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Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Gentrification and the closure of Picán

Its sad. Oakland has adopted such an extreme form of rent control that it has doomed one of the last affordable bay area cities to inevitable gentrification.
It might seem counter intuitive, but its true.
Economist know this. I wish Kaplan had looked into it before she jumped on the rent control band wagon. So much for MIT graduates. Landlords complain that under the present laws, you would be foolish to rent to anyone who might stay longer than 5 years. And instead have to wait for a younger tenant with upward mobilty who is much more likely to move because of job transfers or they decide to buy a house. If you did choose, as an example, to rent to a mother and child they could rent the apt. till the child dies of old age (60-70 years) without the rent ever being adjusted to the market rate. Sounds crazy but true.
Sadly this leaves single moms, seniors, fixed income people, handicapped,etc. with little chance of getting an apt. now.
Maybe gentrificaion is inevitable but why put it on steroids?

Posted by bill h on 06/15/2017 at 1:26 PM

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

This article sure makes a mountain out of a mole hill. Even with the present laws its is actully very expensive and tricky to convert an apartment building into condos.

Posted by bill h on 04/27/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

I think Oakland has improved in many ways in the last 15 years from the un documented prople living here.

Posted by bill h on 04/05/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Skepticism of a Public Bank in Oakland

Sadly most people who talk about solving the homeless problem know little about its cause. 90% of the time its drug abuse and mental instability. Which is different than just lack of affordable housing.

Posted by bill h on 03/29/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

I agree George needs a hug and Micheal comes off as an angry troll. Your not helping the liberal cause spewing venom. You make us sound as bad as the otherside dude. Open your mind and your ass will follow.

Posted by bill h on 03/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

I wonder what Uber saw in Oakland in the first place? What changed their minds? Did the city put up its usual anti anything road blocks and discouraged them? Is their business model stalling?l wonder.

Posted by bill h on 03/21/2017 at 5:12 PM

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

Wheres the water going to come from for all new residents/growth? I never hear it mentioned in any of these proposals.

Posted by bill h on 02/15/2017 at 1:33 PM

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