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Re: “Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Like all resources, office space and housing, are subject to the concept of scarcity. Oakland office space, formerly inexpensive relative to San Francisco, is now in demand. Non profits who have anticipated this sea change either by purchasing their own property OR raising their revenue opportunities will survive regardless of their missions and clients.

As an Oakland homeowner I'd prefer my city to invest their funds in street repairs, fire suppression, police, and recreation services for youth and adults. I believe these non profits all have virtue, but the blunt reality is that market forces have made their office spaces more costly, not any conspiracy- real or imagined.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/13/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber

Who the hell is Orson Aguilar and what office was he elected? Companies, corporations, and small businesses purchase real estate for their own reasons with the ultimate goal to earn a profit or create a return on investment. Zoning is the municipal process in which industries can distinguish where they are welcome and where they are a burden. Zoning is the process, not some community "activism" or whatever that nonsense is called. People are investing,with real money, into Oakland. That's a good thing. As they do, prices will likely rise as demand soars. If you can't afford it-leave or get a higher paying or second job. I fled the suburbs, Antioch, a few years ago, to move to Oakland. Love it. Orson- did you take Economics in high school or college? Nothing personal here, but the demands your group is making on a property owner are wrong.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 06/13/2017 at 10:35 PM

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

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