Victory for smart growth

STAND lost their lawsuit. The group was suing the City over approval of a new building at 4801 Shattuck, claiming that the project needed an Environmental Impact Report. The City Council rejected STAND’s appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the project last July, and in August STAND sued. Earlier this month, Judge Frank Roesch issued a tentative decision denying STAND’s request and affirming that the project is exempt from CEQA review.

Also going on today:

  • Oakland’s 2008 homicide total is up to 33 – last year at this time, we were at 22.
  • Oddly, both Oakland magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle are still saying that Fresh & Easy is coming to West Oakland this year. I keep hearing that they still have not signed a lease and are now looking at locations in East Oakland instead. Strange.
  • The Trib’s take on kids selling bootleg DVDs on the street? They’re entrepeneurs!
  • I actually thought that Brenda Payton had already left the Trib, but I guess I was wrong. Here’s her farewell column.

6 thoughts on “Victory for smart growth

  1. Max Allstadt

    Does STAND ever win anything?

    I mean their strategy is infinitely silly. They show up at the Planning Commission with 3 to 8 people at every meeting. They have a little show that they do where various members say various things, but there are two certainties: 1. George Nesbit reads the commissioners rules they already know in byzantine detail, without removing his hat. 2. One of them says something icky to the commission or to an individual commissioner.

    Seriously, have they ever won anything? Sometimes I think the planning commission would be more likely to consider community input against development if STAND wasn’t there.

  2. m30

    the trib calls the sale of the bootleg dvds “side commerce.” it doesn’t label the young men as entrepreneurs.

  3. V Smoothe Post author

    They’re referred to as entrepreneurs in the following paragraph:

    The additional foot traffic on the heretofore deserted street has also provided opportunities for a little side commerce, such as young men selling $5 bootleg DVDs of current movies or setting up tables piled high with colorful socks and shirts.

    Glenn, the store manager, who did not want to divulge his last name, said he’s had to call the cops to chase away the entrepreneurs more thanonce.