JJ Noire 
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Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

"New housing will have to be built, as well. But developers are profit-seekers, so don't expect them to be innocent bearers of what people need."
So we continue to make the wealthier even more wealthy by rolling out the red carpet for them to build what we DON'T NEED (more market rate.)
Greedy people are not trustworthy people.

Posted by JJ Noire on 03/23/2016 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

Mr Walker writes: "New housing will have to be built, as well. But developers are profit-seekers, so don't expect them to be innocent bearers of what people need." And why not expect them to be bearers of what people need? How long will our dumb politicians continue to facilitate enriching people who produce what we DO NOT need (unless you are Air BnB.) Housing is a right. Housing is not like building an electronic gadget that people have a choice whether or not to buy. It appears that morality, concern for the country & community is something expected only of poorer people. So there lies the reason why cities must secure land & property in land trusts to insure that there will always be affordable housing. Greedy people are not trustworthy people. And, we need to actually expect something FROM the wealthy. The more wealthy people come here, it seems the more problems they create for the majority.

Posted by JJ Noire on 03/23/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Berkeley Shows How It's Done

What land will be left in Berkeley to build affordable housing?
A "shot in the arm" for Downtown? Sure, if by "shot" you mean with a Howitzer. Shutting down the major steady economic draw to the Downtown (Landmark Shattuck Cinemas) & tearing up downtown for 2-4 years at a major intersection in order to build a level of expensive housing the majority of local downtown workers cannot afford (forcing longer & longer commutes to get to that low wage job--not very green) is not going to give Berkeley any kind of positive boost. Particularly when this is just the lynchpin for similar downtown projects to move forward, Berkeley will be unnavigable and downtown businesses will suffer as a result.

Posted by JJ Noire on 12/17/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Facing the Housing Crisis, Berkeley and Emeryville Lawmakers Are Advancing Numerous Solutions; But Not Oakland

Housing affordable to minimum wage workers needs to be built. Greedy developers & AirBnB bandits are not going to do this willingly. Berkeley under Bates has been screwed, rolling out the red carpet for "luxury" development (oatmeal plain overpriced ordinary) amid nepotism, insider deals and keep-it-from-the-public-as-long-as-possible backroom deals.

Posted by JJ Noire on 10/17/2015 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Turning Housing into Hotels

AirBnB is greed. Thank you for this article.

Posted by JJ Noire on 09/19/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “BREAKING NEWS: City of Oakland Finally Obeys Law; Offers Publicly Owned East 12th St. Land to Affordable Housing Developers

This is some good news finally!
Of course citizens in Berkeley is still battling the luxury land grab...

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Posted by JJ Noire on 07/16/2015 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Low-Income Tenants to be Directly Displaced by Development in El Cerrito

We need AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT IS AFFORDABLE TO MINIMUM WAGE & FIXED INCOME FOLKS, not more of these "luxury" (e.g., overpriced) places destroying our local cities.

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Posted by JJ Noire on 07/14/2015 at 9:46 PM

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