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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

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.

Open heart, open mind, open discussion... can't lose.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “A Scavenger Hunt in Temescal That Aims to Spotlight Small Businesses

This sounds awesome! I want to bring my family when they come to visit in a couple of months. Would love to see the Black-owned-business tour come to life.

Posted by Andreas G on 09/29/2017 at 4:24 PM

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

Everybody likes the imagine their worst-case scenario. We don't have the problems these interview subjects speculate around the Coliseum, so I fail to see how moving the same crowd closer to Laney is going to make them (us) go buck wild.

Richard Bennett
University of Texas alumnus

Posted by Richard Bennett on 09/29/2017 at 3:51 PM

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

I would highly encourage that everyone who has issues or concerns with why the A's picked this site either visit http://www.oaklandballpark.com, which has many of the answers to your concerns already listed, or by emailing/tweeting team president Dave Kaval.

This project is not going to hurt Laney or the surrounding area at all. In fact, this project can help make Laney better.

Keith Salminen
Producer & Co-Host of A's Fan Radio
Laney College Alumni

Posted by Keith Richard Salminen on 09/29/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Schaaf Proposes Sanctioned Homeless Camps; Oakland May Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for Legal Pot

There's no constructive reason for denegrating Mayor Schaaf. Libby Schaaf loves her hometown and is determined to improve the lot of homeless men, women and children. Attend your City Council meetings, consider proposals and choose to be part of the solution.

Posted by helenwiells on 09/29/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Warriors Pay $786,998 for 2017 Oakland Victory Parade

This seems like a shakedown by Oakland city officials to me, a 2015 parade costs $244K, yet 2 years later a parade costs $816K, inflation is not that high. If the estimate given was around $300K, how on earth can the city justify the actual bill of $816K ?

Posted by alphie noakes on 09/29/2017 at 7:18 AM

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