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Re: “Dozens of Renters Lose Homes as City Closes 1919 Market Street Warehouse in Oakland

It quite a different matter to make fixes so tenants can stay than to take substantial time necessary for extensive upgrades and ultimately substantially higher rents.

Posted by David Rosen on 01/29/2016 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Protect and Expand Affordable Housing?

Here's something worth considering...
I supported Measure EE that substantially strengthened tenants rights. I am definitely in favor of protecting affordable housing. I also own rental property. I certainly aim to make my units not just livable but pleasant and environmentally sound. I keep rents at reasonable levels rather than seeking maximum dollar. I've even considered possible equity sharing arrangements. However, there are tenants who are without a doubt problematic. For example if a tenant fails to pay rent on time chronically there can be considerable problems for a property owner. I had one tenant who left owing over $1000 that I will never see. He was far from destitute. I've also had tenants who fail to take care of the property. Recourses available to property owners are actually quite limited. If a tenant creates a situation in which just-cause eviction action is warranted, the process is very slow and costly. It is also quite difficult to determine, both in human and financial terms, when to actually initiate eviction. While further enhancing tenants rights may well be reasonable, it is also important to protect property owners against unreasonable tenants. This most definitely need not be be an either-or scenario. In fact, if both sides are equation are addressed we will end up with a more functional rental housing situation overall.

15 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by David Rosen on 07/29/2015 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Restricting Public Access, Oakland City Council Approves Controversial Land Sale for Luxury Apartments

I'm glad that we can elect our city council and that people turn out to express their views at meetings. However, that said, the manner in which this decision was made is a fine example of how limited our political system is. We need to move to a governmental system in which all stakeholders have real power in the decision-making process.

Up to this point I see little discussion of how we can reinvent our system. People are certainly interested in complaining (understandably) but I don't yet see interest in pursuing the hard work of building a movement to design a new governmental process and then build the wide support needed to bring it into being. The current growth of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) movement is at least a start. There are at least two organizations in Oakland working on this. However PB is quite limited in some ways. The current PB initiative in Oakland, if successful, would not have changed the process of last night's council meeting.

If you'd like to step up and begin the work of designing a truly new approach to governing our city, please respond to this message!

4 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by David Rosen on 06/19/2015 at 8:19 AM

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