Erik Kengaard 
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Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Supply and demand. Overpopulation.

For the foreseeable future, because of overpopulation, it will not be possible for working class Americans in the California Bay Area to own, or even rent, a home (as envisioned by most Americans, and as defined by Vincent J Cannato in "A Home of One's Own," and as was the case in the first half of the last century, before California's population passed the tipping point).

The "housing problem" will not be "resolved," even when we have millions living in usagi goya ("rabbit hutches").

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 04/27/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Rent Increases In Alameda Outpace Regional Hikes As City Debates Whether Policy Is Working

Rent control only became an issue after the Bay Area population exceeded the carrying capacity of the land.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 04/13/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

The realities underlying the immigration debate are that we have more than enough people, more than enough imported poor people (see The Characteristics of Unauthorized Immigrants in California, Los Angeles County, and the United States by Karina Fortuny et al; the February 9, 2006 report by the California Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) on efficacy of border police; the Analysis of the California 2001-02 Budget Bill by the LAO), and more than enough imported criminals (read about Jamiel Shaw, Kate Steinle, Juan Francisco De Luna Vasquez, ); consider the disproportionate medicare fraud, food stamp fraud, and mortgage fraud by recent arrivals from cultures in which crime and fraud are normal - look up Glendale medicare fraud. Look up HHS OIG Most Wanted.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

George Rockwell has a valid point. We should also implement the visa entry exit system that was legislated years ago. It has been 17 years since the entry-exit system was first enacted in the 1996 immigration bill.

However. the forces for easy entry are wealthy and powerful. Look up Gelbaum and the Sierra Club. Look up Clinton, Huang, andJames Riady.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Candace

Tiny homes (usagi goya) are a consequence of over population. There are no alternatives when the land has been fully developed.

Tokyo is the Bay Area's future.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Christoverre Kohler

I don't recall many homeless in Berkeley when I was a student there in the 1950s. And rent was quite affordable. $135/month split three ways for a brand new 2 bedroom apartment at Ridge and La Loma.

What the hey happened?

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Can't Afford to Wait

Why do people feel compelled to support "affordable housing?"

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/16/2016 at 11:58 AM

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