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Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence


Posted by Paul Merr on 12/05/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Homelessness Is a Tragedy When Solutions Are at Hand

Long term homelessness is unavoidable in the Bay Area for several reasons. 1. The demand for housing by those being pushed out of S.F. housing relocating to Alameda Cty. 2) The disappearance of land in Oakland by new units. 3) CA's new rent control law that will allow rents to increase by 5% /yr. A $1300 unit over the next 10 yr's could increase 5%/yr will be $2117.56 an increase of over $800 during that time period.

To slow homelessness Alameda Cty should help current homeowners to EXPAND ADU units on their properties through affordable loans etc. Relocation help for people that want to leave the Bay Area for other regions of the country.

Posted by Paul Merr on 11/21/2019 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

I'll go for a homeless tax if ... it's relocate them out of Oakland!!! They've taken over parks etc. ENOUGH!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 10/18/2019 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Kaplan Calls for Audit of Schaaf's Education Initiative

What makes me sick with regards to our city leaders ... it's all about taxing property owners ... while not providing services to us. Lack of clean streets, pot holes, going over board for homeless people. It is inhumane to allow people to sleep on streets in filth. Those that need medical help should get it and the state of CA should provide those funds. This is a state issue not just a local issue. Many of the homeless are not from CA. They are bused here from other states. It's time they are relocated to their original home were they have families to help care for them.

Posted by Paul Merr on 09/05/2019 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Gretchen Smilde >>Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy<<

You must know very much about Oakland. We have struggled through long periods of unbelievable crime. Poverty that was overwhelming. Now we are coming into our own. It is about TIME!!! Oakland deserves prosperity!!!…

Posted by Paul Merr on 08/09/2019 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Anita De Asis Miralle ... So why not relocate to Utah??? Since rents are too high and not about to come down. The City cannot keep up with building units ... why stay in Oakland? Piedmont and San Leandro aren't experiencing this crisis like Oakland & San Francisco.

I don't get it ... why don't people move??? What happened to capitalism in owning rental property. Why should property owners support the homeless like some spoiled child. These are adults that need to act like adults and take care of business. It's just that simple.

Here you go. a 1 bedroom in Utah for under $800 ...…

Posted by Paul Merr on 08/09/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Bans Natural Gas Hookups in New Construction


This ordinance will cause deaths ... why??? My daughters home caught on fire do to an electrical stove. They were in the mist of cooking diner when the electricity went off. It stayed off for more than an hour. They got hungry and left to get diner. When they came back the electricity had come on and the food on the stove started a fire. Yes, they forgot to turn off the stove & remove the food. How many others will make the same mistake??? Never would have happened with a gas stove!!!

Plus now residents will pay far more in utility bills than with gas.

Posted by Paul Merr on 07/19/2019 at 10:36 AM

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