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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: “Degrees Plato Serves Beer Without Borders in Oakland's Laurel Neighborhood

Looks like a must try it soon place to me!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/16/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Restaurant Shuffle on Broadway in Oakland

Is Hayward becoming the new Oakland? Not sure of a rent comparison, but there are certainly empty storefronts on the main drag there which could be occupied by restaurants feeling a squeeze from the high rents of downtown and uptown Oakland. We recently had a fun meal with friends at Buffalo Bills Brewery in downtown Hayward (1082 B Street), not to mention enjoyed their brews and took home a six pack of high octane IPA.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/16/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

Yeah Warriors!!! Good for you! Dump Trump!!!

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 06/15/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

Good for them. They are too good and too classy for the likes of incompetent, moron, Demagogue Don.

Posted by Sage Feldemeyer on 06/15/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Thanks Darwin for doing this article, as Measure LL/Police Commission issues haven't been covered much lately and how LL is implemented can change a lot, for better or worse. Better to have the Ordinance a little late than rushed thru with defects----and we are not that far apart....Was very disappointing to me that Council President Reid , for whatever reason, seemed to in an 'on strike/shut process down' mode, rather than being willing to hear from authors and public about the 5 to 6 areas of disagreement. The first Commissioner appointment process was launched in early June...with notice 2 applicants that general (not criminal) background checks will be done on all nominees.....time will tell if current or future SC is overruled on that.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/15/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

One of the overwhelming problems of governance in Oakland is the failure to implement projects in a timely way. In addition there is all-too-often a failure to follow up to see whether projects are achieving their goals and then to modify them so that they do perform or perform better.

To put this all in perspective, the nitpicking on the methods for constituting the Police Commission is a class case in point.

Just possibly it would make sense to arrive quickly at a reasonable compromise so that at long last the Commission might (just might) go to work. If changes are needed, then changes can be made.

Another aspect of perspective: Oakland's police department is still in bad shape regarding critical aspects of performance and regarding morale; we haven't yet completed reforms mandated almost 15 years ago; crime remains far too high; the turnover rate for cops is far too high.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/15/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

Alameda already voted on this by accepting L1 and resoundingly rejecting the tenant's union's M1. The city councilmembers who voted for this just spat in the face of Alameda voters. Hopefully they'll be repercussions.

Posted by Native Son on 06/15/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Reports: Warriors Unanimously Reject Trump White House Visit After Winning Championship

Petty and disrespectful to our duly elected President.

Posted by Brian Kennedy on 06/15/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Photos from the ANSWER and Indivisible Counter-Protests Against ACT for America's 'March Against Sharia'

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been labeled a "hate group" by the National Rifle Association. Why is this publication citing a hate group like the SPLC?

Posted by Brian Kennedy on 06/15/2017 at 3:29 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: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

One of the provisions of the charter amendment and implementing ordinance requires that commissioners receive training in procedural justice, unconscious bias recognition and participation in the Civilian Police Academy. As someone who just completed the latter, I can say that all commissioners will undergo a full background check. This is the same check that is used in evaluating police academy candidates. The point is, that if an appointed commissioner has an undisclosed disqualifying criminal background, they can be removed for cause. My suggestion for a compromise is that the CPA training be initiated as soon as possible after appointment. This will allow the mayor and selection panel to evaluate the candidate on the face of their application, rather than the unconscious bias toward felons, regardless of the nature of the felony charge or conviction.

Posted by Michael Tigges on 06/15/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Oakland A's Minority Owners Purchase Downtown SRO After Previous Landlord Evicted Low-Income Tenants

Mr. Ferrell,

I know you never met a neo-liberal talking point that you didn't like, but aren't you the teensiest bit suspicious that these developers aren't seeing dollar signs in their eyes at the expense of those who can least afford to lose housing?

Posted by John Seal on 06/15/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

A public bank in Oakland? No thank you. The thieves in the city council will manage to find more money to spend on buying votes.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/15/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Having had the experience of working with ex cons, they run the gamut from John Spain ( intelligent, insightful, articulate) to absolute horrors of human beings who never should have been released. I do believe that there is a place for ex cons in the system, and also believe that discrimination is needed in their placement.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/15/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Restaurant Shuffle on Broadway in Oakland

Yep. That new minimum wage has done wonders for the restaurant business. It is booming now, as old places go out of business and new ones try to make it and fail. I've seen prices rise, staff cut, and service deteriorate, but the remaining few workers get great wages.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/15/2017 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Allowing the Mayor's appointees to comprise a majority on a disciplinary panel will appear to or actually make the Commission just another City agency, rather than independent. Independence is the heart of what the voters approved by 83 percent.

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 06/15/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Thanks, Darwin, for this 'fair and balanced' presentation of what happened Tuesday night and why. We are going to request a meeting with Dan Kalb in hopes that we can agree on some of the outstanding issues that divide us and move the process forward expeditiously. But it is critical to equip the Commission with a structure and process that will engender community trust and transparency.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 06/14/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Degrees Plato Serves Beer Without Borders in Oakland's Laurel Neighborhood

We are thrilled to have Degrees Plato in the neighborhood. The friendly helpful service service at tasty food and delicious beers on tap. Definitely a go to spot for us.

Posted by Naomi Heileman Kamiya on 06/14/2017 at 11:02 PM

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

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