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Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp, I assume you're being sarcastic. In response: No one's looking to take the shirt off your back. What we want as a public asset is that pile of shirts you were planning to rent to those with nothing to wear.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp: I've got a better idea. Let's just nationalize all the assets of the wealthy scum who have assets, and give them to the needy poor.

That will surely fix things and bring about economic equity.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:40 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: “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: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Mr. Sagehorn reveals his ignorance of the housing crisis and home ownership in general with his comments. Most renters would be home owners if they could afford to buy into their own home but they cannot. They don't have the funds and don't have the income.
There IS something sinister about our economic history which has consistently awarded tax breaks to the top 10% richest in the country and kept wages flat for the past four decades. Learn from that Mr. Sagehorn.
E. Calef

Posted by liza calef on 10/25/2017 at 1:25 PM

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

Ms. Chen: The issue of what makes the folks of West Oakland vulnerable to housing displacement is neither their color nor creed, but rather their choice to be renters not owners. As demand for property in Oakland grows, rents and property prices will all rise. Theres nothing sinister about economics. Learn from it.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/25/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on the Potential Site for the A's New Stadium, and on Prop 13

What is the problem/issue with the current Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for use by the A's, please:) Why do the A's want to change locations, please?
Cheers,
Gordon Hopkins

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 09/15/2017 at 9:19 AM

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

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