End of an era, again: Genova closes Oakland ravioli factory
By DAVID DEBOLT
PUBLISHED: April 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm | UPDATED: April 21, 2017 at 6:29 am
A year after closing their Temescal deli, the owners of Genova announced this week they are shutting down their ravioli factory on upper Broadway. The quiet exit ends a 90-year run in Oakland.
Four generations of the family had worked in the factory and in the deli since the businesses opened on Telegraph Avenue in 1926, when Temescal was an Italian enclave. But after vandalism during protests and rising rents, the family decided to close the deli in April 2016.
It appears vandalism also played a role in closing the factory, which was relocated to Broadway across the street from Oakland Technical High School after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Patti DeVincenzi said one bill to fix the factory’s windows cost $15,000.
“We had planned to open a ravioli direct to customer operation from our factory … but with so much vandalism and graffiti we just couldn’t take it anymore,” she said in an email. “Recently, I was out scraping graffiti from the windows and was threatened from a group of youths from across the street that ‘tomorrow there will be more.’ And worse. And to be sure it was done, (they) actually etched into the windows.”
Well, if you want a snapshot explanation of why businesses leave inner cities, here is an apt one. And if you want a similar snapshot of the consequences of, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” policing, here’s an example of one kind of consequence. Sadly, all the prog activists are likely to see in this - if they deign to see anything at all - is white-flight.