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Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Coliseum site has existing infrastructure which will be impossible to install from scratch at Peralta. Use the Hegenberger/'tracks' corner for that small neighborhood stadium, and give it a neighborhood charm. Build tiered parking adjacent. Tear down the current ballpark and custom-build a neighborhood on the site. It would be ballpark / parking / a park / grocery / residential (affordable housing) that can be dense and tall, because height is not a factor (how high is Mt. Davis?) Build on the current infrastructure. Rehab the businesses that exist beside the BART walkway - make them accessible from the walkway instead of just ground level. Make it a walkway plaza. You can custom tailor a whole beautiful urban landscape.
But living adjacent to the Peralta site for 23 years, that is seriously crazy. Traffic nightmares like you wouldn't believe, and no off-loading traffic to side streets. Brooklyn Basin"s impact is also not to be discounted.

Posted by Bruce Folck on 09/07/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

I agree with this letter in the 9/6 Chronicle:
Why not remodel Oakland Coliseum ?

Regarding Oakland dinosaur the last of its kind (Sept. 4): What with the upcoming departure of the Oakland Raiders, why cant the Oakland Coliseum be remodeled instead of replaced? It is my understanding (and experience) that the field and most seating are great for baseball; it is the behind the seats areas that are the pits. For a fraction of the cost of a new facility, the concourses can be remodeled and new ones constructed, suites installed and the whole facility spruced up.

The location, with direct access from the freeway, two passenger railroads and an international airport, cant be beat. A deal can be made with the San Francisco Giants to share AT&T Park for a season or two while the work is being done. For a third to half the cost, and half the construction time, a great 50-year-old stadium will be good as new and ready to go for another 50 years, as a baseball stadium.

Richard Weitzenberg, Sacramento

Posted by Joyce Roy on 09/07/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

Every single day we see law enforcement officers in small and large cities, cops that are White, Black and Hispanic, men and women, over step their legal boundaries in how they do their jobs. In just the last week we have seen Sheriffs at Santa Rita jail charged with prisoners abuse, a video of a cop handcuffing a nurse for doing her job, a football star thrown to the ground and detained illegally because he was Black. These two local law enforcement officials need to talk about what they are doing to change the culture of policing in Oakland. Don't tell me about covering tatoos or what words you are using to describe sex workers. Tell me why O'malley would make a statement at a public hearing in her home town of Alameda last year describing how those responsible for Alameda crimes live in Oakland? Tell me about the role of that attitude in the overcharging of minors of color for crimes and sentencing recommendations? How is Kirkpatrick changing the culture of the command staff in Oakland so that new officers are trained differently in the future? What new community policing concepts are being implemented? Those are the types of things people want and need to know. Hey Mayor Schaaf, these two gave the people a song and dance of distraction which only illustrates how much over your head you are when it comes to law enforcement issues. It only suggests that we will see more of the same moving forward.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/07/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Alice Waters Releases Long-Awaited Memoir

On page 254 Alice mistakenly listed me (Bob Waks) as one of the founders of the Cheeseboard Collective I was hired there by Elizabeth & Sahag Avedisian in 1968, 1 year after it opened, & in 1971 it was sold to the staff and officially became a worker owned collective with all members receiving equal pay & participating in the stores' management. I contacted Alice today (9/7/17) & she will be issuing a retraction to rectify this innocent memory lapse.

Posted by Bob Waks on 09/07/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

Why not ask sex workers what THEY want to be called, and those for whom they may work, including people who drive them to their clients... instead of exploiters when the sex worker hires someone to be their safety net, why not call them the same thing that we call other people in other professions who assist in helping them stay safe? Why the language of the prostitution abolitionist movement? Isn't that how we get cops who rape sex workers?

Posted by Norma Jean Almodovar on 09/07/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Delta Wires Captures the Sound of Blues Music’s Migration

Good to hear you Band is doing well I been here down South for 11 years now.I wish your Band well and will be following up on the Band.Many Blessings to you all
Charles Strong wind Maldonado

Posted by Almo Maldonado on 09/07/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick... department is committed to changing its reputation. O'Malley spoke about her agency's effort to re-frame the public cultural shift

Its Not about the practices just public perception. I'm sorry those who showed up had to hear these lies.

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 09/07/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

Certainly the rephrasing of language should cut down on shootings and home invasions.

Ditto for the revealing of tats.

One only wonders what public safety benefits exposure of OPD piercings will bring.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/07/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

"Are you going to put up with that crap from your fellow officers" she asked several beat cops, a sergeant, and captain about allegations of exploitation and corruption.

"No ma'am," they answered.

OH, REALLY? OPD has pretty much irreparably damaged the community of Oakland through its exploitation of minors, heavy handed response to protesters, massive corruption, extra-judicial killings, racial profiling, pimping, etc. The fact that the city has been under federal oversight (and has failed on every level) should be enough to know it is a horrific organization that continues to bleed the city dry through out of court settlements in the millions.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/07/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

I highly disagree. This would create so many new jobs for the neighborhood, business for existing businesses, generate tax dollars for the city, plus jobs jobs jobs. There are building the park with zero tax dollars and now the concern is people will get displaced? The reason people are getting displaced in this city is because of people who keep protesting against building more housing. You can't have it both ways.

Posted by Jay78 on 09/07/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: McClymonds Water Tainted With Lead; 2017 Could Be Worst Salmon Season Ever

Lead is funny stuff. With the fountains, they should be closed down immediately, because the first person to drink gets levels of lead. After the water has run for a short while, the lead levels drop to almost nothing. It's probably because the fixture or copper plumbing is 40 years old, when lead was still used in solder, and the fixture had lead in the brass.

It's also not that big a deal. Lead leaches out of the body very quickly. So unless someone was drinking the shower water or fountain water daily, it's doubtful any harm was done. I worry far more about the lead paint in the homes of the students.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/07/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “A Cautionary Tale

The boxing gym has moved to another location! Davis St provides medical care, dental care, a food bank, and has weekly marketplace for people to get goods and household items. These are all things that benefit the entire community and especially low income families. They prevent the poor people of our community from sliding toward homelessness and are doing excellent work.

Posted by Sally Anderson on 09/07/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “A Taste of Morocco in Oakland

WOW...very pricey. Thankfully there are places like Kamdesh and Bacheeso's.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/07/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

What is wrong with the current site? Next to the BART station. Convenient. Moving it next to Laney College will increase traffic and the surrounding SMALL streets can't accommodate it. Not to mention the displacement of hundreds, if not a couple thousand, current residents. STUPID STUPID STUPID.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/07/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

It's far more important to build a Laney stadium, get rid of all those pesky low income people, and ensure and endless supply of free tickets to the games for the City Council and Mayor. Where are your priorities, people? Too bad about the wetlands, but that's life.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/07/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Warriors Have Yet to Repay Oakland for Parades

A few days after the 2015 rally, the measure DD committee began enquiring about the massive damage to new plantings that were paid for with DD bond monies. As far as I can tell the Warriors managers must be a bunch of cynical cheapskates. I mean, not replacing daylilies? That's just silly!

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 09/06/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

It's clear the decision will have a negative impact on Laney College, and its already marginalized, and increasingly displaced students' and the cultural life of the city. I can imagine a city with both, but not at the same spot. #LeaveLaneyAlone

Posted by CStroffolino on 09/06/2017 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Yes I do and totally disagree. That attitude is condemning entrepreneurs to being bottom of the barrel. Why not try something that will really help these people achieve higher like lobbying for investment by the As and the city in existing local businesses for improvements to rise the tide for everyone. Pushing to keep low income people as low income people is a losing strategy. Be a fighter to raise the tide for everyone.

Posted by Nutella PR on 09/06/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Nutella PR, do you have any idea what businesses currently exist in that area? Most of the existing businesses are low-margin and serve minority (Southeast Asian) communities. They are not in a position to capitalize on the changes a ballpark would bring to the neighborhood, but landlords can and will capitalize on those changes. The result will be displacement of the people who live here now and the businesses that serve them. Yes, there will be winners to offset the losers. Here's how it will go down, by and large: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. You see no problem with this?

And Paula Martin, NO to eminent domain anywhere in Oakland. Period. "Most of what's there can easily be relocated" is a horribly entitled attitude. If the people whose property and businesses are in that area really feel they can "easily be relocated," then whoever can make better use of their land should easily be able to buy it from them. If they don't feel that way, no one has a legitimate right to displace them.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 09/06/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Posted by Judy Parker on 09/06/2017 at 4:46 PM

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