Donald Goldmacher 
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Re: “Vote Kalb or Wicks for Assembly District 15

It appears, sadly, that your newsweekly learned nothing from the 2016 election. Your endorsement of Buffy Wicks, a moderate Clinton wing Democrat, exposes your true bias. Touting her as somebody who supports housing for California residents via SB 827, ignores the fact that most housing currently being built is not for ordinary working people. That bill would remove local control of land use and zoning for housing from cities, which would be a disaster. It is a gift to the real estate speculation industry. The city of Berkeley where I reside, it is being inundated with so-called market rate housing, which means a two bedroom apartment is renting for $6700 dollars a month, hardly affordable except for the top 5%.

In contrast, you tepidly acknowledge that City council person Jovanka Beckles enacted progressive reforms in the city of Richmond. What were some of those reforms?

She helped pass a rent control measure for the city of Richmond to keep working class people in their rental units. Another one of those major reforms was making Chevron pay its fair share of taxes to the city. Making corporations and the 1% pay their fair share of taxes would dramatically improve the plight of 90% of people in California, something that the state legislature has failed to implement. That is why she needs to be in the California state legislature.
And by the way, she is the only candidate in this race endorsed by Sen. Sanders Our Revolution. I am sure your readers recall how the mainstream Democratic Party operatives prevented Sen. Sanders from winning the nomination for president of our country. And look who is in the White House now.
Donald Goldmacher
Berkeley

Posted by Donald Goldmacher on 03/28/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Vote Kalb or Wicks for Assembly District 15

It sadly appears that your newspaper learned nothing from the 2016 election. The overwhelming majority of people in this country are fed up with establishment candidates such as Buffy Wicks, who clearly represents the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party. Her stance on housing(supporting SB827) reveals that she is just another moderate Democrat. That wing did everything possible to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the party nomination. It should be noted that only one candidate, Jovanka Beckles, is endorsed by Our Revolution, the organization founded by Sen. Sanders.

Her actual accomplishments on the Richmond city council for eight years, which you tepidly acknowledged, should be the benchmark for any of the other candidates running for this seat. She saw the needs and hopes of ordinary working people, and crafted solutions. She, along with others on the City council, forced Chevron to start paying its fair share in taxes to the city. That is a model for the state legislature to emulate. Make corporations and the 1% pay their fair share.

Posted by Donald Goldmacher on 03/28/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Berkeley Shows How It's Done

You sound like a cheerleader for this developer and his supporters on the city council. This building was opposed by many in the community for a number of reasons, including the fact it is greenwashing at its worst, it will drive up the cost of living in Berkeley in existing rental properties as those property owners are seeing a chance to make a killing, and there is the real possibility that the Shattuck Cinemas will never be rebuilt.

The loss of these film screens will mean the loss of 275,000-300,000 ticket purchases yearly, and the loss of revenue to downtown businesses who benefit from the foot traffic. So what we get is the loss of affordable entertainment for many who cannot afford other cultural events, and a degradation of our popular cultural offerings in Berkeley. A largely hidden fact is that 60% of the filmgoers actually come from outside Berkeley, because there is no other movie complex showing the range of films one sees at the Shattuck . Perhaps people in Oakland can appreciate this, since with the exception of the Grand Lake and the Piedmont and the Parkway, you don't get to see these titles there.
This hardly constitutes smart development, rather, it is a symptom of a larger trend in the Bay Area that will result in the economic dislocation of many middle class renters and potential buyers who can no longer keep up with the huge amounts of out of state buyers purchasing properties as second homes, and a place to park their excess cash. Even ABAG has pointed out that Berkeley is not building affordable housing, but is intent on building more "market rate" housing for the very few.
Long live "free market" capitalism.

Posted by Donald Goldmacher on 12/17/2015 at 3:39 PM

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