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Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

Traffic is already unbearable on hwy 80. Housing needs to be built near public transportation, i.e. BART, and not be dependent on adding 2 or more cars per each house to the traffic flow.

Posted by chris gilbert on 12/21/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The East Bay Helped Lead The Resistance Against Trump

The stock market is roaring. The economy is far better than under Obama. People are seeing real increases in their standards of living. Man made climate change is a hoax, and is being identified as such. Anyone right of center is called a Nazi by the virulent left. Balance has been restored to the Supreme Court. The dismal failure of Obamacare is being reversed. Unregulated immigration is being reduced. Real people in the middle class are getting a tax cut. Taxes are being reduced for almost everyone. Finally, someone is speaking up for the working people of this country. All because of Trump. This article is off the wall at best.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 12/21/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

Building there would certainly not change the difficulty people are having with finding affordable housing. They're planning on building very low density housing, with an average of .75 acre for each home (300 homes, 224 acres). Homes with that much land would certainly cost more to purchase. And the homes up there already cost at least $575,000. These are going to provide housing for people who are making a lot of money. For example, if you are lucky enough to find a place for $550 (and it's already next to impossible to do that), and you can put down $100,000 in cash, you will need to make over 100,000 a year to qualify for a mortgage.

I home the property owners aren't suggesting that this will help lower income people buy a home.

Posted by Ellen Seskin on 12/21/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

You missed the line during lunch when the Italian friend says to Elio's mother: 'You changed since you inherited this place'. The villa is hers, and presumably the money that keeps it.

Otherwise, your review is spot on. Thank you.

Posted by guill on 12/21/2017 at 2:02 AM

Re: “The Year of Fast-Casual Restaurants

Good for Nelson German. I watched this transformation take place and am glad he is staying in business.

This is happening all over Oakland, a quasi "fast food" self service model is coming about as labor costs impact. Gastropig is another example. Locol as well.

The simple truth is that Oakland minimum wage ordinance, while well meant, has had drastic impact on the restaurant business. Already a very low profit low margin model, in many cases, the new minimum wage has closed business (Ozumo et al.) or reduced staffing and increased work load.

You can't squeeze blood out of a stone.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/20/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

Public policy is lip service that squanders thousands of dollars.
It ignores cost effective solutions like the village

Posted by Sam Spade on 12/20/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

the village is getting ready to build again. the city administration is releasing a one acre plot of land to us in east Oakland, and private land owners will also release their lands to us. the village is 100% volunteer and donation based. please follow us on facebook @The Village in Oakland #feedthepeople if you want to help build or volunteer on site. and if you can please donate to our go fund me https://www.gofundme.com/shower-the-people…. we have also put out a call for doors! we will build perimeters around the villages to provide protections and privacy to the residents. get at our fb inbox if you have a door to donate. we will take new or used doors. thanks so much for continued coverage of this human rights crisis. #HousingIsAHumanRight #HomesForAll #HomelessnessIsNotACrime

by the way - the united nations will be in Oakland in less than a month to document the human rights abuses that local government, law enforcement agencies and xenophobes inflict upon our unsheltered neighbors. The Village and HAWG and other homeless advocates have repeatedly told the city that their practices and policies were in violation of both civil and human rights. but they wouldn't listen.

Posted by Maowunyo de Asis on 12/20/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The East Bay Helped Lead The Resistance Against Trump

Come on folks. Trump won. The orange rutabaga won. The yelling and screaming in the East Bay was certainly an exercise in frenetic noise making and overwrought emotionalism, but it didn't lead anything. NOBODY in the East Bay is going to vote for Trump. Not even the Republicans like me. Save your breath and stop scaring the horses.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/20/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

"All the arteries that lead to housing are clogged right now and will remain clogged given the state of the housing market, and especially the lack of support for affordable housing."

This, coupled with the ghost of Ayn Rand-led neoliberal brigade that sees poverty as a personal moral failing, will further exacerbate, not solve the problem. We are on course for a massive crisis.
Unfortunately I have a feeling this situation is intentional: demonize the poor and very few will see their deaths on the streets as anything to be concerned about. The culling is coming.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/20/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

This kind of development does not solve the housing crisis in any way. This is old school low density car centered suburban sprawl. The homes will probably run at least 750.00, many of which will be snapped up by cash buyers and investors. If we really want to relieve the housing shortage, high density multi unit developments along public transit corridors is the way to go. There are hundreds of acres of infill development sites available throughout the east bay. Why build on open wild lands if the real object is to provide affordable housing for the middle class and not compounding the already impossible traffic congestion along the I-80 corridor. I've heard it said that that american suburban development is the greatest misallocation of resources in history both in terms of land use and transportation planning.

Posted by Mark Tilley on 12/20/2017 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Oakland Finally Builds Housing

California cities continue to tinker around the edges of the affordable housing problem. Yes, they have adopted affordable housing in lieu fees and ordinances that require construction of affordable housing units as a part of new market rate construction. However, these measures will never result in any significant numbers of affordable units actually being built. The real solutions are measures that local government politicians do not have the will or courage to tackle head on. The first issue is race and class. As long as single family homeowners and neighbors more concerned about preserving their own property values, continue to control the decision making at the local level, it will never happen. The reality is that this discussion is usually couched in debates about density, scale and compatibility. The underlying elephant in the room is the belief by the majority of citizens that affordable housing construction means allowing "those" other people to live near me. Despite the fact that in the Bay Area especially, people with incomes in the affordable range (80-120% of median), are not those people. They are teachers, nurses, police, fire, other civil servants and people who go to work every day. The second solution is that cities have to require that housing be built where the jobs are. That is not only the solution to affordable housing, but also to the traffic problem. Instead, local politicians trip over themselves giving away public benefits to companies in order to get them to locate in their communities. Companies like Amazon, Google and Apple are given tax breaks, permitted to build millions of square feet and employ thousands of workers without building one single unit of housing. At a macro scale, not addressing these two issues constitutes political negligence and a massive failure of leadership in this state.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/20/2017 at 3:14 AM

Re: “Frying Fish Under the Freeway

Good job. Keep it up and God Bless!

Posted by Anthony Moore on 12/19/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Finally Builds Housing

Finally? Actually for over a year (and I suspect quite a bit longer, given how long ago the deserted building there was torn down) a development at West MacArthur and San Pablo Ave has been in progress.

The signage at the site claims it to be 177 units of 100% affordable housing.

How come that's never mentioned? Inconvenient for the narrative you want to present?

And EBX doesn't EVEN mention the arsonist that has singlehandedly managed to take down several hundred units that would have taken pressure off of affordable housing stock.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/19/2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

...And we wonder why rents are so high and there's a housing shortage.

Your honor... Ladies and gentlemen of the court, we rest our case.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/19/2017 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Frying Fish Under the Freeway

Matthew 14:18-19 says, Bring them here to me, he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. "

Capitalism has failed all but the few. At this point federal and city governments won't do anything to help those in need, instead propagandizing that the poor are immoral and are therefore welcome to die on the streets. Every day Trump is doing what he can to create an even more unequal society (that started with Reagan, helped by Clinton, etc). The USA will soon be on par with the poorest, most corrupt nations on earth.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/19/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

Hats off to East Bay Express for pursuing and covering this story. It seems journalism is our last defense when consumer protections fail. As a licensed therapist I was appalled by the behavior of this organization's leader. I did a little research to find out how it is that he wasn't shut down sooner for practicing without a license. Part of the reason is that the Board of Behavioral Services or BBS only has jurisdiction over what they call "registrants." These are licensed or pre-licensed professionals with letters after their names such as LMFT, LCSW, & LPCC. (A separate agency oversees licensed psychologists, and per this article they did take action in regards to the alleged perpetrator's LinkedIn profile.) But the BBS oversees the vast majority of licenses in the mental health field in California. Because they have no jurisdiction over non-registrants (such as a coach or counselor) it is up to the Attorney General to to seek out some kind of prosecution for practicing without a license. I reached out to CAMFT , the statewide association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and they suggested increased pressure on the Attorney General to seek out these folks who are a danger to the consumer. Licensed clinicians can also write letters to the BBS to encourage that agency to also put pressure on the Attorney General. I'm going to do this and I hope others who read this will do it too.

Posted by MCC LMFT on 12/19/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Seeks $65 Million for Affordable Housing and the City Council Debates Relocation Assistance for Tenants

People need to move out of Oakland to a more affordable location. The money should go to the people who is serious about relocation, and not just another road trip or temp relocation.

Posted by CreationSH on 12/19/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

As a former Kaiser RN, I agree 100 percent with this article. I spoke up numerous times for safety and pointed out the obvious. My concern turned to pure panic at times for the patients. Bdalarms going off because confused patients wanted out of bed and nurse in pt rooms doing things like medications, discharges, admissions, toileting etc and the pts can fall leading to a centinal event. I think the state came in last January to Kaiser Santa Rosa due to falls and then understaffing. My last 2 weeks of pt assignments were so completely unsafe I was visibly upset. Yes I asked for help but as usual none was provided. I made an error, nothing life threatening and I reported it and later I was fired. They don't want nurses who speaks up and tell the truth to the patients. The managers managethe nurses and no nothing about the patients. They do rounds on the patients trying to try information out if the patients to use against the nurses. It was so bad I just wasn't myself anymore. I could go on and on, but bottom line is they are only about money and they are lieing to the community.

Posted by Mary Chouinard on 12/18/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

It's the right guy. It happened. It was rape. And people did complain about it before this came out.

Posted by frieda168 on 12/18/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

He's the right guy. It happened. It was rape. And people did complain about it prior to this coming out.

Posted by frieda168 on 12/18/2017 at 9:20 PM

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