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Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

>> Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy<< PLEASE...
Yes lie has changed in Oakland. The majority of people in Oakland are not by a long shot wealthy. They are accumulating wealth through homeownership.
However that has come overtime many years of continual ownership.

Back to the article. The author has a list of accomplishments & titles ... so she is well educated. I say ... RELOCATE!!! It sounds like Utah would be a good fit.
My problem with the homeless is two different sets of treatment for them and other citizens. I can liter without being ticketed nor urinate anywhere.
No matter how many Affordable units are built for the 4,000. There will over time be another 4,000 needed. How in the world do we keep up with the demand? Who pays for all this? Where is the land for all these units? Utah has vast spaces of buildable land. Not so in Oakland. We are maxed out, unless we build UP!!! Again who pays.

There are far more affordable ares in America than the Bay Area. Stockton & other outlining areas have plenty of land for growth. Again RELOCATE!!! You can even buy homes or build with no money down grants from our USDA programs. They'll even help pay the mortgages. But you won't go there ... because you want to stay here in Oakland. That is the problem ... homeless think they have rights they don't have. Hey, I want to live in Piedmont ... you think they'll go for this crap???

You are aware of the Ghost Ship fire? That could have happened in your community then you would be suing the City. There are laws that we must abide by in order to insure your homeless community members are safe.

Your desire to be in a homeless situation is your choice. Affordable homes can be had in places like Ohio for as little as $30,000. Or Detroit under $10,000. Here is a link to homes some for sale at $1,000!!!
I do wish you well ... https://buildingdetroit.org/properties/

Posted by Paul Merr on 07/19/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

In W. Oakland, youth on rented scooters mug people. As a disabled person, I am tired of scooters blocking sidewalks, and having to dodge scooters and cyclists on the sidewalk. At least the sidewalks will be safe during Burning Man, when W. Oakland is hipster free!

Posted by Holly Harwood on 07/18/2019 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

Tell me how these companies are enforcing rules. Seriously, how?

Lyft has it written right on their scooters - so clearly that I, someone who's never even gotten on one can see it - that you need to stay off the sidewalk and yet these people come racing down the sidewalk on scooters with zero regard for people (and dogs walking on them).

They're not going to make any real attempt to keep people off the sidewalk on these things until lawsuits start popping up. (Or, a scooter rider hits the wrong person on the sidewalk and gets their ass whooped - or worse - and the media takes notice.)

Posted by Ashley McCartney on 07/18/2019 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Let me start by saying that not all homeless encampments are the same. I wish the solution to the homeless problem we have an open was as easy as set forth in the article. Unfortunately is not as clear-cut as stated. For the most part when you have the homeless encampment in a given area, the crime increases in that area, fire hazards increase, sanitary condition get worse, is not only not safe for the residents of the encampment, but is not safe for the residents of the neighborhood . You have small and large businesses have in the deal with the increased crime, ranging from auto smash and grab, shoplifting, burglaries, and more serious crimes. I have lived in Oakland for 60+ years, i should be able to shop in my neighborhood, should be able to park my car in Oakland without having the windows smashed, of the work on a public sidewalk without having the dodge people using the sidewalk as their restrooms. I understand that not everyone in these encampments chooses this lifestyle. Some do most of them don't. Oakland needs to do something so that the majority of the people that live in Oakland or visit open can walk around Oakland in a safe clean environment.

Posted by WHM on 07/18/2019 at 12:32 PM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

"The article says that these will be large quarter acre lots when the facts are that the lots will be 10,000 sq ft on average"

10,000 square feet is equal to 0.23 acres.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 07/18/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Homelessness is un-American. The governments (federal on down) have not yet figured out how to solve the physical dilemma without appearing so themselves.
There is also the very obvious fact that current and future numbers of our exceptional specie are unsustainable in concentrated areas. If we were spread out evenly, there'd be 100 people for each square mile ..

Posted by Phil Allen on 07/18/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

Unfortunately, in the times we live in, it is easy to misrepresent reality in a media headline that garners public attention, but at it's core really is fake news. This article is a great example of that affliction. The writer proclaims that the City of Hayward City Council prioritizes large estates. That could not be farther from the truth. If the person who wrote this article would have spent any time at all in Hayward, especially in the Downtown transit village, along the Mission Blvd corridor and around BART stations, he would see that Hayward is doing a better job than most east bay cities in the development of high density affordable and work force housing. The article says that these will be large quarter acre lots when the facts are that the lots will be 10,000 sq ft on average, after a substantial open space dedication, development of a public trail and improvements to existing neighborhood infrastructure. If the author of this article looked at the recently completed Downtown Specific Plan he would find not a City Council priority for large estate lots, but a real philosophical commitment to affordable and high density housing. There is no question that more high density and affordable housing should be built in the bay area. However, it is not appropriate everywhere. The Cal Trans parcels that are the subject of this article have limited vehicular and public transit access, poor access to commercial services and are located within the context of an existing single family residential neighborhood. To force high density housing into this site would be extremely poor planning. One size does not fit all and the City Council has a responsibility to provide housing at all affordability levels. That policy is in the General Plan. Perhaps the author should take a look at housing policy documents before writing a headline that is both untrue and unfair. I realize that EBX has recently reduced staff and cutback in other areas because of budget issues. However, your long time readers will be sorely disappointed if your paper is reduced to flashy headlines and sloppy reporting that twists the truth to fit the headline, instead of the reporting on a complex issue with a contextualized discussion that is warranted.

Posted by GPatton on 07/18/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

God Bless all the families involved in this housing crisis. Especially my brother and his family. May there be better & safer & affordable communities for all. Shame on Corporate Big Pocket America for putting families out of affordable homes in safe neighborhoods. Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy. This seems to be an epidemic across America. A similar situation is in my neighborhood. Affordable housing is mostly needed and in nice & safe communities.

Posted by Gretchen Smilde on 07/18/2019 at 8:05 AM

Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

God Bless all the families involved in this housing crisis. Especially my brother and his family. May there be better & safer & affordable communities for all. Shame on Corporate Big Pocket America for putting families out of affordable homes in safe neighborhoods. Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy. This seems to be an epidemic across America. A similar situation is in my neighborhood. Affordable housing is mostly needed and in nice & safe communities.

Posted by Gretchen Smilde on 07/18/2019 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

Prove to us that the companies are actually enforcing the policies that keep pedestrians, the disabled members of the community, and the riders safe. Laws and EULAs and policies have yet to curb the bad behavior of selfish riders who consistently ride the sidewalks, park obstructively, and expect the right of way to be ceded whenever they want it to be. Prove that the companies are making real efforts to deal with this behavior and maybe you'll end up with something other than a dystopian transportation nightmare.

Posted by Pedestrians First on 07/17/2019 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

So Oakland is getting it right because anecdotally the author and some Oakland administrator thinks so (anecdotally).
SF is getting it wrong because the data says so.

Posted by Jack R on 07/17/2019 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Mobility and Equity

"Right" as defined exactly how...

I'm getting bloody tired of having them come at me, against traffic in the lane I'm driving in, weaving across lanes in and out of traffic and my all time favorite, doing all of the above in the dark with no lights.

They make bike riders look almost responsible.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/17/2019 at 12:45 PM

Re: “The Warriors Attempt to Reverse Their Legal Losing Streak

I'm down with Council President Kaplan. Trying to stick ALL the residents of Oakland/Alameda County with a $40 million debt for renovations made solely to benefit the Warriors is despicable. Especially since the Warrior owners are filthy rich and they just dumped Oakland/Alameda County like a bad date despite fierce fan loyalty during all those years the Warriors sucked. Very disappointing that Warrior owners are showing the same crass disloyalty recently exhibited by Diva D-Bag Durant.

Posted by Sherri Yeager on 07/16/2019 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Santa Rita Inmate Suffocated From Restraints Used by Deputies

I was housed there with Juan (may Allah bless his spirit) and there needs to be a thorough investigation into the Santa Rita jail. From the scorching hot infamous BEANS and "meat sauce" that we're expected to scarf down and accept the painful burns from the overcooking the dinner trays endured.The month it takes to see a nurse for even psychological issues. The misclassification of inmates who have psych problems and end up housed with gp and ultimate pose a threat to the rest of the population is becoming more and more of a potentially dangerous issue. Santa Rita is in violation of numerous laws and rules and unfortunately there are multiple situations that fall under the same category as that of my friend Dejuan Armstrong. Santa Rita sheriff's office and medical staff are unscrupulous in their tactics and don't mind forging documents to benefit their motives however so it be in their best interest.If possible I'd like to be able to make known to the public what is most oftentimes muted outside of the walls of the institution. I can be contacted @ (510)707-9371 Tyrone D. Mollett

Posted by Baba TrapKing on 07/15/2019 at 6:43 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

Also, I think the city of Berkeley should look into the feasibility of banning the release of intestinal gas. Perhaps a bond issue could be floated to provide public dispensaries for Bean-O or similar products.

It's worth looking into!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2019 at 12:38 PM

Re: “That Old Gas Stove Is Not Your Friend

I dunno, but I like cooking with gas. Makes better food for reasons known only to those who actually cook I guess. Readers of this rag must dine out or order in a lot. Judging from the content and ads.

Why not ban SUVs? Going to much smaller cars and bicycles makes more sense to me than messing with the environmental damage caused by my woking and baking.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2019 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Disappeared in Death

Josh was being used and abused sexually by an old man. The man was done with Josh and wanted him to find him another young both to molester. Josh had the gun for protection. From this man. Maybe if y'all know truth you wouldn't be so judgemental. Maybe you should find the man that used and abused him sexually, tormented him fed him drugs. Made I'm steal. No body deserves that. Screw the OPD

Posted by Katie Penycate on 07/15/2019 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Disappeared in Death

Wow so sad to hear this. Josh was one of the first people I met when I move to America from England. He had a home but never wanted to meet cerfew and some what felt issolated as there was a new little brother. Hed walk thestreet where I used to live on little Paige in Fredericksburg. He was not healthy in his mind but wanted more to he clean. We somewhat dated hung out for a bit but realized I couldn't help like I wanted to. Iv heard Asad story from friends into what really happened and why he had a gun. Josh was harmless. A sweetheart. He was a good kid. Then ell of a sudden he stopped showing up, walking down my street and i never saw him again. That was in 2004.
REST UR SOUL in PEACE now Josh yourfinally at
Love you Josh. Wished u stuck around.
Katie Penycate.

Posted by Katie Penycate on 07/15/2019 at 6:10 AM

Re: “This Is Not An Emergency — It's Just Oakland 911

The City government under two different Mayors and multiple City Administrators on several occasions have promised us vast improvements in 911 call answering time (not response time). They alternate excuses between not having the money to replace their systems and not being able to hire dispatchers.

Just because there has been civic amnesia from the massive dismantling of local journalism, multiple City Auditors who ignore it, and a vast turnover of residents, don't let the City officials act like this something new.

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/14/2019 at 7:48 PM

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