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Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I work and live near this block. Does anyone get the sense the landlords are overreaching a bit? I recently looked at a lease in the same building as Donut Savant, they wanted 3.25/sqft-month for class A commercial a few floors up. Market rate in SF is high 40s/low 50s per year. Given how much churn is going on, on this block (Henry's just closed and the smoke shop a few months back, and now this) I'm having a hard time seeing who's going to absorb all this space.

Posted by David Albrecht on 08/12/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Oops! No burritos at Cholita Linda. Guess sometimes one has to settle for tacos.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/12/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Interesting observations, Nate and Linda! Forage Kitchen on 25th St. may be a variant of the sort of cooperative/shared space Linda suggests. Swan's Market may another model. (For struggling new businesses, pop-ups are yet another.) As for burritos, Cholita Linda seems to be doing well up in Temescal, despite the ostensible horrors of gentrification.

Then, too, consider all the wonderful ethnic (Asian and Latino) places east of the lake -- businesses in varying degrees of maturity... Again, methinks the author doth protesteth too much.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/12/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Best Landlord History Lesson: Andrew Mousalimas

Thank you Ms.Gabrielle Canon for this wonderful editorial featuring Andrew Mousalimas, a great human being and real hero. Many of us have benefitted from Andy's meticulous archives of his accounts while serving with the Greek Batallion and US Greek Operational Group. Andy, along with approx. 200 Greek nationals and 1st generation Greek Americans volunteered to fight in the Fatherland during the German occupation. The odds were not in favor of their safe return back to the US, but they volunteered anyway. The Greek Heritage Society of SCA featured Andy in our second documentary THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW, along with two other soldiers, Angelo Lygizos and George Verghis, who fought to liberate Greece. Real heroes who were not properly acknowledged for their bravery until decades later when these operations were finally declassified. We owe Andy and his generation alot. The Greatest Generation for sure.

Posted by Anna Giannotis on 08/12/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I think the argument is that donuts and burritos always had slim margins of profit and at today's current market rate there is no way such a business can survive in Oakland. Savant will close as well within a few years time if not sooner, we are saturated with choices of how to spend our money and the food industry is suffering as a whole because of it. There is NO money in the food industry. Throw in market value rents and forget it, the top end profit at a restaurant is about 10%, so let's do the math. Rent is $7000. Sell $70,000 in burritos per month just to pay rent, not taxes, not labor, not bills, just rent. Yeah there is a line out the door at Happy Burrito, is there a line worth $70k? They need about 4k per day in sales to make ends meet. Every restaurant I know that appears successful in the eyes of customers is struggling behind the scenes.

Posted by Nate B on 08/12/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Once again the lack of will and political courage allowed the biggest housing bubble in history to evolve without strong policies in place for affordable housing. Back in 2005, the Oakland City Council had a chance to adopt policies to address this issue, but ultimately did nothing and kicked the can down the road. As a result, only a pitiful few affordable units will be built in this current cycle. Moreover, the lack of citywide policies to address this issue has left the community to it's own resources to slow down the invasion of the privileged through gentrification. Unfortunately, negative tactics such as burning down new developments before new residents can move in are a direct result of this failure in leadership. Some are convinced that the system is rigged and nobody is listening to the cries for affordability and pleas to retain the soul of this city. The need to require affordable housing along with all the fancy new developments should be shouted from the rafters by the Mayor, City Administrator and most of all the Planning Director. Instead, we had a previous Planning Director (Rachael Flynn) sit on a ULI panel and proclaim that there was no housing crisis in Oakland. How out of touch can you be? I did not hear the Mayor or even one City Council person condemn that statement as ridiculous. All we get on this issue is silence from the top and more invasion of the high tech, high paid new residents. Oakland residents have a long history of direct action against an unfair system. We should not expect that to change as long as those who are supposed to lead are derelict in their duties.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Sheriff Debates Faith Leaders on Immigration, Urban Shield

Sounds to me as if the sheriff went there to TELL what the office if going to do under his leadership not listen to the community concerns.

Not too surprising as the Alameda County Sheriffs Department was the only law enforcement agency, then Governor, Ronald Reagan was able to mobilize during the campus "unrest" in the late 60's.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/12/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Best Landlord History Lesson: Andrew Mousalimas

I was a regular at the Kings X in the mid 70's. Andy and his brother John, were always upbeat and friendly. Oh,and you could carry a "tab" as long as Andy knew your name and face....great times those were, rolling dice and playing cards......please say hey to Andy for me....
Bill Fratus
Redding, C

Posted by Bill Fratus on 08/12/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Small businesses need to unite and buy their own building. Put funds together for a tenants in common situation. There are buildings too expensive for an individual, but would work wonderfully for as collective.

Posted by Linda Fong on 08/12/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Only Six Percent of Housing Under Construction in Oakland Is Affordable

Statistics are SUCH an interesting thing... And SO easily used to deceive. Especially when only single metrics of the data are quoted. I'd expect a PhD to understand and question that use, as the author of this article is.

I'd want to know what the higest, lowest, mean, the median (they ARE very different metrics) are and what the first and third quartile look like.

That set of numbers will very accurately describe what the data actually is, not just what one might want to paint it to be.

More subtle DBG, but still slanted. Nice try.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/11/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Par for the course, these privatization privateers (aka legal pirates) are relentless. All day every day they funell millions of dollars into attacks and hiring trolls to parrot faux outrage against "the evil government."
Don't be fooled. All they want is your money, they're using your resentment, prejudice, and abger to get it.

Posted by Patrick Mastrobuono on 08/11/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Seems like Transparent California is also paying commentators to gripe on any articles where they are being uncovered ;)

Posted by Patrick Mastrobuono on 08/11/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Didn't know Donut Savant might be on the way out, too. I agree about supporting local businesses, and generally do so myself. (Will likely try out Grocery Cafe tonight!) Ike's has other branches locally, but it's no McDonald's (and for that matter, appears to be owned by people "of color" [i.e. immigrants from the Middle East]).

My basic beef is with complaints about "gentrification" and "displacement" that are, in effect, demands to Keep Oakland Poor. Prosperity and innovation should not be seen as enemies -- through astronomical commercial rents certainly are. So far, however, most of the new Uptown spots appear to be local, so the notion that everyone's being driven out but the chains (what chains? where?) may be misleading or, at the very least, highly premature.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/11/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Donut Savant is in a site that has been for sale too, and has some building permits. Small businesses are having a hard time continuing to operate. It would be great to not have the place paved solid with franchises and chains. Support locally-owned businesses.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 08/11/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

Donut Savant is a couple of blocks away, taking a slightly more creative approach to the business. Affordable lunch? Try Ike's.

For nostalgia's sake, the old 24-hour Colonial's still open on Lakeshore. What's the big deal? Another opportunity for some more tired kvetching about "gentrification"?

There's no Woolworth's in the neighborhood, either. Tragic and unfair!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 08/11/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “After 28 Years, Colonial Donuts Faces Closure as Uptown Oakland Rents Continue to Rise

I worked in that neighborhood for a long time. If Happy Burrito is scraping by with the amount of business they do, the rent must be too high.

There's no loyalty shown by landlords. Being a good tenant isn't enough. They want to kick everybody out, so they can get market rate.

Capitalism sux.

Posted by Eric Sisneros on 08/11/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Diamond Dogs Brings Affordable Dining to Oakland's Jack London Square

You can tell which entities EBX want to hit up for future ad space

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 08/11/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

Chavez-Yoell isn't the only one who doesn't understand conflict of interest and not the only one lying to themselves, if not to the panel.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 08/11/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Best Garden Whiz and Butterfly Savior: Victoria 'Tora' Rocha

I would like to add a big THANK YOU to Tora.

Dick Austin

Posted by Dick Austin on 08/11/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Best Garden Whiz and Butterfly Savior: Victoria 'Tora' Rocha

A wonderful article about someone who is truly making a difference. Way to go, Tora!

Posted by Susie Cochran on 08/11/2017 at 7:30 AM

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