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Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Mr. Johnson -- you're right that many neighborhoods across Oakland could benefit from similar treatment. OakDOT has road safety projects in the works across the city, including the area of 8th and Fallon streets in West Oakland, Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district, the BRT project connecting East Oakland to the Lake Merritt area, and both 69th Avenue and 98th Avenue in East Oakland. We will be making additional announcements as those projects produce results in the coming weeks and months. More to come!

--Sean Maher, OakDOT

Posted by Sean_Maher on 10/11/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Lots of neighborhoods could benefit from this kind of treatment.

When we have pestered the "Department of Transportation" however,
they are refused to deal with us.

Uptown and downtown, maybe. The rest of Oakland, like East Oakland, forget about it.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/11/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Wooden Table Cafe to be Oakland's Home for Argentine Treats

This is wonderful!! Good luck!!! We are a small yerba mate company in Maryland... the word is growing on how delicious the treats from Argentina are!! Good luck! We hope to one day, come and visit! www.lovefromargentina.com

Posted by Ana Goldseker on 10/11/2017 at 4:33 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

This looks like a major improvement. I'd love to see something similar done at the mid-block crosswalk on Lake Park Avenue.

Posted by Ken Katz on 10/11/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon to Replace Art's Crab Shack

First time at Copper Spoon last night. Wow! What a great place! Atmosphere and drinks were great, but the Lamb burger was out of this world! I'd reccomend this to anyone who like great food at a reasonable cost.

Posted by Somerset Bassett on 10/10/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Sorry, but this isn't a "game changer" if the business owner doesn't actually have a business location. Delivery only? Might work for some, but not for MOST. I'm from Jersey, so trust me - we NEED better bagels here. But for now, places like Beauty's offers a pretty good product. None the less I welcome the increased competition, so long as there is an actual STORE. My life is way too complicated to try and order bagels for delivery. Sorry - but the current business model works best (going to a shop to purchase bagels, breads, pastries, etc.).

Posted by EB Pride on 10/10/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Blade Runner 2049: Making America Dismal Again

Of course you and most of your readers don't want to explore our current situation.

That's why you go to the movies.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/10/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Bang Data Joins the Resistance

Great article. Love Bang Data and everything tney represent. Their music nakes you feel alive.. Always great to catch a live show.

Posted by Nikki Surette- Daniel on 10/09/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

I think it's a good idea.

Posted by Monica Ruiz on 10/07/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Mexican Alternative Band KINKY at Cornerstone

Nice sound.

Posted by Monica Ruiz on 10/07/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Call the police for help..... not a chance.
Don't need them shooting at me. If you got bad meal from a restaurant you would not go back. Boycott the police. They are about violence and fear. It's that simple.

Posted by glenn Scott on 10/07/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Two sides to a coin here. On one side, helping these folks with sanitary facilities, better shelter, etc. makes good humanitarian sense. Great!

On the other side of the coin, the blight of these encampants is destructive to the safety of the community, the willingness of people to conduct business nearby as well as property values for those that are not homeless. These actions make Oakland an attractive haven for the homeless which will only grow the population and put us in a death spiral.

One solution to consider is for the City Council members to locate these homeless encampments in their front yards. They will be providing the space for a compassionate solution and ensure the encampments are dispersed throughout the city and not become little ghettos in areas that will be invetiably destined to be "out of sight, out of mind."

And, of course, the members of the Council will experience first hand, the social, safety and economic impact of fostering the growth and development of these encampments. They will "live in the shoes" of the merchants and citizens that live nearby and they can even move in to the encampments.

A total 360!

Posted by Michael Good on 10/07/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Loving Vincent, and Perhaps Murdering Him, Too

the spectacle of the film is at first nearly overwhelming. But, once one gets used to seeing the Vincent mode on a constant level, it is a pleasure to watch. The conjecture over Vincent's cause of death is quite plausible and the doctor's forensic analysis of the wound's initiation...not done by Vincent's hand...is very compelling. The course of Armand's journey following Vincent's path is not at all tedious...but very enlightening as drama and as narrative. All rings true for the viewer and makes this film a joy and hopefully a success in all ways for its creators. loved it.

Posted by Perry Johnson on 10/07/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Move Over, Hippies

Great article with great info!

Posted by Denize Ramirez on 10/07/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

I'll just say it's all Band-Aids! We were all living in affordable housing as OAkland residents. But that affordable apartment from 1999 is now in an unaffordable apartment because in 99 it was $700 and now it's $4000. This whole concept of building affordable housing because we all got kicked out of our homes is ridiculous. I would've rather kept my home and had a newcomers build her own fucking condos in Brooklyn Basin. In 1999 the city Council didn't know who owned the empty property is in downtown Oakland. Oaklanders couldn't even open up a shop in downtown Oakland. Then somehow magically all of a sudden the business improvement District's in the city created opportunities for people outside Oakland. But then again we all know what this is called!

Posted by Brian Drayton on 10/07/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Congratulations Emily! Can't wait to visit and eat!

Posted by Melissa Tosetti on 10/06/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Do we need more gov't housing in Oakland? Is no one concerned about incentivising homelessness? Are there routes for these people to pull themselves out of homelessness in Oakland? If so, why isn't there more focus on this as a long-term solution vs the "give a man a fish" scenario?

Posted by philmo55 on 10/06/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Tom : Respectfully disagree, . We have a progressive tax already-income tax. Why burden a property owner with a larger cost to support city services when most public administration research indicates higher income property owners use far less municipal services? That City of Oakland needs to re-focus its municipal serves to include fire, police, water, waste collection, and staffing and up-keep of recreation-parks, fields, and our estuary lake.

Don't buy the argument that if you choose to invest in a home in Oakland you should be stuck with financing projects and programs that rarely impact you or your family.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/06/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Cases Against Police Officers Who Sexually Exploited Underage Girl Known as Celeste Guap Fall Apart

There is plenty of evidence to charge them. Lets reflect once the cat was out of the bag, Richmond PD accessed victims compensation and had Celeste send all the way to a rehab in FL, where the rehab worker illegally tried to restrain her and inject her with something,and when Celeste bit the guy in self-defense, they threw her in Martin County jail with a 300k bond. Within hours O Malloy told the media that she couldn't prosecute the cops without a witness, and who knows how long she would be held on these major felony charges. SEX WORKERS rallied around Celeste and raised teh money for an attorney and she was out of the jail and back in Oakland in 10 days. The prosecutors have tons of text messages where the cops admitted that they were paying her, running background checks and providing her info on upcoming stings. Why would they need the victim to testify with all this EVIDENCE, and the counter in that the cops held a secret award ceremony. Now usually trafficking victims are threatened with arrest if they refuse to testify, but when it comes to holding predatory cops accountable, they get probation and get to remain on the force, so they can exploit more women. The city of Oakland would not have settled for 1 million dollars if there was no evidence. https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oak…

Posted by Bella Robinson on 10/06/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services

Well, we could just arrest these people, but that is not going to clean up the gutters, or your sidewalk in front of your doorway, giving them porta potties, and washing stations is the proper action to take. Thank god we are'nt haveing a break out of hepititus A, like they are in san diego? In fact since the porta potties, and the wash stations have been delivered, along with trash cans and scheduled pick up, i have'nt noticed anyone urinate or defacat in my doorway anymore, and it was happening daily, sometimes walking up to see it in action, all summer long. So thank you cal trans, and thank you oakland residents for your help with building materials, and thank you volunteers for your help with construction. Encouragement and positive reinforcement is the way to go! Work with the situation, dont lock it up, push it away. The fact of the matter is the world is overpopulated! Multiplication, plain and simple. Long live the arts!

Posted by Guadalupe Saldivar on 10/06/2017 at 9:42 AM

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