I talked to a very good and well-placed friend of mine about why the Oakland City Council voted to give the right to create a restaurant to The Beach Chalet, a San Francisco Restaurant, versus any Oakland retauranteur.
"They (the Council) looked at the deal points and frankly, The Beach Chalet was a better deal." My friend reported that the organzation which runs the very popular eatery on Ocean Beach came through with tenant improvements that were over $1 million more than, for example, Everett and Jones Restaurant.
For those of you who don't understand what this means, $1 million in tenant improvements translates into a very nicely remodeled boathouse, sure to be a popular destination along the Lake.
As to the allegations that Mayor Jerry Brown's aide Gil Duran tried to bribe Dorothy King of Everett and Jones, my friend said "Either one of them could be lying, given their track records."
My take on this matter is that the City of Oakland should know how it wants the boathouse to look and how much in tenant improvements should be planned. Setting this "bar" gives Oakland businesses a chance to know the score. On top of that, the city should have worked on an "Oakland first" strategy and offered to provide assistance to a business that met the basic requirements.
Again, if Oakland's not going to "Buy Oakland" why should I?
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