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Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Posted by Debbie Holmes on 07/28/2017 at 2:04 AM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

I can see both sides of this story -- that of the tenants who just want to get a new roommate, and that of the landlord, who just wants to control her own property. Both points of view have merit, but I believe that a person who owns a building can and should have more rights to decide who they rent to, than other renters in the building. AFter all it's not the renters who are renting out the bedroom, it's the landlord doing so. And she should be perfectly free to accept or turn down as many renters as she wants, without having to give a reason why.

The way I view this, if a landlord rents to a group of people, then if one of those moves out, she shouldn't have to rent the vacant room to anyone at all. If she wants to just leave it vacant and ask the remaining renters to make up the difference, that is her perogative as building owner. Her business contract was with the original group, and she's not obligated to enter into a new contract with anyone. Once all the members of that group leave, she can consider renting to another group, but it doesn't seem fair to require her to rent to anyone new while any members of the current group are still in residence.

PEople can and will throw around the word "discrimination", but as I see it, all that is doing is allowing renters to say "we have more ownership rights to your building than you do as the owner of the building." No. I see a lot of such fights going on now -- regarding who really owns the building, the tenants or the landlord -- and I think we have to resolve this with common sense and say no, it's not the tenants.

Moral of the story -- if you want control over your housing, it's good to be an owner and not a renter. I support creating more opportunities for tenants-in-common arrangements so more people who are now renters, can become owners or partner-owners of a property.

by the way...anyone paying $400 or even $600 in monthly rent nowadays in the Bay Area, should count themselves lucky rather than contact the media to complain about their landlord.

Posted by Alice Marshall on 07/27/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Zion I Robbed at Gunpoint in West Oakland During Video Shoot, $89,000 Camera Stolen

GIG would be able to track every path the car took including the end dropoff and stops along the way.

Posted by Nutella PR on 07/27/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Papier-Mâché Bestiality and Striking Telemarketers In Oakland Mean Boots Riley is Making a Movie

Hey- I'm married to a black tele-marketer. Need a consultant.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 07/27/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

Sounds like a pretty typical outsourced, unsupervised operation. As public operations the Transit agencies that outsourced this need to be called to account for this and perhaps a revue of the contracts they've let to see if they were even plausible given the services to be provided.... And of course, as always, follow the money.

Who wants to make bets on investors in the French company?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/27/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

Paratransit was mandated by the ADA, so it ought to be operated by a governmental agency. Clearly the private sector is not up to the job. And why is it being run by a foreign company anyway? How about investigating giving the contract to Lyft?

Posted by jvla2 on 07/27/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

That's why you have a lease agreement, not month to month.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/27/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Mr. Mitchell- I'm with you. You own it- you decide who you can trust to meet their rent payment. It's not complicated. It's business. As more folks recognize that renting puts you at the mercy and discretion of a building owner in a rising real estate market, at some point you either have to change your housing situation to a homeowner OR move.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/27/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Gubernatorial Candidate and Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Visits Oakland

Villar for governor? Of what, Sinaloa?

Posted by Danny Francel on 07/27/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Well Mr. Blafard, All the emotional rants I now see are just you with your panties in a knot. Of course if you want to be saved by socialism it just goes to show what little initiative you have. Now if you are a struggling writer or some such thing is it up to a property owner to subsidize your rent? Apparently that is where you are!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/27/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland to Fix Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations of Police Misconduct

Burris and Henderson are no friends to Oakland. Burris cares about lining his pockets above all.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 07/27/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Fear and Loathing in (the New) Oakland

Goodbye Raiders, don't let the door hit in you in the butt on the way out. You've sucked Oakland dry for far too long.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 07/27/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

I worked in the Radiology dept some years ago. I observed, in horror, as the elderly and disabled waited, sometimes hours, after their CT and/or Ultrasounds scans. In many cases they hadn't had anything to eat or drink, because of the prep for the test. I would call paratransit on a regular basis to confirm patient pick up. It was a nightmare for me to get someone from paratransit on the phione.. A much bigger nightmare for those just trying to get home.

Posted by Kalliope Bellesis on 07/27/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

I think you all are missing the elephant in the room- the landlord days she wants YOUNG professionals. Age discrimination is illegal.

Posted by Kimba Anderson on 07/27/2017 at 2:02 AM
Posted by Lavon Godfrey on 07/26/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Mike Mitchell, your comments are abhorrent. The landlord is basing her decisions on what jobs people have, rather than the fact that they already have a job that covers the rent as it stands. This is illegal, but not to you apparently. Every comment you bleat on EBX reeks of right-wing, Ayn Randian buffoonery to the highest degree. You should consider yourself part of the problem, not the solution. Meritocracy, my ass. You must also believe in the American Dream and the just and fair Invisible Hand! All outdated and disproven concepts.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/26/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Mr. Blafard, so ignorant in your assumptions. What is written about property control coming from the activists is true and that's that!.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/26/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Best of the East Bay 2017: Readers' Poll Winners!

Disappointing, don't feel the need to call out some of these smaller spots, but Fenton's for best ice cream? Seriously? (i'm from oakland, yes it's a landmark that's perfect to bring your 12 aunts-nieces-nephews-from-out-of-town.. No it's not the best ice cream).
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Maybe people should be encouraged to only vote on categories where they have very strong opinions???? Cause this list looks mostly like "most popular" or "names that comes to mind quickest"... as opposed to best.

Posted by Sam Murchison on 07/25/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Ethics Commission: Oakland Councilmember McElhaney Violated Conflict-of-Interest Rules, Accepted Illegal Gifts

It doesn't sound like oany of this was done secretly. Don't you love how the ethics commission did not investigate until EBX reported on this corruption? Kinda like how most of Oakland's corruption goes uninvestigated?

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 07/25/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Best of the East Bay 2017: Readers' Poll Winners!

Same old, same old. Yawn.

Posted by Jenna Morley on 07/25/2017 at 5:06 PM

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