Dan Tischler 
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Re: “Asian Seniors Misled About Lake Merritt Luxury Tower

Dear East Bay Express - Do you have any evidence that UrbanCore had any role in misleading the Asian seniors? it doesn't sound like there is any direct link. It seems more likely that nearby property owners were responsible. If so, why does your Twitter post read: "Developers misled immigrant seniors about #LakeMerritt luxury tower"?

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Posted by Dan Tischler on 04/09/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Berkeley Merchants Say a Moved Bus Stop Has Been Bad for Business

Question for the author: What happened to the curb space previously occupied by the bus stop on the south side of Alcatraz? Is that curb area still a red zone or has it been converted to new parking spaces parking?

Regarding the merchants' claims about a few parking spots affecting their business, that seems fairly unrealistic. In a busy commercial district no one expects to park directly in front of their destination. Most of the time the parking spots in front of Tara's were probably occupied by patrons of other businesses (or their meter-feeding employees). And of the Tara's customers that drove (and many of them probably walk, bike, or take line 51B) most of them probably park elsewhere in the first parking spot they see.

As far as Tara's loss of business relative to a year ago, it is more likely that new competition from Smitten (not yet open the previous January) is diverting some customers. Competition is a fact of life for businesses and Tara's will need to compete with Smitten as well as C.R.E.A.M. if they want to stay in business.

Meanwhile, if Cask's revenue is down it could just be that with Safeway reopened more neighborhood shoppers are buying their booze at the supermarket. Small, local retailers like Trappist Provisions, Cole Coffee, and the local book shop beat BevMo, Starbucks, and B&N by specialization, customer service, and finding a unique market niche. Cask will need to do the same. If it can't, a few parking spots won't make a difference.

Before the city forces AC Transit to move back to a sub-optimal stop location, they should first ask AC Transit to analyze operations data to determine if the stop relocation has improved conditions for the 51B. If the stop relocation is serving it's purpose it should stay.

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Posted by Dan Tischler on 03/10/2015 at 3:47 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

The biggest question this article raises is why Councilmember Gibson McElhaney has not paid her taxes. The article isn't entirely clear about how much Lynette still owes, but it sounds like it is over $100,000.

I expect my elected representatives to exhibit responsibility in their personal and professional lives. I also expect them to follow the law and set a positive example. Do we really want our city's budget controlled by an individual that doesn't pay his/her garbage bills (never mind other local, state, and federal taxes over an eight year period). I certainly do not. (I also wish I had heard about these delinquent taxes before voting for Lynette when she ran for City Council.)

Does the East Bay Express have any further information about Lynette's delinquent taxes? I would love to know more.

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Posted by Dan Tischler on 12/22/2014 at 2:32 PM

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