Aaron Stephen 
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Re: “The Big Blue Eviction

From what I understand, the residents of the Big Haus should organize close-by neighbors and have them involved in the process. Most neighbors would hate to have an Air BnB near or next door to them. The new owner is already engaged in the practice of Air BnB rentals and therefore shows a pattern. The rentals can become nuisances. Overflow of trash, not enough parking, late night rebel rousing, etc. Neighbors tend to be more lenient when you have residents doing this, as opposed to overnight guests. Plus, if the Air BnB's are not legal, the neighbors can also go to their district council member, maybe even attend city council meetings. Get the proper laws and codes that prohibit or limit the amount of permits in a specific neighborhood. Saw this happen in San Leandro. The nearby residents organized when someone bought a large house in a residential neighborhood. The owner of the house renovated it and added a huge amount of bunk beds to fit more people into one room. They contacted their local council member, found the proper laws and codes, then forced the city to act. He is now selling because he cannot rent out as Air BnB.

Posted by Aaron Stephen on 02/15/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Charges Dropped Against Richmond Bicycle Activist Najari "Naj" Smith

Met Najari a few times after I've donated bikes to Rich City. He is a great guy who's motivation is to simply have as many kids on bikes as he possibly can help. It sucks that he had to spend the weekend in jail and hopefully something positive can come out of it. He sells used and some new bikes very cheap and often gives bikes to kids in the neighborhood. After meeting him and knowing how positive this man is, I have decided, that as my 4 kids outgrown the bikes they have, we will continue to donate them to Rich City. If any of you who read this and you have used bikes in workable condition, please consider donating to Rich City. Every part will be utilized.

Posted by Aaron Stephen on 08/22/2018 at 9:18 AM

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