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Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

As someone with some knowledge of code compliance, it seems pretty obvious here that The Metro tried to pull a fast one by getting a cabaret business license rather than a nightclub business license, in order to get around a whole host of expensive requirements having a nightclub, a liquor license, complying with fire and noise abatement requirements, etc.

... and now they are paying for it. Not particularly sympathetic.

Posted by Mark Kraft on 06/22/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Passes Divisive Proposal to Establish Violence Prevention Department

Wow. How do you cut violence 80% in three years? In Oakland? Not by establishing a bureaucracy to give away stuff.

You do it by building business to provide jobs for people, and education for them. You do it by ending public housing that encourages people of color to live in ghettos of their own making, and making it possible for them to move into neigborhoods all over the city. You do it by ending "social programs" that create a heritage of dependence and need.

All this will do is burden the Oakland taxpayer further.

"The people did this." As they did Venezuela.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/22/2017 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Mills College’s Plan to Ax Jazz Legend Roscoe Mitchell Draws International Outrage

The extent to which this is bullshit by default puts everything legitimate about Mills into deep questioning. Roscoe Mitchell is everything that the Darius Milhaud Professorship is FOR. Jesus.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 06/22/2017 at 1:27 AM

Re: “The Truth is Out There: B4bel4b Exhibit Believe the Hype Exposes Ideological Battles Behind Neutral-Seeming Digital Age Info

This looks (to have been) fascinating! Too bad the story was published so late in the run of the exhibit, and so near to the time of the closing event!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/21/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

I'm dissapointed in OX. Once upon a time you were a person whom I admired for their integrity. I understand it is a paycheck. But putting in work to shut down a venue like the Metro, in gentrified times like these, is pretty low.
Remember when there was no place to play at all in the East Bay? So bands had to play at UC co-ops and house parties. (not that those were not legendary shows).
I know you remember when Oakland was different. Don't be one of those guys that continues to turn it into San Francisco East.

Posted by Russ D on 06/21/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

I love the Metro. I have friends who've done shows there... but everyone in this story is fibbing. Oakland is a rude place with a lot of bullies that then hide behind some sad "Oh, me, I'm so put upon(sniffle)" story, because they're also highly skilled manipulators. So Oakland is just a live and let live city? Well, only if you're the type of person that can function inside a running clothes dryer -for the rest of us it's discomfort, inconvenience and ear plugs. The Metro is way too loud, the neighbor is being way too aggressive and Ben Delaney might be getting a summons for that libelous statement. Odd that after all the recent examples of city inspectors failing to see violations (REPORTED IN THIS VERY BLOG), EBX would then cite a city inspector not finding a violation as back-up for the Metro's claims. City inspectors rarely find a violation when reported by a citizen. They don't want the hassle of it all as evident in that I found *1* citation issued in 2014 for a citizen reported building code violation. Y'all should read the reports... it's really sad seeing some grandmother that figures out how to make a legit complaint online about a bully neighbor and then read the city inspector concluded "no violation found". OMG, their findings mean nothing. Anyway, if you love polemics more than facts or solutions -you're reading the right blog. I hope all these fibbers wipe off the crocodile tears and find real solutions to coexist.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/21/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Paley sounds like a pompous, self-entitled ass. And Orlando Xavier, way to turn your back on your community. Performing surveillance for Paley makes you a "snitch". You're the definition of a sellout.

Posted by PunksDead on 06/21/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Invoking the Ghost Ship tragedy to further their agenda is about the lowest, scummiest thing one could do. How much of a loser do you have to be to capitalize off the pain and suffering of others just so you could put on some half baked, wannabe TED Talks? Disgusting.

Posted by chaki on 06/21/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Seems to me like this Brad guy could've taken all the money he has spent trying to shut the Metro down, and sound proofed his own venue. It is clear to me that he is trying to eliminate competition. This seems so Draconian. I thought that there were laws against this.

Posted by Liana Smith on 06/21/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Metro Operahouse Claims Harassment by a Neighbor, Who Says the Music Venue is Breaking the Law

Thank you for this excellent reporting. I'd prefer some vitriol aimed at Paley and Ox, but then, you can't have everything. The Metro is an excellent venue, the Deans have operated it fairly for years, putting their sweat and blood into it. The staff is great. They don't treat you like cattle. I've never seeb better security at a "legit" venue.

Posted by Todd M on 06/21/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Was Brooks operating in her professional capacity when she was alleged to have assaulted Brown ? If not, then I don't see how Brown would have any claim against the city.

Whenever land is sold off at below market rates there is always something underhand in the works.

Posted by alphie noakes on 06/21/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Something stinks about this whole business. The City of Oakland is once again skirting the requirements of good governance in the name of "providing affordable housing." Where is the transparency the public is entitled to and which the law requires? I call upon the entire Council to withdraw from this plan until all legal and financial qualifications have been established. The process should be thrown open to enable other qualified non-profits to make competitive bids. Chuck Johnston, Jack London Waterfront Warehouse neighborhood.

Posted by Chuck Johnston on 06/21/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

Can we please take into consideration about all the homeless people living in tents under the underpass in West Oakland please it doesn't cost much put up a couple of homeless shelters for these people is making our city look so bad it's making us look bad we are now the world champions of the NBA but we still can't take care of our own people come on now please help us don't kill us if need be i will work my self to help these just give me a chance 5104593972 give me a call

Posted by loverboy12 on 06/21/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Best Glass

Uhm no, im exaxtly the person who names my bongs and take extreme care in choosing the perfect one. Well, when i went into Big Als one morning (no one else even in store), i was rudely told to leave bc "i wasnt buying anything." ofcourse i told them im just rly picky but walked out anyways. As i was leaving the manager even made a joke about my pajama pants i was wearing. Very unprofessional and just nasty. Been telling everyone to stay away ever since.

Posted by Echo Smith on 06/21/2017 at 12:16 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

The city council wouldn't do a thing like trying to buy off someone suing the city (Why is the city, as a whole, responsible of the alleged actions of a council member no on city time or city property?). Not to mention encouraging an organization that has behaved in a way that would in no way shape or form be tolerated by ordinary citizens.

Maybe, it's a effort to curry favor with a county supervisor? Naaaa... Never happen.

Please, everyone notice, exactly which council members were in favor of this travesty...

Remember them well on election day. Don't take to the streets.

VOTE THIS CORRUPT CABAL OUT!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/20/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

I hope they didn't pay James Cahill of Pilar Consulting Services very much to prepare that 990, because he obviously doesn't know what he's doing in that regard.

There are numerous questions that have "no" answers, where the answers should be "yes" (as in "no" would raise a red flag).

There are fields that should have descriptive sentences but instead have minimal text. The program service accomplishments should say things like, "We provided # of services to # of people in # of locations" - at minimum. The answer should not be "charitable" - one word, charitable. It's obvious that the preparer not only didn't know what he was doing, but couldn't be bothered to read even the basic instructions on the form itself.

There are boxes that should be checked that aren't (the treasurer should be an individual trustee as well as an officer, the same as Elaine).

There is no data shown on the return for 2014, which should be present as the organization states it existed in 2014. Perhaps the preparer didn't do the 2014 return, but he should have obtained the information from the organization.

Also, considering they report property tax expense, the fact there is nothing on the balance sheet for fixed assets, is another red flag of incompetence. The $11k spent on "Information Technology" would also generally result in fixed assets.

Going through this 990 more closely, it is actually quite impressive how incompetently it was prepared. The Public Support % on Schedule A should be 100%; instead it is shown as 0%.

The statement of program service accomplishments shows $5100 in expenses but "0" for grants, where, on the functional expense page, the $5100 is listed as being entirely grants given to domestic individuals.

As far as there being no details of the Other Fees, it is possible that it was detailed on an attached page that did not make it into the archived version. I've seen that happen before. However, this just looks like more evidence of negligence on the preparer's part.

The fact that almost all the expenses are put under "management and overhead" is something that is a red flag for mismanagement. However, based on the overwhelming lack of competence in the overall tax preparation, to me, this doesn't indicate mismanagement, just an incompetent tax preparer.

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 06/20/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

I wonder why the city of Oakland would sell land at an enormous discount to Elaine Brown's organization. Could the reason be that Brown is currently suing the city for millions?

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 06/20/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

Best COFFEE. Red Bay Coffee.

Posted by Carlos Levexier on 06/20/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

I went for the first time a few years ago and had a biscuit that melted in my mouth and some delicious pork belly. I went again for brunch and dinner a few more times and it seemed that each time they had a new cook who wanted to experiment with a different food technique. I looked forward to seeing what the hiatus will bring food wise and decor and I appreciate them for taking a change back in 2009.

Posted by Marissa Selhorst on 06/20/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

Can EBX please comment on why they have no "award winning investigative reporters" looking into the council members who seem to have been party to this?

Could it be that EBX and it's award winning reporters are nothing but sock puppets for these very council members; subverted by their political agenda(s) and beholden to them?

And why does this article read so very closely to the one on this topic by a certain media outlet from across the bay, while avoiding the specifics (from the grand jury report) in that article?

Citizens of Oakland want to know.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/20/2017 at 10:11 AM

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