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Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

Ms. Armstrong- Temple is right on. The idea that there is no money for subsidized low and moderate income housing is simply an indication of lack of imagination or care by government to come up with solutions, especially when it doesn't benefit directly the big business interests. The state manages to find billions of dollars for bullet train from Bay Area to LA that will provide questionable benefit except for developers while our local roads become stiflingly congested, but can't find money for housing. We have the richest corporations in the world making tens of billions in profits every year, yet not willing to contribute to this single most important problem that directly effect their employees and their neighbors. If they contributed just a few percent of their profits toward solving the housing issue rather than spending billions on robotic cars that will put more cars on the road or working on space travel vacations for the very rich, we could solve these societal problems that would benefit all, including big business in the long term. But the bottom line is the single driving force in our out of control capitalistic society.

Posted by Alan Z on 05/28/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

I think many of these comments are missing the point.

Housing is a human right. There is money for affordable housing. But it means cutting into local and state police budgets.

We know that housing decreases recidivism. We know that those who have housing are more able to get jobs.

Make housing affordable and livable (think high walk scores, better public transportation, bicycle subsidies) and you create a society that needs less policing.

(Think physical beauty is out of our budget? So are ugly buildings that are demoralizing to the people that live in them.)

These are not just pipe dreams. Studies like these that come out of UC Berkeley and other great research institutions are proving that societies that care for their populace as if they work for the people--which they do--are using innovative solutions to tricky problems.

Don't hide behind budgets. That indicates a lack of imagination and a lack of knowledge about the huge amount of resources being currently mismanaged in the Bay Area.

Posted by Nanci Armstrong-Temple on 05/28/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the Primary Election on June 7, 2016

Any plans to endorse further down the ballot, e.g. judges, central committees, where it's harder to get a feel for the candidates?

Posted by Barry on 05/28/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Oakland Marijuana Dispensary Harborside Makes CBS Morning News

When felons fool the people and pursued corporate interest and government greed into our way of life we ALL lose! Shame on you Steve, you could have done it the right way from the start but YOU chose NOT too! Now you finally want to grow your own product and produce your own products like YOU were suppose to be doing all along instead of creating illegal dispensaries middle manning controlled substance transactions just so the state and cities could cash in on our use. If you, a convicted felon can do what you've done then equal protection to all felons I say! If not you will be the poster child and truly regret what you've done because you will be out of business by 2018.

I'll say it one more time folks so listen very carefully, until such time as the federal government removed cannabis from the CSA and IRS Rule 280E is abolished then NO state can legalize a controlled substance and NO one is safe from the potential of federal prosecution and 10 years to life in jail! You can't put the cart before the horse (state law before federal) and the Federal Supremacy Clause is very plain and simple to understand. States would be doing this all on their own if they thought they wouldn't be subjecting state employees to the potential of prosecution so why let them make us believe any different like mindless minions?

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 05/28/2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

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Posted by Elizabeth Bella on 05/28/2016 at 2:50 AM

Re: “The Oakland Fence Saga

Helpful article ! I was enlightened by the analysis . Does anyone know if my company might be able to get access to a template Multi-board Residential Real Estate Contract 3.0 form to use ?

Posted by Virgie Hudgins on 05/27/2016 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Pyramid Alehouse’s Berkeley Location Shuts Down

Too bad! I really like the place and their beers, specially apricot ale. But now that I know about them now wanting to unionize..., I will stop drinking their beers


Posted by candombero on 05/27/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

Hobart Johnson's name-calling is a poor substitute for analysis. We have a critical shortage of homes, and not just for the poor. The fact the housing market exists and the vast majority of people take part in it does not make building homes a Reaganite idea.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 05/27/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “California Pot Legalization Debated During Historic Joint Session

We'd all be better off if the police would focus on crimes that have actual victims.

Does anyone, other than those who pad their pockets from prohibition honestly believe that wasting $20 Billion and arresting 3/4 Million Americans annually for choosing a substance scientifically proven to be safer than what the govt allows, is a sound policy?

Posted by Mike Parent on 05/27/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

To the Reaganite/neoliberal commenters--there is a critical remark concluding the article:

"We need to look beyond housing development alone to strategies that protect tenants and help them stay in their homes."

Because of the long-held trickle-down assumption that building market rate housing produces benefits to the poor in the short term, there has been little effort to find affordable housing funding. Not to mention all the other possible strategies to protect the poor.

Compassion anyone? Any possible thinking outside the neoliberal box?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/27/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

Absolutely! It totally is the best way to fight displacement. Killing off every coal-fired power plant and gas guzzling car on the planet is also the best way to fight climate change.

But much like asking the entire planet to give up their cars or cheap electricity, it is completely impossible and fiscally irresponsible. "Affordable" housing is only made possible through local and state subsidies. That money has dried up and we're hurtin' for cash. But you know what can produce that? Market rate development that produces impact fees.

Build more housing. Period. All of it. Market rate *and* subsidized. Build market rate until we can afford to build subsidized. Until then it is completely irresponsible to argue that we should only build subsidized.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 05/27/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

Also -- filtering works both ways. In extreme shortage conditions, older housing filters up because no other type of housing is available. This understandably happens when the cost and time to build new housing is dramatically higher than renovating an existing home.

Posted by Ian Rees on 05/27/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “California Pot Legalization Debated During Historic Joint Session

I thought talking about marijuana was always a joint session. Sorry could't help myself.

Posted by Michael Moholland on 05/27/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

This article is totally misleading. The reports entirely agree - the LAO just says that there isn't enough money to build significant amounts of subsidized housing, which UC Berkeley does not address.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 05/27/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

Zuk and Chapple agree with the LAO that market rate housing reduces displacement pressure. They replicated that finding. However, they believe that subsidized housing has a greater immediate effect. I don't think this was seriously disputed -- but given the severe lack of funding, the opportunities for subsidized housing are limited. Given the areas of agreement in both the LAO and Zuk/Chapple reports, we should maximize production of both market rate and subsidized housing (as much as can be funded) at the same time to reduce displacement pressure. All new housing has a positive effect, and it should be widely built across the region wherever it is feasible. Hopefully, new laws such as AB2501, AB2522, and the Governor's streamlining proposal will substantially ease the regulatory burden for critically needed infill housing at all income levels.

Posted by Ian Rees on 05/27/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

I have lived in Oakland for 56 years and I can tell there have been many, many restaurants that have come and gone. The new owner has every right to pursue his own dreams. He bought the building with the intention of opening his own business. What's wrong with that??? As for the Nigerian place, well he needs to find another location if he truly wants to continue. Don't chastise the new owner for wanting to provide some new blood into the neighborhood.

Posted by FatherLeonard L Marrujo on 05/27/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Report: Affordable Housing is Best Way to Combat Gentrifcation

Looks like Oakland's displaced and to-be-displaced are shit-out-of-luck and will continue to be.

I like the reference to the "trickle-down" effect taking far too long to do anyone living any good. "Trickle-down" is an inheritance from the Ronald Reagan era.

Nowadays all our neoliberal pols are really just Reaganites.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/27/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

The Popey's at the bottom of Park Blvd. needs a new restaurant (and can probably get a City or OBDC loan to fix it up). There are a few extra spaces around there as well. Close to the lake to boot.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 05/26/2016 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Escape the Music Festival Industrial Complex at this year's Burger Boogaloo

"Egregious example" -god, smoke a joint and chill. Two words: Wu-Tang Clan. People of all groups reference other cultures insensitively at times. EBX always using a white example of it -that's egregious.

Burgers and Boogaloo sounds like fun.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 05/26/2016 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Some Say Alameda County's New Green Energy Plan Isn't Green Enough

We can and should get far more than 10% of our electricity from local renewables versus relying on remote centralized solar arrays which are usually located in fragile desert ecosystems and which lose a significant amount of electricity in transmission. But even more important is that the program prioritize demand reduction and energy efficiency -- the fastest, cheapest, cleanest form of electricity is the electricity you don't consume!

Posted by Erica Etelson on 05/26/2016 at 2:01 PM

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