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Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Air Force Failed to Block Shooter From Buying Guns; Almena Says Ghost Ship Owner Shares Blame

At the end of the day, there is no doubt that Almena shares in the blame for the tragedy that ocurred at the Ghost Ship warehouse. With that being said, there is also no doubt that both the property owner (Ng) and the City of Oakland are also liable. A property owner cannot claim ignorance of what physical conditions exist and what uses occur on a property that he or she owns. The owner has a duty to make sure that the property is in safe condition for the activities that occur there under the lease or rent. Similarly, the City of Oakland has a duty, once they have notice of building, zoning and public safety violations, to make sure that these are corrected. That is especially true when it comes to life safety issues like sprinklers and fire exits.
It is a matter of record that Code Enforcement, Building Inspection and Fire Department staff had all been to the site on numerous occasions prior to the fire. In fact, it has been reported that several firefighters had actually attended events hosted there by Almena. Without question, the City of Oakland is liable for civil penalties, which the families of those who perished will undoubtedly pursue.They are also liable for criminal penalties as their negligence and failure to either close down the warehouse or at least have in place an aggressive compliance plan is inexcusable. I don't know what kind of deal the District Attorney has with Mayor Schaaf, but she needs to do her job and charge ALL responsible parties, including the property owner (Ng) and the City.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

I'm sorry but the median income there is not $17,000. A lot of folks in that neighborhood work under the table and don't report all their income. The median income is 2-3 times that amount. Families can't survive on $17K/year in Oakland, in one of the most expensive cities in the country w/o being on public assistance and sec 8 housing.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/08/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future


Posted by Howard Oliver on 11/08/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

This exercise will demonstrate to MLB that the A's need permission to build a ballpark in the South Bay. Oakland is contaminated with thousands of little one-hipster-and-a-dog advocacy groups that are all uniformly dedicated to preventing anyone from having a good time. After a couple dozen open mic city council meetings where these narcissists whine about climate change, Nelson Mandella, Trump's tax plan, and organic vegetables the owners will lift the South Bay ban.

Posted by Richard Bennett on 11/08/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

I wholeheartedly agree with Gary Patton's assessment. And already we see Oakland mayor and city govt kowtow to developers, billionaires, and corporations to the DETRIMENT of the city and many of its inhabitants. This is yet another crisis creator. ENOUGH! The A's should just stay at the Coliseum. There is NO reason to move other than to pour more money into millionaires's pockets at the expense of everyone, including the misguided, willingly uninformed A's fans who support this illogical project.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/08/2017 at 3:26 PM

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

Really a good article. If they leave they leave. I would rather a minor league team that does not black mail a small city so suburbanites can have their fun at our expense. I think the lake is the most vital jewel in this twon and far more valuable then any of these franchises to the health of the city. We passed a big measure to restore it and look at all the good things we have had happening there since. Thanks Mr. Gammon for this one

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/08/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

I say "bust." The neighborhood will suffer while corporations (read: million- and billionaires) profit. It is sad to see so many Oaklanders willing to support this project just because they want "their" team to have a shiny, new ballpark. The environmental devastation to the area, excessive traffic on small streets, garbage from the fans, disruption of Laney College (who cares about education?), displacement of residents (once the stadium/condos start getting built you can bet landlords in the Clinton Square area will be evicting people/businesses left and right to make way for the more affluent and hastening even MORE homelessness in the area). THERE IS A BALLPARK ALREADY!!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/08/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

Mark Davis was going to go where ever he could get the biggest handout, it's not Miley's fault. I'd love to see Oakland get another team. Our fans are the best and the Raiders would regret it every time they got their ass kicked here.

Posted by Jesse Adams on 11/08/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

"The As, of course, could have avoided most if not all of these headaches by selecting either of the other sites. In fact, there likely wouldve been no political or community opposition to either of them. "

That sound you heard was absolutely everyone reading this article laughing their asses off. Absolutely no major development in the Bay Area occurs without a cacophony of opposition.

The Jack London site would've incurred most of the same complaints about PTH: Parking, Transit, and Housing, except that it would actually have been further from a BART station. Any development would've required an EIR, and the Howard Terminal site (what people call 'Jack London') would've required hundreds of millions in clean-up after decades of heavy industrial use.

Nice job trolling. I hope the traffic helps keep the Express going, as I still really enjoy it as our local alt weekly.

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/08/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

So Nate Miley is scheduling a Coliseum JPA retreat to discuss options for the site when all the sports teams go away. That would include an idea that a new NFL franchise may be discussed. Are these folks using medical cannabis? Is it just me or does this group of idiots realize that their collective mismanagement and lack of oversight allowed the Raiders to leave, TWICE? The obvious and continuous collective incompetence of this group is unparalleled in modern sports. There is evidence of millions of dollars of political ticket giveaways to themselves and friends. They just gave a big raise to an executive manager for a JPA overseeing a site where ALL of the sports teams are leaving.They made a bad financial deal when the Raiders returned and the citizens will continue to pay the debt for Mt Al even after the team moves to Las Vegas. Not only that, the debt will continue to hinder future reuse of the site. This group failed to use the only leverage they had and allowed Marc Davis to sign yearly leases as he not only refused to come up with a viable set of plans, but continuously, publicly and disrespectfully negotiated with any city who would listen in order to move the team. The new Warriors owners blindsided this group and as soon as they won a championship announced a move to SF. The A's now prefer another location, despite the Coliseum being the best site in terms of regional public transportation access and up front economics of building a new ballpark. There should be a meeting all right. The meeting should be to fire Miley and the rest of these clowns and find some smart people to oversee the future reuse of this property. There is no historical evidence whatsoever to suggest that this group is capable of anything but more of the same incompetence they have shown over the last 20 years.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Every study by non-partisan economists finds that stadiums are a COST to the population. For example, "In cities that have baseball franchises, the net effect of an existing baseball team playing in a 37,000-seat baseball-only stadium (the average capacity of the baseball stadiums in our sample) is a $10 reduction of real per capita income." This site is particularly offensive because it will slowly choke Laney College to death and because it will make travel from the east into downtown Oakland more difficult.…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/08/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

The park would need to be quite tall to have "sweeping views of Lake Merritt" from this location.

Posted by Scott G. on 11/08/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Considering Ernest Montague's history of right-wing, pro-OPD/pro-gun/anti-Antifa comments, it is odd indeed to see him siding with the environment. Perhaps he's a Giants fan.

Posted by John Seal on 11/08/2017 at 11:56 AM

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: “Oakland Council Approves Giant Oak Knoll Project, But Without Affordable Housing or a Project Labor Agreement for Most Construction Workers

The Oak Knoll development is the biggest and most diverse mixed use development Oakland has seen in modern times. The project will include a small commercial component as well as multiple family development and a range of single family products. It makes sense to include a provision that some affordable housing be developed here. Oak Knoll was originally it's own Redevelopment district and had an obligation to generate affordable housing either on site or elsewhere in a Redevelopment district. The City now has an affordable housing in lieu fee option on the books and as I understand the article, future developers will have to comply with that ordinance. The fire safety issue seems dubious. There are existing fire stations on 98th ave below the site (above MacArthur blvd) and on Skyline blvd above the site. The development will have non combustible roofing materials, new infrastructure will include new fire hydrants. Additionally, there are no wild land open space interface issues as exists in the Ridgemont development just north of the site off Campus drive. If there is any issue that the City Council continues to miss, it is the widening and realignment of 73rd Ave between I-580 and MacArthur blvd. Development of townhouses at Leona Quarry and Oak Knoll should have resulted in construction of this much needed public improvement. The new residents purchasing these homes had the potential to stimulate economic development opportunities along MacArthur blvd and return it to it's former life as an important commercial service corridor for residents of this part of East Oakland. But once again, there is no vision or leadership in City Hall. The dollars from these new residents will now be spent in San Leandro and the MacArthur corridor will continue to be a wasteland.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 9:46 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

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