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Re: “Former Corso Chef Readies Juanita & Maude in Albany

That's right: Nizza la Bella. Please correct it.

Posted by Cannolo on 10/03/2017 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Judge Orrick's decision shows how low are his low expectations for OPD.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/03/2017 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I think Kaval is being disingenuous. He said he has done neighborhood surveys. I know he had a meeting at La Estrellita, but that restarant is no longer representative of the neighborhood population. His whole mantra is private funding. Well that is appropriate as they are owned by a man fabulously wealthy who has drained the club of talent through his GM and just year after year received big money from MLB. You have the bond issue which we here in Oakland passed to improve water quality at the lake and the channel leading to it. For the first time in years folks are seeing striped bass in the lake and more fish from the bay. The walkway along the channel is lovely, and it has been money well spent. The Lake is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and there is no study of noise implications for the wildlife that has returned to the area. I understood that there was money to be made available for the Coli site for infrastructure . Is that same money there for this project that was sprung on us?/ As the young man said, traffic around there is horrible in rush hour as we only have seventh street. No one entions that on the other side of Laney is OUSD headquarters scheduled for a rebuild. There are also three schools, Dewey , Met West and La Escualita. These schools plus Laney already have a trffic impact and when OUSD returns it promises to be greater still. 60 years ago the community was disrupted for the Nimitz and that is why the Buddhist Temple sits across from the park in front of Lake Merritt BART, as it was moved there. You now have a smaller temple a block from Laney as well. We all know that both East Lake and Chinatown will sufer massive disruption from this project. I am hoping Mr. Kaval is not totally wedded to this site and looks at Howard or the Coliseum, where he couldhave the advantage of being the sole tenant. The old Coli without Mt. Davis was a wonderful venue with it's veiw of the hilss an wonderful weather. The A's hav proven they can draw there, but most fans are like me. I will b glued to my tv set during the playoffs watching the ex A's play for contenders which this team has a possibility of being in the next year or so. Past practice tells us Beane will trade our budding talent as we are notably a farm team for other big league teams. I love the A's, but it hurts being one of their fans and this adds to the hurt.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 10/02/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

As someone with significant dietary restrictions that frequents Mission Heirloom (once a week, for the past six months) my biggest issue is the portion sizes, specifically the ratio of animal protein to vegetables/carbs. They are very moderate/light on animal protein and I frequently have to spend $6 for an extra "scoop" of animal protein. The Shepard's Pie in particular has significantly declined in quality over the past couple of months, particularly in regards to the issue of substantial lamb in the dish. Often, when I pay for my "extra scoop", as a "team leader" phrased it, it seems that they take it out of the dish and put it on the side, rather than really filling the bowl with lamb under the vegetables and supplying the extra serving on the side. I have given my feedback directly to the restaurant, as I consider myself a part of the community (I spend about a $800 a month at Mission Heirloom between weekly meals and from what I buy in their "market"). "Leading with a protein" is a paleo concept that abundant in the books on the shelves in the restaurant,and I hope they continue to work on reflecting that key concept in their food so I not only feel well from the lack of toxins, but am also nourished and have had sufficient, which is of equal importance.

Posted by Jake Nilson on 10/02/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Mauricio, I think with the top-quality education you're getting from Laney, you can do better than a low-paying stadium/arena job.

Posted by Russell Mondy on 10/02/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

@Russell

I completely agree that there are legitimate concerns that will need to be answered by the Athletics. Most important, how will the A's look to lease/purchase the land, how will it benefit the college and how can we minimize the negative impact of neighborhood gentrification? Now that the MLB season's over for the A's, I fully expect the team to work with both the local community, the college and the city to develop an integrated plan.

The reality is gentrification has been going on in Oakland for quite awhile. When downtown Oakland is only a 15 min BART ride away from SF and you're located in one of the most expensive metro areas in the US, some people are going to get squeezed out of desirable neighborhoods with our without the stadium being built.

Tighter rent control seems like a sensible solution to protect those long-time residents that are most vulnerable. Again, with our without a new ballpark being built...

Posted by Damon M on 10/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Corporate sports and their fans rule cities. They could care less about neighborhoods and schools being disrupted, or the businesses and people whose lives will be adversely effected. Nope. It's all about giving way to millionaires throwing a ball around.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/02/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Concerns about the gentrifying affect of the ballpark, as well as the health of our community college system are legitimate.

The city will undoubtedly spend money on improving infrastructure and those improvements mean that working class renters will get squeezed out by the "invisible hand of the market." Parents will need to move further from their work, children will have to change schools, all displaced people will be uprooted from their community of friends and neighbors.

The city could ameliorate some of the stress this causes people, who are legitimately concerned, by tightening Oakland rent control.

I've read elsewhere that the Peralta Community College District would not be selling this public land but rather leasing it. If that were to provide a steady source of income, at a fair market rate, I would be inclined to support a land lease. That money could cetainly be used to improve the Colleges in the Peralta District.

Posted by Russell Ibrahim Blank on 10/01/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Longest-Running Brunch Spots

How did you leave off the Rockridge Cafe?

Posted by Lisa Feldman on 10/01/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Longest-Running Brunch Spots

Ole's is terrible! The food is much better at Jim's on Lincoln. BUT, the best brunch spot isn't even on this list and I'm not going to ruin it for myself by telling everyone. The lines are too long as it is.

Posted by Richard Haick on 10/01/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Sad news. I liked this spot.

Posted by Brit11 on 09/30/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I read the A's site,http://www.oaklandballpark.com/, and it has NO answers to ANY concerns. It says the concerns will be addressed through community outreach and everything will be better for everyone. They don't even address purchasing or leasing the land. Money will rain from the sky by the new location and all the poor people will become well off....
IMHO

Posted by Mike Wagner on 09/30/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “A Taste of Morocco in Oakland

We went 9/13/2017 and didn't find it pricey. Ordered 2 starters + lamb shank + Royal Couscous. Ended up with enough leftover yummy couscous for another dinner for the pair of us, added a little more merguez from the freezer (plus a green salad). TWO dinners for 2 people at $112 was a very fair price.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 09/30/2017 at 6:16 PM

Re: “The Boyfriend Experience

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Posted by Christopher Klien on 09/30/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Former Corso Chef Readies Juanita & Maude in Albany

Nizza la Bella, not (Belle).

Posted by Bryan Higgins on 09/30/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Getting Rich Off Low-Income Housing

Ah yes, its always people of affluence that are at fault. Never mind the folks who have frittered their lives away living on the dole and just wanting more and more free stuff because its the rich that cause all their problems. What a bunch of nonsense! And Lynita is just the type of person we would all enjoy having living next to us....can I borrow a cup of sugar and will you pay for my rent?!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 09/30/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Are Co-ops the Future of a Sustainable Restaurant Industry?

Co-ops are a great alternative way of doing business, particularly for younger people and single people who don't need a rock-steady income. However, the proponents of co-ops tend to gloss over the fact that the members equally absorb risk as well as reward. In other words, there is the possibility of a delayed or reduced paycheck from time to time as demand drops or fluctuates. For workers who need a reliable income, the top down corporate model still works better. Also, the co-op model is ill suited to certain businesses where some of the workers must put in years of education and work before even starting in business. It doesn't seem fair, for example, to pay the neurosurgeon as much as the neurosurgeon's receptionist.

Posted by James Jazz, Jr. on 09/29/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Sorry for the same post twice. Not intentional.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Evolutionary Blues Chronicles the Life and Afterlife of Blues in West Oakland

Why only one screening of the movie here in Oakland ?

Posted by Paul Hunt on 09/29/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Perhaps the biggest winner of the A's moving is poised to be Laney College. For the student complaining about a run down college, the money that the A's would offer the college for the land next to Laney could be used to modernize/revitalize the crumbling infrastructure. Please tell me where else this money would be coming from?

For the student who feared that he would lose his job if the A's moved, please read the quotes from college administrators in other articles expressing excitement about the internship/mentorship opportunities that the downtown park would have for Laney College students. Study the positive economic impact report that the ballpark will have on the city and the surrounding neighborhoods.

For the student that says he's now ashamed to wear A's gear because of the announcement. Yes, professional sports are a business. However, the A's have gone out of their way to build a ballpark that's inclusive of the entire community and embraces the diversity and community vibe that's uniquely Oakland. I see lots of people rockin the Green & Gold, and the vast majority are stoked that ownership has committed to the City of Oakland.

There are legitimate questions regarding traffic and congestion that the A's will need to address. It's important to protect the fabric of the local neighborhoods, and environmental impact reports to be completed. So now is the chance to engage in a dialogue with the team. Ultimately, this is about lifting up the community, supporting/being a good neighbor to the college and giving Oakland and the East Bay a park and a team ROOTED IN OAKLAND that we can all support and call our own.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:31 PM

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