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Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

SOBA ICHI is not the first Japanese/Asian to have hand-pulled/prepared noodles. They go extinct because it is not efficient. There should be moratorium against bldg owners taking over the lease and resuming basically same business of the evicted tenant. In short while they will sell it to someone at a premium, as FuseBox owner probably got nothing when they got evicted. Ejnoy while you can. Yes, my bill came in over $100 for 3!

Posted by wiseguy on 09/22/2018 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Opinion: We Must Stand for Choice

Buffy Wicks will do anything to protect Costa-Hawkins, including writing her own puff pieces that play well in soft left, middle or upper-class neighbourhoods. Anyone who rents should vote for Jovanka Beckles.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 09/21/2018 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The Magic and Mystery of Vincent Van Gogh

This event has been CANCELLED.

Posted by Ally Hack on 09/21/2018 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Seven Longtime Oakland Residents Share Their Thoughts on Gentrification

Thank you for telling it like it is Mr. Bryant. The "I got here first" attitude of some locals is really obnoxious, not just in Oakland but in many places. Is everyone just supposed to stay where they were born forever? Is culture never supposed to change?

I understand change is uncomfortable and we need to do everything we can to make sure everyone's needs are met, but the truth is we are all competing for limited resources and you have to grow and evolve as things change or someone else will figure out a way to take those resources from you.

Also, those "Oakland Native" shirts are very strange and confrontational. Is the point of these shirts to "other" newcomers? Is it an invitation to ask you questions about the city? It's not clear.

Posted by Nicholas Scribner on 09/21/2018 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

TS, slow your roll and read.

The article says (as quoted by you): "White flight, in which white residents fled urban centers for suburbs, was another phenomenon that set the stage for the urban gentrification we see today."

Then you write: "How is that gentrification?"

Um. The article explicitly said it set the stage for gentrification. It did not, in fact, say that white flight was such.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 09/21/2018 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

Im not reading anything in this article that explains how a new ballpark is not going to increase gentrification.

The Access plan involves paying upfront, which doesnt seem like a great way to make the tickets more affordable (starting at $240)- Id rather walk up, thanks.

I know folks love Kaval, but hes not an owner, hes a smooth talking front office guy.

The As have always had community partnerships. Remember the Haas family?

This is a fluff piece with no real discussion of how a new ballpark will affect the immediate community, for better or for worse, or Oakland as a whole.

Posted by Joan Brown on 09/21/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

"White flight, in which white residents fled urban centers for suburbs, was another phenomenon that set the stage for the urban gentrification we see today."

How is that gentrification? You offered no further examination or explanation, and in fact, what you are describing in that paragraph is the exact OPPOSITE of all of your other examples of gentrification, so how do you explain that as an example of gentrification?

Posted by TS Edison on 09/21/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Oakland Housing Authority Residents Sue to Overturn Anti-Loitering Ordinance

I am deeply confused by the OHA's statement. Surely their property is public, not private? And how do they define the 'general public', who are not allowed to gather at the publicly-owned 'private' housing they maintain?

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 09/21/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Opinion: We Must Stand for Choice

Jovanka Beckles is a mean spirited, holier than thou far left person, who has accomplished nothing but divisiveness on the Richmond City Council. She is so far inferior a candidate that it is remarkable anyone would support her. See this piece in Berkeleyside, just to get a flavor of Beckles and her way of dealing with people.…

Posted by John Henderson on 09/21/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

gentrification isn't always bad. i feel safer living in oakland (east of lake) than i have for the past 36 years. Houses are nicely kept, streets aren't as dirty. Its nice to be able to walk around the neighborhood and not worried about being mugged or shot. Yes, some will get displaced. but if you can't afford to live in prime area then you just have to move further away. thats just how supply and demand works. Stricter rent control will decrease the likelihood of investors.

Posted by Jeff San on 09/21/2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Unfunny, Misogynist Anti-Superhero Returns in 'Deadpool 2'

What the hell are you saying about this movie being 'alt-right' and shit? I'm liberal as fuck and I enjoy the Deadpool movies. There is nothing alt-right about them. My boyfriend is Mexican and makes jokes about his, my, and every other race all the time. I'm a feminist and he doesn't come off as misogynistic to me. Liberals can make jokes about rape and race and shit too.

Posted by Aaris Howton on 09/21/2018 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

Living in Santa Fe for almost 10 years (and Oakland/East Bay in general since 1980), I love how the articles casts *re-using traditional names* as gentrification. Some here have bristled at the 'NOBE' designation. It annoys me, but I'm not making a federal case out of it.

But I love how this article casts using traditional names as gentrification, and coming up with new ones as gentrification. The only legitimate names are gang names. Thanks, EBX.

Posted by burnowt on 09/21/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

I've gone to A's games for years and characterizing these vendors as a vital part of the gameday experience is BS. I appreciate their situation, but I'd much rather they handled their business in a place that didn't slow down people just trying to go home. I'm fine with the vendors maybe taking up space on the very wide plaza area between the stadium and the walkway. But it is a stampede situation just waiting to happen with them where they are now.

The Express of late has gotten into the habit of conflating everything with a race/gentrification issues. Knee jerk contrarianism isn't insight. If people are ever hurt or killed in a stampede on that rather narrow walkway, guess who will be there blaming the City and A's for not addressing earlier concerns about the issue?

Posted by burnowt on 09/21/2018 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

Paul, Oakraidfanb, you're both absolutely correct.

What EBX divisively and exploitatively likes characterize as "anti-gentrification" is really no-change, urban nimby-ism attempting to protect itself with accusations of racism.

Yes, Barbecue Beck was way over the top and it definitely represents a culture clash... Calling on authority figures IS a norm in many places outside Oakland. Oakland on the other hand has long been the wild west where rules don't apply; We don't snitch and handle our own business... All too often with gunfire in the streets with no regard for bystanders.

How soon EBX and it's reporters forget the young black boy hit by a stray bullet that came through the wall of his house in one of these incidents. But they will happily help remind us of the man found in a car, reported used in a violent crime, who had a hand gun in open view and was shot... And howl for justice for him.

Was the shooting of that young boy ever solved? Where is EBX and it's resources for him?

The Raiders, A's, Warriors and the rest's of the professional sports megaliths have been a drain on the insufficient and precious resources Oakland has for decades.

While the players and owners grow fat on the backs of Oakland, we grow poor and poorer. While EBX and it's political backers play Boss Hogg, to their crony's, Oakland suffers.

A pox on the all

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/21/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

So can i bring my vertical smoker and sell BBQ plates on the ramp too on the under? How long would I last? Either enforce the law or not. I'm not mad at those trying to make a buck. They're playing the game within what has been allowed. That's hustle. BUT it is NOT safe on the ramp to impede the flow( musicians, (mostly) counterfeit apparel and knock off electronics (Disclaimer: BOTH of which I've bought from- I'm guilty too)- LET alone unregulated rigged-up carts with propane tanks on a crowded ramp. We're not even talking about any safety permits or anything. We seem to wink-wink and turn our head- particularly with the hot dog vendors as they are mainly"immigrants trying to make a buck so leave them alone". Again ask, so can I sell BBQ plates on the ramp also? I promise it's hella good. BUT we all know the answer to that...

Posted by Anthony Moore on 09/21/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Can a New Oakland A's Ballpark Help Fight Gentrification?

As both an A's and Raiders season ticket holder, may I say that I have tried to complain about the crowded BART ramp during post-game Raider games. It is a FIRE HAZARD. Plain and simple. It has nothing to do with hustle. But the Raiders, the Oakland Fire Department, the Oakland Police Department, the Alameda County Sheriff, nor BART have done anything to alleviate the FIRE HAZARD that the vendors blocking the BART ramp represent. I was at the old Candlestick Park during the October 17, 1989 Earthquake. I was in Castro Valley during the October, 1991 Oakland Firestorm. I was in LA at a Broncos-Raiders playoff game, eight days before the January 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake. If you are in or near a disaster area like those, you need egress, access, and exit space. One would think that with the recent Santa Rosa & Napa Fires, that one would learn to make certain that narrow, crowded areas have sufficient space, and are not FIRE HAZARDS. After the deadly Oakland Warehouse Fire, when the hell will Oakland learn? The A's fan who made the complaint is absolutely correct and on point with his comment. Now, will someone responsible please do something about a FIRE HAZARD which has now been in place since September 1995, please? Thank you. A's/Raider fan.

Posted by oakraidfaneb1b on 09/20/2018 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Eases Rules on Secondary Units to Add New Rental Housing

Greetings. I live in an oakland duplex that is unpermited. The new owners is trying to use this fact to evict me saying he wants to restore it back to single family. What are my protections?

Posted by Patti Rich on 09/20/2018 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

"various forces a shortage of new housing, severely lagging affordable housing construction, financial predation by banks and the real estate industry, and widening income inequality"

...add a strong anti-development bent by local governments, nimbyism, rampant speculation, and foreign money laundering

Posted by David Lubertozzi on 09/20/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

Excellent article! I don't have to repeat all the praise from the eloquent commenters above. I will also just say thank you, Ms. Chang.

To the confused person also above: The racism is not in the disease itself but in the lack of response to it in this country. it's a national disgrace that goes back centuries.

Posted by flyingobject on 09/20/2018 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Is the Only Way to Make Housing Affordable By De-Commodifying It?

Ernest Montague on 09/20/2018 at 10:59 AM - Good thing the folks in charge of the for-profit housing market have such a good grasp of basic economics or we might have a huge market melt-down requiring government intervention with enormous public capital at stake...oh, wait a minute. Nevermind!

Posted by Bruce Schmiechen on 09/20/2018 at 5:22 PM

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