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Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Let's see... The Raiders pay Oakland 7 million for events that cost Oakland 8 million. The Raider Nation see's nothing wrong with this and scream bloody murder when Oakland declines to give them more land and development money.

Why is this event surprising? Corporate sports think they have the electorate in their pockets as storm troops.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/20/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Town Business: Not Even Halfway to Housing Goal; Crude Oil; and Data Disaster Preparedness

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Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Major league sports always hose Oakland. The City Council encourages them and lets them.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/19/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Jailed, Barred from Possessing Sticks and Other Weapons

Wow so all of you aholes are looking to have him put into jail? Why? Are you jealous of him- hes good looking, built, takes care of himself and is super protective of the people he cares about. Hes not a coward- I know for fact- as I had to stop a scuffle between him and another kid that was running his mouth. I wonder how many of you have actually talked to him? I have- Id trust him with my life but if you dont ever speak to him- youll never really know a thing about him. Kyle is grown up- and not a bully- or a coward.

Posted by Tara Louise Ziehl on 10/19/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Let's keep kicking Oakland in the teeth.

Posted by Joe Zahner on 10/19/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Oakland Ethics Commissioner Accuses Officials of Abusing Access to Free Warriors and Raiders Tickets

Of course they do. And this has been going on forever. There should be NO free tickets, if the council wants to investigate, they can pay for a cheap ticket and be reimbursed. This is just graft as it is.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/19/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Pacific Steel Casting Is Closing

Pacific Steel Casting has a long troubled history almost entirely it's own making. It has poisoned the air in West Berkeley for decades, was unresponsive to thousands of community complaints about the poor air quality it created, attempted to hide behind it's questionable ties to Mayor Tom Bates, inaction by City Council and the Berkeley Zoning and Adjustment Board, Dion Aroner's public relations firm, and Ignacio De La Fuente's political maneuvers, cheated workers out of pay, failed to modernize and improve worker conditions until it was too late, and cried wolf to get a better financial deal in bankruptcy court. The complete list is long and dirty. What will they leave behind? A wealthy family that took the money and ran when they sold the company to the current owners, hundreds of former workers who are owed back pay from years of company cheating , a polluted site, and a permanent stain on the reputation of Berkeley city government that was in bed with the company and ignored the health of the community, so that could maintain their reputations as power brokers.

Posted by Dr. John on 10/18/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

ICE just announced that in response to the new state law, they will start the sweeps again without regard to any collateral damage.

Posted by Dan Waterhouse on 10/14/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

While there is no doubt that there is a citywide need for traffic calming and other traffic safety improvements, I suggest caution in this rush to some vision of a nationwide Scandinavian utopia. American cities are great at jumping on board nationwide trends, especially when they are federally funded, without considering the local context. In fact, Transportation money is flowing right now and local governments are taking as much as they can even when the need for the project is debatable.Here are a couple of cases in point., The Coliseum BART to Oakland Airport tram seems to me to be consistently underutilized. I am sure that the ridership is way below what the so called transit experts predicted. Not only does this system seem to be generally unused, the options that would have allowed local riders to stop at the Wal Mart center or Oakland Hilton were deleted from the project. I guess the special airport people do not want to mix with the neighborhood folks. Moreover, the construction of the infrastructure required demolition of millions of dollars of new improvements from the Hegenberger Road beautification project that was less than 5 years old. That was a huge waste of money. The bike lanes installed along Bancroft Ave have created a traffic gridlock during peak hour traffic.The local residents don't utilize the bike lanes and changing from two to one lane in each direction creates traffic jams and erratic dangerous movements by frustrated drivers. What seems especially problematic is that the right of way along Bancroft is generally wide with large medians that the city cannot properly maintain. Surely some other design option would have have worked better for the community. But that is not how it works, the money was for the bike lanes, so they were going to be installed no matter what. The AC Transit BRT project that is currently under construction will be an absolute deal breaker for local businesses along International Blvd. They will see a new bus line in the middle of the street, one lane of traffic in each direction and no parking to serve their struggling businesses. How are these people supposed to survive? If the physical pattern of development along this corridor provided parking behind commercial buildings or there were municipal lots mid block or at the edges of the district, BRT would make sense. But look around folks, that is not the existing development pattern in East Oakland.Yes, it would be great if nobody had cars and everybody walked and biked for lattes in quaint little urban villages. However, these young transit experts fresh out of grad school with visions of Amsterdam need to be tempered with reality so that the city and the community served can be transitioned and not force fed a vision for them just because there is money to make it happen now.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/14/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Schaaf employee: "OakDOT has road safety projects in the works across the city, including the area of 8th and Fallon streets in West Oakland, Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district, the BRT project connecting East Oakland to the Lake Merritt area, and both 69th Avenue and 98th Avenue in East Oakland."

These are small, token projects at best. No more than PR to foster a developer-backed reelection campaign for a Mayor who needs abundant uninformed "progressive" support.

Oakland is, and will remain, outside the token PR-oriented low-cost "road safety" gestures in a few areas, an urban environment which could not be more hostile to people not in cars. On foot, on a bicycle or in a wheelchair.

The largest population of adults riding bicycles on an everyday basis because they cannot afford or do not have access to cars, is along E. 14th Street where there are absolutely no street-design protections for those not in cars. Many neighborhoods want traffic calming measures but OakDOT's ears and doors are closed and locked against them.

Oakland remains, as always, 50 years behind much of the rest of the country in supporting livable urban environments. In the 1970s the Berkeley instituted a low-cost, but effective, program for traffic calming in many neighborhoods. The political uproar was, expectedly, immense. City council members' seats were challenged by hordes of car potatoes.

In European and U.S. cities where more livable urban environments have been established, the political and economic cost has been significant. No low-cost, politically-driven gesture can make a city more livable or environmentally-sustainable.

Mayor Schaaf employee Maher should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/13/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

Jonny, Yes to your first question. Regarding status, here's a bit more:

an illegal immigrant, illegal alien or undocumented alien is person who is residing on a non-temporary basis in a country where s/he has no legal right to reside. It is a non-citizen who has entered a country through irregular migration,[2] for example entered illegally, or an alien who entered a country legally but who has fallen "out of status",[3] or a descendant of one.
a legal alien is a non-citizen who is legally permitted to remain in a country. This is a very broad category which includes tourists, guest workers, legal permanent residents and student visa resident aliens.
a nonresident alien is a non-citizen who is visiting a country, for example as a tourist, on business, entertainers, sportspeople or in the country to receive medical treatment.
a resident alien is a non-citizen who has permanent resident status in a country.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/13/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

Your logic of rounding up "illegal aliens" I am assuming is due to the fact that they have done something illegal i.e. broken the law by entering the country. Will you apply that logic police not following a law that the city created in terms of protocol surrounding raids. The city created a law, the police broke it. Simple as that, right?
And btw, 'immigrant' is literally a synonym for 'alien.'

Posted by Jonny Vidal on 10/13/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

Just sick that some residents think it awful about rounding up illegal aliens. When there is a will (which there is) there is a way. And please quit calling illegal aliens as immigrants. They are not. Let's all pay more taxes and reduce this population in CA from close to 8% of the population by at least half....and defund all the activist orgs in Oakland and Berkeley for starters!!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/13/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Mr. Johnson -- you're right that many neighborhoods across Oakland could benefit from similar treatment. OakDOT has road safety projects in the works across the city, including the area of 8th and Fallon streets in West Oakland, Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district, the BRT project connecting East Oakland to the Lake Merritt area, and both 69th Avenue and 98th Avenue in East Oakland. We will be making additional announcements as those projects produce results in the coming weeks and months. More to come!

--Sean Maher, OakDOT

Posted by Sean_Maher on 10/11/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Lots of neighborhoods could benefit from this kind of treatment.

When we have pestered the "Department of Transportation" however,
they are refused to deal with us.

Uptown and downtown, maybe. The rest of Oakland, like East Oakland, forget about it.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/11/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

This looks like a major improvement. I'd love to see something similar done at the mid-block crosswalk on Lake Park Avenue.

Posted by Ken Katz on 10/11/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

I think it's a good idea.

Posted by Monica Ruiz on 10/07/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Two sides to a coin here. On one side, helping these folks with sanitary facilities, better shelter, etc. makes good humanitarian sense. Great!

On the other side of the coin, the blight of these encampants is destructive to the safety of the community, the willingness of people to conduct business nearby as well as property values for those that are not homeless. These actions make Oakland an attractive haven for the homeless which will only grow the population and put us in a death spiral.

One solution to consider is for the City Council members to locate these homeless encampments in their front yards. They will be providing the space for a compassionate solution and ensure the encampments are dispersed throughout the city and not become little ghettos in areas that will be invetiably destined to be "out of sight, out of mind."

And, of course, the members of the Council will experience first hand, the social, safety and economic impact of fostering the growth and development of these encampments. They will "live in the shoes" of the merchants and citizens that live nearby and they can even move in to the encampments.

A total 360!

Posted by Michael Good on 10/07/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

I'll just say it's all Band-Aids! We were all living in affordable housing as OAkland residents. But that affordable apartment from 1999 is now in an unaffordable apartment because in 99 it was $700 and now it's $4000. This whole concept of building affordable housing because we all got kicked out of our homes is ridiculous. I would've rather kept my home and had a newcomers build her own fucking condos in Brooklyn Basin. In 1999 the city Council didn't know who owned the empty property is in downtown Oakland. Oaklanders couldn't even open up a shop in downtown Oakland. Then somehow magically all of a sudden the business improvement District's in the city created opportunities for people outside Oakland. But then again we all know what this is called!

Posted by Brian Drayton on 10/07/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Do we need more gov't housing in Oakland? Is no one concerned about incentivising homelessness? Are there routes for these people to pull themselves out of homelessness in Oakland? If so, why isn't there more focus on this as a long-term solution vs the "give a man a fish" scenario?

Posted by philmo55 on 10/06/2017 at 2:41 PM

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