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Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Interesting observations, Nate and Linda! Forage Kitchen on 25th St. may be a variant of the sort of cooperative/shared space Linda suggests. Swan's Market may another model. (For struggling new businesses, pop-ups are yet another.) As for burritos, Cholita Linda seems to be doing well up in Temescal, despite the ostensible horrors of gentrification.

Then, too, consider all the wonderful ethnic (Asian and Latino) places east of the lake -- businesses in varying degrees of maturity... Again, methinks the author doth protesteth too much.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/12/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I think the argument is that donuts and burritos always had slim margins of profit and at today's current market rate there is no way such a business can survive in Oakland. Savant will close as well within a few years time if not sooner, we are saturated with choices of how to spend our money and the food industry is suffering as a whole because of it. There is NO money in the food industry. Throw in market value rents and forget it, the top end profit at a restaurant is about 10%, so let's do the math. Rent is $7000. Sell $70,000 in burritos per month just to pay rent, not taxes, not labor, not bills, just rent. Yeah there is a line out the door at Happy Burrito, is there a line worth $70k? They need about 4k per day in sales to make ends meet. Every restaurant I know that appears successful in the eyes of customers is struggling behind the scenes.

Posted by Nate B on 08/12/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Once again the lack of will and political courage allowed the biggest housing bubble in history to evolve without strong policies in place for affordable housing. Back in 2005, the Oakland City Council had a chance to adopt policies to address this issue, but ultimately did nothing and kicked the can down the road. As a result, only a pitiful few affordable units will be built in this current cycle. Moreover, the lack of citywide policies to address this issue has left the community to it's own resources to slow down the invasion of the privileged through gentrification. Unfortunately, negative tactics such as burning down new developments before new residents can move in are a direct result of this failure in leadership. Some are convinced that the system is rigged and nobody is listening to the cries for affordability and pleas to retain the soul of this city. The need to require affordable housing along with all the fancy new developments should be shouted from the rafters by the Mayor, City Administrator and most of all the Planning Director. Instead, we had a previous Planning Director (Rachael Flynn) sit on a ULI panel and proclaim that there was no housing crisis in Oakland. How out of touch can you be? I did not hear the Mayor or even one City Council person condemn that statement as ridiculous. All we get on this issue is silence from the top and more invasion of the high tech, high paid new residents. Oakland residents have a long history of direct action against an unfair system. We should not expect that to change as long as those who are supposed to lead are derelict in their duties.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Small businesses need to unite and buy their own building. Put funds together for a tenants in common situation. There are buildings too expensive for an individual, but would work wonderfully for as collective.

Posted by Linda Fong on 08/12/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Statistics are SUCH an interesting thing... And SO easily used to deceive. Especially when only single metrics of the data are quoted. I'd expect a PhD to understand and question that use, as the author of this article is.

I'd want to know what the higest, lowest, mean, the median (they ARE very different metrics) are and what the first and third quartile look like.

That set of numbers will very accurately describe what the data actually is, not just what one might want to paint it to be.

More subtle DBG, but still slanted. Nice try.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/11/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Didn't know Donut Savant might be on the way out, too. I agree about supporting local businesses, and generally do so myself. (Will likely try out Grocery Cafe tonight!) Ike's has other branches locally, but it's no McDonald's (and for that matter, appears to be owned by people "of color" [i.e. immigrants from the Middle East]).

My basic beef is with complaints about "gentrification" and "displacement" that are, in effect, demands to Keep Oakland Poor. Prosperity and innovation should not be seen as enemies -- through astronomical commercial rents certainly are. So far, however, most of the new Uptown spots appear to be local, so the notion that everyone's being driven out but the chains (what chains? where?) may be misleading or, at the very least, highly premature.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/11/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Donut Savant is in a site that has been for sale too, and has some building permits. Small businesses are having a hard time continuing to operate. It would be great to not have the place paved solid with franchises and chains. Support locally-owned businesses.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 08/11/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Donut Savant is a couple of blocks away, taking a slightly more creative approach to the business. Affordable lunch? Try Ike's.

For nostalgia's sake, the old 24-hour Colonial's still open on Lakeshore. What's the big deal? Another opportunity for some more tired kvetching about "gentrification"?

There's no Woolworth's in the neighborhood, either. Tragic and unfair!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/11/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I worked in that neighborhood for a long time. If Happy Burrito is scraping by with the amount of business they do, the rent must be too high.

There's no loyalty shown by landlords. Being a good tenant isn't enough. They want to kick everybody out, so they can get market rate.

Capitalism sux.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 08/11/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Diamond Dogs Brings Affordable Dining to Oakland's Jack London Square

You can tell which entities EBX want to hit up for future ad space

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 08/11/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

Chavez-Yoell isn't the only one who doesn't understand conflict of interest and not the only one lying to themselves, if not to the panel.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 08/11/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

did they open?

Posted by Andrew Chang on 08/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

Chavez Yoell should recuse herself from these proceedings on Tagami being considered at all!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 08/10/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

The article does not examine the selection panel at all, only the applicants to the commission itself. Well, councilmember Campbell Washnington nominated Shikira Porter to the selection panel. She recently posted on a neighborhood list that if any OPD community policing officer merely spoke to some Latino youth, it would "put these 3 young men in harms way" and cause "irreparable harm." Anti-OPD venom drives this whole commission.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/09/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

First of all, both Brooks and Carson come from the Ron Dellums political tree, who last time I checked, had very little time or sincerity for the plight of the citizens of Oakland. With that being said, God only knows their motives for deciding to check in publicly on this issue. No doubt it is completely self serving for both. Secondly, how ironic is it that while the Oakland command staff remains in turmoil, OPD Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw is selected as the new Chief of Police for the City of Portland. Outlaw is a Black woman who is educated, qualified, experienced and ready to lead. Not only that, she is an Oakland native and veteran of the OPD staff. Why did I not hear her name one time while the Mayor of chaos (Schaaf) looked for and hired at least three new chiefs in 9 months? My sense is that Outlaw had the common sense and good instincts to know that the Oakland Police Chief job is a looser and did not apply or was glossed over by unqualified people making the selection. A good candidate who is up and coming with an eye to their professional future would want no part of the job. She knows full well that the executive and command staff of OPD is a mess. Further, that nobody in City Hall, not the Mayor or anybody else in the City Administrators office has any idea what they are doing. Congratulations to Danielle, who illustrated that knowing the difference between a good opportunity and any opportunity is a sign of intelligence. Too bad Oakland is so screwed up, we will not get to reap the benefits of the potential for real leadership in the Police Department any time soon.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/09/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Diamond Dogs Brings Affordable Dining to Oakland's Jack London Square

$9 for a Hot Dog ain't worth an "affordable" tag line, bro

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/09/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

This is typical of the terribly biased reporting of Darwin Bond-Graham, Ali Winston, and the East Bay Express in general. "The Oakland police also didn't immediately respond to a request for more information about the incident" is the extent of their investigation into the OPD's version of what happened, especially regarding the Foothill incident, yet the case for the viewpoint expressed in the letter is bolstered by references to the Stanford study, previous poor behavior on the part of OPD, and quotes from multiple sources who support the aims of the letter.



When it comes to presenting a viewpoint which Bond-Graham and the EBX do not agree with, the extent of their effort is asking the OPD PIO for an "immediate" comment and then throwing up their hands and giving up.



Strange how the EBX has so many sources inside the department when it comes to reporting on scandalous material, but they can't be bothered to do more than a perfunctory press inquiry when it comes to looking for a side of the story that may contradict the radical agenda for which the EBX is the unabashed mouthpiece.

Posted by John Tremain on 08/05/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember McElhaney Racks Up $58,000 in Debt Defending Herself in Ethics Case

No surprise here. Zach Wasserman and Greg McConnell are two people who make the short list of savory characters intertwined in backroom dealing in Oakland politics for the last 20 years. The question of whether they are doing the right thing is never the issue. That is evidenced by their representation of people like Tagami and Patel, who have disdain for the rules in favor of their own financial interests. They are only priming the Council member in advance of the next questionable deal they will undoubtedly be a part of. There is no doubt that in this case, McElheney's actions related to a project in her neighborhood clearly violated conflict of interest laws and were both unethical and illegal. It is a good sign that only some of the usual suspects would actually give her money to defend a very weak position. She should either accept the consequences of her actions or pay for her misguided legal defense out of her own pocket. Maybe next time she and other council members will think twice about violating conflict of interest laws.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/05/2017 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

My question for these "community leaders" is get their comments on the recent spate of swam attacks perpetrated in a number of areas in the community and on about the past "indiscretions" of seemingly upstanding members of the community that came to light in the wash of the assassination of a journalist investigating what they community well knew was going on... And either overlooked or were afraid to report. Is the community not at least equally at risk from those types of activity or should it simply be overlooked?

I agree, OPD should have immediately taken into custody the individual on Las Vegas Avenue when the first incident was reported... But they didn't take him into custody after he threatened a white man either or opened fire.

I doubt seriously this had anything to do with race and is more indicative of a complete breakdown of OPD.

I was completely amazed at the incident several months ago in which an individual advanced on on foot on a crashed OPD vehicle and opened fire on the vehicle and the officer inside. Should we also call that racially motivated? Where were the calls for action of these community leaders in the wake of this?

Reporting of this type by EBX in support of these political stunts by members of the the council is equally an indication of breakdown in the integrity of the fourth estate, a failure to hold ALL responsible parties to account, utterly reprehensible and shows a general lack of due diligence on the part of "award winning" writers.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/04/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

This 'open letter' is nothing more than a political stunt to make it appear as though Desley Brooks and Keith Carson are active in addressing the issues in Oakland.

Police misconduct in Oakland is not a new issue and we all know it well. Desley Brooks has been a councilmember for 15 years so why waste her precious time on it?

Perhaps, it's because Councilmember Brooks will be running for re-election in 2018. And, she will run because she is self-serving and Oakland is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing and not be held accountable.

Keith Carson is a mystery. But, several projects he is associated with in addition to his fellow Board of Supervisors are questionable according to the 2016-2017 Alameda County Grand Jury Final Report.

Don't be distracted with this 'open letter' nonsense.

Posted by Mari jones on 08/04/2017 at 3:42 PM

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