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Re: “Seven Longtime Oakland Residents Share Their Thoughts on Gentrification

Yeah, in the 70's through most of the 90's Oakland WAS an abandoned zone.

Only a few of us wanted to be here for what ever our reasons were, so it was cheap and loose. So is land outside Winnemucca ($99/acre on signs I saw driving past). No one wants to be there either. Who wants to take bets that land will be very valuable in the future but there is a lot more of it around and the weather sucks so it won't go up AS FAST. Reno was cheap too once.

As I've mentioned elsewhere, before BART, there was a REALLY rich downtown in Oakland. For two decades after... Not so much.

I especially appreciate Mr Bryant's comments in general and on who is a gentrifier. Family legend had it that we had some Native American. Ancestry says different... So much for that legend, so I fall into that category.

For a time, I lived in Sacramento with my teenaged kids. They used words and phrases I had no recognition of. When I moved back... Oh yeah! And that was 30 years ago.

Point is, people been grabbing words, phrases and whatever for a LONG time. If they think it's cool, they do. It's not gentrification and it's not because they've come to Oakland. It just fits the ideal of the moment and maybe trying, badly, to not appear to be so much of a doofus.

Everything in, not just the Bay Area, but the whole state is changing.

I was born and bred right here... And I don't know anyone else who is even from this state, let alone right here. And many complain, it's not like "blank".

I used to tell them "there is a border north, south, east and if you can swim west. Use one if you don't like it here".

I've been away from the bay. I now know why they come. I made the same complaints when I was in those places. So I know how that is too.

As a certain actor said in a movie of the same name, "Things Change".

They're just changing faster now and I don't know anyone who really likes that,

And even the orange one can't get a wall built (thank the deitie(s) you may choose!)

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/18/2018 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

"Newer residents who have moved in over the past 15 years or so and bought up the older Victorians in this part of the Town seem to like the Prescott designation more."

Just wondering if this is speculation or if you have a source for this. I moved in five and half years ago and "Prescott" sounds pretentious and silly even to my gentrifying ass. Nobody around here calls it Prescott except real estate brochures

Posted by David Kurtz on 09/18/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

I see BondGraham convinced his intern to attach their name to this piece to give it some credibility. Exploiting The fear and hardships of brown people is Ok to exploit, as long as we can make it look like its coming from fellow POCs.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 09/18/2018 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

It is particularly dumb call a part of downtown Oakland "Uptown."

"So, you live in the 'Uptown' part of downtown'?"

That makes sense . . . said no one ever.

Posted by Chuck.Morse on 09/18/2018 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Actually, I live in "Millsmont" in a house built in 1953. The property maps from THEN call it Millsmont.

There are other names for nearby neighborhoods related to the Chevy plant that was in Oakland at the time.

I really wish he would at least TRY.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/18/2018 at 8:03 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

OK... I'm 60. I was born in the East Bay. I remember downtown Oakland in the mid to late 60's. Stores, theaters.. people and cars everywhere. Same for Downtown Richmond. Then came the BART construction.

For all intents and purposes both downtowns were torn down and closed for business. Once the construction was done, the businesses had moved on or gone out of business due not to red-lining, predatory lending or any of those other listed factors. Similar things happened to the lower Market area of San Francisco... Actually most of Market street.

In San Francisco, urban renewal dollars were used to rehabilitate the area, and even so, porn places were all up and down upper market and it was all quite skeezy and didn't get cleaned up until the Financial boom of the mid to late 80's. The migration from San Francisco skipped over the bay side cities and went over the hills to Concord, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill... Small slepply little places with virtually no entrenched Tammany Hall infrastructure... Like Oakland had and Berkeley had in the form of UC Berkeley.

Oakland didn't even begin a rebound until the early 90's. Downtown was still boarded up. drug dealers and "others" were operating quite openly all up and down San Pablo ave clear up to the Emeryville/Berkeley border. We won't even discuss International/East 14th.

While all of this was going on city/county officials hustled, wheeled and dealed to assure the Raiders, Warriors and As' were well cared for to the tune of, in the case of the Raiders, a million dollars a year. Heavy industry and warehousing, which had been the employment backbone of Oakland Evaporated. The stores (and jobs) long gone.

And that was OK by the electorate. Oakland also got the shame of the OPD riders... We still haven't cleared up THAT mess. Along with them came Jerry Brown and the first serious effort to rehabilitate Oakland, starting with Jack London Square and the downtown districts. The howls were incredible!

Until '89 and the Loma Preta earthquake, everything west of what is now Mandela Parkway was very effectively isolated by the wall of steel and concrete that had been the freeway there. It was in even worse shape than Downtown had been or International. Block after block of boarded up old Victorians. Usually with all utilities cut off... But that didn't stop the illicit uses. .. But then again, this too is where the Riders came from.

None of that changed until the late 90's (dot com 1.0). And the howls began again... Until the whole idea of using your property as a piggy bank (dumb) took hold. In 2005, there were rumbles from and Economics school at UCLA this MIGHT not be a good idea. What did they know? Two years later, we found out and the howls haven't stopped since then.

That's the short course of Oakland over the last 60 years or so.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/18/2018 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

Well, it's interesting an interesting experiment. Looking over the information on the web site, it's been in operation since 2009, funded by the city. With the first home let in 2011, and from what they say, it wasn't until three years later that two more were rehabilitated with 18 homes on inventory today... And one urban farm?!

OK, the fact the concept originated in the 19th century and somehow failed to take hold, is somehow not very encouraging. Add to that the city funded it originally in 2009 and almost 10 years later has so few homes and people served.

Somehow the word theater comes to mind.

One practical question DOES come to mind though...

Given the prop 13 regulations, how does this work out when the "owner" "sells" the property back to the trust? With other owners, with the transfer, there is a sudden large jump in property taxes... Or is the trust playing the game (bad phrase, I know, but work with me) corporate property holders have been playing since '78?

If so, while this is a good thing for people in need of a place to live, doesn't community as a whole suffer (loss of tax revenue is loss of tax revenue).

Figuring at 18 properties and assigning an arbitrary tax value $6000 per year or $108000 in property taxes collected... And if using the corporate method, never an increase.

I like the idea in general, but I think the devil is in the details. 19th century realities may not apply well here and now.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/18/2018 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Demouria Hogg's Shooter Named

Why was he sitting in a car that had been involved in a burglary and a police chase, with a firearm on the seat next to him?

Posted by Craig Thomas on 09/18/2018 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

Wow. Thanks for this. What an amazing concept.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 09/18/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Thanks for this wonderful, comprehensive investigative journalism! Rick Ramirez, LCSW, Oakland

Posted by Rick Ramirez on 09/18/2018 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Another Voice for Teachers

When I was a union member (admittedly long ago and not the teachers union), my monthy dues were like 25 a month. Thousands? I guess it's possible, but somehow I doubt that. Anyone know the true figure?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/17/2018 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Another Voice for Teachers

If I paid thousands of dollars of my income to union dues, and my union treated me this way, I would refuse to have my income support the union. Perhaps the Caucus is a better way. 32 students to one Algebra teacher? That's not education, but negligence. The school's excuses show how detached the administration is from student's needs. For shame.

Posted by Sam Muggins on 09/16/2018 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Thank you, Eluem and Sherri. Glad to hear the story resonates. Eluem, thanks so much for sharing the article with your students and friends, and spreading awareness about sickle cell disease. Much appreciated!!

Posted by Momo Chang on 09/15/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Thankful for this coverage. Ernest, you seem to have missed the point, which is that this is a disease that uniquely targets our black community and that doesnt get enough attention. But, never let facts get in the way of a nonsensical diatribe.

Posted by Sherri Rita on 09/13/2018 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor and Sons Profiting from Cannabis Compliance Push

And a few words from Eli Moore:

So Mayor Butt and his son just got exposed for being part of an unpermitted marijuana grow operation that got busted by code enforcement. But somehow, miraculously, when the fire department said the massive warehouse was too dangerous and needed to be shut down, it still got to keep running without permits or permission. The mayor's son helped create an LLC to run the grow operation, and then that LLC contracted with the architecture firm the mayor and his son run, as well as made campaign contributions to the mayor's re-election campaign.

This all happened last year, the same time that the mayor was publicly attacking Claudia and me with a bunch of lies about us having an unpermitted granny unit in our backyard. What's that saying about rocks and glass houses?

Posted by electricista on 09/13/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

For those suffering with sickle cell...The Sebi family has been curing this, yes, curing this since the 80s. Proven in the New York Supreme Court in 1987, Dr.Sebi was tried and beat his case. Dr.Sebi (aka Alfred Bowman) has passed but his healing wife and daughters are continuing the work and the legacy. Do your research and seek them out...
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Posted by Linda Michelle La Touche on 09/13/2018 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Former Tribune Tower Owner Settles Fraud Case

Dear editor: this was very easy to read. Thanks for an enlightening article.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 09/13/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Dear Ms. Chang: this is an exceptional piece of journalism. It is compelling, factual, pulls no punches, informs, educates and envisions. You talked to the right people and you shared the words that came from their hearts-- it is brilliant when you can get a scientist to meta-phrase the factual so as to better convey a human tragedy, (so don't take things too literally there Ernest Montague/Indrai Kai). Your article made the historical geography of that important, but hardly-remembered corner of Oakland make so much sense--CHORI, the first Black Panther headquarters (now the Its All Good Bakery); The Childrens Hospital complex. There is Past, Present and Promise for addressing the problem of sickle cell anemia in your article -- thanks for telling the story, I will be sharing it with my students and friends.

Posted by Eluem Blyden on 09/13/2018 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

I have friends who suffer from this and to see them in so much pain and feel helpless, is so hard when you don't know the right thing to do. TO Am Chichi which hopefully, your info can help others, Remember what works for one may not work for others. The writer Ernest, since you seem so out the loop when people of color state the disrespect when being seen be dr's especially White Dr's you have NO CLUE. TAKE A SEAT. LEARN SOMETHING. IF YOU CANT THEN SHUTUP.

Posted by Indrai Kai on 09/13/2018 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Ahh, it's racism, not genetics, that is responsible for Sickle Cell. Thanks for letting me know.

My entire family gets cancer. Everyone. Males and females. For generations.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/13/2018 at 8:18 AM

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