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Albany Resident April 16, 2014 at 05:41 PM
How dare you quote the police statement directly by posting a link to said statement?!Read More</sarcasm& gt; I wonder how the Occupy groups will respond now.
Dave April 16, 2014 at 07:30 PM
"Amber's utter silence on this issue as of late is priceless." That's because she's outRead Morel ooking for new source for her habit.
Kirsten Schwartz April 16, 2014 at 08:22 PM
WOW. Thanks, Rochelle. I walked by there that morning and talked to the guys in the waitingRead Moreambula nce, and they couldn't (wouldn't, perhaps, appropriately) tell me much. This reveals that the Bulb is not a haven for the differently-abled but rather the go-to place for meth and other drugs. Thank You Albany Police for investigating this and getting some action. Thank You Rochelle for keeping up on this. Now if the Bulb could be cleared of residents soon, maybe more people than the addicts could get to use it. (Glad I stopped walking out there into the wilds last year.)
Rochelle Nason April 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Amber, I am trying to keep myself and others informed about this issue, as our formal news coverage Read Moreis so sparse. I want to be accurate. I think you are claiming that the drug that K.C. is accused of dealing is not meth. Correct? If that is so, I would appreciate your saying what drug she is alleged to have dealt, and I will change the headline. This situation makes me very sad and I am not trying to libel K.C. - just to keep the community informed.
thorn April 18, 2014 at 04:45 AM
Wow, Amber: libel much?...
Laney Russell April 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM
More like…Wow, Amber: lie much?...
Laney Russell April 08, 2014 at 03:09 PM
"Why doesn't Albany let them dump it out on the land fill?" Is this a joke?
D. Mehrten April 08, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Send the Bulbanians over there and let Caltrans take care of them.
thorn April 10, 2014 at 04:49 PM
>> Staging. It cost a lot for Cal Tran's to take it to the Dump.<< right, that's whatRead Morei t is // dumps charge less for full trucks- most of those piles came from 5-10 ton dumps, they will bring in a few 40 ton 18-wheelers to move it all at once ... eventually
Gary Matalucci April 03, 2014 at 06:30 AM
This time the home-grown terrorists have won and won BIG. Not only do they plan to stay forEVER,Read Morebu t they are sending out verbal notices on the street that they plan to grow the BULB by leaps and bounds. What is now a farce will soon turn into a tragedy if immediate action is not taken. Like a cancer that is ignored, this malignancy will continue to fester and grow until there comes a point of no return. Action is needed and needed now.
Netizen 2 April 03, 2014 at 10:27 AM
"First, the City can use our money where it will do good." Agreed. How about parks andRead Moresch ools, or just shoring up the city finances in general. But why attempt to house people in one of the more expensive parts of the bay area? &quot;Second, the City should adopt a realistic timetable.&quot; Like say, give several months of time and engage a homeless services organization to help with the transition? Did that, it was a waste of time and money. I hope we learned our lesson. &quot;Third, in the meantime, the City should make initial Bulb improvements.&quot; To encourage people to leave, make the bulb more livable?
Gary Matalucci April 03, 2014 at 11:04 AM
The homegrown terrorists have already won again by having my post removed. Obviously the situation Read Moreat the Bulb will reach a crisis point and that realistic scenario must scare someone or else my post would not have been removed. Consider that a wake-up call. The sooner this issue is resolved the better Albany will be. 'nuff said - now go pull this post!
Paul Kamen March 20, 2014 at 03:26 AM
>"but either way- suggesting the income from the hotels etc funds the eastshore park? notRead Moreho w government works.&quot; . But that is exactly how it works, at least within the Berkeley Marina Enterprise Zone. Hotel and restaurant revenue help fund a wide range park and recreational activities. . The 1985 Bulb plan looks like an attempt to duplicate the Berkeley Marina, right down to the fishing pier. Which would not have been so bad, in my humble opinion, considering the wide range of recreational, educational and low-cost water access opportunities that a good park/marina/restaurant plan can offer. But even in '85, the only reason to build a new marina was as a loss leader for a housing project. So I doubt that the marina part of that sketch was ever taken seriously. . I'll add that the kind of public-serving mixed use found at the best urban waterfronts is very different from what Caruso and other would-be developers have proposed for Albany. Letting a single developer run the show is another kind of monoculture, if you will allow the metaphor. . A little carefully measured commercial activity on the Bulb doesn't have to look like the Berkeley Marina, and I think it's a mistake to take it entirely off the table. . (A really great talk tonight by Donald Shoup, by the way...)
thorn March 20, 2014 at 06:46 AM
Paul does not seem to get the concept of Eastshore Park. Those activities he is talking about areRead Morese parate from maintaining the Eastshore portion of the Marina. City taxes go to the City fund, which the City chooses to spend at the Marina. sometimes. When they aren't cutting programs during years when revenue isnt high enough. the State pays for Eastshore. Few in Albany are calling for the type of development that generates enough revenue to actually be useful, many are speaking out against it.. Sounds like a good idea for the people who created the problem in Albany to keep pushing our superior agenda on Albany./.. &quot;You dont like those homeless we sent over? Let me build a hotel there, I'll get rid of them&quot; ... about how it sounds...
Paul Kamen March 20, 2014 at 06:04 PM
>"City taxes go to the City fund, which the City chooses to spend at the Marina." No,Read Moret he Marina Fund is independent. Room tax (and of course part of sales tax) go uptown and don't come back. But the Berkeley Marina and associated public amenities are all financially self-sufficient as far as the city's general fund is concerned. Also, the ESP purchase was originally legislated as a &quot;recreation unit&quot; of the State Parks system. That designation probably would have resulted in a park plan with some new water access locations and some other more structured recreational uses appropriate for an urban waterfront - but this was unacceptable to CESP so it was changed to a &quot;State Waterfront,&quot; a new designation with fewer constraints. That was well after the political process that got the land purchased by the State. It could be argued that it was the only viable strategy to get the land out of private ownership - or it could be argued that it was a bait-and-switch. I'm sure I'm missing a few critical details here, maybe others who were involved can fill in.
thorn March 14, 2014 at 03:16 AM
>>most Albany residents have run out of patients<< .. Comedy/ Albany residents wishRead Morethe y had less patients running around on the Bulb- or in this case, outpatients... auto correct/spelling WIN
Gary Matalucci March 14, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Ooppsy, I meant to spell it "patience." So, do I have your vote? First role in office:Read Moreim plement Operation: Restore the Bulb.
thorn March 14, 2014 at 01:09 PM
i think it works well with the patients spelling too
Alan Eckert March 09, 2014 at 11:55 AM
You use a lot of buzzwords and confusion to make your product seem legit. Do you have anyRead Moredocumentat ion to back up your claims Misty? Testimonials don't count because a) anecdotal evidence is very weak and b) they could be very easily paid for or c) completely made up by a marketer.
Peter Goodman March 09, 2014 at 12:47 PM
And the sad-eyed puppies used as props in NSPCA ads are very effective too. I'm not dissing yourRead Morecau se, just your craven ability to stick a fork in a corpse and hold it up for display so you can sell more stuff. Also not happy that our little local newsfeed has been taken over by crass marketers, but that is just sad, not repugnant.
Amy Smolens March 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM
Misty. According to your profile you are in Buckhead (Georgia, I assume?) Why are you posting anRead Moreadv ertisement masked as a blog for your company's product in Albany, CA's Patch? Misty, do you realize that we are not Albany, Georgia? If you think Albany, CA is your target market how about purchasing an ad, as many companies have done here? Thanks.
Peter Goodman March 01, 2014 at 12:26 PM
If everything this writer says is true, that drills are required and that the living complexRead Moreignores the ordinance, why should public shaming on Patch be necessary to force the fire marshals and the city to do their job? Makes you wonder how many other violations are occurring under our noses every day. The Albany fire dept inspects my office every year, and I pay the city annually a fee for that inspection, which I am happy to do. How can a big apartment house get away with noncompliance? Funding? Sloth? Incompetence?
Sanjay Gupta March 06, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Peter, Gateview is not an "apartment house". It is a luxury condominium complex. Second,Read Moret he fire marshals are not doing their job. Gateview management is not doing their job. I applaud Steve for bringing this to everyone's attention. Now, maybe, they will do something.
Jo Liana King March 23, 2014 at 05:37 PM
I applaud Sanjay's neutral and positive perspective. Apparently 10% of Albany's residents live onRead MorePi erce street. That's a lot of Albany taxpayers at risk should there be a faulty fire system. Has Gateview had a fire drill since the recent installation of the new, fire-proof condo doors in each unit?
Rochelle Nason February 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM
JJMarieKK, camper Amber Whitson still blogs here from a pro-encampment (and libertarian)Read Morepespective; I still blog from a pro-park (and pro-intervention) perspective. Also, the City of Albany still puts out press releases when campers move to housing (though they don't release info about the new campers moving to the Bulb, so those press releases aren't all that helpful). Here is the current status as I understand it: The anti-camping ordinance has been amended (to no longer prohibit 'loitering') and is ready to be enforced. However, a majority of the campers have sued the City and filed requests for accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). What the City will do now is unknown - its public policy is that the enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance was to resume in October 2013. That has not happened, presumably because of the challenges to both the ordinance (the 'loitering' issue) and to the City's compliance with the ADA. I think it is safe to assume that interim policy is being made in closed sessions of the City Council due to the pending litigation. Which is frustrating to those of us who want to see transparency and informed public dialogue around this issue. Presumably, though, the City is proceeding on legal advice and those of us who support enforcement of the ordinance are expected to be patient, while those who oppose enforcement have some extra time that we can hope they will use wisely to help the campers seek housing and other social services and benefits. Hope this is helpful.
JJMarieKK February 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Thank you Rochelle, I appreciate your detailed information. I think it has helped the community.
Carl Petersen III February 23, 2014 at 05:32 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Laney Russell February 03, 2014 at 04:52 PM
I'm so glad you are here to evaluate my comments for weakness, Thorn. Thank you for that.
thorn February 07, 2014 at 05:47 AM
Laney Sorry - was not trying to hurt you personally, I apologize for that. . If i make a crappyRead Moreanal ogy, i would want it corrected and i would not take offense. Technically- all any of us do here is evaluate each others arguments- we tear Amber apart regularly, as well as any of her supporters/ now i get it- I had to take Amber's side/ugh-i hate that-. well done. besides, If we give Amber anything to be right about , she jumps on it and praises herself, gets to skip the real questions. as she has done here, once things degrade into simple attacks./ Christopher, you really have to look up the definition of troll./ Amber came onto this thread to win friends by being against the shack. I am extremely interested in getting answers, and if you havent figured out the other word for thorn/ im not here to win any friends, just get there truth out there.- although in a way you are correct about getting answers- it is a tactic- if you want to shut Amber up, ask her hard questions. - I'd like answers, but don't really expect them. I would also agree most of this amounts to venting at this point, and for some time.
Laney Russell February 07, 2014 at 12:39 PM
You're very amusing, Thorn. You seem to have no idea just how funny you are which makes you evenRead Moremor e amusing. I hope you never stop posting.