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Re: “Eating Chinatown: A Walkable Guide to Oakland's Most Delicious Neighborhood

love the fresh wonton wraps made with egg yolk at Yuen Hop Co. Do they still sell them?

Posted by aileent on 10/29/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Uber always hedged it bet on whether the Oakland building acquisition was just a real estate investment to be flipped or their new HQ. Uber's internal problems might have had something to do with final decision, but Oakland factors even less.

Uber would have brought jobs, some sales and business tax and property tax revenue, but because of Oakland's business tax on transportation businesses headquarters, it looked like Uber would have only paid business tax on the revenue directly from Oakland activity, a tiny fraction of it's total gross receipts.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/29/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Inmates at Oakland's Glenn Dyer Jail Enter Day Six of Hunger Strike

How about a follow-up?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/28/2017 at 3:23 AM

Re: “While Cases Against Cops Fall Apart, a Civilian Who Allegedly Pimped Celeste Guap Is Ordered to Stand Trial

Interesting... When it's a civilian, the word used is "Allegedly"... But in previous articles, referring to OPD, not once.

Wonder what THAT means?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/27/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “"Deranged" Haunted House

can't wait

Posted by Thomas More Newman on 10/27/2017 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

Just bus them out of here. Take some public land out of the immediate area and set up a camp. It is the safest thing to do for those who are homeless and for those that have gainful employment etc etc etc

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/27/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

This article reads like a political hit job

Posted by Jay Kim on 10/26/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Drummer Boy Aaron Plays the Beat of Oakland

To watch and hear this kid play the drums is to be in the presence of pure joy.

Posted by Keila Diehl on 10/26/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Great follow-through! The demise of the grocery project might be the worst aspect of this debacle -- a story that seems to have faded from view in the past couple of years.

Unlike other West Oakland grocery projects that would compete with the nearby Pak N Save in Emeryville, the Jack London Gateway site is truly in a food desert -- with no full-scale grocery south of Grand or (aside from specialty shops in Chinatown) west of Lake Merritt.

Here's hoping this story remains alive, and that the neighborhood gets the store it's so desperately needed for so long!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/26/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Im ignorant? Hardly. Housing in the United States is a commodity- associated with real property which is valued and revalued in every economic cycle. Property in the Oakland Hills was once cheap and used primarily for ranching and logging. Now its valued much higher. Folks who cant/wont invest their incomes in home ownership will always struggle when the sale value of their rented homes/apartments exceeds the rental returns it generates to the owner. The crisis Ms. Calef speaks of is not a crisis but rather the simple economic lesson of supply and demand. Urban and suburban neighborhoods are always susceptible to change, but its not from any sinister plot by any group, color, or political party. Renting is not investing.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/26/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Living Dangerously

We control the fire in these developed areas. As a result, the vegetation grows more dense, and more flammable. A natural area would be burned out on a regular basis, making the area less flammable. The homes in these areas need to have a yearly tax that pays for regular brush, road, tree and other clearance. Then they would be paying for the cost which the fire ultimately imposes on other taxpayers.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 10/26/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Living Dangerously

Story, while usefully informative especially for those who have never reflected on California ecology, fire science or land-use policy, omits making critical connections.

It's all about transportation. Suburbs, the WUI and even the denser urban areas of California are all designed for the automobile.

It's like building a highrise office building with a separate elevator for everyone who works in the building. That's as sensible as what we've done in developing land, building buildings and creating transportation infrastructure.

We would have to rethink how we get around in order to use land better.

No, the robocar is not the solution--it's still a car.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/26/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Baby Concha Officially Wins Halloween

love it and conchita too.

Posted by Amalia Rincon on 10/26/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Rent Control Expansion Proposed for Ballot; Newsom Says State Needs to Build 3.5 Million Homes

Build all the affordable housing that is necessary with appropriate tax funds etc. BUT do not try to take advantage of mom and pop property owners that have enough problems already with managing their properties. Rent Control is income redistribution and is an economic disaster except for a few tenants and it is suspect as to how it really helps things overall.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/26/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Overland Country Bar and World Ground Cafe Shut Their Doors

Overland was great when it first opened. Great food, line dancing, etc. It kept getting worse and worse. By the end, the menu sucked and the place lost its charm. I'd say it was management, not the city. Tho I am sure rent was too damn high like everywhere in the bay.

Posted by md2 on 10/26/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Opinion: Why We Plan to Develop on Vacant Land or Non-Residential Sites

I am a neighbor of 1919, and it was never my request or any of my neighbor's request that the project have an increased density. Haber never held a series of community meetings regarding 1919 Market to ask what the community wanted. He is using the Live Work code to circumvent that process and to rob the community of a voice. We the community have spent many hours coming together on our own in opposition of Haber after he started demo on the project and showered our neighborhood with toxic tust. He did the demo without proper permitting.

The community does want to see 1919 Market responsibly renovated, but Haber is obviously not the guy to do it. He is offering 59 parking spaces to 400 new residents in a neighborhood where parking is already tough. He is touting his plan for making affordable housing, but $1,000 - $1,500 for a room in a shared apartment with 2-3 other people is not affordable to many people. He has poisoned the neighborhood, and would have continued to do so if the community had not raised such an outcry. Haber claims that he had multiple meetings with the community, but has explicitly said that he is not interested in meeting with the community as a whole. He is using this Live Work loophole to push forward a project that way exceeds the density of anything in our neighborhood.

Posted by Mike510 on 10/26/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

It is ridiculous to think you can trust the police.

Posted by Laura Brusstar on 10/25/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

...ANd people complained about Uber. Yes, they suck, but they were bringing real jobs to Oakland

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/25/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Solid journalism

Posted by CrowdExpert on 10/25/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Arts Organizations Find A Home at the Rehabilitated Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center?

I found this post in an effort to just find some update on the status of this project to revitalize and reopen this beautiful building. The website for the new project says that Orton "hopes to begin construction in 2017." Anyone know if that's likely to happen in next couple months? Also, I wonder if there are local boosters or other groups working specifically to make sure that the Oakland Symphony gets a home there within the restored space; that's an effort I'd be glad to join. Cheers.

Posted by Neighborhoodist on 10/25/2017 at 3:07 PM

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