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Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Gretchen Smilde >>Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy<<

You must know very much about Oakland. We have struggled through long periods of unbelievable crime. Poverty that was overwhelming. Now we are coming into our own. It is about TIME!!! Oakland deserves prosperity!!!…

Posted by Paul Merr on 08/09/2019 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

Anita De Asis Miralle ... So why not relocate to Utah??? Since rents are too high and not about to come down. The City cannot keep up with building units ... why stay in Oakland? Piedmont and San Leandro aren't experiencing this crisis like Oakland & San Francisco.

I don't get it ... why don't people move??? What happened to capitalism in owning rental property. Why should property owners support the homeless like some spoiled child. These are adults that need to act like adults and take care of business. It's just that simple.

Here you go. a 1 bedroom in Utah for under $800 ...…

Posted by Paul Merr on 08/09/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Council Bans Natural Gas Hookups in New Construction


This ordinance will cause deaths ... why??? My daughters home caught on fire do to an electrical stove. They were in the mist of cooking diner when the electricity went off. It stayed off for more than an hour. They got hungry and left to get diner. When they came back the electricity had come on and the food on the stove started a fire. Yes, they forgot to turn off the stove & remove the food. How many others will make the same mistake??? Never would have happened with a gas stove!!!

Plus now residents will pay far more in utility bills than with gas.

Posted by Paul Merr on 07/19/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Criminalizing the Unsheltered is Not the Solution to Oakland's Housing Crisis

>> Oakland, California should not be only for the wealthy<< PLEASE...
Yes lie has changed in Oakland. The majority of people in Oakland are not by a long shot wealthy. They are accumulating wealth through homeownership.
However that has come overtime many years of continual ownership.

Back to the article. The author has a list of accomplishments & titles ... so she is well educated. I say ... RELOCATE!!! It sounds like Utah would be a good fit.
My problem with the homeless is two different sets of treatment for them and other citizens. I can liter without being ticketed nor urinate anywhere.
No matter how many Affordable units are built for the 4,000. There will over time be another 4,000 needed. How in the world do we keep up with the demand? Who pays for all this? Where is the land for all these units? Utah has vast spaces of buildable land. Not so in Oakland. We are maxed out, unless we build UP!!! Again who pays.

There are far more affordable ares in America than the Bay Area. Stockton & other outlining areas have plenty of land for growth. Again RELOCATE!!! You can even buy homes or build with no money down grants from our USDA programs. They'll even help pay the mortgages. But you won't go there ... because you want to stay here in Oakland. That is the problem ... homeless think they have rights they don't have. Hey, I want to live in Piedmont ... you think they'll go for this crap???

You are aware of the Ghost Ship fire? That could have happened in your community then you would be suing the City. There are laws that we must abide by in order to insure your homeless community members are safe.

Your desire to be in a homeless situation is your choice. Affordable homes can be had in places like Ohio for as little as $30,000. Or Detroit under $10,000. Here is a link to homes some for sale at $1,000!!!
I do wish you well ...

Posted by Paul Merr on 07/19/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

If you can't afford to live in Oakland MOVE!!! It's just that simple!!! No one has exclusivity to live in Oakland. Many people commute for over an hour to pass through Oakland to jobs in San Francisco. They wanted an affordable home in a safe area thus they bought way out.

Posted by Paul Merr on 03/28/2019 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Where's the Affordable Housing?

461 Dean st, Brooklyn, NY, 32 story modular building video…

Posted by Paul Merr on 12/20/2018 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Where's the Affordable Housing?

>>We are seeing perhaps the biggest housing bubble the City of Oakland<<

HUH??? There is NO HOUSING BUBBLE!!! There is the issue as mentioned in the article one of supply & demand!!! Check online for flat vacant lots in Oakland, very few to be found!!! That is the issue, pushing costs up. However affordable housing can be accomplished in several ways. It takes THINKING out of the box!!!

1) Where do most of America's products come from? CHINA!!! Why not build affordable housing in the form of steel module units that can be stacked to create multi-unit buildings as high as 31 stories. These buildings should be market rate & affordable to maybe high-end also. Check out how 461 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY was built

2) Just as Google and Apple are building units for their employees, that can be done on a localized level with local businesses. Add a small housing tax to restaurants, fast food, gas stations any type of business where your typical worker is employed. That money would go to build and place people in units.
Possibly making an affordable unit as part of their compensation. They be co-oped type units. They quit, get fired or someway move up to a higher paying job that unit becomes available to another worker in that co-op. This way those businesses have a carrot to keep employees.

3) STOP building in wood!!! You can only build so big, they aren't safe as we've seen with fires. They are just to expensive to do, time consuming to build, requiring too much expensive labor.

4) Module containers can be built in huge numbers or disassembled and assembled here in America creating local jobs. Erected in a timely manner. Fast tracked inspections & approvals would mitigate & speed up construction & occupancy.

Posted by Paul Merr on 12/20/2018 at 11:38 AM

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