Mike Bradley 
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Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

The IFDA is created by our local governments. It issues bonds, spends the money, then pays back the bondholders from property taxes. It assumes that there will be lots of new construction and therefore lots of new property tax income. But if there's not enough new income to pay back the bondholders, the likely outcome isn't bankruptcy, it's renegotiation of the pay back terms, stretching them out so that ourlocal governments can afford the payments. In other words, we'll be on the hook for them and, god knows, probably for the seat licenses as well.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 12/14/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

"Renderings" means pretty pictures designed to fool people into thinking there's a real plan.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 08/25/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Toxic masculinity. It's everywhere. Back in the day, feminists wrote about it and popularized the notion that patriarchy held sway in the West as a result of a cultural revolution several millenia ago. I think it's time for them to be writing about it again.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/15/2016 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Town Business: $72 Million for Affordable Housing, 'Right of Return,' Police Mental Health, and Another Subsidy

The 8 year part of the affordable housing proposal sounds like a cruel joke/jobs program. How would someone evicted 5, 6, 8 years ago prove it was a no-fault? And how much staff time would the attempt eat up? And where's all the affordable housing stock for 8 years worth of evicted tenants?

Oakland should concentrate on building the housing.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 06/06/2016 at 10:41 AM
Posted by Mike Bradley on 05/17/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

Doesn't it make more sense to provide rental assistance and rent control for low-income residents than buyer assistance? If the median income of renters is $40k, as is reported by East Bay Housing Organizations, how can they ever afford to buy and maintain a home? Why not insure that they have good rental housing?

Posted by Mike Bradley on 03/23/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Oakland Can't Afford to Wait

Robert, here's the thing about what you call NIMBY opposition to multi-unit developments in "wealthy areas" and "upscale neighborhoods." These aren't the only neighborhoods that want to remain single-family homes. They all do. Money doesn't make a neighborhood—people living there for decades make it, raising their children, planting flowers and shrubs in their yards, remodeling their homes as families grow and shrink, meeting with the city over traffic and parking, negotiating with neighbors about trees that grow over their yards. Literally owning the neighborhood. And caring for it.

Oakland has many neighborhoods like this. It's famous for them. It's why we put up with the crime and schools and prices. Some of our neighborhoods are expensive and some aren't, yet we cherish and protect all of them and don't want them to change. We're very wary of apartment buildings that can change our neighborhoods substantially. That don't create bonds among residents who are generally temporary. That transer ownership of the neighborhood to absentee landlords.

Of course there's a housing crisis in the Bay Area, and multi-unit buildings have to be part of the solution. But destroying Oakland's wonderful neighborhoods would be an awful way to respond to the crisis.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 03/16/2016 at 6:48 PM

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