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Re: “Berkeley City Council Approves Ballot Measure to Tax Landlords and Create Affordable Housing Fund

"Barton said these exemptions make the tax equitable and ensure that only big landlords with low tax bills and higher rents pay"

which of course, is a complete lie designed to make it seem more palatable to the voting public, as in, we are ONLY going after the BIG guys

I have news for comrade Barton: I own a small building, which the City says has 5 units, but only 3 are rented. Under his logic I am a "BIG" landlord because while I only rent 3 units, I "own" five. And that's only because, by some weird bureaucratic interpretation that has never been explained, the City Rent Board calls our building "5 units" while every other department (building, zoning, etc.) calls it a 4 unit building. I could never market or sell this building as a "5" unit building, because it simply isnt. But the City Rent Board "invented" a new unit in my building out of whole cloth and now this would magically push me into this new tax.

How convenient. I'll be the City has lots more "big" landlords like me they are waiting to push into this new tax.

Posted by J Nicholas Gross on 06/08/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Approves Ballot Measure to Tax Landlords and Create Affordable Housing Fund

Landlords are only able to capture 65% of the increase in the Consumer Price Index: meaning that the longer a tenant stays the greater the gap between what the landlord must pay for supplies and repairs, and the amount of rent. The "$100 million" figure does not correctly reflect the landlord's cost increases in the same period.

Posted by Bryce Nesbitt on 06/08/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Approves Ballot Measure to Tax Landlords and Create Affordable Housing Fund

I studied every city in the United States with a population of over 100,000 for housing affordability. In 2005, the peak year of the housing bubble, Berkeley had the most unaffordable housing in the United States, and 23 of the 25 least affordable cities were in California.

This is because Proposition 13 made it easy for landlords to hold out for higher prices. Before Prop 13, the affordability index for California was only 10% higher than the national average. Now it's three times that average.

http://www.savingcommunities.org/issues/taxes/property/affordabilityrank.html#r243

Posted by Dan Sullivan on 06/08/2016 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

.And let's get real about Parker's health care experience. He made his big bucks at DaVita, which made its profits from Medicare--and paid nearly $500 million in malpractice, wrongful death and medicare fraud settlements. Parker waved this off by telling the East Bay Express: "Look at any of the biggest healthcare companies and you'll see similar types of things they're involved in, similar problems." His "high tech expertise" came from iPass, Inc., which lost $3 million in 2012. Again: Wake up!

Posted by Toni Alexander on 06/07/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

Why should District 4 settle for a failed mayoral candidate, one who funded his negative campaign with Big Coal, Dirty Dialysis and out-of-district contributions? Parker spins Supervisor Miley's children's jobs as nepotism, completely ignoring their college degrees, work experience and volunteerism. He holds Miley solely responsible for the problems in Oakland and Alameda County, but ignores Miley's accomplishments and results. Parker criticizes Miley's use of campaign funds, while ignoring the community organizations he uses those funds to support. And Parker is completely disingenuous about Miley's stance on an elected MAC, his role in the Corizon issue, and even his salary, Wake up, voters! Re-elect Supervisor Nate Miley.

Posted by Toni Alexander on 06/07/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Women Decry Deplorable Conditions in State Prison

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Posted by Lee Salgren on 06/07/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

I've read many of the comments here and I'm shocked by several blatantly false accusations against our Supervisor Nate Miley. Out of touch? Only someone who has NO KNOWLEDGE of Nate Miley would make such a ludicrous and baseless accusation. Nate Miley has served as our resident EXPERT on the issues in our county for well over a decade. I know for a FACT this accusation is a BLATANT LIE. In the six years I've known Nate, he has been the consume professional...including possessing superior knowledge of all of the issues in the county.
Nate Miley's ethics are quite frankly above and beyond reproach. He has tirelessly served his community for many years. He has done so with a grace and dignity that is not often found in politics.
In stark contrast, it would appear the opponent in this race ascribes to a "throw as much against the wall and see what sticks" approach in his campaign. Everyone should note that this tactic is only used in a campaign when the new candidate really has no solid grounds for any of the mud being slung about. Is that really an upgrade from someone who has worked as hard and for as long as Nate has for us????
Our community needs Nate Miley. Our community has been able to depend upon Nate Miley for YEARS. Nate Miley is truly a decent and ethical man who I am proud (and grateful) to have as Supervisor.
PLEASE REELECT NATE MILEY!!!

Posted by Michael Capristo on 06/07/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

Nate Miley has been very responsive to his constituents in the unincorporated areas such as Castro Valley. I have always been struck by the fact that he has not used his position as County Supervisor as a stepping stone to a higher office. I believe this is because he really cares about people and feels that his experience makes him able to really make a difference in peoples lives. We need to keep Supervisor Miley right where he is, working hard for all of us! Now is not the time to put in someone with absolutely no experience in governance, we don't need someone who will take years to maybe get up to speed and who will then probably have his eyes on green pastures elsewhere.
VOTE for NATE MILEY

Posted by Mary Swain on 06/06/2016 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

I am voting for Nate Miley.

Nate has worked tirelessly to make government accessible to his constituents and his well trained staff delivers caring and effective constituent casework. I have had to ask his office for help and they have always been responsive and taken my issues seriously. It is trite to say, but Nate really cares about those who cannot act on their own behalf. When county budgets were tight, he organized the community to help disabled, seniors, and low income people to keep their county benefits.

Posted by April B Chan on 06/06/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

Miley has a great track record and he won't be swayed in mud slinging from another wannabe candidate with no real record to stand on. VOTE MILEY!!!

Posted by Andrew Kong Knight on 06/06/2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

Some people have very short memories about all that Nate has accomplished, especially compared with how our community was represented prior to his arrival on the scene. Worse, some are seduced by vague promises of something better, garnering the same support as elicited by the Donald.

For those so certain that Parker will better represent them, has he ever indicated that he will keep offices open in each of his communities? How will he staff them? If he relies on his business sense, he will need to pay staff a lot more, which means fewer staff working for us.

In Castro Valley, what is arguably the #1 issue is an elected MAC. Since Parker tossed his hat into the ring, what actions and/or results has he produced to support this cause? Has he met with a single County Supervisor to request their support—whether or not he wins the election? Has he even met with any of the other County Supervisors?

What about the source of Parker's money? Will he be too cozy with health care/pharma companies when they come to the County for contracts? If that's not a fair charge, then how can you make the same charge against Miley?

The fact is that Miley has been fighting issues large and small in Castro Valley since the day he arrived. Whether it's been getting rid of donation boxes to working on local voting measures to paving more streets to building the Reach Center (which Castro Valley students will be using this summer) to helping fund and resurrect the Chamber of Commerce...Miley has a proven record of supporting us. Parker makes Trump-like promises.

Posted by Brian A. Foster on 06/06/2016 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

I am a constituent of Supervisor Miley. I live in an unincorporated area so we receive our municipal services from the county. Supervisor Miley and his staff have gone the extra mile to help us get appropriate service from the county. The supervisor is in the process of helping us folks in Fairview establish a MAC much like that in Casto Valley. This gives us an official voice with county departments like planning and public works that seems to carry much more authority than a bunch of neighbors grumbling. His staff recently helped us get an inappropriate zoning variance request modified so the new building conforms to existing codes, ordinances and plans. Supervisor Miley sponsors the Eden Area Livability Initiative for the residents of unincorporated areas (EALI) The first phase of this initiative resulted in the Ashland community center. A place for the young folk in Ashland and Cherryland to spend time in healthy pursuits and get needed practical life skills. Things like preparing a resume and balancing a check book. Children aging out of the foster care system get assistance in becoming independent self supporting adults. I consider these things all a very big deal. These sort of things have a huge impact on the quality of life in Alameda County

Posted by Chris Higgins on 06/06/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

Why would anyone run against Nate Miley? Miley has been a very responsive supervisor. It would take a very LONG time to get a new staff up to speed--the constituents would really suffer. He fought Big Pharma all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court for the safe disposal of drugs and won! What more does anyone want? Watch out for those with hidden agendas.

Posted by Winnie Thompson on 06/06/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

I know of Nate Miley and his accomplishments for at least 15 years since I have been in Castro Valley. I also have talked to him about issues that affect us here in Castro Valley and Alameda County. He has always been for the good of his constituents and I am always struck about his accessibility to us. His nature and demeanor is always careful and considers the effects of his decisions of the majority and these are rare attributes in a public officer for certain. We need to keep Nate as our representative.

Posted by Dave Siegel on 06/06/2016 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

The story should include an explanation of why tenants didn't just collect signatures for a ballot measure and by-pass the city council altogether. For years Oakland's leadership has watched the intense gentrification/displacement of local residents and done very little. Based on their history, no one should expect Oakland's political leadership to care much about tenant rights or fair rent control, other than sound bites and meaningless words. It's time for a change of politicians in Oakland!

Posted by Robert Frances on 06/06/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

It's a pretty bad day for East Bay journalism when the subject of a report has to comment on it to correct MAJOR omissions made by the author. Shame on Darwin BondGraham for his clear manipulation. Shame!

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/06/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Richmond Developer Pushes Two Ballot Measures

Is John Haslet really a person or a pseudonym? He can't be both a Richmond and Oakland resident and I wonder if he just adopted the name of a Revolutionary War hero. Intriguing.

Richard Poe, perhaps you will tell the people of the City of Richmond how much you fleeced them for the rental of your white elephant building as the interim City Hall - as I recall, it was something like $100K per month, but you have the exact figures. The people might like to know.

Posted by Roger H on 06/06/2016 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Switching Sides

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Posted by Marina Casey on 06/03/2016 at 9:53 PM

Re: “California Effort to Increase Police Transparency Dies in State Capitol

This Saddens Us GREATLY. The Police Officer's Bill Of Rights Is Keeping The MURDER of Our Unarmed, NOT Committing Any Type of a Crime, Except for being Intoxicated in a store to which he had walked to, and was SHOT and KILLED by a GUN-HAPPY, KILLER-COP...from being INVESTIGATED. The SPECIAL Set Of Laws, ALLOWS for the KILLING of ANYONE at ANYTIME, by a Police Officer...and ALL of the POLICE RECORDS Are KEPT CLOSED. I am the Grandmother of Richard 'Pedie' Perez, who was KILLED in Richmond CA, on September 14, 2014 by Police Officer Wallace Jensen, who after continuing working until about August 2015, he went on PAID Medical-Leave, and is 'retiring' when that runs out. Patricia L. Perez Pedie's Grandma

Posted by Patricia L. Perez on 06/03/2016 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Thanks to Darwin Bond-Graham for his insightful and timely article, and to Tonya Love for a clear expression of the the city's delay and malfeasance in not scheduling the "Protect Oakland Tenants Initiative" for council consideration to place the measure on the ballot -- since March !! While it is true that the City Attorney acted swiftly upon formal request to reduce the summary to its legal limit, a personal request was informally made to the C.A. a full week before the revision was made. Finally, through a confusing mishmash of legalisms and springing back and forth between committees, we are (seemingly though not clearly) to believe that the measure will finally be considered on June 20 or 21 -- but with this council, who knows !

No similar drawn-out procedure was imposed for the "sugar tax" or the "lease extension" -- measures that appeared at Rules Committee one time, were immediately advanced to the next city council meeting. and were immediately voted onto the ballot. If the comparative treatment of the "rent protection" measure is not obstruction , delay, and obfuscation ... then what in the world is it !!

Posted by James Vann on 06/03/2016 at 7:08 AM

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