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Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

What is missing from this story is that a 2nd tube is NOT inevitable. BART is outdated, very expensive technology. Richmond based has vastly superior technology which will be operational within a few years, (there are also other companies with similarly similarly superior transit technology competing) It is sad that The Express has never reported on this. Before Bush offered a federal loan to build the OAC with super-expensive outdated technology, Cybertran was planning to build the OAC with no additional funding required. But it never made the news, so now the 1st major Cybertran installation is expected to be to the UC Berkeley campus

Posted by sennet williams on 02/21/2017 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

The real reasons for the "housing crisis" are much simpler: A-The "20 acre minimum lot size requirement in non-urban areas. This is a racist policy to prevent poor people from moving out of expensive cities to more efficent rural houses, plus every adult in rural housing needs autos because rural housing is so spread out.
and B: pro-business policies (subsidies) by cities causing jobs to be centered in the most expensive parts of the state and causing rental/property values to rise faster. (I have a real estate finance degree from Cal/Haas '92)

Posted by sennet williams on 04/09/2016 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Letters for December 15

Robert, your comment does not make logical sense. What Oakland RCV proved is which candidate was preferred OVER ALL THE OTHERS, considering that each voter could only rank three candidates.

It does seem ironic that Perata could have won if only a few thousand additional people had voted for Kaplan, because it was a close election. The fact is that more people ranked Quan highest.

The goal of IRV is so that our vote can always count even if there are three or more closely matched candidates. Why should a voter' opinion be ignored just because their favorite not be in the top three 1st-choice vote category? That would eliminate small ethnic minorities, as voters often rank the candidate of their own ethnicity as first choice.

That was the problem with the old system. That's why there has never been an Asian Oakland mayor before, because she is not in the 3 largest ethnic groups. But there opinion is still worth something, and he have a better govt. now that the input of more people is being considered/counted, thanks to Ranked Choice Voting .

If you want to understant the simplicity or ranked-choice voting, search for "instant runoff voting" or DEMOCHOICE .

Posted by sennet williams on 12/15/2010 at 12:51 PM

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