chris gilbert 
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Re: “Trump Has a Friend in California Law Enforcement

It's unfortunate that Calif State and cities didn't declare themselves sanctuary state/cities during Obama's mass deportations. Trump's still behind in the number of people deported when compared to the "deporter-in-chief".

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/31/2018 at 6:16 AM

Re: “You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY

I'm glad Mr. TimberlandPortland has stepped in to set us straight. Perhaps the next law that the legislature can pass is to ban any but the most expert opinion on these comment sites. It would save those of us with less enlightened opinions a lot of time & trouble, and we could go back to the Oscars or the Super Bowl for our bread & circuses.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/06/2018 at 11:40 PM

Re: “You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY

Mr. Fitzwood,

Tangentially, I've suggested to my councilperson that given the incredible increase in wealth of homeowners here, that the current transfer tax be increased to claim, at the time of sale, some of the serendipitously gained wealth, gotten through no effort of the homeowner, and use it for affordable housing and homeless care; those that have lost out because of the rapid increase in home prices.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/06/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY

Mr. Gammon,

re: "You're confusing percentage with percentage points. The Bay Area's use of mass transit (12%) is actually 140% greater than that of Los Angeles (5%) -- or 2.4 times greater -- not 7 percent greater. Going from 5 percent to 12 percent represents a 140 percent increase."

Yes, I was sloppy. The point was there isn't that much difference between 5% and 12% in the scheme of things. 140% increase seems like a big number, but not really in this case.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/06/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY


re: "The Bay area drives a lot. But it also uses a lot of mass transit:…. In the above ranking, it rates second behind New York City. LA is 15th. As I said, LA is still car culture. The idea that you're arguing against this point is absurd."

The data you site is not for the Bay Area but for San Francisco-Oakland. Sure there is a lot of transit use, but that is not the Bay Area. You left out San Jose, Silicon Valley, Marin, the Peninsula. Before accusing me of arguing absurdly you need to get your data straight.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/06/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY

Mr. Gammon,

re: "Why is LA's use of mass transit so low? Its transit isn't very good. Most folks there drive work. According to this report, only 7 percent of LA commuters use mass transit."

Actually the MTC site has L.A. at only 5%, but the Bay Area is only 12%; not that much different.…

And 75% of the B.A. commutes by car (alone and carpool), 85% of L.A.

So it's difficult to make the case that the Bay Area is much ahead of L.A. on using public transportation: they are 7% better.

Posted by chris gilbert on 03/06/2018 at 10:09 AM

Re: “You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY

Mr. Gammon,

I don't see how you can assert what you do below from the web site you link to. There's no distribution curve showing that a "relatively small part" of Bay Area drivers drive a huge number of miles. The graphs only show that commute miles are about the same. One does show that 65% of B.A. drivers commute alone vs 75% of L.A. drivers, so there's a bit more car pooling.

re: "Bay Area residents drive a lot of miles, too. But the key word is miles. If a relatively smaller part of the population drives a huge number of miles, it can skew the per capita miles data. That's what's going on here, obviously. LA folks drive fewer miles to work, while Bay area residents that do drive, drive a ton of miles. That's how the Bay area can have both high rates of miles driven and high rates of mass transportation use.

"See this report for more on transit use in the Bay Area:


Posted by chris gilbert on 03/06/2018 at 10:00 AM

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