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Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I'm Caucasian and after over 30 years in Downtown Oakland in a rent controlled 500 square foot studio my wife of ten years and I are gone, living in a suburb of Atlanta in a new home of 2,400 square feet in an upscale suburban neighborhood. I would have liked to have stayed in California but the whole state is just too expensive for my retirement budget (or even my working days budget). Seeing all the homeless and bumy characters and those who drop trash on the streets despite trash cans nearby (seen to be mostly black people for some reason) and the vandals (seen as mostly white people) helped my decision to leave California. I'll miss my other family most of all, but I won't miss the many negatives like poor quality housing and neighborhoods on a working persons budget.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 12/30/2016 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Operator of 'Ghost Ship' Lived Inside Site of Oakland Warehouse Fire with Wife, Children, Was on Probation

The City will need to create a task force now to make sure this doesn't happen again. All warehouses that are suspected of being anything like the "Ghost Ship" will need to get extra special scrutiny and Red Tagged when in violations of fire and safety codes. If this means throwing people out into the streets then so be it. It is better to be homeless than killed in the most awful way. I realize most that lost their lives were not living there. Everyone now should realize the awful consequences of what can happen when public events are allowed to happen in places that are not approved for such events. People need to be more respectful and understanding of the reasons for city codes. Unfortunately, people, especially young people, to often are disdainful of the established system and can't be bothered to think about the need to comply with the laws. It is so very unfortunate that events like this are the only thing that can effect a reappraisal of a mindset that is disdainful of safety codes.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 12/07/2016 at 1:06 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

I agree with everything the other commentators have written here.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 05/06/2016 at 3:34 AM

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

Mr. Murray makes too many wrong conclusions and doesn't even mention how many residents, like myself, are living here affordably because of rent control.

I doubt that so-called impact fees will help. I suspect it will make matters worse. Most of the new housing that I have been witnessing being built does not displace low income people. This housing is being built where no housing was before. New market rate housing is not the cause of rent increases in the older non-rent-controlled housing stock, on the contrary, it should relieve the upward price pressure somewhat as residents leave the older less nice housing and move into the new housing. The housing they left is now available for someone else.

The real problem is that there are too many jobs in this area and companies and their workers are not willing to move into the areas of the state, or in other states, where land is cheap and plentiful. This is the price we pay to be in the beautiful Bay Area.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 04/28/2016 at 2:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Cops Quietly Acquired Social Media Surveillance Tool

This article is very one-sided. Some people post their illegal activities or intentions on public media for all to find. I have seen no evidence that the police are using this to target people for their political views. The police should monitor (and investigate) for those who intend to do harm to others and I see no reason that social media should be off limits.

If you want to see what happens when the police don't do their job just look at countries like Pakistan where fanatical mobs carry out their version of murderous justice.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 04/13/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The Ticking Climate Bomb

Jay, I would rather the planet be warming than cooling. The warming is slight and is consistant with the warming we have been undergoing since coming out of the last ice age. Show me a glacier that has been receding and I'll show you a glacier that has been receding since before we had been burning much fossil fuel.

How about you be the first to live without a house or building over your head, which is responsible for about one-third of CO2 emissions. While you are looking for a comfortable cave or straw/branch shelter to live in don't use an auto or airplane to get there either as they are big CO2 emmitters as well. Also don't buy your groceries at a store; that food got there because a truck burned fossil fuels.

Our way of life is not possible if we only used renewables. If we stopped burning fossil fuels today billions of people would be without jobs and millions would soon die as well due to the complete disruption of modern society.

Your hyperbole about oil companies destroying the planet completely ignores the fact that we want the things that oil and gas does for us. As an example, suburban sprall destroys prairies, farms or woods, but try going into those neighborhoods and telling the people that live there that they need to move out so nature can return!

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 11/18/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “New Oakland Park to be a Giant Wooden Deck

Mike, where is the city going to get the great amount of funds needed to make it a park, especially a highly accessible park?

What the Bay Area really needs most is more housing to address the acute housing shortage. That is the reason the housing prices are so high. And if most of the housing at this new location will be high cost, so what, that will take the price pressure off of all available housing in the area as the well-to-do will abandon existing housing for this site. Let them have their big boardwalk. The site was awful before and no one went there. In the future I can bicycle there, it will be a great bike destination. The handicapped can take East Bay paratransit service to get there or a taxi.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 10/15/2015 at 8:35 AM

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