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Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Let's see; In 1978 prop 13 passed rolling taxes back, with a capped rise of 2 percent going forward... Unless the property changes hands (or it belongs to a corporation; In that case, let the games begin).

Once it changes hands, in which case the property get's a complete reassessment to market tax rates. BIG hop in the taxes.

Is any of this racist or classist? I don't think so. Is it right? That goes to the heart of the debate on property tax doesn't it... No answer to that has yet emerged... But it IS a fact, and as a fact, not really debatable.... Unless one is an East Coast developer

The clear implication to this is fairly obvious... The new owner WILL have higher costs associated with owning the property.

So, my question is this: Are the activists proposing that property sales be frozen so that people like Aunti Frances don't experience rises in their rents and/or evictions? What about the experience of the property owner(the one who sold the property)? Are they now, not allowed to sell what they bought and paid for?

As someone else asked, are both the old and new owner somehow required to subsidize Aunti Frances in her choices? Wait! She get's to make choices and have someone subsidize them and they (the property owners) don't?! Why?

Can anyone explain that to me?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/23/2017 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Oakland Finally Builds Housing

The rendering attached to this article is out of date. Luckily it won't be quite this Vader-esque.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 12/22/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Vincent Blaford: I moved to Oakland because I couldn't afford to live in SF. That was thirty years ago. My house is paid off now.

Perhaps you could take an object lesson in this.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/22/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

The Richmond City Council deserves credit for trying to encourage wise new housing construction. Their long-term development plan prohibits new housing in open spaces like the Hills, while making it easy for high-density housing to go up in the center of the city, which is well-served by BART and buses.

Posted by Deborah Schmidt on 12/22/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Amazing how a middle class working property owner has become an "enemy of the people". I'm sure that many of you commenters ( Thank god, not all) would love to live in a state where the government simply took 90% of everyone's income and then doled it back out according to need. Heck, make that 100% and Karl Marx will jump out of his grave and clap his hands.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/22/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The East Bay Helped Lead The Resistance Against Trump

Hi Vince, Thanks for your reference to the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. The real test is in the economic growth that has resulted from Trump's policies and will result from these policies, including the tax reduction. Economic growth already is near all time levels. I realize that you hate Trump, as does the media. But your hatred blinds you the the reality. Average Americans see this reality, and they are the ones who voted for Trump. They are the ones who benefit from his policies. As the so-called progressives shudder and cry, the American economy continues upward, and the average american continues to benefit. The result will be a second term for Trump. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 12/21/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Oakland Finally Builds Housing

Then we'll have another problem: BART, the freeways, and public transit will NOT be able to accommodate all the hundreds of people moving in to downtown Oakland over the next 5 years.

We can't build our way to affordable housing by building more market rate housing. That's been proven time and time again.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/21/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “The East Bay Helped Lead The Resistance Against Trump

Jerry Udinsky, you forgot that the earth is actually flat and NASA never went to the moon. Oh, and Bigfoot is real.

Unless you make over $400K/year or you're a million/billionaire you will be screwed. You won't be able to blame Obama for Trump's deranged policies, but you'll try I'm sure.

Most Americans make LESS than $50K/year.…

Please read the tax plan instead of regurgitating what you saw on Fox News.

TWO MILLION CHILDREN will lose their CHIP coverage. Medicare cut by $25 billion in January. Health care rates will rise because 300 million people no longer have access to preventative healthcare.

Read the synopsis and weep:…

Everyone gets a tax cut in 2019. But in 2021, taxes will increase on those making $30,000 or less. The lower tax rate won't make up for the deductions and credits they lose. By 2023, costs will rise on everyone who makes less than $40,000 a year.
The tax bill makes the U.S. progressive income tax more regressive. The Tax Policy Center found that taxpayers earning in the top 1 percent would receive a larger percent tax cut than those in lower income levels.
By 2027, those in the lowest 20 percent would pay higher taxes. That's because the tax cuts expire in 2025.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/21/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

And if we think we can build ourselves out of the housing demand we're deluded. We should hope that those like Steve Case who are trying to establish high tech areas in the Midwest succeed. There is a limit to how many people can live in Calif: limits of space, highways, water. Do we want a metro area like Mexico City, Beijing, Tokyo, etc? Unfortunately, life is not fair; half the globe would live in Calif if they could. The current residents should have some say in whether that happens.

Posted by chris gilbert on 12/21/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

Traffic is already unbearable on hwy 80. Housing needs to be built near public transportation, i.e. BART, and not be dependent on adding 2 or more cars per each house to the traffic flow.

Posted by chris gilbert on 12/21/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The East Bay Helped Lead The Resistance Against Trump

The stock market is roaring. The economy is far better than under Obama. People are seeing real increases in their standards of living. Man made climate change is a hoax, and is being identified as such. Anyone right of center is called a Nazi by the virulent left. Balance has been restored to the Supreme Court. The dismal failure of Obamacare is being reversed. Unregulated immigration is being reduced. Real people in the middle class are getting a tax cut. Taxes are being reduced for almost everyone. Finally, someone is speaking up for the working people of this country. All because of Trump. This article is off the wall at best.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 12/21/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

Building there would certainly not change the difficulty people are having with finding affordable housing. They're planning on building very low density housing, with an average of .75 acre for each home (300 homes, 224 acres). Homes with that much land would certainly cost more to purchase. And the homes up there already cost at least $575,000. These are going to provide housing for people who are making a lot of money. For example, if you are lucky enough to find a place for $550 (and it's already next to impossible to do that), and you can put down $100,000 in cash, you will need to make over 100,000 a year to qualify for a mortgage.

I home the property owners aren't suggesting that this will help lower income people buy a home.

Posted by Ellen Seskin on 12/21/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

Public policy is lip service that squanders thousands of dollars.
It ignores cost effective solutions like the village

Posted by Sam Spade on 12/20/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

the village is getting ready to build again. the city administration is releasing a one acre plot of land to us in east Oakland, and private land owners will also release their lands to us. the village is 100% volunteer and donation based. please follow us on facebook @The Village in Oakland #feedthepeople if you want to help build or volunteer on site. and if you can please donate to our go fund me…. we have also put out a call for doors! we will build perimeters around the villages to provide protections and privacy to the residents. get at our fb inbox if you have a door to donate. we will take new or used doors. thanks so much for continued coverage of this human rights crisis. #HousingIsAHumanRight #HomesForAll #HomelessnessIsNotACrime

by the way - the united nations will be in Oakland in less than a month to document the human rights abuses that local government, law enforcement agencies and xenophobes inflict upon our unsheltered neighbors. The Village and HAWG and other homeless advocates have repeatedly told the city that their practices and policies were in violation of both civil and human rights. but they wouldn't listen.

Posted by Maowunyo de Asis on 12/20/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The East Bay Helped Lead The Resistance Against Trump

Come on folks. Trump won. The orange rutabaga won. The yelling and screaming in the East Bay was certainly an exercise in frenetic noise making and overwrought emotionalism, but it didn't lead anything. NOBODY in the East Bay is going to vote for Trump. Not even the Republicans like me. Save your breath and stop scaring the horses.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/20/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “East Bay Cities Struggled as the Unsheltered Crisis Deepened

"All the arteries that lead to housing are clogged right now and will remain clogged given the state of the housing market, and especially the lack of support for affordable housing."

This, coupled with the ghost of Ayn Rand-led neoliberal brigade that sees poverty as a personal moral failing, will further exacerbate, not solve the problem. We are on course for a massive crisis.
Unfortunately I have a feeling this situation is intentional: demonize the poor and very few will see their deaths on the streets as anything to be concerned about. The culling is coming.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/20/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Enviros Battle Developers Over Richmond Hills Open Space

This kind of development does not solve the housing crisis in any way. This is old school low density car centered suburban sprawl. The homes will probably run at least 750.00, many of which will be snapped up by cash buyers and investors. If we really want to relieve the housing shortage, high density multi unit developments along public transit corridors is the way to go. There are hundreds of acres of infill development sites available throughout the east bay. Why build on open wild lands if the real object is to provide affordable housing for the middle class and not compounding the already impossible traffic congestion along the I-80 corridor. I've heard it said that that american suburban development is the greatest misallocation of resources in history both in terms of land use and transportation planning.

Posted by Mark Tilley on 12/20/2017 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Oakland Finally Builds Housing

California cities continue to tinker around the edges of the affordable housing problem. Yes, they have adopted affordable housing in lieu fees and ordinances that require construction of affordable housing units as a part of new market rate construction. However, these measures will never result in any significant numbers of affordable units actually being built. The real solutions are measures that local government politicians do not have the will or courage to tackle head on. The first issue is race and class. As long as single family homeowners and neighbors more concerned about preserving their own property values, continue to control the decision making at the local level, it will never happen. The reality is that this discussion is usually couched in debates about density, scale and compatibility. The underlying elephant in the room is the belief by the majority of citizens that affordable housing construction means allowing "those" other people to live near me. Despite the fact that in the Bay Area especially, people with incomes in the affordable range (80-120% of median), are not those people. They are teachers, nurses, police, fire, other civil servants and people who go to work every day. The second solution is that cities have to require that housing be built where the jobs are. That is not only the solution to affordable housing, but also to the traffic problem. Instead, local politicians trip over themselves giving away public benefits to companies in order to get them to locate in their communities. Companies like Amazon, Google and Apple are given tax breaks, permitted to build millions of square feet and employ thousands of workers without building one single unit of housing. At a macro scale, not addressing these two issues constitutes political negligence and a massive failure of leadership in this state.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/20/2017 at 3:14 AM

Re: “Frying Fish Under the Freeway

Good job. Keep it up and God Bless!

Posted by Anthony Moore on 12/19/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Finally Builds Housing

Finally? Actually for over a year (and I suspect quite a bit longer, given how long ago the deserted building there was torn down) a development at West MacArthur and San Pablo Ave has been in progress.

The signage at the site claims it to be 177 units of 100% affordable housing.

How come that's never mentioned? Inconvenient for the narrative you want to present?

And EBX doesn't EVEN mention the arsonist that has singlehandedly managed to take down several hundred units that would have taken pressure off of affordable housing stock.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/19/2017 at 9:49 PM

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