. I've reported him multiple times via See, Click, Fix because he's in violation of city codes with his giant lighted signs. I hope the former tenant wins his lawsuit. This jerk doesn't deserve to own property in Oakland, particularly not a diverse, friendly neighborhood like Adams Point.

Posted by Cygna on 10/30/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “While Cases Against Cops Fall Apart, a Civilian Who Allegedly Pimped Celeste Guap Is Ordered to Stand Trial

There's absolute proof police officers pimped Guap, as well as had sex with her when she was a minor, yet once again the police are above the law and none of them have been found to be culpable.
The case hasn't been built up against Mr Knight...so "alleged" is used correctly.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/30/2017 at 11:45 AM

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