I know the posting here has been pretty light lately, and I do apologize for that. Other things are getting in the way of blogging at the moment (and I’m also busy working on some changes to this site itself, which I hope you will all get to enjoy very soon), and hey – everyone’s on vacation right now anyway, and what with it being recess and all, it’s a good time for a little break.
Hopefully I will be able to get something up about the CBD zoning later this afternoon, but if not, definitely tomorrow, and FYI – there is another Zoning Update Committee meeting (PDF) about this tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5.
Anyway, for now, I just wanted to say that I loved Chip Johnson’s column today and that if for whatever reason, you haven’t read it yet, you totally should go do so. I mean, obviously I think it’s great, because he’s saying the same things I’ve been saying, but I loved, loved, loved the fact that he trotted out a criminal justice law professor to explain that Dellums is out to lunch, just for the like 10 people in Oakland who bought the ridiculous excuse that we can blame the housing downtown for the restaurant robberies:
In Oakland, where higher-than-average crime is normal in good and bad economic times, it’s a weak argument.
“I would be enormously doubtful if that were the case,” said Frank Zimring, a professor at the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. “Robbery is a dreadful way of making money and suggests things that are clearly not cyclical to employment opportunities.”
Anyway, if for some reason you missed the column, go read it now.