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Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

First... taco trucks and "roach coaches" owned by Latinos and Asians have been part of the east and west Oakland landscape DECADES before "2001" ( where I first tasted Sriracha back in the 80's as an accompaniment to the egg rolls and wings off the Asian owned roach coaches before it was "discovered" )
and Blacks to a lesser extend have also tried sell also- which brings up a sore point with me. I have no problem with ANYONE hustlin plates. Although I actually work in public health, I believe no one wants to kill their customers so MOST will take the needed precautions. A ServSafe certification goes over most food safety issues and is only $15 (if I recall- I have from last year). My sore point is the unequal enforcement. Most notably are the hot dog vendors who sale RIGHT under BART police noses on the Coliseum walkway and no one says a word as they sale in the open. The blacks who are selling bottled water out of a cooler have to go further down nearer to the Coliseum side of the foot bridge in order not to be hassled. I wonder if I were to set up a cart on the same bridge and sell BBQ plates, would I be hassled? I recall a few years ago, a black guy would sell BBQ on 98th and E.14th and felt the need to display on his truck window, blown up and exaggerated copies of his permits while down the street other brown folks sold everything from tamales, churros and pillows without the need. Again I welcome all the hustle and have even supported many of these carts with my $$. My only gripe, either enforce it equally across the board or leave everyone alone. These vendors offer a vital... yes vital service to the late night hutlas, shift workers, clubbers and anyone craving the munchies on the cheap in areas without many late night epicurean offerings. Let's just allow everyone to sell if this is the route we are going to go

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/01/2017 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

A group of former and current tenants have been/are experiencing similar injustices by Linda Lonay and Mohammad Hooshmand. If you need to get in touch with other tenants that are having similar issues and need advice please email LonaysTenants @ gmail. com
This article has brought so much to light and allows for their tenants to connect and organize. Please reach out!

Posted by Lonays Tenants on 11/01/2017 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

The Landlord's here to visit
They're blasting disco down below
Says, "I'm doubling up the rent
'Cause the building's condemned
You're gonna help me buy City Hall

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/01/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

How to regulate the food truck phenomenon while trying not to create too much of a competitive disadvantage for local restaurants is a complicated and difficult dance. Several things about how Oakland has fared in this arena are clear. First, what is obvious to Oakland residents and what was illustrated in the Ghost Ship fire, the City has no resources or any idea how to enforce the rules that are on the books. Long time vendors know this and no matter what the ordinance requires, they creatively avoid compliance with the program. Secondly and once again in America, the rules change when white folks decide they want to participate. Heroin was an "urban " (code for Black and Brown) law enforcement problem until white kids started overdosing. Now, it is a public health crisis deserving public funding for intervention and counseling. Selling marijuana was grounds for long prison terms until it was decided that it really was an undiscovered economic opportunity. The laws were changed and now white venture capitalists are making money hand over fist from the cultivation, distribution and sale of weed. The cab industry has been supplanted by Uber and Lyft, who basically do not follow any industry rules to ensure public safety and call it an example of the "new economy". In fact, they do not even own, maintain or insure riders or any vehicles. They even claim that the people who work for them are not even employees. AirBnB is a company who provides transient habitation, but do not own any hotels. Similarly, food trucks were an interesting Mexican cultural nuisance until white chefs and others saw an alternative to paying expensive rents. Now, lawmakers scurry around trying to find ways for them to operate because they are now a "thing" seen as essential to a cool hipster urban experience. Oakland should try to keep the rules as simple as possible because detailed regulations require a level of resources for enforcement and tracking that they just don't have.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/01/2017 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Mr. Sagehorn, you're right. It's not a "conspiracy" -- but has it ever occurred to you that most people don't have something called a "portfolio," and can't afford to be players in the game you describe? People should be free to play the game, but survival shouldn't be dependent on it: when it is, that's its own form of totalitarianism (the hegemony of Ownership). For vast numbers of people, true economic freedom comes down to freedom FROM economic need -- not the privilege of gambling on property if they so choose.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/30/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Michael, my point is that City would get higher tax revenues from many other types of businesses than the HQ of a transportation company. While I think the Oakland business tax structure should be an even playing that doesn't tax one type of business differently from another, that ain't gonna happen.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/30/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Bred in Abuse

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Posted by Theresa Munoz on 10/30/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “NFL Owners Are Failing Miserably — and Often

The attitude and behavior of the NFL owners reflects the general current state of American culture. Instead of letting Trumps divisive tweets change the whole conversation into being about the flag and a stupid song, the owner of the Houston Texas along with the other owners just showed everybody who they really are.They are a group of greedy, arrogant, racist old white men whose behavior and actions are usually just plain stupid. That combination pervades our politics, private businesses and public institutions. Despite the orange tinged national example of regressive social consciousness from the White House, the fact is that in the real world, it is 2017, not 1957. Women and people of color are not going back to a world where white males can do and say whatever they want without consequence. If the NFL owners do not change the way they do business, they will surely kill the golden goose. Attendance numbers and TV ratings are down this year. Families are starting to steer young kids away from playing football because of potential long term CTE impacts. High schools all over the country this year do not have enough participation to field varsity teams. Instead of being transparent about CTE and examining alternative methods of pain management for players, the owners like the cigarette industry in the past and global warming deniers, continue to claim ignorance as the best defense. Instead of providing a backstop for loyal fans in San Diego and Oakland to get stadiums built, they allow two storied franchises to leave town, in hopes of some fantasy windfall of dollars in the future. The attendance in Los Angeles for the Rams and Chargers is pathetic. The Raiders were supposed to be vaulting to the top of the league in time for the big move to Las Vegas. However, they now look like a long shot for the playoffs this year. If they do not win in Oakland before their departure, they will be playing to empty seats in Las Vegas. Just look at how they allowed Jed York and his greedy arrogance to screw up the 49er franchise. The same fate will befall the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/30/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

2017,My 15 year old child was deemed no longer needing treatment. Then 8 mnths later she begged me to get back in . When I asked why she only could get in every 3 weeks I was told ," I give her homework and she needs time to practice the new tools" . My child says no such thing ever happened. Recently my husband found her journal, the Entire time she's been under Kaiser's "care" her issues have been escalating, she's talked to her therapist with no different approach, worse no word to her parents of worsening depression OR notification of a diagnosis she gave her . I in the last 3 weeks have tried to utilize my Kaiser health care while my child is in full blown crisis spoken to 2 managers multiple times. Their response 5weeks out there is an appointment. I have already spent $800 on private therapy in 3 weeks that brought my child safely from the edge,no thanks to Kaiser. My attorney is my next call,to have them cover these necessary out of pocket expenses.

Posted by Kathy Bernice on 10/30/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Len Raphael: Just curious... Are you deploring the fact that (under the current business tax) Oakland wouldn't be able to tax Uber for fares paid in Hong Kong or Helsinki? ;-)

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/30/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Uber always hedged it bet on whether the Oakland building acquisition was just a real estate investment to be flipped or their new HQ. Uber's internal problems might have had something to do with final decision, but Oakland factors even less.

Uber would have brought jobs, some sales and business tax and property tax revenue, but because of Oakland's business tax on transportation businesses headquarters, it looked like Uber would have only paid business tax on the revenue directly from Oakland activity, a tiny fraction of it's total gross receipts.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/29/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

Just bus them out of here. Take some public land out of the immediate area and set up a camp. It is the safest thing to do for those who are homeless and for those that have gainful employment etc etc etc

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/27/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

This article reads like a political hit job

Posted by Jay Kim on 10/26/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Great follow-through! The demise of the grocery project might be the worst aspect of this debacle -- a story that seems to have faded from view in the past couple of years.

Unlike other West Oakland grocery projects that would compete with the nearby Pak N Save in Emeryville, the Jack London Gateway site is truly in a food desert -- with no full-scale grocery south of Grand or (aside from specialty shops in Chinatown) west of Lake Merritt.

Here's hoping this story remains alive, and that the neighborhood gets the store it's so desperately needed for so long!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/26/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Im ignorant? Hardly. Housing in the United States is a commodity- associated with real property which is valued and revalued in every economic cycle. Property in the Oakland Hills was once cheap and used primarily for ranching and logging. Now its valued much higher. Folks who cant/wont invest their incomes in home ownership will always struggle when the sale value of their rented homes/apartments exceeds the rental returns it generates to the owner. The crisis Ms. Calef speaks of is not a crisis but rather the simple economic lesson of supply and demand. Urban and suburban neighborhoods are always susceptible to change, but its not from any sinister plot by any group, color, or political party. Renting is not investing.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/26/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Living Dangerously

We control the fire in these developed areas. As a result, the vegetation grows more dense, and more flammable. A natural area would be burned out on a regular basis, making the area less flammable. The homes in these areas need to have a yearly tax that pays for regular brush, road, tree and other clearance. Then they would be paying for the cost which the fire ultimately imposes on other taxpayers.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 10/26/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Living Dangerously

Story, while usefully informative especially for those who have never reflected on California ecology, fire science or land-use policy, omits making critical connections.

It's all about transportation. Suburbs, the WUI and even the denser urban areas of California are all designed for the automobile.

It's like building a highrise office building with a separate elevator for everyone who works in the building. That's as sensible as what we've done in developing land, building buildings and creating transportation infrastructure.

We would have to rethink how we get around in order to use land better.

No, the robocar is not the solution--it's still a car.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/26/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

It is ridiculous to think you can trust the police.

Posted by Laura Brusstar on 10/25/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

...ANd people complained about Uber. Yes, they suck, but they were bringing real jobs to Oakland

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/25/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Solid journalism

Posted by CrowdExpert on 10/25/2017 at 3:43 PM

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