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Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

Go A's! You can have some of my tax money if you need it.

Posted by John Seal on 06/01/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

I'm happy if the A's build a stadium with private money. Not one penny of public money, property, or tax rebates is to be involved.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/01/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

Hey Mitchell Halberstadt... "...a neighborhood of their own". Isn't that called a ghetto by classic definition?

And Mr Cervantes, I came up and out those streets and populations. That's why I mentioned trying it for yourself. I did.

We're dealing with people suffering from mental and emotional difficulties... Yeah, I like difficulties better than problems. Many have been there for decades. Yes, some lost jobs and were evicted and/or were priced out. A lot more are there because of their "difficulties", and yet again, there is NO MONEY in Oakland for services for them, Anything that would bring in money is decried as gentrification.

Evictions are really the least of the problem, but it IS smugly satisfying to point that finger. Zero tolerance isn't an answer either. That just means criminalizing not being able to maintain.

Treatment is paramount... Not the half-baked type of thing that recently burned down on San Pablo Avenue. Had that been correctly run and supervised, the cause of the fire would not have been needed (candles). The fire control system would have been insisted upon by the "operator" from the property owner; mandated by city inspection of a treatment facility.

No, that was a scam shepherded by city council members to fleece needy people of what little they had while providing little more than a dangerous roof and an opportunity for "Tammany Hall" council members to make political points and reward neighborhood cronies.

Once treatment happens, then training/education needs to happen. Teach them to fish...

Until then, all that is being done is to "distribute fish"... Until the fish run out.

It takes money to do those things. Money that Oakland has been wasting for decades while slowing bleeding to death and self serving crypto-anarchists/activists trash the streets, driving businesses out.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

This is ridiculous. NO public money for professional sports in Oakland/Alameda county!

Not until crime, unemployment and infrastructure is dealt with should things like even be entertained.

Locations that impact neighborhoods (Laney), Jobs (the port) have no business being talked about.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Oakland crime problems are long standing. The council uses them to make grandstand plays while doing nothing about them except grandstanding.

Lets see... R. Kaplan how many terms of office? (not just her current AT LARGE position). How many for Brooks? McElhaney?... And it's the mayor who's corrupt?! Who has been in office longer?

The "community" keeps electing them to get their neighborhood "payoffs".

As long as that continues, street cops will get burned out and just not care anymore and just see the job as a means to "get theirs"... By any means necessary.

OPD officers should have been enforcing the law. They should NOT have been facilitating and taking advantage. No argument.

Doesn't it strike ANYONE else as odd that a family member of an OPD employee is at the center of this whole mess?

The fact that she was under age grants her an impenetrable shield of a immunity.

Isn't that in and of itself odd? And this perfect storm "just happened" and it all the cops fault?

I'm not fan of cops, but this whole thing has reeked from day one and the stink just keeps getting worse.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

I disagree with Alice Marshall on one point: she says, "What would not be allowed is to live permanently in a temporary camp." The point of setting up a dedicated campground is to accommodate a nomadic population (of tent dwellers) at a location off our streets -- not necessarily to channel everyone into indoor housing. The issues to be addressed involve land use in existing neighborhoods, and developing sufficient low-income housing to meet local demand -- with minimum intervention into people's lives.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/01/2017 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Police can't stop crime this is evident. They police. They investigate. They wouldn't have jobs if crime didn't exist. Every thing exist due to supply and demand. The law is present the police enforce the law. Why has sex trafficking increased? The war on drugs not so much a war its about who can get involved. Greed and corruption exists within the system.

Posted by Donnetta Williams on 05/31/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

Best Caf... The Octopus Literary Salon
Best Place For Literary Events... The Octopus Literary Salon

I commute from out of town for the events and fine food here.
HEART MOTIVATED, NOT MONEY MOTIVATED, the fresh food is always fine here and made with love; the owner generous.

Justice Morrighan, poet

Posted by Justice Morrighan on 05/31/2017 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Issues Celebrates 10 Years On Piedmont

Thank you Chris! I've corrected the error and if you have a spare map, do send it to our office.

Posted by Ruth Gebreyesus on 05/31/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “'Homeless Lives Matter Too??': People Sleeping On Oakland's Streets Still Waiting For Government Response To Growing East Bay Crisis

The Mayor only cares about the real estate developers and the tech companies. When all those shiny new condos get built next to homeless camps then maybe we'll see some response...but it will probably be in the form of arrests, ticketing, and dismantling of the camps. The homeless folks will move on to another location. And the way things are going here in Oakland, many more will join their ranks.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/31/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Issues Celebrates 10 Years On Piedmont

Re: Issues
Why does your story state that this nice store is in Piedmont when it actually is in Oakland? BTW, not a single inch of Piedmont Avenue is located in the city of Piedmont. All of it is in Oakland. Does your office need a map?
Chris Roberts
Oakland

Posted by Chris Roberts on 05/31/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

This has nothing with OPD's "lack of diversity" and everything to do with a corrupt police department and even more corrupt Mayor.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/31/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Are the officers involved still going to face their criminal charges? Tax payers are constantly covering for OPD's fuck ups.
I also agree with council-member Brooks; this doesn't seem like enough to cover the shit OPD did.

Posted by Magnu on 05/31/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Amid Calls to 'Defund' Oakland Police, City Settles $989,000 Claim of Sexually Exploited Teen 'Celeste Guap'

Of course we should spend less on law enforcement... Why should the people of the city be concerned about the following:

Man shot to death , 45-year-old Godofredo Nah-Pol just after midnight May 23 on the 2100 block of Fruitvale Avenue.

A man was shot and killed in Oakland on the 5100 block of International Boulevard at 51st Avenue just before 4 p.m (broad daylight no less) on Tuesday May 30th.

That was just this week. Odd Ms Brooks, Ms Kaplan the rest of the city council seem blind to these senseless deaths never once mentioning them. Not to mention members of the fourth estate, the sock puppet BondGrahm/EBX.

Solutions folks. Not hand wringing. Not grand standing.

Oh never mind, the bullets weren't blue and Oakland doesn't snitch.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/31/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

After attending last night's City Council meeting, I'll double down on my attempt to address the two crises of spreading street encampments and a lack of housing. Both of these involve pressing physical needs, yet we misdirect attention and divert scarce resources by focusing on interventions in "homeless lives." We need to approach these issues directly, as a matter of problem-solving -- with respect for those involved, rather than viewing them as helpless victims in need of dubious (and expensive) "services," or as pawns in a political game.

We need to fight evictions, zealously enforce rent control, and develop housing for THOUSANDS of people (and a neighborhood of their own where they can camp out in the meantime), not to inflict encampments on neighborhoods of the housed while we build a "navigation center" designed to "connect the homeless with services" that can house 150!

150? That would be a joke, if it weren't such a scandal -- and so sad!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 05/31/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

I agree with Mitchell Halberstadt. It's unacceptable for people to simply set up camp wherever they please. The situation that exists in Oakland with homeless camps popping up everywhere, or people living in their cars wherever they want, and negatively impacting housed people and neighborhoods, is unacceptable. Squat camps are turning areas of the city into filthy slums. On the other hand, it's also not acceptable to prohibit sleeping anywhere at all, and to make it impossible for the homeless to exist in the city. I believe that the solution to the homeless problem is in cities working with state and federal governments to create both indoor shelters and some campgrounds as temporary residences for the state's homeless.

It's not ideal to not be able to provide permanent housing for every single person who needs it, but if cities could provide free housing for everyone who asked for it, why would anyone bother to work? Rather than focus on getting ideal housing for a few, I would say the focus should be on spending money to create designated shelters and camps for all the homeless. Instead of spending money on permanent housing for a few lucky "lottery winners", raise the quality of life for all these homeless and protect neighborhoods and housed residents at the same time by setting up sufficient temporary shelters/camps to house all.

Instead of being "moved along", allowing the homeless to be a serial nuisance in one place after another, the homeless --including those living in vehicles on public streets -- could be driven to an existing shelter or campground -- both would ideally have parking lots for limited temporary car camping. Anyone setting up camp where camping isn't permitted should either be taken to a sanctioned camp or shelter, or have their property confiscated and disposed of. They would be given help to find permanent housing. If local permanent housing could not be found for them within a certain amount of time, they would be given an option of taking housing wherever it could be found, perhaps in another city or state, or else leaving Oakland. What would not be allowed is to live permanently in a temporary camp, or to set up a tent on public land wherever they please.

Posted by Alice Marshall on 05/31/2017 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

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Posted by Dennis Yadroff on 05/30/2017 at 9:04 PM

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Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

There are straws made from compostable plastic these days. I'm not sure how quickly they biodegrade if they become litter

Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 05/30/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

Oakland has a problem with the massive growth of street encampments. This is a land-use issue, and we need to stop conflating it with homelessness. Each of these phenomena needs to be addressed on its own terms.

Solving our housing problems will take time. Shame on those who, meanwhile, exploit unhoused people as a political scourge, sustaining encampments in our neighborhoods (even distributing tents!) as a means of publicizing Oaklands shortage of low-income housing. (Indeed, tighter enforcement of rent control is a no-brainer, as is the dedicating the resources and political will to fight evictions. Problems that involve drug use or mental illness are far more complex, and any solutions are sure to be controversial -- if the implicit issues can ever be settled, and if truly effective and universally accepted "treatment" even exists)

Acquiring a tent is an act of volition; its not a magical by-product of homelessness. Ive been homeless (twice, each time for about a year), but I never imagined that the streets and sidewalks of my city (or any city) were available to me for storage of household belongings or for pitching a hulking tent. I never considered that an option so I found and developed all sorts of other ways to cope. In at least one case, this even involved going to another city where I had friends whod put me up until I got my life back off the ground.

Criminalizing homelessness? Nowhere else to go? In a city with all sorts of intricate zoning, health and building codes (and where we constantly hear talk about peoples deep roots and pride in their neighborhoods), people may be free to come and go as they please -- but no one has a right simply to perform certain vital functions on the neighborhood street of their choice. Our streets are not available for camping, any more than theyre available for taking a crap.

For now, the City should immediately set aside campgrounds for its current nomadic population, appropriately situated in its own (or an industrial) neighborhood, on open land with toilet facilities and trash receptacles, possibly including secure storage as well. So-called activists -- if theyre welcomed -- might best assist in maintaining peace and well-being among the residents, rather than inflicting themselves upon neighborhoods of the housed. (Let them save their ideological ire for the 1%!) More power to them if they can help create a community of "mutual aid" that resembles a Rainbow Gathering, or Yasgur's farm. ;-)

"Safe ground" is a wonderful concept; it should also insure that every existing neighborhood is safe ground" for its housed residents. Therefore, such a policy must correspond to Zero Tolerance for street encampments. Enforcement? Anyone who erects a tent where camping is not explicitly permitted should be warned that he or she has thereby waived any property rights to that tent, or to household belongings deposited on the street -- and that such items are considered to be trash. If need be, signs should be posted around town to that effect: "You abuse it, you lose it."

So much for "whack-a-mole"!

Homeless residents? Wheres THEIR outreach to their neighbors? Homelessness is not a license to pitch camp at whatever spot one decides is convenient, dumping ones belongings on the street of ones choice. Existing residents (those with a residence) are also entitled to a modicum of consideration and respect.

Otherwise, are we ready to demonstrate, for all the world to see, that spreading squalor is Oaklands real "secret sauce"?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 05/30/2017 at 1:21 PM

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