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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Letters

Re: “Letters of the week: The Homeless Issue in Oakland was a Hot Topic Among our Readers

What can legally be done to limit where one sets up a tent? Why do they allow tents to be set up in city parks? We keep talking about the rights of the homeless what about the rights of all people that live here in Oakland. I'm all for helping the homeless I just believe there should be limits They seem to have free rein to litter and place large furniture pieces in the street. Just because the Mayor has no idea what to do we must place pressure on her to do something. Our police pass right by and do nothing. This city deserves better it's a beautiful place to live and taking care of it should be all of our priorities.

Posted by elephantinrm on 07/03/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Gentrification and the closure of Picán

it is true that such things as greed and gentrification do a lot to contribute to the drive of rent control in areas like oakland and richmond. but, since the whole issue of housing contributes to the drive of rent control also, the land lords should be required to allow a certain number or amount of units for 'affordable units' within a building without regard to whether the potential tenant is senior citizen, afdc, handicapped, low income, disabled, etc. the labels should cease. there should be affordable units in the buildings or complexes and not just a few, but forty or fifty percent of the units affordable. this would be a good drive for the control of rent. make the units available, period. to do this, make them affordable without the labels.

Posted by Estella Davis on 06/22/2017 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Gentrification and the closure of Picán

Greed drives away affordable rents.

Posted by Cassandra Madison on 06/16/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Gentrification and the closure of Picán

Its sad. Oakland has adopted such an extreme form of rent control that it has doomed one of the last affordable bay area cities to inevitable gentrification.
It might seem counter intuitive, but its true.
Economist know this. I wish Kaplan had looked into it before she jumped on the rent control band wagon. So much for MIT graduates. Landlords complain that under the present laws, you would be foolish to rent to anyone who might stay longer than 5 years. And instead have to wait for a younger tenant with upward mobilty who is much more likely to move because of job transfers or they decide to buy a house. If you did choose, as an example, to rent to a mother and child they could rent the apt. till the child dies of old age (60-70 years) without the rent ever being adjusted to the market rate. Sounds crazy but true.
Sadly this leaves single moms, seniors, fixed income people, handicapped,etc. with little chance of getting an apt. now.
Maybe gentrificaion is inevitable but why put it on steroids?

Posted by bill h on 06/15/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Letter of The Week: Our Readers Chime In On Driving While High

If anything, there should be little or *NO* parking for this brew pub. Instead, take the existing parking and fill it with bike racks - as a bicyclist and pedestrian, I'd rather have people getting home after a night of drinking in some way other than DRIVING! I guess the neighborhood NIMBYs thought their housing ownership extended to the street in front of their property but - and this is so sad to reveal to them - it does not.

Posted by Opressed Automobile Driver on 05/29/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

Bill H., if you get the average $1200/ month SS insurance which you paid for, how can you pay $1000/month for rent and live? Oh, you say, rent a room in someone else's home?OK so $700-1000: no space to work, cook, have privacy, have any things (they are often looking for college students who come with a suitcase!, often you can't have visitors, age biases are there, too. And 3 floor walk-ups, not so great for seniors/ disabled... and usually no comfort companions. Up to $3000 move in charge. Rentals only open briefly during spring- mid summer, then gone to the captive students who will pay what is asked and then sleep 2-3 to a room. So, yes, then you are homeless... So WHO doesn't understand the problem, Bill? Housing First is the way to address the mental health and drug (self-medication) use issues, which are as often the RESULT of high stress, insufficient good food and other resources, minimal community support. Basically: lack of stability from which to re-create a life.

Posted by Dk Konietzko on 05/06/2017 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Support Local Film

Thanks so much for providing two pictures of Jeff sessions eliminating my need to decide whether to use it to line my garbage or my kitty litter box. Alice Elliot

Posted by ustabahippie on 04/13/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Make General Electric Clean Up East Oakland Lot

What needs to be done about the Raiders is to design a "poison pill" of some sort that would never allow them to return.

David Bell

Posted by David Bell on 04/08/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

can't say we are not experiencing change in the east bay. we have moved from a 'melting pot' to a 'medical pot'. apparently, cannabis is not all bad.

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/29/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

Sadly most people who talk about solving the homeless problem know little about its cause. 90% of the time its drug abuse and mental instability. Which is different than just lack of affordable housing.

Posted by bill h on 03/29/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

The realities underlying the immigration debate are that we have more than enough people, more than enough imported poor people (see The Characteristics of Unauthorized Immigrants in California, Los Angeles County, and the United States by Karina Fortuny et al; the February 9, 2006 report by the California Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) on efficacy of border police; the Analysis of the California 2001-02 Budget Bill by the LAO), and more than enough imported criminals (read about Jamiel Shaw, Kate Steinle, Juan Francisco De Luna Vasquez, ); consider the disproportionate medicare fraud, food stamp fraud, and mortgage fraud by recent arrivals from cultures in which crime and fraud are normal - look up Glendale medicare fraud. Look up HHS OIG Most Wanted.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

George Rockwell has a valid point. We should also implement the visa entry exit system that was legislated years ago. It has been 17 years since the entry-exit system was first enacted in the 1996 immigration bill.

However. the forces for easy entry are wealthy and powerful. Look up Gelbaum and the Sierra Club. Look up Clinton, Huang, andJames Riady.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

About this 'Wall' business, and the illegals it is supposed to keep out: Sweep it aside for a moment and riddle me this--Why is there NEVER a discussion about what is required to become a LEGAL immigrant? What do these wretches have to do that they haven't or won't,.. present a fortune in fees, fill out forms in legible English, grease the right consular/embassy palms (as if..), and wait, and wait, and wait, like in 'Casablanca'? This aspect really should be admitted as evidence.. for the source of the problem. Well, one source, the other being US' Monrovian foreign policy..

Posted by Phil Allen on 03/22/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

I agree George needs a hug and Micheal comes off as an angry troll. Your not helping the liberal cause spewing venom. You make us sound as bad as the otherside dude. Open your mind and your ass will follow.

Posted by bill h on 03/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

George needs a hug.

Posted by Julia Allen on 03/22/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

george rockwell has the problem all bigots and fools suffer...
belief in his own stunted humanity and lack of informed real world solutions... racist and jingoist with a touch of sexist nonsense for distraction... a black female, namely Rep. Barbara Lee has been the voice for reason and justifiable restraint from hatred and war mongering just for one prominent example... george rockwell has not made any convincing points to justify his ignorance... george rockwell is a constant embarrassment to any sentient being...

Posted by michel chavaniac on 03/22/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

I totally agree with Clarence C. Johnson. Did NOT understand the brouhaha about where in the building the affordable units were located. I'd like to point out some advantages of living on lower floors: Residents of the lower floors will spend less time waiting for elevators, will possibly be able to walk the stairs to and from their apartments whenever they want to, and will be able to get in and out a lot faster than residents of the upper floors. Upper floor residents will have better views. Life is a trade-off.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/22/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

Jerry. How old are you? Have you ever served in the military? Worked as a paramedic? Assisted in a soup kitchen? I hope you provide yourself with the opportunity to engage with the human race as a complete human, to experience him/she/their/it suffering first hand. Your nonchalant critiques are cruel.

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/13/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

Jerry, and other people that fall for these right wind talking points, are ultimately spending a lot more money than they would be if we had a better welfare state. They'd rather be spiteful about those in dire straits than realize how much of their tax dollars go to making the rich richer, and how little those rich people pay.

Posted by Magnu on 03/10/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 1

What should be recalled about Biffs was its Colossus of Rhodes goofy sign. That was worth preserving, but it was the first thing to go. The other iconic beacon, also on Broadway, was the sign for Daves Coffee Shop. That too just seemed to disappear overnight. Not so strange is the fact that it was purchased by the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art. Both signs had a friendly, folksy zing to them. The friendly, folksy zing seems to be an element in short supply.

Nick Chase, Oakland

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/05/2017 at 12:22 PM

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