Cynthia Gomez 
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Re: “Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Jeff, you can't be seriously claiming equivalency between Hillary Clinton and a man whose VP wanted to make women hold funerals for their miscarriages and use tax funds to finance gay conversion "therapy". A man whose Cabinet picks include a man too racist for the federal courts; an avowed white supremacist, and a man who wants to send people to Guantanamo Bay for tweeting.

Or are all of those horrors OK with you because they affect people who you don't consider to be real people anyway?

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 12/02/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Unless Mr. Martin's home was built after 1979, these rent increases are patently illegal.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 05/13/2016 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Rent Hike May Force Oakland's Genova Delicatessen to Close

What I emailed to the address on here:

Greetings,

I was very dismayed to read in the East Bay Express that the Genova Deli is facing a possible rent hike which could likely force it out of its longtime home. That delicatessen has been a fixture of the shopping center for decades; I myself have been shopping there since 1999 and have steered many an out-of-town visitor there or stopped by there for fantastic sandwiches before heading off to a local hike.

I imagine that you have paid attention to the climbing rents and soaring property values in Oakland, and in the Temescal in particular, and have concluded that this is finally a time to raise the rent. (In doing this, you would have to ignore the fact that the Genova deli is at least partially responsible for raising the property value of that neighborhood, and is now being punished for it.)

The law may well tell you that you can raise the rent. But just because you can does not mean that you should. To do so would force this beloved institution out of a neighborhood for which, I remind you, it has been an anchor. It would also threaten the jobs of more than 20 employees, and in the 4th most-expensive rental market in the country, their fears of possibly leaving to leave Oakland permanently are not unfounded. It's hard to look at this situation and see your motivation as anything else but greed.

You have an opportunity here to correct this perception and to stand out as a sadly rare voice calling for the preservation of the small businesses threatened by Oakland's rapid transformation. It's hard to imagine that the prospect of a few tens of thousands more a year in rent is a superior draw for you.

Cynthia Gómez

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 01/29/2016 at 7:47 PM

Re: “What Was Withheld: Tammy Rae Carland's 'Some of Us Did Not Die'

Uh, that was the title of a 2002 book by June Jordan ...

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 10/27/2015 at 8:42 PM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

k8: Uh, you can't tolerate loud music or weed smoking down the block from you?

Perhaps you should move out of your neighborhood to .... oh, wait, no, not there .... hm, or maybe you should move to .... man, that won't work either.

Nope, couldn't think of any place you could move to where people won't be, like, living their lives right nearby.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 10/07/2015 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Updated: Temescal Alley Barbershop Co-Owner Nicholas Vlahos, Two Children Rescued After Two-Day Search

First of all, this sentence is written so poorly that it's got the timing all screwed up:

"After receiving the report that Vlahos, 41, and his children were missing on Tuesday at around 7:15 p.m., the sheriff's office said it immediately launched a search"
The way it's written, it tells us that Vlahos and his children went missing on Tuesday at around 7:15. We all know that that time is just when the office received the report, but the sentence construction doesn't support that.

The sentence, as written, also tells us that the sheriff's office said, on Tuesday at around 7:15, that it immediately launched the search. They launched the search at that time, but they told the reporter that later.

Grammar is your friend.

Also: I very much hope that this family is found. I can't imagine how frightening it must be for the parent, trying to keep their child safe and warm -- or how it must be for the children. That said, choosing to drive on remote, off-road routes, with one adult and two small children, in possibly snowy areas ... very, very irresponsible. Let's hope it doesn't turn out to be a deadly mistake.

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Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 05/07/2015 at 8:46 PM

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