Cut Them a Break

Readers share their thoughts on our December issue.


I see no reason to endlessly foist these demands on developers [“Oakland’s Real Estate is Red Hot,” December]. I’m fine with affordable housing, but I don’t need to see every developer including it. They already pay into the fund for it if they don’t include it in a project, anyway.

Robert Marrujo


I’m not a supporter of mandatory affordable housing. It increases the cost to build, which increases the cost of the entire housing stock as some developers choose not to build or have to raise prices to recoup the added costs. Instead, it should be used as a tool to get extra incentives to encourage more building in general.

Oakland’s rental prices fell this year as newly built apartments came to market. Supply and demand. Sweeten the deal so more housing is built.

Steve Kopff


The Giving Season

Thank you for this valuable community resource [“Guide to Charitable Giving,” December]! We certainly appreciate the Oakland Magazine’s efforts to shine a light on the organizations working to make Oakland a better place for all community members.

Steve Fox, Oakland Leaf Foundation


Great article but you left our one of my favorite Oakland nonprofits: Creative Growth,

Jennifer Fish


I loved the informative December issue of Oakland Magazine and wanted to mention Women’s Centers International, which operates Oakland Women’s Center in West Oakland. We’d love to be included in next year’s guide.

Susan Burgess-Lent, Women’s Centers International


Editor’s note: Email information about your nonprofit organization and any associated galas and annual fundraisers to with “Charitable Giving Guide” in the subject line to be included in the next giving guide.


About Those Bars

A marvelous listing of bars in the San Pablo Corridor [“The Street With the East Bay’s Best Bars,” November]. I’ve been to the Hotsy Totsy, the Mallard, and the Albatross ... is Albatross still there? Anyway, great article.

Timothy Doran, LA


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