Kai Chang 
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Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

So, the birds who stop by a man-made lake and fly to an estuary next to I-880, a major multi-lane interstate that sees heavy traffic pretty much all day with the noise and pollution associated with it, will be endangered by a baseball stadium?

Nice try. NEXT!

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/12/2017 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

"The As, of course, could have avoided most if not all of these headaches by selecting either of the other sites. In fact, there likely wouldve been no political or community opposition to either of them. "

That sound you heard was absolutely everyone reading this article laughing their asses off. Absolutely no major development in the Bay Area occurs without a cacophony of opposition.

The Jack London site would've incurred most of the same complaints about PTH: Parking, Transit, and Housing, except that it would actually have been further from a BART station. Any development would've required an EIR, and the Howard Terminal site (what people call 'Jack London') would've required hundreds of millions in clean-up after decades of heavy industrial use.

Nice job trolling. I hope the traffic helps keep the Express going, as I still really enjoy it as our local alt weekly.

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/08/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Poll: White, Affluent Oaklanders Happiest. Black Residents Least Happy. And Everyone's Freaked Out By Housing Crisis.

It's great how the East Bay Express publishes articles like this that dive deep into the topic of the rich diversity in Oakland... by only talking about its Black and White residents.

Posted by Kai Chang on 01/28/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Well, golly. If only we knew all it took was a nicely worded editorial to stop vandals from using well-meaning protests as cover for their crimes.

The really simple thing for protest organizers to do is to set a concrete end time for a protest/rally in the late afternoon, about an hour before sunset. By doing so, you'll have had the publicity you wanted: During the day you do have that impact of a civic action stopping business as usual. By being during the day, you can have more people participate, like seniors and children. You'll have finished in time to make the national news on the east coast. You'll give local west coast stations plenty of time to organize a report, for papers to cover it for the morning news. You'll have well-lit images for the cover stories and news leads.

Nothing good happens when protests go into the night -- it's too dark to get a good picture for the news, you won't get into the news until tomorrow, by which time the narrative from the vandalism may become the focus. Less regular citizens can participate (work/school/child obligations the next day). The only thing it does is give vandals and looters both crowds and the cover of darkness to perpetrate their crimes.

Posted by Kai Chang on 01/12/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

Really sounds like you're talking out of both sides of your mouth here.

You can't in one furtive sentence refer to "underfunded government agencies" to balance out an article that generally casts calls for stronger enforcement and reports from concerned neighbors as so me kind of gestapo-style crackdown. This has really been the most hysterical editorial I've read on this. It doesn't make me confident in the least that the Express will be the reporting I can look to for a calm, fair look at this issue.

Posted by Kai Chang on 12/07/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Institutes Ban On Nighttime Street Protests

When riots started up at night after legitimate demonstrations, I think everybody on all sides agreed that it was the opportunistic criminal element that used night time to vandalize and loot.

I think the main fault here is trying to legislate what would generally be a good idea anyway: To set a start and end time for a demonstration or rally so that it ends early enough that vandals and looters can't use darkness and the crowds from a peaceful demonstration as a cover for their own crimes.

I just really don't see what's gained by letting protests linger until well past dark. All the people with familial, academic, and professional responsibilities the next day can't participate that late. You won't be able to make the evening news cycle. Your civil disobedience isn't as impactful because the downtown areas you rally in will have shut down by then. And of course the criminal element emerges the later you go into the night.

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Posted by Kai Chang on 05/25/2015 at 1:02 AM

Re: “It’s Time to Call Lew Wolff’s Bluff

I realize this is an opinion column, but I don't think you can make a case for how fair or unfair the deal is without a sense of how this compares to what's commonly done for stadium leases in baseball. This just adds another opinion but doesn't advance the discussion.

The fiscal benefit of pro sports to a community is negligible -- there's no argument there. But you could say the same thing about art and music programs (I work in film and hear a fair amount of this about the arts). Clearly this is something that enriches a lot of people's lives and may inspire many to do remarkable, positive things (even if it's just being more physically active).

Though I'm a fan of the team, I really am concerned about how fair of a deal it is. I assume most of the sporting press has a certain slant, so I was hoping for something more fair-minded from the local muckraker!

Posted by Kai Chang on 07/17/2014 at 2:59 AM

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