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Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Gee, I'd really hoped that "public safety" had something to do with preventing drive-by shootings, muggings, car jackings and other typical Oakland inconveniences.

Is someone really in charge of "public safety" (whatever that might mean
in Oakland)?

Does Oakland really not have a "public safety" policy which has to do with
the violence and social dysfunction which somehow dominates so much of Oakland?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/06/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

This is the Keep Oakland Poor Committee. Uber will help to fill all those empty shops on Broadway and other Oakland streets. Uber will employ people at all income levels like admin assistants, IT support, janitors. They also will boost local restaurants and hang out in local bars. (adding more jobs for waiters, bartenders) They will even buy local weed

Posted by Kevin Dowling on 06/06/2017 at 4:45 PM

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Posted by Prince Idialu on 06/06/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “After Giving Oakland Schools Measure G1 Money, District Now Taking It Back — Leaving Principals With Yet Another Deficit

G1 funds are not tied to the Spending Limitations Protocol that was imposed in January. The SLP was imposed because of years of fiscal mismanagement under the new LCFF funding system which brought an average of $40 million dollars a year over previous levels for the last 4 years. The plan to distribute 50% of G1 funds during the upcoming school year is illegal. The mandate clearly states that funding should be collected this fiscal year and distributed, after proposals are approved, in 18-19. Once again, the district is treading on thin ice with its decisions and maybe be crossing over into completely disregarding the law. Please write about that!

Posted by Goyim Circus on 06/06/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Oakland logic: Get those high paying jobs out of our city. Hopeless.

Posted by jpr on 06/06/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Ummm.... Jason, it's not wealthy homeowner showing up at planning meetings making ridiculous demands of developers. Both Rockridge and Berkeley are full of UC Berkeley students renting housing for a semester at a time. It's been that way for decades. And THEY love to agitate and are easily motivated to do so without regard to long term effects. Happen to recall the battle over the new Safeway store? Berkeley is infamous for it's no-growth initiatives.

As to high density development near transit, let's have a look at a proposed Oakland project... MacArthur BART transit village. Activists there have brought a 400 unit development to a stand still. Not because there was no low cost housing included, but because it was, and I quote, "all crammed onto the lower levels".

While we're discussing areas other than Oakland, what about Albany?

Development costs money. Someone in the community burned a new development down... Twice in less than a year. How many units did that take out? Before that it was the development on West MacArthur.

Members of the city council "work with building owners"... Who have been operating slums for decades... Instead of closing them down and initiating appropriate legal actions to put those properties to right.

Take a little drive down east 10th, south of Fruitvale... Notice an old, VERY odd building? Looks a bit like it's about to fall down (not to mention holes in the roof). It's been that way for years. Oh! the outrage when people get killed in or near it.

The thing that is missed in the discussion of Uber is they aren't tenants. They BOUGHT the building. A large building well on the way to becoming yet another abandoned eyesore in downtown Oakland. Oakland has many. Have ya heard about the old library building in East Oakland? Site of a number of fires?

And just how is it we think it's OK to require a tech company to hire in Oakland, but not make same requirement for teachers, police and firefighters?! WTF?!!!!

Activists in Oakland and the surrounding areas drive development out and scream it's the home owners. It's not.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/06/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

The author fails to mention Uber has reduced it's planned workforce in Oakland by 2700 jobs, or 90%. Uber didn't specify why, but most people speculate it's the large number of demands made by the community.

The idea of forcing Uber to "hire and train Oakland residents for those high-paying tech jobs" is a ridiculous burden to place on a company that is free to locate elsewhere. There are tons of "techies" who live in Oakland and commute to tech companies on the peninsula, preventing Uber from locating here will not stop the gentrification.

Posted by Oakland_Native on 06/06/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

In previous eras, people moving en masse would trigger development to ease housing pressure. That's not happening now anywhere near where it needs to, because wealthy homeowners are trying to preserve their wealth and the racial / economic / age makeup of their neighborhoods by blocking new development, and landlords want to preserve scarcity for their assets and have maximum leverage over their tenants. Development is isolated to the few neighborhoods where stuff can get built instead of spread to all neighborhoods. (Rockridge has its own nice BART station and is super low-density around that. Same with North Berkeley. Why is that?)

Every market rate condo built for "tech bros" means one older apartment building the "tech bro" doesn't move into instead, and one tenant that isn't at risk of getting displaced. People are being displaced despite new development because *that new development still isn't enough.* You can't just put a wall around the city and you can't just keep playing musical chairs with the same amount of chairs.

Building public housing, affordable housing, fixing the MID, fixing Prop13, repealing Costa-Hawkins, enacting stronger rent control and anti-eviction measures are all super super important, and we need to also start talking about a vacancy tax on residential and commercial spaces to prevent large real estate holders from just camping on vacant properties to preserve scarcity, but there need to be places for everyone to live - even the "tech bros."

"Tech" is not blameless and Uber certainly is problematic for a million other reasons and I think deserves plenty of discussion as to whether they're who we want as an anchor tenant in Oakland. But they aren't /causing/ displacement - homeowners and landlords are.

Posted by Jason Braatz on 06/06/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Give it up. I HATE Uber, but anything that brings much needed cash into this town need to be considered.

Those condos were going up long before Uber bought the Sears building. One has to understand how long it takes to get a construction projects under way. It's not weeks or just a couple of months. Sometimes years.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/06/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Spent $72K Closing 162 Homeless Camps in 2015

First of all, the city doesn't OWN the properties you propose they sped tax payer dollars rehabilitating. Oh that's right... It doesn't matter who owns it. Just take it.

Lets see how you like having your property taken. We know the homeless don't like it. Hence the completely valid complaints of their losses when city workers destroy their property.

As to the city and county helping... They need to money to provide that help. If they had it, the city might possibly have it. But the fallout from prop 13 and the machinations commercial property owners use within it are strangling all of them... While iPhone/Macintosh toting kewl art kids benefit from Apple et al stashing over a trillion dollars overseas so as to NOT pay their fair share. The kewl kids "vote their conscience" or don't vote at all so we get the corporate toady (the orange man), instead of the lesser of the two evils.

Bah! You may as well demand Unicorns and a money tree in the back yard.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/06/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

"Uber can start by making sure Uptown Station does not become Gentrification Station. " It has already happened. I live 3 blocks from the Sears Bldg and already the neighborhood has shifted to enticing tech (etc) workers. There are already several massive condo bldgs going up in the surrounding areas (i.e. UNaffordable housing). These are basically for Uber employees and all the other tech companies that will be moving in. As a non-profit worker I couldn't afford to move into my own apartment bldg now (which is mostly run-down). Thank goodness for that evil rent control. How dare I keep $$ out of my long-suffering millionaire landlord's pocket! I know, I know I'm supposed to be a programmer, or in finance, real estate, banking, law, etc etc making $100 K or more a year instead of trying to do good for the community. It's all my fault for not jumping on the start-up bro bandwagon. Please Ayn Rand, save me!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/06/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Spent $72K Closing 162 Homeless Camps in 2015

Chanty Nox - your idea is great! I would gladly volunteer to help in any way I can!

Posted by Lynne Miller on 06/05/2017 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Berkeley Looks to Tackle Gender Wage Gap, End Pay Discrimination Against Women

Please be very careful with these statistics. The article says "African-American women are paid 63 cents..." Did you make sure to compare African-American women in the same jobs with the same training and experience as white or asian woman, or versus black men and white men? The devil is in the details for these comparisons.

I believe much of the pay difference between men and women comes from occupation choices, experience, and training. It was good to see the article point out the minimal pay gap for nurses, professors, and teachers. If occupation and education are the dominant factors, regulations to limit salary visibility will do little to reduce the aggregate (all men vs. all women) pay gap.

Posted by Pete Smoot on 06/05/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “A Look At Cannabis Buyers Club Berkeley's Collection Of In-House Strains

"I've been told not to judge a book by it's cover..."

The correct spelling is "its", without an apostrophe.

Posted by Mandy Wayne on 06/05/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Hazy IPAs: The Good, The Bad, And The Juicy

Kralj is a nostalgic dude who has obviously chosen to keep his bread buttered by an RRBC account. The Bistro Fest has become the antithesis to this new aromatic, juicy IPA world (that many top local brewers show no real interest in) and for that, a high door charge? More people have commented on that in 2017 than previous years. I don't think so.

Posted by Jack Meyhoff on 06/05/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “DA Files Charges In Ghost Ship Fire, Master Tenant Derick Almena And His No. 2 Max Harris Each Face 39 Years

Actually, mayor Schaaf, slumlords get away with murder in Oakland. Your remark attempts to wave away the fact that the City refused to act on clear information presented to its officials again and again.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/05/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?

"You can have less affordable housing units permits issued and yet MORE affordable units built."

With a ten to one market rate unit to affordable housing unit in the pipeline I kinda doubt whether there will be more affordable housing units actually built than affordable units.

"The author has no ideas, of course, but just wants to cherry pick data."

The commenter should add that he picks cherries too.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/05/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff Deputy's Arrest of Street Fruit Vendor Goes Viral and Draws Criticism

No truck, so he was dropped off. He is blocking the sidewalk at the wheelchair curb cutout. No virgin plastic bags or paper shown. Perfect, uniform fruit. Twelve perfect mangoes; dozens of bananas. No way he grew this.

On a public walkway the question always comes up; "What is a lot of people did this? It is a public WALKWAY. It is not a sitting area.

Posted by Ken Henkel on 06/05/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “City of Oakland ‘Bulldozer’ Hit A Homeless Man While He Was Sleeping In A Tent

hi my name is Sarah Menefee and i'm the homeless pages editor for the national independent monthly newspaper The People's Tribine [peoplestribune.org]. I would like to seek permission to use the photograph by Nick Miller showing the bulldozer crushing the encampment. I'm not sure how else to contact the photographer besides this. If somebody could send me better contact information that would be wonderful, to talk about permission and terms.

Posted by Sarah Menefee on 06/05/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?

Nice trickery with the numbers. A couple of points:

1. You cant assume 100% of market rate housing will be built, when you know this is nowhere near the case based on historical data. The author knows this and leaves it out.

2. In 2014, 78% of housing built in Oakland was affordable
(https://oakland.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F…) . The Author leaves out what was actually built in 2015 in 2016.

3. This is permits issued. NOT actual units built. You can have less affordable housing units permits issued and yet MORE affordable units built. See above point.


4. The average cost to build an affordable housing in Alameda county, according to the State Housing Department, is $345k. The 59 units being built at Acts Full Gospel Church is closer to $500k/unit. $100million allocated from the city would build at most 300 homes, which would still be less than what the report says we need of 840 affordable units. Yet the author says we need more? Say its 1000 units to make the author happy - that's $300 million, and ~25% of Oaklands budget - how do we raise revenue, or make room in the budget for that? The author has no ideas, of course, but just wants to cherry pick data to make it look like we only have an affordable housing issue, and its the result of the "rich" not caring, rather than we have a housing crisis that's impacting everyone at all income levels, and that everyone is to blame.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/05/2017 at 12:30 PM

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