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

The American dream of freedom. Is it really dead? Let's see ...

LBGT people are enjoying the hell out of their new freedoms. Immigrants driven here from their original countries are enjoying the hell out of their new freedoms. Black people are free to push back against racist police for the first time since the police killed off the Panthers. Unions are free to challenge the paternalism of Musk, one of the world's richest men in one of the world's richest communities. Women politicians are free to stand up against the craziest, meanest misogynist president we've had in memory. Even whacko ranchers denying federal jurisdiction over federal lands are enjoying their freedom to intimidate federal marshalls.

I'd say our freedoms are pretty much intact. Defending them is a never-ending struggle against the forces of evil, but so far we're hanging tough.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/30/2017 at 4:19 PM

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

What's so strange about Oakland is that while parts of it is gentrifying and developing rapidly, others parts languish in squalor. There is still plenty of poverty and "hoodlums, brawlers, teenage gangs and racial tension" in Oakland.

Posted by Nathan Kayhan on 07/30/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

Repealing Costa Hawkins would simply ease the burden on families like mine who struggle to keep up with UNLIMITED rent increases. I am a single mom and lord knows I am not the only one. We need to do it and I feel it painfully. Creating more housing and preventing speculators from keeping units vacant are also important. We don't need a competition about which route is best; we need to do all three.

Posted by Julie Pastore on 07/29/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

@ Jeff Diver,
You say, "Rent control has not provided a single unit of housing. What it does do is put the burden of affordability on the backs of owners of older buildings- which typically need more maintenance and have more expenses." I thought that there are provisions within the rent control ordinance to allow for extra rent increases when extra repairs are necessary?

Posted by Julie Pastore on 07/29/2017 at 8:08 PM

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

Just because Trump and Reagan were in the video doesn't make it an anti-GOP video, which seems to be the only problem you have with this. You don't care about the kids, the property, and as cliche as it is, you blamed a Democrat for the robbery.

Trump has been robbing people for 40-plus years but your toned deaf to that. It doesn't fit you ideology. Ask Alabama and Mississippi who they've been voting for the last 100 years.

Posted by Tony Eriole on 07/29/2017 at 9:34 AM

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

These lowlife ghetto rats no doubt had one of their buddies steal it for the insurance money. They had it hidden in their garage by end of day.

Posted by Bill Jefferson on 07/28/2017 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Let’s Play Considers Fun as an Act of Joyous Rebellion at Pro Arts Gallery

It was a great event. I was honored to be a part of this exhibition n't contributing an audio story from my childhood growing up in Oakland.

Posted by Dera R Jones Williams on 07/28/2017 at 8:51 PM

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

LOL- dumbass making an anti-GOP video gets robbed- by a demoKrat!!! gotta love it!!

hey Zion as Charles Barkley said- the poor have been voting demoKrat for 50 years- and they're still poor!!!

Posted by Sam Schneider on 07/28/2017 at 8:00 PM

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

There should plenty and better video than that showing the thieves up close.....phone video etc
Which I'm sure you gave the police.
Good luck
SUCKS.....being robbed

Oakland here!

Posted by Hal Hustis on 07/28/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “So You Want to Start a Food Business

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Posted by Glenn Baker on 07/28/2017 at 3:33 PM

Re: “The Oakland Fence Saga

This matter is a perfect example of why the City of Oakland is dysfunctional, inefficient and unable to generally provide services that reasonable duty would warrant to its taxpayers. This reveals an agentic culture which lives in silos filled with excuses ready to defer responsibility yet protect egregiously ballooned public salaries.

Josh: What is the latest of this gulag in a Catch22?

Why does the City feel it needs to discourage citizen proactivity and quash contributions like this?

When will this change?
A: just after Musk finishes tunneling Hyperloops to LA, NY and DC, when he launches his first flying pigs.

Posted by Bennett Hall on 07/28/2017 at 10:41 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

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