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Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

They do not address the number of houseless folks, which usually number in the hundreds or thousands. According to an article in dailycal.org, Berkeley has 664 homeless residents, living on the streets. none of those plans shelter all of them. if you are only going to shelter a few, create actual housing.
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/05/29/berkeleys-homeless-population-nears-1000-homeless-shelter-crisis/

Posted by Bertha Pearl on 06/27/2017 at 9:23 AM

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

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Posted by Shehan Madawela on 06/27/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

Forgotten in all the hubbub of these plans is the fact that there is no dialogue about creating low-cost housing in the city of Berkeley. None of these programs address that.

We at "first they came for the homeless" believe that all these programs are set up and designed to fail. Any money that is spent on anything other than housing is a waste of money.

So, while we applaud the city of Berkeley for at least addressing the problem, these programs are far, far short of what is needed to combat the situation of being unhoused.

Posted by Freeman Sullivan on 06/27/2017 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

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Posted by Ehijie Desmond on 06/27/2017 at 1:50 AM

Re: “Living Downstairs, or Lying?: Advocates Say Oakland Landlords Pretending to Reside in Apartments so as to Evict Tenants

Sotelo says his apartment has a history of problems.... He's been living there since 2003 but waited until 2014 to finally say something??

Posted by Angel Halo Medina on 06/26/2017 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Shayla Jamerson is So Oakland

Thank You Shayla for making a difference.
Although, I'm not a native of Oakland, but I'm a black lady from Chicago living in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of attending "SoOakland"this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for your vision and continued Blessings on your Journey!!

Posted by stephanien12 on 06/26/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

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Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

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

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Posted by Michele Mini on 06/26/2017 at 3:21 AM

Re: “Leavening the Resistance: Reem's Brings Traditional Arab Bakery to Oakland's Fruitvale

Eli Freedman, could not with you more! So sick of their "poor me" crap! They are supposed to be Americans, but they want to stay immigrants so they can complain about their mistreatment! Maybe if they acclimated to their country and denounced terror and their bigotry and lies things would be better for them. What does it say about their mentality when they have a life size mural of a murderer in the wall? They might as well paint a picture of Charles Manson on the other wall!

Posted by Marsha Coleman on 06/24/2017 at 11:29 PM

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

I rarely post comments. But this Paley -- this pompous carpetbagger -- is one of the loathesome specimens I've come across in a long time. And heartfelt thanks to the EXPRESS for exposing this pest for what he is

Posted by Ace Backwords on 06/24/2017 at 9:24 PM

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

Friends don't let Oakland become SF. Textbook case ongoing here.
Narcissistic douchebags like Paley are emboldened by the present sociopolitical atmosphere, clumsily demanding attention. This guy wants to shut down Metro's party for his own geekCon circle-jerks? F that. Resist.

Posted by bigdumbgod on 06/24/2017 at 4:25 PM

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

I'm so excited & relieved that Miliki's will be staying. I'm relatively new to the area but it's. Become one of my favorite breakfast places. Now I will have the opportunity to check out the delicious West African dinner dishes.

Posted by Denise B on 06/24/2017 at 1:30 PM

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

I want to add Anasa Yoga to he best yoga studio list.

Posted by Dera R Jones Williams on 06/24/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “How Serious is the Wild Fire Threat in the Oakland Hills?

It seems incredible to me that a committee made up of appointed-by- city- council residents of the Wildfire District pretends that it knows more about fire prevention than the experienced, highly trained professionals who make up the OFD. The WPAD board in the past has attempted to execute its own "fire prevention"agenda, which, with the exception of the goat herding contracts, has little or nothing to do with fire safety. Many of the people in the Wildfire District do not even realize that the WPAD had nothing to do with private property. The goat contracts, and anything else that the WPAD managed to do, involved only city-owned, public property--so why should the owners of private property be expected to pay an additional tax for a service that should come from the OFD budget or from the general fund? Maintaining fire safety in public parks and other public spaces that all Oakland residents use should not be paid for only by the property owners in the hills. The Mayor, the City Council, and the OFD should be responsible for fire safety (both fire prevention and fire suppression), not a board of biased citizens who have dared in the past to attempt to advise the OFD on its policies, and how to spend its money.

Posted by Madeline Hovland on 06/23/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “How Serious is the Wild Fire Threat in the Oakland Hills?

Hills residents have shown they are willing to pay for extra fire prevention services and will do so again when it's clear that the extra funds would be used effectively. For at least 9 years, OFD has been short-sighted about all fire prevention work. It took the tragic Ghost Ship disaster to expose the ridiculous lack of inspection services in Oakland and wake OFD up to their responsibility to inspect commercial properties. The 2017-2019 budget process being done now is adding at least a dozen fire inspectors, which is a good start, but is only designating one or two of those full-time positions for the vegetation management and wildfire prevention staff, where 3-4 would be more appropriate for our large city. Not until the vegetation management plan for Oakland's Open Space properties is completed and data entry systems are updated to enable City departments to coordinate their efforts better, can a new hills fire prevention taxation district move forward. I'm not convinced yet that the fire prevention efforts will have a high enough priority within OFD. Time will tell, but I am more hopeful that the next Hills wildfire prevention district will be more popular and effective than the one that just ended.

Posted by batya_lee on 06/23/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “How Serious is the Wild Fire Threat in the Oakland Hills?

Why is no one talking about the epic failure of CalTrans to maintain vegetation along our freeways. We've already had a fire closing Hwy 13 and the excuse from CalTrans that they are "down one maintenance crew"...is not good enough to excuse them from responsibility. Signage is not even visible because everything's so overgrown. New landscaping is installed and promptly neglected by CalTrans. C'mon Sacramento...get down here and clean up!

Posted by S. Taylor on 06/23/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “How Serious is the Wild Fire Threat in the Oakland Hills?

What seems obvious is that we have two sides to a public safety issue. The problem is that both sides are wrong. The City has not had any competent leadership in the Fire department for a decade or more. As a result, the staff is poorly trained and there is no long term focus or establishment of priorities from the top in how the work is accomplished. Most firefighters see their jobs as fighting fires and EMT work. The ancillary duties that require additional technical training, like hazardous waste control, plan check, building and hillside fire inspections are viewed as nuisance duties, instead of a part of the core mission. The history and lack of performance in these areas have demonstrated that to be true. At the same time. for the people who live in high fire hazard areas like Ms Piper to think that they should be given the same level of protection as the people who live in the developed city is unreasonable. People who love the wild land ambiance and expensive views from the Oakland hills have to realize that there is a risk associated with their choice of neighborhoods. Most of the streets and lots in the north hills were mapped almost two centuries ago. The streets are not and never will be adequate to safely accommodate the level of growth that has occurred. The homeowners choose to take on that risk by the choices they make. It is like people who live in the hills of Lake Tahoe complaining that the bears are a nuisance. It is not the bears that are the problem. With that being said, somewhere in the middle is where both sides need to be. The City needs to do a better job in their mission and the neighbors need to take personal responsibility for creating defensible spaces around their homes whether the city inspects the neighborhood or not. If these folks want extra attention because of their own choices not to live where fire service is readily available, they need to pay for it.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/23/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Plans for a 'New' Oakland Are Taking Shape, but Existing Residents Are Demanding More Equitable Development

The state legislature has a major role to play in development. Most recently, it mandated that cities ease the creation of mini-lots and backyard housing, which have a mixed bag of good and bad effects. Where do our state legislators stand on affordable housing and neighborhood preservation?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/23/2017 at 12:45 PM

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