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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: “Chilli Padi, the East Bay's Only Malaysian Restaurant, Closes

I hate the new economy. Of course, it's just a more ruthless version of the old economy, with the added bonus of destroying everything that is real.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 10/13/2017 at 5:53 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: “California's Biggest ‘Secret’ — Oil Industry Capture of the Regulatory Apparatus

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Re: “California's Biggest ‘Secret’ — Oil Industry Capture of the Regulatory Apparatus

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Re: “California's Biggest ‘Secret’ — Oil Industry Capture of the Regulatory Apparatus

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Re: “Fires Threaten California’s First Legal Pot Crop

Good.

Posted by Dan Olson on 10/12/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Chilli Padi, the East Bay's Only Malaysian Restaurant, Closes

Noooooooooooooooo : (

Posted by Lisa Emily on 10/12/2017 at 12:23 PM

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: “Wooden Table Cafe to be Oakland's Home for Argentine Treats

This is wonderful!! Good luck!!! We are a small yerba mate company in Maryland... the word is growing on how delicious the treats from Argentina are!! Good luck! We hope to one day, come and visit! www.lovefromargentina.com

Posted by Ana Goldseker on 10/11/2017 at 4:33 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: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Sorry, but this isn't a "game changer" if the business owner doesn't actually have a business location. Delivery only? Might work for some, but not for MOST. I'm from Jersey, so trust me - we NEED better bagels here. But for now, places like Beauty's offers a pretty good product. None the less I welcome the increased competition, so long as there is an actual STORE. My life is way too complicated to try and order bagels for delivery. Sorry - but the current business model works best (going to a shop to purchase bagels, breads, pastries, etc.).

Posted by EB Pride on 10/10/2017 at 10:17 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

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