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Re: “Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?

Nice trickery with the numbers. A couple of points:

1. You cant assume 100% of market rate housing will be built, when you know this is nowhere near the case based on historical data. The author knows this and leaves it out.

2. In 2014, 78% of housing built in Oakland was affordable
(https://oakland.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F…) . The Author leaves out what was actually built in 2015 in 2016.

3. This is permits issued. NOT actual units built. You can have less affordable housing units permits issued and yet MORE affordable units built. See above point.


4. The average cost to build an affordable housing in Alameda county, according to the State Housing Department, is $345k. The 59 units being built at Acts Full Gospel Church is closer to $500k/unit. $100million allocated from the city would build at most 300 homes, which would still be less than what the report says we need of 840 affordable units. Yet the author says we need more? Say its 1000 units to make the author happy - that's $300 million, and ~25% of Oaklands budget - how do we raise revenue, or make room in the budget for that? The author has no ideas, of course, but just wants to cherry pick data to make it look like we only have an affordable housing issue, and its the result of the "rich" not caring, rather than we have a housing crisis that's impacting everyone at all income levels, and that everyone is to blame.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/05/2017 at 12:30 PM

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

Let's see... Ms Brooks has been sitting on the council for how many years while this travesty in the OPD has been going on, but it's the mayor at fault?

Allow me to refresh you on some history;

Ms Brooks was first seated to the council in 2002, and vice mayor in 2011.

Ms Schaaf; first seated to the council in 2010 and elected mayor in 2015... Well after the start of this cesspool... Which Ms Brooks was in office for the entirety of.

And SOMEHOW it's all the mayors fault?!

Gimme a break!

I'll refrain from saying what I think exactly as she sues people who buy ink by the barrel. I, as a simple citizen of Oakland can not stand up to that.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 5:25 PM

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

As I said before, HARM reduction is simply a variant on the mantra from the loan officers of the financial crash, IBG-UBG (I be gone, you be gone), AKA kick it down the road for someone else to deal with.

Real adult.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 12:24 PM

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

"Grownups have to make life happen even when wishes don't come true."

Precisely! That's what makes harm reduction the adult approach!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/03/2017 at 11:46 AM

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

Mr Halberstadt, we then share similar backgrounds.

As a born and bred East Bay native, I've seen what NIMBY brings, "get it out of my face" does and HARM reduction's only result is all too often to stop short of real solutions, leaving the wound to continue to fester.

I prefer real solutions. References to fantasy accounts are at best "feel good" substitutes. Why not say instead to pray the problems away? Bah!

Those band-aids all can make breathing room possible, but that room HAS to be used, not become "out of sight, out of mind, it's not a problem". This last has been the history and there is no reason not to believe, the fact going forward.

And this is where you and I fundamentally differ... What is vs what I think it should be.

As I said before Unicorns, Elves, Fairies and money trees are wonderful... For children.

Grownups have to make life happen even when wishes don't come true.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Is the Chief of Police, Anne Kirkpatrick, a direct report to Tim Birch, an "analyst"? I find information on him elsewhere that calls him "Police Services Manager". Accurate? If so, why was he answering questions about agreements signed by the former C.O.P. and making apologies vs the Chief? Why was he even present?

The reason I checked is because I saw other articles on EBX regarding Mr Birch as an IT specialist dealing with communications technology. In that role, he has NO role in police policy so it struck me odd he was responding to policy questions for this commission.

I was under the impression the C.O.P. reported to at a minimum to the city manager, if not the mayor.

Was this "theater" so the commission could say it held a hearing... Withoutthe public realizing it meaningless? Or is this commission so clueless they had no idea he had nothing to do with these policies, if which case the question rises, should these individuals even be at the table? Which Tammany Hall rats appointed them?

And why do I have to ask these questions vs the "award winning" EBX reporters who don't seem to fact check ANYTHING!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/03/2017 at 8:13 AM

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Re: “Nearly Every Scene In New Baywatch Appears Framed To Appease Corporate Sponsors

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

Mr. Ferrell, I have my own experience (with homelessness and substance use); I've left both behind, and I still have a life (one not mired in "recovery") -- no thanks to the practitioners (and often cult-like programs) you celebrate, however well-intentioned they may be. (For an alternate perspective, please read [or view] "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" or "A Scanner Darkly.")

In any event, as I've already noted, any purported solution (regarding mental illness and substance use) is sure to be controversial -- if the implicit issues can ever be settled, and if truly effective and universally accepted 'treatment' even exists.

That's all beside the point, however.

We face an immediate crisis -- specifically involving the street encampments that have recently been mushrooming in our neighborhoods, and the catastrophic depletion and displacement of low-income (and specifically SRO) housing. This is new -- and it's the situation we immediately need to address.

As you yourself acknowledge, at best "some have to work at recovery for years to achieve basic stability." What are we supposed to do in the meantime -- even assuming such an approach is destined ever to have widespread success? Given the urgency of the current situation, let's address the encampments as such, and ameliorate the shortage (and loss) of low-income housing as fully and quickly as is competently possible.

Ironically, we agree on much regarding the political situation that's exacerbated the current problem, and that's kept us from addressing the crisis we face. Unfortunately, the perspective you promote is yet another part of the problem -- contributing to the current self-seeking and paralysis -- rather than a solution.

In that context, everything I've written and proposed here falls clearly and straightforwardly under the rubric of harm reduction -- of addressing the crisis at hand. That's where we need to start.

We may need to focus on the hardest cases later -- if, indeed, they're truly amenable to "professional" interventions, or prove to have any viable solution at all.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/02/2017 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Privacy Committee Urges Police Cut Ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

It's a good thing our Federal Government isn't this inept. Oh. Wait.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/02/2017 at 7:52 PM

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

Having visited all but five major league baseball cities I cannot see why a downtown site for the new A's stadium cannot be decided upon. Actually the Fox Oakland Theatre area would be best---new hotels, restaurants, cafes and sports bars would follow as shown in Denver, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and even San Francisco have demonstrated. However, if the Laney College location is picked that would suffice---it has worked before as that exact location housed Frank Youell Field for the Oakland Raiders (1962-65) with 21,000 fans per game attending. And that was before BART was even in the picture. Let us get the decision confirmed and underway sooner rather than later.
Regards
LEE KESSLER
Alameda

Posted by Lee Kessler on 06/02/2017 at 6:24 PM

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