Mitchell Halberstadt 
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Re: “Smart & Final’s Old Oakland Location Closes

Clarification of my comment re Trader Joe's: TJ's stocks products that can serve as staples for anyone, generally at low prices. The packaging is more imaginative, and the quality generally better, than the stuff at Smart & Final. So what's the problem? Not sending a dreary enough message to "serve" the poor?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 09/29/2018 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Smart & Final’s Old Oakland Location Closes

Plenty of people of color shop at Trader Joe's, too (many of them drawn by ultra-competitive prices for interesting goods). So what's missing? Products whose style appeals to those for whom "serve the community" is a dog-whistle to "Keep Oakland Poor"?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 09/27/2018 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Smart & Final’s Old Oakland Location Closes

I'd be truly sad if it were Ratto's going out. I'm with Riley C here -- Trader Joe's!

Meanwhile, not a word in this piece about the resounding success of Swan's Market, which has brought throngs into the area, day and night.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 09/27/2018 at 3:53 AM

Re: “Election Results in Alameda County District Attorney's Race Reveal a Stark Divide

...and also Fremont, which is huge, multi-ethnic, and far from wealthy!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/08/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Election Results in Alameda County District Attorney's Race Reveal a Stark Divide

As Tommy Katz asks, "Why does the article not discuss San Leandro, Hayward, Union City or Newark?" To that we might add Alameda and Emeryville, along with the Jack London district, Chinatown, and even part of Fruitvale!

Blacks are 12% of the county's population. Yes, "The DA is the DA for the whole county, so she has to govern for everyone." Did that ever occur to Price?

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 06/08/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Citing Gentrification, Craft & Spoon Announces Closure

I loved the traditional Filipino food at Kainbigan, and the down-home atmosphere; never concerned myself with whether it was "of color." (Then again, I'm gay: what's so "queer" about that?)

Talk about resisting "assimilation"? What irony here!

Here's hoping Caabay keeps cooking, and finds another location where we all can enjoy the best of her food!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 05/12/2018 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Second 'Tuff Shed' Homeless Camp Opens in Oakland, but Some Criticize Closure of the Surrounding Encampment

Mixed feelings on what Naomi wrote. The points about "thinking in silos" and about possible existing spaces are extremely worthwhile and are definitely deserving of further attention and exploration.

However, when she says, "Moving people around (or 'out') does not solve the problem" -- that depends on how one defines the problem. As I've suggested in another comment, we're dealing with two discrete problems: a desperate need for low-income housing (along with displacement from existing homes) -- and the expropriation and abuse of public space. ""Moving people around (or 'out')" is intended to address that abuse as a legitimate concern unto itself.

If we're about to get a lot of new inhabitants pushed out of SF, our message shouldn't be that they're welcome to set up tents and dump their belongings on our streets. "Where should they go" shouldn't be treated as a rhetorical question. It's a problem for each of person to solve, day-by-day -- as it was for me when I was homeless. "Compassionate" doesn't mean "patronizing." (Beyond showers and toilets, so much for "services.") The solution is NEVER a tent on the street of one's choice.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 05/10/2018 at 10:28 AM

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