Vivian Kahn 
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Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

The City should be making decisions on investments and property deals based on benefits returned to Oakland residents and to the City. There is no consensus among Oakland residents and taxpayers on BDS and Israel's settlement policies. I do not support the policies of the current Israeli administration including its settlement policies and I think David Horowitz, one of the recipients of Zimmerman's largesse, is despicable. Nevertheless, if evaluating every City decision based on the political views of the parties we may be on a very slippery slope.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 05/06/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

Oakland is a "lawless abandoned zone"? When did Bruce last look around Oakland? There's residential development underway in many parts of Oakland, crime rates are down, and the population citywide is higher than ever. The problem is that the increase in real estate prices is leaving many existing residents "out in the cold".

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 02/15/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Mr. Patton's criticism of Claudia Cappio is completely misplaced. She is extremely well-qualified and one of the sharpest and most experienced officials the City of Oakland has employed, especially in a planning and/or development position. The important issue is to ensure that the Urban Core team provides a subsidy for the EBALDC project that meets or exceeds what would be required by Oakland's inclusionary ordinance.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 11/16/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sweeping Plan for Parking

Oakland is definitely on the right track but based on some of the comments, it will take a while for folks to understand the approach. When I travel from my place in the Jack London District to downtown Berkeley or the UC campus I use public transit or park in one of the public garages. Yes, it is more expensive to park on the street. That's the idea! We do need to find more ways to get folks to/from BART. Easy for me to walk to Broadway and tale the free shuttle. All of the developers flocking to downtown Berkeley should be required to contribute to this service so it can be expanded. And it won't hurt folks to walk a few blocks. In fact, it's good exercise! Parking must also be "unbundled" from new development so it's not necessary to pay for a parking space that you might not use. The price we pay to provide "housing" for our car vehicles is absurd.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 09/22/2016 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

Unless they have removed the information since Monday's City Council action, information about who is behind the deceptive mailer and the group that calls itself Jobs4Oakland may still be found in a recent press release at… and

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 06/29/2016 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Black Oakland Police Officers Slam Schaaf over OPD Texting, Human Trafficking Scandals

Why are they jumping on the Mayor? I heard a news report several days ago in which John Burris stated that the source of the offensive messages was an African-American police officer.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 06/23/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Oakland, Developers Look to Convert SRO Housing into Boutique Hotels

We need a downtown for EVERYONE, not just tourists and techies who are flocking here for jobs. Developers will not be building Downtown housing that is affordable to existing residents without massive subsidies or City regulations that require replacement of existing affordable housing with comparable rents and floor area.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 05/19/2016 at 2:10 PM

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