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Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Economics, not racism, are compelling people of color to move from Oakland to Antioch where I teach high school. If a group of people want to "invest" in a community, become a home owner, not just a loyal patron of the local Etrean/Ethiopian cafe.

People are buying homes in Oakland, whatever their complexions, and rightfully expecting clean streets, police services, and in return they are repairing properties that endured decades of renting.

They are being sold to young couples willing to invest in Oakland. If gentrification improves the quality of life and improves neighborhoods in my city, that's ok. There's no blame here.

The North Oakland neighborhood my grandfather grew up in were Irish and what he called "tough Norwegians". East Oakland was where Italians and Portuguese families lived. The snotty San Francisco socialites lived part-time in the Oakland hills. This idea that Oakland belongs to one group is pure rubbish . The city government has no bloody business trying to keep people from fleeing when the simple math suggests their renter status makes living here untenable.

I lived in subsidized housing once- family housing on a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. A small but comfortable Capehardt, two bedroom home with a car port and beautiful wood floors. My wife felt safe there when I was off defeating real and imagined enemies during the Cold War. When I received new orders I had to leave. Lesson learned: When you get a government benefit, a base home or a housing voucher, you don't own your own destiny.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 12/29/2016 at 7:53 AM
Posted by michael.sagehorn on 08/30/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “LocoL is Fast Food with Heart and Soul

Sam-profit is good. The only obligation of a business is to obey the law-health codes, minimum wage requirements, and pay taxes to the minimum levels needed and make a return for their investors. Their menu, their locations, and their slogans is their own business, not the damn government's or these elusive "communities" people proclaim. I'm a teacher- don't eat out much, but like simple and low priced food.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/06/2016 at 2:24 PM

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

Housing is not a right. It's an economic commodity-bought, traded, sold, or leased. It's done so with capital-land. However you choose to participate in "housing" you are engaging in an economic exchange.

The only real successful housing programs involving the government have VA/FHA loan guarantees with people with some successful credit history. Everything else-impact fees, mitigation, etc. just adds more unneeded costs to the housing.

If you can't afford Oakland-just move or get a second job. Also, there are other communities here in California and in 49 other states far more affordable.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 06/01/2016 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 23, 2016

Re-Barton response

As a homeowner in Oakland I welcome the increased value of both my land and my dwelling. There's no windfall anything. We made an investment and the value grew.

My home is "affordable" because of educational and economic decisions made long ago. Don't rent-ever or only so long as you have to OR move to a community where housing is "affordable" to your income.

Any high school student taking economics soon learns that as a function of capital , land prices will rise with increased demand. Acknowledge that as the viability of living in a diverse and city with opportunity that Oakland resonates with people with larger incomes, rents, home prices, and yes rents will go up. I'd prefer that than the shell of the Oakland I worked in during late 1980's and 1990's with mindless murder and drug wars in North and West Oakland

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 03/24/2016 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of February 10, 2016

Ms. Eng nails it perfectly. Create a child friendly Oakland, create a better Oakland.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 02/10/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Cops Are Not 'Warriors'

Robert Gammon...of all the idiot editorials and columns you have pushed it over the top.

Police officers every day risk their lives in enforcing the laws that the both local communities and the State legislature make. Every time a police officer is killed doing the dirty work of politicians, it makes perfect sense to ensure their funeral is public, grand, and celebrates how the "thin blue line" keeps us from anarchy.

This officer was a good man and a dad. He was killed in cold blood by a man who knew he would be imprisoned. How dare you suggest that celebrating the life of a man committed to all that's right with police work be degraded.

When police officers are killed or are injured I want the self-centered people of the Bay Area to be inconvenienced, delayed, and made more uncomfortable even more so when a funeral of an officer is held. Turn off your damn cell phones and recognize that officers who wear blue are men and women of honor.

Robert Gammon...You are a much better writer than what you produced this week. Hope you can reflect and do better.

Michael Sagehorn
Oakland, California

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