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Re: “Beauty’s Bagel Shop to Open Second Oakland Location

Vince, I've lived in Oakland 10 years and almost 30 in the Bay Area. Spent a year in Philly back in the day. I'm very happy Downtown is getting more investment. It's not helping one group or the other -it's helping those with vision and chutzpah. It's as Black as ever, it's as Chinese as ever. The only constant is change. No I haven't loved all of the change. I now live in an anything-goes club district that keeps me up many nights a week. FirstFriday has gone from artsy to a car/man culture mess. WIth time we'll recenter and because of all the investment have more resources to keep Oakland a progressive place for everyone. Bring on the bagels!

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 09/12/2018 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Oakland Asks District Attorney to Investigate Alleged Bribes by Cannabis Lobbyist

Is this the same Dorian Gray on the board of the West Oakland Health Council???

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 02/05/2018 at 2:09 PM

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

DIVERSITY means people with different points of view, backgrounds, lives etc. Unfortunately, as evident in Nat's comment, in Oakland it seems to means be like me, act like me, do what I do or shut heck up hater. Sucks so many people look at this situation as good vs evil instead of that everyone is living in the grey area and needs to work this out. I love the Metro, but they're in the wrong, too.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/22/2017 at 4:31 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: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

EBX is where the narrative goes to thrive, such story tellers. Pican was the gentrification they wanted to see. The restaurant cost around $1.8m to build and it's always been expensive, from day one. I ate there in 2009 and thought the cost was too high, similar to a high quality place in SF but in a cheaper desolate part of Oakland. Oakland businesses are dieing because Oakland (the City and its political class) only know how to operate in an idealistic vacuum AND milk a good thing until it's dead. It's been doing the same thing for 40+ years with the exact same results. We're only thriving because regional pressure has become so incredibly enormous.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/08/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

How many people have gotten into a scuffle at the Fox or Paramount or New Parish, gone to their car to retrieve a gun and then ended up shoot innocent people while trying to kill the person they fought with??? This is a complex issue.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/27/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Oakland's Toxic Lead Contamination Isn't in the Water. It's in the Buildings and Dirt, and It's Bad.

Have facts ever mattered to EBX? The comparisons to Flint is false and unethical. Tens of thousands of kids were tested in Flint... in Oakland ~500. Those samples are not comparable. Yes, the fact that Fruitvale is a hot spot matters, but Oakland as a whole is not like Flint. Reuters didn't even mention Oakland in its report -not once. While ~5% of nearly *all* children in Flint had elevated levels, several Flint zip codes (where thousands of kids were tested) showed +8% and +10% of children with high lead levels! In just one zip code in Flint 8,000 children were tested (Fruitvale ~500) and over 10% of those Flint children had elevated lead levels! That is not the case in Oakland. If Darwin had bothered to mull over the data he'd have noticed that more kids tested with elevated lead levels in SF's Southeast districts than did in Oakland. But please, please drag the spotlight away from deserving communities to sell ads or whatever.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 01/03/2017 at 4:16 PM

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