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Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Bravo, John Seal.

I read this opinion piece along with the mostly withering comments the other day and was energized, saddened and disgusted, in quick succession. It closely reflects my torn feelings about gentrification in general, and in Oakland specifically. After having been both a renter and recent homeowner here close to downtown Oakland for more than 22 years, Ive seen how dramatically the city has changed. From Friday and Saturday nights where downtown was literally a ghost town to the 100 fold increase in traffic and building activity, Ive witnessed the transformation firsthand. To say that the influx of money and revitalization to the area in general has been positive would be an understatement. I welcome the city finally picking up steam from then Mayor Browns initiative during his time in office to bring 10,000 new dwellings downtown. There are strangely and sadly a lot of residents who seem to have wanted to keep Oakland the way it was. No thanks. Stagnation is always death.

The thing is, I believe that a good many opponents and activists were not against change per se, but rather against the seemingly wholesale selling out to what seems to be happening at the expense of people who have lived here their whole lives. The tech gold rush that started in the late 90s across the bay has now come to roost here in Oakland, for better or worse. Ill not get into the obvious reasons nor make a judgement about its coming about.

There is, however, something much more troubling happening here that is in lock step with what has happened state-wide and collectively as Americans: the complete and total sell out of virtuous values like integrity and character. Uber and its CEO, Travis Kalanick, have never, ever displayed anything other than what could easily be portrayed by the worst, most evil villain in a super hero movie, sans the trappings. Just this week, weve once more been exposed to a former Uber executives illegal handling of personal medical records, not to mention CEO Kalanicks cautionary *wink-wink* email detailing in the most fratish-way what to avoid at the then 2013 Miami celebration. And folks are bemused by the trail of idiocy the 45th has committed? Really?

This company embodies and emanates every disgusting human quality an American company can represent. The lot of them are scumbags. Full stop. They do not represent anything I believe in, they do not represent any qualities a responsible, good-citizen model of corporate America would condone, and they certainly do not reflect anything the best of Oaklands hard-working, creative, historically blue-collar citizens represent in any way shape or form.

You may say, well, a $70 billion-valued company that owns a cheaply-sold plot of land in Oaklands burgeoning downtown can do whatever it likes. No. They cannot.

Ever since the citizens of this nation have become so utterly hypnotized by the almighty bottom-line at the expense of common sense, human virtues to celebrated and maintained (honesty, integrity, concern for your fellow human being, hard work, etc.), as a society weve experienced a dearth of heartless, immoral choices. Human beings matter. Community matters. History matters. Sometimes even tradition matters. Making money at any expense NEVER matters, ever.

For that reason, I say, No. No, I cannot and will not support a leviathan of the tech church of Libertarianism and money-at-all-costs. These scumbags will never be welcome in my home and our shared community of Oakland. Because, in the end, this is about values, integrity and a reflection of the community.

Posted by FigAlert on 06/09/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “43 Must-Do Summer Activities In The Bay Area!

If you're a biker bummed at Canyon Road and Alhambra Valley Road being closed, check out http://inl.org/cycling/rides; lots of different options, most in the East Bay, all BART-accessible.

Posted by Tom Holub on 06/09/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Inside Immigration Court: Are Deportation Hearings In The Bay Area Unconstitutional?

Alan,

I guess your response is the most telling of the current climate in our country. Not all who come here commit crimes. Most are here to support their families with any job they can find. Can you honestly say that if the tables were turned that you would not be doing exactly the same thing? They work ungodly hours doing the meanial jobs that most US citizens are not willing to do. They buy goods and services from the local communities and in many cases work multiple jobs. I can be honest and state that I would do exactly the same thing if it was a way to provide for my family. We have grown into such an intolerant society and the new administration has made our country into a nation where public hate and racism seem to be the new norm. We have gone back in time and all those who came here from somewhere else with a chance for a new life would be ashamed of the society we have become.

Posted by John Q. Public on 06/09/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “43 Must-Do Summer Activities In The Bay Area!

How about the Woodminster Summer Musicals? Summer 2017 is their 51st season presenting big Broadway style musicals outdoors in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park. This year, Mamma Mia!, South Pacific, and Beauty and the Beast. Big casts including professional actors and live professional orchestras. Lots of ticket promo prices for various ages.

Posted by Kathy Rainey Kahn on 06/09/2017 at 8:35 AM

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

Howard Terminal! It will be a jewel for Oakland and the entire Bay Area!

Posted by smiley lopez on 06/08/2017 at 10:35 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

If you are a renter and don't like your neighbor upstairs or down the hall, don't go crying to your landlord - just sayin'

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 06/08/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

GREAT!!!!!!I was hoping the restaurant would get extended lease. I do not think our hood needs yet another tech-driven tap room. Sequoia keeps it real, and it is family owned as well. Which reminds me that I am feeling a bit peckish...Got go get me some GOAT!

Posted by Max Dee on 06/08/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

GREAT! I love this place and was hoping the potential buyer would have a change of heart. I do not think our hood needed another tech driven brew/taproom. Whew!!!! Gotta go get me some goat!!!!!

Posted by Max Dee on 06/08/2017 at 8:27 PM

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

Sorry to hear!

Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 06/08/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “43 Must-Do Summer Activities In The Bay Area!

Come out to the Alameda Summer Art and Maker Fair presented by Flax. 35 Artist Booth's, live demos, live music including Hella Fitzgerald. 3 open studios, 100 under 100 Group Art Show with over 18 bay area artists showing all pieces in this show are under $100, kids art activities, henna, face painting,

JUNE 25TH ALL DAY!

alamedaartfair.com

Posted by Jessica Warren on 06/08/2017 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

Why have so many talented and highly skilled people left?

Because of OUSD's insistence of trying to be Alameda County's social services agency. Progressive spending. It's for the kids. Eye roll. They deserve all the bad things that happen to them. Only the kids are innocent. A bunch of asshat, the whole lot of them.

Posted by Barry wanderlust on 06/08/2017 at 6:29 PM

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

Not sure about your analysis of Oakland politics but I CAN tell you the restaurant industry is going through major changes (the outcome of which is up in the air) and full service restaurants are struggling and/or closing throughout the Bay Area.

Posted by Mark Sheff on 06/08/2017 at 5:35 PM

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

Oakland has a privacy committee? Does this committee care about the privacy of crime victims being intentionally endangered by the DA and police releasing their personal information, address, phone, names of their family and friends, along with pages and pages of falsified homicide reports containing crimes not even committed by these innocent people, but crime committed by third parties now attached to criminal records searches of innocent victims of crime into google searches for their small businesses and professional lives?www.karmawon.wordpress.com Stop the aggression and cyber terrorism against Innocent women if you want your city reputation to improve https://karmawon.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/…

Posted by karma wonitall on 06/08/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “The Founder of 510 Hikers Shares His Most Challenging and Rewarding East Bay Outdoor Jaunts

Nicholas Collins is becoming a local treasure, always welcoming, fosters leadership, keeps hikers safe and truly believes in the transformative power of the outdoors.

Posted by Anna Edmondson on 06/08/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

I'm so grateful for Rebecca Kaplan's leadership on this!

Posted by jkn912 on 06/08/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “The Founder of 510 Hikers Shares His Most Challenging and Rewarding East Bay Outdoor Jaunts

Proud to be part of the 510 Hikers family!!!!

Posted by Eric Veganrasta on 06/08/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Bus Your Way to the Forest and Water

Don't take the 18 bus to Montclair. It's now the 33 line.

Posted by Andrew Alden on 06/08/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Kickstart Women-of-Color in the Food Scene

Adding the full URL to make it slightly easier: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/747347190/creating-great-jobs-for-young-women-of-color-in-oa

Posted by Eugene Chan on 06/08/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Was Set to Close, Until Community Rallied Behind Miliki

I'd like to try this place, but the reviews online are terrible.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 06/08/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Pursuant to previous comment, this from a news story published TODAY: "Uber has reached the stage where there is seemingly no low it can reach that will surprise people"

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/201…

Posted by John Seal on 06/08/2017 at 9:44 AM

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