Steve Kopff 
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Re: “Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

Way to go! Once again, instead of dealing with the real issue (the lack of housing and removing barriers to get actual housing built), Kaplan decides to slap fees on to landlords who did not create the problem in the first place. If renters are displaced because city building inspectors deem their homes hazardously noncompliant with building codes, why not instead provide ways for the landlords to bring the dwellings up to code so that the residents can remain? It's a tightrope balancing the needs of the tenants, who deserve and need safe quarters to live in at a reasonable price, with protecting the interests of the landlord as well as the city who can and already is being sued for not enforcing these safety standards. Kaplan should be doing everything in her power to help landlords bring these spaces up to code and instead she is slapping a few extra thousand on after the fact which doesn't help keep people in their homes. She just doesn't get it.

Posted by Steve Kopff on 01/09/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Reverse Redlining Won't Fix Oakland's Housing Crisis

The policy of adding fees to developments have several unintended consequences: 1) the price at which developers are willing to build in Oakland so that they can even break even just increased making cost of living more expensive, 2) as has already been reported by one major developer who pulled out of a development, banks are less likely to bankroll new projects as a result, and 3) this policy actually accelerates displacement by driving up the cost of living further. Why are we following SF's lead with this impact charges? They certainly don't have the problem mastered and are the epitome of what is wrong with the Bay Area's housing issue.

A story this week on "Tipping Point" about how the Bay Area's resistance to building new, dense mixed-income housing is at fault for not handling the influx of new residence. Per the story- "I think Seattle is a really interesting comparison. It’s similar — huge tech boom, water-constrained, an old city that people love. But Seattle has made a different set of choices, namely to accept more development, more physical change. Over the past 20 years they have produced two to three times as much housing as we have, per capita. As a result, it’s a bit cheaper. It’s not utopia, but their land use politics are virtually the opposite of ours."

The last thing we should be doing is slapping more fees on to the price of developments. We need to build a lot more housing and build it now and we should be clearing hurdles prohibiting this. SF is not the leader here- Seattle and Portland are.

Posted by Steve Kopff on 04/27/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “The Real Brooklyn by the Bay

Brilliant article. Thank you for bringing to light the rich history of our area. Parts of Trestle Glen were also included in Brooklyn as well

Posted by Steve Kopff on 02/03/2016 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

East Bay Express- you are one of the biggest contributors to the conflict going on right now by stirring things up with bad information. First off you reported on the drummers being unfairly targeted by newcomers for playing at Lake Merritt. What you neglected to mention is that the park hours are from sunrise to sunset. And you have done it again by reporting that a black church was being targeted by newcomers for being too loud. Again, you failed to do your due diligence. Had you done so you would have found out that the person making the complaint is an 11 year resident who made the complaint since the choir started practicing past the 9PM curfew as late as 2 am in the morning beginning in 2014. Please stop targeting new comers. http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

Posted by Steve Kopff on 10/16/2015 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Looks like Chanty has a little crush on me and is following everything I say. Sorry- I already have a partner but you are free to keep your crush on me. While we are on the topic of history- yes my neighborhood is Clinton, any Google search of my address brings up a map showing that name of my neighborhood. And if you want to go back further in time the entire area east of Lake Merritt was called the Brooklyn Township, before it was annexed by Oakland. It's why there is a Brooklyn Basin and the Brooklyn Basin Project that is starting to be developed. Everything else you rambled on about is your issues. To read more about The Brooklyn Township - https://localwiki.org/oakland/Brooklyn

Posted by Steve Kopff on 10/14/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

The struggles of a changing city are nothing new to the Bay Area or other cities. We seem to forget history and repeat it.

"It appears to me that you are in danger of making a very fundamental mistake concerning both your own identity and that of the young people who are coming to us. They are not some horde of invading foreigners. They are our children, yours and mine, exercising their right to move freely about a country which will soon be very much their own.

You for your part are not some select group of medieval chieftains who can, at will, close up your town and withdraw behind the walls of your own closed society. The City of St. Francis deserves better from you. Whether we like or dislike, agree or disagree with the 'Hip' community is not the issue here. The issue is whether you can by fiat declare a minority unwelcome in our community. If you declare against these young people today, what minority is going to bear the brunt of your discrimination tomorrow?"

– Haight Ashbury Assemblyman Willie Brown, 1967 http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archiv…

Posted by Steve Kopff on 10/14/2015 at 1:04 PM

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

I don't think anyone can take the East Bay Express seriously

Posted by Steve Kopff on 09/30/2015 at 5:58 PM

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