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Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

The thing that's being disregarded is that the A's WANT to work with the community. They're trying to engage in a discussion to build the ballpark in the best way possible and to address the community concerns. If a discussion can happen, there's a solution out there that can put the stadium at this site, which is the best for the city of Oakland and the A's franchise.

Posted by drub1112 on 09/13/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

In response to Gary's analysis that the site should not be considered "downtown", this is how Laney College describes itself on its website @ http://http://laney.edu/about/ as:

"Located in the heart of vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, Laney features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big-city university."

Parking at all universities is a major constraint that restricts practical accesss to education. Local neighborhood impacts are inevitable, just as certain gentrification will evolve whether the stadium is built or not. Exclusive to promoting greater access to education and increasing revenues for the system, the parking infrastructure investments in the area that would come with the stadium can only be positive for citizens seeking education.

I prefer Rob's strategy for ensuring the representation of the greater community amidst the inevitable progress that the entire SF Bay Area region is experiencing as the epicenter of innovation and transformation today.

Posted by Mario Blandini on 09/13/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

One thing the A's (and the City, County, and Peralta CCD) could do is include significant tracts of property that would be placed into a community land trust for residential and local commercial uses. It doesn't have to be vacant land; current properties can be purchased (or condemned via eminent domain) and donated to the Oakland Community Land Trust. The only certain way to prevent dislocation through capitalist land market pressure is to take that land off the market. The community land trust is the vehicle for doing that. Stopping the ballpark in this location is not going to prevent market pressure on the surrounding neighborhoods from gentrification; it will just take away one potential source of that pressure. What the ballpark does bring to the table is a lot of private (and public) investment and an opportunity for the community to leverage it to address current and expected market pressure on the neighborhoods.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 09/13/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

History is filled with examples of how land use decisions in American cities have required low income people to pay the price for the prosperity of others. Freeways, expressways, concrete culverts and drainage facilities for some reason always seem to built through low income neighborhoods. The City of SF wanted to expand downtown in the 1950's, so they systematically destroyed the African American neighborhood (Fillmore District) and displaced thousands of people. So many were displaced that their relocation to orchards miles down the peninsula became the City of East Palo Alto. The City of Oakland is currently being gentrified by a tech bubble that has pushed people to live on the street. Take a drive around the city and you will see a level of homelessness that we have never seen. If the A's build a new stadium at the Laney site, not only will a much needed educational resource be eliminated, the economic pressure on the Eastlake and Chinatown neighborhoods will be prolific. Those neighborhoods provide affordable family housing for Oaklands Asian community. Where are the A's proposing that those people go when the owners of the homes they rent succumb to the dollars offered by greedy developers? To say that this is a downtown site is a stretch. The Fox theater site was a downtown site, this is not that. Once the stadium is built and despite what they may say now, there is nothing the A's or the city can do to stop the market from gobbling up these neighborhoods. Given the gentrification we have seen in North and West Oakland over the last 10 years, neighborhood protection must now be a priority.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/13/2017 at 5:20 AM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Unless there were a way to call a truck over to get a dumpster's load removed each week, I'd bet nothing changes. It is really upsetting that I see more and more junk at every end nearly every street. I wish we could use an app to mark a spot that needs attention and a team comes to remedy.

Posted by ry on 09/13/2017 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Proposition Chicken to Open a Second Location in Oakland

Best chicken ever. At least the s.f. location. Cant wait to try Oakland

Posted by Robert Whitehead on 09/12/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

If we were to apprehend the individuals committing these crimes of illegal dumping the City would get sued for racism and discrimination

Posted by George Rockwell on 09/12/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Organizers Announce Steve Bannon Will Speak at UC Berkeley's 'Free Speech Week'

Nice to know they allow psych ward patients access to the internet...

Clark's statements are so outrageous I wonder if he has actually listened to any of the speakers or is just parroting left-wing scare tactics. You think he is aware of the fact that Shapiro's podcast is #1 on itunes? Or that Ann Coulter has been on the New York Times' Best Sellers List multiple times? Is he aware that every event Milo speaks at is sold out?

By Clark labeling these speakers with negative terms as advogates of white supremacy, misogyny, terror, genocide, ableism(really? Because abortion is not a form of eugenics); he is implicitly applying those same labels to the millions of people that are interested in what those Americans have to say. These people are your neighbors, doctors, teachers, tow truck drives, garbagemen, postal workers, police officers, students, classmates, colleagues. These folks aren't white trash basement dwellers. They are people who have families. Who care deeply about America. And who don't believe Leftist ideology is the answer.

Ignorance caused the Salem Trials.

Ignorance caused the lynchings of innocent folks.

And Ignorance will cause the death of the Left.

Hope you enjoy Hell.

Posted by George Rockwell on 09/12/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Original Pattern Brewing Nears Its Debut in the Jack London Area

I can't wait to try the beers from this place! Ryan Frank has been a serious, if underrated, force in the Bay Area brewing scene for some time now. I expect his thoughtful approach and focus on quality will really shine through in the beers. Congrats, and this is a welcome addition to the blooming Oakland beer scene.

Posted by Chris Garrettson on 09/12/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Prop C Heads to Lakeshore Avenue With All the Fried Chicken

I do not like spicy food nor fried food.
why should I like your food?
Eve & family

Posted by Eve Reiman on 09/12/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Organizers Announce Steve Bannon Will Speak at UC Berkeley's 'Free Speech Week'

"Free Speech" for Nazzies Week continues as more reactionary narcissists and sociopaths invade Berkeley to provoke violence with their usual authoritarian political mix of white supremacy, terror, misogyny, ableism, and genocide...
Do you think Antifa will be there to defend the community from their bigotry and hatred as the Berkeley PD protect these Nazzie degenerates with an extra large drum of pepper spray?

Posted by Clark Sullivan on 09/12/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

I live a half block from a homeless camp. The trash that is dumped nearby doesn't look like anything that comes from homeless people. It looks like it either comes from peoples homes or from businesses.

Posted by Ted Hexter on 09/12/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Peralta College Trustees Considering Contract with Arms Industry Lobbyist Known for Anti-Immigration Stance

I'm surprised that the Perata colleges don't have a nuclear free zone policy that prohibits contracts with companies that are involved in the nuclear weapons industry, as oakland and most surrounding city governments do, though I would have no problem believing the current administrative staff has "forgotten" about it.

Posted by j! on 09/12/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “An Oakland Foundation Invests $3 million in Oakland Public Schools

Early childhood education is crucial. Thank you to the Rainin Foundation for this generous grant!

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 09/12/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

In the Foothill/Fruitvale area, I have found 3 locations of continuous illegal dumping. On 27th St. & 28th St. between Foothill & 17th and on Foothill between 28th and 29th Sts. The residents dump everything here! Actually, any sidewalk is a place for dumping. The residents DO NOT CARE how illegal or unsightly this is, they just want to dump their junk. The only way illegal dumping can be stopped is to catch each and every 'dumper' in the act and that, we all know, is impossible. Oakland PW just comes along and cleans it up.

Posted by Gerry Pong on 09/12/2017 at 8:36 AM
Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/11/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Peralta College Trustees Considering Contract with Arms Industry Lobbyist Known for Anti-Immigration Stance

Business as usual at Peralta. When will we throw these crooks out!

Posted by Leroy on 09/11/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Dumping properly is very expensive, and there is nearly no deterrent to dumping illegally, which is free and easy.

Until that equation shifts, the problem won't improve.

Posted by Jsborn on 09/11/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Chick’n Rice Brings Americanized Thai Street Food to Downtown Berkeley

C'mon breau!!! Your concept comes from Portland (Nong's Khao Man Gai)...not from Thailand. Sack up boy. You respond full frontal in this thread, and I'll come pay and eat at your place. Your spread looks good. If not, I'll just be spreading that you're a fake...on Yelp. That girl in Portland who actually started this fad deserves the credit.

Posted by Shann Chu on 09/11/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

Prop 13, in no small part, is what is strangling the state of California at all levels, starting with the schools. It's also what fuels the insane real estate prices in this state.

I seem to recall a series run in another publication several years ago detailing the tens of millions in lost tax revenue on a single building (yes, I said tens of millions) due to legal shell games.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/11/2017 at 1:36 PM

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