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Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

Apparently Gary Patton has never heard of Rent Control. Oakland's Eastlake area is populated with mostly older rent-controlled units. Oakland's rent control Ordinance is as restrictive as Berkeley's and not far behind theTenant protections included in SF's rent ordinance. In addition, this neighborhood has already commenced with a revitalization (not gentrification) several years now. A tenant controlling any kind of space long term, has created his or her own wealth due to the redistribution of this resource resulting from Rent Control. The readers' positive comments above are spot on. Laney can leverage the opportunity to enhance their educational resources. Parking is a neanderthal concept. Walking, BART/public transportation, shared rides, it's here. Self Driving cars next for more transportation efficiency. Remember: Gentrification is a dog whistle for NIMBYs. This is a YIMBY proposal. Kudos to the A's for great community outreach. Let's also stem the proliferation of Fake News as well. The recent community meeting at La Estrallita was overwhelmingly positive.

Posted by miles helman on 09/14/2017 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Brooklyn Basin is approved and is underway. It is easily a 7-10 year buildout. BB will provide tremendous stimulus for the area. The naysayers below are NIMBYs and are constantly spewing negative propaganda with no economic realism. Moderate residential rents will continue to remain stable in EastLake due to rent control. However, new construction of new units will increase supply and allow new deeply affordable units as well.. New units + the stadium will bring huge economic impact to an area still saddled with crime and constant trash dumping. All of the CEQA arguments are out the window due to the proximity to the freeway (Air quality); BART, busses, and excellent pedestrian access to downtown and environs. Neighbors and stakeholders should be at the table discussing realistic community benefits with the A's and the City.

Posted by miles helman on 09/10/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

The Peralta site will not create traffic problems as it is very close to LM Bart, bus lines around lake, etc. The East Lake commercial district has been going through a renaissance. Gentrification is a DogWhistle used by NIMBYs. Business owners here are stakeholders and welcome additional big investment. This is a walkable site that will create numerous community benefits, $$ to Laney, access to new field, open up view corridor to the Lake Channel (which one can barely enjoy now), $$ for new low income housing, etc. the Property owners and stakeholders are strongly behind this Proposal. This is almost #fakenews that "several activists were at the Listening Meeting opposing the stadium proposal". That's BS. We were enjoying the Mom/Pop hospitality of La Estrellita and were toasting this great opportunity!

Posted by miles helman on 09/10/2017 at 1:09 PM

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