Helen Duffy 
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Re: “The Veg Hub in Oakland Cooks Fake Meat for the People

I appreciate the level of detail in the taste descriptions and I look forward to checking out the Veg Hub.

Posted by Helen Duffy on 03/08/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Town Business: $600 million for Streets; $50 Million for Housing; Gunshot Detection; and Impact Fees

Well, yes. I though the impact fees were shockingly low, but now I learn that a ten-unit apartment building could be exempt from fees by having one unit that is priced for low-and-moderate? And doesn't moderate income include $75K a year? Not so many current Oakland renter families can afford even that, let alone the "market rate" apartments. If this lousy proposal gets through the "impact" will be further wholesale displacement of Oaklanders.

Posted by Helen Duffy on 03/21/2016 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Our Fair Share

Whose bright idea was it to call the concept a "sharing" economy? I can't say it, even with quotes. It seems like one more rip-off of working people.

Posted by Helen Duffy on 10/29/2015 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Why You Should Wrestle with Your Daughter

That's terrific advice. I'm a sixty year old woman whose fondest childhood memories are roughhousing with my dad and brothers. I do think it helped me develop a more adventurous and confident character.

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Posted by Helen Duffy on 04/29/2015 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Neill Sullivan's Oakland

The key problems here are two:
1. The Sullivan method of operating has been to buy property at deep discounts, do a slapdash "renovation" and rent them out at prices up to $800 or $1000/month more than had been the market rents on the same street the previous year. Foreclosed families and priced-out San Franciscans make it a landlord's market and rents overall have greatly increased as a consequence.
2. Bringing that much cash into the real estate market allowed Sullivan to amass property by beating out conventional buyers who wanted to purchase a home to live in. In spite of the Wall Street bailout, banks and other lenders have been so tight with credit that normal working people are the losers here, and so are the communities that have lost the stability that comes when people own their homes.
As to what could have and should have occurred to prevent this, the conclusion I come to is that we need the finance industry to be regulated and prosecuted when they commit fraud. And we need public money to be used not to bail them out but to establish and support financial institutions to serve the public, not the banking and real estate industries.

Helen Duffy

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Posted by Helen Duffy on 04/03/2014 at 2:44 PM

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