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An Overview Of Grand Canyon Rafting

October 19th, 2014 by

Submitted by: Rhegie Taylor

When individuals are looking to enjoy one of the greatest geological areas on the planet, they should plan to take a trip down the Grand Canyon. By doing a float trip that avoids areas of white water, men and women can enjoy themselves while taking in the scenery. Large groups can choose to sign up so that they can have the experience together. The one-day Grand Canyon rafting trips leave from Grand Canyon South.

Geological Wonder

The Grand Canyon is a large geologic formation that was carved by the Colorado River over a period of several million years. The rocks that line the walls are mostly sandstone, shale, and limestone. Each rock layer, in fact, offers unique insight into the history of the planet. A number of unique fossils have been discovered in the rock walls.

Float trips will allow individuals to sit back and relax. They can avoid white-water rapids, which means these trips are appropriate for both older adults and younger children. While people will of course be instructed to wear life-jackets, they can expect to have a wonderful time and will never be in danger. Guides will ensure that everything runs smoothly.

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The Grand Canyon runs across the state of Arizona from near the border with Utah all the way to the California state line. The canyon is nearly a mile deep in places, and the temperature contrast between the rim and the bottom-lands can be considerable. While the rim can often feature moderate temperatures, the bottom can be hot. Men and women should come prepared with light-colored clothing and plenty of sun-screen.

Unique Ecosystem

The wildlife of the area is itself unique. As rafters glide gently down the river, they’ll likely see birds, reptiles, and mammals of all sorts. While the bottom-lands are filled with scrub brush and other hardy plants, the rim features conifers and other evergreen trees that enjoy cooler temperatures. The Colorado River itself is home to several different species of fish.

Some individuals are adventurous enough to hike one of the rim-to-rim trails after they have finished with their rafting experience. The Bright Angel Trail, which begins on the South Rim, is perfectly doable, even for men and women who do not have a whole lot of hiking experience. As long as people come prepared with a good backpack, they should be fine.

Individuals can get to the national park in a number of different ways. Some people may choose to fly in on one of the major airlines. Regional residents, on the other hand, might pack up the car or van and head off to the river. Train rides are also available to travelers who can afford the expense.

Conclusion

In the end, rafting tours will allow individuals to explore all that this part of the country has to offer. With towering rock faces and plenty of lovely scenery, it should be a trip that will be remembered for years. Armed with a good camera, some great shots can be captured. Family and friends will be impressed.

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Talk:Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program

October 19th, 2014 by

Theres nothing to clean up, since the accuracy of this story is not in dispute. [[I feel honored to be able to speak freely about the corruption taking place in Oakland’s housing programs that target the poor for dislocation. Sincerely, Lynda Carson — Oakland, CA. 510/763-1085 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.52.186.122 (talk • contribs) 08:23, 28 October 2006 moved from article to talk page by Doldrums

LyndaCarson, Thanks for contributing this well written and well sourced article to Wikinews. Wikinews welcomes contributions original reporting such as these. The article needs a little more work before publishing though, since some of it does not adhere to the Wikinews:Neutral point of view.

Wikinews articles are written to conform to NPOV in order to ensure that our coverage of an event is fair and unbiased. We do this by only reporting facts, leaving out all editorial opinion, and representing all views over an issue, attributing each and giving each view the depth of coverage deserved by its relative notability. a (much better written) introduction to NPOV can be found here, including an explanation of why NPOV is useful.

I and other contributors will be happy to help make the necessary changes to this article, in fact, the “cleanup tag” added to the article is the first step in doing this. It is meant to be constructive criticism helping to improve the article.

Also, i see that u’ve published this article on Indymedia, but without releasing it to the public domain or under a Creative commons (CC) license. This means that the article can only be reproduced by other non-commercial publications. Now, even though Wikinews is a non-commercial website, it releases its articles with a CC license, allowing commercial use. So you will have to either post a “released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5″ notice on the Indymedia article page, or e-mail such a permission to a Wikinews administrator in order for Wikinews to host this article.

welcome and thanks again for writing for wikinews. i look forward to more such articles from you. reg,  — Doldrums(talk) 04:32, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

I tried to make this article more NPOV by removing some loaded words (“gentrification project”, etc.) Not sure if this is enough to undispute it.–DCo1 06:06, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

This does appear to be a copyright violation… Someone from Indymedia will need to verify the copyright status of this article. I’ve not tagged it as a copyvio, yet, as it may be that it existed here first. It could be dual licensed, etc. but the Indymedia site doesn’t indicate that the copyright is held by the author (it looks like Indymedia has the rights to the story). –Chiacomo (talk) 06:03, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Sources: Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program

[EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland’s public housing property in East Oakland at the Coliseum Gardens site, now known as Lion Creek Crossings. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion at Lion Creek Crossings with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments.]

—Lion Creek Crossing (Coliseum Garden) Now Renting—

The Oakland Housing Authority received a HOPE VI grant to replace its 178 notorious Coliseum Garden apartments with a mixed income development of over 350 apartments and approximately 28 homes for sale. EBALDC assembled a development team, which includes The Related Company of California and Chambers Construction to work with the housing authority. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments. The development will surround a revitalized 5 acre City Park and Lion creek, which will also be restored by the city. The first phase of this development includes 115 apartments and 7,500 square feet of space for community services.

This phase is under construction with a second phase of 146 apartments and another 7,500 square feet scheduled to start late in 2005. Community services anticipated include a Head Start Child Care Center, youth and after school programs, health programs, career counseling and business development opportunities. A third phase is being planned with over a hundred family apartments and townhouses that will overlook the restored Lion creek and city park.

These brand new Lion Creek Crossing apartments are ready for occupants. Contact EBALDC today at (510) 287-5353 for details….

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ [CHAMBERS CONSTRUCTION] http://www.chambersconstruction.com/ Carolyn Silva. Chambers, owner of Chambers Construction CHAIRMAN & C.E.O. CHAMBERS COMMUNICATIONS Home-86220 DERY Rd or 86054 DERY Rd. PLEASANT HILL, OREGON 97455 (541) 746-1510 — (541) 988-5732 (Born September of 1931) Political Donations (2004) to George W. Bush $2,000 — $500 contributed to the RNC

Carolyn Silva. Chambers’ business empire includes real estate, a construction company, a vineyard, and the crown jewel, Chambers Communications Corp.

Local — Chambers Construction Co (510) 569-3081 7506 Macarthur Blvd Oakland, CA.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Search Results for Lion Creek Crossing from Related website:

Lion Creek Crossing Location: 800 69th Street Oakland, CA 94612 Property Type: Affordable Rental Multifamily Rentals Neighborhood Revitalization Organizations: Related California

—EBALDC Partnership With Related Companies—

EBALDC — East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

(Lynette Jung Lee is the Director of EBALDC)

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ [Related Companies]

Related Corporate Structure

Stephen M. Ross is head/CEO of Related Companies…

STEPHEN M ROSS (Born in May of 1940) (Home) 956 5TH AVE NEW YORK, NY 10021 (212) 772-1196 or (212) 772-7659

—Stephen M. Ross resides at 956 Fifth Avenue, in New York— Home of Stephen M. Ross at 956 Fifth Avenue. This finely detailed building has an unusual and … by in 1920 the Real Estate Board of New York, the City Club and the Fifth … _______________ Related of California

RELATED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Stephen M. Ross

Jeff T. Blau Michael J. Brenner David J. Wine

About Stephen M. Ross / CharterMac

Board of Trustees Stephen M. Ross Chairman

Stephen M. Ross is non-executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CharterMac. Mr. Ross is the founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner of The Related Companies, L.P. (“TRCLP”). Mr. Ross began his career working for the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit as a tax attorney. Later, he moved to New York, where he worked for two large Wall Street investment banking firms in their real estate and corporate finance departments before founding TRCLP in 1972. Mr. Ross graduated from The University of Michigan School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and from Wayne State School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He then received a Master of Law degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Ross endowed the “Stephen M. Ross School of Business” at The University of Michigan. Mr. Ross is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Board of New York and is a trustee of the National Building Museum. Mr. Ross also serves on the Board of Directors of Kerzner International Ltd. (NYSE: KZL), Equinox Holdings, Inc. (an affiliate of TRCLP), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lion Creek Crossings Open House of Phase 1 and Groundbreaking of Phase 2 Lion Creek Crossings will create a new community in the blighted and neglected Central East Oakland district and will be the catalyst for revitalizing the entire Coliseum BART station into a Transit Village. This HOPE VI development will provide up to 437 units over four phases of permanent affordable rental housing and 28 for-sale units for first time homebuyers. This is a joint venture between EBALDC, Related Companies of California and the Oakland Housing Authority.

Location: 915 69th Avenue, Oakland Ca, 94621 Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sponsored by: Sponsored by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) For more information: Joyceland 510.287.5353 / jfarrow@ebaldc.com

—Stephen M. Ross Gives Away $100,000 Million Dollars— University of Michigan — (Stephen M. Ross gives away $100,000 million) New York City real estate developer Stephen M. Ross gives $100 million to University … chairman and chief executive officer of The Related Companies, LP, …

[Oakland Budget Summary for 2006 – Oakland Redevelopment Agency] Personnel Services and Related Overhead Costs – FY 2006-07 . … Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum Gardens) Phase I. $1,500,000. Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum …

Page 1) Executive Off Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM

To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director

Subject: Resolution Approving Use of Additional Local Funds for Park Construction at the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI Primary Site and Amending the Predevelopment Services Agreement to Effect the Change

Date: September 19, 2006

This correspondence transmits for your consideration and approval a resolution authorizing the use of $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings. This proposed additional allocation of funds to the park is part of the $7 million previously approved by the Board for use in the Lion Creek Crossings redevelopment.

Background: The Authority was awarded a HOPE VI grant in the amount of $34.5 million in 2000 to revitalize the 178-unit Coliseum Gardens public housing development. The Board approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related) and Chambers Construction Company (Chambers) as co-developer partners for redevelopment of the original public housing site and several adjacent or nearby properties (the “Primary Site”), now renamed Lion Creek Crossings. EBALDC and Related are co-developing the rental portion of the Primary Site, which will include 157 units of public housing. The total number of rental units, including public housing, now planned is approximately 440. Twenty-eight (28) units of for-sale housing are planned to be developed by Chambers. The construction of new streets and utilities and the reconfiguration of a public park are planned as part of the rental housing development.

The remaining 21 units of public housing are included in a recently constructed 65-unit development on Foothill Boulevard in Oakland.

In addition to the rental housing, the project includes the reconfiguration of Coliseum Gardens Park and the restoration of a portion of Lion Creek. The City of Oakland is managing the restoration of a portion of the creek that runs through the park. A grant from the California Pollution Control Finance Authority and the City of Oakland is providing funds for park planning. Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded $175,000 for park construction. The California Housing and Community Development Department has awarded the City of Oakland approximately $500,000 which is planned to be used for park construction. Our developer partners and staff are searching for additional sources of funding for park construction.

Page 2- In a Land Exchange Agreement that was executed between the Authority and the City, the Authority agreed to construct a temporary replacement park during the period when the existing park is taken out of service. The Developer has received an estimate of $388,735 from its general contractor for the cost of constructing a temporary replacement park. The Developer plans to start construction on Phase III of the rental housing on the site of the existing City park in October, and the temporary park is required to be in place prior to the start of construction on this phase. The grant funds described previously are not yet available, but will be in the future.

All park facilities related to the development are to be constructed by the Developer under the terms of an Amended and Restated Predevelopment Services Agreement (PSA). The current PSA includes a provision for the use of $101,142 in Authority Local Funds for park construction. The proposed resolution would authorize the use of an additional $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for the immediate construction of the preliminary phase replacement park, for a total of $388,735.

It is expected that the Authority will be reimbursed for the use of this additional allocation of its Local Funds as the above-described grant funds become available. If that occurs, the Local Funds will be available for reallocation within the project.

Proposed Action:

It is recommended that the Board of Commissioners adopt the attached resolution approving the use of an additional $288,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings, and authorizing the Executive Director to amend the Predevelopment Services Agreement to incorporate this change, and to take all actions necessary to implement the resolution. Attachment: Resolution

(7/24/06)

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner and approved by the following vote:

AYES: Commissioners NAYS: ABSTAIN: ABSENT:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONDITIONAL COMMITMENT FOR AN INCREASE IN THE HOPE VI FUNDS CONSTRUCTION AND PERMANENT LOAN FOR THE COLISEUM GARDENS HOPE VI DEVELOPMENT PROJECT KNOWN AS LION CREEK CROSSINGS, PHASE III BETWEEN OAKLAND HOUSING AUTHORITY AS LENDER AND CREEKSIDE HOUSING PARTNERS, L.P. AS BORROWER

WHEREAS, the Oakland Housing Authority (Authority) previously executed a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pursuant to its grant of HOPE VI funds for a revitalization plan that proposed the demolition and redevelopment of Coliseum Gardens and nearby properties, (collectively the “Primary Site”); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related), and Chambers General Construction (Chambers) as co-developers of the Primary Site at its meeting on October 21, 2002; and

WHEREAS, the Authority owns the land on which the Coliseum Gardens revitalization development known as Lion Creek Crossings will be constructed, and the Authority leases the land to the partnership formed with EBALDC and Related for each phase of the development, which is known as Lion Creek Crossings;

WHEREAS, EBALDC and Related (the “Developer”) have joint responsibility for the development of the family rental housing at the Coliseum Gardens site and formed a limited partnership known as Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. (CHP) for the development of Lion Creek Crossings, Phase III, which consists of one hundred six units of public and affordable family housing; and

Page 2) WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 3685 authorizing the execution of the Phase III Disposition and Development Agreement which included a HOPE VI loan to CHP in the amount of $5,194,638; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commission subsequently passed Resolution 3766 approving closing evidentiaries including HOPE VI loan documents with a lesser loan to CHP in the amount of $3,350,000; and

WHEREAS; CHP’s financing structure for Phase III included a loan from CalHFA based on increased rental income from Project-Based Section 8 funds available through the Authority; and

WHEREAS, the City of Oakland approved a loan amount of $4,600,000 for Phase III of which $600,000 was intended to offset a HUD rule change decreasing the value of rents available under the Project-Based Section 8 program; and

WHEREAS, as an MTW participant, the Authority has approved the use of market rents in its Project-Based Section 8 program, which reduced CHP’s documented need for $600,000 in City funds; and

WHEREAS, the City may then reduce its loan commitment to CHP by $600,000 as a result of the Authority’s approval of market rents for Phase III; and

WHEREAS, bids for construction of Phase III are anticipated to be higher than originally budgeted, creating a funding gap of $600,000.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THAT, the Authority will provide an increased construction and permanent loan of HOPE VI funds in the amount of up to $600,000 increasing its previous commitment of $3,350,000 to $3,950,000 contingent on the City of Oakland reducing its loan commitment for Phase III by $600,000, and if the construction bids are such that the funds are needed by CHP as determined by the Authority; and

THAT, the Executive Director is authorized to take all actions and execute such other documents as may be necessary and appropriate to implement the foregoing resolution.

Page 3) I certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on July __, 2006. _____________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.

09/13/06

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner And approved by the following vote: AYES: NAYS ABSTAIN: EXCUSED: ABSENT:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER:

AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A PERFORMANCE-BASED SUB-GRANT AGREEMENT, NOT TO EXCEED $ 218,750 (TWO HUNDRED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) FOR ONE YEAR, WITH THE EAST BAY ASIAN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (EBALDC) TO PROVIDE HOPE VI COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES RESIDING AT LION CREEK CROSSINGS AND FOOTHILL PLAZA.

WHEREAS, the Authority received HOPE IV revitalization grants for Coliseum Gardens, now renamed Lion Creek Crossings; and

WHEREAS, the Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) which was mailed directly to over 65 agencies and organizations and advertised in the Oakland Tribune; and

WHEREAS, EBALDC was selected as a program that best meets the needs of the residents and the requirements of the Authority for the provision of personal budgeting, consumer finance education, individual development accounts with matching, peer support groups and seminars, home buyer training and small business/micro-enterprise development; and

WHEREAS, the original RFP and Board resolution authorized the Executive Director to alter HOPE VI CSS sub-grant agreement scopes and selection of providers to address changes in resident services needs; and,

(Page 2) WHEREAS, EBALDC, as development partner for the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI development, has a daily presence on-site at Lion Creek Crossings, has experience providing comprehensive resident services at other EBALDC residential sites, and has the capability of providing all the resident services needs identified during the 2006 Lion Creek Crossing resident needs assessment.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to execute a one year performance-based sub-grant agreement not to exceed $218,750 with EBALDC to provide on-site services for school age youth and workforce development/ self-sufficiency services; and

THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to take all actions necessary to implement the foregoing resolution.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on _________________. ________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.

08/09/06

Executive Office

Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM

To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director

Subject: Lion Creek Crossings Security Contract Date: August 3, 2006

As you are aware, the first phase of Lion Creek Crossings is now housing residents. Related, the Authority partner and property manager, has contacted the Authority and has requested increased patrol due to several incidents of criminal activity since the property has opened. Related employs a private security firm at Lion Creek Crossings, but many of the problems exceed their capacity for response. OHAPD has been providing sporadic increased patrol; however, due to the fact that the Authority does not own the buildings nor manage the property and the Authority passes operating subsidies to the property for the purpose of subsidizing operating expenses, we have indicated to Related that the policing of the property is the responsibility of the Oakland Police Department.

After several meetings between Related and the Oakland Police Department (OPD), as well as the continuance of increased criminal activity, Related contacted Phillip Neville, Deputy Executive Director of Real Estate Development, and Carel Duplessis, Chief of OHAPD, to explore the feasibility of Lion Creek Crossings contracting with the Authority to supplement OPD’s policing of Lion Creek Crossings with officers from OHAPD. Through discussions, an agreement has been reached for Related to pay the cost of two full-time Police Officers for a two year contract.

A written agreement between Related and the Authority is currently being drafted for OHA’s Board approval at the August 28 Commission meeting. Preparatory to that meeting staff will brief the Commission at the workshop session of August 9. Chief Carel Duplessis will provide the briefing and address any questions.

[Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. take control of the Coliseum Gardens/Lion Creek Crossings]

(Lion Creek Crossings used to be known as Coliseum Gardens public housing (178 units) of Oakland)

(EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland’s public housing property in Oakland. )

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Flores Phone: 916.324.4647 Fax: 916.322.2345 mflores@calhfa.ca.gov www.calhfa.ca.gov

Financing for Affordable Family Housing in Oakland

SACRAMENTO, June 6, 2006 – A new affordable housing project will soon be built in the City of Oakland’s master planned community, Lion Creek Crossings (formerly known as Coliseum Gardens), to create rental housing for an additional 106 families. The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) Board of Directors approved nearly $23 million in construction financing and $4.8 million in permanent financing for Lion Creek Crossings, a family apartment community, to be owned by Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., which is a joint venture between East Bay Asian Local Development and the Related Companies, LLC. The property management services will be provided by Related Management Company. Cahill Contractors will begin construction in August 2006 with completion expected in February 2008.

The 106-unit complex is designed to provide affordable rental housing to those with household incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income. This project is the third phase in the master planned community of Lion Creek Crossings. This unique urban infill project is replacing public housing units developed in the 1940s. CalHFA has provided financing for all three phases of the master development, creating 367 new affordable housing residences.

- more – Page 2 The 2.49 acre project site will feature seven buildings with units ranging in size from one to four bedrooms and styled as flats or town homes. The residents will also enjoy the use of the master community’s shared common recreational facilities and community rooms currently available to Phase I residents.

CalHFA will provide nearly $23 million in construction financing with a variable interest rate for 22 months. Upon completion, a permanent loan of $3.815 million will be provided by CalHFA, as well as, CalHFA subordinate financing for slightly more than $1 million. Other funding sources include the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program, the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland (OHA), HOPE VI loan from HUD to OHA, the City of Oakland, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

The California Housing Finance Agency was created in 1975 with the goal of helping more Californian’s live in a home they can afford. CalHFA’s Multifamily Division has invested more than $2 billion for the construction and preservation of 36,000 affordable rental housing units assisting nearly 85,000 very low and low income Californians. More information on Multifamily Loan Finance programs and the full complement of CalHFA programs, visit www.calhfa.ca.gov or call toll free 877.9.CalHFA (877.922.5432).

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Related of California was formed in 1989 to focus on the development of multifamily housing in California. It is an affiliate of Related, L.P., a fully integrated real estate firm based in New York City with divisions specializing in development, property management, and financial services.

Since its inception, Related has developed over 6,000 units of housing in California, with properties in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego, and San Diego County.

Its projects run the gamut from award-winning apartments for low- and moderate-income seniors and families to a 487-unit high-rise apartment development in downtown San Francisco that is the tallest residential building in the city.

Related’s team of professionals brings hands-on experience and expertise in project management, finance, construction, and property management, along with the financial backing of one of the country’s premier real estate companies.

Contact Us — Lion Creek Crossing — Related Companies:

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Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Site Profile

City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1520 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: pneville@oakha.org Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:

FY 1994 Implementation Grant: $25,510,020 FY 1996 Assistance Award/Amendment Funds: $1,000,000

OHA’s HOPE VI program in East Oakland involves the extensive renovation of 372 out of 550 housing units in two complexes and four scattered sites (consisting of 60 units) located in Lower Fruitvale. Fourteen scattered-site units are scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt. A site-based management strategy is currently being tested at Lockwood Gardens, which has 372 housing units.

The HOPE VI program enabled OHA to expand its collaboration with the Mayor’s office, which began with the City’s 1991 campaign to reduce violence and drug trafficking within and around the Coliseum and Lockwood communities. The Mayor’s Office was very supportive in preparing the original HOPE VI application and has been heavily involved in the effort ever since.

The joint successes from both the Mayor’s program and OHA’s HOPE VI development process have positively impacted the Coliseum and Lockwood sites. There is marked improvement in the environments at both sites. Resident-planted gardens are not vandalized and children and adults can remain outside after dark, which was considered unsafe just a few months earlier. Policing services are provided by the Oakland Police Department to all authority sites. Officers from the Oakland Housing Authority’s Security Services Department supplement the City’s services. To supplement security at Coliseum and Lockwood, iron fences are used to surround the complexes.

OHA was the recipient of several HUD grants in 1995, including a HOPE VI planning grant for the West Oakland area. Additionally, there are two major modernization programs currently in progress in West Oakland.

^^^^^^^^^^^ Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Site Profile

City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1510 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: pneville@oakha.org Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:

FY 2000 grantee in the amount of $34,486,116.

The Housing Authority of the City of Oakland will receive a HOPE VI Revitalization Grant in the amount of $34,486,116 that will enable the Housing Authority to revitalize the Coliseum Gardens public housing development. A total of 178 severely distressed units will be replaced on-site with 30 public housing units, 20 tax credit rental units, and 85 affordable homeownership units. In addition, 148 public housing units and 46 tax credit rental units will be developed on underutilized land and scattered sites nearby. A significant number of the off-site public housing units will be within new housing developments in non-impacted areas. A new park and community center will be the focus of the new, on-site community. The revitalization of Coliseum Gardens, located in the Central East Oakland Target Area within the Coliseum Redevelopment Area, will benefit from a $134 million investment in the Coliseum BART Station and the new rail connection between the Station and the Oakland International Airport. Oakland’s HOPE VI Grant will leverage a total of $56.2 million other public and private funds.

For details, read HUD’s Fact Sheet:

Lion Creek Crossing (Funding for the streets at Lion Creek Crossing from Oakland Redevlopment Agency)

U.S. Supreme Court eases government ability to seize property

October 19th, 2014 by

June 24, 2005

In a major decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has expanded the right of government to seize private property for public good by allowing the city of New London, Connecticut to invoke eminent domain and seize homeowners’ property for economic development reasons.

In a closely-divided decision, 5-4, the court determined that the city’s economic development plan constituted a “public use”, and therefore qualified under the U.S. Constitution’s fifth amendment’s Eminent Domain clause.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the majority decision, and was joined by Justices David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. “Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government,” Stevens wrote, and justified the decision further by saying municipal authorities are better positioned to make decisions regarding a community’s best interests than judges.

Writing the dissenting opinion, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor rejected the economic justification as a public use, pointing out that wealthy individuals are more capable of defending themselves and so are less at risk. But the greatest issue was the liklihood of abuse of eminent domain:

“The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall or any farm with a factory.” A separate dissent was also included written by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Talk:Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program

October 19th, 2014 by

Theres nothing to clean up, since the accuracy of this story is not in dispute. [[I feel honored to be able to speak freely about the corruption taking place in Oakland’s housing programs that target the poor for dislocation. Sincerely, Lynda Carson — Oakland, CA. 510/763-1085 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.52.186.122 (talk • contribs) 08:23, 28 October 2006 moved from article to talk page by Doldrums

LyndaCarson, Thanks for contributing this well written and well sourced article to Wikinews. Wikinews welcomes contributions original reporting such as these. The article needs a little more work before publishing though, since some of it does not adhere to the Wikinews:Neutral point of view.

Wikinews articles are written to conform to NPOV in order to ensure that our coverage of an event is fair and unbiased. We do this by only reporting facts, leaving out all editorial opinion, and representing all views over an issue, attributing each and giving each view the depth of coverage deserved by its relative notability. a (much better written) introduction to NPOV can be found here, including an explanation of why NPOV is useful.

I and other contributors will be happy to help make the necessary changes to this article, in fact, the “cleanup tag” added to the article is the first step in doing this. It is meant to be constructive criticism helping to improve the article.

Also, i see that u’ve published this article on Indymedia, but without releasing it to the public domain or under a Creative commons (CC) license. This means that the article can only be reproduced by other non-commercial publications. Now, even though Wikinews is a non-commercial website, it releases its articles with a CC license, allowing commercial use. So you will have to either post a “released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5″ notice on the Indymedia article page, or e-mail such a permission to a Wikinews administrator in order for Wikinews to host this article.

welcome and thanks again for writing for wikinews. i look forward to more such articles from you. reg,  — Doldrums(talk) 04:32, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

I tried to make this article more NPOV by removing some loaded words (“gentrification project”, etc.) Not sure if this is enough to undispute it.–DCo1 06:06, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

This does appear to be a copyright violation… Someone from Indymedia will need to verify the copyright status of this article. I’ve not tagged it as a copyvio, yet, as it may be that it existed here first. It could be dual licensed, etc. but the Indymedia site doesn’t indicate that the copyright is held by the author (it looks like Indymedia has the rights to the story). –Chiacomo (talk) 06:03, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Sources: Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program

[EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland’s public housing property in East Oakland at the Coliseum Gardens site, now known as Lion Creek Crossings. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion at Lion Creek Crossings with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments.]

—Lion Creek Crossing (Coliseum Garden) Now Renting—

The Oakland Housing Authority received a HOPE VI grant to replace its 178 notorious Coliseum Garden apartments with a mixed income development of over 350 apartments and approximately 28 homes for sale. EBALDC assembled a development team, which includes The Related Company of California and Chambers Construction to work with the housing authority. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments. The development will surround a revitalized 5 acre City Park and Lion creek, which will also be restored by the city. The first phase of this development includes 115 apartments and 7,500 square feet of space for community services.

This phase is under construction with a second phase of 146 apartments and another 7,500 square feet scheduled to start late in 2005. Community services anticipated include a Head Start Child Care Center, youth and after school programs, health programs, career counseling and business development opportunities. A third phase is being planned with over a hundred family apartments and townhouses that will overlook the restored Lion creek and city park.

These brand new Lion Creek Crossing apartments are ready for occupants. Contact EBALDC today at (510) 287-5353 for details….

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ [CHAMBERS CONSTRUCTION] http://www.chambersconstruction.com/ Carolyn Silva. Chambers, owner of Chambers Construction CHAIRMAN & C.E.O. CHAMBERS COMMUNICATIONS Home-86220 DERY Rd or 86054 DERY Rd. PLEASANT HILL, OREGON 97455 (541) 746-1510 — (541) 988-5732 (Born September of 1931) Political Donations (2004) to George W. Bush $2,000 — $500 contributed to the RNC

Carolyn Silva. Chambers’ business empire includes real estate, a construction company, a vineyard, and the crown jewel, Chambers Communications Corp.

Local — Chambers Construction Co (510) 569-3081 7506 Macarthur Blvd Oakland, CA.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Search Results for Lion Creek Crossing from Related website:

Lion Creek Crossing Location: 800 69th Street Oakland, CA 94612 Property Type: Affordable Rental Multifamily Rentals Neighborhood Revitalization Organizations: Related California

—EBALDC Partnership With Related Companies—

EBALDC — East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

(Lynette Jung Lee is the Director of EBALDC)

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Stephen M. Ross is head/CEO of Related Companies…

STEPHEN M ROSS (Born in May of 1940) (Home) 956 5TH AVE NEW YORK, NY 10021 (212) 772-1196 or (212) 772-7659

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RELATED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Stephen M. Ross

Jeff T. Blau Michael J. Brenner David J. Wine

About Stephen M. Ross / CharterMac

Board of Trustees Stephen M. Ross Chairman

Stephen M. Ross is non-executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CharterMac. Mr. Ross is the founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner of The Related Companies, L.P. (“TRCLP”). Mr. Ross began his career working for the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit as a tax attorney. Later, he moved to New York, where he worked for two large Wall Street investment banking firms in their real estate and corporate finance departments before founding TRCLP in 1972. Mr. Ross graduated from The University of Michigan School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and from Wayne State School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He then received a Master of Law degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Ross endowed the “Stephen M. Ross School of Business” at The University of Michigan. Mr. Ross is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Board of New York and is a trustee of the National Building Museum. Mr. Ross also serves on the Board of Directors of Kerzner International Ltd. (NYSE: KZL), Equinox Holdings, Inc. (an affiliate of TRCLP), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lion Creek Crossings Open House of Phase 1 and Groundbreaking of Phase 2 Lion Creek Crossings will create a new community in the blighted and neglected Central East Oakland district and will be the catalyst for revitalizing the entire Coliseum BART station into a Transit Village. This HOPE VI development will provide up to 437 units over four phases of permanent affordable rental housing and 28 for-sale units for first time homebuyers. This is a joint venture between EBALDC, Related Companies of California and the Oakland Housing Authority.

Location: 915 69th Avenue, Oakland Ca, 94621 Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sponsored by: Sponsored by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) For more information: Joyceland 510.287.5353 / jfarrow@ebaldc.com

—Stephen M. Ross Gives Away $100,000 Million Dollars— University of Michigan — (Stephen M. Ross gives away $100,000 million) New York City real estate developer Stephen M. Ross gives $100 million to University … chairman and chief executive officer of The Related Companies, LP, …

[Oakland Budget Summary for 2006 – Oakland Redevelopment Agency] Personnel Services and Related Overhead Costs – FY 2006-07 . … Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum Gardens) Phase I. $1,500,000. Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum …

Page 1) Executive Off Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM

To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director

Subject: Resolution Approving Use of Additional Local Funds for Park Construction at the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI Primary Site and Amending the Predevelopment Services Agreement to Effect the Change

Date: September 19, 2006

This correspondence transmits for your consideration and approval a resolution authorizing the use of $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings. This proposed additional allocation of funds to the park is part of the $7 million previously approved by the Board for use in the Lion Creek Crossings redevelopment.

Background: The Authority was awarded a HOPE VI grant in the amount of $34.5 million in 2000 to revitalize the 178-unit Coliseum Gardens public housing development. The Board approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related) and Chambers Construction Company (Chambers) as co-developer partners for redevelopment of the original public housing site and several adjacent or nearby properties (the “Primary Site”), now renamed Lion Creek Crossings. EBALDC and Related are co-developing the rental portion of the Primary Site, which will include 157 units of public housing. The total number of rental units, including public housing, now planned is approximately 440. Twenty-eight (28) units of for-sale housing are planned to be developed by Chambers. The construction of new streets and utilities and the reconfiguration of a public park are planned as part of the rental housing development.

The remaining 21 units of public housing are included in a recently constructed 65-unit development on Foothill Boulevard in Oakland.

In addition to the rental housing, the project includes the reconfiguration of Coliseum Gardens Park and the restoration of a portion of Lion Creek. The City of Oakland is managing the restoration of a portion of the creek that runs through the park. A grant from the California Pollution Control Finance Authority and the City of Oakland is providing funds for park planning. Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded $175,000 for park construction. The California Housing and Community Development Department has awarded the City of Oakland approximately $500,000 which is planned to be used for park construction. Our developer partners and staff are searching for additional sources of funding for park construction.

Page 2- In a Land Exchange Agreement that was executed between the Authority and the City, the Authority agreed to construct a temporary replacement park during the period when the existing park is taken out of service. The Developer has received an estimate of $388,735 from its general contractor for the cost of constructing a temporary replacement park. The Developer plans to start construction on Phase III of the rental housing on the site of the existing City park in October, and the temporary park is required to be in place prior to the start of construction on this phase. The grant funds described previously are not yet available, but will be in the future.

All park facilities related to the development are to be constructed by the Developer under the terms of an Amended and Restated Predevelopment Services Agreement (PSA). The current PSA includes a provision for the use of $101,142 in Authority Local Funds for park construction. The proposed resolution would authorize the use of an additional $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for the immediate construction of the preliminary phase replacement park, for a total of $388,735.

It is expected that the Authority will be reimbursed for the use of this additional allocation of its Local Funds as the above-described grant funds become available. If that occurs, the Local Funds will be available for reallocation within the project.

Proposed Action:

It is recommended that the Board of Commissioners adopt the attached resolution approving the use of an additional $288,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings, and authorizing the Executive Director to amend the Predevelopment Services Agreement to incorporate this change, and to take all actions necessary to implement the resolution. Attachment: Resolution

(7/24/06)

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner and approved by the following vote:

AYES: Commissioners NAYS: ABSTAIN: ABSENT:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONDITIONAL COMMITMENT FOR AN INCREASE IN THE HOPE VI FUNDS CONSTRUCTION AND PERMANENT LOAN FOR THE COLISEUM GARDENS HOPE VI DEVELOPMENT PROJECT KNOWN AS LION CREEK CROSSINGS, PHASE III BETWEEN OAKLAND HOUSING AUTHORITY AS LENDER AND CREEKSIDE HOUSING PARTNERS, L.P. AS BORROWER

WHEREAS, the Oakland Housing Authority (Authority) previously executed a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pursuant to its grant of HOPE VI funds for a revitalization plan that proposed the demolition and redevelopment of Coliseum Gardens and nearby properties, (collectively the “Primary Site”); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related), and Chambers General Construction (Chambers) as co-developers of the Primary Site at its meeting on October 21, 2002; and

WHEREAS, the Authority owns the land on which the Coliseum Gardens revitalization development known as Lion Creek Crossings will be constructed, and the Authority leases the land to the partnership formed with EBALDC and Related for each phase of the development, which is known as Lion Creek Crossings;

WHEREAS, EBALDC and Related (the “Developer”) have joint responsibility for the development of the family rental housing at the Coliseum Gardens site and formed a limited partnership known as Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. (CHP) for the development of Lion Creek Crossings, Phase III, which consists of one hundred six units of public and affordable family housing; and

Page 2) WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 3685 authorizing the execution of the Phase III Disposition and Development Agreement which included a HOPE VI loan to CHP in the amount of $5,194,638; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commission subsequently passed Resolution 3766 approving closing evidentiaries including HOPE VI loan documents with a lesser loan to CHP in the amount of $3,350,000; and

WHEREAS; CHP’s financing structure for Phase III included a loan from CalHFA based on increased rental income from Project-Based Section 8 funds available through the Authority; and

WHEREAS, the City of Oakland approved a loan amount of $4,600,000 for Phase III of which $600,000 was intended to offset a HUD rule change decreasing the value of rents available under the Project-Based Section 8 program; and

WHEREAS, as an MTW participant, the Authority has approved the use of market rents in its Project-Based Section 8 program, which reduced CHP’s documented need for $600,000 in City funds; and

WHEREAS, the City may then reduce its loan commitment to CHP by $600,000 as a result of the Authority’s approval of market rents for Phase III; and

WHEREAS, bids for construction of Phase III are anticipated to be higher than originally budgeted, creating a funding gap of $600,000.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THAT, the Authority will provide an increased construction and permanent loan of HOPE VI funds in the amount of up to $600,000 increasing its previous commitment of $3,350,000 to $3,950,000 contingent on the City of Oakland reducing its loan commitment for Phase III by $600,000, and if the construction bids are such that the funds are needed by CHP as determined by the Authority; and

THAT, the Executive Director is authorized to take all actions and execute such other documents as may be necessary and appropriate to implement the foregoing resolution.

Page 3) I certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on July __, 2006. _____________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.

09/13/06

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner And approved by the following vote: AYES: NAYS ABSTAIN: EXCUSED: ABSENT:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER:

AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A PERFORMANCE-BASED SUB-GRANT AGREEMENT, NOT TO EXCEED $ 218,750 (TWO HUNDRED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) FOR ONE YEAR, WITH THE EAST BAY ASIAN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (EBALDC) TO PROVIDE HOPE VI COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES RESIDING AT LION CREEK CROSSINGS AND FOOTHILL PLAZA.

WHEREAS, the Authority received HOPE IV revitalization grants for Coliseum Gardens, now renamed Lion Creek Crossings; and

WHEREAS, the Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) which was mailed directly to over 65 agencies and organizations and advertised in the Oakland Tribune; and

WHEREAS, EBALDC was selected as a program that best meets the needs of the residents and the requirements of the Authority for the provision of personal budgeting, consumer finance education, individual development accounts with matching, peer support groups and seminars, home buyer training and small business/micro-enterprise development; and

WHEREAS, the original RFP and Board resolution authorized the Executive Director to alter HOPE VI CSS sub-grant agreement scopes and selection of providers to address changes in resident services needs; and,

(Page 2) WHEREAS, EBALDC, as development partner for the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI development, has a daily presence on-site at Lion Creek Crossings, has experience providing comprehensive resident services at other EBALDC residential sites, and has the capability of providing all the resident services needs identified during the 2006 Lion Creek Crossing resident needs assessment.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to execute a one year performance-based sub-grant agreement not to exceed $218,750 with EBALDC to provide on-site services for school age youth and workforce development/ self-sufficiency services; and

THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to take all actions necessary to implement the foregoing resolution.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on _________________. ________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.

08/09/06

Executive Office

Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM

To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director

Subject: Lion Creek Crossings Security Contract Date: August 3, 2006

As you are aware, the first phase of Lion Creek Crossings is now housing residents. Related, the Authority partner and property manager, has contacted the Authority and has requested increased patrol due to several incidents of criminal activity since the property has opened. Related employs a private security firm at Lion Creek Crossings, but many of the problems exceed their capacity for response. OHAPD has been providing sporadic increased patrol; however, due to the fact that the Authority does not own the buildings nor manage the property and the Authority passes operating subsidies to the property for the purpose of subsidizing operating expenses, we have indicated to Related that the policing of the property is the responsibility of the Oakland Police Department.

After several meetings between Related and the Oakland Police Department (OPD), as well as the continuance of increased criminal activity, Related contacted Phillip Neville, Deputy Executive Director of Real Estate Development, and Carel Duplessis, Chief of OHAPD, to explore the feasibility of Lion Creek Crossings contracting with the Authority to supplement OPD’s policing of Lion Creek Crossings with officers from OHAPD. Through discussions, an agreement has been reached for Related to pay the cost of two full-time Police Officers for a two year contract.

A written agreement between Related and the Authority is currently being drafted for OHA’s Board approval at the August 28 Commission meeting. Preparatory to that meeting staff will brief the Commission at the workshop session of August 9. Chief Carel Duplessis will provide the briefing and address any questions.

[Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. take control of the Coliseum Gardens/Lion Creek Crossings]

(Lion Creek Crossings used to be known as Coliseum Gardens public housing (178 units) of Oakland)

(EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland’s public housing property in Oakland. )

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Flores Phone: 916.324.4647 Fax: 916.322.2345 mflores@calhfa.ca.gov www.calhfa.ca.gov

Financing for Affordable Family Housing in Oakland

SACRAMENTO, June 6, 2006 – A new affordable housing project will soon be built in the City of Oakland’s master planned community, Lion Creek Crossings (formerly known as Coliseum Gardens), to create rental housing for an additional 106 families. The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) Board of Directors approved nearly $23 million in construction financing and $4.8 million in permanent financing for Lion Creek Crossings, a family apartment community, to be owned by Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., which is a joint venture between East Bay Asian Local Development and the Related Companies, LLC. The property management services will be provided by Related Management Company. Cahill Contractors will begin construction in August 2006 with completion expected in February 2008.

The 106-unit complex is designed to provide affordable rental housing to those with household incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income. This project is the third phase in the master planned community of Lion Creek Crossings. This unique urban infill project is replacing public housing units developed in the 1940s. CalHFA has provided financing for all three phases of the master development, creating 367 new affordable housing residences.

- more – Page 2 The 2.49 acre project site will feature seven buildings with units ranging in size from one to four bedrooms and styled as flats or town homes. The residents will also enjoy the use of the master community’s shared common recreational facilities and community rooms currently available to Phase I residents.

CalHFA will provide nearly $23 million in construction financing with a variable interest rate for 22 months. Upon completion, a permanent loan of $3.815 million will be provided by CalHFA, as well as, CalHFA subordinate financing for slightly more than $1 million. Other funding sources include the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program, the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland (OHA), HOPE VI loan from HUD to OHA, the City of Oakland, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

The California Housing Finance Agency was created in 1975 with the goal of helping more Californian’s live in a home they can afford. CalHFA’s Multifamily Division has invested more than $2 billion for the construction and preservation of 36,000 affordable rental housing units assisting nearly 85,000 very low and low income Californians. More information on Multifamily Loan Finance programs and the full complement of CalHFA programs, visit www.calhfa.ca.gov or call toll free 877.9.CalHFA (877.922.5432).

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Since its inception, Related has developed over 6,000 units of housing in California, with properties in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego, and San Diego County.

Its projects run the gamut from award-winning apartments for low- and moderate-income seniors and families to a 487-unit high-rise apartment development in downtown San Francisco that is the tallest residential building in the city.

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Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Site Profile

City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1520 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: pneville@oakha.org Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:

FY 1994 Implementation Grant: $25,510,020 FY 1996 Assistance Award/Amendment Funds: $1,000,000

OHA’s HOPE VI program in East Oakland involves the extensive renovation of 372 out of 550 housing units in two complexes and four scattered sites (consisting of 60 units) located in Lower Fruitvale. Fourteen scattered-site units are scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt. A site-based management strategy is currently being tested at Lockwood Gardens, which has 372 housing units.

The HOPE VI program enabled OHA to expand its collaboration with the Mayor’s office, which began with the City’s 1991 campaign to reduce violence and drug trafficking within and around the Coliseum and Lockwood communities. The Mayor’s Office was very supportive in preparing the original HOPE VI application and has been heavily involved in the effort ever since.

The joint successes from both the Mayor’s program and OHA’s HOPE VI development process have positively impacted the Coliseum and Lockwood sites. There is marked improvement in the environments at both sites. Resident-planted gardens are not vandalized and children and adults can remain outside after dark, which was considered unsafe just a few months earlier. Policing services are provided by the Oakland Police Department to all authority sites. Officers from the Oakland Housing Authority’s Security Services Department supplement the City’s services. To supplement security at Coliseum and Lockwood, iron fences are used to surround the complexes.

OHA was the recipient of several HUD grants in 1995, including a HOPE VI planning grant for the West Oakland area. Additionally, there are two major modernization programs currently in progress in West Oakland.

^^^^^^^^^^^ Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Site Profile

City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1510 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: pneville@oakha.org Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:

FY 2000 grantee in the amount of $34,486,116.

The Housing Authority of the City of Oakland will receive a HOPE VI Revitalization Grant in the amount of $34,486,116 that will enable the Housing Authority to revitalize the Coliseum Gardens public housing development. A total of 178 severely distressed units will be replaced on-site with 30 public housing units, 20 tax credit rental units, and 85 affordable homeownership units. In addition, 148 public housing units and 46 tax credit rental units will be developed on underutilized land and scattered sites nearby. A significant number of the off-site public housing units will be within new housing developments in non-impacted areas. A new park and community center will be the focus of the new, on-site community. The revitalization of Coliseum Gardens, located in the Central East Oakland Target Area within the Coliseum Redevelopment Area, will benefit from a $134 million investment in the Coliseum BART Station and the new rail connection between the Station and the Oakland International Airport. Oakland’s HOPE VI Grant will leverage a total of $56.2 million other public and private funds.

For details, read HUD’s Fact Sheet:

Lion Creek Crossing (Funding for the streets at Lion Creek Crossing from Oakland Redevlopment Agency)

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theguardian.com

September 23rd, 2014 by

theguardian.com, formerly known as Guardian Unlimited and guardian.co.uk, is a British news and media website owned by the Guardian Media Group. Georgina Henry, who died in February 2014,[2] was appointed editor in 2011.[3] It contains nearly all of the content of the newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, as well as a substantial body of web-only work produced by its own staff, including a rolling news service.

As of May 2013, it was the most popular UK newspaper website with 8.2m unique visitors per month, just ahead of Mail Online with 7.6m unique monthly visitors.[4]

The site is made up of a core news site, plus a network of niche websites covering subjects including media, environment and technology, sport, education and the public sector. theguardian.com is notable for its engagement with readers, including long-running talkboards and, more recently, a network of weblogs. Its seven blogs were joined on March 14, 2006, by a new comment site, Comment is free (see below), named after the famous quote by The Guardian editor, C. P. Scott. Articles (like the talkboards until their sudden closure on 25 February 2011) accept comments without pre-moderation, although posts on Comment is Free are moderated after the event. All now require registration for comments.

The site can be viewed for free and without registration, though some services such as leaving comments on articles require users to register.

In March 2009, guardian.co.uk launched their API, using the OAuth protocol, and making a wide range of Guardian content available for use by web application developers.[5]

theguardian.com is part of the Guardian Media Group of newspapers, radio stations, and new media including The Guardian daily newspaper, and The Observer Sunday newspaper. All the aforementioned are owned by the Scott Trust, a charitable foundation which aims to ensure the newspaper’s editorial independence in perpetuity, maintaining its financial health to ensure it does not become vulnerable to takeover by for-profit media groups, and the serious compromise of editorial independence that this often brings.

guardian.co.uk was launched in 1999, born of the Guardian New Media Lab. Its popularity soared after the September 11 attacks in the United States in 2001, largely thanks to the diverse range of viewpoints published in the Guardian newspaper.[citation needed] The website won the Best Newspaper category in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Webby Awards, beating the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Variety.[6]

In 2006 guardian.co.uk reported its first profitable year, with income coming mostly from recruitment and display advertising.[7]

In May 2007, guardian.co.uk begun an 18-month programme of redesigning and adding features to the entire website, starting with the travel section, then moving through the rest of the site and the front page, finally updating the blogging and community features.[8]

On July 30, 2013, the website was moved from guardian.co.uk to theguardian.com as part of increasing investments to grow globally.[9]

The Guardian?s sports section is a popular and well-respected web site, providing news, results, match reports and live commentaries from a host of different sports.

theguardian.com/sport has pioneered the online newspaper industry in the United Kingdom with its live coverage of sports, including live text commentaries of 115 Premier League football matches and every FIFA World Cup match. The site also provides some live coverage of the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and the occasional La Liga, League Cup and playoff games.

“Guardian America” was an American version of the British news website Guardian Unlimited. The strategy, intended to win more US-based readers, was abandoned in October 2009. Guardianamerica.com now redirects to the website’s United States topic page.

Much of the content on Guardian America was taken from Guardian Unlimited and The Guardian, although some content was produced specifically for Guardian America.

Comment is free is a comment and political opinion site within theguardian.com. It contains the comment and opinion pieces from The Guardian and The Observer newspapers, plus contributions from more than 600 other writers. The site is edited by Natalie Hanman;[10] its subsite devoted to religious affairs, Cif belief, is edited by Andrew Brown. It was launched on March 14, 2006,[11] with Georgina Henry as launch editor. The original technical design and build was by Ben Hammersley, based on the Movable Type blogging platform. Latterly, Cif runs on a bespoke Guardian-made system, using Pluck for the commenting.[12]

The site’s name is derived from a sentence in a famous essay written by veteran Guardian editor C. P. Scott: “Comment is free, but facts are sacred.”

The site strictly enforces its talk policy by moderating comments after posting.[13] For particularly sensitive topics, comments may be moderated before posting.[14] Moderators may remove posts that violate the “Community Standards” (usually leaving a marker of the removal), but do not edit them.[14][15]

theguardian.com is one of the world’s leading online newspapers, becoming the first UK newspaper to attract more than 25 million unique users in a month (October 2008).[16] On 7 July 2005, following the London bombings, 1.3 million unique users visited the site and a total of 7.8 million pages were viewed, at the time a record for guardian.co.uk.[17]

As of August 2010 it was the second-most popular UK newspaper website after Mail Online, getting almost 34.6 million unique users monthly, and 13.7 million unique British users monthly.[18] By May 2011 it reached 2.8m unique visitors per day, and 51.3m per month, behind the MailOnline’s 4.4m and 77.3m.[19] As of May 2013, using National Readership Survey and comScore’s statistics, it was the most popular UK newspaper website with 8.2m unique visitors per month, ahead of Mail Online with 7.6m unique monthly visitors.[4]

The awards were created in 2008.[20]

In addition, the 2011 award of “Political Journalist of the Year” to The Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow “was significant because it was a recognition of the impact of his general election live blog – a reward for innovation as well as reporting.”[21]

In 2009 it was nominated for (but did not win) a Webby Award for “Best Copy/Writing”.[22] However, the subsite Cif belief was nominated for, and won, the Webby in the best religion and spirituality site category.

Quiznos restaurant chain airs controversial commercial

September 23rd, 2014 by

Friday, April 3, 2009 

Quiznos, a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in selling submarine sandwiches, has aired a controversial television commercial, with an extended version only appearing in the late-night lineups. The commercial is a promotion for the company’s new sandwich, the ‘Toasty Torpedo’. Bob Sassone, a writer for TVSquad.com, argues that it is homosexually themed and compares it to pornography.

The commercial begins with a toaster oven talking to Scott, a Quiznos sandwich maker, in a male voice. “Scott, I want you to do something,” says the toaster to Scott. As he takes a bite of a Torpedo and appears to look in the direction of his genitals, Scott says to the toaster, “[sic] not doing that again. That burned.” The toaster replies, “We both enjoyed that.”

Later in the commercial, the toaster asks Scott to make one of the sandwiches and says the price of it is “sexy” and then “sexier.” Scott grins and does so. The toaster then asks Scott to “stick it in me”. The sandwich just happens to be 12 inches long, giving the appearance of a special relationship between Scott and the toaster oven.

Quiznos published a press release on March 24 announcing the new line of sandwiches. They stated that their price of US$4 helps to ease the economic pinch. In a statement to Wikinews Quiznos stated that their commercials are within the company’s character and they were designed to get people talking.

“We developed our new ads to be consistent with the Quiznos brand and to get people excited about our new Toasty Torpedoes. Some of the ads are edgy and provocative, but they’re well within the confines of the Quiznos brand character,” said Rebecca Steinfort, chief marketing officer for Quiznos to Wikinews.

“Since Quiznos has a broad range of consumers that eat at its more than 4,500 restaurants nationwide, we tailor our commercials to be relevant and appeal to our diverse customers – all of whom are watching different kinds of programming. The new ads are fun and entertaining, and the edginess and innuendo of the ads are designed to get people talking about our new Toasty Torpedoes, and that’s exactly what we want: people to talk and taste our new sandwiches,” added Steinfort.

Bob Sassone a writer for TVSquad.com, one of the Internet’s top television weblogs, compared the commercial to a pornography film.

“The new Quizno’s commercial is probably the closest we’ll get to a gay porn flick in a mainstream sub shop ad,” Sassone wrote.

In 2007, the company made another controversial commercial. It featured people on the street eating samples of a Quiznos ‘Prime Rib Dinner’ sandwich. They promoted it as having a lot of “meat” and near the end it featured two women eating a sandwich saying, “It’s not lacking any meat. And that’s what real women need”.

“Nevertheless, Quiznos remains committed to providing its customers with high-quality ingredients at everyday lower prices, all with excellent service. As such, we encourage consumers to give feedback on the commercials to our corporate marketing department through the website,” said Steinfort.

U.S. Supreme Court eases government ability to seize property

September 21st, 2014 by

June 24, 2005

In a major decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has expanded the right of government to seize private property for public good by allowing the city of New London, Connecticut to invoke eminent domain and seize homeowners’ property for economic development reasons.

In a closely-divided decision, 5-4, the court determined that the city’s economic development plan constituted a “public use”, and therefore qualified under the U.S. Constitution’s fifth amendment’s Eminent Domain clause.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the majority decision, and was joined by Justices David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. “Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government,” Stevens wrote, and justified the decision further by saying municipal authorities are better positioned to make decisions regarding a community’s best interests than judges.

Writing the dissenting opinion, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor rejected the economic justification as a public use, pointing out that wealthy individuals are more capable of defending themselves and so are less at risk. But the greatest issue was the liklihood of abuse of eminent domain:

“The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall or any farm with a factory.” A separate dissent was also included written by Justice Clarence Thomas.

How To Select The Right Method For The Removal Of Pubic Hair

September 19th, 2014 by

By Natalie Williams

What’s the use of pubic hair? Scientists are still unsure about the purpose of pubic hair on our bodies. Some of the presumable uses of pubic hair include:

1. Pheromones are being disperse by the pubic hair to attract the opposite sex.

2. Protection of the genitals against abrasion during sexual intercourse.

3. Keeps the genitals warm.

4. Shields dirt from the genitals.

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Should I Shave My Pubic Hair?

The removal of pubic hair has been part of a lot of cultures throughout history as a means for getting more comfort, look better, improve hygiene, conforming to religious practices and to improve the love making experience. With the growing popularity of the bare look since the nineties, many men and women feel pressured to follow this trend in order to fit in. The decision to remove your pubic hair should be decided according to your beliefs and personal preferences. Regardless of your motivation to remove your pubic hair, it is important for you to understand the various pubic hair removal methods to decide the most suitable solution for you.

The 5 Most Common Pubic Hair Removal Solutions

1. Shaving – The most common tools for shaving the pubic region are conventional electric shavers and razor blades. Men typically use their electric beard shavers or razor blades while women use their leg shavers. It isn’t a mystery why most people develop irritating side effects such as ingrown hairs, itching and pubic pimples. What they need is a real pubic shaver instead.

2. Waxing – Some people like it, some people don’t. It hurts a lot and you have to expose your private parts to a stranger at a salon. The main benefit is it’s long lasting effect. Another solution is to get your hands on a DIY bikini waxing kit you can apply on yourself in the privacy of your home at a very low price.

3. Depilatories – These come in the form of creams, gels, lotions and roll-ons. The chemicals in the depilatories literally melts the hair so that you may wipe it off easily. It is important to note that most products are not designed for use in the pubic area. It is not recommended to use these products on a skin surface it was not designed for to prevent skin irritation.

4. Trimming – For people who just want to keep their pubic hair short without removing them, trimming is the right answer for you. The most basic tool is to simply use a pair of scissors to trim your pubic hair to your desired length. However, some people are hesitant about using a sharp object near their private parts. If you are willing to spend a bit more, you could purchase a pubic hair trimmer to trim you pubic hair without getting cut.

5. Permanent Removal – Electrolysis and laser treatments are 2 of the common permanent hair removal solutions. Electrolysis is a very long and inconvenient process because each hair follicle has to be disabled individually. Laser treatments on the other hand are more convenient because it uses a light beam to disable an area of hair on your body. Both methods require multiple treatments costing at least $500 or more to completely remove all the pubic hair on your body.

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