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Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

I'd like to try this place, but the reviews online are terrible.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/08/2017 at 10:05 AM

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

Pursuant to previous comment, this from a news story published TODAY: "Uber has reached the stage where there is seemingly no low it can reach that will surprise people"

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/201…

Posted by John Seal on 06/08/2017 at 9:44 AM

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

I've joined No Uber Oakland and look forward to Oakland residents giving this disgusting company a very cold welcome. With any luck they'll realize they're not wanted here and will sell the building.

Posted by John Seal on 06/08/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

Rats leaving the sinking ship. Oakland can solve its problems by closing half the under attended schools, but won't, due to "community" pressure.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:53 AM

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

Good. Almena worked to create a hazardous situation and took advantage of others to line his pocket from it. The other guy was less malicious and more stoned.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/08/2017 at 7:39 AM

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

OK, let's be, to use the new buzz phrase, transparent.

Temescal DISTRICT OF OAKLAND, Rockridge DISTRICT OF OAKLAND. Montclair DISTRICT OF OAKLAND. As much as EBX (and many others try to pretend otherwise) These ARE part of Oakland. Only Piedmont can claim to be a separate entity.

Yes, Rockridge IS largely single story ACTIVE real estate and has no place to put new building. Temescal has some space. What there is, is being rehabilitated quickly. West Oakland has a number of empty lots (from recently demolished industrial buildings). East Oakland has some buildings that should be demolished and haven't been (drive down Fruitvale; look south on East 10th, to point at one). I'm sure we can identify others.

Keep in mind, active or not, someone -- NOT Oakland/Alameda county, owns all of these properties. We can't just take what we want. We should have learned this before first grade. It will take large infusions of money that vanished when urban redevelopment funds were sued out of existence. That was a hit nearly as bad as prop 13.

Now, to quote/paraphrase a developer who has recently suffered losses in Oakland, "a building being burned down twice in 12 months, can't be a coincidence". That's a 35 million dollar development. Yes insurance may pay part of it, but it drives up costs for other developers and sure makes 'em gun shy for building in Oakland... Which I'm certain was the intent.

Ms MacElheny, if this isn't YOUR district, your community, it borders it. And as a whole, does anyone really think the community has NO IDEA who did this and why? Or was it to use the words of a long disgraced former POTUS "outside agitators"? You want community engagement? REALLY? Get off your butt and engage the community!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/08/2017 at 5:32 AM

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

Rockridge has nowhere to build new housing, and that new building on Broadway just north of 51st is Temescal (next to the Wendy's).

Posted by adrian reynolds on 06/08/2017 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Not to mention they advertise illegal work. After contacting them, they blatantly said it is not their problem they are helping people illegally advertise.

Posted by Brian Heuer on 06/08/2017 at 12:15 AM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Yes Thom, I know. It can happen. That is part and parcel of running a business. It means the business operator is required to do due diligence, both before renting and during proceedings that may rise... Not just sit on the gluteal muscles and collect checks as fast as is possible like a robber baron... And if your business is built, financially,such that behavior is a need, you did it wrong and the public isn't responsible for that.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Sure legal channels exist. But in California, those legal channels take six months. During which the squatter pays no rent and trashes the place.

Posted by Thom Bray on 06/07/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

"institutional memory"?! That's fine for some dipshit volunteer group. For a public agency it's entirely unacceptable. Are they saying there are NO minutes of meetings they include not just the actions taken, but the debate and discussion? Again, completely unacceptable.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 6:00 PM

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

The Oakland Police Department is apparently still out of control. If a police chief can issue a regulation that's binding on police officers -- "(The) agreement requires OPD officers to follow ICE policies and regulations while participating in task force duties" -- without anyone else supposedly knowing about it until much later, clearly there is no effective civilian oversight.

There should be a blanket ban on any OPD personnel entering into ANY agreements or relationships with the Feds whatsoever, without prior public disclosure and approval from the Oakland City Council. And meaningful disciplinary consequences for anyone who violates that policy. Otherwise the cops will just do whatever they want without any outside accountability.

P.S. to the editors -- This is not a pseudonymous comment. Starchild is my actual name.

Posted by Starchild on 06/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

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Posted by Braun Gerhard on 06/07/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Of course they'll threaten to litigate. That's their right. And they'll get knocked down.

When it comes to collecting signatures for a ballot measure, they seem to forget the vast majority of residents are in fact renters and exactly the concerns this measure addresses.

Sorry guys, no easy outs. You want to operate a business, then learn how to do so within the law, else you're just another kind of gangster.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

Congratulations Miliki - your pepe fish head soup - ee de sweet-o! Ben & Sarah

Posted by Ben Wolf 1 on 06/07/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

Isn't this old news? I had breakfast at Miliki months ago and an employee told me then, that the landlord had told them they could stay.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 06/07/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

@Damon, not short sighted at all.

Look at the numbers for other such activities. The city takes in seven million a year from the Raiders... And spends eight million for a net LOSS of a million dollars a year! This city simply cannot afford to bleed tax dollars like this.

I've never seen figure for the A's or the Warriors, but I can't image them to be much better if at all.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:09 PM

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

Ahhh yes... The long term residents who scream "NO CHANGE IN OAKLAND!!!!!"

Funny, I searched the back articles on this topic. I found RESIDENTS called out as complaining that the high rise would alter the character of the neighborhood of not more than two or three story buildings, but not property owners.

Why do you suppose the author didn't call out owners as the complainers? It would have fanned the flames of his more than obvious position.

And why do think Oakland has a housing crisis? It's every bit bad a raygun wanting to take the country "back" to a world that only existed in Hollywood movies.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/07/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

Reality check. I know it's a hateful concept and nothing could be more inconvenient.

How is $200 million in infrastructure provision not a public subsidy to a private sports stadium?

I would like a reference to a competent, independent study which shows how much sports stadiums contribute to local economies. Or not. What I've read says not.

Opportunity costs. What else might be developed at each site with an economic comparision? The Port of Oakland is the main cargo port for
San Francisco Bay. How would expansion/improvement of the existing
port compare with a stadium? Ports are used 24/7; stadiums are used a few hours a week at most.

A 100 year stadium? I think in 100 years something called climate change might have much of that part of Oakland (all three sites) under water. Maybe a stadium/aquarium complex.

880 and BART are currently running at well over capacity, not to mention that they are physically in very poor condition. What is
game-day traffic going to do to an already difficult commute?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/07/2017 at 12:30 PM

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

Homeowners against development are indeed a big part of the problem. See the recent argument about homeowners trying to stop 400 units (that will displace no one) at MacArthur Bart. Also, people say they want good paying jobs in Oakland and then complain about tech companies. What other kinds of jobs are they thinking of?

Posted by AndrewOakland on 06/07/2017 at 12:18 PM

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