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Posted by Eki Abrams on 07/08/2017 at 6:11 PM

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: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

OPD needs to be completely dismantled. It's a failed institution. Time to implement community based security by reinventing all that cop cash back into the community. Literally demolish those buildings.

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Posted by Cifer Smith Morgan on 07/08/2017 at 6:19 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.

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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: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. Thanks for this further report. The 3 promotions need to be cancelled. In a normal workplace with normal levels of accountability, Holmgren would be gone when it came to light that he was trying to prevent career consequences for the home invasion cops. It is becoming more apparent to me that powerful members of the OPD brotherhood/family are like the too big to jail banks/bank executives---zero consequences except forgiveness and promotion....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/07/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Björk Breathes New Life Into Craneway Pavilion

My wife and I saw Bjork at Craneway and it was amazing. Intimate and mind expanding. The venue is a beautiful use of architecture / preservation and reuse. This venue is top notch. @vallejo could take a tip and put something like this on the edge of the Napa River. If we had a venue on the Waterfront we could be visited by Icelandic Fairies and magical performers like Bjork.

Posted by TJ Walkup on 07/07/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Advice for Meg: take the pile of money you made from the Golden Road sell-out and start a new brewery in Oakland.

Posted by easong on 07/07/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I agree. A full and complete investigation of the Guap case needs to be convened... By authorities outside of the entire Alameda County political/legal structures.

I was reminded by an article elsewhere of recent, past improprieties at the level of the county supervisors and find myself wondering how far up the culture of "cover it up" and denial goes.

When I see pattern of the individual "incidents", I am fascinated that anyone could consider any of this can be adequately investigated by city or county authorities.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 07/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

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: “Barbara Manning and Debora Iyall at Albany’s Ivy Room

What! no link to the said "EP" I am crushed. I just know it will be a masterpiece.

Posted by Robert Owens on 07/07/2017 at 4:24 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: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. OPD is clearly beyond the control of anyone in the city, up to and including the chief and the mayor, maybe even the judge. This isn't a case of bad apples, budget and personnel shortfalls, unions, or failures of oversight. OPD has turned itself into a sociopathic culture that's beyond redemption. They're so friggin' evil they poison everything they touch.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 07/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

OPD doesn't come unless there's a firearm or death involved. So now EMTs get there after you die, too.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 07/07/2017 at 11:58 AM

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: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

Shiesty usually refers to an action that is greedy and/or inconsiderate. When someone is shiesty it means they dont think about others and do things that help ...

Wake up OPD!! Fire all who was involved in the scandal. Why should they benefit from wrong doing? New leadership.

Posted by Baltimore Raven on 07/07/2017 at 11:13 AM

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