Kent Lewandowski 
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Re: “Oakland A's Minority Owners Purchase Downtown SRO After Previous Landlord Evicted Low-Income Tenants

Good article highlighting a problem in SRO housing units.
If the City passed a moratorium on SRO conversions until December 2018, then I assume the investor is betting on the longer term and won't attempt to convert before then?
Also I'm curious why the city only passed a moratorium for such a short time period? Seems like this is a textbook example why the moratorium is needed for a longer period.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 06/12/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

I find it ironic that Desley Brooks is opposing creating a new department to deal with a very troubling and persistent problem when she was so gung ho a couple years ago to create a new department of Race and Equity that so few people supported. I'm not even sure I support creating a new department. Just wanted to point out how the erratic behavior by our District 6 council person continues to affect the council and the city.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 06/12/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Lake Merritt's Weird, Polluted — And Stinky — Legacy

Nice article. As long as the trash gates under the 10th St. bridge remain in operation, the lake will never be able to host all the aquatic life that resides in the Bay. On the other hand, we're probably going to have a pollution problem, if we remove the trash gates.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 02/22/2017 at 11:18 PM

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

I see no reason not to believe the findings in the study about lead based paint contamination. Think about it. The buildings in the Fruitvale neighborhood are old, the landlords are not investing in old paint removal and application of new paint, partly because the weather here does not demand constant repainting like in other parts of the country and partly because new buyers and renters just don't care about paint, since the housing market is what it is. Children do play in the dirt, and people do maintain home gardens just like I do in front or on the sides of the house. I'm one of these landlords myself, BTW. I own a single family home built in 1909. The paint is chipping and this article makes me think it's time to do something about it. I have studied the Port pollution problem, and was actively engaged in the process to develop the MAQIP (Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan) in 2008 together with Communities for Better Environment, Sierra Club, APEN and others. I believe the Port is improving its particulate emissions, especially with "cold ironing" of ships and improved emissions controls for trucks. Check this URL: http://www.portofoakland.com/community/env… Particulate Matter (PM) emissions are way down compared to 2005. Yes, the Port could and should do more. But let's not blame the lead poisoning on the Port just yet.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 12/30/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Arts Organizations Find A Home at the Rehabilitated Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center?

I'm unclear why convention use is ruled out? With tech companies coming to town, they want and need space to host user conventions. Currently I believe the only space in Oakland is the Marriott Convention center.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 12/01/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Inclusive Weed Entrepreneurs: Supernova Women

While I support making cannabis policy more "inclusive" and reversing damage caused by the War on Drugs, I am skeptical of efforts to promote cannabis industry as an economic solution for Oakland. Oakland's lax cannabis policy (lack of any enforcement by OPD) has resulted in a cottage grow-house industry, as I have personally witnessed in my neighborhood.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 08/10/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Mad Props: A Roundup of the 17 Initiatives on California's November 2016 Ballot

Proposition 53 is essentially an anti high speed rail measure, which the author failed to point out.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 08/10/2016 at 1:15 PM

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