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Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

the Emeryville fire was 105 housing units.

I think the standard figure is 3 people per unit. Using that, it seems this latest fire took out about 230 units in one way or another (700 displaced is the reported figure)... So we're looking at over 300 hundred units NOT housing people... Putting MORE pressure on housing at all levels, especially the low end.

Add to that the 400 units, last I heard, blocked by activists in the MacArthur BART vicinity... That would likely have reduced vehicle emissions as well as providing housing.

Just gotta love this town.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/08/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Thank you for reporting on this article. It doesn't take a meteorologist to tell you that it sunny and hot outside when it's sunny and hot. The amount of fires on under construction multifamily, mixed use buildings in Oakland (including the one in Emeryville literally across the street from Oakland) is much higher than everywhere else. Local officials can't just come out and say it was arson for political reasons, but it's obvious to everyone that it is arson, because the odds are so small there would be so many fires in Oakland on the same type of projects, in the same type of areas in such a short amount of time. There are some serious issues going on in Oakland that are preventing the city from further urbanization.

Pains me to see this happen. Looked like a nice, well conceived and designed mixed use complex that would have likely stood for over 100 years and provided housing for literally thousands of people over that time-span. No one was getting displaced by this project because it was built over what had been a surface parking lot. I wonder what the broader intentions of the arsonist were. If it was to stop gentrification, this will only make it worse, but perhaps he intends to accelerate it. Either way he/she has been able to cause great carnage with impunity, which is depressing. No one should be able to get away with that.

One other angle no one has brought up is the environmental impact of such fires. Tons of timber and construction materials destroyed, tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere as well as particulate matter and chemicals. We all have to breath this stuff, especially those in close proximity. These kind of fires are environmental disasters.

Posted by Julian Urmson on 07/08/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Kellersan, here is a link regarding the two Emeryville fires, both arson: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/06/08/atf-investigators-say-destructive-emeryville-fire-was-arson/

Posted by mizjanedough on 07/08/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Nextdoor Lead Silences Police Complaints

Cinco de mayo is an American created holiday celebrated by Americans. It's not celebrated in Mexico. Every holiday has drunk driving and dui checkpoints. Only idiots take offense to that.

Posted by other on 07/08/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Report: Profound Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending Seen in Oakland

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Posted by Larissa Singh on 07/08/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

The ATF only makes statements for ongoing investigations. They don't have a web site where they make announcements any more than the FBI makes statements. It's also been reported on sfgate.

IS an announcement of a declaration of arson in dispute? Calling it "fake news"?

Just my opinion, but I think it's fairly obvious the "by any means necessary" element is at work.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/07/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Still need a source on that. I mean, a link to the source, or name of the document...something that can be verified. I'm unable to find this information online.

Posted by KellerSan on 07/07/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

I'm looking for follow up on Marr's conviction. Only news I read was LA Times. Would like to see locally.

Posted by Christine Miller on 07/07/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

Victoria, source is federal ATF. They detemined at least 3 of these fires were arson.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 07/07/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

"There have been a string of fires since 2012 set purposefully to destroy new development in downtown and West Oakland."

Source?

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 07/07/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “California Took a Big Step Closer to Regulating the Cannabis Industry

Also CDFA recently organized the inaugural meeting of the new CA Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, which is a big step in the right direction

Posted by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on 07/06/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Dating Got You Down? Oakland Punk Band Spray Tan's "Soloslut" Is Your New Self-Love Anthem

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Posted by Jason Statham on 07/03/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Has it been 17 years since the Riders were hounded from the force for being too harsh with the criminal element? Hounded and charged but never convicted...driven into poverty, probably. And the result has seen Oakland in a steady declining trajectory. Maybe if the city could shake off that lefty federal supervision things would get better. Let the cops get back to crushing criminals.

Posted by johnkracht1258 on 07/02/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

I can't wait to vote this council out of office

Posted by C Werner on 07/01/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

These politicians continue pandering to a discriminatory liberal agenda that promotes bigger Bureaucracy promoting dependence among the poor, very high taxes on the middle class, BACK-ROOM DEALS, a hamstrung police force, and super high crime rates.

Posted by C Werner on 07/01/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

If you want to understand Oakland politics and corruption read Shadow of the Panther, Hugh Pearson, and Killing the Messenger, Thomas Peele.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 07/01/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

Gee, I guess we can't complain any more when the police and fire don't show up quickly. Well, who needs them. We're a peaceful, safe city with few serious crimes ...

I suppose defunding improvements to police and fire is really about anger over the departments' arrogance and failures. And taking advantage of the anger to boost other projects. Looks like Trumpification to me--cutting off our nose to spite our face.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/01/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

Hope that there were plenty of cops on hand in city hall in case things got too damned democratic.

Democracy is definitely Oakland's major problem.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/30/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Has a New Two-Year Budget, but Only After a Night of Divisive Infighting

Mayor Gentrification and her stooges ignore the homeless they created, again.

Posted by Keith LaGrone on 06/30/2017 at 2:28 PM
Posted by Greg Novak on 06/30/2017 at 6:18 AM

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