Nick Yale 
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Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

This shocking news of another building fire at a large housing development in the east bay should be a wake up call for everyone to the need for more not less new construction.

It is irrational to think that if we stop building new housing it will somehow keep people from moving to Oakland and gentrifying the city. Yes Oakland is a desirable place to live and is close to Silicon Valley and San Francisco where many of the jobs in the new economy are being created. If new housing is unavailable then older housing stock will be sold or rented to those who can pay the market price and even more will be displaced from the city.
It now appears that the housing crisis will spiral even more out of control as developers decide it is not worth the risk of building here. People should support new development for all income levels and not scare it away!
Developers also need to consider more security at their building sites and fire sprinkler systems should be installed as soon as practical at an earlier stage of construction to deter or prevent those who would consider arson as a city planning tool

Posted by Nick Yale on 07/09/2017 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Arson in Oakland: Is Someone Torching New Developments?

What is almost worse then this huge fire at a new housing development in downtown Oakland is the reaction many people seem to have. "People feel like they are being priced out of living in Oakland" is somehow given as justification to burn down a building you think you couldn't afford to live in.
Doesn't anyone think about 20-30 years in the future when the same building might have become a senior or other affordable housing when presumably newer buildings come on line for higher income people to live in? And what kind of a city would we have now if people had burned down anything they couldn't have afforded? People please get a grip!

Posted by Nick Yale on 07/09/2017 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Gameheads’ Oakland Video Game Fest At Kapor Center for Social Impact.

As a white male I am tired of the constant implication that we are always to blame for the lack of diversity in some institution or business. Looking back at the history of the Internet and computer technology it was pretty much just white males that invented it. I am so sorry for this historical fact so let's just hire women and minorities to invent everything now.

Posted by Nick Yale on 11/30/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

I just spoke with some anti-gentrification activists at the city council meeting last night. They told me with a straight face they wanted to stop all luxury housing in the entire bay area and only building low income housing to stop the gentrification of the region. I asked them how they could actually stop investors from building any market rate housing and they simply asserted they could. I asked them what it cost to build a unit of housing and they didn't dispute a cost of 300,000 to half a million dollars but they said there were enough state and local funds to build low cost housing.
I proposed we needed to build more housing at all income levels and they sneered I was one of those "supply side people."
One of the pair said he knew how to crash the real estate market. I asked with great interest how we could do this and he said that currently the city of Oakland pays landowners of vacant land in Oakland not to build housing in order to keep the price of real estate high. " If housing were built on the vacant land it would lower the price of housing."
I jumped on the comment to say I completely agreed with him more housing would help to lower or "crash" the market price. He then seemed to realize t he was also supply sider.

Posted by Nick Yale on 04/06/2016 at 3:07 PM

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